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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
December 11, 2002

1. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, in Gods and Monsters, Seattle, through January 2003.
2. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, presents holiday open house, December 12, 6-7:30 pm
3. Clarinda Mac Low, FF Alumn, at Topaz Arts, Dec 14-21, 2002
4. Susanna Cook, FF Alumn, at Bluestockings Dec 12; Bowery Poetry Club, Dec. 14.
5. David Cale, FF Alumn and Board member, at Housing Works Cafe, Dec. 16th, 7 PM
6. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at the Cutting Room, Dec 14-21, 2002.
7. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, presents paintings at Espace DBD, Dec 20th, 6-8 pm.
8. J. Mandle, FF Alumn, at The Stable, Brooklyn, December 13, 8 pm - 1 am.
9. Paul Zaloom, FF Alumn, has film accepted for Slamdance Festival.
10. Moritz Neumuller, FF Intern Alumn, Cuban photo show, Havana, Feb 11th, 2003
11. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, 18th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, Dec 21, 6 pm
12. NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, Winter Show, Dec 16-17, 6-9 pm
13. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, Inspector Collector @ NY Historical Society, Dec. 29.
14. Javier Téllez, FF Alumn, residency/reception at Art in General, Dec. 11, 6-8 pm.
15. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, on Internet radio, www.eroplay.com

1. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, in Gods and Monsters, Seattle, through January 2003.

FF Alumtrix Isabel Samaras will have work in:
GODS AND MONSTERS A Holiday Ode To The Supernatual
December 6 - January

Roq la Rue Gallery 2316 2nd Ave Seattle (206)374-8977 www.roqlarue.com

Roq la Rue is pleased to present a group show, Gods and Monsters for its Dec-Jan show. Artists from around the country were given the theme and told to run with it, creating work that ranges from the spiritual and sublime to the campy and creepy. Artists participating are: Lisa Petrucci, Aaron Marshall, Shag, Todd Schorr, Jim Blanchard, Yumiko Kayukawa, Scott Musgrove, Naoto Hattori, Jason D'Aquino, Amanda Wachob, Isabel Samaras, Kipling West, Brent Golden, Jeff Soto, Teresa Sullivan, L Kelly Lyles, Chuck Demorat, Tim Gabor, Joe Newton, Marion Peck, John John Jesse, Mark Ryden,and many more! You can see more of Isabel's work at: www.devilbabe.com


2. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, presents holiday open house, December 12, 6-7:30 pm

Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 7:30 pm 5 C Cafe @ 68 Avenue C @ 5th St. come lift your voice in song & raise your spirits as we celebrate the indomitable human voice + special drawing for gift certificates!! then stick around if you're interested in joining the Vox Risk Holler chorus singing and sounding pleasures open to all. R S V P 212-529-8991

Lynn Book's Voicelab
[ where voice gets reinvented ]

Private Sessions, Labs, Workshops, Coaching, Creative Projects
december special still on : single private session for $60 great gift for yourself or someone else ]


3. Clarinda Mac Low, FF Alumn, at Topaz Arts, Dec 14-21, 2002

Clarinda Mac Low, FF Alumn, and cmi performance, present
Salvage/Salvation, Part 1: Home
an installation performance-in-progress, at Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Woodside, Queens. Working process viewing on the following dates
December 14-15, 2-5 pm
December 17-18, 6-8 pm
December 19, 4-8 pm
Performance installation, December 20, 7-9 pm, December 231, 3-5 pm
Admission: Pay as you can.
#7 train to Woodside Avenue. BQE to Exit 37, west on Roosevelt Avenue, right onto 39th Avenue.


4. Susanna Cook, FF Alumn, at Bluestockings Dec 12; Bowery Poetry Club, Dec. 14.

Spic for Export ~ Next week ~ at Bluestockings and at The Bowery Poetry Club.

Thursday December 12 at 7pm ­ A Benefit for Bluestockings ­
The only Women¹s Bookstore in New York City.
172 Allen street. 212-777-6028

Saturday December 14 at 10pm
Bowery Poetry Club - 308 Bowery

Spic For Export
Written And Performed By Susana Cook
Overlooked Overworked Immigrant Soldier
Her Blood, Sweat And Tears Are The Backbone Of Our Nation
She cleans your toilets She makes your sandwiches She walks your dogs
She Fucks Your Wife

"To make the money my boss makes in one year I would have to work 8 thousand years, and that's great, I am gonna live longer than him" www.susanacook.com

and mark your calendars: April 3 through the 26
Dykenstein: Sex Horror And The Tragedy Of The Straight Brain
The Legend says that Doctor Dykenstein wanted to create the perfect dyke and by mistake she ended up in a straight brain Written and Directed by Susana Cook Featuring: Mistah, Chalee Snorton, Fanya Cutler, Stacey Whitmire, D'lo, Susana Cook. At WOW Cafe

Susana Cook: Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 14 years. Some of her most recent shows are Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination . She performed and taught workshops at Columbia University, Oberlin College, Yale University, in San Juan Puerto Rico, and at The Bronx Museum of The Arts. She created and Directed Tango Lesbiango, a monthly series at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, (Third Thursday of every month at 10pm, Chan. 34)


5. David Cale, FF Alumn and Board member, at Housing Works Cafe, Dec. 16th, 7 PM

Housing Works And N.Y.F.A.Presents

David Cale
Where You'll Find Me

Reading and Performing New Monologues and Stories including Quentin Crisp On The Rocks, Special Shoes and a selection from his new show, Studebaker

Monday December 16, 2002
7:00 P.M.
Housing Works Used Book Cafe
126 Crosby Street, Just South Of Houston
Admission Free

"David Cale is a 2001 Artists Fellowship recipient of the the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co-sponsered by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA program"


6. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at the Cutting Room, Dec 14-21, 2002.

Hey gang!
Oh geez, the holiday season has officially started. I had my first Santa gig last night. When I was a kid, I never in a million years thought I would end up making Santa appearances in NYC nightclubs for a living... Anyway, I've got some great news. This year's holiday shows fall on Friday and Saturday nights at The Cutting Room! And, the line-up is out of this world! I always get excited about the "big" shows, but this one...damn...each and everyone of these performers are the best in the business --truly amazing, fun, and absolutely gorgeous. This show is not to be missed! Since you kids are regulars, I'm giving you a special break on tickets.

$10 tickets for advanced reservations for opening night!*
call 212.539.3197 or email tickets@mrmurrayhill.com by Thurs, Dec. 12th
CODE WORD: Jack Tripper

*Offer only good for my email list (plus your guests), and while seats are available.
So make reservations soon! Last year's run sold-out.

Oh, and did I mention that we have a real kid on the bill? A four year-old --we'll be doing a duet! Hope to see you soon! With warm personal regards and holiday wishes,

starring World Famous *BOB*, Dazzle Dancers, Dirty Martini, Wau-Wau Sisters, Lady Finger, and The Murrayettes
Friday, December 14 at 9pm
Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21 at 10pm

The Cutting Room
19 West 24th St. (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
$12 admission

Reservations: 212-539-3197 or tickets@mrmurrayhill.com

Murray Hill, that booze-swilling, cheeseburger-chomping champion of gender bending entertainment, headlines this high-concept seasonal variety show taking place on a set that replicates Mr. Hill's Canarsie living room (complete with cardboard fireplace, fake tree and free-flowing egg nog). Hill re-creates one of his infamous holiday cocktail parties, complete with cheesy holiday songs, bawdy burlesque and--in what's become an opportunistic Yuletide tradition--Murray "rests" back stage while a lascivious, strangely familiar Santa encourages the gals to sit on his lap, make a wish, and reach deep into St. Nick's sack for a special gift.

If not under arrest after Santa's visit, Murray will be joined by The World Famous *BOB*, the swinging Wau-Wau Sisters, the burlesque bombshell Dirty Martini, show-stopping crooner Lady Finger, the decadent Dazzle Dancers, the magnificent Murrayettes, and Lance Cruce tickling his ivories. Don't miss this three night holiday bacchanalia extravaganza starring the best of downtown on one bill! Have yourself a Murray little Christmas --you'll be glad you did.


7. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, presents paintings at Espace DBD, Dec 20th, 6-8 pm.

Espace DBD presents

Torturous Dreams by Linda Carmella Sibio

You are cordially invited to a private showing of TORTUROUS DREAMS, a painting series developed by artist Linda Carmella Sibio.

Ms. Sibio is known for her highly charged emotional and psychological work, both as a visual artist and performer, and these paintings don't let the audience down. Her work has been shown at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Franklin Furnace, New York City, among other venues. Most recently she has been sponsored by The California Arts Council for her work with the mentally disabled. She has also been the recipient of awards from The Rockefeller Foundation and The Lannan Foundation.

The imagery in the painting series TORTUROUS DREAMS, deals conceptually with people tortured and turned into technological junk. The figures in the paintings are discarded bits of society. Although the concept is dark, the works are studded with thousands of intricate images and are akin to Medieval illuminated manuscripts or Mayan hieroglyphs. The theme of torture is thus transformed into a multicolored jewel. The works are carried out with gouache on Arches watercolor paper.

The evening will consist of a viewing of the work and a talk by the artist discussing her work and answering any questions you may have about these paintings, shown publicly for the first time. There may be comments by other professionals.

In addition, the artist will be selling both the original works and archival quality prints, signed. This is a good chance to see high quality work and pick up a last minute gift!

Friday December 20th, 6-8PM.

The Rachel Rosenthal Company, ESPACE DbD, 2847 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles 90034. Between Hargis and Cattaraugus Streets, on the West side of the Boulevard, three lights North of the Santa Monica Freeway #10. Street parking. For additional information please call the studio at 310-839-0661 or the artist at 760-362-4071.


8. J. Mandle, FF Alumn, at The Stable, Brooklyn, December 13, 8 pm - 1 am.

From The Old American Can Factory to The Stable,
the producers of the annual, outdoor summer FIRESCAPE event invite you to

At the Stable
16 Main St @ Water St, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Friday 13 December 2002 8pm-1am

$5 cover

8p & 12:30 DJ Egres of TestPress & Make Your Brain Sexier
9:30-12:30p DJ Swingsett of Ism Records & TestPress
9:30-12:30p Takuya of Ism Records & Organic Grooves

J Mandle Performance (JMP), a Brooklyn-based experimental arts organization and XO:Projects Inc will host an open house party to celebrate the inauguration of JMP¹s new residence at the Stable, a 10,000sf former police horse stable converted into gallery space and performance venue in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Party will also feature an installation and exhibition/sale of limited-edition clothing by J Mandle Performance. Xscape is produced by JMP & XO Projects Inc. The Stable is provided by Two Trees Management LLC. Proceeds to benefit J Mandle Performance¹s upcoming site-specific projects.

Friday, December 13, 2002, 8pm-1am
$5 admission

16 Main Street @ Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

F to York St station. North on Jay St, left of Front St, right on Main St A/C to High St station. North on Cadman Plaza West, pass under Brooklyn Br. Left on Washington St, left on Front St, right on Main St. 2/3 to Clark St station. North on Henry St, bear left on Old Fulton St, pass under BQE. Right on Front St, left on Main St.

For more event info, call J Mandle Performance, 718.246 7440 or visit www.jmandleperformance.org


9. Paul Zaloom, FF Alumn, has film accepted for Slamdance Festival.

Hi friends,

Our new "mockumentary", based on Sandow Birk's hysterical, "historical" artworks, has been accepted at SLAMDANCE!!! One of 19 films (out of 1600 submitted) on the bill in Park City at the same time as Sundance! Entitled "In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias", it's a 47 minute fake documentary based on paintings, drawings, and prints that depict a fictional war between San Francisco and Los Angeles. I cowrote the script with Sandow, did the narration, and helped direct/produce the thing. Larded with political and social satire as well as wicked jokes, goofy special effects, and lavish music, the 45 minute video has just been accepted to the Palm Springs "Festival of Festivals", among others. (The recent California World Series, Angels V. Giants/Smog V. Fog, was an ironic life-imitating-art coincidence).

If you want to see a trailer or get more info, or you wanna purchase a copy (great xmas prez), go to: www.insmogandthunder.com

Thanks, and take care,
Paul Zaloom


10. Moritz Neumuller, FF Intern Alumn, Cuban photo show, Havana, Feb 11th, 2003

February 11th, 2003 - March 8th, 2003
La Fototeca de Cuba (National Museum of Photography, Havana, Cuba)
Press preview: Monday, February 10th, 2003, 4:00 p.m.

Seminal exhibition on Afrocuban Religions in contemporary Cuban photography to be shown at Havana's National Museum of Photography. Thirteen contemporary Cuban artists with a total of more than 80 works will be presented at La Fototeca de Cuba, Havana's National Museum of Photography, in el otro lado del alma: Afrocuban Religions in Contemporary Photography, opening to the public on February 11th, 2003. This is the first photography exhibition dedicated to the religious theme in Revolutionary Cuba. It was initiated and organized by the Austrian curator and documentary film maker, Moritz Neumueller, and will be presented by the Fototeca's director Lourdes Socarras and chief curator Nelson R. de Arellano.

El otro lado del alma, translated as "the other side of the soul" will bring together, for the first time, those contemporary Cuban photographers and video artists who reflect the Afrocuban Religions in their work. These religions stem from West African cults brought to the new world by slaves imported to the Caribbean to work the sugar plantations. The Africans carried with them various cultural traditions, generally based on a tradition of communicating with the ancestors or deities, the use of animal sacrifice and the practice of sacred drumming and dance. Despite the slaveholders' intentions to convert the slaves to Catholicism, they were able to preserve the essence of their religions by syncretizing these with elements from the surrounding Spanish Catholic culture. Until today, the Afrocuban Religions have played an important role in shaping the Cuban culture and national identity.

"While Cuban art must not be viewed apart from the international movements it interacts with, its Afrocuban heritage, especially the role of Santeria Aesthetics has been prominently discussed in theory and practised in installations, performance art, painting and sculpture. In photography and video art, however, this rich pattern of influences is somewhat harder to grasp, as a technical device has to intermediate in the dialogue between the imagery and its creator", says the curator of the exhibition, Moritz Neumueller from Vienna, Austria. Nelson R. de Arellanos, Chief Curator of the Fototeca de Cuba, explains: "For political and historic reasons, that part of Cuban photographic production unrelated to the social reality of the Revolution did not find any interest for many years". Firstly, documentary religious photography was not promoted by the art institutions, therefore lacking greater public echo. Secondly, the formal aperture of Cuban photography towards more "conceptual" tendencies did not happen before the 80s, only then allowing the development of new approaches to the religious theme.

There is a broad spectrum of how contemporary Cuban photographers work with the religious subject matter. At a quick glance, one might say that the one end of that spectrum is defined by photographic reportage-style works of those artists who document religious ceremonies and processions, while the other is marked by those photographers who inscribe the symbols of a genuinely Afrocuban language into still-lives and on their own bodies in order to produce polysemous sign systems, or those who choose a more conceptual approach to transculturation. However, this simplistic view ignores the individual artists' profound interpretation of the collective spiritual memory of a nation that has been called "Latin-African" by its supreme leader. Historic references, such as Jose Agraz Solans' famous series that soon became known as "Mesajero de Ochun" (Messenger of Oshun), and Ana Mendieta's ouvre prove the complex interference between Cuban photography and the religious subject matter. The curator, Moritz Neumueller, concludes that "the fantastic iconography of the Afrocuban religions and their relation to the richly facetted Cuban photographic tradition invite a careful look at these young artists from Cuba in order to uncover new insights into el otro lado del alma, the other side of the soul".

Participating artists are: Pedro Abascal, Juan Carlos Alom, Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo, Raul Canibano, Elio Delgado, Ricardo Elias, Kattia Garcia, LyN, Humberto Mayol, Ramon Pacheco, Rene Pena, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, and Sandra Ramos, all from Cuba. The exhibition is accompanied by an original 20 min. documentary on Afrocuban spirituality produced by the curator and his team, and an interactive CD-ROM with all the shown works. A multilingual, 40 page printed catalog, including texts by Natalia Bolivar (one of Cuba's most important anthropologists) and an essay by the Cuban art critic Eugenio Valdes Figueroa, will be published for the touring in Europe, Latin America and the US until the end of 2005. Slides, photographs and exhibition details and can be enquired from the curator Moritz Neumueller. Please do not hesitate to send an email to mneumueller@ekno.com. We invite you to consult our exhibition Web page at www.afrocuban.org and its press section www.afrocuban.org/press.htm. The exhibition is organized by Moritz Neumueller, PhD, independent curator and documentary film maker (Vienna, Austria); event manager: Claudia Hundius (Buenos Aires, Argentina); scientific advisor: Maria Illiana Faguaga Iglesias (Havana, Cuba).

La Fototeca de Cuba is Havana's National Museum of Photography, directed by Lourdes Socarras; chief curator: Nelson R. de Arellano. Contact:
Moritz Neumueller, tel +43 676 75 11 949, email : mneumueller@ekno.com
Nelson R. de Arellano, tel +53 7 8622530, email : fototeca@cubarte.cult.cu


11. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, 18th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, Dec 21, 6 pm

Reverence to Her: A Participatory Chant to Invoke the Female Forces in the Universe Present in All People.

28th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
With Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Saturday December 21, 2002 6pm

Join us as we welcome back the sun. Bring drums and children and plenty of spirit. Please wear white, bright, silver, sparkle and/or neon finery to help light up the dark. And dress warm! Meet the bus under the arch at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Magical Mystery Bus Trip to the Atlantic Ocean includes refreshments, ritual supplies and favors.
$35. advance purchase tickets
Send your check right away to ensure your seat.
$40. on the bus
Dear Mama Donna,
Enclose find payment for___tickets.
City: ________________________________________

Mail check or money order payable to Donna Henes
Mama Donna's Tea Garden And Healing Haven
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238-0403
Phone/Fax 718-857-2247
Email: CityShaman@aol.com


12. NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, Winter Show, Dec 16-17, 6-9 pm

NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Winter Show, 2002. ITP students present examples of their production work, including multimedia installations, physical and virtual interaction design demos and sound and video design works. December 16-17, 6-9 PM
721 Broadway at Waverly Place
4th Floor, South Elevators


13. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, Inspector Collector @ NY Historical Society, Dec. 29.

The Games We Played
Sunday, December 29th, 11 a.m-1 pm, Ages 6-12

Take a tour of the Victorian-era American toys and games showcased in the exhibit The Games We Played: American Board Games from the Liman Collection Gift, with Harley
Spiller, a.k.a. Inspector Collector. Learn what games can teach us about the times in which they were played, and then make a game of your own to take home. Program takes place at The New-York Historical Society, 2 West 77th Street at Central Park West. Unless otherwise noted, family programs are free with museum admission. Children 12 and under are free of charge. Space is limited; reservations are required. For more information, please call (212) 873-3400 and press zero.


14. Javier Téllez, FF Alumn, residency/reception at Art in General, Dec. 11, 6-8 pm.

Wednesday, December 11, 6-8pm Reception for
Artist In Residence Javier Téllez
Window Installation Cecilia Galiena
Audio In The Elevator Jamie Mirabella

Blind Data:Javier Téllez In Blind Data at Art in General, Artist in Residence Javier Téllez investigates the physical and psychological space of mental institutions, a theme that colors much of his work. Téllez often explores mental hospitals as a microcosm of society at large-a community defined by its marginality and identified by its pathology. During his Artist Residency, however, the artist will bring the sanatorium to the 4th floor of Art in General in the form of a padded plywood cell in the center of the gallery. Inside the artist's imaginative replica of an asylum room, visitors are invited to view video taken within the actual walls of psychiatric wards around the globe. In the space, the distinction between observer and observed, inside and outside, normal and abnormal is subverted.

Made possible in part by funding from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Miller-Sweezy Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and general operating support.

Art in General, 79 Walker Street / New York, NY 10013 / 212-219-0473 / www.artingeneral.org


15. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, on Internet radio, www.eroplay.com

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