Monday, March 13, 2006

Current Events & Upcoming Happenings

Christopher Stackhouse forwarded this notice about a new exhibit of Basquiat works in Chelsea:

Opening reception March 11, 6 - 8
@ Van De Weghe Fine Art
521 W. 23rd St. NY
212. 929. 6633

March 11 - May 13, 2006
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 6 PM

Press Release PDF


Sometimes you just got to be right on it, right away, and if not... Today, Mendi and Keith Obadike launched a live stream from the Armory Art Show at 2pm.

The Armory Opera (or Sonus Plexus 40.7673 -73.9965)

From Mendi's email (with the tense changed):

This work used ambient sound from The Armory Art Show combined with onsite conversations (about Brer Rabbit and The Art of War) with visitors to the fair to create an improvised musical narrative.

This work was streamed live from their Armory link. This work was commissioned by the Franklin Furnace Archive and supported by the School of Visual Arts. I'm hoping they captured and will archive it.


GlaveDeVeauxThomas Glave forwarded me the following information about an upcoming discussion he'll be participating in with Masani Alexis De Veaux:

A Conversation with Thomas Glave and Alexis De Veaux
Dissecting Race, Nationality, and Sexuality in Literature by Black Writers

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Venue: Skylight Room, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (34th and 35th Street)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Co-Sponsors, Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Continuing Education and Public Programs and Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, Graduate Center, CUNY

Glave and DeVeaux will engage in a conversation on issues related to race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and politics in the literature produced by black writers. They will draw on their research, scholarship and personal experiences to discuss these issues.

Call 718 270-6983 for more information.


Rosa ClementeFrom Kenyatta Lovings, I received information about another CUNY Grad Center conference that'll feature a keynote by journalist-activist Rosa Clemente (at right):

The Africana Studies Group of the CUNY Graduate Center presents:

"Any Enemy of the Black [woman and] man is an enemy of mine": Departures and Definitions of Afro-Latino and Afro-Latin American Identity in the New Millennium

Friday, 17 March 2006 8:30am-8:00pm

The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, The Concourse Level
New York, New York 10016

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Group and The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean

Keynote Speaker: Rosa Clemente

Other participants include: Juan Flores, Lyn Di Iorio Sandín, Miriam Machado-Cooper, Esperanza Martell, Ariel Fernandez, Armonía 4, and the
Ileana Santamaría Orchestra

Conference is FREE but registration is required. Please register through Continuing Education by phone 212-817-8215 or email at

Contact us as with any inquiries.


Also from Kenyatta, at the Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem in two weeks:

Octavia Butler Tribute
March 25, 2006 at 6 PM
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe @ 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Between 124th and 125th Streets, New York, NY 10027

Event Description: Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, has passed away at the age 58. Hue-man Bookstore's Octavia Butler Book Club will present a tribute in celebration of her work and her life.

Tel: 212-665-7400
Fax: 212-665-1071


  1. Thanks for the heads up about so many things, John, and thanks, of course, for including our broadcast. We had a blast. You'll hear more from us on this one.

  2. John,

    did you read Deveaux's bio of Audre Lorde? I did. Tell me what you thought if you did.

  3. Mendi, please keep me posted.

    Treasure, I haven't read DeVeaux's bio of Audre Lorde. Did you? What did you think of it? I'll check it out soon.