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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
May 1, 2003

1. Stanya Kahn, FF Alumn, at Diverseworks, Houston, Texas, May 9 & 10.
2. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, releases his fourth CD
3. Sarah East Johnson, FF Alumn, presents Circus Arts Workshops May 6-June 10.
4. Coco Go, FF Alumn, at Deep Listening Space gallery, May 3-25, 2003
5. Helen Varley Jamieson, FF Intern Alumn, new work now online.
6. Stephanie Bernheim, FF Member, Pine Plains Vinyl / Upstate Projects, Part II
7. Yong Soon Min, FF Alumn, w/ Allan deSouza, at Oboro, Montreal, May 22-June 14
8. Federation of East Village Artists, with many FF Alumns, benefit event May 5th.
9. Alba Sanchez, FF Alumn, presents Bronx Witch Project, at 3 locations in May!
10. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Margaret Thatcher Projects, opening TONITE May 1st.
11. Dixon Place presents Carousel, with Bob Sikoryak, FF Alumn, May 5th.
12. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Superfine Gallery, Brooklyn, May 9th and 11th.
13. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, on KPFA 94.1 fm radio & online, tonite at Midnite!
14. Susana Cook, FF Alumn at Wow Café, May 2nd, 10:30 pm
15. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Tin Man Alley, May 3rd-June 15th, 2003.
16. Anney Bonney, FF Alumn, "Double Fiesta" in Tribeca Film Festival, May 7,8,9.

1. Stanya Kahn, FF Alumn, at Diverseworks, Houston, Texas, May 9 & 10.

FF Alumn Stanya Kahn performs solo show: "The Ballad of Crappy and Seapole According to Shempco" at Diverseworks in Houston, Texas, May 9th and 10th at 8pm.
More info (tickets, etc.) available at www.diverseworks.org

From the Press Release:
Written and Performed by Stanya Kahn
Co-directed by Stanya Kahn and Harriet Dodge
"A ferocious energy possesses Stanya Kahn. She seems to move even when she's still and speak even when she's silent." Village Voice

"Wildly physical and absolutely over the edge, Kahn offers humorous and ultimately scathing socio-political commentary of contemporary America."
Philadelphia City Paper

"Brilliant monologues...just the right ironic and devastated tone." LA Times

"A remarkable actress whose voice, face and body possess incredible powers of expression." Philadelphia Inquirer

This most recent solo show by interdisciplinary performer Stanya Kahn is a multimedia play within a play -a tragi-comedy which situates itself within the confines of economic recession and emotional instability. Shempco, a high strung, insomniac loner, wrangles the idea of citizen power, while unnerved by his own unemployment, social alienation, and the florid imagination which drives a play he works on through long nights alone. Sock puppets, a flotation device, songs and dances large and small are lucid and frenetic devices in a tender balance of anxiety and hope. The show, co-directed by acclaimed performer and film director Harry Dodge, includes a wall-sized painting by Alessandra Nichols, a full feathered showgirl outfit and original video and sound design. The fourth in a series, The Ballad continues Kahn's project of integrating text, image and physicality to create visceral, conceptual performance theater.


2. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, releases his fourth CD

Billy X. Curmano has just released his fourth CD and it's a "Doozy". Fifty plus minutes of free jazz ocean harp, quirky vocals, violin and Goya guitar with long time collaborator John Pendergast.

"Doozy" is the follow-up to "Amanita" also with John Pendergast.

Two ecelectic free jazz CD's with the New X Art Ensemble featuring the Amazing Tess Toster Tones are also available, "Trios & Duets" and "New X: Xmas".

All CD's (Specify which one) are 15 bucks includes postage/handling from Art Works USA, RR 1 Box 116, Rushford, MN 55971


3. Sarah East Johnson, FF Alumn, presents Circus Arts Workshops May 6-June 10.

Tuesdays, May 6-June 10 from 7:30-9:00pmFee: $90 for six-week session Join the fun and the challenge in this physical and rewarding workshop! Handstands, backbends, acrobatic partnering and group pyramids are some the skills you will acquire. Basic physical fitness is suggested. Call (718) 832-0018 or e-mail info@bax.org to pre-register!
arts and artists in progress
421 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 832-0018/FAX (718) 832-9189


4. Coco Go, FF Alumn, at Deep Listening Space gallery, May 3-25, 2003

The Gallery at DEEP LISTENING SPACE 75 Broadway KINGSTON NY 12401 (845) 338-5984

An exhibition by Alisa / Coco Go (Mother /Daughter)
In the gallery May 3-25, 2003

The Pauline Oliveros Foundation is pleased to present a synergetic two generations - two worlds show by the mother and daughter artists Alisa and Coco Go in the Gallery at Deep Listening Space, Saturday May 3 through Sunday May 25. Fairleigh Dickinson University Edward Williams College, NJ in 1970 was the first proving grounds for their two generations two worlds of art. This DLS exhibition includes styrofoam sculptures, paintings, artist books, a fabric flag installation, works in handmade paper, two pool installations, sound recordings, a visual music room and a candid video about the artists. Alisa has chosen the works of Coco Go. Coco Go has chosen the works of Alisa. Three works are collaborations between mother and daughter. Together they chose two works by (husband/father) Dr. Heinz I Lippmann. By chance, the works chosen by both artists show the influence of how each hears music.

Alisa's work is fed by nature, wind, Mythological themes, rock & roll dancing, the early sounds of her mother Emma's coloratura voice singing arias, and her husband Heinz's pulsating piano, playing everything from Bach to Bartok to Lota Pearl
on his Hamburg Steinway, rebuilt after his family home fire in Breslau. Her early life in Rome, Italy was peaceful and secure. Her 62 years of married life was fulfilling despite the loss of home, the scattering of family, the near miss of almost not being able to enter the United States, and the difficulty of living without her husband during a two yearlong miracle escape of his own. In the 60's she evolved a way of punching, hammering and soldering into styrofoam to the force of music. As a result of damage to a muscle in her hand as a child that prevented small hand work, she found that by using her fist she was able to transfer the energies of music and nature into art.

Coco Go's experience of musics - a Zen, Cagean, flux interpretation of the sounds of food cooking, the sounds in nature from birdsong to wormsong, and the sounds of everyday environments - has spun out transformative healing projects, installations, the making of paper instruments, poetry and artist books. She also was sensitized to music by falling asleep to her father's constant piano and chamber music played with a consummate order of musicians such as Zvi Zeitlin and David Soyer, drawing her into the "music humor" between them. In the recesses of the mind, War plays a silent partner to survival. From Coco Go's exodus in 1939 from Hitler's SS tentacles, through her work of the 80's in La Push at the Quilleute Reservation, her works signal a strong advocacy for self-sustainability. In the last 15 years she has internalized the principles of Permaculture into her art. Permaculture is the design of our living systems, patterned after nature which cycles waste, giving humans specific skills for living sustainably in surplus and good health.

"[Coco Go] deals with her experience as though it were a constant adventure, and her work is as though a running commentary on that adventure, shaping itself into a kind of parallel adventure, no less profuse, no less fragile, no less infused with a sense of speed, and equally mysterious, aspiring to a similar sense of amazement."
--Henry Martin ("Acts of Faith", Il Sogno Del Tempo)

OPENING SATURDAY, MAY 3rd 5-7 pm For information contact: IONE, Gallery Director MAY 10th 3-6 pm Coco Go and Alisa will join the Readings: WOMEN & IDENTITY + a pot luck feast


5. Helen Varley Jamieson, FF Intern Alumn, new work now online.

hi everyone,
in case you've been wondering what on earth i've been doing as i zoom around the world, there are now some images from "swim" online, at http://www.avatarbodycollision.org/swim/swim.html to give you a bit of an idea. (there's also stuff up there about "dress the nation", our contribution to the lysistrata project, which some of you participated in).

& if you have the time & inclination to read about magdalena australia, the festival in brisbane that i'm currently recovering from, it's on my site - http://www.creative-catalyst.com - pictures to be added over the next few days.

Helen Varley Jamieson


6. Stephanie Bernheim, FF Member, Pine Plains Vinyl / Upstate Projects, Part II

April 30th - May 24th, 2003

Pine Plains Vinyl / Upstate Projects : Part II

April 30th - May 24th, 2003

Pine Plains Vinyl is a print series consisting of Polaroid landscapes superimposed on patterned vinyl. Putting together photographs of exterior scenes with interior domestic material like oilcloth alludes to the more pleasant aspects of everyday life in rural Hudson Valley. To augment this bucolic atmosphere, an audio tape of natural sounds from Ancramdale, New York accompanies this print installation. This idyllic depiction is in sharp counterpoint to Part One, exhibited in April of Greenpoint/ Hudson Tower of Tires Project which focused on the inherent danger of the proposed St Lawrence Cement Plant in the Hudson River Valley.


7. Yong Soon Min, FF Alumn, w/ Allan deSouza, at Oboro, Montreal, May 22-June 14

Performance and installation by Yong Soon Min and Allan deSouza
Oboro gallery, 4001 rue Berri, local 301, Montreal, H2L 4H2, CANADA

May 22 - June 14, with performances May 22, 23 & 24.

"Will **** for Peace is a collaborative performance and installation by Los Angeles-based artists Yong Soon Min and Allan deSouza. Will **** for Peace revisits newlywed Yoko Ono and John Lennon's week-long Peace Bed-In that began on May 26, 1969 at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel, and which mobilized their celebrity to publicize peace and love at a critical socio-political moment during the Vietnam War. The group song/chant, Give Peace a Chance, was recorded during the Bed-In, with the help of their numerous guests. Including other references to Yoko Ono's body of artistic work, Min and deSouza create their own Bed-In, and invite the public to participate in 3 days of live interactive performance. The video, sound and gallery installation will remain on exhibition.

Min and deSouza's re-visioning of John and Yoko's remarkably simple yet enduring gesture in support of peace (which itself played on the 1960s' Sit-Ins for peace), has a poignant resonance in the present climate. In the hyper-militarized world context of the US-led war against Iraq, Will **** for Peace offers a multifaceted and welcome site to engage in dialogue on the interrelated complexities of war, globalization, immigration and nationalism, and to reflect on the roles of art and activism. Their refashioned title spins the social desperation of "will work for food," and asks each one of us to imagine what we are willing to do for world peace." Monica Gagnon - curator


8. Federation of East Village Artists, with many FF Alumns, benefit event May 5th.

Honorary Co-Chairs
Philip Glass
Jonas Mekas
Patti Smith

The Benefit Committee and The FEVA Board of Advisors Invite you to

Starve A Cold, Feed a FEVA Party and Auction

A benefit event for the newly formed
Federation of East Village Artists (FEVA)
and the first annual HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts.

Monday, May 5, 2003
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street, between East Houston and Stanton, NYC
Live auction begins at 8:30pm

Rock Memorabilia
Counterculture Artifacts

Featuring appearances and performances by
Philip Glass
Blue Man Group
Steve Buscemi
Ann Carlson
Richard Move as Martha Graham
Dael Orlandersmith
Jonathan Ames
Penny Arcade
Rebecca Moore
Chris Rael

Lady Bunny
DJ Dr. Ron

Live and silent auctions featuring work by:
As Four
Assume Vivid Astro Focus
Matthew Barney
Patty Chang
Sue de Beer
Patricia Field
Judy Glantzman
Keith Haring
Robert Hawkins
Jane Irish
Warren Isensee
Komar & Melamid
Joseph Kosuth
David LaChapelle
Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky
Elizabeth Murray
Tom Otterness
Clayton Patterson
Lee Quinones
Carolee Schneemann
Kiki Smith
Patti Smith
Billy Sullivan
Spencer Tunick
William Wegman
Robert Wilson
and many others

There are more 60 works by East Village and "downtown" artists that will be included in a silent auction.

Auction will include cultural artifacts from:
Debbie Harry
David Byrne
Bob Dylan
Allen Ginsberg
Philip Glass
Sonic Youth

$35 / $40 / $125 / $250

Patrons Preview: 6:30pm ­ 8pm
Auction, Party and Performance Event: 8pm ­ Midnight

Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street, NYC

For benefit information call 212.505.2225 or go to
www.howlfestival.com to order tickets online.

The Federation of East Village Artists FEVA¹s mission is to establish an active service organization for the artistic communities working and living in the East Village. FEVA will also present Howl!, a new annual arts festival in the East Village. Your support will help us raise needed funds for this new community arts organization.


9. Alba Sanchez, FF Alumn, presents Bronx Witch Project, at 3 locations in May!

An autobiographical journey from the Bodega to Bloomies, from boarding schools to the armpits of the South Bronx. Alba's characters are blended through a 1958 meat grinder, Babaluaye the popcorn god, Chupa Cabra, sacrificial chickens, Florida water and shopping tips. She crosses cult and cultural borders. Say what? ESTE SHOW LO TIENE TODO- Sexo,Suspenso y Salsa! QUE CALIENTE! (That means it's hot stuff. Right? You betcha!) Created and performed by ALba Sanchez Directed by Gary Dini

3 Venues to see the show!

The Bronx Witch Project which just won the 2003 Big Apple Playwriting contest will be opening for it's secound big come-back at the Women of Color Festival. The festival will take place at the Henry Street Settlement Abrams Art Center located at 466 Grand Ave. Tickets can be purchased at Smarttix.com or at 212-206-1515. They are $20.00 at the door and $15.00 at Smarttix. The show runs from April 30 to May 18th than opens for for performances in june. And the schedule and times are subject to change so please call smarttix for an up date. Also I will be doing one performance on Saturday May 17 at the Lovinger Thatre at Lehman College 250 Bedford Blvd West in the Bronx For more information call 718-960-8023. And two performances at The Point Theatre 970 Garrison Ave [ The Bronx]. for more information please call 718-542-4139.

This show is really a treat. Hope ta see ya all there Alba Sanchez


10. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Margaret Thatcher Projects, opening TONITE May 1st.

MAY 1 - 31, 2003
NEW YORK, NY 10001
212.675.0222 f.212.675.1121

max gimblett myth
may 1 - 31, 2003
artist's reception: Thursday, may 1, 6-8 pm

Thatcher Projects is pleased to announce Myth, an exhibition of new works by Max Gimblett. This exhibition marks a very active year for the artist, including solo shows in Sydney, Auckland, and San Francisco; an exhibition of drawings at Pfizer, Inc.. curated by Lisa Hatchadoorian; and the publication of a major monograph. The monograph, Max Gimblett, will be available at the gallery.

In his most recent works, Gimblett has immersed himself completely in the iconic sculptural shapes for which his work is best known; focusing on the quatrefoil, the oval, and the wheel. The title piece (Myth) is a quadtych of deep ovals in which Gimblett employs very recognizable symbols, i.e. that of the human hand (the artist's hand) and that of the human skull. These more figural references to physicality and mortality are a key to seeing and understanding Max Gimblett's work. The artist's language is a unique blend of the physical, philosophical, the unconscious, and the sublime. An abstract example of the melding of the physical and metaphysical is the painting, Seed, an 80 inch wheel form on which Gimblett has painted a grand, sweeping gesture across the surface of the canvas. Seed's single calligraphic gesture is straightforward and present, with a subtle grace. It is mark-making that engages you on an instinctual and intuitive level. Lisa Hatchadoorian's recent essay addresses the artist's language most

In a practice that has shifted in increments from abstraction to figuration to almost total abstraction, Gimblett now weaves in and out of them. He merges influences and bodies of knowledge as diverse as Abstract Expressionism, Zen Buddhism, the archetypes of Jungian analysis, an interest in alchemy, and the various calligraphic tendencies that surface in American and Asian art. These influences . . . can be thought of as threads or strains that a viewer senses a kinship with on a deeper level than just surface visual connections.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Margaret Thatcher Projects is located at 511 West 25 Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), the 4th floor, New York City.


11. Dixon Place presents Carousel, with Bob Sikoryak, FF Alumn, May 5th.

Cartoon slide shows, film strips, and other projected pictures.
Hosted by R. Sikoryak

This month's performers:
Brian Dewan
Michael Kupperman
Anne Shapiro
and R.S.

Monday, May 5 at 8:30 pm

The Marquee, 356 Bowery between Great Jones & E 4th Street, NYC. (and come for a pre-show drink or post-show delicious dinner at Marion's Continental next door!)

$12 or TDF, $10 students/seniors


12. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Superfine Gallery, Brooklyn, May 9th and 11th.

Hi All,
The Electric Junkyard Gamelan will be performing two concerts in May at Superfine Gallery in DUMBO on May 9th and 11th. For those who have never seen the group before we perform my original, gamelan inspired, compositions on invented instruments. It's quite unlike anything you've seen before and features musicians Robin Burdulis, Terry Dame, Mary Feaster, Lisa Frisari and Julian Hintz. We'll be premiering some new tunes and a new instrument so you don't want to miss it. The May 11th show will be a special Mother's Day gamelan double bill with Electric Junkyard Gamelan and Gamelan Dharma Swara, the traditional Balinese ensemble complete with dancers from the Indonesian Consulate here in NY. So take your Mom for a delicious brunch before or dinner after at Superfine Restaurant (reservations recommended) and come hear the shimmering sounds of gamelan old and new. Details are below. Hope to see you all there.

Friday, May 9th 8pm
Terry Dame's Electric Junkyard Gamelan
Superfine Gallery
126a Front Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn

Sunday, May 11th 4pm
Terry Dame's Electric Junkyard Gamelan
Gamelan Dharma Swara
126a Front Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn
$18 both shows

For more concert information go to www.terrydame.com
Superfine Restaurant for dinner reservations: 718-243-9005

Directions to Superfine
Superfine is located at the base of the Manhattan bridge. Subway: F to York Street (first stop in Brooklyn), right on Jay Street one block, left on Front Street one block. Car: Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza exit. Circle right under bridge onto Prospect Street, left on Washington, right on Front to Pearl Street.


13. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, on KPFA 94.1 fm radio & online, tonite at Midnite!

i'll be a guest on barb golden's 3-hour show, CRACK O'DAWN, on KPFA 94.1fm thursday starting at midnight. CALL IN! studio 510-848-4425. HECKLE ME, SING WITH WE, TALK DEEP, HAVE PANTAN WITH ME ON AIR! listen on line at https://secure.transbay.net/kpfa/forms/0_aud.htm. that is, if we aren't in jail for our may day performance earlier [4pm] thursday somewhere on the UCB campus!

In Freedom,
Frank Moore

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14. Susana Cook, FF Alumn at Wow Café, May 2nd, 10:30 pm

Rivers of Honey, a monthly cabaret featuring New York City's most talented women of color, will be featuring an inspiring poet, a seasoned performer and a veteran of the NYC performing arts scene for its May show at historic WOW Cafe. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2003. The WOW Cafe Theater is located at 59-61 E. 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. (6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street, F to 2nd Ave.) Admission is only 5 measley bucks. This month features:

Shordan & Shtink
Susana Cook
Jackie Aponte

and as always...bringing you current news, random thoughts on life, and nonsensical impromptu rants, your host Keturah Kendrick

For more information or to find out about other WOW shows, visit www.wowcafe.org.


15. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Tin Man Alley, May 3rd-June 15th, 2003.

Jonathan Levine's Tin Man Alley Proudly presents
Deep Pretty

New works by Kirsten Easthope, Isabel Samaras and Donavan Crosby
May 3rd thru June 15th, 2003

A trio of female artists creating images inspired by pin-ups, pornography, and pop culture break free of stereotypes and crash the underground boy's club with Deep Pretty, a collection of new work by Kirsten Easthope, Isabel Samaras and Donavan Crosby appearing at Jonathan Levine's Tin Man Alley in Philadelphia. Be forewarned: this is not a collection of "chick art" you'll see no odes to motherhood, hearth and home from these three innovative artists. Instead, Easthope, Samaras and Crosby explore the sweet, sexual, and sometimes twisted icons of femininity.

Easthope draws from mid century pin-up art and paints bosomed beauties on bowling pins to create unique and quirky sculptures. Samaras pulls down the curtain and exposes the naughty nature of 70s TV divas, imagining what would happen if Ginger from Gilligan's Island and the Bionic Woman bared all for the camera. By contrast, Crosby creates humor and charm in her surreal rendering of animals on adventures on the land, sea and in the air.

Deep Pretty
May 3rd through June 15th , 2003
Opening reception Saturday, May 3rd, 6pm - 10pm from 6 to 9 PM.

For more information contact Jonathan LeVine at:

Tin Man Alley
608 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, Pa

Gallery Hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 12pm to 7pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.


16. Anney Bonney, FF Alumn, "Double Fiesta" in Tribeca Film Festival, May 7,8,9.

Anney Bonney's
Double Fiesta
inspired by the song of the same name by Meredith Monk Starring Anthony de Mare and introducing Elijah Myers

Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Center
375 Greenwich Street
May 7&8 @ 5:00PM
May 9th @ 2PM



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