Filed under: INTERVIEWS, MUSIC | Tags: 22, an, and, Eberhardt, from, interview, Isabelle, Le, magazine, Mazzoli, Missy, poisson, rouge, royce, song, the, Uproar, vavrek, with
Abigail Fischer and Now Ensemble and Aaron Roche performed SFTU at Le Poisson Rouge, Dec 2012
Song from the Uproar originally premiered at The Kitchen in Feb 2012 and was reprised at Le Poisson Rouge this past December with the NOW Ensemble and Abigail Fischer. Aaron Roche also preformed and video was shown from Stephen Taylor. The narrative of SFTU revolves around Isabelle Eberhardt, a gender defying Swiss explorer and journalist who kept extensive diaries of her extraordinary lifestyle in the 1800s. In the early 1900s she moved to Algeria where she wore the garb of men and called herself, Si Mahmoud Essadi. She married an Algerian solider, and was eventually killed by a flood in 1904, after an early assassination attempt. Creator Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek were interviewed about the project below.
The 22: What in Isabelle’s character do you identify with? What originally made her unique to you?
Missy/Royce: I identified with her inner conflicts, with this feeling that she was caught between eastern and western culture, between her desire to be with her husband and her need to travel endlessly. At a time when most of what we do is shared and recorded through Facebook, Twitter, etc, I was attracted to the fact that we really don’t know that much about Isabelle. We are left to imagine how she felt while these very extreme things happened to her.
22: Do you know much about how Isabelle’s conversion to Sufism effected her during that era? Is this what lead to her attempted assassination?
M/R: I know that the Sufi sect she was a part of did not typically include women – she was only invited into the group because she chose to live as a man. It was in fact the event that led to her attempted assassination; because she was a European woman she was a very visible member of the sect, and became a target for rival Sufis.
22: In the film you repeat images of a little girl and her father (who appears and disappears) and of a girl swimming and/or drowning. Tell me what those symbolic elements represent to you.
M/R: The films were made by Stephen Taylor – the little girl and her father represent Isabelle and her father, and the water imagery represents the flood that will eventually take her life. To me, the water also represents her life, this force that swept her along down an untrodden path.
22: Tell me a little about your costume choices (which have evolved throughout the shows), particularly Isabelle.
M/R: The costumes were made by our designer Alixandra Englund in consultation with the director Gia Forakis. We wanted to show a mix of genders and also a mix of North African and European influences. The pants reflect what was worn by African men at the turn of the century. The entire opera is actually Isabelle’s memory of what happened, rather than what actually happened – it’s a subtle but important distinction. By placing the work in the sphere of memories and dreams, we opened up the story to ideas and styles that don’t necessarily reflect reality in an accurate way. Isabelle’s costume is a perfect example of that – it’s a sort of dreamy, mis-remembered version of something she would have actually worn.
22: Isabelle seems to have a real kinship with death in the piece, “death moves his hands through me again,” “death is my joy, my happiness,” tell me what you or Isabelle meant by these lines?
M/R: Isabelle’s relationship with death is complicated and fascinating. She wrote about death obsessively in her journals and contemplated suicide at one point, but claims to not fear death because of her Islamic faith. In reality I think she did fear death (she was found drown in a flash flood with her arms raised over her head, as if fighting with the water) but more than that I think she feared being alone. When her family dies early in the opera she repeatedly sings “death moves his hands through me again”, and it is this pain that, in my interpretation, forces her to make the extreme choice of moving to North Africa to find a new life.
22: Through part of the opera, Isabelle is (quite enthusiastically) drinking from a bottle. Was she a big drinker?
M/R: Isabelle did enjoy her liquor and was a known smoker of kif, her liberal consumption of substances is widely discussed.
22: It’s particularly interesting that Isabelle was in a sense a political voice against french colonial rule, a dynamic that is relative today. It seemed her representation of both sides allowed her acceptance into the culture, but also created a great distrust of her. Can you talk a little about this?
M/R: I feel that Isabelle was actually on whatever side would help her most at any given moment. Yes, she was for the most part anti-colonial, but also worked for the French as a census-taker at one point. The impression I got was that she found more acceptance in North African culture than she did as a cross-dressing Arabic-speaking anarchist living in Geneva.
22: What appeals to you about turmoil, the “uproar” or Isabelle’s life? You seem to find both joy and sorrow in it, can you speak of both those elements?
M/R: Isabelle’s journals vacillate between supreme joy and a near-rock-bottom depression. We were really excited to create world that reflected these shifts in Isabelle’s outlook on life, which meant looking at things from both angles: how can so many elements of life cause great happiness and also suffocate you?
22: This piece, in my humble opinion, seems to be asking for interlocking narratives of other woman who broke through gender boundaries throughout centuries. If you were to do opera’s on female role models who might they be?
M/R: This is the first opera in a planned trilogy which will feature strong female protagonists of the 20th and 21st centuries. I will have more news as to the subjects of the 2nd and 3rd operas soon, but they are very much in the initial planning stages!
22: Tell me a little about your work with NOW ensemble and why you felt they were right for this piece?
M/R: I’ve been working with NOW Ensemble for the past five years, and have come to know those performers very well. I felt that the small size of their group, their diverse instrumentation, and their commitment to contemporary music made them a perfect match for this project. I also loved the fact that their ensemble had a piano and an electric guitar, instruments that I felt could anchor the music throughout the work, and could create a rich harmonic tapestry that I felt was necessary for the storyline. I wrote all of the music – the collaborative aspects pertained only to the interpretation of the work. I also worked extensively with the guitarist Mark Dancigers to work on the guitar effects (distortion, looping) for the work.
22: Tell me a little about working with Beth Morrison and how her choreography played a role in the piece?
M/R: Beth Morrison was actually the producer of the piece, the movement was developed by director Gia Forakis in collaboration with the singers through a methodology called “One Thought One Action” in which the text is broken down into micro-beats and gestures are created that become married to the linguistic units. Everything developed very organically, staging wise!
22: Tell me a little Abigail Fischer (Isabelle Eberhardt) and why you felt she was right for this piece?
M/R: I saw Abby perform in Nico Muhly’s piece “Elements of Style” and I was hooked. I could sense, even before talking to her, that she was a complete musician; she’s someone who is committed to understanding her roles in a profound way. She’s a cellist as well as a singer, and is a brilliant, inquisitive person outside of music. I knew I needed someone who could understand Isabelle’s dark side – someone who would be willing to read the journals, and someone who was willing to sound gritty and at times ugly, because that’s what the role demanded.
22: Why did you chose video to create a sense of atmosphere in a story that is meant to take place in the 1800s? Why did you chose to use pictures of more 1920-40s based families, what did they come to represent?
M/R: Here I’m speaking for Stephen Taylor, our filmmaker, but I’ll do my best! We wanted the films to reflect Isabelle’s memories and dreams, and didn’t want them to serve as simple background images within the set. Because we’re dealing with the language of mis-remembered events and surreal dreams, we did not feel bound to use footage from Isabelle’s lifetime. We instead chose to use film footage that gives the impression (to a 21st century audience) of “the past”, and settled on footage from the 30′s and 40′s. This choice also gave us a lot more variety when it comes to selecting footage, since there was very little film shot in the first few years of the 20th century.
22: In the end Isabelle is represented by a picture of a swimmer. Tell me a little about this interplay between the film footage and the character. What moment does it signify for Isabelle?
M/R:The opera ends with Isabelle’s transformation (on film) from a drowning woman into a high-diver. The footage is turned upside-down so it looks as if she is diving into the sky. This image has many potential interpretations – at the most basic level it represents Isabelle’s death and her ascent into that unknown world. To me, it represents her willingness to rise above the uproar and release herself from her tumultuous life. This is a piece that constantly walks the line between ecstatic joy and a dark, unfathomable sorrow. The image of Isabelle as a diver represents this fine line more than any other image in the piece.
Filed under: POETRY, WRITING | Tags: 22, a, art, artist, artists, arts, baton, brooklyn, desert, Jane, macavay, magazine, new, ny, nyc, orleans, poem, poet, rouge, writing
by Jane Macavay
If this were the desert,
a separate sea,
what then of that drum we left sitting on the bench that day in Tyman park?
Do you think it decayed?
then the bells?
Did anyone try to save it?
Left over: a feather, slick and a little greasy,
rested on the edge of that sad instrument,
trembling in a hasty breeze.
Jane Macavay is an musician and writer born in Baton Rouge. She now lives in New Orleans with her sister and three parrot’s. She has been published in various small reviews and magazine’s and her forthcoming book of poetry “If it’s not for Breaking, Is it for Smashing?” comes out in the Summer of 2013.
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Thu., January 26, 2012 / 6:30 PM
Excited to see Volume 1 contributors Threefifty Duo putting together a showcase for this Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge! Music for 1, 2, 3, and 4 guitars centers around the idea of pushing the limits of classical instruments and includes a roster of impressive and dedicated craftsmen. I asked Geremy Schulick to take a moment to talk about the performers and what they bring to the show. Check it out this Thursday at Le Poission Rouge!
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ARIAS WITH A TWIST @ABRONS ART CENTER.
September 14-October 16
Wednesday-Saturday | 8 pm
Saturday Late Show | 10:30 pm
Sunday | 7 pm
This updated version of the original deliriously madcap fantasy once again features the soaring song stylings of demented diva Joey Arias surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers under the direction of Basil Twist. Channeling lurid celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions, the adventure begins with an alien abduction and concludes with a stupendous Busby Berkeley-esque finale. Along the way, the throaty chanteuse belts out pop, rock and jazz standards in addition to some original tunes by Alex Gifford as Twist and company work their magic with vintage marionettes, anatomically correct puppets and fantastical scenic elements.
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BRIAN M. VIVEROS: RETURNING ART TO THE UNCLEAN @ LAST RITES.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 3rd, 7:00pm-11:00pm. Show runs Sept 3rd thru 25th, 2011.
Known for his strong and sensuous depictions of women, Brian M. Viveros is a master of contemporary iconography paying homage to the femme fatale. While he almost exclusively paints portraits, within the expressions of his women is conveyed such deep emotion and overwhelming sexuality that his work is undeniably erotic. Often without even a hint of nudity, the viewer is seduced with a mere pout and gaze from his subject’s faces.
In what will be Brian’s second showing at the gallery, the opening will feature an all new collection of original paintings, as well as special rare prints from the artist’s own collection; poster giveaway and signing; live “Smoking Army” performance; screening of Brian’s films along with his new short, and much more.
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Odysseus at Hell Gate Performance @Socrates Sculpture Park
RESCHDEULED: AUGUST 29, FROM 6PM UNTIL DUSK.
Processional Arts Workshop joins with local volunteers to transform Socrates Sculpture Park into a kinetic installation that explores the history of New York’s forgotten islands through the lense of Homeric myth. Integrating performing objects, micro-parades, and cyclical performances. Odysseus at Hell Gate pairs texts from the Odyssey with historic accounts of North Brother Island, Hart Island, Mill Rock, and other forgotten places in the city’s maritime shadowlands. Park visitors will assume the role of the homeward-bound hero, using fragmentary charts and haphazard guidance to navigate the capricious currents of New York’s complex island history, from potter’s grounds to pleasure parks to penitentiaries. There is no order or sequence, as characters appear and disappear throughout the park, leaving lost mariners free to wander through a shifting immersive narrative. Odysseus at Hell Gate runs continuously throughout the Park, from 5 to 8 PM.
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Sun, Aug 21, Red Lotus Room, Crown Heights, BK – address sent to RSVPs
5-7pm VIP patron salon and tea service, $30-300
7pm-12am party, $15, or with Dances of Vice Enchantment Under The Sea Dance (8/20): $25
Details & RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
VIP & combo tix presale: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/191788
Coilhouse: http://www.coilhouse.net | DoV: http://www.dancesofvice.com
Inclusive and elegant, weird and sincere, Coilhouse Magazine is “A Love Letter to Alternative Culture.” For four full years –both as a high gloss print publication and a daily-updated website– Coilhouse has served as a vibrant international hub for DIY expression and outrageous bohemian creativity. This will be the first full-fledged Coilhouse party in three years, the first NYC event in Coilhouse history, and an official birthday celebration.
Enter into a secret lush cabaret room deep in the heart of Brooklyn, to revel in live music, dance and circus performances and dance to rollicking sets from DJ luminaries. Aerialists…fire…projections… dadaist spectacle…surprises galore. Bid on silent auction items donated by Diamanda Galas, Molly Crabapple, Jessica Joslin, Paul Komoda, Jason Levesque & Xeni Jardin, Century Guild, Disinfo, PUREVILE!, Kate O’Brien, Nicole Aptekar, and Asha Beta: a splendid array of autographed prints and books, and one-of-a-kind art objects, as well as a full set of the out-of-print, highly collectible back-issues of Coilhouse. Plus, the first glimpse of Coilhouse Issue Six, and an opportunity to pre-order it at a discount.
Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, World Inferno) – Energetic, expressive, powerful drum virtuoso.Franz Nicolay (World Inferno, Hold Steady, Guignol) – Dashing moutsachioed multi-instrumentalist, composer, and the hardest working boho-accordionist in NYC. Kim Boekbinder (Vermillion Lies) – Genre-defying songstress of murderous waltzes and epic pop ballads via voice, guitar, looping pedal and a bag full of mystery. Thomas Negovan- Occult-tinged, erotic, 1920s cabaret songcraft. Kelvin Daly - Builder of unique musical instruments; mysterious and elegant performances. Theremina - Wistful, theremin-drenched ambient music to sway and swoon to. DJs: Wengrofsky - Scrappy and eclectic vinyl wizardry. PUREVILE! - Sets of new wave, dark glam, new romantic from the co-founder of DISKO NOUVEAUX.
DIMANCHE ROUGE: CALL FOR ARTISTS IN BROOKLYN, NYC USA
Sun, Aug 21
FREE EVENT !!!!!
From Meghann Snow: I have been asked to be the Coordinator of Dimanche Rouge in Brooklyn, New York. Dimanche Rouge will hold a special August edition consisting in street interventions in different cities. Dimanche Rouge invites the general public to take part from these street interventions as group performers. These actions will be filmed and streamed live online. Viewers will be able to watch the performances over the internet.Performances will be held on August 21st, 2011, at 7 pm, Paris time–other countries will match this time so that performances are held simultaneously. (Our NYC starting time is 1PM)
“Dimanche Rouge is an international experimental performance event based in Paris, France taking place every third Sunday of the month. Dimanche Rouge showcases a variety of performances including but not limited to multimedia, audiovisual, sound, graffiti, actions, dance, body art, and interventions. In addition, experimental performers whose work is not generally seen in art venues, such as masseurs, coiffures, cooks, knitters, tatoo designers, and jewelry makers are welcomed to participate and invite members of the public to carry out their performances.
However, with this being said! I am looking artists who would like to perform short works that are 1min – 3 mins long. This venue is an hour long and I would like to squeeze in as many people that I can. With this being said, I would like to put a restriction on the materials that will be used, meaning you can not make a big mess.These are short performances that will be “livestream via video” along with the other venues around the world who can see. Participating cities, PARIS, KIEV, SOFIA, UTAH, BROOKLYN, ZAPORIZHYA, SANTIAGO DE CHILE, WENZHOU in China, CASTLEMAINE in Australia, and others.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PART TAKING IN THIS EVENT, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and please put in the subject line “Dimanche Rouge #7 /Brooklyn (YOUR NAME). Please tell me what you would like to do, and a link for me to see your work.
And after you e-mail me with your work and confirmation, please feel free and fill out the Registration for performers. It is not mandatory but highly appreciated. Registration form
Thank you all for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon! If you should have any other questions please feel free to contact myself or Dimanche Rouge for further details at dimancheRouge@gmail.com
Sat., August 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM
We take it the ten parties in ten cities thing is pretty easy to understand, so here’s the deal with the secret headliners: each event will feature one carefully selected artist who we think has positively influenced the electronic music landscape over the past decade. Their identities will remain strictly under wraps until they take the stage. Up to that point, each one will be known simply as the X (see what we did there?).
For the US stop on our ten-part series, we take over Le Poisson Rouge, a live concert venue in Manhattan. With the live dynamic firmly in mind, the X has curated a line-up that combines Montreal Jazz Festival stars King Sunshine, a nine-piece ensemble that’s worked with everyone from Robert Owens to DJ Sneak, with master of all things soulful deep house Peven Everett, plus Mala, half of pioneering dubstep duo Digital Mystikz, and Japan’s DJ Masashi Nakazawa. The night will close with a performance by the X, an esteemed headliner whose identity will remain unknown until he or she takes the stage.
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Khaïra Arby (pronounced: Hī-ra Arbē), the Nightingale of the North, born in the village of Abaradjou in the Sahara Desert north of Timbuktu. Khaira’s parents came from different ethnic backgrounds, mother Songhai and father Berber. You can hear these cultures in her music; she sings in several languages. The instrumentation and rhythms are just as varied with electric guitar and bass, calabash, ngoni, traditional violin, and percussion creating a complex mixture of sound and structure. Some people compare the effect to the rhythms of the camel caravans crossing the Sahara.
The Brooklyn-based duo The Mast creates a propulsive and expansive sound featuring Haale’s layered, undulating vocals and hypnotic electric guitar riffs dancing with Matt Kilmer’s polyrhythmic drumming.
READ A REVIEW FROM MATT MOWATT.
Fernando Hereñu AKA PulpoCorporate @TACHE GALLERY.
Thursday July 7th, 6-9pm
July 7th – August 2nd 2011
Tache Gallery Opening Exhibition of Fernando Hereñú AKA Pulpo
Exhibition July 7 – 2011
” The argentinean artist Pulpo has been part of the Latin American creative scene for many years.
With his series, ‘Hidden Drawings’, Pulpo’s work is focused on the Childhood Trauma & Hidden Emotion
Fernando Hereñu makes some amazingly bizarre drawings, the kinds that make you feel uncomfortable and inspired at the same time. “
ARTIST PROFILE INFORMATION
Laura Ball: Animus @ MORGAN LEHMAN. July 7 – August 19, 2011
The Ladybug Transistor @KNITTING FACTORY
The Beets, James Ausfahrt (of Love Is All)
Wed, July 6, 2011
Doors: 7:30 PM / Show: 8:30 PM
Since the 1990s, the Ladybug Transistor has created formalist pop-rock albums with a dreamy, articulate sound that spans decades and genres. Anchored by Gary Olson’s organizing vision and restrained baritone, their music boasts intricate arrangements and soaring melodies that are at once modern and timeless.
This band’s narrative holds a rich history of heartfelt collaboration, tireless devotion, quiet and outspoken romance, new arrivals, unexpected departures, achy break-ups, and unspeakable loss. They have become agile at adjustment.
In 2007, the untimely passing of their beloved drummer San Fadyl left members Olson, Kyle Forester, and Julia Rydholm at an unimaginable loss, struggling with a prevailing sense of “What now?” At a time where moving forward felt possibly impossible, the band quietly gathered new recruits (Mark Dzula, Eric Farber, Michael O’Neill) and embarked on writing a new album with the memory of San squarely in mind.
The resulting effort is their forthcoming release Clutching Stems-a lush collection of potent refrains and brought-to-one’s-knees ballads. Set to an invigorated soundtrack of wave-pop arrangements, the songs detail stories of humbling heartbreak, profound longing, undoing distress, nagging regret, and coming-of-age awakenings. Olson’s lyrics express an overarching search to find one’s voice in the face of moments that knock the wind and words right out of a person.
This new line-up has found a distinct voice that honors diverse influences and the band’s own precedent sound. Clutching Stems assuredly underlines that while love can tear things apart, it can also capably mend them back together once again.
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I had always thought that the djembe was an instrument solely relegated to the living room of a stoned and nude Matthew McConaughey. To the sandal clad college kid; or perhaps set in the corner of some ecologically sound mansion as a decorative gesture of cultural awareness. It’s refreshing to have one’s stereotypes shattered. The Mast’s new album Wild Poppies -and their djembe- did just that.
The ethereal vocals of Haale, whose riffs conjure scenes of panoramic deserts, compliment the unfolding complexity of Matt Kilmer’s poly-rhythmic drumming (using not only the djembe, but also a frame drum a bass drum, a floor tom, and cymbals) and invoke a sort of blooming, colorful landscape of layers, organically grown. I think of a toned down Kills, a hyperactive (or perhaps simply active) Mazzy Star, a straightforward Blonde Redhead. In spite of these comparisons, and in a music world saturated with tuned glossy duos, The Mast has carved out a niche all their own, weaving together a sound both simulated and organic.
Song titles like “The Lake” and “Hummingbird,” and lyrics such as “gold dust of the sun has settled, brightens my mind,” or “rolling over the reeds, rolling over mounds of earth, from my head to feet, oh land, the grand masseuse,” reinforce the earthiness of the sound. Despite the fact that the cover art, a fractal image of poppies grown in the band’s backyard, invites the psychedelic, to label their music as simply psychedelic, electronic or rock/pop would be off the mark. Much like their self-proclaimed symbol, The Mast’s strength lies in its ability to merge the best of all three in symbiotic sound.
The Mast will play THURS, JULY 7, 2011 @ Le Poisson Rouge for the release of their album “Wild Poppies.”
ABOUT MATT MOWATT: Matthew Mowatt is currently working as a freelance editor and English teacher in Paris, France. He’s searching for publishers to accept his first finished novella and in the meantime, he seeks out musicians and writers for entertainment of the inspirational kind. He occasionally contributes to his own fanless blog (fairweather chronicles) when he’s licked by life.
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Reception May 20; 7-9pm
May 19, 2011 through June 19, 2011
NY Studio Gallery is pleased to present Al Wadzinski’s third solo show in New York. Wadzinski’s False Idols refer to the predominantly Judeo-Christian concept of idolatry, the worship of a physical object as a god. Here these carefully assembled icons are comprised of humanity’s abandoned cast-offs, the remnants of our bloated consumer culture now repurposed as inert fetish objects. The centerpiece of the exhibition revolves around a massive golden calf, referencing the Old Testament story, but this god-proxy’s body is a shopping cart filled with gold-painted bones, its undeniably bovine head an amalgam of odd parts ranging from boots to a Christmas tree stand. (READ MORE.)
LZ Project Space is pleased to present Convergent Evolution, a solo sculpture exhibition by Deborah Simon. Inspired by viewers miscatagorization of Simon’s animal sculptures, she began to group together her pieces along those lines – also known as convergent evolution. This exhibit contains both king penguins and northern fur seals, both animals that have arrived at seemingly alike solutions for locomotion despite coming from different and unrelated ancestries. Simon’s animals float between taxidermy, toy, and art object; their life-sized bodies represent hours of meticulous multi- processed work in the form of sewing, molding, and painting of their almost ethereal clay faces. (READ MORE.)
MAY 20–AUGUST 28, 2011
After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb’s deadly effect. President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The goal of the Survey’s Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first “Ground Zero.” The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the United States. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in the collection of the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is organized Erin Barnett, Assistant Curator of Collections. (READ MORE.)
8 – Duck That! w/Steve Norton/Angela Sawyer/Josh Jefferson.
Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots. The word duck (from Anglo-Saxon duce), meaning the bird, came from the verb “to duck” (from Anglo-Saxon supposed *ducan) meaning “to bend down low as if to get under something” or “to dive”, because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending (compare Dutch duiken, German tauchen = “to dive”). Duck That were once seen in the same room as Paul Whiteman, although they’d deny it if asked. Angela Sawyer, electronics and game calls, etc… Josh Jefferson, reeds and game calls, etc… Steve Norton, reeds and game calls, etc…
Then Starting at 9, The Super Coda welcomes Yva Lass Vegass, Tooth and Wail, and The Molasses Gospel! They are all touring together. Come Support!
For over a century, Carnegie Hall rented affordable studios to residents like Marlon Brando, Paddy Chayefsky and Isadora Duncan. As a privileged tenant himself, director Astor began to record his neighbors, witnesses to decades of artistic history. But when the landlord served everyone with eviction notices for a conversion to offices, his project became a chronicle of the battle to save the apartments and their rich heritage. (READ MORE.)
The Witch’s Dungeon
Cortlandt Hull with figure of his great uncle, Henry Hull, “The Werewolf Of London”
An illustrated lecture and show and tell with collector, artist, and proprietor of “The Witch’s Dungeon” Cortlandt Hull
Date: Friday, May 20th
Time: 8:00 PM
Part of Out of the Cabinet: Tales of Strange Objects and the People Who Love Them,presented by Morbid Anatomy and Evan Michelson
Friday, May 20th may be a dark and stormy night. Brave souls normally catch the coach at midnight from the Borgo Pass to access the lawless and far off lands of Bristol, CT, spoken about in hushed tones as the home of the Witch’s Dungeon. But on this rare occasion the stars have aligned and like the Baba Yaga’s chicken-footed cabin, the Witch’s Dungeon is coming to Observatory! (READ MORE.)
The Believer Presents QNA: The Art of the Interview
Celeste Bartos Forum, Saturday May 21, 1:00-3:00 pm. Free.
QNA: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW
As part of the New York Public Library’s centenary celebration weekend, the Believermagazine will host “QNA: A Roundtable Discussion on the Art of the Interview,” featuring:
- DICK CAVETT, legendary host of The Dick Cavett Show, which aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977 to 1982, and author, most recently, of Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.
- CLAUDIA DREIFUS, interviewer for the “Conversation with…” column in the Tuesday science section of the New York Times, former Playboy interviewer, and author of two books of interviews. She’s known for her unusual Q-and-A’s with heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, and quirky engineers. She was called by Dan Rather “one of the world’s great interviewers.” Her latest publication, with Andrew Hacker, is Higher Education?
- KENNETH GOLDSMITH, editor of I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, and author of the underground classic Soliloquy, an unedited, 487-page transcript of every word, um, and yeah that came from his mouth during one week of his life.
- LORIN STEIN, new editor of The Paris Review, the beloved source for some of the most in-depth interviews with writers published in the English language since the 1950s, collected in editions such as Writers At Work and The Paris Review Interviews series, he’s also the translator of Gregoire Bouillier’s The Mystery Guest.
There will be a short reading of a self-interview by the author and Saturday Night Live writer SIMON RICH, to be performed by actor PAULO COSTANZO, (of Royal Pains) followed by a presentation of playwright Darren O’Donnell’s relational theater piece, Q+A, in which the audience becomes both the interviewer and interviewee.
The event will be hosted by Believer interviews editors Sheila Heti and Ross Simonini.
This event is free but reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot via ShowClix, visit http://www.showclix.com/event/33344 or call 1.888.71.TICKETS.
More info: http://tinyurl.com/blvr-nypl-qna
May 18 – June 19 2011
Part two is more oriented toward cyclical issues of consumption and spectacle. It can be seen as the crescendo of the exhibition. Here, destruction assumes the more aggressive and dramatic character one might normally associate with it.
Among the works that more directly engage the question of consumption can be found Johannes Vogl’s absurd, homemade contraption Untitled (Machine To Produce Jam Breads, 2007) which produces pieces of bread with jam on them and thus addresses questions of overproduction and consequently waste. (READ MORE.)
Morgan Lehman Gallery is pleased to present, UNREST, a solo exhibition of new works by Andrew Schoultz. This is the artist’s third show with Morgan Lehman Gallery.
Andrew Schoultz’s UNREST stems from the artist’s continuing interest in issues of global turmoil and societal angst. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Japanese Earthquakes and the BP oil spill all fuel this new body of work. Rather than depict literal narratives of these events, Schoultz captures their essence using an ever-expanding arsenal of pictorial symbols. Billowing clouds of smoke create an “all-over” surface reminiscent of abstract expressionism and Op-art. These stylized clouds both unify the composition and veil the reality of the horrors depicted in the background. The obscuring impact that these clouds has on the images they hide may indicate the frustration Schoultz has with the partisan and misleading journalism the press has in disseminating information to the public. Other oft-repeated symbols include crumbling and exploding brick structures and monuments, the rearing horse, the all-seeing Masonic eye, and a lit candle set against green, yellow and red camouflaged backgrounds. The lit candle – a universal sign of hope and optimism-suggests that even in uncertain times the human spirit is nothing if not optimistic. These recurring symbols function as visual cues for a loose narrative the artist has constructed through previous bodies of work. Out of this narrative, Schoultz forms an historical construct that melds contemporary calamitous events with the broad sweep of Western civilization. (READ MORE.)
May 19 – June 25
I am essentially driven by libidinal and anti-normative desires, coupled with sensitive and concerted attention to materials and to the mechanisms of visual perception. The objects I create both resonate with heroic and cynical strains of object making and seek to undermine these very strains with humility and sincerity.
Each work or series of works is created as a compulsive reaction to the burn of being alive and the spilling over of emotions that accompany the dogged difficulty of managing life. I intend to create visual signs or experiences that approximate the shocks and waves of living.
David Levinthal: Black Again
May 19th to July 2nd
John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce our next exhibition, David Levinthal: Black Again. The show opens with a reception on May 19th, from 6-8pm, and runs through July 2nd, 2011. The exhibition is drawn from David Levinthal’s project Blackface, dating from 1995-1998, featuring blackface Polaroids and the original memorabilia, drawn from the artist’s personal collection, that are the Polaroid’s subject matter.
Levinthal’s collecting of black memorabilia evolved into Blackface, a stimulating and controversial body of work. The title, according to Levinthal, “makes reference to the many facades, poise and physicality of these figures.” The title is also taken from the name of a journal of a black film-making company and is a term referring to both blacks and whites. Traditionally associated with minstrelsy, these images were used to perpetuate negative stereotypes. Levinthal’s work was originally intended to be exhibited at Philadelphia’s ICA in 1997. However, the show was cancelled when it became a cause célèbre as a result of its controversial subject-matter. Subsequently, images from the series were exhibited at the International Center of Photography and at Janet Borden, Inc. in New York. This is the first time that the artist has exhibited this body of work with the original figurines and advertising that inspired the portraits. (READ MORE.)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
12:00 PM to 4:00 PMVideo screening in the first-floor Main Gallery and 3pm book signingwith Cary Loren.In conjunction with the new publication, Destroy All Monsters Magazine 1976-1979, published by Primary Information, MoMA PS1 and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers present a day-long screening of Shake a Lizard Tail, or Rust Belt Rump, a film created by the band for their 1996 Japanese tour. The film is a collage of horror exploitation videos, Detroit “Dance City” techno dancers, and late night WGPR television commercials of the 1980s. The commercials feature local Detroit landmarks such as Miley and Miley’s Shrimp Shack, the Club Watts Mozambique ladies club, and various funeral homes.
In 1973, the Detroit band Destroy All Monsters was a wild and reckless synthesis of psychedelia, proto-punk, heavy metal, noise and performance art. The collective hailed from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and consisted of Cary Loren, Mike Kelley, Niagara and Jim Shaw (with later members including Ron Asheton of the Stooges, Michael Davis of the MC5 and the Miller brothers of Mission of Burma). (READ MORE.)
Sun., May 22, 2011 / 7:00 PM
Gamelan Dharma Swara is dedicated to the study, performance and creation of traditional and new works for Balinese gamelan. Through performance and education, we bring Balinese gamelan to the widest audience and participant base possible, and we endeavor to perform with spirit, dedication and gratitude. We are a coalition of master Balinese artists and leading American composers, musicians and dancers. In residence at the Indonesian Consulate in New York, Dharma Swara regularly performs for a wide and multicultural audience in the greater New York City area. We have collaborated with Indonesiaʼs leading artists and have performed in the areaʼs top venues including: Lincoln Center, Asia Society, Japan Society, New York Philharmonic, the Met, Brooklyn Museum, Symphony Space, LaMama, and Columbia, Princeton, NYU and Yale universities. In 2010 the ensemble was invited to perform as the first non-Balinese group in the annual gong kebyar competitions at the Bali Arts Festival. (READ MORE.)
Click here to see an article on Gamelan Dharma Swara from the NYTimes
A green art workshop with artist and Hollow Earth Society co-founder Ethan Gould
Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society
Part one of a four-part series
Post-apocalyptic arts & crafts survival skills workshops, you say!? That’s right: Creative-making for the improvisational, post-industrial future (and present). When the apocalypse comes, these definitely won’t be the first things you’ll need to know… but they’ll be on the list! In this workshop series, learn how to make beautiful objects you’ll actually use out of materials that would otherwise go to waste. (READ MORE.)
3rd Ward’s Annual Birthday BBQ!
SUCKLING PIGS and OLD FASHIONEDS W/EGG AND DART CLUB
with two suckling pigs and assorted accoutrements by Sam Sherman and John Dawson (applewood, Blue Smoke) and variations on the Old Fashioned cocktail paired by Justin Lane Briggs (applewood, barbes, James, Marie Belle) plus a bit of live music from Quince Marcum and local beers for cheap! from 4pm – 10pm just $10 a head. (15 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn)
SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR CRITICAL RESISTANCE AND THE BRECHT FORUM
Some 40 years after uprisings at Attica and her own arrest, Angela Davis comes to Riverside Church in Harlem to build bridges around issues of austerity, prisons and global resistance. She will be joined in conversation by leading intellectual activists Ruthie Gilmore and Vijay Prashad. (READ MORE.)
A Conference of Works: MODE, METHOD, MEDIUM @ UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS
GIGANTIC MAGAZINE INDOORS LAUNCH PARTY AT 285 KENT
Rally to Save Our Seaport
The ships, collection and galleries of the Seaport Museum New York are a valuable and irreplaceable part of our proud maritime heritage as well as a unique educational opportunity for New York City’s youth. They are at now serious risk of being lost, dispersed or destroyed. The museum galleries have been closed since March. The 2011 seasons of the museum’s working vessels have been cancelled. We need your help to ensure these historic resources are protected and continue to be available to the public in New York City. (READ MORE.)