The Weekend: July 29-31.

A Celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island

Saturday, July 30

9:30 pm – late

SWIMMING CITIES in collaboration with SEA WORTHY present: A Celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island with Rusty Lazer (New Orleans, Bounce.), Dirtyfinger (Black Label), Geko Jones (Que Bajo?.) and Barney Iller (Rubulad).

Last weekend the naval gangs of New York assembled to Battle for Mau Mau Island (see photos here).  Come see the fallen soldiers, harvested booty, and glorious victors at a new two-story space in Bed-Stuy. Mau Mau gangs, gladiator raft jousting, cocktail catacombs, clothing optional watergun fight, underground casino & film screenings of eerily beautiful movies set on the water, slide show and videos of the battle, and an awards presentation for the victors.  Wet & wild all night long.

$5 for gangs in matching costumes, Mau Mau vets, or before 11pm, $10 otherwise; 21+.

All proceeds go directly to the Swimming Cities India project.

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WATER LANDSCAPES/SUSPENDED ENERGY
PAUL BOBKO @ KLOTZ GALLERY.

July 7th-August 19th.

In his magnum opus, Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon introduces us to the German concept of Brenschluss in the telemetry of the flight of the V2 rocket. The rocket is propelled by its engines and travels along its parabolic arc.  At a certain point the engines turn off, this flameout is called brenschluss. At brenschluss the rocket’s ascendancy is checked by gravity, and before it begins to fall to its target on earth, it hesitates for just a moment.  After this moment gravity and momentum alone, not a rocket engine, define the inexorable trajectory of descent to its inevitable, calamitous  end. (READ MORE.)

CONEY ISLAND: 40 YEARS, HARVEY STEIN
KLOTZ GALLERY

July 7th-August 19th.

Harvey Stein has been a fixture on the New York photo scene for many years.  He has photographed the city from every angle with every kind of camera, at every time of day and night.  Beyond these shores he has led photographic seminars and workshops all over the world…He’s gone everywhere, and for the last 40 years he’s been going to Coney Island…where New York City flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Ocean Avenue, in Brooklyn.

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THE WEEKEND: July 1-4th.


The Architecture of Devotion
GOWANUS BALLROOM
June 24 – July 3, 2011
Closing Party Saturday at 5:00pm – Sunday at 12:00am
Show starts at 7pm

The Architecture of Devotion group show continues this Friday, July 1st with a night of great music by returning players: Apocalypse Five and Dime, Morgan O’kane, and Crooks and Perverts. These guys put on an amazing show with us back in April with moments like these:

Apocalypse Five and Dime will be releasing their new album “Ballads for the End Times” on July 1st, this is your first chance to get your hands on it!

If you missed the show last weekend or just need a healthy dose of seconds, come on out and join us!

Performances begin at 7pm.
Free Sangria from 6-8
$10 admission after 7pm

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The Architecture of Devotion is a large scale group art, music and performance event hosted by the Gowanus Ballroom.

The exhibition transforms the cathedral-like Gowanus Ballroom, a nineteenth century steel mill and current home of Serrett Metalworks, to interrogate various representations of the sacred and profane.

Works including stained glass, paintings embellished with gilt adornment, modern reinventions of medieval retables, a cabinet of curiosities, and an enchanted grotto form an installation that explores themes of spirituality, mysticism and religion. Revisiting historic interpretations of divine presence through a contemporary lens allows artist and audience to reconsider what might at first glance appear mundane.

Federico Ughi Quartet/Killer Bob
CAFE ORWELL
Friday, July 1st.
9 pm

Kae Reed Ensemble/Brad Balliet
CAFE ORWELL
Saturday, July 2nd.  Exotic Post-Classical Magic Spells and an Electronic Bassoon.
8:30 pm.

THE MOVIE LIBRARIANS FILM SCREENING WITH A.G. GRAHAM
DUMBO ARTS CENTER
JULY 1 ZARDOZ, dir. John Boorman. 1974
4pm

“If nothing is happening in your community library, it’s not a library.”
– Institute of Museum and Library Services

Dumbo Arts Center’s current exhibition is (The Missing Library). This summer, artist Annie Shaw has invited five artists (Jen Kennedy & Liz Linden, Marie Lorenz, Michelle Rosenberg and Angie Waller), an architect (Lori Brown) and two librarians (A.G. Graham and web-specialist Nate Hill) to turn DAC into a civic, non-commercial public space in the form of the Dumbo neighborhood’s first library. The project encourages contemplation on how libraries’ function, physical space, and role within communities is changing as the content libraries have traditionally housed migrates to a digital form.

PABLO MALURIE
BARBES

MONDAY JULY 4th

PABLO MALAURIE. Pablo Malaurie hails from Buenos Aires playing original folklore on banjo and ukelele, songs that are sweet, timeless and oddly global. Soaring melodies evoke geisha girls and Buddy Holly in equal parts. He scored a Romanian film that premiered at this year’s Cannes, Loverboy, and released El Festival Del Beso in Japan. Pablo’s voice can pierce through you in a painful tremelo and then soothe your broken heart with a pleasing, unexpected harmony. KCRW’s Jose Galvan says, “Malaurie combines both Japanese and South American folk rhythms with a minimalist approach. Some songs recreate traditional Japanese melodies simply using a mandolin banjo and a haunting falsetto. Others integrate rhythms more akin to indigenous music of the Andes. Add to that introspective lyrics and his affected Argentine accent and you’ve got the perfect soundtrack for a road trip in the Japanese countryside a la Motorcycle Diaries.”

Rob Curto’s PE DE SERRA ALL-STARS.
BARBES
SUNDAY JULY 3rd

Accordionist Rob Curto’s band plays Northeastern Brazil’s traditional “forró pé de serra” with a style born out of New York City’s diverse and dynamic musical culture. Forró is the accordion-based party music of the sertão, the dry interior of the Brazilian Northeast. Accordion master Rob Curto leads this ensemble which combines the classic brazilian Northeast forros of Luis Gonzagua and Jackson do Pandeiro with original compositions and improvisation rolled into an amazing dance party

Migration: MIN HYUNG, EUNAH KIM, MERIDITH PINGREE, GENEVIEVE WHITE
FREIGHT AND VOLUME
June 23 – July 30, 2011The life of an artist can be a nomadic one, for any number of reasons, amongst them financial, emotional and spiritual. In many instances, artists find more support and camaraderie in large urban areas, and for quite a few all roads eventually lead to New York (or London or Berlin). The four artists comprising “Migration”, the summer show opening June 23rd at Freight+Volume, are no exception.


PETER EDWARDS: SPECTER FLUX

FLUX FACTORY
Dates: July 1 – 3, noon – 6 pm

Flux Factory is proud to present Specter Flux , an interactive environment and performance by artist-in-residence Peter Edwards, aka casperelectronics. The installation consists of three suspended orbs that glow at varying hues according to the sounds of its surroundings, including the ambient noise of the space and those made by the viewer. Its interior mechanism – a hybrid circuit using both digital and analogue electronics – transforms sound into an evolving display of multicolored lights. The performative element includes a constructed pyramid centered around a complex sound and light synthesizer that the artist plays. Viewers are invited to interact with the machine throughout the show.

HACKPOSIUM
FLUX FACTORY
Saturday July 2 4pm

This day-long event explores the practical, philosophical, and playful applications of the term “hacking.” Presentations and workshops will cover topics such as circuit bending, culture jamming, dumpster diving, email encryption, and the repurposing of waste items into useful tools. The symposium is geared towards providing visitors with foundational information in order to become hackers themselves. Hackposiumis part of Flux Factory’s Summer School program and is curated by Jaime Iglehart via New Age Beverages, in collaboration with Pete Edwards of Casper Electronics.

Demos of hacked objects and freegan snacks start at 4pm.
Talks and presentations start at 6 pm, and are followed by musical performances.

Hamyul/Hamlet
La Mama
June 23 – July 10, 2011
“A highly stylized adaptation of Hamlet performed in Korean, Hamyul feels like a traditional drama that could have been performed in the ancient Korean court.” – nytheatre.comThursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

Hamyul/Hamlet is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The play is set in one of the ancient dynasties in Korea. The original Prince Hamyul, a Korean adaptation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare was presented to Western audiences in the United States and Europe in 1977. Adapted and directed by Minsoo Ahn, Prince Hamyul was the first Korean theatrical production ever performed outside Korea, making an indelible mark on the history of Korean theater thanks to the late Ellen Stewart at La MaMa.

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Michael Attias’s CLINAMEN ORCHESTRA@ THE STONE
SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS @RERUN (DUMBO.)
THE TIGER AND THE SUNFLOWER: DECORATIVE TRADITIONS AND CONTEMPORARY VOICES IN JAPANESE ART @SCHROEDER ROMERO & SHREDDER
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MIDNIGHT HORROR SAT JULY 2 12AM @SPECTACLE THEATER
STEVE DALACHINSKY SHRINE IN HARLEM JULY 3 AFTER 8 PM
ILLUMINATING FASHION: DRESS IN THE ART OF MEDIEVAL FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS @THE MORGAN MUSEUM AND LIBRARY.
FILMS AND RED HOOK RAMBLERS @ JALOPY.