Song For the Philopoets by Dan Hedges

The world has crowned you with the phrase

‘industrial unit’, and despite the economic

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surround, you strive to grow into

the term ‘philopoet’. In this struggle to

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be free, you repeat the words to yourself,

“don’t let the intellect bully the heart.”>>>>>>>>

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It is clear that she has nurtured numbers,

and you have preferred imagination,

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all this time, and will never regret it.

She will never appreciate that it takes bird

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aesthetics to sanctify the light, though she

never noticed the light of her noticing to begin

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with. It is, after all,

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the case, that we are using words to absorb

the severe angles of our sacrosanct madness,

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not to mention our nether-space visions that

shuffle into the haunting tense.

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We are using words as nether-space conduits through

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which we cause to fortify the god metaphor with

linguistic spells of lucid somethingness.

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We are mischief in the Nietzscharium, and

she is the reason for our semantic word harvest,

in the first place.

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‘She’ is the world, and ‘you’ are you.

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Suddenly, the conundrum breaks into it’s

mathematical parts, causing stare-downs

with the Fibonacci entry points into

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all abstract semantic buzz.  Instead of

closure, it all ends with urgency.

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Dan Hedges is the editor of  HUMANIMALZ Literary Journal. His writing appears in The Monarch Review, The Apeiron Review, and more than ninety other journals.  He writes out of a small white house in rural Quebec.  He teaches English near Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

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Semantic Rhinestones by Dan Hedges.

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Dan Hedges has been teaching English in private and public schools for the past ten years.
He is the editor of HUMANIMALZ Literary Journal. His poetry is published in over one hundred
online and print journals. He has been nominated for awards, including the Pushcart Prize.
His poetry embraces the topics of synchronicity, singularity, animal spirits, perennial philosophy,
lucid dreaming, shamanic journeying, bio-energetics, transpersonal psychology, mysticism, the
so-called avant garde, and field-guide aesthetics.

Dan Hedges #80.

{assorted plots

dispersed irregularly across

generalized narrative suspense

lead to uncanny sensations that

humans are a fixed point}

 

Dan Hedges is the editor of  HUMANIMALZ Literary Journal. His writing appears in The Monarch Review, The Apeiron Review, and more than ninety other journals.  He writes out of a small white house in rural Quebec.  He teaches English near Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

How to Break at HERE.

Above: Dan Domingues as Aden and Amber Williams as Ana

         How to Break, HERE’s most recent production, centers on the revolving story of a doctor, 2 patients (one with leukemia, the other with sickle-cell anemia) and a well-meaning artist in residence at a hospital. The show, while focusing on hip-hop, freestyle culture, more complexly focuses on the decision facing a person, particularly a young person, with a fatal disease and a moment of “breaking” for both strength and freedoms sake.
         The show itself is incredibly well suited for adolescents (highly recommend for high school classes,) slightly dull at times for the older crowd, but Jafferis writing is fast paced, funny, if never completely emotionally raw. Part of this may be the nature of utilizing freestyle throughout the piece. While this is definitely a central component in understanding a big part of the “break” of the piece, at times it makes difficult moments funny or more lighthearted than necessary. For anyone who has had, or known someone with cancer, you can’t help but wonder when the true “break” is going to happen and think that when it does…it’s probably not going to rhyme. That being said, grain of salt included, we all cope in our own ways and Christopher V. Edwards says in the director’s note “Everyone involved in the initial collaborative process has been inspired by hip-hop. Some of us breathe it and eat it for breakfast….” so it’s hard to fault her for utilizing freestyle throughout the piece that is based on it. Likewise, the age of the patients also make the flirtatious insult on the playground behavior more realistic and the piece itself, written in part by actual hospital patients through the Mixing Texts Collective project, does speak to Jafferis claim to portray “breaking” as “inspiration, courage, and possibility.”
         The standout actors included Dan Domingues and Amber Williams who portray both the over involved doctor (a bit of a fantasy no doubt) and leukemia ridden Ana, popper, design student, and love interest of Joel played by Perdro Morillo, a professional break dancer who is admirably comfortable in his first acting role.
         The set, a series of medical curtains that range from translucent to opaque were used to highlight the beatboxer Yako 440, playing a nurse character who provided beatbox accompaniment (written by Adam Matta) and sometimes comic relief, as well as the canvas for graffitiesque sketches. Yako 440 definitely could have been utilized more fluidly with the other characters on stage. One of the most interesting moments comes at the start of the play when he tells Ana to “breathe” into the microphone and creates a series of loops from it. And while the setup was interesting and the cast navigated the curtains flawlessly, the opening and closing did at times get distracting. Likewise one wanted to see more physical moments to accompany the soundtrack which was often lost behind the curtains.
         Overall this piece feels like a very dynamic moment set within the context of a beautiful but sometimes misunderstood artistic culture, as well as the experience of facing mortality head on. What is lacking is visceral emotion, is often made up for in surprising moments of writing and acting, and it’s this combination that speaks to the strength of the creators and the cast.

READ MORE ABOUT THE SHOW or BUY TICKETS.

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: July 5-12.

Cut Up
Where: Storefront Bushwick
When: July 6 – August 5, 2012

Myles Bennett, Susan Bricker, Andrea Burgay,
Steven Charles, Paul D’Agostino, Jackie Hoving, Ken Kocses, Elissa Levy, Gelah Penn, Casey Ruble, and Mary Schiliro

Game Play 2012
Where: The Brick
When: July 6 – 28, 2012

The Brick is pleased to announce the fourth annual Game Play festival, taking place from July 6–28, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance.

Matt Munisteri: CD Release
Where: Joe’s Pub

When: 7:30 PM – July 10 

Matt Munisteri will celebrate the release of his new CD “Still Runnin’ ‘Round in The Wilderness – The Lost Music of Willard Robison Vol l”.  In the mid 1920’s the pianist, singer, composer and arranger Willard Robison began recording a startling series of recordings of his own songs, and in the process became a prototype for that lasting American twentieth century artistic archetype; the singer-songwriter. And yet in the 8 decades which followed none of these unclassifiable recordings have ever been commercially re-issued. The guitarist, singer and songwriter Matt Munisteri has spent years tracking down these original recordings on 78 records and has now not only brought them to light, but has re-imagined them as a body of work rightfully freed from the trappings of era or idiom.

Charles Perry
Where: Joe’s Pub
When: 7:30 PM – July 12   

B-OUT CURATED BY SCOTT HUG
Where: Andrew Edlin
When: JULY 5 – AUGUST 18 

Be out. Be outside. Be outside of it. Be outside of the box. Be outside of the system. Be out of order. Be out of control. Be out of the ordinary. Be out of your hair. Be out of your mind. Be outrageous. Be outspoken. Be out loud. Be out of line. Be out of the loop. Be out of bounds. Be outcast. Be out of the Midwest. Be out of the closet. Be out of the Middle East. Be out of gas. Be out of sorts. Be out of power. Be out numbered. Be out for blood. Be out for the count. Be out bid. Be out of pocket. Be out of debt. Be out of commission. Be out of fashion. Be out of place. Be out of sight. Be out of reach. Be out of touch. Be out to lunch. Be out of breath. Be out of time. Be out of space. Be out of body. Be out of this world.

Naked Dance!/Gold Sparkle Band
Where: The Stone
When: 7/10 Tuesday
Composer-Pianist Rush (Prof. at U.Michigan) and drummer Edwards are joined by journeyman Clarinetist Andrew Bishop in a performance to celebrate the release of their new album Naked Dance!, a collection that features original compositions in the late Jimmy Guiffre and Nordic jazz tradition. Soulful and Funky, thoughtful and contrapuntal.

Jason Lescalleet Solo Tapeloops/Diamond Terrifier
Where:  The Stone
When: 7/8 Sunday

Diamond Terrifier is Sam Hillmer of Zs. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation. Named after the english translation of the indo-tibetan god-name Vajrabairahva, Diamond Terrifier is concerned with the potential positive qualities of destruction as mediated by noise/drone sheets of sound music

15/30 a Joint Celebration
Where: Superfine (located at 126 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201)

When:  Monday, July 16 from 6-9pm

Dumbo Arts Center and Triangle have teamed up with Superfine to present: 15/30 a joint celebration of our mutual anniversaries.

“Taboo”: Beinart Collective Group Exhibition
Where: Last Rites Gallery
When: July 7th

Works featured in this exhibition explore the theme unashamedly, fearlessly and sometimes with humour. Breaking the “taboo” is usually considered objectionable by society, whether it be a violation of something held sacred or a threat against traditional beliefs. In a society run riot with political correctness, this exhibition has given an exceptional group of artists a forum to challenge, surprise and even confront the public.

HOT! FESTIVAL
Where: Dixon Place
When: July 1-31

The 21st Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture: theater, dance, music, burlesque, performance art and homoeroticism for the whole family! HOT!, the oldest continually running GBLTQ festival in the world, has been a pioneer of queer arts & culture for over 20 years. Dixon Place is proud that HOT! serves as a model for other queer festivals across the globe, & offers an artistic refuge to so many passionate voices in our community. As in past years, 2012 promises to be diverse & inclusive with over 200 artists presenting work that push your buttons, stir your emotions & deliver explicit, flat out entertainment.

NYARTS Summer Launch Party
Where: Tribeca Hotel
When: July 11

To celebrate the arrival of our Summer 2012 issue of NY Arts Magazine we are hosting a launch party. Please join us at Tribeca Grand Hotel on Wednesday, July 11th from 7 to 10 pm.


Rachael Senchoway’s “Luminous Opera” 

Where: Con Artist
When: 07.05.2012 to 07.27.2012

Rachael Senchoway’s “Luminous Opera” reorders experience. Neons, glitter, and polka-dots gild references to Toulouse-Lautrec and Fragonard. Fantasy elements are synthesized through ambiguous time periods – frosted with decadence and kitsch, sprinkled with Victorian wigs and prissy Rococo faces. Rachael Senchoway seeks to free images from their historical confines, to re-contextualize and disorient dated themes. Senchoway wants her work to be unabashedly itself, no matter how fleeting.

Arthur Doyle and his New Quiet Screamers/Man Forever
Where: The Stone
When: 7/11 Wednesday  

Guernica Magazine Salon
Where: Le Poisson Rouge
When: Fri., July 06, 2012 / 6:30 PM 

Movie Mike Presents: Ray Bradbury in 16mm!
Where: Spectacle Theater
When: July 6th 

Movie Mike and Spectacle are pleased to present a tribute to the late, great science fiction luminary Ray Bradbury in ultra-rare 16mm. We’ll see a 1963 TV documentary in which the author explains himself, followed by some short films based on his stories.

Trace of Purple Sadness: LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya
Where: Cave
When: July 5-7 | 8:00 PM , July 8 | 5:00 PM

Meditative dance and poetic video design unify in a mesmerizing experience constructed by LEIMAY, the duo behind CAVE, The NY Butoh Festival and the Soak Festival.

Where and When: Saturday July 7th @ 285 KENT

|| Northern Spy Festival presents

|| Starring
|||| Dustin Wong + Dan Friel
|||||| White Out + Charles Gayle
|||||||| PC Worship

TINY TRIFECTA
Where: Cotton Candy Machine
When: July 7th to August 5th, 2012

Jessicka Addams, Aiko, Jim Avignon, John Baizley, Shawn Barber, Andrew Bell, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Zoe Byland, Ciou, Becky Cloonan, David M Cook, Dave Cooper, Dave Correia, Molly Crabapple, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Daniel Danger, Tristan Eaton, Camilla d’Errico, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, PJay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Doze Green, Dan Grzeca, Fred Harper, Jason Holley, Thomas Hooper, Jim Houser, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Jordin Isip, JK5, James Jean, Jeremyville, Nathan Jurevicius, Aya Kakeda, Audrey Kawasaki, Josh Keyes, Henry Lewis, Lola, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Sara Antoinette Martin, Dan May, Tara McPherson, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Buff Monster, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Martin Ontiveros, Alex Pardee, Joshua Petker, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Martha Rich, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Jay Ryan, Souther Salazar, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Jon Schnepp, Shawnimal, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Bwana, Spoons, Jeff Soto, Timba Smits, Sucklord, Diana Sudyka, Lamour Supreme, Fefe Talavera, Jill Thompson, Miss Van, Adam Wallacavage, Lindsey Way, John Wayshack, Eric White, and Chet Zar.

CHASHAMA | IT CAME FROM CHASHAMA AND ORGAN RECITAL SERIES | ULRIKE WEGELE
Where: ACFNY
When: TUESDAY JUL 10, 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

This exhibition by the WochenKlausur “NPOs-in-residence”,chashama highlights works from the chashama Collection that accentuate the diversity of media and subject matter tackled by their artists. Founded by Anita Durst in 1995, chashama has been at the forefront of the movement to provide vital opportunities to artists of all stripes and expose new audiences to art through creative space redistribution. Landowners donate temporarily vacant properties that chashama recycles into creative hubs, and grants to artists, organizations and youth arts programs at free or highly subsidized rates. chashama will be at the ACFNY from July 9 to 22.The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to support this special organ concert by renowned German organist Ulrike Wegele at Riverside Church in Manhattan, which will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and a 2011 composition by Franz Zebinger. Wegele’s repertoire embraces the works of pre-Bach masters as well as compositions for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach, the classical period, the Romantic period, as well as the music of the 21st century.

FALU/BANDA SINALOENSE DE LOS MUERTOS
Where: Barbes
When: 7/07

Falu is a classically-trained Indian singer best known for blending ancient classical Indian melodies with contemporary western sounds. She has worked with and performed alongside a wide array of talented artists including A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Yo-Yo Ma (in The Silk Road Project), Philip Glass and Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic), and had the honor of performing at President Obama’s first State Dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Her music has also been recognized in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Times of India.In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940’s, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music – mostly ranchera – and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990’s, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music’s popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice

Riepl & Co. Marianas Trench Discoveries Inc.
Where: Open Source
When: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 7pm-9pm

Riepl & Co. Marianas Trench Discoveries Inc. provides deceitfully real reproductions of authentic underwater worlds, customized to the clients’ individual demands. A goldfish bowl, a bathtub or a pool – no terrain is foreign or impossible to us! Various materials are used, from the ordinary to the exotic, depending on the customers wishes and budget. No matter if fancy ceramics, brittle concrete, precious pearls or found objects from the street; the final result of every Riepl & Co. Marianas Trench Discoveries Inc. production is elegant and undoubted in style.

Opera on Tap Presents: HOT & STEAMY!
Where: FREDDYS BAR AND BACKROOM
When: Thursday, July 12th, 9pm

The season beckons us back to the age old Opera on Tap theme of Hot & Steamy this July 12th at Freddy’s! What better way to wile away those oppressively hot and windless July hours than with some steamy opera tunes and frosty beverages? OOTers will regale you with some of opera’s lushest, sexiest, most-drippiest arias and duets whilst you quench your thirst with cool, high-octane concoctions and hoppy delights as only Freddys can serve them up. Show kicks off at 9pm. NO COVER! Clothing optional!

Mapping the Equivocal (Phillip Buntin, Derek Lerner and Robert Walden)
Where: Robert Henry Contemporary
When: July 13 – August 12, 2012

A map is a representation of space or place, or of phenomena as they exist in space. They project a three-dimensional space on a 2-D plane, usually much smaller than the actual space being mapped. The best maps are often considered to be the most accurate ones, however, the assumptions, intentions, biases and preferences of the mapmaker subjectify every map. Maps convey nonlinear and simultaneous knowledge. In a single glance a viewer can tell what’s going on over the whole map at a single moment in time, a Gestalt. The three artists in this exhibition use what could be considered “thematic maps” to explore ideas related to hermeneutics, biology, environmental degradation and ontology.


…Is This Free?

Where: NutureArt
When: July 6 – September 22, 2012 Opening receptions will take place on: Fri. July 6, Fri. August 3, Fri. August 31

Curated by Marco Antonini, this project will consist of three exhibitions, featuring artworks, ephemera and publications that have been mostly conceived and produced to be freely distributed. Historically relevant artworks, ephemera and publications loaned from private collections will be presented side by side with contemporary work by emerging artists, including a series of project-specific artworks commissioned to emerging artists. Community high-school students and members of our audience will be involved in the production of open-source artworks and instructional pieces, producing work that will ultimately become part of the three exhibitions.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Where: Le Poisson Rouge

When: Sat., July 07, 2012 / 6:30 PM
‘A Winged Victory For the Sullen’ is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars of the Lid founder Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran. The duo agreed to leave their normal home studio comfort zone and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, and to hunt down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies. The recordings began in one late night session in the famed Grunewald Church in west Berlin on a 1950s imperial Boesendorfer piano and strings were added in the historic East Berlin DDR radio studios along the River Spree.

Jonathan Batiste
Where: Joe’s Pub
When: 9:30 PM – July 11

On June 28th and July 11th, Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band will take the stage for two nightsof thigh-slapping, foot-stomping performance. Prepare for the unexpected – what begins in the music hall could very well spill into the streets of Manhattan.
Where:  LA SALA at Cantina Royal, 58 N3rd Williamsburg
When: July 6
Where: Glasslands
When: Friday, July 6// 
Where: Glasslands
When: Saturday, July 7

Iktus Percussion w/ Taka Kigawa , Phyllis Chen and and music of John Cage
Where: Le Poisson Rouge

When: Sun., July 08, 2012 / 6:30 PM
Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, SteveSehman, Nick Woodbury, and Cory Bracken at the core. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging artists, having commissioned over fifty new works for percussion from such composers as Angélica Negrón, AaronSiegel, Lisa R. Coons, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Stefan Weisman, and Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood), among others.

Donovan Frankenreiter/Rayland Baxter
Where: Brooklyn Bowl

When: Fri, July 6, 2012

Rayland Baxter – is a gentleman, a singer of songs, a teller of tales, a picker of strings, a thinker of things. Born in the untamed hills of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, he tells a story unlike any other, a story that is true and full of unraveling emotion. There are no lines drawn, no box to be found, in the world of rayLand Baxter. 

THE WEEK: MARCH 19-23.

EDITOR’S PICKS:

Ben Marcus & Ryan Britt
http://greenlightbookstore.com/event/ben-marcus-ryan-britt
03/19/2012-03/19/2012
7:30pm-

Our ongoing Blogger/Author Pairings series features conversations between authors and bloggers who share territories, passions, and preoccupations. New York City-based author Ben Marcus discusses his new novel, The Flame Alphabet, with blogger Ryan Britt, a teacher at The Gotham Writers’ Workshop and staff writer for the popular science fiction and fantasy blog, Tor.com and Tor’s series “Genre in the Mainstream.” In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a work of heartbreak and horror, a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families. Both morally engaged and wickedly entertaining, a gripping page-turner as strange as it is moving, this intellectual horror story ensures Ben Marcus’s position in the first rank of American novelists. The event is hosted by series curator Ron Hogan, creator of the seminal literary blog Beatrice.com.

ECSTATIC MUSIC FEST: DAN DEACON WITH NOW ENSEMBLE & THE CALDER QUARTET
http://kaufman-center.org/mch/event/new-sounds-live-dan-deacon-now-ensemble-the-calder-quartet
03/20/2012-03/20/2012
7:30pm-

Dan Deacon (pictured) returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival after last year’s sold-out show, this time writing a series of new works for acclaimed chamber groups NOW Ensemble (“a deft young group gaining attention,” New Yorker) and the Calder Quartet (“outstanding,” New York Times), both for the individual ensembles and for the two together in a mini-chamber orchestra.

Crystal Fighters, Tubetops, Antoine Karl & The Woofgang (DJ Set)
http://glasslands.blogspot.com/
03/19/2012-03/19/2012
8:30pm-

Crystal Fighters, Tubetops, Antoine Karl & The Woofgang (DJ Set)

Heidi Julavits: The Vanishers
http://www.centerforfiction.org/calendar/heidi-julavits-the-vanishers/
03/20/2012-03/20/2012
7pm-

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THE WEEK: August 1-5th.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing @Cornelia.
Monday, August 1, 10:00 PM

Peter Evans, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, saxophone; Moppa Elliot, bass; Kevin Shea, drums.

Students from So Percussion’s Summer Institute (SOSI) play the music of Dan Deacon other surprises@LPR.
Jamie xx (DJ Set) w/ Brenmar (10pm)
special guests Dan Deacon

The art made by Baltimore artist Dan Deacon is about community and how to organize and inspire it. From founding a now well-known art collective (Wham City), to organizing and running an annually sold-out DIY music festival (Whartscape), to conceiving, planning and curating a massive 60 person/30 band tour (Baltimore Round Robin Tour), it’s clear to see that community and bringing people together is the major theme of his work. Bromst is the embodiment of that way of thinking. (READ MORE.)

Group Exhibition @Joshua Liner Gallery

Summer Group Exhibition 2011
August 4 to August 27, 2011

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present the 2011 Summer Group Exhibition showcasing 17 artists, including established gallery regulars and several newcomers to the gallery. The exhibition will feature painting, collage, and drawing, with works by the following artists:

Cameron Gray, Chloe Early, Damon Soule, Dave Kinsey, David Ellis, Evan Hecox, Evelyn Rydz, Greg Lamarche, Herbert Baglione, Oliver Vernon, Pema Rinzin, Ryan McLennan, Shawn Barber, Stephen Powers, Tiffany Bozic, Tomokazu Matsuyama and Tony Curanaj.

xperi-MENTAL Festival 3
August-5, 6, 7

Three days or avant garde and experimental music madness!

Curated by Robert L. Pepper (PAS) and Valerie Kuhne (Prehistoric Horse)

Goodbye Blue Monday
J Train to Kosciusko St

Round Robin Collective in Residence at A.I.R Gallery
August 5th through August 27th A.I.R Gallery will host Round Robin Collective in Residence at A.I.R Gallery.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 6-9pm.
Gallery Hours during this exhibition: Thursday 5:30 – 8:30pm, and Fri – Sun, 11 to 6pm.

Le Squeezebox Cabaret @ Public Assembly: 

A Monthly Night of Accordion-Driven Variety
The first Monday of every month, David F. Slone, Esq. invites you to join him in a celebration of the beauty of the bellows with Brooklyn’s hottest underground accordionists, dancers, strippers, singers, comedians and magicians!

HOSPITAL: EPISODE 3 @ AXIS
Axis Company’s episodic play Hospital, about the interior life of a person in a terminal coma, is something of a signature for the company, which has produced a new installment of the drama nearly every year since 1997. Conceived, written and directed by Randy Sharp (Edgar Oliver’s East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House), the show is a summer downtown phenomenon beloved for its balance of horror, humor, and weirdness. The company will present the 11th production in the series July 8 – August 20.
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The Weekend May 20-22.


False Idols:Al Wadzinski Convergent Evolution: Deborah Simon

Reception May 20; 7-9pm

May 19, 2011 through June 19, 2011

NY Studio Gallery is pleased to present Al Wadzinski’s third solo show in New York. Wadzinski’s False Idols refer to the predominantly Judeo-Christian concept of idolatry, the worship of a physical object as a god. Here these carefully assembled icons are comprised of humanity’s abandoned cast-offs, the remnants of our bloated consumer culture now repurposed as inert fetish objects. The centerpiece of the exhibition revolves around a massive golden calf, referencing the Old Testament story, but this god-proxy’s body is a shopping cart filled with gold-painted bones, its undeniably bovine head an amalgam of odd parts ranging from boots to a Christmas tree stand. (READ MORE.)

LZ Project Space is pleased to present Convergent Evolution, a solo sculpture exhibition by Deborah Simon. Inspired by viewers miscatagorization of Simon’s animal sculptures, she began to group together her pieces along those lines – also known as convergent evolution. This exhibit contains both king penguins and northern fur seals, both animals that have arrived at seemingly alike solutions for locomotion despite coming from different and unrelated ancestries. Simon’s animals float between taxidermy, toy, and art object; their life-sized bodies represent hours of meticulous multi- processed work in the form of sewing, molding, and painting of their almost ethereal clay faces. (READ MORE.)

 

Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 @ICP.

MAY 20–AUGUST 28, 2011
MAP 

After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb’s deadly effect. President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The goal of the Survey’s Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first “Ground Zero.” The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the United States. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in the collection of the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is organized Erin Barnett, Assistant Curator of Collections. (READ MORE.)

The Super Coda presents: DUCK CALLS AND HALLELUJAHS!

FRIDAY 5/20. 8-midnight.
8 – Duck That! w/Steve Norton/Angela Sawyer/Josh Jefferson.

Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots. The word duck (from Anglo-Saxon duce), meaning the bird, came from the verb “to duck” (from Anglo-Saxon supposed *ducan) meaning “to bend down low as if to get under something” or “to dive”, because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending (compare Dutch duiken, German tauchen = “to dive”). Duck That were once seen in the same room as Paul Whiteman, although they’d deny it if asked. Angela Sawyer, electronics and game calls, etc… Josh Jefferson, reeds and game calls, etc… Steve Norton, reeds and game calls, etc…

Then Starting at 9, The Super Coda welcomes Yva Lass Vegass, Tooth and Wail, and The Molasses Gospel! They are all touring together. Come Support!

http://www.reverbnation.com/themolassesgospel
https://www.facebook.com/toothandwail

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22 VOL 1 CONTRIBUTOR JOHN JENNISON @ GREENPOINT GALLERY SALON SHOW
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The 22 Magazine contributer John Jennison will have work this Friday, May 20th at Greenpoint Gallery’s Spring Juried Show.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101072903317023

http://www.thegreenpointgallery.com/

http://www.the22magazine.com/Pages/johnjennison.html

MEET THE FILMMAKERS OF LOST BOHEMIA

Filmmakers in person Fri-Sat at 7:00pm!
Movie Screenings:
Fri, May 20 at:
3:20 PM, 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:50 PM, 10:35 PM
Sat, May 21 at:
 
3:20 PM5:15 PM7:00 PM8:50 PM,10:35 PM

For over a century, Carnegie Hall rented affordable studios to residents like Marlon Brando, Paddy Chayefsky and Isadora Duncan. As a privileged tenant himself, director Astor began to record his neighbors, witnesses to decades of artistic history. But when the landlord served everyone with eviction notices for a conversion to offices, his project became a chronicle of the battle to save the apartments and their rich heritage. (READ MORE.)

Cortlandt Hull with figure of his great uncle, Henry Hull, "The Werewolf Of London"

The Witch’s Dungeon
Cortlandt Hull with figure of his great uncle, Henry Hull, “The Werewolf Of London”

An illustrated lecture and show and tell with collector, artist, and proprietor of “The Witch’s Dungeon” Cortlandt Hull
Date: Friday, May 20th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Part of 
Out of the Cabinet: Tales of Strange Objects and the People Who Love Them,presented by Morbid Anatomy and Evan Michelson

Friday, May 20th may be a dark and stormy night. Brave souls normally catch the coach at midnight from the Borgo Pass to access the lawless and far off lands of Bristol, CT, spoken about in hushed tones as the home of the Witch’s Dungeon. But on this rare occasion the stars have aligned and like the Baba Yaga’s chicken-footed cabin, the Witch’s Dungeon is coming to Observatory! (READ MORE.)

The Believer Presents QNA: The Art of the Interview
Celeste Bartos Forum, Saturday May 21, 1:00-3:00 pm. Free.

QNA: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW

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As part of the New York Public Library’s centenary celebration weekend, the Believermagazine will host “QNA: A Roundtable Discussion on the Art of the Interview,” featuring:

  • DICK CAVETT, legendary host of The Dick Cavett Show, which aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977 to 1982, and author, most recently, of Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.
  • CLAUDIA DREIFUS, interviewer for the “Conversation with…” column in the Tuesday science section of the New York Times, former Playboy interviewer, and author of two books of interviews. She’s known for her unusual Q-and-A’s with heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, and quirky engineers. She was called by Dan Rather “one of the world’s great interviewers.” Her latest publication, with Andrew Hacker, is Higher Education?   
  • KENNETH GOLDSMITH, editor of I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, and author of the underground classic Soliloquy, an unedited, 487-page transcript of every word, um, and yeah that came from his mouth during one week of his life.
  • LORIN STEIN, new editor of The Paris Review, the beloved source for some of the most in-depth interviews with writers published in the English language since the 1950s, collected in editions such as Writers At Work and The Paris Review Interviews series, he’s also the translator of Gregoire Bouillier’s The Mystery Guest.

There will be a short reading of a self-interview by the author and Saturday Night Live writer SIMON RICH, to be performed by actor PAULO COSTANZO, (of Royal Pains) followed by a presentation of playwright Darren O’Donnell’s relational theater piece, Q+A, in which the audience becomes both the interviewer and interviewee.

The event will be hosted by Believer interviews editors Sheila Heti and Ross Simonini.

This event is free but reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot via ShowClix, visit http://www.showclix.com/event/33344 or call 1.888.71.TICKETS.

More info: http://tinyurl.com/blvr-nypl-qna

UNDER DESTRUCTION II: Jimmie Durham, Martin Kersels, Michael Landy, Liz Larner, Christian Marclay, Ariel Orozco, Arcangelo Sassolino, Roman Signer, and Johannes Vogl @ Swiss Institute.

 

May 18 – June 19 2011

Part two is more oriented toward cyclical issues of consumption and spectacle. It can be seen as the crescendo of the exhibition. Here, destruction assumes the more aggressive and dramatic character one might normally associate with it.

Among the works that more directly engage the question of consumption can be found Johannes Vogl’s absurd, homemade contraption Untitled (Machine To Produce Jam Breads, 2007) which produces pieces of bread with jam on them and thus addresses questions of overproduction and consequently waste. (READ MORE.)

Andrew Schoultz: Unrest
May 19 – July 1, 2011
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Morgan Lehman Gallery is pleased to present, UNREST, a solo exhibition of new works by Andrew Schoultz. This is the artist’s third show with Morgan Lehman Gallery.

Andrew Schoultz’s UNREST stems from the artist’s continuing interest in issues of global turmoil and societal angst. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Japanese Earthquakes and the BP oil spill all fuel this new body of work. Rather than depict literal narratives of these events, Schoultz captures their essence using an ever-expanding arsenal of pictorial symbols. Billowing clouds of smoke create an “all-over” surface reminiscent of abstract expressionism and Op-art. These stylized clouds both unify the composition and veil the reality of the horrors depicted in the background. The obscuring impact that these clouds has on the images they hide may indicate the frustration Schoultz has with the partisan and misleading journalism the press has in disseminating information to the public. Other oft-repeated symbols include crumbling and exploding brick structures and monuments, the rearing horse, the all-seeing Masonic eye, and a lit candle set against green, yellow and red camouflaged backgrounds. The lit candle – a universal sign of hope and optimism-suggests that even in uncertain times the human spirit is nothing if not optimistic. These recurring symbols function as visual cues for a loose narrative the artist has constructed through previous bodies of work. Out of this narrative, Schoultz forms an historical construct that melds contemporary calamitous events with the broad sweep of Western civilization. (READ MORE.)

Nicholas Kashian
DEAN PROJECT

May 19 – June 25
solo-exhibition
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I am essentially driven by libidinal and anti-normative desires, coupled with sensitive and concerted attention to materials and to the mechanisms of visual perception. The objects I create both resonate with heroic and cynical strains of object making and seek to undermine these very strains with humility and sincerity.

Each work or series of works is created as a compulsive reaction to the burn of being alive and the spilling over of emotions that accompany the dogged difficulty of managing life. I intend to create visual signs or experiences that approximate the shocks and waves of living.



David Levinthal: Black Again
May 19th to July 2nd

John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to announce our next exhibition, David Levinthal: Black Again. The show opens with a reception on May 19th, from 6-8pm, and runs through July 2nd, 2011. The exhibition is drawn from David Levinthal’s project Blackface, dating from 1995-1998, featuring blackface Polaroids and the original memorabilia, drawn from the artist’s personal collection, that are the Polaroid’s subject matter.

Levinthal’s collecting of black memorabilia evolved into Blackface, a stimulating and controversial body of work. The title, according to Levinthal, “makes reference to the many facades, poise and physicality of these figures.” The title is also taken from the name of a journal of a black film-making company and is a term referring to both blacks and whites. Traditionally associated with minstrelsy, these images were used to perpetuate negative stereotypes. Levinthal’s work was originally intended to be exhibited at Philadelphia’s ICA in 1997. However, the show was cancelled when it became a cause célèbre as a result of its controversial subject-matter. Subsequently, images from the series were exhibited at the International Center of Photography and at Janet Borden, Inc. in New York. This is the first time that the artist has exhibited this body of work with the original figurines and advertising that inspired the portraits. (READ MORE.)

Destroy All Monsters
Sunday, May 22, 2011
12:00 PM to 4:00 PMVideo screening in the first-floor Main Gallery and  3pm book signingwith Cary Loren.In conjunction with the new publication, Destroy All Monsters Magazine 1976-1979, published by Primary Information, MoMA PS1 and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers present a day-long screening of Shake a Lizard Tail, or Rust Belt Rump, a film created by the band for their 1996 Japanese tour. The film is a collage of horror exploitation videos, Detroit “Dance City” techno dancers, and late night WGPR television commercials of the 1980s. The commercials feature local Detroit landmarks such as Miley and Miley’s Shrimp Shack, the Club Watts Mozambique ladies club, and various funeral homes.

In 1973, the Detroit band Destroy All Monsters was a wild and reckless synthesis of psychedelia, proto-punk, heavy metal, noise and performance art. The collective hailed from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and consisted of Cary Loren, Mike Kelley, Niagara and Jim Shaw (with later members including Ron Asheton of the Stooges, Michael Davis of the MC5 and the Miller brothers of Mission of Burma). (READ MORE.)




Gamelan Dharma Swara w/ Momenta Quartet and Shahzad Ismaily
Sun., May 22, 2011 / 7:00 PM
Gamelan Dharma Swara
 is dedicated to the study, performance and creation of traditional and new works for Balinese gamelan. Through performance and education, we bring Balinese gamelan to the widest audience and participant base possible, and we endeavor to perform with spirit, dedication and gratitude. We are a coalition of master Balinese artists and leading American composers, musicians and dancers. In residence at the Indonesian Consulate in New York, Dharma Swara regularly performs for a wide and multicultural audience in the greater New York City area. We have collaborated with Indonesiaʼs leading artists and have performed in the areaʼs top venues including: Lincoln Center, Asia Society, Japan Society, New York Philharmonic, the Met, Brooklyn Museum, Symphony Space, LaMama, and Columbia, Princeton, NYU and Yale universities. In 2010 the ensemble was invited to perform as the first non-Balinese group in the annual gong kebyar competitions at the Bali Arts Festival. (READ MORE.)
Click here to see an article on Gamelan Dharma Swara from the NYTimes

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A green art workshop with artist and Hollow Earth Society co-founder Ethan Gould
Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Admission: $15
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society
Part one of a four-part series

Post-apocalyptic arts & crafts survival skills workshops, you say!?  That’s right:  Creative-making for the improvisational, post-industrial future (and present).  When the apocalypse comes, these definitely won’t be the first things you’ll need to know… but they’ll be on the list! In this workshop series, learn how to make beautiful objects you’ll actually use out of materials that would otherwise go to waste. (READ MORE.)

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3rd Ward’s Annual Birthday BBQ!
SUCKLING PIGS and OLD FASHIONEDS W/EGG AND DART CLUB

with two suckling pigs and assorted accoutrements by Sam Sherman and John Dawson (applewood, Blue Smoke) and variations on the Old Fashioned cocktail paired by Justin Lane Briggs (applewood, barbes, James, Marie Belle) plus a bit of live music from Quince Marcum and local beers for cheap! from 4pm – 10pm just $10 a head. (15 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn)
SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR CRITICAL RESISTANCE AND THE BRECHT FORUM
Some 40 years after uprisings at Attica and her own arrest, Angela Davis comes to Riverside Church in Harlem to build bridges around issues of austerity, prisons and global resistance. She will be joined in conversation by leading intellectual activists Ruthie Gilmore and Vijay Prashad. (READ MORE.)
A Conference of Works: MODE, METHOD, MEDIUM @ UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS
GIGANTIC MAGAZINE INDOORS LAUNCH PARTY AT 285 KENT
Rally to Save Our Seaport
The ships, collection and galleries of the Seaport Museum New York are a valuable and irreplaceable part of our proud maritime heritage as well as a unique educational opportunity for New York City’s youth. They are at now serious risk of being lost, dispersed or destroyed. The museum galleries have been closed since March. The 2011 seasons of the museum’s working vessels have been cancelled. We need your help to ensure these historic resources are protected and continue to be available to the public in New York City. (READ MORE.)