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Community update from Cooper Square Committee

NYCHA Rally 3 - July 24 2013

Cooper Square Committee members and staff joined hundreds of tenants who turned out for a rally and public hearing held by the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) on July 24th to protest NYCHA plans to lease 18 parcels of land at eight Manhattan

housing projects for luxury housing.

READ MORE about how this affects housing in the LES.

Housing equity is vital to keeping OUR community safe in the LES. 

For ways to get involved, email or call 212-228-8210.



FABnyc is taking a moment to give a HUGE congratulations to Nuyorican Poets Cafe for securing major funding for upgrades. Daniel Gallant, Executive Director of Nuyo, wrote us:

“Thanks to our elected officials, Nuyo can increase its capacity to serve NYC’s artists, audiences, and students – particularly those from disadvantaged communities – and continue to serve a growing number of constituents for decades to come.”

Read more on CBS!

What’s Going On With Gmail?!? (A special note from FAB)


If you don’t use Gmail, you can go ahead and skip this message.

But if you do, or your friends do – this info may be illuminating about new Gmail features that may have you feeling a bit confused. Big thanks to University Settlement for sending this along and letting us pass on the message!  Read HERE:
A little context…  
Gmail recently launched a new “tabbed inbox” system. It is being rolled out in phases, so you may already know what we’re talking about. If not, you’ll see it appear soon. They have (or will) split your inbox into 5 separate inboxes all tabbed across the top with the labels “Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.”
So what does this mean for you and your favorite arts and cultural organizations?
A lot of emails will end up in a tab marked “Promotions” or “Updates” – even if they are things you’re really interested in. With so much clutter, it will be easy to miss important content from your favorite arts and community groups – and no one wants that to happen!

Good news is – we have your solution to tabbed inboxes!
If you use Gmail, look at your account to confirm that the new tabbed inboxes have been turned on (you’ll see new labels across the top of your emails). If so, here’s how to ensure you’re seeing exactly what you’ve asked to see:
1.    Click on the Promotions or Updates inbox tabs.
2.    Drag any emails from people or organizations that you want to hear from and drop them onto   the tab that says Primary. Then, when it asks if you want future emails to go into your Primary inbox, just click yes!

For the next few weeks, as Gmail continues to implement these new tabbed inboxes, be sure to check your additional inboxes to ensure that nothing else you really want ends up there.

Note: Some people might want to totally turn off their tabbed inboxes. To do that, just click on the Settings “gear” image in the upper right corner of your inbox and select “Settings.” Click the “Inbox” tab and uncheck all categories except “Primary” and save your changes.


Bright Highs, Cool Lows – Sarah King at IATI’s PAM Festival

“Smile even though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking,” Americana singer Sarah King sweetly croons, opening her set in IATI Theater’s intimate and newly finished concert hall. Performing a capella, King performs a jazz standard without aural distractions, soothing all with a voice so richly complex. Seamlessly, King transitions between bright highs and cool lows, a range that is at once broad, warm and smooth.


Evoking an Ella-esque charm, King pulls out a ukulele to accompany herself, confessing that the transition from cumbersome guitar to tiny ukulele still throws off her balance. Nevertheless, she maintains her stead, and continues to command the stage with the silliness of a kindergartener and the poise of an experienced performer.

Mid-way through a song, King realizes she has neglected to plug in her uke. The whole room chuckles, but quickly quiets as a fuller sound transforms the space, so much so that King must remove her shoes. There is a felt bond between audience and performer–we no longer sit in a dimly lit room and passively enjoy King’s song, but experience her performance alongside her. Finding content in her selection of solo works, she ushers an 8 piece band to the stage. Then things got literally wild.

Plunging into a jazz-funk fusion, the band’s presence brought out a side of King only hinted at in her solo performance. Carefree child turned sultry jazz vixen, commanding a wall of sound–a show that began in near stillness is now an ecstatic burst of energy.

The band (drums, bass, hand percussion, trumpet, trombone, bass sax, regular sax, guitar and Miss King’s voice and ukulele) is professional, well-rehearsed, and has a tight horn section. The band began as a collaboration between King and multi-instrumentalist Jose Conde. This performance was the band’s debut.

Sarah King’s concert at IATI Theater marks the second night of the venue’s annual Performing Arts Marathon (PAM). This year’s PAM lineup features an eclectic grouping of talented and innovative performers, including Cloud of Fools Theater Company (Europa) , Marjuan Canady (Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale). The program ranges from dance to theater to interdisciplinary arts. For a full schedule listing and ticketing, visit the PAM website. To follow Sarah King’s performance schedule and stream selections from her upcoming demo EP, visit her website.


1st Annual MoRUS Film Fest

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) is a preservation center for the East Village’s rich history of grassroots movements. The museum provides tours of abandoned buildings and vacant lots in the area that have been transformed into vibrant living spaces and thriving community gardens by dedicated locals. MoRUS allows New Yorkers and tourists alike to glimpse into a world only known by savvy residents of East Village.

On August 3rd, MoRUS opens its week-long 1st Annual MoRUS Film Fest. In light of this year’s theme, “reclaimed space,” film screenings will be held in various “reclaimed” community gardens of the Lower East Side.

Films include:

Your House is Mine
Squat or Rot
Tompkins Square Park: Operation Class War on the Lower East Side
Heart of Loisaida, directed by Marci Reaven and Beni Matias (details)
Viva Loisaida, directed by Marlis Momber
L.E.S., directed by Coleen Fitzgibbon (trailer)
B/Side, directed by Abigail Child (details)
Not For Sale, directed by Yael Bitton (details)
More Than Flowers, directed by Laura Beer (details)
Loisaida, Avenue C, directed by Maeva Aubert (details)
7th Street (trailer)
Landlord Blues, directed by Jacob Burckhardt (details)
No Picnic, directed by Phil Hartman (details)

1st Annual MoRUS Film Fest
August 3 – August 10, 2013
Held at various “reclaimed” LES sites
All access pass only $20

For a full schedule, ticket info and more click here.

The Future of Education, Arts and Culture in New York City: A Conversation with the Mayoral Candidates and New Yorkers






Join One Percent for Culture, Teacher’s College Columbia University, and Young Audience New York for a conversation about the future of education and the role that the arts, culture, and arts education play in shaping New York City. The audience will learn first hand candidates views on the arts, culture, and education as a foundation for creating a smarter, more livable, and economically competitive city.

What would you like to ask the candidates? Tweet your questions with #asknycarts

MODERATORS: Public Radio’s Kurt Andersen and Leonard Lopate

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 6:00 p.m. Forum

WHERE: Joyce Berger Cowin Auditorium
Teachers College, Columbia University
Broadway between 120th and 121st Streets




Angie Pontani in Burlesque A Pades Photo credit Barry FidnickYour summer just got hotter thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group’s Summer Burlesque Blitz featuring classic striptease with Angie Pontani’s Burlesque-A-Pades, Kita St. Cyr’s Intime Burlesque, and The Paper Dolls troupe, nerdlesque with D20, RAWR!, and Storybook Burlesque, boylesque with Epic Win and Shocks & Cocks, and storytelling striptease mashups with Bare.

The Summer Burlesque Blitz will receive a four-night engagement at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), July 18-21.

Burlesque A Pades featuring Pinkie Special Photo credit Barry FidnickTickets ($20; $35 front row VIP) are available HERE!


“SWISSTED” Opening Reception & Book Party on July 23rd

62804_10201602462283159_1433125798_n SWISSTEDFABnyc is thrilled to announce the launch of SWISSTED an art installation by Mike Joyce, developed from designs from his new book SWISSTED: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined.

Joyce has creatively reinterpreted vintage punk, hardcore, new wave and indie rock flyers in the style of Swiss modernism, creating a playful juxtaposition of aesthetics and homage to two wildly different cultures. The result is a book published by McNally Jackson featuring 200 posters designed by Joyce, perforated and ready for personal display.

The corresponding exhibition of blown-up vinyl posters is the newest installment of Artist Alley, FABnyc’s ongoing series of murals and art installations at Extra Place. Artist Alley is inspired by the rich history of Extra Place, the infamous alley behind the former CBGB. Joyce’s SWISSTED posters have been installed in the windows of L’Apicio, the restaurant opposite Extra Place on East 1st Street and will be on display through Fall 2013.

To celebrate this exciting event, FABnyc, in conjunction with L’Apicio and McNally Jackson, are hosting a reception and book party at L’Apicio on Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30-7:30pm.

The reception will include light snacks from L’Apicio and a selection of specialty cocktails for $5 to benefit the public art project. Books will be available from McNally Jackson. All book purchases will include a free specialty cocktail! Joyce will also be onsite for book signing and mingling.

Extra Place

Extra Place; Photo by Udom Surangsophon

The exhibition coincides with another Artist Alley exhibition: a large-scale mural on the sidewalk of Extra Place inspired by a poem written by Dee Dee Ramone after Joey Ramone’s death. Artists Raul Ayala, Crispy T, and James Rubio took the poem and created a vibrant, highly detailed tribute to the Ramones, punk culture, CBGB, and the recently deceased Arturo Vega. Go check out both when you’re passing through the East Village!

SWISSTED is funded by Epicurean Group. FABnyc’s Public Art Program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Epicurean Group, established in 2007, is a team of creatives and entrepreneurs, that works together to develop, produce and operate a portfolio of world-class restaurants, events and catering services including dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, and L’Apicio and Epicurean Events. With a strong passion for the arts and community, Epicurean Group teamed up with FABnyc to establish Artist Alley, a rotating outdoor installment of local artwork. We can’t thank them enough! 

Dixon Place gets HOT!

July’s Member of the Month, Dixon Place, is a non profit organization regarded as “the one of city’s most important and fiercely experimental artists’ nests” by the Village Voice.

This month, Dixon Place turns up the heat with its 22nd annual HOT! Festival. The festivities run from July 1st to August 3rd, 2013 and will feature burlesque, circus acts, comedy, dance, literature, music, musical theater & cabaret, theater and performance. Festival passes are available for $60 and will grant admission to all events. (wow!) Below are some selections from their extensive lineup.

Dandy Darkly’s Gory Hole- Four Tales of Sex and Death

New York City’s storyteller of supernatural sleaze and homosexual horror Danny Darkly invites you to enter his Gory Hole (if you dare) for a riveting evening of laughs, thrills and chills. In alternative cabaret fashion, Darkly shares four stories of supernatural sleaze and homosexual horror.

July 5 at 7:30 PM Cocktail Lounge, Free

July 27 at 7:30 PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $12 (advance) / $15 (door)

THE LOUDEST SHOW ON EARTH! With Lea Delaria & Maggie Cassella

The queerest urbanites to exist since Eileen Warnor and Kitty Carlisle, Lea Dillaria and Maggie Cassella, provide rage, anger, music and laughs as they yell at each other about the queer experience of urban existence. This unmissable event will be a riot of F-bombs and hilarity- a conservative’s nightmare!

July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) at 10PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $15-$25

GJ Dowding: (Miss)ter Silhouette Man

Enter a queer young boy’s consciousness, his desires and fears, as he embarks on a journey of identity and community. Haunted by his first influence from a femme fatale (his mother, of course), the boy treasures his secret from the public’s scornful eye.

July 16 at 7:30 PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $12 (advance) / $15 (door)

Trevor Bachman: Coromandel

Coromandel is a vibrant musical odyssey adapted from poems by Edward Lear. The performance will consist of six 10-minute operas and transport viewers of all ages into a quirky, magical land. A must-see for lovers of sound, Coromandel will fuse rock, jazz, bluegrass, tango, musical theatre and classical sounds into a swirling, quivering frenzy.

July 29th at 7:30 PM Dixon Place: Mainstage, $12 (advance) / $15 (door)

For more information, a full calendar listing and tickets, visit the HOT! Festival Site here.

Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street, New York. Phone: 212.219.0736.

NYTW: Looking Back, Moving Forward

East Fourth Street in Manhattan is lush with a constant flow of new, innovative, weird, experimental, awe-inspiring, and incredible art – not to mention a long-term home for theater, dance, and energies of urban vitality. One of the most recognized theaters within this heavy stream is New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), which FABnyc is proud to spotlight as our June Member of the Month. Neighboring a number of experimental and cutting edge FABnyc members, such as IATI Theater and La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, NYTW is a nucleus of new, inventive theatrical works, providing a platform for many artists to springboard into robust artistic growth.

NYTW A Little History

Founded by Stephen Graham in 1979, NYTW continues to support new noncommercial playwrights and directors whose visions inspire and challenge the norm. Their productions are cutting edge and high calibre, aimed at exploring perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives – e.g. the ever-present hardship of paying New York rent as played out in the widely popular musical Rent by Jonathan Larson.

As an Off-Broadway venue, NYTW has acted as an incubator for new talent since its incorporation in 1982. The Workshop has been a generative home to playwrights and actors such as Tony Kushner, Deb Filler, Caryl Churchill, Jonathan Larson and Martha Clarke. Notable plays birthed in NYTW include Rent and Once.

Serving Artists Today

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

During a time when “limited resources” is a phrase used far too often in the downtown art community, NYTW upholds its mission in the East Village by providing much needed opportunities for artistic development and residencies.

NYTW also provides a number of educational programs, including Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop, a unique workshop where half the participants are over 60 and half are between 14 and 18 years old. NYTW began Mind the Gap four years ago with the mission to foster mutual respect and understanding between these age groups, allowing them to see different generations in a new light.

Productions and Performances

New York Theater Workshop’s most current production is Sontag: Reborn, an immersive multi-media performance about activist, writer, and intellectual Susan Sontag, sourced from her early journals (show runs through June 30th). The production pays homage to a growing lineage of feminist artistry: from Sontag, who became a prominent figure in NYC’s artistic and intellectual scene, to Moe Angelos and The Builders Association, the brains behind this show.

A literal testament to NYTW’s ability to identify outstanding work and produce its full potential, the major New York publications have declared Sontag, “a spellbinding X-ray of a writer’s psyche” (New York Times) and as a “dazzling multimedia experience, as visually stunning as it is illuminating” (New York Post).

Sontag: RebornNYTW takes the lives of New Yorkers, and shines them in a light that varies from ingenious, to beautiful, to terrifying, to perfectly illustrative of the NYC-human’s experience. Always pushing forward with their work and their artists, NYTW’s next season of works are certain to cohere with NYTW’s rigorously innovative spirit. We at FABnyc can’t wait to welcome their new group of artists to the block this fall! For more information on NYTW’s next season, visit

- Written by Yuliya Skurska, Intern @ FABnyc; Edited by Erica Reich, Program Assistant @ FABnyc