Spending the Day With Keith Haring

Brooklyn Museum is one of my favorite places to visit.

There are multiple exhibits going on at any given time.  This place makes for a wonderful family outing.

I mainly went to see the Keith Haring Exhibit…and boy what a treat.

Keith Haring: 1978-1982″ @ Brooklyn Museum

If you have ever seen his work you know how different it is for lack of better words. I will let you judge for yourselves.

A little info on Keith …

Keith Haring was born May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 1978, and began using the city as his canvas, making chalk drawings in subway stations. In 1982, he had his first New York one-man show at the Shafrazi Gallery. A critical success, he soon became one of most popular artists of the time.

Haring “was a graffiti artist with a difference,” one critic wrote. “Instead of painting subway cars, he drew with white chalk on the black paper pasted on unused advertising spaces, working in a distinctive style that became widely known before anyone knew the artist’s identity. From these beginnings emerged a style of illustration that became known throughout the world and a mode of distribution that largely circumvented the traditional art gallery system.”

 In his later years, Haring became deeply involved in activism. He contributed artwork to hospitals and charity organizations, and in 1989, the year after he was diagnosed with AIDS, he founded the Keith Haring Foundation, which supports organizations involved in AIDS education and outreach.

He died on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications.

See What Eye See…Enjoy the exhibit as I did.

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Dance Africa…

Dance Africa 35th Anniversary is upon us. This weekend a few of my buddies and I took a ride over to Dance Africa’s Bazaar. It was alive and bustling with energy. Crafts from all over the world can be readily found here. Foodie can lose their minds here with all the various foods.

A little history on Dance Africa…

Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora at the DanceAfrica 2012 Bazaar. Over 300 vendors from around the world converge on the streets surrounding BAM, transforming the neighborhood into a global marketplace offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.

The Bazaar will also feature entertainment for families with face painting and crafts at the Children’s Village, and guest artists will be roaming through the marketplace throughout the day.

This is an experience that everyone should have at least once.

See What Eye See…

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Spring Fling…

Street Fairs are back in season here in NYC.

I love, love, love street fairs.

They can be found all over the city usually during the weekends. Perhaps you can find one this Memorial Day Weekend.

Food available are to die for…LOL

Plenty to eat and buy. Tons of cool clothing and other gadgets to purchase.

You even have protection from the Guardian Angles… Hi Curtis Sliwa.

See What Eye See…

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My Day @ AIDS Walk 2012

Sunday in New York City was AIDS Walk 2012.

A little history about the AIDS Walk and GMHC…

GMHC is the world’s first AIDS service organization, and one of the largest. Since 1981, it has responded with tenacity and innovation to what was initially viewed as a gay men’s health crisis. Fighting the fear, ignorance, and prejudice that has surrounded HIV/AIDS, GMHC works to prevent new infections, assist those living with the disease, and advocate for fair and effective public health policies.

In 1986, GMHC was searching for ways to further engage the public, media, and government in the fight against the rapidly growing AIDS epidemic. The first AIDS Walk New York was created and produced by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. The 10-kilometer walkathon was designed to raise urgently needed funds for GMHC, and to battle the stigma so many associated with HIV/AIDS. The event took place on May 18, 1986 at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, Fordham University’s Robert Moses Plaza, and the streets of the Upper West Side. Today, the AIDS Walk begins and ends in Central Park.

In its 27 years, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 845,000 people to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $122 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event remain a vital lifeline that sustains GMHC’s prevention, care, and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in the tri-state area. AIDS Walk New York is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. Visit gmhc.org to learn more about its life-sustaining programs and services.

Several of my friends and I walked this year to help support a very worthy cause.

Over 50,000 people gathered to walk for a much needed cause.

AIDS effect all of us.

Even the goats came out…

This guy has a pet goat…which wears a pink bow…only in NYC


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Last Dance….

Sad news for the world today….Donna Summer has had her last dance.

After battling cancer for the last few years, she is finally at peace.

You will be greatly missed Donna…but I know you are in a much better place now.

This woman could blow and was always a class act. Glad I had the fortune to see her live.

A little Wiki info on Donna…

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012[1]), known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner.[2][3] Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

Summer died on May 17, 2012. AP reports that she died in the morning at her home in Key West, Florida at age 63 following a battle with breast cancer and lung cancer.

Last Dance…it’s my last dance

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Soho is one of New York Cities most famous neighbors. Between all the high end shops and local street artist you are sure to break the bank. If you are in the right spot you can even luck upon seeing a few celebrities .

I have always loved the cobblestone street…FYI they hurt your feet when you walk on them.

Some of the shi shi foo foo shops in Soho have items I can only hope to afford one day.

The building in Soho are awesome.

SoHo is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, notable for being the location of many artists’ lofts and art galleries, and also, more recently, for the wide variety of stores and shops ranging from trendy boutiques to outlets of upscale national and international chain stores. The area’s history is an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration and gentrification, encompassing socio-economic, cultural, political and architectural developments.

See What Eye See…

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