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Goings On: posted week of December 22, 2006

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1. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, Dec 15
2. Donna Henes, 32 nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, South St. Seaport, Dec 21
3. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6, Richmond, VA, thru Dec 31
4. Daniel Joseph Martinez, FF Alumn, represents the U.S. at the 10 th Cairo International Biennale, thru Jan 31, 2007
5. Harley Spiller & Micki Watanabe, FF Alumns, online at http://tinyurl.com/y8mab4
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1. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, Dec 15

Dance Listings. The New York Times

A MURRAY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Nothing says Christmas like woozy entertainers, questionable skits and off-color jokes. And this year, in what the gender-bending comedian Murray Hill, above, is calling the Miracle on 14th Street, his downtown extravaganza, “Murray Little Christmas,” is moving on up to Comix. The expansive stage at Comix does mean the return of something miraculous: Mr. Hill on ice. “I’m doing a full four-minute dance routine to ‘The Nutcracker.’ There’s jumping, twirls — luckily, we’re only doing two shows, so I won’t break my back,” Mr. Hill explained recently. “It’s very much like a floor routine in gymnastics, and I’m going to be doing that with my skates.” Expect awkwardness, jazz hands and provocative costuming. “I may put on some red tights for this one,” Mr. Hill said. “I might show a little leg for the kids. It’s uptown.” Mr. Hill will be joined by many of the usual suspects, including the Wau Wau Sisters, Sebastian the Elf and, of course, Santa. The burlesque Pontani Sisters will perform a tap routine, “Sleigh Ride,” and Mr. Hill, Dirty Martini and Lance Cruce will break out the Rang Dang Doo, as taught to them by Stephen Clark of the Clark Brothers. “It’s a show for the whole family, whatever family means to you,” Mr. Hill said. “Maybe they want to cover their eyes for the tights. They’re a little too young for that. And if they have any heart problems, the older people should look away.” If you want to get an idea of what you’re in for, check out Mr. Hill’s TV debut at logoonline.com. (Monday December 18 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Comix, 353 West 14th Street, 212-524-2500, comixny.com; $25, $50 for V.I.P. tickets.) CLAUDIA LA ROCCO

Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance

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2. Donna Henes, 32 nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, South St. Seaport, Dec 21

Join Mama Donna and friends for her
32nd ANNUAL! WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
*KEEP THE SOULSTICE FIRES BURNING FOR PEACE*
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2006    
7:00PM- Event Begins
7:22PM- Solstice Moment
Wear white, bright, Day-Glo winter sparkle!
Bring drums, kids, and plenty of spirit.

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT PIER 16
FREE
Call if you would like to volunteer.
Phone: 718-857-1343
Email: CityShaman@aol.com
www.DonnaHenes.net
www.MamaDonnasSpiritShop.com
www.TheQueenofMySelf.com

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3. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6, Richmond, VA, thru Dec 31

Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, announces her participation in The Mask Invitational (a members’ show plus three invitees per member) currently showing at art6, the gallery which she co-founded in March 2004 at 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219. The exhibition runs through December 31. Culminating the month of mask-themed events at the gallery, the Masked Bash invites Richmond's masked glitterati - anyone in a mask! - to a New Year's Eve Bash, with performances by Richmond's world music group Rattlemouth. Cover charge is $20. For more information, visit art6.org.

Artists who have created masks or mask-themed works for the multi-media show at art6 are: Kevin Daley, Beth Beaven, Adrien Hamilton, Jim Hall, David Bromley, Maribeth Meyer, Jude Schlotzhauer, Chuck Scalin, Sue Wood, Jennifer Yane, John Birkeland Jr., Holi Hassinger, Ed Cowardin, Thomas Humphrey, Margot Blank, Margaret Porter-Daniel, Henrietta Near, Catherine Venable, Jimmy Warner, Jane Ware, Frederick Chiriboga, Harvey McWilliams, Janice McMurray, Kendra Thomas, Susan Svendsen, Mim Golub, Maria K. Motz, Kathryn Henry-Choisser, Gillian Brown, Melissa S. Christenson, Annette Norman, Elizabeth Bickford, Belle Pendleton, Lois Adler, Mary Horton, Lewis Bailes, Julie Adler Noyes, Marki Brown, Cathy George, Paulette Nesbitt, Suzanne Arnold, Laura Denyes, Wolfgang Jasper, Ann Drewing, Marsden Williams, Laura Heyward, K. B. Basseches, John Walters, Max Hopper, Thomas Daniel, Foust, Alan Entin, Ronna Saunders, Cynthia Erdahl, Emilie Ferran, John Bailey, Gregg Carbo, Tricia Pearsall, Marian Hollowell, Amie Oliver, and Mitzi Humphrey.

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4. Daniel Joseph Martinez, FF Alumn, represents the U.S. at the 10 th Cairo International Biennale, thru Jan 31, 2007

DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINEZ
THE FULLY ENLIGHTENED EARTH RADIATES DISASTER TRIUMPHANT

10th Cairo International Biennale
United States Pavilion

Gilbert Vicario, United States Commissioner
December 12 – January 31. 2007

Houston , Texas – Daniel Joseph Martinez is representing the United States among dozens of participating nations at the 10th Cairo International Biennale, opening on December 12, 2006 and running through January 31, 2007. Gilbert Vicario, assistant curator of Latin American Art and coordinator, International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the United States Commissioner. Mr. Vicario’s proposal was recommended for support by the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE), a U.S. government sponsored committee.

The Cairo International Biennale Commission

Daniel Joseph. Martinez’s project for the 2006 Cairo International Biennale continues the artist’s creative and iconoclastic investigation into the philosophical dimensions of art and social consciousness in contemporary American culture. The installation consists of an isolated, life-sized figure directed by a computer to flail continuously on the floor of a predetermined space. The installation – which is partly inspired by the imagery of director Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, itself based on the science-fiction classic, Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – uses the animatronic sculpture as a metaphor for epistemological and social dysfunction. By alluding to the transfer of cognitive structures from humans to machines in the late twentieth century, as articulated by the Mexican philosopher Manuel de Landa, Martinez seeks to broach an analysis of intelligence and self-determination in the age of information technology.

About the Cairo International Biennale

Established in 1989, the Cairo International Biennale is the largest international visual-arts exhibition in the Arab world. The Biennale attracts major international participation along with the leading artists of the Arab and Muslim world.

The 2006 members of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE) that recommended this proposal for support were Jane Farver, Director of the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Paul Ha, Director of the Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis; Marti Mayo, Director of the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Francesco Bonami, Manilow Senior Curator at Large, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Catherine Rose, Dallas, Texas; and artist Fred Wilson.

The official U.S. participation at the 2006 Cairo International Biennale is supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Exhibition Catalog

The Fully Enlightened Earth Radiates Disaster Triumphant is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue in English and Arabic documenting Martinez’s projects over the last five years, with an essay by Gilbert Vicario, an artist interview by Moukhtar Kocache, Ford Foundation program officer for the Middle East and North Africa. The publication was designed by Tracey Shiffman of Shiffman Design and will be distributed by D.A.P. Inc.

About the Artist

Daniel Joseph Martinez has created image- and text-based work dealing with power relationships in contemporary society for over 30 years. A Los Angeles native, Martinez is best known for his1993 Biennial Exhibition entry at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. For the project, Martinez altered the normal museum admission tags from saying “WMAA” to “I can’t imagine ever wanting to be white.” Recent exhibitions include the MFAH exhibition Indelible Images (trafficking between Life and Death), and the inaugural solo exhibition Flesh Eating Prosthetic (opium des volks) How I Fell in Love with My Dirty Bomb (phagocitage des prothesis), at LAXART in Los Angeles. Martinez is Professor of Theory, Practice, and Meditation of Contemporary Art at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches in the Graduate Studies Program and New Genres Department.

Latin American Art Department and the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The mission of the Latin American Art Department and the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) is to collect, exhibit, research, and educate audiences on the diverse artistic production of Latin Americans and Latinos, which includes artists from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, as well as from the United States.

Media Information
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Frances Carter Stephens, Lynn Feuerbach
Dana Mattice, Megan Whitenton
713-639-7540; mfahpr@mfah.org

Resnicow Schroeder Associates
Mary Haus
860-679-9204
mhaus@resnicowschroeder.com

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5. Harley Spiller & Micki Watanabe, FF Alumns, online at http://tinyurl.com/y8mab4

There are photos and a brief profile of Harley Spiller & Micki Watanabe, FF Alumns, online at www.artinfo.com Here’s a direct link:
http://tinyurl.com/y8mab4

thank you.

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