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March 29 – April 22, 2018

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The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. (The Clemente) will host Fearless, a series featuring LGBTQ artists presenting works in direct response to the tragedy in Orlando and continuing attacks against the LGBTQ community. Connected by the theme of understanding and unity, these events will be spread throughout our 2017-18 season. Artists will have time and space to fully dedicate themselves to the creation of their own artistic work, while contributing to an intercultural exchange among a supportive community of artists in Manhattan’s culturally and artistically vibrant Lower East Side.

Event Schedule


Daya Arts, “Twin Rivers”

Twin Rivers is a multidisciplinary production which explores the similarities between West African, West Indian, and Indian spirituality. Seamlessly incorporating dance, music, poetry, fashion, and visual art, this production focuses on the iconography and performance rituals associated with certain orishas in the Yoruba tradition and certain Hindu gods and goddesses.

  • Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, March 30 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 1 at 3:00 PM

Tickets are $15.00



Spicy Witch Productions, “Life is But a Dream” and “Merrily, Merrily”

Shawn Morgenlander has cleverly translated Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s fantastical Spanish Golden Age play La vida es sueño from Spanish to English to be presented on the Spicy Witch stage. In Life is but a Dream, Rosaura sets out on a quest to Poland in order confront her ex-boyfriend. Along the way she discovers a dizzying array of estranged relatives, unfulfilled prophecies and struggles for succession.

SWP 2018 Writer-in-Residence Iris Dauterman’s world premiere play, Merrily, Merrily, inspired by de la Barca’s La vida es sueño,and set in a world of clinical diagnoses and medications, questions the separation between dreams and reality. Centered around a family struggling to reconnect despite prolonged estrangement, Dauterman’s play explores the complexities of kinship, gratitude and forgiveness.

  • Friday, April 6th at 8:00pm – Merrily, Merrily
  • Saturday, April 7th at 2:00pm – Merrily Merrily
  • Saturday, April 7th at 8:00pm – Life is But A Dream
  • Sunday April 8th at 2:00pm – Life is But A Dream

Tickets are $15.00

Nuyorican Poets Cafe, “Poetry Showcase”

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population. This April the Café will curate and present 3 performances at The Clemente Center.

  • Friday, April 20th, at 8:00pm – Poetry Showcase – Tickets are $13.00
  • Saturday, April 21st at 1:00pm – Youth Poetry Slam partnering with Urban Word – Tickets are free
  • Sunday, April 22nd at 3:00pm – Community Open Mic – Tickets are $10.00