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.

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What Makes Japanese Art: SALON SERIES NO. 40 WITH Sachiyo Ito.

*Salon Series No. 40*

*”What makes Japanese art?”*

Guests: Masayo Ishigure, T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Kaoru Watanabe, John Stevenson, Dale Walkonen

Time: Sunday May 22, 2011 3-4pm

Place: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th St., between 5th & 6th Ave, NYC


Admission: $15, $10 for student & senior

Information: Sachiyo Ito & Company


Salon Series # 40 on May 22, 2011 will be a collaboration of artists in various disciplines from dance, music, calligraphy, and literature.The program will begin with a haiku written and read as appropriate to season, place, occasion, followed by calligraphy on the haiku. Inspired by haiku, writing and image, dancer and musicians on koto, fue, and drum will unfold the program as an improvisation. Poetry in western style and haiku will weave through the improvisation as it develops. Post performance discussion will focus on Japanese aesthetics that threads through different forms of Japanese art, ”What makes Japanese art?”

*The Salon Series is a series of performances informative educational lectures, lecture-demonstrations performances, on the performing arts of Japan held three times a year on Sunday afternoons.

*Upcoming Events 2011*

Sat. & Sun., April 30 & May 1 2011 at 1pm
Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Cherry Esplanade Main Stage at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3-4pm
Salon Series No. 41
At the Still Point of Turning World
Guests: Egil Rostad, Beth Griffith, Elena Rivera
The influence of Japanese theater on western theater and literature

Sunday, October 16 at 3pm
The 30th Anniversary Concert of Sachiyo Ito and Company
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, NYC


This program is, in part, supported by public fund from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.