Carnaval Kanaval Carnival!! A Diasporic Celebration & Party @ Cumbe, Sat. March 2nd

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I started off 2019 expressing my thoughts as an artist, and now, I am putting it all into action. In the month of January I was contacted by the wonderful team at Cumbe: Center for African And Diaspora Dance to take a class and learn more about their organization. As of now, I have been taking Samba class on Tuesday evenings with Danielle Lima, and am very excited to announce that I will be performing!

On March 2nd, Cumbe will be holding Carnaval Kanaval Carnival!! A Diasporic Celebration & Party. The format is an informal dance party with pop-up performances by Careitha Davis, Danielle Lima, Azriel Wallace, Cumbe students (me!), and DJ THECAINMARKO. Food and drinks will be available.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. You may purchase here: Come out and get your carnival fix in Brooklyn!

Event Re-Cap: The 2015 Brooklyn Artist’s Ball & Dance Party at Brooklyn Museum; The Sights & Sounds and What I Wore!

Artists Ball Dinner in the Beaux Arts Court (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)

On the evening of Wednesday, April 15th, Brooklyn’s art community came together for one of the largest fundraising gala celebrations of the year, the Brooklyn Artist’s Ball. Held at the artistic mecca of Brooklyn Museum, the event’s initiative is to host installations by local Brooklyn artists via table ornamentations and auctions, honor various trailblazers in the art world, and raise funds for the museum.


Takashi Murakami, Arnold Lehman, Jeanine Basquiat, Lisane Basquiat and Kiki Smith (photo by Elena Oliva)

This year was particularly special as it honored retiring museum director Arnold Lehman, artists Takashi Murakami and Kiki Smith, along with representatives from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, sisters of the late-great artist.

Notable guests were treated to specially created installations by artists including OLEK, Swoon, Pioneer Works, FAILE, Catron & Outlaw, Duke Riley, SITU Studio and Fernando Mastrangelo, as seen in the photo up top.


Takashi Murakami & Amirah Kassem (Photo by Liz Ligon for Brooklyn Museum)

After the ceremony and dinner, guests were treated to a dance party in the museum lobby, with a fun Takashi Murakami-inspired gumball installation by Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop.


Catchdubs at the Dance Party (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)

Sounds of the evening were specially curated by Brooklyn’s own, Fool’s Gold Records. Co-founder Nick Catchdubs spun groovy tracks throughout the evening, whilst sharing the stage with Fool’s Gold label newcomers.


Leaf performing at the Dance Party (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)

It was really awesome to see some of my new favorite acts perform in the museum, including Leaf, Shash’U (who played enough Kaytranada and Kendrick to keep me dancing in near 5 inch heels), and Bosco. The dancers were ON POINT, the vibe was a mix of vogue, funk, and hip hop, and I was all for it!


ME! Dressed in Maison Kitsuné

I felt really cool to be at the dance party for the second year in a row, and was sure to bring my A-game fashion-wise as I absolutely hated my look last year, LOL. I had the pleasure of wearing the beautiful Pearly Bali dress by Maison Kitsuné and I felt like a million bucks! The full skirt and modest neckline are totally up my alley and perfect for dancing!

Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Allen/Cooper for having me. Here’s to more celebrations in art and culture!

Art In NYC: The 5th Annual Brooklyn Artist’s Ball To Honor Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Basquiat, April 15th at the Brooklyn Museum


Now in it’s fifth year, the Brooklyn Artist’s Ball is one of the pre-eminent events during the spring’s art calendar that honors visionary artists and art industry impresarios. Hosted by one of my favorite institutions, the Brooklyn Museum, this year’s program on April 15th will be honor retiring Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman along with acclaimed contemporary artists Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


The tables at the dinner are a main attraction, as each one features a unique installation from contemporary artists. This year’s table installations will be designed by Brooklyn-based artists Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw, FAILE, Fernando Mastrangelo, OLEK, Duke Riley, Situ Studio and Dustin Yellin

Following the ball will be the Dance Party (which I was fortunate to attend last year) in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Glass Pavilion. It will feature a Willy Wonka-esque dessert experience by FlourShop and performances by Brooklyn-based artists.

Tickets for the ball start at $1000, upwards of $100,000 which include a private dinner with Museum Director Arnold Lehman. Tickets for the Dance Party are $100 for non-members, and $75 for museum members. For more info, pleas visit www.brooklynmuseum.orgemail, or call (718) 501-6589.

*Photos courtesy of Liz Ligon

Event: Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party At The Brooklyn Museum 4/16

bkartistsballApril is here, and it is time for us all to cheer, because a mass of art events now float in the air!

I hope you enjoyed my little rhyme, if not, that is fine also. I’m just super happy to announce that the Brooklyn Artists Ball is just around the corner. The ball, which takes place at one of my favorite institutions, the Brooklyn Museum, showcases the works of a group of hand-selected artists living, and working in the sweetest borough that is Brooklyn (did you catch the Marty Markowitz reference?). An auction of the featured works will be available on Artsy, a mobile app to discover and purchase art, starting  April 7th and ending on the 16th.

The event will be held on April 16th, and will be immediately followed by a dance party (woo!). The party will feature a DJ set from Brenmar, live performance by Le1f, and libations and dessert for all. Tickets are available for purchase here, starting at $100 for the after party ($90 for Members of the Museum), upwards of $50,000 for a Benefactor table for dinner, cocktails, and admission to the dance party.

All funds support a greater mission.

Proceeds support the Museum’s innovative education programs, our traveling and new special exhibitions, and our position as a vital cultural and civic resource for Brooklyn and all of New York City.

Well said Brooklyn Museum, well said. I will be in attendance at the dance party, so if you want to come out and shake a tail-feather in support of the thriving Brooklyn creative community, you know what to do!