THE WEEK/WEEKEND: August 2-9.

Summer Group Exhibition 2012@Joshua Liner
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
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
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:
Gabrielle Bell
Emily Flake
Myla Goldberg & Jason Little
Danny Hellman
Matthew Thurber

in the open
Kesting/Ray
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
MF Gallery

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
myplasticheart
Friday August 3rd 2012 6 – 9pm

Underpinnings
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
Barbes

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
Zebulon
AUG 4, 2012

Overturn Theater’s rendition of : Waiting for Godot
Arts@renaissance
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
Roulette
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.

NoTornado
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

GREEN SCREEN
Cornelia St Cafe
Wednesday,  Aug 08 – 8:30PM 
“Green Screen” was formed by the meeting of 3 musicians that were playing the Big Apple Circus. In contemporary music circles, the circus probably doesn’t hold much respect. But, the history of circus musicians would surprise most. According to Joe De Mare, ( Bronx trumpeter who played with Louie Prima ) – “back in the day , all the big bands got their cats from the circus – ( including Count Basie and Duke Ellington ) – these cats had chops and endurance. They could play ANYTHING. “
Under the Mattress
303 10th Ave.
August 2-25

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!
Hearst Plaza
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
285 Kent
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
Mike Weiss
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!

Lucinda Williams
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
Jalopy
Saturday, August 4

The Red Hook Ramblers Live Music with Silent Films
Jalopy
Sunday, August 5

COMING UP: 
The Fall of the American Movie Palace

THE WEEKEND: APRIL 13-15.

EDITOR’S PICKS:

NYC Anarchist Book Fair
http://anarchistbookfair.net/program
04/14/2012-04/15/2012

New York City, a center of anarchist life, culture, struggle, and ideas for 150 years, will host its 6th annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, a one-day exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and very political productions of the anarchist scene worldwide, on April 14, 2012 at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. The Book Fair also always includes two days of panels, presentations, workshops, and skillshares on to provide further opportunities to learn more and share your own experience and creativity. The goal of the book fair is to enable people to connect with one another as well as to provide broader access to the rich and varied field of anarchist ideas and practices. Now is the perfect time to be exploring those ideas and practices and bringing them into play in our communities and the world.

 

 

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THE WEEK: APRIL 9-13.

EDITOR’S PICKS:

Adam Rudolph – Go Organic Orchestra
http://roulette.org/events/shelley-hirsch-simon-ho-3/
04/02/2012-04/30/2012
8pm-

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.

JAMES GODWIN LUNATIC CUNNING
http://www.dixonplace.org/index2.html
04/06/2012-04/21/2012
7:30pm-

A semi-autobiographical “mockumentary” from a puppetry and performance art pioneer. Lunatic Cunning mixes experiences from Godwin’s own life—such as his work with Julie Taymor on Across the Universe and appearances on Saturday Night Live, Chappelle’s Show, PBS and with Jim Henson’s Muppets. It’s a humorous examination of the occult roots of puppetry and performance art.

I T I N E R A N T Performance Art Festival
http://www.qmad.org/itinerant/
04/06/2012-05/04/2012
3pm-6pm

QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, presents ITINERANT, a citywide festival for Contemporary Performance Art to be hosted at various venues in the five boroughs of New York City. ITINERANT 2012 focuses on live performative works that treat notions of intimacy, self-reflection, and introspection. ITINERANT 2012 focuses on live performative works that treat notions of intimacy, self-reflection, and introspection. Artists working in Contemporary Performance Art were selected to participate from an open call that attracted more than 175 local, national and international submissions. Forty five artists will be featuring new and existing works that explore the program’s theme over a period of 5 weeks starting on March 30th through May 5th.

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BLOOMSDAY CONTEST: Steve Shilstone.

BLOOMSDAY TOAST

Here’s to –

Nora the barnacle goose –

Skin-the-Goat –

the giggle fit of bronze by gold –

the blind stripling piano tuner tap tap tapping along –

socks with skyblue clocks, jaunty –

Plumtree’s Potted Meats, which can make of each home an abode of bliss –

Rose of Castille and rows of cast steel –

met him pike hoses –

Come forth, Lazarus!  And he came fifth and lost the job –

On his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung spangles, dancing coins –

Private Carr and his escalating oath –

lame Gerty limping, a dreamer –

those lovely seaside girls –

the heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit –

yes

Reckoning with Torture/Affordable Housing with The Actors Fund/The F Word/NEBULOUS TUSSLES/A Temporary Garden, Gonzalo Puch/Anatomical Collections &Kingdom Under Glass/SOUNDTRACK SERIES/The Vinyl Frontier/Balls Out!/CLOSING PARTY! OLEK/VIDEOROVER/Poets’ Potluck

Reckoning with Torture: Lincoln Center
Doug Liman to Direct Performance at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

When: Tuesday, May 24
Where: Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65 St., upper level (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.), New York City
What time:7 p.m.With Russell Banks, Col. Morris Davis, Peter Godwin, Beth Gutcheon, Rula Jebreal, Dahlia Lithwick, John Buffalo Mailer, Kati Marton, Jack Rice, Lili Taylor, Dianne Wiest, and others, with original artwork by Jenny Holzer.

Tickets
: $12 general; $9 students; $8 seniors; $7 ACLU/PEN/FSLC Members. More information and tickets at www.filmlinc.com/films/series/reckoning-with-torture


“Reckoning With Torture: Memos and Testimonies From the ‘War on Terror,’” an evening of readings from formerly secret government documents detailing the scope and human cost of the United States’ post-9/11 torture program

Acclaimed director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fair Game) will direct this performance of “Reckoning” for the stage and is filming the event for a future documentary. Celebrated writers including Russell Banks, Peter Godwin, Beth Gutcheon, Rula Jebreal, Dahlia Lithwick, John Buffalo Mailer, and Kati Marton will join actors Lili Taylor and Dianne Wiest, along with former CIA case officer Jack Rice and former military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis for readings from formerly secret government documents detailing the scope and disastrous human cost of the U.S. torture program. The artist Jenny Holzer, whose work was the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2009, has created original artwork for the “Reckoning” project.

Affordable Housing with The Actors Fund

Come learn about how to apply for housing opportunities through The Actors Fund, including The Schermerhorn, a permanent housing residence in downtown Brooklyn with reserved affordable space for actors and entertainment professionals. The Schermerhorn is co-sponsored by Common Ground and the The Actors Fund.

Housing at the The Schermerhorn is available to actors,screenwriters, musicians, dancers, editors, composers, set designers, producers, singers, directors and other performing arts and entertainment professionals. (READ MORE.)

WHERE: The Schermerhorn, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Map.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24th
Doors open and networking, 6:00-6:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A, 6:30-7:30 pm



The F Word

The Legacy: Feminism in Literature Today
24 May, 2 p.m., Book Expo America, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York 10001

Julie Otsuka, Francine Prose and Karen Russell talk about which writers passed feminism down to them, and what the word means to them today. For tickets, visit http://www.bookexpoamerica.com.

The F Word Launch Party in NYC
25 May, 6.30 p.m., Paragraph, 35 W 14th Street, New York 10011

Join Julie Otsuka and Francine Prose to celebrate the launch of the issue. (READ MORE.)


NEBULOUS TUSSLES@ CULTUREFIX.
On May 25th in 1977, Star Wars came out in the theaters. I saw it in a drive-in theater two years later. And now I couldn’t care less. This is so much more exciting:
CULTUREfix & Jonathan Wood Vincent present:
NEBULOUS TUSSLES!
a night of unique song and dance
First: there will be:
Self-obsessed Jonathan Wood Vincent, playing the accordion and talking story-like about things of no particular importance just to wet your bustles.
Then: Enid Ellen, http://www.myspace.com/enidellen
In 2008, Enid Ellen was born: “I was writing poetry about specific men, and channeling a woman’s [point of] view,” says David Mramor about the feminine, earthly perspective that led him and pianist Greg Potter to create the songs on Enid Ellen’s debut album, Cannibal Disease. “There was a lot of anger and Mother Nature came forth and needed a vessel to speak through.” (READ MORE.)


A Temporary Garden, Gonzalo Puch @ JULIE SAUL
May 26-July 1, 2011
Reception for the artist, Thursday, May 26th, 6-8pm

Gonzalo Puch lives in Madrid, teaches at the University in Cuenca, and is a native of Sevilla. He creates situations or “incidents”, generally in neutral environments such as classrooms, or his own apartment, which he then records photographically and presents as large, color photographic prints. Although his working methods and environment are hermetic, the work itself addresses and tries to make order of the chaos of the world. His themes are linked to various traditional academic subjects such as math, science, music, biology and environmental studies. The settings are sparse and practical, well lit and benign. Recently he has been working in the landscape more immediately addressing environmental themes. However, the events taking place are inscrutable rituals or quiet procedures which are both serious and comic. They appear to have their own logic in which we can recognize the elements, but not their organization, like words without syntax.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, Puch maintained a year long artist’s residency at Location One in New York. As the title of the resulting series.A Temporary Garden suggests, Puch’s new work draws on the world of plants for its operative leit-motif. Leafy plants combine with busy line-drawings and assembled objects in one photograph; a bell pepper is carved into an ephemeral sculpture in another; and in yet another a twig and bits of colored thread are precariously organized into an image that brings to mind the traditional Chinese landscape drawing. In A Temporary Garden the line between the natural world and the world of artistic creation is not so much blurred as bridged — as it is in fact in any garden. (READ MORE.)

EVENTS AT THE OBSERVATORY


A Virtual Tour of the Anatomical Collections of the University of Groningen
An illustrated lecture with Dr. Rolf ter Sluis, Curator and Director of the Groningen University Museum

Date: Tuesday, May 24th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

Tonight, join Dr. Rolf ter Sluis-curator and director of the Netherlands based Groningen University Museum–for a virtual tour of the museum’s historic and amazing anatomy and pathology collections. The majority of the collection consists of preparations in spirit, but also includes dry preparations where the veins have been injected with coloured wax, wax and Papier-mâché models, skeletons and skulls, preserved tattooed skin, and much more. (READ MORE.)

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Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the World’s Great Animals
An illustrated lecture and book signing with author Jay Kirk
Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
***Books will be available for sale and signing

During the golden age of safaris in the early twentieth century, one man set out to preserve Africa’s great beasts. In his new book Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the World’s Great Animals, Jay Kirk details the life and adventures of naturalist and taxidermist Carl Akeley, the brooding genius who revolutionized taxidermy and created the famed African Hall we visit today at New York’s Museum of Natural History. The Gilded Age was drawing to a close, and with it came the realization that men may have hunted certain species into oblivion. Renowned taxidermist Carl Akeley joined the hunters rushing to Africa, where he risked death time and again as he stalked animals for his dioramas and hobnobbed with outsized personalities of the era such as Theodore Roosevelt and P. T. Barnum. In a tale of art, science, courage, and romance, Jay Kirk resurrects a legend and illuminates a fateful turning point when Americans had to decide whether to save nature, to destroy it, or to just stare at it under glass. (READ MORE.)

SOUNDTRACK SERIES W/DANA ROSSI @LE POISSON ROUGE.

Dana Rossi hosts a monthly merging of stories and songs in this legendary music venue. Six artists–writers, comics, actors and musicians–tell the stories they associate with songs of their choosing. There’s the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We’re the third one.

The storytellers and their songs for May 26, 2011 are…
Matthew Trumbull – Look Away/Chicago
Jon Baker – I Wanna Dance With Somebody/Whitney Houston
Julie Kraut – Keep the Car Running/Arcade Fire
Marc Landers – Gonna Make You Sweat/C + C Music Factory
Dana Rossi – Edge of Seventeen/Stevie Nicks
Lane Moore – Little Red Riding Hood/Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs


The Vinyl Frontier
Tickets are $10 online and at the door Buy tickets here
Thursday May 26th 2011 7:00 PM

At the dawn of the 21st century, renegade toy designers, bored with the G.I. Joe status quo, boldly remixed and reassembled the toys of their parent’s generation. Birthing a new format of toy and medium of artistic expression, these artists were the first to explore The Vinyl Frontier. A world where Art is Fun!

By exploring a landscape inhabited by a wide range of artists, their creations, and obsessive collectors, the documentary examines the hybrid objects’ artistic and commercial value, as well as the creative process of art-toy making. The Vinyl Frontier is a comprehensive look at a fresh and exciting art movement that anyone young at heart and imaginative can enjoy. (READ MORE.)



Balls Out! Food Competition and Fundraiser

Thursday May 26, 2011
7-10pm
Veronica People’s Club

105 Franklin St, Greenpoint
$15, judge the balls, free drink, prizes & music by DJ Ning Nong (READ MORE.)
Photo Courtesy of Paper Magazine

CLOSING PARTY! OLEK’s Knitting is for Pus****
Friday May 27 6-9pm

Christopher Henry Gallery

127 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY

See “Knitting is for Pus****” for the last time (in NYC) and like never before… with a **SPECIAL BLACK LIGHT PRESENTATION!**

On Friday May 27th, 2011 Christopher Henry Gallery NYC will host a Closing Party for Celebrity Artist OLEK. Olek’s acclaimed installation “Knitting is for Pus****” has created a total sensation since it 1st opened back in September 2010. It traveled to SCOPE MIAMI, and was extended repeatedly due to pop…ular demand and endless press requests… next it will be highlighted in a traveling museum show called “40 Under 40” opening at The SMITHSONIAN Museum in 2012!

VIDEOROVER: Season II
Curated by: Rachel Steinberg
May 27 – Dec 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9 PM
Screening begins at 8 PM
910 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY


NURTUREart Non-Profit is pleased to present VIDEOROVER: Season II, the second installment of its semi-annual video series. VIDEOROVER: Season II is curated by Rachel Steinberg and features artists: Fatima Al Qadiri and Lyndsy Welgos, Cecilia Bonilla, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Derek Larson, Dana Levy, Pernille With Madsen, Colin Snapp, and JULIACKS.

VIDEOROVER seeks to present a wide range of works from artists locally and internationally who are all working to expand the perceptual limitations of video. This season’s selection aims to disorient viewers by removing an essential reality context, only to redeposit them into seemingly familiar settings.

Dana Levy, Fatima Al Qadiri and Lyndsy Welgos explore the pluralism of eastern and western conventions by looking at traditions through a contemporary perspective. Cecilia Bonilla examines our relationships to the seductive nature of commercial images of women through minimal manipulation, while Juan Pablo Echeverri shows us a self-projected fantasy of mass-produced femininity. Colin Snapp acts as a ‘journalist’ of sorts, documenting moments of real-time, but relieving the viewer of imposed intentions. Pernille With Madsen dizzies and disorients us with a vision of how to imagine architectural surroundings. Derek Larson’s playful experimentations extend through other worldly humor while JULIACKS’ narrative pulls back and forth between a character’s inner psyche and external world. (READ MORE.)



Annual End-of-the-Season Poets’ Potluck

FRIDAY MAY 27 / 10PM

Come celebrate the end of another season at the Poetry Project!  The Poets’ Potluck is an opportunity for New York City’s poetry community(ies) to come together for an evening of readings, performances, and delicious food.  An array of writers from the Poetry Project series as well as other local reading series will read/perform their work.  Any one interested in bringing a dish for the potluck will contribute to an amazing feast.  If you’re interested in bringing food, please email Brett Price at fridaynightseriesp@gmail.com.