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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
June 22, 2004

1. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, announces new website, www.jessdobkin.com
2. Mark Fox, FF Alumn, at Feature Inc., NY, opening June 26, 5:30-7:30
3. Dominic McGill, FF Alumn, at Derek Eller Gallery, opening July 1, 6-8 pm
4. Ilona Granet, FF Alumn, at Ono Galerie, Bern, Switzerland, thru Aug 31
5. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, new film premiers in San Francisco, TONITE!
6. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, new film at Roxie Cinema, SF, June 24, 7:30 pm
7. Heidi House Arneson, FF Alumn, in Minnesota Fringe Festival, Aug. 5-15, 2004
8. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, benefit at the Slaughterhouse, Oakland, June 26
9. Rebecca Moore, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, at Orensanz Center, July 1, 2004
10. Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, at Nest, Brooklyn, June 23-26, 8 pm
11. Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, presents Lab Meat, June 21-July 26, various locations
12. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, Miss Lower East Side Pageant, June 25 at Fez, NY

1. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, announces new website, www.jessdobkin.com

Dear Friends,
I am pleased to announce the grand opening of my new website.
You are cordially invited to come visit my virtual world! Thanks,


2. Mark Fox, FF Alumn, at Feature Inc., NY, opening June 26, 5:30-7:30

Hello All,
I have a new work in a show at Feature Inc. --a gallery at 530 W. 25th Street. The opening is Saturday, June 26, 5:30-7:30. If you can't make it to the opening, you can stop by the gallery some time before August 13 to take a look.
Happy summer--
mark fox


3. Dominic McGill, FF Alumn, at Derek Eller Gallery, opening July 1, 6-8 pm

Dominic McGill - Project for a New American Century
June 29 - August 6, 2004
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 1, 6 - 8 pm

Derek Eller Gallery is pleased to present new work by Dominic McGill.
Like a modern-day Bayeux tapestry, Dominic McGill's latest drawing, Project For a New American Century, is an epic graphite on paper panoramic loop that stretches 65 feet. Standing at almost 8 feet high, the drawing hangs suspended from the ceiling and fills the entire gallery space.

Project for a New American Century takes its name from a Washington-based neo-conservative think-tank "The Project for the New American Century". Drawn largely from historical quotes, political slogans, media buzzwords, and pop culture references; this endless timeline spans from Hiroshima through the Cold War to the present, ending and beginning in nuclear fire. The work functions as a hypertext of conspiracy, the sensational, the propagandist and the revolutionary. Hundreds of names ,events and slogans that have made the papers are scrawled over a panoramic wasteland; Whittaker Chambers, Martin Luther King Jr., Osama bin Laden , Dresden, Levittown, overlayed with ,Bloody Sunday, By Any Means Necessary ,Axis of Evil, and Chernobyl . Curious coincidences appear throughout the work.' Bob Dylan Finds Jesus' appears close to 'Jonestown Massacre', and Gary Gilmore's quote "We are sentenced to die the day that we are born" crops up next to the Hyde Amendment. Thick lines of gothic text referencing the Prison Industry to the Religious Right to O.J . unravel into a dark wood , leading the viewer to a silent place, where the words are obscured and the present is uncertain. Born in England, Dominic McGill lives and works in New York. This will be his first show with the gallery.

Derek Eller Gallery is located at 526 West 25th Street, 2nd floor. Summer gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday from 11am - 6pm and by appointment. For further information or visuals, please contact the gallery at 212.206.6411 or visit www.derekeller.com.


4. Ilona Granet, FF Alumn, at Ono Galerie, Bern, Switzerland, thru Aug 31

Ilona Granet, FF Alumn, presents
War & Safety
through August 31, 2004
at Ono Galerie, Kramgasse 6, 3011 Bern, Switzerland


5. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, new film premiers in San Francisco, TONITE!

Dear Sex, Love and Art Enthusiasts,
This is it folks! An eye-gasmic, educational, enlightening, and sexy documentary about the big O, featuring interviews with 26 orgasm experts. After you see this film, you will likely see orgasms in a whole new light. This film has been years in the making, and now finally I'm having the world premiere of my movie ANNIE SPRINKLE'S AMAZING WORLD OF ORGASM, which I co-directed with Sheila Malone. (Running time: 53 minutes.) I'd absolutely LOVE you to come to this premiere, because I honestly think you will really enjoy it. Plus it's a double feature! You will also experience HEARTS CRACKED OPEN, the first-ever lesbian Tantra documentary, by Betsy Kalin and her partner, Candy Lowell. (RT: 45 minutes.) It's their world premiere too. Dozens of sensually attired Marin sex goddesses will be welcoming you to the theater with a sensorama, complete with chocolate covered strawberries, feathers, and chants--organized by tantra teacher Evalena Rose. DO dress up if you are so inclined. Many of my cast and crew will be cuming down the red carpet with you. Bring all the people you love, but over 18 only. I'm very grateful to the magnficent Frameline Film Festival for hosting our world premiere.

June 22nd, Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
at the elegant Herbst Theater (in the Veterans building), an art deco landmark. 401 Van Ness (between Grove and McAlister).
Parking: Performing Arts Garage at 360 Grove St. (at Gough)

Tickets--For more info and to buy advanced tickets: www.frameline.org/festival. You can also buy tickets at the door. (There are 900 seats!) Cost: $9. Please DO send and post this around.


6. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, new film at Roxie Cinema, SF, June 24, 7:30 pm

Barbara Hammer, FF Alum, presents RESISTING PARADISE , feature documentary, (what does an artist do during wartime?) on June 24 at 7:30pm at the Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, as part of Frameline.


7. Heidi House Arneson, FF Alumn, in Minnesota Fringe Festival, Aug. 5-15, 2004

Greetings from Heidi House Arneson.
I'm sending a big summer sunbeam to those of you I know-(and a wild rose scented breeze to those I haven't hat the pleasure to meet yet. I'm an interdisciplinary artist (writer/actor/director/painter). My mission is to spread joy and pass on the skills of living creatively. Below is a press release for my latest comedy, which will be a part of the MN Fringe Festival, Aug 5-15, 2004.

Please pass the word on, and come enjoy the show.
It's a big, juicy play, with a cast of 13, about the future of Minneapolis, with birth, death, presidential love triangles, hot tangos and dumpster diving.
Best wishes,
Heidi House Arneson

HeidiHouse and the Fringe Festival present
A Comedy about the Future

Created by Heidi Arneson in collaboration with Cast and support from Red Eye Isolated Acts. Directed By Heidi Arneson Assistant Director Alberta Mirias

It's Minneapolis in the year 2033. A scruffy, futuristic Super Heroine and her gang use their erotic powers to infiltrate Homeland Security, just as the President arrives on Block E. Dumpster diving, double agents, dirty dancing & anarchy. A multimedia farce about the future, "Where everyone is safe, & there are no lost children, no drunk drivers, no identity theft & no dangerous weapons like Strike Anywhere Matches, teeter totters, or snowballs." Starring Rebecca Abas, Heidi Arneson, Constance Crawford, Ed Jirak, Anne M Lies, Alberta Mirais, David Otto Simanek, Dan Smith, Kim Staley, John Thaxter, Maree White & Forrest Ryan Wozniak. Where are we going to?

"Hilarious, Haunting & Hopeful"
- Lydia Howell, Pulse

Red Eye Theater 15 West 14th St, Mpls, Sat Aug 7, 8:30pm Sun Aug 8, 5:30pm Tue Aug 10, 5:30pm Thu Aug 12, 7:00pm Fri Aug 13, 8:30pm
Tickets $8-$12 Uptowntix.com 612.804.4466

Ms. Arneson is an interdisciplinary artist (writer/director/performer/painter) renowned for plays about girlhood, sexuality and American archetypes, including MARY MARGARET PLEASE APPEAR, DEGRADE SCHOOL, HOMELAND SECURITY and TEN BEDROOM HEART. She has performed as featured artist for Franklin Furnace and Dixon Place in NYC, N.A.M.E. in Chicago, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and nearly every venue in Minneapolis, including Red Eye, the Walker, The Weisman and the Southern. She is a recipient of the Bush Artist Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Emerging Artist Award, and Core Alumni of the Playwrights' Center. Her writing was recently chosen for publication in the book New Monologues by Women for Women (Willamette University). She teaches CreativityWorkshops in the Twin Cities which sharpen public speaking skills, expand creativity, dissolve fears and build community.

Press contact HeidiHouse 612-333-6816 Heidihouse1@yahoo.com


8. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, benefit at the Slaughterhouse, Oakland, June 26

Saturday, June 26, 2004
john the baker is producing
a benefit for LUVeR.com
at the Slaughterhouse
in Oakland,
with Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band, the Feederz, Fluff Grrl, New Earth Creeps, Hep Si
A night of cultural terrorism and subversion with legionary hard/deep core reality messers deep in the bowels of the underground where www.luver.com webcasts 24/7! this will be an historic show! http://www.wethepunx.com/slaughterhouse.html
206 2nd St. @ Jackson
Downtown Oakland
starts at 7pm
$5 all ages
There are No ins and Outs and the doors are locked at 9pm so get there before 9pm.
for more info:
see poster at:


9. Rebecca Moore, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, at Orensanz Center, July 1, 2004

Film-makers' cooperative plans summer benefit concert at Orensanz Center

On Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 8:00pm music headliners and filmmakers will rally in support of The Film-Makers' Cooperative at a Summer Benefit Concert at the Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk Street (betw. Houston and Stanton Streets) in New York City.

The evening's line-up features performances by Philip Glass in conjunction with the screening of a film by Harry Smith, a projector performance by Ken Jacobs, a performance video by Carolee Schneemann, Lee Ranaldo and Tim Barnes performing "Text of Light", Rebecca Moore's band Prevention of Blindness with films by Joel Schlemowitz, and the Michael Gordon Band featuring the films of Bill Morrison.

Film-makers' Coop Executive Director M.M. Serra beams, "It will be a phenomenal night of great music, by great performers with rare screenings of some of avant-garde's great cinematic treasures."

Founded in 1962, The Film-Makers' Cooperative is the oldest and largest artist-run collection of avant-garde cinema in the nation. Proceeds from the benefit will support the Coop's preservation efforts and the distribution of over 4000 films in its collection.

Artist and organizer for the event, Bill Morrison remarks "This is a chance for the city to come together and support a vibrant, living film collection in lower Manhattan that reflects a history of the avant-garde back to 1921." "It's an amazing collection that continues to influence audiences worldwide everyday."

Tickets: $35 (tax deductible contribution) Tickets may be purchased by calling the Coop office (212) 267-5665 or at the door. Cash or credit cards accepted. For further information, go to our website: www.film-makerscoop.com

MM Serra, Director
Film-Makers Cooperative
The Clocktower Gallery
108 Leonard Street
New York City 10013
Tel: (212) 267-5665
Fax: (212) 267-5666
Email: film6000@aol.com


10. Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, at Nest, Brooklyn, June 23-26, 8 pm

èlan at NEST presents
deadmandancing EXCESS
work in progress
a new dance + mixed media project by Koosil-ja

with Geoff Matters (video and sound), Liminal Projects:Omar Khan, Laura Garofalo, Jose Chang, Carlos Rodriguez, Jon Rule (architecture), and Tara Webb (live video )
Dates: Wed-Sat, June 23-26
Time: 8pm
Location: èlan at NEST, 88 Front St. at Washington St., DUMBO, Brooklyn
Tickets: $10. Press and Box Office: (212) 375-0186

Seating is limited, reservations strongly suggested. Walk-ins are welcome, we will do our best to provide overflow seating for anyone who is there by 8pm.

deadmandancing EXCESS is created with generous funds from Altria Group, Inc., the Jerome Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Experimental Television Center, and Material for the Arts, and generous contributions from friends and peers.

èlan is a part of the residency program designed by NEST in DUMBO, Brooklyn,

directions by subway: èlan is located at 88 Front St, corner of Washington
St, in the DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Take A or C to High St., walk down Cadman Plaza West under Brooklyn Bridge;
F to York St., walk down York St., turn right on Washington St.;
2 or 3 to Clark St., walk down Henry St. to Old Fulton, take a left, and go under the BQE.


11. Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, presents Lab Meat, June 21-July 26, various locations

LAB MEAT: a creative dissection of the body in motion with Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn.

This laboratory uses improvisational techniques to articulate the body in relationship to varying matter, including, object, environment, sound, concept, and structure. Context is created to allow physical responses to occur, which are examined somatically and creatively. Participants, through their relationship to the material and each other, influence the outcome of each lab.

JUN 21-JUL 26, 2004
Monday evenings 6:30-8:30
$5 per lab

June 21 at Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. 3rd Floor
June 28 at Trisha Brown Company, 625 W. 55th Street 2nd Floor
July 5 at Trisha Brown Company
July 12, 19, 26 at Dance Theater Workshop

Kathy Westwater is a choreographer based in New York City whose most recent work has been presented by Movement Research, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Dance Theater Workshop, and Franklin Furnace. She currently teaches improvisation and composition at Sarah Lawrence College. Her published writings include "WHENness" in the current issue of Movement Research Performance Journal, #27/28, "Then and Now." Her teaching practice is informed by studies of improvisation with Dana Reitz and Simone Forti, and composition with Sara Rudner and Dan Hurlin.


12. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, Miss Lower East Side Pageant, June 25 at Fez, NY

Helllo gang!
How the hell are you? Whatta weekend! Awwright, we got a big one this Friday night --the L.E.S. Pageant! This is my favorite event of the year, frankly because it gets so out of hand. It's great to see the young kids let loose. This show sells out every year, so please make advance reservations soon at 212.533.7000 -the juicy details are below. And....I made my first magazine cover....well, kinda. Check out the current issue of SPIN ...and look for me (kinda like Where's Waldo) with the Beastie Boys. My big break! Oh yeah....Happy pride to all! Hope to see you soon. xoMurray

Murray Hill's 4th Annual
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2004 --one night only!
Show starts at 10:30 pm, doors at 9:30pm
Fez, 380 Lafayette St.
Admission: $12
Make reservations now: 212.533.7000

Last year's pageant was "legendary" (and this is no joke) --there were two catfights backstage, the fourth runner-up cried for days, the third runner-up was so loaded she ripped the curtain on the way to the floor, the judges were hilariously corrupt, and Ivana Trump, who sat next to Kathleen Hanna, witnessed the entire show in absolute delight...and horror. Murray guarantees an even more enticing spectacle this year.

The Miss Lower East Side Pageant is one of the East Village's leading achievement programs and the world¹s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women by providing unlimited drink tickets, a plastic tiara from the 99 cent store, and $100 cash in singles to the winner. The Miss L.E.S. (which also can be pronounced "lez" signifying gay women) Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service, and gives these gals the opportunity to wear sashes rather than Dickies and Trucker Hats for a change.

The pageant itself is highly competitive, loads of fun, and occasionally meaningless. After receiving over 500 applications on friendster, our judges narrowed down the search to five contestants: Miss Orchard, Miss Delancey, Miss Rivington, Miss Houston, and Miss Allen. These young women will compete in the following categories: platform statement, swimsuit, evening gown, interview, swimsuit, and if there is time, talent.

THE MURRAYETTES, ex-showgirls and pageant runner-ups now in recovery, provide half-time entertainment, while our celebrity judges Michael Musto, Latina comic sensation Marga Gomez, Linda Simpson, Off-Broadway swingers Wau-Wau Sisters, and JD Samson from LeTigre tally the votes and take bribes from the contestants (it happens every year). All previous pageant winners will be on hand to share with the audience and contestants, how their life changed after being crowned Miss L.E.S.

Who will be crowned Miss L.E.S. 2004?
after party at ...you guessed it....THE HOLE (2nd Ave @ 2nd St.)



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