Category: My Work in the Arts

4th Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival THIS Saturday 9/24, 11am-5pm! @mygatewayarts

Hyattsville Arts Festival

My friends, I am looking forward to this Saturday!!! The wonderful folks organizing the Hyattsville Arts Festival have an array of artisans enjoying and offering their services this weekend! That’s artists, restaurant folks, jewelry makers, designers, and the list goes on.

I, for one, am exhibiting my work at the festival and will be joined by artist and jewelry maker, Jeanne Sullivan, and by writer and artist, Allita Irby. The booth will feature original artwork, original jewelry, a book signing, an interview spotlight, and a sign-up spot for Soulstrong Arts Blog! Please come say hello, see our latest work, and check out the great artwork at the festival! For more information, visit http://www.hyattsvillearts.com!

This post is cross-posted at JustinFair.com.

Coming to Catharsis

As my first work Love Myself in my Series series comes to a close, which took me so much longer than I ever thought could, I began my next piece in the series: a visual work called Catharsis. This charcoal, conte crayon, and ink drawing on Reeves paper is currently on display at artdc Gallery for their 12×12 exhibit which runs till October 4th, with its reception being held the same day (September 24th) as the Hyattsville Arts Festival.

This piece was a quick drawing for me–2 hours max, but it had a lot built into it and as I continue works like this while I finish Love Myself, I am proud and thankful that it touches me the way it does. It features rough and wild shapes/marks to present rhythm and a dirtiness: It is an emotional representation of life. Additionally, it is a comeback for me, as I haven’t finished a visual artwork since Shechinah (which I still gotta photograph properly).

To me, life is about finding catharsis despite the painful and pleasurable ups and downs. Today, I purchased wall grids for the Soulstrong booth at the Hyattsville Arts Festival. Yesterday, I paid some loans. I visited my mom. Today, I called friends and family. And the other day, I slept till noon. Life is about bringing things to an extreme in a respectful and respectable manner so you can get up, get off, and get on with life.

Photos below, and on flickr:

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“Damage Control” this Mon the 8th at Warehouse Theater!

Hello hello everybody,

Just want to let you know that this Monday, I’ll be performing in Alan Sharpe’s “Damage Control” at Warehouse Theater at 7:30pm. That’s this Monday, August 8th at 7:30pm! Please come support us if you have the time.

If you have any questions please let me know! This is the play I was in a few months ago. Oh, and please take the time to read the plot, as the play has some LGBT and religious themes.

http://www.damage-act.com
Tickets are $10.

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Mantras

So I’ve been brainstorming and procrastinating about storyboarding the video for Love Myself, my first poem as part of my Series literary-media performance art series. As life keeps going on (I’m still here, and so are you!), I realize how much I need to get around to things… BUT, I’m afraid and intimidated to actually do a lot with the energy I have. A shame, right? In the meantime, from seeing a boring-it-means-nothing play called “Old Times” at Shakespeare Theatre Company, from going to the “Green Lantern” film at Columbia’s AMC, and with the idea to go to see fireworks in Catonsville today—I’m collecting mantras to build up my strength. Here are a few from a few days ago from talking on the phone the other day with my boyfriend, Ashish.

“People stay in your life until they’ve taught you everything they can and you’ve learned everything you can from them”

“Why would you want your life to be sterile? I don’t want my life to be dirty, but life IS dirty” – Me

“Certain things describe me and certain things trap me” – Me

New York, New York! Photos from Times Square, April 2011

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I had a great time last April when I went to New York for Passover and visited Times Square as well as took photos at Grow: Rebecca Cole. Voila, here are some long-lost photos from my trip! Hehe. See all of them on flickr.

 

Cool Chairs

Not only have I just uploaded photos for but also here are some cool chairs!!! Also uploaded onto Flickr!

 

Found this at the lobby of Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier, MD

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Photos from my visit to the American Visionary Art Museum @theavam

About a month ago I went with my boyfriend to American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD and here are some cool photos at the museum and Federal Hill to prove it! Mostly photos of my boyfriend, hehe…and birds.

 

Here are a few photos:

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“Damage Control” Staged Reading with ACT at Warehouse Theatre, Sun May 29th!

My friends, on Sunday May 29th, I will be performing in “Damage Control” by Alan Sharpe, with two performances–one at 5pm and one at 8pm! Please join us and support our work! The show is at Warehouse Theatre in DC! As I find out more about the work, I’ll publicize a bit better!

 

SINGER AND RAPPER TEAM UP FOR MORE THAN MUSIC

New Play Details Relationship Between Two Young Stars


Long-hidden scandals emerge, as the budding relationship between a R&B teen heartthrob and an up-and-coming rapper is threatened by secrets from their respective pasts, in “Damage Control” by Alan Sharpe.

Sunday, May 29, 2011, African-American Collective Theater (ACT) returns, with its 13thconsecutive showcase of BLGBT theater in observance of DC Black Pride Weekend.

Marty Pree and Justin Fair portray the two young celebrities whose affair is complicated by interference from a Hip-Hop music mogul, a domineering stage mother/manager and the closeted, gospel superstar pastor of a homophobic Atlanta mega-church.  They head a cast that also features Jivon Lee Jackson, Sheila Cutchlow, Talmach White and Monte J. Wolfe.

The annual debut each spring of a new work-in-progress written and directed by ACT founder,Alan Sharpe, serves as a fundraiser for the production company’s various theater and film projects supporting its mission to “…showcase contemporary BLGBT life and culture, promote visibility and raise awareness of issues facing our community.”

This year’s performances, at 5:00 and 8 p.m., will once again be presented in the recently-renovated Warehouse Theater, where the new entrance is now located around the corner at 645 New York Ave., NW., within easy walking distance of the Gallery Place and Mt.Vernon Square/Convention Center METRO stations.

A limited number of advance tickets will be made available at $15.  Remaining tickets for for both performances go on sale at the theater box office beginning at 3 p.m. on the day of the show.  For additional ticket, performance, and venue information, e-mail asharpebgm@msn.com,or call 202-745-3662.

TONIGHT! “Mon Chaton” Staged Reading @ 7:30pm at H St Playhouse

My friends, tonight, the 18th at 7:30pm I will be performing in the staged reading Mon Chaton (Formerly The New Negro) by Thembi Duncan at H Street Playhouse. Tickets are pay-as-you-can at the door! $10 in advance here. That’s all I know, this is my 2nd time reprising the character “Oscar” – Please support our work!

THEATRE ALLIANCE
Hothouse on H

Presents:

“Mon Chaton”
by Thembi Duncan
Directed by Brandon White

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 pm
H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Featuring:
Tricia Homer, Patricia Williams Dugueye, Audra Polk, Natalie Tucker, Justin Fair, Kendell Lee, Matt Sparacino, and Stanley Jackson III

Stage Manager: Rogi Banks

Summer, 1926: A country schoolteacher inherits a Harlem boarding house from her worldly, sophisticated aunt and arrives on the doorstep eager to take the big city by storm. Instead, she finds herself caught in a whirlwind of enthralling characters and events that teach her more about herself than she ever imagined.

Experience one of the oft-ignored stories of lesbians and gays during the period that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance.

For $10 advance tickets, click here. Pay-what-you-can tickets will be available at the door.

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“Hidden Images” open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm

We’re open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm – This could be your LAST CHANCE to see “Hidden Images” before it closes on the 7th!

Please come out and say hi to Justin, he can tell you about the exhibit, our plans, and some of the cool things going on in the Gateway Arts District!

–And again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our opening reception last Saturday!

We hope you join us THIS SATURDAY anytime from 1pm to 5pm!