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Sinophiles Rejoice! Another Hit! #JapanCuts2017 MY DAD AND MR ITO

Thanks, Tanimaru!

 

Remembering ONE MILLION YEN GIRL which was a wonderfully entertaining movie, I guess I was expecting a bit more screw ball antics with this movie. How surprised I was to see another well crafted picture that speaks so much about aging in Japan, family responsibilities and the complicated relationship between a very traditional Japanese father and his daughter. The cast all shine and even a cameo by a notorious aunt is delightful. Simply lensed and composed, we follow as the father haplessly moves from his son’s home to the daughter’s apartment that she shares with Mr. Ito. He is 54 and she is 34, so this kind of “living in sin” disturbs the father and prompts their early sparing. It all reaches a crescendo as the father seeking a place to call his own decides to return to the family house outside the city only to have a freak storm burn down a favorite persimmon tree (memory of his wife) and as a branch breaks off, the entire house itself. All ends as the father decides to join seniors in a home, and carrying a single bag, he heads for the train and his final stage of life. As he departs, Aya has the urge to pursue him and complete some unfinished business between father and daughter.

Lily Franky has to be complimented for his true and steady performance. He anchors the movie and, when he is not on screen, you feel it. Aya  felt a bit one note to me. Forever pouting or complaining, the smile on her face as she pursued her Dad revealed some aspects of her performance we wished we could have seen earlier.

July 23, 2017 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ilm/Festivals SUMMER LIGHTS is a HIT! #JapanCuts2017

Another Tanimaru RAVE!

 

The opening 20 minutes of just the first person account of the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima is gripping. Recounting the bombing and caring for her dying sister in the days that followed. The interview completed, in the park the director meets a young woman from Hiroshima. With the sounds of the summer insects accompanying them, she tells him more about the tragedy of Hiroshima. The film has a documentary feel as they walk the busy streets seeking a okonomiaki restaurant for lunch. She is persuasive as they navigate to find a place to eat but she is clearly leading the way with a passion for things that are old. Finding the right place, they are treated to a history lesson from the owner and it sets the woman into a new pensive mood. Suddenly she grabs his hand and they run to catch a train to the seaside. It is there while meeting a young boy and his granddad that she reveals her name – Takeda Michiko, the same name as the sister of the interviewee. They decide to join the granddad and grandson for dinner – somehow meeting his crew has been forgotten. Akihiro has joined an alternate reality on the day Obon is celebrated, the festival for the ancestors. It turns out that Michiko is a ghost – the sister who passed away. The fable ends as Akihiro explains it all to the little boy. 

 

Even though the dialogue is a bit stiff and on the nose at times, it is good to see that the film was included, even though the director was not Asian. Like DAGUERROTYPE, the creative work is showcased regardless of ethnicity or nationality. Kudos to “Japan Cuts” for pushing the envelope for the second time in the festival

July 23, 2017 Posted by | CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

Film/Festivals -Review WEST NORTH WEST #JapanCuts2017

Another gifted review from Tanimaru

It starts with a typical and embarrassing scene at Immigration in Japan. A young Iranian woman clearly has issues that need to be dealt with. She later finds herself in a coffee shop and notices another woman crying alone at a table. The Iranian woman’s phone rings and it is clearly someone from home. Excited and distraught she speaks too loudly and customers leave. The woman crying in the corner comes to sit with her and their conversation becomes so loud more customers complain. They leave and the crying woman offers the Iranian woman a ride home – and she declines at first but later accepts. So begins WEST NORTH WEST.

The Iranian woman needs a friend, Kei becomes her friend, but Kei’s lover is jealous. The Iranian woman finds it hard to accept Kei’s lifestyle, so with her nameless bird she contemplates a life staying in Japan.
What makes the film so beautiful are the silences. the performers soak up the atmosphere in each scene and they are so present with each other. Behavior substitutes for dialogue. The cinematography enhances this wide masters, simple and subtle camera moves allowing life to happen in the frame. A simple Iranian meal with yogurt Iranian style prepared by Naima allows them to bond. Naima shares food and Kei returns the favor with applying makeup followed with a night where Kei works as a bartender. They dance in wild abandon, observed by Ai, Kei’s lover. Ai becomes ill and needs surgery and for the first time, Ai’s mother realizes that “Kei” is not a man. It is a disturbing encounter for Kei. When Ai is released from the hospital she silently confronts Naima, telling her to never see Kei again And then Ai seeks out Kei finding her where she swims, but Kei dismisses her. They later hook up but Kei is ready to break up. Ai warns Kei that Naima is “not like us” – but what does “us” mean? Baro tries to sing at the bar where Kei works and does poorly. Some customers insult her and this is too much for Kei who attacks one of the men. He retaliates brutally. Baro dresses her wounds prompting Kei to try to kiss her, but Naima declines.
So many scenes play out in real time including a ride on a Tokyo bus that was clearly captured without anyone knowing. Kei and Ai find their way back to each other and Naima graduates. Before Naima departs for Iran, they meet one last time at the bar. It is bittersweet – but they both have closure. This is a unique and wonderful film. Please have patience to fully enjoy it.

nimaru

 

 

July 21, 2017 Posted by | ART, CULTURE, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC/Festivals – #NYC Central Park Summerstage is STILL GREAT! *Summer *nyc

City Parks Foundation Announces SUMMERSTAGE 2017 SEASON 

Presented by Capital One Bank 

Opening Night on June 3rd Featuring Mavis Staples 

Season Highlights Include Digable Planets, BalletX, Khalid, Bob Moses, Slick Rick the Ruler, KRS-One, La India, Frankie Negrón, Valerie June, and many more 

Benefit Concerts Featuring Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, Gov’t Mule, and more 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary this Season 

Season runs May 17 to September 28
More than 100 FREE and benefit shows across all 5 boroughs of NYC 

City Parks Foundation hosts the 2017 season of SummerStage , New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival, presented by Capital One Bank, showcases over 150 unique artists performing shows from a plethora of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, bhangra, poetry, opera, contemporary dance, and theater. 

SummerStage kicked off its first free show of the season with performances from the legendary Mavis Staples and contemporary blues artist Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music in Central Park on June 3rd. Staples lead a powerful vocal showcase of rock, blues, gospel and R&B. Digable Planets reunited to open the citywide SummerStage run with a rare performance in Coffey Park in Brooklyn on June 21st. New York rap icon KRS-One and DJ Chuck Chillout  also performed in Coffey Park on June 25th and dynamic emcee Jadakiss will take the mic at Tremont Park on August 6th. Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA “The Genius” will drop knowledge in South Beach in Staten Island on July 23rd. Brasil Summerfest returns featuring iconic samba singer Elza Soares and rising star Liniker e os Carmelows on August 5th in Central Park. Jazz veteran Joshua Redman Quartet will pay tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27th in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park. 

This season will also feature benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation’s free programs for all New Yorkers . American r ock band Gov’t Mule, the Grammy award-winning Elvis Costello & The Imposters, progressive rock multi-stylists Umphrey’s McGee, avant-rocker PJ Harvey, indie pop singer Regina Spektor,energetic rockers All Time Low, anthemic artists The Revivalists, and 

 

indie rock trailblazers Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids have been confirmed with many more to be announced. All benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents. 

Other highlights included: 

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic along with Main Source, Chloe x Halle, DJ Marley Marl and host Roxanne Shante brought the funk to Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of the Only In Queens Summer Festival on June 11
  • Indie-folk pop singer and indie-folk singer rising star Margaret Glaspy performed on June 22nd in Coffey Park
  • C lassic hip-hop innovators Slick Rick the Ruler and GrandWizzard Theodore  teamed up in Queens’ Springfield Park on July 7th
  • Timeless architect of alternative-rock PJ Harve y will host a benefit show in Central Park on July 19th
  • Contemporary ballet company BalletX will perform their acclaimed piece “Big Ones” set to the music of Amy Winehouse in Central Park on July 26th
  • Latin Grammy Award-winning princess of salsa La India will perform in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on July 28th
  • Salsa’s next definitive voice Frankie Negrón will perform in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on July 29th
  • Rock Steady Crew will celebrate the 40t h anniversary of their Bronx-conceived b-boy crew in Central Park with a who’s who of classic hip-hop performances including the legendary MC Lyte on July 30th
  • Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band , two generations of blues giants, will take over Central Park on Aug 13th
  • A performance from the cast of Broadway’s new hit musical A Bronx Tale , based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the classic film, will make its way to Crotona Park in the Bronx on Aug 3rd
  • Alternative rock band, and one of Rolling Stone ’s “10 Bands You Need to Know,” The Revivalists will perform a benefit concert in Central Park on Aug 10th
  • SummerStage Family Day, featuring performances from They Might Be Giants and Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Radio, comes to Central Park on Aug 12th
  • The Russell Simmons / Mos Def-backed series Def Poetry Jam will host a reunion in Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on Aug 20th
    This year, SummerStage will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved 
    Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the eponymous late saxophonist. The festival, which each year coincides with Charlie Parker’s birthday, takes place uptown in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and downtown in Tompkins Square Park, across the street from the apartment Parker called home. This year, the festival has been extended to four days and will include Emmy Award-winning tap dance virtuoso Jason Samuels Smith, world-renowned A nat Cohen Tentet, jazz master Lee Konitz Quartet, slow-funk Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, reverend drummer Louis Hayes, young American vocalist Charenee Wade, Grammy nominated Joshua Redman Quartet, modern jazz creative voice Lou Donaldson, saxophonist Tia Fuller of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé , vocalist Alicia Olatuja, and more. 

SummerStage will also expand its family-friendly pre-show workshop offerings this season to include dance classes, beatboxing lessons, and introductions to DJing and Latin percussion. These interactive workshops will take place prior to select SummerStage shows throughout the season, and all ages are encouraged to come out to the park early to participate. To kick off the season, SummerStage will host a DJ lesson from Scratch DJ Academy and a beatboxing tutorial with renowned beatboxer Exacto before the Digable Planets performance in Coffey Park. Other workshops will include salsa dance lessons in St. Mary’s Park and a poetry class in Marcus Garvey Park. 

“City Parks Foundation is dedicated to providing every New Yorker with access to excellent, culturally relevant performing arts experiences in their home communities. Our SummerStage festival brings outstanding artists from genres across the globe directly to city parks across the five boroughs, all free of charge, making those parks community and cultural centers,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. 

“This year’s line-up brings together a widely diverse mix that is representative of the cultural mosaic that is New York City, a line-up that pays homage to both the cultural legacy of the city and its communities while celebrating what’s next,” said Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of City Parks Foundation. 

“Capital One is proud to continue our long-standing support for SummerStage, as the festival once again brings New York’s rich artistic diversity to our local community,” said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. 

The complete SummerStage schedule follows below. For the most up-to-date scheduling and lineup for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the social media handles below and visit www.SummerStage.org for all festival information. 

The 2017 SummerStage festival is presented by Capital One Bank. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company , Austin Eastciders, Disney, Sprint, Boost Mobile, New York Presbyterian, Electric Sky Wine, Hint Water and Deep River Snacks, are all official SummerStage sponsors. Generous private support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Horace Silver Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Shubert Organization, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. 

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Council. 

Presenting Radio Sponsor: iHeart Media featuring Lite FM, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and Z100. Media partners include: Big Screen Plaza, Brooklyn Magazine, doNYC, Time Out New York, WBGO, WFUV, WNYC, and Zoom Media & Marketing. 

In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve. 

Twitter: @SummerStage Snapchat: summerstagenyc Instagram: @SummerStage Official Hashtag: #SummerStage Facebook: SummerStage NYC 

About City Parks Foundation 

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At CPF, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, 

 

 

 

 

 

community development and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities. 

About SummerStage
SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 32 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. SummerStage is presented by Capital One Bank. 

About Capital One 

CapitalOneFinancialCorporation( www.capitalone.com) isafinancialholdingcompanywhose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $236.8 billion in deposits and $357.0 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2016. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index. Visit the Capital One newsroom for more Capital One news . 

SummerStage 2017 Schedule 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Artist 

Park 

Boro 

Genre 

Saturday 

6/3/17 

7:00 PM 

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/11/17 

5:00 PM 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Main Source / Chloe x Halle / DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante 

Flushing Meadows Corona Park 

QN 

Music 

Monday 

6/12/17 

8:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/14/17 

7:00 

Yiddish Soul: Klezmatics / 

Central 

MN 

Music 

PM 

Zusha / Maccabeats / Cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer with host Nachum Segal 

Park 

Wednesday 

6/14/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Brooklyn Bridge Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/16/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Clove Lakes Park 

SI 

Music 

Saturday 

6/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/17/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/21/17 

7:00 PM 

Digable Planets / DJ Natasha Diggs 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/21/17 

6:00 PM 

Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/22/17 

7:00 PM 

Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/23/17 

7:00 PM 

Just Blaze in association with 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Meanred 

Friday 

6/23/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Jackie Robinson Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

5:00 PM 

Denzel Curry / Kemba / Powers Pleasant in association with Move Forward Music 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

6:00 PM 

The Gift / Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Socrates Sculpture Park 

QN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/25/17 

3:00 PM 

The Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/25/17 

5:00 PM 

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Monday 

6/26/17 

6:00 PM 

Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/28/17 

7:00 PM 

Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/28/17 

6:00 PM 

Freedom Party® NYC 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/29/17 

7:00 PM 

Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/30/17 

7:00 PM 

Ginuwine / Boogie Blind hosted by Torae 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

7/1/17 

7:00 PM 

Everyday People with special guests Kamau & Teedra Moses 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

7/1/17 

6:00 PM 

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks with Catherine Russell / Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band / Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses / Natalie Dessay & Ensemble Matheus lead by Jean-Christophe Spinosi presented by the French Embassy in association with New York Hot Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/2/17 

7:00 PM 

Bob Moses / Poolside in association with Meanred 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/2/17 

5:00 PM 

DJ Premier and Friends in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/5/17 

8:00 PM 

Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company / Pretty BIG Movement 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Dance 

Thursday 

7/6/17 

7:00 PM 

Mobile Mondays! Funkin with Jamaica w. Tom Browne 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Friday 

7/7/17 

7:00 PM 

Slick Rick The Ruler / GrandWizzard Theodore hosted by Torae 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/8/17 

7:00 PM 

Totó La Momposina / Mariachi Flor de Toloache / Prince of Queens 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/8/17 

5:00 PM 

The Jimmy Heath Big Band 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/9/17 

7:00 PM 

Buffy Sainte-Marie / A Tribe Called Red / Iskwé 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/9/17 

5:00 PM 

Ohio Players / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Monday 

7/10/17 

8:00 PM 

UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata 

Central Park 

MN 

Comedy 

Wednesday 

7/12/17 

8:00 PM 

Ladies of Hip Hop Festival with special guest Amirah Sackett 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

7/12/17 

6:00 PM 

Mon Laferte / Princess Nokia / ÌFÉ in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

7/13/17 

7:00 PM 

Judy Torres / Cynthia 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Music 

 

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Friday 

7/14/17 

7:00 PM 

Mr. Cheeks / Large Professor 

Queensbridge Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/15/17 

5:00 PM 

The Legendary Ladies of SKYY / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/15/17 

3:00 PM 

Los Pericos / Chicano Batman / La Vida Bohéme in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/16/17 

3:00 PM 

Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step and with the Paris New York Heritage Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Monday 

7/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/19/17 

6:00 PM 

TKA 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Thursday 

7/20/17 

6:00 PM 

Lisette Melendez 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Friday 

7/21/17 

6:00 PM 

Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Saturday 

7/22/17 

5:00 PM 

Evelyn “Champagne” King / Joey Carvello 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Sunday 

7/23/17 

5:00 PM 

GZA in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series 

South Beach 

SI 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/26/17 

8:00 PM 

BalletX / YY Dance Company 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

7/26/17 

7:00 PM 

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit: Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados) 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music/Sp oken Word 

Thursday 

7/27/17 

8:00 PM 

Made in the Bronx presented by BAAD! 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Dance 

Friday 

7/28/17 

7:00 PM 

La India 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

7/29/17 

5:00 PM 

Frankie Negrn 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

7/29/17 

7:00 PM 

Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/30/17 

5:00 PM 

Lisa Lisa / Marlon B 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Sunday 

7/30/17 

3:00 PM 

Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/2/17 

8:00 PM 

Rennie Harris Puremovement / Philadanco! 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

8/2/17 

7:00 PM 

Ultimate Break and Beats Anniversary / BreakBeat Lou / SPECIAL ED / Camp Lo / hosted by Lord Finesse 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Thursday 

8/3/17 

7:00 PM 

A Bronx Tale 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Theater 

Friday 

8/4/17 

7:00 PM 

Stevie B / Ted Smooth 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

8/5/17 

5:00 PM 

Kid Capri’s Block Party Live 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

8/5/17 

7:00 PM 

Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen DJ Set in association with Brasil Summerfest 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/6/17 

3:00 PM 

Basement Bhangra 20th Anniversary: Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan / Horsepowar / Sikh Knowledge / DJ Petra / DJ Shilpa 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/6/17 

5:00 PM 

Jadakiss 

Tremont Park 

BX 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/9/17 

8:00 PM 

Malposo Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance / Music 

Wednesday 

8/9/17 

7:00 PM 

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Staceyann Chin / Ntozake Shange / Sarah Kay 

East River Park 

MN 

Spoken Word 

Thursday 

8/10/17 

7:00 PM 

Company SBB with Burnt Sugar Arkestra 

East River Park 

MN 

Dance 

Friday 

8/11/17 

7:00 PM 

Andy Monta  ez 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/12/17 

5:00 PM 

Khalid 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/12/17 

3:00 PM 

Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/13/17 

5:00 PM 

Funkbox in the Park: Tony 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Touch / Danny Krivit / Jellybean Benitez / D-Train / honoring Evelyn Santos 

Sunday 

8/13/17 

5:00 PM 

Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis / Dante Ross 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Tuesday 

8/15/17 

7:00 PM 

Stew and The Negro Problem 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Theater 

Wednesday 

8/16/17 

8:00 PM 

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in association with Dance Films Association 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance / Film 

Wednesday 

8/16/17 

7:00 PM 

Bilal / DJ Reborn in association with Jill Newman Productions 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Step Afrika! 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Dance 

Saturday 

8/19/17 

5:00 PM 

Jim Jones 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/20/17 

5:00 PM 

Def Poets: A Reunion feat. Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas, Toni Blackman 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Spoken Word 

hosted by Asha Bandele in association with Manifesto 

Sunday 

8/20/17 

6:00 PM 

Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/24/17 

7:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed Featuring: Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edward s and Derick K. Grant 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music / Dance 

Friday 

8/25/17 

6:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Anat Cohen Tentet 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/26/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/27/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia 

Tompkins Square Park 

MN 

Music 

Olatuja 

Sunday 

8/27/17 

6:00 PM 

Valerie June / Aloysius 3 / Jalen N’Gonda / DJ Boogie Blind 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

SummerStage 2017 Benefit Show Schedule 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Artist 

Park 

Boro 

Genre 

Wednesday 

5/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Gov’t Mule / Chris Robinson Brotherhood produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/15/17 

7:30 PM 

Elvis Costello & The Imposters produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Friday 

7/7/17 

6:00 PM 

Umphrey’s McGee / Aqueous produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/19/17 

8:30 PM 

PJ Harvey produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

7/27/17 

7:00 PM 

Regina Spektor produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Monday 

7/31/17 

6:00 PM 

All Time Low / 

Central 

MN 

Music 

SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks produced by The Bowery Presents 

Park 

Thursday 

8/3/17 

6:00 PM 

Dashboard Confessional / The All-American Rejects / The Maine produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/10/17 

6:00 PM 

The Revivalists / White Denim produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/30/17 

6:00 PM 

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

9/13/17 

6:00 PM 

Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids and Joywave produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

9/14/17 

7:30PM 

Patti Smith with her Band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith Honoring Fred Sonic Smith produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

9/21/17 

6:00PM 

The Head and the Heart / The 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Lone Bellow / The Shelters produced by The Bowery Presents 

Friday 

9/22/17 

7:00 PM 

The War on Drugs 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2017 Schedule 

Thursday 

8/24/17 

7:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music / Dance 

Friday 

8/25/17 

6:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Anat Cohen Tentet 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/26/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade 

Marcus Garvey Park 

July 15, 2017 Posted by | CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FILM/ Festivals – Reviews #NYAFF2017

More from Tanimaru!

 

Tokyo Sky

Shinji and Mika are two young people trying to make their way in Tokyo. He is a day laborer blind in one eye and she is a girl from “inaka” the countryside with a dysfunctional past. One of Shinji’s friends dies while on the job and at his funeral Mika and Shinji begin a relationship – a relationship that is slow and careful as the world around them changes with death and people moving on. Both actors charm you as they manage the dog eat dog world of Tokyo. There is a street singer appearing throughout the film and they suppose another loser in Tokyo, but in the end, her face appears on the side of a van advertizing her first EP.

Aside from a couple of places where animation suddenly appears, the claustrophobia and busy world of Tokyo is accurately rendered. The narration is a bit on the nose in places and one might wonder if it is really necessary because the visuals do a very good job of telling the story of what it is like living for the city and trying to find love and companionship.
Happiness
I have followed the work of Masatoshi Nagase since his first films with Argo Project more than 25 years ago. Nagase is a veteran now, a true leading man with the gravitas fitting Japan’s most famous actors. His sensitive performance in AHN still stays with me. Here in HAPPINESS he is guided by Sabu, whose film CHASUKE’S JOURNEY was a cinematic tour de force in last year’s NYAFF. Nagase plays a man who arrives in a small town with a happiness helmet and when the residents put it on, they see they most treasured memories. But there is a dark side, that will soon emerge for Nagase’s character and it is here where the film take a turn into a kind of madness. Nagase is stoic throughout. A carefully measured performance of depth. HAPPINESS is not happiness at a certain point in the film, but the journey leading to happiness, for the patient, is worth taking.
Aroused By Gymnopedes
Since this is a Nikkatsu film, it is easy to understand why just about every 10 minutes there is a sex scene, but what is so strange is the lack of a coherent story to wrap around the frequent trysts in the movie. Furuya is a has been director. Washed up, hasn’t made a film in about a decade and in the midst of a possible come back, his lead actress quits. Thus begins a series of wanderings as Furuya beds numerous women including his student and finally a nurse at the hospital where is wife lies in a coma. There is also a horny neighbor who tries to seduce him from the start. The music of Erik Satie seems to be the cue for the sex business to start with whomever is in close quarters to Furuya but this one trick pony runs out of steam pretty early in the film. The composition “Gymnopies” by Satie was played by Furuya’s wife and clearly it was her tool to arouse him – a tune that obviously continues to play in his head with every woman he encounters.
Dawn Of The Felines
DAWN OF THE FELINES is a romp. A look at the lives of young ladies in Tokyo trying to make ends meet via sex for sale agencies. Masako is the lead lady who has a on and off relationship with a client. There is another who is clearly a single mom trying to manage child care while she turns tricks and finally Rie, who is married but unknown to her husband is also having sex for money. The film is clever shooting on the streets of Tokyo in a wonderful guerilla style. The actors are not shy about showing the underbelly of sex life in Tokyo – a world that is pretty much out of the view for a foreigner. So with some laughs and sad moments, the reality of life in Tokyo is revealed. Don’t point a finger at these ladies – they know full well what they are doing.
DEALER HEALER
Totally retro in design and execution, DEALER/HEALER is an homage to the early films of Chinese gangsters and the ladies who love them. “Cheater Hua” is the archetype of the gangster who is reformed and proceeds to get the members of his inner circle to do the same. My only criticism is the overly used soundtrack that is way to on the nose. This may also be a homage but in some ways it seems to take away from storytelling, but if you like this genre, DEALER/HEALER will please
RAGE
Is an elegant thriller. A fine performance by Ken Watanabe. We have missed this subtile but powerful work in a small film. He reaffirms his status and stardom. The rest of the cast is also effective and committed. The intertwining stories don’t really connect, so re-reading the synopsis for RAGE – I wanted to have a frame for these comments. Each of the three stories is so compelling I keep wondering why “rage” became the title? There is clearly rage in the Okinawan story, even though it subverts geography to place a American GI drinking area next door to Naha’s main market – the real distance is at least a 30 minute drive and this is important because this is the inciting incident of the this story. I was moved, entertained and I was engaged in the firm and confident structure of the film but at the end I kind of wished that one of the stories had been the focus of the film.

July 14, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Concert of the Summer! MUSIC /Festivals – FELA TRIBUTE w/ Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti and EGYPT ’80 Sunday, 7/16 – 2pm Central Park #Summerstage *nyc

WE RECOMMEND this MUST-SEE CONCERT!

Come Early! Prepare to Move your Feet in joy!

FELA was the subject of a fabulous Broadway musical directed by Bill T Jones.

Fela was a constant critic of the Nigerian government of his time and many of his songs were protest songs with an infectious beat.

Two of his sons took up the mantle of their father’s musical legacy: Femi and Seun. Seun is backed by one of his father’s original bands – Egypt ’80.

Come hear the music for yourself and understand why FELA is so revered by people who love music.

 

For the first time, Fela Kuti collaborator Roy Ayers will join with Fela’s son in an homage to the iconic pioneer of Afrobeat. Roy had collaborated with Fela while Fela was still pioneering new African music and creating classic beats.

Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers gives new meaning to the word “longevity.” Born into a thriving musical family in 1940, Ayers immediately dove headfirst into the scene, eventually emerging as one of the most well-respected funk, soul and jazz composers living today. He also plays the vibraphone with unflinching panache. His early career saw him experimenting mostly with post-bop jazz, as he was signed to a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records. When he transitioned over to Polydor Records in the ‘70s, his sound evolved as well. Ayers became one of the grand designers of the irrepressibly ear-pleasing mashup genre of jazz-funk. Taking style hybridization one step further, Ayers became a key participant in the acid jazz revolution, which masterfully mixed jazz with hip-hop and funk, garnering him the longstanding moniker “The Godfather of Neo-Soul.” Some of his most beloved hits include “Everybody Love the Sunshine,” “Searchin’,””You Send Me”, and “Running Away”, while he played with his band Ubiquity, He has been sampled constantly.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

 

Seun, the sprightly offspring of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, has had a passion for music since he was a little boy. He petitioned his father to let him sing at his side, and his dream was soon realized, as the two joyfully harmonized. When his dad sadly passed away, Seun was asked to lead his band, Egypt 80. Seun, only 14 at the time, rose to the opportunity, adding his own viewpoint to the group. He has continued to imbue the sound with sophisticated strata, channeling the deep and varied cultural, African origins of the genre. The band plays new music, along with the classics that Fela shepherded, such as ‘Shuffering and Shmiling,” “Colonial Mentality” and “Army Arrangement.” Seun and Egypt 80 have remained vital, political and true to their historically imperative roots.

Underground System

The glorious grab bag of internationally-grown members of Underground System (who take their name from a Fela Kuti song) reads like a roll call of musical and cultural diversity. Conceived in Brooklyn, this unstoppable female-fronted corps of neo-afrobeat-deconstructionists has cultivated a sound as inimitable as its members. Hinged on a tight, seamlessly executed stage show, this group astonishes wherever they go, compelling crowds to dance with unbridled vim. To provide a sliver of a glimpse of insight into their unfathomably varied roots, their original dance floor track “Bella Ciao” received worldwide fanfare, as several DJs and producers cut and remixed it. The song is a “retro-futuristic” reimagining of an anti-fascist WWII ballad from Italy, sung by the African American-Italian lead singer (Domenica Fossati) who was born in Miami and raised in Venezuela. Citing influences from the South Bronx girl group ESG to the Brit-new wave cult crew XTC, this subterranean organization of deliciously scrambled afrobeat re-inventors continues to soar across broadening musical horizons. Promoting their soon-to-come debut album, Underground System is touring with irresistible vitality, acquiring praise as they spread majestically modified, delectable African beats to dance halls around the country.

Rich Medina

For the past two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ. Outside the club, he’s a father, educator, platinum-selling record producer, poet, designer, public speaker and journalist. From his humble beginnings at TK Nightclub in Philadelphia to his current status manning the decks at four of New York City’s most popular recurring parties, Rich Medina has taken crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another and adhering to a singular, uplifting creed: Love Afro Life. Medina is also an advisory board member of (his alma mater) Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection where he is a guest lecturer and panel moderator for their music and Africana departments.  His writing has been featured in many esteemed publications including The FaderWax Poetics and Complex Magazine.

Please note, City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage will be recording/filming this show for future use. Guests at this show and Rumsey Playfield visitors on this day may be included in the recording and film footage. A designated area may be made available onsite for individuals who do not wish to be filmed.  By attending this show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, you are indicating your willingness and consent to participate and appear in the recording and film footage created by City Parks Foundation and its partners.

Details

Date:
July 16 
Time:
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 2pm / Show 3pm
Cost:
Free

BE THERE for the Concert of the Summer,

July 14, 2017 Posted by | avant-garde, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance – James Whiteside – Ballet -Summer Tour

James Whiteside, ballet’s most daring principal artist known for his theatrical and technical versatility, will begin an extensive and varied summer tour, with seven appearances worldwide, after the close of the American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House Season.

The bold and irreverent James Whiteside is packing his suitcase and touring around the globe, bringing pieces of his ballet, pop and drag persona with him! Having gained a tremendous fan base over pushing boundaries both artistically and within the LGBTQ community, James will give audiences everywhere a little bit of everything– the classics, the celebrated, and the new works of James himself, produced for the first time under his new production company James Whiteside Presents. He is a dancer, a designer, and a dreamer, and he is coming to a city near you during the next few months.

 

And if you can’t wait until showtime and need a quick fix, here is James’s most recent music video, Piece of MeThis is only a taste of his infectious energy and talent.

 

 

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Whiteside kicks off the summer at Fire Island Dance Festival, followed by an evening of self-choreographed work at Jacob’s Pillow, performances at Joyce Theater with Gemma Bond, BALLETNOW, Vail Dance Festival and Ballet Sun Valley, and lastly a tour to Japan late summer to work with Tokyo Disney. Performances will showcase a variety of dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, theater jazz and hip-hop.

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Now in its 23rd season, the Fire Island Dance Festival, having nearly raised $5 million dollars on behalf of Dancers Responding to AIDS, will invite James to perform in a new work by musical theater choreographer Al Blackstone. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore? premiering at the festival, July 15 and 16 and set to a soundscape by Prince, centers around a character portrait of a contemporary man, played by James, who has everything—money, power, sex appeal—and the disturbing truth about the lengths he will go to get what he wants.

The following week, James will produce and premiere 5 Dances on Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s “Inside/Out” stage, July 19. A collection of original works in varied styles that he has created over the last few years, Whiteside will perform with American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary, with narration by actor/show maker Jack Ferver. This program consists of Zero Hour, set to Vivaldi’s classic “Winter” and originally co-choreographed by Whiteside and Melissa Hough; On the Water, a pas de deux to Schubert’s “Auf Dem Wasser zu Singen”; and You Rascal You, a solo to Louis Armstrong’s song of the same name and a murder mystery jazz dance; among other works.

 

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On July 25 and 26, James will join Skylar Brandt, Tyler Maloney, Calvin Royal III, Gabe Stone Shayer, Devon Teuscher, and Cassandra Trenary on the Joyce Stage in the world premiere of Impressions, part of an evening with Gemma Bond. With costume design conceptualized and designed on the Joyce stage by James, the work explores the connection between everyday events and the aesthetics of ballet. Bond’s choreography is a study in placing ballet in a less traditional setting—without scenery, without mime and gesture, but through pure dance that creates and inspires emotion and audience connection.

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On July 28- 30, James will join guest curator Tiler Peck and an exciting roster of dance superstars for BALLETNOW, a 3-day dance series at The Music Center, in Los Angeles California. James will dance the pas de deux from both Romeo and Juliet and Rubies with American Ballet Theater principal Isabella Boylston and Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in London.

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To round out the summer, Whiteside will take the stage at the Vail Dance FestivalAugust 4 and 5, and Ballet Sun ValleyAugust 22 and 24 under the direction of Isabella Boylston. There, James will reprise the Rubies pas de deux with Boylston, while also mounting his own You Rascal You. Finally, James will end his extensive calendar of appearances inTokyo to both dance in and choreograph a specially arranged Beauty and the Beast excerpt, Tale as Old as Time for a Tokyo Disney’s release of Beauty and the Beast.

 

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James Whiteside Calendar Highlights:

July 15-16 – Fire Island Dance Festival, Fire Island: How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore? by Al Blackstone

July 19 – Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s Inside/Out, Becket, MA: James Whiteside Presents 5 Dances

July 25-26 – Joyce Theater, NYC: Impressions with Gemma Bond

July 28-30 – BALLETNOW, Los Angeles CA: Romeo and Juliet and Rubies Pas de Deux

August 4-5 – Vail Dance Festival, Vail, CO: International Evenings of Dance

August 22-24– Ballet Sun Valley, Sun Valley, ID: Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, You Rascal You

August Dates TBD – Tokyo Disney, Japan: Beauty and the Beast

 

As for videos, here are a few that show the range of James:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucj1_XIlMx0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj6kcpys_Tg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0vp9N_MDoA&t=80s

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ABOUT JAMES WHITESIDE

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. He joined ABT in 2012 as a soloist and was promoted to a principal one season later. Prior to ABT, he danced with Boston Ballet from 2002-2009, moving from the studio company to principal over the 7-year tenure. Throughout his professional career, he has performed the works of Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Macmillan, Ratmansky, Tudor, and Tharp, originating roles in Ratmansky’s latest ballet, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium, andChamber Symphony for American Ballet Theatre. Whiteside’s dance training began at age nine studying jazz at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance Centre and, later, ballet training at the Virginia School of the Arts. James Whiteside is also known for his theatrical personas JbDubs, pop-dance artist, and Ühu Betch, part of the hilarious drag posse The Dairy Queens.

July 10, 2017 Posted by | #dance, avant-garde, CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

Museums/Art – Native Fashion Now February 17, 2017–September 4, 2017 New York, NY – National Museum of the American Indian

 

The National Museum of the American Indian

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, Native Fashion Now celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion.

Featuring contemporary garments, accessories, and footwear spanning a variety of genres and materials, this exhibition features designers who traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expression and cultural borrowing. From one of Patricia Michaels’ (Taos Pueblo) finale ensembles from the reality television series Project Runway to Jamie Okuma’s (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) dramatically beaded Christian Louboutin boots, and innovative works made from Mylar, vinyl, and stainless steel, Native Fashion Now underscores Native concepts of dress and beauty, which are inextricably bound to identity and tradition in a rapidly changing world.

Native Fashion Now is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. The Coby Foundation Ltd. provided generous support. The New York presentation of this exhibition and related programming is made possible through the generous support of Ameriprise Financial and the members of the New York Board of Directors of the National Museum of the American Indian. Additional funding provided by Macy’s.

 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York will host the final showing of the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion, celebrating indigenous designers from across the United States and Canada, from the 1950s to today. “Native Fashion Now,” originally organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., explores the exciting and complex realms where fashion meets art, cultural identity, politics and commerce.

The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the museum’s East Gallery and runs through Sept. 4.

Through nearly 70 works, “Native Fashion Now” explores the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists—from pioneering Native style-makers of the mid-20th century like Charles Loloma (Hopi Pueblo) to maverick designers of today such as Wendy Red Star (Apsálooke [Crow]). The exhibition immerses visitors in all aspects of contemporary Native fashion—its concerns, modes of expression and efforts to create meaning through fashion. “Native Fashion Now” is the first show to emphasize the long-standing, evolving and increasingly prominent relationship between fashion and creativity in Native culture.

“New York City is a fashion capital of the world and the works shown in this exhibition belong on this stage,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “Native voice is powerful and Native couture is a megaphone. These designers’ works demonstrate to visitors the contemporary strength of Native iconographies and sensibilities.”

The exhibition’s four themes—Pathbreakers, Revisitors, Activators and Provocateurs—reflect how designers respond to ideas and trends in the world of Native fashion. Pathbreakers are groundbreaking designers like Dorothy Grant (Haida) and Frankie Welch (Cherokee descent), while Revisitors refresh, renew and expand on tradition, like D.Y. Begay (Diné [Navajo]) and Bethany Yellowtail (Apsáalooke/Northern Cheyenne). Activators embrace an everyday, personal style that engages with today’s trends and politics, like the work of Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) that considers the overlap between mainstream and Native culture in America, while Provocateurs, like Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw) and Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree), depart from conventional fashion to make works that are conceptually driven and experimental.

Among the dozens of notable designers included in “Native Fashion Now” are Lloyd “Kiva” New (Cherokee), the first Native designer to create a successful high-fashion brand; Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), who in 2003 worked with fashion icon Donna Karan to create a bold collaborative couture collection and went on to launch his own fashion line, VO; Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), who is known for her role on the popular show Project Runway and for her fashion line, PM Waterlily; and Jared Yazzie (Diné [Navajo]), an activist designer who uses streetwear to encourage people to think about the truths of history. For a full list of artists, go to the exhibition fact sheet.

“Native Fashion Now” Biographies

Museum Director and Exhibition Curators

December 1, 2016

Kevin Gover

Kevin Gover is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Since he began as director in 2007, the museum has opened several critically acclaimed exhibitions, including “Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian,” the largest retrospective ever of the seminal 20th-century modern painter and sculptor; “Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort,” a major exhibition of the prominent Canadian artist (Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss-Canadian); “Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian,” a spectacular permanent exhibition of 700 works in October 2010; and “A Song for the Horse Nation,” a treasure trove of stunning objects presenting the epic story of the horse’s influence on American Indian tribes.

Under Gover’s leadership, the museum’s collections search launched online to provide digital access to the museum’s objects and photographs, and the imagiNATIONS Activity Center opened in June 2012, providing a dynamic space for young visitors.

Gover was the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000 under President Bill Clinton, where he won praise for his efforts to rebuild long-neglected Indian schools and expand tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) police forces throughout the country. His tenure as assistant secretary is perhaps best known for his apology to Native American people for the historical conduct of the BIA.

Upon leaving office, Gover practiced law at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington. In 2003, he joined the faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and served on the faculty of the university’s Indian Legal Program, one of the largest such programs in the country.

Gover received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and his juris doctor degree from New Mexico’s College of Law. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Princeton University in 2001.

Karen Kramer

Karen Kramer’s long-standing commitment to innovative approaches to indigenous art and culture and her broad experiences working with Native artists, scholars, communities and other stakeholders help shape the Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM) ambitious program in Native American and Oceanic art and culture, including the growth of its collection, its sensitive presentation and its ongoing interpretation and preservation. For the past 20 years, Kramer helped produce 10 major exhibitions on Native American art and culture at PEM. More recently, she curated “Native Fashion Now,” a nationally traveling, groundbreaking exhibition celebrating contemporary Native American fashion from the 1950s to today, and the paradigm-shifting “Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art,” which dismantled stereotypes and explored concepts of change, worldview and politics in historical and contemporary Native art.

Kramer directs PEM’s innovative Native American Fellowship program, which provides training for rising Native American leaders in the museum, cultural and academic sectors. Kramer served as president, vice president and as a board member for the Native American Art Studies Association from 2003 to 2015. She worked on three inaugural exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and for National NAGPRA. She earned her Master of Arts in anthropology from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Denver.

Kathleen Ash-Milby

Kathleen Ash-Milby is an associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center and organizer of the New York presentation of “Native Fashion Now.” She has organized numerous contemporary art exhibitions at the museum, including “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist” (2015) with co-curator David Penney, “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family” (2014) as curatorial liaison, “C. Maxx Stevens: House of Memory” (2012) and “Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination” (2007). She was the co-curator of the “SITElines Biennial: much wider than a line,” at SITE Santa Fe (2016); “Mind (the) Gap: International Indigenous Art in Motion,” Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia (2011); and “Edgar Heap of Birds: Most Serene Republics,” a public-art installation and collateral project for the 52nd International Art Exhibition/Venice Biennale (2007).

Ash-Milby is a recipient of two Secretary of the Smithsonian’s Excellence in Research Awards for her exhibition and publication HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor (2010) in 2011 and for the publication Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist in 2016. She was a fellow in the 2015 Center for Curatorial Leadership Program in New York. Ash-Milby served on the boards of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (2007–2012), the American Indian Community House (2005–2007) and was the president of the Native American Art Studies Association (2011– 2015).  She was the curator and co-director of the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York City from 2000 to 2005.

A member of the Navajo Nation, she earned her Master of Arts from the University of New Mexico in Native American art history.

Exhibition Facts

  • First large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion, celebrating indigenous designers from across the United States and Canada from the 1950s to today
  • First exhibition to emphasize the long-standing, evolving and increasingly prominent relationship between fashion and creativity in Native culture
  • Curated by Karen Kramer, Peabody Essex Museum curator of Native American and Oceanic art and culture. Kathleen Ash-Milby (Diné [Navajo]), associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, provided curation for the New York presentation
  • 4,000-square-foot exhibition is in the museum’s East Gallery
  • 68 works/ensembles; 67 artists/designers; five multimedia displays
  • One museum-owned object: “Treaty Cloth Shirt,” 2012, by Carla Hemlock (Mohawk)
  • Exhibition has four main sections: Pathbreakers, Revisitors, Activators and Provocateurs

Artists/designers represented:

Gabriel Mozart Abeyta (Taos Pueblo)
Barry Ace (Anishinaabe [Odawa])
Ray Adakai (Diné)
Pilar Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh [San Juan]/Cochiti/Kewa [Santo Domingo] Pueblos)
Marcus Amerman (Choctaw)
Jeremy Arviso (Diné/Hopi/Pima/Tohono O’odham)
Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa)
D.Y. Begay (Diné)
Eddie Begay (Diné)
MaRia A. Bird (Diné/Hopi/Santa Clara Pueblo)
Mike Bird-Romero (Ohkay Owingeh [San Juan]/Taos Pueblos)
Caroline Blechert (Inuit)
Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Diné)
Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw)
Orlando Dugi (Diné)
Alano Edzerza (Tahltan)
Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree)
Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut)
David Gaussoin (Diné/Picuris Pueblo)
Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Diné/Picuris Pueblo)
Louie Gong (Nooksack/Squamish)
Dorothy Grant (Haida)
Teri Greeves (Kiowa)
Thomas Haukaas (Sicangu Lakota)
Carla Hemlock (Mohawk)
Terrance Houle (Blood)
Derek Jagodzinsky (Whitefish Cree)
Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag)
Tommy Joseph (Tlingit)
Donna Karan
Juanita Lee (Kewa [Santo Domingo] Pueblo)
Charles Loloma (Hopi Pueblo)
Dustin Martin (Diné)
Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca)
Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo)
Douglas Miles (San Carlos Apache/Akimel O’odham)
Kent Monkman (Cree)
Lloyd “Kiva” New (Cherokee)
Winifred Nungak (Inuit)
Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock)
Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo)
Consuelo Pascal (Diné/Maya)
Niio Perkins (Akwesasne Mohawk)
Jonathan Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag)
Wendy Ponca (Osage)
Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota)
Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo)
Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke [Crow])
Maria Samora (Taos Pueblo)
Cody Sanderson (Diné/Hopi/Tohono O’odham/Nambé Pueblo)
Alice Shay (Diné)
Troy Sice (Zuni Pueblo)
Maya Stewart (Chickasaw/Creek/Choctaw descent)
Lisa Telford (Haida)
Denise Wallace (Chugach Aleut)
Samuel Wallace
Robin Waynee (Saginaw Chippewa)
Frankie Welch (Cherokee descent)
Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw)
Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota)
Kenneth Williams Jr. (Northern Arapaho/Seneca)
Toni Williams (Northern Arapaho)
Margaret Wood (Diné/Seminole)
Rico Lanaat’ Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan)
Jared Yazzie (Diné)
Jolene Nenibah Yazzie (Diné)
Bethany Yellowtail (Apsáalooke [Crow]/Northern Cheyenne)

Exhibition Sections

Pathbreakers: Since the 1950s and up to the present, indigenous designers have been blazing trails in daring and distinctive ways. They have overturned the simplistic notion that all Native design tends to look the same and marry the worldview and aesthetics of their communities with modern materials and silhouettes. Clothing is their language, and they write it in silks and stainless steel, in rhythm, shape and line. These Pathbreakers increasingly source their fabrics globally and use New York runways as a jumping-off point for their careers. Along the way they create opportunities for those who follow in their footsteps.

Revisitors: One tradition never changes in Native art: things change. Native artists have always brought new materials and ideas into their work. This gallery celebrates fashion designers who refresh and expand on time-honored symbols, forms and techniques even as they adopt new ones. In turn, Revisitors use contemporary and innovative approaches to strengthen and carry forward ancient understandings of the world that sustain their tribal communities. Some make clothing and other objects specifically for powwows and Native ceremonies, while others intend their work for outside markets.

Activators: Self-representation, a recurring theme in contemporary Native fashion, is a major focus for the artists who use fashion to express identity and political ideas. Clothing can help get a message across. Activators design and style casual-chic outfits, blending tribal-specific patterns and colors with street-style sensibilities and bypassing the catwalk and the corporation. Many younger Native designers are activators, constantly responding to trends and current events by way of the internet and social media.

Provocoteurs: Some Native designers can be thought of as provocateurs. They embrace the experimental and erase boundaries between art and fashion. Their one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories demonstrate remarkable craftsmanship and at the same time hurl familiar materials and forms into an entirely new dimension. Some of these works stretch the concept of wearability. How would such garments feel? Can these clothes truly be worn? As these designers work from drape to pattern to fabrication, they deconstruct typical ideals of beauty while constructing new ones. Their fashions dance between the imposing and the delicate. These Provocateurs carry on a question-and-answer dialogue between material and concept, inviting viewers to engage with issues of identity, sovereignty and creativity.

Programming

A public opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at 6 p.m. featuring a “Curator’s Conversation” with Kramer and Ash-Milby. Admission is free.

A symposium, “Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation and Cultural Identity,” held in conjunction with the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition, will bring together Native and non-Native historians, fashion designers and artists working in the fields of fashion, law and indigenous studies. The expert speakers will address fashion as a creative endeavor and an expression of cultural identity, issues of problematic cultural appropriation in the field and examples of creative collaborations and best practices between Native designers and fashion brands. The symposium is co-sponsored with the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York and takes place Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Publication

In association with the Peabody Essex Museum, DelMonico Books published in 2015 a 144-page catalog with 112 illustrations, Native Fashion Now: North American Indian Style, edited by Kramer with contributions by Jay Calderin, Madeleine M. Kropa and Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa). ISBN-10: 2791354698.

The Coby Foundation Ltd. provided support for “Native Fashion Now.” Funding for the New York presentation of this exhibition and associated programming is made possible through the support of Ameriprise Financial. Additional funding provided by Macy’s.

 

All of the designers express their artistic agency, cultural identity and their unique personal perspective. “Native Fashion Now” is a dynamic, contemporary fashion scene that showcases both roots and cutting-edge, new paths. Runway footage, artist interviews and fashion photography communicate its immediacy throughout the exhibition.

“Native American art and culture are often perceived as phenomena of the past—or just mere replicas,” said Karen Kramer, Peabody Essex Museum curator of Native American and Oceanic art and culture, including the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition. “But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Contemporary Native fashion designers are dismantling and upending familiar motifs, adopting new forms of expression and materials, and sharing their vision of Native culture and design with a global audience.”

 

“Native Fashion Now” is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. The Coby Foundation Ltd. provided generous support. The New York presentation of this exhibition and related programming is made possible through the generous support of Ameriprise Financial and the members of the New York Board of Directors of the National Museum of the American Indian. Additional funding provided by Macy’s.

About the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu. Follow the museum via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Join the conversation using #NativeFashionNow.

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Film / Festivals / Review SOMEONE TO TALK TO — #NYAFF2017

Another Excellent Revie from our own Tanimaru.

 

Right from the start, it is too good to be true, after viewing one couple who want to divorce, Angio and Lina proudly submit their papers for marriage. Fast forward 10 years and now with a daughter, they are falling apart. Angio’s sister plants the seed that Lina is cheating. Lush in visuals (you can almost taste the food of a restaurant) SOMEONE TO TALK TO pulls you into a world of infidelity, pursuit and murderous plans. The sense of China as mix of traditional and contemporary is both fascinating and tragic as the marriage falls apart and other adulterer goes back to his partner. Angio refuses to divorce Lina so she runs away with her lover, leaving her daughter and her life behind to be cared for by her sister in law and a new husband, as Angio travels north pretending to look for them. He meets an old high school friend, recently divorced, who shares with him – “Life is in the Future, not the past”. Angio leaves abruptly as his daughter falls ill. When she finally wakes up, he goes out to buy her wontons and at the station, meets Lina, still on the run. Considering first to kill them both, he abandons his plan now ready to divorce her and move into the future.

Everyone in the movie talks about wanting “someone to talk to”. Relationships have fallen apart because people do no communicate. SOMEONE TO TALK TO is sensitive and full of life – ordinary people seeking someone to talk to.

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