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January 13th, 2008


by You the Reader

Screen Test, a beautiful collision of video installation and rock show conceived and directed by Rob Roth with the band Theo and the Skyscrapers, will be happening today, January 13th at 8:30pm as part of the Performance Space 122 COIL Festival, an annual winter festival of theatre, dance, new music and multi-media. Influenced by mythology, Hollywood’s Golden Age, and the current political state, the performance investigates feelings of confusion and longing that drive the subject to a transformation; showing how in order to escape the social and political constructs of the outside world, one must be able to transcend physical and mental states to become something sublime.

The soundtrack, written and performed by Theo and the Skyscrapers, hinges the piece together as it plays out on a 1950s Hollywood soundstage. With anger and humor, the performance raises questions of what is artificial, what is real and what role fantasy plays in survival. Featuring postmodern butoh choreography by Vangeline Theater, Screen Test merges dance, music, cinema and performance into a compelling theatrical event.

Tickets available through | 212.352.3101

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street @ Pitt St
New York, NY 10002

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Commentary | Events | New York

January 12th, 2008


by John Coakley

Bob Dylan, obviously, is a genius. He has written some of popular music’s most literate, powerful songs, and his muse has stayed wrestless. A lot of people would have preferred it if he hadn’t gone: a) christian, b)country, c)slick 80’s production, or d) electric. Especially that last one. The folkies who (literally) cried “Judas!” when Dylan played electric rock music for the first time just proved that there is no room for Puritans in popular music. If Dylan’s only contribution was exposing the naysayers as the hypocritical jerks that they surely were, his place in history would be secure. So thanks, Mr. Dylan.

But have you heard him live recently? Yeesh. Now there is a new kind of hypocricy, an Emperor’s New Clothes effect where his fans will come to see him sing and rapturously declare that “he’s still got it!” while Bob mumbles along like a current-day Ozzy Osbourne if he had a cold and couldn’t give a toss. Jesus, at least Ozzy tries to muster a little enthusiasm. No thanks, Mr. Dylan.

Fortunately for us, the good folk at the New York Guitar Festival have decided to recreate one of Dylan’s most famous performances – 1966 at London’s Royal Albert Hall – song for song, with a hugely impressive lineup: Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

January 11th, 2008


by You the Reader

The First-ever Photo Exhibition from the Best Journalists in Chinese-American Media features ten acclaimed journalists and photojournalists – currently or previously working in Chinese-language news media industry in New York City – and will showcase their photographs in this unprecedented news and cultural event. A total of one hundred photographs taken from news assignments and daily lives will be displayed in the hall of Lin Sing Association’s building, one of the most historic buildings in the heart of Chinatown.

WHAT: Media Reception – A first preview by media members of the two-and-a-half-day exhibition. The ten exhibitors will be available for interview. Refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Friday, January 11th, 2008, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHO: Ten journalists and photojournalists from four major Chinese-language newspapers and one television station

WHERE: Lin Sing Association, 49 Mott St., New York (Near Pell St.)

For more information, please contact Ka Chan via email at or call 917-622-0688.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York | Politics

January 10th, 2008


by You the Reader

From 12-6pm today, The Children’s Museum of the Arts will provide an art workshop, food, and a raffle for a FreshDirect gift certificate. If you use FreshDirect, don’t forget that CMA receives 25% of sales of their Holiday Brew Coffee; you can even redeem the bag for one free child admission! For questions, contact Lucy at or 212.274.0986 x131.

The Children’s Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette Street
(212) 274-0986.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

January 9th, 2008


by John Coakley

Recycling is good, right? Good in principle, good in action – it is one small but refreshingly concrete way to know that you are making things a little better for the world. But consumption is also good. New stuff is fun and a pleasing distraction from existential despair. The problem is that not everything can be easily recycled. And sure, you can try selling your old things on ebay or craigslist but what if they don’t get picked up? People are picky when they have to pay for things: “No, I need a 1976 GE AM/FM clock radio with glowing blue numbers, not 1977. Worthless!” People are less picky when things are free. You are too. Enter Freecycle.

Freecycle allows you to post notices for whatever you want to get rid of. You can also use it to find free things for yourself. You need to be a member of Yahoo Groups, and there a few rules to follow, but membership is free. And participating in a giant swap meet seems like a good way to fulfill the web’s promise of community. Check it out

Filed Under: Community | New York | Take Action

January 8th, 2008


by John Coakley

The Funk Filharmonik has been playing together for 22 years and are billed as “New York’s tightest 12-piece funk ensemble”. Collectively, they’ve recorded and performed with everyone from Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder to Janet Jackson to The Allman Brothers to Lionel Hampton. They’ve got that kind of range, that kind of power, and that kind of funk. Check ’em out.

The Cutting Room
19 West 24th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
Wednesday, 1/9/8 @ 10pm
$15 at the door or $12 in advance

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events

January 8th, 2008


by John Coakley

The New York Times Arts & Leisure Week kicked off yesterday, offering an impossible amount of events in all areas of the arts in all parts of the city. “That’s all well and good,” you may say, “but what if I want to bring the kids? How do I know which of the events will be engaging, educational, and not terrifying? I mean, remember that time we took Dakota to the Matthew Barney exhibit in Chelsea, expecting friendly purple dinosaurs but getting someing else entirely? Now she trembles whenever the train stops at 23rd Street.” Fear not: the good people at Mommy Poppins are here to help with lots of kid-friendly recommendations, none of which include brutally psychosexual performance art. Dig:

Go to and then scroll down to Indoor Activities: Free Show and Museum Tickets this Week

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

January 8th, 2008


by John Coakley

Sarah Bleviss is currently showing some of her provocative, enigmatic work at the Life Cafe’s monthly art salon in Brooklyn; it will be up through the end of the month. She will be hosting an unofficial opening on Friday, January 11th at 9pm. Life Cafe has a full bar and serves dinner as well. Stop by and have a drink.

Life Cafe NINE83
983 Flushing Avenue
At Central Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

For more information and directions, please visit:

For examples of Sarah’s work, go here:

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

January 4th, 2008


by John Coakley

Remember Klaus Nomi at the Mudd Club back in ’79? How about James Chance and the Contortions at CB’s in ’81? Or What about Karen Finley at Danceteria in ’85? No?

I don’t either. I’m only 34 years old so that was all a bit before my time. However, I do remember seeing Kicking Giant in ’94 at the old Knitting Factory on East Houston. They were incredible, a two person guitar/drums wrecking crew bashing through all manner of romantic and sexual confusion via punk noise mixed with 50’s melodies and structures. And who else was in the audience? Only the tallest – and possibly the most approachable – man in NY rock: Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. He’s been making music forever and has never stopped going to shows; his curiosity is probably one of the big reasons why his songs remain fresh and inventive. He’ll be playing solo material at the current Knitting Facory in Tribeca on Tuesday night, along with other acts from his Ecstatic Peace! label. Yes, it’s a work night and we’re all older and have jobs now. We’ve all changed, but so has Thurston: he and wife/bandmate/icon Kim Gordon left downtown years ago to live in Northampton, Massachusetts. Hate if you want to, but you’d probably want a front yard and a porch too if you were on tour for six months at a time. The important thing is that Moore’s fire is far from out, and a good way to keep your flame burning is to cast routine and prudence to the wind, get out of the house, and listen to some new acts being guided by someone who remembers all of the aforementioned acts but has chosen to keep creating and keep listening.

Tuesday, 1/8/8 Doors at 8:00 PM
Ecstatic Peace! Night feat:
Thurston Moore Groop (Trees Outside of The Academy), MV & EE w/ The Golden Road, Tall Firs, Religious Knives + DJ sets from Derek Stanton of Awesome Color
$10 advance/$12 day of show
Knitting Factory
74 Leonard Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 219-3132
Fax: (212) 219-3401

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Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

January 2nd, 2008

OPERATIC GHOST STORIES: 1/7/8 @ 8PM + 1/9/8 @ 9PM, $20.

by You the Reader

THREE LOST CHORDS is a trio of solo operatic works: three musical monologues adapted by librettist MARK CAMPBELL from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, Franz Kafka’s A Hunger Artist, and Dame Muriel Spark’s The Girl I Left Behind Me. In what are essentially ghost stories, each character confesses to the strange circumstances that brought them to a place from which they cannot escape: an asylum, a panther’s cage in a traveling circus, and the office of a small company. Composer LANCE HORNE’s music superbly propels its characters through the dark and surprising twists of their lives with a score that is by turns macabre, humorous, sensual and lyrical. Three young stars from the worlds of both modern and classical opera and musical theater will sing the roles: MICHAEL SLATTERY, NATHAN LEE GRAHAM, and CAROLINE WORRA. DAVID SCHWEIZER, veteran director of both opera (“THE MINES OF SULPHUR” at New York City Opera) and experimental theater, will direct. Get tickets through the website ( or by calling 212.563.0400. At the Zipper Factory, 336 W 37th St.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York





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