THE WEEK: Oct 24-28.

MONDAY:

BROOKLYN FOLK ARTS DAY
Brooklyn Arts Council, in partnership with The Cultural Strategies Institute invites your participation in a Folk Arts Town Hall Meeting celebrating and strengthening folk and traditional arts in Brooklyn. This first of a kind meeting will inaugurate Brooklyn Folk Arts Day, an annual gathering of Brooklyn’s traditional artists, traditional arts organizations and communities they serve, teaching artists and educators, funders, elected officials, and other friends of folk and traditional arts. Moderated by BAC Folk Arts Director Kay Turner, this gathering will address ways to preserve, sustain, encourage, and expand traditional arts practices in Brooklyn. In town hall fashion, we hope to hear ideas and concerns from a wide range of people attending. The reception provides further opportunity to meet and greet across Brooklyn folk arts communities and genres of practice.

Freaks and Pornography: Victorian Popular Anatomy Museums, Sex and the Unusual Body
Victorian popular anatomy museums were visual spaces in which provocative depictions of women, human ‘freaks’, and ‘exotic peoples’ were displayed together in an ostensibly scientific context. Simultaneously, photographers and artists were doing a brisk trade in depictions of nude images of ‘freaks’ and women, also framed as ’scientific,’ but which, as reproduction techniques advanced, were sometimes sold to third parties as ‘artistic models’ or pornography. Popular anatomy museums were hugely popular attractions in many cities in the United States and Europe until the mid- to late-nineteenth century, when public opinion turned against them and, ultimately they were charged with obscenity alongside pornographers, and many of their collections were completely destroyed.

Mister Rogers and Me
Benjamin Wagner was a rising MTV producer when his life was transformed by a meeting with the recently retired host of the iconic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers. This charming and philosophical documentary chronicles Wagner’s quest to understand Rogers’s mantra: “deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” This gnomic message forces Wagner to reevaluate his life, journeying some 4,000 mile across country to meet people also touched by Rogers, including Tim Russert, Susan Stamberg, and Linda Ellerbee. A true independent labor of love, this quietly profound film is mostly financed by the filmmakers. As Steve Rosenbaum wrote on the Huffington Post: “Mister. Rogers & Me is a gem of a film. Nostalgic and relevant. A revealing personal journey that asks important questions about our human connections. And important questions about how media connect with our children today.”

FACULTY SHOWCASE
John Coletti & Jacqueline Waters
In Motion
Book Launch Party for BAM: The Complete Works
Janette Sadik-Khan in conversation with David Byrne
The Beats in the Village
Speakeasy Dollhouse: An Immersive Play (and book) 

TUESDAY:

Tiger Lillies with Special Guest Justin Vivian BondSINDERELLA SONGS, A CONCERT (Oct 25-29)
St. Ann’s Warehouse favorites, The Tiger Lillies, return with special guest Justin Vivian Bond, for an exclusive concert performance, featuring selections from their album Sinderella. The album recounts the sordid tale of our fairytale favorite, who has fallen on hard times and resorts to turning tricks in return for smack, and her abusive stepmother and ugly stepsisters. The songs singled out for this special concert will be conveyed through the twin vocal assault of Bond (Shortbus, Kiki and Herb) and the Lillies. “Hopefully we will be able to generate quite a lot of hatred on stage between us” (Martyn Jacques). In addition to their Sinderella collaboration, The Tiger Lillies and Justin Vivian Bond will each perform sets of their greatest hits.

DEATHBLOW @Cornelia St.
Amanda Monaco, guitar; Michael Attias, alto saxophone; Sean Conly, bass; Jeff Davis, drums

A.A. Rucci: Tondo
Coleman-Burke Gallery is pleased to announce Tondo, the 4th New York solo show by Brooklyn-based artist A.A. Rucci. The exhibition opens Tuesday, October 25th and runs through Saturday, November 26th. “Rucci is a composer of glimpses and a choreographer of encounters” (Nicola Ingallinera), and Tondo is the first survey dedicated to the artist’s more than two-decade affair with circular paintings.

LJOVA AND KONTRABAND.
Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, Jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions with a nostalgic gaze towards the past. Founded by maverick film composer, arranger, and violist Lev ‘LJOVA’ Zhurbin — hailed by Billboard magazine as “one of New York’s fastest rising composers and instrumentalists” — the ensemble also features his close collaborators on vocals, accordion, bass and percussion. Inspired by his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, the Kronos Quartet, the rapper Jay-Z and others, Ljova’s compositions dazzle with intricate textures, odd rhythms and lilting melodies, creating music that is both fresh and timeless

Ben Cameron presents New Ideas, New Breakthroughs
The Antique Phonograph Music Program LIVE broadcast!
The Art Of Less Doing – More Living
Conversation with Adrienne Edwards and resident artists
HUGO WOLF QUARTET
Big Screen Plaza (AD projects)
Brooklyn Art:Work 2011 Contemporary Art Gala/Brooklyn on Site: Brooklyn Indie Music Fest
DEMENTIA 13 // Live Score by Strange Rivals
Engaging the Next Generation of News Consumers
Undivided: Three Communities, One Struggle
EASY NOT EASY Festival
Open Forum: credit unions with Elisabeth Friederich 

WEDNESDAY: 

NATURE FETISH: The Wild W/Panoply Performance Lab
THIS WEEK, we invite you to join us again at at the Performance Project @ University Settlement to make and perform some graphic scores, tempt fate and tease chance, discuss some philosophical concepts, and experiment with the “The Wild” No need to have attended before! All are welcome to come to as many or as few installments as they choose! This second workshop (2 of 5) will explore conceptions of “wildness,” and “the wild,” as well as any so-called “forces of nature,” or “man against nature” struggles. Are humans wild? or are we domesticated animals? Is nature chaotic, or are there empiric patterns? Improvisation, frenzy, loose association and interpretation, and red wine!

MATA Interval 5.1
MATA, the New York City-based young composer advocacy and presenting organization co-founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa, and Eleonor Sandresky, presents Interval 5.1, inaugurating MATA’s fifth season of the only concert series in New York designed and executed wholly by emerging artists. For the 2011-2012 season, concerts will be conceived in collaboration with other art fields, such as dance and visual art. Check out matafestival.org for updates.

Whiting Writers’ Awards Reading
Roots & Ruckus
NYUGEN SMITH
The Enigmatic Short Story
American Graffiti
The Whore-o-ween Spooktacular
Tom Kotik/Headcase
Jessica Dickinson: BEFORE/BESIDE
Christian Chaize: Paradis
PDF:Curated by Patrick Gantert/Die Like You Really Mean It
Kathleen Fraser & David Larsen
MAX DE ESTEBAN Proposition One: Only The Ephemeral (opening reception next week)
Center Broadsides Reading Series:Poets Corina Copp and Paolo Javier
LIVE MUSIC BY DUBKNOWDUB + SCREENING PIER PAOLO PASOLINI’S ‘SALO’
Motor City Bar: NY Night Train Wednesday
J-Horror Double Bill Wednesday
CURATOR-LED GALLERY TALK
The Journals of Spalding Gray
Luther Price: Fancy Days, Fancy Times
MCGINNIS +9
Artist Talk & Demonstration: Simone Forti
Open Forum: media justice with Betty Yu and Carlos Pareja 

THURSDAY: 

THE 22 MAGAZINE PRESENTS: FEARFUL SYMMETRY
OCTOBER 27th 8pm-12 @THE COUNTING ROOM
44 BERRY ST, BROOKLYN

The 22 Magazine is pleased to announce, “Fearful Symmetry” on October 27th at The Counting Room in Brooklyn. Join us for a night of readings and song in the forests of the night Bring your experience, bring your innocence, bring your immortal hand or eye to hear the deadly terrors of legendary poets Steve Dalachinksy and Yuko Otomo, along with the distant depths of Samantha and Firas Sulaiman, Rami Shamir, Sarah Berstein and Stephanie Valente. These golden words will be followed by a furnace to your brain from Amerigo Mackeral & The Octave Doktors and the twisted sinews of Charlie Waters, Andrew Barker and a surprise special guest. Your most esteemed mixologist, Ian M. Colletti with be on hand with concocted liquid debauchery.

WORDS BY:
STEVE DALACHINSKY
YUKO OTOMO
SAMANTHA KOSTMAYER SULAIMAN
FIRAS SULAIMAN
RAMI SHAMIR
RITA GROLLMAN
SARAH BERNSTEIN
STEPHANIE VALENTE

MUSIC BY:
ANDREW BARKER/ CHARLES WATERS DUO + secret guests!
AMERIGO MACKERAL & THE OCTAVE DOKTORS 

DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PERFORMERS AND THE 22

THURSDAY OCT 27TH, 8PM AT THE COUNTING ROOM
44 BERRY ST, BROOKLYN NEW YORK (IN THE CELLAR)
TAKE THE L TRAIN TO BEDFORD, WALK NE ON BEDFORD TILL N 11TH ST, TAKE A LEFT ON N 11TH AND THAN A RIGHT ONTO BERRY (44 BERRY ST)

MAP
The 22 Magazine: http://www.the22magazine.com/
Online Invite: http://mim.io/9e8dc1


GREENPOINT FILM FESTIVAL

There’s a renewed joy in the air of Greenpoint with the promise to clean up toxins in the land and water. This promise of regeneration deserves a celebration!  The Brooklyn-based arts organization Woven Spaces is launching the 1st Annual Greenpoint Film Festival as a testament to this new mindset. With high quality, all-embracing programming we extend an invitation to the Greenpoint community as well as the extensive professional arts and film audiences of North Brooklyn and beyond to attend our festival.  For the 2011 GFF we are developing a program that includes experimental, avant-garde, documentaries, new works and radical green from filmmakers at all different stages of their careers. Please join us over Halloween weekend, October 27th to 30th, to see some amazing films!

Freddy Chandra: Synthetic Resonance
Constructed of luminously painted bars of cast acrylic, Freddy Chandra’s work invites the viewer into a seamlessly crafted sensational experience. Working within the confines of a logical structure, color is drawn across the surface of the bars in such a way as to create an illusion of depth and an inner light that lend the pieces a lyrical flow. Though static, the pieces imply movement as the colors vibrate off one another, and the bars engage with the negative space of the wall that drifts between them. External space punctuates and disrupts the internal space of the work, and a rhythm is formed as presence relates to absence. This combination of structured form and fluid gesture raises the question: is one viewing an image, or an object?

ATTACK OF THE MUTANT THEREMIN with Kip Rosser
Thereminist Kip Rosser will demonstrate why Halloween is the perfect time of year for a scholarly and irreverent evening of bizarre history and strange science, featuring live music played on the weirdest instrument on the planet. The theremin was the world’s first electronic instrument, the first amplified instrument, and the original synthesizer. Today, it remains the only instrument ever invented that’s played without being touched.

Splash!
Jeepers Creepers, It’s Boris Karloff!Rana Santacruz/Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band
Eugene Brodsky: Silkscreen Paintings
We Are The Whirl by Sto and Jee
Lowbrow Society for the arts presents “Drag, Masks, & Mirrors: A night of queer readings on seeing and being seen”
Poetry Reading: Garrett Hongo
Ne’erdowells @ Hydrogen Jukebox – CD RELEASE PARTY!
NY Night Train @Roberta
JONATHAN FIELDING:THIS LURKING THING
KCCS & NYC Horror Film Fest Present: One Dark and Stormy Night
Chess with Duchamp, Readymade Art 
Guy Rusha:Her
Lecture | Photography as Activism
Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia:Chelsea Rae Armantrout and Lisa Jarnot
15th Annual Gala: Masquerade Bowl
“Barrio Fiesta!”: Free Public Performances and Reception Celebrating Filipino American History
RECUMULATIONS: A digital-dance performance object
Lisa Ross – After Night
Halim Al Karim: Witness from Baghdad
MATTHEW BRANNON
See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy
Andrew Cohen Reading/ANDY STATMAN
Julia Lundy at Ella Lounge
Blood and Gifts
Poets Out Loud
Le Chat Noir Presents . . .
ringfinger
THE NOUVEAU CLASSICAL PROJECT: “FROM THE MARGINS, THIS, UNMENTIONED”
The Hebrew Actors Union and Second Avenue: Caretakers of Yiddish Theater
Ping Chong’s Angels of Swedenborg performed by The Great Jones Repertory Company
The Global Salon: Cities in Egypt

FRIDAY: 

The 13th Hour: 4th Annual Group Exhibit
Last Rites Gallery opens it’s fourth annual The 13th Hour group exhibit, celebrating the spirit of the Halloween season. In it’s annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held during Halloween weekend, the show is the gallery’s largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

Procession of the Ghouls, Following a screening of Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Great Organ will be played by Timothy Brumfield to accompany this year’s screening of the original Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s ghosts and ghouls, Halloween at the Cathedral will be infused with new energy. The full stretch of the nave is at the disposal of Mr. Lee’s fantastic creatures of the night, and visitors are encouraged to brace themselves for increased ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks. Seats closest to the action are for the bravest at heart, who may find themselves directly confronted with the hooked, expressive nose of a demon, the mossy nails of a witch, or the bulging, flushed cheeks of a ghostly manchild.

THE GRUEN EFFECT: Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall
In The Gruen Effect, Austrian filmmakers Anette Baldauf take a look at how the architect’s life, work, and critical humor become a means to make sense of the cities we live in today. The Viennese architect Victor Gruen is considered the father of the shopping mall. His ideas about urban planning, both influential and abused, have led to cities that serve the new gods of consumption. By tracing Gruen’s path from prewar Vienna to 1950s’ America and back to Europe in 1968, the documentary explores the themes and mistranslations that have come to define urban life. Followed by a Q & A with the director. This screening takes place within the framework of the 2011 Architecture & Design Film Festival.

SCOTT TRELEAVEN: The Holy Man Who Drank Milk With His Penis
Some things must be hidden to be found. In his new work, the first to embrace total abstraction, the celebrated Canadian collagist, filmmaker, and multidisciplinary virtuoso Scott Treleaven has subsumed his social- and self-critique into a suite of mesmerizing works on paper at once assertive and mysterious. In The Holy Man Who Drank Milk With His Penis, which takes its name from an obscure yogic practice for cultivating extreme self-control, Treleaven departs from the paradoxical code of explicitness that guides so much esoteric work. Rather than making public or even monumental the semi-ritualized struggles of marginalized individuals and communities, Treleaven uses the opacity of abstraction to deal with these themes obliquely, through obscuring veils—not to rescue marginality into public view but to honor it by keeping it secret and strange. Sometimes the most direct approach involves no path at all.

COMING AND GOING
Certainly there is no shortage of articles, videos, sound bites, tweets, etc, emphasizing the state of flux that characterizes today’s instantaneous and dynamic world. We are reminded by pundits, bloggers, advertisers, impresarios, curators, and politicians that we must adapt, readapt, and adapt again if we hope to be competitive in the job market, if our industries are to prosper, if our museums are to attract and connect with their audience, if we hope to survive. Our fixation with ceaseless change is pervasive. “Out with the old, in with the new” has accelerated from a generational transition to a perpetual one. Life now is at once coming and going.

Beat Night Fall Exhibition: “All Your Art Are Belong to Us”
The Active Space presents a survey on technology’s influence in art with the exhibition “All Your Art Are Belong to Us”. This group exhibition will include various levels of technology being applied artistically to a variety of mediums. In a world where everything is being digitized, art is just the next of many things. Although not completely apparent in all finished products this exhibition will allow the viewer a window into the tools that an artist uses to aid in their creative process. The exhibition will involve the Bushwick community of creative thinkers by including a short survey of how each artist is influenced by technology and their opinions on the future relationship of technology and art. Featured artists include Brian Maller, Jonathan Chapline, Wilfredo Ortega, Fernando Pacheco, Louisa Marie Summer, Sarah Young, and Justin Richards.

REAL VOCAL STRING QUARTETS @BARBES
RVSQ is a string quartet made up of four women who also sing and whose influences range from traditional American string band music to contemporary improvisation, Brazilian folk rhythms and West African tradition. Original songs backed by the strings and original compositions of the highlights of their performances. After collaborating with Feist on her latest album, Paste magazine called the quartet “Feist’s secret weapon.”

CONCRETE SOUND: an installation by Audra Wolowiec/BEATNITE: Bushwick Art Spaces Stay Open Late
Transubstrational: As a Smartmatter of Nanofacture
Nan Goldin:Scopophilia
Beer & Candy II
Reading and Conversation with the board members of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts
Fear Factory 2011 — A Horror Film Experiment
RAY ANDERSON TRIO
Haunted Lantern Tours
ROBERT JACKSON:TWILIGHT THEATRE
SEWAGE BABY at Spectacle!
Sunset Park: Paul Auster
Night of Renegades FREE at the LAVA Studio
Rebecca Horn:Ravens Gold Rush
Roomful: Nava Lubelski
Ed Pastorini/Tom Swafford & Angela Martinelli and you at Papacookie
Paragraph reading
WFMU Record Fair
Simone Forti
Pedagogy of the Oppressed: The Musical

ONGOING:

Anna Sperber: FOREVERANDADAY
Anna Sperber continues her explorations of light and texture in a new work, focusing on individual figures and single movements to heighten our awareness of sensation in choreographic distillations of time and place. Featuring performers Julie Alexander, Natalie Green, Jennifer Lafferty and Rebecca Serrell Cyr, and a score composed and performed live by experimental trumpeter Nate Wooley, with lighting design created in collaboration with Joe Levasseur, and costume design by Parker Lutz.

Cries and Whispers
In a sterile grey room, an artist lies dying. Her video diaries flicker on screens, offering consoling images of an ersatz immortality as her estranged sisters hover about, removed. Not a word has been uttered and already director Ivo van Hove (Opening Night, 2008 Next Wave) has transported us to a collective soul bound by the most tenuous compassion. On a stage transfigured by grief, gripping performances from Dutch repertory company Toneelgroep Amsterdam drive this modern adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s unflinching 1972 film about the will to live and the astounding human capacity for empathy amid the debris of damaged life.

TAMBAIMO: DANDAN
James Cohan Gallery is proud to present DANDAN, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Tabaimo, opening September 15th and running through October 29th, 2011. This is the third solo exhibition at the gallery by the 35-year old Tabaimo, recognized as one of Japan’s leading artists and well-known for her hand-drawn animations whose coloration bring to mind traditional ukiyo-e prints.


STEAMPUNK HAUNTED HOUSE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Back by popular demand for a third season, the visually stunning, lushly designed Steampunk Haunted House returns and takes audiences into the darker, more terrifying aspects of Lewis Carroll’s classic stories. In this immersive experience, audience members are admitted in small groups, suddenly separated, and thrust into a beautiful and terrifying dreamscape of neo-Victorian elegance and phantasmagoric clockwork horrors. The experience sprawls throughout the three floors of Abrons’ majestic century-old playhouse, its innumerable twisting hallways, looming balconies, and labyrinthine cellars.

WALLS AND BRIDGES
Over the course of three 10-day series, in the winter, spring and fall of 2011 in New York City, Walls and Bridges—a program curated by the Villa Gillet (director: Guy Walter) and presented by the Conseil de la Création artistique (general representative: Marin Karmitz)—will present nearly 50 cultural events, combining about 100 speakers and artists, 30 partners and over 20 venues, ranging from the New York Public Library, Joe’s Pub and the Brooklyn Flea to bookstores, universities and various galleries.

Now the Cats with Jewelled Claws
Jalopy String Band Festival
THE STONE 
The Tragedy of Maria Macabre
Yoko Ono
The Tale of Frankenstein’s Daughter
Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’
The Gravesend Inn
HOWL ! Arts Project H.E.L.P. Benefit Performances
Plays Well With Others Festival
SONIC: Sounds of a New Century
HELP ME OUT (ABC NO RIO ON GOING THRU 10/26)
Ferran Martin:GRANADA
An Auteurist History of Film
Take What Is Yours
New Georges presents:Nightlands
Looking at Los Sures: Organizing Space
I don’t believe in outer space
Karen O in STOP THE VIRGENS
In Between: Through the Eyes of the Others
The Nightmare Story
Dead Laptop Series
SPANKIN’ STEPHEN’S MONDAY NIGHT PUB QUIZ.
GBBM
EYES WIDE SHUT
Prison Light
Nightlands
Puppetsburg: An Interactive Puppet Show for Babies! (ages 0 to 4)


COMING UP:

Fair Use Without Fear! Copyright for Participatory Culture

Saturday, October 29 at 4:00pm, $20 suggested donation.

Join scholar Patricia Aufderheide, filmmaker David Van Taylor, and law professor Brian Frye in this in-depth and hands-on investigation of fair-use.

Masquerade Macabre

Halloween Saturday, Oct 29, 21+

A marvellous and mysterious event…a Halloween celebration of the extravagant and the grotesque…an all-night spectacle of atmosphere, costumery and diverse entertainments…an explosion of live music, dancing, circus arts, fire and late-night revelry, snake-charmed into an absinthe-fueled early-morning speakeasy.

Solo Exhibition and Live Performance by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Opening Reception: October 29, 6-8pm
Live Performance at 7pm

We invite you to join us: Monthly workshops, presided over by Jovana Stokic, Location One’s curator of Performance Art, invite guest artists, critics and curators to work with the community of artists-in-residence at Location One. They provide a lively interaction and often suggest projects or collaborations that might be explored for presentation at the gallery. This month the topic addressed will be Collecting, Curating and Conserving; the guest curator will be Sandra Skurvida.

A girl raised as a boy. A boy trained to act as a girl. A writer and activist in exile. Anauthoritative male. These are the four characters through whom Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen addresses the complexities of gender in cultures where men and women are segregated — and masculinity rules

The Secret City – PERSONA WHO ARE YOU??
The fall is upon us, the leaves change and so do we. Or is everything just becoming more of itself? Join us as we celebrate the idea of PERSONA, in music, art, clothing, food and all the other delicious ways we celebrate.  On the day before Halloween, let’s find out who we are, who we might be, who we pretend to be.

Ben Gerstein (Jerome Foundation Commission) – FREEDOM CHOIR! A congregation for cathartic improvisational service

$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

On November 1st, All Saints’ Day, The Day of the Dead — ancient holidays in honor of the saints, known or unknown; deceased friends and family — Ben Gerstein brings together for the first time a unique ensemble of enormous acoustic, experiential intensity to celebrate the powers of improvisation on this earth. FREEDOM CHOIR! A congregation for cathartic improvisational service. Inspired by the micro and macrocosms of nature, ecstatic spiritual and athletic experiences, dream, destiny, ritual, prayer, ancestry, and visions throughout Art and beyond… Dance floor, prairie, pow-wow, synagogue, church, mountain top, ocean, forest, desert, track and field, fighting ring, mosh pit … Ferocious love! An historic event for expansive sound and emotion; unnamable sound, unnamable emotion. We are the world! Communion between us all…

Murakami Madness! @Selected Shorts.
In a mini marathon celebration of his long-awaited magnum opus 1Q84, actors Jane CurtinAasif Mandvi (The Daily Show),Campbell Scott (Secret Lives of Dentists),Parker Posey (Best in Show) and others perform a selection from the new book as well as a variety of his hypnotic, funny, mysterious, far-out tales. The evening includes special guests super-fan Isaac Mizrahi and Murakami’s friendJohn Wray (Lowboy), who interviewed him forThe Paris Review. With Murakami-inspired musical accompaniment.

Walton Ford: I don’t like to look at him, Jack. It makes me think of that awful day on the island.

November 3 – December 23, 2011
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of nine new, large-scale watercolor paintings by Walton Ford, on view for the first time, at 293 Tenth Avenue. The most monumental watercolors that Ford has painted to date, three of the works measure approximately 9 x 12 feet on a single sheet of paper. These nine paintings are grouped into two series of work: one comprising three portraits of King Kong; and the other six meditations on a passage from the memoirs of the ornithologist John James Audubon (1785- 1851). Both series were painted in 2011, and are consistent with Ford’s practice of expanding the visual language and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting. The first series, presenting three huge portraits of King Kong, is based on the 1933 movie co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. As Ford explains, “The depression era Kong was misshapen, not modeled on any living ape. He has an odd, ugly, shifting charisma like Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, or Bogart. Naturally, his woman screamed in terror.

Conference of Works: Operations and Participations
The second in a series of creative production conferences, Conference of Work: Operations and Participations is part group exhibition and part non-academic theoretical thinktank.Performances and presentations taking open source forms will be enjoyed and discussed. For a schedule and complete list of presenters, check back here and on www.panoplylab.org/conference.html as the conference takes shape. Currently, participants include: Gelsey Bell, Carrie Dashow, Lindsey Drury, Alison Fleminger, Hector Canonge, Anya Liftig, Ann Hirsch, Douglas Barrett, Aliza Simons, Gretta Louw, Social Practices Arts Network (SPAN), Angela Washko, Valerie Kuehne, and others!

WHERE PURGATORY ENDS @SAINT VITUS
You’re invited to join us on Thursday, November 3rd at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn for what we believe will be two very special, distinct and parallel events. The venue’s address is 1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222 What we’re trying to do here is merely support art. As much as we’ve fooled ourselves with the idea of originality until now, we realize we don’t really believe in it – but we do believe and stand behind authenticity, behind what we perceive as unpretentious and honest ways of expression coming from artists dedicated to nothing but their dreams and obsessions. In the quiet words of Steve Jobs, we believe in people who stay hungry and foolish because we have faith in the individual. We value talent but we also value modesty and humbleness even more. We are here because we want to give a few great artists a voice, and by this we thank them for sharing their beauty with us and the world. (About the artists.)

ZEN MONSTER LAUNCH PARTY
The launch event at the Brooklyn zen center, 505 Carroll Street, on friday night nov. 4 for zen monster magazine marks our 3rd issue– an unusually strong and clear statement of buddhist, non-buddhist, and trans-buddhist art, poetry, and subversive political statement — our strongest endorsement yet of gary snyder’s landmark essay “Buddhism and the Coming Revolution,” which we printed in ZM#1 back in 2008. our zen buddhist praxis here in Brooklyn and n.j. is edgy, overtly political, and aesthetically liberated from any particular form or artistic ideology. we back the Occupy Wall Street movement 100%; our art editor noah fischer has been in Zuccotti Park since day one, even demonstrating as an artist there on wall street before day one with a small group dressed up as currency, as money, and he is there today and every day.

DANCE TILL YOU’RE DEAD: REINVENTING THE PROM
Saturday November 5th | 7PM – 12AM

Swirling, moving, dancing, Michael Alan’s paintings, full of chaotic motion and grace, will transform into the flesh. Altering the space of the Gershwin Hotel, 7 living figures, as if straight from Alan’s 2d images, will move back and forth to their own beat and their own dance, participating in Michael Alan’s prom.7 friends/performers will all be animating separate dances—from hip hop to classical to 80’s to butoh to punk rock—at the same time for 5 hours. When the song switches, they will all stick with their individual dances, creating a multiple, choreographed dancing ensemble living painting.

Performa 11
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital “think tank” linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for brilliant new performances in all disciplines.

Perfect Lives: Manhattan
Perfect Lives Manhattan takes the events of a day in a small Midwestern town and remaps them onto Lower Manhattan, starting at 11 AM and continuing intermittently until 11:30 PM. As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants re-imagine the big city as a folksy town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Varispeed’s performance will use spatial intimacy to help animate the story — performances will happen inside homes, parks, and businesses, over shared snacks and shared readings, rather than on stages or behind lecterns. Perfect Lives Manhattan will bring together musicians, performers, fans and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

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