It’s been a while since I posted, but the Kennedy Center Honors has taken me out of this hiatus with its 40th annual national celebration of the arts held on December 3, 2017. The 2017 recipients included American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban American singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, American television writer and producer Norman Lear, American musician and record producer Lionel Richie and American hip hop artist and entertainment icon LL COOL J (aka Uncle L!! The first rapper to receive this honor!!)
There was an incredible week/weekend of performances at the BACARDÍ and Swizz Beatz’ Dean Collection Present No Commission: Art Performs – a multi-day immersive event where art and music collided for showcases by day and night. The experience featured musical performances, visual art galleries featuring famed artists including Kehinde Wiley, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Zio Ziegler, and immersive installations in the Bronx, all in celebration of the artist hustle, where it all began. No Commission is a platform that’s designed specifically to support artists, and forges a direct link between artists’ practices and art patronage. All artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly back to them. The event closed this weekend with 98% of the art being sold. Read The Rest
Article originally appears on Welcome2theBronx.com.
by Ed Garcia Conde
As if last year’s gentrification party by Keith Rubenstein wasn’t enough, Bronx-born Swizz Beatz is hosting what appears to be an unofficial sequel to that event this coming week from Thursday, August 11th to Sunday, August 14th at a “yet to be named warehouse on the South Bronx waterfront in the ‘Piano District‘.” Read The Rest
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) raised $1.25 million at its annual ART FOR LIFE Benefit on July 16th at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, NY. Proceeds from ART FOR LIFE benefit the Foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which have directly served tens of thousands of inner-city youth over the past 20 years. This year’s theme was “Back to the Future.” Read The Rest
So, I have to admit I planned the event with the Met so I may be partial. But, it was definitely a fabulous and amazing experience – see the pics! Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted Art + Jazz with nearly 1,000 guests in attendance. The evening included conversation and performances that explored the relationship between art and jazz with live music by The Gabe Schnider Septet, and a performance by dancer Michela Marino Lerman. The conversation was followed by a cocktail reception in The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. Read The Rest
2016 Ailey Spirit Gala Benefit’s Star-Studded Party and Performance Launches Two-Week Lincoln Center Engagement
Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2016 Lincoln Center engagement kicked off with a star-studded Ailey Spirit Gala on Wednesday, June 8th. The one-night-only benefit performance and party, sponsored by FedEx, featured actor Anthony Anderson of black-ish and Barbershop: The Next Cut and journalist Roland S. Martin of TV One and the Tom Joyner Morning Show as Honorary Chairs. Gala Co-Chairs were Gina F. Adams, Lynne & Anthony M. Carvette, Leslie & Tom Maheras, Almaz & Marc S. Strachan and Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, and Vice Chairs were Michele & Timothy Barakett, Dr. N. Anthony & Robyn Coles, Jaishri & Vikas Kapoor, and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer. The evening helped raise over $1 million for Ailey’s extensive educational programs for young people, including AileyCamp and scholarships to The Ailey School. Read The Rest
Last night, the Apollo Theater celebrated its 11th Annual Spring Gala raising $1.7M for its year-round artistic and community programming initiatives. The concert portion of the evening was hosted by LL COOL J, and opened with the dynamic dancing duo Laurent & Larry Bourgeois of Les Twins. The concert also featured performances by legendary R&B group, The O’Jays including rousing version of Love Train, The Backstabbers, For the Love of Money and more. Rising star vocalist, Leon Bridges brought the crowd to its feet with a performance of Mustang Sally and vocalist Andra Day performed her hit song City Burns, followed by a touching performance of Unforgettable in tribute to legendary songstress Natalie Cole. Host LL COOL J also joined DJ D-Nice for a tribute to Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest – one of several iconic artists lost in 2016. The concert portion ended with a powerful Prince tribute which included legendary guitarist Vernon Reid and Cheryl Pepsii Riley, who sang an emotional version of Purple Rain.
Each year at the Spring Gala, the Apollo also recognizes a corporation for its outstanding philanthropy and community leadership. Last evening VIACOM Executive Chairman, President and CEO, Philippe Dauman accepted the Corporate Award in recognition of his company’s community leadership. Apollo Board Vice-Chairman, Charles Phillips presented the award.
The night culminated with a much buzzed about after party held in a stylish and spacious tent created by celebrity event planner and Apollo board member Bronson van Wyck. Key décor elements included a floral wall set behind the DJ stage and a large video ball suspended above the center of the tent which featured a variety of footage including excerpts from the Purple Rain movie. The after party featured a special Let’s Go Crazy Dance Tribute with DJ D-Nice spinning a dedicated set to the sounds of Prince’s diverse and extensive catalogue.
In a very special addition to the 2016 gala, the celebratory evening began with an afternoon ceremony to induct legendary recording artist Prince into the Apollo Walk of Fame. The induction ceremony took place just under the Apollo marquee and included performances and appearances by legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker, members of Prince’s renowned band The New Power Generation, Prince’s protégé and singer/musician Andy Allo, and R&B singer who sang her hit song Do Me Baby, which was written by Prince.
Prince joins previous Apollo Walk of Fame inductees—all legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose paths to fame included the Apollo, including: Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard and Ella Fitzgerald. Inductees are honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street.
Apollo Spring Gala Co-Chairs included: Anna Chapman and Ronald O. Perelman, James L. Dolan, Tom Dooley, Sonia and Paul Jones, Debra L. Lee, Carolyn and Mark Mason, Laura and Richard D. Parsons and Karen and Charles Phillips
Apollo Spring Gala Vice Chairs included: Frederick G. Loder, Racquel Oden, Dori Silverman, Christine Taylor and Stephen Volk
Apollo Spring Gala Committee members included: American Express, BNY Mellon, Jim Carter, Citi, Alberto Cribiore, Discovery Communications, Disney, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr., National Basketball Players Association, New York Life, Tawana Tibbs and Bruce Gordon, Time Warner Inc., Bronson van Wyck and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams
Apollo Spring Gala Sponsors included: MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated; Viacom; Citi; The Coca-Cola Company; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Infor; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s; The Madison Square Garden Company and Merrill Lynch
The 2016 Apollo Spring Gala was made possible with generous support from American A
Ailey celebrates NYC Dance Week – a citywide festival from June 16th – 25th that promotes the joy and diversity of dance – with FREE class offers at The Ailey Extension and inspiring performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center, through June 19th.
The celebration kicks off at the Ailey Studios on Thursday, June 16th and continues through Saturday, June 25th, with several free classes each day for new students. NYC Dance Week also launches GingaFlex, a brand new fitness technique based on the Brazilian dance/martials arts form capoeira, on Saturday, June 18th at 12pm. Read The Rest
The Museum of Modern Art hosted its annual Party in the Garden, honoring collection artists Huma Bhabha, Mark Bradford, and Brice Marden, along with philanthropists Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman and Sally and Wynn Kramarsky. In recognition of their prolonged commitment to culture, the arts, and MoMA, this year’s honorees are being celebrated for their artistry and philanthropy.
This year’s Party in the Garden featured a performance by internationally acclaimed pop artist Robyn. Robyn has released four albums and two EPs, been nominated for three Grammys, performed on Saturday Night Live, and toured extensively, reaching a dedicated audience around the world. Robyn, who performed with her live band, has asked 10 different producers/DJs to remix material from throughout her catalog for the four shows she is doing this summer—including headlining New York’s Governor’s Ball Festival. The shows also included new music and material from her recent project La Bagatelle Magique. Read The Rest