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Contents for April 30, 2012

1. Helène Aylon, FF Alumn, announces new publication

The book is called,
"Whatever is Contained Must Be Released:
My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist."

The book should be out in the bookstores soon.
Meanwhile, the book can be ordered through Amazon.
For info, please contact The Feminist Press
www.feministpress.org/

Here's a link to the Publishers Weekly review:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-55861-768-1

Helène

www.heleneaylon.com

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2. Yoshiko Chuma, Robert Flynt, FF Alumns, at La MaMa, Manhattan, May 9-12

Love Story, Palestine
Concept, Design, and Choreography by Yoshiko Chuma
Weds - Sat; May 9-12, 2012

FREE ADMISSION. Reservations https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/912803

Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa
66 East 4th Street (between 2nd Ave and Bowery)
Part of La MaMa Moves! Festival/ 50th Anniversary Season

Featuring members of Palestinian Dance Troupe El-Funoun from Ramallah
In association with ROOT CULTURE in Kamakura, Japan

Dance by Miriam Parker, Saori Tsukada, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Sari Husseini, Anas Abu Oun and Yoshiko Chuma with Francisca Benitez, Sara Galassini, Catherine Galasso, Hazuki Homma and Mina Nishimura

Music by Sizzle Ohtaka, Aska Kaneko with Robert Black

Photography by Robert Flynt
Sound Design excerpts from "6 Seconds in Ramallah" by Koji Setoh
'Dabke' Choreography by El-Funoun Dance Troupe

5 monitors perform video documentation
5 moveable panels and 30'x30' tarps fill the space

Cutting-edge choreographer Yoshiko Chuma continues a lifetime obsession with danger. In Love Story, Palestine, she intentionally confuses documentation with history, recreating segments from her own documented events in Ramallah, Palestine. Chuma assembles a mosaic of images and interviews whose content may pertain to pain, as if framing theater with barbed wire. Miriam Parker, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Saori Tsukada--a cast of three who have never been to Palestine--will create energetic tension with El-Funoun members Sari Husseini and Ana Abu Oun. Traditional dance is juxtaposed with contemporary movement in a borderless environment constantly reshaped by sculptural objects. Yoshiko Chuma herself performs on the backdrop of Robert Flynt's photography.

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3. Alicia Hall Moran, Adam Pendleton & Lorraine O'Grady, FF Alumns, at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan, May 9-13

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART/
THE 2012 WHITNEY BIENNIAL:

BLEED: 5 days of MUSIC

by
Alicia Hall Moran + Jason Moran

http://whitney.org/Events/AliciaHallMoranAndJasonMoranInResidence

art - JOAN JONAS, ADAM PENDLETON+LORRAINE O'GRADY, KARA WALKER, SIMONE LEIGH, LIZ MAGIC LASER, GLENN LIGON

idea - CHARLES BLOW, AKIBA SOLOMON, MAURICE BERGER, GREG TATE, DREAM HAMPTON, RADICLANI CLYTUS, DAPHNE BROOKS, JOSSLYN LUCKETT, GUTHRIE RAMSEY

body - RASHIDA BUMBRAY+ADENIKE SHARPLEY, MARGARET PAEK, LAMICHAEL LEONARD, GWEN ELLISON, JESSICA WOLF, JANE PAGE
sound - ESPERANZA SPALDING, BILL FRISELL, BRANDON ROSS, GREG OSBY, TARUS MATEEN, THE BANDWAGON, AYAKO WATANABE, JAMIRE WILLIAMS, ABDOU M'BOUP, KAORU WATANABE, GILA GOLDSTEIN, LATASHA N. NEVADA DIGGS, RALPH ALESSI, MARVIN SEWELL, STEVEN HERRING and THOMAS FLIPPIN.

...and you.

http://www.aliciahallmoran.com

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4. Kanene Holder, Lawrence Graham-Brown, FF Alumns, online at lowlive.net/home April 28

DANGER/FEAR/ANGER: Blue Man is WOLF to Black Man is an interactive, multi-media poetic performance. D/F/A investigates the emotions, desensitization and (in)visibility of the police and victims of police brutality through monologues, mime, media and music. Blue Man is Wolf to Black Man plays with ancient Roman Playwright Platus' theory that man is man's only natural predator. Developed in response to the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, D/F/A is rooted in the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed and styled in the Ms. Holder's genre of Shock and Awe with a Political Aftertaste, D/F/A yearns to "Extinguish the flames of hatred with a flood of dialog- Daisaku Ikeda (Buddhist philosopher).

D/F/A will premiere at the Center for Performance Research (CPR)
&
SELECTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL LOW LIVES-

D/F/A WILL AIR @ 5pm on 4/28
TUNE IN: www.lowlive.net/home

please email kanene.holder@gmail.com
for further information

Contact:
Jorge Rojas, Low Lives Founding Director,
keoqui@gmail.com, 917.757.7626

Low Lives 4
Networked Performance Festival
International Exhibition of Live Performances Streamed Worldwide

Low Lives is pleased to present Low Lives 4, the fourth installment in a series of annual international art events. Low Lives 4 will feature more than 50 live performance-based works over two days, each transmitted over the web and projected in real time at venues across the globe. The exhibition will begin on Friday, April 27 from 8:30-11:30p.m. (EST) and continue on Saturday, April 28 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. (EST).

Founded in 2009 by artist and independent curator Jorge Rojas, Low Lives highlights works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performative practices. The project celebrates the transmission of ideas beyond geographical and cultural borders, offering global audiences the opportunity to consider live performance in both physical and virtual space.

By featuring performances at numerous venues and broadcasting those works via online networks, Low Lives provides a new model for efficiently presenting, viewing, and archiving live performance-based art. The annual exhibition embraces low-tech aesthetics, such as low pixel images and muddled sound quality, to emphasize the raw quality of the broadcast and reception of the works.

Low Lives has found new momentum after presenting Low Lives Occupy! in New York City on March 3, 2012. Low Lives partnered with Occupy with Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU to present a one-night-only festival of simulcast performances by 36 artists and collectives committed to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The well-received Low Lives Occupy! program offered new perspectives on the Occupy protests and expanded the reach of the movement by broadcasting to an international community.

"Over the past four years Low Lives has developed a platform that invites and enables artists, audiences, and presenting venues to "plug in and participate" from anywhere an internet connection exists," Rojas explains. "Low Lives is not simply about the presentation of performative gestures at a particular place and time, it is also about exploring the potential of live streaming networks as a creative medium connecting performance artists with audiences around the world."

Low Lives 4 is co-produced by the Brooklyn-based arts organizations Chez Bushwick (www.chezbushwick.net) and SPREAD ART (www.spreadart.org), as well as Colombian artist, Juan Obando (www.juanobando.com). The international 2012 festival will be conducted by Jorge Rojas from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah (www.umfa.utah.edu).

Participating Artists
Austin Adkins | Regina Agu | Lindsey Allgood + Amy Luznicky | Emma Alonze | Mauricio Ancalmo | Angela Bartram + Mary O'Neill | Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte | Ruth Vigueras Bravo | Caryana Castillo | Khalil Charif | Matthew Thomas Cianfrani | Gina Cuntstruct | Elwin Cotman | Dance Troupe Practice + Luciana D'Anunciação | Ian Deleon + Kara Stokowski | Stephanie Diamond | Bados Earthling + The Wild Audio Society | Michelle Ellsworth | Ursula Endlicher | Tim Eriksen | Francesca Fini | Les Filles Föllen | Marcel William Foster + Dunstan Matungwa | Future Death Toll | Lawrence Graham-Brown | Alejandro Guzmán | Matt Hawthorn | Joseph Herring | Kanene Holder | James Holland + Alycia Bright Holland | Linda Hutchins | Rima Najdi | Samantha Jones | Igor Josifov | Nathaniel Katz + Valentina Curandi | Elizabeth Leister | Jonathan Lemieux | Gideonsson/Londré | Jonatan Lopez | Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen | Soukei Matsuo | MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art | Nataliya Petkova | Blatta Orientalis | Alexandre Pombo-Mendes | prOphecy sun | Stefan Riebel | Tara Raye Russo | Nuria Guiu Sagarra | Maximiliano Siñani | Jonathan Sutton | Étienne Tremblay-Tardif | Elinor Thompson | Robert Tyree + Andra Rotaru | Marcus Vinícius | A.G. Viva | Alyssa Taylor Wendt | Amelia Winger-Bearskin | Martin Zet |

Presenting Partners
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art (Newark, New Jersey); Center for Performance Research (CPR) (Brooklyn, New York); Chez Bushwick (Brooklyn, New York); Co-Lab (Austin, Texas); Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami, Florida); Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas); Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, New York); Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Little Berlin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Living Arts (Tulsa, Oklahoma); Mascher Space Co-op (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) (Portland, Oregon); Real Art Ways (Harford, Connecticut); SOMArts (San Francisco, California); Space One Eleven (Birmingham, Alabama): Spread Art (Brooklyn, New York); Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) (Salt Lake City, Utah); Alice Yard (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago); the temporary space (USA/Japan); Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts (YICA) (Yamaguchi, Japan); Dimanche Rouge (Paris, France); La Maison des Artistes (Paris, France); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá (MAC) (Colombia); At The Vanishing Point (Sydney, Australia); Small Projects (Tromsø, Norway); Ateliers '89, Contemporary Art Institute (Aruba)

A live simulcast of the event will be streamed on April 27 and 28 at www.lowlives.net.

About Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. He uses traditional and new media, as well as performative elements to investigate communication systems and the effect of technology on artistic production, social structures and communities. Rojas' work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally. In 2009, Rojas founded Low Lives, where he currently serves as director, producer, and curator.

About Chez Bushwick
Chez Bushwick, an artist-run organization based in Brooklyn, is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on new choreography. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has been acknowledged as a new model for economic sustainability in the performing arts, offering $8/hour subsidized rehearsal space, and thereby fostering the creation, development, and performance of new work. Chez Bushwick is also responsible for a number of performance programs that encourage artistic freedom, collaboration, and creative risk-taking.
www.chezbushwick.net

About Juan Obando
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juan Obando received a BA in Industrial Design with a minor in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. In 2005 he started the ongoing BZC Media Corporation Project (an international art unit based in Bogotá, with cells in Venezuela, USA, and The Netherlands,) and has subsequently been exhibiting throughout The USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Colombia and Venezuela. His work has been selected twice for Colombia's "Salon Nacional de Artistas" (2008, 2010) and reviewed by different international publications. After receiving an MFA in Electronic and Time-Based Art from Purdue University, Juan currently works between Colombia and The USA and holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Elon University in North Carolina. www.juanobando.com

About SPREAD ART
SPREAD ART is an artist-run creative incubator designed to foster new works through collaborations with artists and curators from around the world. SPREAD ART supports emerging artists through group and solo exhibitions, music events, and performance showcases. SPREAD ART provides opportunities for all kids and adults to explore their creativity and increase self-awareness through art. SPREAD ART assists artists and arts organizations to begin new art events or evolve existing events in their community. SPREAD ART looks forward to hearing how we can support your creative endeavors.
www.spreadart.org

For more information, please visit www.lowlives.net

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5. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, April 23-27

David Khang, in collaboration with Emilio Rojas
"Extracion & Insertion: Wisdom & Juicio"
in Transmuted International Performance Festival,
Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City

David Khang will perform his dentistry skill set to work with Emilio Rojas, whose wisdom teeth ("muelas del juicio" in Spanish) will be extracted, while being inserted / tattooed with the words "Wisdom" and "Judgement". Two teeth will be extracted in Vancouver (Rojas' current residence), and the other two in Mexico City (Rojas' hometown)
as a metaphor of cultural and embodied displacement/extraction.

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6. Michelle Handelman, FF Member, at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, April 28, and more

Michelle Handelman Spring 2012

Dear Friends,

I'm excited to be presenting the single-channel version of Dorian, a cinematic perfume with a live performance by Flawless Sabrina this week in Philadelphia (her hometown!) Please join us at Vox Populi if you're nearby. Nina Gara Bozicnik has curated an awesome show in Boston coming up in May, and the KUSF radio interview between myself and performance artist Jennifer Locke is now online. Hope to see you somewhere this spring...

Vox Populi, Philadelphia
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm
Screening of Dorian, a cinematic perfume with live performance by Mother Flawless Sabrina. Post-show Q + A with Michelle Handelman and Mother Flawless Sabrina

and

Boston Center for the Arts
Pretty Ugly curated by Nina Gara Bozicnik
May 18, 2012 - June 24, 2012
Opening Reception with Performance by Charmaine Wheatley
Friday, May 18 | 6-8pm

Exhibition walkthrough with the curator
Thursday, May 31 | 6pm

Artists: Kate Gilmore, Nicole Cherubini, Ashley Nightingale, Michelle Handelman
Charmaine Wheatley, Lauren Kalman, Summer Wheat, Marilyn Minter

and

KUSF in Exile / Radio Interview
Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture, DJ Margaret

Radio conversation between artists Michelle Handelman, visiting from New York for a talk at the San Francisco Art Institute and Bay Area performance artist Jennifer Locke on their work, current projects and confessional stories about living in the Bay Area during the sex radical 90s. The show opens with a half hour of music, including the soundtrack from Handelman's Dorian, a cinematic perfume with music by Vincent Baker, Lustmord, Armen Ra, Nadia Sirota and Stephan Tcherepnin.

Soundtrack from Dorian starts at 11:06
Interview starts at 45:20

and

7th Berlin Biennale / ARTWIKI

Organized by 7th Berlin Biennale curator Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warzwa, ArtWiki applies the principles of the Open Web to the art world. Until today the gatekeepers of the art system collect thousands and thousands of applications, picked by overworked juries and pre-selectors, to legitimize the openness of their institutional organization. We want to question if the circulation of digital representations of original art works in fact conflicts with market interest. Each artist is invited to put their artistic and political statements online to build one of the most open resources of online portfolios of contemporary art production anywhere, fully controlled by the individual artists themselves and free for any kind of use. ArtWiki facilitates easier and more democratic access to art.

http://artwiki.org/Michelle_Handelman

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7. Pablo Helguera, FF Alumn, at Hunter College, Manhattan, May 3

Hunter College

Pablo Helguera and Paola Santoscoy on the Mercosul Biennial
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Visiting Artists and Critics Talk
Thursday, May 3: 6:30pm
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue - North Building, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10065

RSVP at latinam@hunter.cuny.edu

www.latinamericanartathunter.org

How could interacting with artworks help viewers learn more about their world? How could it even help them improve it? These were the utopian questions curators Pablo Helguera and Paola Santoscoy strove to answer at the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil this past fall. Helguera and Santoscoy will discuss how they collaborated with artists to blend pedagogy and artistic production, offering audiences opportunities to participate in socially engaged art.

Pablo Helguera is a New York based artist, educator, and author. He explores history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory, and the absurd in work that takes many forms. Recently he performed The School of Panamerican Unrest, a nomadic think-tank on wheels, which he drove 20,000 miles, from Alaska to Argentina, to create one of the most extensive public art projects on record. Helguera is Director of Adult and Academic Programs at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Paola Santoscoy is a curator and critic of contemporary art based in Mexico City. She organized The Nature of Things for the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, is co-founder of the curatorial project 111 (one artist, one day, one night), and is currently the director of El Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City. In 2009, she earned an M.A. degree from the Visual and Critical Studies Program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Visiting Artists and Critics program brings key figures from Latin America to Hunter College to address topics in contemporary art and scholarship through talks with students and the New York community. In addition to this forum, Cisneros Visiting Artists and Critics conduct studio visits and seminar discussions with Hunter M.F.A. and M.A. students during their residency.

For more information about the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Visiting Artists and Critics Program at Hunter College, please go to www.latinamericanartathunter.org.

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8. Laura Parnes, Nicole Eisenman, Emily Roysdon, FF Alumns, at The Kitchen, Manhattan, April 30

The Kitchen presents the New York premiere of County Down, A live-action animated film by artist Laura Parnes, On Monday, April 30, The Kitchen presents the New York premiere of artist Laura Parnes's film County Down, which is an episodic, web-based live-action animation exploring an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community, brought on by a teenage girl's invention of a designer drug. Following the screening, Parnes will lead a discussion with filmmaker Matt Wolf, Lia Gangitano, of Participant, Inc, and Kitchen curator Matthew Lyons. The event will start at 7:00 P.M.
at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Admission is free.

County Down is a multi-platform project, combining web-based elements, a video installation and a feature film component. Mirroring rave culture and the unbridled optimism around technology during the 1990s, County Down presents a society so obsessed with novelty and consumerism that it euphorically embraces its own destruction. The film uses the structure of youth-culture media products, such as horror and science fiction movies, video games and coming-of-age films as a barometer of cultural depression. In this live-action animation, reality and illusion intermingle, creating a highly stylized world of visual excess. The multigenerational cast of downtown performers and artists including: Chloe Bass, Becca Blackwell, Ellen Cantor, Patty Chang, Marti Domination, Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, Jim Fletcher, James Fotopoulos, Gibson Frazier, Daniel Graff, Andy Haynes, William Powhida, Emily Roysdon, FF Alumn, Kate Valk, Stephanie Vella and Sacha Yanow. The soundtrack and musical arrangements are by Johanna Fateman, formerly of Le Tigre, and also include music by JD Samson, Wynne Greenwood, Long Hind Legs and Lesbians On Ecstasy. Costumes and styling are by GGrippo. County Down is the story of Angel, a teenage resident of a gated community. She develops a designer drug with potentially apocalyptic side effects. The drug, called Quix, is the ultimate consumer product, highly addictive and cheap to produce. This substance is a relative of ergot, a rye contaminate responsible for St. Anthony's Fire, inducing symptoms that include hallucinations and gangrene. It is also the fungus from which LSD is derived. Those that ingest the drug develop immunity but become unwitting carriers. Angel holds the key to the outbreak and its prevention - but her own debilitating addiction to both the drug and her self-made success clouds her judgment. Angel is intoxicated with power and enraptured by the disaster she set in motion. As Angel's friends band together to fight the infected adults, their social order becomes more and more distorted. Consumption becomes addiction, which, in turn, hastens the spread of disease. As the authorities close in, Angel clings to her delusions ferociously.

Laura Parnes is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work engages narrative film and video art to blur the lines between storytelling conventions and experimentation. She combines elements like continuity and dialogue with highly stylized sets and performances to present non-linear narratives as installations that utilize the architectural space of a gallery or museum. By using cinematic citation as an element of site-specific installation, the staging of her own productions reverberate in exhibition settings, often requiring the audience to physically enter a scripted environment or re-creation of the set. Parnes's installations operate at a symbolic and sculptural level, while maintaining a narrative coherence that points to a future in which reality is tightly nested in layers of art, pop culture and experience. Parnes has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; LOOP Festival, Barcelona; Light Industry, Brooklyn; Kusthalle Winterhur, Switzerland; Overgaden- Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN; Cinematexas, Austin, TX; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Museo
Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Whitney Museum of American Art (1997 Whitney Biennial), NY; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; PSI Contemporary Art Center MoMA, NY; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, FL; and Brooklyn Museum, NY. Solo exhibitions include the upcoming LA> Funding Credits: This program is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

ABOUT THE KITCHEN
The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists' talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.

Box Office Information:
212.255.5793 ext. 11
Tue-Sat, 2-6pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
www.thekitchen.org

Press Contact: Blake Zidell & Associates
tel: 718.643.9052
fax: 718.643.9502
yuri@blakezidell.com or blake@blakezidell.com

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9. Lenora Champagne, Lizzie Olesker, FF Alumns, at New Ohio Theatre, Manhattan, May 17-20

TINY LIGHTS at the New Ohio!

Lenora Champagne and Lizzie Olesker will be performing our dual solos, Memory's Storehouse and Infinite Miniature, at the New Ohio Theatre, May 17-20 (Thurs-Sat at 8; Sunday at 5). Additional information below. Cheers!

Thursday-Saturday May 17-19 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday May 20 @ 5 p.m.
Admission: $20 Students: $15

at the New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher St. btwn Greenwich St & Washington
newohiotheatre.org (212)675.6446

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10. Lorraine O'Grady, FF Alumn, in The Village Voice, April 25

Lorraine O'Grady's Hair Stare Fare
A veteran artist turns cultural identity into abstract art
Comments By Ben Davis Wednesday, Apr 25 2012

Lorraine O'Grady, a performance pioneer, is herself a character more interesting than almost any she could invent. Born in 1934 of mixed Caribbean and Irish background, she graduated from Wellesley in 1954, worked as a government economist, lived in Scandinavia, volunteered for Jesse Jackson, did translations for Playboy, and penned some pioneering rock-and-roll criticism (including for The Village Voice)-all before deciding to become a visual artist in the turbulent post-conceptual New York of the late 1970s.

These days, O'Grady is having something of a renaissance. The inclusion of her work in a survey of feminist art at P.S.1 a few years ago led to a surge of fresh activity, inspiring, among other things, her current show at Alexander Gray Associates, which centers on a new video-a relatively new medium for her.

Why the interest now? O'Grady has lived between a heck of a lot of worlds, which probably makes her work resonate with the polymorphous sensibility that is the contemporary vogue. On the other hand, her art has an underlying honesty and social intelligence that makes it refreshing in the present context of easy nihilism.

Two works have become her signatures. The first, a guerrilla performance series that began around 1980, had her assume the fanciful persona known as "Mlle Bourgeoise Noire." Clad in a dress stitched together of white gloves and carrying a cat-o'-nine-tails, she would crash openings at the New Museum, then still a kind of alternative space catering to the mainly white downtown set, or the then-thriving Just Above Midtown gallery, dedicated to the African-American avant-garde, and issue cryptic, poetic rants about the parochialism of the separate scenes.

If this work seemed meant to shake up art, O'Grady's second-most-famous piece, from 1983, deliberately sidestepped the art context almost entirely: She created a float for a community parade in Harlem, giving marchers empty gold frames so that they could frame themselves and their surroundings as artworks, thereby crossbreeding conceptualism's rarefied "its art because I say it is" posturing with some up-with-people neighborhood empowerment.

Mixing a lyrically critical spirit and back-to-basics sobriety, the tone of O'Grady's new video, Landscape (Western Hemisphere), falls somewhere in between this pair. A soundtrack of cicadas and bird chirps at first suggests that the black-and-white clip depicts a natural landscape, perhaps a field of blowing weeds. In fact, for close to 20 minutes, what it offers is a simple close-up of O'Grady's own hair as she stands between two fans, the air charging her tresses with jittery, wispy animation.

O'Grady has been preoccupied with cultural identity all her life, and hair is, of course, a potent symbol of both culture and identity. Her own hair bears within it the specific evidence of her mixed ethnic background, and the idea of dwelling on its texture is a deliberate part of the piece. (An earlier pair of photo works from the '90s on the theme of colonialism and miscegenation, also on view, hit home the theme.) Yet the video's entire essence is to zoom in until O'Grady's locks give up their hidden, abstract life-it really is a quiet pleasure to sit and stare at the patterns on-screen like a sort of hirsute Rorschach test. The video both is and is not about Lorraine O'Grady and her hair-the idea being that we always are and are not who we think we are or want to be, a thought that seems very contemporary indeed.

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11. Bob Holman, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, April 24

Poets' 'Natural Habitat'
By V.L. HENDRICKSON

Bob Holman reads 'Ballade of a Talked-Off Ear,' by Dorothy Parker, at Back Forty restaurant.

There was only one poem in the lineup at the Academy of American Poets' Cocktails & Poetry Slam on Saturday afternoon that poet Bob Holman didn't know. "But I know the people he's talking about," said Mr. Holman, founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, said, taking a sip of one of the signature cocktails created for the event.

The drink, called a Ward of the Bar, was made with Lord Alfred Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar" in mind. Its creator, Nathan Connor, was one of eight bartenders recruited to participate in the slam by Peter Hoffman, owner of Back Forty restaurant in the East Village, where the event was held.

"Rye has a real bite," said Mr. Holman, in a striped jacket and black, round-framed glasses. "'Crossing the bar' is a seafaring term; it means dying. And that has some bite to it." The drink, made with lemon and orange juices and mint, was a bit too fruity for Mr. Holman, but he was happy after the addition of another "wee dram" of the Templeton Rye.

Soon he was reading Tennyson's work to the poetry- and cocktail-loving crowd (earlier, he called the bar a poet's "natural habitat"). After Tennyson, Mr. Holman moved on to Michael Neff's bourbon-based Hell Bent for Leather, based on "Untitled," a Zen poem by Jack Kerouac. Mr. Neff was also part of the inaugural event last year, when he looked to Pablo Neruda for inspiration.

The academy created the Cocktails & Poetry Slam, now in its second year, as part of National Poetry Month. "We're always looking ways poetry is part of our lives outside a traditional poetry reading," said Beth Harrison, interim executive director of the academy. " And I'm so impressed with the mixologist's chosen poems!"

But, she says, it is Mr. Hoffman who does the heavy lifting: enticing the bartenders to come up with their concoctions and creating a menu to accompany them. "We used to have poetry dinners at Savoy," he said of his now-closed restaurant while spreading goat feta on crackers and sprinkling them with Urfa pepper from Turkey. When the academy approached him about the slam, he was happy to help. "We're all really friends and fellow travelers who share the love of an idea."

Mr. Holman made his way around the room, reading poems and drinking cocktails inspired by the likes of Dorothy Parker ("Bitter. It is so bitter," is what he had to say about the Sauvetage, made with gin and grapefruit.) and E.E. Cummings (in college, he'd bring out "100 Poems," the collection in which the piece is included, when he was trying to impress a lady).

Outside in the garden, he picked up his next drink and motioned to a fellow sitting nearby. "This is the only poet who bothered to show up," Mr. Holman said of Cristopher Michel, the only featured poet who has yet to cross the bar. The two read Mr. Michel's "Poem in which I am an a-" together. The piece was the one poem with which Mr. Holman was unfamiliar, but he says he knew the characters in the poem, Bernadette and Peter.

After the two read the last line together, Mr. Holman toasted Mr. Michel, saying: "We didn't know each other before. And now we do."

A version of this article appeared April 24, 2012, on page A21 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Poets' 'Natural Habitat'.

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12. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at Tre D Gallery, Maestre, Italy, opening May 18

Claire Jeanine Satin will have an exhibition: BOOKWORKS & COLLAGES: CLAIRE JEANINE SATIN at the TRE D GALLERY in Maestre, Italy, opening on May 18th until June 15th, 2012. Maestre is about 20 minutes by vaporetto from Venice. Claire is currently an artist in residence in Venice for two months. this is her 2nd residency there. clairesatin @gmail.com

The gallery can be reached at Galleria 3D, Piazzale Candiani 31, Palazzo Donatello, Maestre, Venezia, Italia cantierecorpoluogo@gmail.com

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13. Vito Acconci, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 26

New York Times
April 26, 2012
Exhibits From 2 Artists in Their 70s
By A. C. LEE
Nothing rewards a provocateur quite like the art world, but not every enfant terrible turns éminence grise. Two artists who have made that transition, however, currently have work on view in New York.
Now in their 70s, Vito Acconci and La Monte Young came of age during a time that redefined what it meant to be an artist. In the new art of performance, installation and video in the late 1960s paintings leapt from the walls and statues sprang to life. Long-held conceptions of space and time - and propriety - were no longer taken for granted.

Mr. Acconci made his name with performances involving the kind of sexually charged shenanigans that would make the Miser blush to recount. Mr. Young, a classically trained composer, wowed downtowners with scores consisting of directions like "Draw a straight line and follow it."

With the installation "Lobby-for-the-Time-Being," in the North Wing Lobby of the Bronx Museum of the Arts since 2009, Mr. Acconci maintains a firm presence in the borough where he was born in 1940. Acconci Studio, his architecture and design firm in Brooklyn, has filled the lobby with a web of white Corian, creating a long, undulating wall resembling giant paper snowflakes. After announcing last month that it was dropping its admission fee, the Bronx Museum should be an even more attractive destination to all New Yorkers.

If on some level art involves, to paraphrase Arthur Rimbaud, a derangement of the senses, Mr. Young and his artistic collaborator Marian Zazeela have taken that principle to an extreme. On Church Street in TriBeCa, Mr. Young and Ms. Zazeela's sound-and-light installation "Dream House" has been shuffling the synapses of its visitors for nearly two decades.

Through a nondescript front door and up a couple of flights of drab stairs is the modest-size loft housing this particular dream. Bathed in pink-purple light, punctuated by neon sculptures, the room throbs with a primordial drone that pours from several giant, cube-shaped speakers at concert volume.

To print the composition's full title would take up a fair chunk of this column. Suffice to say it starts with "The Base 9:7:4 Symmetry" and continues for another hundred or so words and numbers. The sophisticated blend of higher math and Eastern mysticism that went into its devising is enough to make the Miser's head spin.

Immersed in the sound, it's possible to play a crude melody simply by moving around the space or by sitting still and moving your head up and down or side to side. The room becomes a kind of primitive yet supple musical instrument.

As a small-scale, self-organized and self-sustaining enterprise - the suggested contribution is just $6 - "Dream House" is a marvel for its longevity, among other things. Those same virtues can sometimes result in unpredictability. On a recent visit the Miser was greeted by a sign announcing that the "Dream House" had closed early for the night. Disappointing, but not disheartening: if history is any guide, the "Dream House" will be open far into the future.

(Bronx Museum of the Arts: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Morrisania; 718-681-6000; bronxmuseum.org. "Dream House": Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. to midnight; 275 Church Street, between Franklin and White Streets, TriBeCa; 212-925-8270; melafoundation.org.)

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14. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, at Hammer Museum, LA, opening June 2, and more

Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, have created a film called "She Gone Rogue" that will be premiering at the FIRST Los Angeles Biennial Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer Museum. The biennial opens June 2nd and runs until September, and the film will play on a continous loop for the duration of the exhibition. The film features Warhol icon Holly Woodlawn, performance artist Dr. Vaginal Davis, legendary performer Flawless Sabrina, and My Parents.

and

The film will makes it's Los Angeles Debut at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater on Wednesday, August 22nd - SO SAVE THE DATE Los AngelinazzZ
Playing alongside cult documentary The Queen (1968) starring Flawless Sabrina AND Broken Goddess (1973) starring Holly Woodlawn
* conversation following *

and

"AT LEAST YOU KNOW YOU EXIST"
My last film, At Least you know you exist, will be installed at the Moscow International Bienniale for Young Art July - August 2012.

and

SHE GONE ROGUE Needs Your Help !!!

Dear friends, family, fans, frenemies, This is my attempt at being a self-aggrandizing legitimately organized artist and all-around official person. You've received this message because at some point in our lives we have corresponded, which could mean a range of things: I may be your former student, boss, lover, agent, accomplice, passenger, sister, subject, object, family member, or a ship passing in the night. In any case or in all cases, I adore and respect you and I sifted through a mess of disorganized contact lists to make sure you know THE TRUTH. Actually I don't know anything about the truth but I DO know about all the things that have been keeping me busy. So here goes nothing / everything:

We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise finishing funds $$$ and I would love it if you would take a minute to check it out. You can watch a video on it that Rhys and I made--it's only two minutes, it includes shots from the film, and I promise it'll put a smile on your face.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/460252371/she-gone-rogue

thank you.

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15. Alexander Viscio, FF Alumn, at International Atelier Ismet Mujezinovic, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 10, 17

Occupy, A.I.R., An Artist In Residence, 2012.
An outdoor installation/performance and exhibition by Alexander Viscio.

Alexander Viscio, an American artist from New York comes to the city of Tuzla to install, perform and exhibit a new work specifically designed for the International Atelier Ismet Mujezinovic in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina' inaugural Artist Residency Program.

The word "Occupy" will be built as an outdoor sculpture large enough to allow 200 people to enter and fill the space to capacity. A film crew documents the progression from directly above the installation until the entire space is filled. Video, photographs, models and other support materials will be included in an exhibition May 17th.

This work represents the culmination of the last 5 years where architectural models of profanities following the global economic downfall were made in wood and considered as public space for the public to enter the physical domain of a word becoming a transient agent and the content simultaneously.

It's no co-incidence the artists' residence comes on the 20th anniversary of this country's war with Serbia. Yet the artist maintains that the mission of this work lies in the visual/physical experience of those who visit the work while accepting all the social/political parallels as poignant.

Occupy A.I.R. introduces the human presence as an active form, a verb in the context of language or in this instance, a building of the word Occupy, inhabiting this form while informing, creating new forms.

Occupy A.I.R 2012, Alexander Viscio
International Atelier Ismet Mujezinovic in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Performance, May 10th.
Exhibition, May 17th.

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16. Mark Tribe, FF Alumn, at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, opening May 5

I have an exhibition of new work at Momenta Art in Bushwick from May 5 through June 18, 2012.

The opening reception is on Saturday, May 5, from 7-9pm.

Momenta Art is at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11206, directly across from the Morgan stop on the L.

Hope to see you at the opening,

Mark

Rare Earth The exhibition features photographs of landscapes found in contemporary military-themed video games, and a video I shot at a militia training ground in Upstate New York.

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17. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at LA ART, Los Angeles, thru May 19

Laura Parnes: County Down
LA> Curated by guest curator Lia Gangitano
April 21 - May 19, 2012
Closing Reception: May 19, 2012
LA> T.310.559.0166 F.310.559.0167 www.laxart.org
LA>

Laura Parnes' County Down is a cross-platform, episodic, single-channel film that explores an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community that coincides with a teenage girl's invention of a designer drug. Mirroring rave culture and the unbridled optimism in technology of the 1990s, County Down presents a society so obsessed with novelty and consumerism that it euphorically embraces its own destruction. The film's protagonist is an adolescent girl living in a gated community who develops a designer drug with potentially apocalyptic side effects. The cast of County Down features a diverse group of multi-generational, New York-based artists and performers.

About the Artist
Laura Parnes lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain; Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY; Kusthalle Winterhur, Switzerland; Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN; Cinematexas, Austin, TX; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Whitney Museum of American Art (1997 Whitney Biennial), New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and Deitch Projects, New York, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

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18. Bill Beirne, FF Alumn, at The Shed, Brooklyn, May 5

First screening off rough cut for the Parachutist installation.

The Shed is located at 366 6th street in Brooklyn. The F or G to 4th Ave. or the R to 9th St. both stop are at 4th Ave.

Access to The Shed is through a private home at 366 6th St between 5ht and 6th Ave.

Information at
www.theshedspace.org

The Shed is proud to present an evening of works by Hank Linhart and Bill Beirne on Saturday, May 5th at 8:00pm. Refreshments will be served; feel free to bring a bottle of your favorite beverage. For information about the artists go to The Shed.

Hank Linhart will screen two works - Between the Banks documents installation at Chase Manhattan Plaza, May 1, 1980. It is set to the Sound of One String by Arnold Dreyblatt. The piece was recently screened as part of an evening of films about Occupy Wall Street. The second piece will be two excerpts from Blissville (a work in progress) about a forgotten community in Queens NY and the search for the traces of a nearby gypsy community.

Bill Beirne - The Parachutist A Non-Combatant Aesthete is a video installation documenting a series of performances in small towns, cities and rural locations along a route from the southeast coast of Ireland at Wexford to the northwest at County Mayo.

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19. Yvonne Rainer, FF Alumn, at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, thru July 29

Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Yvonne Rainer
Space, Body, Language

April 28-July 29, 2012

Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Heinrich-Böll-Platz
50667 Cologne
www.museum-ludwig.de

Museum Ludwig, Cologne will show the first European retrospective of Yvonne Rainer. It was developed in tandem with the Kunsthaus Bregenz and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Yvonne Rainer already participated in the 1977 Documenta; New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern in London dedicated film retrospectives to her. With Space, Body, Language, the Museum Ludwig and the Kunsthaus Bregenz present for the first time the entire multifaceted oeuvre of Yvonne Rainer.

Yvonne Rainer is a choreographer, dancer, activist, poet, and filmmaker. All her artistic activities are interrelated. As dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, Yvonne Rainer has influenced continously, for over fifty years, art, dance, and film. Her interdisciplinary work is especially highly relevant today.

Today, her comparison of Minimal Art and dance is legendary. In it, she demonstrates how close the advanced practices of visual artists and dance were in the 1960s.

In the 1970s, Yvonne Rainer turned her back on the stage and began to direct movies. In them, she united fiction and reality as well as personal and political views in a highly idiosyncratic approach. Her seven feature films, made between 1972 and 1996, belong to the most extraordinary works of late 20th century film history.

In 2000, Yvonne Rainer began again to work as a choreographer. The pieces she quotes contain elements of popular culture, sports, and the history of dance in general. She also quotes her own works.

For the Cologne venue of the exhibition, the artist Heimo Zobernig (born 1958) has created a special space constellation. In this project, he has juxtaposed his own work, Untitled, to Robert Rauschenberg's 1968 piece, entitled Soundings. The interaction between exhibits and exhibition architecture reacts to the issue of how dance and film can be jointly shown in an art museum.

Program
The Museum Ludwig has its own theater. The complete film work of Yvonne Rainer will be shown here. Selected films will also be shown in the exhibition.

On April 28, the performance Trio A will be shown at the Museum Ludwig.
Further dates: May 5 & 20, June 2 & 3, as well as July 5, 2012.

On April 29, Yvonne Rainer will perform a lecture-performance. This event is presented in cooperation with ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln - John Cage Tage. Place: Museum Ludwig

On May 1, Yvonne Rainer's Assisted Living: Good Sports 2 and Spiraling Down will be performed in the Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf.

On May 4 & 5, the Museum Ludwig will host a symposium in cooperation with the Zentrum für zeitgenössischen Tanz, HfTM, Köln and the Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf. The theme will be Rainer's dance and films in the context of contemporary art.

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20. Colette, FF Alumn, at The Gershwin Hotel, Manhattan, May 8

A Pirate in Venice
World Premiere Screening of a Short Film on Colette (Laboratoire Lumiere)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 8 p.m.
Reception 7-9 p.m.

The Gershwin Hotel, NYC

The premiere of the half-hour documentary on Colette the artist, A Pirate in Venice, filmed and edited by Frederike Schaefer, will be presented by Neke Carson at an exclusive event on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Gershwin Hotel at 7 East 27th Street. A reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. General admission is $10.

While in the middle of dismantling her residence after the loss of her legendary atelier, Colette received a call inviting her to exhibit in Venice. She immediately hopped on a plane with a suitcase stuffed with art works and her lightest wardrobe.

The film documents Colette's presence in Venice for her show Politically Colette during the 2011 Biennale. It features the curator Alan Jones, author of The Art Dealers, and the gallerist, Paolo Barozzi, who worked closely with Peggy Guggenheim. Also appearing in the film are Emilio Fiorucci, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Jorg Starke of the Lowen Palais, Berlin (where Colette maintained a private salon during the 1990s).

A Pirate in Venice began as a documentation of Colette's personal voyage and evolved into a documentary collage that is a poetic portrait of the artist. The documentary includes her apparitions, or spontaneous performances, in Venice, interspersed with images and footage of her art throughout her career. Although it does not follow a chronological sequence, it does capture Colette's essence.

"Colette's art, like Warhol's is bound up with the idea of uninterrupted performance so that her physical presence itself becomes a kind of signature, a trademark," wrote Jonathan Crary in Arts Magazine.

2012 Exhibitions
March 8-11, "The Von Show; Reward Has Anybody Seen Gaga" window installation, NYC.

April 26-29, "The Quality of Presence", curated by Dimitri Komis, Chelsea Hotel, NYC.

May 7 - November 2012, "Art Returns to Art", Galleria dell'Accademia Firenze Italy.

2012, "React Feminism II"; Traveling Exhibition ending at Academie der Kunst, Berlin.

Meanwhile the Colette/Gaga Saga continues...

Press RSVP: collectcolette@gmail.com

More information is available at: colettetheartist.com and through Laboratoire Lumiere at 917-848-6105.

Margery Newman
Publicity & Communications
145 Fourth Avenue #12D
New York, NY 10003
212-475-0252 | 917-608-6306

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21. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 29

April 29, 2012
The New York Times
Theater Review
Foolish Mortals, Naughty Fairies: The Usual Mischief
By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
A shower of rose petals descending on a carpet of black wood shavings provides one of the many visual allurements in the Classic Stage Company's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The tilted mirrored wall rising at the back of the theater - like a humongous disco ball squashed flat - reflects the flurrying downfall back to the audience, amplifying the magical feeling of being caught up in the eye of a hot-pink hurricane.

The production, directed by Tony Speciale on Mark Wendland's sleek, spare set, provides a feast of similarly arresting imagery: a bearded female fairy strumming a harp; a madcap array of costumes worn by the impish Puck of Taylor Mac; a hilarious pitched battle that finds Hermia (Christina Ricci) and Helena (Halley Wegryn Gross) frantically mussing each other's hair in an airborne catfight, straddling the shoulders of the shirtless, six-pack-sporting Demetrius (Jordan Dean) and Lysander (Nick Gehlfuss).

Mr. Speciale's propulsive staging, abetted by appealing choreography by George De La Peña, is so clear that you could probably follow Shakespeare's story even if you weren't listening to the text. But I should add that you might actually enjoy the production more if you could turn down the sound, or at least pop in a pair of earplugs at regular intervals. With a few exceptions - notably the delightful Mr. Mac as the frisky Puck and the distinguished Theseus and Oberon of Anthony Heald - the actors in the central roles handle the verse with a bluntness or blandness that often smothers its lyricism.

The young lovers who take flight into the forest outside Athens to pursue their romances away from the disapproving eye of authority are all attractive, and stylishly attired by Andrea Lauer in contemporary clothing that suggests a weekend in the Hamptons. Mr. Dean and Mr. Gehlfuss are virtual mirror images: boyishly handsome redheads with fair skin and buff bodies. Ms. Ricci and Ms. Gross are similarly well matched with their delicate frames and finely chiseled beauty.

It's a bit nonsensical when Hermia assails Helena for stealing away her love by virtue of her greater height because Ms. Gross is just as tiny as Ms. Ricci, but their drawn-out dual hissy fit - often the highlight of productions of "Dream" - is choreographed with such precise but delirious abandon that you pretty much let the verse fall by the wayside and delight in the exuberant physicality of this ultrafeatherweight boxing match. (Ms. Ricci's size also occasions another of Mr. Speciale's inventive images, when she curls up to go to bed inside the rolling suitcase she has brought with her into the forest, demurely folding the lid over her like a cozy blanket.)

But Ms. Gross and Ms. Ricci are more fun to watch than to hear. Ms. Ricci, a movie actor who made a fine Broadway debut in Donald Margulies's "Time Stands Still," is plainly out of her depth in the thickets of Shakespeare's language. She tends to slather emotion over the words as if pouring syrup over a stack of pancakes, so the rhythms and sometimes the sense are lost. Ms. Gross is marginally more adept, but both actors have small, high voices that veer into a grating shrillness at times.

It's fun to see Hermia and Helena presented as the kind of entitled young women you might see fighting to gain entry to a nightclub in the meatpacking district, but at no point does the pathos of Helena's pain register, or the similar heartache that strikes Hermia when Lysander's love is bewitched away by the misfired capers of Puck.

Mr. Dean and Mr. Gehlfuss fare better with the language, but their performances are likewise more memorable for the ferocious zeal with which they assail each other when both find themselves smitten with the formerly scorned Helena. Groupies of theater beefcake will appreciate the somewhat unnecessary interference of Mr. Mac's Puck, who helps strip the men down to their tight white briefs. ("Damn these skinny jeans!" Mr. Mac hilariously interjects when struggling with this bit of business.)

As Hippolyta, Bebe Neuwirth drips ice in the play's opening moments, presumably still smarting from the "injuries" done her during Theseus's wooing. Her Titania is most memorable for the regal grace of her movement and her lithe, feline beauty, showcased in glittering fishnet stockings, black boots and corset. Mr. Heald's Oberon is also strikingly costumed, in an outfit that a biker might wear to a Renaissance fair. His clear command of the language is rewarding, and he infuses both Oberon and Theseus with an authoritative majesty.

The "rude mechanicals," led by Steven Skybell's Bottom, do not rely on the usual array of goofy costumes and gimcrack props to earn their laughs in the performance of the play's comic climax, their absurd mangling of the drama of Pyramus and Thisbe. Then again, you rather miss them because the scene feels draggier than usual here.

Mr. Skybell chooses the odd tactic of suggesting that Bottom has some real histrionic talent, although he belabors Pyramus's death to the point of exhaustion, as actors often do. As Francis Flute portraying Thisbe, David Greenspan similarly goes in for intense feeling: with Thisbe mourning her dead lover in a delicate croon, he almost seems to be auditioning for a crack at playing Shakespeare's Cleopatra.
Mr. Mac, the gifted performer and playwright ("The Lily's Revenge," "The Walk Across America for Mother Earth") known for his drag performances, provides the most continual pleasure as a bearded, bright-eyed and charmingly subversive Puck. He's a one-man gay pride parade in a series of Ms. Lauer's quirky costumes: a red-and-white-striped bodysuit topped by a yellow frizz wig; a demure Alice in Wonderland frock accessorized by a miniature tricycle; a bright pink, furry elephant outfit. Presiding over the production with the air of whipping up an impromptu party - his cheeky interaction with the audience strikes just the right note of offhand whimsy - Mr. Mac infuses the evening with a spirit of friendly anarchy that encourages you to forgive its flaws.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare; directed by Tony Speciale; choreography by George De La Peña; sets by Mark Wendland; costumes by Andrea Lauer; lighting by Tyler Micoleau; music by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery; sound by M. Florian Staab; fight choreography by Carrie Brewer; managing director, Jeff Griffin; production stage manager, Chandra LaViolette; production supervisor, Production Core. Presented by the Classic Stage Company, Brian Kulick, artistic director; Greg Reiner, executive director. At the Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, East Village, (866) 811-4111, classicstage.org. Through May 20. Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.

WITH: Jordan Dean (Demetrius), Nick Gehlfuss (Lysander), David Greenspan (Francis Flute/Cobweb), Halley Wegryn Gross (Helena), Anthony Heald (Theseus/Oberon), Erin Hill (Robin Starveling/First Fairy), Chad Lindsey (Tom Snout/Mustardseed), Taylor Mac (Egeus/Puck), James Patrick Nelson (Snug/Moth), Bebe Neuwirth (Hippolyta/Titania), Christina Ricci (Hermia), Steven Skybell (Nick Bottom) and Rob Yang (Peter Quince/Peaseblossom).

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22. Pat Oleszko, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 29

Congratulations to Pat Oleszko who appeared in a color photograph in in the New York Times, Sunday, April 29

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23. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at Christopher Henry Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 10

A Cut Above: 12 Paper Masters
curated by Christopher Henry and Diana Ewer
May 10-June 24th, 2012

Christopher Henry Gallery
127 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013
212-244-6004

May 10th, 2012 from 6-9 pm
Opening reception

Hina Aoyama,
Jaq Belcher
Doug Beube
Zoe Bradley
Brian Dettmer
Danielle Durchslag
Adam Fowler
Chris Gilmour
Dylan Graham
Guy Laramee
Pablo Lehmann
Thomas Witte

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24. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA, May 5

THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN
do you dare to be in experiments
in experience/participation performance?

The Underground Hit!

Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.
Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations are encouraged.)

ARE YOU HUMAN ENOUGH FOR THIS?

Saturday, May 5, 2012
8pm

TEMESCAL ART CENTER
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information
Call: 510-526-7858
http://www.eroplay.com/events.html
http://www.temescalartcenter.org/index.html

2012 Dates!
6/2
7/7
8/4
9/1
10/6
11/3
12/1

"Frank Moore, a genius explorer of the frontiers of human affection."
www.reddit.com

"...He's wonderful and hilarious and knows exactly what it's all about and has earned my undying respect. What he's doing is impossible, and he knows it. That's good art...." L.A. Weekly

"Merging improv, erotica, entertainment, religion and ritual, Frank Moore - self-styled shaman, world-renowned disabled performance artist, and 2008 presidential candidate ...." - East Bay Express

"If performance art has a radical edge, it has to be Frank Moore." Cleveland Edition

"Surely wonderful and mind-goosing experience." L.A. Reader

Downloadable poster here:
http://www.eroplay.com/UZOF_MAY_2012.pdf

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25. Larry Walczak, FF Alumn, at Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, May 4

Dear Friends,

As part of a Williamsburg neighborhood wide evening of events & openings the FRONT ROOM GALLERY at 147 Roebling (at Metropolitan & Roebling) in Brooklyn presents LAUGH SATURATED on CLOUD NINE. This is part of a weekend celebration for the FRIEZE Art Fair at Randall's Island. This is a presentation of four comedic performance artists with CARLA RHODES, MINDY RAF, JOHN F. O'DONNELL & VICTOR SHEELY. For those fans who have viewed LAUGH SATURATED before with Lisa Levy & Larry Walczak you'll know we feature highly talented performers to standing room only crowds. Time is 8 to 10pm on FRIDAY, MAY 4th at the Gallery.

This will be like a second opening, the CLOUD NINE exhibition will be on view, the bar will be open, and the performances are *FREE*. Come join us and laugh yourself all the way to... CLOUD NINE.

Larry Walczak
718-362-9813
Front Room Gallery
716-782-2556

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26. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, April 30

RENO
New Money Talks
This Week: Shadow Banking

Monday, April 30 @7:30pm
Dixon Place
161 Chrystie St.
12 buckeroos
212 219-0736
[http://goo.gl/86eEt]

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27. Lisa Bateman, FF Member, at Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA, opening May 11

Lisa Bateman "Next Year" Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

March 30 - November 30, 2012

Opening event: Friday, May 11th 5:30-7:30 Philadelphia, PA

Press release and audio link:

http://www.easternstate.org/visit/regular-season/history-artist-installations/lisa-bateman-next-year

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28. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at LA ART, Los Angeles, CA, closing May 19

Laura Parnes: County Down
LA> Curated by guest curator Lia Gangitano
April 21 - May 19, 2012
Closing Reception: May 19, 2012
LA> T.310.559.0166 F.310.559.0167 www.laxart.org
LA>

Laura Parnes' County Down is a cross-platform, episodic, single-channel film that explores an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community that coincides with a teenage girl's invention of a designer drug. Mirroring rave culture and the unbridled optimism in technology of the 1990s, County Down presents a society so obsessed with novelty and consumerism that it euphorically embraces its own destruction. The film's protagonist is an adolescent girl living in a gated community who develops a designer drug with potentially apocalyptic side effects. The cast of County Down features a diverse group of multi-generational, New York-based artists and performers.

About the Artist
Laura Parnes lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain; Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY; Kusthalle Winterhur, Switzerland; Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN; Cinematexas, Austin, TX; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Whitney Museum of American Art (1997 Whitney Biennial), New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and Deitch Projects, New York, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller