THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Dec 2nd-5th.

McSweeney’s Presents: A Book Release Party for T Cooper’s “Real Man Adventures”
Le Poisson Rouge
Sun., December 02, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Dylan Moran-yeah, yeah
St. Marks Theater
Dec 4-8

DYLAN MORAN’S perspective is unashamedly unique. He observes life through the tinted hue of a glass of fine full-bodied red and then paints what he sees onto a deliciously cruel and rich life canvas. Blisteringly funny, and painfully accurate, this is like looking at a Canaletto painting whilst someone simultaneously punches you in the stomach and tickles you breath-less. Called “the Oscar Wilde of Comedy,” by the London Evening News, Moran is universally considered one of the foremost comics of his generation.Moran is best known in the United States for his roles in several well known films, including Notting Hill, the cult classic Shaun of the Dead, Michael Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and David Schwimmer’s Run, Fatboy, Run.

Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN
NYPL

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7 p.m.

In How Music Works, Byrne explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Writing as historian, anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne searches for patterns and shows how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborations with the likes of  Brian Eno and Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio, with all the big studios in between.

Kirk Nachman: de anima
HERE Arts Center
Nov 14 – Dec 22

The work of Kirk Nachman situates itself between the classic cartoon nostalgist and the formal self-consciousness of avant-garde practices. From the disjointed ‘stills’ – paintings rendered on drafting film, reminiscent of animation production art, to fragmentary serial animations which employ decontextualized snippets from old time radio shows, Nachman’s historical aesthetic populism collides with his background in the developments of 20th century fine-art.

ANN HAMILTONthe event of a thread
Park Ave Armory
December 5, 2012 – January 6, 2013

In being alone (on a swing) together (in a field), we find a condition of the social that is… the event of a thread. Commissioned by the Armory, Ann Hamilton’s major new work fills the Drill Hall with a visceral and literal poetry. Set into motion by visitors, a field of swings, a massive white cloth, a flock of homing pigeons, spoken and written texts, and transmissions of weight, sound, and silence weave through this expansive space to create a fabric of experience

Carlos Fragoso: Etchings and Paintings
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
November 30, 2012 – January 5, 2013

The current body of work was begun in 2007. These paintings and drawings feature human and animal figures in landscape and interior settings. Either alone or in groups, the figures do not tell a story. Rather, they form self-sufficient images with the power to shock, move, attract and repulse, without labels or explanations. The work constitutes an emotional research into the underlying motivations of human actions and interactions. This investigation goes beyond the rational, culturally and socially accepted surface, and looks closely at the irrational, unconscious and primitive animal instincts that ignite passion, violence and desire.

CAG SINGS. A new vocal series presented by Concert Artist Guild and Barbès. MISHA BOUVIER
Barbes
12/04

Praised by The New York Times for his “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line,” Mischa Bouvier is a winner of the 2010 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. A “delight to encounter for the first time” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). An advocate for new music, Mischa offers a series of concerts in 2012-13 at Barbes that focuses on contemporary music and explores American song in a collaboration with soprano Sarah Wolfson. Mr. Bouvier has performed with a wide array of ensembles including Anonymous 4, the Mark Morris Dance Group, American Handel Society, the Bach and the Baroque Ensemble of Pittsburgh.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Special Screening of “Dear Governor Cuomo”
Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) with senior-level officials from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation 

DALeast Powder of Light/Vinz Batella
Art in Flux Harlem presents DISCOVERY
The New Yorker “The Big Story”
TEDxSiliconAlley with Ray Kurzweil & Juan Enriquez, music by Jon Carin of Pink Floyd
TICA DOUGLAS // MOTION STUDIES // CATFOX // DANNY CHAIT
JOHN WILLIAMS NEW WORK
Workshop at the New Museum with Ximena Garnica

Joëlle Léandre “Hommage a John”
alina & jeff bliumis: CULTURAL TIPS takeaway
DOUBLE TAKE READING SERIES
HAIRSHIRT
The Return of THE MALABY TUBA TRIO
Russell Maliphant: The Rodin Project
THE SUPERNUMERARY RAINBOW
THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
Mamie Minch
From Tesla to the Transistor: An Introduction to Electronic Circuits
NEVERENDING STORY: Kari Steihaug & Tina Jonsbu
Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair
Etsy Holiday Fair
The Things Between
LAUNCHING A NEW ISSUE OFSOCIAL RESEARCH: AN INTERNATIONAL QUARTERLY
Jess Mynes + Simon Schuchat
Objects of Desire (EOC)
Ben Berlow at Rawson Projects
THE MOTH STORYSLAM HOSTED BY PETER AGUERO
Detroit City is the Place to Be
THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS Iain Haley Pollock, with Charif Shanahan
THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION LAUNCHING A NEW ISSUE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH: AN INTERNATIONAL QUARTERLY
Share and Share Alike: New Applications for Collaboration & Resource Optimization
Beyond Geography with Hari Kunzru, Jennifer Haigh, Sonya Chung and Jennifer Acker
The Holiday Train Show
ESTERHAZY PREVIEW: CALDER QUARTET
AMRAM & CO

Hohoho 2012
Rachael Yamagata

HURRICANE SANDY FUNDRAISERS:

The Brick Benefits Brooklyn: A Hurricane Sandy Benefit
THE TELL YOUR FRIENDS! THE CONCERT FILM! RELEASE SHOW/SANDY BENEFIT
STEAMPUNK BURLESQUE FUNDRAISER FOR CONEY ISLAND USA!

COMING UP: 

clickYEAR TWO (Postcard Show)
Fowler Arts Collective
OPENING EVENT: Friday, Dec. 7th from 7-10pm
EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Sat. + Sun., Dec. 8 + 9, 12-6pm

On Friday, Dec. from 7-10pm, Fowler Arts Collective presents YEAR TWO, a group exhibition of postcard-sized works sent from artists all across the United States, our annual birthday party celebration, and year-end fundraiser and raffle. All of the work in the exhibition will be affordably priced at $80 or below, so come ready to do some holiday shopping! Many local businesses have generously donated gifts and prizes to be raffled off at the end of the evening. See the amazing list of prizes below and RSVP on Facebook!


Concert for Sandy
Calico Presents: “CALICORNUCOPIA”

EELS
PUPPET PARLOR goes $BUCK NAKED$
Bouffon Glass Menajoree

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)
Building Stories: CHRIS WARE in conversation with ZADIE SMITH
An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates
DJ Shadow
Witnessing Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future

Caroline Burton & Susanne Slavick
Jacob Garchik w/special guest Ellery Eskelin- tenor sax “1st Thursday of the Month Series” at Ibeam Music 
CP8 Exhibition @Blackburn 20I20 gallery (Location: Blackburn 20I20 galleryW 39th Street between 8th and 9th, 5th floor)
Dave Kinsey ‘Everything at Once’
LOVE FAIL
Brooklyn Literary Mash-Up

BIBLOBALL 2012
The Musical Parlor of Emily Dickinson
Everything at Once
THE SKINT PRESENTS: THE WINTERLAND ROMP
Os Mutantes
Blockhead
Neuroscience and the Arts Today: Shared Interfaces
The Faint performing Danse Macabre in its entirety
4 Artists 1 Cause: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Relief Efforts with Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, Cults
The Plowmen present SOLDIER
The Royal Huntsman’s Ball
CPS: Giving: the Needs of Strangers
COIL 2013 Festival
Annual Belladonna* Benefit

A Christmas Carol by the Puppet People
Navigating the New York Small Claims Court System
Smoking Kids | An Exhibition by Frieke Janssens
Peter Nadin Taxonomy Transplanted
RACHELLE GARNIEZ/GATO LOCO
OPERA ON TAP
A.I.R. Gallery’s 10th Biennial Exhibition
Erin Barra, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, Cold Blood Club with Blank Paper. Hosted By Genesis Be

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: October 25th-Oct 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: ALMOST ALL EVENTS IN NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN THIS WEEK ARE CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY. PLEASE CHECK WITH EACH VENUE ON CURRENT CONDITIONS. IF RELIEF AND TRANSPORTATION EFFORTS GO WELL, WE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK  (NOV 7th) WITH NEW LISTINGS. 

JUDY FOX: OUT OF WATER
PPOW GALLERY
October 27 – December 15, 2012

P.P.O.W is pleased to announce Out of Water, our sixth solo exhibition of figurative sculpture by Judy Fox. Well known for her exquisitely rendered human figures, including children that are at once iconic, psychological and subversive, Fox continues to explore mythological references that are used to reflect upon contemporary sociological issues. In her latest installations, virtuoso use of form extends to the surreal, with visual puns used to provoke conflicted emotional reactions. The centerpiece of this new installation is a comely standing life-size figure of a Mermaid. Legs pressed together as if fused into a tailfin, hands paddling downward, she looks dreamily over her entourage. A set of Worms spread out before her like the writhing sea horses that pull the chariot of a Greek sea goddess. They are curvy and sensual — some profiles resemble parts of naked human bodies.

Lubomyr Melnyk
Sat, October 27, 2012 – 3:00pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society

Composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is the pioneer of Continuous Music— a piano technique he has developed since the 70s that uses extremely rapid notes and note-series to create a tapestry of sound. Inspired by the minimal, phase and pattern musics of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley, yet frustrated by the ecstatic detachment from reality they can encourage, Lubomyr Melnyk created Continuous Music, based in the innovations of the minimalist composers but with its roots more deeply planted in harmony. His first recordKMH: Piano Music in the Continuous Mode (Music Gallery Editions, 1978) is the fruition of the idea he began developing in 1974 reimagines the sentiment expressed by Reich in his watershed Music for 18 Musicians, realized entirely for Solo Piano. Overtones blend or clash according to the harmonic changes. The technique of mastering his complex note patterns and speeds makes his music difficult for the normal pianist, and the kinetic athleticism of Melnyk’s performance is unparalleled.

Teodora AxenteMade of Matter
Ana Cristea Gallery
October 25 – November 24

Ana Cristea Gallery is pleased to present “Made of Matter,” the first solo exhibition in the United States by artist Teodora Axente. Teodora Axente’s work is centered on the duality of spirit and matter – the two spheres of existence between which humans oscillate in an attempt to uncover themselves. Portraying an unexpected array of materials, Axente addresses the essential human drive to reshape oneself. Through the flashy materiality of aluminum foil, satin pillows, nylon bags or curtains, she brings us into a world of mystery that appears to be spiritual, noble and attractive, on first glance. Aluminum foil serves as the central symbol of matter throughout many of her paintings. Its outward shine and its ability to reflect give off an illusory sense of nobility that blinds her subjects.

Andrea DeFelice
Harvestworks
Friday, Oct 26 at 6pm – Opening
Saturday/Sunday Oct 27/28 from 3pm to 7:30pm – Installation

A small coupling of works combining both obsolete and new technologies, then reassembled to represent obsolete fables, folklore, literature, philosophy, mythology, and music. As responses to such stories inspired by the observation of human behavior, symbolic animals, objects and mechanics are used to further illustrate their foibles and behavioral patterns, whether expected or unpredictable.

Vital Vox Festival | “Vox Electronics: Philip Hamilton / Sabrina Lastman / Sarah Bernstein
Roulette
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

VITAL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. It celebrates composer-performers in the vocal arts who stretch and expand the voice in new and original ways, continuing a strong contemporary tradition developed in the United States. Over the course of two diverse evenings VITAL VOX explores “Vox Electronics.”  Performances draw from wide-ranging international influences and genres including jazz, experimental, contemporary, free improvisation, world music, interactive electro-acoustic and audio sampling.

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THE WEEK/WEEKEND: July 19-26.

WHAT: PETE’S MINI ZINE FEST
WHERE: Pete’s Candy Store
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2pm-7pm

WHY: We are so pleased to announce the first print version EVER of The 22 Magazine will be available at Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, coming up this Saturday, July 21, 2-7pm at Pete’s Candy Store. We will have VERY limited copies but you will also be able sign up for pre-orders and if we’re lucky, you’ll be able to order directly at the table via ipad. Likewise, the first person to buy a copy of The 22, will receive a free mini-painting from editor Cat Gilbert! (Check out the catalog of work here.)Please join us, along with Volume One contributor’s John Jennison and Max Evry (who will be selling work for Pranas T. Naujokaitis), and if you just can’t wait until Saturday you can grab a print copy of The 22 HERE. If you are in any way confused, please don’t hesitate to contact us to help with your order at the22magazine (at) gmail (dot) com. If you are a retail store looking to get a bulk order, please contact for a special discount price!

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WHAT: How to Write a Novel” Field Projects Show #6
WHERE: Field Projects
WHEN: Opening: Thursday July 26th, 6:00-8:00pm, July 26th- August 11th

WHY: Join us, Thursday July 26th for the Chelsea Art Walk and opening of Field Projects Show #6: How to Write a Novel.  This exhibition centers on the labor and characterization of writing a novel.  It draws a parallel between the source material of writing a novel and making art.  Often the most potent source of inspiration for artists and novelists alike comes from the private, seemingly mundane aspects of our own lives.  How to Write a Novel features drawings of text, photographs, receipts, books and the mesh-mash debris in an author/artist’s life.  The artists in this exhibition include Polina Barskaya, Aaron Krach, Karl LaRocca, Thomas Marquet, Siobhan McBride, and Martin McMurray.

WHAT: The 2nd Annual New York City Poetry Festival
WHERE: Governors Island, Colonel’s Row
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, July 21st & 22nd, 11am-5pm

WHY: This year we’ve got more series, more poets, more headliners, more vendors, an additional arts and crafts village, healthy and delicious food options [though, yes iced coffee and yes ice cream], and a brand new children’s festival! Oh, and we plan on more sun too, though last year would be hard to beat!  For a complete schedule of events click here, and be sure to click the banner below to check out the children’s festival!

WHAT: REGINA REX (PART TWO)
WHERE: ELI PING
WHEN: JULY 20 – AUGUST 5, 2012

WHY: Jeff DeGolier, Gabe Farrar, Elizabeth Ferry, Stacie Johnson, Anna Schachte, and Siebren Versteeg

WHAT: jerry blackman
WHERE: toomer labzda PRESENTS
WHEN: july 19 – 26, 2012 (by appointment only), opening reception / thursday, july 19: 6-8pm

WHY: toomer labzda PRESENTS is pleased to exhibit a collection of jerry blackman’s wall mounted works.each piece is penetrated and framed by the elements it is composed of: rope, metal chain, paint, faux wood and crystal. focusing on surface, he plays with the perception of materiality through a subtractive and additive process. his sculptures employ a malleable tension via a synthesis of patterns and objects which presents a core understanding of construction and craft.

WHAT: Stooges Brass Band/G.R.U.B.B. (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats)
WHERE: Lincoln Center

WHEN: July 26 at 7:30

WHY: Combining old-school jazz energy with raucous funk, hip-hop, and Mardi Gras Indian chants, the Stooges are rising stars among the new breed of New Orleans brass ensembles. Led by sousaphonist Walter “Whoadie” Ramsey, the Stooges were anointed the Crescent City’s best contemporary brass band at last year’s Big Easy Music Awards.

WHAT: Uptown Showdown with Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler
WHERE: Symphony Space
WHEN: Tue, Jul 24 at 8 pm

WHY: At the next installment of the wacky debate series, a team including Hot Tub‘s Kristen Schaal (30 Rock and Flight of the Concords) and Kurt Braunohler (host of IFC’s new comedy game show Bunk) face off against a team led by Christian Finnegan(VH1’s Best Week Ever) with Myq Kaplan(Last Comic Standing) and Bob Powers (Happy Cruelty Day) in this quirky take-off on the old school debate team. Hosted byMatthew Love (Comedy Editor Time Out New York).

WHAT: Hot Club of Flatbush
WHERE: Barbes
WHEN: 7/22

WHY: Modeled on the Parisian acoustic jazz bands of the 1930s. While its instrumentation (violin, acoustic guitar, accordion and bass) has a distinctly continental sonic texture, the repertoire of this group is as diverse as Brooklyn itself. The technical mastery of its performers allows the group to slide gracefully between a burning Basie stomp to a slow Texas waltz without skipping a beat. Fronted by the vocalist Gretchen Vitamvas, the Hot Club of Flatbush is sure to please any musical palette. Stephane Wrembel is back next month.

WHAT: Silent Clowns Film Series:FILM: Hands Up!
WHERE: NYPL

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

WHY: The Silent Clowns Film Series is back and dedicated to silent era film star, Raymond Griffith, a star whom Walter Kerr described as “natty, lithe (and) un-mugging.” Today, view Griffith in Hands Up! (1926), with Mack Swain and Montagu Love. Dog Shy(1926) with Charley Chase is our added attraction.

WHAT: tamara gayer: the inside
WHERE: toomer labzda

WHEN: july 26 – august 31, 2012

WHY: tamara gayer creates a site specific kaleidoscopic installation, which focuses on the local and national monument – the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City’s Lower East Side. gayer manipulates, warps, inverts and expands the gallery’s appearance as she reinterprets the exterior and interior of the one hundred and twenty-five year old landmark.

WHAT: KINEMATIC : THURSDAYS (MARIA P / THIERRY DREYFUS /MATT MARBLE with JIM ALTIERI)
WHERE: ENTWINE

WHEN: July 21

WHY: This Summer, as part of its inaugural season of sonic-visual events, CoWorker Projects presents  Kinematic Thursdays (June – July 2012) – a multi-disciplinary performance series bringing audiences in New York City’s meatpacking district some of the most dynamic and exciting sonic artists, electronic musicians and experimental visual artists and filmmakers from native New York to abroad. This innovative programme reflects CoWorker Project’s expanded vision as being an experimental space in the heart of the West Village.

WHAT: Hand Stories
WHERE: Lincoln Center
WHEN: july 18-25

WHY: It starts with hands: his father’s hands, his brothers’, his countrymen’s, and above all his own. Told through wordless, utterly playful scenes featuring hand puppets, poetic music, and striking visuals, Hand Stories is Chinese puppeteer Yeung Faï’s deeply personal family history during the vast changes that swept China during the 20th century.

WHAT: STOP THE FRACK ATTACK!
WHERE: The Northwest Corner of 8th Ave and 34th St., New York City.
WHEN: Boarding starts 7:30 AM on Saturday July 28. Bus leaves promptly at 8:00 AM.

People across the country are converging on the U.S. Capitol to tell Congress, the President and the world:End the rush to drill! No to fracking, yes to renewables!

WHAT: FRESH 2012: The Wall/The Page/The Internet
WHERE: Klompching Gallery
WHEN: JULY 25—AUGUST 18, 2012

WHY: FRESH 2012 is co-curated by the distinguished collector of photo-based art, Fred Bidwell(Bidwell Projects), and Klompching Gallery owner, Darren Ching. Together, they have selected the work of five exciting new photographers from an international open call for submissions.

WHAT: Murals/Indian Rebound, Treppenverter, The Split
WHERE: Cameo Gallery
WHEN: Thu, July 26, 2012 8:00 pm

WHY: Following high school graduation in 2006, the band Murals dug their act out of the basement and planted it onto stages and into minds across Louisville, KY. Founding members Evan Blum (bass), Rob Monsma (drums) and Jacob Weaver (vocals/guitar) dreamed up a musical fruit jam, blending art-rock and psychedelic proto-punk. The addition of Hunter Presnell on guitar in 2009 completed the bands line-up.

WHAT: Heliotropes/The Loom
WHERE: Union Pool
WHEN: July 19

WHAT: Optical Juried Competition: Portrait Stories
WHERE: Porter/Contemporary
WHEN: July 19 – August 25

WHY: Optical is an annual juried competition for photography. The theme from 2011, Portrait Stories, serves as a platform for photographers to present their work. The exhibition is comprised of photographs created by the top five finalists of the competition and serves to be dramatic as well as insightful into each artist’s individual definition of the theme. Congratulations to: Jennifer Judkins, Justin Chase Lane, Jacqueline Langelier, Linnea Lenkus and Johnny Tang.

WHAT: The Believer presents Karolina Waclawiak
WHERE: WORD Bookstore
WHEN: July 25

WHY: Join The Believer in celebrating the launch of deputy editor Karolina Waclawiak’s debut novel, How To Get Into the Twin Palms. She’ll be in conversation with Ross Simonini, interviews editor. Facebook RSVP appreciated, but not required.

WHAT: Artists’ Book Open Call and Publishing Night
WHERE: Meulensten

WHEN: July 19th, 2012 6 to 8 PM

WHY: Court Square and pilot press…  present an artists’ book open call and publishing night, an event that welcomes those who want to share their feminist artist’s books with new audiences, and those who want to learn more about the variety of such works being made today.  Guests are invited to come together for an evening of discussion and publishing.  The first twenty artists to RSVP will be able to present their artists’ books to an audience of other artists, curators, writers, and pilot press… published authors.

WHAT: Temporary Arrangements: Allison Kaufman
WHERE: HERE Art Center
WHEN: J
uly 18 – Aug 25, Tues-Sat | 2 – 7pm

WHY: In her videos and photographs, Allison Kaufman creates temporary relationships with strangers, revealing the vulnerability, loneliness, aspirations, and disappointments of both her subjects and herself. Investigating these emotions in public and private spheres, her work highlights the gender roles we assume while playing on the performance and gaze inherent in all photography/video. In Dancing with Divorced Men, the artist records herself dancing with middle-aged, divorced men in their homes, allowing them to function as surrogates for her father. In Trust Falls, she collaborates with divorced men to stage intimate activities that require a sense of trust or caretaking. In Friday Nights at Guitar Center she explores the predominantly male customers of the musical instrument store via their impromptu in-store performances.

WHAT: Sandra Gottlieb
WHERE: Kathleen Cullen
WHEN: June 16 – July 13, 2012

WHY: In Sandra Gottlieb’s Black and White series, she zeroes in on the micro-creativity of waves crashing on the same stretch of Atlantic seaboard shore, cast in high relief by the setting sun. Gottlieb’s pictures are conceptual in nature, capturing moments that are structured to make the observer feel small, accept that one moment is quickly overtaken by another, or that some momentary phenomena remain beyond our reach, in terms of human perception. This is why wise beachgoers come away from a day there weary but strangely calm, drained and yet somehow massaged to serene wistfulness by what to others seems like the irritating monotony of the ocean.

WHAT: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto w/ Geko Jones (Que Bajo?! NYC)
WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge

WHEN: Thu., July 26, 2012 / 10:00 PM

WHY: Africanismo* is a project dedicated to showcasing the lesser-known performing arts traditions of The African Diaspora by highlighting the lineage and influence of the African continent throughout The Americas. Coming direct from Colombia and transcending borders, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto are the seminal gaita group that serve as an overflowing fountain of inspiration for artists throughout Latin America. Noted as being the root of cumbia, gaita music is an amalgamation of African and Amerindian traditions. Thanks in great part to Los Gaiteros, gaita music has become one of the most influential traditional musics in contemporary Colombian popular music today. Worldwide DJ extraordinaire Geko Jones (Que Bajo?! nyc) joins these living legends by spinning music inspired and influenced by Los Gaiteros in a dance party infusing live music featuring special guests.

WHAT: Banners & Cranks Presents: The Singing Picture Show
WHERE: Jalopy
WHEN: July 21-22

WHY: Banners & Cranks presents The Singing Picture Show July 20 & 21 at The Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn featuring new works by a gaggle of cantastoria artists and musicians from across the country with yards and yards of art and folks there to sing its story.

WHAT: CORNELIA STREET OBSERVATORY
WHERE: Cornelia St
WHEN: Sunday,  Jul 22 – 6:00PM 

WHY: Angels, Animals and Cyborgs: Visions of Human Enhancement An illustrated lecture by Salvador Olguin: Presented by Hollow Earth Society; originally presented by Morbid Anatomy Deplored by many as yet another fashionable post, and defended by its supporters because it encompasses our current fears, hopes and changing reality, posthumanism is an attempt to think seriously about the possible long-term effects of technology in our society, our bodies and our mind. According to some advocates of posthumanism, these effects will be so deep, that they might change the human species as we know it, allowing humans to transcend the boundaries of their mortal lives by technologically altering or enhancing our bodies.

WHAT: Brooklyn Poets Reading Series
WHERE: Studio10
WHEN: Poetry Reading: July 20, 7-9 P.M.   

WHY: Studio10 is pleased to announce an event in the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series in association with the exhibition “Text,” featuring readings by poets Alex Dimitrov, Dorothea Lasky and Timothy Donnelly. Admission is free. Wine, beer and light refreshments will be served.

WHAT: Dent May, The Babies, Levek/New York Night Train SOUL CLAP AND DANCE OFF
WHERE: Glasslands

WHEN: July 21, 8:30

WHY: Dent MayThe BabiesLevek+GET DOWN…all night long to the exciting rare 1960s soul 45s of world famous DJ MR JONATHAN TOUBIN (at this point this is the only time of the month you can hear the DJ’s exquisite soul records in NYC)!

WHAT: SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS/SMOOTA
WHERE: Zebulon

WHEN: JUL 21, 2012

WHAT: Smokey’s Secret Family
WHERE: Barbes
WHEN: 7/21

WHY: Smokey Hormel’s résumé reads like a history of American popular music over the decades. He has worked closely with Beck, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond. His projects have included the Brazilian-influenced Smokey and Miho, as well as an ongoing tribute to Western swing. His latest endeavor is an idiosyncratic take on early Congolese rumba. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, African musicians looked to Cuba for inspiration. They recognized African roots in the music but were also captivated by its cosmopolitan aspect, which mirrored the evolution of their own culture. Using the electric guitar—fast becoming the symbol of urban culture—they forged a new hybrid that became an early soundtrack of decolonization. Hormel has hybridized the music further and taken it to the Americas for the second time. Keeping its pre-rock roots intact, he relies on a core sound of “wild guitars bursting through small amps afloat on a sea of hand drums and shakers.

WHAT: Rain Machine
WHERE: Mercury Lounge
WHEN: Mon 7/23 ,Doors: 9:00 pm

WHAT: HEART OF DARKNESS Hosted By GREG BARRIS
WHERE: Union Hall
WHEN: SAT 7/21: 8pm Doors

WHY: Musical guests Steven Bachmann and Susanna Raeven, Mind Warrior ,filmmaker Vikram Gandhi (Kumare), Barry Rothbart, Nikki Glaser and more!

WHAT: KOTORINO
WHERE: Barbes

WHEN: 7/26

WHY: Even in a music scene saturated with ‘chamber-pop’ bands and odd instrumentation, Kotorino stands out with its use of all variety of winds, strings, and other musical gadgetry. The music itself is omnivorous in its source material, quite pretty, and downright haunting. Kotorino includes Jeff Morris on guitar, words and birds, Estelle Bajou and Molly White on vocals, violins and verve, brother Jerome Morris on the batterie required, Sara Zar on musical sawesome, Liz Prince on tuba and invasive procedures, Mike Brown on upstanding bass, Stefan Zeniuk on reeds and rites and Jesse Selengut – trumpestuousness.

WHAT: Taylor Mac: Music of the 1820s/All the Rats & Rags
WHERE: Joe’s Pub
WHEN: July 23

WHY: A bedazzled creature builds a community by singing 24 concerts of the last 24 decades of popular music. Ultimately all 24 decades will be stitched together culminating in a 24-hour long extravaganza (in 2014) but for now join Taylor Mac, musical director Alexander Horwitz, and band as they use popular music from the 1820s to honor Louise Braille who, in 1825, invented the Braille system.  A note:  all audience members will be blindfolded for the duration of this ninety-minute concert. All the Rats & Rags is an electric new musical based on Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist and featuring music from Tim Fite’s 2008 album, Fair Ain’t Fair – a carnivalistic funhouse of soul, bluegrass and hip hop.Set in a future on the brink of a universe-altering revolutionary war, this sci-fi rock opera centers on an adorably clueless spy-bot named Twizt.

COMING UP:

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING @Cornelia.
Get Weird: Antipop Consortium @New Museum.
Phil Kline: dreamcitynine (ongoing audio installation) LIVE PERFORMANCE @LINCOLN CENTER.
NICKY DA B, DJ RUSTY LAZER, ONRA (DJ SET), AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS@Brookyln Bowl.
JOE GALLANT’S ILLUMINATI ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF “TERRAPIN STATION”@Brooklyn Bowl.
 

 


THE WEEK: APRIL 30-MAY 4.

 EDITOR’S PICKS: 

FULL LIST OF ALL MAY DAY EVENTS HERE.

May Day 2012
http://www.maydaynyc.org/
05/01/2012-05/01/2012

We will celebrate a holiday for the 99%. We will come together across lines of race, class, gender, and religion and challenge the systems that create these divisions among us. New Yorkers will join with millions throughout the world — workers, students, immigrants, professionals, houseworkers — We will take to the streets to unite in a General Strike against a system which does not work for us. With our collective power we will begin to build the world we want to see. Another world is possible!

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THE WEEK/WEEKEND: FEB 24-26.

EDITOR’S PICKS:

Bruce Brosnan: See, hear, remember/Tyler Vlahovich: recent work
http://www.featureinc.com/
02/15/2012-03/18/2012
12pm-6pm

Bruce Brosnan began exhibiting with Feature Inc. in 2000 and See, hear, remember is his fourth one-person exhibition witht he gallery. He lives and works in Brooklyn, has a BFA from Maine College of Art (19915) and an MFA from Hunter College (1998), which is where I first saw his inspired installations. Tyler Vlahovich has a BFA (1989) from California Institute of the Arts and lives and works in Los Angeles. This recent work is his third one-person exhibition with the gallery and coincidentally, we also began working together in 2000.

BOTANICA
http://thisisbotanica.com/
02/22/2012-02/25/2012
8pm-9:30pm

BOTANICA is a creepy futuristic black comedy that examines our complicated relationship to plant life. Sealed in a human terrarium, two unorthodox botanists and a caretaker with a penchant for erotic literature unleash a flood of unusual findings and overturn the constraints of science and social norms. Riotously lush” and “a perverse kick.” -New York Times “Sex, drugs, and
botany? Plants will never seem the same after Jim Findlay’s BOTANICA, an original, mesmerizing, and disturbing piece of experimental insanity.” –Flavorpill “If you’ve had your fill of tame/lame Broadway shows, are a fan of Sci-Fi, and happen to have dendrophilia, this show is perfect for you.” –Papermag “If you’re into what’s probably the most expertly sculpted piece of weirdness in town, then I assure you, BOTANICA’s got the goods.” –NYtheatre.com

Opening Party
facebook.com/uncannnyvalleynyc
02/24/2012-02/25/2012
7:30 pm -1:00 am

UNCANNY VALLEY OPENING PARTY February 24, 7:30 p- 1:00a// $10 …In which we open up the floodgates. Join us to celebrate the official opening of Uncanny Valley as a public venue! This is a fundraiser for the space, to ensure that we are warm and well-lit in throughout the winter! Uncanny Valley, our new performance and art project space, will open with a party to benefit and celebrate the space. The party will feature performances from partners and residents, including a glimpse of “The Golden Veil”, the new show from The National Theater of the United States of America, new songs from Balkan no-wave band The Drunkard’s Wife, a play from Williamsburg’s Dome Theater, Lisa Ludwig’s Art Neighborhood installation, and much more! The event takes place at 26-09 Jackson Avenue (at 44th road, near the Court Square station) from 7:30 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, February 24, 2012. HERE IS A MAP: http://g.co/maps/k5p84

The WEEK: Dec 12-16.

MONDAY:

THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan’s West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers. The White Swallow Reading Series featuring Saeed Jones, Michael Montlack, and Patricia Smith A 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Saeed Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Newark.

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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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The Weekend:Dec 2-4.

FRIDAY:

TED BROOKLYN:
We’re living in what is commonly referred to as the “Information Age.” With the emergence of social networks, we build new communities by pressing the “Like” and “+1” buttons and becoming fans. As we become increasingly interconnected with the Brooklyn community in these new ways, we find ourselves grasping for a new common ethos. In other words, we are striving to refine and define “better.” On December 2 at Brooklyn Bowl, we will address these issues with talks from the best and brightest minds of Brooklyn and beyond.

OPERA ON TAP/Roulette Sisters.
Opera is fun. Most people don’t seem to realize how much fun it really is. In order to prove it, Opera on Tap has taken its act to barrooms where they found out that beer on tap enhances the operatic experience. The company is made up of young singers and instrumentalists who relish the direct contact with audiences not inhibited in their reactions by the looming menace of giant chandelier.The Roulette Sisters have been turning heads and stopping traffic since forming in the cold winter of 2003. Noticing that their warm velvet harmonies and spicy hot licks were melting the snow outside, the sisters realized that they had started something not only weather-altering but soul-stirring as well. The sexy sisters play a hip-shaking blend of American country blues, traditional songs, popular tunes and old timey music from the first half of the 20th century. With Mamie Minch: resonator guitar, Meg Reichardt: electric guitar, Megan Burleyson: washboard, Karen Waltuch: viola.

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THE WEEK: Nov 7-11.

MONDAY:

Paul McCarthy, The Dwarves, The Forests 
Hauser & Wirth New York is proud to present an exhibition of major new works by Los Angeles-based Paul McCarthy, one of America’s most challenging and influential artists. Comprising bronzes, a massive tour de force wood carving, and a pair of fantastical landscape maquettes all presented on the gallery’s two floors, ‘The Dwarves, The Forests’ is the first exhibition of sculptures to emerge from McCarthy’s recent exploration of the famous 19th century German folk tale Snow White (Schneewittchen) and the modern interpretation of that story in Disney’s beloved 1937 animated classic film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

AMRAM & CO @ Cornelia St.
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion

With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used To Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
OCD Lecture Series
Stress and the Individual Litigant: Managing the Practical and Emotional Aspects of Litigation and Exploring Alternatives Zombies Identified – (Re)Considering the Monster #2
Harmony Holiday & Jared Stanley
Abigail Washburn
Evolving Music #5 – Remembering Raphe Malik
Occupy: Presented by n+1 and Housing Works
FALL DOWNTOWN: SEASON PARTY
Robert Graham
LINDEMANN YOUNG ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
League of Professional Theatre Women 

TUESDAY:

Listen to This by Alex Ross
Listen to This—which collects Alex Ross’ finest writing for The New Yorker since 1994—is that rare book that moves across the entire landscape of music, from classical to rock and back again. In this series of lively, erudite essays, Ross tells of his own late-blooming discovery of pop, and of how contemporary sounds relate to centuries of musical tradition. He vividly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and, in a previously unpublished essay, brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to Thisshows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition.

The Moth StorySLAM. Theme: Warning Signs
Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update & DiscussionKIRSTIN KAPUSTIK, AMANDA HINCHEY, ALISA FENDLEY, MARI MEADE MONTOYA & FRANCINE ELIZABETH OTT
DANA SCHUTZ “If the Face Had Wheels” book signing and discussion with Barry Schwabsky
Rescue Me!
Balzac’s Omelette
Lonely Dear
CAN MOTHERS STOP TERRORISM?
ICONOMANCY

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