NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ishmael Islam: Caught In The Act

Did you know that NYC has a Youth Poet Laureate – and he’s from Bed-Stuy? Ish Islam is a 20-year-old college student, emcee, graphic artist, and filmmaker, but he already has that city-wide title, and his first book of poetry comes out next fall. We go up on his roof to hear him read from his work, which seeks to connect the disparate elements of the borough and also urges his peers to get involved and vote.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act, episode 49. Original air date: 5/23/2012. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Thomas Varvaro of Alvin Ailey II: Caught In The Act

We meet young Marine Park native Thomas Varvaro in rehearsal and hear about all the work it took to make it into the very competitive Alvin Ailey II dance troupe.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act: Art In Brooklyn. Original air date: 4/25/2012. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

The Irondale Center: Caught In The Act

At The Irondale Center, an ensemble constructs In Pursuit of Freedom — Color Between the Line, a form of spoken-word-and-song based on historical research, telling stories like those of free people of color tricked and abducted into slavery in pre-Civil War Brooklyn.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act, episode 48. Original air date: 4/25/2012. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Tall Tall Trees: Caught In The Act

Tall Tall Trees is a Brooklyn-based band — self-described as combining “surf rock, indie folk, sentimental balladry, and afrobeat”– tells us how their second album was inspired by a group camping trip to Alaska.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act, episode 47. Original air date: 3/28/2012. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Polish Hip-Hop: Caught In The Act

Polish Hip-Hop: At Club Europa in Greenpoint, we meet JRD, a rapper from Poland, and DJ GRAM-X, a promoter who wants to make the rap world aware of all the Eastern European hip-hop happening in NYC and around the country.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act, episode 47.http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Down the Rabbithole: Brooklyn Review

You can support artists in other ways besides just buying their work — try hiring one for your next move. Rabbit Movers, founded by Shawn Lyons in 2004, is staffed by artists who need extra cash, and its operations have grown to include a gallery, photography studio, and a suite of workspaces –that’s “Rabbithole.” Find out how Lyons (writer / yoga instructor / salmon fisher) went from living in a hole in San Francisco to a boat on the Gowanus, and now runs what might be the city’s best moving company.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Brooklyn Review, episode 47. Original air date: 3/28/2012. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

Artem Mirolevitch: Caught In The Act

This artist grew up in Minsk (former Soviet Union) and now lives in Williamsburg. He paints, sculpts with wire, and demonstrates the very time-consuming process of etching. His work is somewhat mythological, maybe not surprising for someone who really focused on art after a traumatic early incident in his life.

From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act, episode 47. Original air date: 3/28/2012. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

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