Schedule of Events

November 4 – 20, 2010


EXHIBIT OPENING: NYFA Boot Camp Arts Festival Kick-Off
Thu, Nov 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm; FREE, tickets at door
Location: NYFA, 20 Jay St, Bklyn
Subway: F to York S; A/C to High St/Bklyn Bridge
NYFA Exhibit Dates: Nov 4 – Apr 1
NYFA Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 5:30pm

The first ever NYFA Boot Camp Arts Festival kicks off with one of two exhibits included in the Festival, a show of work by 22 artists all of whom graduated from the NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp.  Curated by NYFA’s David Terry, the show runs through April 1 (gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm). NYFA executive director Michael Royce speaks briefly about the festival and the program that gave birth to it. The artists in the show are Raina Accardi, Thelmo Cordones, Margarida Correia, Cui Fei, Sophia Dawson, Stephanie Dworkin, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Juan Hinojosa, Spring Hofeldt, Michelle Jaffe, Jecca, Ged Merino, Brooke Moyse, Sheila Odyssey, Naomi Reis, Barry
Rosenthal, Victoria Schatz, Rachel Selekman, Maureen Shea, Jennifer Sullivan, Yasuyo Tanaka, Frank Webster and Injoo Whang.

POETRY READING: “In Abundance,” at The Bowery Poetry Club
Fri, Nov 5; 6:00 – 7:00pm; $5 at the door
Location: The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (foot of 1st Street, b/w Houston and Bleecker)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker St

Poets Wanda Phipps and Liliana Almendarez (also a playwright), both graduates of the NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, read from their work. Almendarez offers both new poems and pieces from her book, A Scorched Page (lulu.com). Phipps reads from Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems (Soft Skull Press), Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX[books]) and Silent Picture Recognize the World, a collection-in-process. Guitarist Stephen B. Antonakos, Phipps’s frequent collaborator, accompanies her
with original compositions. “In Abundance,” the presentation’s name, connotes the well of energy and inspiration that the poets call on to create their work.

SPECIAL EVENT: Little Red Top at Miles’ Café
Sat, Nov 6, 9:30 + 11:30pm; $10 at the door ($7 w/ student ID) + $10 drink min (reservations at http://www.milescafe.com )
Location: Miles’ Café, 212 East 52nd St, 3rd Fl (b/w 2nd and 3rd Aves)
Subways: E/V to 53rd St; 6 to 51st St

A night of blues with Little Red Top, a year-old ensemble made up of seasoned jazz musicians Rich Shemaria, accordion; Mike Richmond, cello; Dave Schroeder, harmonica; Bruce Arnold, lap slide guitar; and Rodrigo Recaberren, drums. (Shemaria, Schroeder and Richmond are also members of the improvisational jazz ensemble Combo Nuvo.) By using traditional blues instruments to perform original music influenced by classic Chicago, Delta and Cajun melodies, the band creates a sound rarely heard in New York. Schroeder, who directs the NYU Jazz Studies program, was a guest speaker at the NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp while Arnold served as an advisor to the musicians in the program.

EXHIBIT OPENING: “Identity: Masked and Unmasked”
Mon, Nov 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm; FREE
Location: Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Bklyn
Subways: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave; C to Franklin Ave
Launchpad Exhibit Dates: Nov 8 – 27
Launchpad Gallery Hours: http://www.brooklynlaunchpad.org

A showing of work by visual artists Melanie Baker, Margarida Correia, Shaun El C. Leonardo and Dionis Ortiz, all graduates of the NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. The program’s title, “Identity: Masked and Unmasked,” refers to the investigation of identity undertaken by each artist. The pieces by Baker and Leonardo present “masked” men—politicians (Baker) and wrestlers (Leonardo)—as a way of critiquing our perceptions of power and masculinity. Conversely, the work of Correia and Ortiz unmasks their subjects, revealing their complex identities and offering a window into their lives. An artists’ talk about the show will be held on November 17 (see below).

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Ambitious Art Projects and How to Make Them Happen: Four Artists’ Stories”
Wed, Nov 10, 7:00pm; FREE, tickets at door
Location: NYFA, 20 Jay St, Brooklyn
Subway: F to York St; A/C to High St/Bklyn Bridge

Visual artist and NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduate Rachel Selekman moderates a discussion about the practical things, e.g., funding, budgeting, marketing and publicity, needed to get their work in front of the public. The panelists, who represent four disciplines, are visual artist Michelle Jaffe, musician and band leader Travis Sullivan, filmmaker Isabel Sadurni and writer Rachel Somerstein. To start the evening each artist discusses the business aspects of a major project on which s/he is working.

PERFORMANCE: “The Artist as Documentarian: Three Perspectives”
Thu, Nov 11, 7:00pm; FREE, tickets at door
Location: Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Bklyn
Subways: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave; C to Franklin Ave

Two actors and one filmmaker, all NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduates, present work that shows their reactions to different aspects of our culture:

Documentarian and multimedia artist Ryan Murdock presents “Grain/ Terminal (or how to build a useless building that lasts forever),” a multimedia essay incorporating photographs and live music and narration. The work, about the abandoned Red Hook Grain Terminal, blends Murdock’s reactions to the structure with elements of urban exploration and pieces of the architectural history of this monument to Brooklyn’s industrial past.

Actor/director Katy Rubin presents “It Could Happen to You,” a work developed and performed by 12 homeless men and women. All are members of Jan Hus Homeless Theatre Troupe, a new ensemble formed by Rubin to be a medium for communal problem-solving. Using the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology, the troupe helps actors and audience envision and, ultimately, enact solutions to homelessness, joblessness, discrimination and other problems they and their communities face. “By imagining and rehearsing solutions together on stage,” says Rubin, “we prepare ourselves to take action off stage.”

Rosanna Plasencia presents her solo work “Growing a Hispanic in the Bronx.” The piece conveys the childhood confusion Plasencia felt when trying to reconcile the strong culture of her immigrant parents; the equally persuasive worldview represented by her schoolteachers, who were of European descent; and the culture of the streets, which she observed when walking to and from school. Says Plasencia, the work is about “dealing with the culture as it has been thrown at me and figuring out who I am.”

PERFORMANCE: “Words, Music and Moving Pictures”
Sat, Nov 13, 7:00pm; FREE, tickets at door
Location: Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Bklyn
Subways: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave; C to Franklin Ave

Three NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduates and a Boot Camp organizer present their work:

Documentarian and multimedia artist Ryan Murdock presents “Project: Butte, America,” a multimedia essay about Butte’s mining past and its questionable legacy. Playing the role of a subjective tour guide, Murdock narrates this combination folk-history-and-cautionary tale to live music.

Poets Liliana Almendarez and Wanda Phipps read from their work. Almendarez offers both new poems and pieces from her book, A Scorched Page (lulu.com); Phipps reads from Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems (Soft Skull Press), Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX[books]) and Silent Picture Recognize the World, a collection-in-process. Stephen B. Antonakos, a frequent collaborator, accompanies her with original compositions performed on the guitar.

Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Spangler performs songs from her album, Leaving Biltmore Grove, as well as some new tunes.  Spangler navigates through love, loss, and resolution in her original pop-folk songs played on the piano.

EXHIBIT: Private Tour of BAM’s Next Wave Art, with BAMart Curator David Harper
Monday, Nov 15, 4:30pm; FREE (reservations at RSVPtour@yahoo.com)
Location: BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave (meet in lobby in front of Natman Room)
Subways: 2/3/4/5/B/Q to Atlantic Ave; C to Lafayette Ave; G to Fulton St; N/R/D/M to Pacific St

BAM art curator David Harper leads a private tour of BAM’s Next Wave Art show, which was curated by Dan Cameron and is part of the 2010 Next Wave festival. Naomi Reis, a NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduate, is one of 11 Brooklyn artists represented in the show. Her piece, Florescent (out of the ruins), is a site-specific interactive installation at BAM’s Harvey Theater that responds to the modern-day-ruin look of the space. Drawn and reassembled artificial plant parts seem to grow out of a 14-foot vertical crack in one of the walls while light sensors controlled by an LED fixture react as people pass by (interactive designers Orrawadee Vilaitanarak and Stephan Knuesel collaborated with Reis on the piece). For more information on the Next Wave Art show go to http://www.BAM.org.

ARTIST TALK: “Identity: Masked and Unmasked”
Wed, Nov 17, 7:00pm; FREE, tickets at door
Location: Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Bklyn
Subways: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave; C to Franklin Ave

A discussion of work on view November 8 – 27 by visual artists Melanie Baker, Margarida Correia, Shaun El C. Leonardo and Dionis Ortiz, all graduates of the NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. The program’s title, “Identity: Masked and Unmasked,” refers to the investigation of identity undertaken by each artist. The pieces by Baker and Leonardo present “masked” men—politicians (Baker) and wrestlers (Leonardo)—as a way of critiquing our perceptions of power and masculinity. Conversely, the work of Correia and Ortiz unmasks their subjects, revealing their complex identities and offering a window into their lives. The artists’ work will be on view November 8 – 27; for gallery hours visit http://www.brooklynlaunchpad.org.

PERFORMANCE: Travis Sullivan’s “Bjorkestra” at Iridium
Thu, Nov 18, 8:30pm + 10:30pm; $20 + $15 drink/food min (reservations at http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com or 212.582.2121)
Location: Iridium, 1650 Broadway @ 51st St
Subways: C to 50th St; B/D/E to 7th Ave; N/R/W to 49th St; 1 to 50th St

An evening of jazz with NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduate Travis Sullivan and “Bjorkestra,” his genre-bending homage to Icelandic pop star Bjork. An 18-piece orchestra augmented by vocalist Becca Stevens, Bjorkestra performs Sullivan’s interpretations of Bjork’s music scored for a big band. Critics have raved about the group, which has performed at major festivals, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and top jazz clubs, like the Blue Note and the Jazz Standard. In response to Bjorkestra’s international following, Sullivan has also taken his show on the road, conducting his arrangements with orchestras in Iceland, Germany, Korea and Sicily.

PERFORMANCE: Dance & Music
Fri, Nov 19, 7:00pm; $5-$15 (recommended) at the door
Location: Surreal Estate, 15 Thames St, Bklyn
Subways: L to Morgan Ave

Sydnie Mosley presents three dances she has choreographed:

“Home” (2010), a work-in-progress for three dancers (Amy Blumberg, Kyle Gerry and Aya Wilson) with original music by singer-songwriter Meghan Sebold. Two dances, “The Living Room Dance” and “In the Kitchen,” are performed simultaneously in this work exploring how one dreams big while living in New York’s cramped spaces.

“Love Stutter” (2008), performed by Mosley to music by Michael Wall, about the struggle between having great passion for something and the struggle to attain and retain it.

“Fall(ter)ing Prays” (2007), a solo work performed by Amy Blumberg to music arranged by Ebonie Smith, explores what is required to trust oneself completely and the faith that develops as a result, both in oneself and in a higher power.

Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Spangler performs songs from her album, Leaving Biltmore Grove, as well as some new tunes.  Spangler navigates through love, loss, and resolution in her original pop-folk songs played on the piano.

SPECIAL EVENT: Song + Dance
Sat, Nov 20, 7:00pm; FREE, tickets at the door
Location: Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Bklyn
Subways: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave; C to Franklin Ave

Two NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduates present their work:

Soprano Gretchen Farrar performs Spanish and English songs for voice and guitar from Interweaving, her upcoming CD. The songs range in style from Renaissance to Contemporary and include pieces by Dowland, Sor, Lorca, Cordero and Brouwer. Farrar is one of a long line of singers who have woven melodic texts through the harmonies and punteados (the plucking of guitar strings) of lyres, harps, lutes, guitars and vihuelas (guitar-like stringed instruments from 15th- and 16th-century Spain).

Filmmaker and NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp graduate Michelle Chai offers an evening not of film, but of salsa. It was Chai’s passion for the dance form that led her to develop a salsa-inspired clothing line as a way to support her filmmaking, an idea she developed into a business plan at the Boot Camp. Following two short performances—a solo work performed by Michael Belmonte and a partner dance performed by Chai and Belmonte—Chai offers a 45-minute salsa lesson. Samples of her clothing line will be available for sale.

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