The Week: June 6-10.

June 5-11

Vision Festival 16Arts For Art, Inc. presents the 16th annual Vision Festival, New York City’s premier multidisciplinary celebration of innovative jazz music, dance, poetry, and art, held for its third year at the Abrons. Critics have described it as “arguably the most important free-jazz fest in the U.S.” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader), and stated that “avant-garde jazz culture has no better colloquy in this country than the Vision Festival” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times).

Each year, the Vision Festival honors the achievements of one living artist who has greatly influenced the world around them and paved the way for other innovators to move forward. On Wednesday, June 8, Arts For Art and The Vision Festival will celebrate a Lifetime of Achievement by Peter Brotzmann. This great improviser was one of the first practitioners of the Free Jazz movement in Europe. Brotzmann has programmed his own evening in such a way that it would reflect his ongoing pursuit of musical innovation. This 70-year-old artist is not interested in looking back — only in looking forward and being as creative as possible in the present.

Visit for more information and listings of Vision Festival events at satellite sites. (SEE FULL SCHEDULE.)




I recently spoke to Jeff Burns and Robert O’Haire (Straw2Gold Pictures), creators of the films Bill Dixon: Going to the Center and Joseph Daley: Earth Tones Ensemble which will be screened this coming Tuesday at part of the ongoing events for Vision Festival 2010, a festival devoted to the celebration of avant-garde jazz, dancers, poets and visual artists. (READ MORE.)

with Ras Moshe – tenor sax, Max Johnson – bass, Dave Ross – guitar and Dave Miller – drums. $10.
 with Ras Moshe -reeds, Joel Freedman – cello, Matt Lavelle – trumpet, Tom Zlabinger – bass, Tor Yochai Snyder – guitar. $10.

Festival of the New Old World @GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY
Bringing the best traveling acoustic street busker bands from San Francisco and New Orleans, to the inspiring thrift store decor of Goodbye Blue Monday, this rolling review features the gypsy punk sounds of The Homeless People, the old timey swing jazz of Up, Up, We Go!, the klezmer/flamenco style of Cradleduende, and the lush medieval “doom folk” of Ruche. With surprise games and a raffle for a jug. Wear your hobo finery, and bring donations to support the bands. Monday, June 6th Goodbye Blue Monday 1087 Broadway JM to Kosciosco.

When: Mon Jun 06 11  09:30 PM Where: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY, 10003, US Details: Tin Pan returns to Joe’s Pub, for our double CD Release Party!!!  Releasing 2 albums, simultaneously : the meticulous and beautiful studio album, “The Home” MORE VIDEO.

Megan Rye: I Will Follow You Into the Dark (June 6 – July 15, 2011) @ FORUM GALLERY

New York – In the first New York solo exhibition of her paintings, I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Megan Rye offers an insider’s look at the war in Iraq though a series of extraordinary and intimate perspectives. The exhibition will be held at Forum Gallery from June 6 through July 15, 2011.

Based primarily on an archive of over 2,000 photographs taken by her brother while stationed in Iraq as a U.S. Marine, Rye’s 17 paintings from 2006 to 2011 offer testimony to memory and history, mystery and the unknown. The viewer is confronted by surreal beauty and the unexpected reality of war. (READ MORE.)

June 6 – July 30, 2011

Performances begin at 8PM
Performed in repertory for 8 continuous weeks

Directed by David Esbjornson
Measure sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate confines of the bedroom and from the convent’s chapel to the executioner’s block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan
A fairytale for grown-ups, this beguiling fable follows the low-born Helena, one of Shakespeare’s most resourceful heroines, as she inventively surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram.


Jason Hernandez “Beyond The Boundaries” @Sacred Gallery.
On Display from June 4th-30th

California based artist, Jason Hernandez brings a new body of work for his first ever, east coast solo

“Beyond The Boundaries” is my most recent body of work that demonstrates my fascination with mankind and the world of theoretical physics. I believe man has always been a curious creature. That curiosity has lead man to the furthest & darkest corners of the earth. We’ve made Earth our home, and in it we’ve shared our philosophies and sciences.

We’ve become a race of dreamers, thinkers, and worshipers. In doing so, we’ve made our tiny mark in a vast Universe. Still, I can’t help but wonder if Earth will forever remain the dwelling place for mankind. (READ MORE.)

Dustin O’Halloran @ LITTLEFIELD

Tue, June 7, 2011
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

A Big Grey-Blue Bird
and Deadlock

TUESDAY, JUNE 7 AT THE SPECTACLE THEATER A Big Grey-Blue Bird 7:30 // Deadlock 9:30 PM // $5 each FIRST TIME EXHIBITED IN NORTH AMERICA! RSVP on Facebook Jon Dieringer here. In early February I launched Screen Slate, a web resource dedicated to comprehensive listings up upcoming independent, repertory and gallery screenings in New York City. The good folks at The Spectacle Theater discovered it almost immediately and were some of the first to reach out. Their intimate, 27-seat Williamsburg theater is the only full time screening space in NYC to capture the spirit of its neighborhood’s countless DIY music venues — and at $5 a seat, even the gentlemen of Fugazi have tipped their hats to the space. Therefore, I’m pleased to announce my partnership with The Spectacle for the first Screen Slate Presents: An evening devoted to two films represented on Krautrock legends CAN‘s Soundtracks album organized with the kind blessings and generous cooperation of founding members Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmidt. (READ MORE.)


New literary work by queer writers, curated by Bianca Stone and Adam Fitzgerald. A launch party for two new limited edition chapbooks in collaboration with Monk Books: Wichman Cometh by Ben Pease contains selections from “Chateau Wichman” and original artwork; and Bernadette Mayer’s The Formal Field of Kissing, which contains original translations of Catullus, featuring parallel text of Latin and Greek.

Tickets: FREE
A folk mini-operetta in the style of Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads, and performed by Trav S.D., Josh Hartung, Sarah Engelke, and others. Based on a true story of the world’s worst bank robber who winds up being posthumously exhibited as a mummy in carnivals. The fourth leg of Trav S.D.’s Tent Show Tetragrammaton, presented at La MaMa in March 2011.

The High Tide: Alejandro Chaskielberg @Yossi Milo Gallery

June 9–July 29, 2011 Artist’s Reception Thursday, June 9, 6:00–8:00 pm Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of color photographs by Argentinian artist Alejandro Chaskielberg entitled, The High Tide. The exhibition will open on June 9 and close on July 29, with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, June 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Interested in the relationship between people and their environment, Alejandro Chaskielberg has lived in the Paraná River Delta region in Argentina periodically since 2007. While there, he observes the daily routines of the local islanders: fishing, boating, and farming. Drawing from his background in film, the artist carefully recreates scenes from his observations and photographs them at night. The light sources used to illuminate the images are moonlight, flashlights, strobes and lanterns, casting them in eerie and surreal light of unnatural colors.(READ MORE.)

Sweet & Savory @ Paul Zoubok Gallery
June 1 – June 24, 2011

MASTERS OF ILLUSTRATION SHOW AT FIT Featuring “Disco Songs Illustrated”

by Juliane Pieper Artist interview with gallery hanahou: NEW YORK, NY (June 7, 2011) The Fashion Institute of Technology presents its annual graduate studies show featuring artists from its Masters of Illustration program. The show will open on June 7, at 5:30-7pm at the FIT Museum on 27thStreet and 7thAvenue. Juliane Pieper, a German-born illustrator and Fulbright scholar, will present “Disco Songs Illustrated,” a body of large-scale works using digital and traditional media and materials from gouache to glitter. Pieper uses 70s and ‘80s classic songs such as “Car Wash”, “Mama Told Me Not to Come” and “Disco Inferno”, the images show a joyful explosion of color and grotesque party scenes.“Disco Inferno” features happily-dancing tanks and sexy girls with rockets and houses on fire. There’s no good or bad in this work –, no morality — just a crazy scene, depicting both the joy and anxiety of life of everyday life. “Juliane’s work is bright and full of energy, which is a combo that is sorely needed in today’s illustration world. It’s refreshing to see someone who seamlessly breathes new life into illustration. A+” Max Bode, Art Director, THE NEW YORKER (READ MORE.)

FIGMENT GO time from Chris Jay on Vimeo.

The Figment Weekend Kick-Off and the Tribes of Burning Man Launch Party (Wednesday, June 8th)

Please join Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping, Shadyvil, author Steven T. Jones (aka Scribe), and Burners and Figmenters of all shapes and sizes in celebrating Figment’s annual return to NYC and the East Coast launch party for Scribe’s new book, The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture.

The event brings together the weekly NYC burner happy hour, a meeting and pre-party for the Figment art festival, and a reading and discussion of the Tribes of Burning Man, which focuses on how the culture has exploded since 2004 and features Rev. Billy, Figment organizers, and other NYC characters. And then we shake our asses to beats by DJ Douggie Style.

Casa Mezcal

86 Orchard Street, Manhattan
7p-late; $free

Garifuna Wonder Tales

The Garifuna Center in Bushwick invites you to a traditional evening uraga (storytelling session) at BIKO. Storytellers hailing from Belize and Honduras include James Lovell, Tyrone “Owusu” Slater, and guest artist Irka Mateo, who will present traditional tales and songs. Traditional food will also be served. Rain or shine.

Presented by Brooklyn Arts Council in cooperation with BIKO

WHEN: Friday, June 10, 7-9pm
WHERE: BIKO Transformation Center
1474 Bushwick Avenue (Bushwick)
Click here for map & directions

Bric Media ArtsCelebrate Brooklyn! 2011 Opening Night Gala w/Andrew Bird

Friday, June 10, 2011
(rain or shine)

Prospect Park Bandshell
Enter at 9th Street and Prospect Park West

5:30pm Cocktails & Dinner
7:00pm Presentations in the Gala Tent
8:15pm Opening Night Concert with Andrew Bird (free to the public)
10:00pm After-Party with CHERYL, for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn & Gala Guests

Join us for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Gala as we honor and present the Celebrate Brooklyn! Award to longtime Celebrate Brooklyn! sponsor JetBlue and Brooklynite Ray Levin. All proceeds from the Gala will provide vital funds for free, world-class programming at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, which serves 250,000 New Yorkers each year. Support the festival you love and help us ensure performances remain free and accessible to everyone. (READ MORE)

Mark Cohen: Lost / Found & Randy West: Tethered @ Bruce Silverstein
June 09, 2011 – September 17, 2011
Thursday, June 9th, 6-8pm

Fantastic Fabulists: A Reading Group Led by Myla Goldberg

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