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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
January 9, 2003

1. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at HERE, through January 25, 2003.
2. New Territories, Scotland's second annual international festival of live arts, 3 Feb - 15 March 2003.
3. Tribute to Charles Henri Ford, FF Alumn, Saturday, February 8, 2003.
4. Anne Hamburger, FF Alumn, at Disney.
5. The Passerby Museum reopens, January 10 to Saturday, January 25, 2003, a part of "Looking In," by the LMCC.
6. China Blue, in Subbasement at the Front Room Gallery, January 19th, 2003.
7. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, in Exhibition to celebrate the 33rd issue of WW3 Comics.
8. LAST WEEK!!!! For Paul Zaloom's, FF Alumn, Mighty Nice! at PS 122.

1. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at HERE, through January 25, 2003

"Welcome to Boxopolis," where the cartoonist in me meets the scenic artist in me on the mean streets of a cardboard city. Come see my contribution to the Temporary Toy Theater Museum, an exhibit of historic and contemporary toy theaters. Presented by Great Small Works' Toy Theater Festival. -Sabrina Jones

HERE Art Center
145 Sixth Avenue
between Spring & Broome
Exhibit open Jan 2 - 25, 7 days a week, theater hours,
call 212. 647.0202 ext308


2. New Territories, Scotland's second annual international festival of live arts

3 Feb - 15 March 2003 | Glasgow | Scotland

Only one month away! Scotland's second annual international festival of live arts takes place between 3rd February and 15th March 2003.

Launched in 2002 out of the fusion of New Moves (Scotland's festival of contemporary choreography) and the National Review of Live Art (Europe's longest-running live arts festival), new territories is dismantling boundaries between dance, installation, theatre, visual art and new technology. In 2002 Artistic director Nikki Milican received the International Theatre Institute's award for excellence in international Theatre and Dance in recognition of an exceptional festival programme.

new territories 2003 includes a mix of specially commissioned performances and premieres by invited international artists and the first new territories Winter School - a professional training and development scheme for artists and tertiary students. Helen Herbertson & Ben Cobham, Sarah Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Forkbeard Fantasy and Goat Island will all be in residence at the festival, presenting work and teaching on the Winter School.

new territories commissioned artists include: - Alastair MacDonald & Sarah Rubidge, Geraldine Pilgrim, Ian Smith, Pernille Spence, Lisa Watts and Aaron Williamson.

Many other invited artists present British premieres and unique site-specific projects. Some of the highlights include:
- The return to Scotland of the renowned Chicago-based performance group GOAT ISLAND with an informal showing of new work + It's An Earthquake In My Heart.

- One of the big hits of New Moves Australia 2000 with the company name Delirium, HELEN HERBERTSON & BEN COBHAM return with the European Premiere of Morphia Series, a special boutique event with exotic food, text, images and performance for an audience of 12.

- Sensuous Geographies, a new work by composer and Creative Scotland Award winner ALISTAIR MACDONALD and choreographer turned digital installation artist SARAH RUBIDGE in which the actions of visitors generate and influence musical layers and projected imagery in an interactive/reactive sound and image environment.

- HOTEL MODERN with The Great War, a live animation film where the performers are puppeteers, camera-operators, sound engineers and editors who manipulate little soldiers, toy tanks and a miniature landscape to create a truly inventive performance.

- A living installation event made by participants in the new territories Winter School working with FORKBEARD FANTASY - expect a unique mix of comic theatre, film, animated sets, gadgets, cartoon and visual trickery suitable or audiences of all ages.

- An intense and technically demanding work from renowned Canadian choreographer PAUL-ANDRÉ FORTIER, that combines dance with new visual and sound technologies to stunning effect. Supremely vulnerable and infinitely powerful in equal measure.

- The NATIONAL REVIEW OF LIVE ART (19-23 February) where invited artists from across the world appear alongside the brightest new talent from across the UK and Ireland, chosen from a nation-wide selection process hosted by venues and colleges in collaboration with the NRLA and the Live Art Development Agency. The NRLA strand of new territories takes place over just five days with each day packed with an exciting mix of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise events. Invited artists include the inimitable STELARC, renowned Belgian choreographer MICHÈLE NOIRET, housewife superstar BOBBY BAKER as well as: - ANNE BEAN, BODIES IN FLIGHT, MARIA COOL & FABIO BALDUCCI, EVE DENT, RICHARD DEDOMINICI, FORCED ENTERTAINMENT, RAIMUND HOGHE, IONA KEWNEY & EAVESDROPPER, THE KIPPER KIDS, JOHAN LORBEER, LONE TWIN, MICHAEL MAYHEW, GRAHAM MILLER, ANGELIKA OEI & R.A VEROUDEN, BOB OSTERTAG & PIERRE HÉBERT, ÁINE PHILLIPS, GERALDINE PILGRIM, PLAN B, HIDEYUKI SAWAYANAGI, IAN SMITH, PERNILLE SPENCE LISA WATTS, AARON WILLIAMSON, STEVIE WISHART. A screening programme includes works by: - MARINA ABRAMOVIC. LYNNE MARSH, GUILLERMO GOMEZ PEÑA & GUSTAVO VAZQUEZ, NEW MEDIA SCOTLAND, PASIFIKA DIVAS, ANNE SEAGRAVE.


Full details of the programme linked with artist's websites can be found on http://www.newmoves.co.uk/newterritories/ntindex.htm

Ticket information 0901 022 0300 - a limited number of apex tickets are available at just £5 A limited edition catalogue will be available from The Arches box office Press enquires to karpus projects 0141 946 1463

new territories is produced by New Moves International, PO Box 25262, Glasgow G1 1YW, and receives support as a core funded organisation of the Scottish Arts Council and Glasgow City Council.


3. Tribute to Charles Henri Ford, FF Alumn, Saturday, February 8, 2003.

A tribute to the life and work of Charles Henri Ford, artist and curator of Franklin Furnace's exhibition, "The Page as Alternative Space, 1930-49," will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 4:00 PM at St. Mark's Church (Second Avenue at 10th Street). FF Alumns Lynne Tillman, Steven Watson, Penny Arcade and other artworld luminaries such as Gerard Melanga will participate.


4. Anne Hamburger, FF Alumn, at Disney.

Anne Hamburger, FF Alumn and founder of En Garde Arts, is now Executive Vice President for Creative Entertainment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In an article in The New York Times (January 6, 2003) she says, "I've always been interested in how do you wake up people to the possibilities of what live theater can do." Congratulations, Annie!


5. The Passerby Museum reopens, January 10 to Saturday, January 25, 2003, a part of "Looking In," by the LMCC.

The Passerby Museum will reopen its doors at a storefront window in Lower Manhattan --Church Street between Murray Street and Park Place-- within the framework of "Looking In," an exhibition organized by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (see exhibition information below or go to

In all day long performances, we will continue gathering objects from passersby in that area. Please take a moment to see our collection if you are in the neighborhood.

Performance Hours:
Friday, January 10 - from 3 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, January 11 - from 12 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, January 12 - from 12 PM to 5 PM
Monday, January 13 - from 5 PM to 7 PM
Friday, January 17 - from 3 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, January 18 - from 12 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, January 19 - from 12 PM to 5 PM
Monday, January 20 - from 5 PM to 7 PM
Friday, January 24 - from 3 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, January 25 - from 12 PM to 5 PM

Exhibition on view 24 hours a day from Friday, January 10 to Saturday, January 25, 2003

All the best,

María Alós and Nicolás Dumit Estévez
The Passerby Museum

Press Release

The Passerby Museum is an itinerant institution dedicated to presenting temporary exhibitions in different locations throughout the city. The museum draws its collection from donations from people like you, those who visit, work or live where it is in operation at any given time. The Passerby Museum serves as a physical marker, recording the presence of its collaborators in the neighborhood.

The museum is currently accepting donations for this site. We therefore encourage you to contribute to this in-progress exhibition with an object of your own. Anonymity of the donor will be preserved upon request. For inquiries and assistance, please see one of the members of our curatorial department. All of the objects donated will become the property of The Passerby Museum.

We thank you for your interest.


Looking In

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has organized a juried (by independent curators and representatives from Here Arts and Art In General) exhibition of 23 site-specific installations and performances to be on view 24/7 from October 2nd through January 31. The storefront works will be displayed along the block of 50 Murray Street, Church Street, Park Place and West Broadway. In addition to enlivening a full city block, the four-month public-art project seeks to engage the larger community of small businesses, area residents, commuter workers, and tourists. Looking In consists of installations that incorporate painting, sculpture, video, photography, new media and performance. Looking In presents projects that incorporate kinetic movement, surveillance cameras, museum dioramas, museum displays, architectural models, optical illusions, hydraulics and animation. This exhibition also invites passers-by to explore the streets beyond ground zero and to rediscover Lower Manhattan's many cultural amenities.

Artists: María Alós and Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Mathieu Borysevicz, Michael Coleman and Troy Richards, Robert Ladislas Derr and Lynn Foglesong-Derr, Matthew Geller, Grady Gerbracht, Mini Ham and Nohar Raz and Betsy Seder and Richard Ting, Libby Hartle and Tim Hailey, Drew Heitzler, Eric Hongisto, Shih Chieh Huang, Nancy Hwang, Yoko Inoue and Charles Fambro, Anna Király, Jillian McDonald, Jihyun Park, Karina Peisajovich, Praxis (Delia Bajo and Brainard Carey), Claudia Schmacke, Sandra Spannan, John Stoney, Laura Ten Eyck, and Jody Zellen.


6. China Blue, in Subbasement at the Front Room Gallery, January 19th, 2003.

China Blue
With Thomas Broadbent, Elana Herzog and David Kramer, Banner Project by Norma Markley & Eung Ho Park

An exhibition of works that exemplify the simulated, the fabricated and the psychological uncertainty associated with the unknown.

At the Front Room Gallery
147 Roebling St.
Williamsburg, NY
Hours: Saturday-Sunday 1:00 - 6:00
(718) 782-2556

Opening Receptiion
Saturday, December 7, 7-10pm

Don't miss publication of the piece "Josephine & Marion's Vent," in the the catalogue "Going Home" distributed with the latest issue of Zing Magazine (www.zingmagazine.com) can be purchased at the art magazine newsstand nearest you


7. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, in Exhibition to celebrate the 33rd issue of WW3.

Come celebrate the brand new 33rd issue of WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED - the comics magazine that has been saying NO to endless war since 1979.
Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave (@10th street)
Friday, January 10th, 7pm
Admission $4

Chris Cardenale, Ryan Inzana, Sabrina Jones
Nicole Schulman, Mac McGill, & Seth Tobocman

Bikes Across Borders Cycle Circus, Peter Kuper,
Mac McGill, Kevin Pyle, Art Spiegelman & Seth Tobocman

A SHORT PLAY by Sander Hicks

MUSIC by Beat Boxer Entertainment


8. LAST WEEK!!!! for Paul Zaloom's, FF Alumn, Mighty Nice! at PS 122.

Mighty Nice! - a new puppet spectacle by Paul Zaloom
Wed-Sun, Jan 8-12
8:30 p.m. Sunday at 5 p.m.
$20; USE THIS SECRET PASSWORD for discount $17 ticket: "PRESTO CHANGE-O"

Legendary surrealist/political satirist/puppeteer Paul Zaloom unleashes his latest solo extravaganza, MIGHTY NICE, a work in three parts: "THE PUNCH AND JIMMY SHOW", a gay update of the classic "Punch and Judy"; "DON'T", a mock D.A.R.E anti-drug presentation hosted by an intense state cop and his drug addled, life-sized dummy, Billy; and "2222", a frenetic, apocalyptic, and hysterical sci-fi vision of what the world will be like in the year 2222.

Zaloom uses his weapon of choice, humor, to disarm and encourage, to melt the pessimism away, and to hurt the face from way too much laughter.

"Paul Zaloom is a wildly creative, stupendously resourceful performance artist" Time Out New York

For tickets call our box office at 212-477-5288 or buy tickets online at http://www.ticketweb.com

Performance Space 122
150 First Avenue and 9th Street, NYC 10009
212-477-5288 Box Office
212-353-1315 Fax


nytheatre.com review
by Martin Denton · January 4, 2003
Authentically potent political satire "the kind that scares you while you laugh at it" doesn't turn up in theatres that much nowadays (although I detect a bit of a resurgence at the moment as more and more artists feel compelled to respond to the current messy state of affairs in our world). So when we get it, we need to cherish it "and that's true whether or not we agree with what it has to say.

Paul Zaloom's Mighty Nice! is the current best example of the genre. However you rate yourself on the conservative/liberal continuum, if you have any sort of intellectual curiosity you owe it to yourself to sample this raw, provoking, sometimes hilarious and sometimes profane triple-bill, every instant of which takes deliberate and oft-deserved aim at the institutions, ideals, and sacred cows that seem to underlie our present-day polity. Zaloom is something of a maverick and a renegade as a performance artist: Mighty Nice!, which consists of three separate pieces, makes use of all manner of low-tech multimedia, from a flipchart and a boombox in the first sketch, to a traditional Punch and Judy puppet theatre in the second, to a stage full of found objects that become stand-ins for dozens of characters and locations in the third. It doesn't all land as intended; it doesn't even always work. But in Zaloom's anarchic universe, it's the connections that count: Mighty Nice! is at its best not when the jokes make us roar but when a zinging absurdity pierces our defenses and plants itself in our brains. (That sentence is as messy and, I hope, pointed as this show.)

The opening sketch features Zaloom as Officer O'Reilly of the L.A.P.D., in a mock lecture on the War Against Drugs. On the first sheet of the officer's flipchart is the message that 100% of the data in this presentation is true; if that's true "and I have no reason to suppose it's not" then this War is in an even sorrier state that we suspected. O'Reilly blissfully reels off statistics about the inequity between blacks and whites among imprisoned drug offenders, and quotes, without irony, from various government publications about topics such as how to spot a drug trafficker at an airport. It's so surreal that if it were presented as fiction you wouldn't believe it: Zaloom makes us laugh and makes us take pause in this piece, which is as scary as it is funny.

Next up is a self-described "post-modern, deconstructed" Punch & Judy show. Zaloom animates a host of traditional-looking puppets with astonishing mastery in this skit; but what they say and do is hardly traditional. Punch is a permanently stoned gay hedonist, while Judy is now Jimmy, his earnest and buff life partner. The story begins with Jimmy leaving Punch to care for their newly adopted baby Precious, a Ukrainian orphan, while Jimmy heads off to a meeting of the gay Republican Log Cabin group. (That announcement, by the way, prompts the joke that made me laugh longest in an evening full of funny material.)

In the hallowed tradition of Punch and Judy, baby Precious doesn't last long; neither do a succession of visitors who turn up, berating Punch for his irresponsible lifestyle and reminding him that he has three strikes against him because he's gay, an atheist, and doesn't wear seatbelts. The puppet show starts out raucous, and then turns violent and then obscene "but always for good reason.

After intermission, Zaloom presents the final item on his agenda, "2222," a look at the future that is actually more harrowing than it is humorous. Zaloom takes us on a tour of the "United States of Kansas" (global warming having pushed the oceans that far inland), where greedy corporations and repressive government are the rule. "2222" is a cautionary tale told with toys: a pair of rest room signs ("Men" and "Women") are used to indicate a mob of spectators in a courtroom; a giant owl with oversized ears represents the government's Total Information Awareness program. To be honest, a lot of this piece feels scattershot and not fully formed; but every once a while there's that brilliant metaphor that approaches genius, like Zaloom's demonstration of the education system in 2222: a glass full of pencils of various sizes, shapes, and colors is fed into one end of a box, gets "educated," and comes out the other end transformed into regulation, uniform number 2 yellows, every one.

Mighty Nice! is uneven and possibly even a bit underdeveloped, but its urgency and its wit more than compensate for any deficiencies. A thought that ran through my mind more than once while I was watching was that "no matter how right or wrong we might think Zaloom is "we are blessed to live in a place where he can put on a show such as this one. We need to safeguard that freedom: seeing Mighty Nice! is a good way to do just that.



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