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MidWeek Update: Fashion Week Dates…

1.21.2020

Afternoon all! Just one Lil ol post today and it involves fashion. Yes, Fashion Week 2020 is coming from New York to Paris.



Credit: Fashion Week Online

New York Fashion Week | schedule
February 6 – 13, 2020


London Fashion Week | schedule
February 14 – 18, 2020


Milan Fashion Week | schedule
February 18 – 24, 2020


Paris Fashion Week | schedule
February 24 – March 4, 2020

Click on the links for more information. Dates can change or can be flexible and sometimes surprise shows appear either a day early or a day late.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed. 

 

Featured image: Fashionista

 

SAG Award Winners 2020

1.20.2020

Good Afternoon everyone! Another awards show has come and gone. The 26 Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2020 which was held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, January 19. Beautiful moments and fashions galore. Here is the list of this year’s winners.



Credit: CNN

 

 

 

Television Awards

Sam Rockwell, Hollywood Reporter

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon *WINNER
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon” *WINNER
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”
Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” *WINNER
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
 
 

Jennifer Anniston, us.hola.com

 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” *WINNER
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” *WINNER
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
 
 
 

The Crown, Hollywood Reporter

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Big Little Lies”
The Crown” *WINNER
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Barry”
“Fleabag”
“The Kominsky Method”
“Schitt’s Creek”
 
 
 
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game of Thrones” *WINNER
“GLOW”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”
“Watchmen”
 
 
 

Motion Picture Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” *WINNER
 
 
 

Renee Zellweger, NBC Los Angeles

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy” *WINNER
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx, “Just Mercy”
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” *WINNER
 
 
 
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” *WINNER
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Nicole Kidman, “Bombshell”
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
 
 

The cast of ‘Parasite’ celebrating their win. The Denver Post

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“Bombshell”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Parasite” *WINNER
 
 
 
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Avengers: Endgame” *WINNER
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Joker”
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
 
Robert DeNiro received a Life Achievement Award for his onscreen work and humanitarian accomplishments. Enjoy the rest of your MLK Monday, be blessed. 
 
 
Featured and other images: New York Times & The Live Mirror

Calling All Photographers…

1.18.2020

One last post…for Photographers. It’s time for some competitions, contests, exhibitions! All thanks to artshow.com. Just three for this month in January, but I will be posting for February. 



Credit source: Artshow

NYC4PA Call for Entry – Water 2020

The New York Center for Photographic Art announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, March 30 – April 11, 2020, at the Jadite Gallery in New York. $3,000 in total awards. Juror: Mark Sink. Any and all photography is welcomed, no nudes. $35/3, $10 each additional. Deadline: January 26, 2020. More info. Contact: email or call 917-359-2642.

 

 

Photographic call for entry “the imperfect lens”

A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, March 13 to May 10, 2020. Receptions will be held on March 28 and April 25, 2020, both from 4 to 8pm. A Blurb full-color catalog of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase. Awards are $325 for Juror’s Selection, $250 for Director’s Selection, discretionary honorable mentions each receiving an exhibition catalog and $100 for Visitors’ Award. Juror: Michael Kirchoff, commercial and fine art photographer, Editor-in-Chief at Analog Forever magazine, and Founding Editor for the online photographer interview website, Catalyst: Interviews. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work reflecting the theme “The Imperfect Lens.” Images captured using toy, pinhole and any camera using homemade lenses are eligible for submission. The camera that the lens is attached to is immaterial. $38 for the first 5 images and $7 for each additional image. Deadline: January 27, 2020. More info. Contact: email or call 512-422-4080.

 

 

Street Photography | Call for Entries

Praxis Gallery & Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, March 20 – April 16, 2020. Exhibit Catalog, Free Entries to Future Calls. Juror: Robi Chakraborty. Open to all photography. All genres, capture types, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. $35 entry fee. $5 each additional. Deadline: January 31, 2020. More info. Contact: email or call 612-475-1605.

 

Short, but effective. Click on the links above to get all the information you need. Enjoy the rest of your weekend or should I say the long weekend, be blessed. 

 

Featured and other images: Artshow & Elsetge.cat

Weeknd Update: Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival

1.18.2020

Evening peeps! Just a short Weekend Update from Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. I had no idea that they had this. It was one of the latest updates from Comic-Con that grabbed my attention. Yes, I know this is short notice, but don’t shoot the messenger. Again, I had no idea they had this. For those who have a film and would love for the public to see, this could be for you. 



Credit: Comic-Con 

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival

 
 
CCI-IFF Logo

2020 Call for Entries

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) is now accepting submissions for its 2020 festival, to be held July 23-26 during Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2020.

Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the CCI-IFF accepts genre-related films in the following categories:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Animation
  • Comics-Oriented
  • Documentary (Pop Culture–Related)
  • Horror/Suspense
  • Humor
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy

Awards and prizes will be given out at Comic-Con, with film screenings all four days of the event.

Entries will be accepted from October 2, 2019, until Feb. 1, 2020. All submitted films must be postmarked or emailed between those dates.

Click here to download the rules and official entry form.

Film submissions must include the signed entry form to be eligible for consideration.

 

For those interested, just click on the link above. 

 

Comic-Con International: San Diego

July 23-26, 2020

(Preview Night: July 22)
Wed., July 22:
6:00–9:00 PM
Thur.–Sat., July 23–25:
9:30 AM–7:00 PM*
Sun., July 26:
9:30 AM–5:00 PM

*Programming continues after 7:00 PM


San Diego
Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.,
San Diego, CA 92101

 

 

Featured and other images: Comic-Con San Diego & Twitter 

Cool: Morbius

1.15.2020

Hi there! One more for the day. I’ve been hearing a little bit about the upcoming comic film Morbius

Morbius is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the second film in Sony’s Marvel Universe.

 

Okay, let me see if I got this…Jared Leto is Michael Morbius, a doctor with a life long blood disease, who experiments with bats. Did I get that correct? Well, take a look at this teaser trailer, which came out Monday…

 

 

I’m a bit skeptical about Sony. I always say that Sony should give up Spider-Man to Marvel. They really have no business in the whole comic film game. Sony’s Marvel Universe…yeah right! We’ll just have to see how this goes. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

Featured Image: Entertainment Tonight

MidWeek Updates: Art Submissions from Artsy Shark

1.15.2020

Afternoon creative peeps! I got an email from Artsy Shark about their upcoming art submissions. For those interested in submitting here are the details…



Credit source: Artsy Shark

 

Want to be a Featured Artist on Artsy Shark? Submissions are being accepted now!
Inspiring Artists to Build Better Businesses
 
Call for Artists
Submissions accepted January 13-23, 2020
  
Call for Artists
Artist credit , clockwise from top: Bob Landstrom, Kristi Abbott, Jeff Hornung, Jennifer Beaudet, Carol Davis, Kimberly Cammerata
 
Artsy Shark needs 48 artists to feature and promote through individual portfolio articles.
 
Submissions are now open! We invite visual artists in any medium to apply, including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, wood, glass, fiber, ceramic, stone, metal, photography, digital art, printmaking, collage, jewelry, and others.
 
    apply to be a Featured Artist   
 

 
Featured Artists on Artsy Shark get publicity. Lots of it. 
 
 
As a Featured Artist, you present your portfolio in visual form, and in your own words. Describe your inspiration, technique, goals, and achievements in an article that is all about you. Your feature is shared extensively with our large social media following and is seen by thousands of visitors who come to Artsy Shark each month. It remains permanently on our site along with more than 1,400 other artist features that have been published continuously since 2010.
 
 
  
 
 
Artists are selected through a competitive juried process that includes viewing your art website. Features are published for the purpose of sharing your portfolio, creating interest in your work, connecting readers with you on social media, and sending traffic to your art website. This gives you the opportunity to make sales directly to visitors, capture email addresses of prospects, and forge relationships with potential customers, collectors, and galleries.
 
 
  
 
 
After your artist feature is published, you will receive a complimentary PDF document of your article in a magazine-style format, perfect for use as marketing collateral or to print and use in a presentation. See a sample here.
 
 
  
 
 
Interested in applying? All mediums are accepted and encouraged. A submission fee of $25 per artist applies. Artsy Shark receives no payment or commission on any sales or contracts which result from featured artist exposure.
 
Submissions will be accepted until midnight on Thursday, January 23, 2020. 
 
Artists who have previously been featured through an individual portfolio article cannot be featured again. This policy allows us to give opportunities to as many people as possible. If you have already been featured, and know of another artist who could benefit from this exposure, please share this email with them.
  
Apply to be a Featured Artist!  
 
 
Have questions? Please send an email to Carolyn@Artsyshark.com

 

You have until January 23 to get your artwork in. On to the next update!

 

Featured and other images: Artsy Shark & unknown

MidWeek Updates: TV & Film News…Courtesty of Mr. H

1.8.2020

Hello everybody! Just a short post today, which was supposed to be posted yesterday on Wednesday, but due to the wi fi network mess, I’m posting it today.

Time to catch up on the world of television and film from Mr. H Reviews. He reviews the BBC’s Dracula and some spoiler leaks about Godzilla vs Kong!

 

 

 

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday, be always blessed!

 

 

Featured image: HipWallpaper

Golden Globe Winners 2020

1.6.2020

Good Morning! Back to the normal grind of work! Did you see the 77th Golden Globes last night? I didn’t, but that doesn’t stop me from giving you guys the list of winners…



Credit source: People

 

MOVIES

Best motion picture — drama

1917
Joker
Marriage Story
The Two Popes
The Irishman

Best motion picture — musical or comedy

Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 
Rocketman
Knives Out

Best motion picture — foreign language

The Farewell
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best motion picture — animated

Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

 

Best director

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin ScorseseThe Irishman
Quentin TarantinoOnce Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Todd Phillips, Joker

 

Best actor in a motion picture — drama

Antonio BanderasPain and Glory
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Adam DriverMarriage Story
Joaquin PhoenixJoker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best actor in a motion picture — comedy or musical

Daniel CraigKnives Out
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Taron EgertonRocketman
Eddie MurphyDolemite Is My Name

 

Best actress in a motion picture — drama

Renée ZellwegerJudy
Scarlett JohanssonMarriage Story
Saoirse RonanLittle Women
Charlize TheronBombshell
Cynthia ErivoHarriet

Best actress in a motion picture — comedy or musical

Ana de Armas, Knives Out
AwkwafinaThe Farewell
Cate BlanchettWhere’d You Go Bernadette?
Beanie FeldsteinBooksmart
Emma ThompsonLate Night

Best supporting actor in a motion picture

Tom HanksA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony HopkinsThe Two Popes
Al PacinoThe Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

 

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

Kathy BatesRichard Jewell
Annette BeningThe Report
Laura DernMarriage Story
Jennifer LopezHustlers
Margot RobbieBombshell

 

Best screenplay

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Best original score

Motherless Brooklyn
Little Women
Joker
1917
Marriage Story

Best original song

“Beautiful Ghosts,” Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen 2
“Spirit,” Beyoncé, Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh, The Lion King
“Stand Up,” Cynthia Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell, Harriet

RELATED: Golden Globes 2020 Nominees Taylor Swift, Ben Platt and More Celebrate Their Nods

TV

Best television series — drama

Big Little Lies
The Crown
Succession
The Morning Show
Killing Eve

Best television series — musical or comedy

Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

Best miniseries or television film

Catch-22
Chernobyl
Fosse/Vernon
The Loudest Voice
Unbelievable

Best actor in a television series — drama

Brian Cox, Succession
Kit HaringtonGame of Thrones
Rami MalekMr. Robot
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy PorterPose

Best actor in a television series — comedy or musical

Michael DouglasThe Kominsky Method
Bill HaderBarry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul RuddLiving with Yourself
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best actor in a miniseries or television film

Chris Abbott, Catch 22
Sacha Baron CohenThe Spy
Russell CroweThe Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam RockwellFosse/Verdon

 
 

Best actress in a television series — drama

Jennifer AnistonThe Morning Show
Olivia ColmanThe Crown
Jodie ComerKilling Eve
Nicole KidmanBig Little Lies
Reese WitherspoonThe Morning Show

Best actress in a television series — comedy or musical

Christina ApplegateDead to Me
Rachel BrosnahanThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten DunstOn Becoming a God in Central Florida
Natasha LyonneRussian Doll
Phoebe Waller-BridgeFleabag

Best actress in a miniseries or television film

Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen MirrenCatherine the Great
Merritt Weaver, Unbelievable
Michelle WilliamsFosse/Verdon

Best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or television film

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
Henry WinklerBarry

Best supporting actress in a series, miniseries of television film

Patricia ArquetteThe Act
Helena Bonham CarterThe Crown
Toni ColletteUnbelievable
Meryl StreepBig Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Just so you know Ricky Gervais hosted the event for the fifth and final time (according to him). Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed. 

 

Featured image: Entertainment Weekly

Wknd Update: Gaming News

1.4.2020

Evening again! Last post for today. I wanted to do some gaming news. I found three videos from Inside Gaming, WatchMojo.com, and RGT 85 to get a glimpse of what to watch for in 2020.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these videos filled with tidbits about games coming this year. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed. 

 

Featured image: Wallpaper Access

Summer Reads 2019

6.26.19

Summer is here and you know what that means right? It’s time to pick out which books to read at the beach, on the front porch, in a hammock, or anywhere to tuck your feet. I did this list a bit different, I picked four from some other lists. Books that not only looked interesting, but the details were just what peeked my curiosity. Take a look for yourself


Credit source: Pop Sugar, Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Refinery 29

First of I chose four books from Pop Sugar‘s 34 best lists. Brenda Janowitz puts her spin on these three from the list…

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

From the acclaimed writer of Here Comes the Sun comes Nicole Dennis-Benn’s second novel, Patsy. It’s the story of a Jamaican woman who comes to America, where she hopes to reunite with a childhood friend. She is forced to leave behind her 5-year-old child, and as she struggles to find work and come to terms with the life her childhood friend has chosen, we also see what her daughter’s life is like back home, forced to live with her father, whom she barely knows. Patsy is a thoughtful exploration of the immigrant experience, motherhood, and the choices women are forced to make.

 

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

We all know Elizabeth Gilbert for her incredible memoir, Eat Pray Love, but this Summer, she brings us into the fictional world of 1940s New York City. In City of Girls, Vivian Morris gets kicked out of Vassar College, so her parents send her to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns the Lily Playhouse, a theater that’s falling apart. There, Vivian meets a group of people who are unlike anyone she’s ever met before, and she finds herself immersed in their world completely. It’s a spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.

 

 

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Meet Azalea. Everyone calls her Knot, but not everyone in her black, rural neighborhood in North Carolina understands her. Knot wants to be independent and to live life on her own terms, though she’s still figuring out exactly what that looks like. In West Mills spans the course of almost 50 years and is a beautifully written debut by a writer to watch.

 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong is a gifted poet, and his first foray into fiction was one of the year’s most anticipated books. Written as a letter that a young man writes to his illiterate mother, On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a raw and gorgeously written novel about trauma, survival, and the power of story.

 

Four from the 28 Best Beach Reads of 2019 from the Oprah Magazine, by the words of Arianna Davis and Michelle Darrisaw

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton 

Cleeton’s follow-up to her best-selling book Next Year in Havana is even more addicting—and sexy—than the first. Here we meet Beatriz, a young woman who’s forced to flee Cuba with her family after Castro comes into power. As she unexpectedly finds herself involved in both an extramarital affair and a government plot to take back her country, readers will be hooked thanks to Cleeton’s breezy, transporting storytelling. We highly recommend reading this one by the beach or pool—with a cocktail in hand.

 

Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen

Regular readers of Cosmopolitan magazine will love Renée Rosen’s latest. Tracing the origins of the popular women’s magazine and the feminist movement of the 1960s, Park Avenue Summer follows Alice, a young girl who moves from Ohio to New York City to pursue her dreams of becoming a photographer. As she climbs the career ladder, her first gig is a secretary for former editor-in-chief of Cosmo, Helen Gurley Brown. Part fantasy and part reality, readers get to see how Brown’s pioneering novel, Sex and the Single Girl, was created through Alice’s point of view.  

 

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

It might take a few chapters before settling into Speaking fo Summer, but this mysterious novel is well worth the wait. The core of the book revolves around a woman named Autumn who is consumed with searching for her missing twin sister Summer. Everyone else, including the authorities, aren’t as hell-bent on finding Autumn’s sibling. As a result, Autumn slowly starts to unravel, taking comfort in the wrong people and things, while coping with the recent loss of their mother.

 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alex Michaelides’ new psychological thriller will keep you guessing right until the very end. Trust us, you won’t be prepared for the shocking conclusion after reading pages of psychotherapist Theo Faber’s obsession with his mute patient, Alicia Berenson. Alicia was committed into a mental health facility after being charged with killing her husband. Though she hasn’t spoken since the murder, you learn about her story through Theo’s observances.  

 

Chose four from Publishers Weekly. The staff picked their list of summer 2019 reads in their words…

The October Man

Ben Aaronovitch (Subterranean)

It’s lucky that Aaronovitch turns out new additions in his Rivers of London supernatural police procedural series so often since their deadpan humor and sexy river gods make them perfect diversions in any season. The latest entry is a spin-off, introducing a new protagonist, magic-practicing cop Tobias Winter, in a new setting: Germany. It’s a wine-related mystery I can’t wait to uncork. —Hannah Kushnick, reviews editor

 

The Paper Wasp

Lauren Acampora (Grove)

That feeling when you know things are about to go horribly wrong, but you’re not sure exactly how and you can’t look away? That’s the sensation of reading Acampora’s debut novel, which opens with Abby, an artistic near recluse in a dead-end job, on her way to visit Elise, a promising Hollywood actress, after they’ve reconnected at their high school reunion. Because here’s the thing about rekindling a friendship—it just might end in ashes. —Carolyn Juris, features editor

 

Vintage 1954

Antoine Laurain (Gallic)

Two things I love: Paris in the fall and time travel as a plot device in fiction. Three Parisians and an American tourist share an aged bottle of Beaujolais—and the next morning wake up to a world that no longer exists. This is the perfect summer read—clever, yet light and breezy, and full of a joie de vivre that I associate with the French. We’ll always have Paris, circa 1954, thanks to Laurain’s latest charmer. —Claire Kirch, Midwest correspondent

 

Home Remedies

Xuan Juliana Wang (Hogarth)

Endearing characters with bizarre fixations fill Wang’s superb debut collection, a perfect book to dip into this summer. Two synchronized divers grow up with lives and bodies completely entwined. A 10-year-old work for her parents’ travel agency and suddenly falls under the spell of a qi master. A massive Chinese carp bloom clogs American rivers. Largely caught up within the U.S.-China “import-export boom of the early nineties,” Wang’s striking characters are fresh, clever, and shouldn’t be missed. —Seth Satterlee, reviews editor

 

Another four pick from Good Housekeeping, in the words of Blake Bakkila

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

We couldn’t get enough of Helen Hoang’s debut novelThe Kiss Quotient, so it’s no surprise her second book is at the top of our list. This time, we’re following the story of Khai Diep, a man who doesn’t think he’s capable of having feelings. He’s still unconvinced when his family tries to assure him that his autism makes him process emotions differently, and his mom sets out to find him the perfect bride in Vietnam. 

 

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

We’ve heard what Karen and Georgia have to say in their popular podcast My Favorite Murder, but now they’re expressing themselves using a different medium. They share personal stories, recommendations for advocating for yourself, and more in their debut novel. 

 

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

If you’re always up for a good murder mystery, reach for I’ll Never Tell. After their parents’ sudden deaths, five siblings reunite to decide what to do with their family’s property. But before they can, they have to figure out what happened to their fellow camper Amanda, who was found bludgeoned to death in a rowboat 20 years ago. 

 

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The acclaimed author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes is back with another summer read. We go back to the 1950s, following the lives of two sisters, both then and now. They attempt to navigate the ever-changing world around them, and like Weiner’s other novels, this one is simply unputdownable. 

 

Best books for summer from Refinery 29, thanks to Kathleen Newman-Bremang

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

There’s nothing like summertime for some good old-fashioned self-care. And there’s no better way to take care of yourself than to get inspired by an uplifting memoir. Elaine Welteroth is one of those people I follow on Instagram who makes me feel simultaneously motivated and insanely jealous. In 2017, Welteroth became the youngest editor-in-chief at Condé Nast when she was promoted at Teen Vogue. In 2017, I binge-watched all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a month. Same. Before that, Welteroth was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and the beauty and style editor at Ebony. She’s written for Grown-ish. She’s now one of the judges on Project Runway. So yeah, she’s kinda successful. In her “part-manifesto, part-memoir,” Welteroth imparts life lessons on success and identity told through the lens of a young Black woman, who at many times, was the only Black woman in the room. Here’s where my jealousy gives way to amazement. Welteroth is shattering glass ceilings and making way for a generation of women to believe that they are “more than enough.”

 

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Haven’t you heard? Graphic novels are great beach reads. In this one, Ebony Flowers tells multiple coming-of-age stories through the minefield that is Black hair. It’s a topic that has inspired songs, plays, and Chris Rock documentaries, and it is one that will always hit home for Black women. Too curly. Not curly enough. Too straight. Not straight enough. In the novel’s titular story, Hot Comb, Flowers explores the insecurities that can come with a seemingly simple hairstyle as told through a young girl getting her first perm to fit into her all-Black neighbourhood. It’s a stunning piece of art that “explores the poetry in everyday life,” according to Drawn & Quarterly.

 

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

The first installment of this series, The Wedding Date, is one of my favourite literary rom-coms of all time. I was so obsessed with it, I read it five times, then held my breath until its follow-up, The Proposal, came out, then read that five times. If you don’t trust my taste, trust Reese Witherspoon, who chose The Proposal for her book club. Now, Jasmine Guillory is back with her third (and final?) book in this heartwarming series that lives up to the hype of its predecessors. The Wedding Party follows Maddie and Theo, two people who have absolutely nothing in common except that they share a best friend and they hate each other. The classic rom-com hate-turned-love trope plays out effortlessly in this well-paced, romantic, and sexy story of ambition, friendship, and falling for the one person you didn’t see coming. It is truly the PERFECT BEACH READ.

 

 

 

Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell

Could we really talk about beach reads without including the Queen of Sex and the City? A summer Candace Bushnell release is like a Michael Bublé Christmas album — a drop that feels so fit for the season it’s almost cliché. Twenty years after her first book, Sex and the City, Bushnell is breaking stereotypes instead of reinforcing them. Here, she tackles what lust and love looks like after 50 by following six friends as they navigate middle age and dating. In Bushnell’s signature irreverent style, nothing is off limits: vaginal restorative surgery, swiping right on Tinder, and topics usually reserved for characters in their 20s and 30s. This time, the heroines are in their 50s and 60s and they get to be just as funny, silly and layered as Bushnell’s younger leading ladies. Hollywood should take note.

I hope you like this list…it took a good while to put together!

 

Featured and other images: Wallpapers Craft, Pop Sugar, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Publisher’s Weekly, & Refinery 29

 

 

@ The Event: Sacramento, CA

June 16 / 17

Hello and Happy Friday! Our next stop is Sacramento. Little is known about the capital city of California, but let’s see what you can do there.


cred: http://www.visitsacramento.com

 

 

 

 

Crocker Art Museum

216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814 / (916) 808-7000

www.crockerart.org

 

 

Elliot Fouts Gallery

1831 P St, Sacramento, CA 95811 /  (916) 736-1429

efgallery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crest Theatre

1013 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814 /  (916) 476-3356

www.crestsacramento.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Street Theatre

2711 B St, Sacramento, CA 95816 / (916) 443-5300

bstreettheatre.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramento Music Festival

Took place last month in May, but you can see their website: sacmusicfest.com.

 

 

Sacramento French Film Festival: 

Winter Short Film Screening – February 25th, 2017
Film Festival – June 16th – 25th 2017. www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out www.visitsacramento.com to see more events to see and do. Enjoy your Friday, be blessed, and come back tomorrow for some Weekend Scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: Expedia, Wikipedia, Sacramento Sidetracks, sacmusicfest.com, Sacramento French Film Festival, efgallery.com, and WallpaperSafari

@ The Event: Los Angeles

April 21 / 17

Hello and Happy Friday! From San Francisco to Los Angeles, we’re taking a tour of LaLa Land. This time Shadowboxerinc is doing something different.


 

 

 

 

 

 

LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

APRIL 22
10:00 AM
USC: LOS ANGELES  / 3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles CA 90089

TOSCA

APRIL 22
12:30 PM
DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION: LOS ANGELES / 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles CA 90012

PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC

APRIL 27
12:00 PM
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER: LOS ANGELES / 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90049

THE 33RD LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

APRIL 27
7:00 PM
ARATANI JAPAN AMERICA THEATER: LOS ANGELES, CA / 244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA CA 90012

DEADMAU5

APRIL 27
9:00 PM
SHRINE EXPO HALL: LOS ANGELES / 665 W Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles CA

I hope this will help in wondering what to do in LA. If not, you can click on these websites:

www.expedia.com

www.tripadvisor.com

www.discoverlosangeles.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: SHXimaI

Spring Reads 2017

March 21 / 17

Spring is officially here. That means it’s time for Spring Read 2017. Found twelve that just may interest you….


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Child – Fiona Barton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amberlough: A Novel – Lara Elena Donnelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stars Are Legion – Kameron Hurley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince – Mayte Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – David Yaffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life – Jonathon Gould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus – Laura Kipris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny – Michael Wallis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South & West: From a Notebook – Joan Didion

 

 

There are more books out there. You can go to GoodReads, Amazon, and other sites to find your Spring time read. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: Wallup.net, amazon.com, amazon.com.uk, & goodreads.com

 

@ The Event: Vancouver

Feb. 17 / 17

Friday, Friday, Friday….We can all agree that we’re all glad it’s Friday right? Well, Vancouver is the final stop of our tour of Canada for @ The Event. This city has lots of things to do. Here is just a peek of what they have in store…


cred: tourism vancouver

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Dates: June 1 – September 23, 2017

Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core.

 

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Dates: May 2017

A 10-day annual festival presenting Canadian and international documentaries.

 

International Jazz Festival

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society

  • 295 W 7th Avenue
  • 2nd Floor
  • Vancouver, BC V5Y 1L9
  • Phone: 604.872.5200
  • www.costaljazz.ca

No dates posted yet…..

 

Theatre Under The Stars

Each summer through July and August, Theatre Under the Stars presents soaring musical theatre productions at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl.

  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
  • Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Phone: 604.734.1917
  • www.tuts.ca

No dates yet, but tickets are sold out.

 

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Dates: July 14, 15, 16, 2017 / Jericho Beach Park

 

Vancouver International Film Festival

  • 1181 Seymour St
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7
  • Phone: 604.683.FILM (3456)
  • www.viff.org

Check the website above for dates

 

Other Events

February 1, 2017 – March 5, 2017

 

November 11, 2016 – June 26, 2017

 

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until April 9, 2017

 

February 3, 2017 – February 25, 2017

 

If you’re planning to visit this beautiful city, go to wwwtourismvancouver.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: DrWallpaper

Winter Reads 2017

cred: harper’s bazaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article: 14 Best Books You Need to Read in January by Lauren Christensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: harper's bazaar & Wallpaper Abyss 

 

 

 

@ The Event: Montreal, Canada

November 18 / 16

Hello and Good Morning! The week is coming to a close and today’s @ The Event, we’re heading over to Montreal. Lots of great things to do up there. Wanna see? Ok, let’s see what they have to offer……


cred: eventful.com

Concerts

Niykee Heaton

Nov 19 – 9:00 PM / L’Astral

FIND TICKETS

*In Flames, Hellyeah & From Ashes To New

Nov 22 – 7:00 PM / Metropolis

FIND TICKETS

Straight No Chaser

Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Theatre Maisonneuve – PdA

FIND TICKETS

Festivals

*Festival Les Coups de Théâtre

Nov 1 – Nov 30 / Montreal, Quebec, Canada

VIEW DETAILS

29th ANNUAL TIBETAN CULTURAL FAIR & B…

Nov 26 – 10:00 AM / Santa Cruz Church Hall

Cirque du Soleil – Ovo

Nov 29 – 7:30 PM / Bell Centre

FIND TICKETS

Film

Animated Movie: La guerre des tuques …

Nov 20 – 2:00 PM / La Maison Culturelle de Montréal-Nord

Movie: Histoires À Faire Rêver, Histo…

Nov 27 – 3:00 PM / Maison De La Culture Notre Dame De Grace

Le laboratoire de l’humour

Dec 1 – 8:30 PM / Hôtel Les Trois Tilleuls

FIND TICKETS

Literary

Yoga & Books (Mile End)

Nov 24 – 3:30 PM / Bibliothèque du Mile End

*Fun with Books (Mile End)

Dec 1 – 3:30 PM / Bibliothèque du Mile End

VIEW DETAILS

The Magic of Books (Maisonneuve)

Dec 3 – 11:00 AM / Maisonneuve Library

Museums

Visites guidées express « spécial 5 a…

Nov 29 – 12:15 PM / Maison du développement durable

Family Activities at the McCord Museum

Oct 2 – Nov 27 / Le Musée McCord Montréal McCord Museum

VIEW DETAILS

Family Activities at the McCord Museum

Dec 4 – Mar 12 / Le Musée McCord Montréal McCord Museum

* Featured Events

This is what’s going on in Montreal. For more information, please go to montreal.eventful.com/events. Go to eventful.com to see what other events are going on across the globe. Read through the site to see what you’re looking for and you’ll be on your way. Come back Sunday for two more posts.

featured image: full hd pictures

@ The Event: San Antonio

September 23 / 16

Hey everyone! Friday is hear….yea! We’re stopping in San Antonio, Texas for some great events. Here’s what happening in the heart of Texas…..


cred: visit san antonio

 

MUSIC

Fright Fest Presented By Snickers

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 – Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 IH W 10, San Antonio, Texas 78257

Visit Website

Hear The Globe  / $15

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 – Saturday, Dec 17, 2016

8pm-10:30pm

Carmens de la Calle

320 North Flores, San Antonio, Texas 78205

210-281-4349 ♦   Visit Website

 

Party On The Plaza  / Free

Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 – Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Tower of the Americas 4D Theater

739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205

210-223-3101    Visit Website

Party On The Tower Plaza: Free Concert Series  / Free

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 – Friday, Oct 28, 2016

7 pm – 11 pm

Tower of the Americas

739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205

Visit Website

Second Sunday Jazz At The Witte / Free With Museum Admission

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 – Sunday, Nov 13, 2016

3 – 5 PM

The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway St., San Antonio, Texas 78209

210-357-1900    Visit Website

VISUAL ARTS

Alamo City Comic Con

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 – Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

900 E Market St, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Visit Website

Art In The Garden – Alyson Shotz

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 – Monday, Jun 19, 2017

San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, Texas 78209

Visit Website

Exhibition Opening: Carlos Merida

Friday, Jul 8, 2016 – Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 West Jones Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78215

210-978-8100    Visit Website

Girl’s Eye View  / $10 Adult, $8 Seniors And Children (6-17)

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 – Monday, Oct 31, 2016

Monday to Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm.; Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205

210-458-2300    Visit Website

FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 – Friday, Sep 30, 2016

Galleries and Exhibition Venues throughout San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

333 West Olmos Drive #103, San Antonio, Texas 78212

Visit Website

 

Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography  / $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students, Free For Members, <19 Yo, Current Military

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 – Sunday, Jan 8, 2017

the McNay Art Museum

6000 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209

(210) 824-5368    Visit Website

 

CLASSES & LECTURES

 

Voices Of The West: Adrienne Keene

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 – Thursday, Sep 29, 2016

6:30-7:30pm

Briscoe Western Art Museum

210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

210-299-4499    Visit Website

 

For more events happening in San Antonio, go to visitsanantonio.com/events. If you live in the area, or just visiting, see what the city has in store. Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: wallpapersdesk.info

@ The Event: London

August 19 / 16

Good Morning and Happy Friday! No more @ The Museum….it is now @ The Event. Today we’re visiting across the pond in London, England. Lots of things are always happening in London…..


(cred: visitlondon.com & music festival wizard)

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY, ETC..

William Kentridge: Thick Time ♦ September 21, 2016 – January 15, 2017 / Whitechapel Art Gallery / 80-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX / +44 (0) 20 7522 7888 / www.whitechapelgallery.org

Discover the South African artist’s fascinating works with William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitechapel Gallery, his first major solo exhibition in the UK.

Known for his drawings, theatre productions and films, Kentridge also specialises in complex installations. The exhibition features six large-scale works created between 2003 and 2016, which gives an insight into the artist’s vision throughout his career

Abstract Expressionism at Royal Academy of Arts ♦ September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017 / Burlington House London W1J 0BD / +44 (0) 20 7300 8000 / www.royal.academy.org.uk

Rediscover one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century with Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Micheal Clark Company: New York 2016 ♦ October 6-15, 2016 / The Barbican Theatre / Silk St. London EC2Y 8DS / www.barbican.org.uk/theatre

Catch the return of Michael Clark Company at the Barbican Theatre with New Work 2016.

After opening Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last year, Michael Clark Company returns to the Barbican stage where they last performed two years ago, with a new dance production.

Wonderlab: The Satoil Gallery ♦ October 12 – January 1, 2020 / Science Museum, London / Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD / +44 870 870 4868 / www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Spark your curiosity in the Science Museum’s new permanent gallery Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.

Museums @ Night ♦ October 27-29, 2016 / museumsatnight.org.uk

Soak up some culture after dark with Museums at Night, as museums and galleries across London throw open their doors after hours during the three-day biannual festival.

With late-night exhibitions and a range of talks, guided tours and special events, Museums at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photograph From the Sir Elton John Collection @ Tate Modern ♦ November 10 – May 7, 2018 / Tate Modern / Bankside London SE1 9TG / +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 / www.tate.org.uk

See great masterpieces of modernist photography with The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection at Tate Modern.

Showcasing a selection of rare vintage prints from the 1920s to the 1950s, all collected by Sir Elton John through his lifetime, the exhibition features more than 150 photographs from 60 artists.

Design Museum Opening ♦ November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2020 / Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street Kensington London W8 6AG / +44 (020) 7940 8783 / designmuseum.org

Delve into the fascinating world of contemporary design as the Design Museum reopens in an impressive new building in Kensington.

 

FASHION

London Fashion Weekend AW16 @ Saatchi Gallery ♦ September 22-25, 2016 / Saatchi Gallery / Duke of York’s HQ Kings Road London SW3 4SQ / +44 (0) 20 7823 2363 / www.saatchigallery.com

Experience a day out as a fashion insider with the London Fashion Weekend at Saatchi Gallery.

 

MUSIC

         

Aug 28 2016 / South West Four (SW4) 2016 / London, UK

 

South West Four 2016 / London, UK /August 27-28, 2016

 

THEATRE 

Dreamgirls @ The Savoy Theatre ♦ November 19, 2016 – March 11, 2017 / The Strand London WC2R 0ET / +44 844 871 7687 / www.savoytheatre.org

Discover the revolutionary sound of 1960s America as the Tony Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, bursts onto the stage at the Savoy Theatre.

Glee star Amber Riley makes her West End début as Effie White

 

OTHER

The Lord Mayor’s Show ♦ November 12, 2016 / www.lordmayorsshow.london

Cheer on the new mayor and the spectacular procession, as they wind their way between Bank and Aldwych for The Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor.

Lots of choices, lots of activities, and a whole lotta fun too. So if you’re in London, make a stop to visit. If you want to know what’s happening in London for the next few months go to www.visitlondon.com for information.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured image: www.siwallpaperhd.com

Scene Wednesday: VONA Voices & Arts & Letters

February 17 / 16

Hey there again! If you have inching writing fingers this could be for you!


(cred: University of Miami and Georgia College)

VONA Voices Writing Workshop for Writers of Color

Where do writers of color go:

  • For community?
  • For support?
  • For growth?
  • For mentoring with renowned writers of color?

University of Miami’s VONA/Voices Summer Writing Workshop

Join Patricia Smith, M.Evelina Galang, Tananarive Due, Willie Perdomo, David Mura, Faith Adiele, Elmaz Abinader, Minal Hakratwala, Andrew X. Pham, and more in a week-long workshop on

June 19 – 25 & June 26 – July 2

Applications are available via our website January 1 (you still have a chance!)

For more information: www.as.miami.edu/VONA

University of Miami / College of Arts & Sciences

 


 

ANNOUNCING THE 18TH ANNUAL  ARTS & LETTERS PRIZES COMPETITION

Rumi Poetry Prize & Fiction Prize / Susan Atefat Creative Nonfiction Prize

Prizes judge include

  • Carol Frost (poetry)
  • Faith Adiele (creative nonfiction)
  • Kate Christensen (fiction)

Prize Winners receive $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters

Non-Winning entries are considered for regular publication

Submit online between February 1 and March 31

www.artsandletters.gcsu.edu

Visit us at AWP Booth 906!

 

 

 

If your interested, you know what to do…..enjoy the rest of your Wednesday and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo cred: unknown, en.wikipedia.org, and www6.miami.edu

 

Shadowbox Off for the Christmas Holidays!

12.1.15

Hello again! Shadowbox will be gone for the Christmas Holidays and I wanted to make sure you guys will receive this reminder. 

These are the dates: December 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016

There will be an early Editor’s Desk posted on December 31.

Again, just to let you readers know what’s going on at Shadowbox! I always try to keep my readers up-to-date!

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featured image cred: mrwallpaper.com

Crimson Peak Fan Contest 2015 Is Closed!

August 16, 2015

In honor of Universal’s & Legendary’s upcoming film Crimson Peak, Shadowbox is holding its first fan art and writing contest! The film will premiere Friday, October 16, 2015. This contest is purely simple just follow these rules…..

Set in Cumbria, in a crumbling mansion in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the 19th century, young author Edith Cushing  falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe  but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home harbors ghostly, mysterious entities, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, desperately and fiercely try to hide.

The Rules

1. Watch Trailer

2. Choose by creating your art or your story! 

Fan Art: You can illustrate the characters from the film. You may use pencil, color pencil, pastel, and watercolor. Size: It can be either 8″ x 11″ or 12″ x 9″. NO DIGITAL ARTWORK! I’M ASKING FOR GOOD ‘OL OLDSCHOOL ARTWORK!

Fan Fiction:  Create your fan fiction, like short stories or poetry on the characters of the film. Word count for short stories: 1,500 or less. Poetry: Doesn’t have to be no type of line or stanza.

Eligibility: Competition is open to legal residents of the United States, 18 yrs of age and older.
Competition begins August 17, 2015 @ 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time and ends October 2, 2015 @12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. You can send the artwork and writing to my email address: illustrates2@outlook.com.
  • First Prize: 2 Gift Cards from Fandango (One for Artwork, one for Short Story or Poem) to see the film & your featured artwork or short story or poem on Shadowbox
  • Second Prize: a poster of the film & your featured artwork or short story or poem on Shadowbox
 It’s nothing too big, I just want to start small and go from there. Just simple.
Visit www.crimsonpeakmovie.com. Let the contest begin!
featured image and others courtesy of indierevolver.com and www.hitflix.com, synopsisplot: Paul Shirley, JoBlo.com. Characters are property of Legendary Pictures & Universal Studios

Summer Spotlight Artist 2015: Saulius

August 17 2015

Morning all! Saulius is this Summer’s Spotlight Artist and he is a talent to watch for. Here is the artist in his own words.


 

Hello, I’m Saulius. I’m a 25 yr-old artist from Lithuania. It all began in school, when I would get bored during class, I would start sketching. It was 5 years ago, when I drew my first sketch, which you see below.

 

My friends saw my drawings and encouraged and motivated me to give it a try. They suggested that I try tattoos, but I was never interested in that, so I started to draw portraits of people. I was surprised by how well I drew them. I made this first portrait, the first portrait I was paid for.

 

When I acquired more skills, I was interested in anamorphic and 3D illusions on paper. The first drawing I made were from my own eyes and then I would use my phone camera to correct these drawings, like this one here.

 

I was practising with photorealistic drawings, things from still life. Years later I decided to make my first color drawing, with color pencils and soft pastels. I made Super Mario in 3D on paper and I began to get a better understanding about anamorphic art. People began to really like the Mario portrait.

 

After a few weeks, I had the desire to make more anamorphic art and then I began to take that art to the streets. My routine started after work. Once I got off work, I would go home to get the materials I needed. I would take one of my drawings as a market, using only chalk and charcoal to make this drawing in the picture below.

 

It took two days to complete. A journalist from the city newspaper saw me working on the drawing and decided right away to take a photo and write a story about it. By the time I got to my job Monday, I was told about my art work near the school. They called it a “monster.” The directors of the school said that I need to clean this art from the ground, because it scared the children, but I didn’t listen. I got support from a lot of people.

 

 

A few weeks later I took to the streets again. I began to draw with colors to improve my skills and this time I chose Super Mario so that my work wouldn’t frighten the children. When summer was over, I drew my first piece of art in the shopping center and continued to improve my skills with 3D art on paper.

 

I always prefered to make art with something more mystic and scary, to attract more people. During the winter, I would work on 3D art at home. Take a look at this video to see how it’s all done:

By this point, I was drawing 3D portraits of cars, movie characters, you name it. In Summer of last year, I was getting invitations to organizations to draw with permanent colors of 3D street art and I had three jobs in the works. Again with permanent colors, I was making traditional methods as a street artist. My first job during the summer in Lithuania:

 

The same work after one week:

And here is the finished product:

Like I said before, because of my work, these organizations took notice and invited me. I just have to make everything in my style. With summer finished, I started to draw realistic art from still life. I would make time-lapse videos, improve my skills in pastoralism, and I have more ideas. I hope my 3D art will be better this summer. I have plans to make mystic 3D illusion art again to the streets, because it’s my passion.

In all, I like to try many techniques on wood, soft pastels, graphite, charcoal, simple pencils, color pencils, water-color, and markers. I’m in the middle of making my latest artwork.

Watch my videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/djdrageris/videos, follow my art. I’m still learning everyday.

I hope you liked this June edition of Spotlight Artist. I have a feeling will be hearing more about Saulius for years to come. To get to know more about him you can go to www.sauliusart.portfoliobox.me. It may show in Lithuanian, so please be sure you can translate.

Come back Wednesday for some Artscene Stuff. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!

All works by Saulius Art, including featured image.