Carl Van Vechten’s Harlem Color

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In “White Mischief,” in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine, Kelefa Sanneh writes about Carl Van Vechten, a “New York hipster and literary gadabout” who was an unlikely champion of the African-American experience as it unfolded on the streets of Harlem in the nineteen-twenties. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World:Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premieres Four Corners- June 17, 2013

By Walter Rutledge

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater after a thirteen-year absence, June 12 through June 16 for a total of seven performances. The company offered seven works, many were standouts from the fall /winter 2012 season including ; Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Robert Battle’s Takademe and Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelation. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Creative Outlet (with video)

By Walter Rutledge

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Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Company is one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets. Founded in 1994 Creative Outlet is a dance company, which has performed nationally and internationally, a school that has an outstanding track record of developing professional artists, an Arts-in-Educations programs that has provided arts programming in over forty inner-city schools, and a rigorous summer intensive program attracting students from Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Celebrating Matthew Rushing

By Walter Rutledge

60802435On Tuesday, December 17, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented Celebrating Matthew Rushing an evening of dance honoring Mathew Rushing’s twenty-year association with the company.  Continue Reading →

Dance Of The Village Elders Recieve the Gift Of Dance

photo-7The Dance Of the Village Elders a jazz dance and fitness class located at Harlem Hospital received an early Christmas gift Tuesday evening.   Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Dance Of The Village Elders perform at the Ailey School

By Walter Rutledge

Seniors at Ailey 2 edit On Wednesday, December 18, Dance of The Village Elders held the culminating fall season presentation in a spacious fifth floor studio at the Joan Weill Center for Dance; also known as The Ailey School, and the official home of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Weekend Picks Dance, Theater and Holiday Cheer (video) December 14, 2013

By Walter Rutledge

This weekend its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. We have dance in Midtown, theatre and a search for new talent in Harlem, and a literary happening on the Upper Westside. Here are a few of the many arts related events taking place around town and in our community. Continue Reading →