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 20

MET OPERA HD: SHADOWING GARY HALVORSON & MEDIA DEPARTMENT FOR HD BROADCAST OF SAMSON & DALILA

The Met invited me behind the scenes of the Met Opera Live in HD Broadcast of “Samson & Dalila” to shadow Director Gary Halvorson and his media team as they prepared for and mounted the Live in HD Broadcast.  I got to watch all the live rehearsals, and then watch the live feed from inside […]

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

Soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reprise their incendiary partnership as Aida and Amneris—a highlight of the 2018–19 season—with tenor Piotr Beczała completing the greatest love triangle in all of opera as Radamès. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for his first Opening Night performance as Met Music Director, leading director Michael Mayer’s grand new […]

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

MET OPERA LIVE: SAMSON & DALILA

When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best […]

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

KAOP 6TH ANNUAL RING CYCLE ENDURANCE WALK

Our 6th Annual Ring Cycle Endurance Walk was GREAT!  Thankfully there was no rain, but it was hot.  We had a great time working together to raise money for The Met Opera HD Live in Schools Program! VIDEOS: PHOTOS:  

September 23

MASON FINE ART: ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY LUCINDA BUNNEN- GATHERED

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September 21

THE HIGH: OUTLIERS AND AMERICAN VANGUARD ART

Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three key periods when the intersection of self-taught art with the mainstream has been at its most fertile: The First Wave includes the interwar years—particularly the aftermath of the Great Depression—through World War II; the Second Wave covers the “long” decade of the 1970s in the wake of […]

September 20

THE HIGH: OUTLIERS AND AMERICAN VANGUARD ART

Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three key periods when the intersection of self-taught art with the mainstream has been at its most fertile: The First Wave includes the interwar years—particularly the aftermath of the Great Depression—through World War II; the Second Wave covers the “long” decade of the 1970s in the wake of […]

September 16

SPELMAN MUSEUM OF FINE ART GALLERY WALK: Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

In partnership with Autograph, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present the United States premiere of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. In this internationally acclaimed exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs, visual activist Muholi, whose whose pronouns are they, them, and their, uses their body as a canvas to […]

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 13

THE HIGH: WITH DRAWN ARMS: GLENN KAINO & TOMMIE SMITH

A half century before NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee, gold medal sprinter Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to protest abuse of human rights around the world and in response to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. His historic gesture, and its reverberations […]

September 10

THE HIGH: SONIC PLAYGROUND BY YURI SUZUKI

Presented on the High’s outdoor Sifly Piazza, this installation by internationally renowned designer Yuri Suzuki features ingenious, colorful sculptures that modify and transmit sound in unusual, engaging and playful ways. Sonic Playground continues the High’s multiyear initiative to animate its outdoor space with commissions that engage visitors in participatory art experiences. It is the High’s […]

September 01

SEASON OF THE WITCHES FUNDRAISER

Season of the Witches is a psycho-social crime thriller following three American PhD students volunteering in post-hurricane Puerto Rico who accidentally kill a local playboy in a revenge scheme gone wrong. When the “doing good on the Island” women try to cover up the murder, they are pursued by a local detective with demons of […]

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 23

THE HIGH: WINNIE-THE-POOH: EXPLORING A CLASSIC

The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh—a much-loved bear with a weakness for honey—have delighted both children and adults for more than ninety years. Generations of readers have been captivated by the adventures of Christopher Robin and his bear, and today Pooh remains one of the most popular children’s characters of all time. Pooh and his companions Piglet, […]

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:

August 10

THE HIGH: OUTLIERS AND AMERICAN VANGUARD ART WITH MAJOR DODSON & MICHAEL ROOKS

On our off day from shooting Tyson’s Run, I took Major to The High to check out Outliers & Sonic Playground with the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art Michael Rooks.  Major said he didn’t know much about art but he has a really good eye and very good taste.  We had a blast! Outliers […]

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 […]

July 14

TANGLEWOOD: LA BOHEME BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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July 14

TANGLEWOOD: LA BOHEME

PUCCINI La bohème Semi-staged performance sung in Italian with English supertitles Perhaps the world’s most popular opera, La bohème is an immortal story of love and loss set amidst the charming poverty of bohemian Paris. CAST: Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons, conductor Kristine Opolais, soprano (Mimì) Jonathan Tetelman, tenor (Rodolfo) Susanna Phillips, soprano (Musetta) Franco Vassallo, […]

June 26

CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER: KING TUT

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center proudly presents the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. In […]

June 26

LACMA: RICHARD SERRA’S BAND

Band may qualify as Richard Serra’s magnum opus, representing the fullest expression of the formal vocabulary proffered by his monumental steel arcs and torqued ellipses of the 1980s and ’90s. Band is among the most formally elegant and technically complex works of Serra’s oeuvre, a sculpture that took him two-and-a-half years to develop and which […]

June 25

LACMA: DAVID HOCKNEY: 82 PORTRAITS AND 1 STILL-LIFE

In 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, David Hockney offers a vibrant and intimate view of people with whom he has developed relationships over the past 50 years. The majority of the portraits were painted in Hockney’s Los Angeles studio, all from life and over a period of two or three days, which the artist has […]

June 25

LACMA: CITY AND COSMOS: THE ARTS OF TEOTIHUACAN

The ancient city of Teotihuacan flourished in central Mexico in the first millennium CE. This multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan city was the largest urban center in the Americas in its day. City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan presents recent findings from Mexican national and international archaeological projects excavating at Teotihuacan’s three main pyramids—the Sun, Moon, and […]

June 25

LACMA: DECODING MIMBRES PAINTING: ANCIENT CERAMICS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

This exhibition will feature over 50 examples of the finely painted ceramic wares produced by the Mimbres people in the region of southwestern New Mexico between 850 and 1150 CE. The hallmark of Mimbres culture are extraordinary black-and-white ceramic bowls, painted with great ingenuity, dexterity, and precision. The bowls are best known for the variety […]

June 25

LACMA: IN THE FIELDS OF EMPTY DAYS: THE INTERSECTION OF PAST AND PRESENT IN IRANIAN ART

In the Fields of Empty Days explores the continuous and inescapable presence of the past in Iranian society. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as paradigms of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi‘ite saints are evoked as champions of […]

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD SUMMER ENCORE: MADAMA BUTTERFLY