The Week/Weekend: June 14-21.

There Are No Giants Upstairs
Where: Theodore: Art
When: 16 June – 29 July 2012  

Chris Baker Harriet Korman, Mel Bernstine ,Gary Petersen, Steven Charles, Andrew Seto, Opening reception: Saturday, 16 June, 6-9 pm, Gallery hours Friday – Sunday 1-6 pm

The Bark and Scream Series presents:Sarah Bernstein Chamber Project  (curated by Satoshi Takeishi)
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: Thursday June 14, 8:00 PM

Sarah Craft:Mezzo-Soprano,
Christa Robinson:Oboe, Scott Tixier:Violin,
Mat Maneri:Viola, Rubin Kodheli:Cello,
Sara Schoenbeck:Bassoon,
Stephanie Richards:Trumpet, Michael Rose:Piano 


Fuse Ensemble presents “Voices from the Depths, Musings on CG Jung’s Red Book”
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: June 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Fuse Ensemble is a concept-based new music/new media performing ensemble. Each season a concept is presented, giving voice to new music composers and creating musical happenings with visual elements of live, interactive video and/or kinetic installations. The musicians of Fuse perform on an eclectic mix of flute, clarinet, electric violin, electric guitar, cello, piano, electronic playback, percussion, and invented instruments. Linked by the insane possibilities of software such as MaxMSP/Jitter, using sensors on the musicians and live interactive cameras on stage, the artists create an experience that fuses sound, video and humans into a liquefied state and gives each concept a setting — a visual and kinetic environment to experience it in that furthers communication
and unifies the concept.

SMOKEY’S ROUNDUP
Where: Barbes
When: June 16

Smokey Hormel is probably best known for his works with Beck, Tom Waits and his Brazilian project with Miho Hatori. He’s also been playing western swing for quite some time and his Roundup is inspired by the sounds of Milton Brown and his musical brownies and other Western Swing classics. With Smokey Hormel vocals and guitar; Charley Burnham – fiddle; Tim Luntzel – string bass; Andrew Burger – Drums.

DUB IS A WEAPON
Where: Zebulon

When: June 16 

Mogwai/Balam Acab
Where: Webster Hall
When: June 15-June 16

R. SIKORYAK AND FRIENDS: CAROUSEL
Where: Dixon Place
When: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 7:30PM
Cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. Featuring: Emily Flake, Miss Lasko-Gross, Dyna Moe, Neil Numberman, K. A. Polzin & Sean Chiki; special guest voices:Lisa Hirschfield and Kevin Maher and more!

CP6 Exhibition
Where: Grit n’ Glory
Thursday, June 14th 7-10pm

In celebration of the release of issue no. 2 of our second volume, Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction and Fine Art is pleased to announce a free, public reception and exhibition hosted by Grit N Glory boutique from 7–10pm on Thursday, June 14th.

SNEHASISH MOZUMDER & SOM
Where: Barbes

When: June 21
Snehasish Mozumder is among those few established musicians in India who has mastered the art of playing Mandolin, and has blended it perfectly into the style of Hindustani Indian Classical Music. He will be performing his trademark doubleneck mandolin along with Nick Gianni – Flute/Soprano/Bari Saxophone. Vin Scialla – Drums. Bopa King Carre – percussion. Jason Hogue – Upright Bass. Jason Lindner – keys, Sameer Gupta – tabla. Rick Bottari – keys.

Incidental Music at the Fragmental Museum
Where: http://www.fragmentalmuseum.net/
When: June 16th

Fragmental Museum’s Sound Series kicks-off with a day of site-specific installations and performances curated by composer/turntablist Tristan Shepherd. A group of interdisciplinary artists comprised of Richard Garet, Bethany Ides, Erin Yerby, Netta Yerushalmy, Ed Bear, Andrea Parkins, Tristan Shepherd and Doron Sadja, whose work converges around sound will distribute five pieces across the four floors of the building, investigating on the mutual inflection of interior and occupant, leaving affective traces on the horizontal architecture of the vacant warehouse. http://www.fragmentalmuseum.net/

Phill Niblock
Where: Roulette
When:Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

To celebrate the summer solstice, Phill Niblock presents “Two Lips”, a scored orchestra piece featuring the Dither Guitar Quartet (James Moore, Joshua Lopes, Gyan Riley, Grey McMurray) and Neil Leonard playing saxophone with Sax Mix. Chris McIntyre, Jen Baker, Will Lang, tenor trombone; James Rogers, bass trombone, will play “A Third Trombone”.  More to be announced. 

 

NADJA, NOVELLER, LAZURITE
Where: Glasslands Gallery
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 8:30pm

NADJA
http://brokenspineprods.wordpress.com/
NOVELLER
http://noveller.bandcamp.com/
LAZURITE
http://lazurite.bandcamp.com/

Ban Fracking in NY State!
Where: 7408 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge
When: Thursday, June 14, at 4 p.m.

Fracking poses a serious threat to our drinking water, our agricultural land, and our air quality. It adds to our greenhouse gas emissions, and pushes us even further away from renewable energy solutions.
We need to persuade key Albany legislators to ban fracking in New York State. One of those key legislators is Brooklyn’s State Senator Martin Golden. Join Climate Action/Brooklyn For Peace and New Yorkers Against Fracking as we send a message to Senator Golden: Save Our Water! Ban Fracking Now!

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Musik Im Bauch
Where:  Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, Manhattan
When: June 21

Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s 1975 music-theatre work Musik Im Bauch (“Music in the Belly”) for six percussionists places its audience in an outré fairly-tale dream world. The piece was inspired by a game Stockhausen played with his two-year-old daughter, Julika, in which the composer listened to the sounds in her noisy stomach. Seven years later, Stockhausen conceived Musik Im Bauch during a dream. A loose narrative defines the transformation into humanity of three automatons, who attack a giant bird-man, named Miron, savagely cutting open his stomach and pulling out 3 music boxes which play melodies based on the signs of the Zodiac.

Selma Parlour and Yelena Popova
Where: Horton Gallery
When: Jun 14 – Jul 14, 2012

Horton Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring the work of London based painter Selma Parlour and Nottingham based multi-media artist Yelena Popova. In this exhibition, the abstract paintings on view examine not only the visual iconography of Modernist painting, but also the rhetorical structures used to define both Modernism and its critique.

NELSON LOSKAMP: Horror Girls
Where: LAUNCH F18
When: June  12 – July 28, 2012 

Launch F18 is pleased to announce Horror Girls, the first solo exhibition of work at the gallery by Nelson Loskamp.  The exhibition will be open by appointment starting Tuesday June 12 and runs until Saturday July 28, 2012.  The artist reception will be held on Saturday June 23, 2012 from 6 – 8pm. Nelson Loskamp is known for his dynamic relationship with the figure.  He has executed work in a multitude of media within the parameters of individualistic style and cultural visual stigmas.  Horror Girls comes from an interpretation of still shots from an assortment of 1960’s horror films. Loving the style in these B films, Nelson considers the 60’s hair and make-up in their depicted period settings and recreates them in haunting paintings that are both
beautiful and macabre.

River to River Festival
Where: Various Locations
When: June 17-July 15

Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures. The Festival’s densely packed schedule of daytime, evening, and weekend events showcases Lower Manhattan as a thriving center for cultural activity and a key destination point for experiencing New York City’s wealth and diversity of heritage, history, dining, shopping, and art.

Distended Cinema: Brock Monroe, Nick Hallet, Luke Dubois, Matthew Ostrowski, David Linton
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: June 15, 2012 8:30 pm

Audio visual performance in the time of temporal collapse, Brock Monroe visual & Nick Hallet audio, Fair Use (Duo) Luke Dubois, Matthew Ostrowski, David Linton: Bicameral Research Sound & Projection System w/ special guests David Watson & Alex Waterman Fair Use, Matthew Ostrowski looks at our accelerating culture through elecronic performance and remixing of cinema.

Great Photographs: Scape
Where: Hasted Krautler
When: June 14-July 20, 2012

Reception June 14, 6-8pm.

From ancient underground rivers and forgotten quarry tunnels to modern sewers and utility networks, the underground layers of the world’s great cities are full of places that are usually unseen, but that reveal the city’s history in new and startling ways. These hidden layers of the urban environment can teach us about how cities grow and function, and can provide a new perspective that highlights the ways that our daily experience in any city shapes– and is shaped by– the built environment around us.

ERIK SCHOONEBEEK: PHANTOM HAND
Where: Jeff Bailey Gallery
When: June 14 – July 13, 2012, Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14 6-8 pm

Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Erik Schoonebeek: Phantom Hand. This is his first solo exhibition in New York, featuring paintings and drawings made on found paper, old book covers and other materials.  Schoonebeek is influenced by contemporary advertising images, especially those seen while driving: road signs, billboards, commercial graphics, logos and posters. Although these images and graphic symbols are designed to communicate in some way, for Schoonebeek they become enmeshed with one another and change, as he says, “ into autonomous images that confront you with a blank stare”. From this source material, Schoonebeek forms his own imagery that hovers between recognizable graphic cues and amorphous narrative.

Bret Slater | Jeff Zilm
Where: et al projects
When: June 15 thru July 16, 2012, Opening Reception Friday June 15, 6 to 9 pm

et al Projects is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition featuring new paintings by Bret Slater and new paintings by Jeff Zilm. The exhibition will convey these artists’ intimate work in a dynamic setting of individual experimentations and dialog.
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conduction® Workshop/Atelier
Where: The Firehouse Space
When: June 16, 2012 2:00 pm

Over the last 25 years, Mr. Morris has opened the door to a new understanding of  musical language. It is called Conduction®. Employing 5,000+ musicians in 23 countries and 65 cities, Conduction® has amply demonstrated its capacity for cultural diplomacy, compelling and inspiring musicians and audiences alike. By facilitating a new social logic based on collective interpretation and personal interaction, it demonstrates a significant medium for the creation of a contemporary music. Known for its ceaseless investigation of an “extra dimension” that transcends style and category, Conduction has also proven itself supplemental to the entire scope of musical and artistic endeavor. Here, ensemble identity, and cultural tradition cohere.

City Life Signs / Paintings by Peter Dugovic
Where: Clic Gallery
When: Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 6-8pm 

Where: New York Academy of Art
When:  June 22 – July 28, 2012

Wish You Were Here 11 (Postcard show)
Where: A.I.R. Gallery
When: June 21, 6-8pm 

MMOTHS, Young Yeller, Jacob 2-2, Cult Fever
Where: Glasslands
When: Tuesday, June 19, 8:30pm

COMING UP:

2012 MERMAID PARADE
Where: Coney Island
When: June 23

Coney Island USA is pleased to present the 10th Annual Mermaid Parade Ball, the official after-party of the Mermaid Parade, held at The New York Aquarium, Surf Ave. & West 8th Street, 7pm – 12:30am, 21 and over. 2012 Ball Tickets are now on sale! Click here to get all of the details on this years ball and to buy tickets online! For Mermaid Parade Ball updates, check out our Facebook Event Page.

BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL & NOLAFUNK/CEG PRESENT: LEON REDBONE
Where: June 23, 2012 , 7:30 pm
When: June 23

For decades, Leon Redbone has remained musically resonant and personally elusive. Although his iconic guise of white fedora, jacket, and sunglasses has been thoroughly satirized, it’s easy to overlook what a genuinely gifted artist he remains — a role he inevitably tries to downplay.

To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel 
Where: The Gowanus Ballroom
When: June 29th–July 7th, 2012

Throughout its history the Gowanus has inspired both utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares. The past four-hundred years have witnessed the site’s transformation from a fertile series of tidal wetlands to one of the busiest industrial waterways in the United States. The canal, once a source for sustenance and hope, is today tainted by a notorious legacy of pollution and decay.

THE ENCHANTED ORGAN: A PORN OPERA
Where: Dixon Place
When:Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, 9:30pm

The Enchanted Organ” is a burlesque opera that celebrates sexuality and satirizes the porn industry, while parodying four hundred years of the operatic tradition. Composer/librettist team Gordon Beeferman and Charlotte Jackson, with director Beth Greenberg, bring their trademark wit and polymorphous perversity to this journey through “the Magical Kingdom of Porn,” a place where past and present, straight and queer, and dead and living converge. Bridging the gap between “high” art and “low,” we puncture the turgid balloon of “traditional” opera and revivify the flaccid clichés of porn. Drawing on influences as diverse as classic 70s porn soundtracks, Monteverdi, and Ancient Greek hymns, and bridging the worlds of opera, drag, and striptease, this work-in-progress is as close as you’ll get (or want to get!) to “aural sex.”

POST PLASTIC PROJECT AT LITTLEFIELD.


In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from land, and humans, there is enormous floating reminder of the indelible mark we leave from afar. Called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Plastic Vortex and the world’s largest landfill, the North Pacific Gyre is a combination of currents and carelessness that makes up what some suggest is a wasteland filled with plastic. Rife with fantastic sounding aquatic traps such as “ghost nets,” it is suggested that its collection is of such a scale that, as of yet, no one has been able to calculate its true size.

In a song by local Park Slope musicians Whale Belly, there is an interesting lyric  “I know what I hate, I just don’t know why.”

The upcoming show Whale Belly is slated to perform in, Post Plastic Project at Littlefield in Brooklyn, plans to remedy just such ignorance through a feast of artists, musicians and comedians curated to raise money, and awareness for the environmental organization, Project Kaisei.

Discovered by chance in 1997 by oceanographer Charles Moore, the North Pacific Gyre is Project Kaisei’s main focus. Kaisei itself began in late 2008 when co-founders, Doug Woodring, George Orbelian, and Mary T. Crowley, found a need to bring attention and research to the growing problem of plastic pollution. In 2009 Kaisei launched its brigantine vessel (the namesake of Kaisei, meaning “Ocean Planet”) and an oceanography vessel called “New Horizon,” donated from partnering organization Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The mission was to collect and calculate data on the amount, type, and breakdown rates of plastic litter that is trapped in the middle of the ocean.

Some findings maintain that certain types of plastic are breaking down at rates much faster than imagined. Most recently the rate was a year or less for some materials to completely disintegrate and penetrate waters and wildlife, raising concerns about toxin levels in fish and other saltwater animals. Utilizing a variety of technological outlets to get their message across, Team Kaisei reports directly from the boat with updates on their findings, and even has a voyage tracker via Google Earth that allows you pinpoint the location, and view interactive message from crew members.

When I asked Lindsay Bourget, one of the curators of the Post Plastic Project, “Why Kaisei?” she answered directly, “I started this project because I wanted to find someone to donate to that made the most sense and they [Project Kaisei] made the most sense to me, because their number one goal is to capture the plastic vortex and that’s exactly what I was most concerned about, so it seemed like a natural fit.” Some debate remains about the severity and size of the  litter in the North Pacific Gyre, along with concerns about disturbing wildlife in the effort to collect, as well as the idea that full collection of all the plastic is a Sisyphean task. Nevertheless when I asked Lindsay about her concern for the validity of such projects in the face these doubts as well as major global disasters (particularly oil spills) she acknowledged “it can be really discouraging, but then you think there’s only one way to really start making a change.”

Co-curator Laina Karavani adds, “Sometimes artists and musicians are the only one’s that people really listen to and can help illicit change, and that’s what this is all about, moving towards that change.”

Post Plastic Project will demonstrate by example, using soy ink, and semi-recycled paper in their printing materials through Long Island City based, ColorCoded, and party materials (cups, plates, etc) provided by SustyParty, a New York based company that provides a line of eco-friendly, biodegradable party products made from corn oil, tapioca starch and other recycled materials, along with a bin to collect and ensure compost.

The artists and musicians are pooled from both Lindsay and Laina’s art and design background. Lindsay currently works in packing and architectural design, and went to Colorado Institute of Art, while Laina is photographer originally from New Jersey. Laina moved to San Francisco to attend the Art Academy of San Francisco, and found herself in an environment of high sustainability expectations. Drawing from this experience and from a childhood where recycling was the norm, Laina and Lindsay were eventually introduced by a professor who thought they might be a good match (their birthdays are only two days apart.) As the project grew larger both realized that this kind of grassroots organization for a less dire cause might be exactly what people were looking for.

The show is a powerhouse in itself with fifteen artists, four bands, and two MC’s. Mostly local fare, the artists were friends of or approached directly by Lindsay and Laina, and much to their surprise, nearly all said yes. With the increase of sustainable forms of living becoming the norm in Brooklyn it was easy to see that Lindsay and Laina’s project provided the perfect outlet for supporters looking for a more manageable idea of altruism.

The line up for music is strong and ranges from the pipes of a classically trained opera singer (singing in a rock band of course) Little Grey Girlfriend, the upbeat and introspective words and sound of Whale Belly (Park Slope), The Robin Electric with nostalgic twinges of their Cleveland roots, and string band turned electric from Chicago, Panoramic and True.

Artists include talent like artist and curator Ben Peterson, Christine Nguyen, illustrator Mariana Silva, award-winning motion graphics designer Mauricio Leon, illustrator Travis Simon, Daria Tessler and many more.

There will be prints for sale, a raffle, giveaways and comedic relief with the help of couple MC’s Brooke Van Poppelen and Luca Molandes.

The show takes place this Sunday June 5th at Littlefield in Brooklyn
Doors open at 6, with a free art reception and $10 cover for the music.
All proceeds will benefit the effort of Project Kaisei.

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