THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Dec 7th-11th.

phantomPhantom Orchard: Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori // Pet Bottle Ningen
Roulette
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Friends and colleagues since 1988, Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins are two of the strongest musical voices out of the downtown scene.  Lynchpins of bands as diverse as DNA, Skeleton Crew, Electric Masada, Hemophiliac and Björk, each have been leading figures of the downtown scene since the early 1980s, and their collaboration, Phantom Orchard is the perfect outlet for their unique and personal musical languages.  Tonight, Phantom Orchard presents duo arrangements of work from their most recent album,Trouble in Paradise (Tzadik), featuring Mori on live visuals and electronics and Parkins on harps, keyboard, and celesta.

Love Fail
BAM
Dec 6—Dec 8, 2012

The latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, love fail marries evocative new music with timeless storytelling to tell a tale of love both found and unfulfilled, performed by the ravishing voices of legendary early music group Anonymous 4.

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THE (CONDENSED) WEEK/WEEKEND: Nov 24th-28th.

Aki Sasamoto – Centripetal Run
The Chocolate Factory
November 28 – December 1, 2012

Centripetal Run explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives, and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe.ÊThe sculptural arrangement is a theatrical cosmology, and the performer unfolds, negotiates, and psychologically challenges its matter of factness.

Selected Shorts: Comedy!
Symphony Space
Nov 28th

Alec Baldwin leads a lineup of stars, including Michael Showalter (The State), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), David Furr (Shakespeare in the Park As You Like It) and Aya Cash (Sleepwalk with Me) performing hilarious and wacky fictions, just in time to cheer you up after the Thanksgiving doldrums.  Hosted by B.D. Wong.

Mount Eerie
Le Poisson Rouge

Wed, Nov 28th

For over thirteen years Phil Elverum has been releasing beguiling records from and about the Pacific Northwest, first as the Microphones and since 2004 as Mount Eerie. Some standouts are The Glow pt. 2 (2001), Mount Eerie (2003), Lost Wisdom (2008), Wind’s Poem (2009), and now 2 companion albums for 2012: Clear Moon and Ocean Roar.

End of the World Thanksgiving Revival
Dana Holst, Lo and Behold
{RESCHEDULED} 25TH ANNUAL HILLA REBAY LECTURE: The Para-Architectural Imagination of Gustav Klutsis
The Things Between
Stephen K/Fiji Bijoux/Surveyor
Sally Silvers “Bonobo Milkshake”
WAR GAMES ROOM AT PROTEUS GOWANUS
SPECULATIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE WITH DISQUIET JUNTO
CLAUDIA JOSKOWICZ: SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
Hot & Cold: Anders Nilsson & Aaron Dugan Electric Guitar Duo
Artful Dining: Ask Aasif Mandvi Anything!
Work It Brooklyn
NUTCRACKER Circus Suite
The Bell House & Pretty Good Friends’ Hurricane Relief Benefit: featuring A Very Funny ‘F*ck You’ To Sandy
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch
Franz Nicolay w/ Barbez
David LaChapelle: Still Life
A PORTRAIT OF AMERICA
Non-Place/Place
BJÖRN SCHÜLKE: Luftraum
STYLE IS THE TAILOR
Weekend Money, Kool A.D., Lakutis,  Kowabunga Tyga

COMING UP:

PUPPET PARLOR goes $BUCK NAKED$
Justseeds Sowing the Seeds of Love
MEREDITH MONK: A Benefit For Roulette
Sounds Elemental with the Association of Independents in Radio: GRAVITY
Humans and Other Animals (Bobby Lucy)
TEDxBrooklyn
Dylan Moran-yeah, yeah
Building Stories: CHRIS WARE in conversation with ZADIE SMITH
Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN
An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates
DJ Shadow
Laura Vitale: White Sands
Witnessing Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future
Happy Baby Fundraiser

TRACK ONE: song for a significant other.



TRACK ONE: song for a significant other from Tommy Becker on Vimeo.

“pulling down the sky to give you the sun”

Track Number One: song for a significant other | 1min 50sec | DV | 2005
After piecing together a yellow outfit from second hand stores, the simple act of jumping is turned into a performed act of giving as a figure struggles to transform himself into the sun. Track Number One was a belated birthday present and is a gift to be shared with others, especially the artists who continue to exercise their light and amuse their imaginations.

video & music – written, recorded, performed and edited by T.Becker | 2005

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The 22 Playlist #2 (The Submarine Hotel), August 25 2012.

In the sea, deep, in the sea, there is a submarine hotel. Men go there, women too, to water down the world and float free. The submarine hotel is a one way trip, and the passengers are always the same. This week we’re offering you the once in a lifetime opportunity to sonically explore the interior of this metallic getaway with sounds ranging the gurgle of tasty Bier from Bernd Klug and Bernhard Hammer to a lullaby at sea with CATFOX, to the expirmental fusion of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and the playlist inspiring track from Taren McCallen-Moore, The Submarine Hotel, plus many more.

See the full line up below, or check it out here. Photo courtesy of National Archives of Norway.

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

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: MAY 10-17.

EDITOR’S PICKS:

Stephen Hannock: Recent Paintings: Vistas with Text @Marlbourgh

Jacqueline De Jong’s Situationist Times, 1962-1967
http://boo-hooray.com/the-situationist-times/de-jong-situationist-times/
05/09/2012-05/25/2012

Boo-Hooray is happy to announce an exhibition of original art, publications, photography, ephemera and manuscripts related to Jacqueline De Jong’s vanguard publication The Situationist Times, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first issue. A total of six issues were published: Issue 1 in May of 1962, and the final issue in December of 1967. A seventh issue was compiled but not published. The Situationist movement produced periodicals: Internationale Situationniste (twelve issues published between 1958 and 1969) and the German Gruppe SPUR publication SPUR (six issues from August 1960 to August 1961). There were other examples: Drakabygget (Scandinavia), Heatwave (UK), Black Mask (USA), King Mob Echo (UK). Dutch artist and graphic designer Jacqueline de Jong joined the Situationist International in 1960. De Jong suggested the publication of an English language newsletter in November of 1960, to be co-edited with British Situationist Alexander Trocchi.

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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 Weekend: Dec 10-11.

SATURDAY:


Vaudeville Park presents…Noir Night
Come out to our 4th Installation of Noir Night, this Saturday at Vaudeville Park. Rare Noir Films & TV, Dark Synth Jazz, Bloody Red Cocktails, Free PopcornVillains of Vaudeville play sullen & dark synth jazz homages to Dark Shadows and Vertigo.

Seven in One Blow – 10th Anniversary Production!
For the tenth consecutive season, Axis Company will present its winter show for children, Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music is conceived by Axis Company and directed by Randy Sharp featuring Axis’ signature blend of advanced technology and live performance. Children in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid’s challenges with singing and organized “shout outs.”

A-Lab Forum: ARTE UTIL
centers around the works of artists whose practice involves social and political engagement.  Through actions, performances, situations, and in may instances the reference to the object(s) , participating artists explore possible ways to bridge the gap between audiences and art experience.  Taking as departure the notion of Arte Util (Useful Art), first introduced in the 1960’s , the forum will open the dialogue to offer a possible re-formulation of  ideas behind artistic creation, aesthetics, alternative narratives, and public participation. Selected artists were invited to present their work and share their approach, ideas and experimentation with art that can be found in the streets outside the white box of a gallery or museum setting.

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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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