September 2012

Due to popular demand the producers of Off-Broadways “Tribes” have extended the show’s run through January 6th. Tribes follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his home of his parents' house. He has adapted brilliantly to his hearing family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. 

Exploring the surreal, bizarre, and outrageous comedy that lies in dealing with death and healing, WILD WITH HAPPY, opening on October 9th, follows the journey of a young man named Gil who plans to scatter his mother’s ashes in the place where she was the most happy. 

Americans squander a lot of electricity keeping things lit up at night while most of us sleep. This light blocks our view of the night sky and stars, creates glare hazards on roads, messes with our circadian sleep-wake rhythms, interrupts the patterns of nocturnal wildlife, and is by and large annoying. It also takes a financial toll: The federally funded National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) reports that poorly-aimed, unshielded outdoor lights waste $2 billion (17.4 billion kilowatt-hours) of energy in the U.S. each year.

Tomorrow on Saturday, September 22nd, in the heart of the East 4th Street Cultural District, experience the very best in Lower East Side arts & culture at the FAB! With multiple indoor and outdoor stages showcasing dance, theater, & music, local artisans and gourmet food vendors, art installations, hands-on activities for families, as well as workshops for professionals and amateurs, all packed into one city block, the FAB! Festival presents new and exciting experiences for residents citywide.

On September 27th, the Museum of Chinese in America will launch two connected exhibitions on the relationship between Asian Americans and comics: Marvels and Monsters examines stereotypical and politically charged depictions of Asians and Asian Americans, while Alt.Comics presents Asian Americans using the medium to craft and present their own narratives.

Performers in Fuerza Bruta run and tumble across a vertical wall of technicolor cloth, a man runs headlong through a wall, two people try desperately to connect from opposite sides of a huge spinning and whirling sail and performers dance in watery world just above the audience’s heads. This all takes place to a soundtrack that traverses thumping club beats to the mellow sounds of new world music.  Through November 4th.

That title is obviously about sex and aging. Yes, frequent, satisfying sex no matter how “old” you are! I should know. At 76, I have maintained my sexuality, despite society's disdain for the desirability of older people.

AFA and Sloan Fine Art are pleased to present “Awakened,” a ten day exhibition and fundraising event, inspired by, and benefiting the pet companions that brighten all of our lives.  For this special exhibition, curator Alix Sloan has challenged over sixty artists to create works inspired by the powerful impact of animals in our lives and homes.  The cocktail reception for “Awakened” is Saturday, September 22nd from 5 to 8pm

In the second of a two-part exhibition, tiny downtown gallery Sometimes (works of art) presents “Pardon Our Disappearance,” a collection of photographs by artist Peter Scott. The exhibit examines the influence of affluent lifestyles on urbanism through photographs of luxury residential construction projects. The opening reception is Wednesday, September 19, from 6-8pm.

"Ruptures: Forms of Public Address", on exhibition through October 13th,explores politically vital issues surrounding the struggle for democracy and public space. Situated within the context of the upcoming U.S. elections and the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, the exhibition explores the urgency, promise, and fragility of public and fearless speech within the aftermath of the 2010-11 demonstrations that have erupted across the world in city streets, university campuses and urban centers.

Downtown art gallery The Hole, now the standard-bearing home for artists who tread the line between street cred and art-journal review, presents the first solo show by LA-based draughtsman Eric Yahnker.  The artist’s photo-realistic style, combined with the size of his pieces (some as large as seven feet), make for an immersive experience. Couple that form with Yahnker’s devious sense of humor and the works land somewhere in the realm of pop-culture-obsessed spectacle.

Klompching Gallery and Ffotogallery present a talk and book signing on Saturday, September 15th at 2pm, with British artist Helen Sear.  Helen Sear’s third solo exhibition at the Klompching Gallery, features two new series, Sightlines and Pastoral Monuments, being shown for the first time in the United States.