Onward And UPward – The Recap

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Up Theater - Led Black

The proverbial Uptown Love that we are always talking about was in full effect at the Onward And Upward Benefit shindig that was held at District 12 on April 20th. We as a community came together to support the wonderful work of the Up Theater Company and had a damn good time. Ain’t no party like an Uptown party.

Attendees were treated to a sneak peak of Epic Poetry, which opens at the Hebrew Tabernacle on April 29th as well as a raffle and auction that boasted some serious prizes. A shout out is in order to District 12 for the delectable fare and the outstanding service. On a personal note, my wine glass stayed full the entire time I was at the event. I paid for it the morning after.


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Uptown Talk: The Translators Podcast – Dominic Colon

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In this episode, the Translators (Mike Diaz, Jaime Fernandez) talk to actor Dominic Colon about his start in the theater, the great advice he got from 50 cent, and his role in an upcoming film with Jake Gyllenhaal.


Frida Kahlo Comes To New York City

From the Frida Kahlo's New York series

Frida Kahlo’s New York
Exhibit on view: May 7 – June 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7th, 6-8pm
Mark Miller Gallery (92 Orchard Street)

The Mark Miller Gallery is pleased to present “Frida Kahlo’s New York” an exhibition by award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Felipe Galindo/Feggo, from May 7th through June 7th, 2015. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, 6-8pm.

The exhibition features works on paper and sequential artworks from Felipe (Feggo) Galindo’s project “Frida Kahlo’s New York,” as well as preparatory drawings and storyboards for the animation in progress of the same title.

“Frida Kahlo’s New York” is inspired by Kahlo’s five visits to New York City in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and presents whimsical narratives featuring Kahlo in New York City, and scenes that imagine the impact that the Big Apple might have had on Frida’s art and life.

This project celebrates Frida Kahlo’s artistic vision, her passionate and complex life and the vitality of the City of New York in past and the present times.

“Frida Kahlo’s New York” presents a unique, humorous take on Frida Khalo and salutes the much anticipated exhibition “Frida Kahlo, Art, Garden Life” opening in mid May at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.


Spread Love: Tribute to the Disappeared X Caravan 43 NYC

Caravan 43 4:2015

TRIBUTE TO THE DISAPPEARED is an art project in honor of the disappeared in Mexico – from the 43 students in Ayotzinapa and the women of Juarez – and other victims of violence and injustice the world over. With the participation of over 200 international artists.

Caravan 43 NYC is a group of community organizers, students, artists, and allies in New York City advancing a movement to end U.S.-backed militarized narco-State violence in Mexico against women, students, LGBTQ, indigenous, and campesino communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

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Pedestrian Beauty | Manhattan Times

Train Station

(Photo: Ruth Polanco)

The New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program has announced the selection of four individual artists and one artist team from a pool of 158 applicants to beautify a nine-hundred foot pedestrian tunnel at 191st Street and Broadway in Washington Heights.

All but one artist team lives and works in New York City and the greater New York area.

Each artist or artist team will be assigned two wall segments, each measuring 200 feet in length by 8 feet in height, to transform with dynamic, colorful murals over the course of a one week period starting the week of May 11th.

A project-specific committee of outside arts professionals selected local Washington Heights artist Andrea von Bujdoss (Queen Andrea); Bronx-born and raised artist Fernando Carlo, Jr. (COPE 2) who currently resides in Hopewell Junction, New York; Queens-based artist Nick Kuszyk; Brooklyn-based artist Nelson Rivas Cekis; and Maryland-based artist team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn.

The installation of the five murals will coincide with a previously scheduled MTA weekend tunnel closure at the 191st Street 1 train station. Artists will be granted access to the tunnel over the course of a one week period, with a partial closure for prep work occurring a few days in advance of painting.

The tunnel will remain accessible to the public during the partial closure.

Read more: Pedestrian Beauty | Manhattan Times


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