Bon Bagay: A Night of Art and Cocktails!

 

Make a tax deductible donation to charity at this year’s event!!

We accept checks made out to our fiscal sponsor, City Lore. WWW.CITYLORE.ORG or you can make a charitable donation with a debit or credit card. Please request one of our BON BAGAY event volunteers to assist you with your donation. Donations are 100% tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

 

Join us for a fun filled evening.

Caribbean and Haitian inspired cuisine provided by Kreyol Flavor.

Complimentary open bar courtesy of our sponsors:

BeviWines. Rhum Barbancourt. Prestige Beer.

Rhum Barbancourt

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In 1862, Dupré Barbancourt, a native of the Charente region in France, put the finishing touches to a recipe for rum that still bears his name today.Using a double distillation method usually reserved for the very finest cognacs, he discovered a rum of incomparable quality that has always received the highest international distinctions.

Yummy dessert cupcakes provided by Sugar Spell Bakeshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There’s a hint of magic in every bite”

Join us for a night of art and culture.

 

Eventbrite - BON BAGAY: ART AUCTION FOR HAITI

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

The first two responders to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

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will win a pair of  general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS

1) The indigenous people of Hispaniola called the island:

2) National Motto of Haiti:

 

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BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

The first two responders to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

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will win a pair of  general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS:

1) Haiti occupies the wester third of this island:

2) What other country shares this island?

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BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS WINNER!

Congratulations to our first BLESSED CONTEST winner, Jessika Smith!

Jesika just won two general admission tickets to The Blessed Project Benefit & Screening Party by accurately answering these two questions.

1) What’s Haiti’s national anthem?
The Dessalines Song


2) Name five cities/towns in Haiti?
Petion-ville, Jacmel, Cite Soliel, Croix-de-bouquets, Conaives

There are two more chances to win! Visit our weblog at http://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/ and participate.

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‘Black Friday’ Ticket Sales: The Blessed Benefit & Screening Party

Jaffa Films presents ‘Black Friday’ ticket sales….join us Wednesday. December 14th for an evening of music, food, film clips of the upcoming feature length film, ‘Blessed are the Meek’. http://theblessedbenefit.eventbrite.com . Celebrate the rich culture & history of Haiti.

Buy your tickets now!

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Blessed Benefit & Screening Party Featured Guest: Songstress, Nathalie Cerin

Natalie Cerin

Nathalie Cerin is a singer-songwriter born and raised in  beautiful Haiti. The music comes straight from the heart and speaks directly to the soul, Addressing social issues, life experiences, and the love and concern Nathalie carries for her beloved homeland of Haiti. Her unique *KreyolSoul* style, an acoustic musical blend with neo-soul and Haitian folk
influences, truly sets the emerging songstress apart.

Meet the artist in person at The Blessed Benefit & Screening Party:

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BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

Welcome to another edition of  BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS.

Be the first to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

http://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

Win two general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS:

1) What’s Haiti’s national anthem?

2) Name five cities/towns in Haiti?

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Blessed Benefit & Screening Party Featured Guest: Visual Artist, Hertz Nazaire “Naz”

Nazaire | Bio

Hertz Nazaire

Hertz Nazaire was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on October 2, 1973 where he was raised by friends and family of his mother Yverose Nazaire who had left Haiti to find work in the United States.  Nazaire later moved to Brooklyn New York, to live with his mother at the age of 9.  Moving soon after with his new family to Bridgeport Connecticut after she was married.

Nazaire never forgot drawing from his love of color from memories of Taptaps seen on the streets of Port-Au-Prince Haiti which are colorful trucks and taxis painted with murals of Haitian life and images of religious stories, the Taptap is the main mode of public transportation in Haiti.  Everyday drawing and creating cards and notes for his mother who enjoyed supporting his ability to draw flowers from the Caribbean island that she often missed.

Dancers

His love for drawing and art was later helped along by his art teachers at Westhill High School in Stamford Connecticut where he spent much of the time long hours after school in the Art Department practicing drawing and painting.  At Westhill he found his talent awarded with many early opportunity for Student Exhibitions, one being part of a Student Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion located downtown Stamford Connecticut at the time.  This encouraged him to seek more education in the arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the University of Bridgeport.

Nazaire currently resides at Read’s Artspace in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Read’s Artspace is a large converted loft building located downtown Bridgeport that provides affordable live and work space for talented upcoming and working Artists. There he finds he can focus on learning and exploring more about the Arts and the many cultures that inspire him to paint.

Sickle Cell

Nazaire’s other focus are on creating design and space on his website dedicated to improving the image of Haiti on the web and providing a new community through the use of a new social network platform where Haitians can share their arts and culture with the world.  Nazaire also continues to work in health advocacy as a speaker for Sickle Cell Disease Pain awareness.  His Sickle Cell Series has been featured im many medical books and and other published books relating to Sickle Cell Disease.

While Nazaire struggle with the pain and challenges of Sickle Cell Disease which has cause his vision to fail over the years the frustration of slowly going blind has encourage him to appreciate the process of painting with a deeper purpose.  His current series of paintings deals with themes and images of the Earthquake in Haiti and life that comes after such a tragic event.

You can find more information on Hertz Nazaire and videos of his art process by visiting haiti.fm or kreyol.com on the web.

Hertz Nazaire [ naz ]

http://haiti.fm/nazaire

kreyol.com

nazaire@gmail.com

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BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

Be the first to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

http://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

Win two general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS:

1) ‘What year did Haiti gain it’s independence?’

2) ‘Name Haiti’s first president?’

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Blessed Benefit & Screening Party Featured Guest: Spoken Word Artist, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin| Bio

Michele Voltaire Marcelin

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin is a poet/writer, performer and painter who was born and raised in Haiti, sojourned in Chile, and currently lives in the United States. The publication of her first novel “La Désenchantée” (CIDIHCA, Montréal-2006) was followed by its Spanish translation “La Desencantada” and two other books of poetry and prose: “Lost and Found” and “Amours et Bagatelles” (CIDIHCA, Montréal-2009), both of which garnered rave reviews.

Her writings are also featured in a 500 page anthology of Haitian Literature by RAL’M, the French Revue d’Art, Littérature et Musique (2009). She speaks and writes fluently French, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

She has a BFA from the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at CUNY and a MS from The New School for Social Research.

She staged a one-woman show “Walking on Fire” based on Beverley Bell’s stories of survival and resistance of Haitian women at the Alliance of Resident Theaters; she performed at the Ubu Repertory Theatre as Marie-Ange in Simone Schwartz-Bart’s play “Ton Beau Capitaine,” directed by Françoise Kourilsky, in “The Vagina Monologues” production at The Brooklyn Museum, directed by Chuck Patterson, in director Raoul Pecks’ features “Haitian Corner” and “The Man by the Shore,” and in Patricia Benoit’s “Se Mèt Kò.” Other credits include Saroyan’s “The Time of Your Life,” staged by Robert Macbeth and Israel Washington, and “Comings and Goings” by Van Italie, directed by Rhea Gaisner. In February 2009 she played the role of the Republic of Haiti in “Entrées et Sorties,” Carmelle St.Gérard-Lopez’s play at the Producer’s Theater in NYC.

She has performed her poetry live with Buyu Ambroise and his “Blues in Red” Band, with Tiga and his group “Tchaka”, with Goussy Celestin’s all women Afro-Jazz group “Sekonsa”, in universities and clubs such as La MaMa Theater club, the Brecht Forum, Cornelia Street Cafe, the Segal Theater, Lond Island University, Howard University, and the United Nations.

Her paintings have been exhibited at the OAS Museum in Washington D.C., at the Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center and Broome Street Gallery in NYC, at the African-American Museum in Hempstead, L.I., and at the National Museum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin was featured as one of the poets of the NewsHour on PBS
(http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june10/poet_02-05.html)

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