Weekender: PULSE Clash in NYC, LA Gets Cool & London X Cali for the Ladies

Other than hedging your bets for the Oscars on Sunday and trying to work your way down to Austin next week for SXSW, March is giving us a bevy of things to get in to—peep game. Get at us to get your event featured!


PULSE Contemporary Art Fair : March 4- 7 : 330 West St @ Houston

Here in NYC it’s Armory Week, think Fashion Week for visual artists, and a perfect time to start or add to your own personal collection. Even if you aren’t at the Picasso level yet, these events are perfect for discovering new artists and inspirations. Divided into two sections, one for young galleries and another for more well-established names, PULSE is the perfect place to start. This year it features a host of exhibitors representing nineteen countries and four continents. A highlight for us is the PULSE Play> video lounge which is presenting Ordinary Occurrences, curated by El Museo del Barrio‘s own Deborah Cullen, which will feature artists of Caribbean descent in light of the disaster in Haiti. PULSE continues to it’s other home, Miami, in December.

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Above: “Back to the Futurama”, Jeremy Dean, 2009. Read more about Jeremy’s Hummer/Hoover horse-drawn cart here, it will be on view at PULSE.

Negroclash Reunion : March 5 : SubMercer

What happens when you explore the black contribution and inclusion of electronic music, mix a crowd full of cool people and have three of the best aural curators as your guide? Negroclash. DJ Lindsey, DJ Language and Duane have long sense moved on from this NYC staple, but are uniting for another run tonight in NYC. And it’s free, which is great since I’m totally skipping the gym for this.


Pac Div & Cool Kids : March 5th : Key Club

Yeah so it’s a Cool Kids show, so while you are trying to figure out which Starter jacket X Stonewash to wear, be sure to get there in time for our Cali favs, Pac Div. It’s hip-hop that makes sense…and makes you move your ass and remember when Cali hip-hop was king. Actually, don’t be a douchette and rock that Starter jacket. We might be there and will clown you—loudly.


Breach of Peace : Photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge : On view until April 11 : Skirball Cultural Center

Ever wonder what became of the brave young adults of 1961 who traveled to the Jim Crow southern states to campaign for equality, and risk their lives in the process? These collection of photographs, which are a companion to the High Museum’s Road To Freedom exhibit, is a display of forty portraits of the Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge, displayed along with their mugshots taken in Mississippi and their individual stories.



Gift of Gab : March 5th : Jazz Cafe

Between Gab and Souls of Mischief next week, it is a classic Cali hip-hop invasion in Londontown. Known as one-half of Blackalicious, Gift of Gab remains one of our favorite lyricists known to make a song about the alphabet that wasn’t corny.


Birds Eye View 2010 : March 5-11 : ICA

The Birds Eye View Festival is back again to celebrate women film-makers around the globe. Taking place at a few venues across London, this year’s festival features over 60 films to be shown in about 7 days. Our fav to watch for is From A Whisper by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.


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