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Goings On: posted week of April 2, 2007

1. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at City Without Walls, Newark, April 12-May 31
2. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at ABC NO RIO, NY, thru April 12, and more
3. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, in Washington DC, April 2007
4. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, in Portland, ME, May 1-20
5. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Vlaams Cultuurhuis, Amsterdam, NL, April 4-7
6. Tari Ito, FF Alumn, at LGBT Community Center, NY, April 13, 7 pm
7. Laura Hoptman, FF Alumn, at NYU, April 12, 6:30-8 pm
8. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, new poems readings at KGB, NY, April 9, and more
9. Anton Van Dalen, Ellen Lanyon, Robin Tewes, FF Alumns, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY, thru April 28
10. Art/Sci Collision at American Museum of Natural History, April 18, 7 pm
11. Micki Spiller, FF Alumn, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, April 4, noon
12. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at Printed Matter, NY, April 14, 5-7 pm
13. Barbara Carrellas, FF Alumn, releases new book, Urban Tantra
14. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, NY, May 3, 7 pm, and more
15. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at Galapagos, Brooklyn, April 3, 10:30 pm
16. Laurie Anderson, Meow Meow, FF Alumns at High Line Festival, NY, May 9-19

1. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at City Without Walls, Newark, April 12-May 31

Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, is in a group show at City Without Walls, CWOW, called VITAMIN W; The Wonder Factor, Altered States.

April 12-May 31, 2007, Wed-Fri 12-6, Sat 1-6 PM

8 Crawford St. , Newark NJ


2. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at ABC NO RIO, NY, thru April 12, and more

At ABC NO RIO: "Hidden" Including the new “Cleaning Lady Cover” by Jenny Polak

Featuring work by Michael Cataldi, Zachary Dempster, Jade Doskow, Mike Estabrook, Lambert Fernando, Chitra Ganesh, Julie Hair, Sarah Kipp, Lizxnn, Joe Maynard, Shervone Neckles, Jenny Polak, Taylor Shields and Nina Stojkovic

OPENING: Thurs March 15 7:00-9:00pm
VIEWING HOURS: Sun 1:00-3:00pm
Wed & Thurs 5:00-7:00pm
Thru April 12

ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street
(between Clinton & Suffolk)


Opening in Rochester, Thursday March 22nd (till April 22nd),  at the University of Rochester's Hartnett Gallery:
Piece Process IV: After Lebanon
Including the 21Ft high “Tower to Scale Enclosing Walls” by Jenny Polak
Artists: Granite Amit, Doris Bittar, Rajie Cook, Abdelali Dahrouch, Hanah Diab, Michele Feder-Nadoff, Nick Fox-Gieg, John Halaka, Kanaan Kanaan, John Pitman-Weber, Jenny Polak, Amie Potsic

Hartnett Gallery
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY, 14627
Phone: 585-278-8874

Sorry for cross–postings.. Best wishes

Jenny Polak


3. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, in Washington DC, April 2007


Artist Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, will present a series of installations and audience participation works around Washington, D.C., as part of Street Scenes: Project for DC, a public art program curated by Nora Halpern and Welmoed Laanstra.

Ms. Ono will exhibit ten trees around the city, as part of her ongoing Wish Tree project, which she began in the 1990s as a way of encouraging the public to become participants in the art process. The trees will be installed at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial at the Tidal Basin as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, at THEARC in Anacostia, and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the National Mall

“As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree,” Ms. Ono said. “Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.”

With her Wish Trees, which are part of a city-wide project called IMAGINE PEACE, Ms. Ono is invoking the intention of the initial 1912 gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States from the nation of Japan, and she asks that we contemplate all aspects that the words inspire. Ms. Ono invites people to write a wish (either a personal or a global-minded one) and tie it onto a Wish Tree. At the end of the installation, the Washington, DC, wishes will be collected and added to the other wishes generated by the Wish Tree projects she has mounted around the world and become part of her Imagine Peace Tower, which will be inaugurated in October 2007 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Following the Street Scenes installation, the trees from the Tidal Basin and the trees at THEARC will be planted in the Anacostia community. The Wish Tree installation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will become a permanent artwork, gifted to the museum by the artist.

In addition, Ms. Ono will visit the site at the Japanese Lantern Lawn, just west of the Kutz Bridge at Independence Avenue & 17th Street. SW, on the other side of the Tidal Basin, where the first cherry blossoms were planted in 1912. The artist will ask participants to "whisper a wish to the bark of the trees."

Ms. Ono will also present text pieces, including disseminating IMAGINE PEACE posters, and ribbons that read, “this line is a part of a very large circle.” These artworks will be free to the public and will be distributed at three locations: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, THEARC and Provisions Library.

An IMAGINE PEACE billboard will be installed on the Verizon Center (at the intersection of 7th Street and G Street, NW) and will be on display through April 30. A poster page will be placed in the March 29 edition of The Washington Post Express (circulation almost 200,000), in the hopes that they will wind up hanging in offices and homes around the city and surrounding areas.

“This project,” say Street Scenes co-curators Nora Halpern and Welmoed Laanstra, “is part of our effort to turn the streets of Washington, DC, into a living art gallery. Ms. Ono's work celebrates the universal longing for peace: whether it is individual peace of mind, peace for a local community, or a more global aspiration. By installing components throughout the city, the project seeks to unite the varying neighborhoods of Washington and their residents and workers in the desire for progress and understanding--in matters large and small, at home and abroad."

IMAGINE PEACE is the third installation of Street Scenes: Projects for DC. The overarching concept of Yoko Ono’s project parallels the working philosophy of Street Scenes: Projects for DC: art and the ideas it generates can unify a city and all of its neighborhoods by creating an experience shared by those who are art aficionados and those who are not.

Street Scenes: Projects for DC was created in the spring of 2006.and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Maria and Bill Bell, Stuart Mott Charitable Trust, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Downtown BID, Bussolati and Associates, Americans for the Arts, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Barbara and Aaron Levine and several generous individuals.

For more information about IMAGINE PEACE and Street Scenes, contact Nora Halpern or Welmoed Laanstra at 301-651-8275 or streetscenesdc@yahoo.com, or visit the website at www.streetscenesdc.com


4. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, in Portland, ME, May 1-20

rae c wright, ff alumn, will be performing at the portland stage company in portland Maine in a Richard Dresser work called " Augusta" - opens May 1 runs through May 20.  Tickets/info at http://www.portlandstage.com/Shows/2006-2007/0704_Augusta/Promo.html.


5. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Vlaams Cultuurhuis, Amsterdam, NL, April 4-7


4TH-7TH APRIL, 2007?

The 'Inner Eye', described by philosopher Robert Fludd in 1617 as 'oculus imaginationis',?does not receive images, it radiates them - projecting them onto a fantasy screen positioned?beyond the back of the head, in the process providing a visual architecture for a journey?through the transparent body. The notion of an inner eye, coupled with ideas of part?perceptual, part cinematic and part observed interior landscapes also forms the basis for this?new work, featuring a series of miniaturized film projections falling onto a specially made contact?lens, worn by the artist, using the 'eye as a cinema screen'. A reproduction??'posing stand',?used to keep subjects still during long exposures in early victorian photographic?studios, forms an integral part of the performance apparatus.?

An installation by Phillip Warnell is being presented throughout the festivaL. His textual contribution to the current Journal of Performance Research issue, Lexicon,?

on Radiation and performance,?published in 2007 in association with Documenta 12, is now available.

Unseen Footage is work in progress towards the development of The Girl with X-Ray Eyes, supported by Arts Council England.



6. Tari Ito, FF Alumn, at LGBT Community Center, NY, April 13, 7 pm

Tari Ito, FF Alumn, and Swimg Masa present a performance art and sound installation, “Rubber Tit: Meaning of Being Myself with “Don’t Kill”

Friday April 13, 2007
7 pm
The LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13 th Street (between 7 th and 8 th Avenue)
Supporters and Promoters Wanted. We are desperate to promote this event to every single Queer/Feminist/Art place in New York City!



7. Laura Hoptman, FF Alumn, at NYU, April 12, 6:30-8 pm

NOT FOR SALE: Forever Radical?

An exciting PERFORMA panel at New York University with
Laura Hoptman, Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
Greil Marcus, Author and Cultural Critic
Adam Pendleton, Artist
Emily Sundblad, Artist and Co-Director, Reena Spauldings Fine Arts
Moderated by RoseLee Goldberg, Director of PERFORMA

April 12, 2007, from 6:30 – 8 PM, with reception to follow
Einstein Auditorium, Steinhardt School, New York University
34 Stuyvesant Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues at 9th Street)
New York City
Free Admission
NOT FOR SALE: Forever Radical? will explore the meaning of the term ‘radical,’ especially as it has been used in the past to describe live action by artists. Critical, disruptive, anarchic, and metaphorical, for decades performance was considered the battering ram of protest against the legitimizing power of the institution. How do artists today give shape to radical notions in their work? What impact do those ideas have on the landscape of performance and visual arts today? As more and more museums, galleries, and art fairs add performance to their programs, can this material still carry the provocative edge of its precedents? A panel of artists, writers, and curators will discuss whether the term “radical” still holds today, in the art world and in the broader social and political sphere.

NOT FOR SALE is an ongoing series presented with New York University which features artists, authors, and critics discussing current issues in performance and new media, and the related task of writing about art and artists whose work encompasses several disciplines at once. Previous panel topics have included “Curating, Conserving, and Collecting Ephemeral Art,” “New Media and Sound,” and “Artists’ View,” and past presenters have included Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas, Chrissie Iles, Robert Storr, Elizabeth LeCompte, Catherine Wood, and Linda Yablonsky, among many others. NOT FOR SALE is co-presented by PERFORMA and the New York University Steinhardt Department of Art and Arts Professions.

PERFORMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, development and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world.

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions is a work in progress, bringing exceptional students together with internationally renowned artists, critics, educators, and art professionals in a shared exploration of the issues, forms, and ideas, which continually redefine contemporary art.  www.steinhardt.nyu.edu/art


EMILY SUNDBLAD is an artist, gallerist, singer and actress. She is the creator of Reena Spaulings, an art gallery located on the Lower East Side, which she co-directs and operates as a collaborative ongoing performance project. Sundblad uses the space to navigate the multifaceted roles and personas between artist, performer, curator, and dealer. Her own performance works have been raucous affairs—musical, spectacular, and wholly unpredictable. She also performs in a country band with playwright Richard Maxwell and others. Sundblad received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design, New York in 2002.

LAURA HOPTMAN is Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Previously, she was the Curator of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art where she organized the 54th Carnegie International exhibition (2004-05). From 1995-2001, she was a curator of drawing at The Museum of Modern Art, organizing numerous exhibitions and projects by contemporary artists including Rirkrit Tiravanija, Elizabeth Peyton, Luc Tuymans and John Currin, John Bock, and Maurizio Cattelan. While at MoMA she co-curated Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama (1998) with Lynn Zelevansky, as well as Drawing Now: Eight Propositions (2002), an exhibition of drawings by 23 international artists.  Most recently, she organized a retrospective of the work of comic artist Robert Crumb at the Museum Boijmans von Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.  In 2006 she organized Strange Powers, a group exhibition of contemporary art under the auspices of Creative Time in New York City.

GREIL MARCUS is an author, music journalist, and cultural critic whose first book, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (1975) redefined the parameters of rock criticism. His next book, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (1989) was equally ambitious, stretching his trademark riffing across a millennium of Western civilization and illuminating the hidden connections between entities as diverse as the Sex Pistols, the Dadaists, and medieval heretics. His most recent book is The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy in the American Voice (2006) . Marcus is a former editor at Rolling Stone and Creem, and contributes regularly to Artforum and Interview, among many other publications . He has taught at UC Berkeley and Princeton University since 2000, and this fall he will be teaching “The Old Weird America—Music as Democratic Speech,” at the New School University in New York.

ADAM PENDLETON is an artist, writer, and performer who approaches all his projects as multi-disciplinary hybrids.  In 2005, Pendleton founded LAB, a think tank for documentation, art, and design which publishes LAB MAG, an experimental magazine of work by artists, architects, writers and designers. He has exhibited throughout the US at venues such as the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2005), and the Studio Museum in Harlem (2005-6). In 2007 he will have a large-scale installation of paintings on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

ROSELEE GOLDBERG (moderator), art historian, critic, and curator, pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book, Performance Art from Futurism to the Present. Former director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator at The Kitchen in New York, she has taught at New York University since 1987. A frequent contributor to Artforum and other magazines, her books include Performance: Live Art Since 1960 and Laurie Anderson. She was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication.

For further information please contact:
(212) 533-5720


8. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, new poems readings at KGB, NY, April 9, and more

sorry, tree, new poems by eileen myles from wave books

Monday Apr. 9
at 7PM  
85 E. 4th St, NY
w Anselm Berrigan

dog eared books
Friday March 30
900 Valencia Street
on 20th St.
San Francisco

New School, NY
Tuesday, April 10
WAVE Books
6:30 p.m., room 510.
w Christian Hawkey,
Matthew Rohrer,
and Mary Ruefle.

Skylight books

March 31
730 PM
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles

St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY
Apr 27 8pm
w Anne Waldman & Anselm Hollo

Book Party (yes)
at Participant inc.
Apr. 6 7PM
95 Rivington St., NY
w Maggie Nelson

the red parts


9. Anton Van Dalen, Ellen Lanyon, Robin Tewes, FF Alumns, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY, thru April 28

Adam Baumgold Gallery
New York, NY, USA
New posting March 23 - April 28
Drawn to the Edge

A group drawing exhibition of 41 artists will focus on two distinct drawing styles - “all over” drawings that cover the entire page many times without a central motif, and drawings that deal with the edge of the sheet as a means of cropping or expanding the image.

The artists in the exhibition are Saul Steinberg, H. C. Westermann, Marc Bell, Renee French, Matt Leines, Julie Doucet, Anton Van Dalen, Jacob El Hanini, Ellen Lanyon, Adam Dant, Scott Teplin, Tom Gauld, Matthew Thurber, Mark Kostabi, Robyn O'Neil, Thomas Burleson, Diane Christiansen, Robin Tewes (NYFA Fellow), Tony Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Bird, Daniel Zeller, Alexander Gorlizki, Jean Pierre Nadeau, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Arthur Schwedler, Vivienne Koorland, Christina Ramberg, Martin Wilner, Olive Ayhens, James Castle, Michael Krueger, Ruth Marten, Keith Jones, Madge Gill, Anke Feuchtenberger, Huston Ripley, Elvis Studio (Helge Reumann And Xavier Robel), Michael Pajon, and others.

Some works included in the exhibition are Robin Tewes’ camouflage drawing “It’s A Jungle in Here,” 2007 that has an image of a chair submerged in an all over camouflage pattern that becomes neatly embedded within the composition. Saul Steinberg’s ink drawing “Drugstore,” 1946 is a complex vignette of an old fashioned drugstore teaming with people, activities and products that covers the entire page through cropping, implying activity beyond the edge of the sheet. Scott Teplin’s drawing and watercolor “Aquaduct,” 2007 features a series of interlocking rooms that seem to be expanding on all sides past the picture plane. The Elvis Studio’s (Helge Reumann and Xavier Robel) ink drawings of retro/future Metropolis scenes are so densely packe dwith activities that the viewer must look at many separate incidents before grasping the whole composition.

The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M.


10. Art/Sci Collision at American Museum of Natural History, April 18, 7 pm

Tickets: (212) 769-5200 or www.amnh.org/programs
Information: (212) 769-5315 or www.amnh.org/programs

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 77th Street New York, NY 10024
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 7:00 pm
Kaufmann Theater, first floor

$15 ($13.50 Members, students, senior citizens)

Code: EL041807

How does the emerging reality of human-machine relationships affect our understanding of ourselves? This panel, moderated by Sherry Turkle, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, will consider this question and the role of art in articulating issues around it. Panelists Aaron Edsinger

and Lijin Aryananda, MIT researchers, and artist Pia Lindman will discuss their collaboration. Following the presentation, Sherry Turkle will sign copies of her new book, Evocative Objects, as well as earlier titles, Life on the Screen, and the 20th anniversary edition of The Second Self.

Art/Sci Collision:
Of Human-Robot Bondage

This program is made possible, in part, by the Allaire Family and Ruth A. Unterberg.

Pia Lindman at Luxe Gallery

January 2006

Johanna Torkkola

The Museum is deeply grateful to lead benefactors Anne and Bernard Spitzer, whose marvelous generosity inspired and made possible the new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. The Museum also extends its gratitude to The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc., and Arlene and Arnold Goldstein for their generous support.


11. Micki Spiller, FF Alumn, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, April 4, noon

University of Maryland, Baltimore County,

Visual Arts
Wednesday, April 4
Micki Spiller

Micki Spiller (formerly Micki Watanabe) is an artist whose work examines the curiosities of space. She will speak about a recent project, Lost and Found in the Stacks, exploring the imaginary spaces created in books. In this project, Spiller breaks down barriers between libraries and museums by creating works that can be checked out of the Brooklyn Public Library. From the outside, these works resemble books, however when opened they reveal an elaborate miniature architectural world inspired by particular books. For example, one project replicates period rooms from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as inspired by E.L. Konigsberg's mystery From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Spiller has exhibited her work at such venues as the Islip Art Museum ( East Islip, New York), Indiana University Gallery ( Terre Haute, Indiana), Spaces ( Cleveland, Ohio), Franklin Furnace Archive ( New York City), and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Spiller has participated in artist residency programs at the Smack Mellon Studios ( Brooklyn, New York), The Evergreen House ( Baltimore, Maryland), Henry Street Settlement ( New York City), the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of Art ( Bronx, New York), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts ( Omaha, Nebraska), and at the World Views Studios in the World Trade Center ( New York City). She has been the recipient of numerous grants such as the Pollock-Krasner Grant, Art Matters Grant, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant. Spiller received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Ohio State University in sculpture. Currently, she serves on the faculty at Parsons School of Design and The Pratt Institute.

Presented by the InterArts series.

12 noon - 1 pm, Fine Arts Room 215. Admission is free.


12. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at Printed Matter, NY, April 14, 5-7 pm

JENNIFER FISHER, Canadian critc-writer-teacher, launches her new book, TECHNOLOGIES OF INTUITION at Printed Matter NYC


The launch is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th from 5 - 7 pm.
Printed Matter is 195 Tenth Avenue, NY NY 10011 (at 21st Street) 212/925-0325.


13. Barbara Carrellas, FF Alumn, releases new book, Urban Tantra

I am thrilled to announce that Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century is now available!

Available now at Amazon.com. Just click on this link or paste it into your browser:


Urban Tantra is a book about consciousness cleverly disguised as a sex guide. It shows you how sacred sex can be practiced anywhere from ashrams to a lap dancing parlors, and in the time you actually have available in your busy life. Urban Tantra is for everyone who would like to have a more sexual and spiritual ecstasy in their lives.

Urban Tantra is also the first queer, transgender, and BDSM friendly Tantra book---this bold new Tantric practice can be used anywhere and by everyone. Whether or not you have a partner and no matter what your age, sexual preferences or gender, you can begin to live a more joyful conscious life by learning how to practice joyful conscious sex. You can explore Urban Tantra step-by-step, as if attending your own private workshop, or you can jump in anywhere, trying out any of the 100+ exercises and techniques that appeal at the moment.

Urban Tantra   gives me hope that the world will become a more sexually satisfied, ecstatic, enlightened and inclusive place.

-Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., from the foreword

" Urban Tantra is the most pleasurable, fun, meaningful, and liberating book on sex ever! Thank you, Barbara!"

- Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies,  Women's Wisdom

Any book on Tantra that begins by describing a professional lap dance as a divine sexual experience is one I will definitely read. Written with wit and humor, Barbara's Urban Tantra keeps sex real.

-Betty Dodson, Ph.D., author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two

At last, a sex book with a sense of humor that dispels the notion that sex is always, only and forever, between one man and one woman. I can't wait to see generations grow up with the study and use of Urban Tantra!

-Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw and Hello Cruel World

"Barbara Carrellas, whose Urban Tantric sex workshops combine Eastern sex techniques with the postmodern methods of SM practitioners, is a trailblazer."

-Tristan Taormino, The Village Voice

Support your local independent bookstore. Enter your zip code at http://www.booksense.com to find the store closest to you.

Read an except from Urban Tantra at http://www.urbantantra.org


14. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, NY, May 3, 7 pm, and more

A few -- Up-coming NORA YORK concert opportunities---save the dates!

THURSDAY May 3rd 7pm!
JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater  (see below for all information)

Nora York
Joined by:
Bass baritone voice -- Kevin Burdette

Harmonium and piano -- Jamie Lawrence
Guitar -- Steve Tarshis
Drums -- Peter Grant
Bass-- Dave Hofstra
Baritone Sax -- Claire Daly
For the first time --
A WHOLE evening featuring York's recombinant overlays and
collaged musical inventions and second thoughts --
THURSDAY May 3rd 7pm
JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street  NYC
TICKETS: 20 Dollars
Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day online at joespub.com.
Btw- 10am and 9pm, tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-967-7555.
Btw- 11am and 5pm for tickets and dinner reservations 212-539-8778.

THALIA FOLLIES!!! symphony space NYC

Nora York is a member of the fantastic cast of THALIA FOLLIES
Cast: Ivy Austin, Sidney J. Burgoyne, David Buskin, Mary Brienza,
Kathryn Markey and Nora York
Special Guests: Jay Leonhart, Buskin & Batteau and Roy Zimmerman
Staged and hosted by Isaiah Sheffer
Produced by Martin Sage

Tickets: $21; $25 Day of Show; Members $17;
Rush $10 call day of show for availability
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990
Tel: 212.864.5400

SATURDAY MAY 19th wall to wall opera! --
Symphony Space

BOSTON!!!! our triumphant return to SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB!!!
Tell your Boston folks!


15. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at Galapagos, Brooklyn, April 3, 10:30 pm

10.30pm Tuesday 3 April 2007

Fresh from a semi-classical Southern jaunt and last night's " Darmstadt"

at groovy Galapagos, RADIO WONDERLAND returns to a fun, spacious and dance-friendly true *nightclub*: the great monthly party WARPER. It's the only event I know where you start with a workshop on audio software and you end up dancing 'til your face falls off. Last year, they booked a wobbly newborn Radio Wonderland as their "featured performer", and it felt so good I'm back for more, as a faithful denizen of the Warper commune.

Tuesday, April 3rd
8 pm - 2am
Radio Wonderland at 10.30pm
168 Delancey (betw. Clinton and Attorney) 212-254-9920


16. Laurie Anderson, Meow Meow, FF Alumns at High Line Festival, NY, May 9-19

David Binder, Josh Wood and David Bowie Announce the H&M High Line Festival May 9th-19th in NYC Featuring Superstars And Emerging Talent Curated by David Bowie

Inaugural Festival is a 10 Day Cultural Mash-Up Featuring Performances by Ricky Gervais, Arcade Fire, Air, Laurie Anderson, Ken Nordine, Deerhoof, The Polyphonic Spree, The Secret Machines, Meow Meow, Daniel Johnston, Bang on a Can All Stars, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Exhibitions of Claude Cahun and Laurie McLeod and A 100 Year Retrospective of Spanish Language Film

H & M High Line Festival To Be Curated by Different World-Class Artist Each Year

New York, NY (March 26, 2007) – David Binder and Josh Wood today announced the line up for the H&M High Line Festival, a new festival of music, performance, film, comedy and visual art that will be curated each year by a different world-class artist, co-produced with Live Nation. David Bowie, a co-founder of the Festival, is curating the inaugural season to be held May

9th- -19th along New York City’s West Side.

The H & M High Line Festival will kick off the summer with a roster that features David Bowie’s favorite artists - both superstars and emerging talent. The festival will include: Ricky Gervais’ American stand up comedy debut; concerts by Arcade Fire, Air, Deerhoof, The Polyphonic Spree, The Secret Machines, and a triple bill of Daniel Johnston/Bang on a Can All Stars/The Legendary Stardust Cowboy; performances by Australian chanteuse Meow Meow incited by John Cameron Mitchell, an evening with Laurie Anderson, and 87-year-old spoken word poet Ken Nordine; an exhibition of the work of photographer Claude Cahun, and a night-time public art event by artist Laurie McLeod; and a retrospective of David Bowie’s favorite Spanish language films culled from the last one hundred years.

Tickets for individual festival events will go on sale on March 30th at highlinefestival.com, ticketmaster.com and ticketweb.com.

The H & M High Line Festival will take place in venues near New York City’s High Line – the elevated rail structure soon to open as a public open space, running through the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. The venues include Hiro, Hammerstein Ballroom, Theatre at Madison Square Garden, The Kitchen and the High Line Ballroom. Additional events will take place at Radio City Music Hall and Irving Plaza. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit Friends of the High Line, the 501(c)3 organization currently working with the City of New York to transform the 1930’s rail structure into a park, set to open in 2008*. Please note, no festival events will take place on the High Line itself.

As the festival’s co-founder and curator, David Bowie programmed the diverse array of art and music, choosing some of the most interesting and provocative work he finds personally inspiring.

“I'm also pleased that many emerging artists are participating alongside more established talents that represent a fairly wide cross section of disciplines within the arts community. I would really hope that the exposure this festival affords will help these folk get the attention they deserve,”

said David Bowie.

“When we set out to create our inaugural festival, we knew we needed a visionary curator – an artist who has excelled in many arenas,” said Wood.

“Throughout his incredible career David Bowie has been a pioneer of music and art. His eye for talent and his passion for emerging artists is nothing short of spectacular, and the festival he has curated is such a wonderful reflection of that.”

In subsequent years, David Bowie will help Binder and Wood select an artistic icon to serve as festival curator.

“One of the most exciting things about the Festival for me is how different curators will actually change the landscape and flavor of the event each year – curators can be filmmakers, musicians, artists. The curators and the performances they choose will be as diverse as the City itself,” said Binder.

Highlights of the inaugural H & M High Line Festival include:

* Ricky Gervais making his American stand-up debut at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on May 19th;

* An evening with Laurie Anderson at High Line Ballroom on May 17th and 18th. Laurie Anderson's power trio includes bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboard genius Peter Scherer as well as a combination of electronics vocals and violin. The Highline shows will be unique sneak previews of material from her new album for Nonesuch.

* Concert by The Arcade Fire on May 9th at Radio City Music Hall;

* Australian chanteuse Meow Meow who mixes a potent cocktail of cabaret, multimedia, operatic machinations, and screamin’ fun. She joins the Festival from a sold out run at the Sydney Opera House and will perform at Hiro Ballroom on May 18th in a show incited by John Cameron Mitchell;

* An outdoor exhibition of riveting 20th Century photographer Claude Cahun whose gender bending work predated Cindy Sherman, Cecil Beaton and Lyle Ashton Harris;

* A personal selection by David Bowie of ten of his favorite Spanish language films from the last 100 years.

“I thought it a very cool deal to be asked to curate the High Line Festival.

The request was for me to choose artists and acts that I myself would go out of my way to see. Although this inaugural year will be modest in scale, we've been pretty lucky in that many whom I asked have accepted,” adds Bowie.

High Line Festival Strategic Partners

The inaugural High Line Festival will also be bolstered with support from the business community. Retail giant H & M comes on board as the festival Title Sponsor. The H& M High Line Festival is presented by Garnier, Grolsch and Jetblue Airways, which is presenting Ricky Gervais at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Time Inc. serves as the festival’s Official National Media Sponsor and will be supporting The H&M High Line Festival in People, Entertainment Weekly, and Time magazines. As the Official New York Media Partner, Time Out NY will be contributing promotion and advertising for the Festival.

“H&M is excited to be a part of this unique program that supports New York’s Highline District and features trendsetting artists from around the world,”

says Sanna Lindberg, H&M’s U.S. country manager. “We are committed to New York, the first city where we opened stores back in 2000, and we look forward to a fantastic partnership.”

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this vibrant, unique event to New York City’s High Line series of neighborhoods,” said Wood. “The tremendous support and feedback from the arts community has only been equaled by the encouragement of our strategic partners who are as committed to seeing the arts continually thrive in New York.”

Additional information on the H&M High Line festival can be found at www.highlinefestival.com
The full H & M High Line Festival slate includes:

Radio City Music Hall-1260 Avenue of the Americas, 8:00pm.
May 10th – AIR
Theatre at Madison Square Garden – 4 Penn Plaza, 8:00pm.
Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center– 311 West 34th Street, 8:00pm.
May 16th – DANIEL JOHNSTON/BANG ON A CAN ALL STARS/THE LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY High Line Ballroom – 431 West 16th Street, 8:00 pm.
May 17th – DEERHOOF
Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Place, 8:00pm.
High Line Ballroom – 431 West 16th Street, 8:00pm.

May 19th – RICKY GERVAIS - **American Stand Up Debut Theatre at Madison Square Garden - 4 Penn Plaza, 8pm.

May 16th & 17th – KEN NORDINE
The Kitchen – 512 West 19th Street, 8:00pm.
May 17th & 18th – LAURIE ANDERSON
High Line Ballroom – 431 West 16th Street, 7:30 pm.
May 18th – MEOW, MEOW INCITED BY JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL Hiro Ballroom - 371 West 16th Street, 7:30pm.

Visual Art
Featuring Photography from Jersey Heritage Trust & Panel Discussion at Aperture Under The High Line.

May 11th - 18th – “ BOWIE’S PICKS”10 Spanish Language Classics of the Last 100 Years Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street.

Friends of the High Line Community Events May 10th, 13th, 15th, 16th, – HIGH LINE NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOURS Led by architectural historian Matt Postal. All tours begin at 5:30 PM, except for May 13, which starts at 1:00 pm. RSVP for meeting location to Friends of the High Line: rsvp@thehighline.org.


With High Line landscape architect James Corner of Field Operations. Great Hall, Cooper Union – 7 East 7th Street, 6:30 pm. RSVP to Friends of the High

Line: rsvp@thehighline.org.

About the Curator and Co-Founder

David Bowie was born in 1947. Between the late ‘60s and the mid-‘70s, he experimented with multi-media, also recording the albums The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station to Station and Young Americans. The track Fame taken from this album was to be his first US No 1. In 1976 he relocated to Berlin, recording Low and Heroes with Eno and Tony Visconti. In 1979 he made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man and released the Visconti co-production Scary Monsters and Super Creeps followed by Let’s Dance. Between the mid-‘80s and the present, he has worked with his band Tin Machine, collaborated with the dance company La La La Human Steps, and written music for Hanif Kureishi’s Buddha Of Suburbia. 1992 brought one of rock’s first CD-ROMs, Jump. In 1994, he reunited once again with Eno and produced the experimental Outside album followed in 1997 with Earthling and in 1999 hours…, his twenty third studio album. Bowie’s next project in 2002 was a further recorded collaboration with Tony Visconti entitled Heathen. The accompanying live dates in Europe and America saw full performances of both the Heathen and Low albums. A year later the Reality album was launched with the world’s largest interactive ‘live by satellite’ event and was followed by the rapturously received A Reality Tour of the world. He has appeared in 18 movies. In 1999 he became a Commandeur dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2000, Bowie was voted the #1 Most Influential Artist of All Time by the U.K.’s tastemaking tome the NME.

About the Producers

David Binder has spent the last decade bringing new artists and audiences to the theater. He produced the first Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan. The production, directed by Kenny Leon, won two Tony Awards and was widely recognized for bringing in the most diverse audience Broadway had seen in decades. He is an Executive Producer of the upcoming television movie based on the Broadway production. David is the original producer of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rowdy, loud, and ultimately sweet rock n’ roll musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Off-Broadway, at “De La Guarda,” a group of flying Argentines literally lifted a young international crowd off its feet for more than six years. David has brought the show everywhere from London to Las Vegas, Tokyo to Tel Aviv. With Lisa Kron’s “2.5 Minute Ride” ( New York and San Francisco), and Kenny Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero” (with the Donmar in the West End), David has showed his support for new writing that is polemic, political, and hilarious. David recently produced “The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Public Theater” with Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Ben Stiller and Mike Nichols, among many others. He is currently represented in the West End with the Donmar production of “Guys and Dolls” and on Broadway this season with “Legally Blonde” and “Frost/Nixon.”

Josh Wood has dedicated his career to producing provocative, politically-charged work. Wood’s production credits include the "Bring 'Em Home Now!" concert for Peace with Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Fischerspooner, Bright Eyes, Peaches, Rufus Wainwright, Susan Sarandon and Devendra Banhart.

The marriage equality tour "Wedrock" with Lou Reed, Pink, Moby, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Henry Rollins, Alan Cumming, Andy Bell of Erasure and Kelly Osbourne; the Broadway special performance of Tony Kushner's new play about Laura Bush with John Cameron Mitchell, Patricia Clarkston and Kristen Johnston to support MoveOn and Downtown for Democracy; Margaret Cho's "State of Emergency" shows at The Apollo during the Republican National Convention; Oxfam's Tsunami Relief concert with Cyndi Lauper, Nancy Sinatra and Sandra Bernhard; and productions of David Sedaris' short stories to raise money for children's literacy performed by Liev Schreiber, Molly Shannon, Rosie Perez and Alec Baldwin, as well as numerous commercial concerts and productions.

His productions have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and non-profits. Additionally, Wood is one of the leaders in New York City's nightlife and throws parties and events attended by thousands every week. Time Out, New York Post, New York Times, Variety, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, New York magazine, Paper magazine, HX, Next, Out magazines and many other national and international publications have written about him and his work. He is a MFA graduate from UCLA's School of Film, Theater and Television and began his producing career working for Jodie Foster at Paramount Pictures.

About Friends of the High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It was built in the 1930s to remove dangerous trains from Manhattan's streets. No trains have run on it since 1980.

Friends of the High Line (FHL), a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. FHL's mission is to preserve the structure for reuse as an elevated public open space.

FHL gained the support of the City of New York in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005.

The team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro has designed the first section of the High Line's public landscape. Construction began in spring 2006 and the first section, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, is projected to open in Summer 2008.

About H & M

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) was established in Sweden in 1947. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. H & M is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Today there are more than 1,300 H & M stores in 27 countries. H & M has more than 60,000 employees and achieved sales including VAT in 2006 of SEK 80,081 million. H & M has a wide product range that is divided into a number of different concepts for women, men, teenagers, and children. The company’s clothing collections are created by its own designers, pattern makers and buyers. For further information visit www.hm.com

About Live Nation

Live Nation is the world's leading live music company, annually connecting more than 60 million fans with their favorite performers at over 30,000 events. Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay.

Globally, Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London's Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation's websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at www.LiveNation.com

About the Artists and Programs

Music Program
May 9th – The Arcade Fire
Radio City Music Hall - 1260 Avenue of the Americas, 8:00pm.

The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album NEON BIBLE.

And while that was mostly a slow year, the couple years before that had been rather hectic. Funeral, their first album, was released in September of 2004 and from the moment it came out, the Arcade Fire were caught up in a flurry of activity that left none dead but several wounded. A lot of people liked Funeral a lot. Reviews were insanely positive and shows were selling out. By the end of 2005, the Arcade Fire were playing largish venues packed to the gills with thousands of people, in shows that had sold out in ridiculously short amounts of time. They played a Talking Heads song with David Byrne at one of their shows, and then got to open for him at the Hollywood Bowl. They got to perform with David Bowie, both in concert and on national TV. They got to go to Japan and Sweden and Brazil. They got to perform a very poorly rehearsed version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart (Again)” with U2.

Coming off an intense year of touring, they wanted to just sit down and write some songs. And then record them. So they found a church out in a small town and turned it into a studio.

Working with Markus Dravs and Scott Colburn, slowly the songs came together.

They found a huge pipe organ in a huge church in Montreal and recorded it.

They bought some bass steel drums and some bass synths. They got a hurdy-gurdy. They called in friends for help: Martin Wenk and Jacob Valenzuela, the horn players from Calexico, came in for a song. Hadjii Bakara from Wolf Parade added some bleep and bloops and sonic weirdness.

Owen Pallett, aka Final Fantasy, helped to orchestrate (as he did on Funeral). Pietro Amato and his horn playing associates added some brass. The band traveled to Budapest to record an orchestra and a military choir. And besides all this, the band just played music together.

For a year, The Arcade Fire worked and played and worked, and as Christmas

2006 approached the recording was finished. NEON BIBLE was full of both half-assed punk rock mistakes and meticulously orchestrated woodwinds.

Processed strings and mandolin. Quiet rumbles and loud rumbles. But mostly just eleven songs that the band thinks are really good. And that might be of some public interest.

May 10th – Air
Theatre at Madison Square Garden – 4 Penn Plaza at 8:00pm.

Air, Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. Air embrace the new. Each album is a move away from the last and a journey towards something else. Their music is intellectually stimulating yet intuitively simple; elegiac and triumphal; beyond pop and yet resolutely of it, too. Yet Air are no academically dry intellectuals either. If their music is full of French-style clichés about boy meeting girl, it’s done so playfully, with a knowing wink. They know their way round a good joke and can deadpan for the Republic.

Pocket Symphony is their fourth studio album proper and the follow up to 2004’s Talkie Walkie (although if you include their Allessandro Baricco City Reading collaboration, the Virgin Suicides soundtrack and their recent Charlotte Gainsbourg production 5:55 they could claim seven). It’s also the fourth album they have done in conjunction with English producer Nigel Godrich (“he’s so cool, he could be French,” quips Air’s Nicolas).

Pocket Symphony is a return to some of pastoral atmospherics of their now seminal debut album Moon Safari. Yet paradoxically it’s a far cry from the series of pop hits they enjoyed in 1998, with clear notes of minimalism among the clingy hooks and deceptively complex piano lines. The most obvious difference from previous recordings are the Eastern influences throughout the whole set. Taking Talkie Walkie closing track “Alone In Kyoto” as the catalyst, the duo built Pocket Symphony around this precedent. Nicolas spent a year learning Far Eastern classical instruments the koto and shamisen, through an Okinawa master.

Despite this organic approach, they have been embracing the joys of modern technology, seeing it as the tool that it is rather than the straitjacket it often becomes. The most surprising additions to the Air canon are the collaborations with Neil Hannon and Jarvis Cocker. Given ample Air time with which to play, Hannon and Cocker deliver brilliantly understated performances, yet still not without grit and attack and, in Jarvis’ case, quiet menace.

Pocket Symphony is Air at their most sparse, the excess trimmed to the bone as they seek to reach a simple purity in what they do, aided in their efforts by producer Nigel Godrich. It is these delicate palettes that make the album such a delight, like the smoky aromas of Lapsang Suchong.

May 11th – The Polyphonic Spree

Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center – 311 West 34th Street at 8:00pm.

The Polyphonic Spree is a self described “choral symphonic vocal group”

who’s collective of members, led by founder and musical director Tim DeLaughter, play a mélange of instruments that range from drums to harp.

Founded in Dallas, the group first gained notoriety in the United Kingdom when they were invited by David Bowie to support the Divine Comedy at the Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall in 2002. They subsequently also joined Bowie’s “Reality Tour” as an opening act and their hit single “Light and Day/Reach For The Sun” was used in a joint VW/iPod advertising campaign in 2003. They have two full length albums to their credit including 2002’s The Beginning Stages, and 2004’s Together We’re Heavy. Recently, they have signed to TVT Records for the upcoming release of their third full-length album The Fragile Army. Described as a diary and slice of life depiction of the ongoing struggle of artistic expression in an oppressive political climate, The Fragile Army is the Spree’s “own battle cry” and “an ode to Bush song” currently slated for release in June 2007. The Polyphonic Spree will perform songs from this upcoming release, along with their hits, at the High Line Festival.

May 16th – Daniel Johnston/Bang on a Can All Stars/The Legendary Stardust Cowboy High Line Ballroom – 431 West 16th Street at 8:00pm.

Daniel Johnston: As with other talented but troubled artists such as Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, and Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston fights a daily battle with the chronic mental illness that has plagued him nearly his entire life. However, despite recurrent bouts of delusional behavior wherein he has physically endangered himself and others, Johnston has carved out a respectable, influential career as a singer/songwriter of extraordinary talent which has grown since his first crudely recorded cassette was released in 1980. He became the singer/songwriter of choice of the alternative/underground rock scene, and at various times has had his work championed by members of Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Butthole Surfers, Half Japanese, Nirvana (Kurt Cobain was often photographed wearing a Daniel Johnston T-shirt), and numerous others.

Until the '90s, Johnston's recordings were basically homemade affairs, his plain voice accompanied by crude piano and guitar playing. His narrative concerns focused mainly on lost love, the pain of miscommunication, his love for the Beatles, and comic-book superhero Captain America. Johnston's music is unflinchingly direct, almost embarrassingly and painfully honest. Because of this and his increasingly erratic behavior, he was considered a local hero in his home of Austin, TX (where he moved from rural West Virginia), but too extreme to engender the interest of a record label. That situation changed in 1985, when MTV filmed a program on the Austin music scene.

Johnston 's performance brought him almost overnight acclaim, and he went from local legend to national cult figure. Soon, many of his self-released cassette recordings (on his appropriately named Stress label) began showing up in hip record stores from Boston to L.A., and the buzz was that Daniel Johnston was the coolest. There was, however, a grim side to this "success," as if his mental illness was the primary component of his hipness; therefore, there was a feeling that those not close to him were marketing his illness as much as his talent. Sadly, Johnston's behavior wasn't helping, and he was institutionalized twice in the late '80s after his refusal to take medication led to two dangerous episodes.

In the late '80s, indie label Homestead issued some of Johnston's early recordings on vinyl and a full-blown appreciation of Johnston's work was well underway. Soon he was recording solo and with Half Japanese mastermind Jad Fair on the Shimmy Disc indie label, and later with Butthole Surfer Paul Leary, who may well be the best producer/musical accompanist Johnston ever had. Johnston, to the amazement of virtually everyone, recorded for Atlantic, and despite occasional behavioral lapses, seemed more self-assured than ever. As a result, in the late '90s and 2000s, he recorded some of the best music of his career: smart, ebullient pop with ringing guitars, primitive keyboards, and a wonderfully naïve way of looking at the world. Although he sometimes becomes sad and bitter, cynicism and self-pity aren't his style, and that makes the little tragedies and epiphanies he writes about all the more compelling. Daniel Johnston's world may seem small, but it's much bigger and friendlier than that of our wildest imaginations.

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Robert Black, bass; David Cossin, percussion; Lisa Moore, piano/keyboards; Mark Stewart, electric guitar; Wendy Sutter, cello; Evan Ziporyn, clarinets; Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe - Recently named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year 2005, Bang on a Can All-Stars have come to be known worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble from New York plays music from uncharted territories, defying categories, and has shattered the definition of what concert music is today. Recent & upcoming projects and collaborations include their landmark recording of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and live performances with Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Don Byron and more. With occasional homages to living masters, the heart of the repertoire is the sound of the new generation. The All-Stars appear annually in New York at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall and more. Other recent concert appearances include Singapore Arts Festival, Bergen International Festival, Venice Biennale; Holland Festival, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa, UCLA, Mass MoCA and more. The All-Stars now record on Cantaloupe Music www.cantaloupemusic.com and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal and Nonesuch.

Legendary Stardust Cowboy Norman Carl Odam was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1947. Inspired by Chet Atkins, he learned to play the guitar, and started playing on the steps of his high school, attracting crowds of kids before school started for the day. Realizing that Lubbock, Texas, was far from the action he decided to go to New York City, so that he might appear on the Johnny Carson Show. The odyssey begins.

The Ledge, as he is affectionately known to his friends, loaded up his car, grabbed $160, and headed to Fort Worth. I guess this is where you go if you're headed to New York City from Lubbock. There he was spotted in a parking lot by two guys who worked at a vacuum sweeper repair shop. They were intrigued [who wouldn't be?] by his demeanor, and spirited him to the local recording studio.

At the helm of the studio was T Bone Burnett, who must've been all of about 20 then, and not yet famous. All were intrigued by the sound of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, recording engineer and vacuum cleaner repairman alike. The Ledge played "Paralyzed," and the frenzy began. T Bone played drums, the tapes rolled, and the first single was recorded.

The studio was located on the first floor of a building that housed an AM radio station on the second floor. T Bone took the master tape upstairs to his pal the DJ, and played it for him. T Bone says that he waited several minutes for a response, expecting the worst, but the DJ screamed, "This is it! This is it! This is the new music!"

All day long the radio station hyped the single, tantalizing listeners with the promise that it would be played at 5pm. Finally the moment arrived, and the station was flooded with more calls in 30 minutes than in any entire day prior to the time the Legendary Stardust Cowboy got into town. They knew they had something. T Bone quickly pressed 500 copies of the 45 rpm record, and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy hit the happy trails to success. Less than a week later, he was signed to Mercury Records, and later appeared on "Laugh In.”

"Paralyzed" hit the Billboard Top 200, and the world was a changed place.

Since then he has recorded and toured worldwide extensively. His latest CD " Tokyo" appeared on Crack'd Piston Records. He is currently in the studio working on his next CD.

May 17th – Deerhoof
Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Place, 8:00pm.

Deerhoof is truly turning out to be one of the most unlikely success stories in contemporary pop music. An improbable group with nothing apparently in common starts a band, makes some of the most difficult and unclassifiable noise of the mid-nineties, and unexpectedly rises to international prominence as one of indie rock's most renowned and influential groups. Deerhoof first formed in 1991 when classically trained Greg Saunier moved to San Francisco and joined forces with Rob Fisk in the goth/metal band Nitre Pit. When the two guitarists of this short-lived project suddenly departed Nitre Pit, Saunier and Fisk quickly concocted an elastic, hyper-expressive style that made up for their stark instrumentation.

In 1995, Fisk and Saunier met Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon, who signed them on the spot following a Bay Area festival appearance, and they release their first 7", Return of the Wood M'Lady. Embarking on a search for a lead singer who could lend some vocals to their melodic ideas, they find Satomi Matsuzaki, who has just arrived in San Francisco from Tokyo. She has no musical experience whatsoever, but remarks dryly that she couldn't possibly make Deerhoof any worse, and is on tour with the band within a week. By the time they release their first album The Man, the King, the Girl in 1997, a vast stylistic difference from the first single is apparent and Matsuzaki's calm, angelic voice brings a disarming humor and a bizarre tension atop the raw, swirling, seemingly improvisatory noise that would be a Deerhoof hallmark to the present day. The next two albums, Holdypaws and Halfbird, reveal an increasing compositional sophistication, as well as a more subtle and layered orchestration that belies their modest DIY recording method.

In 1999 Fisk quits, but Deerhoof quickly found a replacement in John Dieterich and essentially start the band over from scratch. They spend two years crafting a new approach to writing, playing, and recording that result is Reveille, and to the surprise of naysayers, Deerhoof starts to garner some serious critical attention. Friend Chris Cohen is added to the lineup before the band embarks on the first of many international tours. Following, Deerhoof releases self-produced albums Apple O' and Milk Man in surprisingly rapid succession.

With the release in 2005 of The Runners Four, Deerhoof is widely recognized as a unique treasure, so much so that Deerhoof's music old and new is featured prominently in Dedication, the directorial debut of actor Justin Theroux, due out later this year and starring Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore.

In 2006 Deerhoof is tapped for two coveted summer tours – The Flaming Lips and Radiohead. And in another surreal twist their album Milk Man is performed as an elementary school ballet at the North Haven Community School in Maine in late October, 2006. Later that year, Cohen decides to leave Deerhoof to pursue another band and now Saunier, Matsuzaki, and Dieterich, not only return to the lineup of Reveille, but also to that same blank drawing board that has proven to be such a source of inspiration for Deerhoof time and again...

May 19th – The Secret Machines
High Line Ballroom – 431 West 16th Street, at 8:00pm.

The Secret Machines was formed in Dallas, TX in the summer of 2000 and since then has spun a cache of songs that reveal individuals in the stages of isolation and change. Now New York based, the trio of drummer Benjamin Curtis, Josh Garza, and Brandon Curtis (vocals, bass) rely on a signature blend of sharp songwriting and an ever evolving, distinct indie rock sensibility that effortlessly capture singular themes and refined songs within the alternative, pop/rock landscape. The trio’s sound is mostly due to a common musical background and experiences in Dallas. Before forming the Secret Machines, the Curtis brothers played with the punk rock squad UFOFU, with Brandon Curtis in particular participating in projects alongside Josh Garza such as Comet, Tripping Daisy and Captain Audio. Two years after their formation and months of rehearsals and recording sessions in Chicago, the Machines released their debut EP “September 000,” in March of 2002.

After touring throughout much of 2002 in support of the debut, the band began recording their follow up release and first full length album “Now Here Is Nowhere.” To record “Ten Silver Drops” the band’s sophomore full length album, the Secret Machines booked themselves into an isolated studio in upstate New York for five weeks to really get to the essence of the music. Self produced (as was the predecessor “Now Here is Nowhere”), “Ten Silver Drops” saw the band explore music that can only be described as three dimensional and “spacious.” The Secret Machines continue their musical ascent at the High Line Festival with a show at the High Line Ballroom.

Comedy Program
May 19th – Ricky Gervais - **American Stand Up Debut Theatre at Madison Square Garden 4 Penn Plaza, 8:00pm.

Ricky Gervais was born in Reading, England in the early sixties. After graduating from university with a degree in philosophy, Gervais embarked on a career in pop music, first in front of the mic as a member of a nascent pop band, and then behind the scenes as a manager for the band Suede, and a promoter for a Queen tribute band. His music roots earned him gig at a new radio station called Xfm which would later morph into Britain’s successful Capital Radio. It was there that Gervais took on a new assistant, Stephen Merchant, who would later become his co-conspirator, co-writer and director in “The Office.” BBC aired the first episode of “The Office” in 2001 and in the six years since, it has become a sensation on both sides of the pond.

His current venture, “Extras” is now also a hit on HBO. In his spare time, Gervais put together a stand up show which he debuts Stateside at the High Line Festival. In the late 1990s Gervais wrote and starred in a one-off called “Golden Years” about a businessman obsessed with becoming a David Bowie look alike. As Gervais says “Remember, write about what you know.”

Performance Program
May 16th & 17th – Ken Nordine
The Kitchen – 512 West 19th Street at 8:00 pm.
Ken Nordine is a performer and writer who has been recording "Word Jazz"

albums since 1955. Among these albums, standouts include: “Word Jazz,” “Son of Word Jazz,” “Next,” and “Volume Two.” In 2006, Universal Records released an archival box set of the Dot Masters 1957-1960 called “You're Getting Better” consisting of Nordine's first four albums. Other albums, include “Stare with Your Ears,” "Colors" and “A Transparent Mask.”

Nordine received Grammy Award nominations in 1984 for “Stare with your Ears”

and in 1992 for “The Devout Catalyst,” recorded with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Recently, Nordine released a DVD called the “eye is never filled” a k a “Word Jazz in Morphing Pictures,” featuring graphics done with vector math. Nordine's voice is familiar to NPR listeners where he is an occasional contributor to the show “All Things Considered.”

May 17th & 18th – Laurie Anderson
High Line Ballroom – 431 West 16th Street at 7:30 pm.

Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier performance artists. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Her recording career began in earnest with the release of O Superman in 1980, which rose to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appeared on Big Science, the first of her seven albums on the Warner Brothers label. In 2001, Anderson released her first album on Nonesuch Records, entitled Life on a String, which was followed in 2002 by Live in New York, recorded at NYC’s Town Hall.

Anderson has toured the United States and internationally numerous times with shows ranging from simple spoken word performances to elaborate multimedia events. Major works include United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), The Nerve Bible (1995), and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick, a multimedia stage performance based on the novel by Herman Melville.

Her visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the United States and Europe. In 2003, the MusŽe Art Contemporain of Lyon, France produced a touring retrospective of her work, entitled The Record of the

Time: Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson. This retrospective included installation, audio, instruments, video and art objects and spans Anderson’s career from the 1970's to her current works.

As a composer, Anderson has contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme; dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Molissa Fenley, and a score for Robert LePage’s theater production, Far Side of the Moon.

She has created pieces for National Public Radio, The BBC, and Expo ‘92 in Seville. In 1997 she curated the two-week Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London. Her most recent orchestra work Songs for A.E.

premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2000 performed by the American Composers Orchestra. In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA out of which she developed her solo performance “The End of the Moon.” Other recent projects include a commission to create a series of audio-visual installations and a high definition film, Hidden Inside Mountains, for the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan and a series of programs for French radio called “Rien dans les Poches/Nothing in my Pockets”. Anderson was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Anderson has published six books and written the entry for New York for the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Currently she is working on a series of very long walks, a new album for Nonesuch Records and an accompanying touring performance. The Highline shows will be unique sneak previews of material from her new album for Nonesuch.

Anderson, known for her social commentary, expands her songwriting even further in that direction.

May 18th – Meow Meow at Hiro Ballroom – Incited by John Cameron Mitchell
371 West 16th Street at 7:30pm.

Meow Meow’s work thrives in the crevices between the middle ages, 1930’s Shanghai show tunes, 60’s French pop, witty, wicked Weimar and post-punk thrash. From the psychotic to cool to kitsch cabaret, multimedia performance and virtuosic contemporary opera, Meow-Meow performs solo and with companies including Opera Factory (London), Elision Ensemble (Australia), Robyn Orlin (South Africa/Berlin), John Jesurun and Mikel Rouse (NYC), in venues as diverse as NY’s Lincoln Center, Berlin’s Philharmonic, the Hebbel Theater, B-Dungeon, Sydney’s Opera House, Theater Spektakel Zürich, Joe’s Pub NY, Tokyo’s Saitama Theatre, The Glamour Room Shanghai, the Dublin Spiegeltent and numerous international arts festivals. At each stop, Meow Meow has wowed audiences with her own brand of vamped-up kamikaze cabaret and exotica around the globe. She’s a recipient of numerous awards including for Theatre in Berlin, The Dance Paris residency, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Award ( New York). This year she will collaborate with China’s most controversial contemporary dancer and first acknowledged transsexual, Jin Xing, in Shanghai; create works for a number of international arts festivals; and perform a special Mardi Gras season of “Beyond Glamour,” with Pink Martini’s Thomas M. Lauderdale for the Sydney Opera House.

John Cameron Mitchell directed, wrote and starred in the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), for which he received the Best Director and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Deauville. The film was honored as Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review and the L.A. Film Critics Society. John was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. He was executive producer of Jonathan Caouette's award-winning documentary Tarnation (2004). His latest film Shortbus (2006) won awards at the Zurich, Athens and Gijon Film Festivals. He has directed music videos for the bands Bright Eyes and Scissor Sisters.

Visual Arts Program
Claude Cahun Public Art Exhibition
featuring photography from Jersey Heritage Trust & Panel Discussion at Aperture Under The High Line.

Claude Cahun - Best known for her riveting photographic self-portraits that seem eerily ahead of their time, Claude Cahun has attracted an almost cult-like following. Acting out diverse identities—both male and female—in scenes ranging from severely simple to elaborately staged, Cahun was a pioneer of the gender-bending role-playing now seen in works by artists such as Cindy Sherman (born the year Cahun died), Nikki S. Lee, and many others.

Lucy Schwob (pseudonym Claude Cahun) (1894–1954) was a French photographer and writer, born in Nantes to a family of prominent Jewish intellectuals. In her early teens she began what would become a deeply devoted lifelong relationship with Suzanne Malherbe (pseudonym Marcel Moore) (1892–1972). An extraordinary couple who worked and lived together for more than forty years, Cahun and Moore created images and writings of startling originality.

Avid participants in the cultural avant-garde in Montparnasse during the 1920s and ’30s, they ultimately moved to Jersey, in the Channel Islands (the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by the Germans during World War II). Both Cahun and Moore were part of the Resistance during the occupation.

In 1944 they were arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Their sentences were never carried out, and they were released after liberation in 1945.

Cahun never fully recovered from her treatment in prison. She died in 1954.

Laurie McLeod’s Waterhaven - Underwater Films
Location TBD.
Laurie McLeod has been creating invigorating artwork for over twenty years.

As a choreographer, filmmaker and performance maverick, her award winning creations have been seen around the world. Since 2001, her work has focused exclusively on the creation of short underwater films. These shorts have been seen nationwide in a variety of venues including Lincoln Center, San Francisco Performances, Jacob’s Pillow and on PBS. Summer 2004 marked the beginning of McLeod’s large-scale Waterhaven Project, wherein underwater films are projected onto moving water in public spaces, as well as unusual parts of museums. Waterhaven #1 (Luo Yong's Dream), the first of these creations, received high praise in the national press and was seen by tens of thousands of visitors to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). For the High Line Festival, McLeod will be creating Waterhaven #3, a public art event involving an outdoor night-time installation of her work.

Film Program

May 11th-18th – “ Bowie’s Picks” 10 Spanish Language Classics of the Last 100 Years Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street Ticket prices: TBD

High Line Community Events

May 10th, 13th, 15th, 16th, – HIGH LINE NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOURS As part of the High Line Festival, FHL will lead a series of historical walking tours of the High Line neighborhood. Led by architectural historian Matt Postal. All tours begin at 5:30 PM, except for May 13, which starts at 1:00 pm. RSVP for meeting location to Friends of the High Line:



Landscape architect James Corner of Field Operations, will give a special free preview presentation of the design for the High Line park at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. 7 East 7th Street, 6:30 pm. RSVP to Friends of the High

Line: rsvp@thehighline.org


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