Marcus Samuelsson hosts 2nd Annual Harlem EatUp Food Festival

The 2nd Annual Harlem EatUp Food Festival is scheduled to take place from May 19-22 at various venues in Harlem. The four-day festival, which was launched last year by the Ethiopian-born chef and entrepreneur Marcus Samuelsson and veteran event marketer Herb Karlitz, allows participants to see and taste all that Harlem has offer from the artists of the kitchen, the canvas, the stage and the streets.

Bill Clinton is the honorary chair of the festival, and the program includes the Dine in Harlem series, where “an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs will host acclaimed from NYC and across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus that showcase the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.” Participating restaurants include Samuelsson’s Ginny Supper club, Harlem’s famous Sylvia’s restaurant (the queen of Soul food), and Melba’s restaurant, The Cecil, Minton’s and Blujeen. “Menus will be paired with wines from the Bordeaux wine council, and each dinner will feature dynamic Harlem artists and performers,” notes Times Square Chronicles. (Tadias Magazine)

“Ye Addis Ababa Lij” @ National museum

A painting exhibition by Mezgebu Tessema, one of the prominent contemporary artists of Ethiopia, opened last week at the Ethiopian National Museum.

The exhibition, which is entitled “Ye Addis Ababa Lij” portrays the lifestyle of urban dwellers of Addis.

He depicts various ways of what it means to part of the new Addis Ababa; tech savvy, contemporary fashion, new branded clothing, the light railway train and the luxurious expensive cars.

In addition to that, Mezgebu presented his new work entitled “Lal” which depicts Lalibela and Gerealta; a clear depiction of Gerealta Mountain.

Drawing his inspiration from the beauty of nature, Mezgebu is one of the prolific artists who has been able to depict paintings in a three-dimensional format. One of his critically acclaimed exhibitions “Nigis” is witness to that. Born in 1960 in the Northern Shoa, he graduated from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design. He also won a scholarship to the Ilya Efimovich Repin Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

Ethio-Canadian artist on the rise

Ethio-Canadian singer Ruth Berhe and her debut single Lost Boy is unexpectedly rising on the American charts. It is currently at a new peak of No.33 after three months on the Billboard Hot 100. It is quite an achievement for an unknown singer singing a tender piano ballad about Peter Pan. The song has rapidly catapulted Ruth Berhe from just another Canadian student looking forward to college to a breakout star. Lost Boy must be the first-ever hit to have its origins on vine, an app where users can post six second videos.  Ruth wound up posting the video on vine with a week; a mere six-second video had gone viral. The full version of Lost Boy was even more popular, launching Ruth to a worldwide audience within weeks.

The viral success of Lost Boy has propelled Ruth far beyond Vine. With the song becoming a constant presence on the radio, the track has successfully transitioned into the mainstream. (The Guardian)

“Longing for the Eternal” @ Guramyne Art Center

A painting exhibition entitled “Longing for the Eternal” will be opened on May 26 at Guramyne Art center. This exhibition is a collection of one of the contemporary artist Dereje Seyoum.  Dereje is a full-time artist at Nubia Visual Art Studio; a studio he co-owns since 2003. Dereje studied at Addis Ababa University’s Alle school of Fine Arts and Design specializing in Mural Art. After graduating in 2002, he went back to Alle to specialize in Painting and graduated in 2012. Dereje’s signature mural art designs are part of a permanent collection of many establishments. He had numerous exhibitions in various venues including his recent exhibition entitled “Art-Iculation: contexts of Climate Change”.  Dereje’s grip has so far been focused on realizing the link between landscape, identity and human influence. The way one's identity is shaped; the role of the landscape (not limited to the landform but also related to vegetation, sea level, temperature etc.); and the dimensions of human influence are all apparent in Dereje’s works.