Astey Ladies!

So glad that things like this are finally happening. A dream come true. Been working on “Project Bring Abhijit Chowdhury to Drexel” since 2019. I’d invite you all but it’s only for our Westphal Film & TV students. Abhijit, Drexel University’s first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, will be screening the first 3 episodes of his (writer-director) hit streaming series Astey Ladies!, known in some Indian markets as Salon de Paris, followed by a Q&A moderated by yours truly.

I first met Abhijit while acting on the set of his film Manbhanjan in 2019 while I was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India.

UPDATE 11/18/23:

Abhijit and me during the post-screening discussion.








“City Symphonies” in Kolkata

Kolkata friends, I hope you’ll consider stopping by The British Council‘s Kolkata office this Friday 9/15 at 6pm for a screening and discussion of the great documentary filmmaker and professor Subha Das Mollick‘s beautiful documentary “City Symphonies” @ 16 Camac Street.

Don’t Miss Lisa Cain in NYC

My good friend Lisa’s show opened this week in NYC at the Heath Gallery. She’ll be there for the official opening this Saturday 4/8 from 1pm-6pm. I’ll be there visiting for part of that time. Hope to see you there.

Viola Davis famously owns one of Lisa Cain’s paintings, similar to the one above, as featured in Architectural Digest. Two of her paintings are featured in the Denzel Washington-directed A Journal for Jordan and they appear on two Netflix shows.

Listen to Lisa’s interview on WNYC’s show All of It (hers is the first segment) at

I’m proud to own four of her paintings myself.

Heath Gallery presents a new show by Lisa Cain “Home”, at 24 West 120th Street, Harlem, New York, in association with Rafael Gallery.

The exhibition has been curated by Wade Bonds. The exhibit will be on view April 1- 23, 2023 with the opening artist’s reception set.

This is Lisa Cain’s first New York City exhibition. Lisa Cain, Ph.D., is a celebrated folk artist, neuroscientist, anatomy professor, and award-winning educator and administrator from Canton, Mississippi. 

The exhibit will feature a stunning collection of Cain’s figurative folk art and collage, highlighting Cain’s deep connection to the small-town African-American community in which she was raised. 

Cont’d at Harlem World magazine.