GAL APPROVED! BIPOC Doc At Boston Film Festival. Best NYFW Moments. PAC NYC Opening And More!

By   |   September 22, 2023   |   Gal Approved

Perelman Performing Arts Center Opening

With performances from Angélique Kidjo (pictured up top, center, with presenters Phoebe Robinson and Rosario Dawson), Amanda Gorman, Cynthia Erivo and more, and a dance in honor of the Lenape performed by Ghosts‘ star Román Zaragoza (pictured above, left), the Perelman Performing Arts Center was the opening of the year. Read all about it in this article our Divalicious EIC Delaina Dixon wrote for EBONY.

NY Fashion Week, Spring/Summer ’24

From NOLCHA and Latin Igntion to the Essence Fashion House, we saw what will be hot and trendy for next spring! We chronicled our NY Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’24 adventures on social media, so click any of the links above to see more!

Rise Above at Boston Film Festival

The 39th annual Boston Film Festival takes place September 21 through 24. One must-see film is the sports documentary Rise Above: The Journey to College Basketball, which chronicles three under-the-radar high school basketball players who are driven to make it to the next level. They are navigating the uncertainty of their futures when the COVID-19 pandemic impacts an already volatile recruiting landscape. Aided by their dedicated coach, who is motivated to get them noticed by college programs, these players must overcome injuries, the daunting recruiting challenges of modern-day college athletics and personal tragedies off the court, all to achieve a shared dream: to play college basketball. Sink into this coming-of-age, real-life tale. Virtual and live program ticket information can be found at the festival’s website:

Nicholas Kontaxis NYC Debut

The art showcase “I’m Just Like You,” from Greek abstract expressionist artist Nicholas Kontaxis, who creates vibrant, large-scale paintings with a riot of primary colors despite overwhelming obstacles, has premiered in New York City. The pieces in I’m Just Like You incorporate a multitude of layering applications. The 27-year-old artist uses a battalion of unique, idiosyncratic techniques and tools with a variety of media on massive canvases, rendering vibrantly colored works of art that ring with joy and optimism. The paintings have a sublime, contemplative effect created by Kontaxis’ persistent attention to pattern, texture and color. Kontaxis used several unique materials for these works, including sticks, bark, ash, spices, oil, crayons, linen and acrylic. This structured chaos lends itself to a hypnotic, visceral, captivating experience for viewers.

Photo credits: PAC NYC by Darian DiCianno/ Amanne Media

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