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Support Your Local Artist Tour

Secret Walls, an art and entertainment brand, announces their first-ever Support Your Local Artist Tour. The tour will be a multi-city tour bringing renowned art pieces and design battles across North America. Each spot will depict different illustrations from the local talent followed by a head-to-head art scrabble competing for Secret Walls Glory. 

To kick off the tour, Secret Walls assembled a preview to give the guests a sneak peek of how the excursion would look in their art studio based in Korea Town. Right outside the locale, guests could browse some of the artwork from Secret Walls family and affiliates staged along the walls of the parking lot.

360 Magazine had the honor to speak to the creative director of Secret Walls, Jimi Zendrix. Jimi mentioned that he studied graphic design at Brighton University, but dropped out because of an opportunity that arose at a graffit art gallery in the UK. As creative director, he wants to continue to grow the secret walls family, and keep their status of being the biggest and best live art party. 

After indulging in the variety of food, attendees took their seats for the art battle. Usually the contestants are given a total of ninety-minutes, but for this press event they wanted to add a little pressure to the competition and only provide a thirty-minute time frame. The duel was one for the books. As the time came to an end, Joon the Goon and Allison Bamcat took the victory with their mural of a punk rock grim reaper. 

Secret Walls is taking things to the next level. Especially having partners like Moonwalk and Palm NFT Studio who are just as passionate about supporting the native talent in the harboring areas. To learn more about the Support Your Local Artists Tour, please visit www.secrewalls.world

ABOUT SECRET WALLS 

Founded in London in 2006, Secret Walls is the world’s premier live arts entertainment brand, where artists take a stage to show off their talent and compete to win. We exist to entertain fans, support local, develop artists and showcase the best creativity on the planet. We operate across the realms of physical and digital art – IRL + URL – and we are always expanding our universe in exciting new ways. 

ABOUT PALM NFT STUDIO 

Palm NFT Studio is a technology company that partners with leading artists, creatives, IP owners, and entertainment companies to onboard them into Web3 and NFTs. To date, Palm NFT Studio has executed “The Currency” with Damien Hirst and HENI, launched Pace Gallery’s metaverse platform Pace Verso, and delivered NFT programs in support of DC FanDome, Warner Bros. “Space Jam 2,” and “The Batman”, among others. Palm NFT Studio is also one of the contributors to the development of the Palm network. Palm NFT Studio was brought together by ConsenSys founder and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin; film producer and owner of Heyday Films, David Heyman; and founder of world-class art house HENI Group, Joe Hage. The venture is being led by co-founder and CEO Dan Heyman, former General Manager of protocols at ConsenSys. In December 2021, Palm NFT Studio announced a Series B raise of $27MM led by Microsoft’s venture fund M12, and including Griffin Gaming Partners, RRE, Third Kind Venture Capital, Sfermion, the LAO, Warner Bros., SK Inc., among others. Learn more: www.palm.io; Discord: Palm NFT Community; Twitter: @PalmNft 

ABOUT MOONWALK 

Moonwalk is the leading no-code NFT and Web3 platform for brands, creators and communities. Moonwalk’s platform is the easiest way to enable brands, creators, and communities to create their own branded Web3 economies. The Moonwalk platform drives engagement and revenue by interconnecting NFTs, social tokens and utility across a brand’s digital ecosystem, from social to content and shopping. Moonwalk’s core offering centers around branded Web3 wallets that enable users to interact with brands, purchase and unlock NFTs, and earn and use social tokens throughout the brand’s ecosystem. It also facilitates the creation and minting of NFT collections that enable communities to form and unlock content, access, and value. Moonwalk works with iconic brands in sports, music, media, and gaming. For more information, visit www.moonwalk.com

LITTLEJOHN STYLE

This Man’s Brand is a collection inspired by the timelessness and ubiquity of denim, infused with a bold aesthetic. Sheers, netting, and vinyl are juxtaposed with poignant strapping details, color blocking, unexpected pockets, collars & cuffs. Provocative exposed zippers and subtle rhinestones complete the look. Each piece was handcrafted by the designer to unleash the hero or rockstar in you! Marc Littlejohn is a native Angeleno, who has been inspired by his international travels as well as the western films that are rooted in Hollywood.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Fashion Director and Star Designer Marc Littlejohn has over 20 years of experience in the fashion and entertainment industry. He clothed the following celebrities: Beyoncé, Vivica A. Fox, Eminem, Queen Latifah, Shemar Moore, Courteney Cox, Vanessa Williams, Snoop Dogg and Tyra Banks.

He attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where he obtained his degree in manufacturing management and fashion design. This is where he learned to be well-balanced in all aspects of fashion.

After working on Michael Jackson’s final tour, and later on Cher’s farewell tour, he extended his creative stream to include costume design and photography. At the helm of 360 MAGAZINE, he has stylized and photographed numerous artists including Steve Aoki, Jasmine V, and TYGA.

He has worked in costuming and styling for international ad campaigns for A&E Network, Lifetime, the CW, and lent his wardrobe talents to the fourth season of Netflix’s Narcos.

Marc continues to build on his multifaceted career in the fashion industry, allowing his skills and experience in these diverse disciplines to guide his creative vision.

Photos: Aaron Tyler

LA Art Show

The LA Art Show is Back

By Yash Thadani, Krish Narsinghani

Los Angeles’ longest-running art show returned Wednesday evening, January 23rd. The exhibition was held at the Los Angeles Convention center in the heart of Downtown LA. Immediately upon entering the venue, patrons were presented with a red carpet walkway leading to the south hall ballroom that featured work from numerous artists from around the world. Installations from Takashi Murakami to Banksy were all at arm’s-length available to purchase. 

Venturing off to the back area of the hall guests were greeted by various vendors from DogHAUS to BuzzPop sampling their products. The event also had countless stands offering premium open bar services for the attendees. In addition, there was a lounge with embellished furniture and two champagne bars for VIP attendees. 

This 2022 exposition has also integrated cutting-edge forms of digital media such as NFTs to create a depiction of emotional and alluring experience for the audience. Johnny “KMNDZ” was one of the many artists breaking barriers of digital art with a collection of nearly 900 exclusive NFTs that premiered at the LA Art Show

A crowd favorite was a portrayal of The Joker and Batman in a boxing ring. In true artistic irony, Batman was beaten and confused with The Joker standing over him being the clear winner. It was a distasteful paradox showing that bad guys sometimes do end up winning. 

To top it off, the Off-White model and notably recognized international actress Kaia Gerber was the official host of the 2022 premiere party. As one of the largest international art fairs in the U.S. this occasion was the perfect place to view prominent artists and their work across a number of verticals including paintings, prints, sculptures and NFTs.

About the LA Art Show

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trendsetters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points.

Since 2015, LA Art Show has been a strong and unwavering supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® as it leads the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In 2022, St. Jude returned as the beneficiary with the LA Art Show donating 15% of all ticket proceeds to its life saving mission. The LA Art Show is proud to bring together St. Jude and the art community.

DJ illustration by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Angela Yee Day Event – Brooklyn, NY

Angela Yee – award-winning media personality and co-host of “The Breakfast Club,” the most-listened-to hip hop morning show in America – hosted the 3rd annual Angela Yee Day event in partnership with iHeartMedia New York. Officially designated as Angela Yee Day by the New York City mayor in 2018, August 28th serves as a celebration of Yee’s Caribbean roots and the local Brooklyn community she was raised in.

The free, outdoor community event was hosted at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn, New York with sounds by DJ Suave and DJ Norie as well as electric live performances from hip-hop and Caribbean artists Adrian Marcel, Alison Hinds, Erick the Architect, HoodCelebrityy, Motto, Naomi Cowan, Noah Powa, Romain Virgo, Shaneil Muir and Young Devyn. The fun-filled day also included games, free haircuts from Mimi’s Braids, an on stage Braid Battle, a U.S. Army career booth, and giveaways from Miss Jessie’s, Supreme Hair, The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop & Rap and more. Event sponsors included Chick-fil-A Tristate, Drink Fresh Juice, I Will Graduate Youth Development Program, Personal Touch CDPAP and VP Records.

About Angela Yee

Award-winning media personality Angela Yee currently co-hosts Power 105.1’s nationally syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club” as well as her own popular podcast, “Angela Yee’s Lip Service.” Most importantly, giving back to the community and providing access to culture, nutrition, financial literacy and education remains the core of all her philanthropic and entrepreneurial endeavors. Yee co-owns the Juices For Life juice bar in Brooklyn, New York, has a line of organic pressed juices called Drink Fresh Juice that is distributed in numerous grocers including Whole Foods, runs a nonprofit literacy initiative with WellRead, and recently co-founded Coffee Uplifts People (CUP) – a majority Black-owned coffee company with a brick and mortar location in Brooklyn, New York. With a two-decade media career and her finger on the pulse of hip-hop, culture and business, Angela Yee is indeed a multi-hyphenate in every sense.

About iHeartMedia New York

iHeartMedia New York owns and operates WAXQ, WHTZ, WKTU, WLTW, WWPR, WWRL, WOR and iHeartRadio Broadway, and is part of iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia, Inc. [Nasdaq: IHRT] is the leading audio media company in America, reaching over 250 million people each month. It is number one in both broadcast and digital streaming radio as well as podcasting and audio ad tech and includes three business segments: The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group; the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group; and the Audio and Media Services Group. Visit iHeartMedia for more company information.

Kygo x Zoe Wee Composite image shot by Johannes Lovund via Jamie Abzug at RCA records

KYGO × ZOE WEES – LOVE ME NOW

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a Kygo releases his new song “Love Me Now” ft. Zoe Wees. Listen HERE. “Love Me Now,” out now via RCA Records, is the follow up to Kygo’s most recent release “Gone Are The Days” ft. James Gillespie which was released in the Spring.

Says Kygo, “I’ve been a fan of Zoe’s music for quite some time, she’s insanely talented. We’ve been working on this one for awhile and are really happy with how it turned out. I think our fans are going to love it!”

Says Zoe, “It was really great working with Kygo! When we sent him our song idea he immediately came back to us with his first version that we all loved. His productions are so special – when you listen to his sound, you just know it’s Kygo! I’m so happy to be able to work with him.”

Kygo recently played his first live show back in front of a crowd, selling out the historic Red Rocks amphitheater in June. He recently announced, and then sold out within 10 minutes the biggest stadium in Oslo (Ullevaal Stadium) for a show scheduled for July 2, 2022. Kygo will be playing Los Angeles at the Bank of California Stadium on September 10 and continues his ongoing residency at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Additionally, through his lifestyle brand Palm Tree Crew, he recently announced their upcoming one-of-a-kind intimate festival experience, Palm Tree Music Festival taking place later this month on Sunday, August 29th at the Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, NY. The single-day event will capture the feeling of summer in paradise and will see performances by Kygo himself, Zedd, Gryffin (DJ Set), Frank Walker and Forester. Tickets are currently on sale now and are available HERE along with an exclusive apparel line.

2020 was a massive year for Kygo. He released a remix of Donna Summer’s Grammy Award winning, platinum, #1 song “Hot Stuff” as well as a remix of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” to rave reviews. He also released his critically acclaimed third full-length album Golden Hour which features his hit single “Lose Somebody” with OneRepublic as well as “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston, the latter of which has garnered over 1.1 billion streams worldwide and charted at Top 40 radio. Earlier this year Kygo performed a breathtaking set which was livestreamed on Moment House. Filmed on a snow-capped mountain top in the Sunnmore Alps in his home country of Norway, the one-of-a-kind virtual experience allowed audiences around the world to watch the global superstar deliver a career-spanning set amidst a breathtaking environment unlike anywhere they’ve seen him perform before.

BUY/STREAM GOLDEN HOUR HERE

Breakout star Zoe Wees released her debut EP, Golden Wings, on May 21 via Capitol Records. She was named Apple Music’s Up Next artist for April 2021, making her the first-ever German artist to be selected for the promotion. Wees launched her breakout single  “Girls Like Us” with an appearance on DJ Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 show. The track charted in the Spotify Global Top 200 and has been featured on numerous playlists worldwide, including Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits and Apple Music’s Today’s Hits in the U.S. With over 61 million U.S. streams to date, America is Wees’ #1 streaming market for “Girls Like Us.” Watch the official video HERE and listen to her new single, “Hold Me Like You Used To,” HERE. The five songs on Golden Wings have amassed over 200 million streams combined in the U.S. Wees, a YouTube Artist On The Rise, will launch her first-ever EU headline tour in March 2022. Tickets are available HERE.

*Photo Credit: Johannes Lovund

- Bluestrokes - artwork by Atanda Quadri Adebayo, Mamus Esiebo | Daniel Tetteh Nartey Moustapha Baidi Oumarou via GR gallery for use by 360 Magazine

– BLUE STROKES –

Atanda Quadri Adebayo | Mamus Esiebo | Daniel Tetteh Nartey Moustapha Baidi Oumarou 

Sept 9 – Oct 9

GR Gallery is pleased to announce – BLUE STROKES – a groundbreaking group exhibition showcasing multi-talented artists from different states of Africa: Mamus Esiebo, Daniel Tetteh Nartey, Atanda Quadri Adebayo, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou. This exciting show will reveal, for the first time in a public exhibition in the U.S. , the latest series of artworks that the artists have been working on for the past months. Appositely conceived for this occasion, this bold body of new works will independently invade the gallery space, contrasting and counterbalancing each other. The show will put together in total twenty original artworks, including paintings on canvas, works on paper and a print.

When: Opening: Thursday September 09 , 5:00pm – 8:00pm (Exhibition Dates: September 09 – October 9  2021). Members of the press can contact GR gallery in advance to schedule a private viewing and/or an interview with the artists before the exhibition is officially open. Reception will be held with no restrictions and drinks will be served. Visitors who want to attend the opening can RSVP by contacting the gallery.

Where: GR gallery,  255 Bowery (between Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002

Who: Atanda Quadri Adebayo (b. 1999, Nigeria) | Mamus Esiebo (Lagos Nigeria, 1985) | Daniel Tetteh Nartey (Ghana, 1991) | Moustapha Baidi Oumarou (Cameroon, 1997).

– BLUE STROKES – includes artists from Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon – all of whom have experienced and contributed to a rich history in local culture and personal heritage. Besides the shared extensive use of the blue tint and the technique used to apply it, the title refers to the color the sky and the sea, associated with freedom, elegance, inspiration, wisdom and the saturnine behavior that defines artists and keeps under control the powerful striking act of wrath. From the vivid imagery, immense balance of rich contrast, to a super concentrated explosion of color, every unique shade, texture and identity of the artists have been interwoven to create this unique exhibition. The artists hail from a variety of communities and homelands; their stories and embracement are portrayed on each piece of artwork that was specifically made to present their vision, their commitments, and their actual life.

-Featured Artwork is “Summertime”, 2021, digital painting on canvas 36 x 48 inches by Mamus esiebo*

 "Untitled", 2021, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm. (Moustapha) via BlueStrokes exhibit at GR Gallery for use by 360 Magazine

“Untitled”, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm. By: Moustapha Baidi Oumarou

"survival's gaze", 2021, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 72 x 61 in. By: Atanda Quadri Adebayo  via the -Bluestrokes- exhibit at GR Gallery for use by 360 Magazine

“survival’s gaze”, 2021, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 72 x 61 in. By: Atanda Quadri Adebayo

Illustration by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Resignation

By: Emily Bunn

Amidst searing scandal, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has resigned. Many have supported this decision after Cuomo’s many scandals came to light. First there were sexual harassment allegations, then a report exposed the Governor’s use of state resources to aid in the writing of his memoir. Cuomo was also pinned for undercounted nursing home related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. After that, tragically, even more sexual harassment charges against Cuomo were reported. The investigation in these charges has now been concluded to determine that he did sexual harass multiple women, violating state and federal law. Politically ostracized and facing the grim reality of impeachment, Gov. Cuomo decided to resign on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio remarked on Cuomo’s circumstance in a statement: “It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor. He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately.” Many politicos in New York have also agreed with Cuomo’s departure. Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks and Tom Suozzi issued a joint statement saying, “the time is right” for Cuomo to resign.

After this statement was issues, each of New York’s 19 congressional Democrats called for their governor to resign. A lawyer for two of Cuomo’s sexual harassment accusers, Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, added: “My clients feel both vindicated and relieved that Cuomo will no longer be in a position of power over anyone. Taking things a step further, some Democratic lawmakers are requesting for Cuomo to be impeached. The governor is currently the subject of an impeach inquiry in the state assembly, reports The Hill.

Taking this place is current lieutenant governor and Buffalo native, Dem. Kathy Hochul. In 2011, Hochul ran for a congressional seat in a special election, in a Republican leaning district between Buffalo and Rochester, NY. Hochul ran against Rep. Jane Corwin at the time and won by 47% of the vote. She held the seat until 2012. In 2015, she became the lieutenant governor and before that, spent more than a decade on the Hamburgh Town Board. Now, Hochul looks to set up into the political arena. Hochul, 62,  is set to become the first female governor of the state of New York.

Rodney Ramlochan image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

Rodney

Rodney Ramlochan is an executive, entrepreneur, and global business generator who has dedicated his career to empowering others, identifying strategic relationships, and building world-class organizations. Driven by his passion for technology, fashion, lifestyle, and culture, he serves as 360 Magazine’s global business manager. Rodney builds market position for 360 by locating, developing, defining, and closing business relationships with leading brands.

Alongside his role at 360 Magazine, Rodney serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dev-Byrne & Company, a national technology expense management firm serving premier clients ranging from global not-for-profits to Fortune 500 firms. He is a highly accomplished leader known for laser-like vision in formulating and executing cutting-edge strategies to achieve business goals.

Over the years, Rodney has held multiple roles within the business sector over the past two decades. As Vice-President and co-founder of an award-winning telecom auditing firm, he garnered an elite list of clients, taking the startup from obscurity to highly profitable in under three years. At Verizon, he oversaw large business units responsible for service delivery for enterprise clients.

Rodney completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with honors at New York University. He is a published contributing author who has written papers on service delivery and Total Quality Management. In addition, he has served on the Alumni Board Committee of New York University and the chairman of the board for St. Frances Cabrini Academy in Brooklyn, NY.

Illustration by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

Teatro Nuovo’s The Barber of Seville

By: Emily Bunn × Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery x Sydney Mayer

On Wednesday night, 360 Magazine had the pleasure of viewing Teatro Nuovo‘s The Barber of Seville. While we were originally visiting Chicago on assignment, after finding out about this monumental production, we knew it couldn’t be missed. We immediately dropped what we were doing and used our Amtrak monthly pass to dash to Damrosch Park in New York City.

Our experience was impressive from the start as soon as we entered the space. Damrosch Park is part of the Lincoln Center complex nearby Fordham University Lincoln Center. It includes the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim outdoor bandshell in the greenspace’s center. The park encompasses the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater), and Philharmonic Hall (later Avery Fisher Hall and now David Geffen Hall).

The opera buffa invited in guests with a whimsical atmosphere of musical merrymaking. This classic two-act opera, originally by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini, was developed into a cutting-edge interpretation by Teatro Nuovo–Italian for the new theater. The expansive stage, which included a backdrop with soft, rosy clouds, was decorated with a cast of performers donning black-tie apparel. The rostrum was well-lit and easily viewable from all angles of the venue.

The enchanted lighting cast a sultry wash of deep blue hues over all the guests in attendance. Opera enthusiasts of all ages were present for one of the first shows since lockdown. Joining us were people from all ages, races and walks of life: biracial couples, youthful gay couples, and arts aficionados who appeared to be well into their 90s. This sensual, post-pandemic moment of calm finally brought New York’s community of playwrights, musical lovers, and opera fans together yet again.

This marvelous production of The Barber of Seville has surely been long-awaited by many – a worthy cause for celebration. Still, Teatro Nuovo employed all current CDC guidelines. Similar to the seating at fashion shows, guests were organized into pods of two people. Security guards were also present at the venue to enforce these restrictions.

The orchestra was unbelievably incredible, climaxing to a crashing cadenza that captivated the entire audience. Impressively, the conductor of the show also played violin. The cast was headlined by mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig. She was joined by the Figaro of Bass, Hans Tashjian, and the Almaviva of tenor, Nicholas Simpson. The three artists are additionally accompanied by soprano Alina Tamborini as Berta, bass Daniel Fridley as Don Basilio, and baritones Scott Purcell and Kyle Oliver as Bartolo and Fiorello, respectively. All of the singers had impressive skill and exhibited raw, uninhibited talent. Their on-stage vulnerability lent for an impassioned delivery which was impactful to all who were lucky enough to hear it. Bellowing vocals swelled the venue with their prolific pipes.

The opera included an intermission, which kindly allowed for guests to relive themselves and enjoy the provided refreshments.

The classic tale of this passionate love story enraptured the audience of emotional fans. 360 Magazine had goosebumps and became teary-eyed at the sublime, awe-inspiring rendition. The vibrant energy of love made one of our team members wish that their parents were still alive to witness this event. This romantic, operatic show was reminiscent of a foreign film gone wild. Fortunately, sub-captions were included.

Teatro Nuovo’s production of The Barber of Seville was truly the performance of a lifetime. 360 Magazine can now joyously cross seeing this spectacular show off of our bucket list.

A standing ovation for Teatro Nuovo’s The Barber of Seville can be viewed HERE.

*Photo credit: Steven Pisano

Teatro Nuovo Barber of Seville Photos via Christina Bianco, credit Steven Pisano for use by 360 Magazine

Kyle Olliver (Fiorello), Teatro Nuovo chorus. Photo Credit: Steven Pisano. Teatro Nuovo Barber of Seville Photos via Christina Bianco, credit Steven Pisano for use by 360 Magazine

Hans Tashjian (Figaro), Hannah Ludwig (Rosina), Nicholas Simpson (Almaviva). Photo credit: Steven Pisano. Teatro Nuovo Barber of Seville Photos via Christina Bianco, credit Steven Pisano for use by 360 Magazine

Hannah Ludwig (Rosina), Nicholas Simpson (Almaviva). Photo credit: Steven Pisano.

Book illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

NY PopsUp × An Evening of 100 Boyfriends

NY PopsUp, the statewide initiative designed to celebrate and reinvigorate the arts in New York, is proud to present An Evening of 100 Boyfriends, curated by Whiting Award-winning author, Brontez Purnell. The one-time-only event, featuring readings from Purnell’s critically-acclaimed book, 100 Boyfriends, will be held at MoMA PS1 on Friday, July 30 from 5:30 – 8:00pm ET. To sign up for FREE tickets, please visit the MoMA website

The cast for the FREE readings will include, Jackson Howard, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Khalif Diouf, Max Steele, Cakes da Killa, Elliot Reed, Savannah Knoop, Wonza Johnson, Saxton Jay Walker, Adam R, ThugPop, Ty Mitchell, and Quinn Roberts.

A novel-in-stories that doubles as a “symphony of sex, trouble and wisdom,” 100 Boyfriends is a smart, shocking, and devastatingly funny spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men desperately fighting – and often losing – the urge to self-sabotage. Purnell’s characters solicit sex on their lunch breaks, expose themselves to racist neighbors, sleep with their coworker’s husbands, rub Preparation H on their hungover eyes, and, in an uproarious epilogue, take a punk band on a disastrous tour of Europe. They also travel to claim inheritances, push past personal trauma, and cultivate community while living on the margins of a white supremacist, heteronormative society.

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children’s book, and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down. The recipient of a 2018 Whiting Writers’ Award for Fiction, he was named one of the thirty-two Black Male Writers of Our Time by T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, a cofounder of the experimental dance group the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, the creator of the renowned cult zine Fag School, and the director of several short films, music videos, and the documentary Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock. Born in Triana, Alabama, he’s lived in Oakland, California, for more than a decade.