Category Archives: LIVE EVENT

February 01

KAOP PORGY & BESS GROUP DINNER

To end the day of opera festivities after Porgy & Bess, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner at The Smith in the private dining room.  I made the chose the menu items, and did the graphic design for the menu so it looked identical to the regular The Smith Menu with a few special details.  What […]

January 30

ART OPENING: FABIAN WILLIAMS @OCCASIONAL SUPERSTAR

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October 16

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: THE NEW BAUHAUS

The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events […]

September 22

FUNDRAISER: 7TH ANNUAL KAOP RING CYCLE ENDURANCE WALK

The 7th Annual KAOP Ring Cycle Endurance Walk to raise money for The Met Opera HD Live in Schools Program was great.  This year was extremely hot in Atlanta the day of the walk- so we started the walk this year at Superica and powered up with food before, walked to the park and did […]

September 20

MAIRA KALMAN STUDIO VISIT

I have loved Maira Kalman’s books since I was a baby.  I have read almost all of her children’s books. Meeting her in Atlanta was a dream come true.  Being invited to her home and studio was beyond words.  Most of the work that is normally on the walls was out on loan to “The […]

September 05

AYANA V. JACKSON ARTIST IN RESIDENCE STUDIO VISIT

Ayana invited me to visit her Artist-in-Residence Studio in upstate New York.  I got to see some previous work, as well as preview her new work having to do with Drexciya for her exhibition at the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Chicago in Fall 2019.  A description of the exhibition Ayana was working on is below: […]

June 21

FAY GOLD GALLERY: MAIRA KALMAN- MY FAVORITE THINGS: GOUACHE PAINTINGS & PRINTS

Maira Kalman is known as the beloved author of many books for children, but her art and projects extend in numerous directions.  In recent years, she has choreographed, created an installation with her son Alex Kalman called Sara Berman’s Closet that was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and adult books of all descriptions including Strunk and […]

June 12

ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: RE-WRITING HISTORY EXHIBITION BY FABIOLA JEAN-LOUIS

Re-Writing History is an evolving series of photographs and sculptural paper constructions by Fabiola Jean-Louis that re-envisions the past in light of the racial strife of the present, and alludes to the absence of black women in historical narratives. By situating women of color in unexpected period settings, Jean-Louis questions their absence and reflects on how […]

June 12

ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: VISUAL ACTIVISM & WOMEN IN THE ARTS- ARTIST TALK

Artists Fabiola Jean-Louis, Vanessa German, and Ayana V. Jacksondiscuss visual activism, and the role of history and identity in their work. Moderated by Elia Alba. Join us as these three artists discuss the common themes and overlapping narratives in their work. Through photography, multi-media installations, sculpture, and film, they explore historical and contemporary social issues: […]

June 02

CHARLY PALMER STUDIO VISIT

Charly graciously opened his studio to my friends and I on a Sunday.  We had the best time.  We were able to see his studio space, check out his new studio space, listen to him speak about his work and process, look at his work at our leisure, meet his kids, and just chill in […]

Michael & Whitney Stansell's Let Light Perpetual May 01

ALEX HARRIS: OUR STRANGE NEW LAND: Independent Narrative Movie Sets Across the South

In 2016 I received a commission from the High Museum in Atlanta to photograph in the South. Nearly a decade earlier, having published The Idea of Cuba, I was asked to photograph on the set of Steven Soderbergh’s film CHE. At the time, I imagined that photographing on Soderbergh’s movie set would be fundamentally different […]

February 25

KAOP: BLACKKKLANSMAN MOVIE

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.imdb.com VIDEOS: Club Movie debrief POSSE PHOTOS:

December 13

2018 CAS POETRY SLAM

My first Poetry Slam for a CAS Project on social justice at school.  My poem did not win because it did not have the cadence of a slam perse but I enjoyed writing, submitting and participating.  My poem is called SHEEP.    

November 30

MET OPERA: IL TRITTICO (IL TABARRO & SUOR ANGELICA

Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro, with baritone George Gagnidze as the spurned husband; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica, alongside mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Principessa; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes […]

November 30

IL TRITTICO BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET WITH KRISTINE OPOLAIS

Zipped backstage after Suor Angelica to see Kristine for a quick hello and completely lost track of time catching up!  Completely stunned by her performance!  So great to reconnect!  Missed most of Gianni Schicchi but it was worth it. PHOTOS: VIDEOS:                               […]

November 29

MET OPERA: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

This performance of La Boheme left me speechless!  So great to reconnect with Angel, Duncan & Ailyn after and debrief the performance, and just talk opera with my people!  Dinner was amazing!  Another wonderfully late opera night in NYC! PHOTOS: VIDEOS:          

November 29

MET OPERA LIVE: LA BOHEME

“A thrilling La Bohème … radiating warmth … luxury cast” (New York Times). Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent […]

November 20

DAVID BUCKINGHAM LA STUDIO VISIT

It is with this collection of metal that Buckingham carves, bends, bolts and welds his assemblages. With skilled craftsmanship, he breaths life into these discarded forms.  Part sculpture, part assemblage, David Buckingham’s bold, provocative art begins in the California desert, where he scours remote landscapes for what he calls “beautiful, battered metal, material that’s had […]

October 27

LAYLA’S 15TH BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FRIENDS OF AFRICAN ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM

My 15th Black Panther Birthday Party was epic!  I want to thank everyone for being so generous with their gifts to benefit my friend Carol Thompson, Curator of African Art at The High Museum’s Friends of African Art.  $1533.33 was donated to Friends of African Art in my name.  Carol will be purchasing pieces from […]

October 23

STUDIO NOIZE PODCAST INTERVIEW

Creative Conversations with Creative People in Creative Spaces As an artist we have conversations with all kinds of creative people all the time. We love visiting other artist studios, going to shows and talking with people about their processes and their lives. Jamaal wanted to start to capture these conversations and share them with the […]

October 06

KAOP AIDA DINNER AT DOHWA

We followed Aida with a raucous and extremely yummy Korean meal full of laughs and fun conversation. POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:

October 06

MET OPERA LIVE: AIDA MEET & GREET

Because of the craziness backstage after the Aida HD Performance and staff and singers getting set for the evening opera performance, backstage was crazy so we did not go backstage after the opera.  We happily waited at the Stage Door for the singers to come out.  It was super exciting.  You definitely had to try […]

October 06

MET OPERA LIVE: AIDA BRUNCH AT THE GRAND TIER

Perfect way to start the day with my girlies and adult friends at The Grand Tier before Aida!!! POSSE VIDEOS:     POSSE PHOTOS:    

October 06

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: AIDA ACT 2- HD TRUCK- WITH GARY HALVERSON & MEDIA TEAM

Before the opera started, I was asked if I wanted to come watch Act 2 of Aida from inside the HD Truck.  It was a great honor because Mr. Gelb does not let people inside the HD Truck where the magic happens. It was a great experience and the perfect opera for this because I […]

October 05

MET OPERA: SAMSON & DALILA BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

I have waited 10 years to meet Roberto Alagna!  Meeting him finally did not disappoint.  He is a true professional and beautifully kind person.  He had about 30 people waiting outside his dressing room.  He greeted, took pictures with, and signed autographs with true joy and an effervescent demeanor.  After such a tough week with […]

October 05

JUILLIARD BOOKSTORE VISIT

On a quest to dig deeper into opera- I think I need complete scores.  Friends suggested that I go to the Juilliard Bookstore.  OMG- HEAVEN!!!  My world, my people… my music!! PHOTOS: VIDEOS:  

October 05

KAOP SIRIUS XM MET OPERA RADIO INTERVIEW WITH MARY JO HEATH

A dream come true!  I was asked to appear on Met Opera Radio and be interviewed by Mary Jo Heath!  I’ve listened to Mary Jo Heath for years in our car on the way to and from school and to all my activities, and I cannot. believe she interviewed me for Sirius XM!!  Definitely another […]

October 03

MET OPERA LIVE: LA BOHEME

Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history, returns to the repertory This performance features three much anticipated Met debuts: American conductor James Gaffigan will lead two rising stars of the international opera stage, Australian soprano Nicole Car as Mimì, and her Canadian husband, baritone Étienne Dupuis, as Marcello. They perform alongside Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, the role […]

September 23

MASON FINE ART: ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY LUCINDA BUNNEN- GATHERED

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September 14

ART PAPERS LIVE: Zanele Muholi in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi, will be in conversation with Renée Mussai, curator of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. A book signing and reception follow. VIDEOS: PHOTOS:      

September 01

DRAGON CON PARADE 2018: BLACK PANTHER

Bringing Wakanda to Dragon Con 2018 and riding on Occasional Superstar’s Black Panther Float was EVERYTHING! We!! POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:   POSSE PHOTOS:    

August 28

ADULT ART POSSE: BLACKKKLANSMAN MOVIE & DISCUSSION

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.imdb.com The adults had an incredible honest & open conversation after the movie with artists […]

August 18

FUTURE DEAD ARTISTS GALLERY: DUBSTAR – Dubelyoo + Fabian Williams: Duo Art Exhibition

Dubelyoo + Fabian Williams: Duo Art Exhibition, FUTURE GALLERY, 08/18/18 A duo art show with North Carolina’s highly skilled and most socially awkward dynamic duo. With over 84 years in hilarious art related experiences. VIEWERS STEPPED INSIDE THEIR WORLD. TEXT: Courtesy of http://www.futuredeadartists.com POSSE VIDEOS: POSSE PHOTOS:

July 28

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: WHIPPED CREAM

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky Libretto and Score by Richard Strauss Sets and Costumes by Mark Ryden Scenery Supervisor: Camellia Koo Costume Supervisor: Holly Hynes Lighting by Brad Fields Running Time: 105 minutes From the delicious imaginations of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden comes a second helping of this dollop […]

June 08

VICTORY BOYD: CENTER STAGE

Victory’s music is a fusion between Soul music and Folk Music. Whether Victory is performing classics or original compositions, she has a way of tailoring each song with her voice and guitar to fit her unique style. Some people say that Victory is in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. But […]

May 31

CAROL’S DAUGHTER 25TH ANNIVERSARY

                 

April 21

THE GRAND TIER BRUNCH: LUISA MILLER

Super sunny yummy brunch at The Grand Tier!  A gloriously sunny morning was a great start to a beautiful day with KAOP at The Met Opera! POSSE PHOTOS:

March 17

ORCHESTRA NOIR: WAKANDA-FEST ATLANTA

Not ready to leave Wakanda? Neither are we. Orchestra Noir invites you to the Wakanda Forever Fest at The Loft on March 17th, as we celebrate the success and worldwide cultural impact of Marvel’s record breaking movie BLACK PANTHER! Join us for an evening inspired by the Kingdom of Wakanda, and the beautiful continent of Africa for an […]

March 09

José Parlá STUDIO VISIT

José Parlá is a critically acclaimed, multidisciplinary artist in painting, large scale murals, photography, video and sculpture. Layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera combine to evoke the histories of urban environments. Using the backdrop of world cities, he creates abstractions that can appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the […]

March 07

NY ARMORY SHOW

The Armory Show is New York City’s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century art. Staged on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The […]