The Weekend: July 29-31.

A Celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island

Saturday, July 30

9:30 pm – late

SWIMMING CITIES in collaboration with SEA WORTHY present: A Celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island with Rusty Lazer (New Orleans, Bounce.), Dirtyfinger (Black Label), Geko Jones (Que Bajo?.) and Barney Iller (Rubulad).

Last weekend the naval gangs of New York assembled to Battle for Mau Mau Island (see photos here).  Come see the fallen soldiers, harvested booty, and glorious victors at a new two-story space in Bed-Stuy. Mau Mau gangs, gladiator raft jousting, cocktail catacombs, clothing optional watergun fight, underground casino & film screenings of eerily beautiful movies set on the water, slide show and videos of the battle, and an awards presentation for the victors.  Wet & wild all night long.

$5 for gangs in matching costumes, Mau Mau vets, or before 11pm, $10 otherwise; 21+.

All proceeds go directly to the Swimming Cities India project.



July 7th-August 19th.

In his magnum opus, Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon introduces us to the German concept of Brenschluss in the telemetry of the flight of the V2 rocket. The rocket is propelled by its engines and travels along its parabolic arc.  At a certain point the engines turn off, this flameout is called brenschluss. At brenschluss the rocket’s ascendancy is checked by gravity, and before it begins to fall to its target on earth, it hesitates for just a moment.  After this moment gravity and momentum alone, not a rocket engine, define the inexorable trajectory of descent to its inevitable, calamitous  end. (READ MORE.)


July 7th-August 19th.

Harvey Stein has been a fixture on the New York photo scene for many years.  He has photographed the city from every angle with every kind of camera, at every time of day and night.  Beyond these shores he has led photographic seminars and workshops all over the world…He’s gone everywhere, and for the last 40 years he’s been going to Coney Island…where New York City flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Ocean Avenue, in Brooklyn.

Miroslav Tichý : Sun Screen : Jul 28 – Sep 10, 2011

Matching the alluring physical qualities of the photographic print with the classically seductive imagery of bathers, this series presents an exploration of desire by the photographer. Doyle elaborates:

Indeed, as much as they offer the delights of the flesh, the bather prints make us feel an even more primal drive: our need for delineated shape. It is our love of resolution, our eye’s hunger for contour and clarity – for form itself – that Tichý teases into a state of exquisite titillation.” 


This July 30th and 31st, The Poetry Society of New York will gather the city’s finest troops of poets for the First Annual New York Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island, a weekend celebration of the poetry world of New York City, free and open to the public.

The New York Poetry Festival will unite New York City’s various poetry scenes for the first time ever. Curators from the City’s top reading series, slams, and open mics have been invited to bring their unique formats, aesthetics and personalities to the festival’s stages. The festival will also welcome local artists and merchants who will be selling their wares. In addition, ERB Foods will offer locally-sourced, organic, home-cooked food, City Winery will provide a selection of wines with poems on the labels, and Sixpoint Brewery will serve up their finest summer brews.

NYPF will run from noon to 5:00pm Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st. Free ferries to Governors Island depart from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan, and from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the foot of Atlantic Avenue (corner of Columbia Street). The festival will be held on Colonel’s Row, and directional signage will be posted along the path from the ferries to the festival. For a Governors Island ferry schedule, please visit For more information about The Poetry Society of New York and updates about the festival, please visit

Bob Holman will serve as our Grand Marshal and help us lead the following confirmed poets and poetry tribes into battle: (FULL SCHEDULE.)

Sasha Maslov: Forgotten Village

June 30 – September 3, 2011
Forgotten Village is a series of large-scale photographs showing the life and everyday reality of a coal miner in rural Ukraine. Seemingly everyday scenes intertwine life in a post-Soviet world, the fortunes and misfortunes of its residents, and thoughts about work as a way of life.

This Saturday, July 30th, 3:00 Sharp.

at the World Financial Center Plaza
220 Vesey Street (btw. West St. & N. End Ave.)
New York, NY www.artsworldfinancialcenter.c​om.
The ten piece band with special guest:
Rachelle Garniez.
Also with the astonishing:
Steven Bernstein & The Millennial Territory Orchestra
with special guest HENRY BUTLER.

Dr. John & The Lower 911 with Chuck Brown and Red Baraat
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN. @ Prospect Park Bandshell
July 30, 2011 6:30 PM

Universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans, Dr. John began his musical career in the 1950s playing guitar on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones among others.  Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, Dr. John established his unique blend of funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots on the 1968 album Gris-gris.  His acclaimed albums have garnered six Grammy Awards and international recognition, including the prestigious Academie Charles Cros 57eme Palmares award in France.  After a half century of writing and performing, Dr. John’s 2010 release, Tribal¸ revisits the classic, swampy gris-gris style that initially put him on the map.

Naam Nirvana covers record release show
Saturday, July 30 · 8:00pm – 11:30pm

nirvana covers record release. special performance with full backing band, “the naam super session team”. this is the only time this ep will be sold in NYC! and prolly the only time the songs will be played. tacos, beer and babes. Lets party dudes!

also playing our good bros
Dead Stars
The Unstoppable Death Machines.
DJ’s Heavy Shit
visual feast by White Light Prism

$5 get there.

July 14, 2011 – September 3, 2011

Bertrand Delacroix Gallery is pleased to inaugurate BDG Project Space with an installation of embroidered portraits by Christa Maiwald, depicting some of the art world’s most talked-about artists from Kiki Smith to Damien Hirst.

In the main space, Season in Review will featuring works from Ron Agam, Frank Brunner, Michaël de Kok, and prints editioned by Master Printer Luther Davis.

Black and White Summer Art Show
July 16 – August 21, 2011
weekends from 1-6 PM

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition presents its 8th annual summer art show, Black and White. 1,000 pieces of new art in all media will be exhibited.

Held in our picturesque 25,000 square foot Civil War-era coffee warehouse-cum gallery, this year’s summer show has a show within a show – an 8,000 square foot space devoted to a special juried section. There the top 100 pieces in all media, large and small from artists all around regional NY will be exhibited.

FRIDAY 8-midnight.  The Back Pockets on tour with Huntronik, Rifle Recoil.

SATURDAY 8-midnight.  The Super Coda presents:

1.  James Falzone’s Ground Quartet
James Falzone: clarinet –
Nate Wooley: trumpet –
Dominic Lash: bass –
Harris Eisenstadt: drums –

2.  Mike Pride and Kirk Knuffke

3.  Absolom Absolom.
They tell me they “like to make little soups and big sounds and mix them in some semblance of an avant-garde soup of the mind.”

Perfectly Damaged

Organized by Isaac Lyles
June 24 – August 17

Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 6 – 8pm

Derek Eller Gallery is pleased to present Perfectly Damaged, a group exhibition organized by Isaac Lyles.

Broken and damaged. Stretched, stained, torn, kicked, dragged, cut, burnt, melted, sprayed, shot, and tossed in a blender. The artworks in Perfectly Damaged are marred by design; corporeal and wounded; celebratory or muted. These works are born from the collision of creation and decreation––the quickest way to get to the heart of something is to break in.

“Opening Reception”@CultureFix

July 26, 2011 11:00 am to August 7, 2011 10:00 am

An alternative exhibition of alternative mediums in an alternative space.

“Opening Reception” takes advantage of the capabilities that an alternative gallery offers. This exhibition gives 5 artists who work in alternative mediums an opportunity to take over the space for a ONE DAY SOLO EXHIBITION amidst an exhibition that remains on the walls of the 5 artists’ “sketches” and documentation of their showcased project.

Solo Exhibition Dates for each artist:
7/29: Amanda Browder
7/31: Audra Brandt

Shanghi Foxtrot.
NADA Hudson
The GREAT ART ESCAPE (Circle Arts)
Confluence @ Chashama
The Massive Mad Hatter Tea Party
Sarah Cahill @ The Stone
Zeena Parkins @ The Stone.
reGeneration2: tomorrow’s photographers today @ Aperture

Painting Urbanism @ Storefront.

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