The Week/Weekend: June 28-July 5.

Moonface with Siinai
Where: The Bowery Ballroom
When: Sat, June 30, 2012

Featuring Spencer Krug who also leads Sunset Rubdown and plays in Swan Lake. He debuted Moonface in 2009 with Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums, which consisted of a single 20-minute track. He’ll follow that up on August 2, when Jagjaguwar releases a full Moonface album called Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped.

Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt (of The Sea and Cake)/Helado Negro
Where: Mercury Lounge
When:  Sat, June 30, 2012

Over the last few years Lange has collaborated with David Ellis, Brian Alfred and Nene Humphrey on sound installation work. Recently he has created a series of solo sound installation pieces ranging from Music Box HVAC systems to Floating speakers that hover playing back original site specific compositions. Lange has also worked with Bear in Heaven and Julianna Barwick as well as famed music producer Guillermo Scott Herren to produce Prefuse 73 and Savath and Savalas as an active member and contributor.

“Composing with Patterns”: Music at Mid-Century
Where: Guggenheim
When: Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 pm  

Listen to experimental 1950s music by composers such as Earle Brown, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, and Karlheinz Stockhausen in the museum’s rotunda while viewing works by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Antoni Tàpies, and more in Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960. Christopher McIntyre directs an all-star ensemble featuring musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, and Either/Or Ensemble, among others. A talk by composer R. Luke DuBois precedes the performance.

Repository: a Nuclear Waste Card Game
Where: Proteus Gowanus
When: Thursday, June 28, 8pm

We are excited to host the launch of Repository: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure, an informational card game created by Smudge Studio. Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse will present their graphically vivid cards and tell the terrifying tales of America’s real-life nuclear waste shell game, as part of our Future Migration segment in this Migration year.

CARA BARER AND GUY LARAMEE
Where: Foster/White Gallery
When: Thursday, July 5, 6 – 8 PM

For artist Guy Laramée, the land is full of history and stories, much like the books he sculpts. Each has a life, independent of those who travel upon its ridges or wander through its pages. Laramée carves and sandblasts carefully selected texts into detailed landscapes from timeless locations. Mountains will explore Laramée’s admiration for mountains and the life they provide.

Radiolab Live: In the Dark
Where: Theodore: BAM
When: Tue & Wed, Jun 26 & 27, 2012 at 8pm 

Prepare to have your mind blown at the new live show from the hit podcast series Radiolab. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore the dawn of sight and the evolution of the eye in an evening that includes storytelling, music, stand-up comedy, and dance. Featuring dancer athletes, comedian Demetri Martin, and singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Where: BAM
When: Sun, Jul 1 at 6pm

For this special BAMcinemaFest closing day event, two of 3epkano’s founding members are joined by avant-garde cellist Erik Friedlander as they find their muse in the oldest surviving animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Under the influence of Georges Méliès’ special effects, pioneering avant-garde German filmmaker and artist Lotte Reiniger employed silhouettes of cardboard cutouts on illuminated glass to craft this dreamlike homage to The Arabian Nights, in which a prince joins forces with Aladdin and a magic horse to vanquish an army of demons.

Opening Reception: Peter Bardazzi, Peter Bocour, Joe Pimentel, Amanda Dandeneau  
Where: Skylight Gallery
When:Thursday June 28th, 6-9pm

Four Solos, exhibition runs from June 25th thru August 4th

WISH YOU WERE HERE
Where: Ana Cristea Gallery
When: June 28 – August 4, 2012

Ana Cristea Gallery is pleased to present “Wish You Were Here,” a summer show of three artists from Slovakia, Romania and Belgium. The works of Andrej Dubravsky, Oana Farcas and Gideon Kiefer are masterfully painted and reflect their individual training at the highest levels of the fine art academy. Whether billboard or postcard-sized, the works command the viewer’s attention through colors, lively settings and inspired brushwork. The narratives in these works honor the role of the natural world and self-selected communities.  A lake at summer camp, an artist studio or laboratory environment might appear familiar initially, but the evident strange(r) element in all three artists’ works give them charge and wisdom.

Fulvio di Piazza: Ashes to Ashes
Where: Jonathan LeVine
When: Jun 30 — Jul 28, 2012
 
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announceAshes to Ashes, a series of new oil paintings on canvas by Sicilian artist Fulvio di Piazza, in what will be his first solo exhibition in the United States.

Dr. Eugene Chadbourne + Bryan and the Haggards + Pull My Daisy
Where: Vaudeville Park
When: Mon. 7/2, show at 8pm

Legendary freak-guitarist/banjo player, Eugene Chadbourne, is getting ready to record a new album with Bryan and The Haggards for the Northern Spy record label. Eugene will also be playing a solo show at The Stone on July 5th.

WORLD ON A WIRE
Where: bitforms gallery nyc
When: June 28 –  August 3, 2012   

bitforms gallery is pleased to announce a summer group exhibition that features the work of seven artists: Marco BrambillaDaniel CanogarYael KanarekTim KnowlesMark NapierCasey Reas, and Marina Zurkow. Borrowing its title from World on a Wire, Rainer Fassbinder’s 1973 sci-fi film set in a cybernetics and futurology lab, the exhibition explores behavioral complexity, madness and simulation. Three projects in the exhibition are New York debuts: Mark Napier’s net.flag: ten years of flags, comprised of nearly 23,000 flags created by visitors to the net.flag website; Marina Zurkow’s The Thirsty Bird, an ecologically-charged animation informed by a recent residency in Houston, Texas; and Marco Brambilla’s RPM, a psychological video portrait of a Formula One driver’s point-of-view.

Breakestra/Heylady
Where: Brooklyn Bowl
When: Thu, June 28, 2012

The Breakestra began as the house band for the legendary late 90’s hip hop party that Miles promoted called the Breaks. Egon from Stonesthrow Records further explains the etymology of their name: “Break. As in “breakbeat.” That ten second slice of percussive magic in the middle of a funk song that, when looped together by progressive South Bronx DJs in the 1970s, became the basis of the hip-hop movement. Arkestra. Out-there jazzer Sun Ra’s funkafied concept of the stuffy classical orchestra.” When we combine the two concepts, you have the Breakestra or in other words an orchestra that plays funky ass classic & new original breaks.

Archival Portraits
Where: Carriage Trade
When:  June 29 – July 29, 2012, Opens Friday, June 29, 2012, 6-8 p.m.

Traditionally highlighting the unique personality of a subject, the genre of portraiture is at odds with the increasingly disparate quality of our current experience of the self. The popularity of social media and instant communication has meant much more frequent interaction between individuals, which favors brevity and is often disconnected from place. Now being available “anytime” takes precedence over one’s location, as the disengagement of context (where and how we encounter one another) from interpersonal exchanges poses questions for the ongoing relationship between perception and identity.

AMERICA IN ARABIC – BASSEM YOUSSEF IN NYC
Where: Galapagos Art Space
When: SUNDAY JULY 1

 join us for an evening with egypt’s best-known political satirist and some of america’s top arab comedians. featuring: BASSEM YOUSSEF, MAYSOON ZAYID, MO AMER, MEENA DIMIAN

Show #5:FIRST CONTACT 
Where: Field Projects
When: June 28 – July 15, Opening: Thursday, June 28th, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us Thursday, June 28th, for the opening of Field Projects Show #5: First Contact. The works in this exhibition were chosen to recreate the sublime moment of an adolescent’s first discovery of the world of Science Fiction. Show # 5: First Contact includes work by Lisha Bai, Megan Burns, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Sean Duffy, Allison Edge, Matt Frieburghaus, Shawn Gallagher, Sarah Gamble, Micah Ganske, David Herbert, Laura Kaufman, Hein Koh, Jennifer Ku, Amanda Lechner, Erica Magrey, Betsy Odom, Julia Oldham, Naomi Reis, Rachel Ritchford, Mike Peter Smith, Louis Spano, Studio AND, J.P. Roy, and Christopher Ulivo.

Max Johnson / Weasel Walter Residency Part 1
Where: Ibeam
When: Thursday, July 5th 8:30

Two sets of newly and freely improvised brought to you every Thursday night in July by Max Johnson & Weasel Walter with a slew of very special guests. Come enjoy as musicians from all over collide to create sounds that you may never hear again in your life!

BEN MONDER, THEO BLECKMAN DUO 
Where: Cornelia St Cafe
When: Friday,  Jun 29 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM  

For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo has been touring the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Film fans will note that Bleckmann created the alien language used in the film Men In Black.

Pretty Lights Music Album Release: Eliot Lipp
Where: Mercury Lounge
When: Fri, June 29, 2012

Eliot Lipp didn’t choose to become one of the most looked to artists in contemporary electronic music, but somehow, Lipp’s sound, one that uses vintage gear to create a unique take on Hip Hop and House, has quickly garnered the respect among the industry’s most influential musicians and producers as well as the deep admiration among audiences worldwide.

Animal Hospital / Kevin Micka Solo
Where: The Stone
When: Sunday July 1, 10pm

During performances, Micka buries himself in a pile of electronics-shelves of effects, mixing consoles, amps and delay units-while patiently constructing a layered nest of loops consisting of live drum beats, guitar chords, scrapes, chucks, chimes, and melodies resulting in anything from more conventional songs to meticulously crafted ambient movements on to full on improvisation.

THE WEEK: Nov 7-11.

MONDAY:

Paul McCarthy, The Dwarves, The Forests 
Hauser & Wirth New York is proud to present an exhibition of major new works by Los Angeles-based Paul McCarthy, one of America’s most challenging and influential artists. Comprising bronzes, a massive tour de force wood carving, and a pair of fantastical landscape maquettes all presented on the gallery’s two floors, ‘The Dwarves, The Forests’ is the first exhibition of sculptures to emerge from McCarthy’s recent exploration of the famous 19th century German folk tale Snow White (Schneewittchen) and the modern interpretation of that story in Disney’s beloved 1937 animated classic film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

AMRAM & CO @ Cornelia St.
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion

With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used To Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
OCD Lecture Series
Stress and the Individual Litigant: Managing the Practical and Emotional Aspects of Litigation and Exploring Alternatives Zombies Identified – (Re)Considering the Monster #2
Harmony Holiday & Jared Stanley
Abigail Washburn
Evolving Music #5 – Remembering Raphe Malik
Occupy: Presented by n+1 and Housing Works
FALL DOWNTOWN: SEASON PARTY
Robert Graham
LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
League of Professional Theatre Women 

TUESDAY:

Listen to This by Alex Ross
Listen to This—which collects Alex Ross’ finest writing for The New Yorker since 1994—is that rare book that moves across the entire landscape of music, from classical to rock and back again. In this series of lively, erudite essays, Ross tells of his own late-blooming discovery of pop, and of how contemporary sounds relate to centuries of musical tradition. He vividly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and, in a previously unpublished essay, brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to Thisshows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition.

The Moth StorySLAM. Theme: Warning Signs
Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update & DiscussionKIRSTIN KAPUSTIK, AMANDA HINCHEY, ALISA FENDLEY, MARI MEADE MONTOYA & FRANCINE ELIZABETH OTT
DANA SCHUTZ “If the Face Had Wheels” book signing and discussion with Barry Schwabsky
Rescue Me!
Balzac’s Omelette
Lonely Dear
CAN MOTHERS STOP TERRORISM?
ICONOMANCY

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THE WEEKEND: SEPT 23-25.

KRONOS QUARTET: Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11

Part of the 2011 Next Wave Festival
Sep 21—24, 2011 at 7:30pm 

Pioneering contemporary music ensemble Kronos Quartet (More Than Four, 2007 Next Wave) returns to BAM with a heartfelt program comprising 12 compositions—including works by Michael Gordon, Terry Riley, Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Santaolalla, and John Oswald—plus gripping arrangements of traditional songs from around the globe. This stirring collection of works reflects upon those instances where traditional language fails us, and music steps in to restore what violinist David Harrington refers to as “equilibrium in the midst of imbalance.”

Read the full program here.

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SUPPORT THIS PROJECT: THE BEST KEPT SECRET.

“In October 2007, I rented a small white room on West 14th Street in New York City. I asked three friends to meet me there, and to bring anything they might like to share in the way of a poem or a quote or a picture. We sat in a circle on the floor and I explained that I wanted to start a sanctuary for artists, a regular gathering that would celebrate the creative spirit and those who keep it alive. We discussed the idea, and everyone shared their poems, pictures and quotes. We all agreed that a monthly event celebrating artists and creativity could be a very powerful thing. We all left feeling excited. I booked the room for a Sunday morning the following month. And so the Secret City was born.”

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