One of my proudest moments is I didn’t sell my soul for the sake of popularity. – George W. Bush
Hot Right Now…
Andy Warhol said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Who knew he was an artist and a prophet? While fame is fleeting, few would give up one second of it no matter how short one’s time with it may be. There’s a wonderful saying by Leonardo di Vinci that says “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” This week you’ll find frequent flyers and first timers of the mile high club on my list of who’s Hot Right Now…
St. Tropez Meets Miami
Mandela’s Grandson to receive gift from acclaimed artist Stefan Szczesny.
CU-1 Gallery and Marc Schmidt in association with Mr. Ndaba Mandela and Mr. Florian Haffa presents St. Tropez Meets Miami – a solo exhibition of recent works by internationally acclaimed artist, Stefan Szcznesy. A cornerstone of 21st century art, Szczesny co-founded “Neue Wilde” (Nouveaux Fauves), recognized as the most important art movement in Europe since World War II. His style is exuberant and sensual, celebrating the beauty of life. The exhibition is a curated selection through which Szczesny explores the rich cultures of Miami and his adopted hometown St. Tropez. Szczesny has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the country and his friends and collectors include Pierce Brosnan, Tommy Hilﬁger, Stephen Schwarzman, Robert and Patricia Frost, and Steve Wynn.
The VIP pre-reception opening on Thursday, April 3rd presents Szczesny’s shadow sculptures to the grandson of Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela. The sculpture will be auctioned at a later date to beneﬁt Africa Rising, which was founded by Ndaba and Kweku Mandela in late 2009 and works with youth in creating a new breed of Africans that will empower Africa to be at the forefront of its development. St. Tropez Meets Miami – a solo exhibition of recent works by Stefan Szczesny VIP Pre-Opening Reception, Thursday, April 3rd at 7 P.M. CU-1 Gallery 117 N.E. First Avenue, Miami. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Tandy, Jr.
Born into a family of artists, Tandy was inspired early on by his father, George Tandy Sr. who says as a child you could find George listening intensely to any genre of music and attempting to pick out every instrument in the song. The proof is in his debut CD, The Foundation, and his first single “March.” This track is not standard R&B fare. It’s moody and serious, thoughtful and complicated, textured and inspired by history…which is precisely why it’s so darn HOT. George Tandy, Jr is creating brilliant music rich with honesty, vulnerability and raw emotion. He’s hitting all the right notes – R&B, folk, jazz, and soul with a hint of Hip-Hop played against his classical influences. Tandy calls it “soulternative.” I call it ready for take off. Check out the single MARCH available now on ITunes.
This New Orleans native turned South Florida resident first tasted flight as a fashion stylist working with Will Smith, R. Kelly, and No Doubt. The release of her debut CD Complex Simplicity created an international buzz for Teedra who’s recently become more familiar to audiences for her collaboration with Rick Ross on God Forgives I Don’t. She’s hot right now with the first single All I ever Wanted from her forth coming CD, Cognac and Conversations. Click to listen here.
Ronnie VOP is one to watch. What a talented all around artist! Performing recently at the City of Miramar’s Black history month program, Ronnie’s command of the stage and way with the ladies 8 to 80 shows the mark of a true entertainer. Add to that two great singles on the way via his first EP titled 7 and Ronnie’s set to be a front burner artist soon. Check out his single Listen and video Déjà vu. Info: RGL Entertainment, (786) 417-7648, www.rideorgetleft.com
Hot Times in the City
The Black Archives and the Lyric Theater are looking for artist on the tarmac to hotness with their monthly LIVE at the Lyric Talent Showcase. Hosted by the hotness that is comedian Chello, not only will acts jam with Jody Hill and the Deep Fried Funk Band, the winner takes home $500. To be considered, send an audition tape to LyricLive@TheBlackArchives.org. Friday, April 4th 8pm – 11pm at The Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami. For info: (305) 636-2390. Tickets $10 -$25.
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