Hollywood Monday: Chicago- Cell Block Tango and When You’re Good To Mama

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Chicago (2002) is an American musical comedy-drama film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name. Both the movie and the stage play explore themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film stars Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones and also features Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Mya Harrison and Desmond Richardson.  Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Tamia – You Put A Move On My Heart and Strangler In My House

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Tamia Marilyn Hill known professionally as Tamia, is a Canadian born singer-songwriter whose music spans several genres: R&B, neo soul, hip hop soul, pop, gospel, jazz and soft rock. She is best known for her first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts You Put A Move On My Heart, and her 2001 hit Stranger In My House. Tamia is married to retired NBA player Grant Hill and they have two daughters; Myla Grace and Lael Rose. Read More »

Wildin Out Wednesday: John Leguizamo is Manny The Fanny (1992)

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John  Leguizamo is Manny the Fanny from his 1992 comedy special, Mambo Mouth. This comedic genius takes us on an adventure into a taboo underworld (circa 1992). Manny the Fanny is a transgender Latina living and surviving in New York City. Leguizamo speaks on many levels, using comedy to address real life issues still confronting this subculture, and to also address universal themes. Twenty-two years after this skit aired these challenges still prevail- the denial the inalienable rights afforded all for our citizens. Like most artist ahead of their time Leguizamo remains an underrated talent. Read More »

O&A This Week: July 22- 27, 2014- Art, Dance, Film and Theatre

By Walter Rutledge

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This week summer is in full force and so are the arts. We have art in Soho, dance on the Westside and Chelsea, Shakespeare in Harlem and a great lady of the theatre portrays the great Lady Day. Here are some of the many events happening in that city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: John Bubbles- Cabin In The Sky

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Cabin in the Sky is a 1940 American musical with music by Vernon Duke, Lyrics by John La Touche, and a musical book by Lynn Root. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 25, 1940. It closed on March 8, 1941 after a total of 156 performances. It was directed by Albert Lewis and staged by George Balanchine. The Broadway production starred Ethel Waters as Petunia Jackson, Dooley Wilson as Little Joe Jackson, Katherine Dunham as Georgia Brown, Rex Ingram as Lucifer Junior, and Todd Duncan as The Lawd’s General. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Billie Holiday- Strange Fruit and Encore Performance- My Man

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 Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915. An American jazz singer and songwriter she was nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo that had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing.

Holiday was recording for Columbia in the late 1930s when she was introduced to Strange Fruit. The song is based on a poem about a lynching written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx. Meeropol used the pseudonym “Lewis Allan” for the poem, which was set to music and performed at teachers’ union meetings. Read More »

Wildin’ Out Wednesday: Chris Rock- No Sex (In The Champagne Room)

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Christopher Julius “Chris” Rock III was born on February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina. Rock grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and credits his performance style to his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock. The comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director ranged from stand up, to television (Saturday Night Live) to film. His acclaimed 2000 HBO comedy special Bigger and Blacker produced the music video No Sex (In The Champagne Room). Read More »

O&A This Week Tuesday, July 15- Sunday, July 20, 2014 : Dance and more

By Walter Rutledge

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This week the fireworks are in the footwork. Dance is exploding all around New York City. There is the entertaining and avant-garde in Chelsea, Latin rhythms and Afro-beats free in the parks, and “the Russians are coming” to Lincoln Center. Even Fire Island is on fire! Here are a few of the many events happen are the city that never sleeps that will guarantee to keep you Out and About. Read More »

Inspirational Tuesday: When you don’t give up..You cannot fail!- The Derek Redmond Story by Connie Lynne

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It was Monday night, August 3, at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. At the track and field stadium, the gun sounded  for the 400-meter semifinals. About 100 meters into the race,  Britain’s Derek Redmond crumpled to the track with a torn right  hamstring. Medical attendants rushed out to assist him, but as they  approached Redmond, he waved them all aside, struggled to his feet, and crawled and hopped in a desperate effort to finish the race. Read More »

Hollywood Monday: The Wiz (Movie) You Can’t Win- Micheal Jackson and No Bad News- Mable King

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The Wiz is a 1978 American musical, adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown Productions and Universal Pictures. It is an urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and a big screen version of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical The Wiz. The movie featured an African-American cast including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Ripsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mable king, Richard Pryor and Lena Horne. The movie included many songs from the Broadway musical few a new songs by Ashford and Simpson and choreography by Louis Johnson. Read More »

Publicolor: Making A Colorful Difference In The Lives Of Young People

By Walter Rutledge

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Publicolor fights poverty by creatively addressing our alarming dropout rate and empowering at-risk students to plan and prepare for college and a career through a continuum of design-based, commercial painting and academic support programs. The organization hosts a number of unique and creative events throughout the year. These initiatives celebrate the students’ achievements, thank the donors and volunteers, and raise awareness and much needed funding for programs. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Bette Midler- Wind Beneath My Wings

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In 1988 Bette Midler, co-starred with Barbara Hershey in the film Beaches. The accompanying soundtrack remains Midler’s all-time biggest selling disc, reaching No. 2 on Billboard‘s album chart and with U.S. sales of four million copies. It featured her biggest hit, Wind Beneath My Winds, which went to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and achieved Platinum status. Midler won her third Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Read More »

Hollywood Monday: Carmen Jones- Gypsy Song – Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum

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Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist and original music by Bizet. Aside from the 3 beauties, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll, there are at least 3 more present and future stars here! As Carmen enters the club, the stunning woman with the pony-tail is famous beauty/dancer Carmen De Lavallade. Next two are fabled drummer Max Roach, and albeit just for a couple of seconds, Alvin Ailey!

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O&A With Rita Rubino: Building Beautiful July 4th Buffets

By Rita Rubino

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Okay, it’s party day. You’ve worked for days, maybe weeks cleaning the house, emptying the refrigerator, slaving over a hot stove or grill. Why not make the most of you food display? You can build a beautiful buffet with ordinary items from around the house. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Bobby Womack- If You Think Your Lonely Now

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Robert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career spanned more than 50 years and spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel and country. Bobby Womack died on June 27, 2014 at age 70.

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Memorial Service For Mary Anthony

By Walter Rutledge

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A memorial service will be held for modern dance pioneer Mary Anthony on Sunday July 13, 2:30pm at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. Read More »

Wildin Out Wednesday: Key & Peele – Substitute Teacher (part1) and encore performance

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Key & Peele is a sketch comedy television show on Comedy Central. It stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv. Each episode of the show consists of several pre-taped sketches starring the two actors, introduced by Key and Peele in front of a live studio audience. The sketches cover a variety of societal topics, often with a focus on African-American culture and race relations.

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NYC Pride: Gospel Artist Makes Medical Discovery (reprint)

By Walter Rutledge

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This article originally appeared in Harlem World Magazine in the summer of 2010 shortly after the Deitrick Haddon/Tonex twitter scandal broke. The gospel world had made subtle references and caddy humorous comments for years about Tonex’s flamboyant gospel stage show. When Tonex confirmed rumors about his sexuality on the Lexi Show I was perplexed at her reaction. Instead of embracing the gospel artist for his courage as being one of many gospel gay artists who decided to serve God in truth, she decided to capitalize on the publicity this revelation would bring to her cable show and took the traditional African American bigoted church stance to Tonex’s declaration. This was extremely perplexing since the aspiring gospel singer (Lexi) had no problem working with any gospel artist who could advance her own stalled singing career.

What was equally as shocking was the gospel industry’s sudden and immediate alienation of Tonex. Artists who had promised him work (both on concert and on network television) suddenly reneged. Many of them were “Southern Christain Straight Men” (code for married, BUT on the “DL”) and others (after the threat of being outed by the media) professed their absolution from their “gayness”. The latter loudly denouncing their lifestyle and sang praise to their sudden heavenly cure with the same mouth that had willing enjoyed the forbidden fruit.

Through all this hypocriticy Tonex (now B. Slade) stayed above the fray. He just pressed on. When our article and interview originally aired we received an avalanche of hate mail. YouTube still gets weekly commits that quote scripture, degraded B. Slade and they pray he will find his way back to God and the church. What they fail to acknowledge is the church turn its back on him; and after talking to B. Slade it was clear he was still a child of God- a child to a loving and accepting God.

I republish this article today to let all of God’s children know to be proud of who you are. God loves you for all that you are, all that you do, and who ever you love. And to challenge you to question the hate mongers. As in the case of Pastors and avid selfie photographers Reverend Eddie Long and now Dietrick Haddon, in the words of William Shakespeare, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.

In other words the louder they shout the more they probably have the most to hide. Stay strong and stay strong in who you are. God loves you! Happy New York Pride. Read More »

Dance Of The Village Elders Perform at Ailey School

By Walter Rutledge

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Dance of the Village Elders, a dance and fitness class designed for senior citizens, will hold their end of year demonstration and performance on Tuesday, July 1, 6:30pm at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joan Weill Center for Dance, 455 West 55 Street at 9th Avenue in Studio 5A/5B. The 60-minute presentation will include a demonstration of the fitness training and movement program, the audience is encouraged to join in. Read More »

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center To Present A Song For You: An Evening With Dudley Williams

By Walter Rutledge

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The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center will present the final PEEKS performance on Monday, June 30, 7:30pm at the Actor’s Fund Arts Center 160 Schermerhorn Street. The series will conclude with A Song For You: An Evening With Dudley Williams. Dancer and teacher Dudley Williams will discuss the creative process and collaborative relation he shared with choreographer Alvin Ailey, which lead to the creation of the ballet Love Songs. Read More »

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center: Dancing the Single Life (part 2)

By Walter Rutledge

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Dancing the Single Life (part 2) concluded the choreographer’s showcase portion of the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center three-day New York season at the Actor’s Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street. For the second night five choreographers were presented each testing the boundaries of contemporary dance. It was an engaging terpsichorean event defined by cutting edge, innovative and provocative choreography. Read More »

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center: Dancing The Single Life (part 1)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center opened their three-day New York season at the Actor’s Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, with the first installment of Dancing The Single Life. The concert features five solo works by five choreographers Germaul Barnes, Gierre Godley, Amy Grant Hall, Jason Herbert and Christopher Rudd. It was an evocative evening of dance works by cutting edge dancer makers. Read More »

O&A Hollywood Monday: The Rocky Horror Picture Show- Sweet Transvestite

By Walter Rutledge

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and Horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. It stars Tim Curry, Susan Saradon, and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre and Belasco Theatre productions. Read More »

Dance Of The Village Elders: Seniors In Step

By Walter Rutledge

Dance Of the Village Elders, a program of Harlem Hospital Center and Ailey Arts in Education and Community Programs, are seniors who keep in shape by keeping in step. The dance and fitness class in residence at Harlem Hospital uses movement-based exercises to strengthen muscles, increase cardiovascular function and mobility and to have fun! Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: Air-otica from the movie All That Jazz

By Walter Rutledge

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All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse’s life and career as dancer, choreographer and director.

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The Real Lesson in The Pleasure of The Lesson

By Walter Rutledge

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On Thursday, June 11, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented the world premiere of The Pleasure of the Lesson by choreographer Robert Moses. The work is a rich, sumptuous erotic adventure danced with an unbridled fervor by an ensemble of ten dancers. Read More »

Linda Celeste Sims: Pure Light

By Walter Rutledge

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Outstanding performers have always been the hallmark of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Dancers that consistently test the technical and artistic boundaries of modern dance remain a fundamental part of founder Alvin Ailey’s continuing legacy. Artists Carmen DeLavalallade, Dudley Williams, Judith Jamison, Miguel Godreau, Linda Kent, Sara Yarborough, Sarita Allen, Gary deLoatch, Desmond Richardson, and Renee Robinson all possessed an innate ability beyond technique, a God given gift that unfortunately cannot be taught. When the stage lights hit these special individuals it is refracted into dazing, flawless, pure light that pulls you in… moth to flame. Celeste Linda Sims is pure light. Read More »

Apollo Gala: Honors The Place Where Stars Are Born And Legends Are Made

By Walter Rutledge

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The annual Apollo Gala has become one of the premiere uptown events. The star studded casts and celebrity laden audience recalls the glamor of the original Harlem Renaissance. This year the format was slightly different; instead of paying homage to a music legend, we were invited to honor the legendary Apollo Theater on the concert hall’s 80th anniversary. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Labelle- Lady Marmalade (1975) Plus Encore Performance

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In 1971 Patti Labelle and the Bluebells changed their name and their musical style and reinvented themselves as Labelle. Their funk rock recordings of that period were cult favorites and they were raved for their brash interpretation of rock and roll and for dealing with subject matter that was not touched by black groups. Read More »

The Apollo Gala Celebrates 80th Anniversary Tonight

By Walter Rutledge

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The Apollo Theater 2014 annual Spring Gala will take place on Tuesday, June 10, at 7pm. The Gala will depart from its tradition of inducting legends into the Apollo Hall of Fame, this year’s Gala will celebrate the eight decades of artistic brilliance that has been presented on the Apollo stage since 1934. The evening will include special tribute performances by the some of the music industry’s biggest artists, including Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, The Isley Brothers, and more. Wayne Brady returns as the Gala host, this is the Emmy Award-winning and Grammy nominated entertainer’s second consecutive year as host.

Proceeds from the 80th anniversary bash will support the Apollo’s year-round performing arts programming, innovative education initiatives, and community programs. To purchase Gala tickets or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater, call 212-531-5347. For more information, visit apollotheater.org.

Dance Theatre of Harlem New York Season 2014 (Review)

By Walter Rutledge

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 The Dance Theatre of Harlem held their New York season at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27. Two very ambitious programs were offered featuring works by five choreographers. The season, which had something for everyone, could best be described as uneven. Read More »

Hollywood Mondays: Harlem Nights- Eddie Murphy and Della Reese Fight Scene

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Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. The film also featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx  (In his last film before his death in 1991), Della Reese  and Murphy’s brother Charlie Murphy. Murphy and Pryor star as a team running a nightclub in late-1930s  Harlem, New York while contending with gangsters and corrupt police officials. Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: Dman In the Waters (1998)- Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Dance Company

Shall We Dance628x471Bill T. Jones choreographed D-Man in the Waters in 1989, when the mortal danger of AIDS was at a high tide. The work celebrates the buoyant spirit of dancer Demian Acquavella. He had AIDS and died in 1988, but “swimming in its waters” are many others, including Mr. Jones’s partner and company co-founder, Arnie Zane, who had died in 1988. The cast includes Miguel Anaya, Stefanie Batten Bland, Germaul Barnes, Eric Bradley, Catherine Cabeen, Christian Canciani, Rosine Leblanc, Toshiko Oiwa, and Daniel Russel Kubert. Read More »

Mary Anthony Dance Legend Dies (November 11, 1916 – May 31, 2014)

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Mary Anthony, a national treasure and legend of modern dance, died in her dance studio home in the East Village in New York City on May 31, 2014 at the age of 97. Anthony was recognized as one of the leaders of the modern dance movement both as a choreographer and an exceptional teacher. Read More »

From the Horse’s Mouth- Tribute to Frederic Franklin

By Walter Rutledge

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From the Horse’s Mouth performed their three-day, three performance run from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 at the Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts. The series celebrated the life and career of Frederic Franklin. It was not only a fitting tribute to a dance legend, but also a joyous homage to a life well lived. Read More »

To Dances For a Variable Population’s cast of Solstice Steps- Thank You.

By Walter Rutledge
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Dances For a Variable Population (DVP) will present Solstice Steps for three free performances Friday, June 20 at 6pm and Saturday, June 21 at 5pm and 7pm at the West Harlem Piers Park. Presented as part of the Riverside Park’s Summer on the Hudson series Harlem Dances, the production will feature a cast of over 50 performers and ranging in age from 25 to 85; including professional dancers, dance luminaries and community-based senior citizens. The world premiere performances features choreography by DVP’s Founder and Artistic Director Naomi Goldberg Haas, and invited guest choreographers and performers including Loretta Abbott, George Faison, Sandra Genter, Dyane Harvey, Walter Rutledge, Dudley Williams and Robin Williams. Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort – Mikhail Baryshnikov

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White Nights is a 1985 American film directed by Taylor Hackford and choreographed by Twyla Tharp and stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini. The movie opens with an abridged version of Roland Petite’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort. The ballet was given the full Hollywood treatment. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: American Woman- Lenny Kravitz

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Leonard AlbertLennyKravitz (born May 26, 1964) is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. Read More »

O & A Inspirational Tuesday: The American’T Dream (The Purse Suit Of Happyness) Spoken Word by Suli Breaks

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When the name Suli Breaks is mentioned, one or all of three of the following words spring to mind; charismatic, controversial and conscientious. A lover of the written and spoken word, Suli Breaks is a visionary undaunted by the restrictions found in conventional poetry, leading him to push boundaries in a bid to inspire and inform a generation. An artist, speaker and writer, Breaks is often considered an inspiration by those who have met, watched or listened to him. Read More »

O & A With WaleStylez: A Bathing Ape for ZOZOTOWN 2014 “BAPE SOCCER” Collection

By Adewale Adekanbi

a-bathing-ape-for-zozotown-2014-bape-soccer-collection-1As the 2014 Brazilian World Cup approaches, A Bathing Ape takes the opportunity to celebrate with a special “BAPE SOCCER” collection for ZOZOTOWN, which also celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. Incorporating signature visual elements from both brands including BAPE’s iconic camo, the collection features both special edition BAPE and ZOZOTOWN soccer balls, a zip-up sweatshirt and sweat shorts as well as polos and tees carrying flags from various countries of the world. The collection will also features a special Milo Soccer tee and gold-on-black ZOZOTOWN 5th Anniversary tee.

Look for the collection soon at authorized BAPE dealers and ZOZOTOWN when it opens for pre-order on May 17 until June 25. The tees will deliver mid-August and the soccer balls in mid-September.

Hollywood Monday: The Great Dictator- A Memorial Day Tribute

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We chose this film clip to honor the brave men and women in our Armed Services. It is also a reminder that restraint and the wisdom to avoid a rush to judgement/violence makes us truly strong. War should always be the last and most regrettable option. Maybe if the Three Stooges, George, Dick and Donald (that’s George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld) had remembered this movie 4,486 American soldiers would still be alive and 32,226 others would not have been maimed or wounded in an unnecessary war. They paid the ultimate sacrifice because of WMD – Words of Mass Deception. Read More »

Kymera Dance 2014 New York Season

By Walter Rutledge

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Kymera Dance began their 2014 New York season on Sunday, May 25 at the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium, JCC in Manhattan. The season featured two world premieres by commissioned artist Amy Hall Garner and Artistic Director William Isaac. The performance was a well-balanced and artistically succinct program, which successfully conveyed both choreographers’ intents and individual styles. Read More »

Gospel Sunday: Tramaine Hawkins- What Shall I Do and I Never Lost My Praise

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 Tramaine Hawkins (born Tramaine Davis) is an American gospel singer, who has won Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards. Tramaine Hawkins was born October 11, 1951 in San Francisco, California. She grew up in the Ephesian Church of God in located in Berkeley, California, pastored by her Grandfather the late, Bishop E.E. Cleveland. Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: David Parsons- Caught

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David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterpiece, Caught, features more than 100 leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer who is repeatedly trapped in mid-motion by the strobe lights, to create an illusion of flight.  After thousands of performances, worldwide, for nearly thirty years, Caught continues to thrill audiences at every performance. Read More »

Elisa Monte Dance at Ailey Citicorp Theater

By Walter Rutledge

EMD Gala Lonely Planet by Pascal Sonnet 2 Elisa Monte Dance presented a three-day season at the Ailey Citicorp Theater Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 17. The company offered four works by company member Joe Celej, Associate Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher and Artistic Director Elisa Monte. The concert was a focused and consistent testament to the company’s 33-year modern dance legacy. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Walk This Way- Run D.M.C. and Aerosmith

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Walk This Way is a song by American hard rock group Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry the song was originally released as the second single from the 1975 album Toys in the Attic. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1977. When it was covered by rappers Run-D.M.C. on their 1986 album Raising Hell it helped revitalize Aerosmith’s career. Read More »

Wildin Out Wednesday: Chappelle Show- The Niggar Family

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Chappelle’s Show offered Dave Chappelle’s street-smart, thought-provoking and hilarious brand of comedy. The series premiered on January 22, 2003, the Comedy Central Network. The show ran for two complete seasons and a third, truncated season (dubbed The Lost Episodes). Read More »

On The Run- Jay Z and Beyonce Tour Promo Video (part one)

Jay Z and Beyoncé have released a star-studded commercial for their upcoming joint tour. Styled as a mock film trailer, the three-and-a-half minute clip features Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Díaz, Emmy Rossum, Blake Lively, Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones.

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O & A With WaleStylez: Bamford Watch Department and Dr. Romanelli Brutus Deepsea

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Continuing their longstanding collaboration with Los Angeles-based designer Dr.Romanelli, Bamford Watch Department presents the Special Edition Brutus Deepsea. A progression of the Bamford Watch Department and Dr. Romanelli Popeye vs. Beetle Bailey series, the Brutus Deep sea comes equipped with a striking dial and unique colorway inspired by Popeye’s nemesis. Features include the Bamford Watch Department’s signature military-grade titanium coating, as well as custom-made hands inspired by Brutus.

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The Brutus Deepsea comes packaged with a two-year warranty, a lifetime coating guarantee, a watch tool, and an exclusive poster, commissioned by BWD and Dr. Romanelli and created by Hearst Communications/King Features for this collaboration.

The collaborative timepiece is part of an exclusive and limited edition of 20 pieces and is available to purchase now. For more information and to order, please contact the Bamford Watch Department  info@bamfordwatchdepartment.com. Price is available on application.

O & A With WaleStyles: 5525 Gallery and KIJIMA TAKAYUKI Panama Hat

By Adewale Adekanbi

 

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There is a hat trend at the moment, yet finding the right one still feels like a quest. While Pharrell might look cool in his Vivienne Westwood Mountain Hat, we have to be honest, that most of you would not be taken too serious. With summer around the corner, a nice woven straw hat is of course the best choice, as it let’s the air breeze and it is light. Today we come across two beautiful options from 5525gallery and KIJIMA TAKAYUKI. The collaborative Panama hat is very minimal, also skipping the hat band, which we enjoy a lot. Two colors of the hat are now available from United Arrows Men’s store in Tokyo.

Inspirational Tuesday: Find What You Love – Steve Jobs

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“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. “- Steve Jobs Read More »

Clive Thompson: The Graham Years (Part Two)

By Walter Rutledge

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The life of a bank clerk at the Government Savings Bank in Kingston, Jamaica was not going be Clive Thompson’s fate; he had been a performer for most of his life. Clive and his sister Norma had been childhood favorites in the local talent shows and were part of the “opening act” in Children’s Corner Club at the Saturday matinees. After seeing the Katherine Dunham Dance Company perform and a chance encounter with modern dance teacher Ivy Baxter he began formal dance classes.

Then the aspiring dancer saw the Martha Graham film A Dancer’s World, and he was determined to go to New York and study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. During the summer of 1960 Clive had the opportunity to represent Jamaica at dance festivals in Cuba and Trinidad; and it was shortly after returning he decided to use his accumulated vacation time to visit New York City. He had no idea that this trip would be his “escape” from the confines of this mundane banking job, and the next great chapter in his artistic journey.

Clive arrived in New York City on August 17, 1960, and was met at the airport met by his Aunt Hazel and Uncle Boysie De Mercado.  Hazel, a registered nurse, and Boysie, an electrical engineer, had immigrated many years earlier in pursuit of the American dream.  The couple lived on Pacific Street in Brooklyn; and was eager to help their nephew navigate the city, and make a new life in the America’s most celebrated metropolis.

They not only provided him shelter, but also kept a protective and watchful eye of the young Jamaican transplant.  “I had to be home by ten clock. If I was late my Aunt Hazel would lock the door and I had to knock to get in”, chuckled Clive. There was a warm look in his eyes as he recalled those times.

Boysie accompanied him to the Graham School, paid his ten-dollar registration fee and bought him a ten-class card for twenty dollars. During his second week of classes a small, diminutive women can into class and sat in the back of the room. The class suddenly exploded with energy and a surprising vigor. A bewildered Clive said to myself, “ What’s the matter with these Americans? They’re crazy! One minute they’re groaning and the next they are working like mad.” Before the end of the class the woman approached Clive and announced, “I am Martha Graham may I speak to you?”

Clive had only seen Graham in the film where her magnetic presence made her a cinematic giant. When Clive stood up he immediately towered over modern dance’s high priestess. Unbeknownst to Clive an introduction and scholarship request from the United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.) in Jamaica had alerted Graham to his New York visit and desire to study dance. Her mission that day was to observe him and access his potential.

Graham summoned him to her office and told him, “Clive I must have you on scholarship”. By day’s end Clive’s Visit Visa was changed to a Green Card, allowing him to work twenty hours a week. His class schedule also increased he was now taking two Graham classes, a ballet class and a choreography class with Louis Horst daily. He rose to the challenge of his hectic schedule and quickly adapted to his new environment.

“I was filled with excitement at the energy and wonder of New York City, with its Skyscrapers and never ending activities. I jumped right into the fray. It was as if my entire life in Jamaica was a preparation for my new life, which was about to be born.  I wanted to see everything relating to dance and meet everybody in dance that I could only see in the books that I have read”, recalls Thompson.

The exuberance quickly led to fatigue. On his afternoon break he would find a spot outdoors and take a nap on a bed of newspaper. Soon the hot “Dog Days” of August became a cool autumnal September, and Clive found refuge in a cinema on Second Avenue. “After my first class, I had between twelve and two free and I’d go to a movie theater on Second Avenue to sleep. Two sweet little white headed ladies who ran it would wake me up at a certain time and after a while I didn’t I didn’t even have to pay to get in.”

He finally did adjusted to his daily schedule and it soon changed from rigorous to routine. It took him less than six months to go from beginner classes to the advanced class. One day Graham came into the studio and said, “ I need a boy”. She smiled and said to Clive “Oh there you are, come.” He joined her in studio three, “Lift Helen” she requested. “She just wanted a strong boy to lift Helen McGehee, who was playing the Goddess”, laughed Clive. Graham, Helen McGehee, Clive and the pianist worked for only twenty minutes, and were able to create the entire section in that first rehearsal.

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By the time One More Gaudy Night, debuted in the 1961 season Clive’s role had been expanded and developed from Helen’s strong man into The God. Clive had also gone from a student in the school to a soloist in the company. He not only performed in classic Graham works such as Clytemnestra, Acrobats of God, Errand Into the Maze and Canticle For Innocent, and created role for him in Secular Games, Circe and Cortege of Eagles.

This was a very significant time in his development; and Graham became a major influence in the young dancer’s professional and personal life. “Martha, for me, became a mother, because I was very young, naïve and fresh from the islands. And I learned so much. When she was doing Phaedra she didn’t retell the entire tale handed down through the ages, but used one moment, trying to find out why Phaedra acted as she did to her stepson.”

“She works on that in her imagination, speculating on the reason why, and this is a wonderful approach to dance and theater, because you get involved in character. The characters unfold and become real individuals. From the moment the curtain goes up you’re telling, reliving the story right until the curtain comes down. It all unfolds with you, by you, on the stage.

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It was during this time Clive met Elizabeth Jane Lauter a dancer, choreographer and teacher. They were married on March 21st 1963. Three years later their son Christopher Eric Thompson was born and Martha Graham became his Godmother. This was an exciting and fulfilling time for Clive. In the off-season Clive became a “gypsy” dancing in the companies of Talley Beatty, Katherine Durham, Geoffrey Holder, Pearl Lang, Walter Nicks, Pearl Primus, YURIKO and the Toronto Dance Theater.

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By 1970 Clive wanted an artistic change and decided it was time to leave the Graham Company. “I remember after my difficult decision walking despondently across Sixty-third Street and running into Dudley Williams, who had been with Graham, and left long ago. He said Kelvin Rotardier was injured and Alvin Ailey needed somebody. I’d worked with Alvin in the off-season, but now I had five days to learn an entire new repertoire, and that’s when I became exclusively Ailey’s.

Look for Part 3: Alvin Ailey coming in June

 In Photo: 1&2) Clive Thompson (2. in Clymenestra) 3) A birthday party for Louis Horst at M.G’s. L to R – Louis Horst, Liz Thompson, Clive Thompson,  Martha Graham and Jose Limon. Seated back to camera Helen McGehee..4) Liz, Clive and Christopher Thompson

Photo Credit: 1) Jack Mitchell 2) OLEAGA  3) Martha Swope-NYC 4) Herb Migdoll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood Monday: Sweet Charity Double Feature

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Sweet Charity, full title of which is Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved, is a 1969 American musical film directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, written by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and costumes by Edith Head. It stars Shirley MacLaine and features John McMartin, Sammy Davis Jr., Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly and Stubby Kaye. It is based on the 1966 Tony Award winning stage musical of the same name, which Fosse had also directed and choreographed. Read More »

The late King Of Pop claims 1 album in 50 Countries Worldwide

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Michael Jackson’s new album Xscape has topped the digital charts in more than 50 countries after its release earlier this week, Digital Spy reports. The King of Pop’s set of eight unheard tracks has been given a contemporary reworking by acclaimed producers such as Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, JRoc, Stargate and John McClain. Read More »

The World According To Sidra Bell

By Walter Rutledge

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Sidra Bell Dance New York presented the New York premiere of garment Thursday May 15 at the Baruch College Performance Arts Center.  The work by choreographer Sidra Bell had a running time of 60 minutes without an intermission. In many situations a protracted work of this length would have been an intolerable dirge, whose only redeeming quality was that it allowed the audience a short early evening nap. But this was the world according to Sidra Bell, and in her environmental fantasy fest we were on a non-stop roll coaster ride of subliminal and metaphoric imagery. Read More »

O & A This Week In NYC: Where to Go And What To See- May 18 – 24

By Walter Rutledge

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What a beautiful day to start the week! Today is a perfect day to get out early for a great brunch before walking for an even greater cause. This week, as always, New York has too many places to go and things to see. Here are a few suggestion to get you Out and About this week in NYC. Read More »

Gospel Sunday: Don’t Cry For Me- Cece Winan Live from Whitney Houston’s Funeral : With Special Dance Performance

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Priscilla “CeCe” Marie Winans Love is an American gospel singer, who has won numerous awards, including ten Grammy Awards and seven Stellar Awards. She has sold 16 million records worldwide. Cece Winans is also the best selling female gospel artist of all time, and one of the most famous female gospel artist in history. Winans was a good friend of Whitney Houston and godmother to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. On February 18, 2012 Winans performed Don’t Cry for Me and at Houston’s funeral, at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.  Read More »

O & A In NYC Saturday After Dark: What’s Happening Late Night

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

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The rain has stopped and the weekend looks warm and sunny. So there is no reason not to take advantage of all New York has to offer tonight. You can see a  movie, dance til the wee hours and still find a place to “chow down” before the sun comes up. Here are a few suggestions to get you Out and About in NYC Saturday After Dark.    Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: The Dying Swan by Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

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Charles “Lil Buck” Riley (born May 25, 1988) is a Los Angeles-based dancer and occasional model from Memphis, Tennessee who specializes in a style of street dance called Memphis jookin’. He gained popularity after director Spike Jonze  used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance of  The Dying Swan by Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma.  Read More »

O & A in NYC Friday After Dark: What’s Happening Late Night

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

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This weekend we are going to party on both land and sea. The King is back fighting monsters in the city that never sleeps. And after that last dance, last call, and last one to leave-  you can get a real bite to eat uptown, downtown and across the bridge. Here are a few suggestion to get you Out and About Friday After Dark. Read More »

Vivian Reed is Back!

By Walter Rutledge

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The multi-award-winning singer, actress and dancer Vivian Reed is back. After a self-imposed hiatus from performing to care for her ailing mother, Reed is back to the business of entertaining. On Tuesday May 20 she is not only back on stage, but also back at 54 Below, 254 W 54th Street, for one performance at 9:30pm. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Naughty By Nature- Hip Hop Hurray

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Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. They are known for being one of the few rap acts who were able to balance success on the pop charts with hardcore rap credibility. Hip Hop Hurray was released in 1993. Read More »

Dudley Williams: The Consummate Artist

By Walter Rutledge

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In 2004 I had the first opportunity to work with Dudley Williams. It was shortly before he retired from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after his 40-year association with the company, which included being a muse to founder Alvin Ailey. Now ten years later I have worked with him every time an opportunity presented itself.  This spring season I have the distinct honor to work with Dudley on two different projects. Read More »

Sidra Bell Dance New York Will Premiere garment This Week

By Walter Rutledge

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Sidra Bell Dance New York will premiere garment during the second week of their New York season Thursday, May 15 through Sunday, May 18 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave at 25th Street. This is the second New York premiere by choreographer and Artistic Director Sidra Bell during the company’s New York season. Tickets are $25 and are available at baruch.cuny.edu.

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On Monday, May 12, we sat down with Sidra to discuss a wide range of topics. These included a conversation about her new work garment, her choreographic process, and her artistic vision. If you haven’t experienced the art of Sidra Bell and the artistry of Sidra Bell Dance New York this week will be an excellent opportunity. For our readership outside of New York Out and About NYC Magazine will stream the performance live on Sunday, May 18 at 7pm.

 

 

 

O & A With WaleStylez: Filson NYC Store Opening

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Heritage outdoor apparel and gear brand Filson has opened a new outpost in New York City. Located in the city’s NoHo district, the new location houses the brand’s signature luggage and outerwear, as well as its new collection of camera bags produced in conjunction with Magnum Photos. Highlights of the interior design include a lush living wall by Satoshi Kawamoto aka Greenfingers, a wall of reclaimed wood from the Williamsburg Domino Sugar factory, and a 42-star flag from the year that Washington became a state. If you’re in the area, be sure to pay the store a visit : Filson 40 Great Jones St. New York United States

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O & A with WaleStylez: Air Jordan Future “Volt”

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Jordan Brand unveils a Volt color way of their increasingly popular Air Jordan Future silhouette. The sneaker sits alongside the Dark Army Black–Sail color scheme and features the same futuristic, minimalistic style we’ve come to appreciate about the lifestyle shoe. Look for the Air Jordan Future Volt to release on May 17 straight from nike.com. Retail for the Air Jordan Future Volt $150.

NEWSTEPS a choreographer’s series at Chen Dance Center

By Walter Rutledge

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The Chen Dance Center presented NEWSTEPS a choreographer’s series for three performances Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10. Fives emerging choreographers were selected to present new works; each choreographer was given rehearsal space and feedback from the selection panel. The extremely audience friendly one-hour performance was presented in the center’s intimate theater; which provided an ideal environment for the budding dance makers to present their work. Read More »

Hollywood Monday: Sidney Poitier- In The Heat Of The Night

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In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 DeLuxe Color dramatic mystery film directed by Norman Jewison starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, and Warren Oates. The movie is based on the 1965 John Ball novel of the same name, which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs (Poitier). Tibbs is a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. Read More »

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT FOR 1800 TEQUILA LIMITED-EDITION BOTTLES

1800_basquiat_skull_v1_f1800 Tequila continue their Essential Artist series with the exciting addition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artworks to their bottles. 1800 has worked with a selection of artists to create limited-edition bottles in the past, but the brand has never done multiple designs from one artist, as seen with this Basquiat collection. The special tequila bottles each feature an original replica of his work, and are available in liquor stores starting this month.

O & A This Week in NYC: A Guide to Where To Go and What To See May 11 thru May 17, 2014

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

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Happy Mother’s Day! Sunday is the ideal day to take a special woman in your life to brunch. Regardless of the borough there are great places to go citywide. After brunch there are also events for every taste and fancy that will help get the week started on the right note. In New York City there are so many things to do, everyday can be Mother’s Day. Here are a few suggestions to keep you Out and About This Week in NYC. Read More »

Gospel Sunday Happy Mother’s Day: I Remember Mama- Shirley Ceasar

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Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams, known professionally as Shirley Caesar is known as First Lady of Gospel Music. The singer, songwriter and recording artist career has spanned over six decades. Ceasar is a multi-award winning artist, with eleven Grammy Awards and seven Dove Awards to her credit.  Read More »

O & A Saturday After Dark in NYC: A Guide To New York At Night. May 10, 2014

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

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It’s Saturday ! Although the weather is not cooperating with plans for a sunny Saturday around town the weather will not matter when the sun goes down. Tonight Harlem swings with jazz, in Midtown a new hotspot opens and as a new monster blockbuster looms over San Francisco the Japanese original is in New York tonight. Here are a few suggestions to get you Out and About Saturday After Dark in NYC.  Read More »

O & A Friday After Dark: What’s happening late night in NYC. May 9, 2014

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

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It’s Friday night so lets get the weekend started right. And as always New York has something for everyone. There are dance clubs, jazz tributes, movies and places to get a cheap late night drink and food. Here are a few suggestions to help get you Out and About Friday After Dark. Read More »

Ballet Hispanico Brings Machismo To The Joyce

By Walter Rutledge

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The first thing that becomes strikingly evident is the company’s strong roster of male dancers and their dominant role in the present repertoire. There is bravura and an unabashed machismo that exudes from the male performers; and to the credit of Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the persona doesn’t come across as a theatrical facade. Instead the dancers exude a confidence and comfort in the choreography.

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Umbral by choreographer Edgar Zendejas draws the audience into the ethereal world surrounding the beloved Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Although Dia de los Muertos coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s and All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

Jamal Callender and Joshua Winzler open the work, they share the stage with a motionless group of dancers, who sit with their backs turned. The encounter is more of a shared experience than a traditional duet. The imagery shifts from comforting and supportively sharing body weight, to haunting and surreal as Winzler muffles Callender’s silent screams.

As the dance moves from duet to octet the quality shifts to weighted movement working through deep second position plies and lunges. The sound of heels dropping to the floor in unison produce a heart-stopping thud. Joshua Preston striking lighting creates a cavernous eerie subterranean world. The ideal place to be introduced to the white faced skeletal figure of death performed with great intensity by Mario Ismael Espinoza.

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Espinoza’s long thick curly hair, high/lifted upper torso deportment and commanding presence were reminiscent of former Bejart principal dancer Jorge Donn. The treatment of the abstract narrative, combined with the rich use of symbolism and imagery presented a decidedly European esthetic. Two such sections are a movement for six men, and a section for the female ensemble.

A ring cell phone interrupted Espinoza’s solo. He walked to the edge of the stage and shushed the “offender”, as the ringing continued the audience also became annoyed and a few people vocally supported Espinoza. When a group of five male dancers joined him on stage to assist in chastising the person it became clear the audience had been duped. The section that followed was a fluid and lyric section with the male ensemble moving Espinoza in a series of lifts and supported movements.

When the ensemble women danced with Espinoza they stripped to the waist, dancing in place with their backs to the audience. Eventually they began to move across the stage; and strategically placed hands or arms kept them covered and chaste. The section had a cleverly designed enticing “peek-a-boo” effect.

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Sombrerisimo by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa was a delightful up-tempo dance for five men, capturing the company’s credo of empowered male dancing. Christopher Bloom, Jamal Rashann Callender, Alexander Duval, Mario Ismael Espinoza and Johan Rivera Mendez expressed a bravado and unabashed male bonding through the guise of their hats. The ensuing dance featuring acrobatic tableaus, group lifts and partnering, and individual movement statements sprinkled with Latin social dance. With to a copulation of music by various artists including Banda Ionica featuring Macaco el Mono Loco and Titi Robin Sombrerisimo moves with an ease of an uptown ballroom.

Inspired by the surreal Belgian artist René François Ghislain Magritte, who famous images of men in bowler hats began with his 1926 painting The Musings of a Solitary Walker. In Magritte’s work the symbolism of the hat in many of his work is shared identity. Ochoa uses the hats to create unity while establishing to dancers individuality.

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The world premiere of El Beso by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano closed the program. The work was dedicated the many variations of a kiss, and he approached the task with a combination of charm, passion and humor. After an orchestral fanfare Johan Rivera Mendez opened the work with a simple walk down stage, his ensuing solo responded to the pizzicato music with quick, crisp, tight movement that resonated through his entire body.  Sansano used this section to establish the work’s pacing and introduce the style for the group sections that would be reintroduced in the latter part of the ballet.

The opening encountered featured an aggressive Kimberly Van Woesik and a restrained Mendez. Mendez fended off Woesik’s overt advance with considerable gentlemanly diplomacy and the dismissive kiss was affectionate but clearly platonic. The encounters that followed ran the osculatory gamut.

The centerpiece of the work was an unexpected encounter between  Christopher Bloom  and Jamal Callender. The interlude began upstage of a giant fringed shawl. The triangle corner of the shawl fell behind the proscenium, and the fringe cleverly divided the stage into two rooms creating the illusion of a bearded curtain.  Callender and Winzeler eventually moved from the upstage room to the space in front of the fringe/curtain choreographically changing their encounter for the audience from mysterious to personal.

With a fixed intensity Callender walked downstage on the diagonal and literally “lip locked” Bloom. Sansano was able to make this an artistic and passionate moment that was more titillating than salacious. Callender, an artist of considerable depth, and Winzeler also deserve credit for their interpretation, which could have easily slipped into melodrama or camp.

Sansano returned to his original movement impetus for a rousing finale the economically capturing the energy of the coda. Mendez also repeated his opening promenade signaling the end of the work. In the hands of a less experienced choreographer this would have been predictable and, therefore, anti-climatic; here it was a welcomed and appropriate concluding moment.

It is worth repeating that over the last three seasons, under Vilaro’s stewardship, the company has moved in an exciting new direction. This Ballet Hispanico has become an ambassador of the Latino experience, focusing more on the culture and heritage of people of Spanish decent from the Western hemisphere. The company now is a technically proficient modern dance ensemble with strong balletic undertones, giving them the prowess to speak in many choreographic dialects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O & A With Joy Ohayia PhD. Eating Healthy While Being Social!

By Joy Ohajia PhD.

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How many of you dine outside of your home during the week? How about on weekends? I know the answer depends, but for the most part we find ourselves consuming foods away from home…breakfast on the go, lunch meetings, dinner meetings, vacations, etc… We are enjoying our life! Making a lifestyle change does not mean YOUR life has to stop. Read More »

O & A NYC: Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center Presents PEEKS works-in-progress

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The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center began their spring performance season with PEEKS works-in-process on May 1 at the Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Two choreographers Ranardo-Domeico Grays and William Isaac were each given thirty-minutes each to present works in progress. Both choreographers shared their developing dances and creative process with an enthusiastic and supportive audience. Read More »

Hollywood Monday: Stormy Weather

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Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20 Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an African-American cast. The film is considered a primary showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time. Read More »

Gospel Sunday: When Sunday Comes- Daryl Coley

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 Daryl Coley began performing with Edwin Hawkins in the Edwin Hawkins Singers. He played keyboards for The Hawkins Family from 1977 until he left to collaborate with James Cleveland in 1983. Later, he served as musical director for Tramaine Hawkins when she launched her solo career. Concurrently, Coley branched out in secular circles, singing in jazz clubs, working with artists like Sylvester, Pete Escovedo, and others. He would later collaborate with jazz artists such as Nancy Wilson and Rodney Franklin, and pop artists such as Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire fame. Read More »

O & A NYC Saturday After Dark: A Guide to New York at Night

By Walter Rutledge

New York after dark is a one of a kind experience. The whole city comes alive and there is something for everyone. From good jazz in the village to a party uptown, the city rocks til the break of dawn- and then some. Here are a few suggestions to enjoy NYC Saturday After Dark. Read More »

O & A NYC After Dark: The Friday Night Guide To New York at Night – May 2, 2014

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

New York in May is a great time of year. The weather is slowing moving into the 70′s. Jackets replace coats, and t-shirts and short sleeves are back! That means those gym bodies will start to unveil all that winter work- people watching has returned. So let’s get the weekend of to a memorable start! Here are a few suggestions to get to Out and About After Dark Friday Night. Read More »

Shall We Dance Friday: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers – Cheek To Cheek from Top Hat

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Top Hat was the most successful picture of Astaire and Rogers’ partnership, achieving second place in worldwide box-office receipts for 1935. The film was written by Allan Scott and Dwight Taylor. It was directed by Mark Sandrich. The songs were written by Irving Berlin. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails and Cheek to Cheek have become American song classics. Some dance critics maintain that Swing Time contained a finer set of dances,Top Hat remains, to this day, the partnership’s best-known work. Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Janet Janet- Love Will Never Do (Without You)

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Love Will Never Do (Without You) is the seventh single from American R&B and pop singer Janet Jackson fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week. The song became Jackson’s fifth number-one single, the final of seven top five singles from the album. This made Jackson the only artist to achieve seven top five singles from one album. Read More »

O & A With WaleStylez: Latest Sneaker Releases April 12, 2014

By Adewale Adekanbi

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There are a lot of great releases this month. Many are planning to “drop” before the Easter holiday. Here are a few of the freshest Easter kicks that will have your friends “hoppin” with envy and the “honeys” shaken there cottontails. Read More »

O & A After Dark- What’s Happening This Weekend Late Night April 11- 13, 2014

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This weekend promises to feel like spring has finally sprung. So there is no excuse not to take full advantage of the city that never sleeps. In most places the freaks come out at night, but in New York City there out 24/7/365. Here are a few suggestions to get a bird’s eye view of all the sights when your Out and About After Dark. Read More »

O& A: Shall We Dance Friday- Maurice Bejart: Bolero featuring Jorge Donn

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Maurice Bejart choreographed Bolero in 1960 for the Ballet du XXe Siècle (Ballet of the Twentieth Century). In Bolero Béjart returns to the spirit of his 1959 Rite of Spring, by negating the easy choices of a picturesque exterior in favor of a stripped down simplicity. He gives the central role, the Melody, to a solo dancer and the ensemble is described as the Rhythm. Argentinian dancer Jorge Donn was best known for his work with Bejart. His theatricality and androgynous attack epitomized the 80′s.

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Paul Taylor’s Marathon Cadenzas

By Walter Rutledge 

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Paul Taylor’s Marathon Cadenzas, his 141st work, premiered on Friday, March 14 at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The ensemble work for twelve dancers was inspired by the 1969 Sidney Pollack film They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, which depicts a depression era dance marathon. Read More »

Out and About in NYC March 16 – 22, 2014

By Walter Rutledge

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New York City is all about art. Photography, music, painting, dance, film and the art of the deal are what makes New York the cultural Mecca of the world. There is something for everyone, the high brow and the well-heeled can find it here. So if you are looking for inspiration or just entertainment here are a few suggestions to get you Out and About this week. Read More »

NYC After Dark: March 14, 2014

It’s the weekend! Whether you get together with family, friends or go solo New York has something for you when the sun goes down. Here are a few suggestions so you too can have a “Yebba Dabba Doo Time” of your own. Read More »

O & A With Walestylez: Surface To Air- Paris meets Soho

By Adewale Adekanbi

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In 2000 érémie Rozan and Aldric Speer founded Surface to Air. It was originally conceived as a consulting laboratory, producing creative campaigns, music videos, gallery shows, a clothing collection that includes collaborations with several musicians and artists, a restaurant and a nightclub in Brazil and two retail stores. After selling its collections of cool minimalist sportswear at stores like Barneys New York and Bloomingdale’s for years, the company finally opened the first New York store at 27 Mercer Street on September 8, 2012. Read More »

Paul Taylor Dance Company begins 60th Anniversary Season Tonight

By Walter Rutledge

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The Paul Taylor Dance Company begins their New York season today at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The season marks the 60th anniversary of the company and the third consecutive season at Lincoln Center. During the three-week engagement, Tuesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 30, the company will present 22 works that span Founder/Artistic Director Paul Taylor’s seven decades of dance making. Read More »

Out and About in NYC March 9 – 16, 2014

By Walter Rutledge

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We are still two weeks from the beginning of spring, but the arts scene is already heating up. Sunday is a great day to start your art adventure. Here are a few of the many events taking place in the city that never sleeps. Read More »

NYC After Dark

By Walter Rutledge and Adewale Adekanbi

maxresdefaultThis weekend its about a party. New York comes alive when most of the world goes to sleep.  And for those who enjoy the city after the stroke of twelve here are a few places that just might turn you into a dancing machine. Read More »

Lupita Nyong’o Defines True Beauty (video and transcript)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Oscar speech by Lupita Nyong’o was a historic moment; but her most powerful message was delivered during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon sponsored by Essence Magazine. Nyong’o was honored with the Best Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in then Oscar nominated 12 Years a Slave. She shared a poignant letter from a girl whose dark complexion gave her feeling of inadequacy. She was able to find her own beauty through Lupita’s journey. Then Lupita share her own story of self-doubt because of her complexion. It is a moving and inspiring affirmation on the meaning of true beauty. Read More »

O & A with Walestylez: Fashion Designer Pick of the Week- Kris Van Assche

By Adewale Adekanbi

Fashion designer Kris Van Assche has become one of the industry’s trendsetters. The Belgium native moved to Paris in 1998 shortly after graduating from the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. This talented young artist quickly found work at the iconic fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent before moving to Dior Homme. In April 2007 he became the Artistic Director for Dior Homme. Read More »

O & A with Rita Rubino: Pan Roasted Pork Loin with Rita’s Dry Rub

By Rita Rubino

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A dry rub is a mixture of herbs and spices used to season meats, chicken and fish before cooking. Grilling is the most common method of cooking for foods seasoned with dry rub, but pan roasting, baking and broiling are also viable options. The history of dry rubs spans the globe and you can find a dry rub in nearly every culture. Spice mixtures for rubs are now readily available from famous chefs and spice companies, but if you choose to make your own, you can have fun adding your own personal touch. Read More »

Out and About NYC Welcomes Joy Ohayia, PhD – Dr. Joy

By Walter Rutledge

Confident DrJoyOut and About NYC Magazine would like to introduce you to our health and wellness contributor Joy Ohayia, PhD. She is the producer and host of the Dr. Joy Show- “Your Prescription For Total Welleness”. An accomplished author Dr. Joy’s Don’t Let “IT” Get You!: An Empowering Health and Fitness Guide for Women is a complete guide that encourages physical and emotional health. Read More »

Out and About NYC: Picks of the Week, February 24, 2014

By Walter Rutledge

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The city is alive with energy and arts activities are going strong. We have talent on display uptown, a tribute to Harlem nightlife on the upper westside, dance and discussions on dance in Manhattan and Brooklyn, A film remembering an iconic jazz history moment in the village, and orchids from Key West blooming in the Bronx. Here are a few of the many events happening this week in the city that never sleeps. Read More »

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