By Walter Rutledge
This weekend there is a wide variety of outstanding arts events around the city. In Brooklyn 10 artists are collaborating, the sound of the “Big Easy” plays Carnegie Hall, and a dance company from the “City of Brotherly Love” shows us some love in Tribeca. Here are a few of the many events happening around our city and in our community.
SITE Project is a month-long gallery exhibition/installation that opens on Thursday October 4 at the Humanities Gallery on the Downtown Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Ten invited New York based artists who have been described as, “African diasporic, visual and time-based”, are featured in the exhibition. The featured artists are Ajamu Kojo Chioke Walker (mixed media), Damali Abrams (video/performance), Gabri Christa (filmmaker), Kantara Souffrant (installation), Myron Christian Macauley (photographer/visual), Nathaniel M. Quinn (painter), Nyugen E. Smith (sculptor/performance), Numa Perrier (video artist), Rodney K. Hurley (photographer), and Val-Inc (electronic music composer).
SITE Project curator Whitney V. Hunter charged the participants to respond to the theme/idea/concept of “site” through their own unique artistic processes and practices. “My intent with the SITE Project, is to cultivate, through the vehicle of exhibition and performance, the African Diasporic collective consciousness. It is through these artistic means, that realities of identity, community, and kinship can be revealed,” states Hunter. The gallery exhibition will run through November 3, gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 to 6pm, and Saturday 12 to 6pm. On October 4 there will be an opening reception from 6 to 9pm with live performance by Val-Inc, at 7pm. For more information
Philadanco, the Philadelphia based world-renowned modern dance company continues their New York season at the Joyce Theater for six more performances through Sunday October 7. The New York 2012 season includes the World Premiere of Moan choreographed by Alvin Ailey former principal dancer/guest artist Matthew Rushing; the New York premiere of Wake Up by North Philadelphia native Rennie Harris, a revival of Ronald K. Brown’s Gatekeepers and the restaging of the 1971 masterwork Suite Otis by Tony and Emmy Award winner George Faison.
The performance schedule is as follows; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm. There will be a Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 3, a Joyce Pre-Show: Thu, Oct 4, led by Melissa Croushorn and a Family Matinee: Sat, Oct 6. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800, at the box office and online at www.joyce.org.
Grammy-Award winning Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the orchestra’s 10-year anniversary with a first-time appearance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium /Perelman Stage on Monday October 8 at 8pm. The event will be hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and feature special guest performances by three-time Grammy Award-winning Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis, American Idol Season 10 finalists Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams and the critically acclaimed string ensemble Sphnix Virtuosi.
Tickets prices range from $35 to $125 can be purchase at the box office and by going on line at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/10/8/0800/PM/Irvin-Mayfield-and-the-New-Orleans-Jazz-Orchestra/. For more information you can visit http://www.carnegiehall.com/ Carnegie Hall is located at 57 Street at the corner of 7th Avenue.
As always thank you for letting me share my world with you.
In Photo: 1) Tommie Waheed Evans 2) SITE Project 3) Rosita Adamo 4) Irvin Mayfield
Photo Credit: 1 &3) Lois Greenfield 2) Rodney K. Hurley 4) Courtesy of Irvin Mayfield
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