On Dec 19-22nd So Percussion will combine the wonderfully unique voices of Ain Gordon, Greg Mcmurray, Martin Schmidt, and Emily Johnson with an alternating artistic “performer” each night to creatively explore the idea of a home onstage in Where (we) Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Artists will include, Paula Greif (ceramics), Marsha Trattner (blacksmith), Ricardo Vecchio (painter), Victoria Valencia (woodworker.) These performances are part of BAM’s 30th Next Wave Festival.
The 22 folks will be busy the next two days expanding their waistlines, and we’re giving them the days off to focus on this noble gastronomic endeavor.
We’ll be returning Friday with Video Weekend, and a special short version of The Week/Weekend. Enjoy your holidays and THANK YOU for being faithful readers and supporters of The 22.
In the sea, deep, in the sea, there is a submarine hotel. Men go there, women too, to water down the world and float free. The submarine hotel is a one way trip, and the passengers are always the same. This week we’re offering you the once in a lifetime opportunity to sonically explore the interior of this metallic getaway with sounds ranging the gurgle of tasty Bier from Bernd Klug and Bernhard Hammer to a lullaby at sea with CATFOX, to the expirmental fusion of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and the playlist inspiring track from Taren McCallen-Moore, The Submarine Hotel, plus many more.
Screening with Director David Cronenberg: “Cosmopolis”
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Friday, August 17th
“Adapted from a Don Delillo novel, Cronenberg’s latest dystopian odyssey boats all three the ingredients for filmic greatness — sex, violence, and Robert Pattinson — in generous portions.” –Chloe Wyma
Tales of Social Activism
Museum of the City of New York
Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 pm
Activist New York includes an astonishing array of documents, historic artifacts, and personal items that transport us to iconic moments when grassroots movements changed the city’s history and culture. But the stories of New York activism are also woven through the lives and memories of countless New Yorkers. Join us for a gatherine during which we invite you to bring along a photograph, or just a story, that tells about your or your family’s involvement in the democratic process of change that occurs when citizens unite for common goals.
What Can You Do?/Remember, Dream v. 2.5
Wens, August 22nd
All are invited to be present in Dream Time, listening into the moment, discovering who we are in this moment, within and without, listening, sounding, moving, seriously playing the moment, exploring the moment as a community of listeners/viewers. A sound/video dreamscape which has evolved from Norman’s prior Singing Mask ceremonies, his latest work “Mysterium Magnum,” home videos and recent electronic music by Ezra will accompany us in this journey. As a shared dream, Ezra, Caleb and Norman will explore and guide us into the present moment with sound/movement/Singing Masks as we are all interdependently interconnected within the intricate interwoven depths and delights of Dream Time.
Wed, August 22nd
Trombonist and composer has worked with Slavic Soul Party, Lee Konitz and the Kronos Quartet but here he presents elegant and energetic compositions for his lithe trio. “Odd and excellent, taut with paradox” – Ben Ratliff, the New York Times. With Jacob Sacks, piano and Dan Weiss, drums.
Cassie Ramone/Deep Time/Turn to Crime
285 Kent Ave
Thursday, August 16th
Thursday August 16th @ 285 KENT AVE
11:15 || Cassie Ramone w/ Julie K-Holes
10:30 |||| Deep Time ——— formerly known as Yellow Fever
-9:45 |||||| Turn To Crime —- Derek Stanton from Awesome Color
-9:00 |||||||| Weird Rivers
-8:15 |||||||||||| I’m Turning Into
OurGoods:Barter: Theory and Practice
Eyebeam: Art and Technology Center
Saturday, August 18
From myths of haggling savages to accounts of societies run on mutual aid, “barter” occupies a grey area between gift giving and market transactions. In this workshop, participants will experience the theory and practice of barter. Participants will (1) learn about contemporary and historic barter communities, (2) connect with potential barter partners and (3) discuss the problems and possibilities of barter: building trust, negotiating value, communicating clearly, and getting projects done without money. Workshop Facilitator: Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop, two barter networks for cultural production. She is currently a Fellow at Eyebeam. cost: bring drinks/food to share, or volunteer to help clean up. You must RSVP to attend: email email@example.com with your name and the item/service you plan to bring.
Poison Dartz/Robin Vote/Catfox/DJ Bloody Powes/ART
Saturday, August 18
A night of music & art brought to you by… Chandrikas. Music by Poison Dartz/Robin Vote/Catfox/DJ Bloody Powes/ART, the closing of “Growing the Garden,” a summer art exhibition of mixed media and mixed forms by David Shull.
Pressed And, It is rain in my face, Cuddle Formation
Saturday, August 18
Sxip Shirey’s Hour of Charm
Friday, August 17th
A brief history of a word I use allot by Jesse Sheidlower lexicographer and writer of “The F-Word, a detailed history of the word f*ck,” Turntablist/percussionist/producer VAL INC. who pulls beautiful ghosts from a table of machines, very very real, very very human and very very funny New York stories by GREG Walloch and CHRIS WELLS, Fascinating smart songs and live electronic compositions of composer AMY X NEUBERG, beautiful and compelling 4 part vocal music of TREVOR WILSON and ENSEMBLE and a new composition inspired by Ali Farka Touré by SXIP SHIREY performed with Rob C. (special appearance by Leron Peled!)
Sky-Pony/PitchBlak Brass Band
Sunday, August 19th
Pitchblak Brass Band is a ten-piece brass collective comprised of composers, producers, artists, rappers, strivers, hustlers, and superstars. Hailed as NYC’s only hip hop brass band, PitchBlak has been rocking the city since 2010 with their original dance-worthy music, which combines robust horns, Afro-Caribbean beats, soaring jazz solos, and tongue-twisting raps. In addition to performing at notable venues such as 92YTribeca, Southpaw, and a packed headlining performance at Brooklyn Bowl, PitchBlak most recently played to enthusiastic crowds at the NXNE festival in Toronto. Because of each member’s diverse musical background and training, PitchBlak is active in teaching and mentoring young musicians in New York, and prides itself on giving back to the community. For more info, visit www.pitchblakbrassband.com.
“CORIOLANUS” (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot)
Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, Manhattan
Coriolanus” has been re-envisioned as a modern day “election fable” in the second production of the Drilling Company’s 2012 Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot series. This “Coriolanus” is set during an election year, when money can buy power and working class citizens feel threatened by a dwindling patrician class who are seeking to solidify their political power by manipulating political figures. The title character, played by Arash Mokhtar, is a potential leader who is vaunted for his success as a warrior but is completely out of touch with the every day citizen’s experience of hunger and joblessness.
Wed, August 22nd
GEORGE BARBA YIORGI AND THE BYZAN-TONES
Wed, August 22nd
An Illustrated lecture and book signing with Rachel Poliquin, author of The Breathless Zoo and the blog “Ravishing Beasts”
Friday, August 17th
In her new book The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing, Rachel Poliquin–best known for her blog “Ravishing Beasts”–explores the cultural history and poetic resonance of taxidermy from its rudimentary beginnings in cabinets of wonder to its revival in contemporary art. From hunting trophies to extinct species and kitten weddings to perpetual pets, The Breathless Zoo examines the meaning and matter of preserved animal-things and why anyone would want them to exist, and attempts to get to the heart of taxidermy by answering two fundamental questions: why would anyone want to preserve an animal, and what is this animal-thing now? Animal or object? Animal and object. This is the irresolvable tension that defines all taxidermy. As The Breathless Zoo demonstrates, with taxidermy there are no easy answers.
The Fall of the American Movie Palace
Saturday, August 18th
There’s nothing remarkable about a movie theater today, but there used to be. When the great American Movie Palaces opened, they were some of the most lavish, stunning buildings anyone had ever seen. With the birth of the multiplex, theater companies found it harder and harder to keep these buildings open. Some were demolished, some were converted, and some remain to this day. “The Fall of the American Movie Palace” will take you through the history of these magnificent buildings, from their opening in the early 1900s to years after the final curtain.
Presentation Party Night 2 Year Blow Out
Sunday, August 18th
Topics this month:
• L Train History
• History of Riddles
• PPN Past, Present, and Future!
Saturday, August 17th
REVERSE invites you to the exhibition of OPEN LAB, the culmination of a month of work at REVERSE SPACE, during which six emerging artists use the 1010 sq ft gallery space and convert it into their own work-stations. The artists: Jin Joo Chae, Scott Fitzgerald, Hudson Lines, Francesca Padron, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Jeremy Zierau
Microcosm: Sonic Territories
Saturday, August 17th
Microcosm is Jonas Braasch’s new project. Expanding from his solo work, Microcosm is — in a nutshell — in a band with Jonas on the soprano saxophone, his alter ego on the Arturia Moog foot pedal, and Caira, an intelligent agent who improvises autonomously with the trio using auditory scene analysis techniques, machine listening, and logic-based reasoning. The agent is currently being developed through support from the National Science Foundation, together with team members Doug Van Nort, Pauline Oliveros, and Selmer Bringsjord. The Microcosm project was conceived to cross traditional boundaries between arts and science, and was conceptualized out of the desire to perform with an inspiring ensemble that can follow and provide musical cues very quickly. The concert will include adaptations from Jonas’ previous works: “Global Reflections”, “Sonic Territories”, and “Quartet for the End of Space”, which were released on Deep Listening and Pogus.
Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
August 12, 2012–January 7, 2013
Happy 4th! All credits for photos are listed below and with photo.
Kim – 183/365 (Mechki): http://www.flickr.com/photos/mechki/7497919320/in/photostream/
Canada Day Fireworks (Gordzilla1): http://www.flickr.com/photos/gordzilla/7497704168/in/photostream/
Alexandra Carrie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrachilds/7496416074/in/photostream/
CCEVO BBQ (Jd Lazaro): www.facebook.com/twreckfilms
Lake Burton Fireworks (William Klausmeyer): http://www.flickr.com/photos/68215493@N06/7494820362/in/photostream/
Canada Day Fireworks 075 (Toontown Whitefox) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/btang/7492523988/in/faves-photodolce/
Single Firework (Aaron Priestly-Wright) : http://www.apwpictures.com/
#jimmyrex is a #fireworks #wizard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11494093@N02/7492167366/in/photostream/
Fireworks0868 (Shelley B): http://www.flickr.com/photos/benshell/7491497820/in/photostream/
Fireworks have begun (calvarycapecod) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cccapecod/7491199966/in/photostream/
Canada Day Fireworks Edmonton 2012 -25 (bpc1930’s) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpc1930/7490557168/in/photostream/
Paramus, NJ fireworks (Rebecca Schear) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/xiivii/7488217432/in/photostream/
shockwaves in the night sky II (Alan Mcclelland) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelyft/7466234540/in/photostream/
glory night 3 (Flash Berger): http://www.flickr.com/photos/flashberger/7338584772/in/photostream/
phyirwerc (Alykk): http://www.flickr.com/photos/64373472@N03/7288686206/in/photostream/
Richard Spiller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68510809@N06/7178215329/in/photostream/
Daytime Fireworks (J-Fish) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-fish/7057970665/in/photostream/
malta — grand harbour — fireworks (Adrian Cilia) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/drinu_c/6983825140/in/photostream/
Fireworks30 (Shine Sudhakaran): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_royale/6864474538/in/photostream/
Firework Blur (Chris Thompson) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/fastchris/6318487930/in/photostream/
Swans and Fireworks 1 (sanpani) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanpani/6312924756/in/photostream/
Sparklers in a bucket : http://www.cjjohnson.tv/
Fireworks 1, Geneva (Federica): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanakin88/6058899384/in/photostream/
fireworks (Stefan Pettersson): http://www.flickr.com/photos/seat55/5710280806/in/faves-photodolce/
Fireworks // Udine // 2011 (Ermanno Peressini): http://www.flickr.com/photos/22536107@N08/5312538382/in/photostream/
Fireworks across the lake (Sarah-Louise Burns): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahlouisee__xo/5152335823/in/photostream/
Fireworks (Shin Mimura): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kokix/4881394478/in/faves-photodolce/
fireworks 2 (Will Montague): http://www.flickr.com/photos/willmontague/3689143770/in/photostream/
Fireworks (Guus Krol) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/guuskrol/2948508897/in/faves-photodolce/
Fireworks (Radek Bednařík) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbe_czi/2817074442/in/faves-photodolce/
Monterey 4th of July Fireworks (Paige Adams): http://www.flickr.com/photos/phadams/722722143/in/faves-photodolce/
1344 Fireworks with prisms (Lois Elling) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/catdancing/186015425/in/photostream/
There Are No Giants Upstairs
Where: Theodore: Art
When: 16 June – 29 July 2012
Chris Baker Harriet Korman, Mel Bernstine ,Gary Petersen, Steven Charles, Andrew Seto, Opening reception: Saturday, 16 June, 6-9 pm, Gallery hours Friday – Sunday 1-6 pm
The Bark and Scream Series presents:Sarah Bernstein Chamber Project (curated by Satoshi Takeishi)
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: Thursday June 14, 8:00 PM
Christa Robinson:Oboe, Scott Tixier:Violin,
Mat Maneri:Viola, Rubin Kodheli:Cello,
Stephanie Richards:Trumpet, Michael Rose:Piano
Fuse Ensemble presents “Voices from the Depths, Musings on CG Jung’s Red Book”
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: June 16, 2012 8:00 pm
Fuse Ensemble is a concept-based new music/new media performing ensemble. Each season a concept is presented, giving voice to new music composers and creating musical happenings with visual elements of live, interactive video and/or kinetic installations. The musicians of Fuse perform on an eclectic mix of flute, clarinet, electric violin, electric guitar, cello, piano, electronic playback, percussion, and invented instruments. Linked by the insane possibilities of software such as MaxMSP/Jitter, using sensors on the musicians and live interactive cameras on stage, the artists create an experience that fuses sound, video and humans into a liquefied state and gives each concept a setting — a visual and kinetic environment to experience it in that furthers communication
and unifies the concept.
When: June 16
Smokey Hormel is probably best known for his works with Beck, Tom Waits and his Brazilian project with Miho Hatori. He’s also been playing western swing for quite some time and his Roundup is inspired by the sounds of Milton Brown and his musical brownies and other Western Swing classics. With Smokey Hormel vocals and guitar; Charley Burnham – fiddle; Tim Luntzel – string bass; Andrew Burger – Drums.
DUB IS A WEAPON
When: June 16
Where: Webster Hall
When: June 15-June 16
Where: Dixon Place
When: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 7:30PM
Where: Grit n’ Glory
Thursday, June 14th 7-10pm
In celebration of the release of issue no. 2 of our second volume, Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction and Fine Art is pleased to announce a free, public reception and exhibition hosted by Grit N Glory boutique from 7–10pm on Thursday, June 14th.
SNEHASISH MOZUMDER & SOM
When: June 21
Snehasish Mozumder is among those few established musicians in India who has mastered the art of playing Mandolin, and has blended it perfectly into the style of Hindustani Indian Classical Music. He will be performing his trademark doubleneck mandolin along with Nick Gianni – Flute/Soprano/Bari Saxophone. Vin Scialla – Drums. Bopa King Carre – percussion. Jason Hogue – Upright Bass. Jason Lindner – keys, Sameer Gupta – tabla. Rick Bottari – keys.
Fragmental Museum’s Sound Series kicks-off with a day of site-specific installations and performances curated by composer/turntablist Tristan Shepherd. A group of interdisciplinary artists comprised of Richard Garet, Bethany Ides, Erin Yerby, Netta Yerushalmy, Ed Bear, Andrea Parkins, Tristan Shepherd and Doron Sadja, whose work converges around sound will distribute five pieces across the four floors of the building, investigating on the mutual inflection of interior and occupant, leaving affective traces on the horizontal architecture of the vacant warehouse. http://www.fragmentalmuseum.net/
When:Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
To celebrate the summer solstice, Phill Niblock presents “Two Lips”, a scored orchestra piece featuring the Dither Guitar Quartet (James Moore, Joshua Lopes, Gyan Riley, Grey McMurray) and Neil Leonard playing saxophone with Sax Mix. Chris McIntyre, Jen Baker, Will Lang, tenor trombone; James Rogers, bass trombone, will play “A Third Trombone”. More to be announced.
NADJA, NOVELLER, LAZURITE
Where: Glasslands Gallery
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 8:30pm
Ban Fracking in NY State!
Where: 7408 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge
When: Thursday, June 14, at 4 p.m.
Fracking poses a serious threat to our drinking water, our agricultural land, and our air quality. It adds to our greenhouse gas emissions, and pushes us even further away from renewable energy solutions.
We need to persuade key Albany legislators to ban fracking in New York State. One of those key legislators is Brooklyn’s State Senator Martin Golden. Join Climate Action/Brooklyn For Peace and New Yorkers Against Fracking as we send a message to Senator Golden: Save Our Water! Ban Fracking Now!
Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Musik Im Bauch
Where: Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, Manhattan
When: June 21
Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s 1975 music-theatre work Musik Im Bauch (“Music in the Belly”) for six percussionists places its audience in an outré fairly-tale dream world. The piece was inspired by a game Stockhausen played with his two-year-old daughter, Julika, in which the composer listened to the sounds in her noisy stomach. Seven years later, Stockhausen conceived Musik Im Bauch during a dream. A loose narrative defines the transformation into humanity of three automatons, who attack a giant bird-man, named Miron, savagely cutting open his stomach and pulling out 3 music boxes which play melodies based on the signs of the Zodiac.
Selma Parlour and Yelena Popova
Where: Horton Gallery
When: Jun 14 – Jul 14, 2012
Horton Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring the work of London based painter Selma Parlour and Nottingham based multi-media artist Yelena Popova. In this exhibition, the abstract paintings on view examine not only the visual iconography of Modernist painting, but also the rhetorical structures used to define both Modernism and its critique.
NELSON LOSKAMP: Horror Girls
Where: LAUNCH F18
When: June 12 – July 28, 2012
Launch F18 is pleased to announce Horror Girls, the first solo exhibition of work at the gallery by Nelson Loskamp. The exhibition will be open by appointment starting Tuesday June 12 and runs until Saturday July 28, 2012. The artist reception will be held on Saturday June 23, 2012 from 6 – 8pm. Nelson Loskamp is known for his dynamic relationship with the figure. He has executed work in a multitude of media within the parameters of individualistic style and cultural visual stigmas. Horror Girls comes from an interpretation of still shots from an assortment of 1960’s horror films. Loving the style in these B films, Nelson considers the 60’s hair and make-up in their depicted period settings and recreates them in haunting paintings that are both
beautiful and macabre.
River to River Festival
Where: Various Locations
When: June 17-July 15
Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures. The Festival’s densely packed schedule of daytime, evening, and weekend events showcases Lower Manhattan as a thriving center for cultural activity and a key destination point for experiencing New York City’s wealth and diversity of heritage, history, dining, shopping, and art.
Distended Cinema: Brock Monroe, Nick Hallet, Luke Dubois, Matthew Ostrowski, David Linton
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: June 15, 2012 8:30 pm
Audio visual performance in the time of temporal collapse, Brock Monroe visual & Nick Hallet audio, Fair Use (Duo) Luke Dubois, Matthew Ostrowski, David Linton: Bicameral Research Sound & Projection System w/ special guests David Watson & Alex Waterman Fair Use, Matthew Ostrowski looks at our accelerating culture through elecronic performance and remixing of cinema.
Great Photographs: Scape
Where: Hasted Krautler
When: June 14-July 20, 2012
Reception June 14, 6-8pm.
When: June 19
From ancient underground rivers and forgotten quarry tunnels to modern sewers and utility networks, the underground layers of the world’s great cities are full of places that are usually unseen, but that reveal the city’s history in new and startling ways. These hidden layers of the urban environment can teach us about how cities grow and function, and can provide a new perspective that highlights the ways that our daily experience in any city shapes– and is shaped by– the built environment around us.
ERIK SCHOONEBEEK: PHANTOM HAND
Where: Jeff Bailey Gallery
When: June 14 – July 13, 2012, Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14 6-8 pm
Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Erik Schoonebeek: Phantom Hand. This is his first solo exhibition in New York, featuring paintings and drawings made on found paper, old book covers and other materials. Schoonebeek is influenced by contemporary advertising images, especially those seen while driving: road signs, billboards, commercial graphics, logos and posters. Although these images and graphic symbols are designed to communicate in some way, for Schoonebeek they become enmeshed with one another and change, as he says, “ into autonomous images that confront you with a blank stare”. From this source material, Schoonebeek forms his own imagery that hovers between recognizable graphic cues and amorphous narrative.
Bret Slater | Jeff Zilm
Where: et al projects
When: June 15 thru July 16, 2012, Opening Reception Friday June 15, 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: June 16, 2012 2:00 pm
Over the last 25 years, Mr. Morris has opened the door to a new understanding of musical language. It is called Conduction®. Employing 5,000+ musicians in 23 countries and 65 cities, Conduction® has amply demonstrated its capacity for cultural diplomacy, compelling and inspiring musicians and audiences alike. By facilitating a new social logic based on collective interpretation and personal interaction, it demonstrates a significant medium for the creation of a contemporary music. Known for its ceaseless investigation of an “extra dimension” that transcends style and category, Conduction has also proven itself supplemental to the entire scope of musical and artistic endeavor. Here, ensemble identity, and cultural tradition cohere.
City Life Signs / Paintings by Peter Dugovic
Where: Clic Gallery
When: Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 6-8pm
When: June 22 – July 28, 2012
Wish You Were Here 11 (Postcard show)
Where: A.I.R. Gallery
When: June 21, 6-8pm
When: Tuesday, June 19, 8:30pm
2012 MERMAID PARADE
Where: Coney Island
When: June 23
Coney Island USA is pleased to present the 10th Annual Mermaid Parade Ball, the official after-party of the Mermaid Parade, held at The New York Aquarium, Surf Ave. & West 8th Street, 7pm – 12:30am, 21 and over. 2012 Ball Tickets are now on sale! Click here to get all of the details on this years ball and to buy tickets online! For Mermaid Parade Ball updates, check out our Facebook Event Page.
BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL & NOLAFUNK/CEG PRESENT: LEON REDBONE
Where: June 23, 2012 , 7:30 pm
When: June 23
For decades, Leon Redbone has remained musically resonant and personally elusive. Although his iconic guise of white fedora, jacket, and sunglasses has been thoroughly satirized, it’s easy to overlook what a genuinely gifted artist he remains — a role he inevitably tries to downplay.
To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel
Where: The Gowanus Ballroom
When: June 29th–July 7th, 2012
Throughout its history the Gowanus has inspired both utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares. The past four-hundred years have witnessed the site’s transformation from a fertile series of tidal wetlands to one of the busiest industrial waterways in the United States. The canal, once a source for sustenance and hope, is today tainted by a notorious legacy of pollution and decay.
THE ENCHANTED ORGAN: A PORN OPERA
Where: Dixon Place
When:Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, 9:30pm
The Enchanted Organ” is a burlesque opera that celebrates sexuality and satirizes the porn industry, while parodying four hundred years of the operatic tradition. Composer/librettist team Gordon Beeferman and Charlotte Jackson, with director Beth Greenberg, bring their trademark wit and polymorphous perversity to this journey through “the Magical Kingdom of Porn,” a place where past and present, straight and queer, and dead and living converge. Bridging the gap between “high” art and “low,” we puncture the turgid balloon of “traditional” opera and revivify the flaccid clichés of porn. Drawing on influences as diverse as classic 70s porn soundtracks, Monteverdi, and Ancient Greek hymns, and bridging the worlds of opera, drag, and striptease, this work-in-progress is as close as you’ll get (or want to get!) to “aural sex.”