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Tomorrow! Thursday, Feb. 16: Talk at Clark U to explore dark humor in contemporary African American art

Barber, Tiffany
Tiffany E. Barber

Absolutely Hilarious, 1997. Peter Williams (born 1952). Oil on canvas.

Clark University
950 Main St.


Clark University will host “Dark Humor and the African Image,” a lecture by curator Tiffany E. Barber, at 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 16, in the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons.

This free, public event is part of the Higgins School of Humanities’ spring symposium, “What’s So Funny?” as well as the on-going African American Intellectual Culture Series.

Barber will talk about how African American artists use satire, visual puns, farce, absurdity, kitsch, and the bizarre to present reverent, positive images of blackness in order to counteract the experience of slavery and racism.

She will draw upon her recent exhibition, “Dark Humor: African American Art from the University of Delaware,” to consider the significance of humor in contemporary art. She will discuss how black artists such as Camille Billops, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, and Peter Williams employ subversive humor to question the currency of cultural and racial stereotypes.

Barber is a scholar, curator, and writer of twentieth and twenty-first century visual art and performance with a focus on artists of the black diaspora living and working in the United States.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, and the Department of Visual Performing Arts.

This Saturday and Sunday! The Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow!


Hi, my name is Dave Cherokee Spirit Hawk. How are you?

I’m writing in sincere reference to the upcoming Pow Wow & Ceremony Event September 10 and 11, from 12 pm sharp to 4:30 pm.

It’s the Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow at Lake Siog Park, Dodge Hill Road, Holland, MA.

I would cordially and most humbly invite all peoples to this wonderful annual event.

To include singing, dancing, drumming and events organized for children.

There will be a varied assortment of vendors who will provide wondrous varied merchandise ranging from:





musical items

mineral stones


and some diversified merchandise of many sorts…

It is a great time and a great place for just even a day out with the family or even alone time to wind-down.

There is open swimming at the Lake.

It is strongly advised to bring your own seating and cover/shade from the elements.

It is also required that guests bring lots of water and food for the day.

There are picnic areas and barbeque posts in the area and camping is available for those wanting the full experience outdoors. However, there is also a vendor who provides a grill for fast food service.

I look forward to meeting everyone and will be available for any concerns or information I can provide.

As a member of The Cherokee, Lumbee and Seminole Nations: A-li-he-li-see-da-se-dee. In English: I welcome you all.

Thank you for your time and patience. I look forward to seeing you there.


Dave C Spirit Hawk

WOW…Driving around Downtown Worcester right now and thinking:

Pinch me! Our downtown murals are AMAZING! They’re multi-cultural, political … mind-blowing! Worcester in the 21st century! HERE AND NOW! Today! WOW. Fuck! MONUMENTAL!

This is what you’d see happening in NYC – in any first-rate global metropolis. This is radical! This is art! This is intellectual! This is community! This is Worcester! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! … IT’S ALL OURS!!!! To share with the world. Art for “The people!” Pinch me, babe.

text+photos: Rosalie Tirella





And the early birds…



Driving around yesterday, delivering InCity Times, listening to Dylan (aka GOD) …

Me and Bob!

… I snapped these photos of the Latin American Festival, City Hall.
– Rosalie Tirella










Festival, brought to you by …

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Great gifts await you at FEAR NO ART art/vintage gift shop …

… on Greenwood Street, in Worcester’s Quinsig Village neighborhood.

For more info, call (508) 527-7306.

I took these pics today and a few days ago! Check out this colorful shop – lots of treasures! Art! Antiques! Nice prices!




I got this beautiful painting (below) this afternoon at FEAR NO ART! CAN’T WAIT TO HANG IT ON MY BEDROOM WALL! Right now it’s sitting on my big blue bed stand, leaning against a wall … not too precariously, I hope!



Visit FEAR NO ART, a tres groovy gift shop, today!!

– photos/text: Rosalie Tirella

Finally! A mural for the Denholm Building in downtown Worcester!

We took this pic of the sad looking side of the DB several months ago  – and said the building was crying out for a mural! InCity Times has been pushing for more murals in the city for years! Well, we and thousands of other Woo folks got our prayer answered! We only wish the city had hired our ol’ pal PITO, a young Latino man, Worcester born and bred,  a guy who has created tons of street art in Woo, taken classes at the Worcester Art Museum and would have come up with something amazing!

Giving a LOCAL LATINO ARTIST – a TALENTED local artist – such fantastic exposure would have been so GREAT for Worcester.

Instead, a Cambridge-based artist landed the job. We wonder HOW he was chosen – how much outreach was done to minority, local artists. I’m sure the chosen muralist is nice and talented, BUT WORCESTER COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE GONE LOCAL!

Well, as long as things are happening …  We can’t wait to see the painting begin!

EXCITEMENT for our downtown!!! Hooray!!!

– R. Tirella

InCity Voices: Fear No Art!

By Donna Vayo

I remember when I was a young child … I loved to color, draw, make stuff. When I was in elementary school, “arts and crafts” was my favorite class! I was one of a few students with a natural artistic talent. Art came easily to me and it was a lot of fun. My imagination could run WILD! I could express myself freely through my art.

When I got to high school I met many very groovy, talented artists like myself. Art contests were very popular when I was in high school, and I won many awards and ribbons that made me feel great about myself! I loved hearing how good I was in art from my peers with whom I attended class and competed. Gym class, athletics, just weren’t for me!

Thankfully, we had an art program in school. These days, school-budget cuts have affected all extra curricular activities, such as art and music classes. It’s so important for children (and adults!) to be able to be creative. By creating something tangible and visual and not being “judged” – because there’s no “bad art” – kids/adults get to see and explore parts of themselves they may not have consciously acknowledged. Art takes them to their core … A gift!!! It’s all good! Today many public schools have few programs and Worcester’s Quinsigamond Village Community Center has closed its doors. There is no after school art programs or activities for our neighborhood kids, who may not have the money to take museum classes, etc. No fun. No socialization. No learning. NO ART!

Here’s where my latest venture comes in …

I have taught children’s art classes at the Worcester Art Museum and have owned art galleries throughout Worcester where I hosted an array of art classes for kids (and adults), as well as painted (with my friends) community murals – all over the city. “Fear no Art,” my baby, has opened in Quinsig Village, at 28 Greenwood St, here in Worcester. My shop offers art, antique and consignment. We are also offe art classes. For kids and adults. Once school begins we will have an after-school art program. ADULTS ARE ALSO INVITED to attend with their kids. They can also take their own classes.

My mission is to get our city’s children and adults out of their homes and off their computers and digital devices of all sorts! Get them out into the neighborhood creating, imagining, wondering ….

Please join me in what will prove to be a very cool trip!

The 11th annual Boston Latino International Film Festival

Opening Film and Reception: 

Thursday, October 25th

Northeastern University

John O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon Street, Northeastern University

Closing Film and Reception:

Sunday, October 28th

Harvard University

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

The 11th Boston Latino International Film Festival at Harvard University and Northeastern University

Boston – Only America’s biggest and greatest cities host Latino film festivals; Boston is one of such cities. This year the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) will host its 11th annual event which will be filled with four intense days of films, receptions and special events in four days on between October 25th– 28th

BLIFF is a yearly event on it’s 11 edition. Every year we receive between 250 – 300 applying films to our festival. This year BLIFF will be hosted between Oct. 25-28 at Northeastern and Harvard University and will screen a selection of 60 films from 15 Latin American countries.

“The Northeastern community is proud to host this important festival and proud to showcase the beauty, depth, and creativity of Latino/a and Latin American cinema, diversity and culture.” said Professor Alan West-Durán, Director of the Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Northeastern University. Professor West-Duran is also in charge of bringing BLIFF to Northeastern University,

Films will be screened at two different venues: at the John O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University and at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Prices will be  $10 per program at both locations. ALL FILMS IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE WILL BE SUBTITLE IN ENGLISH. Panels, the opening and closing receptions will be free and open.

“Eleven years ago we had an idea to provide the greater Boston community with a high-quality film festival that would capture and highlight the diverse experiences of Latinos in the United States and abroad. Since then, the festival has grown immensely, and support from the community has been phenomenal,” said Jose Barriga, founder and director of the festival.

The Boston Latino International Film Festival is committed to breaking stereotypes and building communities by using the medium of film to strengthen inter-cultural understanding and promote work of independent filmmakers. Over 60 films from over 14 countries will be featured, including the United States, Argentina, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Mexico, among others. All of these films will be premiering in Boston.

BLIFF 2009 is sponsored in part by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, John O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University, Vista Higher Learning, El Planeta, MasTV, TuBoston.com, Heineken, BASE, Hope and Confort, The Association of Mexican Restaurant of New England and Jose’s Mexican Restaurant.


THURSDAY, October 25

Northeastern University

John O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon Street, Northeastern University



Luminaris / Spain / Juan Pablo Zaramella / 2012 / 6min / Short

Long Distance / Cuba / Esteban Insausti / 2010 / 93min / Narrative Feature – Trailer 1 – Trailer 2

9.00 p.m.

The Perfection in your hand / Spain /Guillermo P. Bosch / 10min / Short

Mayan Renaissance / Guatemala / Dawn Engle / 2012 / 68min / Documentary – Trailer


FRIDAY, October 26

Northeastern University

West Village F, Room #20, 2pm -10pm

7.15 p.m. Flamenco Program

Mexico Flamenco / Spain-Mexico / Josep Badell & Carlos Snachez-Llibre / 2012 / 53min / Documentary – Trailer

9.30 p.m.  Spanish Shorts Program

A Story for the Modlins / Sergio Oksman / 26min / Doc – Trailer

That Wasn’t Me / Esteban Crespo / 23min / Fic

The Birth / Xavi Sala / 14min / Fic

The Wedding / Marina Seresesky / 12min / Fic – Trailer

What the eye doesn’t see / Natalia Mateo / 15min / Fic

Prologue / Lucas Figueroa / 8min / Fic

.Sub / Jossie Malis Alvarez / 15min / Fic – Trailer

Zombi / David Moreno /  12min / Fic – Trailer


SATURDAY, October 27

Northeastern University

West Village F, Room #20, 2pm -10pm

1.30 p.m. PANEL (FREE)

Contemporary Cuba: Film and Media

3.00 p.m. Cuban Shorts Program #2

AM / Dariela Minoso / 13min / Fic

Delirio / Alejandro E. Alonso & Lazaro O. Lemus / 8min / Doc

Madre, la tierra / Ernesto Perez / 15min / Doc

Afuera / Vanessa Portieles & Yanelvis Gonzalez / 20min / Fic

La Sasita / Ariagna Fajardo / 19min / Doc


4.30 p.m. International Program

Known Secrets / Honduras / James Joint / 17min

El Rey / US – Central America – Austria / Stefan Lechner / 53min / Documentary – Trailer


6.00 p.m. Immigration Program #1

Underprivileged / USA / Rafael Lanus / 15min

Incommunicado / P. Alberto Sanchez / 9min

Q&A with Director P. Sanchez & Producer Mike Paskett

Admissions / Chloe Smolarski / 50min / Documentary  – Trailer

Q&A with Visiting Director



SATURDAY, October 27

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,

2.00 p.m. International Program

The World Outside / USA / Zachary Kerschberg / 10mi

Q&A with visiting Director

Delivery / Fabien Ortiz / 12 min.

La Mirada Perdida / Argentina / Damian Dionisio / 11min

La Camioneta / Guatemala – USA / Mark Kendall / 72 min / Documentary – Trailer

4.00 p.m. With My Heart In Yambo / Ecuador / 138min / Documentary – Trailer

6.00 p.m. Central American Program

Inside El Porvenir / Honduras- Switzerland / Rainer Hoffmann & Erika Harzer / 2012 / 85min / Documentary

Q&A with Director Rainer Hoffman

Co-Presented by: Swissnex Boston – Consulate of Switzerland – Trailer

SUNDAY, October 28

Harvard University

Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 0213

CGIS South, S-010, Tsai Auditorium,


4.30 p.m.  Arts, Crafts & Local Economies

Banking on Trust / Argentina / LeeAndrea Morton / 38min / Documentary – Trailer

Silvestre Pantaleón / Mexico / Roberto Olivares / 65min /Documentary

6.30 p.m. CLOSING FILM

Esperanza / USA / Michael Martinez / 9min / Fic

Anyone Out There / Brazil / Tiaraju Aronovich / 2012 / 115min / Narrative Feature – BLIFF’s Curator’s 2012 Choice!