FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance

Last weekend took us to the Kumble Auditorium for 651 ARTS’ FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance, a remarkable evening of dance by “women of a certain age”. All the performances were wonderful and I was particularly moved to see these women moving with such grace and vigor. It just goes to show you that … Continue reading

Culturally Specific Contemporary Art

Claudia LaRocco gets a great quote Georgianna Pickett in her Times article “Autumnal Choreographers in Full Bloom at 651 Arts“: “One of the tenets that 651 is built on,” Ms. Pickett said, “is that black artists are important contributors to contemporary culture. It’s not like black people just have these innate talents that make us … Continue reading

In This Place

Downtown darling Ain Gordon got a commission from LexArts in Kentucky to create a show about Lexington. His research led him to discover the fascinating story of Samuel and Daphney Oldham who, in 1830, were the first free African-Americans to build their own home in Lexington, KY. Five years later, they disappeared, never to be … Continue reading

Down In The Delta, in BKLYN

By the way, if you haven’t heard about this yet, you should definitely check out 651 Arts upcoming festival The Mississippi Delta Heritage Project which has tons of great events and performances going on in BKLYN from May 28 to June 7. (They actually had an event in early May, but I spaced. Sorry!) Personally … Continue reading

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