July 30, 31, 7pm

Actress/poet/musician Caridad De La Luz, a.k.a. "La Bruja" ('the witch') returns to the Nuyorican Poets Café, the landmark venue where she got her start and her stage name, to perform "Brujalicious".

The program adds live music to her unique blend of poetry and theater. De La Luz revisits the characters of her one-woman-show "Boogie Rican Blvd." and kicks rhymes with singer Dimitri Minucci and hip-hop duo from El Salvador, Reyes Del Bajo Mundo. The 90-minute program will feature an as-yet-unannounced tribute event, in honor of late salsa queen Celia Cruz.

La Bruja: "Theater can save people from the realities of our community. I try to show them characters, some reality, through theater, to force them to think about life from a more objective viewpoint. So, sure, you could fall in love with your first and end up pregnant and alone -- but why would you want to do that?...I'm on a mission to show this hip-hop generation that it's not uncool to care about people, do right by your kids, to be responsible to those around you."

Find it: Nuyorican Poets Café
236 East 3rd Street (btwn Avenues B/C), NYC
Get info:(212) 505-8183

Find other dance/theatre events in the July 2004 issue of "Arte Six".