THE WEEK: Nov 15-18.

TUESDAY:

99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
Filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites in attendance for discussion including a video conversation with other film collaborators. Film critic Christopher Campbell will be moderating the discussion. Williams Cole will introduce the event.This feature length documentary film is spearheaded by over 50 independent filmmakers, photographers, and videographers across the country. We have come together to pledge our time, skills and gear to cover the events taking place in NYC and around the country. The end product will be a compelling, cinematic, resonant, and honest portrait of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Founded by NYC filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, the project currently counts among its collaborative many award winning documentary producers, directors, musicians and editors (as well as PR people and distributors) including Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley (Battle for BrooklynHorns and Halos), Ava Duvernay (distributor of independent black films via AFFRM, dir/prod I Will Follow), Aaron Yanes as supervising editor (a frequent Barry Levinson editor, he’s also edited many award-winning features and documentaries, from Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Padre Nuestro to James Toback’s Cannes prize-winningTyson, Tyler Brodie (Another EarthTerri), Bob Ray (Total Badass) and many more.

Reading: Jonathan Talat Phillips “Electric Jesus” With Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Reverend Billy
Evolver co-founder Jonathan Talat Phillips invites you to celebrate the release of his new book, “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic.” This potent memoir follows Phillips’ journey with NYC’s radical media activists through a mystical initiation process involving underground ayahuasca ceremonies, kundalini awakenings, and miraculous energy healings that led to him co-found Reality Sandwich and the Evolver Social Movement. There will be a Q&A and discussion with visionary artists Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Reverend Billy.

CITY STORIES: STOOPS TO NUTS ~ STORYTELLING/ GLOBAL LIVING ROOM:BENJY FOX-ROSEN – AVI FOX-ROSEN DUO
Benjy Fox-Rosen has been active as a bassist and singer in the klezmer and eastern European music scene in New York for the last several years; he has toured worldwide with Luminescent Orchestrii, recorded with Adrienne Cooper, and is bassist/vocalist in the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio. After several years of performing with his own band, Fox-Rosen has emerged with a unique take on Yiddish song. This evening Fox-Rosen will present new material, primarily drawing from his settings of Yiddish poetry, as well as lesser known folk songs and new instrumental pieces. He will be joined by Avi Fox-Rosen on guitar, banjo and voice.

Underemployed
This exhibition was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s 1889 essay “The Decay of Lying: An Observation.” Wilde argues that art suffers when it is obliged to reflect and regurgitate reality. Forced to conform to arguments, ideas, and images that are currently circulating in the culture, art becomes “sterile and beauty will pass away from the land.” In the current era, it’s not difficult to find examples of this tendency. Culture wars, auction records, and spectacular art fairs frame discussions of art as salacious or mercenary. Meanwhile, high production values, provocative content and collaborative efforts are the well-worn pathways which mark artworks as luxurious, edgy, or politically aware. Wilde wrote his essay to protest an increasing demand for verisimilitude in the arts. Contemporary examples of this trend might include: the vogue for reality television, memoirs, and art as social practice. We look to art to confirm suspicions or settle scores; to reflect order back onto a world desperately attempting to see itself as orderly. But, as Wilde argues, art is not bound to fact or function, and the more it resists the pull of realism the better off it is. 

Georges Hugnet: The Love Life of the Spumifers
Ubu Gallery is pleased to announce Georges Hugnet: The Love Life of the Spumifers, an exhibition of hand-painted photographic postcards by the eminent Surrealist artist, poet, bookbinding designer and critic. These bizarre, lusciously painted images illustrate Hugnet’s work, The Love Life of the Spumiferswhere each accompanying text poetically and humorously catalogues the mating habits of a fantastical creature or Spumifer.

TRANSDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR ON AFROFUTURISM: KEITH AND MENDI OBADIKE
The Transdisciplinary Seminar on Afrofuturism will explore how representations of science, technology and social engineering intersect with visual cultural expressions of the African diaspora. Science fiction is the organizing trope that will unite all the guest presentations and works under consideration. Visiting artists and cultural theorists will lecture on the role of futuristic projection in African diasporic art, liteature, film and music. The expediency of science fiction as both a fractured mirror of historical experience and a projection of the collective desires of a displaced people will be discussed throughout the semester.

Oppositions: LEDs on Trial–the State of Solid State
Matthew Day Jackson
Meet the Artist: Talk with Lucien Clergue
Benefit Art Auction
FESTIVAL | NEW LITERATURE FROM EUROPE
The Marbled Swarm
RADIO AMATEUR OPEN STAGE #6
Irondale Benefit
TRIBUTE TO A QUEEN: FLAWLESS SABRINA
Stephan Huber: The Empire Strikes Back
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Susan Jeiven
Authors & Editors: Peter Orner and Pat Strachan
LAURIE STONE AND PHILLIP LOPATE: EXPERIMENTS AND DISORDERS
Alan Sonfist
Cheers In Heaven
Park 51 and Beyond: Building Community from Controversy
salon: gabriella csoszó and yen-hua lee
An Exhibition in your mouth
U-N-F-O-L-D: WHAT INSECTS TELL US: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN DAVID DUNN AND HUGH RAFFLES

WENESDAY: 

The MONDO MEMPHIS Book Tour featuring Tav Falco & Erik Morse
MONDO MEMPHIS is a dual, 450-page encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city of Memphis, written by legendary performer Tav Falco and cultural critic Erik Morse. MONDO MEMPHIS is both an original history of the gothic South and an intertext of the urban legends, rural fables and literary clichés that have made the Bluff City simultaneously a metropolis of dreams and a necropolis of terrors. MONDO MEMPHIS is a major work on American history and culture.

The Educated Eater: Farmland Conservation
Farmland in our region is at risk. Land owners turn a bigger profit by selling farmland off for country estates or suburban development rather than keeping it in agricultural production. Most farmers cannot compete financially with these buyers, and nonprofits and government agencies are sometimes called to step in and bridge the financial gap to enable the land to stay in farming. The 230 farmers that sell at Greenmarkets across the city maintain 30,000 acres of farmland, and as a
mission-based program, Greenmarket exists in part to keep regional farms in business and land in production.

NYC – ROY G BIV
WATERHOUSE & DODD NEW YORK is pleased to present ROY G BIV, a group exhibition curated by Trong G. Nguyen and featuring works by Ryan Brennan, Ellen Carey, Brookhart Jonquil, Dan Levenson, Markus Linnenbrink, Robert Minervini, Christian Nguyen, Miguel Palma, Anselm Reyle, Xaviera Simmons, Pascual Sisto, Joey Syta, and Letha Wilson. The exhibition title is a peripheral nod to the recently ratified same-sex marriage act in New York. But like the symbolic rainbow, what at first appears supernatural dissipates, betraying any inherent gestures toward narrow ethics of the “past,” or anything terrestrial, for that matter. Rather, the works in ROY G BIV are concept-driven aesthetics that point to a here-and-now, occupying a space “somewhere underneath the rainbow.” The selection is marked by variants of re-symbolized color, fractured orders of nature and architecture, and fictional prisms through which reality eventually makes its most sense.

Shifters
The video exhibition Shifters focuses on three artistic practices that propose new means of engagement with public space in cities as diverse as Guadalajara, Cairo, Novi Sad, and Austin. Whether nomadic or bound to the conditions of a specific locale, these practices operate at the scale of personal relation to larger urban dynamics. Participating artists include Hala Elkoussy, Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez, and the artist collective Kuda.org.

DIRTY OLD TOWN
In this gonzo tone poem, Bowery Billy Leroy has 72 hours to save his star-crossed, Lower East Side junk store from its bitter end. Facing extinction, his tent of antiquities lures a troop of misfits, freaks and renegades who form a tableaux full of carnival pageantry…

Professional Development Workshop:Essential Finances and Tax Prep for Artists
RICHARD ROTH: No Hazmats
Hecho A Mano
Flaming Youth 
The Fusion of Fine Art and Fashion
Everyday Experimental
Hillel Schwartz on Noise—Unsoundinbodyoremind
CHASE GRANOFF: INTUITION IS PRECEDING OVER MY UNDERSTANDING
Roy Blount Jr. and James Shapiro 
Living Under Radiation – The Role of Arts After 3.11 Fukushima
MILJANA SUKNOVIĆA
Matthew Day Jackson
GREG WARD’S PHONIC JUGGERNAUT, CD RELEASE
Opening the Poem w/Ernesto Estrella Cózar
Performance: Zinn’s “Marx in Soho”
Liz Langley “Crazy Little Thing”
Judson Memorial Church presents Magic Time 
CrimethInc. Presents: Capitalism and Resistance in the 21st Century
10 Years On: Afghanistan, Pakistan
Muse Fuse: Carla Gannis
SLOW FOOD NYC
Hoa Nguyen & Jesse Seldess
Free Creative Writing Workshop!
Montgomery’s Tubercles
Artists and Writers/Evasions of Power
John Coltrane: Ascension 

THURSDAY:

OWS: Call to Action

Join the 99% to Shut Down Wall Street
–Resist austerity. Reclaim the economy. Recreate our
democracy.–

BABY SODA.
They play an eclectic mix influenced by New Orleans brass bands, jug music, southern gospel and hot jazz and feel at home at the Village Vanguard or playing on the street. The band features members New Orleans band the Loose Marbles and alumni of Stephane Wrembel’s Hot Club of NY. With Ben Polcer, Trumpet; Patrick Harison, Accordion; Jared Engel, Banjo; David Langlois, Washboard and Peter Ford, Washtub bass.

Tim Maxwell
Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth: 2011 Eva Zeisel at 105: Important Works of 20th Century Design
Laura Ortiz Vega “Cosmograffiti”
Cayce Zavaglia “Multiple Stitches”

Paul Jacobsen: Mouthpiece
The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a serial killer
UNDER THE BURNT WALLS: STEFANO LOSI
Breakestra
Bushwick Book Club
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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever
HOWARD FONDA
Workshops of Resistance
Found in Translation: A Typo-Philharmonic Conference
THE ORANGE PERSON
Sydney Chastain-Chapman
Intellectual History Conference
Mario Hugo: Shapes and Arrangements
Trivial & Convivial: Brooklyn Pub Trivia Night
Balam Acab
Matthea Harvey and Lynne Tillman
Stephen Graham “Cities Under Siege”
Open Mic Show-and-Tell
Mark Rudd: “Grampa Was a Terrorist”
The Chinese Labor Movement: An Assessment of Contemporary Working Class Struggles
Poetry for Social Activists Workshop
Beyond Amazing: Creativity and Innovation in the World of Magic with Steve Cohen, Joshua Jay, Eric Jones, and Todd Robbins
Die, Nazi Scum!
Book Launch for Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals and the Garden of Brightness
Uncommon Threads: A Survey of Contemporary Quilts
GRAHAM HAYNES
Rana Santacruz @ Salon Hecho
Cathleen Schine & Audrey Niffenegger on Jane Austen
BEAUTIFUL MALADIES
Itkowitz & Harwood
ARTIST TALK
Alexander Tinei
Lee, Sun-Me and Scott Draves
RICHARD MOSSE 
Isaac Julien: Mellon Visiting Artist & Thinkers Program and Columbia University World Leaders Forum
Nauscopy
Everything Has Changed
MasterClass, Mark Delong and Landon Metz 
NYSS Alumni Exhibition 2011
Laura Watt
KAORUKO: Aromako
Pablo Atchugarry: Heroic Activities
Esther Kläs:<Nobody Home
David Brody at Pierogi
Home Audio’s First House Show!
PIXELATING: Black in New Dimensions
DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY LORENE TAUREREWA

FRIDAY:

JIM RICHARD: PAINTINGS AND COLLAGES
Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Jim Richard’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, and the twentieth of his career. It features paintings, works on paper and collages.  Since the 1980s, Richard has painted dramatically decorated interiors inhabited by overscale art objects. Art and décor clamor for attention, questioning what, if anything, wins out.  The centerpiece of the show is FUN, a large painting (46 x 90 inches) of a decorated party room that started with good intentions, but is on the verge of careening out of control. The issue is confused and crowded by the inclusion of art works among the decorations. Hovering in the middle of the activity is a large modernist emblem that attempts to reassure that the center will hold.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
In honor of the November release of Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, powerHouse Books invites you to hear John Maloof speak about his extraordinary discovery of Vivian Maier’s photography. Along with a Q&A and slideshow presentation, Maloof will detail his experience uncovering Vivian Maier’s extensive body of work and share his insight regarding the curious Chicago nanny turned posthumous street photographer phenomenon.

The Occult in Modern Art 101
Though few history books make mention of it, many of our most lauded artists — Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Duchamp, to name but a few — were deeply influenced by the occult.  The imagery and tenets of arcane traditions including alchemy, Spiritualism, Theosophy, and shamanism have infused the work of artists through the ages.  Beginning with the Symbolists, then spiraling through such periods as Cubism, Dada, Surrealism (with its wonderfully witchy women), Abstract Expressionism, and the visionary art of today, this evening’s lecture will be a visual primer on the existence of magic in our museums and galleries.

Paranoid Empire: Perpetual War and the Twilight of US Power
THE ORANGE PERSON
CAVE | New York Butoh Kan Masters Nobody’s Money
Brian LaRossa and Allie Rex Artist Dinner
slut (r)evolution: no one gets there overnight
The New School – Peter Schjeldahl: The Critic as Artist in 2011
The New Salon: Fiction Writers in Conversation: Elissa Schappell and Helen Schulman
Keith Smith: Book by Book
William Jones “Halsted Plays Himself”
Tom Kotik: Artist Talk
BRIAN WONDERGEM
Poets’ Potluck
PABLO HELGUERA’S REINTERPRETATION OF BACH’S MASTERPIECE  PART OF PERFORMA 11
Invasions of the Surreal Undergrowth” ( previously “Italy Invades Spain…” )
Andrew Moszynski at Valentine
Stop NYPD & CIA Repression of Muslim Communities
NERD NITE, PLUS TRIVA
Dismissed:Opening Reception
Bryan Krueger: Mejor Vista General
CHARLES GATEWOOD 7 DELIGHTFUL SINS 

ONGOING:

Jack Smith
Few artists can be said to have had a greater influence on the history of experimental cinema, queer cinema, and performance art than Jack Smith (1932–1989). Smith was an antic performer who played to the cheap seats, flamboyantly and tragicomically overwrought in the manner of Theda Bara, Maria Montez, Gloria Swanson, and Dorothy Lamour. His style of camp blended Hollywood orientalism, burlesque, kitsch, polymorphous sexuality, and social satire. Caustically funny, politically trenchant, and defiantly intolerant of intolerance, he provoked police raids and censorial judges, and created a beautiful, haunting, poignant, outrageous, orgiastic body of work that transformed the artistic landscape of the New York underground—a culture also being shaped in profoundly radical ways by Andy Warhol, Tony Conrad, Ken Jacobs, Ron Rice, the Kuchars, Jonas Mekas, the Velvet Underground, Charles Ludlam, and Susan Sontag—as well as inspiring a subsequent generation of artists, including Richard Foreman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christophe Schlingensief, Laurie Anderson, Derek Jarman, Nan Goldin, Robert Wilson Jack Goldstein, Mike Kelley, Pipilotti Rist, Vaginal Davis, Cindy Sherman, Guy Maddin, Ryan Trecartin, John Waters, Vivienne Dick, The Cockettes, John Bock, and countless others.

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.

Aid and Abet: Working With NGOs
Sonnambula
RON AGAM AND TONY SOULIÉ
INFINITE PERSPECTIVES:Places I’ll Remember
Rona Yefman
CLOWNS FULL-TILT
HANDSHAKE UPPERCUT, A VICTORIAN CLOWN THROWDOWN
THE STONE
Two-Man Kidnapping Rule
American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock & Family
An Auteurist History of Film
Dead Laptop Series
SPANKIN’ STEPHEN’S MONDAY NIGHT PUB QUIZ
Carsten Höller: Experience
Street Scenes / Visual Narrative
BRAIN CLOUD
Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
FESTIVAL | NEW LITERATURE FROM EUROPE
CHASE GRANOFF: INTUITION IS PRECEDING OVER MY UNDERSTANDING 

UPCOMING:

THE SECRET CITY – COMMUNITY
The holidays are coming, a time when we think a lot about the people in our lives. At The Secret City, we think about what makes a community, and ways that we can feel closer to each other and the larger world.This month, we’re asking folks to bring a guest with them to the service, someone who’s never been before. Don’t worry, we won’t embarrass you, we just want to reach out to some folks we haven’t yet had the chance to meet. And, one of the reasons we want to pack the joint is that we are holding our 2nd Annual Food Drive, benefiting The Food Bank of New York City*, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in NYC. Last year we donated about 100 pounds of food, just in time for Thanksgiving. We’re hoping to double that figure this year.

Jed Brandt, Mike Ely, Eric Riebellarsi
Jed Brandt is an editor with the Occupied Wall Street  Journal, and together with Eric Ribellarsi, has recently returned from deep investigations into the “movement of the squares” in Greece and the revolutionary movement in Nepal. Mike Ely is a veteran revolutionary whose political life started with the early SDS and the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and covers decades of experience attempting to build revolutionary organization, including among coal miners in the wildcat strike movements of the 1970s. All three are participants in the Kasama Project — a communist effort to re-imagine and regroup for  revolution in the U.S. All have been active in the Occupy Together movement in different cities.

BRIAN CARPENTER’S GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA.
Trumpeter/composer Brian Carpenter leads the Ghost Train Orchestra through radical new arrangements of strange and beautiful early American chamber jazz from bandleaders Alec Wilder, John Kirby, Raymond Scott, and Reginald Foresythe. Brian Carpenter (trumpet, harmonica), Mazz Swift (violin, vocals), Andy Laster (alto saxophone), Petr Cancura (tenor saxophone), Dennis Lichtman (clarinet), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Avi Bortnick (guitar), Michael Bates (bass), Rob Garcia (drums).
DREAMZOO. 
Cellist, composer, singer and curator of the Super Coda series, Valerie Kuehene also leads her own group, featuring Valerie Kuehne (songs, cello, vox), Lucio Menegon (guitar), Jeff Young (violin), and Sean Ali (bass, auxiliary percussion).

ANDRU BEMIS @ROOTS AND RUCKUS
Behind the Curtains of XXI Century Communism
Special Preview The Fabric of the Cosmos:  Universe or Multiverse?
Jerry Walden 

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