MVP: a Tribute Concert to the World of Melvin Van Peebles

In celebration of what would have been Melvin Van Peebles’ 92nd birthday, Lincoln Center presents: MVP, a multimedia tribute concert experience created by his son Mario Van Peebles. Mario takes the audience through a glimpse into Melvin’s life and fascinations in the desert and cities through MVP’s films and music. The evening is scored by
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Artsplosure The Raleigh Art Festival 2024

Artsplosure’s mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public – all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts. Artsplosure, conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts
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The Burnt Sugar Bowery Electric SmokeHouse

SlamJunk, Dead Flowers Productions, and Avant Groidd Musica presents The Burnt Sugar SmokeHouse, where you’ll experience a pu pu platter of Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber-member led bands with a Vernon Reid / Burnt Sugar Conduction for dessert.

Angels Over Oakanda - vinyl edition

Angels Over Oakanda vinyl – In stores now!

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber is thrilled that these brick & mortar record stores are carrying Angels Over Oakanda vinyl.
Stop on by and ask for an in-store play, and get complimented for your sonic good taste.

Burnt Sugar surrounding Mikel Mwalimu-Banks. Photo by Ginny Suss

Artists For Mikel Mwalimu-Banks

After suffering a violent fall on a Lower East Side sidewalk in 2018, Burnt Sugar family member Mikel Mwalimu-Banks saw a neurologist. The appointment proved a fateful turning point in his life. Mikel was diagnosed with a form of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that affects the muscles of your face, shoulders, upper arms, and lower legs. The devastating diagnosis upended what was once an active life in the arts, culture, and music industries. More egregiously, the condition devastated Mikel’s ability to generate a sustainable living from his craft. Having contributed his unique style of artistry, fashion, and overall humanity to New York’s progressive Black underground scene for more than 50 years—half a century—the community he inspired and influenced is now returning the favor.

Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

More on ‘Hapo Na Zamani’

Led by Black artists, activists, and intellectuals in the 1960s and 1970s, the Black Arts Movement helped to shape the ideologies of Black identity, political beliefs, and African American culture at that time with an impact that can still be felt today. Hapo Na Zamani (Swahili for “then and now”) re-imagines a happening from that
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