Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #28

Contents

HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

URBAN NUTCRACKER DAZZLES

TRIBUTE TO BENNY ANDREWS

DREAM SOLDIERS PROTECT DREAMGIRL

GROWING PAINS OF A BUBBLY BLACK GIRL

HIGH PRICE TO PAY FOR DIAMONDS

“CHILDREN OF MEN” TELLS STORY OF HOPE

LAUGH, CRY, BLUSH WITH LEGUIZAMO TELL ALL

Thousands Gather for Gerald Levert’s Memorial Service

ONE LOVE DVD’s

UPCOMING EVENTS


HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

by Kay Bourne

(Pictured: Candelaria Silva and artist Bobby Crayton)

Photo by Kay Bourne

40b314b11b6d92ca0108c5ea28bfca01.124.83 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #28Holiday Shopping is a breeze if you try the plentiful arts and crafts spots in Roxbury. A ‘Discovery Roxbury’ trolley tour did the walking for us last Saturday, and with ACT Roxbury’s director Candelaria Silva in the lead, we touched down in four desirable shopping locations.

Jamaicaway Books on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain is the ideal spot for purchasing fiction and non-fiction by authors of color, and all others, as well. There is also a wonderful array of art prints and handmade articles, from Kwanzaa sets to African American tree ornaments. Rosalind Elder, who also operated Treasured Legacy in Copley Place, has a considerably larger space here with lots of chairs so you can browse to your hearts content.

Set off from the large and airy gallery at the Piano Craft Building is a tiny shop, with choice items from artists who live in the building and others. Theresa India Young showed us the gorgeous wares. She, by the way, is a fabric artist who does a specialty line, Tassels by T. These delightful hand-woven ornaments can be put to work as hair adornment, clothing accents, drapery ornaments, wall hangings, or what-ever imaginative use you might devise.

The gallery itself will become a holiday bazaar in the weekends left in December with artists manning booths of their creations. And, in the same building at 791 Tremont Street, Ekua Holmes will be holding her Artful Gifts Open House, Saturday and Sunday, December 9 & 10, from 12 -6pm on the 2nd floor, Suite N200. Paul Goodnight, who puts together original art calendars annually, is sharing in this event. His Color Circle Art will be in Suite N102.

Waiting for a bus in Dudley Station? Stop by A Nubian Notion for a huge selection of Afrocentric greeting cards. There are cases of holiday art as well and CDs to insure you have a jolly, holly spirit.

Down the street, at the Roxbury Center for the Arts , ACT Roxbury’s home, you’ll find the ground floor has been transformed into a holiday store boasting arts and crafts from many of the community’s outstanding artisans. Located at next to the Dudley Street firestation at 182-186 Dudley Street, Suite 100 you can take your pick of Bobby Crayton’s Asiko Leather handcrafted bags, Monicka Hansan’s cards and prints, Darlene Smart’s etched glass (she’ll do commissioned designs as well), Bernadette Johnson’s jewelry, Sheila Springfield’s beaded jewelry, and more.

Below, please visit ACT Roxbury’s website, and for more holiday shopping ideas, see the “Roxbury is Rich” Holiday Shopping Guide section at the bottom right corner of that web page, or call ACT Roxbury at

617-541-3900 x2323 and request a copy.

ACT Roxbury website


URBAN NUTCRACKER DAZZLES

By Kay Bourne

(Pictured: Isaac De Los Reyes rehearses with guidance of Tony Williams for the flamenco style dancing in “Urban Nutcracker.” Isaac’s custom made leather boots have 50 tiny nails in each heel and another 30 or so little nails on the bottom of the toe.)

photo credit Kay Bourne

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