The 22 Magazine


I Keep a List of What I Must.
October 9, 2012, 10:50 pm
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by Christopher Citro

 

By the bed and last thing at night, first thing

in damp daylight, I consult. On rare occasion

I might add. Making love in the long grass

near the river, a vulture’s shadow crept across

her face while I was in the middle of it,

and I looked away. That went near the top.

Those afternoons with everything crashing

around me, watching through café windows—

when I stepped outside, the smell of wet streets

and dripping trees. I did not inhale enough.

Years later, trying to recall it is like reading

through water. So I’ll have to forgive myself

for that, for letting the domino rally lull me

asleep. I saw a woman on the street yelling

at a man who did not step back. He opened

his arms, I’m a lover not a fighter, and hugged her.

Both drunk as September. Most of October,

me forgiving myself for being surprised.

Christopher Citro’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Salamander, Cream City Review, Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review, The Minnesota Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He is a past recipient of a Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for poetry. Recent broadsides of his poetry are available from Architrave Press, Broadsided, and Thrush Press. Christopher is currently completing an MFA in poetry at Indiana University. Find him at christophercitro.com.



American Meat.

By d.

how it comes of blood.

how it comes of bleeding.

meat.

meat.

american meat.

how it comes with feeling.

like you eat the way the slaughterhouse felt/feels.

it’s in the meat, like a secret

ingredient the FDA doesn’t wanna talk about. and it becomes you. and u wonder, y am

i so sad?

u go 2 the dr.

and you trust what comes in an orange plastic bottle with a nice white paper label and
directions for use in the typography of impartial findings.

slowly, your systems get confused-­‐-­‐is that cancer, some disease, or just another
expectation of me?

don’t be embarrassed. they’ll clean your bedpans, mop up the blood you come of, open
you and brace you open, and cut out of you the stuff you’re made of, throw it out, a barf
of surgery. you’re just hunks of made the easy way. and your funeral is the big show.

or someday, language will say these things. and we’ll see ourselves in its mirror like
things we never stood for.

like another war, and another war.

death before the bastard’s innocence.

Forgiveness?

like emptiness. like arduousness and emptiness, trying and trying and emptiness, and
trying and trying and trying and emptiness, and trying and trying and trying and trying…
and emptiness.

look!-­‐-­‐a dot.

or peephole.

animals!

cobra, phoenix, amoeba. mule deer, monkey, bee, moth, mammoth, giraffe, wolf-­‐-­‐ different things in different spaceships. be made, remade of cantaloupe and cucumbers,
of avocado and almonds, nuts and kale and flax seed, kelp and tomatoes and sea salt and lettuce and cayenne pepper.

robot and his monkey brother.

and lo!-­‐-­‐the sun doth riseth, a wailing, wasted ball of drunken water on fire, less
idealism, merely, and the ponderosa’s sap is hot and flowing, it flows, in the sunlight
glowing, and the mosquito is fat on blood and on the ponderosa napping when-­‐-­‐poor mwah-­‐skweet-­‐O!-­‐-­‐he is trapped in hot drip of sap avalanche and preserved for 40 million years.

 


d. is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  d.’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tattoo Highway, Fringe, The Collagist, Orion Headless, Birkensnake, and other places. d. lives on the river in Portland, Oregon.



What Stirs.

by Matthew Cherry

Shall we cut our rhymes from that ridge of coal,
that crawls beneath the owl-watched pine?

So green,
my memory,
and true.

What does he see?
That ancient mare,
in earth stirring.

That blackening equine gaze,
those leonine thighs.

Pacing in circles,
the width of my gyre,
we wear a white-bird torque,
the study of sodium,
armor against a clean death by drought.

Her hands,
broken sticks,
slipped through my fingers.

We pressed on, alone,
through the desert,
white shadows cut from the cloth of fear.

Matthew Cherry is a Creative Studies graduate student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a veteran in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His fiction has been published in Calliope magazine, Necrology Shorts, and The Nautilus Engine. His true loves include Chimay Blue and any English word with all five vowels in alphabetical order. Give up yet? ‘Facetious.’


THE WEEK: Dec 5-9.
December 5, 2011, 6:51 pm
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MONDAY:

Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
Postmortem photography, photographing a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These photographs, from the beginning of the practice until now, are special mementos that hold deep meaning for mourners through visually “embalming” the dead. Although postmortem photographs make up the largest group of nineteenth-century American genre photographs, until recent years they were largely unseen and unknown. Dr. Burns recognized the importance of this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought his first postmortem photographs in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of postmortem photography in the world and has curated several exhibits and published three books on the subject: the Sleeping Beauty series. Tonight, Dr. Burns will speak about the practice of postmortem photography from the 19th century until today and share hundreds of images from his collection.

FIRST BOOK BROOKLYN HOLIDAY PARTY & FUNDRAISER
first book–brooklyn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting new books to children in need.  join us tonight for their first annual holiday party and fundraiser.

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THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Oct 3-10th.
October 3, 2011, 4:20 pm
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“Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, a collection of art works by Terrance Hughes
Opening reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6 – 9pm

For Hughes, this upcoming show is a concoction of two inpirations: Flight to Canada, a novel by Ishmael Reed, and Coonskin, an animated film by Bakshi. Flight to Canada tells the story of Raven Quickskill, 40’s, and Leechfield slaves who run away from their master, Mr. Swille, in search of freedom. Coonskin tells the story of Brother Rabbit, Preacher Fox, and Brother Bear, who flee the American South during the 1970s in search of liberation. Using satire, sex, violence, identity, and history to tell the stories of their characters, both Reed and Bakshi make clear that transformation can only come from within—a theme that is the cornerstone of Hughes’ work and that resonates deeply in his life. Consequently, there is “Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, which is Hughes’ vision of a sequel that will never happen. The show serves as homage and “thank you” to the great works of Reed and Bakshi and is a representation of Hughes’ love of the lost art of animation. Terrance Hughes was born in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is a self-taught artist, whose work deals with different periods of Black American history and issues surrounding cultural and social identities. Hughes’ works consist of two elements: graphite and charcoal on paper to create rendered portraits and landscapes from photo references, which are meant to mimic the photo itself, complete with imperfections; and animation Cel Vinyl on acetate, providing stark contrast through its vivid color and three-dimensional effect. It is his belief that the lost art of animation deserves a place in the art world.

Hughes has had recent exhibitions at Modern Eden, San Francisco, The Cheaper Show, Vancouver, and Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis. In March, Hughes participated in a group show to benefit Japan relief at graphite., Williamsburg.

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Support this Project:The 30th Anniversary Concert of Sachiyo Ito and Company.

Sachiyo Ito has been an active participant in Japanese traditional dance in New York for over 30 years. Her salon series is a tribute to a fading art and her school remains a oasis for those who wish to learn without previous formal training. She also sometimes gives reduced rates to artists or performers who are somehow incorporating traditional Japanese dance or other elements into their projects.

Please help Sachiyo and her students celebrate 30 years of an amazing tradition. Donate here.

 

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THE WEEKEND: AUGUST 12-14.


SCREEN SLATE SIX MONTHS.
Saturday August 13th FREE. 9 pm – 4 am.

An open, no-cover party at Screen Slate HQ featuring live music byStrange Rivals, DJing by Colin Beckett and Max Diamond and 16mm projections by Ryan Marino. Spirits available including beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. 15 Bushwick Ave., 11211, two blocks from the Graham or Grand L stops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Introduction to Millinery @3rd Ward.

In this workshop you will be introduced to the old world craft of Hatmaking. The skills involved in making a hat evolved in the 14th century and have hardly changed since. Participants will become familiar with all the basic tools, materials and terminology. Over the four classes participants will handblock a Panama straw hat, and learn to finish and trim it just in time for the Fall.

Interested in more project examples? Check out students work from the class on our tumblr.
ENROLL.

The 2011 American Beatbox Championships presented by The World Beatbox Association (WBA) w/ Rahzel and Rakaa @LPR.

Executive Producer – Chesney Snow Co-Founder/WBA
Co-Executive Producer – Kimberly Knox/ Ubiquita Worldwide
Executive Producer Co-Founder of WBA-Jim Wilde
Sunday, August 14th 2011 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City will see the undisputed Godfather of Noise Rahzel (the Roots) and Rakaa (DilatedPeoples) headlining the post-championship concert of the 2nd American Beatbox Championships. America’s top 16 beatboxers will battle it out live in an “8 mile style” beat down for the crown of America’s Best Beatboxer. Beatboxing’s finest will go mic to mic as Hasan Salaam and Eternia MC the evening with DJ Boo holding down the Red Bull decks alongside Colin Dean’s Roots & Grooves. (READ MORE.)

28th Annual Roots of American Music Festival 

(FULL SCHEDULE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS.)

ABIGAIL WASHBURN
SID SELVIDGE & SONS OF MUD BOY
SUN RECORDS ORAL HISTORIES
Sat, Aug 13 at 2:00
Hearst Plaza Stage
FREE

Clawhammer banjoist Abigail Washburn has emerged as a gifted singer-songwriter after perfecting the most unlikely of fusions—between Appalachian music and Chinese folk. 
Soulful folk-rocker Sid Selvidge’s astonishing voice takes the Memphis blues to another level, joined by Luther and Cody Dickinson, the sons of the influential late producer-musician Jim “Mud Boy & the Neutrons” Dickinson. Roots of American Music producer Spike Barkin starts the day with an onstage talk with the pioneering alumni of Sun Records, whose stories and recollections are a historical treasure trove.

Radio Happy Hour: The Final Episode
August 12, 2011
Radio Happy Hour, the radio show not on the radio, has announced the end of their 2+ year run as the Village’s best variety show. After a US tour, appearances on public radio, feature articles in NY Post, Nylon, and many other places, the hit comedy show is ending its run. “Secretly, I was always surprised that anyone ever came to see a murder mystery on a fake radio show, or that anyone ever agreed to be on the show. Apparently, New Yorkers have a real appetite for idiocy,” says show host and head writer Sam Osterhout.

Launch party for The Midnight Archive at The Coney Island Museum
Friday, August 12th

COMPLIMENTARY “MIDNIGHT MARTINI’S” AND SPECIALTY DRINKS FOR ALL!

Please join us for the launch of the new web series “The Midnight Archives: Tales From the Observatory.” The series is the work of many time Observatory presenter Ronni Thomas (Alias Ronni Raygun) of the IKA Collective and is centered around the esoteric and always exotic personalities that spring from the Brooklyn Observatory. It attempts to briefly document some of the truly unique people, talents and objects from around the world who gather there on a weekly basis. Mummies, Taxidermy, 18th century robotics, early French demonic 3d horror… its all here.

JAMES BROWN dance party w/JAMES CHANCE live and more @Zebulon 

Sat Aug 13

Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Zebulon (258 Wythe): James Brown dance party w/DJs Jonathan Toubin and James Chance plus a live performance by JAMES CHANCE AND THE J.C.’S (playing 2/3 James Brown and 1/3 Contortions songs! Supergroup featuring James Chance, Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids), Robert Aaron (avant-jazz legend who’s also played with everyone from B-52s and Blondie to Afrika Bambataa and Wu Tang Clan), Kim Clark (Defunkt and dozens of jazz projects), and Richard Dworkin [James White and the Blacks, Alex Chilton, etc), JAMES CHANCE SOLO, JAIL BAIT, and more at Zebulon…

AND ON SUNDAY
 NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN’S DJ MR. JONATHAN TOUBIN!  @ UNION POOL.
August 14

Twig Terrariums @MAD.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Each Saturday in August join Brooklyn based artist collaborative Twig Terrariums as as they reveal their processes in creating small worlds within antique, vintage, and new glass containers.

Generative crowd sourced sculpture with music performances @ Devotion.
Opening: Friday, August 12th, 2011.

Sol LeWitt knew that artists of many diverse types use simple forms to their own ends. Musician and multimedia artist, Morgan Packard believes that simple rules, when allowed to unfold, create the splendor of the world. In Euclidean geometry the simplest non-curved flat shape is the triangle, and the simplest non-curved three-dimensional shape is four triangles connected by their edges—the tetrahedron. In this crowd-sourced artwork the public is invited to create tetrahedrons from recycled office paper and a few pieces of tape while musicians perform. Under Morgan’s direction the participants will attach the vertices of the tetrahedrons to create a constantly expanding sculpture, filling the gallery with a geometric wonderland intersected by sonic vibrations.

InDigest 1207 Reading Series w/ Matt Bell , Michael Czyzniejewski and Robert Lopez
Sun., August 14, 2011 / 7:00 PM FREE

InDigest 1207 Reading Series
InDigest also presents InDigest 1207, a reading series that takes place monthly in New York City and quarterly in Minneapolis. In addition to their own work, readers are encouraged to bring in something that has informed or influenced them in some way. The result is often funny, sometimes strange, but always interesting, showing us how we are all constantly influenced by what we see, hear, and read.


PORTAL: Perspectives on Video Performance Contemporary Video from Sydney @ Regina Rex.
Friday, August 12th

Curated by Janis Ferberg, organized by Stephen Truax
Portal is pleased to present a one-night screening of video works by Sydney-based artists engaged with performance mediated through video at Regina Rex in Ridgewood, New York.
This selection of work offers an alternative point of entry to the practice of performance, whereby video is used not as a medium for documentation, but rather as an end in itself.

The Dissident Arts Festival @Brecht Forum.
Saturday August 13th6th Annual Celebration of Progressive Culture
Steve Bloom, Robert Gibbons, Judy Gorman, Sara Goudarzi, Kevin Keating, Gwen Laster, David Lippman, The NYC Metro Raging Grannies, Radio Noir, Mary Ellen Sanger, Secret Architecture, Jackie .Sheeler, Upsurge! & Angelo Verga. Festival Organizer: John Pietaro

Now a Manhattan mainstay, the Dissident Arts Festival was founded in upstate NY in 2006 with a primary goal of establishing an annual showcase of politically progressive music, poetry and performance art—perhaps the only such vehicle in the nation. This Festival has sought to bring together a wide variety of sounds and styles, tearing down boundaries, bending rules and infusing the arts with the strongest, most radical activism, where folk-protest song meets free improvisation and contemporary composition. Featured among our past performers and speakers were actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, folk legend Pete Seeger, poet Louis Reyes Rivera, revolutionary hip hop group ReadNex Poetry Squad, protest/garage band The Last Internationale, labor luminary Henry Foner, topical singer Bev Grant, ‘anti-folk’ singer Lach, jazz artist Ben Barson and filmmaker Kevin Keating (“Giuliani Time”). And we presented tributes to Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht and Phil Ochs along the way. As of 2010, the Festival became affiliated with NYC’s Brecht Forum, a center of Left education and culture which has proven itself the perfect host of the Dissident Arts Festival. This year, Dissident Arts focuses on the improvisational and modernist heart of Protest Music while also featuring topical folk/acoustic performance, radical film and revolutionary poetry.

FringeNYC? The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. In addition to 1200 incredible performances, FringeNYC includes…..(READ MORE.)

Sanda Weigl@ Cornelia St. Cafe.

Saturday, August 13, 9:00 PM

OH THE SHARK HAS PRETTY TEETH DEAR, SONGS OF THE WEIMAR ERA
Sanda Weigl, vocals; Anthony Coleman, piano 

From Noam: The Noam Faingold Orchestra will play a set, then it’s members and some special guests will play contemporary chamber music by Jeremy Forbis, Jacob Druckman, Kurtag and others, and then we will play another set of Aleatoric pieces by Christian Wolff, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen and others.

http://www.noamfaingold.com

THE PALMS

Saturday, August 13th
Noon through much much later…
$10 arrive before 3pm : $20 after

Sunday, August 14th
Noon through Midnight
$10 all day + Cheap Drinks

3rd Ward, Macro-Sea, Artists Wanted, TheDanger and Chashama have spent the past several weeks building out a fantastic oasis in the creative heart of Queens. A couple blocks from PS1, we are opening The Palms, a late summer ode to the Boca Raton Resort Pools of the 1940′s (with more music, spectacle and hedonism).

Lemonaids: A collaboration between Jason Fritz/Matthew Momchilov
Going Green@ Crossing Art.
SANKALPA: Art Therapy in India.
Music in the Garden Series @  The Noguchi Museum
The Official Bass Island After Party featuring: FreQ Nasty (Giveback.net) , Virtual Boy (Alpha Pup records) , Proper Villains (Nightshifters/Play Me Records) andWilly Whompa (Muti Music) @LPR
CAN’T HEAR THE REVOLUTION.
FLOAT: FIELD OF DREAMS
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing

LAST CALL:

Accrochage @Carolina Nitsch
Matthew Brand, Christine Nguyen and Letha Wilson: Every Photo Graph Is In Visible, at Churner & Churner
Im Schatten der Made (In the Shadow of the Maggot)

 



An Interview with Candy Claws.

 

 

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Will Connell, Max Johnson & Lou Grassi and Yuko Otomo & Stephanie Stone by Robert O’Haire.

Straw2gold Pictures.



Support This Project: Secret City, Beth Reisman

More lovely work from Secret City. Only a few days to go! Please help support their cause and the artists that are a part of it!

DONATE TO SECRET CITY.


ABOUT BETH REISMAN:

Beth Reisman received a B.A. from Clark University, B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Phila., PA and a M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. Reisman has had solo exhibitions at David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Deven Golden Fine Art in New York and Galerie Faurschou in Copenhagen. Among her various group exhibitions are Lennon Weinberg Gallery, NYC, Brooklyn Museum of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in NYC. She is the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner artist grant and residencies at Yaddo. Her work is in various private and corporate collections, including the Progressive Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Bank and the Elmhurst Museum of Art. Reisman lives and works in Brooklyn and Margaretville, New York.

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Song Kun.
June 30, 2011, 7:00 am
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GALLERY SITE.

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THE WEEKEND: June 24-26th.

GAY PRIDE PARADE!

THE MARCH

SEE MORE EVENTS.
Starts at 36th Street & 5th Avenue, ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.  Download the 2011 Route Map.
Sunday, June 26th, 2011, Steps off at 12 noon

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Nouvelle Cuisine by Andrew de Freitas.

Don’t feel too chewed up. I think as we get older it will be easier to feel this way. Yes I feel like shit at times, probably lately more than ever, but it’s only a temporary paralysis. If I have a goal in life it’s to make sure that it’s always temporary, despite the inevitability. That’s a real goal, and I’m content to deal with it. I’m trying to follow the example of cutting-edge Japanese cooking and French nouvelle cuisine, which is more concerned with difference and variation in savor and texture than with taste sensation in mouthfuls. Yes it’s the same as it’s always been, what you said.

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The Week: June 13-17.
June 13, 2011, 4:29 am
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MONDAY:

Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab) @ LE POISSON ROUGE.
Arturo en el Barco
w/ Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone)

presented by Substrata
June 13
7:00pm doors | 8:00pm show
$15 in advance | $17 day of show
All Ages
This is a first-come, partially seated event.



Taylor Mead @The Bowery Poetry Club
June 13, 6:30pm


MIKKO INNANEN TRIO WITH JOE FONDA and LOU GRASSI @ UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS

Mikko Innanen – alto sax, Joe Fonda – bass, Lou Grassi – drums.
06/13/2011  8:00 pm  $10.


Monday, June 13 – Performance EVOLVING MUSIC Series @ Clemente Coto Velez Cultural Center
Presenting  Joelle Leandre solo & Joelle Leandre / Steve Dalachinsky Duo!
7:30 – Joelle Leandre Solo Contrabass
8:30 – Steve Dalachinsky & Joelle Leandre Duo
Admission is $16 per set or $21 for the evening
At Clemente Coto Velez Cultural Center
(Suffolk St and Rivington St) F or J  to Delancey/Essex


TUESDAY AND WENESDAY:


LANDON KNOBLOCK/OSCAR NORIEGA/JEFF DAVIS @UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS
Landon Knoblock – keyboard,
Oscar Noriega – alto saxophone,
Jeff Davis – drums.
06/14/2011  10:00 pm  $10.


Lecture, Screening, and Discussion: “Aesthetic Justice,” with Carlos Motta and Niels Van Tomme
Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2011, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us for a lecture and screening by artist Carlos Motta, followed by a discussion with curator Niels Van Tomme.

In his lecture “Amnesia and Repression: A Series of Attempts to Establish a Memory Project of Political Conflict from an Aesthetic Practice,” Motta will discuss his recent video and performance projects Six Acts: An Experiment in Narrative Justice (2010) and Resistance and Repression (2010). In these works, Motta attempts to offer a space for the articulation of memory of political conflicts from an aesthetic perspective. He does so by using the concept of “narrative justice,” a notion of justice detached from the judicial field and focused on narrative and communication as pillars of possible reconciliation. The lecture reflects on unresolved instances of political violence in Colombia and Honduras—instances that unveil a lack of a culture of memory and of social justice.

This event is organized within the framework of Provisions Learning Project’s “Aesthetic Justice” exhibition on view at the Lambent Foundation in New York until 22 June 2011. The exhibition features the works of Alyse Emdur, Rajkamal Kahlon, Carlos Motta, and Larissa Sansour, and can be viewed by appointment, Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am to 4 pm. Email exhibitions@lambentfoundation.org to schedule an appointment.


Sounds GoodJohn Aslanidis@LOCATION1

OPENING RECEPTION:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6-8 PM

Featuring visual responses to a collaborative sound piece by artists John Aslanidis, Katy Dove, Phoebe Hui, Sophie Hunter, Miler Lagos, John O’Connell, Gonzalo Puch, and Zane Saunders.



Rob Carter: Artist Talk, Video Screening And Q&A @KIDD YELLIN.

Recess @ Kidd Yellin
133 Imlay Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Tuesday, June 14th- Photographer and video artist, Rob Carter, will give an audio visual presentation of his work at the Red Hook outpost of Recess Activities, in collaboration with Kidd Yellin. He will discuss the evolution of his work and screen several animations, including some new unseen projects. (READ MORE.)

 


DIXON PLACE:

The Pinks -AND-Handshake Uppercut

Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 / $12 (stu/sen)

Puppet BloK!: Leakey’s Ladies
Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30pm
Drama of Works Tickets: $10 advance; $12 at the door

Award-winning puppet company Drama Of Works premieres their new historically-based full-length puppet theater piece in progress, Leakey’s Ladies. A collaboration with playwrights Crystal Skillman, Rachel Hoeffel and Erin Courtney, Leakey’s Ladies explores the work of female primatology pioneers; Birutė Galdikas, Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.



Nels Cline
and Marc Ribot @LE POISSON ROUGE.
Wed., June 15, 2011 / 7:30 PM
Nels Cline is one of the most versatile, imaginative and original guitarists active today. Combining breathtaking technique with an informed musical intelligence, the self-taught Cline displays a mastery of guitar expression that encompasses delicate lyricism, sonic abstractions, and skull-crunching flights of fancy, inspiring Jazz Times to call him “The World’s Most Dangerous Guitarist.” Cline has performed on over 100 albums spanning numerous genres. In addition to his latest trio The Nels Cline Singers, formed with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Devin Hoff, Cline is also the lead guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Wilco, which he joined in 2004.Click here to listen to “The Nomad’s Home”
Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released 19 albums under his own name over a 25-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His latest solo release, Silent Movies(Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a “down-in-mouth-near master piece” by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board.Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985′s Rain Dogs, and since then he’s become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Elton John/Leon Russell’s latest The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Jolie Holland, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also performed on numerous film scores such as “Walk The Line” (Mangold), “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Departed” (Scorcese).“…he can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise.” – John Garratt and Will Layman, PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010 for the album “Silent Movies”

LUMEN BENIFIT @Spattered Columns
JUNE 15th

6-9pm
491 Broadway, fifth floor, Manhattan
Come down to Spattered Columns for one heck of a party. Check out a performance by Quinn Dukes McDivitt, and videos by Matthew Sleeth and Sander Houtkruijer. Music by DJ Mountains. Our sponsor BOMB Lager will be there handing out free merchandise ALL NIGHT LONG.
All proceeds from the party go to the participating LUMEN artists and curators. Tickets are pretty cheap, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Where else does $10 get you food, drinks, art, and cool people??
Get your tix: http://statenislandarts.org/lumen.html


THURSDAY:


CATCH THE MOON IN THE WATER: EMERGING CHINESE ARTISTS @ JAMES COHEN.
June 16 – July 29, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 16 from 6-8PM

James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition, Catch the Moon in the Water: Emerging Chinese Artists, running from June 16 through July 29, 2011. Over the past decade, while the West consumed new art from China, a young generation of Chinese artists imagined America as the center of contemporary art discourse. This exhibition showcases a group of young Chinese artists and their thoughts and responses to America as an exotic and remote source of inspiration. (READ MORE.)


Literary Mingle
NYFA offices
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Thursday, June 16, 2011
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Please join us on Thursday, June 16 for NYFA’s literary mingle, a gathering of NYFA Fellows in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, NYFA Fiscally Sponsored Writers, as well as editors, agents, and the rest of New York’s literary community.

Wine and cheese will be served

$5 suggested donation to support NYFA Current, NYFA’s online arts magazine


24/7 @LYONS WEIR.
A group show divided between our 24th Street and 7th Avenue locations.

June 16th – July 16th, 2011
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, June 16th, 6-8pm


Best Coast w/ Those Darlins
A Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund Benefit

June 16th, Doors open at 6pm
Bethany Cosentino is a Los Angeles native with a brief stay in Brooklyn, and Best Coast’s influences reflects that: Beach Boys vibe with East Coast 60s girl group such as the Ronnettes and Shangri-Las. Best Coast is brought to life with the help of her long-time friend/guitarist/producer Bobb Bruno and guest drummer Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls). The pair have received heaps of critical praise from editorial publications including Pitchfork, who named their “When I’m With You” single “Best New Music”, New York Times, Spin, Paste, Nylon, Rolling Stone and The Guardian.http://bestycoasty.blogspot.com/

Those Darlins

A Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund Benefit
Middle Tennessee’s infamous country punk outfit known for their hooky, saucy songwriting and blistering live performances. They have mouths on them, yes they do. But their mouths are connected to their hearts and minds, and amped by loud guitars.


UGLY ART ROOM PRESENTS:


The Man, The Myth, The Moustache, a solo exhibition of Scott Chasse’s

paintings of Burt Reynold’s at Brouwerij Lane
(78 Greenpoint Ave) a
Beer Store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. June 11-July 18, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, June 16, 8-10pm.

Noise Jam, an exhibit at The Gutter Brooklyn (200 No. 14th St), in
which musicians participating in the Northside Music Festival will
submit cell phone photos to explore the accessibility of experiences.
Opening reception: June 16, 2011, 10pm-12am.


The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players @ BOWERY ELECTRIC.

Bowery Electric
27 Bowery, at 2nd Street, Manhattan
8p-1a; $8
theboweryelectric.com


BLOOMSDAY @ ULYSSES FOLK HOUSE.
Thursday, June 16 starting at 11:30am

BLOOMSDAY At Brooklyn Lyceum Cafe
Thursday June 16th  8pm

It’s Bloomsday, the 16th of June, in the Brooklyn Lyceum Cafe.  You are very welcome to join our resident Joycean scholar, Emmet Mc Gowan, in a casual celebration of this great day.

Bloomsday, named after the protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses, is an annual commemoration of Joyce’s life, and is a beloved Dublin tradition. The day typically involves food, drink, and readings and reenactments of excerpts from Joyce’s 265,000 word epic novel.
Our humble nod to Bloomsday will be a spontaneous evening of recitation and quaffing. We dedicate this evening to The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, who in 1920 objected to the book’s content and took action to keep the book out of the USA.

Ulysses was banned until 1933.

Bring along a copy if you have one.z

Tickets: This event is FREE.


SUPERCODA Thursday, 6/16. 8-11 A musical sandwich, with a classical septet in the middle @ CAFE ORWELL

1. A new trio by Sean Ali/Carlo Costa/Frantz Loriot
http://www.carlocostamusic.com/
http://www.frantzloriot.com/

2. Achordial Brio – performing new compositions instrumented for oboe, english horn, bassoon, piano, bass clarinet, cello, violin
www.achordialbrio.com

3. Allison Tartalia. Partner in crime of Achordial Brio.
http://www.allisontartalia.com/


PHILIPPE PETIT COMES DOWN TO EARTH FOR THREE NIGHTS @ ABRONS ARTS CENTER.

June 16-18 | 8 pm | $20

Subject of the Academy Award-winning Man On Wire, Philippe Petit comes down to earth for three special evenings to share stories from his life as a creator and performer. WIRELESS! is a 90-minute, one man tour de force that is touching, funny, clever, and extemporaneous. Philippe reveals and demonstrates how he taught himself magic, juggling and the high wire.


Henry Chung, June 16 – July 31, 2011 @RHV FINE ART.

Henry Chung continues his exploration of obsolete technologies as metaphor for the changes and complexities of contemporary life in a series of portraits of computer enhanced images culled from flea markets and garage sales, rendered in computer punch tape. (READ MORE.)


MORE:

ABC Artists’ Books Collective Opens at Printed Matter

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media @POWERHOUSE ARENA.

The Chadwicks @Winkleman Gallery.

FRIDAY:

Cooper-Moore & William Parker@ THE STONE.
Cooper-Moore (multiple instruments) William Parker (multiple instruments)


The Books @CELEBRATE BROOKLYN
Friday, June 17 / 7:00pm / gates 6:00pm

With their dizzying folktronica—a mix of innovative instrumentation and songwriting with obscure found sound and speech samples—and perfectly calibrated, hallucinatory quick-cut video collages, THE BOOKS “remain more or less a genre of one… the flotsam and jetsam of American culture aren’t a cheap joke to the Books, but a source of endless discovery and joy.” (Pitchfork) JUNIP, the band that predates Swedish-Argentine singer José González’s solo stardom, conjures an expansive and mesmerizing take on his songs in which “González’s classical guitar and weightless tenor float over soul jazz, Afrobeat, Ethiopian funk and krautrock.” (Rolling Stone) With the “haunting, ethereal, and beautifully melodic” (Paper Magazine) bedroom pop of in-demand pianist and composer Thomas Bartlett’s DOVEMAN. Sponsored locally by Aguayo Realty Group.


An Opening Party for The Corrigan Family Oddments@ OBSERVATORY
An exhibition curated by G. F. Newland
Exhibition Opening Party: Friday, June 17, 7-10pm

Greetings Art fans! In celebration of Father’s Day, the Observatory Things-That-Move Dept. invites you all to take a peek at procreation! In nature, talents can be predisposed, and passed on from generation to generation. Families like the Gentileschis, the Peales, the Bachs, the Wyethes, and most recently, the Kominsky-Crumbs have all made a strong case for this heredity thing; the Bush presidencies, not so much, but hey, it’s a crap shoot! Anyway, our latest show is about a wee dynasty of painters named Corrigan, and through their family oddments, we will examine art, eccentricity, and the vagaries of genetic code.


NORTHSIDE OPEN STUDIOS PARTY @ FOWLER ARTS COLLECTIVE

Fowler Arts Collectiveis pleased to be participating in this summer’s Northside Open Studios event which will be taking place in the Williamsburg/ Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn from Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19. NOS coincides with the L Magazine’s Northside Festival of music, art, film, and ideas.

Please join us for a reception celebrating the launch of Northside Open Studios on Friday, June 17 from 7-11pm. We will also be open during the day Sat. + Sun., June 18 + 19 from 12-6pm for Northside Open Studios.

Fowler Arts Collective, 67 West Street, #216, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Fowler has a nice lounge area to rest your tired feet during the weekend, and we will have maps and information about the participating NOS studios and corresponding events.

Fowler’s 18 artist studios will be open for visitors the entire weekend, and our exhibition, Paint It Now, continues to rock the Fowler gallery.

Fowler studio artists include: Elana Alder, Melissa Dyanne Bartlett, Catherine Behan, Cameron Bishop, C.M. Butzer, Scott Chasse, Jennifer Galatioto, Daniel St. George, Andrew Gordon, Paul Hoppe, Heidi Howard, Aya Kakeda, Deanna Lee, Michael Aaron Lee, Chris Mottalini, Kate Nielsen, Cecelia Post, Krista Quick, Tory Sica, Kim Sielbeck, Hannah Lamar Simmons, Ramon Urenia, James Vanderberg, Jing Wei, and Fletcher Williams.

For more information on our current exhibition, Paint It Now, go here: http://www.fowlerartsbrooklyn.org/paintitnow2011.html


Avant-Garde-Arama: Wrecking Ball @PS122

Performance Space 122′s longest running series kicks it up a few notches for this demolition derby of theatre, dance, music, and video installation as part of the 30th Anniversary RetroFutureSpective Festival.

Join us for hard core performance during what “always ends up exploding into an all-out party.” – Flavorpill

FRIDAY 6/17:
Hosted by Murray Hill
Performances by Salley May, Alien Comic, Tigger!, Janet Clancy, John Kelly, Andrew Schneider, The Factress aka Luc Sexton, The Dazzle Dancers, Julie Atlas Muz, Urban Bushwomen, Joe E Jeffreys, Miss Joan Moosey, Gina Vetro, Jonathan Berger Music by Hank & Cupcakes, Rockman



PearlDamour + Shawn Hall: How to Build a Forest @THE KITCHEN

Friday-Sunday, June 17-19 and 24-26, 2-10pm
Known for transforming narrative into something richer, stranger, and ineluctably feminine, OBIE Award-winning PearlDamour (Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour) join forces with New Orleans-based visual artist Shawn Hall for a hybrid project: part visual art installation, part theater performance that unfolds over an extended eight-hour interval. Beginning with an empty stage, PearlDamour, Hall, and a team of performer-workers transforms The Kitchen’s theater from floor to ceiling, constructing and then dismantling an elaborate evolving environment evocative of an old growth forest at one moment and a spectacular deep-sea landscape the next. (READ MORE.)


“GIMME SOME TRUTH : A Return to Form”  ((JUNE 17-JUNE 26)) @InRIVERS.

A collection of new works from emerging voices in contemporary drawing.

Featuring works by:

_LORENE TAUREREWA

_MARCIN SZPRENGIEL

_MAYUKO FUJINO

_DEMETRIO BELENKY

_AILENE de SOUZA HOWELL

_ROBERT PIERSANTI


MORE:

Skink Ink’s Open Exhibition as part of Northside Open Studios

Kaviar Disco Club

Short Cuts(Papercutting Class) w/Beatrice Conron @ CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS.

Friday Night Fireworks @Coney Island.

Hyperallergic: Mail Art Show

SUPERCODA @ CAFE ORWELL: Rhymes with Opera and the West End String Quartet. They will be taking over Cafe Orwell for the Evening. They are an organization that is committed to presenting opera in unexpected spaces. Excellent.

LAST CALL:

JUNE 18th: Out of Sight, Ellen Kooi

JUNE 18th: THE COOPER UNION END OF YEAR SHOW

JUNE 18th: ISABELLA KIRKLAND @FEATURE INC.




The Weekend: June 10-12.
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FIGMENT ON GOVERNOR’S ISLAND

JUNE 10-12

FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year—in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support. (READ MORE.)
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Reckoning with Torture/Affordable Housing with The Actors Fund/The F Word/NEBULOUS TUSSLES/A Temporary Garden, Gonzalo Puch/Anatomical Collections &Kingdom Under Glass/SOUNDTRACK SERIES/The Vinyl Frontier/Balls Out!/CLOSING PARTY! OLEK/VIDEOROVER/Poets’ Potluck
May 23, 2011, 7:00 am
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Reckoning with Torture: Lincoln Center
Doug Liman to Direct Performance at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

When: Tuesday, May 24
Where: Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65 St., upper level (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.), New York City
What time:7 p.m.With Russell Banks, Col. Morris Davis, Peter Godwin, Beth Gutcheon, Rula Jebreal, Dahlia Lithwick, John Buffalo Mailer, Kati Marton, Jack Rice, Lili Taylor, Dianne Wiest, and others, with original artwork by Jenny Holzer.

Tickets
: $12 general; $9 students; $8 seniors; $7 ACLU/PEN/FSLC Members. More information and tickets at www.filmlinc.com/films/series/reckoning-with-torture


“Reckoning With Torture: Memos and Testimonies From the ‘War on Terror,’” an evening of readings from formerly secret government documents detailing the scope and human cost of the United States’ post-9/11 torture program

Acclaimed director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fair Game) will direct this performance of “Reckoning” for the stage and is filming the event for a future documentary. Celebrated writers including Russell Banks, Peter Godwin, Beth Gutcheon, Rula Jebreal, Dahlia Lithwick, John Buffalo Mailer, and Kati Marton will join actors Lili Taylor and Dianne Wiest, along with former CIA case officer Jack Rice and former military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis for readings from formerly secret government documents detailing the scope and disastrous human cost of the U.S. torture program. The artist Jenny Holzer, whose work was the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2009, has created original artwork for the “Reckoning” project.

Affordable Housing with The Actors Fund

Come learn about how to apply for housing opportunities through The Actors Fund, including The Schermerhorn, a permanent housing residence in downtown Brooklyn with reserved affordable space for actors and entertainment professionals. The Schermerhorn is co-sponsored by Common Ground and the The Actors Fund.

Housing at the The Schermerhorn is available to actors,screenwriters, musicians, dancers, editors, composers, set designers, producers, singers, directors and other performing arts and entertainment professionals. (READ MORE.)

WHERE: The Schermerhorn, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Map.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24th
Doors open and networking, 6:00-6:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A, 6:30-7:30 pm



The F Word

The Legacy: Feminism in Literature Today
24 May, 2 p.m., Book Expo America, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York 10001

Julie Otsuka, Francine Prose and Karen Russell talk about which writers passed feminism down to them, and what the word means to them today. For tickets, visit http://www.bookexpoamerica.com.

The F Word Launch Party in NYC
25 May, 6.30 p.m., Paragraph, 35 W 14th Street, New York 10011

Join Julie Otsuka and Francine Prose to celebrate the launch of the issue. (READ MORE.)


NEBULOUS TUSSLES@ CULTUREFIX.
On May 25th in 1977, Star Wars came out in the theaters. I saw it in a drive-in theater two years later. And now I couldn’t care less. This is so much more exciting:
CULTUREfix & Jonathan Wood Vincent present:
NEBULOUS TUSSLES!
a night of unique song and dance
First: there will be:
Self-obsessed Jonathan Wood Vincent, playing the accordion and talking story-like about things of no particular importance just to wet your bustles.
Then: Enid Ellen, http://www.myspace.com/enidellen
In 2008, Enid Ellen was born: “I was writing poetry about specific men, and channeling a woman’s [point of] view,” says David Mramor about the feminine, earthly perspective that led him and pianist Greg Potter to create the songs on Enid Ellen’s debut album, Cannibal Disease. “There was a lot of anger and Mother Nature came forth and needed a vessel to speak through.” (READ MORE.)


A Temporary Garden, Gonzalo Puch @ JULIE SAUL
May 26-July 1, 2011
Reception for the artist, Thursday, May 26th, 6-8pm

Gonzalo Puch lives in Madrid, teaches at the University in Cuenca, and is a native of Sevilla. He creates situations or “incidents”, generally in neutral environments such as classrooms, or his own apartment, which he then records photographically and presents as large, color photographic prints. Although his working methods and environment are hermetic, the work itself addresses and tries to make order of the chaos of the world. His themes are linked to various traditional academic subjects such as math, science, music, biology and environmental studies. The settings are sparse and practical, well lit and benign. Recently he has been working in the landscape more immediately addressing environmental themes. However, the events taking place are inscrutable rituals or quiet procedures which are both serious and comic. They appear to have their own logic in which we can recognize the elements, but not their organization, like words without syntax.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, Puch maintained a year long artist’s residency at Location One in New York. As the title of the resulting series.A Temporary Garden suggests, Puch’s new work draws on the world of plants for its operative leit-motif. Leafy plants combine with busy line-drawings and assembled objects in one photograph; a bell pepper is carved into an ephemeral sculpture in another; and in yet another a twig and bits of colored thread are precariously organized into an image that brings to mind the traditional Chinese landscape drawing. In A Temporary Garden the line between the natural world and the world of artistic creation is not so much blurred as bridged — as it is in fact in any garden. (READ MORE.)

EVENTS AT THE OBSERVATORY


A Virtual Tour of the Anatomical Collections of the University of Groningen
An illustrated lecture with Dr. Rolf ter Sluis, Curator and Director of the Groningen University Museum

Date: Tuesday, May 24th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

Tonight, join Dr. Rolf ter Sluis--curator and director of the Netherlands based Groningen University Museum–for a virtual tour of the museum’s historic and amazing anatomy and pathology collections. The majority of the collection consists of preparations in spirit, but also includes dry preparations where the veins have been injected with coloured wax, wax and Papier-mâché models, skeletons and skulls, preserved tattooed skin, and much more. (READ MORE.)

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Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the World’s Great Animals
An illustrated lecture and book signing with author Jay Kirk
Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
***Books will be available for sale and signing

During the golden age of safaris in the early twentieth century, one man set out to preserve Africa’s great beasts. In his new book Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the World’s Great Animals, Jay Kirk details the life and adventures of naturalist and taxidermist Carl Akeley, the brooding genius who revolutionized taxidermy and created the famed African Hall we visit today at New York’s Museum of Natural History. The Gilded Age was drawing to a close, and with it came the realization that men may have hunted certain species into oblivion. Renowned taxidermist Carl Akeley joined the hunters rushing to Africa, where he risked death time and again as he stalked animals for his dioramas and hobnobbed with outsized personalities of the era such as Theodore Roosevelt and P. T. Barnum. In a tale of art, science, courage, and romance, Jay Kirk resurrects a legend and illuminates a fateful turning point when Americans had to decide whether to save nature, to destroy it, or to just stare at it under glass. (READ MORE.)

SOUNDTRACK SERIES W/DANA ROSSI @LE POISSON ROUGE.

Dana Rossi hosts a monthly merging of stories and songs in this legendary music venue. Six artists–writers, comics, actors and musicians–tell the stories they associate with songs of their choosing. There’s the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We’re the third one.

The storytellers and their songs for May 26, 2011 are…
Matthew Trumbull – Look Away/Chicago
Jon Baker – I Wanna Dance With Somebody/Whitney Houston
Julie Kraut – Keep the Car Running/Arcade Fire
Marc Landers – Gonna Make You Sweat/C + C Music Factory
Dana Rossi – Edge of Seventeen/Stevie Nicks
Lane Moore – Little Red Riding Hood/Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
 http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/2287


The Vinyl Frontier
Tickets are $10 online and at the door Buy tickets here
Thursday May 26th 2011 7:00 PM

At the dawn of the 21st century, renegade toy designers, bored with the G.I. Joe status quo, boldly remixed and reassembled the toys of their parent’s generation. Birthing a new format of toy and medium of artistic expression, these artists were the first to explore The Vinyl Frontier. A world where Art is Fun!

By exploring a landscape inhabited by a wide range of artists, their creations, and obsessive collectors, the documentary examines the hybrid objects’ artistic and commercial value, as well as the creative process of art-toy making. The Vinyl Frontier is a comprehensive look at a fresh and exciting art movement that anyone young at heart and imaginative can enjoy. (READ MORE.)



Balls Out! Food Competition and Fundraiser

Thursday May 26, 2011
7-10pm
Veronica People’s Club

105 Franklin St, Greenpoint
$15, judge the balls, free drink, prizes & music by DJ Ning Nong (READ MORE.)

Photo Courtesy of Paper Magazine

CLOSING PARTY! OLEK’s Knitting is for Pus****
Friday May 27 6-9pm

Christopher Henry Gallery

127 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY

See “Knitting is for Pus****” for the last time (in NYC) and like never before… with a **SPECIAL BLACK LIGHT PRESENTATION!**

On Friday May 27th, 2011 Christopher Henry Gallery NYC will host a Closing Party for Celebrity Artist OLEK. Olek’s acclaimed installation “Knitting is for Pus****” has created a total sensation since it 1st opened back in September 2010. It traveled to SCOPE MIAMI, and was extended repeatedly due to pop…ular demand and endless press requests… next it will be highlighted in a traveling museum show called “40 Under 40″ opening at The SMITHSONIAN Museum in 2012!

VIDEOROVER: Season II
Curated by: Rachel Steinberg
May 27 – Dec 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9 PM
Screening begins at 8 PM
910 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY


NURTUREart Non-Profit is pleased to present VIDEOROVER: Season II, the second installment of its semi-annual video series. VIDEOROVER: Season II is curated by Rachel Steinberg and features artists: Fatima Al Qadiri and Lyndsy Welgos, Cecilia Bonilla, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Derek Larson, Dana Levy, Pernille With Madsen, Colin Snapp, and JULIACKS.

VIDEOROVER seeks to present a wide range of works from artists locally and internationally who are all working to expand the perceptual limitations of video. This season’s selection aims to disorient viewers by removing an essential reality context, only to redeposit them into seemingly familiar settings.

Dana Levy, Fatima Al Qadiri and Lyndsy Welgos explore the pluralism of eastern and western conventions by looking at traditions through a contemporary perspective. Cecilia Bonilla examines our relationships to the seductive nature of commercial images of women through minimal manipulation, while Juan Pablo Echeverri shows us a self-projected fantasy of mass-produced femininity. Colin Snapp acts as a ‘journalist’ of sorts, documenting moments of real-time, but relieving the viewer of imposed intentions. Pernille With Madsen dizzies and disorients us with a vision of how to imagine architectural surroundings. Derek Larson’s playful experimentations extend through other worldly humor while JULIACKS’ narrative pulls back and forth between a character’s inner psyche and external world. (READ MORE.)



Annual End-of-the-Season Poets’ Potluck

FRIDAY MAY 27 / 10PM

Come celebrate the end of another season at the Poetry Project!  The Poets’ Potluck is an opportunity for New York City’s poetry community(ies) to come together for an evening of readings, performances, and delicious food.  An array of writers from the Poetry Project series as well as other local reading series will read/perform their work.  Any one interested in bringing a dish for the potluck will contribute to an amazing feast.  If you’re interested in bringing food, please email Brett Price at fridaynightseriesp@gmail.com.




THE THREE FURIES: WRITING WITH A VENGEANCE COMING UP THIS SUNDAY.

The Three Furies: Writing with a Vengeance

Sunday, May 15—5:00pm
A Gathering of the Tribes
285 East Third Street (between Ave C & D) #2
(212) 674-3778
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Known as “the Angry Ones” in Greek myth, the Furies were a trio of vengeful women born from the blood drops of the castrated appendage of Uranus (whose Titan son, Cronus, did him a dirty turn). They were psychological tormentors, the personification of vindictiveness and retribution. In art they were represented as winged creatures wearing nothing but snakes. In this reading by emerging writers Jamey Bradbury, Ansel Elkins, and Thera Webb—recent graduates of the MFA program in creative writing at University of North Carolina-Greensboro—they will forego niceties and read from an unforgiving selection of their latest work. If you’re bored with bucolic love poems, or have recently be wronged by a paramour, this Gathering of the Tribes is the place to savor the sweet taste of revenge.

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Bruce Bischoff.

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The Edna EXPERIMENTS and Ben Pranger @Gallery Aferro

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An Interview with Ophelia Chong.

22:
First the background questions, where did you grow up and how did you get involved with art?

OPHELIA CHONG:I grew up in the wilds of Canada, in the city of Toronto. I remember my first collage, in grade five; it was a collage made of magazine bits and it was blue and green. During my formative years I was an explorer, I would ride my bike from mid-town to the lake and back; I would disappear for a whole day, exploring the city on my three-speed bike. I quickly outgrew Toronto and packed up and left for Los Angeles. I went to the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a BFA in Painting. I am an adjunct professor there in the Photography Dept.

22: What about collage appeals to you?

OPHELIA CHONG
I love seeing the possibilities of color. Of using the pieces of paper as paint, my X-acto knife the brush.

22:
 What about the fusion of collage and design appeals to you? Are they really just versions of the same thing?

OPHELIA CHONG
It’s all the same thing, I see it all as color and form, no matter what medium it is.

22: You also seem to have a penchant for typography and presses where did that start?
 

OPHELIA CHONG: Shapes, I love the curves of typography. When I was younger I would sit in class sketching serif fonts. I loved the thin with the thick, the swoosh and staccato of forms in typography. When I first used a Vandercook Press six years ago, I was hooked. I love the ink pressing into the paper, the randomness of where the letters fell onto pieces of ephemera that I put through the press. How each piece was a singular piece of art. Never to be repeated twice. I use only vintage magazines to print on, therefore each piece is non-repeatable.

22: Can you explain your 35mm slide work (surreal cereal) process a little? What inspired working with collage this way? Any specific artists? 

OPHELIA CHONG:That is about how we see life. For example, we both see two people arguing, I see it through the lens of my life experience and you see it through your’s. We will both come up with different assumptions of why they are arguing, because we react differently due to the environment we grew up in. My layering of 35mm slides is a tactile version of this theory, I layer images over each other to create something new, something that resonates with the way I see life. I am inspired by Guido Reni, Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses by Eikoh Hosoe, film noir, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Ethan Frome by Wharton, and so much more.

22:Who are some of your favorite designers or artists in general?

OPHELIA CHONG:
All art from the 16th – 18th century. Fritz Sauter ( a Swiss printmaker), 15th century Gothic churches, Orson Welles, Paul Rand, [Richard] Neutra
music for the clavichord, the flavor of the week and anything that makes me want to grab an X-acto knife.

22: 
How did you start working on the slips of paper series? What was your first collage for that? 

OPHELIA CHONG
I started in 1999, but if I had to trace it back, since I could use scissors. I picked up a small Moleskine sketch book  in 1999 and started sticking bits of paper 
in it to relieve the stress I was going through at my job as a Creative Director. I filled books and books with “slips of paper”, not really going towards an end goal, just to keep myself from the digital world. All my work is non-digital.

22: 
How do you balance your professional life with your artistic career, do the two ever clash? Or do they enhance each other? 

OPHELIA CHONG
I melded both into one. I have a rep in NYC for my illustration, and I now have a studio that I sit in all day working. I love it. Work = Love = Happiness

22:
What are you currently working on? Any upcoming projects? 

OPHELIA CHONG
:
I am writing more, I write commentary for KCET ( a local TV station in Los Angeles) and for howtosplitanatom.com . I have  work traveling from Barcelona to NYC, it will take 2 years to finish my travels. My 
letterpress work is at the Hunt Gallery at Webster University in St.Louis. My project now is to keep cutting paper and I know I will never tire of it; the only time I get into  trouble is when I cut up something someone was still reading. Never leave anything you want to read around me, it just might end up in a collage.

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Woodblock at Cherry Blossom Festival.

Upcoming Japanese Woodblock Classes and Demonstrations (TAUGHT BY APRIL VOLLMER.)
April 30 and May 1, 2011: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Demonstrations from 3:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday
BBG Sakura Matsuri

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