1/3/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Natalia Tatarintseva (Ukraine)- World Pole Dance Championships 2016 Female Winner

Natalia Tatarintseva from Ukraine the winner of the 2016 World Pole Dance Championships Female Category held in Bucharest, Romania on 16th September 2016. Continue reading

12/25/17 O&A NYC MUSIC- DIVA ALERT- SONG OF THE DAY: Patti Labelle – Oh Holy Night


The one and only Patti Labelle sings Oh Holy Night.  Continue reading

12/25/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Nutcracker- New York City Ballet (1993)

The Nutcracker, also known as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, is a 1993 American Christmas musical film based on Peter Martin’s stage production and directed by Emile Ardolino.  The film stars Darci Kistler, Damain Woetzel, Kyra Nichols, Bart Robinson Cook, Macaulay Culkin, Jessica Lynn Cohen, Wendy Whelan, Margaret Tracey, Gen Horiuchi, Tom Gold and the New York City Ballet.  Continue reading

12/23/17/ O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams

Christmas Under The Stars celebrates the music of Christmas with Gladys Knight and friends. Join Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams in this unique holiday edition of Christmas under the Stars. Continue reading

11/28/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Ailey Company To Dance George Faison’s Suite Otis At Gala

By Walter Rutledge

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present an excerpt of George Faison’s masterwork Suite Otis at their New York City Center season opening night gala, Wednesday, November 29 2017. Choreographed in 1971 for the George Faison Universal Dance Experience the work joined the Ailey repertoire in 1977. 40 years after it’s Ailey debut Suite Otis continues to excite and entertain audiences with verve, aplomb, fleet footed technique and imaginative Archimedean storytelling.

The company will perform the finale section set to Otis Redding’s Tenderness. The full cast section reintroduces the dancers creating a visually exciting yet compelling epilog. Throughout the work Faison (the imperial storyteller) does what every choreographer should do- invites us into his vision and delivers with clarity, focus and impeccable choreographic timing.

Balletomanes still long for the return of old fashion honest storytelling- the hallmark of Ailey’s original company. In Suite Otis Faison’s articulate use of the dance narrative genre captures the majesty and universal humanity of both Otis Redding’s music and the black dance experience. This gave him a voice in an era when Black American dance and culture had started to becoming a global  force.

Suite Otis- George Faison

What Faison did (and continues to do) is to keep the dance/theatre aesthetic in the forefront of the arts conversation. Tenderness will be performed for one performance only on Wednesday, November 29 for tickets and a complete schedule of the five-week New York City season visit ailey.org.

11/24/17 O&A NYC MUSIC: Diana Ross- American Music Awards

Diana Ross performed and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 American Music Awards. Ms. Ross invites her entire family, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson on stage.

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11/14/17 O&A NYC DANCE TEASER- A QUICK 5-6-7-8: World of Dance 2017 The Cut – Fik-Shun

The Upper Division’s Fik-Shun performs to Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” in The Cut round of competition. Continue reading

11/4/17 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Billie Jean Live 30th Anniversary 2001


Michael Jackson performs Billie Jean in Brazil on the South American leg of his 30th Anniversary tour (2001). Continue reading

11/3/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Viengsay Valdes And Brooklyn Mack- Diana And Acteon

For Brooklyn Mack, a principal dancer at The Washington Ballet, it is a dream come true: performing in the land of his ballet idol Carlos Acosta, one of the outstanding stars of the Royal Ballet of London.

Mack is one of over 20 U.S. based dancers who participated in the 24th International Havana Ballet Festival,  October 28th through Friday, November 7th, 2014. 

Viengsay Valdes & Brooklyn Mack – Diana & Acteon

11/3/17 O&A NYC THIS WEEK: Chez Lucienne Reopens

By Walter Rutledge

Chez Lucienne celebrated it’s reopening on Wednesday, November 1st. The restaurant, which has been closed for the last two month, is back with a new look, a new menu and under new management. Located at 308 Lenox Avenue (one door south of Red Rooster) this quaint little French Bristo has returned with great panache and West African flair.

The remodeled décor has a freshness that accommodates both the happy hour revelers and intimate dining. A serpentine shaped communal seating area framed by ceiling to floor French doors provides an excellent area to mingle. Window shutters uniformly adorned with mirrors lined the long white washed brick wall.

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The revamped menu has retained some Chez Lucienne staples. Great burgers ranging from the Le Burger Classique (angus beef) to a veggie burger with chipotle mayo, and French cuisine favorites as Steak Frittes in a signature peppercorn sauce have survived the transition. And new dishes such as La Grillade D’Agneau (lamb Dibbi Mbacke style) Les Boulettes de Poisson Sauce Dakar (Senegalese fish balls in a tomato stew) offer patrons an exciting West African alternatives to French inspired dining.

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Chez Lucienne offers lunch beginning at 11am, happy hour 4pm- 7pm and late night dining until 2am. For reservations call (212) 289-5555. Bon appetite.

Kerby Jean Photographer