ZESO is a graffiti artist who’s been painting for about 20 years. His style is influenced from those before him and is a mixture of Brooklyn and his hometown France. You can catch some of his amazing work throughout Brooklyn.

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Website: http://www.zesoart.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/zesoner/

Email: zesoartdotcom@gmail.com

Celebrating BC Artists at the Library

(As seen in Brooklyn College website)

Communications major Jacqueline Ali and graduate art student Katharine Ryals each won $500 in an annual art contest sponsored by the Brooklyn College Library—which, for the first time ever, was recognized with the American Library Association Best of Show award for exceptional public relations material.

Created in 2008 by Miriam Deutch, associate librarian for research and access services, the contest provides an opportunity to showcase the art collection, broaden students’ cultural enrichment and learning opportunities, and promote student creativity and talent. The winning artwork was selected from among 50 entries.

“The winning pieces not only conveyed an understanding and deliberation of a work of art in the library, but translated their interpretation in a very thoughtful, creative and inventive way,” said Deutch, who is also an art historian and was one of the judges for this year’s competition. “The amount of effort needed to accomplish their response is also taken into consideration.”

She added that Ali’s stop motion animation reflected a very thoughtful interpretation of “Stabile,” Alexander Calder’s lithograph, as well as an understanding of Calder’s sculptures, which are full of movement and very playful.

Ryals manipulated tintype plates to obscure the subject matter, similar to the indecipherable images in David Deutsch’s “Rotunda” painting. Then, she photographed the tintypes and scanned them into the computer, creating a mosaic pattern resembling the painting in the final print.

Brooklyn College Library’s art collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, and prints, created by artists who live and work in Brooklyn and have works in major museums around the world.

The most technologically advanced in the City University of New York, the library’s collections total 1.5 million volumes, 45,000 serials, 43,000 electronic serials and 40,000 electronic books. It adds approximately 15,000 new titles each year to its comprehensive humanities, social sciences and sciences collections.

The Jazz Ladies

BEDFORD STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN — April was Jazz Appreciation Month, the time of year to honor jazz as an original American art form. Names such as Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Rollins are legendary. But what about the jazz ladies—the female musicians, promoters, performers and women behind the famous jazz men?

Since 1959, the year of the first Grammy Awards ceremony, 262 awards have been presented in 44 different categories honoring the musical accomplishments by jazz performers the year before. According to the Grammy winner’s database, out of those, 216 went to male performers or bands, and only 46 were given to female musicians or bands crediting female musicians or producers. Because an artist can receive several awards, in reality only 26 women in jazz have been honored in 56 years of music celebration.

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New album by drummer Rudy Royston“303” is the name of drummer Rudy Royston’s debut album, released on Feb. 4 by Greenleaf Music, the jazz record label owned and curated by artist Dave Douglas.

Of the 11 tracks on this recording, nine are Royston original compositions plus two covers including Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus” and Radiohead’s “High and Dry.”

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BAM Puppetry District

By Sandra Lopez-Monsalve

This weekend, unusual characters will crowd the BAM cultural district. Expect to see talking-animals, friendly monsters, strange shadows and even wandering socks.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music will present the third annual “Puppets on Film festival”, a series exploring live puppetry in cinema. The program – to be held at the Rose Cinemas and the Fisher Hillman Studio- includes nine features, 30 shorts, a family workshop and live performance, and a “Little Shop of Horrors” sing-along extravaganza.

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Ovatime Radio

There are a lot of reasons why some DJs go into the radio business. Respect, fame, and a large paycheck are often motives some shows come into genesis.

Jeffrey Labady and his team for Ovatime Radio grace the air waves, instead, with a desire to work hard for their listeners.

Airing Wednesdays from 9 to 11 pm on WBCR, Ovatime Radio is a variety radio show that focuses on promoting rising stars.

“We like to cater to upcoming talent,” said Labady, the main host and creator of Ovatime Radio. “When we first started, no one really did that. No one cared about upcoming talent….Now a lot of shows are doing it and I think that’s awesome.”

Ovatime Radio’s six-host team consists of many cogs: Kasmo Huxtable, who focuses on writing and giving the introductions to the shows; Mills da Comedian; Trini Yankee, a DJ; Princess P.; Dajah Belle; and Frizzlito, Labady himself.
“We’re a team,” said Labady. “We’re all united. We’re a unit.”

Started two and a half years ago, Ovatime Radio begun when Labady and his friends aimed to establish a dissimilar kind of radio program.

“I was trying to get a politics show or a rap show – a show where we cater to rappers all day,” Labady recalls. “We wanted to make something happen.”

From there, the show sparkled out of a simple but catchy concept.

“Anything we do we’re putting in overtime,” said Labady. “I like to believe in hard work.”

That hard work is realized every week in Ovatime Radio’s shows.

“Mainly [we] cater to up and coming New York City talent,” said Labady. “We’re pretty much a promotional device.”

Even Ovatime Radio’s music is intended to endorse gifted individuals.

“When we play music we play mainstream mainly, but when we do interviews we interview upcoming artists.”

Aside from catering to talent, Labady and his team also host Ovatime Radio with a desire to learn. When he came to WBCR, Labady wanted to study the equipment of his field hands-on.

“It’s a great learning experience,” added Labady. “It’s like pursuing your dream professionally.”

The typical edition of Ovatime Radio still aims at being a variety radio program.

“Sometimes we talk about the artist, sometimes about politics,” said Labady.

“We try to be politically correct,” he added. “We don’t want to insult a race, culture, sex….If we push the envelope it’ll be in a positive way.”

Despite their serious approach towards their morals, the crew of Ovatime Radio knows how to jest.

“When we do give the news we try to make it funny,” said Ovatime Radio’s creator. “Say we talk about the election. We’d ask, ‘Are you voting for Obama just because he’s black?’…We try to make the news more entertaining.”

Their news is still balanced, though.

“For news, I try to be a moderator,” said Labady. “If asked I’ll give my opinion, but I try to be a moderator.”

Labady says the normal routine for news on Ovatime Radio starts with commentary for other topics by discussing around the room before going to callers, who have distinct personalities. When artists are on the program Labady and his team doesn’t give their opinions, but simply tries to support the talent.

Labady is particularly proud of Ovatime Radio’s supporters.

“Our following is amazing,” he said appreciatively. “Every week it keeps our following in-tune,” said Labady, referring to the program.

“We cater to socialites. People who like hanging out, networking, being informed….We like outgoing people, people who know the latest trends.”

Ovatime Radio specifically like projecting their program to women, though.

“We like to have artists and a set of topics catered to the females,” said Labady.

“I can’t even describe how much they help out,” he about his female co-hosts who help drive some of the show’s content.

Even in the distant future Labady wants to maintain his values.

“I don’t got a set goal; just keep working,” he said. “My dream, though, would be satellite radio. If we could do the same thing here at Brooklyn College out there, that’d be a blessing.”

In the end it always comes back to their effort to help the rising star.

“If you’re an artist and you need a chance, we’ll at least try to give you an opportunity,” said Labady.

The six of them put in the work, regular time or overtime.



Serious Nonsense

Some radio duos attempt to be compassionate towards each other, never raising his or her voice at the other.

Serious Nonsense takes this notion and screams at it.

Hosted by Nofar Glisko and Natalie Mordechai, Serious Nonsense is a radio show which showcases its hosts’ wild, raucous, and stirring relationship.

“Natalie and I have conversations, and people would just stop and listen to us and they said, ‘you should make a radio show’,” said Glisko, explaining the show’s origin. “We basically border more on insanity.”

Airing their show on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 pm on WBCR, Glisko and Mordechai attempt to discuss stern issues in a fluid way – just like how they converse outside a studio.

“We’ll talk about the New York City Marathon, our weekend, guy-girl relationships. It can be about anything,” explained Mordechai. “We’ll get fired up, but not in a serious way.”

“We’ll have heavy topics, but we’ll make sure they’re experienced in a light way,” added Glisko. “We don’t want to stop controversy; we want you to think, but not burn a bridge.”

The main talking points of the program, however, are the issues which everyday people will discuss.

“We’ll get into social issues that are politicized – abortion, gay rights,” said Glisko. “Anything in the news that we feel like should be covered, we should talk about.”

While the show is often an illustration of Glisko and Mordechai’s unique relationship, Serious Nonsense draws some of its passion and focus from a familiar source.

“Daily Show,” Glisko said. “That whole Daily Show and Colbert thing – calling people out on their stupidity and lies.”

“One woman mentioned she thought that it was stupid that the New York City Marathon was cancelled, and I basically, for 20 minutes, explained why she’s an idiot,” said Mordechai, citing an example.

However, because of Glisko and Mordechai’s remarkable personalities Serious Nonsense takes the Daily Show mantra in their personal direction, spotlighting smaller issues, such as social media.

“We’re a Youtube string of comments,” said Glisko.

One of the show’s primary functions is being an outlet for one’s voice.

“We’re your soap box,” said Glisko. “Some things you just need to rant and get the anger out, so we’re a platform for it. Sometimes we’ll talk about the solutions – this is the problem, this is how it needs to be fixed – like guy-girl stuff.”

“We are your therapists, somehow,” added Mordechai.

Despite their controversial discussions, Glisko and Mordechai attempt to stay on a rationale course, not wanting to seriously affront all their listeners.

“We may push it a little bit, but we have enough common sense,” said Glisko.

Humor also drives Serious Nonsense, as the boisterous pair says they let the jokes fly. Glisko and Mordechai even have a comedy segment in which they rant in response to a disbelieving group or person, called “Drop the Skillet and Get Out of My Kitchen.”

“We’re like the weird uncle, the really creepy one,” laughed Glisko.

Even Serious Nonsense’s approach to music is comical, as Mordechai says she and Glisko will sometimes play hip hop music so they can make fun of the lyrics.

“We’re both idiots in the end,” said Mordechai.

Glisko and Mordechai both want a wide range of listeners, too, so they don’t cater to only female listeners like themselves.

“I think we’re a good show for both guys and girls,” said Glisko. “I think if there was a transcript of what Natalie and I say, you wouldn’t be able to tell our genders.”

In the end, however, listeners are drawn to Serious Nonsense by the unique dynamic between Glisko and Mordechai.

“What makes us us is that there’s such an intense chemistry between Natalie and I,” said Glisko. “We don’t have to try.”

Fiery, raucous, and full of serious nonsense.