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Blerdy Events: Fall 2019 Art, Food & Music Aurora Festival

Beautiful art everywhere!!


This past Saturday evening Aurora Studios and Gallery opened its doors to host its first ever Art, Food, and Music Festival. The open art show featured a number of local artists and photographers showcasing their amazing works; including a personal friend of mine the beautiful Irene @bedroomstrokes.

Aurora Studios and Gallery is a cozy and charming art gallery nestled in the Heights area of Houston. As soon as we walked into the building we were immediately engulfed in the vibes and energy of the show. With the purchase of a very reasonably priced ticket we were able to enjoy beautiful works of art, music, drinks, and delicious food. The live music was playing at a perfect volume in the background as we walked through the thick crowd of people to view the art and of course, make our way to take advantage of the open bar. The line for a drink was a bit long when we went, but moved fast and was well worth the wait as our bartender was absolutely awesome, making our drinks with a loving and heavy hand.  As we sipped on our rum with a splash of mixture we walked through all areas of the gallery as every single room and any wall with space featured art.

My favorite piece of the night has to be a painting by @bedroomstokes called Infinite, a piece that called my name from its spacing on the wall. It was the whimsical purple in the background, the shape of the woman portrayed, and the DNA strand breathing from her lips; I couldn’t help but to be intoxicated by the beauty and soul she put into this painting. The amazing factor about this art show is that each artist was incredibly unique and distinctive in their style. Even with all of the art that was displayed, and it was a lot, there wasn’t two pieces that looked the same. Each piece that was displayed gave you a different feel and thought process attached; each piece had the ability to make you gaze twice.

It was definitely a great night with amazing energy and mesmerizing artwork. I would definitely attend another event at this gallery and by this host. Don’t worry if you missed out on the event you can still view the artwork for up to a month at Aurora Studios and Gallery. I hope to see you at the next blerdy event!

 

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October Blerdy Events

October Blerdy Events

Its ya blerds bday month!!!!


AND ITS ABOUT TO GO DOWN ALLLL MONTH LONG.

I am closing out my 30th year around the sun and I am so excited for the different events and outings that await me. Houston is full of culture and things to do and I plan on doing something EVERY weekend counting down to my born day. Here are the blerdy events for the month of October that you should be bringin ya ass to, and maybe I’ll see ya ass out there. J

October 5th – Fall 2019, Art, Food, and Music Aurora Festival

This art show is set to feature many amazing local artists, including the beautiful and talented @Bedroomstrokes. With the purchase of a $12 ticket you can enjoy magnificent and thought-provoking art selections, enjoy a assortment of free food, as well as get decently tipsy at the open bar. For me, they had me at beautiful art and open bar. I am hoping to start my birthday month as artistically as possible.

October 12th – BLCK Market Houston

The BLCK Market Houston brings different vendors of color in all ways, shapes, and forms to one place for patrons to take advantage of. Its environment is filled with creative culture and tons of different forms of products to experience. As opposed to simply going to the new big ass HEB to shop or a colonizer inspired farmers market, you can fill you time staring at vibrantly inspired products.

October 19th – Jamels Top Secret Dance Fitness – Ride, Shake, Sweat Tour

He’s coming back to H-town b*tcheeeessss!! Get ready to shake your ass off…literally!! Jamels dance class is ALWAYS a good time. I love to dance…it’s like a second love to me next to writing and particularly hip-hop. His dance class is as entertaining as you can get, and it is highlighting the most enjoyable section on hip-hop dancing…yes I’m talking about twerkin’, poppin dat ass. And it’s gonna be a lot of ass shaking in this class, trust.

The following weekend….is my birthday weekend!!! AYYYYEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

And idk exactly what I’m going to fall into, but I know it’s going to be fun and have something to do with Halloween! I have the need and deep desire to wear a costume and get very fanciful so you’ll just have to stay tuned to see what ya blerd decides to do. However, the events mentioned above are a perfect way to bring in my new year around the sun. A year that is sure to be filled with adventure, beauty, and all types of good times.

 

 

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A Blerdy View: Self-Love Saturday Mixer

An afternoon filled with good energy, blissful vibes, and true self adoration. That is what we experienced this weekend at our premier Self Love Saturday mixer.


My heart was bursting as different women stopped by and took a moment to declare their love for themselves. Filling their cups with wine and eager to dive into the different activities garnered towards building their self-love. We wrote the beautiful truths about ourselves, laughed over our struggles, and we took one-step closer to truly acknowledging the greatness within ourselves.

One of the many truths that our mixer helped me to recognize is that everyone is in need of some self-love time. @Millispeaks, @JelisaTheWriter and I were fortunate enough to be the muses behind this self-centered event. Launch Houston, a versatile boutique nestled within the George R. Brown Convention Center, opened its doors as the setting for this truly magnificent self-love adventure. We started with just one table and quickly realized that the desire to spend some self-love time affected more than just a few people. Partakers took advantage of the opportunity to declare their love for themselves and participated in every single activity that we had prepared. Activities that included journaling opportunities, as well as writing a love letter dedicated to you from you detailing your magnificence as only you can.

As we chatted over drinks and self-love activities, we realized just how necessary self-love really is. It is essential for us to take self-love time in order to find happiness in our lives. We declare our love for anything and everything else; we display publicly our devotion towards our religion, spouses, and even employers as we head to work each day branded with our companies. However, with all that declaration we still have a difficult time declaring our love for ourselves. We created this event so that anyone passing by would be able to stop in and participate in a few loving gestures for yourself, even if the participation was only for a few minutes. However, once you start loving on yourself it becomes challenging to pause that admiration, and we learned that more opportunities to let self-love shine is needed for all. We will definitely be hosting more of these events so stayed tuned for how you can take advantage of some self-love time, and learn a few activities to continue loving on yourself each day.

 

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Blerdy Event Review: THE OUTLET PROJECT PRESENTS – It’s Not Baggage, It’s Your Blessings Social Awareness Mixer

TheOutletProject_ held an event meant for expression. A form of expression on a topic that is often times overlooked or unnoticed when in reality it should definitely be considered more.


This was a talk dedicated to mental health and the awareness of suicide. As opposed to this discussion leading to tears of sadness it produced tears of release and acceptance; knowing that whatever feelings you have are ok and can be shared.

Participants at this great event definitely got more than they bargained for with this Social Awareness Mixer. We started the night with an opportunity to greet and connect with one another other. We were able to walk around and marvel at the different vendors with their products displayed, and have a drink or two to prepare ourselves for the conversation. The drinks were crafted by Miss Shayla and her @sophisticated_cocktails, and she made them strong enough for you to feel it after just one cup. The food was catered by the always delicious BreakNBred BBQ. If you are ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat this delicious BBQ and BBQ sauce please take it; don’t deny yourself the pleasure.

Speaking of taste-bud pleasure, I cannot forget to mention Mama’s Girl Custom Creations with her artistic treats and cookies. I went home with a bag of her chocolate chip cookie bites, a perfect sweet and savory escape after a night of deep discussion. Of course, more than our tummies were fulfilled at this gathering. Other vendors included, Liberation Natural Skin Care & Aroma Therapy seducing senses and making love to skin, as well as Lonez Scents.

The discussion itself was held by a panel of Black Excellence sharing their own struggles and truths with mental health. The panel included Dr. Thomas J. Galliguez @therealdrthomas, the director of The Outlet Project Adrian, and licensed therapist and personal counselor/sister Dr. Ebony Blue. The panel paved the way for discussion on the deepest parts of our emotions, and gave the audience a chance to let the thoughts that they desperately needed to share out in a safe place. A safe place because everyone was open to everyone sharing their thoughts, asking their questions and most importantly speaking their truth.

It was a room full of African Americans adults, both younger and older, speaking openly about mental health and the importance of us sharing. Sharing our hurts and pains because it is essential for overcoming trauma and getting stronger. We can never hope to move on from pain if we are never able to face it. The most important message of the night was for us to learn how to look forward to therapy. My counselor said it best, making it to therapy is a milestone that ought to be celebrated and glorified. Not something to be ashamed of in any way. I hope that we as a community can have more discussions such as this one, and normalize dealing with trauma as opposed to ignoring it away.

Thank you @TheOutletProject_

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Blerdy Events for the Month of September

It’s ya blerd back again with some events you must attend! (I didn’t mean to rhyme but yea lol). Let us begin our Fine Gurl Fall off right with events garnered to build self-love, pamper ourselves, and have a little fun.

September 8th – Play Reading Delivery by Jelisa Jay Robinson

Usually, I only post events here in my hometown of H-town, however this particular event has so much raw talent that I had to share. My friend and name-twin Jelisa Jay Robinson (@JelisaTheWriter1) is reading one of her original plays, Delivery, at Texas State’s Black and Latino Playwrights festival in San Marcos, TX. It is sure to be a beautifully written play, and a very inspirational read. If you are lucky enough to be in the San Marcos area and can catch this Queen read her play…MAKE SURE YOU DO SO!!

September 14th – Self Love Saturday Mixer

I have definitely been on a devoted Self-Love vibe lately, and this event is going to help me continue that movement. The Self-Love-Saturday Mixer is dedicated to you spending some time with you! Keep your relationship with yourself strong by participating in different activities to promote self-love, efforts that you can repeat from the comforts of your own home to continue loving you. Also, ya blerd will be in the building helping with these activities and helping to promote self-love, so come out and join the love!

September 14th – 15th Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo

This expo is full of #blackgirlmagic and just an all around female power glow! At this outing you will be presented with amazing guest speakers such as the always lively Keke Palmer, the iconic MC Lyte, and the beautiful Toya Wright. This event also gives you a chance to really pamper yourself with shopping, tasty food, and really good conversation. Grab your girls and join in on a really queendom event.

September 21st – Trap Wine Fest

Over 20 different wines and trap music playin in da mix; that definitely sounds like my kind of night! The Trap Wine Fest is combining your love for wine with your love for trap and providing a night full of tipsy fun. There will also be local chefs for sustenance while you drink and fun games and activities to get you through the night. I think this will be a good way to continue the self-love vibe, by treating yourself to some real fun.

So there we have it, a few events for the month of September to keep you occupied while you grind. Nothing too crazy or intense, just a few events to get your juices flowin for Fine Girl Fall. The feeling of “fine” must come from the inside first, that’s where a true lasting glow originates, from the inside and glows so bright that it shines on the out. Hope to see you at each of these events!

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Blerdy Events for June

The city of Houston has SO MANY culture rich activities for us blerdies to enjoy. Check out my list for this month of just a few events H-town has to offer this month.


  1. Cotton &Cornrows – June 7th

Poetry, spoken words of realness, black people magic all around; that is what can be expected from this event. Cotton & Cornrows is featuring an amazing author, poet, and new friend Millicent Campbell with her debut poetry book Cotton & Cornrows. Her performance is guaranteed to be riveting, the art is sure to be breath taking, it is the perfect event to bring in your weekend in an oh so artistic way.

  1. 2019 Houston Reggae Fest – June 8th

I know it is gonna be hot as hell, but I would still be ready to attend Houston’s Reggae Fest and soak in all the culture and good vibes I can. This event will feature artists from all over, vendors to make you spend your coins, and authentic Jamaican and Caribbean food. Sure, it’ll be hot, but you’ll walk away with an amazing experience, happy taste buds, and memories of a good time.

  1. Anime Matsuri 2019 – June 13th – 16th

With the goal of bringing color into the world the Anime Matsuri is the place for all blerds, geeks, dreamers, and creativity seekers alike. This annual Anime and Japanese culture festival is one that is fanciful and family friendly. The entire family can enjoy the culture rich experience and ignite their imaginations for the summer.

  1. Afrobeats Block Party – June 22nd

Artists, vendors, Djs, culture heavy, vibrant glow, and a plentiful amount of black people magic. Diversity overload with this event of dance music and culture. Me, myself unfortunately will not be able to attend because I will be in a wedding. But if I wasn’t I’d be all up in this thang, diving head first into the culture.

So there it is my blerdy events for the month of June. Houston has plenty of culture rich and inspiring events to engage yourself with this month. Grab an artistic soul-mate, friend, lover, or whomever and experience this Htown culture first hand!

Missed Out On:

The month of June is packed with blerdy shit to do! I missed out of these events, but had to shout them out for their awesomeness.

H-Town Pancakes & Booze Art Show – June 1st:

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show bring vibrant art choices around the country, and this year celebrating 10 years of artistic magic featuring several Houston artists including @ucantdrawjohnny and @bedroomstrokes just to name a couple.

WriteFest Houston – WriteSpace – May 27th – June 2nd:

Every year WriteFest takes place in Houston and features so much inspiration for up and coming writers. I will definitely try my best to make it to next year’s festival; it’s a great opportunity to build writing knowledge and meet fellow writers.

Make your inner blerd happy by participating in at least one of these events, and be sure to check out my page next month for more events to take advantage of.

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Thanks for reading! Live well, prosper, and all dat sh*t!

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RAW Artist Awesomeness

The RAW Artists of Houston presented the REFLECT show at the House of Blues this past Wednesday and it was truly a paradise for all forms of artistry.


So much amazing talent floating around in the room from artists, to jewelry makers, musicians, dancers, writers, all types of creative magic. This was my first year attending, but it will definitely not be my last.

I was invited to this artist utopia from a good friend and fellow writer Jelisa Jay Robinson @JelisaTheWriter. Even though she was performing and the artist that I came to see, even she was shocked at the magnitude of people that showed up to support and take in the awe of all the magnificent displays of artistic treasures. JelisaTheWriter specializes in writing plays, poetry, as well as spoken word. She blessed the stage with one of her spoken word pieces and eluded black girl magic with every word. She joined a host of other performers including a rapper, singing duo, and a dance team just to name a few. The performances were truly inspiring and kept the crowd engaged and moving as we took in each of the different display booths.

Black girl magic was a reoccurring theme throughout the show, not just limited to on stage performances, but to artists on the ground as well. I fell in love with the work of one artist in particular, Ms. La Monica Robinson, with Creative Minds AL you can follow her work on her Instagram @2hip_hurrayyy. Her work is vibrant, and grabs your attention from first glance.  She displayed multiple paintings as well as prints and different items she had imprinted with her paintings (including a pillow that I’m praying the universe will send my way as a prize for her raffle).  Also adding to the collection of black girl magic was the jewelry guru and beautiful Queen @Locnesshippie. She had different pieces of jewelry and gems that were simply breathtaking. There were enough treasures on her table to make you feel and shine like the queen that you are. So many different booths, so many different artists, and each one had something amazing and unique to offer on their table.

REFLECT was definitely a show filled with beautiful artistic hidden treasures and budding talent. Each performance and each booth contained something special that you will not find anywhere else. RAW Artists Houston and The House of Blues created an ambiance that promoted underground artistry at the most beautiful level. Make sure you attend their next show!

Thanks for reading! Live well, prosper, and all that sh*t!

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Night of The Incredible Art Gallery

This past weekend The Incredible Art Gallery showcased the paintings of an amazing artist Christopher Clark #christopherclarkart.


A free Harry Potter art and exhibit show in Houston is not likely to be overlooked by such a potterhead as myself, but this art show also satisfied wide range of character appreciation from a number of different stories. Attendees were able to see beautiful paintings dedicated to the Harry Potter family and Hogwarts, but we were also astonished by paintings embodying many favorite characters from Star Wars, Marvel, DC comics, and even Disney.

I attended the art show with a fellow blerd and heaux @sleeping_beauty_21, and we were excited from the moment we saw the Facebook post promoting the art show all the way to its completion. The event was held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Houston Westway Park, and the hotel staff was welcoming and joyful throughout the duration of the event. The Incredible Art Gallery was a three day long event and we had the pleasure of viewing the art show on its opening night Friday. There was a great turn out for this event, a large number of nerds, blerds, and geeks showed up to view the amazing art. We received a complimentary painting just for attending and we were also offered themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including Butterbeer! Of course, the heaux and I opted for the alcoholic beverages to carry us through the display of art work.

The artwork itself was absolutely breathtaking; so many people were walking around making the same comment, “Oh how I wish I could buy one of every painting!” So much detail was displayed in these paintings with prints valued at $40 each and canvases ranging from $125 to over $1,000, and they were worth every penny. The man of the hour Christopher Clark was also in attendance personalizing artwork for fans before they left the event.

All in all The Amazing Art Gallery succeeded in a creating a wonderful art show. Attendees were greeted with creations from a talented artist, tasty beverages to enjoy, and a welcoming venue. The next art show is sure to be just as satisfying as this one and I cannot wait to see what creations will be displayed next.

Thanks for reading! Live well, prosper, and all that sh*t!

*every postcard also has the option for purchase in larger print or canvas! 🙂

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