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Columbia artists talk about making art during the current Black Lives Matter movement

Cedric Umoja / photo by Michael Dantzler Michael Dantzler Within days of the world seeing video of George Floyd being killed during a brutal altercation with police officers in Minneapolis, Minn., Columbia artists began responding to a moment that would only become clearer in the days ahead. A song here, an image there. Many are older works presented with new context, but all suggest that the surge of protests was also pushing a surge of artistic endeavors. For some, like mixed media visual artist Cedric Umoja, the energy rippling across the country only intensified his current efforts. “The work I’m doing now has been turned up just a little bit,” he says. “I feel like I need to make sure that it’s clear that it’s not like on the fence â€" I don’t want people struggling to figure out, ‘Is he saying this, or is he not saying this?’ Because I think as an artist, we learn how to navigate these things.” He points to We Bleed Too! to illustrate his

‘Search Party’ Season 3 Official Trailer And Key Art Bows Before HBO Max Debut

The official trailer and key art for Search Party season three is out. The entire third season of the comedy thriller drops Thursday, June 25 on HBO Max. HBO Max The all-new third season of Search Party finds the gang swept up in the trial of the century after Dory (Alia Shawkat) and Drew (John Reynolds) are charged for the semi-accidental murder of a private investigator. As Elliott (John Early) and Portia (Meredith Hagner) grapple with whether or not to testify as witnesses, the friends are pitted against each other and thrust into the national spotlight. Dory's sanity begins to fracture, and it becomes increasingly clear that the group may not have brunch together again for quite some time. Search Party is executive produced by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, and Jax Media's Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez.

Master the Art of Barbecue with One of These Eight Tested and Approved Smokers

© Staff The best barbecue smokers, from offset smokers and pellet models to ceramic and gas grills. There are more choices than ever when it comes to smokers. What type of fuel? What configuration? The options might seem overwhelming, but we'll explain how they work, help narrow down the choices, and get you pointed in the right direction. "If you're going to smoke, an offset—the traditional Texas-style smoker—makes the best food," says Jess Pryles, live-fire cooking expert and author of the book Hardcore Carnivore . "Offset is the purest way. It forces you to learn how to run the fire. With an offset smoker, the only way to control the temperature is the air intake. So, if you really want to learn barbecue craft, go offset." Well, that's great, if smoking food is your passion and mastery of the smoker is your goal. But not everyone has the time, or wants to spend that kind of time learning—a lot of folks just want to make some delicious food. No m

Art Pick: Self Help Graphics & Art’s 2020 Annual Print Fair

This event is a hotly anticipated annual opportunity for art lovers to acquire new, limited edition, serigraphs, relief and intaglio prints created by artists through the SHG open print studio. Though virtual this year, the event will offer new print releases from such portfolios as Consejo Gráfico Nacional’s special project Perro Mundo, Queerida (for the first time in its entirety), Día de los Muertos, and the 2020 Census themed Make it Count. Though virtual this year, it’s quite likely you’ll be able to at least pick up your purchases in person, which could be a lovely excuse to visit their beautiful venue again or for the first time. June 13-30; selfhelpgraphics.com .  

Art as protest: Local artists paint "Muslims for Black Lives" mural

Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide Art is a form of protest. It's a way of expressing feelings of solidarity and outrage, of hope and pain as the country and Wisconsin continue to grapple with the death of George Floyd and so many other people of color at the hands, and knees, of law enforcement. On Sunday, local artists joined to create a "Muslims for Black Lives" mural at East North Avenue and North Holton Street, part of a series of murals across Milwaukee supporting protests for racial justice. Fanana Banana, a Milwaukee Muslim art collective, organized the mural-making event on social media. Co-founders Amal Azzam and Nayfa Naji coordinated with local artists to plan the mural’s design. Front and center, the artists used paint to draw pictures of many children of different races and backgrounds alongside the words: “Our kids will not be next.” Buy Photo Aminah Green, left, works wi

Art review: Abby Shahn exhibit fulfills need to be moved by art, in person

"A Field of Blackbirds," by Abby Shahn. Photo by Kyle Dubay I needed to see some art. ART REVIEW WHAT: "Abby Shahn: Fifty Years" WHERE: Speedwell Projects, 630 Forest Ave., Portland WHEN: Through July 12 HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday ADMISSION: Free INFO: (207) 805-1835, [email protected] ADDITIONAL INFO: Only three people allowed in the gallery at a time. Masks required; gloves provided for handling Shahn's accordion books. Weary from the stress and social isolation of the pandemic, grieving for our universal loss, I, like everyone else, was slowly trying to adjust to our new normal. Then came the double gut punch of George Floyd's torturous murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, followed by the president's incendiary response to nationwide protests demanding an end to our country's systemic racism. The undercurrent of anxiety over the coronavirus was suddenly replaced by a torrent of emotions

This Baltimore block created their own Black Lives Matter street art

Zalik and Jay'da Fisher love to play with chalk. So when their mother, Mieka, saw a post in their Baltimore neighborhood group suggesting they come together to paint "Black Lives Matter" on a street to show support for the movement, she had another plan. "Because my children love chalk so much, I thought it was a great idea, instead of waiting on the city to approve the paint, we could go out and go ahead and do the chalk thing," Mieka Fisher said. "So I talked it over with my neighbors and everybody was open and willing to join." About 15 people gathered Thursday on the 300 block of South Madeira Street in Upper Fells Point to write the slogan in chalk. After the words were outlined in all caps with blue painters tape, 11-year-old Zalik, 10-year-old Jay'da and a collection of neighbors filled them in with various colors of chalk, covering half the block. Black Lives Matter has become a common refrain amid nationwide protest