4/18/18 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION DOCUMENTARY: McQueen Teaser

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

While director Andrew Haigh’s Alexander McQueen biopic — reportedly starring  Jack O’Connell — has yet to see the light of day, fans of the late designer’s genius will soon be treated to an inside look at McQueen’s life by way of a brand new documentary.McQueen is slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22,2018.

McQueen Teaser

4/1/18 O&A NYC OUT AND ABOUT- WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Spring Break!!!!

Spring Break is here! And the city is abounding with activity “24- 7- 365”. We have art celebrating popular culture in Harlem. Ballet, modern and more throughout the city. Blockbuster and Indie film share the silver screen,  jazz to Motown grooves Midtown and the world’s most exotic cars hit the westside. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

3/14/18 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez DOCUMENTARY: Star Wars The Last Jedi – The Director and The Jedi: Documentary

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was met with mixed reviews, fans will soon get a deeper look into how the film was made. Set to accompany the home release of The Last JediThe Director and The Jedi directed by Anthony Wonke, is a feature length documentary shining a light on Rian Johnson and his creative process behind the latest chapter in the franchise. Continue reading

2/18/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Lena Horne Documentary (1996)

The 1996 PBS American Masters biography of icon Lena Horne. Continue reading

2/17/18 ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES (ART): Basquiat – Documentary


A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Continue reading

2/15/18 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION: “TEMPERATURE” Documentary Video by OFF-WHITE

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Off White has released a new documentary looking back at its Spring/Summer 2018 show @ Pitti Uomo and Another First Show at its EM PTY GALLERY in New York.  Continue reading

1/26/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: An Afternoon With Arthur Mitchell

By Walter Rutledge


I believe that children are our future;
Teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Give them a sense of pride,
To make it easier;
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be. George Benson- The Greatest  
                                                                                                                                    

This is the opening stanza for George Benson’s The Greatest written for the 1977 biopic of the same title about Muhammad Ali. It is also the music and title of a duet choreographed by Arthur Mitchell for Dance Theatre Of Harlem, and in many ways it remains Mitchell’s credo. An Afternoon with Arthur Mitchell presented at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University on Saturday, January 20, 2018 was an opportunity to see a master teacher, director, educator and showman in action.

 After a short introduction Mitchell and percussionist Baba Don Eaton Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University proceeded to teach the audience a series of polyrhythmic music passages. The highlight was a rare screening of the dance documentary (1973), featuring Mitchell’s ballet Rhythmetron, and a fledgling Dance Theatre of Harlem. Most of the film took place in the basement of the Church of the Master, the home of his first school at 81 Morningside Avenue.

Throughout the film Mitchell shares his gift of dance with the charm, confidence and authority that has become his trademark. He masterfully used popular social dances as a bridge to ballet. Mitchell made classic ballet less foreign and more accessible to the young audience from the Harlem community. It was wonderful seeing a performance by the original cast of Rhythmetron; which featured Lydia Abarca, Yvonne Hall, Virginia Johnson, Ronald Perry and Walter Raines.

Following the film Mitchell took questions from the audience, which included balletomanes, dance history enthusiasts and young dancers from Harlem School Of The Arts and Dance Theatre Of Harlem. At 83 years old Mitchell displayed the same vigor, charisma and irrepressible wit we had seen earlier in the film. Always “Mr. Mitchell”, he shared anecdotes, offered advice, and even corrected deportment with an uncompromising paternal demeanor.

An Afternoon With Arthur Mitchell

In her book Page by Page author Ruth Page has a chapter entitled Father Mitchell 1972. Page writes: “Arthur Mitchell is a person with no vices. He doesn’t smoke or drink, and eats a lot of ice cream. He works very hard and is truly a splendid example for young dancers. He is really a sort of Sir Galahad.”

For more information about the Wallach Art Gallery and the Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Trailblazer exhibition and related events visit wallach.columbia.edu. 

Upcoming events include:

Wallach Gallery Talks
Saturday January 27, 2018 1:00 – 1:30PM
Learn more about key works in the Arthur Mitchell archive from different perspectives. All talks begin at 1 pm and meet in the Wallach Art Gallery lobby on the 6th floor. Lynn Garafola, exhibition curator and Professor Emerita of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University.

Wallach Family Afternoon
Saturday February 10, 2018 1:00 – 3:00PM
An afternoon of storytelling, art-making and movement for families to enjoy together.

Discussion with former dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem
Saturday  February 24, 2018, 1pm

For more information about the Wallach Art Gallery and the Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Trailblazer exhibition and related events visit wallach.columbia.edu. 

 

 

 

 

 

12/22/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez MINI DOCUMENTARY: Kith x Nike Long Live The King Trailer

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Kith and Nike debuted the upcoming mini-documentary Long Live The King, celebrating the life and glorified career of the greatest basketball players of his generation. Though it was only a private screening held high school Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, the trailer to the film has now been released to the public. Continue reading

11/11/17 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Paul Mooney- Jesus Is Black

Know Your History: Jesus Is Black; So Was Cleopatra, a 2007 stand-up comedy film starring comedian Paul Mooney and directed by Bart Phillips; was filmed live at The Laugh Factory. Continue reading

10/27/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Eleo Pomare

Rare footage of choreographer Eleo Pomare conducting a master class and interview. The cast includes a young Dyane Harvey Salaam (with short hair- life moves in circles).   Continue reading