GRAND OPENING @ROULETTE – Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn/GRAND OPENING – COSA BRAVA featuring Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, Shahzad Ismaily, and the Norman Conquest
Sat Sep 17 – 8:00 PM and Sun Sep 18 – 8:00 PM
Three legends of the New York Underground combine forces for an evening of extreme improvised music. “The most important multimedia artist of our time,”(LA Times), Laurie Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings that have challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Tonight Anderson teams up with husband Lou Reed – arguably one of the most influential musicians in rock history whose band, the Velvet Underground, redefined the music of the late ’60s. Also joining them tonight is maverick composer/performer and godfather of the Downtown New York scene, John Zorn.
CROSSING THE LINE 2011: FIAF’S FALL FESTIVAL
September 17–October 16, 2011
The transdisciplinary festival of contemporary arts and culture is a platform for vibrant new developments in artistic practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Each fall, the month-long festival provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and society, to examine how artists help re-imagine the ways we perceive the world, and to engage with the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.
The Kitchen Block Party: A Free Neighborhood Street Fair
September 17, 2011 11am- 4pm
Kick off the Fall season with a free, family-oriented street fair featuring an afternoon of dozens of artist-led activity booths, alongside live music and dance performances. Come take part in a zany assortment of kid-friendly activities, including face-painting, puppet and mask-making, temporary tattoos, hula-hoop and drumming workshops, cookie decorating, and unusual photo booths, among many, many more!
Things fall apart, they break. Fracture, both material and metaphorical is a part of our lives. In this exhibition fracture acts as a unifying principle, unifying themes as diverse as luck, consumption and value. Sometimes something must be broken or fractured in order for us to see its value. This may be especially true for our environment. Only when we see the consequences of our actions do we begin to understand our complicity in fracturing it. So animals like polar bears must persist against the tide, fractured from their environment destined to become just another souvenir of a bygone era.
MAKER FAIRE NEW YORK
Sept 17 and 18
POP Patriotism 2002
September 22 – November 13, 2011
POP Patriotism, curated by Peter Scott at Momenta Art in September 2002, is being re-presented at carriage trade from September 22 to November 13, 2011. A note on the re-presentation of POP Patriotism in 2011:
In the panicked days, weeks, and months following September 11, 2001, many Americans were too overwhelmed to be aware of the way in which their fear was being appropriated by certain factions within government and business to further a set of goals, often having little to do with “security” or “freedom.” An attack that seemed to “come from nowhere” stimulated an aggressive series of government policies and ad campaigns by businesses that reflected an acute understanding of the opportunity that this traumatic attack presented. In the ten years that have passed, this opportunism, from the failed “contract wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan (reaping billions for private firms while helping drive the U.S. deeply into debt) to the tapering-off of the patriotic spirit when it no longer served a consumerist agenda, has mostly faded from view. Buried under partisan conflict, which focuses on the liberal / conservative divide, the attention eventually fell on a series of “mistakes” by the Bush administration, mostly overlooking the gutting of the public sector for private profit (brilliantly outlined in Naomi Klein’s 2007 book, “The Shock Doctrine”), launched with patriotic fervor in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
hosted by Rob Weisberg and Irene Trudell. Live from Barbès and featuring:
PATRICK FARRELL & BEN HOLMES – Accordion trumpet duo
FREAK FANDANGO ORCHESTRA – A folk, polka, gypsy punk band from Barcelona.
FORWARD KWENDA – An Mbira player from Zimbabwe
CHIA’S DANCE PARTY – Colombian Brass Band from New York
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 10 AM – 6 PM
Larry McMurtry, Terry McMillan, Jennifer Egan, Eoin Colfer, John Sayles, Joyce Carol Oates, Craig Thompson, Walter Mosley, Adrian Tomine, Amitav Ghosh, Jean Valentine, Jules Feiffer, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Rachel Hawkins, Sam McBratney, Jacqueline Woodson,Jhumpa Lahiri, Mo Willems, Pete Hamill and many more
What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 4:00–7:00 pm
What should we be looking at? The extraordinary number of photographs taken on September 11 made it the most photographed event in history and may have signaled the birth of citizen journalism. However in our impulse to record, we have not formulated new strategies to a better understanding of today’s pressing issues of a globalized world. There is no longer a “front page” to act as a societal filter through which, we can learn about important events and trends. Even the role that the physical café once played in our communities—the place we went to discuss and digest what’s going on around us—has become fragmented across a myriad of virtual spaces.
OPERA GROWS IN BROOKLYN
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18
Composer/Author Daniel Felsenfeld curates latest installment of popular Opera Grows in Brooklyn series, based on texts by Brooklyn writers.Two Brooklyn opera companies, American Opera Projects (AOP) and Opera On Tap (OOT), in association with The Brooklyn Book Festival, present Opera Grows in BOOKlyn, an evening of vocal music based on texts by renowned and up-and-coming Brooklyn writers. Guest-curated by author and composer Daniel Felsenfeld as part of the Opera Grows in Brooklyn quarterly concert series, Opera Grows in BOOKlyn will feature works by David Lang, One Ring Zero, Paola Prestini and other composers based on poems, short stories, plays, and even cookbooks with Brooklyn origins.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 8:30-11:00 PM
O U I Performance Group are arriving on our shores!
Hector Canonge will be in the house!
and we need to alert everyone!
Shout it on the streets!
and from rooftops!
Hector Canonge lives and works in New York City where he studied comparative literature, film and Integrated Media Arts. His work incorporates the use of various media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performative narratives. (MORE.)
ARIAS WITH A TWIST @ABRONS ART CENTER.
September 14-October 16
Wednesday-Saturday | 8 pm
Saturday Late Show | 10:30 pm
Sunday | 7 pm
This updated version of the original deliriously madcap fantasy once again features the soaring song stylings of demented diva Joey Arias surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers under the direction of Basil Twist. Channeling lurid celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions, the adventure begins with an alien abduction and concludes with a stupendous Busby Berkeley-esque finale. Along the way, the throaty chanteuse belts out pop, rock and jazz standards in addition to some original tunes by Alex Gifford as Twist and company work their magic with vintage marionettes, anatomically correct puppets and fantastical scenic elements.
Michael Alan’s Living Installation: THE WEDDING / VAMPIRE CIRCUS
Friday September 16th | 9PM – 3AM
What will happen when Michael Alan turns 7 performers into 2 separate Living Installations at the same time for 6 hours?
Moving between the two shows in one room, artist Michael Alien will build two Living Installations simultaneously within the raw space of ABC No Rio Gallery. The materials, sound, story, smell, space, time, characters and action will blend. The fairy tales will merge and the energy will build with you as a part. This is not theater or a performance.This is you witnessing communication, being connected and being lost in the moment for as long as you want. This is a Living Installation, a living, breathing piece of art.
John Cage Variety Show, directed by Miguel Frasconi @The Stone.
9/16 Friday, 10pm
Roland Auzet (percussion) Richard Carrick & Chris Cochrane (guitars) Martha Cluver (voice) Christopher McIntyre (trombone) Jovita Zähl (piano) Miguel Frasconi (toy piano, electronics, director)An evening of pieces by John Cage, performed in a Musicircus environment. Works will include In a Landscape, Music for Amplified Toy Pianos, Cheap Imitation, Variations II, solos from Concert for Piano and Orchestra, excerpts from Song Books, Cage songs and an ensemble performance of 4’33”.
Co-Conceived by Christopher McElroen and Sam Stephenson, based on Stephenson’s 2009 book, The Jazz Loft Project, Chaos Manor is a live multi-disciplinary performance installation that seeks to capture the visual and sonic event of W. Eugene Smith’s 821 Sixth Avenue “jazz loft” endeavor 1957-1965. In keeping with the raw creative spirit of Smith and the loft scene, Chaos Manor will be performed at The Invisible Dog, a raw space in a vast three story converted Brooklyn factory building with an open-ended mission to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center.
A Night of Music, Curated by Kevin Hufnagel@Vaudeville Park.
September 16, 2011 8pm- 10pm
Johnny DeBlase Quartet – acoustic jazz improv with some of Philadelphia’s most exciting avant-garde players:
Joe Moffet – trumpet
Nick Millevoi- guitar
Ricardo Lagomasino- drums
Johnny DeBlase- bass
Ryan Miller, member of With Eyes Abstract, comes all the way from Portland to share his gorgeous and abstract solo acoustic guitar pieces.
Kevin Hufnagel, member of Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, plays haunting, nostalgic, and other-wordly compositions for baritone ukulele, and acoustic guitar.
Brooklyn Indie Music Fest
September 16, 17, and 18
2 Stages and 3 Days of the Best of New York City-based Independent Music Rocks Brooklyn – All in one Venue! Taking place September 16, 17, and 18 at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
This Fest is a celebration and showcase of the community of vast talent and dedication that fuels the independent music scenes of Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs. At the heart of the Brooklyn Indie Fest impetus is an attempt to unify various local independent music scenes, artists, and fans – in order to help inspire, motivate and promote these groups collectively. Our plan is to actively bring together NYC’ s best musicians to spread awareness of the groundbreaking music that is being created on a continuous basis in this city.
ASSEMBLY @EDWARD THORP GALLERY
PIRATE CON 2011
Steve Dalachinsky Group Reading @Dershowitz Center for Pro-Israel Art
The Grid: Family Workshop @MCNY.
New Silent Series
MIGRATION@ Proteus Gowanus
Two One–person show @FiveMyles
“We Are Nocturnal” by Kenzo Minami
Con Artist’s Dean Millien talk at Make Skateboards
JAMES DILLON–NINE RIVERS
LJOVA AND KONTRABAND @BARBES
PAINT WORKS AT THE GOWANUS BALLROOM
Art Station @Lukoil.
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival @The Bell House
Amoralists presents: HOTELMOTEL, the off-broadway at Gershwin Hotel
IMAGINE SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL BENEFIT PARTY
Munemi Natsu solo exhibition Nostalgia
Matthew Barney: “DJED”
Hello World! @Milavec Hakimi Gallery
Nick Cave @Mary Boone.
Nicole Awai: Almost Undone
Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant: The Mothership Landing
Science & Exploration: Saul Becker, Emilie Halpern, Xylor Jane, Michael Jones McKean, and Eric Zimmerman @Horton Gallery.
States of Emergency: Objects as Agency, circa 1970
ASK THE EXPERTS – THE MAKING OF A SPECTACLE!
Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore
Aliza Eliazarov: Sustain
ANDREW MOUNT: GRAPHEMES AND EPIGRAPHS.
Tales of Breukelen @BWAC.
New York Opera Forum performs Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Tamara Zahaykevich:Hey Harmonica!
PETITE MORT: RECOLLECTIONS OF A QUEER PUBLIC (2011)
Roy Lichtenstein: Entablatures