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Brazilian Singing Star MARIA RITA Debuts “Voice & Piano” Show in Six U.S.Markets With More Latin Grammys than any other Brazilian Artist, Singer Returns after 8-Year Absence. A Challenging, Intimate Program with Pianist Tiago Costa, Covering Hits from her Four CDs including her 2013 Latin Grammy winner “Redescobrir”.
Tours Ends with Special Tribute to Bossa Nova Legend Oscar Castro-Neves in Los Angeles.
It should be clear by now that Brazilian singer Maria Rita marches to her own drummer. She resisted pressures to sing until she decided it was time. Then she went out and exploded onto the international music scene ten years ago. Numbers never tell the whole story, but in the decade since she has won a shelf full of awards including seven Latin GRAMMYs (more than any other Brazilian artist), has sold more than 2.5 million copies of her four recordings, and has performed in some of most important festivals and venues around the world.
She gracefully negotiated treacherous, impossible comparisons with the late Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s greatest singers -- who happens to be her mother. And then, when she decided it was time, she addressed Elis’s shadow in her stunning show Redescobrir (Rediscover). Its success was complete last year when, Redescobrir Ao Vivo, the live recording, won Maria Rita her latest Latin GRAMMY for the Best Album of Brazilian Popular Music (or MPB in its Portuguese acronym).
So what to do as a follow up? A very personal, stripped-down show of voice and piano. For a singer, it’s the equivalent of doing a high-wire act without a net.
“It is a challenge, but I like challenges,” she says with a laugh, speaking in barely-accented English, partly the result of her years living and studying in the United States. “I’m not a woman who shies away from a challenge. To the contrary, I get excited. It kind of gets me going. If I do the same thing the same way for a long time, I get bored, so I look for different challenges in my career as well as my personal life.”
“I’ve been playing with my pianist, Tiago Costa, for a long time and we kind of breathe together on stage. But these types of performances are a challenge. As a singer, in this setting, you are totally exposed,” she says. “There is very little room for mistakes. You breathe in the wrong place, you hold a note too long, and it all gets magnified. In a way, everything is much louder than when you are on stage with a lot of people around, a lot of noise. And it’s a great challenge not only for the artists on stage. It demands a lot from the audience, too.”
Born September 9, 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Maria Rita Camargo Mariano is the daughter of singer Elis Regina, who died in 1982, and pianist and arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano, whom she has often cited as her greatest influence.
Bloodlines notwithstanding, Maria Rita resisted what to many seemed her preordained path. “I always wanted to sing,” she once explained. “But the issue was not the ‘wanting’ but the ‘why.’ I don’t like to do anything without a reason. It gets easier when you have a goal. The reason became clear when I realized I would go crazy if I did not sing. "
Still, in an interview with National Public Radio in 2004 she noted that “There was this pressure. It was a kind of obligation. I had to sing. It was hard to deal with it at times.” So, instead, at 15 she moved to Chatham, New Jersey with her father, finished high school and enrolled at NYU, graduating with degrees in Communications and Latin American Studies in 2000.
The following year -- she was then 24 -- Maria Rita began singing professionally. Her impressive debut CD, Maria Rita, earned her three Latin GRAMMYs in 2004, including Best New Artist, Best Song in Portuguese (for her interpretation of Milton Nascimento’s “A festa”) and Best MPB Album.
It was followed by Segundo (2005), which earned her two more Latin GRAMMYs; Samba Meu (2007) which also won a Latin GRAMMY and had such an extraordinary popular reception that it toured until 2010; and, in 2011, Elo.
Then came Redescobrir (Rediscover), which started as a tribute concert to Elis Regina on the 30th anniversary of her passing and, by popular demand, grew into a touring show and CD. Maria Rita says the project happened at the right time to address her mother’s music and her iconic presence.
“I had been on stage for more than 10 years; I had a number of albums and awards, so I felt I had nothing to prove,” says Maria Rita. “If there is anybody out there who still thinks I’m only a singer because of my mother, poor you. There is nothing else I can do for you. I’m just doing my thing. I admire my mother too much. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to start my career singing her songs, I didn’t want to intrude in her place. Her place is there and is untouchable. She is immortal.
“As far as the experience, every night I sang I told the audience that I was there not just as a singer but as a daughter. I could see the reaction of the people, how much they felt, how much they miss her. Honestly, to see that was a gift for me. It was a beautiful thing.”
Fast forward to 2014, with Maria Rita celebrating the success of Redescobrir and ready to move on to the upcoming “Voice & Piano” tour, her first in the U.S. in eight years.
As usual, Maria Rita will be keeping things a bit unpredictable and fresh. “There will be songs from the various albums, some songs I have not recorded and I’m sure we will be doing some songs from Redescobrir,” she says.
“Singing in the United States is for me very special. I still have many personal friends there. So I am very excited -- and I also have butterflies in my stomach because it’s a huge challenge,” she says with a chuckle. “But we’ll see what happens!” January 2014
Oct 1, 2013: After the acclaimed show Bibi in Concert at Lincoln Center earlier this year, the Brazilian performing legend Bibi Ferreira returns to New York on November 13 to perform one of the greatest accomplishments of her career BIBI SINGS PIAF at The Town Hall, accompanied by orchestra and chorus. This is the first U.S. performance of the show, which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary, and which has been seen by over 5 million people in Brazil, France and Portugal.
For three decades Bibi has been singing Edith Piaf's repertoire and dramatizing the life of the legendary French singer. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Piaf's death, and with it, a renewed interest in Piaf's art and those who have kept her spirit alive. And no one has done that more dramatically than Bibi Ferreira.
Bibi Ferreira entered the universe of Edith Piaf inadvertently when, after the astounding success of the groundbreaking Brazilian play Gota d'Água (Drop of Water) in the 1970s, she was researching scripts for a new theater project. A friend introduced her to the play Piaf by the English author Pam Gems.
In May of 1983, Bibi Ferreira debuted Piaf - A Vida de uma Estrela da Canção (Piaf - The Life of a Star of Song) at the Ginástico Português Theater (the current Sesc Ginatico Theater) in Rio de Janeiro. With seasons of absolute success in both Rio de Janeiro and in Sao Paulo, where there were more than 700,000 attendees, the show embarked on two large nationwide tours of the main state capitals of the country, remaining a box office record-holder in these theaters to this day.
In 1985, as recognition for the production and for the great dissemination of French culture in Brazil, the French government honored Bibi with the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. The award was given to Bibi by the then-First Lady Danielle Mitterand and the then-Minister of Culture Jack Lang, in a private ceremony held in Brazil.
In 1988, the play went to Portugal with Bibi in the lead role and a Portuguese cast. It remained at the Cassino do Estoril Theater for six months. The play is still considered one of the biggest hits in Portugal.
In 1992, Bibi was invited by the French Consulate and by the Rio de Janeiro City Hall to open Praça Paris (Paris Square) in downtown Rio de Janeiro. For the special occasion, the actress created a new format to showcase Edith Piaf's life and music in the concert Bibi Canta e Conta Piaf (Bibi Sings and Tells Piaf). The concert maintained the singing of the main repertoire of the French singer, tailored with short texts about her life.
In May of 2000, the show debuted in Paris, France at the Dejazet Theater. There were many famous celebrities in the audience, among them Michel Rivegauche, the composer of Piaf's big hits, not the least of which were the first two songs of the show, La foule and La Ville Inconnue. Also attending was, Pierre Ribert, owner of Ediçôes Metropolitanas, editor of Piaf's albums, and the man who personally took care of selecting repertoire with Piaf herself, suggesting songs, arrangements, producers, and musicians.
At the end of the show, Rivegauche hugged Bibi and said, “Bibi, you don't imitate Piaf, you are a great performer, just like Piaf was. Your portrayal of my songs will remain forever in my heart.” And, he added, “You don't only have a quartet accompanying you, you have a 'small orchestra'” (in Paris, the show was performed with only a quartet).
The day after the show, Bibi and her manager and producer Nilson Raman received an email from Pierre Ribert asking for a meeting that would take place the following day. To begin, with a folder and tape in hand, he said, “Bibi, I have had this material with me for many years, in search of a high-level performer and two nights ago, I met you. Your portrayal is rare, few times in my life have a seen an artist with such scenic strength. Ma'am, in these folders and on this tape is the last repertoire selected by Piaf. This was to be her last album. Record these songs.”
In May 2003, Bibi recorded the CD-DVD Bibi Canta Piaf (Bibi Sings Piaf) live at the Maison de France Theater in Rio de Janeiro with a choir and orchestra for the record label Biscoito Fino. Having already been distributed in many countries, it has been highlighted as a “must-have” by the French retailer FNAC, having been featured prominently in the window displays of the stores.
Recently, the French photographer Hugues Vassal, friend of Piaf and the person who documented Piaf's final years, declared that Bibi Ferreira was the only performer capable of reliving the dramatic emotion of Piaf.
On the occasion of the Year of France in Brazil in 2009, Bibi received France's highest artistic honors again, this time with the title of Commander, the highest commendation the French Government can bestow upon a person connected to French culture.
In June of 2013, to celebrate 30 years of her Piaf programs, Bibi debuted a new nationwide tour in Brazil, accompanied by chorus and orchestra, which began with a two-month run at Frei Caneca Theater in Sao Paulo. Two weeks in advance, all of the tickets sold out. The show, which also opens in Rio, is, once again, an absolute success, this time with a whole new generation of critics and concert-goers.
At last, New York will be able to see Brazil's most beloved singer in her most celebrated show, one known to Piaf fans worldwide.
“To Brazilians, the name Bibi Ferreira is to musical theatre what Antonio Carlos Jobim is to samba.” - FORBES BRAZIL
“Bibi proved why she is the most famous singer in Brazil when she brought the house down at Alice Tully Hall” - NEW YORK POST
NEWARK, N.J. – August 22, 2013 – The City of Newark, South Ward Council Member Ras Baraka, Newark Public Art Program Director Damon Rich, Program Manager Perris Straughter, Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center Executive Director Cheryl D. Bush, lead artist Gladys Barker Grauer, arts administrator City Without Walls, and others will dedicate the Newark Public Art Program’s 24th large-scale outdoor painting, titled A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs, on Friday, August 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at David L. Warner Playground at 390 Hawthorne Avenue. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided.
A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs is the 24th large-scale city mural that has been completed since Mayor Cory A. Booker launched the Newark Public Art Program (NPAP) in 2009 as a part of the Newark Planning Office. Newark Murals tell Newark’s stories, celebrating and commemorating under-recognized people, places, and events. For each mural project, NPAP leads a collaboration of a community-based organization, artists and researchers, and young people to design and produce a large-scale outdoor painting. Previous murals may be viewed at www.thisisnewark.wordpress.com.
“We are proud to unveil our 24th large-scale mural since launching the Newark Public Art Program. In four years, we have unveiled two dozen murals to manifest the excellence of our artists, the strength of our neighborhoods and people, and the glories of Newark’s history. This mural honors our rich and continuing heritage as a center for jazz music. I congratulate everyone who helped make this beautiful mural a reality,” said Mayor Booker.
A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs celebrates the city’s history as a hotspot of jazz composition and performance, featuring a lively scene of playing, dancing, and listening. The painting includes the names of 22 legendary Newark jazz clubs including Caravan, the Key Club, Sparkey J’s, and Lloyd’s Manor. It was designed and produced in collaboration by the Newark Public Art Program; community partner and wall-owner the Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center; lead artist Gladys Barker Grauer; supporting artist Melanie Stokes; additional artists and NewarkWORKS students Yasmine DeJesus, Malik Hardaway, Onnie Strother, Nicole Thompson, Lee Johnson, Larry Hilton, Cheryll Fowler, Kaela Berdecia; and arts administrator City Without Walls.
“We envision a city where the physical environment reflects the bold aspirations and deep history of Newark and its people,” said Mr. Rich. “A mural is not just a work of art, but the result of real collaboration among artists, youth, community-based organizations, and residents. That’s how each of these murals tells the story: this is Newark.”
“Newark Jazz Clubs were the pulse of the City’s entertainment from the late 1920s to the 1950s,” said Ms. Grauer. “It was a stop-over for gigs between New York City and Philadelphia for many great jazz entertainers. During the Depression, the clubs were a good business venture, a source of jobs and launched many careers for local entertainers of color. In the mural, the clubs are represented symbolically because so many of the original structures are gone. I attempted to give the viewer a glimpse of the jazz era fashion showing the zoot suit and the conked hair. Of course, ‘Sassy’ Sarah Vaughn takes over the center. The legacy of the jazz clubs lives today on Saturday nights in Baraka's Blues People, Barbara Kukla’s Swing City and WBGO's 24/7 365 Jazz.”
The Newark Public Art Program is an initiative of the City of Newark Division of Planning and the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone to create works of art and design that manifest the spirit and pride of Newark in its public spaces. It aims to bring public art and design into each of Newark’s neighborhoods, cultivating civic and community pride, bringing unexpected visual pleasure to the urban landscape, engaging residents and other stakeholders, and connecting Newark’s young people to community-based artists. To learn more, visit http://www.thisisnewark.wordpress.com
Gladys Barker Grauer (born in Cincinnati, Ohio in1923), is an artist, teacher, and activist. Prior to completing high school she and her family moved to the Chicago. After completing high school Ms. Grauer attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to New York and worked as a freelance artist, became involved in civil rights and political movements, and met and married Solomon Grauer. They moved to Newark’s Clinton Hill section in 1951. While raising a family Gladys and Solomon continued their community involvement. They were among the founding members of the Clinton Hill Neighborhood Council.
In 1972 Gladys Grauer opened the Aard Studio Gallery on Bergen Street in Newark. She helped launch the careers and critical evaluation of numerous black and brown artists. Her gallery addressed the needs of artists of color by providing a forum for mutual support, professional networking, exhibition and selling of their art. Gladys Grauer was one of the founding members of Black Woman In Visual Perspective, an organization of African-American women artists. She served on the Boards of Theater of Universal Images; City Without Walls; and the Newark Arts Council, and mentored young art students through Art Reach.
Gladys’ artwork has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally: from The Newark Museum to Dakar, Senegal. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Newark, Montclair, Morris, and the New Jersey State Museums. She has completed three murals in Newark. Gladys continues to inspire the next generation of artists, and to creatively express through visual discord, her social, political and personal views.
Brasília – Brazil's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Tovar da Silva Nunes, has told Agência Brasil that Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Brazil. However, Silva Nunes adds that the Brazilian government “has no inclination” to answer the request [leaving a request unanswered is diplomatic language for rejecting the request].
A former employee at the United States National Security Agency (NSA), Snowden is accused of espionage for publicly disclosing details of internet and telephone surveillance around the world by US federal agencies.
WikiLeaks reports that Snowden has sought asylum from 21 countries. Faced with growing rejection, Snowden has accused the US government of putting pressure on international leaders to force his extradition back to the US.
Police are patrolling a senior citizen housing building in Englewood, New Jersey, around the clock. Three people were arrested there late last month, after complaints of prostitution and drugs.
Two of them, a 75-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, were residents but are being evicted. A 54-year-old woman is their alleged accomplice. All three faces drug charges.
Police say the man admitted to providing prostitutes to some of his younger neighbors inside the building. More charges could be filed.
The city’s housing authority runs the low-income housing for seniors.
"Aldo Baldin, A Life For Music" under the baton of producer Marcelo Nigri
by Micki Mihich.
In pre-production stage is one of the most-important-to-be documentaries about Brazil and music, "Aldo Baldin, A Life For Music". No, there is no Samba nor Bossa Nova here, both very well-represented in countless other documentaries from "terra brasilis"; more than a musical category, even though the documentary deals with classical music, the film is rather about an instrument - Brazilian tenor Aldo Baldin.
If you are acquainted with the lyric singer's work, you'll certainly be pleased to know that finally we'll have a definitive proper documentation about the great Brazilian vocal artist. And if you don't know him, then you're proof of the documentary's importance.
Born in Urussanga, a small city in the state of Santa Catarina, Baldin sang with some of the most acclaimed maestros in the world, such as Helmuth Rilling, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Henrique Morelenbaum, Riccardo Muti, Karl Richter, Herbert von Karajan, among others; he was one of the biggest interpreters of Bach, as well as Mozart's and Verdi's; he was one of the most prolific tenors in existence, both in chamber music as well as in lyrical, with over 500 performances in 60 different operas and 300 oratories, having 150 recordings (over 60 in CD). Counting all his registered performances all over the world, including radio and TV, there are over one thousand works. Baldin was even the recipient of a Grammy, having been the greatest Brazilian lyrical singer, and one of the greatest in the world.
With the noble purpose of bringing to the fore and preserving the memory of this Brazilian giant, from his humble beginning in Santa Catarina's countryside to the international acclaim, through his struggles and challenges in Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro until his moving to Germany, "Aldo Baldin, A Life For Music" has already been garnering its due support. "We've been awarded the Feature Film Project Research and Development Grant from the Santa Catarina Government", states proudly producer Marcelo Nigri. The film also has the unrestricted support from the Baldin family, "Which is extremely important", declares the producer, "Not only for the support per se and legitimacy added to the project but also for the unique source materials provided". Nigri refers to the quasi-unlimited photographic, videographic and discographic archives on the tenor, maintained by his widow, Irene Flesch Baldin, and their two daughters, Serena and Sofia.
The film also has a director from Urussanga, the same city as the tenor's, Yves Goulart, director of the multi-awarded "Beyond The Light", also produced by Nigri. "The presence of Yves in the project obviously is due to his professional quality and unique vision as director, and also because he's a big fighter for the preservation and promotion of Baldin's memory", says the producer, "But of course, the fact that both artists share the same roots makes that an extra special item in an ideal marriage".
Natural from Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Nigri came from the world of the dance, where he already used cinematographic
elements in his choreographies. "The dance, as much as cinema, always were very present in my life", reveals the producer, who's also a choreographer, "The image in movement in cinema is also choreographic and that has always fascinated and inspired me".
Nigri has several projects in different stages of production, all focused in Brazilian culture, one of which being about dance, as expected. "To reveal the 'other Brazils' through art has always been my target", says the producer, who presently resides in New York, "We should not forget, for instance, that our musical gifts also go beyond the Samba and the Bossa Nova. And nobody better than Aldo Baldin to prove it".
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April 7th, 2013- Manhattan School of Music
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New York, NY - April 7, 2013: Brazilian Soprano, Caroline Braga is noted for her beautiful lyric sound and expressive communication with her audiences. Miss Braga will be giving a solo recital at the Manhattan School of Music in early April. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in the States, Ms. Braga incorporates her Brazilian heritage in her programming. Caroline will preform a set of classical Brazilian “Modinhas” set by Ernani Braga. Her program will also include works by Respighi, Strauss, Schubert and Luigi Denza.
In 2012 Caroline’s work caught the attention of Grammy-winning Brazilian television actress, singer and children's television show host, Xuxa, who then featured Caroline on her television show. Caroline has also caught the attention of many Brazilian Television shows like Fantastico and Planeta Brasil. Ms. Braga has also attended various summer programs including the Académie Internationale d'Été de Nice, France, Walnut Hill Summer Opera Program in Italy, and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Caroline continues to preform frequently and will soon be preforming a recital series to benefit keep classical music alive in Brazil.
Caroline is the recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Scholarship, the Governor's Award for Music Excellence and the Jeffrey Carollo Music Scholarship. Caroline is in the undergraduate program at the Manhattan School of Music where studies with Marlena Malas.
New York, N.Y., February 15, 2013. – Montenegro and Raman Productions proudly present Brazilian musical theater icon Bibi Ferreira in her New York City debut celebrating her 90th birthday. The legendary singer, director, producer, and star will appear in a one-night-only performance backed by a 21-piece orchestra. Bibi Ferreira: BIBI IN CONCERT, Brazil’s Musical Icon, will take place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
To Brazilians, Bibi Ferreira means musical theatre in the same way Antonio Carlos Jobim means bossa nova. Over an 8-decade career, she directed, produced and starred in an incredible array of shows, ranging from classic Broadway musicals (she was the pioneer director of these productions in Brazil) to TV specials, opera, even an appearance in the 1947 cult movie The End of the River, which featured Indian-born actor Sabu. She won plaudits for her stage tributes to Portuguese fado star Amália Rodrigues and French chanson star Edith Piaf. Her Piaf performance enjoyed a record-breaking 28-year run in Brazil, winning her the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest accolade for an artist.
Even at age 90, Bibi continues to play to sold-out audiences in Brazil, with fans including national superstars like Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethania. In 2012 alone she performed over 75 concerts in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to a total live audience of almost 80,000 fans. Brazilians who could not attend her live performances watched the HD broadcast of her show in over 37 movie theatres nationwide. Bibi’s extraordinary, multifaceted career also earned her a 1-hour special recently on “Programa do Jo,” Brazil’s top rated evening entertainment program with a viewing audience of 4.6 million.
The Lincoln Center concert showcases the rich variety of her repertoire with songs by famed Brazilian composers including Pixinguinha, David Nasser, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque, intermingled with selections from American theatre classics and works by Irving Berlin, Edith Piaf and Amalia Rodrigues.
“I’m excited about performing in New York -- but cautious,” says the tireless singer. “It’s a great responsibility, but I’m looking forward to it.”
“Bibi Ferreira: Bibi in Concert, Brazil’s Musical Icon”
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:00pm
Lincoln Center -- Alice Tully Hall / Starr Theater
70 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Ticket Prices $40, $75
Tickets at: 212-875-5000
Newark, NJ – March 18, 2013 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnership Margarita Muñiz, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, State Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, former soccer star Claudio Reyna, Johnson & Johnson Vice President and General Counsel Mike Ullmann, Just One Soccer League Executive Director Oscar Rodriguez, FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil mascot “FulecoTM,” and other dignitaries will welcome the 2014 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to Newark today, Monday, March 18, at 4 p.m., at Heavy & General Laborers Local 472, located at 700 Raymond Boulevard, in the City’s East Ward.
The ceremony, originally set for Essex County Riverfront Park, is being moved indoors due to the threat of inclement weather.
Youth soccer fans attending the event will be able to test their soccer skills and win a prize in a “Free Kick Challenge,” participate in fun soccer activities and interact with Safe Kids, a worldwide organization that provides proven and practical resources to protect children from unintentional injuries.
The trophy, hosted by Johnson & Johnson, as part of their “Healthier Kids” initiative, is designed to increase physical activity and help address the problem of childhood obesity. Johnson & Johnson is the official healthcare sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM.
WHO: Mayor Cory A. Booker, East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnership Margarita Muñiz, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, State Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, former soccer star Claudio Reyna, Johnson & Johnson Vice President and General Counsel Mike Ullmann, Just One Soccer League Executive Director Oscar Rodriguez, FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil mascot “FulecoTM,” and other dignitaries.
WHAT: Will welcome the 2014 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to Newark.
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2013
WHERE: Heavy & General Laborers Local 472
700 Raymond Boulevard