Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The intermedio or intermezzo in the Italian Renaissance, was a theatrical performance or spectacle with music and often dance which was performed between the acts of a play to celebrate special occasions in the Italian court.
Enjoying the snow, cold, crisp tail end of a ice storm in OKC...
even as I do my thang here (Uptown United)
I'm thinking of Chicago
... and what calls me there,...
"hey, Amina... can I see you in the first two weeks of February?"
Gotta git back to my girl, Chi... as I come to a greater sense,
a broader vision of where home really is.
I'm missing the creative intelligence of CHLEE,
the quiet strength of Arthur and the spirit that is
Aiesha Wright telling a story,
making it up as she goes.. See ya'll soon.
Coming in touch with The Flowmasta...Itsa bout time!
The warmth of gratitude for today
and worship with guitar
doin' the best i can ,
with the few chords i got.
a kiss upon the cheek of the universe
in the middle of the day.
Adam Emmanuel handles the camera.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Teatro alla Scala Milan, Italy : One of the world's great opera houses.
The season traditionally opens December 7, St. Ambrose's Day. La Scala is to Opera,
what the Apollo and The Grand Ole Opry are to Blues, R&B, Gospel and Country
...What Madison Square Garden used to be for Boxing.
c'erano molti spettatori i conoscitori
conoscenti Signore Stallone i Signore Schwarzenegger
WBA Championship Prizefight
Shane (Sugar) Mosley vs. Antonio (The Tijuana Tornado) Margarito.
Mosley, the former champ from Pamona, California was considered too old at 37 to have a solid shot at winning.
He was 4-1 underdog, dogged by doping accusations and leading up to the fight, he was hit with divorce papers by his wife.
Margarito was the reigning Champ and the meteoric rising Mexican upstart who clocked Cotto to win the title.
Did it ever occur to Giacomo Puccini to write an opera based on boxing?
Mosley was strong from the beginning. All night the left jab set up everything he wanted to do.
He fired his punches at will, landing head shots, bodyshots, crosses, solid rights,
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
in fact the mood was more subdued when I walked in about 9:45 from the cold front sweeping across OKC, for the Live Action Art gig at Uptown United. It would be better to say specifically that the energy was down-tempo chill with a acute sense of the promise of a good time this evening. The ambient mix was smooth droopy and straight loopy, as guests milled about talking in groups with drinks and iPhone in hand. The DJ and the tech guys were running final checks of the lights,the audio and video equipment...and Sean Valli had already been at work on the mural rendering his signature sub-atomic-organic Tree of Life.
Below: Chad Mount (tribalbot) of Uptown United with artist Sean Valli
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Shout out to DeShan
Up Broadway @Uptown United
Monday, January 19, 2009
Posting images and thoughts from last weekend's filming of the documentary,
Transcend: The Face of Contemporary African-American Art in Oklahoma.
Brenna King (left) prepares for her recorded interview with the artist, as lights are strategically arranged.
Ms. King is a multi-racial woman of Caribbean descent. She's a mother, a Marine Corp veteran, an accomplished photographer, singer-songwriter, AfroFemi-Ninja and hopeful romantic. As personal friends, the two were able to discuss living and making art in Oklahoma, Black folk issues, White patronage and openly address Lee's interracial relationship with an older Hungarian woman. Finally, the two discuss his ever present challenge of living a productive life as artist/activist with narcolepsy, or Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS), a neurological condition that causes Lee to fall asleep at any moment.
Director j.leigh brantly of Vox Populi Productions has worked in film in both Hollywood and New York. This year she will complete a film project based in Africa. With the Transcend project, her process is to establish a solid frame of focus, but allow the collaborative energy of the assembled artists to channel the film's production organically. Of course they in turn respect her authority as the last voice in any creative decision and final vision.
Loading the camera is Melissa Sue Lopez, writer producer of several film projects including "Masquerade" and "Emociones". Shooting begins shortly on her latest feature Shuttermind". She brings serious film skills, pure positive energy, enthusiasm, and love to the Transcend project. http://www.moonsueproductions.com/
Artist/Curator Nathan Lee and Transcend director j. leigh Brantly
The Magic that is Tatayana, age 5, daughter of Brenna King. Loves smoothies, Yoga, saris, and all things India.
Skipfolio: too little sleep, head cold, draining sinuses, sneezing and watery eyes. A large cup of coffee.
February 6 through 19, 2009 at Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma