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El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN / Blog

American Experience on PBS

Been contacted by Channel 13 PBS in NY to contribute to PBS's longest running history series, American Experience: Christine Turner Dear Mr. Chaluisan, I'm writing on behalf of Camera One Productions. We are currently producing a documentary for PBS's longest running history series, American Experience, on the New York City blackout of 1977. Right now, we're talking with New Yorkers like yourself, who were around at the time and can recall their memory of that evening. We recently came across a posting you made describing your experience in the South Bronx on the night of the blackout, July 13th, 1977. It's an intriguing story that ends at Nagle Avenue and we're curious how well you recall the event. Excerpt from Newricane (c) 2001 Luis Chaluisan "I’m doing an interview with Felix Romero and the rest of his theater group Teatro Otra Cosa for Latin NY at the Teatro Puerto Rico in the South Bronx the night of the 1977 NY blackout. Not more than 3 minutes after the lights go out there's a cry outside on 138th Street: "Hit the jewelry store!" People are waiting since the blackout in ’65 for their chance to clean up. By the time we get to the corner, the crowd is already lifting the steel gate in front of the store and piling in. One guy drives a car into a storefront and frees up an appliance center. Months later, you can trace all the looters by their electric bills. You see, there's a significant increase in the use of electrical power due to those new stereos, washers, greenhouse generators, and atomic reactors people now have hooked up to that heavy duty electric chord in the hallway. I know because Joe and Angie -- two Otra Cosa performers -- see their light bill go from 12 dollars a month to 150 dollars a month. I have to get from 138th Street and St. Ann's in the South Bronx to the apartment I share with my girlfriend Rosie Hurricanes on Nagle Avenue in upper Manhattan. Isa Diaz gives me a lift as far as 168th Street in Manhattan. That's when I notice how confused and frightened people are. The buses are running free and are crowded. Emergency flood lamps near the George Washington Bridge on 180th Street create eerie shadows. Then there's the policemen in riot gear and shotguns. (Where were they in the South Bronx. Well, they're not stupid.) I finally arrive at Nagle Avenue and in front of our building stands the genius of a super. Gasoline can in his left hand and a huge torch in the right. In the dark he looks like one of the Flying Monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. He's there to protect the property. You know, that son of a bitch robs my apartment a few months later. Rosie is barricaded in the second floor apartment. She's a tough Dominican grrrrrl but tonight's she's scared and I'm shaking too. I nickname her "hurricanes" because she can come on like one in a heartbeat." — with L.f. Chaluisan Batlle and Felix Romero at South Bronx, New York City.

"ROCKER ROLLER RICAN" NYC FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival "Bringing the Heritage of Puerto Rico to the world through film." SAVE THE DATES: NOVEMBER 5-9, 2014 @ selected sites throughout NYC: ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Free preview and dropbox download of Documentary http://lnkd.in/dZm8Ny5

Maria Hernandez and Tony Tahé interview on Parisian Radio

Maria Hernandez and Tony Tahé interview on Parisian Radio Africa No. 1 - FM 107.5 - Paris Featured on "The International African Radio" based in Paris: africa1 Monday July 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM, local Parisian time (3:00 AM EST in NYC) , Africa No.1 is a broadcast radio station in Paris, France, providing African News, Information and Entertainment. Africa No. 1 is the largest African francophone radio stations with programs broadcast around the world through its shortwave transmitters in France and Africa. Listen: http://streema.com/radios/Africa_No.1_Africa_1_FM More on Africa No.1 http://www.africa1.com/ REBROADCAST IN SALSA MAGAZINE 7:00 AM EST Monday July 7, 2014 Sample of current programming in attached WEPAwebTV Webisode Maria Hernandez and Tony Tahé interview on Parisian Radio https://vimeo.com/100013923

My Prayer - Little Otis XXI

My Prayer - Little Otis XXI https://vimeo.com/99954643 Vocal by: El Extreme Luis Chaluisan Written by: Georges Boulanger, Jimmy Kennedy Processed on Flip Recorder Edited on Windows Movie Maker roughrican productions (c) 2014 http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan "My Prayer" is a 1939 popular song with music by salon violinist Georges Boulanger and lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy. It was originally written by Boulanger with the title "Avant de Mourir" in 1926. The lyrics for this version were added by Kennedy in 1939. Glenn Miller recorded the song that year for a #2 hit and The Ink Spots' version featuring Bill Kenny reached #3 as well that year. It has been recorded many times since, but the biggest hit version was a revival in 1956 by The Platters.This version reached #1 on the charts and was featured in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Ink Spots' version of the song was featured in the 1992 movie, Malcolm X. The song also became a tango in the Italian version by Norma Bruni and Cinico Angelini's orchestra (1940), "Sì, voglio vivere ancor!".

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN NYC FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN NYC FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE: International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival "Bringing the Heritage of Puerto Rico to the world through film." SAVE THE DATES: NOVEMBER 5-9, 2014 @ selected sites throughout NYC: ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Free preview and dropbbox download of Documentary http://lnkd.in/dZm8Ny5 video on demand http://www.dailymotion.com/luischaluisan Time Warner Documentary About Luis Chaluisan Amherst 1986 BA Theater Arts: Rocker Roller Rican begins with film of Internationally recognized Nuyorican Performer El Extreme Luis Chaluisan in October 1975 at Amherst College (a mere three months after he turned professional as a dancer-singer at the age of 17 with the Alliance of Latin Artists in NYC.) It is thoroughly produced filmed review as he travels from the Bronx in 1975 to the present day through the national American arts world as a Ballet/Jazz/Salsa/Folkloric Dancer-Curated Artist-Latin/Indie Rock musician-CBS/Telemundo/PBS News Reporter-Television Producer-Published Author-Radio Show Host-TV Station Manager-National Slam Poetry Ct. Team Champion By: Maria Hernandez Executive Director WEPAwebTV-Managing Editor Salsa Magazine 5,400 + members ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Directed by: Maria Hernandez WEPAwebTV - New Edge Theater Produced by: Mike Tapp MNN Time Warner Cable Associate Producer: Ronald Chaluisan Featuring: L.f. Chaluisan Batlle plus Film Directed by: John Coles Talking Wall Pictures 1975 Film Directed by: Tony Ortiz Top Productions NYC 1984 Off Broadway Scenes Directed By: Petronia Paley 2002 Set Design by: Albert Chaluisan

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN NYC PREMIERE

Tuesday June 17 and June 24, 2014 10:30 pm Lifestyle Channel 56 (TWC) Time Warner Cable ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Time Warner Documentary About Luis Chaluisan Amherst 1986 BA Theater Arts: Rocker Roller Rican begins with film of Internationally recognized Nuyorican Performer El Extreme Luis Chaluisan in October 1975 at Amherst College (a mere three months after he turned professional as a dancer-singer at the age of 17 with the Alliance of Latin Artists in NYC.) It is thoroughly produced filmed review as he travels from the Bronx in 1975 to the present day through the national American arts world as a Ballet/Jazz/Salsa/Folkloric Dancer-Curated Artist-Latin/Indie Rock musician-CBS/Telemundo/PBS News Reporter-Television Producer-Published Author-Radio Show Host-TV Station Manager-National Slam Poetry Ct. Team Champion By: Maria Hernandez Executive Director WEPAwebTV-Managing Editor Salsa Magazine 5,400 + members

ROCKER ROLLER RICAN Directed by: Maria Hernandez WEPAwebTV - New Edge Theater Produced by: Mike Tapp MNN Time Warner Cable Associate Producer: Ronald Chaluisan Featuring: L.f. Chaluisan Batlle plus Film Directed by: John Coles Talking Wall Pictures 1975 Film Directed by: Tony Ortiz Top Productions NYC 1984 Off Broadway Scenes Directed By: Petronia Paley 2002 Set Design by: Albert Chaluisan

Rocker Roller Rican - A Nuyorican Adventure "It is an edgy take on a unique slice of Latino culture, presented with a very personal perspective." Tom Zapiecki Production Manager at WBGU-TV

"Measured yet expressive, delivered with a weight and authority" Toledo Blade community news WBGU-FM

"Among all the cookie cutters I’ve worked with over the years, Luis Chaluisan is truly unique." Gerry Brooks Anchor news at 6, and 11 p.m WVIT-NBC CT.

"It's all the things that Luis Chaluisan is: infectious, deep, passionate, life-loving, beyond brilliant." Gary Lee Washington Post

Being Submitted To: International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival Rincon International Film Festival Bogotá Short Film Festival / Festival de Cortos de Bogotá -...(WORLDWIDE SALSA EXPLOSION) Sundance Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival

Critical Reviews of Luis Chaluisan's Work: “Let the man talk to you for a half hour about his life and he'll make Jack Kerouac look like Emily Dickinson." Adam Klasfeld - Theater Mania

“Luis Chaluisan is a born storyteller. His gift for capturing the heart and soul of each character he portrays is not only convincing, but also inspiring. The show is full of humor, insight, poetry, and Puerto Rican pride. Chaluisan's smooth-talking narrator introduces the various vignettes with articulate wit and wisdom. One is a heartfelt homage to the original poets of the Nuyorican venue. His unique voice as a writer clearly displays his poetic influences” Elias Stimac - Backstage

Featured in Amherst College Spring 2014 Issue

Great Surprise today in the mail. Received Amherst College Spring 2014 Alumni Issue and discovered that the Mike Tapp MNN Time Warner Cable Documentary on my Career "Rocker Roller Rican" plus my Off Broadway Play "Spic Chic" and published work/broadcast history were acknowledged in one fell swoop. It is the first time that my Alma Mater Amherst College has taken notice of my accomplishments since I graduated in 1986 with Christine R Cain '86 and attended school with Edwin Camacho '79.

Delilah Blue

Delilah Blue https://vimeo.com/94871049 I’m An unbroken cowboy In love with The open ranges In love with HER Small town One-legged Dance hall girl Known as “Delilah Blue” A sensuous comet Streaking across My sky mind 22 Raven On her hip Blackjack In her pocketbook A stiletto hidden By the prosthetic Of her Little Leg The sun rises Every time Delilah’s eyes open. She speaks And my soul is fulfilled Delilah can figure out My little boy secrets With her spirit We meet In a mountain desert But are far From being dry On our first date I ask Delilah Hey Baby How you lose Your leg She wryly responds I tire of it It weighs me down Later Bathed in incense Candles And the Sticky Bittersweet smell Of love-making I peek into Delilah’s soul And Witness a lifetime Of breaking And resetting A body that God Does not quite complete One leg shorter Than the other A spine That can’t support Her height Which rises Above the turmoil The final straw Comes at the hands Of five drunken marines Who rape Burn And Torture her At the hospital The doctor says We can save your life But maybe not the leg Cut it off immediately Cut away the past Walk into the future I cry that first date Hearing HER story And lay the foundation For a year of Twisty Love I understand her wildness She consecrates my abandon Our need to Be bad Be with each other And Be in love Outweighing the risks At the Metropolitan Museum of Art As I dive into the torture Of Van Gogh’s face Delilah robs a Belgian tourist Of 3000 dollars Presents it to me Here Poppy Here’s my dowry Past indiscretions Come calling For Delilah and me During a Rum and cocaine-choked Celebration Of our first Year anniversary I find Delilah Dazed On the bedroom floor Boozy sighs pouring From her lips into my ears Oh, poppy The pain is so bad Even my conscience hurts It’s spring And We’re blind I know I have to act And lay a path For Delilah to escape And save myself Delilah Who can always figure out My little boy secrets Acts She walks into A local bank Makes a .357 withdrawal Leaves me a note And Flies back west To rest Under the Volcano Thanks for the star-spiked rodeo Poppy But I’m fatigued It weighs me down I cry reading that note But understand Because Delilah shows me By her example By her courage Cut away the past Walk into the future You see You can’t enjoy The light of reason Unless you first Experience The Dark Night Of the Soul.

SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1

Special Mother's Day Presentation Salsa Magazine 6,451 members (85 new) “Luis Chaluisan is a born storyteller. His gift for capturing the heart and soul of each character he portrays is not only convincing, but also inspiring. His latest collection of solo portraits is titled "Spic Chic," and has been touring various venues around town. It made its latest stop at the Nuyorican Poets Café, where the performance was rousingly received, before moving on to stops at Raw Space and a possible move out West. The show is full of humor, insight, poetry, and Puerto Rican pride. Chaluisan's smooth-talking narrator introduces the various vignettes with articulate wit and wisdom. One is a heartfelt homage to the original poets of the Nuyorican venue. Chaluisan then tells about a wild day at Amherst College filled with tales of drug-dealing and terrorist acts. He later recalls a confrontation involving a television reporter and the Ku Klux Klan. His unique voice as a writer clearly displays his poetic influences” Elias Stimac - Backstage

Check out "SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1 Part 1 " by El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN - http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan/song/17524205-spic-chic-radio-broadcast-wbgu

Check out "SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1 Part 2" by El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN - http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan/song/17524189-spic-chic-radio-broadcast-wbgu

Check out "SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1 Part 3" by El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN - http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan/song/17524172-spic-chic-radio-broadcast-wbgu

Check out "SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1 Part 4" by El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN - http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan/song/17524161-spic-chic-radio-broadcast-wbgu

Check out "SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1 Part 5" by El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN - http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan/song/17524142-spic-chic-radio-broadcast-wbgu

Check out "SPIC CHIC RADIO BROADCAST WBGU FM 88.1 Part 6" by El Extreme LUIS CHALUISAN - http://www.reverbnation.com/luischaluisan/song/17524122-spic-chic-radio-broadcast-wbgu

Heroin and Wood County Rock Scene

One of the major problems in the Wood County Rock and Roll Music scene is the abuse of opiates (see heroin) by a small clique of thug wanna be rock stars. The list of convicted felons imposing themselves on local venues numbers approximately a half dozen. They are not only involved in alleged dealing and suspected gun running but have been allegedly involved in ripping off other groups door money and reported physical attacks. Bowling Green police and sheriff's department are had on the case on rooting out these individuals who are marring the quality of life in the city. The BG Sentinel Tribune has stepped up to the plate with a two part expose that in essence supports driving both addicts and dealers out of Town. (BG FRONT PAGE SERIES PART 1) It’s an addiction that doesn’t discriminate among race, age or socioeconomic level. It can spread its fingers into a variety of crimes. And like the rest of the United States, Wood County is not immune. Nationwide, the country is seeing a resurgence in heroin, a drug that found an eager audience in the 1990s but had largely faded away in the years since. Now, it’s back in a big way. Across the country, heroin use has been climbing steadily since 2007 among persons 12 or older, according to a government study. The drug is processed from morphine, which itself comes from poppy plants. It can be snorted, smoked or injected, depending on the kind of heroin and its relative purity. Bowling Green police saw a dramatic spike in heroin issues last year. http://www.sent-trib.com/front-page/hooked-on-heroin

(BG FRONT PAGE SERIES PART 2) While the abuse of heroin and its dark, outlying effects — crime and overdoses — are on the rise, so are efforts to fight back against the addiction with treatment efforts and legislation. “It’s a community problem. It’s become a huge community health problem,” said Thomas Clemons, executive director of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS). Sandi Carsey, children’s services unit administrator with Wood County Job and Family Services, said the increasingly pervasive problem doesn’t just impact individual users, but also families. “There’s been an increase in our reports of heroin or opiate use,” she said. “We have had several parents die as a result of heroin use, leaving children without a parent. We’ve also had many overdoses. And that affects the children as well, because parents can’t take care of them and somebody else has to, then.” http://www.sent-trib.com/front-page/heroin-widespread-in-state

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