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Contents for December 1, 2014

1. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at City Lore Gallery Space, Manhattan, Dec. 4

Judith Sloan's YO MISS at City Lore, Thursday Dec. 4 at 7 pm.

City Lore Gallery Space
56 East First Street
New York, NY 10003

Written, performed and live sound engineered by Judith Sloan With ilive musicians Josh Henderson on viola and Deep Singh on tabla.

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door.

Fusing the art of theatre, radio, and music, YO MISS! is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist retelling stories of teaching immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. After colliding with Hip Hop Culture and rapper Immortal Technique, Sloan remixes her own experiences with those of her students and transforms into a multitude of characters in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking show.

In YO MISS!, Judith Sloan¹s art and teaching cross-pollinate. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.² New York Times

"This is immersive, resonant theater. Communication, cultural destabilization, history and commonality, are dramatized, raising questions, offering response. [Sloan] is an audacious artist." Woman Around Town

³...mercurial, mesmerizing, meaningful and entertaining, YO MISS is a one-person whirlwind of characters‹creating sudden and exhilarating encounters with the life and spirit of New York City‹ challenging preconceptions while reminding us of our common humanity. Judith Sloan¹s work is inspiring and not to be missed.² Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary)



2. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at The Poetry Project, Manhattan, Dec. 1

Penny Arcade will be interviewed at The Poetry Project on memory, censorship and the art of Jack Smith

Monday December 1st 7pm


Penny Arcade is an internationally respected performance artist, writer, political activist, and poet. One of the handful of artists who created contemporary text-based performance art beginning in the 1980s, she has continued to define the art form for nearly three decades. In 2010, Semiotext(e) published Bad Reputation, a book on her performance work that included three performance scripts. Since 1999, she has co-directed The Lower East Side Biography Project, an oral history and video project that celebrates the great spirit of cultural rebellion that has long defined downtown New York.



3. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at Whitebox Art Center, Manhattan, thru Dec 1

I'm pleased to announce a new project that I made for the exhibition "CAVELLINI 1914 - 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS AND MAIL ART SHOW" at Whitebox Art Center in NY, curated by Mark Bloch, for which artists were invited to submit work on Guglielmo Achille Cavellini's themes of ego and self-historification. I created an interactive mail art book that builds on my "Animated Soul" project. Each of the Egyptian god's self-interest, symbolizing Cavellini's ego, is negated by a Word of Power that is anti-ego, anti-self. Each participant interacts with the piece by tying a tag with an anti-Cavellini word to the perforations on the computer paper panels.



4. Erin Markey, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 5-20

Dixon Place & harunalee Present a New Musical Production
Written by Kristine Haruna Lee
Music by Kathryn Hathaway
Directed by Jordan Fein
Produced by Joel Glassman
Starring Erin Markey
Fri. & Sats. Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30
Additional Dec 20 at 10:00pm

estimated runtime: 90 minutes
price: $16 in advance, $20 at the door, $12 students / seniors
Dixon Place's (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) new musical commission, WAR LESBIAN, will have its world premiere beginning December 5th. Featuring Erin Markey, this original musical, with book by Kristine Haruna Lee, music by Kathryn Hathaway and a cast of ten is directed by Jordan Fein in collaboration with harunalee. WAR LESBIAN will play seven performances only - December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30PM, and December 20 at 10:00PM at Dixon Place (161 Christie Street). Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door, and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dixonplace.org

WAR LESBIAN, is a new musical based on an Inuit myth about a woman who is rejected from her family for being different and embarks upon a journey creating wars with others and within herself. The musical deals with impossible probabilities, ridiculous heartbreak, and absurdity in which anything, and that means anything, goes.

harunalee is an ensemble of performers and designers who collaborate across artistic disciplines to create experimental performance and plays written by Kristine Haruna Lee. New York Theatre Review calls it, "a feast for the eyes as well as the mind and heart." Since 2010, they have been developing and producing work throughout New York (Plum de Force at Bushwick Starr; Drunkfish Oceanrant at Jack; She's Sleep at Ars Nova) and have received a 2013 LMCC grant for their upcoming collaboration with Built for Collapse, and a Dixon Place Artist Residency and Commission for War Lesbian. harunalee is Stevo Arnoczy, Sasha Arutyunova, Andrew R. Butler, Sarah Lurie, Lauren Swan-Potras, Marisa Lark Wallin, and Kristine Haruna Lee.

Press Representative: Glenna Freedman
Contact: Glenna Freedman Public Relations (212) 730-0700, Glennafreedman@gmail.com



5. R. Sikoryak, James Godwin, Kriota Willberg, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 6

Variety Arts at Dixon Presents
Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Saturday, December 6 at 10:00pm
price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors
Cartoon slide shows and other projected pictures, presented by a wide array of comic strip makers, graphic novelists and visual artists as well as luminaries from the downtown New York Theater and music worlds. The performance will be followed by a party with a DJ!
Featuring: Brian Dewan, James Godwin, Sophie Goldstein, Jason Little, Neil Numberman, Jim Torok, Matthew Thurber, Lauren R. Weinstein, Kriota Willberg and more!




6. James Godwin, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 9

In the Dixon Place Lounge
Draw it Out!
Hosted by James Godwin
Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30pm
estimated runtime: 1 hour
price: Free
Draw It Out! Is an evening of DRINK-AND-DRAW where anyone from any skill level can learn some new tricks. Your host and guide, James Godwin will provide a subject and some expert advice on how you can improve your drawing Mojo. From the basics of drawing technique to the weird world of the ancient Avant-Garde, Draw It Out! Will get your creative juices flowing and supercharge your skills.
James Godwin is a performance and visual artist and puppeteer. He is a founding member of the Elementals puppet company and "Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement." His work has been presented all over NYC and beyond in such venues as P.S.122, Dixon Place, DTW, Franklin Furnace, LaMama and the Walker Art Center. He was also a cast member of Henson Alternative's off broadway show "Stuffed and Unstrung." James' one man show, "Lunatic Cunning" was awarded a 2012 project grant from the Jim Henson Foundation and had its premiere at Dixon Place in N.Y.C. in April of that year.



7. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 12

Conversations with Humans
Written and Directed by Susana Cook
Friday, December 12 at 10:00pm
estimated runtime: 45 minutes
price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students / seniors
Written and Directed by Susana Cook
Music by Julian Mesri
Performed by: Sofia O.C, Felice Shays, Mistah Coles, Moira Cutler, Kate Conroy, Jackie Rudin, Frank Dunham Jr.
And special appearances by:
Amber Martin and Nath Ann Carrera

We are here. We are Queer. And we are entering the narrative.
As gay marriage becomes legal, queer lives enter the stage of rituals and the narrative of traditional families.
The linear trajectories of life get convoluted in this hyper ritualistic drama, where graduation, marriage, baptism, death and aging speed up, overlap and move around the pattern of historical repetition.
Vanishing the margins of normative ceremonies, this theater ritual unfolds layers of parallel realities in an almost spiritual/ schizophrenic manner. At the beginning there was an end. Then the rituals in between.
And the layers, erasing all the margins. We finally arrived to the party.
Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based playwright, director and performer who has been presenting innovative works internationally for over 20 years.
Some of her latest shows are : We are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, a clown show, The Fury of The Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein and Hamletango.

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place's artists and mission.
Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey), in Manhattan's Lower East Side (By subway: F to 2nd Ave, J/Z to Bowery, 6 to Spring St, M to Essex St).
Dixon Place, an incubator for performing and literary artists since 1986, is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of dance, theater, music, puppetry, literature, performance and visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 700 artists each year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks and push personal and professional limits. Dixon Place's foremost priorities are to serve as a safety net for artists, and to provide vivid experiences for audiences. Many artists, such as Deb Margolin, Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, Penny Arcade, and Reno began their careers at Dixon Place. In addition to emerging artists, Dixon Place has also been privileged to present evenings of new and experimental work by more established artists, such as -- Theater/Performance: Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, Craig Lucas, BD Wong, John Fleck, Kate Bornstein, Ethyl Eichelberger, Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, Kate Clinton, Peggy Shaw, Alan Cumming, Big Art Group; Literary: A.M. Homes, Rick Moody, and Oscar Huelos; Dance: Mark Dendy, Jane Comfort, Douglas Dunn, and Yoshiko Chuma; Music: Vernon Reid, Rodney Crowell, Diamanda Galas, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, Maggie Roche, Rodney Crowell, Cyndi Lauper, and They Might Be Giants.

In 1989, Ellie Covan, founding director, was a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award, for her service to the community; and Dixon Place received a Village Voice Obie Grant Award in 1990 and 1999. Additionally, in 1999, Dixon Place was awarded an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater.
Twitter: @dixonplace Facebook:facebook.com/dixonplace



8. Lucinda Childs, Cathy Weis, FF Alumns, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, Dec. 7, and more

December 7, 2014
Cathy Weis Projects' Sundays on Broadway
WeisAcres: 537 Broadway #3, New York, NY
Free Admission, no reservations necessary

Screening of Lucinda Child's Vehicle, created in collaboration with engineer Peter Hirsch for the performance series 9 Evenings at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City in October 1966.

In Vehicle, a 70 kHz Doppler sonar system, especially designed for this piece, was activated by three red fireman's buckets that Childs took from a performer in a Ground Effects Machine and hung from scaffolding. As she swung the buckets around inside the ultra sonic sound beams, the reflected signals from the buckets mixed with the original 70 kHz signal, and the resulting beat frequency fell in the audible range. These sounds were transmitted to the twelve speakers around the Armory.


WeisAcres was the subject of an article in the New York Times, here:

A '70s Experiment, Relived in SoHo
Once upon a time, there was a lot of affordable loft space in SoHo. The dance and video artist Cathy Weis still occupies one such space - WeisAcres, she calls it - and this year, she has been opening the sprawling studio on Sunday nights for performances, film screenings and conversations. The free series, Sundays on Broadway, has been a low-key delight, and it continues this week with a program organized by the choreographer Catherine Galasso.

Ms. Galasso's research has lately led her to the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds, an experimental performance company founded by Robert Wilson that was active from 1968 to 1975. (Her parents were both members.) For this occasion, she plans to reconstruct works by two former Byrds: Andy de Groat's "Rope Dance," in which four dancers spin for 11 minutes, and two scenes by the playwright Jim Neu.

The evening will also include a structured improvisation for an intergenerational cast with ties to the School of Byrds. (Sunday at 8 p.m., 537 Broadway, third floor, between Spring and Prince Streets; cathyweis.org)
A version of this article appears in print on November 23, 2014, on page AR4 of the New York edition with the headline: Dance: A '70s Experiment, Relived in SoHo.

Here is a link to the complete illustrated article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/arts/dance/a-70s-experiment-relived-in-soho.html?src=twr&_r=0



9. Ginny Lloyd, FF Alumn, releases new book

FF Alumn Ginny Lloyd's newest book titled Inter DADA 84: True DADA Confessions published by TropiChaCha Press was officially released at the 2014 Miami Book Fair. She exhibited her books as part of Miami's EXILE Books popup book store and was on hand to sign copies.

Publications by Ginny Lloyd can be purchased via this link:


thank you.



10. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, at Laure Genillard, London, UK, Dec. 5-7

Peter Downsbrough
FILMS 2003 - 2012
6th December - 7th February 2015
PV Friday 5th December 6 - 8 PM
The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of films by Peter Downsbrough, which follows on our spring exhibition 2012 of works especially conceived for in the gallery space. The film works have been more rarely shown. Born in 1940, New Brunswick, N.J. USA, based in Brussels/Belgium since 1989, Peter's works stems from the New York's Conceptual period of the late 60's. The films reflect Downsbrough's passion for urban industrial architecture, underscoring buildings' basic logic and rhythms with lines and words. Simple words such as AS, THEN or BACK are stitched-on, typographically intersected rendering meanings interchangeable with the images. Elegant and sparse, the films comment on history, society and perception on modern lives, subject to the workings of time. The ground floor presents a film triptych entitled GROUP-ED], 2004, three films shown on three screens, their respective titles AND], HERE and AS, looking like they could interlay. Produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio International d'Art Contemporain, Tourcoing, France for the exhibition '' La ville qui fait signes'', 2004. ''I'm working on a trilogy based loosely around architecture, transportation, highways and the movement of goods and people, railroads, the highway system, shopping areas, administration buildings. It's a necessary situation that flows. Without it, what would we do? How to get those materials distributed without disrupting the planet that we're trying to inhabit? Man is a peculiar animal. He can't live off the land without building a house. Most types of animals group together, but man does so even more, in cities. The city to him is much more natural than the forest. There's nothing unnatural about cities. The nature of that nature has to be articulated. As to how cities are configured and governed, why and by whom --we have to recognize it and talk about it openly.''(Excerpt PD interviewed by Sarah McFadden, Espaces de Libertés, 2004, for''1:1 x temps. Quantités, proportions et fuites,'' exh. Cat, FRAC de Bourgogne & l'usine, Dijon) Lower ground floor. ] AND THERE, filmed in North Kent, May 2007 is a film commissioned by the Faversham Society in response to the rapid changes brought about by the Thames gateway North Kent Development, a major regeneration programme extending from Dartford to Teynham in the south of the region. AND [ BACK, filmed in Las Vegas, USA in 2005, published as a DVD by the FRAC Bourgogne in 2007, starts with a black screen slowly retreating. The words AND and BACK function as indicator, sometimes as trigger, sometimes as a comment on what is happening on-screen, helping organising the film's structure and plot. A ] PART , filmed in Brussels in 2009 in the Citroën Building, an impressive prototypical modernist garage at Place de l'Yser. Shot from the passenger seat of a car driving down the distended corkscrew ramp, the film shows the garage's interior and views through its windows ending with an absurd dance of cars on a roundabout, reminiscent of Jacques Tati's film Trafic. Published as a DVD by the CKA_EDITIONS, 2009. In addition, two unpublished films will be shown. AS ] THEN, made for the WIELS! Exhibition in 2003 was entirely filmed in the area around the derelict former brewery that, in May 2007, would become WIELS. The short IN ] TO, 2012, was filmed in Chicago, Brussels and Kent. A series of small drawings will intercept the films screenings, with customary sparse use of words such as CANCELLED, COPY, ORIGINAL, EXPEDITE, vertical white paper on grey card. The artist has exhibited widely in Europe and America since the 70's in museums and galleries. In the UK, early solo exhibitions came from the Jack Wendler Gallery in 1973, the Chelsea Space in 2011 and Laure Genillard in 2012. Other notable screenings were, amongst others: 2005, Films, videos, editions, 1980-2004, Mamco Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Genève (CH), 2007, Audiovisuals, MNCA Reina Sofia, Madrid, curated by Eva Gonzalez-Sancho 2007, Argos, centre for art and media, Brussels 2008, Kunsthalle, Bern 2013, Art Film / Art Basel in the Stadt's Kino, curated by Marc Glöde 2014, 'Duras et Après', Centre Pompidou, Paris, curated by Jean-Max Collard and Pascale Cassagnau As well as various screenings for Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/ Berlin/ Madrid, and with Angels Barcelona, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne and Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris. www.lglondon.org
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7323 2327
Opening hours: Wed / Thu / Fri / Sat 1 - 6 PM



11. AA Bronson, Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumns, at Invisible Exports, Manhattan, thru Dec. 21

The Botanica
Presented by
AA Bronson & Michael Bühler-Rose
November 30 - December 21, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 6-8pm

INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to announce the opening of The Botanica, including work by: Kamrooz Aram, Daniel Albrigo, Amelia Bauer, Naomi Ben-Shahar, AA Bronson, Ryan Brewer, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Michael Bühler-Rose, Walt Cassidy, Nicolaus Chaffin, TM Davy, Liam Davy, Jen DeNike & Damien Echols, Nick Doyle, Ralph Dunn, Damien Echols, Skylar Fein, Alexandra Forsyth, Mike Furey, Mike Furey & Dalton Flint, Sheila Gallagher, Kathryn Garcia, Gigi Gatewood & Anders Johnson, Frank Haines, David Horvitz, Timothy Hull, Rashid Johnson, Arnold Joseph Kemp, Bradford Kessler, Bharti Kher, Lisa Kirk, Aaron Krach, Matthew Leifheit, Shana Moulton, Arthur Ou, Penumbra Paraphernalia, Steven Pestana, Bethany Price, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Ryan Reggiani, Justin James Reed, Kent Rogowski, Arlene Shechet, Matthew Schreiber, Rachel Stern, Luke Stettner, Chrysanne Stathacos, Scott Treleaven, Ofer Wolberger, Derek Zeitel, and others.

Referring to the tradition of Hispanic botanicas (religious and magical supply shops in the Americas), AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose bring us a storefront featuring a variety of works from over 40 artists. The installation plays with the idea of the artist as a shaman or priest, the art object becomes a venerated deity, and the creation of the artwork is now a ritual consecration. Invoking spirits and evoking both real and imaginary religions, the artists confront the conventions of rituals, ritual objects, magical supplies, and spiritual consumerism, while engaging in the-sometimes difficult-conversation between spirituality and artistic practice.

For TM Davy's work, Candle Cards, the artist creates a work that, at first glance due to the sheer quantity of multiples, seem like they are mechanically reproduced greeting cards. However, upon closer inspection, they are all original watercolors, and fit within his traditional artist practice. Kamrooz Aram's studio relics, Fana/Rags, continue the conversation of the artist as Medium, while simultaneously paralleling ideas of erasure from Sufi mysticism. Matthew Schreiber's Optical Consecration Kit invites the collector to his studio to experience the auratic infusion of otherwise static objects. Matthew Leifheit, on the other hand, consumes the secrets of David Wojnorowicz's Magic Box (found only after his death and hidden under his bed) into sets of playing cards, allowing us to see miniature versions of themes that appear throughout his artistic practice. Rashid Johnson's life-size Lionel Richie candle mimics the structure of a votive candle while, alternately, deifying a pop culture icon. Amelia Bauer's For Setting One's Intention continues with a botanica's archetypal trove of candles, while including a Dr. Bronner-esque diatribe that gives both instructions on how to light her tree-trunk-molded-candle, and presenting advice on an introspective approach to life in general. Throughout the run of the installation, the artist Nick Doyle will be offering tattoos (by appointment only) of imagery that evokes the ideas of spirituality as a meta-experience of perception itself.

Available as affordable multiples specially made exclusively for The Botanica, many of the works act as conceptual instigators, challenging the theory of contemporary art as a wholly religious experience for a secular audience; while others introduce more traditional botanica wares.

AA Bronson's work-as an artist, curator, and educator-is dominated by the practice of collaboration and consensus. From his beginnings in a free school and commune, through his 25 years as one of the artists of General Idea, in his deep involvement with founding and developing collaborative and social structures such as Art Metropole, the NY Art Book Fair and AA Bronson's School for Young Shamans, and through his current collaborations with younger generations, he has focused on the politics of decision-making and on living life radically as social sculpture.

Michael Bühler-Rose is an artist and an Instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as a purohita (Hindu priest). His study and practice of Vaishnavism, Sanskrit, kalpa (ritual), and philosophy over the last 20 years have prompted extended stays in India, including one as a Fulbright Fellow, his work on these platforms influence his artistic production. In his photographs, videos and installations he explores the relationship between the art object and the artist as a parallel to a venerated deity and a priest, and aesthetic experience as ultimately religious. Bühler-Rose will be participating in a panel discussion at the New Museum called "Reordering the World: Religion and Myth in Contemporary Art" on Thursday, Dec. 18, 7-9pm.

Check back on November 30 for The Botanica ONLINE STORE **
INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is located in the Lower East Side, at 89 Eldridge Street, just south of Grand Street. GALLERY HOURS are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm, and by appointment. For more information, call 212 226 5447 or email: info@invisible-exports.com



12. Isabella Bannerman, FF Alumn, at Hastings on Hudson Village Hall Gallery, Hudson, NY, thru Jan. 2015

The Hastings Village Arts Commission Presents "Our River", a group exhibition by the Studio Collective - November 21, 2014 - January 2015, Hastings on Hudson Village Hall Gallery 7 Maple Ave Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 Gallery Hours - Saturday 8:30 am - 4 pm, Reception Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4 - 6 PM
Studio Collective Members:
Isabella Bannerman, Diane Brawarsky, Pepe Coronado, Barbara King, Gina Randazzo and Ed Young



13. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Byrdcliffe, Woodstock, NY, opening Dec. 5

On view: December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015
with Preview Party on Friday, December 5,
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts,
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm



14. Miao Jiaxin, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, 2015

A Tribute to Barbara DeGenevieve

In this 24-hour project (with 3 days Free accommodation in Brooklyn), the participant will meet a "friend" who he/she knows from social media sites but has never met in person previously...

More details are here.
Please help me to LIKE my Facebook page: Miao Jiaxin Studio

This project could also be found on Airbnb.



15. Gabrielle Hamilton, FF Alumn, publishes new book

A second book for Hamilton - this time, recipes
Oct. 30, 2014 11:58 AM EDT
The Epoch Times

"I can't believe I have to say this," Gabrielle Hamilton admonishes us in an asparagus recipe, "but please arrange with all the tips facing the same direction. Not in a chaotic jumble."
And when you're making her sable butter, "let's not food poison anyone, please." Oh, and when preparing that pork butt? "Remove the butcher's string before slicing, people!!(asterisk)"
If these handwritten instructions, peppering Hamilton's new cookbook, sound a bit harsh, you should know that the celebrated chef-restaurateur-writer is actually using real notes addressed to her own line cooks. "They're here, in these binders," she says, pointing to a shelf in her underground prep kitchen at Prune, her tiny restaurant in Manhattan's East Village.
There are at least two reasons why "Prune" the cookbook is hotly anticipated. For starters, it's the first from Hamilton, who opened her eatery 15 years ago to immediate acclaim and influence, and still draws lines down the street for weekend brunch - no reservations, no exceptions.
Second, Hamilton's literary debut two years ago, the vivid, almost criminally entertaining memoir "Blood, Bones, & Butter," was a huge hit - just as her braised rabbit legs, pigeon with parsley vinaigrette, grilled branzino or monkfish liver might be at Prune.
And so, the pressure was on. During a recent Sunday brunch service, she sat down to talk about the book, and her multiple careers. The interview has been edited for length - and cheerful expletives deleted, quite useful in getting us down to our word limit.
AP: It's taken you a while to write a cookbook.
HAMILTON: I was offered one practically 10 minutes after we opened. It was too soon. I hadn't done anything yet! Now, I have a body of material to offer. Plus, I was afraid of writing a second book after the big success of the first one. You know how everyone's poised to take you down with number two. So I thought, how hard can it be to put some recipes together, get some pretty pictures ... just sneak out that second book, then move on to the third.
AP: How'd that work out?
HAMILTON (laughing): I'm not that kind of person. I'm hyper-attentive to details, and I don't like sloppy anything. It took me way too long. It was a false attempt at doing something easy and quick.
AP: Like a rebound book?
HAMILTON: Yes, like a one-night stand. But it turned out to be another relationship.
AP: Who's the book for?
HAMILTON: Well, you have the novice home cook. They're gonna look and say, "I can do that." Then you have the advanced home cook, who'll say, "I can do this better than SHE can." And they can - they don't have to deal with the health department walking in, or the toilet breaking during the middle of a shift. It's for all of them.
AP: How does the concept of "celebrity chef" strike you?
HAMILTON: Recognition of merit makes a lot of sense to me. But empty celebrity does not, or people who set out to be what I call "food performers" - they're not really chefs, they're in a different game. Listen, I have a lot of respect for the gal who can chop and talk and look good and draw 360 million viewers - you try that! I wouldn't call that person a chef, but they're a celebrity television personality in the food world.
It would be so nice to see cooks (portrayed) while they're actually working. My favorite photos in photojournalism are where it's not Martin Luther King on the balcony giving the speech, it's him in the hotel room in his shirt sleeves, papers lying on the bedspread. To see Chef Whoever powdered up with lipstick - you're doing the PR of your job, not the JOB of your job.
AP: You've been asked a lot how it feels to be a woman in this male-dominated industry.
HAMILTON: Cooking isn't like Major League football or sumo wrestling - things I could never do. In cooking we all do the same things. I did an event last night and somebody said I was the first female chef to do it. And I said, "Well, it's a good thing I brought the female food!"
But I did have an illuminating experience. Out of 108 plates (of pigeon), I (messed) up 14 and had to scramble to recover them. We caught it, and the customer didn't feel a thing. But all I could do was fixate on the 14 covers that I didn't nail. And I'm partnered with a male chef and he made a pretty giant mistake too, and he didn't sweat it for a second!
AP: Has it gotten better for women?
HAMILTON: I don't know. I'm cocooned here in my own little universe of my own creation. And it's the utopia of all time as far as I'm concerned. I'm surrounded by women. Surrounded by your gender, you can just get on with what you're doing.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller