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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
March 28, 2006

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1. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at La Mama, thru April 2
2. RoseLee Goldberg, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Koosil-Ja Hwang, Nicky Paraiso, Diane Torr, Martha Wilson at Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, April 15
3. Fiona Templeton, FF Alumn, at 15 Nassau Street, Manhattan, April 25-26
4. Tom Leeser, FF Alumn, at GAS, Manhattan, opening March 29, 6-9 pm
5. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, at PS 122, March 30-April 9
6. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in the Cape Cod Times
7. Luke Roberts, FF Member, in Brisbane, Australia, May 25, 6 pm
8. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, new book now available, and more
9. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, in IX Havana Biennial, thru April 27
10. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, thru May
11. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, reception April 2
12. Yoav Gal, FF Alumn, at Merkin Concert Hall, March 29
13. Linda Montano, performance prayer pilgrimage, April
14. New York State Council on the Arts internship opportunities
15. Paul H-O, FF Alumn, at Soho Playhouse Huron Club, April 4, 7 pm
16. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, opening April 5
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1. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at La Mama, thru April 2

Theodora Skipitares presents TRILOGY, bringing together for the first time a cycle of works which examine the Trojan War. IPHIGENIA features events leading up to the Trojan War, HELEN examines the war itself and its alleged cause, Helen of Troy, and ODYSSEY: THE HOMECOMING presents the post-war dilemmas of the hero ODYSSEUS. 2 different plays will be performed each evening, and on Sundays, all three plays will be presented. Each play features a variety of puppetry styles, and features original music by Arnold Dreyblatt Tim Schellenbaum, and Yukio Tsuji.  Conceived, designed, and directed by Theodora Skipitares.Presented at La MaMa Theater, 74A East 4th Street, NYC. Reservations: 212 475 7710.

Thursday evening March 30 HELEN/ODYSSEY
Friday evening March 31 IPHIGENIA/ODYSSEY
Saturday evening April 1 IPHIGENIA/HELEN
Sunday April 2 matinee: IPHIGENIA
Sunday evening April 2 HELEN/ODYSSEY
Evening performances at 7:30pm. Tickets $18.
Matinee performance at 3pm Tickets. $15.

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2. RoseLee Goldberg, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Koosil-Ja Hwang, Nicky Paraiso, Diane Torr, Martha Wilson at Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, April 15

The founders of Chez Bushwick Studios
cordially invite you to attend
A Benefit Of The Doubt

Honoring Charles Atlas
And His Artistic Collaborators

Saturday, April 15th, 2006
5:00 pm

Chez Bushwick Studios is a unique and catalytic organization
for interdisciplinary art, fostering enormous creativity among the artists
of our time.

It is an honor and a pleasure to recognize Charles Atlas
for his singular and prolific contribution
to the performing and media arts.

Yes! I Will Attend A Benefit Of The Doubt
Please Indicate Your Preference By April 1st, 2006:

Cocktails, Dinner, & Screening Of Charlie's Film & Video Works
Beginning at 5 pm
____$250

Charlie's Collaborators: A Special Performance Program
Beginning at 7:30 pm
____$150

Chez Bushwick Presents " SHTUDIO SHOW"
Beginning at 9 pm
____$50


Thank You!

You Will Promptly Receive Confirmation, And A Receipt

With Any Questions, Please Call 917.459.1072

Make Checks Payable To: THE FIELD
Earmarked For: Chez Bushwick Studios/Jonah Bokaer
Mail To:
304 Boerum St. #23
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Name:
Company:
Email Address:
Phone:

_____Yes, My Company Will Match This Tax-Deductible Gift

HONORARY BENEFIT COMMITTEE:
Ann Cooper Albright
Bonnie Brooks
Wally Cardona
Roseane Chamecki
The Dazzle Dancers
Marion Dienstag
Chris Dohse
DD Dorvillier
Douglas Dunn
Christopher Eamon
Cathy Edwards
Joan Finkelstein
Boo Froebel
Vallejo Gantner
Keely Garfield
Brennan Gerard
RoseLee Goldberg
Ain Gordon
Miguel Gutierrez
Cynthia Hedstrom
Ishmael Houston-Jones
Koosil-Ja Hwang
John Kelly
Ryan Kelly
Heather Kravas
Andrea Lerner
Barbara Mahler
Sarah Michelson
Moving Theater
Tere O'Connor
Nicky Paraiso
Carla Peterson
Susan Rethorst
Larry Rinder
Jim Self
Debra Singer
RoseAnn Spradlin
Harry Stahl
Brent Sikkema
Gus Solomons Jr.
Diane Torr
Micki Wesson
Christopher Williams
Martha Wilson

____I am unable to attend, but will support Chez Bushwick as a member of:
__ $2,500 L'Avant Garde
__ $1,500 Les Connoisseurs
__ $1,000 Les Philosophes
__ $500 La Vie Boheme
__ $250 La Resistance
__ $100 Le Bushwick Commune
__ $50 Les Enfants Terrible
__________ L'Autre

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3. Fiona Templeton, FF Alumn, at 15 Nassau Street, Manhattan, April 25-26

Fiona Templeton & The Relationship, with the support of LMCC Swing Space:

Medea in Aia
(The Medead Part 1)

15 Nassau Street
NYC
corner of Pine & Nassau
Tue & Wed
April 25 & 26 2006
8 pm

Stephanie Silver
Robert Kya-Hill
Valda Setterfield
Peter Siscioli
plus

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4. Tom Leeser, FF Alumn, at GAS, Manhattan, opening March 29, 6-9 pm

OBJECT LESSONS
CURATED BY TOM LEESER
Director, Center for integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts
March 29 – May 19, 2006
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION:  Wednesday, March 29, 2006, from 6-9pm.

Gigantic ArtSpace [GAS] presents Object Lessons, a group exhibition of seven emerging artists from the media-saturated terrain of Southern California.

Part technological history, part emergent media, and part theoretical response to these media and their innovators, Object Lessons investigates the current debates of communications literacy and the extent to which we are constituted by our technologies.

Contributors:
Kelli Cain and Brian Crabtree:Almost Certified (Grade-A noise for non-discerning consumers) is a distributed network of sixteen precarious egg-tapping robots. Each individually amplified unit features a select unconventional egg. Calculated sequences emerge, conducted by beautifully rendered software on a resurrected mainframe (a sweet Mac LC3).

Peter Cho:Takeluma is an invented writing system for representing speech sounds and the visceral responses they can evoke. The project explores the ways that speech sounds can give rise to a kinesthetic response. The Takeluma project explores the complex relationships between speech, meaning, and writing and comprises several animated, sculptural, and print works.

Sean Dockray:Cabinet is based on a research project in which the recorded and archived the applauses he has received as a performer and in doing so has documented the temporary moments when we leave our isolated bodies and become part of a collective body, with its own temperament and desires. The cabinet itself is a homemade device that has been designed around its contents, much like a library's card catalog furniture is based on the dimensions of a single index card.
 
Nate Harrison:Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drums beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that 'information wants to be free.' it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent.

Tom Jennings:Story Teller is a self-contained system for telling stories, which are stored as rows of tiny holes in long spools of paper tape. The stories are on a wide range of subjects, but they are all about text, mediation, representation and deconstruction.
 
The Center for Integrated Media is an interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer experiential learning and studio environment for CalArts graduate students and visiting artists wanting to explore and critique computer programming, interactive systems, the Internet, digital video and digital audio technologies as part of their artwork. The Center is designed for artists whose work has reached an advanced degree of development and who possess the desire to integrate multiple forms of media into new modes of expression, while opening up critical dialogues between artists, scientists and writers on issues related to new forms of media.

An electronic catalogue, co-produced by CalArts and Gigantic ArtSpace, is forthcoming.

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5. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, at PS 122, March 30-April 9

Hell, a lurid new opera w a libretto written by Eileen Myles and composed by Michael Webster will be at PS122 in NYC from March 30-April 9. For tickets call 212 352 3101 or go to www.ps122.org.

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6. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in the Cape Cod Times

Martucket Eyeland was front page news in the Cape Cod Times! Article www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/artistrisks25.htm
Thanks,
Jay Critchley, www.bigtwig.org/martucket

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7. Luke Roberts, FF Member, in Brisbane, Australia, May 25, 6 pm

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

The Institute of Modern Art in collaboration with the Pope Alice Xorporation presents An evening at the Lemurian Embassy with Raelian Artist LUKE ROBERTS

”IT IS NOW becoming clear that geometry - and therefore proportion – is the hidden law of the universe. It is even more fundamental than mathematics, for all the laws of nature can be derived directly from sacred geometry.” - Drunvalo Melchizedek

“IN SCIENCE TODAY we are witnessing a general shift away from he assumption that the fundamental nature of matter can be considered from the point of view of substance (particles, quanta) to the concept that the fundamental nature of the material world is knowable only through its underlying patterns of wave form.

Both our organs of perception and the phenomenal world we percieve seem to be best understood as systems of pure pattern, or as geometric structures of form or proportion. Therefore, when many ancient cultures chose to examine reality through the metaphors of geometry and music (music being the study of the proportional laws of sound frequency), they were already very close to the positions of our most contemporary science.” - Robert Lawlor

"GEOMETRY is frozen music." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

FOR DECADES Roberts has explored the connections between art, religion. spirituality and science. He will present his research into CROPCIRCLES - the most extraordinary public artworks occuring on Planet Earth today - and their connection with SACRED GEOMETRY.

An appearance of HER DIVINE HOLINESS POPE ALICE, Curator of the Universe and Paton of the Cosmic Wunderkammer is anticipated.

No religious persuasion exerted/No conversion neccessary/Mass hysteria welcomed

Music and sound by Jandy Rainbow (www.unison-therapy.com)

THURSDAY 25 MAY 2006 at 6PM
Judith Wright Centre Performance Space
420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

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8. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, new book now available, and more

Tim Miller's NEW book 1001 BEDS now available! (signed copies too!)

Hi All!

My new book "1001 Beds" just came out from University of Wisconsin Press. Yippee! I recently got the first copy in the mail  and it's beautiful! "1001 BEDS" is a collection of my essays, performances, manifestos, performance touring stories from Tokyo to Chattanooga and my tell-way-too-much journals. There will also be a fun and fierce new performance based on excerpts from the book which will be touring all over the place. I just premiered the performance of 1001 BEDS in S.F. and Chicago! For all my North Carolina pals, I am performing in Winston-Salem March 30 at SECCA, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Please get a copy of 1001 BEDS right away from a fine bookstore near you. Have the store to order it if they don't have it. Or you can just order it from amazon.com. Here's the link
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0299216942/sr=8-1/qid=1142957127/ref=sr_1_1/103-0241494-4217438?%5Fencoding=UTF8

If you want a signed copy directly from my hot little hands, send a check for $18 made out to me and I will send you a signed copy.  Book retails for $20 at stores!
send to: Tim Miller
P.O. Box 794
Venice, CA  90294-0794

I am so excited about this new book. Here's a lovely review of the book at TheaterMania.com.
http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/7878
I love the title for the review "BEDS, BOYS and BEYOND!)

very best, Tim Miller
http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html
http://timmillerperfomer.blogspot.com/
My new book of essays & performances 1001 BEDS!
http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/4283.htm

AND

Tim Miller Performs MARCH 30 in Winston-Salem at SECCA!

Hi Folks,

I'll be performing in Winston-Salem my new show 1001 BEDS! It's based on my brand new book of the same name. I will perform 1001 Beds at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Dunn Auditorium at SECCA, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Drive. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, students and SECCA members. Call 725-1904.
There's a great article from Winston-Salem Journal below.
I will also be creating a piece with Wake Forest University Students which will be performed at 10:30 p.m. April 1 in the Ring Theatre at the Scales Fine Arts Center on campus. Admission is $10, $5 for WFU students. For more information, call 758-5295.

My new  book "1001 BEDS" came out THIS WEEK and  is a collection of my essays, performances, manifestos, performance touring stories from Tokyo to Chattanooga and my journals. The show is a fun and fierce new performance based on excerpts from the book.
Here's a little spiel from my blog.
http://timmillerperfomer.blogspot.com/
From a gay teen's head-on collision with life in a sleazy hotel across the street from the Hollywood Bowl to an ecstatic vision of a positive future on a mattress in a police holding cell, the show is a  kinky and funny journey thru the beds and hotels and life on the road as a traveling salesman- oops I mean a performance artist! I was doing the math recently and I figured that if I continue to tour as a performer for another twenty years, I will end up sleeping in at least 1000 hotel beds in my lifetime on the road. For maximum poetic oomph, let's say 1001 beds! Yikes!

"Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. . . . You think you don't need to hear such singing? You do! You must!" -Tony Kushner, playwright of Angels in America

Here's the cover of the new book. Followed by a foto of Bed #1!
best, Tim  
http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html
http://timmillerperfomer.blogspot.com/
My new book of essays & performances 1001 BEDS!
http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/4283.htm

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9. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, in IX Havana Biennial, thru April 27

The Passerby Museum" in Cuba
March 27 - April 27, 2006
As part of the IX Havana Biennial

"The Passerby Museum" is an itinerant institution dedicated to presenting
temporary exhibitions in different cities. The museum draws its collection
from donations from 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.

Previous Locations:

2002, Times Square, New York, NY
2002-2003, Lower Manhattan, New York, NY
2003-2004, Bronx, NY
2004, Mexico City
2005, Madrid, Spain

"The Passerby Museum" is a project conceived and produced by
María Alós and Nicolás Dumit Estévez

For more information, visit:
http://www.bienalhabana.cult.cu/protagonicas/artistas/artista.php?idp=500&&idb=9

"El Museo Peatonal" en la Habana
IX Bienal de la Habana
27 de Marzo - 27 Abril, 2006

"El Museo Peatonal" es una institución itinirante dedicada a presentar
exposiciones temporales en diferentes zonas de la ciudad. La colección del
museo proviene de donaciones de aquellos que visitan, trabajan, o viven en
los alrededores de la ubicación que el museo tenga en un momento
determinado. El Museo Peatonal es la expresión física que refleja a través
de las donaciones, el espíritu del barrio en que se encuentra.

Itinerario de la institución:

2002, Times Square, Nueva York, NY
2002-2003, Lower Manhattan, New York, NY
2003-2004, Bronx, NY
2004, D.F. México
2005, Madrid, España

"El Museo Peatonal" es un proyecto producido por María Alós and Nicolás
Dumit Estévez

Para más información visite;
http://www.bienalhabana.cult.cu/protagonicas/artistas/artista.php?idp=500&&idb=9

http://miradaalarte.com/articulos/es.php/2006/03/11/p81#more81

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10. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, thru May

I'm showing two projects at Round 23 at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX. The projects include reprinted banners from Finding Home at Deborah's Place in Chicago, IL, banners designed with formerly homeless women with images and text aimed at the public passing by on the street; and the flags, recycled clothing (with new clothing labels inserted, consisting of questions aimed at the poor); and rubber stamps with which viewers can stamp questions aimed at the rich onto the margins of paper currency. The show opened Saturday, March 25 and runs to the end of May.

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11. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, reception April 2

Ruth Hardinger: Woven Matter
The Living Classroom
The Anthony Giordano Gallery
Dowling College
Idle Hour Blvd.
Oakdale, NY

631-244-3016 , Gallery Director, Pam Brown

March 19 - April 30, 2006
Wed-Sat 10-4
Sun 12-4
Reception: April 2 1-4 PM
Q & A by the artist at 2 PM

Ruth Hardinger: Woven Matter is part of the Living Classroom, a component of the Visual Art Department's course in Contemporary Art which seeks to combine traditional art history with on-site learning.

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12. Yoav Gal, FF Alumn, at Merkin Concert Hall, March 29

Dear friends,
It’s finally happening! MOSHEH, of which I’ve talked so much for so long, will be presented in all its glory, complete with six fabulous soloists: Heather Green, Beth Anne Hatton, Judith Barnes, Hai-ting Chin, Wesley Chin and Robert Lee Dillard; the dancers of TEA, the instrumentalists of Ensemble Pamplemousse, and video projections.

Please come to see
Love,
Yoav
yoavgal.com
MOSHEH, a multi-media opera by Yoav Gal
March 29, 8 PM,
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (Bt. Broadway & Amsterdam)

For ticket and information go to www.kaufman-center.org/calendar.htm (click on March 29)
Or call Merkin Hall at (212) 501 3303

yoavgal.com

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13. Linda Montano, performance prayer pilgrimage, April

PERFORMANCE PRAYER PILGRIMAGE(POSSIBLY) NUMBER 2

LINDA M MONTANO WILL TAKE ANOTHER PILGRIMAGE(DUE TO SOME CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT NOT GO AND IF SO, WILL READ THE PRAYERS IN FRONT OF THE ST JOSEPH STATUE IN SAUGERTIES CHURCH) AND WILL READ YOUR ONE SENTENCE PRAYERS AT ST JOSEPH'S ORATORY IN MONTREAL IN APRIL. I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM LOURDES AND READ ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS THERE

For performances, Art/Life Counseling, teaching, videos:
LINDA M MONTANO
THE ART/LIFE INSTITUTE
185 ABEEL ST
KINGSTON , N.Y. 12401
845-338-2813
www.bobsart.org ; www.vdb.org

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14. New York State Council on the Arts internship opportunities

SEVERAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

a) The Individual Artist (IND) Program is looking for Film & Media interns to work closely with Program Director Don Palmer.  This internship is available immediately.  For more information about NYSCA you may visit our website at www.nysca.org .

Primary Duties include the Following:
~Identify and catalog work sample submissions from applicants.
~Review submissions of video, audio, and computer work samples to insure that they are in working order in preparation for Panel Meetings.
~Run A/V equipment and take notes as needed during Panel Meetings. (Panel Meeting dates are June 5-8, 2006)

INTERNSHIP BENEFITS:
This internship is unpaid but offers a flexible schedule in a warm and friendly office environment. This is a great opportunity for any student, emerging filmmaker, or arts administrator who is interested in learning about public funding from within one of the leading state government agencies in the country.  Also, upon successful completion of the internship, IND staff will be happy to serve as a reference.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and brief cover note via Email to Arian Blanco at ablanco@nysca.org or FAX your information at 212-620-5676.

Reference IND Internship and send it to Attn: Arian Blanco, Program Associate. For Email submissions put all information into the body of the email, attachments will NOT be opened.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

b)The Music (MSC) Program is looking for interns to work closely with the two-person Program staff. This internship is available immediately. For more information about NYSCA you may visit our website at www.nysca.org .

Primary Duties include the following:
Assist in the assignments for artistic evaluations. The Music Program engages freelance writers (called auditors) to report on music events conducted by NYSCA applicants.

The Intern would:

Assist tracking those organizations in need of auditing;

Verify that report/s is received in our office;

Operate audio equipment and take notes during Panel Meetings (three times a year);

Review submissions of CDs/Audio tapes to insure that requirements have been met

INTERNSHIP BENEFITS:
This internship is unpaid but offers a flexible schedule in a congenial office environment. This is a great opportunity for any student, emerging musician or arts administrator who is interested in learning about public funding from within one of the leading state government agencies in the country.  Music Staff will also make every effort to include the interns in meetings with music applicants, advisory panels, and the Council Board. Also, upon successful completion MSC staff will be happy to serve as a reference.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and brief cover note via Email to Rita Putnam, Music Program Associate at rputnam@nysca.org or FAX your information to 212-620-5676.

For Email submissions put all information into the body of the email, attachments will NOT be opened.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

C)The Dance (DNC) Program is looking for interns to work closely with the two-person Program staff. This internship is available immediately. For more information about NYSCA you may visit our website at www.nysca.org .

Primary Duties & Internship benefits:
The Arts Administration intern in the NYSCA Dance Program has the opportunity to participate in the myriad activities of the Dance Program. These activities include everything from general word processing and filing, to reorganization of the Director's files, cataloguing and assignment of audits, compilation of the funding allocation master list, statistical analysis, and attendance at application review, Dance Panel and Council meetings. These meetings can afford an inside view of the artistic and fiscal workings of an organization, and the Dance Panel and Council meetings represent the funding process in action.

It is possible for an intern working in the Dance Program to learn about the complexities of arts funding, and to gain more awareness of the problems and needs of the field. Also, the intern works closely with the Dance Program Director and communicates with applicant organizations through telephone, letter and email.

The hours range from 15 to 20 hours per week and are quite flexible.

HOW TO APPLY:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT  BEVERLY D'ANNE,
DIRECTOR DANCE PROGRAM at:
New York State Council on the Arts
175 Varick Street , 3 rd Floor
New York , NY 10014
(212) 741-3232

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15. Paul H-O, FF Alumn, at Soho Playhouse Huron Club, April 4, 7 pm

Paul H-O - monologue for Guest Of Cindy Sherman, at the Soho Playhouse Huron Club
Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm. 15 Vandam Street, NY

It's a live taping for the upcoming feature documentary, Guest Of Cindy Sherman. H-O delivers a monologue from the stage. The Huron Club is located under the Soho Playhouse. No admission but must be willing to sign a release.
RSVP on a first-come basis. Seating is limited. (but there is a bar)

Call 212 274-9981 or email www.info@filmlikenyc.com

Filmlike LLC
9 Desbrosses Street, Suite 520A
New York, NY 10013
p: 212 274-9981
info@filmlikenyc.com
www.filmlikenyc.com

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16. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, opening April 5

Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America

Exhibition at the Atwater Kent museum of Philadelphia
April 5-September 10, 2006

Opening celebration, Wednesday April 5, 5-7:30 pm

The exhibition, Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America opens on April 5 at the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia (AKMP) and will be on display through September 10, 2006. On loan from the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) in New York City, the exhibition provides a national context with AKMP adding images, films and programs featuring the rich history of Philadelphia’s Chinatown. This critically acclaimed exhibition received national attention in a September 22, 2004, New York Times review where Yong Chen, history professor at the University of California, Irvine, and co-curator of the exhibition said, “The Chinese restaurant has become part of our consciousness. It is quintessentially American.”

“Have you eaten yet?” is a standard Chinese greeting sharing the same connotation as “How are you?” Its incorporation into the daily vernacular attests to the significance of food in Chinese culture, where meals are a fusion of art and entertainment and a venue for dialogue and reconnecting with family, friends and guests. Without fanfare, Chinese food merchants over the last 150 years have successfully introduced Chinese culture to America through their cuisine. According to Chinese Restaurant News, the 36,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States now outnumber the combined number of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger Kings.

Through menus, souvenirs, glassware, postcards, scrapbooks and vintage radio commercials, Have You Eaten Yet? explores the topics and themes surrounding Chinese immigration and the assimilation of Chinese culture in the United States. Often the first introduction to Chinese culture for many Americans, the Chinese restaurant has functioned since the 19 th century as a site of cultural exchange. Have You Eaten Yet? spans two centuries of American Chinese restaurants, from the earliest “chow chow” restaurants of the West in the mid-1800s, to the nightclub dinner shows of the 1940s, through President Nixon’s visit to China renewing interest in “authentic” Chinese cuisine in the 1970s, up through the take-out culture of today.

The Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia adds objects and images from Philadelphia’s Chinese restaurant community to the exhibition. A trunk, c. 1910, belonging to Henry Tinchin Loo, who owned the “Orient Restaurant” on 11 th Street in Philadelphia, is on display along with teapots and a lamp, c. 1960, from one of Loo’s restaurants. These items are part of the Balch Institute Collection at AKMP. Menus dating from 1925 to the present from Philadelphia restaurants such as The Golden Dragon Restaurant, Shangri-La Chinese American Restaurant, China Royal, The Golden Gate, Pagoda, King Joy Café, the Cathay Tea Garden, Joseph Poon Asian-Fusion Restaurant and Susanne Foo are on exhibition. Other photographs of Chinese restaurant dining are included in the show courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Urban Archives, Samuel Paley Library of Temple University, and Robert Skaler.

Have You Eaten Yet? melds food history, art and personal stories with an engaging design by exhibition designers Pei Hsieh and Stephanie Reyer. Hsieh and Reyer, along with co-curators Cynthia Lee and Yong Chen, examine the saga of Chinese restaurants through the collection of Harley Spiller. Also known as “Inspector Collector,” Spiller is a New York City writer, collector and teacher. The installation at AKMP is organized by Cynthia Little, Ph.D., Historian and Director of Interpretive Programming, and is designed by Assemblage, Inc.

IMAGES OF EXHIBITION MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PRESS

Related Programs for Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America

Saturday, April 8, 2006, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Cynthia Lee, exhibition co-curator from the Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City, leads a tour and discussion of the exhibit.
Free with museum admission.

Thursday, April 27, 2006. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., film at 6:00 p.m.
Latin Passions is a documentary film that tells the story of the Chinese Diaspora through the enduring icon of the family-run Chinese restaurant. Cheuk Kwan, Canadian director and producer, introduces Latin Passions about Chinese communities in Peru, Brazil and Argentina that illustrate the wider story of Chinese migration, settlement and integration.
Free with museum admission.

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Chef Joseph Poon, noted Philadelphia restaurateur and author, discusses his autobiographical cookbook, Life is Short…Cooking is FUN and shows how to make dragon candy.
Lynette Chen, owner of the Tea Leaf at the Reading Terminal Market, offers tea samplings. Tempting pastries from Chinatown served.
Special Event Admission: AKMP members, $7/person; non-members, $10/person.
Reservations: 215.685.4801.

About the Exhibition
Have You Eaten Yet?: The Chinese Restaurant in America was organized by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York City, and made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and MoCA members. Additional support was provided by MoCA benefactors Roderick G. W. Chu, Drs. Mary Leong and Peter Hong, Linda Sun and Jadin Wong. The Atwater Kent Museum exhibition is supported by a major grant from The McLean Contributionship and by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People initiative on American history.

About Cynthia Lee, Exhibition Co-Curator
Cynthia Lee received her BA from Vassar College and her MA and M.Phil in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Lee oversees and integrates the work of MoCA’s Program, Collection and Education staff. She served for three years as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts (2001-2004), and has lent her expertise in exhibition development, oral history, research and graphics design to arts organizations in the New York area.

About Yong Chen, Exhibition Co-Curator
Yong Chen received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as the University’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. His research on diverse topics such as Chinese American history, United States ethnic food, and higher education has been published in various leading academic journals in the United States and China.

About Harley Spiller, Collector/Lender
Harley Spiller has been a museum administrator in New York City for 25 years. His collection contains over 10,000 menus and artifacts related to Chinese restaurants around the world dating to the 19 th century. Named in 2005 as the Guinness World Record holder for “most menus,” Spiller serves as Associate Editor of the Chinese gourmet magazine, Flavor and Fortune.

About the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA), New York, NY
The Museum of Chinese in the Americas is the first full-time, professionally staffed museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum provides historical and visual arts exhibitions, walking tours, school and public programs, a museum shop and extensive archives in the fields of Chinese American and Asian American studies.

About the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia
The Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia is a not-for-profit, educational institution and the city’s history museum, founded in 1938 by industrialist A. Atwater Kent. AKMP holds the Philadelphia City History Collection, now numbering nearly 100,000 objects, and accessible through programs and exhibitions for children, families and adults as well as available for research.

Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia is at 15 South 7 th Street, one block west of Independence Hall, between Market and Chestnut Street. It is open for general admission Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. School and group tours are scheduled everyday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Admission is: adults, $5; seniors and children 13-17, $3; members and children 12 and under, free. The Museum Store is open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. For program information call 215.685.4830 or visit www.philadelphiahistory.org.

Contact: Chris Davis
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia
215.685.4828
christine.davis@atwaterkentmuseum.org

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