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Gowanus Happenings – Cause Stuff Happens – April 15 to 17

Going backward alphabetically for the ADD folks that just can’t get past that letter H.

Friday April 15, 2011

Zora’s Space: International Short Films ARK: An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man… / ZEITRISS: In the living room a woman sits down next to a man and says nothing. It’s the end, and at the same time it marks the beginning of a transformation in the logic of things, dissolving into a physical experience of light, sound and movement. / IT’S NOT THE SAME: Nathan is surprised to find Kathy at his door after a longtime fallout. This unexpected visit awakens emotions from the past. There is a very thin line that distinguishes the current life from the could-have-been, but it’s just not the same.

Textile Arts Center: TEEM - a large-scale installation, superimposes metaphors of water (movement/potentiality), and the sea (the infinite, comfort, danger, aloneness) to evoke a sense of dreamspace – the space of possibility.

Rock Shop: Joe Pug & Strand Of Oaks - Joe Pug is a singer-songwriter from Chicago (his real name is Joe Pugliese). He has released two EPs, Nation of Heat and In the Meantime, the latter of which has been made available for free on his website. He has toured extensively since 2008 and has opened for alt-country pioneer Steve Earle, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and folk rocker M. Ward among others. Pug released his first full-length album, Messenger, in February 2010. /

Minus Space: Li Trincere: Elements – For the past three decades, Li Trincere has produced shaped abstract paintings, including uneven crosses, compressed Xs, inverted triangles, and irregular trapezoids. The paintings starkly contrast the literal shape of the canvas stretcher with the depicted shape painted on it. Strongly influenced by the vocabulary of Minimalist sculpture, Li’s paintings utilize elemental shapes that function more like structures than two-dimensional surfaces. This attribute is underscored by her limited and highly-selective use of color –- one, two, or three key hues, in most cases. Summarizing her core aesthetic concerns over the years, Li concisely states: “Mass / Volume – Weight / Time – Order / Construct – Icon / Archetype”.

IBeam Brooklyn: Peter Evan’s Quartet - Peter Evans- trumpets/compositionsCarlos Homs-pianoTom Blancarte-bassJim Black-drums

Gowanus Ballroom: ART + ARCHITECTURE SHOW - Art + Architecture 2011, a diverse and multidisciplinary exhibition of emerging artists, is comprised of works that examine, question, or outright challenge everyday interpersonal and contextual relationships.

Brooklyn Lyceum: Captain Quinns Fitness Boot Camp - Captain Quinn’s Brooklyn Fitness Boot Camp is not just another exercise class. It’s about bringing the benefits of working with a personal trainer to a larger audience for a lower price. Any effective personal training program includes setting individual goals within the context of an individual’s personal health and fitness background. Captain Quinn will make time for you individually to do this so you can ensure you get the best results from the program.

Bellhouse: BROOKLYN <3 JAPAN:A Brooklyn Benefit for Japan Disaster Relief - featuring: WYATT CENAC, KRISTEN SCHAAL, KURT BRAUNOHLER, TIM HARRINGTON, ARDEN MYRIN, MIKE DOUGHTY, HARD NIPS, THE SUZAN, Hosted By: LIAM MCENEANEY, PLUS DJ AARON LACRATE

Saturday April 16, 2011

Zora’s Space: Alphabet Lounge Big Band - The band is unique for its mix of free improv and charted material, originals and standards, lively banter and poignant moments. NO one leaves a show without smiling-a lot! Deidre Rodman, piano; Roy Nathanson, alto/soprano sax; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax; Curtis Fowlkes, trombone; Sam Bardfeld, violin; Rob Jost, bass

Textile Arts Center: TEEM - a large-scale installation, superimposes metaphors of water (movement/potentiality), and the sea (the infinite, comfort, danger, aloneness) to evoke a sense of dreamspace – the space of possibility.

Rock Shop: The Figgs & Bastards Of Melody – The Figgs: Formed in Saratoga Springs NY 1987. Still together. Have toured as Graham Parkers backing band since 1996. Toured with Tommy Stinson as his backing band in 2003. They have 9 LP’s, 3 EP’s, and 14 Singles. With Graham 1 Studio LP and 3 Live LP’s.

Minus Space: Li Trincere: Elements – For the past three decades, Li Trincere has produced shaped abstract paintings, including uneven crosses, compressed Xs, inverted triangles, and irregular trapezoids. The paintings starkly contrast the literal shape of the canvas stretcher with the depicted shape painted on it. Strongly influenced by the vocabulary of Minimalist sculpture, Li’s paintings utilize elemental shapes that function more like structures than two-dimensional surfaces. This attribute is underscored by her limited and highly-selective use of color –- one, two, or three key hues, in most cases. Summarizing her core aesthetic concerns over the years, Li concisely states: “Mass / Volume – Weight / Time – Order / Construct – Icon / Archetype”.

Proteus Gowanus: Paradise 3 Art Opening – More artists and thinkers join the search for Paradise in this final exhibition curated in collaboration with the Jersey City gallery Curious Matter.

Proteus Gowanus: Teknotherapy by Cyborg Nation - Do you need help accepting your cyborg nature? A Cyborg interlocutor (or “teknotherapist”) leads group and individual sessions for those of us grappling with our machinic selves.

Issue Project Room: The Sonic Unconscious Mongrels, Part 1: Weeds - bringing together artist from the field - Chased around by the ghosts of a paved-over salt marsh and equipped with perverted botanists’ tools, voices of divination and herbal elixirs, we will explore the neighborhood of Gowanus on foot and onscreen. Meet at ISSUE Project Room, from which Gina Badger will lead a field botany tour exploring the place of edible and medicinal weeds in ecologies of decolonization.

Issue Project Room: The Sonic Unconscious: Yolande Harris — Pink Noise & Tropical Storm - Pink Noise (The Pink Noise of Pleasure Yachts in Turquoise Sea) uses sound recorded underwater at a National Marine Reserve in midsummer. A surprising range of sounds – loud thumps, grinds and tones from boat engines, anchors and depth sounders – are juxtaposed with video of colorful light reflecting on the sea from the same location. ound and video recordings of a tropical storm evoke the multisensory experience of being immersed in a torrential downpour in a rainforest.

Issue Project Room: The Sonic Unconscious — Yolande Harris, Scorescapes - Scorescapes is a program including the pieces Tuning In / Spacing Out, a collaboration with Edward Shanken, Fishing for Sound, and S.W.A.M.P., with Kato Hideki, Jim Pugliese, & William Lang.

IBeam Brooklyn: Peter Evan’s Quartet - Peter Evans- trumpets/compositionsCarlos Homs-pianoTom Blancarte-bassJim Black-drums

Gowanus Ballroom: ART + ARCHITECTURE SHOW - Art + Architecture 2011, a diverse and multidisciplinary exhibition of emerging artists, is comprised of works that examine, question, or outright challenge everyday interpersonal and contextual relationships.

Brooklyn Lyceum: SwapKing - The Brooklyn Lyceum brings back it’s popular showcase of 10 minute plays within a variety show of epic proportions. Drama, comedy, musical or monologue. No limitations. Just the good stuff.

Brooklyn Lyceum: Captain Quinns Fitness Boot Camp - Captain Quinn’s Brooklyn Fitness Boot Camp is not just another exercise class. It’s about bringing the benefits of working with a personal trainer to a larger audience for a lower price. Any effective personal training program includes setting individual goals within the context of an individual’s personal health and fitness background. Captain Quinn will make time for you individually to do this so you can ensure you get the best results from the program.

Bellhouse: Come & ELEVENTH DREAM DA& D CHARLES SPEER AND THE HELIX - The formation of Come in 1990 was a happy time indeed. Wise rock lovers had long before learned that singer/guitarist Thalia Zedek could do no wrong. Fellow guitarist Chris Brokaw had been the drummer for Codeine, whose Frigid Stars LP still ranks among Sub Pop’s best. / Jason Ankeny described Eleventh Dream Day as “one of the most resilient and criminally underappreciated bands to rise from the Midwestern underground community…” / ”a rockin’ slab of cosmic country boogie that makes Commander Cody sound like Brad Paisley. It’s dense, fuzzy, and dripping in an ominously psychedelic reverb” -Village Voice

Bellhouse: That’s My Jam - TMJ’s favorite JP-DJ’s on the decks this time. DJ Juri with her Taiko skills and precision cutting and mixing brings tribal house into new musical territory – you’ll hear traditional Japanese instrumental samples on top of throbbing tribal house basslines, occasionally peppered with familiar hip hop snippets. HarukaSalt999, on turntables, as always will have you transfixed with the best Hip Hop and club music you can get your ears on, channeled through years of club DJ experience and just raw talent.

Sunday April 17, 2011 Earth Day

Zora’s Space: Deidre Rodman Invitational - Deidre Rodman Struck is an Idaho native, mother, singer/songwriter, and former circus musician. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Natalie Merchant, Garland Jeffreys, Mary McBride and The Jazz Passengers.

Root Hill’s Trash Pony: On the Edge of Science .Astrology and our Relationship to the Cosmos - A presentation by Cathy Towle. Why did Astrology become associated with idea of superstition and divination, while Astronomy became science? What was it about the human mind that sought reason over divine guidance? How is our own cosmology evolving as we explore the dichotomy of increasing technology in our lives and an inner longing to connect to divinity and create community.

Minispace: Li Trincere: Elements - For the past three decades, Li Trincere has produced shaped abstract paintings, including uneven crosses, compressed Xs, inverted triangles, and irregular trapezoids. The paintings starkly contrast the literal shape of the canvas stretcher with the depicted shape painted on it. Strongly influenced by the vocabulary of Minimalist sculpture, Li’s paintings utilize elemental shapes that function more like structures than two-dimensional surfaces. This attribute is underscored by her limited and highly-selective use of color –- one, two, or three key hues, in most cases. Summarizing her core aesthetic concerns over the years, Li concisely states: “Mass / Volume – Weight / Time – Order / Construct – Icon / Archetype”.

Issue Project Room: The Sonic Unconscious — Gina Badger: Mongrels, Part 2: Elixirs - Chased around by the ghosts of a paved-over salt marsh and equipped with perverted botanists’ tools, voices of divination and herbal elixirs, we will explore the neighborhood of Gowanus on foot and onscreen.

Issue Project Room: Share – free audio & video jam – Featured guest: Gry - SHARE is first and foremost a platform to explore expression, in a variety of artforms. Through its weekly open jam sessions, SHARE.nyc engages its participants and spectators in a continually changing dialog on art and culture. Gry: For the past 20 years she has been writing, composing and performing sound art, opera, radio plays, acapella, electronic and pop music.

Issue Project Room: The Sonic Unconscious — Gina Badger: Mongrels: Screening and Reception - Badger’s work for The Sonic Unconscious will conclude with a free reception and screening of a video that builds around an interview with herbalist and social justice activist Dori Midnight.

Littlefield: COMMUNITY IMMUNITY Curtis Macdonald & Chris Speed’s Yeah NO & The Kris Davis Trio - Record release party for Curtis Macdonald’s debut album “Community Immunity” out April 5th on Greenleaf Music. Curtis Macdonald is an alto saxophonist and composer who grew up near one of the most desirable creative communities in North America, the Banff Centre – a carefully balanced, fertile environment tailored exclusively for community and artistic development. In 2007, he graduated cum laude from the New School University in NYC where he immediately became faculty. Today he can be seen leading his ensemble, composed of world-class improvising musicians, throughout New York City’s most respected jazz and creative music venues. / The brainchild of Chris Speed, YeahNO was created in 1996, after the improvisations the band made in their early rehearsals were developed into an unusual book of music. Using their love of free jazz, modern rock, eastern folk and minimalistic ideas as their pallet they fused their strong individual improvisational talents into a warm, cohesive and explosive sound. / Her music is a mix of labyrinthine rhythms and melodic touches. Davis is a thoughtful composer with an ear toward the full realization of her music through cooperative group dynamics.” -Daniel Sheehan (eyeshotjazz.com) / “Ms. Davis’s style is wide, and dependent on its context: a kind of tour of post-free jazz and contemporary classical music, Keith Jarrett to Cecil Taylor to Morton Feldman.” –Ben Ratliff (NY Times)

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - The Gowanus Canal Conservancy Clean and Green Program is a Volunteer based program that meets on Saturdays or Sundays from March to November to clean and green the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

Brooklyn Boulder: Kids Easter Egg Hunt - Come enjoy Easter fun a week early during our first BKB Easter Egg Hunt! Starting at 9am during Family Hours on Sunday, April 17th, we will be holding a kids egg hunt here at BKB. We’ll spend the night before hiding hundreds of eggs all throughout the gym. Each egg will be filled with pennies, which will be redeemable for candy. Most eggs will have one penny, a lot of eggs will have a few more, and a select few eggs, hidden in the hardest places to find, will be filled completely. We’re putting eggs in the holds, on the walls, under the benches, everywhere!

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*information on this list is borrowed from the indicated venues’ websites. The use of content is meant to promote the venue and the artist or groups.

 

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