- Opening Night Performance: Sunday, July 5th & runs through July 26th. (*note: no performance July 7th)
- Location: Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, USA
Summertime in NYC is synonymous with outdoor activities. An activity that I always look forward to is Classical Theatre of Harlem bringing Shakespeare to Marcus Garvey Park. This year it is The Tempest. Swirling with magic, romance, comedy, and the eloquent words of Shakespeare The Tempest is a delight. Secret ingredient you might ask -- a generous pinch of Harlem swag.
Times Square - where Broadway & 7th Avenue intersect. Sights, sounds, and smells swirl together to create a symphony of energy.
My first experience with the Big Apple was during high school. I accompanied my mom on a business trip and we stayed at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. While she spent the days in meetings I was down below amidst the hustle and bustle. Somewhere within that symphony of energy I fell in love.
If you live in NYC long enough you stop visiting Times Square and like cheese thrown to the rats, leave it to the tourists, dressed up oversized super heroes, and cab drivers. However, I do not subscribe to that opinion, I still feel a child like awe when I stand there in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is one of my favorite cultural institutions in the Big Apple. With rotating exhibitions every two - three months it was a pleasure to catch the final day of an exhibit. Target sponsors Studio Museum go-ers every Sunday by offering free admission!! [p.s. my mom has a cameo in the first photo outside of the building :)]
Harlem Arts Festival, June 27th, Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem.
Nona Hendryx (one-third of the trio Labelle & cousin of the late great Jimi Hendrix) introduced the musical proceedings. Farrah Boulé Burns serenaded the crowd with beauty and hip hop style. Ran into Chelsea Goding, Creative Director & Co-Founder of the Harlem Arts Festival. Caught up with artist Zulu King Slone in the midst of painting a Zip Car. Captured some of my favorite viewing points of uptown. On route back home stopped by the Brownstone Woman Boutique & ran into the one and only Mr. Witherspoon.
Harlem native & OG graffiti artist James Top has a gallery in the Sugar Hill district. I recently moved to the same block and we reconnected. I first met him in 2013 when he was featured in a show at Imagenation RAW SPACE. It's dope how life has crossed our paths once again (syn·chro·nic·i·ty¿). I see him sometimes as I'm coming or going and during a recent encounter he told me about an event that he was having on June 19th. I stopped by without my camera, however with an overload of beautiful images and interesting people I felt that invisible magnetic pull. I walked the few minutes back to my apartment and grabbed my trusty Canon. *Snap Snap*
Located 35 miles southwest of Rochester, Letchworth State Park is known as the "Grand Canyon of the East." Breathtaking views, sweeping trails, and clean air! Wooden cabin with symphony of rain tapping on logs above. Paths and trails that wind around, up and down revealing more breathtaking views than moments before. Charcoal fires, the perfect marshmallow, toads, slugs, mist droplets on morning flowers. It is roughly a 4.5 - 5 hour drive from NYC & I highly recommend it for a weekend getaway.
Dates traveled: 5/30/15 - 6/1/15
I don't usually do street photography unless I am on assignment. I often feel like an intruder, exposed. However, I admire street photography to a high degree. So I slapped on my 50mm lens and went out to a local street fair in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I was nervous and didn't take a lot of photos. Feeling like I could pack up and leave, I gave myself a last minute assignment - ask three people if I could take their photo. The result was electrifying.
'Yes' was the answer and after the *click* I felt a beautiful rush. :)
“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Nora Roberts, Author
248 W 125th Street Gate completed on May 15th, 2015.
World-renowned artist Franco The Great is painting a gate on 125th Street, his first one in over five years. The gate is located at 248 W 125th Street, across from the Apollo Theater. The process is already underway and he will be painting on most days from 7 am – 10 am until completion.
Born in 1928, "Franco the Great" known as the "Picasso of Harlem" is internationally known for his painting on metal gates for storefronts across 125th street in Harlem, USA. The major thoroughfare is unofficially known as "Franco's Blvd."
"Their business is when the gates come up, mine is when the gates go down and through that it has opened up so many doors." - Franco The Great
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