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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
January 29, 2004

1. Sonja Hindkjaer, FF Alumn, launches new website, www.hindkjaer.com
2. Peter Grzybowski, Alastair MacLennan, Andre Stitt, FF Alumns, inaugurate Chashama's new space, March 18-20, 2004
3. Carrie Moyer, FF Alumn, at Triple Candie, NY, Opening Feb 1, 4-6 pm
4. Amy Taubin, FF Alumn, at SVA/MOMA, Gramercy Theater, Feb 3, 6:30 pm
5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, at Longwood Arts Project/Hostos, opening Feb 4
6. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Museum of Arts and Design, Jan 29, 6 pm
7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, announces new videos of performances and documentary
8. Ron Athey, Nao Bustamante, Adriene Jenik, Mendi Obadike, Pauline Oliveros, FF Alumns, at Univ. Calif. San Diego conference, Jan 29-Feb 1, 2004
9. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, opening Feb 6
10. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Ngaumatau Gallery, New Zealand, opens Feb 10
11. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, peforms at PS 122, Feb 18, 6:30 pm, and more.
12. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, psychic portrait sittings at the Chelsea Hotel, Feb 1 and 8
13. Judith Ren-Lay, FF Alumn, at SomArts, San Francisco, Feb 5
14. Ron Ehmke, FF Alumn, at Rust Belt Books, Buffalo, NY Feb 6-28, 2004
15. Lois Weaver, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place at the Marquee, Feb 4, 11, 18
16. Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, at the Kitchen, Feb 19-21
17. David Cale, FF Alumn / Board Member, on NPR The Next Big Thing, Jan 31, 2 pm
18. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at Santaguida, Toronto, Ontario, Feb 6-8
19. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Red-Eye Theater, Minneapolis, Jan 30-Feb. 1
20. Julia Heyward, FF Alumn, Lillian Ball, FF Member, at Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, through March 6
21. Kathy Brew, FF Visionary, at the Kitchen, Feb 6, 7:30
22. Jessica Crombie, FF Intern Alumn, in London, England, May 22

1. Sonja Hindkjaer, FF Alumn, launches new website, www.hindkjaer.com

The international artist Sonja Hindkjaer has launched her new website, www.hindkjaer.com She extends thanks to Tiffany Ludwig, Franklin Furnace's former Webmistress, for making all of her designs, ideas and dreams for the site a reality.


2. Peter Grzybowski, Alastair MacLennan, Andre Stitt, FF Alumns, inaugurate Chashama's new space, March 18-20, 2004

International performance fest to
inaugurate chashama's new East Side
March 18-20, 2004
217 E 42 St.
Performance artists from around the world will be on hand to celebrate when chashama presents Currency 2004, an International Festival of Contemporary Performance, March 18-20, 2004 at their new home, 217 E 42 St. in Manhattan. After 7 years as a fixture at Times Square, chashama moves to the East Side with a bang by bringing together a distinguished lineup of seasoned veterans and new talent for three nights of extraordinary performance art. Participants include Chumpon Apisuk (Thailand), Marilyn Arsem (US), Jeffery Byrd (US), Peter Baren (Netherlands), Adina Bar-on (Israel), Sylvie Cotton (Canada), Peter Grzybowski (US), Alastair MacLennan (UK), Jill McDermid (US), Boris Nieslony (Germany), Andre Stitt (UK), Lorena Wolffer (Mexico) and Artur Tajber (Poland). You don't want to miss your chance to see this major meeting of contemporary performance artists. Mark it on your calendar; Thursday - Saturday, March 18-20, 2004 at chashama, 217 E. 42 St. There will be a different program each night; performances begins at 8 PM. Admission is free. For more information, visit the chashama website at www.chashama.org or contact Festival Director Dan McKereghan at 718.965.2617.
chashama is located at 217 E 42 St. between Second and Third Avenues. Subway - 4,5,6,7, Shuttle to Grand Central


3. Carrie Moyer, FF Alumn, at Triple Candie, NY, Opening Feb 1, 4-6 pm

Carrie Moyer, FF Alumn, presents Façade Project at Triple Candie, 461 W. 126th St. NYC, 212-865-0783, Thursday-Sunday, 12-5 pm. Artist Reception, Sunday February 1, 4-6 pm. Artist Talks Sunday March 7 and Sunday April 18, both at 2 pm.


4. Amy Taubin, FF Alumn, at SVA/MOMA, Gramercy Theater, Feb 3, 6:30 pm

School Of Visual Arts And Museum Of Modern Art Present The New Grotesque February 3, 2004

Two of New York's most prominent institutions devoted to the art of our times have joined together to present a panel discussion examining images of the gruesome and bizarre, in light of contemporary culture. "The New Grotesque," presented by School of Visual Arts and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), will be held at MoMA at the Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street, New York City, on Tuesday, February 3, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Suzanne Anker, Chair of the Art History Department at School of Visual Arts (SVA), who initiated the program, said, "I have been fascinated by the impact of genetic engineering and the making of monsters on contemporary art. This got me to thinking about how,recently, museums and galleries, TV news reports, journalistic documentaries and cinematic extravaganzas have focused their attention on bodily anomalies, serial murders, abject terrorism and 'art exhibitions' composed of corpses. Our panel will deal with the questions of why we are so fascinated with such grotesque visions, and why the grotesque appears and reappears at different points in history or in different cultures."

Combining revulsion with fascination, these hard-to-look at images appear in high art, horror films, medical museums, cartoons, political posters and images of terrorists' acts. Incorporated into the work of Hieronymous Bosch, Francisco Goya, and more recently Joel-Peter Witkin, Matthew Barney and David Cronenberg, monsters and mutants mock traditional values.

Fusing the fantastic with the gruesome and bizarre, the grotesque highlights natural instincts out of control. For some, the grotesque is but another variation of nature's tangled supply of infinite permutation. For many theologians, scholars and artists, the grotesque acts as a form of cultural reactivation, bringing the atrocious to light as a means of re-examining society.

Panelists are Amy Taubin, film critic; Robert Storr, curator; Joyce Carol Oates, author; Mary Roach, journalist and author. Suzanne Anker will moderate.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communication at 212.592.2010 or email proffice@sva.edu


5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, at Longwood Arts Project/Hostos, opening Feb 4

Two New Art Shows On Latino Experiences

Bronx, NY (January 12, 2004) Longwood Arts Project, the visual art program of the Bronx Council on the arts, presents two new group exhibitions at the new Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. In the main gallery, Rehearsed: Nicolás Dumit Estévez was organized by Edwin Ramoran, director, Longwood Arts Project. And in the project room, the group exhibition Post Plátano was organized by Ramoran and Michelle Echevarria, program coordinator, Longwood Arts Project. Both exhibitions will be on view through March 20, 2004.

Rehearsed is the first major solo exhibition of new and recent work by interdisciplinary artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez who was born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic and lives and works in New York, New York. This exhibition features performances, interventions, installations, drawings, mixed media, photography, and video that intersect issues of cultural hybridity and gender. For instance, in the new work The Flag, the artist as a modern-day Betsy Ross or Maria Trinidad Sánchez has designed and sewn a new banner that combines elements of the U.S. flag with those of the Dominican Republic flag. During the run of the exhibition, Estévez will complete a second version of the original design. Other works in the exhibition include collaborative projects with Manuel Acevedo, Elia Alba, María Alós, Luis Gamboa, Dale Ogasawara, and Reinaldo Sanguino. A brochure with an essay by Alanna Lockward is available in English and Spanish.

Post Plátano explores how contemporary artists dismantle, dissect, debunk, and challenge ethnic, racial, and sexual stereotypes of Latinos. This exhibition includes new drawings, mixed media, and video by Jorge Aguirre and Michael Grabowski, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Judith Escalona, Iliana Emilia García, Anaida Hernández, Juanita Lanzó-Guilbe, and Renzo Ortega.

The opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 in conjunction with the Bronx Culture Trolley. Esévez will debut new interventions and performances during the opening reception at Longwood Art Gallery.

Public Programs
Performance: Estévez will also present Recuento de mis 15, a Latino coming-of-age ceremony, at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2004, at Bronx River Art Center, 1087 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460.

Art/Culture Talk: For Dominican Independence Day, artists Estévez, Elia Alba and Iliana Emilia García, scholar Carlos Ulises Decena (NYU), and curator Carmen Ramos (Newark Museum) will discuss cultural production by artists of Domincan descent in New York, at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2004, at Longwood Art Gallery, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos is a featured attraction on BCA's Bronx Culture Trolley and is located on the campus of Hostos Community College/CUNY, 450 Grand Concourse @ 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451. Gallery Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Public transportation: 2, 4, 5 express trains; Bx1 and Bx19 buses to 149th Street/Grand Concourse. Admission is free. The Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please visit us online at www.longwoodcyber.org or www.bronxarts.org or call us at (718) 401-6728.

Longwood Arts Project, the visual art program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, initiated Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos as its new exhibitions program in cooperation with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Longwood is funded, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts' Visual Arts Program, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Jerome Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Krasdale Foods, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council of New York and BCA Members. Longwood is a member of the National Association of Artists Organizations, the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, and MediaChannel. BCA is a partner in the Underground Railroad Experience.


6. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Museum of Arts and Design, Jan 29, 6 pm

Museum Of Arts & Design
40 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Artists' Books: Present Tense
January 29, 2004 6:00 PM

Join us for an exciting evening exploring the present and future of the book as a form of cultural expression. The participants on this dynamic panel will discuss their own work and offer diverse perspectives on issues affecting the rapidly evolving world of artists' books. Ursula Ilse Neuman, co-curator of Corporal Identity - Body Language will moderate.

Caren Heft's Arcadian Press books are internationally exhibited. An artist and activist of intense power, her "Children Don't Count", a large collaborative project memorializing murdered children is legendary.

Patrick Hambrecht is creating an illustrated version of the Bible, the "Flaming Fire Illustrated Bible", verse by verse, with contributions from thousands of artists and non-artists alike, to be made available online as well as a multivolume book.

Buzz Spector is an artist and art critic whose work has been collected, exhibited, and published internationally. Currently teaching at Cornell University, he is well known as an innovative intellectual and creative force in the book arts field.

Christopher Wilde, proprietor of Artichoke Yink Press, is also Founder of the Booklyn Artist Book Alliance, Brooklyn, NY, a unique collaborative organization of over 50 book artists that curates exhibitions, distributes and publishes artists' books and provides Book Arts educational programming at all levels of instruction.

Anton Würth has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions and his works appear in collections world wide. His "Carnets" are visually rigorous, making subtle points through the use of precise, repetitive black-on-white line engravings and generous white space.

Several artists' books currently on exhibition will be available for inspection by the audience before the program. Free with Museum admission


7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, announces new videos of performances and documentary


There is a FANTASTIC brand new video of GLORY BOX that was just finished. It's a great three camera edit of a recent full-evening performance at the Cleveland Public Theater. It's a great tape! Ideal for classroom use! Annoying bigots! Transforming society! Here's more info on the new video!

Plus here's a link for the video purchase info and descriptions about the many other full-length videos of my performances.


The broadcast quality video of MY QUEER BODY especially rocks! It's one of my favorite shows! All full-length performance videos of GLORY BOX, MY QUEER BODY and other shows are $49.99. Send A Check Made Payable To Tim Miller To:

Tim Miller
P.O. Box 794
Venice, CA 90294-0794

Also two new documentaries about my work by NY filmaker Charles Dennis are now available. They include excerpts from the performance based on my book BODY BLOWS shot at PS 122 crosscut with me talking extensively about my work. These are an excellent classroom tool. Go to link below to get purchase info from Charles' website.


Happy New Year, Tim


8. Ron Athey, Nao Bustamante, Adriene Jenik, Mendi Obadike, Pauline Oliveros, FF Alumns, at Univ. Calif. San Diego conference, Jan 29-Feb 1, 2004

ucsd art libraries exhibit displays Nao's photo w/bio

When: January 30 ­ February 1, 2004
Admission: Festival registration $25-65 (suggested donation),
Concerts: Free
Where: UCSD Campus and the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla
For more information: teknikaradica.org or 858.204.8558
Press Contact: Patricia Quill, pquill@ucsd.edu or 858 822-0661


An International Festival of Radical Media Arts

January 30th - February 1st, 2004 at the University of California, San Diego

Pushing boundaries of electronic media and technology, artists, writers, and musicians from around the world will gather on the University of California, San Diego campus on January 30th for Powering Up/Powering Down, a three-day festival of public concerts, panels and exhibits. Exploring the complex relationship between technology, gender and race, and economics, Powering Up/Powering Down will create a living laboratory where artists, performers, thinkers, students and the public will discuss innovative artwork, share skills and collaborate on new pieces, sparking an international dialogue around the issues of social identity and media arts. With the ever-expanding use of technology in the arts, certain communities, including as women artists and artists of color, are grossly under-represented," says Juliana Snapper of Teknika Radica. "This imbalance suggests a general lack of awareness of the contribution of these innovators in the field, and an impoverished understanding of the creative process and technology." Recent conferences exploring issues of social identity and digital culture at MIT, USC, Duke University (and the forthcoming AfroGEEKS: From Technophobia to Technophilia in May at UC Santa Barbara), point to the urgency of the these issues. Participants in Powering Up/Powering Down explore a range of meanings and applications for the term technology, taking the discussion beyond the academy walls, and expanding on recent notions of technology-as-digital. Powering Up/Powering Down features artists whose work challenges us to reconsider conventional assumptions about the body and social identity; work that explores the implications of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and access in daily life, and in contact with various technologies.. In this exchange, Teknika Radica hopes to foster new networks between historically estranged communities, and open lasting channels for conversation and co-creation between UC campuses, underground artist groups in Southern California and Northern Baja, and an extended international arts community.

Program info below--
For more information and registration go to teknikaradica.org or call 858/204-8558

Powering Up/Powering Down is sponsored by Teknika Radica with generous support from the University of California's Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), UCSD's Departments of Music and Visual Arts, The California Cultures in Comparative Perspectives Initiative, UCSD Arts Libraries, UCSD Council of Provost, and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).

FRIDAY, January 30th at the Price Center Theater, UCSD

10:30 am Keynote Address
Pauline Oliveros
"Tripping on Wires: the Wireless Body"

11:00 am Session I: Whose Technology?
Renee Coulombe
"High-tech/ low-tech: appropriation, re-purposing & creation" (lecture/performance) Emily Hicks, "Black Velvet Butterflies in Cyberspace" (performance)

12 pm Lunch

1 pm Session II: Social Circuitry
Sara Roberts
"Live Data Base" (interactive sound game/installation in Eucalyptus grove)

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest "Social Culture as Technology" (lecture/performance) Trevor Paglan "Listening to Pelican Bay" (lecture/performance)
Mary Lee Roberts "We Lose Our Way" (lecture/performance)
2:30 pm
Ryoko Goguen
"Zero, Connected, Empty" (performance)

3 pm Session III: Dislocutions
Fox Harrell
"The Algebra of Identity" (lecture/performance)
Talan Memmott
"Dislocution/Translocation/Electracy: The Pro[blem|mise](s) of Electronic Writing" (lecture/performance)

Shelley Jackson
"The Shelley Jackson Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing-Mouth Children" (lecture/demonstration)

5pm Panel Discussion: Dislocutions
Eileen Myles, chair
Nao Bustamante, Shelley Jackson, Talan Memmot, Mary Lee Roberts

6 pm Galleries Open**

8 pm Concert at the Neurosciences Institute
Blevin Blechtum/Sagan, Xavier Leonard, Pauline
Oliveros & friends, Pieter Snapper, Pamela Z,
SATURDAY, January 31st Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla

9 am Session III: Access and Architectures
Ruth Hellier
"Disability/Ability: Proposing Interaction & Challenging Subjectivity through the Soundbeam" (lecture & workshop) Sharon Daniel "Achieving an Aesthetics of Dignity in the Field of the Database" (paper)

10 am coffee break

10:30 am Session IV: Technologies of the Body
Lisa Nakamura,
"The Multiplication of Difference in Post-Millennial Cyberpunk Film: The Visual Culture of Race in the Matrix" (paper) Rachel Mayeri, "Stories From the Genome" (Video screening) Ron Athey, "Joyce" (artist talk)

12 noon/ongoing Nao Bustamante, "Find Yourself Through Me" (performance/installation)

12 noon lunch

1pm Panel Discussion: Technologies of the Body Mitchell Morris, chair Ron Athey, Rachel Mayeri, Lisa Nakamura, Allucquère Rosanne (Sandy) Stone

2pm break

2:30 pm Session V: Use, Misuse and Appropriation Los Cybrids "Techno-Santeros: an Appropriated Prayer to the Four Directions (performance) Mendi and Keith Obadike
"The Pink of Stealth" (video)

3:30 pm Panel Discussion: Use, Misuse and Appropriation
Adriene Jenik, Chair Blevin Blectum, Los Cybrids, Xavier Leonard, Mendi Obadike,

4:30 pm Gallery open
Studio A open (Maryanne Amacher¹s installation)
Film screenings in VAF Performance Space

7 pm Concert at the Neurosciences Institute
Monique Buzzarté, Nina Eidsheim/soNu, Anne Lebaron, Miya Masaoka, Kristin Norderval, Alice Shields, Juliana Snapper/Sean Griffin, Pat Payne, Zanana

9 pm Visual Arts Facility, UCSD
Art Party with refreshments, live music,deejay, dancing, and feature performances from Cristyn Magnus, Tracy McMullen, and Gascia Ouzounian.

SUNDAY, February 1st Price Center Theater, UCSD

10 am Session VI: Performing Histories and Imagining Futures
Anna Everett
"Serious Play: Playing with Race and Gender in Computer Games" (paper)
Leah Gilliam, "My Robot Girlfriend" (video screening)

11:30 am Panel Discussion: Performing Histories and Imagining Futures Chair, Kara Lynch George Lewis, Leah Gilliam, Anna Everett, Adriene Jenik

12:30 pm Closing Lecture
George Lipsitz
"The Rebellion of Technology" Aesthetics, Destruction, and Democracy"

In the Galleries:

Studio A (Warren hall) features a site-specific sound installation by Maryanne Amacher

The Herbert Marcuse Gallery located in the Visual Arts Facility will exhibit sculptural, screen-based and installation work by artists including Mark Cottle, Paula Cronan, Lucy H.G., Adriene Jenik, Shirin Kouladjie, Lina Kovacevic, Kara Lynch, Andra McCartney, Takahiro Noguchi, Mendi and Keith Obadike, Tamarind Rossetti, Spencer Stair, Jaka Zeleznikar, and others.
VAF Performance Space will screen film/video by artists including Franko B., Tirtzan Evan, Leah Gilliam, Doreen LaMantia Maloney, Rachel Mayeri, T. Kim-Trang Tran, and others, and will feature performances by Cristyn Magnus, Tracy McMullen, and Gascia Ouzounian.

Information about UCSD's Department of Music can be found at
and information on UCSD¹s Center for Research in Computing and the Art, is at
http://www-crca.ucsd.edu/ For more on the California Cultures in Comparative Perspectives Initiative, see
http://calcultures.ucsd.edu The University of California's Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) has been supporting innovative projects in the performing, media, and visual arts since 1999. They can be found at http://ucira.arts.ucla.edu


9. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, opening Feb 6

Art exhibit for Kal Spelletich
Jack Hanley Gallery 395 Valencia Street @15th Street
San Francisco, CA 415.522.1623
telephone number for media:
Opening Friday Night Feb. 6, 6-8 Pm
Beer- Dj Ragi Da Lawyer -Mayhem
Exhibit Lasts From February 6 - February 28 2004

Press Quality Photos Here:
Free Admission

Kal Spelletich's machine and robots are based on interactivity and audience participation. Most of the pieces are prototypes for 20'-40' tall public sculptures. Some of the pieces in this exhibition are about:
The Fourth Dimension
15, 000 Volt Kisses
Whirling Dervishes
Time Travel
Polygraph Tests
Valentines day
Machine Sex
Robots that respond to your emotions and Bio-morphic Inputs
Machines With Emotions

The latest pieces are using biomorphic interfaces between the art and the volunteer. Attempting to bridge the gap between man and machine we use inputs that sense the human body and uses those signals to trigger machines, robots and pyrotechnics. These sensors use voice activation, lie detectors, breathe/respiration, skin-conductivity, Neurofeedback, weight, medical equipment, voice stress analyzer, finger/joint flex, proximity sensors, movement, EKG(heartbeat), voice/audio and electromusculargram.

Kal has exhibited all over Europe and America, always on a shoestring do it yourself budget. He has done massive scale performances for 7 years at The Burning Man Festival. He has been featured in Playboy, Spin, Real Edge Magazine, New York Magazine, LEONARDO, assorted books, and a zillion websites, been voted one of the top artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been showcased on The Learning Channel, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, National Geographic TV, COMEDY CHANNEL, LOTS OF LOCAL SAN FRANCISCO SHOWS, PBS and on and on.

More information:
Contact: kal@seemen.org

Neither Kal Spelletich or the presenting organization nor any of it's members shall be held responsible or liable for any LOSS, DAMAGE, OR INJURY arising from any activity organized, sponsored or promoted by SEEMEN or the presenting organization anywhere in the universe, forever.


10. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Ngaumatau Gallery, New Zealand, opens Feb 10

Ngaumatau Fine Art Consultancy is proud to Announce the opening of Max Gimblett - "Home"

A special exhibition of works by the New York based New Zealand artist. Max Gimblett will attend.
Tuesday 10th February at 7:00pm
Ngaumatau Gallery
16 Buckingham St. (behind Saffron)
Arrowtown, New Zealand

RSVP. 442 0467 or nadene@ngaumatau.com


11. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, peforms at PS 122, Feb 18, 6:30 pm, and more.

rae c wright is working out some new ideas for her work "ANIMAL INSTINCTS! TALES OF FLESH/TALES OF BLOOD" - in a free presentation on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30, at PS 122 (NE corner -- 150 1st Ave (at 9th Street).

"ANIMAL INSTINCTS! TALES OF FLESH/TALES OF BLOOD" is a one-woman COMEDY about: brutality and denial; and a gal-with-a-secret.

Think-- Ruth Draper, meets Joan Rivers. Like all Ms Wright's work - it's twisted. And most amusing.
For Reservations! just RSVP to:

She will present "MY MAD BROTHER!" as a benefit (only $10!!!) for the wonderful and deserving Dixon Place - part of their "Veteran's Series" at "The Marquee" at 8 pm on Wednesday February 24th. "The Marquee" is at: 356 Bowery (Great Jones and E. 4th St.) Reservations: 212 219-0736 ext. 106


12. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, psychic portrait sittings at the Chelsea Hotel, Feb 1 and 8

Psychic Portrait Sittings with Karen Finley
February 1st and 8th, 2004
@ The Chelsea Hotel noon-8pm
Individuals $200, Relationships $300 (Just in time for Valentines Day...)

Limited space available.
For more information or to book an appointment, call Sacha at 646.732.7787.


13. Judith Ren-Lay, FF Alumn, at SomArts, San Francisco, Feb 5

JUDITH REN-LAY to perform as part of the opening celebration of Mondo Jud Hart's Star Dust Symposium at SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94103.
Thursday, February 5, 2004 4:00 to 7:30 PM

A 1985 Bessie award winner for outstanding creative achievement with The Grandfather Tapes, premiered and funded by Franklin Furnace in 1985, Judith Ren-Lay's resume, documentation of works, and complete biography detail a 20 year career of performing and teaching her unique approach to making live art. Her archive is now part of the dance collection of the NewYork Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

The Language Puppet, her newest solo venture, features Judith Ren-Lay's Stealth Songbook. She appears as a strange shaman in a baseball cap, covered with feathers, summoning the spirits, and her songs deal with survival, intimacy, the world of nature and human politics. At an October 2003 premier in Woodstock, NY, an audience member said he hadn't been so "magically transported by language since first hearing Alan Ginsberg."

In 2002 Knitting Factory Records released her first CD Out Of Nowhere.

"Out of Nowhere succeeds mostly because it's experimental by stealth. Ren-Lay is interested in the personal - in what's inside. This attachment, this familiarity - this is the heart of the disc…" writes Luke Martin for Splendidezine music reviews…"some of the most amazing sounds I've heard a human make."


14. Ron Ehmke, FF Alumn, at Rust Belt Books, Buffalo, NY Feb 6-28, 2004

Life Is But A Dream When "The Real Dream Cabaret" Hits Rust Belt Books, February 6-28, 2004

The frigid nights of Allentown will be just a little warmer this February thanks to a new group of Buffalo-based performers, visual and media artists, and musicians. Every Friday and Saturday throughout the month, Theresa Baker, Ron Ehmke, Jeannine Giffear, Aimee Goldberg, Taunee Grant, Kitty Jung, Brian Lampkin, Anya Lownie, and Brian Milbrand will share the cozy back room at Rust Belt Books with guest artists and celebrate the holidays that make February so special with 8 nights of utterly unique cabaret entertainment.

The new project, dubbed "The Real Dream Cabaret," is a direct outgrowth of Rust Belt's now-notorious October 2003 "Royal Flush Casino" prank/performance, in which the used bookstore was transformed for one slightly surreal weekend into a casino complete with its own nightclub, the "Cabaret Parasito." The packed houses that cheered the satirical "Parasito" inspired its instigators to reunite for an extended run. Like its predecessor, the new show is heavy on collaboration, improvisation, and fun. This time around, however, the core group of artists will have the opportunity to take their ideas farther, changing the show from night to night and weekend to weekend, and inviting an even broader range of guest acts -from breathy torch singers to magicians to belly dancers- to join them. Each weekend will feature a different house band, and on most evenings audience members will be able to have their own dreams interpreted before the show and during intermission.

"The Real Dream Cabaret" is an experiment in mixing art and commerce. Working from their own seed money, admissions, and revenue from program ad sales, the core members are committed to paying all participating artists (an all-too-rare occurrence in grassroots arts endeavors these days). A merchandise table in the lobby will highlight publications and recordings by the acts as well as some unusual tie-in products (Presidents' Day greeting cards, anyone?).

Audiences will get a taste of the "Real Dream" aesthetic the minute they purchase a ticket, because the cost of admission is an hour's worth of their income. Thus, anyone with a $20-an-hour job will be asked to pay 20 bucks, while the unemployed will get in for free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Rust Belt Books.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Performances every Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m.
February 6 & 7 = Groundhog Day
February 13 &14 = Valentine's Day
February 20 & 21 = Presidents' Day
February 27 & 28 = Leap Year

Location: Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY
Admission: Your hourly wage
Tickets and information: 885-9535

For more information, contact Ron Ehmke: (716)693-2108 or ronehmke@adelphia.net
Cabaret website: www.geocities.com/realdreamcabaret/


15. Lois Weaver, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place at the Marquee, Feb 4, 11, 18

What Tammy Needs to Know
A trailer trash crash course on art, Tupperware, love & loss, conducted by part performance artist, part country western singer, Tammy WhyNot. Written and performed by Lois Weaver.

The Dixon Place Veteran Series presents
Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18
at 7:30pm
Tickets only $10 or TDF
Reservations: 212-219-0736 x106
Dixon Place at the Marquee: 356 Bowery (between Great Jones & E.4th St)
Don't miss brand new material from Lois Weaver!
Dixon Place, NYC's pre-eminent laboratory theatre, is currently "In Exile" producing at some of New York's best addresses, while constructing a new and improved permanent home. Venues this season include Chashama, Joyce Soho andThe Marquee, where Dixon Place has been presenting old friends (like Lois Weaver!) as part of the Dixon Place Veteran Series every Wednesday night.

All bar and door proceeds from the Veteran Series benefit Dixon Place's new
home, so come thirsty! And support our generous sponsor Marion's Continental next door by making dinner reservations at 212-475-7621. www.dixonplace.org


16. Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, at the Kitchen, Feb 19-21

Joan Jonas: Lines in the Sand: Helen in Egypt (U.S. Premiere)

Presented at Documenta IX in 2002, Lines in the Sand: Helen in Egypt is Joan Jonas' first New York performance in over a decade. With this multimedia production, the video/ performance pioneer revisits the myth of Helen of Troy using her emblematic vocabulary of ritualized gestures and symbolic objects (masks, mirrors, costumes), mixed with live drawing and video, Vegas kitsch and pre-recorded sound. In conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art exhibition Joan Jonas: Five Works (December 14, 2003 - March 14, 2004).

Lines In the Sand is made possible with generous support from The Orentreich Family Foundation.

February 19-21 (Thu-Sat), 24-28 (Tue-Sat) 8pm
$20/$16 for students/seniors
212.255.5793 x11 or www.ticketweb.com
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th St., New York, NY 10011


17. David Cale, FF Alumn / Board Member, on NPR The Next Big Thing, Jan 31, 2 pm

David Cale's fourth monologue recorded for the NPR show, 'The Next Big Thing', will be broadcast this weekend. In New York the show is on Saturday January 31 at 2 pm on AM 820 and on Sunday February 1 at 11 am on FM 93.9. To find where/when in other stations around the country go to http://www.nextbigthing.org/stations/tnbt.html.

Written by David Cale and performed by Steve Buscemi. In 'Poodles' the great screen and stage actor Steve Buscemi plays a devoted husband whose wife's deepening obsession with Standard Poodles is taking over their lives. This is the fourth of a series of monologues Cale is writing and recording for 'The Next Big Thing'. His earlier pieces 'Bad Love', performed by J. Smith-Cameron, 'Judy Garland on the Beach in Malibu', performed by Jerry Adler and 'Viagra Brownies' performed by Gillian Foss can be heard by visiting 'The Next Big Thing' web site at www.nextbigthing.org


18. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at Santaguida, Toronto, Ontario, Feb 6-8

Doug Beube is having a solo exhibition entitled, 'Palimpsest,' sponsored by Molly Stroyman. He will be exhibiting a series of collages entitled, Erosion, and Frieze, along with bookworks and mixed-media pieces at Santaguida Fine Foods in Toronto, Ontario, at 966 Bathurst St and Bloor Ave. The studio will be open from 10:00AM-9:00PM on Feb. 6th and 7th and from 10:00AM-5:00PM on Feb 8th. Refreshments and a live band will be present for the event. For appointments, directions and information about Doug's work, please call 416-318-7412


19. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Red-Eye Theater, Minneapolis, Jan 30-Feb 1

Minneapolis--Marcus Young performs in Red Eye Theater's WORKS-IN-PROGRESS 2004, a 20th anniversary season presentation/

"Please touch your nose. This is your nose. Thank you." Thus begins Marcus Young's work PERFORM PIECE, a deceptively simple and highly amusing inquiry into the nature of the relationship between performer and audience. The piece ends: "Please do not watch me. Thank you." In between, many other things happen. Thank you.

8 PM o Fri-Sat o January 30-31
7 PM o Sun o February 1


20. Julia Heyward, FF Alumn, Lillian Ball, FF Member, at Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, through March 6

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

ALLURE ELECTRONICA - 1.23.04 - 3.06.04

Andrea Ackerman
Lillian Ball
Nancy Dwyer
Claudia Hart
Julia Heyward
Kiki Seror

HOURS: Tuesday + Wednesday 11-6
Thursday-Saturday 11-7


21. Kathy Brew, FF Visionary, at the Kitchen, Feb 6, 7:30

The MIT Media Lab is pleased to invite you to a reception and screening of Kathy Brew's and Roberto Guerra's documentary video about the exhibition

ID/Entity: Portraits in the 21st Century
Judith Donath, Project Director
Christina Yang, Guest Curator
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street, New York
Friday, February 6
Doors open 7:30pm, Screening 8pm
RSVP by February 3


22. Jessica Crombie, FF Intern Alumn, in London, England, May 22

Switch presents:
One Night in the Studio…
With participating artists:
Jo C. Cimeces UK
Angus Crombie UK
Nicola Fretten UK
Stan Gruel France
Charles H. Nelson USA
May 22nd 2004
6pm - 12 midnight
Top Floor Studio
118 - 120 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 5BB

Switch is showcasing this group of young international artists' mixed media work in One Night in the Studio…

The event is primarily a vehicle for visual art but combines video, photography and installation with music and the more relaxed atmosphere of a bar or party to create a less formal viewing space for one night only.

For more information please contact Jessica Crombie on jessicacrombie@hotmail.com



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