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Contents for April 21, 2016

1. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, releases new publication

"Sleepytime Cemetery" is now available! In the words of Black Scat Books, “In this new collection of short stories by the author of 'The Doug Skinner Dossier,' you’ll discover a world of ostensibly human specimens behaving in peculiar and unpredictable ways. However, they are often recognizable in a manner we dare not admit. Skinner’s dark humor is deceptively playful and childlike, and that makes our bursts of laughter all the more disturbing. These 40 tales are guaranteed to disconcert andastonish.” Once you've read such stories as "The Yodeling Dutchman," "The Mullstone Haunting," or "Croton Corners It All," you'll remember them fondly! It's available from Amazon, or at blackscatbooks(dot)com.



2. Nina Yankowitz, FF Alumn, now online at creativetechweek.nyc


I am pleased to share with you the following Creative Tech Week Conference
Link to Nina Yankowitz' 2016 Interview with artist/tech expert Scott Draves.


Best regards,



3. Rumi Tsuda, FF Alumn, at White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR, Apr. 30

Garret Sea LLC and Rumi Tsuda invite you to
A first Viewing of

"At Play in Cannon Beach"

a 54 foot long panel painting by Rumi

Saturday, April 30, 2016 3-6 pm
Permanently installed in a new cedar pergola adjacent to the
White Bird Gallery at 251 N. Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon
If you are unable to attend the First Viewing, please visit with Rumi during
the Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling Festival May 6-8

For more on Rumi’s art go to rumiartcolony.com



4. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 12

April 12, 2016
The New York Times
Vassar’s Powerhouse Season to Include Taylor Mac

Before “Hamilton” and “Bright Star” arrived on Broadway, they made pit stops at Vassar College as part of its 2013 Powerhouse Theater season of works-in-progress, organized with New York Stage and Film. A host of new projects hope to follow their path at this year’s event, from June 24 to July 31, which features Taylor Mac, Josh Radnor and Santino Fontana.

Mr. Mac will perform the first 12-hour version of “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” his touring production that traces the history of American pop music from 1776 to the present. The performance will take place on July 30 from noon to midnight, and bring Mr. Mac halfway to his final goal of a 24-hour performance.

Two new plays, “Transfers,” by Lucy Thurber, and “The Wolves,” by Sarah DeLappe, will receive fully staged productions. And “Head Over Heels,” a mash-up of Elizabethan romance and the pop music of the Go-Go’s, will be further developed after its premiere last summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Several actors lately known for their television roles will dip back into theater. Santino Fontana (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) will star in his new adaptation of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s “The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd.” There will be a reading of “Sacred Valley,’’ a play by Josh Radnor, star of “How I Met Your Mother.” And John Slattery of “Mad Men” fame will direct a reading of Lorien Haynes’s new play, “Good Grief.”

Tickets go on sale next month. More information can be found atPowerhouse.Vassar.edu.



5. Sarah Mattes, FF Intern Alumn, at Judson Church, Manhattan, April 18

Hi Friends,

Hope you are all well and spring has sprung!

I am doing a performance with Maximiliano Ferro and Caitlin MacQueen at the Judson Church next Monday, April 18th and would love to see your smiling faces there!

Doors open at 7:45pm and the performance will start at 8pm. It is free and open to all - and bonus: it's supposed to be 75 degrees outside!

Monday, April 18th
Movement Research at the Judson Church
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Doors open at 7:45 pm
Show starts at 8 pm

Excited -- Hope to see you there!

Sarah Owens Mattes



6. UP NYC at Paper Box, Brooklyn, April 21

UP NYC is an interdisciplinary art festival featuring members of the insurgent Bushwick performance art scene, pushing boundaries and setting new marks in the live arts. Power-packed and underground they will rock Brooklyn’s Paper Box on Thursday, April 21, 2016 featuring artists that represent the harsh and dystopian aspects of the surviving artist movement.

UP NYC is the brainchild of NYC art tricksters, WILD TORUS, YOLTEOTLI, and Estonian renegades, NON GRATA. All these extreme groups will perform live at the festival, alongside kinkster performance artists like JON KONKOL, UTA BRAUSER and KIM FATALE. The extreme experimental sounds of electronic noise musicians DRUMS LIKE MACHINE GUNS, FRATAXIN, MAX ALPER, SPREADERS and CHANNEL63/I SAY FUCK will cleanse the sensory palette of the audience. Additionally, experimental live video performances, like JEN KUTLER, will be curated by ERIC BARRY DRASIN, to explore the fringes of perception and consciousness.

Original prints, artwork editions, and wearable art from participating artists will be on sale throughout the night. $15 at door from 7:00p- on. Ticket and artwork sales go directly to artists. The Paper Box is an expansive music and arts complex, located at 17 Meadow st, in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a main stage, a full bar and an outdoor patio. (http://thepaperbox.nyc/ )

Tickets >> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/up-nyc-underground- performance-nyc-tickets-24236411760

NON GRATA (http://www.nongrata.ee/ ) is an Estonian collective that has firmly established itself as one of the most audacious and evolving performance art groups to consistently stage rebellious performance-happenings with fire and red-hot cattle brands. Taking its name from the phrase “persona non grata” meaning “an unwelcome person,” Non Grata first started as an alternative art academy, called Academia Non Grata. Now, they travel the world practicing radical performance art with a revolving set of members that, over the years, has totaled up to 900 different artists. Non Grata is led by Anonymous Boh and Devilgirl.

WILD TORUS (www.wildtor.us ) is an NYC-based collective that creates live, interactive experiences within immersive, digital installations. Wild Torus is the spiritual practice of our current Internet-driven, consumerist society. Wild Torus uses both digital and physical means to create shared, multi-sensory happenings that challenge pervasive cultural beliefs. Their creations are mystical and spectacular, often with references to ancient aliens, cult theologies and Wild Torus’ own personal lives. Wild Torus is led by Vlady Voz Tokk, originally from Moscow, Russia; and Mág Ne Tá originally from Washington, D.C.



7. Adam Pendleton, FF Alumn, at Studio Museum in Harlem, April 29

Adam Pendleton, Untitled, 2015, from On Value.
Neither Here nor Now
with Ralph Lemon and Adam Pendleton
April 28
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Studio Museum in Harlem
144 W 125th St, New York, NY
Free with Museum admission*

Please join Triple Canopy and the Studio Museum in Harlem to celebrate the publication of On Value, a multifarious book about the value of ephemeral artworks and the labor and bodies that make them. Choreographer and artist Ralph Lemon, who coedited the book with Triple Canopy, will be joined in conversation by artist and On Value contributor Adam Pendleton. They will discuss how each has sought to transpose live events, whether dance performances or charged historical events, into publishable forms such as essays, visual artifacts, and print books, as well as the simultaneous redundancy and incompleteness inherent in such acts of translation. They will also examine the ways their respective starting points—Lemon in performance, and Pendleton in visual art—have influenced their distinctive approaches to interdisciplinary work, and how their work might disturb epistemological frameworks and challenge the treatment of historic inaccuracy. Can publication function at once as a wager, a provocation, and a practicality?

The conversation will be moderated by Triple Canopy associate editor Lizzie Feidelson. Neither Here nor Now will be held as a part of the Studio Museum’s Studio Salon. Studio Salon is the Museum’s literary society that explores the dynamic intersections of literature and contemporary art through artist talks, book launches and writing workshops inspired by our exhibitions. This edition of Studio Salon is presented on the occasion of Surface Area: Selections from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition which explores the possibilities of surface as an expanded space, where mediums interact and the history of an object or a body leaves traces.

*This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.



8. Eleanor Antin, FF Alumn, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manhattan, thru May 27

Eleanor Antin “I wish I had a paper doll I could call my own…” is on view at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts 31 Mercer Street, NYC 10013 through May 27, 2016. www.feldmangallery.com

LuLu LoLo Pascale will be presenting on Saturday, April 30 3-4:15pm
At the John D Calandra Italian American Institute Annual Conference:
“Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities”
LuLu LoLo born and raised in East Harlem, the daughter of community activists Pete and Rose Pascale will speak of her childhood memories of the history of the settlement house movement and the history of Italian East Harlem.
The Panel:: The Neighborhood as Landscape La Galleria
Chair: James S. Pasto, Boston University
DIY Texts: How American Italianità Is Constructed in Youngstown, Ohio,
Anthony D. Mitzel, University College London
The Artifacts of Haarlem House/LaGuardia Memorial House: Memorable
and Tangible, LuLu LoLo Pascale, Independent Scholar
The Italians of Brooklyn Revisited, Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College (CUNY)
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute | Queens College, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York NY 10036
212-642-2094 | calandra@qc.edu | www.qc.edu/calandra



9. Bob Lens, FF Alumn, at Verbeke Foundation, Stekene, Belgium, thru Oct. 30

For complete information please visit


Thank you.



10. Jennifer Miller, Cathy Weis, FF Alumns, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, April 24

April 24, 2016, 6:00 pm. Jennifer Miller, Cathy Weis, and Clare Dolan present The Gimp, the Freak and Nurse Clare, a new work-in-progress. Three unusual bodies perform three unusual solos highlighting each performer’s singularity and unique sense of humor. WeisAcres, 537 Broadway #3, New York, NY 10012, Free admission.



11. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 15

The New York Times
April 15, 2016
Hilton Als, ‘One Man Show: Holly, Candy, Bobbie and the Rest’

Hilton Als is best known as a theater critic for The New Yorker, but he also has a history in the visual arts. In 2009 he and Justin Vivian Bond organized a memorable show including gay performers at La MaMa Galleria in the East Village. And now Mr. Als is revealed as an artist himself, and an accomplished one, in “One Man Show: Holly, Candy, Bobbie and the Rest,” at the Artist’s Institute, a solo that is not quite a solo:It’s an evocation of transgender performers, most of them now deceased, who in one way or another deeply affected his life.

Some, like Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Ethyl Eichelberger and Holly Woodlawn, starred in underground films and theater. Others, like the magisterial Storme DeLarverie, were Stonewall heroes. Still others, like the Bobbie of the title, simply performed their trans lives in ways that Mr. Als found inspiring and transfixing. Images of all appear, mirage-like, in this multimedia show, which is both a visually ingenious installation and a dream-time scrapbook of a memoir.

Many of the deities in Mr. Als’s pantheon are also in mine, so let me mention that one of them, Ms. Woodlawn, who died last year, can also be seen in Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst’s short 2012 film “She Gone Rogue,” at Smack Mellon, in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Part of a group show organized by Alexis Heller and on view through Sunday, the film casts Ms. Woodlawn as confidante and mentor to a younger transgender artist, bringing the lineage that Mr. Als memorializes vivaciously into the present.

The Artist’s Institute
132 East 65th Street, Manhattan
Through April 24



12. Diane Torr, Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumns, at Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA, April 20

Wednesday, April 20 at 8 PM in PDT

Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This will be the San Francisco premiere of the MAN FOR A DAY feature film by Berlin filmmaker, Katarina Peters. Film premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2012 and has been seen around the globe. Yet to be seen in the USA. Film covers the work of performance artist/gender activist, Diane Torr, in a MAN FOR A DAY workshop with 12 women from diverse backgrounds. Here is a link to the trailer:


Evening also includes a short film by Mickey Ray Mahoney called The Undergrad. This is a re-make of the film, The Graduate, in which all the parts are played by women and drag kings. This promises to be a very exciting evening. Hosted by Carol Queen and Annie Sprinkle. Glasgow-based Diane Torr will be present for Q and A afterwards.



13. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, receives Independent Publisher Book Award, and more

I was just informed that my book, Street Angel, was awarded the Silver Medal by the Independent Publisher Book Awards - Best Regional Non-Fiction, Canada-East.
and also
The Villager Newspaper received an award from the New York Press Association for it's coverage of the Arts in 2015.
Writers singled out - "Dusica Sue Malesevic, for a profile of Magie Dominic in anticipation of an NYPL lecture (“Magic Time at the Caffe Cino”). Link follows:

Thank you.



14. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan, thru April 30

Liliana Porter at the Whitney Museum (6th floor) included in the exhibition: Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection, April 2016



15. Kazuko Miyamoto, FF Alumn, at Angel Orensanz Center, Manhattan, May 7-9

Angel Orensanz Foundation Presents FridGe ART FAIR NYC : May 7-9 2016:

FridGe ART FAIR NYC: May 7-9 2016: Angel Orensanz Foundation

Fridge Art Fair and Angel Orensanz Center are pleased to present the Fridge New York 2016. In what founding director Eric Ginsburg dubs "The Big Freeze" Edition,

NEW YORK - April 15, 2016 - A Gem of a Fair in a Jewel of a Space Fridge at Landmark Angel Orensanz Center

May 7¬-9 ,2016, Opening reception Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fridge Art Fair and Angel Orensanz Center are pleased to present the Fridge New York 2016. In what founding director Eric Ginsburg dubs "The Big Freeze" Edition. Fridgers return to the historic heart of the neighborhood where the Fair was born in May 2016 with a venue/producer collaboration that marries the current character of the Lower East Side as THE burgeoning art district downtown and it's history as a multicultural melting pot and a center of Jewish life.

Most exhibitors this time around are returnees to the small fair who enjoy the creative freedom Fridge provides in term of form and content, especially in a flexible space such as this. They range from artists such as recent Mana resident Johan Wahlstrom, and Miami's Virginia Erdie (who will once again also present works by her young students), and photographer David Graham, to innovative galleries and collectives such as Pittsburgh's BoxHeart Gallery, NYC's own Con Artist Collective, Vanderplas Gallery presenting work of Konstantin Bokov, and the home of the first Fridge Art Fair, Gallery OneTwentyEight presenting an installation by Kazuko Miyamoto and David Fenn.

A site¬specific installation by Angel Orensanz will be featured on the main floor of the venue. other special presentations include a marathon opening vernissage (4¬-11pm Saturday May 7, music, goodies and refreshments) poetry readings by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and Jason Greendyk, Eric Ginsburg's Doggie Salon (bring your pet, portion of proceeds benefit BARC). All admission to Fridge is by suggested donation.

Angel Orensanz Foundation occupies a former Ashe Synagogue, a registered Historic Landmark that currently serves many functions including as a house of worship. It is the Oldest Synagogue in New York City and is often considered the birthplace of Reform Judaism. After the DOB closed the venue and forced the Fair to relocate in 2014, this edition, on the heels of the Center's re¬opening, has deep meaning for the Fair. "It's not only the best location for us," says fair curator Linda DiGusta, "It has the best spirit."

Full visitor information at fridgeartfair.com. Sponsorship opportunities still available,.



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