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Contents for July 6, 2015

1. Ron Littke, FF Alumn, at Tusten-Cochecton Library, Narrowsburg, NY, July 11

FF Alum Ron Littke will hold two free "Super Video'Toons" workshops on Saturday July 11 at the Tusten-Cochecton Library in Narrowsburg, NY. In the workshops participants will write a script, draw the pictures, provide the voices and sound effects, film, and watch their completed cartoon. Each child will receive a DVD of their project. The times are: 10:30 AM for ages 7 -12, and 12 Noon for ages 4 - 6. The price is FREE!! To preregister call 845-353-3360.



2. Nicole Eisenman, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, in Bomb magazine, now online

Please visit this link for articles on the work of Nicole Eisenman and Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns:


Thank you.



3. Shaun Leonardo, FF Alumn, at The 8th Floor, Manhattan, opening July 9, and more

Black Lives Matter

Summer 2015
News and Exhibitions

Between History and the Body
Opening Reception | Thursday, July 9 | 6pm - 8pm | RSVP required
The 8th Floor | 17 W 17th Street, 8th floor | New York
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation presents Between History and the Body, an exhibition looking closely at the ways in which cultural identity is defined, how it is used as a force of exclusion, and how it works as a unifying and transformative energy among artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. The exhibition will be on view July 9 to October 16.

Between History and the Body features artists Elia Alba, Firelei Baez, Nick Cave, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Brendan Fernandes, Jeffrey Gibson, Shaun Leonardo, Ana Mendieta, Paul Anthony Smith, Chungpo Tsering and Saya Woolfalk, who work across a variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, performance and video. Together, these artists generate dialogue on cultural identity and history through representation of the body as an active force in ritual, both historic and imagined, and as an agent in the production of relics that communicate narratives of the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.


I Can't Breathe
with artist Sable E Smith | Friday, August 14 | 7pm
BRIC | House Stoop | 647 Fulton Street | Brooklyn, NY 11217
Artist Sable Elyse Smith and Shaun Leonardo will present a participatory performance and lecture, in conjunction with the exhibition Inherited.
This work will be derived from each artist's interest in portraiture-rendering imagery with the body.
In response to contemporary narratives of police brutality, the performance will be enacted in the bodies of the spectator, rendering experiences foreign or abstract to some, more visceral and hyper-present. While Leonardo explodes preconceived notions of identity enacted through ritual and media; Smith undermines them through intimate renders of stark narratives both elusive and forcefully present. Please join both artists for a participatory performance followed by a moderated talk.
Find out more....

Viewed Above: I Can't Breathe - a workshop & performance, 30 min. at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, 2/22/15

Copyright (c) 2015 Shaun Leonardo, All rights reserved.



4. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, now online at https://youtu.be/nn8Qw7pR8B0






5. Nora York, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, July 2, and more

The New York Times, July 2, by Randy Kennedy

When a couple lives in, around and through art, what happens when the life of one of the partners is threatened?
For the painter Jerry Kearns and the performer Nora York, who met in the art world and have been married since 1998, the answer was obvious: Put their heads together like Mickey and Judy and do a show.
When Ms. York, who has performed for decades at the Knitting Factory and the Public Theater, found out in May that she had cancer, she and Mr. Kearns, whose comics-inflected work often carries a real-world political weight, decided to transform an exhibition he was planning at the Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea into a forum about mortality, art and will. Based on Puccini's "Tosca," the show, "Diva's Song," which opens on Thursday, uses acrylic wall paintings of a larger-than-life-size femme fatale, Diva, and her gun-toting cowboy boyfriend, Sugar, to tell a noir-meets-O.K.-Corral story of a showdown with the Devil.
"Unlike Puccini's 'Tosca,' " an essay on the gallery's website explains, "the exhibition's narrative outcome is ultimately uncertain."
"Definitely, however," it adds, "the knife-wielding diva, in a stance reminiscent of Judith with the head of Holofernes, is the one in control."
In an interview, Ms. York - who interpreted the "Vissi d'arte" aria from "Tosca" in a show at the Public Theater in 2011 - described her illness as "this dilemma we have in our personal lives."
But she and Mr. Kearns said they wanted the show to be less about personal crisis than about art's existential power. "How do you confront this without making a one-woman show about illness, which I had absolutely no desire to do?" she said. (A website set up for the show, divas-song.com, puts the exhibition's images together with a recording of Ms. York and others interpreting the "Tosca" aria; Ms. York will also give a performance for the show at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater on July 29.)
Mr. Kearns said the hope was that the collaboration - whose images he and several former students have been creating directly on the gallery walls, to be painted over when the show ends on Aug. 22 - was something that "gets at notions of what art is actually for."
"At the heart of the work both of us do is storytelling," he added. "This is about the question, 'What do you do when you seem to stop passing through life and it turns around and comes at you like a runaway train?' "


Nora York to sing: Diva's Song
at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
Wednesday July 29th 2015
7pm reservations encouraged click for tickets

Nora York returns with her frequent collaborator and co-composer pianist Jamie Lawrence, along with her Amazing Band to swing with Puccini's iconic aria Vissi d'arte's transcendental questions about art, love, life, agency, and temporality. Featuring Steve Tarshis, Jack Lawrence, Dave Hosftra, Peter Grant, and Sherryl Marshall. Joining the band will be guest artists Tenor John McVeigh and Flip Scipio... possibly more guests.

Diva's Song is a companion concert to York's and visual artist Jerry Kearns' exhibition
at the Mike Weiss Gallery.
July 9th-August 22nd. 520 West 24th St. N.Y.N.Y.

"Nora York is the conceptualist Diva" -Downbeat-

"Ingenious, radical... extravagant talent."-- The New Yorker --

"Jerry Kearns has long found conceptual richness in a dialectic (or is it a Mexican stand-off?) between narrative and collage-between an urge to tell rousing, momentum-driven stories and a need to acknowledge the nearly paralyzing fragmentation, plurality, contradiction and all-at-onceness of contemporary life." -Art in America-

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
General Info: 212.539.8500
Box Office: 212.967.7555 (10am - 7pm daily)



6. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Theater for the New City, Manhattan, July 13-15, and more

Penny Arcade continues developing Longing Lasts Longer a rumination on personal and cultural loss at Theater For The New City Monday to Wednesday July 13,14 and 15th 8pm $15
in advance of performances at Edinburgh Festival Underbelly August 6-30 and Soho Theatre London Nov 2-25th

Latitude Festival July 17th

Pool Arts Manchester July 18-22

Hi Everyone!

Monday - Wed July 13-15th we are going to do 3 performances of the club version of

Longing Lasts Longer that we have been developing for the past year at Joe's Pub It is 65 minutes long!

Backed with content! one liners music that will make you dance in your seat, cultural critique Arcade style

snake bite observations, poetry and everything you have come to expect from my work!

It is also my birthday week! I turn 65 this week celebrating 47 years as a performer and actress!!!

I hope you will come and see it and spread the word!

Here is The Sunday NY Post's little piece on me ..it comes out tomorrow..it was butchered but it is still fun!

Typical NY Post Headline!!




7. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at NY Institute of Technology, Manhattan, July 13, and more

FF Alum Judith Sloan in performance

KO Festival, Amherst MA, July 10, 11, 12

New York Institute of Technology July 13

George Stevens Academy Blue Hill ME

For details and ticket links: http://www.earsay.org

Sloan performs Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America
A multi-media performance as a solo show in Amherst MA, and with a multi-ethnic cast on July 13 with Najla Said, Riti Satchdeva, Krussia, Nikaury Roman and Joel L. Daniels in New York City

As immigration policy is hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the US and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11. Based on Lehrer and Sloan's critically acclaimed book, actor/writer Judith Sloan channels many of the people that the couple interviewed on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens, New York. The performance is illuminated by projections of Lehrer's stunning photographs along with an original soundtrack of music and sounds, including Sloan's audio mixes, music by Scott Johnson and Gogol Bordello. Home to the New York airports, Queens, is no longer made up of neatly partitioned ethnic enclaves. Today the choreography of Queens, a place where residents speak 138 different languages, is one of chaotic co-existence. This group portrait of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial community is a magnifying glass for the future of America. Above all, Crossing the BLVD is a celebration of resilient, prismatic character in search of home.



8. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online

Frank Moore, FF Alumn, reviewed by Dr. Susan Block, July 1

Dr. Susan Block reviews Frankly Speaking: A Collection of Essays, Writings & Rants by Frank Moore

The Ultimate Wounded Healer, July 1, 2015

Frank Moore was a man of breathtaking accomplishment, a true counter-culture hero, poet, artist, philosopher, rock star, talk show host, comedian, U.S. Presidential candidate and filmmaker, as well as a devoted "family man," if you accept his definition of family (which I do). Yet the first thing many people noticed when they saw Frank was his physical "condition." That is, in addition to being all of the above and so much more, Frank was quadriplegic.

Born with severe cerebral palsy that rendered him unable to walk, talk or control the movement of his limbs, Frank conquered what some might call his extreme "disabilities" to become one of the world's foremost performance artists, deep thinkers, political leaders and inspirational teachers. The Steven Hawking of Erotic Theater, Frank coined the term "chero," combining "chi" and "eros" to express the physical energy of life. He also created the word "eroplay" to describe the physical interaction between adults released from the linear goals of typical sexual intercourse, often in the context of long, 5-48 hour ritualistic performances. These performances were transformative experiences (full disclosure-I was privileged to participate when he and his wonderful family were guests on my show) that melted the barriers between participants, performers and audience.

As such, Frank Moore was the ultimate wounded healer, a differently-shaped medicine man, a spastic magician, a wild shaman and a trickster lover that inspired so many people, from performance artist Annie Sprinkle to Berkeley councilman Kriss Worthington. Of course, some folks feared his tremendous power, especially certain old-guard Republicans. In the early 90s, he rose to national fame as one of the NEA-funded artists targeted by then U.S. Congressman Jesse Helms for doing art that was labeled "obscene."

Whether orchestrating an outercourse orgy or running for President (where-more disclosure-I was his running mate), Frank always said he had the perfect body for doing performance art. It was true; you couldn't take your eyes off him. And then there was that wild mind of his-steeped in the ethos of the swinging 70s and the living theater of Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski and Richard Schechner. He was also a painter who painted with a brush attached to his head before he started digital painting on the computer. But what moved me most about Frank was his poetry.

Which brings me to this brilliant, bonoboësque, galvanizing, poetry-packed book of his, "Frankly Speaking: A Collection of Essays, Writings and Rants." What a masterpiece of freedom of speech! Even more disclosure: I quote him heavily in my own book "The Bonobo Way."

Since Frank passed away a couple years ago, I've missed him terribly. But reading "Frankly Speaking," it's like he's right here with me, hollering with infectious glee as his life-partner Linda (who helped organize this magnificent collection) patiently translates his astounding, inspirational wisdom, a gateway to truth and deep joy.




9. Dahn Hiuni, FF Alumn, at Provincetown Art Assn. and Museum, MA, Aug. 10-14

Hi Everyone,
I'll be teaching a fun, 5-day drawing workshop at PAAM (Provincetown Art Association and Museum) August 10 - August 14 1-4pm Daily Please join us if you're in Ptown!
More information at
Dahn Hiuni



10. Jenny Polak, Marisa Jahn, FF Alumns, at Franklin St. Works, Stamford, CT, July 11, and more

I'm happy to be showing new and ongoing work at
Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT (1 hr train ride from Grand Central)
'Acting on Dreams' Curated by Yaelle Amir
On view through August 30th
Artists panel discussion Saturday afternoon July 11th
Artists: Marisa Jahn/Studio Rev; Ghana ThinkTank; Carlos Motta/Queerocracy; Jenny Polak; Andrea Bowers; Mariam Ghani & Chitra Ganesh; Favianna Rodriguez/CultureStrike.

Thank you!



11. Chin Chih Yang, FF Alumn, at NY Hall of Science, Flushing, Queens, opening August 8

Dear Friends,

I would like to share my group exhibition with you!
I'm in Asia now and I will go back to NYC in October.

Wish you have a wonderful summer!

All the best,
Chin Chih

Save the Date: Saturday August 8th, 2015 3-6 pm
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY 11368 USA
phone: 718.699.0005

On this special Independence Day celebrating the USA, the Taiwanese American Arts Council joins the festivities by announcing the first exhibition of THE MOMENT 2015 in partnership with New York Hall of Science. The opening reception will be on August 8th, 3-5pm. The Moment at the NY Hall of Science will feature
14 artists under the curatorship of Prof. CJ Yeh and Luchia Meihua Lee, and benefits from the supportive efforts of the NY Hall of Science
We hope to see you there at Hall of Science located in Flushing Corona Park, Queens
Participating artists at THE MOMENT at the NY Hall of Science are:
Chin Pao CHEN (陳敬寳) Yu-Ting FENG (馮鈺婷) Chemin HSIAO (蕭喆旻) Scottie HUANG (黃致傑) Shih Chieh HUANG (黃世傑) Ming Jer KUO (郭明哲) Daniel LEE (李小鏡) Hsiang Lu MENG (孟祥璐) Mennie Hsiu-Ying SHEN (沈秀穎) Amy ChingChun WEN (溫淨淳) Chin Chih YANG (楊金池) C.J. YEH (葉謹睿) Rosalie YU (余香瑩)

Special thanks to: Elizabeth Slagus , Erin Thelen of the Hall of Science;
Jui-Jen Shih and Maple Lin of MOCA, Taipei; Elva Kuo of Crystal Window and Door Systems.

THE MOMENT series program: August 20 at Queens Museum. August 22-23 and to Octoberr 30 at Botanical Garden, September 19 at Taiwan Center, October 1st at Tenri Cultural Institute, and 456 Gallery, and many more places. We will tell you more about these individual events..

TAAC co-founders Dr. Lung Fong Chen, Thomas Chen, and Patrick Huang join the executive director Luchia Meihua Lee to thank you for your support over the past year and in the future

TAAC is a New York based 501(c)3 organization

Taiwanese American Arts Council | TAAC c/o Queens Museum | New York City Building | Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Queens | NY | 11368



12. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Bronx Community Garden, The Bronx, July 23,

THURSDAY JULY 23rd, 2015
by subway, 4, B, D, to 161st Street, Yankee Stadium
poetry and performance by
Annie Lanzillotto
and Circa 95
hosted by Urayoán Noel
Produced by New York Restoration Project and Bronx Museum

"Two moons"
with one eye I see
O what a beautiful cataract
glimpse through a wet glass
Features are out of focus but auras
spin round heads and hearts
with kadleidoscopic magnificence.
Who knew the world is a Cezanne
as you age who knew as the senses dull
what comes into focus is tight to eternity
voices chime words without edges
leather hearts hold the beat and sway
clarifications fade
Two moons with one eye
I see

Annie Lanzillotto
copyright 2015


Come to the Bronx early and take a walk on the newly re-opened Highbridge. Then walk south 7/10 mile to our poetry performance! http://www.nycgovparks.org/park-features/highbridge-park/planyc



13. Kunio Suzuki, at J-Labo, Brooklyn, July 24

Kunio Suzuki is coming to Brooklyn from Japan and invites you to his art workshop on July 24. There are two free 90 minute performances that day, at 2 pm and again at 6:30 pm at 300-302 7th Street in Brooklyn. For full details please email Kunio Suzuki at water04809@mail.goo.ne.jp

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu. Thank you very much.



14. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, in Alaska Journal, now online

The Bookworm Sez: Making sense of making cents BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER, FOR THE JOURNAL

Published: 2015.06.24

Find a penny, pick it up.

Words of advice from your grandfather, for whom a penny was worth bending over. For you, one cent doesn't buy much, so do you grab errant coins or step past them? What's the deal with a lousy penny, anyhow? Harley J. Spiller makes it his hobby to know, and in "Keep the Change," he'll tell you.

We humans are a curious bunch. There's a good chance, for instance, that you have fabric in your wallet, cloth you could exchange for dinner. The fabric itself isn't worth much - surely not as much as printed numbers inked by 60 tons of force might indicate. No, it's the value we assign to it that really matters.

Dollar bills are made with "world-class" precision and safeguards, each made of 75 percent cotton, 25 percent special linen, measuring 2.61 inches by 6.14 inches by 0.0043 inches thick.

"In 2012," says Spiller, "more than eight billion rectangles... soaked up close to three thousand tons of ink to create just under three hundred and fifty-nine billion dollars." That ain't chump change, and the government constantly looks for ways to keep counterfeiters from reproducing the fine details, glow strips, and muted colors of foldable money. Even just scanning a dollar bill into your computer, Spiller notes, can result in a bit of unpleasantness...

And then there are the bits of metal you have in your pocket or purse.

Copper has been prized for eons: some Native Americans considered it sacred. The U.S. Mint begged to differ, though, and didn't declare copper to be legal tender until 1862 - which meant that the first copper pennies, produced in 1792, couldn't be deposited in a bank.

Still, making cents made sense: pennies were traded for and used by slaves, and when Abraham Lincoln died, mourners turned "Indianhead" coins into souvenirs. Abe's portrait on the penny proved to be even more popular: between 1909 and 2012, nearly 500 billion pennies were minted, although many people now jeer at the mere presence of a one-cent coin.

Did you know that banks sometimes literally throw money away? Yep, and you'll learn why (and more!) in "Keep the Change."

Since he was a young boy, museum professional and author Harley J. Spiller has been a numismatist (coin collector) with a focus on mangled and altered cash. In this entertaining book, he nicely melds his passion and quirky collection with photos and facts about money as a whole: its history, the reasons why it looks as it does, and a large list of alternates for the word "money."

Spiller's shared knowledge also fills in many cultural gaps to help readers understand money's role in society, and embracing his glossary of terms will make you sound like the Big Wig of Big Bucks.

While you'll surely learn a thing or two here, the real reason to read this book is to enjoy a lighthearted look at currency, recovered and made. If that seems like great fun to you, then find "Keep the Change"... and pick it up.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is the author of The Bookworm Sez, which is published in more than 200 newspapers and 50 magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. Schlichenmeyer may be reached at bookwormsez@yahoo.com.




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller