Aug 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

Seen: Miss Lily’s Inna Cab Ride

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photo by Tono—

Miss Lily's Variety by Tono

If you’ve taken a taxi in New York City in the last few years, you’re familiar with NBC’s short clips spotlighting new and cool places to buy things around town. In a recent Shopping Guide clip, dashing host George Oliphant makes a visit to one of our main stops in Manhattan, Miss Lily’s Variety. He tells cab riders that the reggae/dancehall-focused retail/gallery annex of the popular Jamaican eatery (and home of RadioLily.com) is “collector’s paradise for rare Jamaican vinyl,” and even holds up Miss Lily’s newly published first book, of Jamaican Dancehall Signs, which includes a foreword and interview with collector Maxine Walters by Large Up’s own Jesse Serwer.

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GIVEAWAY: Win NYC Tickets + Swag From Sean Paul

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Fresh from playing massive stages around the world—and our LargeUp Interview hot seat— Sean Paul returns to NYC Tuesday night, Oct.2,  for an intimate show at S.O.B’s. You can go and buy your own tickets here, but we’ve got a pair (2 tickets) to give away, along with a prize pack of Sean Paul swag, including:

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CONTEST: Inner Circle x Central Park Summerstage VIP Prize Pack

Words by LargeUp Crew—

This Sunday, Aug. 19, the mighty Inner Circle will celebrate Jamaica’s 50th with a New York City show at Central Park Summerstage. The epic lineup also includes fellow JA music legends the Mighty Diamonds and Israel Vibration. The event (which goes from 3p.m. to 7p.m.) is free for all, but to make it even sweeter, we’ve teamed with the Bad Boys of Reggae to offer a prize pack for five lucky winners. Here’s what each winner will get:

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Independent Film: Jamaica Doc “One People” Premieres in Kingston, NYC + London

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, a milestone being celebrated in various ways not just across Jamaica, but across all of the diaspora capitals, and around the world. One of the many events celebrating the milestone is the world premiere of One People, a public-sourced documentary (meaning regular people, as well as some professionals, were asked to film and submit their own footage in the spirit of inclusiveness) premised around the simple question (as asked to Jamaicans and “friends of Jamaica locally and oversea), “What does Jamaica mean to you?”

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MontserrART: Jason “Gazoo” Allen’s Black Sand Art

Words by Jesse Serwer—

It’s not often that we get to celebrate sparsely populated Montserrat on LargeUp, nor is it frequent that someone we know as a party-rocking MC turns out to be a talented visual artist. Well, Montserrat-born Jason “Gazoo” Allen, who can be found livening up NYC nightspots like Greenhouse as a house-music MC, specializes in art made from the black sand and soil abundant on his home island since the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano (a 1995 catastrophe which has since cut the country’s population in half). And damn, if he isn’t doing some pretty cool things.

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Visual Culture: Caribbean Art Takes Over NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer—

New York City is the biggest melting pot for Caribbean culture there is, so it’s affirming to see the city’s cultural institutions finally put together an event that’s reflective of this. Spread out between three venues—El Museo del Barrio (through Jan. 6); Queens Museum of Art (through Jan. 6); and the Studio Museum in Harlem (through Oct. 21)— “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” is “the big art event of the summer season in New York,” The New York Times wrote, and “likely the most expansive art event of the summer,” according to ArtInfo.

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