A Postcard from New Yorkshire New works by Doktor A.
October 12th 2012 (Through Nov 11)
While you are enjoying your spoils from the upcoming NYCC 2012 weekend, make sure to take a break from the Javits Center mayhem for a spectacular evening at the opening of A Postcard from New Yorkshire, featuring new artwork by Dok A. The steampunk extraordinaire is getting adventurous with his work in the show, pushing boundaries and showcasing newly acquired skills. Anticipate intricate details in custom toys as well as ink drawings. Show opens on Friday, October 12 from 7 – 10pm. Dok A will be in attendance at the opening and make sure to welcome him because this will mark his first visit to NYC. Show runs until November 11.
Octopus Project/The Vandelles
Sat, October 6, 2012
A group of young noise-rock musicians moves into a old, ghost-filled house and sets up shop. Though the spooks are at first rattled by the blasts of guitar feedback and unhinged drummery, they soon begin to share their own beautiful, otherworldly melodies with the band and discover a musical common ground. As the group, ghosts included, fills the neighborhood with strange, electrifying sounds, curious neighbors and passers-by find themselves drawn to the rumbling, hypnotic rhythms emanating from the old dwelling. And so you find yourself here, outside the house, where a sort of Tim Burton block party is unfolding. Come on inside. The Octopus Project is just getting started…
The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
Thursday, October 11, 7–9 PM
A science book like no other, The Where, The Why, and The How turns loose 75 of today’s hottest artists onto life’s vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like. The result is a celebration of the wonder that inspires every new discovery.
The Butterfly Conservatory
October 6, 2012 – May 28, 2013
This is one of the museum’s most popular annual seasonal exhibitions. Butterflies and moths make up a large group of insects known as the Order Lepidoptera (lep-i-DOP-ter-ah). The name–from the Greek lepido, “scale”, and ptera, “wings”–refers to a prominent feature of adult butterflies and moths, the tiny scales that cover the wings and the rest of the body.
Daniel Temkin, 98.1034 Bottles of Beer
Opening Friday, October 5th, 7 – 11pm
98.1034 Bottles of Beer on the Wall provides drunken encounters with compulsive systems. A program continually preens itself, inserting lines of code to change its visual representation, but along the way, introducing glitches and new patterns of behavior. A therapist program tries to dispense advice as her logic slowly breaks down. Sound editing software turns simple geometric shapes into hallucinatory landscapes. Photoshop generates intricate patterns in an attempt to hide visual compression. A book displays the abuses and absurdities of the DNS system, an addressing apparatus that has seemingly exhausted meaningful combinations of English words.
Picasso Black and White
October 5, 2012–January 23, 2013
Picasso Black and White is the first exhibition to explore a remarkable focus that occupied the great Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, throughout his prolific career: the use of black and white. Few artists have exerted as considerable an influence over subsequent generations as Picasso, one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. While his work is often seen through the lens of his diverse styles and subjects—his Blue and Rose periods, pioneering investigations into Cubism, neoclassical figurative paintings, and explorations in Surrealism, for example, or the forceful and somber scenes depicting the atrocities of war, the allegorical still lifes, the vivid interpretations of arthistorical masterpieces, and the highly sexualized canvases of his twilight years—the recurrent motif of black, white, and gray is frequently overlooked.
THE SECRET CITY (NEW YORK)
Sunday, September 30th
- Cabaret star, Justin Vivian Bond will sing for us
- Chef Amanda Freitag will present the food offering.
- Painter John Devaney will share his beautiful work, which captures the endless parade of life.
- Brooklyn Express Drumline will energize with their rhythms.
- Charlotte Booker will make a New York poem with the assembled crowd. We’ll play a game of New York trivia…
And, of course, there will be storytelling, live music, community, art and LOTS of clapping. What more could you want out of a Sunday morning? Come celebrate the city with us. Oh, and feel free to bring something tasty for the refreshment table!
WADE GUYTON OS
OCTOBER 4, 2012–JANUARY 13, 2013
Over the past decade, New York–based artist Wade Guyton (b. 1972) has pioneered a groundbreaking body of work that explores our changing relationships to images and artworks through the use of common digital technologies, such as the desktop computer, scanner, and inkjet printer. Guyton’s purposeful misuse of these tools to make paintings and drawings results in beautiful accidents that relate to daily lives now punctuated by misprinted photos and blurred images on our phone and computer screens. Comprising more than eighty works dating from 1999 to the present, Guyton’s first midcareer survey features a dramatic, non-chronological design in which staggered rows of parallel walls confront the viewer like the layered pages of a book or stacked windows on a monitor.
The exhibition’s title Gaia refers to the Greek earth mother goddess as well as the scientific Gaia Principle, proposing that “all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, to maintain the conditions for life on our planet” (James Lovelock). Mi explores the significance of Gaia pictorially, as it relates to today’s ecological challenges. In works such as One -as well as Wind and Water–the artist celebrates and pays homage to the elements in all their glory by examining both microcosms and macrocosms in nature. Mi deconstructs space in the manner of classic Asian landscape painting to present a floating menagerie of symbols – disembodied lanterns, birds, insects, dragons and other hybrid creatures, rich organic matter – looming up from the primordial void. Mi also employs radical shifts in scale and density, subtle hues juxtaposed with jarring color, fluctuating perspective and other dramatic methods to convey her otherworldly vision. Negative space is addressed lovingly and carefully, with as much and perhaps more import than actual objects.
Adam Rudolph – GO Organic Orchestra
Monday, October 1, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Go: Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score consisting of sound and motion elements. These include tone rows, synthetic scales, melodies, linguistic shapes, intervallic patterns, textural gestures, modes, ragas, maqams, and plainchant. The score serves to provide material for both the improvisations and the orchestrations. Motion and forms and are generated through the application of the composer’s rhythm concept “Cyclic Verticalism” whereby polymeters are combined with additive rhythm cycles.
NY ART BOOK FAIR
September 30 to October 1, 2011
Printed Matter presents the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 30 to October 1, 2011, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 29th. Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.
Martha Colburn : Camera, lights, charge, Pop!
Sep 28 – Nov 4, 2012
Horton Gallery is proud to announce Martha Colburn’s Camera, lights, charge, Pop! – opening Friday, September 28th in the gallery’s new, expanded Lower East Side location at 55-59 Chrystie Street. Marking the first time that her work has been seen in this capacity, the exhibition will feature an hour and a half program of about thirty manipulated found footage and stop animation films from the mid-1990s to the present as well as Polaroids and large-scale collages.
Collaborations with Marina Rosenfeld, Jason Lescalleet, Tamio Shiraishi + Cammisa Buerhaus
Abrons Arts Center
Fri, September 28, 2012 – 8:00pm
The second evening of “Voices and Echoes” presents a series of unique collaborations including Otomo Yoshihide + Marina Rosenfeld duo, Gozo Yoshimasu + Tamio Shiraishi + Cammisa Buerhaus trio, and Akio Suzuki + Jason Lescalleet duo.
Bob Log III
Felipe Jesus Consalvos: EXPLODED WHIMS
Vincent Castiglia @Sacred Gallery
LUZ at LaMama
AdA – Author Directing Author
Your Land/My Land
Brooklyn Commons: Martha Rosler and Michael Arcega
CHAPTER 2: PLACES
Pierce Warnecke + Richard Garret
Slow Boys – Michael Lowenstern and Todd Reynolds
Show #8: Forced Collaboration
Lighthouse / Lightning Rod and Griot New York (excerpts)
Gasland Screening with Council Member Stephen Levin
Carver Audain (Jerome Commission) // Composers Inside Electronics (John Driscoll, Tom Hamilton and Doug Van Nort)
World Maker Faire New York
“THERE WAS A TIME WE WERE PRESENT” WORKS BY DAN SABAU
2011 Digital/Electronic Arts NYFA Fellows Exhibit
Wild Leaves/Nathan Xander
Melanie Daniel: Artist Talk
THE END TIMES CABARET: THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO
Art & Law Residency Exhibition 2012
gozoCine: Works by Gozo Yoshimasu
Sonagi Project: Barame Soop
How Can Art Affect Political Change?
Macular Degeneration Reception and Listening Party
My Favourite Things
PARTY HEADQUARTERS – ART IN THE AGE OF POLITICAL ABSURDITY
A Postcard from New Yorkshire New works by Doktor A.
8th Annual AQUAEFEST
Carnival Des Corbeaux
The Para-Architectural Imagination of Gustav Klutsis
Devin Powers, “Paintings”
SAM FALLS: BOOK AND SHOW
Local Report 2012
Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation (MAD)
The Mountain Goats
THIRD ANNUAL BRING TO LIGHT: NUIT BLANCHE NEW YORK
Summer Group Exhibition 2012@Joshua Liner
August 2 to August 25, 2012
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.
IRABAGON FEST: BARRY ALTSCHUL, JON IRABAGON TRIO
Cornelia St Cafe
Thursday, Aug 02 – 8:30PM
Jon Irabagon and Barry Altschul have performed continually in the last few years, including their tour-de-force Foxy (Hot Cup Records) and their upcoming duo release on Jon’s Irabbagast Records. As a preview of their upcoming trio tour, they invite master bassist Mark Helias to join them tonight at Cornelia St. Cafe, where they will be debuting new compositions as well as delving into the group improvisations that have made Barry and Mark such an important rhythm section combination over the last two decades.
IRABAGON FEST: BARRY ALTSCHUL GROUP
Cornelia St Cafe
Friday, Aug 03 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Since the early 1960’s, Barry Altschul has been associated with being at the forefront of Modern Jazz, playing with innovators such as Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Chick Corea, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Andrew Hill and Roswell Rudd, to name a few, as well as the likes of musicians such as Lee Konitz, Hampton Hawes, Sonny Criss, Art Pepper, Johnny Griffin, and many others.
IRABAGON FEST: JON IRABAGON JAZZ QUARTET
Cornelia St Cafe
Saturday, Aug 04 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Cyro Baptista @The Stone
8/7 Tuesday and 8/8 Wednesday
Multicultural, polyphonic, highly creative entertainment that takes rhythms beyond their natural frontiers and creates a brand of music too innovative and varied to be labeled.
CAROUSEL @ SOLOWAY
Friday, August 3rd
Soloway is pleased to host the latest CAROUSEL, a long running series of Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures, created and presented by a wide array of writers, cartoonists, and other characters. Hosted by R. Sikoryak.
This episode features:
Myla Goldberg & Jason Little
in the open
Aug. 2 – 18, 2012
KESTING/RAY is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition in the open, a group show featuring five emerging artists who recently completed their Masters in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Skin We’re In
Yossi Milo Gallery
August 2, 2012–August 31, 2012
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to present The Skin We’re In, a group exhibition featuring the work of David Goldes,Lindsay Lawson, João Enxuto & Erica Love, Stephen Prina, Jon Rafman and Mark Tribe. The exhibition will be on view from August 2 through August 31, with an opening reception on August 2 from 6:00 – 8:00PM.
MIDNIGHT MONSTER MELTDOWN
Opening Party and Birthday Celebration: Saturday August 4th, 7pm-10pm
Both artists are known for their colorful and horrific 2-D artwork in the form of drawings, prints and comic books. For this show, they have embarked on a brand new journey that will take us down the darkest roads of gore, the supernatural, and all things unknown. Witness Frankenstein, larger than life! Stand in awe of the giant blood dripping face, protruding from the wall! Behold the latest incarnation of The Creature From the Black Lagoon! Stumble in fear as you encounter Aliens dripping and oozing in blacklight pus, and look into the eyes of Death Itself! “Midnight Monster Meltdown” provides a visual explosion comparable to being high on LSD, trapped on a roller coaster inside an old time Spook House that never ends… All this and more only at MF Gallery!
Signs of the Apocalypse
Friday August 3rd 2012 6 – 9pm
House of Yes
Thursday, August 9th
Underpinnings presents a look into the wiry world of performance, dance, music, and fine art as interpreted by its involved artists. With motifs of peeling, multiple selves, sustainable creativity, streaming consciousness, power/submission, synth-art-pop, symbiotic siblingship, and sacrifice, each short individual act envelops viewers in an original experience. The performances will be followed by a party where drinks, video installation, and fine art will flow forth, served on a platter by the ritualistic art community that exists solely in Underpinnings.
Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling (U.S. premiere)
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 3–4 at 8:30
SurroundSound grunts and groans punctuate accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen’s dance-theater work in which music, sport, and dance blend into a unique multimedia “squeeze play.” Reviving the dormant Finnish tradition of accordion-accompanied wrestling matches, Pohjonen performs while grapplers struggle on a custom-made mat embedded with microphones. His work, with choreography by Ari Numminen, comments on Cold War and gender politics while lending a modern artistic twist to a classic Olympic competition.
RUFUS CAPPADOCIA’s ROOTS QUARTET
Thursday, Aug 9
The cellist draws from “the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, Middle Eastern and even Gregorian chant.”.
OLIVIA SALVADORI/PILLARS AND TONGUES/DJ HIRO KONE
AUG 4, 2012
Overturn Theater’s rendition of : Waiting for Godot
August 2st – 18th, 7pm
Overturn’s artistic director Kristy Dodson has placed Samuel Beckett’s 1953 Godot in an former medical ward in North Brooklyn. Starring Joshua Levine (Off Bway’s Channeling Kevin Spacey ) Casey Greig (Off Bway’s Pure Confidence) James Fauvell, & Daniel Piper Kublick with set design by Cara Shih, lighting design by Jennifer Schriever, fight choreography by Casey Robinson, and sound design & costume design by Kristy Dodson. Overturn’s Godot will be running for three weeks August 2st – 18th(Wednesdays -Saturdays) at 7pm at Arts@Renaissance, 2 Kingsland Ave. BK, NY Garden level.
SCOTT TIXIER & ISOPROPYL BOP
Cornelia St Cafe
Sunday, Aug 05 – 8:30PM
Violinist Scott Tixier is an award-winning recording artist, named as “Rising Star Violin” in the 60th Annual critics poll Downbeat. He is a true innovator on his instrument and is quickly becoming known as the new voice of jazz violin. He has earned international recognition for his playing.
M. Ward,Yo La Tengo, Wyatt Cenac (of The Daily Show)
Prospect Park Bandshell
Tue, August 7, 2012
Benefit concert to support free programming at Celebrate Brooklyn! a Performing Arts Program of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn.
AMPLIFIED QUARTET – Jeremiah Cymerman, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Matt Bauder
Thursday, August 9, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Matt Bauder (sax, electronics) Peter Evans (trumpet, amplifier) Nate Wooley (trumpet, amplifier)
After several performances as an amplified ensemble, the intense and uncompromising quartet of woodwind players Jeremiah Cymerman & Matt Bauder and trumpeters Nate Wooley & Peter Evans will convene at Roulette for two days of rehearsing & workshopping, leading up to a performance on August 9th.
PULVERIZE THE SOUND/AURAL DYSTOPIA
The Grand Victory
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
An evening of punishingly heavy improv: PULVERIZE THE SOUND (Peter Evans/Tim Dahl/Mike Pride), SHEAJOY (Stuart Popejoy/Kevin Shea), BURNING GENITALS (Jamie Saft solo).
The Alaev Family (New York debut)
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 8 at 7:30
The propulsive doyra hand drums of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, drive the ecstatic sound of “Bucharian Groove” band the Alaev Family, who immigrated to Israel in 1991. The Alaevs blend together the sounds of Turkey, Persia, China, and Russia alongside lyrics by Tajiki poets on their latest album, produced by Balkan Beat Box’s Tamir Muskat, which captures the fire and drive of their live shows.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
ZirZamen 90 W. Houston St., NY, NY
Fay Victor and Anders Nilsson’s Exposed Blues Duo, Ed Pastorini, Jonathan Wood Vincent
Cornelia St Cafe
303 10th Ave.
Under the Mattress is a solo exhibition of works by Billy Frey. The collages are done by hand using original vintage materials and imagery, primarily from magazines fromt he 1930’s to the 80’s. With bold and often complex patterns of re-appropriated images, he offers us tales that are humorous, dark disturbing, playful, perverse, and fantastical. Frey is heavily influenced by classic film, comic book art, cartoons, surrealist film and literature. The collages represent a fusion of times past and present, creating an environment where time is non-linear. Within our minds, it is happening all at once. A place where the 30’s and the 60’s can do a dance together, unaware of the fact that time has already come and gone.
Heritage Sunday AYITI RASANBLE!
August 5, 1pm
Ayiti Rasanble! (“Haiti, come together!”) celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Caribbean nation with dance and musical groups reflecting its resilience and pride. Feet of Rhythm Afro-Haitian Dance Company works to preserve traditional dance forms under the vision of founder Nadia Dieudonné, the dancer and choreographer best known for her infectious interpretations of banda, the dance of Ghede, the revered Haitian spiritual figure of the underworld.
Christopher Smith: Underbody
site95 @ Launch F18, New York, NY
August 6 – 18, 2012
In “Underbody,” Smith continues his investigation into the usage of current technology and assembly line manufactured materials to break beyond the traditional two-dimensional form of painting. The 14-minute projection of foaming paint drips across a 9 x 6 ft Plexiglas surface.
S!CK MAGIC W EGYPTRIXX//SINJIN HAWKE//N0ms//GOBBY//MIKEQ//REZZIE//RPEG//TOMAϟϟ
Saturday, Aug 4, 11:30pm until 4:00am
JENNY ODELL: THE FOSSILIZED PRESENT
Breeze Block Gallery
Wed. Aug. 1, 5:30-8
Interpreting the inhuman experience bred from modern technological advances that compose our commonplace environments, for the past two years Bay Area native Jenny Odell has been utilizing imagery taken from Google Satellite images in a commentary on the sanctification of otherwise mundane objects in our lives that are taken for granted. The show will feature eighteen prints displaying Odell’s unique interpretation on the alienation of this perspective provided by the revealing landscape that she manipulates in her distinct evaluation of our surroundings.
Alex Gingrow: All the money IS in the label
August 2, 2012 – September 1, 2012
Mike Weiss Gallery is pleased to present All the money IS in the label by Brooklyn based artist Alex Gingrow. For her first solo exhibition, Alex Gingrow presents dozens of obsessively rendered drawings on paper loaded with cutting, antagonistic humor and a quick trigger finger pointed at the heart of the art world. Over the past five years while working at a midtown frame shop, the artist has collected snippets of sordid conversations overheard from chief art world players as well as from peers working at entry- level positions within art institutions. The resulting works are incredibly revealing, and often baiting epitaphs of insider conversations, reified and displayed, ironically within a frame. With a snarky, sharp wit and a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Gingrow implicates all levels of the “establishment” including Gagosian, Hirst and Warhol, the New Museum and even our own Mike Weiss Gallery.
Midsummer’s Mayhem Poetry & Pub Crawl
Just Lorraine’s Place
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Skewered Syntax returns to Harlem for the Midsummer’s Mayhem Poetry & Pub Crawl. All who want to participate, or who bear witness to one of the greatest New York City literary spectcles are invited to gather in front of Just Lorraine’s Place at 8:00 PM with poem in hand or heart. After Featured Poets April Jones, Matthew Hupert, Robert Gibbons and Zev Torres open up the ceremonies, there will be an open mic, followed by drinks. Then we’ll take a short walk to the next venue where we’ll recite more poetry, imbibe a little more and move on once again. There’s no cost to join our merry band of poetic artisans or to recite your own pieces, but everyone pays for his or her own drinks.
Rockaway Pipeline Day of Awareness Action
Jacob Riis Park
AUG 4, SAT
Please join members of the Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline this Saturday August, 4th at Jacob Riis Park to gather signatures on the boardwalk, and distribute information opposing this pipeline!
The Bowery Ballroom
Mon, August 6, 2012
It’s not all that hard to find an artist who’s capable of offering a guided tour of life’s dark clouds – nor is it rare to come into contact with one who can hone in on the silver lining. But the ability to do both with equal grace, well, that’s an altogether rarer gift – and it’s one that Lucinda Williams displays with remarkable élan on her latest Lost Highway album, Blessed.
M Shanghai String Band and Friends 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Saturday, August 4
The Red Hook Ramblers Live Music with Silent Films
Sunday, August 5
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!
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.
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
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!
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)
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.
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
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
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: July 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
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
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
WHEN: July 21, 8:30
WHY: Dent May, The Babies, Levek+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
WHEN: JUL 21, 2012
WHAT: Smokey’s Secret Family
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!
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.
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.
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
Christa Robinson:Oboe, Scott Tixier:Violin,
Mat Maneri:Viola, Rubin Kodheli:Cello,
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.
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
When: June 16
Where: Webster Hall
When: June 15-June 16
Where: Dixon Place
When: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 7:30PM
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
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.
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/
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
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.
When: June 19
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
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
When: June 22 – July 28, 2012
Wish You Were Here 11 (Postcard show)
Where: A.I.R. Gallery
When: June 21, 6-8pm
When: Tuesday, June 19, 8:30pm
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.”