The Week/Weekend: Sept 13-20.

Exhibition / “Harry Smith: String Figures”
300 Nevins St (Cabinet)
20 September – 3 November 2012

Cabinet is pleased to present “Harry Smith: String Figures,” an exhibition drawn from the collection of John Cohen. Organized by painter Terry Winters, the show features twenty-two string figures created by Smith (1923–1991), the legendary artist, filmmaker, and ethnomusicologist.

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012, 10am-6pm

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., a record 280+ top national and international authors and participants will join bibliophiles, booksellers and literary organizations on 14 stages at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) and Plaza, Columbus Park, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights Public Library, Brooklyn Law School, the Brooklyn Historical Society and St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church for the seventh annual Brooklyn Book Festival.

Michael Chabon @Greenlight
Sep 17 2012 7:30 pm
Greenlight Bookstore

In his first novel in five years, beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author Michael Chabon provides a kaleidoscopic vision of urban America in transition, as witnessed by two intimately intertwined families in Oakland, California. Telegraph Avenue encompasses race, family, sexuality, gentrification, politics, jazz, funk, comics, kung fu, and a talking parrot, all with dazzling style and deep compassion. Chabon will read from his novel and answer audience questions before signing books.

Date the Time – Molly Dilworth
Reception: September 20, 6-8pm
Recess

On August 17, 2012 Molly Dilworth will begin work on Date the Time, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation. For Date the Time, Dilworth will create a series of banners and flags, bearing patterns generated from user-submitted photos. Addressing digital content using traditional folk art techniques, Dilworth will distill issues of labor and consumer rights from unexpected sources.

Wendy White: Pix Vää
Leo Koenig
Opens September 13 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In the large-scale “Fotobild” paintings, White continues to conjoin component canvases and then secures commercial storefront awnings above and atop painted canvases. These awnings and armatures, fabricated at a sign shop in Chinatown, feature human-scale snapshots that White has culled from her digital and print archives.

Stealth Reflections
Mighty Tanaka
September 14

Stealth Reflections pulls back the layers of consciousness and exposes the viewer to an awakening of self reflection.  Through his work, Miguel Ovalle seeks to reveal the inner psyche of the human condition through a myriad of interpretations and techniques.  His steadfast approach defines his meticulous attention for detail.

Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin Control Over Nature
Spencer Brownstone Gallery
September 15 – October 6, 2012

Spencer Brownstone Gallery is pleased to present ‘Control Over Nature’, an exhibition by Tessa Farmer in collaboration with an acoustical installation by Amon Tobin. For her second show at the gallery, Tessa has teamed up with Amon Tobin to mark his September 14th performance at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. With his groundbreaking audio/visual live show ISAM 2.0, the electronic music pioneer joined forces with Farmer for an extraordinary collaborative installation combining his sound design and elements from ‘ISAM’, alongside Farmer’s trademark sculptures (constructed from bits of organic material, such as roots, dead insects and bones). Hovering with a rarefied, jewel-like beauty, Tessa’s tiny spectacles resound with a theurgist exotica: their specimen forms evolve as something alien and futuristic. The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ‘ISAM’: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things.

Wondering Around Wandering
Saturday, September 15, 6:00–11:00pm
983 Dean Street

Join us for the grand opening of Wondering Around Wandering, and don’t miss Pulled: A Catalog of Screenprinting, making its final stop after a year of traveling.


Fishtank Ensemble
/Baby Soda Jazz Band
Jalopy
Sat, Sept 15th

Fishtank Ensemble is a band that offers a unique blend of Gypsy, Balkan, Flamenco, Klezmer and original tunes. The arrangements are always surprising and include instruments from many countries such as violin, accordion, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, shamisen, bass, saw and voice./Baby Soda! Developed by hoboes, perfected through science… Baby Soda is on the cutting edge of a new movement loosely known as street jazz; with an eclectic set of influences ranging from New Orleans brass bands, jug music, southern gospel and hot jazz.

Who Gives a Sh*t About Literary Magazines?
Mon Sep 17, 7:00PM
BookCourt

Randy Rosenthal (editor of The Coffin Factory) and panelists Lorin Stein (editor of The Paris Review), Rob Spillman (editor of Tin House), and John Freeman (editor of Granta) discuss the impact of literary magazines in contemporary culture.

Survival
War of Words
Strange Tales of Liaozhai

Kris Bowers & Carson Adjacent
The NY Theremin Society Presents: GOOD Vibrations – Theremin X 4 FT Dorit Chrysler, Michael Evans, Rob Schwimmer and Allison Sniffin
Eleh (US Debut) + Lary 7
PRACTICE! W/ IKEBE SHAKEDOWN + OSEKRE AND THE LUCKY BASTARDS + THE FORTHRIGHTS + TUNDE ADEBIMBE/ OHAL GREITZER/ DAREN HO/ RYAN SAWYER/ C. SPENCER YEH QUINTET
Best American Poetry 2012
My Heart Is An Idiot: FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour!
LIGHT OBJECTS
MECANICA POPULAR
LIGHTNING BOLT
R. SIKORYAK & FRIENDS: CAROUSEL

The Channel
Joseph Keckler + Mac Wellman
ASBA’s 15th Annual International
NYC HONEY FESTIVAL
EatSleepDraw (5 Years)
Chris Watson + Marcus Davidson
AURAL DYSTOPIA
ALESSANDRO PESSOLI: FIRED PEOPLE
REYES & STEEL
Beth Cavener Stichter: Come Undone
Liza LaCroix
Masami Teraoka: Cloisters Inquisition    
Metropolis: Alexis Duque
Richard Estes / New York by Night
BARNEY KULOK: BUILDING
Ralph Humphrey
Assembly 2012
Sunday Paintings for a Rainy Day
Nate Wooley + Mazen Kerbaj
TAKESHI MURATA: SYNTHESIZERS
Crossing the Line 2012
Printed Matter, Inc. presents Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference in conjunction with The NY Art Book Fair
SHABOYGEN BY STEVEN AND WILLIAM LADD
Luisa Rabbia
INNER CIRCLE MUSIC FESTIVAL: PETROS KLAMPANIS TRIO
Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age
Thomas Hirschhorn “Concordia, Concordia”
ANDREA ZITTEL: Fluid Panel State
Alexander Hahn

Allison Evans
Sally Mann: Upon Reflection
POST NATURAL
Occupy Your BFF
Lucie Fontaine : Estate
New York School Artists
Respect Sextet and Loadbang
SIGHTLINES: HELEN SEAR
Opera on Tap: BRIDES ON FIRE!!!
Red Baraat w/ M.A.K.U. SoundSystem
Mount Eerie w/ Loren Connors

LIGHTNESS OF BEING
CARL MAGUIRE, FAR FROM ALMOST ALWAYS
Charles Jarboe   New Paintings
CALEB CAIN MARCUS: PORTRAIT OF ICE
FITZGERALD & STAPLETON: WAGE
Teresita Fernández & Mr.
HAIRY SANDS/SOURCE OF YELLOW
GUYI-GUYI by Pereferia Teatro
DAVE COLE
Miriam (BAM 30th Next Wave Fest)
BEAT FESTIVAL
Andra Ursuta: Aboveground Animation
Trey Speegle: Good Luck With That
THE JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW
Pictures from the Moon: A Symposium on Holograms and Art
MIVOS QUARTET
Nublu 10 Years w/ performances by Wax Poetic, Hess is More, Love Trio and Clark Gayton
Gallow Green

COMING UP:

The Secret City – NEW YORK
Cave Canem at The New School Presents: Natasha Trethaway and Metta Sama
Crossing the Line
Devotchka
The Mountain Goats
Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation (MAD)

Video Weekend: Motomichi Nakamura (Evoe series.)

The title “evoë” means a Bacchic cry of celebration in Greek. A series of four looping animations based on Greek myth “Dionysus”. The texts are from “The Bacchae” by Euripides. The attempt of this work is to explain the meaning of “Dionysus” and the balance between self-control and emotional freedom.

“evoë” series, 1 of 4 from Motomichi Studio on Vimeo.

“evoë” series, 2 of 4 from Motomichi Studio on Vimeo.

“evoë” series, 3 of 4 from Motomichi Studio on Vimeo.

“evoë” series, 1 of 4 from Motomichi Studio on Vimeo.

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: July 26-Aug 2.

CANNONBALL! curated by Vicki Sher
Frosch & Portmann
July 26 – August 19, 2012

Ky Anderson
Denise Kupferschmidt
Joshua Marsh
Gary Petersen
Lauren Seiden
Don Voisine
Paul Wackers
Tamara Zahaykevich

The Quavers/LAS RUBIAS DEL NORTE
Barbes
Saturday, July 28

Their sound is a re-invention, a nostalgic throwback to a time and place mostly imagined where Peruvian waltzes, Andean huaynos and Cuban Guajiras mix with French opera, Cowboy tunes and Bollywood classics. The result plays like a dreamy soundtrack with classical harmonies set to a Latin beat. Their new album, Ziguala is an attempt to imagine what a pop record would sound like had the global Latin influence which was so prevalent until the early 60’s had continued its course without interruption. The tracks on the album are re-interpretations of songs from Spain, France, Peru, India, Mexico, Greece, Venezuela, Colombia and Naples. Ziguala is not so much a latin record as it is a pop record that uses a latin vocabulary. Think of it as the opposite of Rock en Español, itself a Latin genre which uses a rock vocabulary.

Upstairs at the Square with CHERYL STRAYED AND THEO BLECKMANN
Barnes and Noble
August 2, 7pm

Barnes & Noble, Inc. today announced the next edition of “Upstairs at the Square,” described by Daily Candy as “an awesome literary salon on a date with an intimate rock concert,” at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (33 E. 17th St.). On Thursday, August 2, at 7.p.m., Cheryl Strayed, author of Tiny Beautiful Things (Vintage Books, July 10) and Theo Bleckmann, whose latest album is Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush (Winter & Winter, March 13), join Katherine Lanpher to discuss and perform their work. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON MONDAYS: Cori Olinghouse / Kai Kleinbard / Shona Masarin (Ghost lines)
Roulette
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Exploring the body as a conduit for transformation, Cori Olinghouse will present excerpts from her latest Ghost lines Project.  Inspired by ghost towns, silent era clown films, voguing, and eccentric dance, the characters in Ghost lines conjure a vaudevillian past as traces – remnants; as if rising from the dust, transmitting signals of light and shadow.

VOXIFY: BASAK YAVUZ
Cornelia St Cafe
Tuesday,  Jul 31 – 8:30PM

Basak Yavuz is a Turkish-born, New York City based vocalist, composer and arranger. From modern jazz to minimalism, from blues and world music to chromatic harmony, her music is eclectic, heartfelt, and has the just the right amount of biting honesty. Her songwriting covers the full range of human experience; it can be fragile or aggressive, beautifully simple or deceptively complex, and always tells a compelling story. She recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann, and Darmon Meader, Dave Liebman and Phil Markowitz. She was the winner of the Nardis Jazz Vocal Competition in Istanbul, and has performed with her quintet in the Istanbul Jazz Festival twice. Her debut album is slated for release in late 2012, which will feature Peter Eldridge, Dave Liebman, and many other great musicians.

Yemen Blues (Lincoln Center Outdoors)
Aug 1 at 9:00
Damrosch Park Bandshell

A high-energy multinational hybrid of North African grooves, Middle Eastern modes, and American funk fleshed out with oud, gimbri, strings, and percussion, Yemen Blues is led by the charismatic Israeli-Yemenite singer Ravid Kahalani and go-to jazz bassist-arranger Omer Avital.

M’lumbo w/ special guest Gary Lucas
Joe’s Pub
July 29, 9:30pm
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M’lumbo is a 8-piece multimedia jam band that crosses the boundaries of electronic, psychedelic, jazz, and world music. At this special performance the long-running shadowy and semi-legendary eight–piece band will celebrate the release of their twelfth album ’Tuning In to Tomorrow’ with  their special guestGrammy-nominated guitarist/songwriter Gary Lucas ‘The thinking man’s guitarist’-The New Yorker. The band includes Rob RayPaul-Alexandre MeurensVin VelosoCecil YoungDehran DuckworthJaz SawyerBrian O’Neill, Jarek Szczyglak and other suprises. Come experience the band live in rare form and be ready to party!

BASSON CD Release Party
The Grand Victory
August 2, 7pm

— the time has finally come to officially unleash Bassoon’s eponymous CD upon the world — join us for a killer show with venerable riff-contortionists STATS and equally dexterous bass-drum duo RADIATION BLACKBODY for an evening of intelligent ear damage —

Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob/The Bushwick Gospel Singers
Jalopy
Saturday, July 28, 10pm

Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob consists of whoever is available and up for it whenever. Stampfel is performing. What is Ether Frolic? Ether Frolic is when ether came into use in the 19th century, it was widely introduced by Ether Frolics–a stage would be rented, the audience would be charged, the ’show’ involved people inhaling ether on stage and carrying on in a manner not common to 19th century behavioral norms.

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Cornelia St Cafe
Thursday,  Jul 26 – 8:30PM 

Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a quartet founded on the idea that not only is jazz still alive and vibrant, but that it can and should be fun, engaging and thoroughly contemporary. Rather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDtK fuses the entire spectrum of jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of what they call “uber-jass.”

BEN ROLSTON’S FABLES QUINTET
Cornelia St Cafe
Monday,  Jul 30 – 6:00PM

Bassist/Composer Ben Rolston brings his quintet to Cornelia Street Café to play music from his debut album Fables, released in April of 2012 on Envoi Recordings.

All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon
Le Poisson Rouge
Thu., August 02, 2012 / 6:30 PM

TUBA SKINNY @ Jalopy (7/31) andBarbes (Thu 08/02)

Summer Group Exhibition@Joshua Liner
Joshua Liner
August 2nd from 6-9pm

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to announce the 2012 Summer Group Exhibitionshowcasing 16 artists, including established gallery regulars and newcomers. This presentation will feature painting, sculpture, and drawing, with works by the following artists – Alfred Steiner, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Damon Soule, Daniel Rich, David Ellis, Ian Francis, Jean-Pierre Roy, Kris Kuksi, Mars-1, Oliver Vernon, Pema Rinzin, Riusuke Fukahori, Tat Ito, Tiffany Bozic, and Tomokazu Matsuyama.

Summer Swells (Les Rogers)
Half Gallery
August 1-Sept 2nd

BOB JONES/JON SHOLLE DUO
Barbes
July 29, 7pm

Bob Jones started his career as singer in his father’s church choir. He was Andy Statman’s guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers, with the Danny Kalb Trio and with many Old Timey and Bluegrass musicians in the city.
Jon Sholle is a guitarist who has worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, and Bela Fleck. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder Records.

Get Weird: Antipop Consortium
New Museum
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 7:00 PM

Antipop Consortium is an alternative hip hop ensemble based in New York. Conceived in 1997 out of a series of daring collaborations at the “Rap Meets Poetry” sessions of the Nuyorican Poets Café, the group has developed a cerebral, visionary strain of hip hop that incorporates the fragmented rhythms of contemporary electronic music with the confrontational, interrogative stance of rap.

NICKY DA B, DJ RUSTY LAZER, ONRA (DJ SET), AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
Brooklyn Bowl
SAT, JULY 28, 2012

Nicky Da B is a new generation New Orleans Bounce artist who is coming into national prominence in the footsteps of Big Freedia. At 21 years old, Nicky has already shared the stage with all the legends of the Bounce community and has traveled with Rusty Lazer to New York for a run of amazing shows in January and March of this year, performing at Santos Party House, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly and with luminaries such as Roxy Cottontail and many more.

Phil Kline: dreamcitynine (ongoing audio installation) LIVE PERFORMANCE
A live version of dreamcitynine, featuring 60 percussionists, will be performed on August 3
Lincoln Center
July 25-August 12

What better way to celebrate the John Cage centenary than with postmodern sounds of silence? Composer Phil Kline (Unsilent Night) draws upon the words and voices of Jim Jarmusch, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones, and La Bruja, among sixty writers, artists, and musicians, for a GPS-based work inspired by Indeterminacy, Cage’s collection of one-minute epiphanies. Use your smartphone and a free downloadable audio app to trigger sixty koans scattered around the Lincoln Center campus. A podcast version will also be available.

JOE GALLANT’S ILLUMINATI ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF “TERRAPIN STATION”
Brooklyn Bowl

FRI, JULY 27, 2012, DOORS: 6:00 PM

Joe Gallant’s 18-piece Illuminati Orchestra celebrates the 35th anniversary release of the Grateful Deads’ “Terrapin Station” album (on this very day!) with a groove-heavy set of bones-shaking Dead tunes and sonic surprises.

Animation Block Party: Kid Animation Program
BAM
Opens on Jul 28, 2012

The East Coast’s premier animation festival returns for its ninth edition, showcasing international works, award winners, experimental shorts, computer animation, student films, local cartoons, a special Animation for Kids show, and much more. On Saturday, July 28th BAM presents an animation trade-show, plus an exclusive evening after-party at the BAMcafé, with standup comedy and live music.

Exhibition Opening: Slightly Strange
Powerhouse Arena
Thursday, August 2, 7–9 PM

An exhibition of the unusual personal artwork of five contemporary children’s book illustrators

Urban Tango Trio
Joe’s Pub
7:30 PM – July 30

Latin-Grammy winner Octavio Brunetti on piano; Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; and acclaimed composer/arranger Pedro Giraudo on bass. Together, these three awesomely talented virtuoso musicians capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites, to contemporary interpretations. They have dazzled audiences in New York, Washington DC, South Carolina, Virginia, and in Tokyo, Japan, with an upcoming tour to Japan this August.  This appearance at Joe’s Pub will debut their new repertoire, which they will feature on their tour and will be the basis of their next CD.

COMING UP:

Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling (U.S. premiere)
M. Ward,Yo La Tengo, Wyatt Cenac
The Fall of the American Movie Palace

AN INTERVIEW WITH LAUNA EDDY.

Launa Eddy is a sculptor and jewelry maker living in Brooklyn. We were introduced to her via 3rd Ward and inspired by her collabs with Daniel Olshansky, Dinosaur Feathers, and most of all her interesting background. We asked her to elaborate on her timber wolf/lobster-catching youth and tell about some of her current work.

The 22 Magazine: Can you tell me a little about where you are from in Rhode Island, working on a lobster boat and about raising timber wolves ?

Launa Eddy: We lived in Richmond until I was ten, when the state of Rhode Island told us we couldn’t have wolves and gave us an ultimatum – get rid of them, or move out. So we moved to New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state – my dad continued to run [his] lobster boat between Rhode Island and New Hampshire. While in Rhode Island I spent most of my time off of Point Judith in Narraganset, where most of my family worked as commercial fishermen/women. I spent a lot of time on the boats and the docks growing up – and I actually started working on my father’s boat when I was around eight or nine years old. I would go out with them on fishing trips in the summer and I was their ‘bander’ – I put the rubber bands on the lobster claws and prepped them to be put in the storage tanks on the boat. It was a hard job and being out at sea for three days in all sorts of weather was intense, and eventually when I was sixteen I decided I wasn’t up for the job anymore… mostly because I was prone to sea sickness.When I wasn’t working on the boat, I was often trying to catch fish on the docks, and occasionally I got together with the other fisherman’s kids and we did silly things like arrange lobster and crab races. We’d gamble for curiosities we found on our families boats. Starfish, shells, weird creatures.  Everyone would bring a box of things they found and put it in the pot for whoever won the race. As you can imagine, lobsters don’t race very well, and crabs are insane and run all over the place, so it was all very silly.  The wolves were pure bred Alaskan timber wolves – my father went to Alaska for a trip to meet a painter who also ran a wolf rescue, and came back with two wolf pups. We named them Sinbad and Sheba, and built them an eight foot tall cage twice the size of our house (it was pretty much a caged off section of forest) and a sweet little dog house inside of it with two stories and Plexiglas windows and a ramp so they could chill on the roof. They had it good.

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