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Matthew Silver's International Wackadoodle Love Awareness Day

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Southside of Union Square
New York, NY

It's time to stop being a spectator and join Matthew Silver. He's not the only one, so if you believe in LOVE Magic, do your part and Fart your Heart! That alone will set you free. PLEASE JOIN MATTHEW SILVER at the SOUTHSIDE OF UNION SQUARE, ON THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST, SUNDAY the 31st at 4PM AND ACT WACKY WITH MATTHEW. WEAR ONLY YOUR UNDERWEAR AND A BRA OR NOT. He wants to make the entire world laugh and show people, that we're not apathetic, that love is important in all its forms. Even through the power of Wackadoodleness. This EVENT is going international and will be U-STREAMED, Documented!!!!!!

Matthew Silver has been street performing on and off for 9 years with the intention to make people laugh. His goal is to make the entire planet laugh at the sametime to boost Love Awareness. He believes that the energy from this Phenomenon will trigger a chain reaction that will help create a lasting effect, but only if people join him or CREATE THEIR OWN MAGIC!!! Love is infinite, it's not just him.


September 6 – October 3, 2014
Open Wed-Sun, hours vary
Lilac Museum Steamship
Hudson River Park’s Pier 25
New York, NY

The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow and brings together over 70 participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming. The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, and Leading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.

During this action-packed month, there is free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.

Through collective placemaking, the Floating Library intends to recodify how we occupy public spaces by bringing activities that are typically confined within privileged institutional walls— such as reading, writing, researching, questioning and debating—to open space.

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