Category Archives: Art and Culture

Paint Nite with Ruthy Valdez at Corner Social in Harlem

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Ever want to see if you can paint?  This is your chance to try it out in a cool setting with a fantastic instructor at Harlem’s trendy Corner Social.  Read below for the exact details of this unique event in Ruthy’s own words.  Click here to purchase tickets, space is limited. Tonight: Monday, May 18, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) at the Corner Social 321 Lenox Ave.  New York, NY 10027.

PAINT NITE WITH RUTHY VALDEZ

“Paint with me while sipping on a cocktail. I will walk you through the painting so you can create your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night.  You will be amazed at what you will create.  We provide all you will need to create: canvas, paints, brushes and smock…..as well as 2 cocktails.
Unleash your inner Picasso. It’s simple and completely stress free. Absolutely, no painting experience is needed. The Event will last approximately two hours, at the end you get to take home your new masterpiece. We will use acrylics in primary colors and provide a 11′ x 14″ canvas.

DRINK CREATIVELY!  See you Monday!

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 Ruthy Valdez Website

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President Bill Clinton at HarlemEatUp! Festival

 

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President Bill Clinton kicks-off #HarlemEatUP festival, which is now well in progress, with a great opening speech.

A little bit of rain came through but it has passed and we are ready to eat some good food and try some great wine in this packed crowd!

Good to see Bill Clinton back in Harlem where he use to have an office on 125th street for many years.

Enjoy the festival!

Celebrate Summer Solstice On June 21, 2015

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The longest day of light in the year “summer solstice” is Thursday, June 21, 2015.  This is also Father’s Day.  Plan ahead and make special plans to celebrate summer solstice outdoors for Father’s Day and enjoy an extra long day of sunlight.

Summer solstice: from Latin sol “sun” and stitium “standing still”, because seen from the earth it looks like the sun halts in its tracks going northward, and moves back south.

The June solstice dates vary.  For example, it’s on June 21 in 2015, but on June 20 in 2016. A June 22 solstice will not occur until 2203. The last time there was a June 22 solstice was in 1971.

*Keep an eye out for a new Podcast “Summer Solstice Compilation Mix” coming soon from HarlemHCL.  Embellish your day and celebrate with a custom soundtrack of chillout, soul, house and latin music.

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‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’, because the point where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day (Ill: Not to scale)

Discovered in Harlem visual arist Kalup Linzy’s star rises

Mr. Linzy first caught the art world’s attention in 2005 as the breakout artist of two shows, one at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the other at Taxter & Spengemann, a Chelsea gallery. “A star is born,” wrote Holland Cotter, an art critic for The New York Times. “His name is Kalup Linzy.”

Linzy, born in Florida and based in New York, creates low-budget videos inspired by daytime soap operas, with Linzy himself donning a variety of characters, from talented and naive struggling starlets to conniving vixens who will do anything to get to the top. I

n his current solo exhibition, “Art.Jobs.Lullabies,” Linzy adds to and remixes his ongoing drama-drenched mythology, divulging the lives of performance artist Pisces and video artist/singer Kaye, among others.

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The timing of Kalup’s work is a little bit off and causes a delay that is really funny,” Thomas Lax, exhibition coordinator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, told The New York Times. “All his characters are trying to approximate an ideal, but they’re just behind or ahead of it.”