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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.

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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

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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

FREE: SPACE IS LIMITED AND TICKETS TO ENTER THE EVENT ARE MANDATORY.

GET TICKETS HERE.

HTTG Presents: SUMMER BURLESQUE BLITZ

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. http://dixonplace.org/

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 nytw.org.

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

Emergency Fund for Bodega Worker Critically Injured on East 4th St.

Via Bowery Alliance of Neighbors…

Below are details re: an emergency fund set for the bodega worker
critically injured this week when a drunken driver racing down 2nd ave
at 80 miles an hour careened onto the side walk mowing down a tree,
Muni Meter, fire hydrant, and flower stand, injuring a biker and 3
bodega employees, most seriously 62-year-old Mohammed Akash Ali,
who worked 7-days-a-week outside at the flower stand.

The well-liked, always friendly Mr. Ali has a wife and 3 sons.

Any support you can help out with will be greatly appreciated by all.

Direct link to fund:  ”Aid for Akkas Ali and Family

Many thanks to CB3 member Chad Marlowe who moved with lightning speed to set up the fund.  Thanks also to neighbors Bill Koenlein and David McReynolds who got the word out so quickly.

EV Grieve article about the fund effort

EV Grieve initial article about the incident

East Villager article about the crash

 

Lower East Side Fiction

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The Penalty is now at Dixon Place!

“Mutilation, romance and humor- all set to music!” -Gregg Mozgala, starring role

Set in the unforgiving streets of 1920s New York City, this tale follows Blizzard, a bitter man with only one goal: get revenge against the doctor wrongfully amputated him at the age of 10. This accident left young Blizzard a cripple begging for change in the streets. Now the kingpin of underground activity in the Lower East Side, Blizzard softens his guise only when he meets a young aspiring artist, Sophie. Intrigued by his unique appearance, Sophie asks Blizzard to model for a bust of his face. Blizzard agrees, and through a surprising turn of events learns that Sophie is the daughter of the doctor who performed his amputation. Will love take over or will Blizzard go through with his master plot?

The play is a full-length musical adaptation of Gouverneur Morris’s 1913 pulp thriller by the same name. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Directed by Kris Thor. Music and Lyrics by Robert M. Johanson & Clay McLeod Chapman. Starring: Gregg Mozgala, Sarah Buffamanti & Phillip Taratula.

Playing at Dixon Place Fridays & Saturdays: June 21 & 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30

Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (door), $12 (student / senior)
Click to purchase your ticket now!

Don’t turn a blind eye to The Blind Pig!

The Blind Pig: A Speakeasy Soirée to Benefit FABnyc
June 18, 2013, 7-10PM at The Penthouse at The Standard, East Village
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Don’t turn a blind eye to The Blind Pig!

This year, FABnyc’s annual benefit will be a not-so-secret speakeasy party with a contemporary twist. Join us atop The Standard, East Village with stunning views of the city skyline for a night to remember, chalk full of fun and frivolities including….

Sweets & Treats
Delicious cocktails by Caledonia Spirits and Bitburger beer, along with complimentary hors d’oeurves by The Standard, East Village and desserts by Spirited

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A Chance to Dance

Live accompaniment and danceable tunes courtesy of Seth Kessel & The Two Cent Band

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“Summer in the City” Silent Auction & Raffle

Luxurious, delicious, and delightful experiences that will help you make the most out of NYC this Summer including…

FOOD
* L’Apicio dinner for 4 with wine
* Dell’anima dinner for 2 with wine
* Margarita brunch for 6 at Hecho en Dumbo

DRINK
* Year of Beer at Jimmy’s No. 43
* Gin & Honey package from Caledonia

STYLE
* Salon Session at Eva Scrivo
* Gift certificate to Uncommon Goods of $150 value

HEALTH
* Bicycle from Recycle-A-Bycicle
* Two Citi Bike year-long memberships

FUN
* Dual year-long membership to the New Museum
* A trip to Royal Palms Shuffle Board Parlor with 1 hour playtime for 4
with cocktails & a private lesson
* Four tickets to The Daily Show with signed portrait of Jon Stewart
* Two VIP tickets to The Colbert Report

& a raffle where everyone wins…
When you enter our raffle, you’re bound to win a treat, be it 1920′s style candy, tickets to performances in the Lower East Side, or even a one-night stay at
The Standard, East Village!

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Speakeasy To-Go

To top it all off, Works in Progress will be on site making silk-screened prints of our speakeasy mascot, available for $20 each.

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All proceeds from “The Blind Pig” go to support our work to foster community and culture in the Lower East Side. This event generates a vital portion of our budget for the upcoming year. Get your tickets today, and be a part of something special!

Purchase ticket HERE.

*Blind Pig illustration by Orlando Arocena & Skyline images by Whitney Browne*