Theaster Gates Black Artists Retreat Presents ‘The State Of Grace’
Dates: October 11 & 12, 13, 2019
Opening Celebrations STATE OF GRACE!
October 11, 2019
To kick off the Black Artist Retreat 2019, Nona Hendryx and Esperanza Spalding join Theaster Gates and other very special guests for a magnificent tribute to our long lineage of sonic trailblazers.
A Band of BadAss Women killing Grace hits; mashups cause there are quite a few! Projections, memories, Odes and fashion, fashion, fashion, strike a poses, voguing, stripping and MORE!
Theaster Gates Welcomes Nona Hendryx Celebrating Ms. Grace Jones
Synth intro to Slave To The Rhythm begins and repeats while percussion, sound FX and Visuals are projected. Spotlight comes up on a figure neither Man or Female (Grace????) in smoke, the figure sashays onto the stage, Other, Others join in and they continue to move around the perimeter of the stage, striking poses, voguing, stripping while the music and video projections build to a crescendo and the preverbal ‘needle drop’ and kicks us into the beat of ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and we are launch into a night in the CLUB!
Friday at 7:30pm
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Presented in partnership with Harlem Stage, as part of their Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism series.
Sonic Musings, Meditations & Testimonies
October 12, 2019
Saturday at 11:00am
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Sonic Soul Session #1:
Roller Skating Party
October 12, 2019
Saturday from 7:00pm–11:00pm
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LOCATION: THOMPSON ARTS CENTER AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY, 643 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10065
“An enormous dreamer canny enough to make his outlandish ideas for the neighborhood a reality…[he is] a civic treasure on par with Chicago’s skyline and downtown museums.”
—The New York Times
“…one of the most iconoclastic, and intellectually supple, figures in the contemporary art world”
—The Financial Times (UK)
Theaster Gates, a charismatic figure in the contemporary art world, with a practice situated both within and without gallery walls, vacillating between aesthetics, urban planning, and activism, hosts his renowned Black Artists Retreat for the first time outside of Chicago.
For this year’s retreat, Gates, an Armory Artist-in-Residence, welcomes black artists and allies from Chicago, New York, and beyond for a weekend of communion, celebration, and multi-disciplinary exploration of this year’s theme: sonic imagination.
Retreat guests will be invited to actively think about the role of sound in the human experience and in art-making: the capacity to dream, feel, motivate and activate through sound, to think through and love through sound, to incant, incite or invoke using the invisible energy of wind and body to materialize form that moves us.
Through presentations, formal and informal conversations, side-bars, sharings, tributes, screenings, and meditations, the Retreat will explore how artists, performers, curators, historians and other leading thinkers in the fields of art production, cultural production, music, film and video, sound engineering, and the adjacent technical crafts of sound production, play, pray, worship, commune, entertain, interrupt, celebrate, heal, mourn and invite unity.
This gathering also celebrates the completion of the replacement of the wooden flooring of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, which includes recycled pine planks milled by Gates’s workforce and repurposed from his Chicago urban manufacturing renewal project, Dorchester Industries, amongst other sources.
Sonic Musings, Meditations & Testimonies
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00am
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Join Theaster Gates and special guests for a kaleidescopic exploration of BAR 2019’s theme: Sonic Imagination. Through presentations, conversations, meditations, music and sonic moments we will explore the role of sound in our lives and practices, leaving space for a multitude of perspectives. Stay tuned for participants and schedule.
Sonic Soul Session #1: Roller Skating Party
Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 7:00pm–11:00pm
Check Back in September for Ticket Info
Put on your roller skates or dancing shoes and dance the night away in a Chicago-style James Brown-infused skating party celebrating the completion of the floor restoration project in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Featuring local DJs and skaters from the tri-state area black skate scene. Skate rentals and gear available on site.
The Serpentine: Performance with Carrie Mae Weems and Carl H. Rux
October 4, 2019
In rehearsal Sept 29-Oct 3
Pioneering artist Carrie Mae Weems
presents a series of fragmented moments linked together to form a meditation on
the history of violence. Joined by renowned artists and musicians Nona Hendryx and Carl Hancock Rux, Weems devises an evening of performance, spoken word, music and contemplation inside the Serpentine Pavilion.
COS x Serpentine Park Nights is the Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary platform programmed for the annual Pavilion.
Tickets can be purchased here https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/cos-x-serpentine-park-nights-serpentine-pavilion-tickets/9793265?pl=serpentinegallery
Toshi Reagan’s Word Rock Sword Festival @ Le Poison Rouge Sept. 21st
A Musical Celebration of Women's Lives YEAR IX 9.21.19 w/ Arooj Aftab Nona Hendryx Alsarah Marcelle D. Lashley Christelle Durandy Ganessa James Morley Roya Marsh Taina Asili Kala Brame Gina Breedlove Rimarkable and many many more...
Price:$20 in advance
Time: 6pm doors 7pm show
Location: (le) poisson rouge, NYC
A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives VIII
All are welcome, 8 Days in NYC
September 16-23, 2018
WRSVIII is an 8 day community festival founded and curated by Toshi Reagon. It takes place in venues in NYC. Anything goes, music venues, clubs, community centers, churches, parks, yoga studios, bars, museums and sometimes Toshi’s house. Each place a sanctuary to be in conversation with each other.
Toshi Reagon started the festival with the intention of, “responding creatively, showing our lives, our work, our activism and our talent. We struggle in a political climate that still tolerates and actively encourages systemic discrimination against women–from the workplace to the doctor’s office. We witness Congressional attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood; the harassment and murder of abortion providers; the denial of access to affordable health care; the constant vulnerability of women and girls to violence and sexual abuse; the daily struggle of women to hold families together in our ailing economy. We will come together to share our gifts and focus our intentions for the 21 Century.”
The festival’s flagship event is the capstone concert on September 22, 2018 at Le Poisson Rouge. Over 20 musicians and artists will come together to share their gifts and celebrate women’s lives.
Q.U.E.E.N.S! performance with Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, & Lisa Jesse Peterson - Sept 3 & 5, New York
“Q.U.E.E.N.S. = Quantam*, Unique, Energy and Essence of Nubian Sisters” presented in partnership with The Kennedy Center
Q.U.E.E.N.S! Performance w/Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell & Liza Jesse Peterson
Saturday, September 14, 2019
12:45 PM & 2:45 PM
The Sardar Classroom - The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street Northwest, Washington DC, 20566, United States (map)
Witness sounds, rhythms, and words of Womanhood and divinity.
There will be 2 shows - 12:45pm and 2:15pm
"Q.U.E.E.N.S." is a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing past life experiences, traumas, and present issues while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. This is a multi generational interdisciplinary performance mashup of sound design, spoken word, beats and bits, quasi Hip Hop, rock, and avant-garde movement. "Q.U.E.E.N.S." represents a work in progress created and performed by Nona Hendryx with Special Guests, Liza Jessie Peterson (poet and spoken word artist), Divinity Roxx (bassist and vocalist), and Be Steadwell (singer, songwriter, and filmmaker)
For 16 days, The Kennedy Center will have “creativity in action” at The REACH Opening Festival—where nearly 500 events across their newly expanded campus, indoors and outdoors, are FREE! All of the REACH Opening Festival is free; timed-entry passes are required for entry. See the day-by-day schedule of events here and obtain your free passes here. You can also obtain passes by phone at (202) 467-4600 or in person at The Kennedy Center Box Office.
Rehearsals supported by Hi-ARTS, 215 EAST 99TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY, 10029 (rehearsals are closed)
LOCATION: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
New York Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas are joined by Bettye LaVette, José James, Zara McFarlane, Alice Russell and Nona Hendryx, to honour the legacy of the Queen of Soul.
From timeless favourites to deep cuts from her back catalogue, Aretha’s greatness as the defining name in soul music, is truly showcased in an evening of celebration, reflection and high energy.
Modelled on Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the Harlem River Drive Orchestra, Antibalas are an afrobeat collective currently in their third decade. They are joined by American soul icon Bettye LaVette who grew up listening to Aretha and later performed with her; José James, who has been called 'the jazz singer for the hip-hop generation', Labelle signer Nona Hendyx and two of the voices bringing soul into the modern landscape, British singer Alice Russell, who is known for her collaborations with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim amongst others, and Zara McFarlane, now one of the most successful singers in contemporary British jazz.
RESPECT TO ARETHA
WITH ANTIBALAS, BETTYE LAVETTE, JOSE JAMES, ALICE RUSSELL, NONA HENDRYX & ZARA MCFARLANE
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Location Great Hall of La Villette
To close its 2019 edition, Jazz à la Villette pays tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died in the summer of 2018. The musical direction of the evening is entrusted to Antibalas, a Brooklyn afrobeat group attached to the Daptones label, accompanied by the occasion of several invited singers and singers: Bettye LaVette, Jose James, Alice Russell, Nona Hendryx and Zara McFarlane.
On August 16, 2018, the musical world mourned the disappearance of Aretha Franklin. Born in 1942 in Memphis, Stax City, Detroit is home to the Motown headquarters, where she grew up: a soul story. Jazz too, because it was the producer John Hammond who in 1960 hired him at Columbia. But his very first vocalises go back to the gospel repertoire. The idiom that best embodies the universalism of Great Black Music, that of African music that has become American. It is precisely in this context of transatlantic influences, and more specifically in the register of the Afrobeat, that Antibalas will pay a vibrant tribute to the Queen of Soul for an unprecedented evening with a crowd of guests ... surprise! The Brooklyn band, which celebrates two decades of music in this season, was originally formed largely of members of the Dap-Kings - a resident group of the Daptones label - who accompanied the belated (re) discovered heroes Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. For all these musicians, funk, soul and afrobeat are therefore the same language that tonight will borrow the words of Aretha Franklin.
Video promo via Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/p/B1G89K0j6hU/
The BRC Orchestra, the Black Rock Coalition's repertoire company, is joined by an all-star cast of musical luminaries including:
Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, and Will Calhoun(Living Colour)
Stew (Passing Strange)
Location: The Met, Fifth Avenue, NYC The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
An explosive and joyful celebration of rock's Black roots. The Black Rock Coalition (with special guests) create a sonic timeline honoring the Black pioneers who ushered rock and roll into the American collective consciousness. Founded in 1985 by guitarist Vernon Reid, journalist Greg Tate, and producer Konda Mason, the Black Rock Coalition is a collective assembled to provide maximum exposure for Black artists who defy convention and is dedicated to the complete creative freedom of Black artists.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll.
Tickets include same-day Museum admission.
Enjoy a pre-performance drink in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Wine, prosecco, and water will be available for purchase. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the event.
Kennedy Center Parade for the Opening of ’The Reach’
Performers to include: Lubana Al-Quntar, Hall Williams Band, Kazaxe, Ladygod, Soka Tribe, Mariachi El Rey, LeeAnet Noble & Team Vicious, Christina Piazza & Paul Bachmann, Eastern High School Drumline, and The President’s Own Marine Band
Guest artists to include: Nona Hendryx, Andrew Ondrecjak, The Griggs Brothers, Marlon Taylor-Wiles, Laura Anderson Barbata, Sheldon Scott, Stephanie Mecedes, Vanessa German, Hoesy Corona, and others
To open the REACH, the Kennedy Center gathers artists from far-flung corners of the artistic landscape together with young people to walk, march, and dance into the future in this parade curated by multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist Carrie Mae Weems, in collaboration with David Ross of The MusicianShip and Funk Parade.
All events are free; timed-entry passes are required for festival entry. You may obtain passes online at Kennedy-Center.org/REACH, by phone at (202) 467-4600, or in person at the Box Office. Passes grant you access to the campus but do not guarantee entry to any specific event. Admittance to events will be first-come, first-served until venue capacity has been reached. Some events may require pre-registration. Refer to the event description for more information. Programs and artists subject to change.
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Little Black Pearl is continuing its partnership with the Chicago Park District to take part in the “Night Out In The Parks” series; which provides world-class cultural programming throughout the City of Chicago.
LBP’s lake front “PearlFest 2019” is free to the public and incorporates a mixture of live musical entertainment, celebrities, food, fun and activities for all.
This day-long celebration of the organization’s Silver Anniversary brings our village together to celebrate with an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed Jazz, Funk and R&B artists and highlighting some of Chicago’s most notable talent.
FREE – (Public area lawn seating)
VIP – INDIVIDUAL VIP EXPERIENCE $125 (purchase)
VIP lawn area seating;
Access to Pearl Club area;
PearlFest SWAG BAG with champagne
Aug. 16 - 19 @ Indian Market Week with Virgil Ortiz
Friday 8.16 | Virgil Ortiz: Odyssey of the Venutian Soldiers | 3-5PM
Guest Artist: Nona Hendryx
Location: Santa Fe Plaza, 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
The past receives a current voice with the newest figurative work of Virgil Ortiz. With pieces whose scale and style are both unprecedented, the Vertigo series infuses cultural understanding and historic research. Just as his ancestors used clay to comment on their lives and experiences; Ortiz does the same and adds a fresh element and spin by enlisting family members to contribute their respective works in this spectacular series. - From Beyond Buckskin
DATE: Friday, September 20, 2019
TIME: 7:30 PM 10:00 PM
LOCATION: Harlem Stage150 Convent AvenueNew YorkUnited States (map)
We launch The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism series with Order Out Of Chaos a night of Afrofuturistic films, Music and a ‘Mind Share’; a panel of filmmakers, music artists and performances.
Afrofuturism is a doorway to vibrant representations of Blackness. For filmmakers looking to throw off the shackles of stereotypes, projected racialism and obsolete limitations, afrofuturist films are the golden ticket to reimagining Black identity. Join us for the screenings of two short films, Prototype by Christopher Ortega and ROXË15 by Celia C. Peters. The evening culminates in an epic performance featuring rock goddess and futurist, Nona Hendryx and Bro Bot Johnson.
Prototype features a programmer who conducts a painful empathy test on lifelike androids in an attempt to win her mother’s approval. ROXË15 features Roxë Jones, a virtual reality programmer in stark near-future NYC. Hell-bent on a getting to a better life, she bets her future on technology.
Curated by filmmakers Craig T. Williams and Celia C. Peters who will lead a post screening conversation that will examine and celebrate the genre that is flipping the script on Black narratives. Performances by Nona Hendryx (Singer, Futurist and Musical Technologist) and Darian Dauchan of The Brobot Johnson Experience (Actor, Musician, Afrofuturist, Content Creator)
Saturday June 29, 2019
Tri-C’s Tribute to Bobby Womack
Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square
Christian McBride is serving as musical director, Nona Hendryx guest artist.
June 15 - 21, 2019
Francesca Harper Project @ Lincoln Center (NYC)
Music by Nona Hendryx
Francesca Harper shares a world premiere at the Joyce on the Limon Dance Company this spring!
Harper dives into a world of infinite possibilities with a score by Grammy nominated composer, singer, and songwriter Nona Hendryx. In the new work “Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities,” Harper and Hendryx examine the lines between intimacy and protest, tension, release, and humanism in our current social and political climate. Harper looks forward to investigating and integrating the soulful, quality of the Limón dancers to question, provoke, and inspire audiences with a determined sense of hope.
This groundbreaking work will premiere at The Joyce Theater in New York City from May 29th to June 2nd, 2019 as part of the Limon Dance Company’s annual, highly-anticipated Spring Season.
At Harlem Stage’s Annual Gala we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with Disrupters: Then, Now and in the Future.
Please join us at the beautiful and intimate Harlem Stage Gatehouse for a lively evening of powerful performances, delicious dinner and cocktails, an Awards Ceremony, and Live Auction. As part of our celebration, we encourage guests to dress in roaring ‘20s attire and be ready for fun!
Our Host: Joy Ann Reid
Philanthropy – Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Transformative Artist – Stew
Emerging Artist – Savannah Harris
Our Gala Co-Chairs: Jenette Kahn and Ron Simons
Our Disrupter Co-Chairs: LaChanze, Agnes Gund, Bill T. Jones, Liesl Tommy, Nona Hendryx, Estelle Parsons, Terri Lyne Carrington, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, and more!
Performances and presentations by ground-breaking artists Nona Hendryx, Carl Hancock Rux, Brianna Thomas Trio, and Terrance McKnight.
For more information, contact us at 212-281-9240 ext. 10
May 17 & 18, 2019
PowerPlay - Latasha Alcindor and Nona Hendryx @ The Shed (NYC)
The Shed’s inaugural season will also include Powerplay, a collaboration between Latasha Alcindor and Dis Obey (The Shed’s program for teenagers), on May 18 and 19. Student Nathaniel Swanson, Latasha Alcindor and student Lela Harper perform along with others. Powerplay will mix hip-hop, spoken word, dance and moving image into a woman-centered show, organized under the direction of rising multimedia artist Latasha Alcindor. “The performance is really about how we can transform radical joy into power,” says Alcindor. Participants will include student artists from The Shed’s Dis Obey program for high schoolers, who explore protest and creative action through writing, storytelling and visual art workshops.
May 15th STREB Honoree (BKLY, NYC)
What is an Action Maverick?
This award celebrates those transgressive action specialists whose seemingly reckless journeys are, in reality, a society’s insignia for bravery and courage. These action maverick heroes exist as a constant and eternal reminder of all the moves yet left to do. An original. A person that breaks the rules, re-interprets or establishes new parameters of their craft. New artistic, educational, scientific visions. A risk taker. A hero.
51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Rock Solid Women (Music Festival)
May 9th, 2019
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY. 10010
Hendryx convenes the 2nd Rock Solid Women’s Festival, presenting a lineup of poets and Singer Songwriters who’s Fearless Manifesto is ‘artists that are “antithetical to the ‘normal, expected and accepted,’ the status quo. The fearless are creatively restless, they push the boundaries, provoke, shock, endeavor to achieve a transcending effect, an awakening, evolving into some-thing new!
The festival lineup includes Nona Hendryx, Be Steadwell, Divinity Roxx, Judy Gold, Kiki Hawkins, Kimberly Nichole, Sophia Ramos, Ultra Naté, Vivian Sessoms, Sarah Jaffe and more to be announced.
Tickets for Rock Solid Women ($30 - $45.00) are now available online.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, witness a site-specific dance performance in the Rubin galleries presented in partnership with the arts organization Pentacle. The performances will reflect the theme of power, which radiates from our galleries as part of a yearlong exploration of the topic.
Choreography by Francesca Harper
Music by Nona Hendryx
Pentacle: Within and Between Us
TIMES: 6:00 PM, 6:45 PM, or 7:30 PM.
April 29th - NYCP & Cyndi Lauper honored by New York City Pop’s Orchestra
THE NEW YORK POPS 36TH BIRTHDAY GALA
Hat Full of Stars: The Songs of Cyndi Lauper
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Cyndi Lauper, Music Honoree
Ken Lowe, Corporate Honoree
Annaleigh Ashford, Boy George, Estelle, Bridget Everett, Nona Hendryx, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Newell, and Stark Sands, Guest Artists
Kids on Stage Students
Children of Ronald McDonald House New York
Camp Broadway Kids, Cindy Thole, Director/Choreographer, Christine Riley, Music Director
TICKETS HERE>>> 36th Birthday Gala, Hat Full of Stars: The Songs of Cyndi Lauper
The World of Captain Beefheart featuring Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
The Cutting Room
New York, NY
$35.00 - $45.00
$35 Advanced Sales/ $45 Day of Show
There is a $25 food & beverage minimum per person.
Two shows of ‘Digital Forest’ @ Berklee College in Boston, Mass.
Featuring visiting artists Will Calhoun (Living Color) Berklee EPD and Boston Conservatory and Berklee Students.
Shows 3pm & 6pm
FREE to Berklee/BoCo students, faculty, friends and family!
March 18 - 22, 2019
Nona Hendryx hosts Berklee students, faculty and alums for 3 days of Theater and Performance master classes, panels and workshops.
February 28, 2019 @ 7pm
The Joyce Dance Theater Season Event
This performance celebrates the musical world of Ralph Ellison. Alongside his writing life, Ellison was an accomplished trumpeter and close with many jazz and other music legends from Satchmo and Duke all the way to Ray Charles and Ornette Coleman.
Catch Jazz in the Key of Ellison in Florida, Spain, California, and Chicago!
Friday February 22 - Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago, IL
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Andy Farber, longtime tenor player, arranger, and section leader, will lead a nine-piece band for these shows (drums, upright bass, piano, two trumpets, one trombone, three saxes/winds)
Features Nona Hendryx, Will Downing, Quiana Lynell, and guest trumpet player Nicholas Payton
Special guest host/narrator TBA