Walter’s World: Elisa Monte Dance

By Walter Rutledge Elisa Monte Dance presented their 2012 season, April 12- 14 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. The concert series was billed as the company’s 31st anniversary season and works spanning thirty years were offered.

Reginald E. Gilliam, Jr., Passes

Reginald E. Gilliam, Jr., a trailblazing African-American lobbyist and most recently Sodexo Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, passed away at the age of 67 on March 28, 2012 after succumbing to lymphoma.

East Harlem’s Louie Lump Lump, Rao’s and Other Histories

On a December night in 2003, at Rao’s, the legendary restaurant on Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, a man nicknamed Louie Lump Lump (pictured above) shot another patron after reportedly taking issue with his disparaging comment about the female singer’s rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl.”

Walter’s World: Porgy and Bess

By Walter Rutledge Porgy and Bess triumphantly returned to Broadway on last night; Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Richard Rogers Theatre with a new streamlined musical version of the beloved American folk opera.