The Takeover- Harlem
Co-Produced by Harlem Stage
February 21- 25, 2017
Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE
BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION
OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION
7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10)
2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035
The kickoff event of AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem confronts this historic political moment with a conversation about the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy! With stereotypical images and tropes of “Blackness” inundating today’s media, it is imperative to explore the creative resistance, expression and liberation housed in our joy — on our own terms, in our own words. This panel discussion will explore the ways our various institutions and movements continue to tell our stories and introduce counter-narratives that genuinely celebrate who we are as a people. It will shine a light on the tools that have helped heal, activate and keep the cultural expressions of our communities unapologetic and liberated.
Participating in the panel will be
Zoe Kravitz, actress/musician
Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-founder of ARTNOIR
Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre
Matthew Morgan, Founder of AFROPUNK
Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES – A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
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Connecting the dots between modern day rock, gospel, blues and original African rhythms, Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs interrogates gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. Through the use of music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Demon Fruit Blues interrogates the ‘curse of womanhood’ in Judeo-Christian ideology and how this perception of the female body reverberates in modern day western society, in an effort to heal a culture of “unspoken” influences that psychically severs the ties between history and culture. This work-in-progress showing will be preceded by the screening of a short film and followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kali, Adia Whitaker, Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.
THE SHED: OPEN JAM SESSION – AFROPUNK EDITION
GIN FIZZ HARLEM
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Ranked as one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly gathering that takes place at Gin Fizz Harlem. It is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, AnuSun, and provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem, and a launch-pad for emerging musical talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
BEARING WITNESS AS PROTEST
THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York
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Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art at The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970, two current exhibitions at The Studio Museum. The evening will begin with a guided walk-through the exhibitions, followed by a public dialogue on bearing witness as an act of protest, and on the actions needed to create the path ahead.
The discussion will be a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with members of Harlem Copwatch, Oasa DuVerney (Featured artist in The Window and the Breaking of the Window) and moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).
AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy Featuring Gina Yashere Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster 310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Purchase Tickets Now
AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch. Kevin Avery is a comedian and Emmy award-winning writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, VH1′s Best Week Ever and the critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on which he had the distinction of serving as head writer.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
AFROPUNK & THE CINEMA AT THE MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER present a screening of
THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA
6:30PM; $10 Donation
THE CINEMA AT MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER
343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027
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The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi Griffin, Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park;Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ish; Nas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.
MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present The Hair Tales: An Appropriation Conversation
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
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Cultural critic and image activist Michaela Angela Davis teams up with Franchesca Ramsey, actress/comedian/provocateur and creator of the YouTube sensation “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls,” to engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and YOU.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017
THE APOLLO THEATER
AFROPUNK: “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC
7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
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Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper
With Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band
Featuring Special Guests
Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more
AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.
By Robert Stepanek, food and wine correspondent
Perhaps the most striking group of mountains within the domain of the Alps are the Dolomites, situated in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. They point towards the sky not in the pyramidal or conical forms commonly seen elsewhere, but rather as a collection of craggy, singular sentinels looming over a very distinct area of Italy with a rich artisanal tradition and agricultural bounty. Thus it is apropos that the unique soil and environment in this realm of pristine air, clear lakes, glaciers and diverse microlimates gives rise to some exceptional wines.
Now being introduced to America are some new outstanding examples: Rotari Rosé, and Rotari Brut (#LetsRotari, www.rotari.it). Produced according to the traditional system known as Metodo Classico – as the Champenoise method is known in northern Italy – these sparkling wines are among the few that showcase vintage, emerging from estate fruit harvested in 2013. The results of this manner of labor-intensive, expensive and time-consuming cultivation, involving the manual selection and harvesting of grapes before a soft pressing, first fermentation of the must in steel tanks at controlled temperature, and a second fermentation after bottling (whence the wine is stored horizontally), are wines equally complex and refined. They are further distinguished by meriting the TRENTODOC appellation, the world’s second-oldest such designation governing the production of sparkling wine (which features stricter quality-control regulations to those established with regards to champagne itself); only four grapes are allowed in wines bearing this label, and they must grow in a restricted area while utilizing traditional viticulture techniques established historically.
Winemaker Lucio Matricardi, Ph.D, was in New York to present the wines to a select group of local journalists, and his voluble joy at the occasion made him both an expert and welcoming ambassador for the wines and the regional culture they represent. Guests were first offered tastings of the Rosé, which is comprised of 75% Pinot Noir grapes and 25% Chardonnay. The color was pale, with a somewhat blond cast, and the faint nose had a touch of a mineral quality, with notes of strawberry and cherry. On the palette the wine was medium dry in character, round and even in body, and well-balanced, yielding several flavor aspects – the fruitiness was complemented by a mild acidic bite, suggestive of red currents, and the trace of spiciness brought red peppercorns to mind. Overall my impression was of a wine with a character more savory than sweet. The Brut, comprised of 100% Chardonnay grapes, was also medium dry and medium-bodied. As with the Rosé, there was also a pleasing blend of the flavor notes, with the fruitiness here bringing to mind pears, golden currents and golden delicious apples – the acidity and sugar are well-balanced; unlike the Rosé, however, the Brut didn’t have much latent spiciness. The two wines shared a character of having delicate yet rich aromas, completed by an elegant and round finish upon tasting.
We were shown a six-minute video, sort of mini-travelogue, demonstrating the uniqueness of the region and the winemaking process and practicioners, and thereafter, punctuating the images, Signor Matricardi expounded on why the environment, the grapes and the means of production make the wines so special. “Who is the mother of Rotari?” he asked, then turned and pointed to the images projected behind him – at this point displaying the Dolomite Mountains which loom over Trento – and said “that is the mother – the Dolomite Mountains.” He elaborated that it is the coral and chalky aspects of the soil which lend the wines their singular character; unlike what Americans might expect or be accustomed to, the Chardonnay grown in such a region does not produce the kind of sweet and heavy wine characteristic of a California Chardonnay (which owes more to the character of the west coast terroir, as well as the custom of the winemakers there of leaving their grapes on the vine longer). Moreover, Matricardi continued, “the huge mountains are the secret of the grapes”; though this is more southerly by 900 kilometers than where they are typically harvested – “closer to the Mediterranean but in the middle of the mountains” – this makes Trentino “an exceptional area for the cultivation of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.” Matricardi further suggested that the wines prompt those enjoying them to ask “How was the air? How was the moisture? How was the soil?” that produced them, adding that “you feel the sun” while drinking them.
The wines are produced by Gruppo Mezzacorona (www.gruppomezzacorona.it), which originated as a group of 20 vintners in 1904, and evolved to become Gruppo Mezzacorona in the 1970s; as of the 1980s sustainability has become a priority of the group with “The Protocol for High-Quality Wine Production in Trentino” being a prime initiative. For American consumers, the wines are very affordable, with a price point of $19.99. It feels appropriate to give Signor Matricardi the last word; he says: “I can describe Rotari as a fantastic friend, the one that you want to spend time with, because Rotari can be paired with every occasion, every moment.”
Victoria Amory Introduces New Gourmet Condiment Collection
Greenwich-based chef, author, and hostess extraordinaire Victoria Amory introduces a new line of gourmet
condiments to her Victoria Amory & Co. collection of easy yet elegant culinary products.
The line, which features three delicate mayonnaises, including her Fine Herbs
Mayonnaise chosen from out of over 80,000 products as one of the Top Five Trends at
the acclaimed 39th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.
The collection also includes three creative ketchups, two peppery piri piris,
and one classic romesco sauce, is designed, like all of the items in Amory’s line
of sophisticated comfort foods, to make elegant entertaining a no-brainer.
Each of Amory’s artisan condiments –
Catalan-inspired Almond and Garlic Romesco Sauce,
an aged sherry vinegar and roasted garlic-infused Sherry Ketchup,
and a Red Chili Piri Piri sauce made with specialty Arbol peppers –
transforms the everyday meal into an effortless feast.
Easy elegance has become the life philosophy of Madrid-raised Amory, who
learned the art of gracious entertaining from her parents, the Count and Countess de la Maza.
“Our house was always full of family and friends,” Amory recalls.
“Every meal was memorable.” Today, Amory finds pride and pleasure in creating the same warmth
and welcome for her friends, family, and fans.
With the conviction that every occasion should be an opportunity to give back to those she loves with pride,
pleasure, and a touch of sophistication, Amory has made sharing the secrets of
graceful – and practical – hospitality her life’s work.
Amory’s newest product line is the latest incarnation of that work. With any one of
the creations in her classy condiment collection, even the simplest dish can be
dressed up for dinner.
Touch up a classic BLT with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise made with fresh lemon juice and real eggs, Amory suggests. Pair Fine Herb Mayonnaise inspired by the lush Basque region with crispy coconut shrimp as fun fusion fare.
Dash a splash of spicy Green Piri Piri on fresh feta cheese for the perfect tapas platter dip.
Add handcrafted Champagne Ketchup, infused with sweet roasted garlic and freshly pressed olive oil, to a
mix of vodka, freshly ground pepper, and lemon when guests are in need of that emergency Bloody Mary.
As Amory would say, “Brilliant!”
Amory’s new collection includes nine specialty condiments: Green Chili Piri Piri, Red Chili
Piri Piri, Almond and Garlic Romesco Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise, Fine Herb
Mayonnaise, Classic Lemon Mayonnaise, Sherry Ketchup, Champagne Ketchup, and Smokey
BBQ Ketchup. Individual products range in price from $5.99 to $7.99. All Victoria Amory &
Co. products can be found at victoriaamory.com.
Gourmet Condiments by Victoria Amory
About Victoria Amory
Victoria Amory is an award-winning author, cook, and television personality. She writes
about food, entertaining, and lifestyle for local and national magazines and newspapers
such as Food & Wine, Veranda, Town & Country Travel, The Miami Herald, and The
Huffington Post. Born and raised in Spain, where she learned the art of gracious
entertaining, Victoria has made cooking for her loved ones and sharing her secrets to easy
elegance in the kitchen her life’s work. She shares her fabulous yet effortless recipes and
tips for the sophisticated home through her blog, victoriaamory.com, and her collection of
Victoria Amory & Co. soups, sauces, and skinny chicken parmesan. Amory’s line is designed
to help women create graceful, memorable meals and occasions with ease and confidence.
Victoria currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and their three boys.
Please visit victoriaamory.com and follow her on twitter @vixmam.
Victoria Amory & Co. products are available at victoriaamory.com