The Cosmopolitan Review: April 20 - April 26

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/20/2017, 12:20 p.m.
Easter and Passover officially mark the beginning of spring and so do the pear blossom trees that are beginning to ...

Easter and Passover officially mark the beginning of spring and so do the pear blossom trees that are beginning to bloom along Lenox Avenue. The warm, sunny days don’t hurt either.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan visited the Catholic Charities of New York’s Bronx Food Distribution Center on Holy Thursday, April 13, to distribute food to clients of the center’s food pantry. The Catholic Charities of New York opened the Bronx Food Distribution Center pantry, located on East 152nd Street, in the Bronx in 2016, to increase access to fresh produce and support services to a network of 26 community-based interfaith pantries and soup kitchens to assist the food insecure and hungry of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.

The 1,050-square foot site has received, sorted and distributed approximately 518,000 pounds of food. More than 376,000 pounds of that food have been distributed to partner programs, which has enabled them to provide 305,000 meals to community residents. Goya Foods is a generous supporter of the Food Distribution Center, having previously donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of New York, much of which is distributed through the Bronx Food Distribution Center.

This year marks a 100-year legacy of service for Catholic Charities. To celebrate, Catholic Charities is launching the next century of providing help and creating hope for New Yorkers in need. Catholic Charities is recommitting to providing basic human services that are efficient, effective, accountable and caring and recommitting to being a valued partner in building the fabric of a caring New York.

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ celebrates the 11th Pastoral Anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson Sr., for his spirit-filled leadership at the renowned church. Canaan, located in the village of Harlem on West 116th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, the home of civil rights activist, the Rev. Wyatt T. Walker. The Pastoral Anniversary celebrant will be the Rev. Dr. Alan V. Ragland, senior pastor of Third Baptist Church of Chicago. The celebration will take place Sunday, April 23, at the 10 a.m. service.

Award-winning writer, director and producer Ron Beverly, whose short film “American Hunger” premiered in New York City and is being developed into a feature film script, is now developing, directing and producing the new play, “Wink.” “Wink” is the story of a homeless and traumatized gender-questioning teenager and Dario Villanova, an ex A-list actor doing B movies, who are down on their luck in Los Angeles. Their kindred spirits bond over music and a death in Dario’s extended family to forge a heartfelt and unconventional love story of surrogate father and child. The cast of five includes, Joshua Dee Jesus, Joe Isenberg, Joe Maruzzo, Jose Joaquin Perez and Nicole Williams. The play runs from April 13 to May 7 at the Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, 155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th Streets.

Look for more exciting things to come from Beverly as Woodie King Jr. is set to revive the acclaimed Audelco Award nominated hit play, “Driving While Black & Other Felonious Funk,” for the 2017/2018 season in October.