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Goings On: posted week of November 27, 2007

1. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Viridian, NY, Nov 30
2. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, Nov 28
3. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Terrence Higgins Trust, Scotland, Dec 1
4. John Jesurun, FF Alumn, at Japan Society, Dec. 4,6, 8, 7:30 pm
5. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, new website now online, and at Jalopy, Brooklyn, Dec 2
6. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at Femina Potens, San Francisco, opening Dec 1
7. Ann Magnuson, FF Alumn, at Cue Art Foundation, NY, Dec 7, 6:30 pm
8. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, in Gijon, Spain, thru Jan 7, 2008
9. Helen Varley Jamieson, FF Alumn, at Goldsmiths College, London, UK, Dec 7
10. Barry Wallenstein, FF Alumn, at Cornelia St. Café, NY, Dec 22
11. Yvonne Brooks, FF ALumn, at Ai.lov.iu gallery, Brooklyn, opening Dec 1
12. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Blue Stockings, NY, Dec 1, 7 pm
13. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Café Leila, Berkeley, CA, Dec 3
14. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, in The Brooklyn Rail, Nov 2007
15. Brody Condon, FF Alumn, in the NY Times, Nov 23

1. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Viridian, NY, Nov 30

you are invited

Nov 30, Friday, 6PM til 11:59PM
361Canal St betw Wooster & West Broadway

to celebrate
Winston Churchill's & my birthday (& of Sagittarians in general) & the
opening of Kat King's show at Viridian.

dress arty chic for there may be cameras!

(Please bring food or drink to share.
No gifts needed. & please rsvp



2. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, Nov 28

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I will be reading from my book, Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, with a foreword by Howard Zinn, with 3 other Sarah Lawrence Alumni - Taj Forer, Andrew Lichtenstein and John Pilson - who will also present their new books at Sarah Lawrence College, Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm in the Film Viewing Room in the Performing Arts Center, Bronxville, NY. There will be a discussion after our short reading-presentations, moderated by Joel Sternfeld. If you're in New York, it would be great to see you there! Spread the word.

Peace, elin


3. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Terrence Higgins Trust, Scotland, Dec 1

Diane Torr, FF alum presents BROTHER FOR A DAY, a World AIDS Day benefit for The Terrence Higgins Trust, Scotland

A saucy mix of comedy and music in aid of THT Scotland.

MC: Viv Gee, comedienne

Neo-Burlesque - Vixens in Silk including the Goddess of Chocolate, clown act by Dusky Champagne, and a manic Dusty Springfield act by singer Violet Tweets
Mister EE
Miss Leggy Pee
Vienna Velvet
San Francisco poet – Hal Duncan
Performance artist – Adrian Howell
Chris Young and his Gay Parrot

Glasgow Glam Bangers
DJ – hushpuppy (Record Playerz/Death Disco)

Tickets (on the door): £7 (£5 concessions)

Diane Torr writes:

"This is an event that I began presenting on World AIDS Day 1997, at Club Mother, located in the Meat Packing District on the West side of Manhattan. Club Mother was an appropriate venue as it was the site of various lesbian, gay, trans, queer club nights (including the infamous Clit Club), and a place that thrived during the 90s under the "mother protection" of Impressario Empress, Chi-Chi Valenti.

The idea for the Brother for a Day event came from a combination of factors. I was painfully conscious of the many gay male friends and colleagues who had died of AIDS. It was a tragic time blighted by the untimely death of bold personalities like Charles Ludlam (founder and director of Ridiculous Theatre) and Keith Haring, among others. From 1990-96, I attended so many, too many, funerals – often dismal affairs that were about grief, sorrow and forgetting. I would meet friends at the funerals, and without saying a word, we knew what each other was thinking, "What a way to die." and "Who will be the next?" Yet, many of these men who had died of AIDS, had been bon vivants, life enthusiasts, creative souls, whose lives deserved to be remembered, and recalled in a spirit of joy and celebration. I clearly couldn't keep them alive, so I did the next best thing - I decided to keep their spirit alive by filling the vacuum that was created by their loss. I was compelled to do this when a wonderful friend, writer and columnist, Charles Berford, unexpectedly died. He simply did not recover from a bout of pneumonia. His immune system was shot. He was young (32); full of life and with a developed sense of sarcasm. I decided to become him for a day – to become a living requiem to him – to go to "his" café on Christopher Street, and take "his" morning espresso and croissant; and to stand, as he often did, in line at the Chase Manhattan Bank ATM on Sheridan Square; and to visit bookshops, clothes shops, card shops, and bars in the West Village and Chelsea, where he would hang out, and to try to interact with people, as he did, with his sarcastic, witty exchanges. It wasn't so easy to be him. But, in this one day, I saw the possibility for the idea to develop. Since 1989, I had taught drag king workshops, and pioneered the drag king culture throughout the USA and Europe, and there were many sisters whose brothers (blood or soul) had died of AIDS. I was the obvious person to initiate an opportunity for them to remember these men, in a spirit of celebration.

At the very first Brother for a Day event on December 1st 1997, Shelly Mars (best known for her male to female striptease in Monika Treut's Virgin Machine) performed as a close friend of hers who had been a designer and was also a manic depressive. In becoming him, Shelly alternated between high praise and low-down scumminess in discussing her (Shelly's) appearance. It was a characterization that had the audience alternately laughing full-heartedly and grimacing in horror. Then, Martha Wilson (founder and director of Franklin Furnace Archives) performed as Stephen Reichard who had died of AIDS. He was in part responsible for the establishment of the New Wave Programme, and a much loved and respected Director of the Performing Arts Program at Brooklyn Academy of Music. I performed as my brother, Donald, at the age of 13 impersonating Dusty Springfield.

In the years that followed, there were many memorable impersonations, such as a band member of Three Teens Kill Four performing as band member and visual artist, David Wojnarovitz, and the celebrated sexy, New York drag king, Dred, performing as Marvin Gaye. Yes, it's true that MG didn't die of AIDS, but Dred was celebrating the spirit of someone she thought of as a soul brother. From then on, the performance contributions to the Brother for a Day event became more varied. The next year, the event blasted off with a performance by New York's most sexually confrontational drag king troupe, The Back Door Boys, giving it up (with dildos erect) for the dead and the living, lip synching and humping to the Back Street Boys' "I Want It This Way". Another Brother for a Day event included a performance of sound poetry – sounds that celebrate life, sex and joy. Life is something to hang on to was the message. "Come one. Come all. But please wear a condom!" has become a kind of a motto.

The first Brother for a Day event in Glasgow was Dec 1, 2005, in the basement disco of the Brunswick Hotel, courtesy of the Brunswick's lovely proprietors, Steven and Michael, and at which we raised £350 for the AIDS Charity, PHACE, Scotland. This year's event will take place courtesy of The Carnival Arts Centre, Glasgow, on Saturday December 1st, and is a benefit for the Terence Higgins Trust.

At each of the Brother for a Day events, I have performed as my brother, Donald, in remembrance and celebration of him - born 24th March 1947, died January 6, 1992."


4. John Jesurun, FF Alumn, at Japan Society, Dec 4,6, 8, 7:30 pm

Harry Partch's
Delusion of the Fury (1969)
Directed,Designed by John Jesurun,Musical Director Dean Drummond, Choreography by Dawn Akemi Saito.
Centennial Commission & First Ever

December 4 & 6-8 at 7:30 pm
Pre-performance lecture December 6 at 6:30 pm

For the first time, Japan Society commissions the unprecedented re-staging of Harry Partch's Delusion of the Fury, a large-scale music-theater piece.

Based on two Japanese noh plays and an Ethiopian folk tale, Delusion of the Fury has not been remounted since its 1969 premiere. In a rare production with 24 of Partch's unique instrument creations, MacArthur Fellow grantee John Jesurun directs and designs the production with award-winning music director and Harry Partch expert Dean Drummond, performed by Newband. Butoh-influenced artist Dawn Akemi Saito choreographs, completing the tour-de-force.

DEAN DRUMMOND, NEWBAND & PARTCH INFO CENTER http://www.newband.org/ PLAY PARTCH'S INSTRUMENTS http://musicmavericks.publicradio.org/features/feature_partch.html
Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOHBqFevy0k
BBC documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cKnTj2cyNQ
Delusion in 1969: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6buNHKzS-Nc

This program will be held at the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street at First Avenue.

Order tickets online at www.japansociety.org, or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Monday through Friday, 10 am -
4:45 pm.


5. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, new website now online, and at Jalopy, Brooklyn, Dec 2

My colleague Anthony Matt and I are launching The Ullage Group, devoted to celebrating all things contrarian, paradoxical, lost, unpopular, and forgotten. You can take a look at www.ullagegroup.com.

Our first event will take place Sunday afternoon at 3, Dec. 2, at Jalopy, 315 Columbia St., Red Hook, Brooklyn. It's called "The Five Sides of a Machine"; and will examine the pros and cons of current and obsolete projection systems (from, of course, five different criteria). Lantern slides, filmstrips, stereoscopic slides, and other delightful gizmos will be up and running. There will also be keynote speechlets and the ceremonial uncorking of the ullage. More info is at the website and at www.jalopy.biz.


6. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at Femina Potens, San Francisco, opening Dec 1


by Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens
from the Yellow Year of the Love Art Lab (See www.loveartlab.org)

December 1 through December 30, 2007

Opening reception:
December 1, 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Yellow snacks and sips served.
At 9:00 sharp, a séance will be held to summons and make love with the spirit of Marcel Duchamp.

Femina Potens (New location)
2199 Market Street @ Sanchez, in San Francisco, Ca. 94114
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

View Big Nudes Descending a Staircase, Lifting Belly Drawings, Etant Données X2, Readymade R. Muff, Yellow Wedding Three, + more.


7. Ann Magnuson, FF Alumn, at Cue Art Foundation, NY, Dec 7, 6:30 pm

Phranc and Ann Magnuson in Conversation with William Corbett
with a Performance to Follow
Friday, December 7, 6:30pm

William Corbett, poet and member of CUE's Advisory Council, will participate in a conversation with the artist Phranc and exhibition curator Ann Magnuson, followed by a short musical performance which will feature Phranc and Magnuson serenading the audience with songs from their respective oeuvres, ghost stories, protest songs and odes to Billy Joel and Woody Guthrie sing-a-longs brought to you as one life-lovin' jamboree in front of a cracklin', flame-retardent campfire!

Admission to the performance is free but reservations are required, please call 212-206-3583 or e-mail ryan.white@cueartfoundation.org to make a reservation.

Please be sure to visit Colin McMullan, CUE's current artist in residence, whose studio is located on the foundation's lower level.

511 West 25th Street, (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
New York, NY 10001
For more information please visit

CUE Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Support for CUE's 2007 Exhibition Season and related activities is provided in part by Accademia Charitable Foundation, Ltd., Viking Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Holland + Knight Charitable Foundation Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York Council on the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Advertising support provided by The Brooklyn Rail.


8. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, in Gijon, Spain, thru Jan 7, 2008

Curated by Juan Ramon Barbancho

CENTRO DE CULTURA ANTIGUO INSTITUTO DE GIJÓN November 16, 2007 - January 7, 2008

Centro de Cultura
Antiguo Instituto. Sala 2
c/Jovellanos, 21
Gijón, España


Galería Espacio Líquido
C/Jovelanos, 3
Gijon, España

Participating Artists:

Dionisio González
Sven Pählsson
Juan Carlos Robles
Christoph Rütimann
Marisa González
Jennifer Allora y Guillermo Calzadilla
Juan Carlos Robles
Alex Campoy,
Francis Naranjo Tomás Muñoz
Samuel Sánchez
Nicolás Dumit Estévez
Avelino Sala
Arthur Kleinjan
Jorge Santos


9. Helen Varley Jamieson, FF Alumn, at Goldsmiths College, London, UK, Dec 7

Avatar Body Collision will perform their current show, "Belonging", at 7pm UK time on Friday 7 December, at the opening of the conference "Intimacy across Visceral and Digital Performance" (http://www.intimateperformance.org) at Goldsmiths College, London.

Find your local time here: http://tinyurl.com/2bladc

& follow this link to the live stage at show-time: http://upstage.org.nz:8081/stages/belonging


Daria is stuck. She was supposed to be en route from the insular world of her village and the tatters of her personal life. She was supposed to be following those brave, glamourous heroines from the 1950s movies of her childhood - stepping out across borders to a new life in the west.

But Daria is stuck. Unable to articulate any sense of 'home', nor comforted by the sentimental objects she has packed in her suitcase, her journey has been waylaid in the worst possible way.

With the thematic that addresses power, ownership and modern slavery, "Belonging" by Avatar Body Collision.


helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst


10. Barry Wallenstein, FF Alumn, at Cornelia St. Café, NY, Dec 22

An Evening of Poetry and Music

Barry Wallenstein: poetry
with the
Eric Plaks Trio
& Guest Artist:
Vincent Chancey: French Horn

Guest Poets to be Announced

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 6pm

Cornelia St. Café
29 Cornelia St.
(Between Bleecker St. & W. 4th, just west of 6th Ave.)
(212) 989-9319

[$10 cover ( includes one drink)
$7 for students]


11. Yvonne Brooks, FF ALumn, at Ai.lov.iu gallery, Brooklyn, opening Dec 1

Franklin Furnace Alumn, Yvonne Brooks, will be part of the "100 Bucks" Exhibit at ai.luv.iu, a new Fort Greene, Brooklyn Gallery, at 85 Fort Greene Place.
Opening Party: Dec. 1, 2007 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibit runs from Dec. 1-23, 2007

85 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217


12. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Blue Stockings, NY, Dec 1, 7 pm

Judith Sloan in Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America. Performance of monologues, images, and sounds portraying the struggles, humor, and pathos of new immigrants and refugees in Queens, NY, the most polyglot place on the planet based on Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan’s critically acclaimed book, Crossing the BLVD (W.W. Norton) Discussion on Cross-Cultural Dialogues and Immigration to follow performance.
Date: Saturday, December 1


LOCATION: Blue Stockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington: 212.777.6028

FEE: $10 donation requested

Links: http://www.crossingtheblvd.org

About the Performance: As immigration policy is being hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security, Crossing the BLVD presents the very human stories of why new immigrants and refugees have migrated to the United States and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11. The narration in the performance includes Lehrer’s experience of growing up in queens, and commentary and perspective as Sloan “channels” many of the people that the couple interviewed on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens. Sloan is a mesmerizing performer, whose vocalization work and movement bring these characters to life. The performance is illuminated by projections of Lehrer’s stunning photographs of the subjects, objects they have carried with them from home to home, and landscapes and maps, along with Sloan’s soundtrack of original music, sounds, and voices.

"Crossing the BLVD boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century..." Eve Ensler, Author the Vagina Monologue
"Immigrant life as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America's big cities..." The Washington Post
"An offbeat ethnic tour of one of the country’s most ethnically diverse counties... Riveting stories about a new wave of immigrants to America..." The New York Times
“Oral history with a twist." The World, BBC / PRI, Public Radio International
Winner Brendan Gill Prize, Municipal Art Society of New York 2004

About the artist:
Actress, oral historian, writer, and audio artist/radio producer, Judith Sloan’s work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. Works include Denial of the Fittest, Responding to Chaos, and A Tattle Tale. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work in theatre and radio which focuses on voices often ignored by the mass media including: Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, etc.; the Brendan Gill Prize 2004, BAXten Artists Award 2005, & Third Coast International Audio Festival, short doc competition, 2005. She is co-founder EarSay, a non-profit arts organization, and directs Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through the Arts, a mentorship project creating collaborations between disparate communities. A frequent guest lecturer on college campuses on issues of diversity, human rights, and the arts, Sloan’s work has been published by Second Story Press, W.W. Norton, and the New York Times. Her theatre and radio works have been produced throughout the U.S. and abroad at venues including La Mama, The Public Theatre, and The Smithsonian Institution, on NPR, and WNYC. She has been collaborating on multimedia projects with Warren Lehrer since 1990.


13. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Café Leila, Berkeley, CA, Dec 3

Exploring Vision Caves Poetry Event
Monday, December 3, 2007 6pm

Hosted by Frank Moore

A FREE poetry event in Berkeley @
Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Avenue
(between Virginia St. & Delaware St.)
Berkeley, CA 94702
Great Food & Coffees & Teas!


Monday, December 3

Call (510) 526-7858 or email fmoore@eroplay.com for more info!


14. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, in The Brooklyn Rail, November 2007

Roberta Allen's stories appear in the November issue of the Brooklyn Rail.

She is the author of eight books and over a hundred and fifty published stories in such literary magazines as Bomb, Open City, and Epoch. Stories from her new manuscript A SHOWGIRL WITH PASTIES appear or are forthcoming in The Saint Ann's Review, KGB Bar Lit Online, The Vestal Review, Big Bridge, Gargoyle, RIVERINE: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, and CREATIVE WRITING IN FOUR GENRES, Bedford/St. Martin's Press. She is also a visual and conceptual artist who exhibited worldwide.



15. Brody Condon, FF Alumn, in the NY Times, Nov 23

On November 23, 2007, the New York Times rand the following:

Virgil de Voldère
526 West 26th Street, Chelsea
Through Dec. 15

Brody Condon is one of several new-media artists who hack into and transform existing software, drawing parallels between virtual violence and actual military technology. In the more peaceful and contemplative “3 Modifications” he uses current computer games to update Northern European masterpieces by Dieric Bouts, Gerard David and Hans Memling. Mr. Condon’s digital tableaux vivants — he calls them “self-playing video games” — draw unexpected connections between the iconography of Flemish masters and the quasi-religious fantasy worlds on our screens.

To his credit Mr. Condon does not simply animate the paintings. He reworks and restages them, replacing the Christ in David’s baptism scene with a diseased, potbellied creature, or dramatically enlarging the heavenly gates from the left panel of Memling’s “Last Judgment” triptych. Motion is kept to a minimum: water rippling, bodies dancing in place.

“Resurrection (after Bouts)” works best, perhaps because the smaller scale of the projection allows for sharper, more painterly imagery. In the original a red-robed Christ is shown rising from the tomb; in Mr. Condon’s version an androgynous blue figure demonstrates the yoga “tree” pose next to a blazing campfire and indifferent spectators. Even viewers who are not intimately familiar with the Bouts will grasp the late-medieval references and the idea of an infinitely resurrectable avatar. KAREN ROSENBERG


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