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El Extreme "Honking and Shouting" Little Otis / Press

"Luis Chaluisan I am awestruck by your expression of my impact on your life. I recall you as being a brilliant young man who had clear goals and an intense determination to achieve those goals. I think you would have done well if you had never met me. But I am glad our paths crossed and I am sure that you have inspired (are inspiring) people you have met. All the best and continued success to you."

“Very Grateful for acceptance of my work in Bowling Green and archiving of Sentinel Tribune Newspaper Articles by Arts and Entertainment Editor-Reporter David Dupont. Archive of all previous articles (7) Thanks! El Extreme Luis Chaluisan Salsa Magazine”

“There's only ONE Luis Chaluisan...and YOU be HE!!! We have to get another gig in Germany! It is wonderful to see all the things you are doing in Bowling Green, and any place in the World where you spread the word HIPPIFIES every place forever and changes the life of every person who is there with you. And since you can only reach one person at a time, whoever you are with wherever you are is ALWAYS Carnegie Hall. And whenever the audience outnumbers the band you are BUSTNG THE CHARTS!!”

“From Mambo to Hip Hop features well known figures in salsa -- Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, footage of Tito Puente and Machito, as well as key figures in hip hop including Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Charlie Chase plus Nuyorican Poet El Extreme Luis Chaluisan. Yet this is not a film about the stars but about a neighborhood, the South Bronx, a neighborhood that gave rise to and nurtured generations of artists (including the stars). The story captures an interplay of people, place, and music that produced internationally significant cultural movements in one of the world’s least likely places.”

“Luis Chaluisan subject of documentary Rocker Roller Rican scheduled to premiere on Time Warner Cable in June. Since leaving Amherst Luis has, among other things, performed and published his poetry, performed in street heater, performed in rock and roll and salsa bands, been a television producer and written his memoirs, which were the inspiration for an Off Broadway play, Spic Chic (2001-2004) Amherst College Spring 2014 Alumni Issue Jordan Lewis”

“New film tells Luis Chaluisan's story. Luis Chaluisan has become a familiar figure in downtown Bowling Green. Not that anyone would ever think he's from here. He was born in Puerto Rico in 1957 and raised in the North Bronx where his family moved when he was 7, and his voice has the quick, colorful clip that betrays his upbringing. A new documentary "Rocker Roller Rican" out on DVD tells about his life and its intersection with the emerging Nuyorican culture in the 1970s and 1980s in New York. "Rocker Roller Rican" will be screened at the Connection Center during art walk throughout the afternoon on April 26 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. in downtown Bowling Green. It'll also be screened by WBGU-PBS, where Chaluisan worked in the 1980s, in May. The hour-long film traces Chaluisan's ancestry back to the Basque region in Europe, through Haiti to Puerto Rico.”

“If former media mogul turned performance artist Luis Chaluisan is half as entertaining on stage as he is over the phone, there's every reason to see his show Spic Chic at the Ibiza nightclub in Riverdale. Let the man talk to you for a half hour about his life and he'll make Jack Kerouac look like Emily Dickinson. Don't be surprised if, during the course of his show, you hear about his interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, his adventures salsa dancing in a German opera house, and a television exposé that almost led to his having a violent run-in with a grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan. (In an interview published in the New York Daily News, this international man of mystery was quoted about his association with Chiapas rebels in Mexico!) Although Chaluisan is well traveled, he now spends most of his time in the North Bronx -- where he was raised -- with his New Edge Theater company.”

“If I may interject now, this is from Federico Garcia Lorca's perspective. He completely downplayed the part of getting published. His thing was to go out there and to put his work out as a performer. He would stand up and recite. The reason I was attracted to Nathan and his work is because of the project he proposed to me about filming poets. Yes, it is good to have things on paper but to capture the emotion of the poet and their message, that is what is important. Especially, since we have the technology now to capture those poems, it is important that it is done for any community. That is why I have been busy setting up a platform, on a much bigger scale, so that the poet does not have to continuously perform out there. It is like let's capture this person and let's edit him so it is not just him standing there doing it but maybe mixing up mediums so that it gets it back to the spirit of what Lorca was all about. Lorca, to me, was a complete radical.”

“‘Minority poetry’ on the money Your article on the impact of hip-hop on inspiring and diversifying American poetry is perceptive (“Minority poetry inspires call to action; Speakers in Toledo recall heritage seldom taught in school,” Sept. 23). The respect earned by poets whose work is dedicated to their communities is beautifully illustrated by your examples of Manny Caro, Luis Chaluisan, and Melvin Douglas Johnson. I attended the National Poetry Slam Finals in Boston in August. Hundreds of poets from across America took part. They are the generational offspring of the poets your article importantly identifies. JOEL LIPMAN University Of Toledo”

“Luis Chaluisan you have done so much for salsa music keeping it in the eyes and ears of so many. Your poems, music reviews and general news reach the masses and you shed light on the new, when people thought it was lost. We the salseros of today through your post and news letters have been noticed and seen around the world. Your words breath life into the new salsa world order and the future of salsa. Ron Renaissance and I (Jose Vazquez-Cofresi) feel blessed and honored to be recognized by you, Izzy and The Salsa Magazine and crew. Your comparisons to legends humbles us and we only hope we can fill those big shoes. The award we have been bestowed makes us proud of our sacrifices, faith, and keeps us pushing forward. As I have mentioned to you in the past you,Izzy, and The Salsa Magazine should be awarded for your work, mission, and journalism. Words cannot fully express our gratitude for everything. We enjoyed spending the short time we had with you, the rock, blues, and poetry.”

“Bold messages By the early 1970s, new poets like Gil Scott-Heron, the Last Poets, and the Watts Prophets were combining spoken word poetry with jazz and delivering bold new messages. Their works were dripping with anger, bitterness, and sarcasm, reflecting the broiling emotions many Chicanos and blacks were feeling at the time, said Luis Chaluisan, 55, a longtime poet, retired TV show host for Telemundo, and professional salsa musician. “Groups like the Last Poets connected with people because they were illustrating how we were feeling inside,” said Mr. Chaluisan, a Puerto Rican who grew up in New York’s South Bronx. “It grew out of our culture" “The combination of poetry and music seemed like a natural fit.” Mr. Johnson and Mr. Chaluisan, who now lives in Bowling Green, don’t think poetry is losing popularity with today's youth. Its popularity is more obvious in larger cities, they say.”

“WHY THEY CALL HIM “MR. SALSA” In 1978, the presigious GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) magazine published a profile of Izzy Sanabria in which it stated: Known as "Mr. Salsa" because he almost single- handedly popularized the term "Salsa" (during the 1970s) which the world now recognizes as the name for New York’s Latin Music. Sanabria is something of a Puerto Rican Toulouse Lautrec as well. His bold colorful posters plastered throughout the walls of New York documented and immortalized Salsa’s (subculture) events in much the same way Lautrec’s posters immortalized the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Izzy's album cover designs and illustrations also set new standards of quality in Latin music packaging and provided the world with its first visual imagery of Salsa”

“Poet Performer recognized for groundbreaking work. Performing since the 1970's Chaluisan, a Wakefield resident, says he is honored by the recent recognition of his work ... but says "My goal has been to develop the art form and bring it to people who generally don't see it."”

“PLANET LOVETRON TAPES AN EPISODE FOR TELEVISION Luis Chaluisan, host of the weekly show "Planet Lovetron" on WBGU FM is exploring a way to bring his venture to television. The goal of the show is to promote the performing talent in NW Ohio. The local area, he said, has as much talent as other areas like Ann Arbor. "It's just not as hyped, not as commercialized." He said he wants to bring a taste of all genres including rock, hip hop and jazz. In addition to local talent, Chaluisan will draw on his ties with Salsa Magazine to include video from international Salsa Performers.”

“El Extreme was the most innovative combo that I heard cranking out a compelling blast of pure fun that smashed the barrier between funk, rap, jazz and blues. They call their music "Psychotic Latin Blues," and that's exactly what tey sounded like- a great big Captain Beefheart-meets Sun Ra in Puerto Rico Jam. EDITOR & PUBLISHER Stephen Leon Metroland Albany NY”

“Nippertown Flashback Friday: El Extreme, 1990 "Poet, actor, playwright, singer-songwriter and one of the most charismatic, manic Nippertown frontmen of the early ’90s, Luis Chaluisan led his sometimes madcap, always marvelous mambo-hip-hop band El Extreme (full name – La Gran Orquesta El Extreme) through many memorable shows back in the day, showcasing such fondly remembered nuggets as “Biscuit Head” and “Why Must You Funk Up My Life? Isn’t it about time for an El Extreme reunion? " What Is Nippertown? Nippertown is an online magazine based in the greater Capital Region and Hudson Valley regions of New York and western Massachusetts, writing about local art, music, theater, film and anything else that interests us. We’ve been publishing since May, 2009. Mailing Address: Nippertown c/o Dark Wood Design PO Box 1786 Albany, NY 12201 ”

“When Salsa Magazine honored the top Latin music perfomers, it tapped resources in Bowling Green to do so. Local disc jockey and web TV pro ducer Luis Chaluisan with Maria Hernandez helped promote the competition. Using resources of WBGU FM and WEPAwebTV votes were tallied from around the world. More than two million votes were cast with Karibu El Son Del Caribe of Costa Rica bringing in almost 1.4 million to top the fan favorite list. The Puerto Rican band Orquesta Siglo XXI was a distant second with 632,835 votes. In all 290 acts received votes in the balloting which ended Aug. 31. The online magazine selected the top 40 performers for recognition. Performers came from both Latin American and North American, and included performers from Paris and Munich, Germany. When it came time to send out awards, Chaluisan, who lives in Bowling Green, contracted with Becky Laabs of art-a-site! in downtown to create the trophies. The awards were mailed out this week. Online. Salsamagazine.com ”

“Luis Chaluisan est interviewée sur Echale salsita émission de radio Interview on French Radio (Paris) PARIS - Pour sa rentrée 2010-2011, Radio France avec ses 13,5 millions d'auditeurs quotidiens a affiché mardi la sérénité face à ses concurrentes privées, préférant s'attaquer à deux chantiers: le redressement de sa radio jeunes "le Mouv'" et l'audience en berne de France Musique. Alors que France Inter sort d'une période chahutée, le patron de Radio France Jean-Luc Hees a tenu à rappeler que le climat dans la deuxième radio d'info généraliste française, était pacifié. Secouée par le départ de Stéphane Bern, parti sur RTL après onze ans de "Fou du roi", le directeur de la station, Philippe Val mise désormais sur Isabelle Giordano, avec "Les Affranchis" de 11h00 à 12h30.”

“Toledo gallery launches hi-def Latino TV station The producers of a Bowling Green-based online television station focusing on arts, activism and multicultural issues in Northwest Ohio are set to launch a spinoff station in South Toledo focusing on Latino issues.WEPAwebTV, which broadcasts free in high-definition via Veetle.com, has attracted 2 million plus viewers with its mix of local and national original programming since it started in March 2010, said co-producer Luis Chaluisan. The station’s new venture, BARRIO SETV, will be housed in a 2,000-square-foot space inside La Galeria de Americas, a gallery on South Broadway Street that promotes cultural awareness and tolerance through art. Maria Rodriguez-Winter, founder and owner of La Galeria, donated the space, which includes oak wood floors, natural and broadcast lighting, an overhead projection booth, broadcast and recording facilities and a 150-foot antique service counter. Sarah Ottney Toledo Free Press”

“Latino performer ready to heat up BG arts scene Doesn't even take a question to get Luis Chaluisan started. The words come in a colorful torrent with the humor and eloquence of a practiced performer and poet whose stage name is El Extreme. Raised in the north Bronx, he's hosted jam sessions and poetry slams and staged an off-Broadway play in New York. That play "Spic (for Spanish People In Charge) Chic" has taken him to Europe, where it was especially popular in Germany. The Center for Puerto ­Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York has archived his papers. His work in television writing and production has taken him across the country from Connecticut, where he worked with Bill O'Reilly, to Washington State. And in 1982 to Bowling Green where he worked for WBGU-PBS hosting shows. He moved away in 1985, to among other things finish up a 10-year-in-the-making degree from Amherst College. Dupont BG Sentinel Tribune”

“Luis Chaluisan's Spic Chic (S.panish P.eople I.n C.ontrol), a about one peculiar Puerto Rican from the Bronx, features vignettes that include meeting the original poets of the Nuyorican Poets café in 1977, an expose of drugs and terrorism at Amherst College, a bizarre confrontation with the KKK while working as a reporter with CBS affiliate in Hartford, Barber shop salvation with Brother Powell and his hair trimming evangelists, neighborhood conspiracy theories about the Twin Towers attack, and the effort of a one legged pistol packing former call girl to save her marriage with a bank robbery.”

“Vom 12. bis 20. Juni 2004 fand in Bonn wieder die Biennale für zeitgenössisches Theater statt. In diesem Jahr war das Programm der Theatermetropole New York gewidmet. Als Beitrag der lateinamerikanischen Szene der Stadt präsentierte die Biennale auf der Werkstattbühne des Bonner Opernhauses "Spic Chic: Lola Magdalena" von Luis Chaluisan. Der New Yorker Theatermacher puertoricanischer Abstammung inszenierte in der aus drei seiner aktuellen Stücke arrangierten Collage einen Parforceritt durch das Leben eines Latinos in der Ostküstenmetropole. Wie im klassischen Schelmenroman schildert der reuelose Puertoricaner ohne Selbstmitleid aus der Perspektive von links unten skurrile Begegnungen sowohl innerhalb der eigenen Community als auch mit dem weißen angelsächsischen Establishment.”

“And they are often found not only reading but also acting and singing in their own shows and performance pieces. ''Spic Chic,'' a one-man show opening at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe this month, features poetry, music, drama and monologues to portray Puerto Rican pride in surviving life in the United States. Luis Chaluisan, 44, the show's creator, calls it ''the further adventures of an unrepentant Rican with no self-pity.'' ''You know what a Nuyorican is?'' Mr. Chaluisan asked. ''It's someone who finds solutions. How do I surmount this?'' MIREYA NAVARRO NY TIMES”

"The prodigal poet returns. Bronx-born entertainer Luis Chaluisan was a member of the Albany performance poetry scene in the late 1980s.``Spic Chic,'' which has been attracting attention in New York, has roots in Albany. One of its characters, named El Extreme, grew out of a ``Johnny Tapdance'' routine by Chaluisan's Albany rock 'n' roll band, also called El Extreme. Chaluisan have since taken the show to a string of New York venues including Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Bowery Poets Club, Dewitt Clinton Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement Playhouse and Musical Theater Works. Chaluisan's three month run at the Chelsea Playhouse was nominated for an Audelco Award (which honors work that generates understanding and awareness of the arts in African-American communities)." MICHAEL ECK Staff writer Section: LIFE & LEISURE Albany Times Union

“David Amram's `Upbeat' Memoir A Riff On A Full Life "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" (Paradigm; 322 pages; $23.95) "is filled with an almost manic glee, a hunger for experience, knowledge and kinship that is positively infectious. Former Albany Poet/musician Luis Chaluisan makes an appearance in a chapter titled "Natural Ambassadors," which focuses on Amram's efforts in the Latin musical community." MICHAEL ECK Albany Times Union”

“An exceptional surprise. Juan Moreno, Diario La Prensa --Diario La Prensa”

Juan Moreno - Diario La Prensa

“I think Spic Chic is strong stuff, right in the Nuyorican tradition. Poems and then stories back into poems that are often emotionally moving. A self exploration in a non-chronological history consistent in language and point of view, it is clearly a highly personalized work that is successful in the Nuyorican free-style genre and successful in the broader sense as well. David Henderson, author, ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child”

“In an era when spoken-word poetry has carved out a niche in slam competitions and even on HBO's Def Poetry, Chaluisan's work is old- school - often as literate as it is lyrical, stuffed with images drawn from New York City life. Clem Richardson, NY Daily News --NY Daily News”

“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”