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And so I just happen to have one of those 1st Annual FEVA, Federation of East Village Artists, HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts The HOWL! Souvenir Books lying around that I must have gotten from Tompkins Square Park years ago, that park that finds itself somewhat infamous for that 1988 Tompkins Square Park Riot that had squatters, the homeless and everyone in between running to and/or from the police that had something to do with a curfew in that park that finds itself in the Lower East Side now called the East Village for real estate marketing purposes maybe, in that city of New York.  And so this souvenir book is really cool with its East Village culture of life and history in that neighborhood during those times. And along with that Long Live The Lower East Side poem that finds itself in this book, here is another one of the many poems and photos that finds themselves in this book also that I thought interesting to post on this blog. Free the land. Squat the world.


the Lower East Side/ the East Village
ethnic neighborhood/style magnet
Ukrainians, Poles, Puerto Ricans and Blacks/ -, -, – and – 
flocks of babushkas/clouds of green ringlets
strung our junkies/tranced out tourists

burned out buildings/luxury ghetto
shoebox apt $217 a month/shoebox apt. $2175 a month
there goes the neighborhood/ there goes the planet
obvious potheads/invisible alcoholics
serious yippies/secret yuppies 
the Peace Eye Bookstore/Barnes and Noble
pierogis/ raw food
xerox magazines/online entities

“US out of Vietnam!”/”US out of Iraq!”
age of innocence/age of experience
embrace the beautiful stranger/embrace the ghostly clone
acid dreams/health club mornings
who was I then?/what am I now?
(the view from the tarry roof goes on and on)

dancers in the streets/students in the dorms
danger and mystery/crowding and noise
Filmore East and the Dom/great choice of multiplexes
angel-headed hipsters/angel headed hipsters
free love/free anytime minutes
many little mom and pop stores/one big NYU

the Lower East Side/ the East Village
one and the same poets and painters and musicians/musicians and painters
and poets
free to be me/free to be you


-Michael Brownstein’s latest book is World on fire. Open City Books 

art events, festival, music

An Undead Music Festival 2012

And so on this blogging day I find myself blaghing about music festivals to be found in that city of New York again in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever web 2.0 social media user generated content bloggers block possible. And so this is another one of those music events that I came across throughout my travels in internetland on this blogging day. And this Undead Music Festival seems as if it Undead Music Festival Facebook event invite rocks.

The Undead Music Festival with MMV and hundreds more!

May 9 at 6:00pm until May 12 at 11:30pm

Various Venues

FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.

May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village (25+ bands!)

May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple

May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more…

May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca

Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.

To get updates about the Undead Music Festival, such as when artists are added to the line-up, sign up for our email list HERE:


Before they’re gone!!

Full Festival Pass $55 (access to all four nights of the Undead Music Festival!! The biggest bargain of the year!)

May 9th: Music Marathon in Greenwich Village Advance- $25 Day of Show-$30

May 10th: Medeski and Martin & Wood at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple $30-55

May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets:


MAY 9th:
A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village, one ticket gets you into all three venues. Set times forthcoming:

Le Poisson Rouge: A TONIC Reunion show! Curated by Melissa Caruso Scott & John Scott

Ted Reichman
Vinicius Cantuaria
Dougie Browne’s Peninsula
Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra with TK Wonder and Danny Blume
Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio
White Out w/ Special Guests
Sex Mob
Yuka C. Honda

Sullivan Hall:

Positive Catastrophe
Stabbing Eastward (Ryan Sawyer & Tunde Adebimpe)**
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense (w/ Shane Endsley, Miles Okazaki, Keith Witty, Damion Reid)
Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host (w/ Darius Jones, Brandon Seabrook, Cooper-Moore, Pascal Niggenkemper)
Chris Dingman’s Waking Dreams (w/ Loren Stillman, Fabian Almazan, Ike Sturm, and Jared Schonig)
Kris Davis Trio (w/ Michael Sarin, Eivind Opsvik)
Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio (w/ Ben Monder, Drew Gress, and Flin van Hemmen)

**of TV On The Radio!

Kenny’s Castaways:

Secret Architecture
Joe Sanders
Nate Wooley Quintet (w/ Josh Sinton, Matt Moran, Eivind Opsvik, Harris Eisenstadt)
Greg Ward Trio (w/ Joe Sanders, Damion Reid)
Ohad Talmor’s Newsreel (w/ Dan Weiss, Miles Okazaki, Shane Endsley, Jacob Sacks, Matt Pavolka)
Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor)



Medeski and Martin & Wood & ?….a unique night of MMW + guests, featuring 1 set of the trio, 1 set with each member of the band being replaced by a guest for a song, and 1 set of special guests sitting in with the group, featuring:

Marco Benevento
Anthony Coleman
Marcus Rojas
Oren Bloedow
Vernon Reid
Charlie Burnham
Chuck Campbell
Miho Hatori
G Calvin Weston

Taking place at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Ft. Greene, this WILL sell out, so grab a festival pass now to ensure entry into this, the Marathon show AND the Round Robin on May 12th.



A celebration of the artists running the asylum, cutting out the middle man and presenting dynamic instrumental, improvised, jazz and otherwise music in the homes, warehouse and artspaces that suit the music, truly allowing anything to happen. Performances will be happening in select DIY spaces in New York City as well as all around the country. If you run, perform at, or love an artist run space anywhere in the world and would like to organize a show on May 11th, please let us know at

A full festival pass will get you in, but a donation at the door for any of these shows will get you a free Sixpoint beer, generously donated by our favorite brewers in all the land. Come engage with the community at the ground level and be floored by this amazing music.

Lineups being announced soon, but here are the participating spaces in New York City:

Seeds (in Prospect Heights)

ShapeShifter Labs (in Gowanus)

IBeam (in Park Slope / Gowanus)

The Freedom Garden (in Bushwick)

Big Snow Buffalo Lodge (in Bushwick)

more TBA!!!


Austin, TX // Houston, TX // Seattle, WA // Portland, OR // Chicago, IL // Madison, WI // Milwaukee, WI // Richmond, VA // Copenhagen, Denmark // Oslo, Norway // MANY MORE TBA!!



Improvised Round Robin Duets

17 artists enter. Arranged in a random order. Artist #1 improvises for 5 minutes solo on stage, and is then joined by #2. After 5 more minutes, #3 enters, and #1 leaves. So on. It’s a beautiful method for collective spontaneous composition, removing the ego and presenting the community in a seriously fun way.

Featuring: Mark Helias (bass), Brandon Seabrook (banjo / guitar), Hilmar Jensson (guitar), Allison Miller (drums), Amir Ziv (drums, 1st hour), Mike Pride (drums), Bob Stewart (tuba), Cooper Moore (piano), Miles Okazaki (guitar), Marika Hughes (cello), and more TBA!!
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art events, death, life

An Event

And according to this weeks weekly mailing of Jeff Stark’s Nonsense NYC list there is an event today as follows.

***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****

Art for Haiti NYC

In light of the current situation in Haiti, Art for Haiti cordially invites you to attend a show and art auction to benefit Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres/MSF) Haiti relief. Through the efforts of MSF, we can directly and positively affect human lives on the ground. 100 percent of the funds will go directly to Doctors Without Borders.

Art work available by: Melanie Baker, Jesse Bercowetz, Louise Bourgeois, Kate Gilmore, Taylor McKimens, Tom Otterness, Judith Page, Dread Scott, Andy Warhol, and many, many more.

601 West 26th Street, at 11th Avenue, 8th floor, Manhattan
7p doors, 8:30p auction; $free, accepting cash, check, or credit (all checks should be made out and credit cards will be charged to Doctors Without Borders)

And I found myself posting a blog entry about Haiti and mother earth a week ago or so as follows:

And according to that Gregorian calendar, it is Sunday on this day, day of God, the Sabbath, the day of rest, or is that Saturday. And yet I find myself blogging on this blog. And I have found myself reading, watching and listening to the news this past week of the latest natural disaster of an earthquake that has taken many lives along with it here on planet earth that has afflicted the city of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. And it seems to be a tragic event with images of devastation that represent the fragility of life as human beings that seem as if they are taken from the apocalypse. And in those thoughts I thought to post some verses on the internet from that book the Bible in various translations in relation to life and death:

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless.

All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.

Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand. Even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?

No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death.

Anyone who is among the living has hope–even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten

I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living

for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;

The wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.

When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.

As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labor, which he may carry away in his hand.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

And A Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The business of birth, the business of death. Mortal man. We are all born to die.

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ABC No Rio: The Ides of March 2008

Hey Bloggers, if you happen to be in the neighborhood, there is an art opening and performance event that I will have a few pieces of artwork in tomorrow nite at ABC No Rio as part of their “The Ides of March 2008” building wide exhibition. And I remember ABC No Rio for seemingly forever now as one of those radical, alternative squat community spaces in the neighborhood of the Lower East Side that has seemingly survived gentrification, genocide, the sellout and buyout of the squats and still exists to function with their cool and hip events over the years. ABC No Rio has been all art and politics for as long as I can remember.

You are invited to this event. A bit of the heritage of the art scene in the lower east side including many of our friends from the Ridge Street Artists

Show: “Ideas of March”; Collaborative projects
Installation : ” Sublime Subprime ” by The Ridge Street Artists
Location: ABC No Rio

Show opens Friday, March 14th 7-11 pm: Performances start at 10 pm

Artists will include

Stuart Nicholson,Karni Dorell,Doug Campbell,Jens Veneman,Ursula Clark,Bill Nogosek,Carla Cubit,Bob Powers,Sue Powers,Nancy Kolbert,Fran de Montfalcon,Ed Rosko,Roger Sayre,Vernita n’ Cognita,Amy Shapiro,Maria Castanos,Sheila Linz,Daniel Falghero,Richard Brachman,Metta Haka,Andrzej Bialuski,Heather Driscoll,David Rodgers,Jill Ziccardi,Barbara Listenik,Heather Driscoll,Jennifer C. Protas,Jennifer Bowen,Mark Planisek,Michael Delia,Michelle Hill,Roger Sayre,Peter Barnett,Sam Selvaggio,Suzanne Broughel,Richard Humann

Below is a description of the concept behind the installation Conceptual Idea
Title: Sublime Subprime

In coordination with the recent mortgage crisis and real estate trends, the Sublime Subprime relates the history of a circle artists in New York who were a part of a Lower East Side Gallery, The Ridge Street Gallery. These artists collaborated and took part in exhibitions at the Gallery located at 124 Ridge Street between 1984 and 2000. The gallery eventually became displaced, losing its location to higher rents and gentrification. The individual artist’s history since and during that time will be displayed along with current work mounted on photo and drawn reproductions of the wall of the gallery. The reminiscence of lost space (given the changes in the Lower East Side and throughout NY) will be felt along with a snapshot of their individual histories. The title refers not only to the current mortgage crisis (even though many of these artists were never even able to afford a subprime mortgage) but also to the sublime nature of artists who start a turn around in an urban area only to be ultimately pushed out as subprime members of the community. Artists chose their vocation and/or are called into their line or work through inspiration or a drive to create. The shared nature of this creation of attracts them to urban areas. That their place remains on the fringe of urban society insures two things: one, without proper programs and funding (whether artistic or habitat-related) they will have to leave these urban areas; or the viewed artistic endeavor in such urban areas will become the sole territory of those who have the money to create.

Stuart Nicholson
Ridge Street Artists and Diesel Gallery

The Ides of March
ABC No Rio’s Biannual Building-Wide Exhibition
artist collaborations, artist groups and artist collectives on all four floors

OPENING: Friday March 14 at 7:00pm

Thru April 4

With work by:
artcodex; Broadthinking; Collective Gesture; Endless Love Crew; E.Y.E. (Erase Your Ego); Flux Factory; The G-77; Genefree; it/EQ; JustSeeds/Visual Resistance; Mail/Art Global Collaborative; PerfectEight; Ridge Street Gallery; Subject To Change; Three Wise Goats; Catrinel Bartolomeu, Maureen Catbagan, Phoebe Dunne, Dominika Ksel & Sienna Horton; Fabian Berenbaum, Jennifer Ciarleglio & Levi Haske; Carolina Cueva & Loretto Wells; Lambert Fernando, Bedel Tiscareno & Jade Doskow; Julie Hair & Scott Illjes; Joann Harrah & Sarah Kipp; Athena Kokoronis & Natalie Heller; Taylor Kretschmar, Ryan Brown, Charles Mayton & Stephan Tcherepnin; Liz-N-Val; Amanda Matles & Jan Baracz; Mac Mcgill & Steve Harrington; Elizabeth Mcternan & Petter Alexander Goldstine; Natalia Porter, Roy Bautista & Ami Suma; Rob Shepperson, Lynn Stein & Ed Radford. VIDEO: Dara Greenwald; Shit TV

March 14: The Friendly Falcons & Their Friend the Snake
March 21: Zuvuya Collective
April 4: Matt Callinan & Yoichiro Yoda

Have a great art day.
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