THE WEEK: AUGUST 15-19.

PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! BENEFIT CONCERTS @ THE STONE.
8/15 Monday  8 and 10pm

PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! BENEFIT CONCERTS
John Zorn, Ned Rothenberg (sax) Uri Caine, Shoko Nagai, Karl Berger (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Ha Yang Kim (cello) Nels Cline, David Watson (guitar) Yuka Honda (keyboards) Satoshi Takeishi (drums) Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) Chuck Bettis, Michael Carter (electronics) Kato Hideki (bass) and many special guests!
TWO SPECIAL SETS OF IMPROVISED MUSIC AS PART OF A WORLD-WIDE INITIATIVE FOR THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF FUKUSHIMA. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!—TWENTY DOLLARS

THIS NIGHT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE OVER WEBSYN RADIO BY DOMINIQUE BALAY—THE LINK http://droitdecites.org/2011/06/08/websynradio-en-direct-de-the-stone-new-york-fukushima/

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The New York International Fringe Festival
Friday, Saturday and SundayFringeNYC? 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.)


Maya Zack: Living Room

The Jewish Museum
July 31, 2011 – October 30, 2011

In the installation, Living Room, artist and filmmaker Maya Zack uses large-scale computer-generated 3D images accompanied by sound to evoke a Jewish family’s apartment from 1930s Berlin. While listening to the stories and memories of Manfred Nomburg, visitors can experience the apartment visually. 3D glasses enhance the oversized images reimagining rooms in the apartment and give them immediacy and depth.

Everybody Loves the Monster!
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 10 a.m.

In 1818, when Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus was published for the first time, Mary Shelley could not have imagined the monster she was unleashing on the world. The creature in Shelley’s novel is remarkably sympathetic and an eloquent speaker, capable of measured, intelligent, and articulate argument.  But based on Boris Karloff’s 1931 film performance and confirmed by countless other films, comics, and illustrations, the general perception today is that Frankenstein’s creature is a “monster” who grunts or speaks—if he talks at all—in disjointed monosyllables.

Why has popular culture largely denied the creature his reasonable voice? This symposium brings together four scholars and the curator and bibliographer of The New York Public Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection to reflect on graphic and film representations of the “monster” from the past two centuries. The first half of the day will feature presentations on key visual adaptations of the creature, while the latter half will engage questions about what these appearances mean for understanding him as a political and historical subject.

Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko: Cheap Paradise of Familiar Tasks and Places
Opening reception: August 19th, 6:30 pm on
Flux Factory 

Consider escaping your common, everyday tasks and places without using your common, everyday devices. Through installation, painting, drawing, and video, Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko portray the mundane patterns and structures of everyday experience and consider models of living that exist outside of our “to-buy-is-to-gratify” mentality. Stripping fast food architecture and smart phone technology of it’s branding and context, Washko and Dimitrova present what remains – hollow monuments to consumer culture.

CHERYL @ Opening reception: Wednesday, August 17, 7 – 9 pm
August 18 through August 28, 2011

Starting Thursday, August 18, 2011, New York City’s most insane disco bloodbath dance party and art collective CHERYL takes over Bedford Avenue gallery Rawson Projects for a two-week residency involving pounds of memorabilia, hours of video nostalgia, and the opportunity to participate in our 30th video! Thursday, August 18 through Sunday August 28, 2011, 1 – 6 pm or by appointment. Gallery opening on Wednesday, August 17, 7 to 9 pm.

Have you been coveting that owl mask made of popsicle sticks?  That wig of ground beef hair?  A burnt troll?  Now your favorite costume elements, props, and bloody hair weaves can be yours to take home!  CHERYL will be installing a selection of memorabilia from previous videos to disgust and amaze, as well as for purchase upon request.  The corresponding videos will be screened in tandem with the installation.

Figurines, Pomegranates, Extra Arms
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Wed, August 17, 2011

“There were times when we did not know whether we would still be a band tomorrow,” says Christian Hjelm, lead singer of Figurines. “But we came out stronger on the otherside. And then we started working on the new album.” Formed in the mid-90’s by small town childhood friends Figurines were already touring Northern Europe and Scandinavia extensively by the age of 20. On their second album Skeleton (2006), Figurines received massive international attention and they were sent out into the world on tours with Tapes’ n Tapes, Cold War Kids and Kaiser Chiefs, touring North America three times.


E.S.P. TV at INDEX Festival: (Mis)Adventures in Manipulation 
Millenium Film Workshop, 66 E. 4th St., NYC
Aug. 19-20, 7pm doors, Performances at 8pm sharp. $10/night
AUG 19: Shelly Burgon, Future Archaeology, Twistycat, Liz Wendelbo, Carrie Gate
AUG 20: Byron Westbrook, Maria Chavez, MV Carbon, Bruce McClure

E.S.P. TV will perform live analog video taping and mixing throughout both nights.
Footage will be later screened on E.S.P. TV on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. (Time Warner channel 67, MNN4)

More on the event from INDEX Festival:
Two evenings of performances are dedicated to artists who repurpose, hack or deconstruct tools to produce sound and/or light for time-based performances. The selected artists have built instrumentation using various and varied media formats. In a Frankenstonian spirit, these artists fashion composite instruments, for the purpose of engaging further into the intangible experience. Expanding out, these events will be broadcast both on radio and public television.
Curated by Victoria Keddie

CREATIVEMORNINGS: KIRBY FERGUSON
Friday August 19th 

CreativeMornings is a monthly speaker series and morning gathering of creative types. Each event includes a 15-20 minute lecture, followed by a 20 minute group discussion. The gathering begins at 8:30am with the topic presentation starting at 9:00am and everyone taking off for work at 10am. CreativeMornings are free of charge!

Kirby Ferguson is a New York based writer, producer, director and editor. The filmmaker currently produces the four-part video series, Everything is a Remix, about influence and appropriation in creation. The documentary series (which is currently 3/4 published) shines light on examples through decades of pop culture, asking us to rethink creativity amidst a history of adaptions and recombinations.


ArtBattles w/ DJ Neil Armstrong & DJ Terry Urban and featuring artists Skylerbreed, Erin Cadigan, Nina Paints, & Don RIMX

Thu., August 18, 2011 / 9:00 PM

We are pioneers of a Live Art Movement seeking to bring art in to the next generation. We believe the exclusivity that confines today’s art culture must be eliminated in order to ensure that art remains engaging and accessible.Z

Arts for Peace Salon
Fri., August 19, 2011 / 6:00 PM

Arts for Peace Salon
An Evening of Music, Art and Conversation
Cocktail Hour 6-7PM
Contemporary Art and Women in Syria: Jackie Kazarian of the Art Institute of Chicago speaks and presents images from her recent work in Syria.
Live Music Performances, 7-10PM
Grammy-Award winning concert violinist, composer, and recording artist Jourdan Urbach(featured on MTV, and at sold out performances at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall), accompanied by pianist Karen Beluso; Singer/Songwriter Sima Cunningham (named by the Chicago Sun Times as one of the top ten “Women to Watch under 30,” and “an incredibly powerful self-assured performer, with a smoky, sexy voice”) returning from tours in Germany and Armenia; and Haitian-American ensemble, AFP Goodwill Ambassadors and Emerging Artists of the Year, The Phantoms, returning from a groundbreaking tour of Haiti and major performances in Serbia where their MTV video with Serbian and Croatian artists reached #1 in the charts.

Health Insurance for Artists Workshop @ Brooklyn Artists Gym
Thursday, August 18 · 6:30pm – 7:30pm

BAG is offering a workshop on health insurance for artists through partnership with the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center’s EVERY ARTISTS INSURED Tour funded by Leveraging Investment in Creativity (LINC).

We encourage artists in all disciplines to come and learn about the healthcare reform and affordable options for coverage.

First 35 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot. Please rsvp by emailing info@brooklynartistsgym.co​m

For more information, please visit http://www.ahirc.org/newyo​rk. A representative from Fractured Atlas will also be attending to help provide information.

WHERE’S AHAB? a three-part study of transcendental fury
Thursday, August 18 8pm

Captain Ahab—the best, first, and darkest dude with a zigzag lightning-bolt scar on his face. Moby-Dick—the unknowable Leviathan.

But wait—don’t forget: Old King Ahab and the God of the Israelites. Quixote and his enchanted armies of giants. The Old Man and the Sea. The Coyote and the Roadrunner. Quint and the Great White. Ripley and the alien broodmother. Kahn and the Enterprise

Each of us seeks her own Whale. Each of us is susceptible to the obsessive focus of the one-legged captain. We seek an object, perhaps—a talisman that will complete us—or a secret knowledge that will give us power and bring us closer to the Transcendent. We pick at a spiritual scab.

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT & THE BRECHT FORUM
August 17th, 7:30 

Co-Sponsor: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Black Power Mixtape
1967-1975
Discussion with Donna Murch
Its synopsis: From 1967 to 1975, Swedish journalists chronicled the Black Power movement in America. Combining that 16mm footage, undiscovered until now, with contemporary audio interviews, this film illuminates the people and culture that fueled change and brings the movement to life anew.

Included in the mix are appearances and commentary by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Eldridge CleaverBobby SealeHuey P. Newton,Emile de AntonioAngela DavisHarry BelafonteKathleen CleaverRobin Kelley,Abiodun OyewoleSonia SanchezBobby SealeErykah BaduTalib Kweli,Questlove and more.

LITERARY BROOKLYN: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life
by Evan Hughes
featuring live music by Alina Simone
Tuesday, August 16, 7–9 PM

“They say Brooklyn is the literary navel of the nation right now, but after reading Evan Hughes’s book you’ll ask, ‘Wasn’t it always?’ It’s a richly detailed, beautifully written history.”

—Luc Sante, author of Low Life and Kill All Your Darlings 

We kick off the launch of Literary Brooklyn—Evan Hughes’s comprehensive investigation of the borough’s writers and thinkers—with live music by Alina Simone (You Must Go and Win), a reading by Michael Thomas (Man Gone Down) and some other special guests.

COMEDY FESTIVAL @ CORNELIA ST. CAFE.
Thursday, Aug 18 – 8:30PM
John Morrison, host
Janeane Garafalo; Wayne Federman; Liam McEneaney; Baratunde Thurston; Sagar Bhatt; Carla Rhodes

Friday, Aug 19 – 9:00PM
Sean Donnelly, host
Wyatt Cenac; Eddie Brill; Leo Allen; Christian Finnegan; Joe Mande; Jessi Klein

Saturday, Aug 20 – 9:00PM
Liam McEneaney, host
Todd Hanson; Joe Garden; Baratunde Thurston; Lane Moore; Brittain Ashford

Sideshow Goshko
August 19, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, NY Fringe Excellence Award, Sirius XM) invites some of NY’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:

Adam Wade (17-time Moth StorySlam Champion)
Andy Christie (NY Times, The Liar Show)
Colin Dempsey (Comedy Land)

MORE:

Open Mic Show-and-Tell at the City Reliquary
Bushwick Book Club (George R. R. Martin)
Blue-Sky Sprites @Soloway
POLIS @ ArtblogArtblog. 
Join a Verizon Picket Line.
HOTELMOTEL @The Gershwin.

Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever
Rachel Mason and Little Band Of Sailors & Runaway Dorothy @Pete’s Candy Store. (Tuesday, August 16th.)
Reading: Ayala Sella “soliloquies of a crosswalker”
Drunken Careening Writers @KGB.
Jessica Max Stein “The Rainbow Connection: A 60th Birthday Celebration of Gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt”
THE SPECTACLE THEATER & SCREEN SLATE PRESENT “CAN’S SOUNDTRACKS PT. 2”
“THE END” Curated by Jason LeBlond – Opening Reception
CARNATIC FESTIVAL @ CORNELIA ST CAFE.
Greenpoint Gallery Summer Salon Show
Dagmara Genda Presents: Building Disaster
Panel 3: Make Ready: The INDEX Festival
VORTEX @EXIT ART.
Eyebeam + Phaidon Store Summer Cocktail
SEX LIVES OF ROBOTS & Comics Stripped @MOS.
Celebrating 100 Years @ NYPL
An Evening of First Novels and Literary Journals: NYC Book Launch Party for Busy Monsters by William Giraldi
Poetry from the Rooftops: Cedar Sigo, Rosanna Warren & Dara Wier

LAST CALL:

Ghost in the Machine
GROUP SHOW: CABIN FEVER

COMING UP THIS WEEKEND: 

Gemini & Scorpio present
The Black & White & Red All Over Ball
A Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser for Coilhouse Magazine

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
FB: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114752155289228
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 longtime supporters and featured Coilhouse artists: a splendid array of autographed prints and books, and one-of-a-kind art objects. Plus, the first glimpse of Coilhouse Issue Six, and an opportunity to pre-order it at a discount.

Music:
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.

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