Tuesday April 06, 2010 | 09:15 PM

Mayo Street Arts was packed tonight for the lively opening reception of the Maine African Film Festival.

One of the party's big draws was the chance to meet and view the work of artist Lemi Ghariokwu, who's standing second from right in the above photo. He's smiling for the cameras with Charlie Calli, Keita Whitten, who hosts the Mama Africa show on WMPG, Kazeem Lawal, who's the executive director of the Maine African Film Festival, and Kai Bicknell. Lemi, who lives in Nigeria, is best known for the album covers he designed for musicians including Bob Marley and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Prints from these albums are on view at the arts center along with a number of original works in watercolor, ink and mixed media. The prints sell for $40 and the originals fall in the $1,000 range. His work - rich with social commentary and human rights messages - will be on view through April 10, which is also how long Lemi will be in town.

Another highlight of the evening was the African drumming and the "Africa Embraced" dance performance presented by the Marita & Friends dance troupe. The high-spirited performance capped off the party, and once it ended many people hightailed it to the Nickelodeon, where the festival's first film, "Sex, Okra & Salted Butter," screened at 7:30 p.m. The film shows again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The festival continues through Saturday night with screenings, panel discussions and Q&A's with directors.

If you want to see more photos from the party, be sure to pick up this weekend's Maine Sunday Telegram and check out the Scene & Heard section.


About the Author

Subscribe to the
Society Snapshots RSS

Avery Yale Kamila dishes about southern Maine's hottest parties.

Avery can be contacted at 791-6297 or akamila@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @AveryYaleKamila

Subscribe to the
Society Snapshots RSS

Previous entries

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012


January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.