A Rain to Heavy for Kites by Jeff Burns.

A Rain to Heavy for Kites just became more apropos, especially considering author, Jeff Burns was one of the folks spending Monday night through Tuesday saving the city’s internet.

Read all about in this NYT article.

A Rain to Heavy for Kites chronicles the story of Sidney Shoemaker, and his battle to succeed as a “man,” a golfer, and a lightning knight. When his younger brother is killed in a playful “robotics” experiment gone wrong, Sidney takes to road while his father stays home heading the call of the almighty to build an ark in preparation for a coming storm. Life, love, ensues in only the most interesting way.

Pick up a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Too-Heavy-For-Kites/dp/1477509283

The Week/Weekend: August 9-16

Jessica Rath: Take me to the apple breeder
Jack Hanley Gallery
August 09 – 31 2012

Rath’s porcelain sculptures allude to the odd forms and luminescent hues of little-known and endangered varieties, while large-scale photographic portraits document newly manufactured hybrid trees. These artifacts are designed to investigate diversity at a molecular level and human intervention in the natural world.

MY LOVE FOR YOU BURNS ALL THE TIME
348 South 4th
August 11-August 30

MY LOVE FOR YOU BURNS ALL THE TIME transforms the Packard Plant, Detroit’s notorious post-industrial behemoth, into a series of silver-plated fragments of a monument in miniature. Let’s call it Pirnanesian bling. Measured, documented, reconstructed instances suspend the ever-shifting site into a series of precisely scaled replicas of ruination. Some focus on the buildings’ acclaimed iconography: the water tower, the Grand Boulevard bridge. Others preserve unexceptional examples of architectural obsolescence: a reinforced column, a typical façade, an elevator shaft. Suspension here is a devise in the production of fetish-worthy fantasy, allowing an interminable return to an image of degradation that no longer exists in the material world. The copy, consequently, is rendered more auratic, more titillating.

Grand Central Library’s first Comic Extravaganza
Grand Central Library
Saturday, August 11

Do you sometimes wonder where all these superhero movies come from? Are you new to comics or a lifelong fan? Join us for a celebration of all things comic and super! (super hero, that is).
11:00 am – Toon Town: Comic Books and New York City by Kent Worcester
12:30 pm – Manga drawing instruction with Ivan Velez
2:00 pm – Comic Trivia with Geeks Out
4:00 pm – Comics Panel, featuring Marvel writer Greg Pak and Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum

My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town
Central Park 
August 11th

Guided conversation on the history of folk music through Woody Guthrie’s New York with Anna Canoni (Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and researcher / licensing for “MY NAME IS NEW YORK: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town”), Tiffany Colannino, Woody Guthrie Archivist and Assistant Producer of “MY NAME IS NEW YORK: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town”, and Dom Flemons, a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops.

DAYNA KURTZ 
Barbes
Thursday, August 16

With vocal comparisons to Nina Simone and a musical style that pulls from jazz, blues and country, singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz has found her best success not in America but in Europe. Kurtz started out as a folkie, but has expanded her influences over the years, creating a sound that fits in best with an Americana umbrella.

29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird/Taylor Mac/Swamp Dogg
Hearst Plaza
Aug 12 at 1pm, 3pm, and 6pm (see full schedule)

Do politics belong in music? They sure do, especially when delivered as entertainingly as by this handful of radically independent singer-songwriters. Indie folk singer and activist Erin McKeown owes much to the topical songwriting of folk legend Tom Paxton. Bedazzled creature Taylor Mac and band perform selections of political songs from his upcoming 24-hour concert of the history of popular music. Daniel Kahn, whose Painted Bird has been called “the Yiddish Pogues,” is to klezmer music what blues singer Pura Fé, founder of a cappella trio Ulali, is to Native American music.

Underpinnings
House of Yes
Thursday, August 9th

Underpinnings presents a look into the wiry world of performance, dance, music, and fine art as interpreted by its involved artists. With motifs of peeling, multiple selves, sustainable creativity, streaming consciousness, power/submission, synth-art-pop, symbiotic siblingship, and sacrifice, each short individual act envelops viewers in an original experience. The performances will be followed by a party where drinks, video installation, and fine art will flow forth, served on a platter by the ritualistic art community that exists solely in Underpinnings.

Flux Thursday
Flux Factory
August 9th, 8 pm – 11 pm

Join us for Shake In/Shake Out, a special performance art edition of our monthly potluck dinner and art salon. Starting in the kitchen at 8pm we will feast and then at 9:00 we’ll head to the gallery for performances, video art, and installations curated by Fluxers Ye Taik, Lehna Huie, and Lena Hawkins.

Dom Flemons and Boo Hanks
Joe’s Pub
August 16

Music Maker Relief Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Dom Flemons’ & Boo Hanks’Buffalo Junction. This album is the result of a partnership between Piedmont-style blues guitarist Hanks and Flemons, who in 2011 won a Grammy Award and played the Newport Folk Festival with his group the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Hanks worked the tobacco fields near his Virginia home for the majority of his 83 years. In 2006 he began a partnership with Music Maker Relief Foundation that led to opportunities such as opening for the Chocolate Drops collaborating with Dom Flemons on their album, Buffalo Junction, named for Boo Hanks’ hometown. The album, which will be released June 19, 2012, features upbeat, country blues that crosses generational lines.

The World Beatbox Association presents:The 3rd Annual American Beatbox Championships
Le Poisson Rouge
Sun., August 12, 2012 / 6:00 PM

This year’s championship event will be presented over 2 days with the Grand Finals being held at Le Poisson Rouge as well as an opening night International Open Mic series at Littlefield performance arts gallery in Brooklyn. The event will feature beatboxers from across America with special showcases by reigning American champion J-Flo, three man ill, and Word of Mouth (Killa Beatz and Subconscious) of Toronto.

ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES
Barbes
Friday, August 10

Fronted by Sudanese singer Alsaraha, the group plays what they call “Nubian Soul”: a selection of Nubian ‘songs of return’ from the 1970s to today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan and southern Egypt. Featuring Alsarah – Vocals; Karine Fleurima – Vocals and Keys; Haig Manoukian – Oud; Rami El Aasser – Percussion and Mawuena Kodjovi – Bass.

The Lost Circus
Irondale
Saturday, August 11

The party, 9pm-late: Discover a circus long lost, with music from times gone by or times that never were: Amour Obscur (gypsy punk accordion vagabonds), Shayfer James (dark, danceable anthems of mischief), and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (riotous steampunk brass). DJ Joro Boro bridges the dust of Burning Man with the sounds of a rogue Slavic circus.

FringefestNYC
Various locations
August 10-26

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.

Streamline
Kansas Gallery
August 11 – September 08, 2012

Ryan Lauderdale, Owen Kydd, Ignacio Torres, Chloe Wessner, Constant Dullaart, Andrew Pomykalski, Juliette Bonneviot, Ann Hirsch, Kevin Kelly, Aude Pariset, Artie Vierkant, and Sarah Faux.

WoodStock Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl
SUN 8/12

SIXTIES MUSIC/MEMORABILIA SHOW. RARE ’60S PSYCHEDELIC, ROCK & ROLL, FILM/ COUNTER CULTURE POSTERS, VINTAGE CLOTHING/JEWELRY /AUTOGRAPHS/ARTWORK/COMICS/MUSIC/ COLLECTABLE EPHEMERA, FROM THE “DECADE OF CHANGE” CELEBRATING PEACE & LOVE!, PLUS SPECIAL GUEST LEGENDARY GUITARIST GENE CORNISH FROM BK’S OWN ’60S MUSIC ICONS THE YOUNG RASCALS

Détournement: Signs of the Times
Jonathan Levine 
August 8—25, 2012

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to presentDétournement: Signs of the Times, a group exhibition curated by Carlo McCormick, featuring work by a number of artists, including: AIKO, Dan Witz, David Wojnarowicz, Dylan Egon, Eine, Ilona Granet, Jack Pierson, John Law (Jack Napier), Leo Fitzpatrick, Mark Flood, Martin Wong, Max Rippon (RIPO), Mike Osterhout, Posterboy, Ron English, Shepard Fairey + Jamie Reid, Steve Powers (ESPO), TrustoCorp, Will Boone, Zevs

Other Mother Brothers
Cotton Candy Machine
August 10th to September 9th, 2012

Our next event is with three amazing NYC based artists, Jon Burgerman, Andrew Bell, and JK5 for the opening of ‘Other Mother Brothers’. Join us for a show filled with originals, prints, books, designer toys, apparel and more!

TERMINATOR TOO JUDGMENT PLAY
Santos
Aug 11, 2012

Get blasted by super-soakers! Witness the scorching of He-Man action figures! Be dazzled by James Cameron’s revolutionary action sequences and special effects… recreated LIVE (in true 3D)… with next to no budget at all! Think your Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation is the best around? Here’s your chance to prove it. For each show, the role of THE  TERMINATOR will be chosen from the audience… by the audience!  Don’t worry, we’ll provide all of Arnold’s complex, important dialogue on cue cards.

AMPLIFIED QUARTET – Jeremiah Cymerman, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Matt Bauder
Roulette
Thursday, August 9, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Matt Bauder (sax, electronics) Peter Evans (trumpet, amplifier) Nate Wooley (trumpet, amplifier)
After several performances as an amplified ensemble, the intense and uncompromising quartet of woodwind players Jeremiah Cymerman & Matt Bauder and trumpeters Nate Wooley & Peter Evans will convene at Roulette for two days of rehearsing & workshopping, leading up to a performance on August 9th.

RUFUS CAPPADOCIA’s ROOTS QUARTET
Barbes

Thursday, Aug 9

The cellist draws from “the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, Middle Eastern and even Gregorian chant.”.

FOUR TOURS : AUGUST 12, 18, 19 on GOVERNORS ISLAND
PROGRAMS MEET AT STORM KING’S VISITOR CENTER
AUGUST 12, 18, 19

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Socrates Sculpture Park, founded by Mark di Suvero, four artists who have exhibited at Socrates — Janelle Iglesias, Jory Rabinovitz, Rob Swainston, Lan Tuazon — will lead workshops and tours of the di Suvero exhibition and relate the exhibition to their own artistic practices.

The Secret Science Club presents Shark Mania! with Marine Biologist Hans
Thursday, August 16
The Bell House

Shark researcher Hans Walters of the New York Aquarium discusses his wet-and-wild work tagging and tracking sharks and curates a live-screening ofGreat White Highway, a new documentary debuting on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week that follows marine scientists as they pursue the mysterious migrations of great white sharks(Carcharodon carcharias).

Poetry from the Rooftops: Aracelis Girmay, A. Van Jordan & Tom Sleigh
Thurs., August 9, 6:30pm
The Arsenal Building in Central Park, 64th Street at 5th Avenue, NYC

Join us on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30pm for the third Poetry from the Rooftops of 2012. Aracelis Girmay, A. Van Jordan & Tom Sleigh will read from their work.

DAVID ULMANN QUINTET. CD Release Party for “Falling”
Barbes
Tuesday, August 14

David’s debut album, Hidden, was released in 2005 and was called ” an exciting record that reflects restless creativity.” by All About Jazz. David also composes music for film, most recently completing the score for “The Happy House,” a feature filn by D.W. Young. David’s first film project, Atsushi Funahashi’s “Echoes,” was well received by critics and film festivals, winning three Jury and Audience Awards at Annonay International Film Festival in France and the High Hope Award at the Munich International Film Festival.
With David Ullmann – Guitar; Chris Dingman – Vibes; Karel Ruzicka Jr. – Sax; Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums and Gary Wang – Bass.

Karen Marston: New Paintings
Vibrant Intersections
Livable Streets: Queens Style!
Deep In The Cut@ Mighty TanakaRoom No. 5 Circle of Arts and Pablo D’AntoniPolished work by artist Paul Catalanotto
The Post-Olympic City
Die Roten Punkte w/ special guest Jessica Delfino
Our Lady J
Birdy
BEE AND FLOWER are playing with friends BARBEZ and ULRICH ZIEGLER

COMING UP:

Joianne Bittle: On My Way Gone
Gypsy Fest
Al Green
The Fall of the American Movie Palace
Hour of Charm 

Flickrworks.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/btang/7492523988/in/faves-photodolce/

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

Mike P Scott: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41171029@N02/7495539332/in/photostream/

go chris go: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63511705@N06/7495458602/in/photostream/

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/

Life_In_Colour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/life_in_colour/7492044916/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/

Bill Chivers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11801694@N08/7490224632/in/photostream/

Ryan Stubbs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haljackey/7490202740/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/

Eke Miedaner: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eam/756467806/in/photostream/

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/

THE WEEK: Dec 5-9.

MONDAY:

Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
Postmortem photography, photographing a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These photographs, from the beginning of the practice until now, are special mementos that hold deep meaning for mourners through visually “embalming” the dead. Although postmortem photographs make up the largest group of nineteenth-century American genre photographs, until recent years they were largely unseen and unknown. Dr. Burns recognized the importance of this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought his first postmortem photographs in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of postmortem photography in the world and has curated several exhibits and published three books on the subject: the Sleeping Beauty series. Tonight, Dr. Burns will speak about the practice of postmortem photography from the 19th century until today and share hundreds of images from his collection.

FIRST BOOK BROOKLYN HOLIDAY PARTY & FUNDRAISER
first book–brooklyn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting new books to children in need.  join us tonight for their first annual holiday party and fundraiser.

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A SPECIAL 22 FUNDRAISER FILM FROM JEFF BURNS.

Every wondered why 22? Here’s a couple of fun reasons from Jeff Burns, cohort in Gratuitous Art Films and Vol. 1 Contributor.

More than ever we appreciate the unique, unusual, weird in life and we’re willing to share it. The 22 Magazine brings together folks worldwide.

Different viewpoints equals fun art.

New York can be an intimidating place but it can also be a home. To keep these unique, incredible artists, writers and musicians from New York and otherwise around, we need your help.

Please consider donating, even something very small. We are still struggling to meet our goal and we know there are folks out there reading!  We’re not asking for much. A few dollars goes a long way. We’ve added a $5 and a $250 option to the donation and you’ll note a very awesome tote bag or t-shirt is available at the $250 level from contributor and comic artist, John Jennison.

We know, it seems like a-lot but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many amazing projects we’d like to really give a jumpstart to and your’s could very likely be one of them.

Thanks for listening again and please consider giving today.

~The 22

THE BEST OF JEFF BURNS.

Volume 1 contributor Jeff Burns is prolific, to say the least. Jeff is currently completing his first feature length film, That’s Beautiful Frank and has helped found When History Attacks and Gratuitous Art Films. Read more about Jeff here and check out his interview.

Web Extra: Canine Calligraphy over the Crescent Moon from Thats Beautiful Frank on Vimeo.

That’s Beautiful Frank teaser from Thats Beautiful Frank on Vimeo.

The Week: June 6-10.


June 5-11

Vision Festival 16Arts For Art, Inc. presents the 16th annual Vision Festival, New York City’s premier multidisciplinary celebration of innovative jazz music, dance, poetry, and art, held for its third year at the Abrons. Critics have described it as “arguably the most important free-jazz fest in the U.S.” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader), and stated that “avant-garde jazz culture has no better colloquy in this country than the Vision Festival” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times).

Each year, the Vision Festival honors the achievements of one living artist who has greatly influenced the world around them and paved the way for other innovators to move forward. On Wednesday, June 8, Arts For Art and The Vision Festival will celebrate a Lifetime of Achievement by Peter Brotzmann. This great improviser was one of the first practitioners of the Free Jazz movement in Europe. Brotzmann has programmed his own evening in such a way that it would reflect his ongoing pursuit of musical innovation. This 70-year-old artist is not interested in looking back — only in looking forward and being as creative as possible in the present.

Visit visionfestival.org for more information and listings of Vision Festival events at satellite sites. (SEE FULL SCHEDULE.)

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LAST CALL: Susan Graham, Cletus Johnson, Brian DeGraw & Daniel Subkoff/Will Chancellor .

AS THE WORLD BURNS & PAST FITS, FUTURE PULLS @ JAMES FUENTES.

Closing May 8th.
Brian DeGraw

As The World Burns
Final Week at James Fuentes LLC, Gallery hours; Wed. – Sun., 11-6pm.
Special New York Gallery Week extended day, Sunday, May 8th, 12-8pm.
View exhibition images: here
New York Gallery Week link: here
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James Fuentes LLC proudly presents, as part of The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas For The New City;
Daniel Subkoff & Will Chancellor 
Past Fits and Future Pulls
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center at 107 Suffolk St between Rivington and Delancey.
If you have trouble locating this project please text; (917) 509-2250
Saturday from 10am to midnight
Sunday from 2:30pm until 7pm
Festival of Ideaslink

Subkoff & Chancellor are offering their artwork for free to everyone who joins them, and ultimately back to the earth itself. Having traded their cash for living native seeds, soil and local clay, they’ve constructed a 13 foot tall sculpture with this material that they invite the public to help disassemble. Visitors are welcome to grab a handful of the sculpture and recast it in a provided mold, walking away with a small sculpture of their own. If left in an appropriate place such as an abandoned lot, garden or any soft ground it should dissolve and yield a significant number of native wildflowers within a month. If taken home and treated as an art object, it will likely dry out, crack and expire worthless.  The main small sculptural casting will be of a rendition of Tlaloc, the elemental Aztec god of water, rain and fertility whose name translates as “he who is made of earth”.


Susan Graham & Cletus Johnson @ Schroeder Romero & Shredder

Closing May14th
531 West 26th Street
New York NY 10001

Susan Graham
New Gardens

April 14, 2011–May 14, 2011

Susan Graham’s exhibition, New Gardens, features sculpture, photography and video that use strategies of pattern and decoration to poetically depict the eternal struggle between nature and technology. Central to the exhibition are Toile Landscape, a large scale installation of Graham’s delicate sugar sculptures, and the intimate porcelain Toile Floating Landscape sculptures. Mimicking the recurring patterns of complex pastoral scenes found on Toile de Jouy, these works depict clusters of invented flora interspersed with industrial structures such as transmission towers, satellite dishes, or even cell phone towers disguised as trees. Charming, delicate and foreboding, each small pastoral scene compresses nature and technology in a bittersweet attempt at reconciliation. Graham’s photographs and videos on view in New Gardens depict skies choked with flocks of airplanes, modern-day birds staking their claim on the atmosphere. These works showcase Graham’s deft touch and ability to evoke rich, multivalent narratives from a few simple, quiet gestures. New Gardens is Graham’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Cletus Johnson 
Collage 1968–2010

April 14, 2011–May 14, 2011

Cletus Johnson: Collage 1968–2010 presents a selection of Johnson’s beguiling collages, including collaborative pieces made with famed Black Mountain poet Robert Creeley. Johnson’s works are composed of deceptively simple materials inviting private, almost meditative contemplation on subjects of longing, erotic love and primal lust. Their quietude evokes a Cagean musicality, while a minimal juxtaposition of images wrings endless narrative associations. Envelopes containing black and white photographs of a woman’s breast are intimate love letters being sent and received, revealing a desire to both contain and set free the object of affection. Amusement park ride tickets are coupled with cropped images of naked male youths, granting the viewer permission to experience desire. Portrayals of Antinous—Roman Emperor Hadrian’s lover—as Cyclops become homorobotic emblems of a carnal hunger for an idealized beauty. Johnson’s collages show him as a master of the simple, poetic intervention.

That’s Beautiful Frank!

Contributor and cohort Jeff Burns first film, That’s Beautiful Frank, is about to get it’s sea legs! Starring Edgar Oliver (also one of this issue’s 22) in the lead role (Francis Eugene Carroll), TBF is a futurist thriller full of intrigue, romance, and barking girls.

Check out the Trailer!

From the director~

We are really happy to kick off this site and share with you some fun glimpses of our new Futurist-comedy-thriller ‘That’s Beautiful Frank.’ You can find a description of the film here and for the shorter explanation take a look at our teaser trailer.

Pretty soon we will have more video clips  for you to sink your fanged eyes into, so please keep checking back for more.

On this blog we will keep you up to date on screenings, events, and festivals along with breaking news from our cast and the Futurist art scene.  If anything pops in your head feel free to give us a shout, and with your permission we would love to add you to our mailing list of upcoming events. Make sure to look for us on facebook, and if you happen to be a user of YouTube or Vimeo we’d love to meet and greet you there as well.

I will leave you with the disclaimer written by the editors of the French paper Le Figaro that prefaced the  publication of Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto in 1909:

“Mr Marinetti, the young Italian and French poet, a remarkable, hot-blooded talent known throughout the Latin countries by virtue of his resounding public appearances . . . is solely responsible for the ideas [expressed in the manifesto], which are singularly audacious and exaggerated to the point of being unjust to certain eminently respectable and – fortunately – generally respected matters. However, we thought it interesting to offer our readers the first edition of this publication, whatever opinion they may form of it.”

AND now…..the barking girls…