AMP | Archive | 2012

November 30 2012-April 1 2013

Richard Dorff

An installation.

Doors offer privacy and security, access and possibilities. This installation goes beyond open or closed and into the next room and looks at a door as a part of other experiences.

Richard Dorff is primarily interested in the space that his work occupies and how that space and the objects themselves interact. By making these connections, primarily through placement and lighting he has transformed the historic home of high-line fisherman Capt. Frank Gaspa into a space that one might have not have intuited it could become. Using a variety of mediums, he has created an environment of works with their own inner space that extends beyond their physical dimensions. His exploration of space and objects, light and perception transports the viewer into a world of his own making.

Referring back to childhood experiences often spent alone in his room, where the main activity was to recreate the space around him physically and to create new imaginary spaces within his mind, Dorff continues to investigate and metaphorically stretch the confines of a given dimension.

Richard Dorff also shows at Atlantic Works in Boston.

November 30-December 31 2012

Cindy Sherman Bishop and Martha Bourne

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts is an outdoor video and audio interactive installation. Enticing passersby with vintage Provincetown photos, film footage and a wintry soundscape, this installation proves to be a virtual time machine. Come experience Provincetown's past and present ghosts during this holiday season!

Cindy Sherman Bishop is a visual artist, filmmaker, and developer of interactivity. Originally a painter and a software developer, her work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression to immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. Currently studying Dynamic Media at Massachusetts College of Art, her MFA thesis includes a facial-tracking iPhone app, a geo-locative interactive website and an immersive interactive experience with the elemental substance, water.

Martha Bourne is a singer/songwriter and film composer whose work has been on television and in independent film for over a decade. Her work is now featured in TV shows and ads. Her television credits include song placements on Providence (NBC) and source music placements on numerous daytime shows. In 2007, she scored Season One of Deliver Me on the Discovery Channel and in 2008 she scored a one-off, OMG! Sextuplets, which aired on the We Network. Her film credits include song placements in Coney Island Baby, directed by Amy Hobby and Breaking Free, directed by David MacKay.

Special Thanks to Jules Brenner and Larry Richmond for their 䴝40s and 䴝50s vintage footage, and Beth O䴜Rourke at PTTV.

October 3-November 4 2012

Outside Time
Susan Bernstein
Barbara Hadden
Chaya Kupperman
Lisa Sette

Opening reception Friday, October 12th for women's week, 6-9pm

October 27 2012

Run(n) Shayo

Mother's Day at Devil's Hopyard

Video screening. 8pm

New work. In this self-mockumentary, single-screen video work, a multidisciplinary artist wanders in an undefined natural setting, with what seems like an arbitrary vase of flowers in his hands. He is searching for the origins of his artistic spirit and its destination. The journey takes him in a few surprising directions. One of them is to the nearby "Devil's Hopyard State Park," where he comes across random strangers to discuss life and art. This work is an exploration of the struggle to define art and one's artistic identity in a contemporary context.

In addition the artist will show a few short previous video works.

A trailer for this new work may be viewed at: website

Run(n) Shayo is a performance based artist, creating interdisciplinary work for the screen and the stage that explores the struggle of an artist in post modern contexts, and the processes encountered. ‰¥þI find my characters and their stories during researching archived TV melodramas, classic history films, and documentation of conceptualized Asian post modern performance art. The basic form of storytelling is what I strive to follow, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of structure in the face of a true improvised moment.‰¥ÿ

Based in New York for the past 14 years, he has been creating his own work as well as collaborating with other artist, locally, and internationally. He presented his work in places as: The Irondale Center; Theater for The New City; The Tank; The Brick; Triskelion arts; The Vox Populi Gallery; The Sophianale; Berlin; Lalikah Festival Finland, Hollins University, NACL, and others. He studied performance art back in his native Tel Aviv, Israel, and Film and Video at School for Visual Arts in New York and recently at the Todd James Gallery in Province Town. website

October 24 2012

James Arthur

Reading from his new book of poems Charms Against Lightning

7pm

James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, has just been published by Copper Canyon Press as a Lannan Literary Selection. He is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

"James Arthurs' fiery debut, Charms Against Lightning, creates a startling world of shadows, of history, of politics, and place. Bright and alive with stirring accounts of world travel, Arthur‰¥ús poems portray intimate moments of solitude, encounters with the ineffable, and disarming confrontations with nature. Romantic in spirit and contemporary in outlook, Charms Against Lightning ‰¥þinhabits as the air inhabits‰¥ÿ: encompassing, freeing - a breakthrough." - Copper Canyon Press

October 13 2012

C. Ryder Cooley and Sarah Kilborne

Dark Fairy Tails and Songs about Extinction by C. Ryder Cooley & friends with a reading by Sarah Kilborne

8pm

C. Ryder Cooley will present an evening of music, moving image and taxidermy creatures risen from the dead. A series of songs performed on 6 string ukulele, accordion and singing saw will unfurl as odes to hybrid beings and eulogies for the vanishing. A landscape of video, sound and movement will weave the songs together en route to the netherworlds. Please join us for this fantastical swirl of sounds, dreams and memories.

"Ryder Cooleys' haunting performance was part concert, part theater, part dance, part opera and part circus, incorporating video, taxidermy and movement as Cooley sang a song-cycle that conjured up a half-dozen animals that have disappeared from the planet over the past 300 years. - Greg Haymes | Nippertown, Albany, New York

Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric visions with hypnotic music and projections, her work reveals a terrain of lost dreams and phantom memories. Ryder has collaborated in numerous bands from San Francisco to New York, including Fall Harbor, The Darklings, Corner Tour and Down River.

Ryder Cooley has participated in a wide range of public works, educational projects and international shows. Selected works have been performed and installed at locations including: Governors Island, White Box and Exit Art galleries in NYC, the Robert Wilson Watermill Center in Long Island, Yerba Buena and Theater Artaud in San Francisco, Proctors Mainstage in Schenectady NY, El Visio Theater in Mexico City, the Robert Wilson Watermill Center on Long Island, Pan American Art Projects in Miami (FL), and public art projects in Indonesia, El Salvador, France and the Czech Republic. Ryder received an MFA in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. From 1993-2004 she was an active member of the San Francisco art and music communities. She currently lives in Hudson, NY.

Sarah S. Kilborne, great-great-granddaughter of the subject of American Phoenix, is a writer with a special passion for history, traditional oral storytelling, and music. She lives in Germantown, New York.

American Phoenix is the remarkable story of nineteenth-century millionaire William Skinner, a leading founder of the American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating floodåÅand his improbable, inspiring comeback to the pinnacle of the business world.

In 1845, penniless William Skinner sailed in steerage class on a boat that took him from the slums of London to the United States. Because of his unparalleled knowledge of dyeing and an uncanny business sense, he acquired work in a fledgling silk mill in Massachusetts, quickly rising to prominence in the new luxury industry in the United States. Thereafter he opened his own factory and soon turned his silk into one of the bestselling brands in the country. Skinner was lauded as a pioneer in the textile industry. His business grew to sustain a bustling community filled with men, women, and children, living and working in the mill village of Skinnerville,åÅproducing America's most glamorous, fashionable thread. Then, in 1874, millions of tons of water burst through a dam several miles north of Skinnerville. An inland tidal wave tore through the valley, destroying everything in its path, including Skinner's village. Within fifteen minutes, his entire life's work had been swept away, and he found himself one of the central figures in the worst industrial disaster the nation had yet known.

In this gripping narrative history, Skinner's great, great granddaughter, Sarah Skinner Kilborne, tells an inspiring, unforgettable American storyåÅof a town devastated by unimaginable disaster; an industry that had no reason to succeed except for the perseverance of a few intrepid entrepreneurs; and a man who had nothing and everything to lose as he struggled to rebuild his life a second time, with just one asset to his name: the knowledge in his head.

October 10 2012

Hilary Sloin

Art On Fire

Reading. 7pm

Hilary Sloin will be reading from her new release, Art On Fire, winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction in 2011. Sloin is a novelist, short fiction writer, essayist, and playwright. Her work has been published in many small journals and anthologies and, during the '80s and '90s, her plays were produced in major cities across the country. She lives in the hills of Western Massachusetts with her tiny Jack Russell Terrier, Pluto, and has a side business acquiring, restoring, and selling antiques.

Sloin's novel, Art On Fire, has been an almost-winner many times: It was a finalist for the Heekin Foundation Award, the Mid-list Press Competition, the Dana Awards, and The Story Oaks Prize. It received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and –oddly–was mistakenly awarded the non-fiction prize in the Amherst Book and Plow Competition!

Art On Fire is the "pseudo biography" of subversive painter Francesca deSilva, the founding foremother of "pseudorealism," who lived hard and died young. But in the tradition of Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, it's pure fiction masquerading as truth. Interspersed with the narrative of Francesca and the characters who populate her life are 13 critical "essays" on the artist's paintings by critics, academics, and psychologists–essays that are razor-sharp satires on art, lesbian life, and the academic world, puncturing pretentiousness with every paragraph. Art On Fire is a darkly comic, pitch-perfect, and fearless satire on the very art of biography itself. It generously employs humor to face head-on the darkness, disappointment, and struggles so often acutely experienced by gifted artists.

October 8 2012

Melissa Nussbaum

aMUSEd, a one woman performance

7:30pm

"aMUSEd" is a one-woman show that unites two plays - "LA DOÌÎA OF SANTA CRUZ" and scenes from MARILYN MONROE, COMMUNIST - two muses, two moments in one woman's life. "LA DOÌÎA OF SANTA CRUZ", based on the true story of a Mexican healer, has garnered awards from the Mass Cultural Council, featured in NYCå«s WOMEN @ WORK FESTIVAL and has toured internationally, dramatically recounts Melissaå«s apprenticeship with an extraordinary woman in a small mountain village in Mexico . MARILYN MONROE, COMMUNIST has just received rave reviews "the writing is bold and daring, the performance smooth and adventurous", "a new, visionary, nontraditional work of theater" - the Provincetown Magazine, August 2012.

This one-woman show brings to life the enduring Hollywood icon, along with 12 other characters, in a wild weave of Marilyn's words with Melissa's own story of being a "red-diaper baby" (child of communist parents.)

Melissa Nussbaum Freeman is an actor/writer for the stage, big screen and small.

Graduate of Centro Morelense de las Artes; seen this season in ANGELS IN AMERICA; in the film "The Spirit of Salem" (Screened daily at Cinema Salem); in "Auto-da-Fe" during the Tennessee Williams Festival; and at the UU in MARILYN MONROE, COMMUNIST. Melissa is looking forward to a second off-season of writing, starring, assistant directing the indie TV show OFFSEASON, a scripted episodic show about 12 lives in Provincetown during the winter months. http://provincetownmagazine.org/Theatre/review-marilyn-monroe-communist

September 28-October 7 2012

10 Days of Art / "10 Days That Shook The World": The Centennial Decade

AMP presents Provincetown Playhouse - Street Time/Overlap, 2012

Video Projection. 19 minute loop. Location: Herring Cove Bath House

Debbie Nadolney: Concept, Direction, Co-producer

Denise Petrizzo: Co-producer, Videographer, Editor

Location: The Bathhouse at Herring Cove, Provincetown - in the great hall.

The concept for the piece was to set up a video camera outside of The Provincetown Playhouse in NYC while people, cars, and life passed by either noticing, or not noticing, the camera (audience) or the theater. The accompanying sounds are a combination of actually occurring city sounds meshing with the sound of water lapping against the shore at Herring Cove, thereby bridging the flow of ideas and creative energy between Provincetown and New York City and honoring the anniversary of The Provincetown Playhouse.

10 Days of Art

The Herring Cove Beach Bathhouse in the Cape Cod National Seashore will house a multi-media exhibition before its demolition. Ten Days That Shook the World, a ten-day event set for September 28 through October 7, references John Reed䴜s famous account of the Russian Revolution of 1917. He, O䴜Neill, Nieth Boyce, Susan Glaspell and others were members of the revolutionary Provincetown Players, which gave birth to modern American theater in 1915. The Centennial Decade also includes the one hundred year anniversary of the Pilgrim Monument and the founding of the Provincetown Art Association & Museum. Other cultural organizations celebrating significant anniversaries this decade include the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown Theater, Provincetown Arts, The Compact, Castle Hill, the Swim for Life and others. website

Debbie Nadolney was born in New York City in 1957. She moved to Boston in 1975 to attend the Museum School, the Art Institute of Boston, and in 1982 received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art with distinction in painting. During the 21 years spent living and working in the Boston area she played in bands such as High Risk Group and Lunch, participated in numerous exhibitions, and co-founded the Causeway Visual and Performing Artists (CVPA). In the early mid-nineties she acted as manager and curator of the JP Art Market Gallery exhibiting works by both emerging and established artists, instructing figure drawing classes, and cultivating a performance space.

In 1996, she moved back to her hometown of New York City where she is also working on a comprehensive portrait series honoring members of her family who fell victim to the Holocaust.

This past January Debbie relocated to Provincetown MA to open, direct, and curate a new 'live' gallery space called AMP: Art Market Provincetown. The gallery features and encourages new multi-media and multi-disciplined work by both established and emerging artists.

Denise Petrizzo resides in lower Manhattan and worked professionally in television news as a videographer/editor for over a decade. She also captured real life events and dramatic scenes of street activism in New York City in the 1990s. This work lead to numerous collaborative video art projects which have been shown on "Human Rights and Wrongs" and at The Grey Art Gallery in Manhattan.

Most recently, she has shot and edited Buddhist authors and scholars for Tricycle Magazine's website in addition to creating video web content for other organizations.

"The awareness and drama of real life unfolding before the camera is an integral part of my journalism, documentary, and activist videos. This is where the real cinema of life takes place and truth is told." .

October 6 2012

Linda Ohlson Graham and Maria Nazos

Reading, 7pm.

Linda Ohlson Graham

Leading Humanity in a Path to Global Peace and calmer weather patterns ... is the powerful dynamic that inspires Linda Ohlson Graham's award-winning fine photography and ecstatic poetry.

Linda feels an intimate connection to the cosmos: she has sailed thousands of miles with the night sky in view: 4 hours on ... 4 hours off throughout the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central and South America, even off shore to Cape Cod one spring. This experience has rooted her more deeply in her desire to contribute to WORLD PEACE and calmer weather patterns.

Linda also lived in (1984-93) and co-directed (1984-96) the J.M.W. Turner Museum in Denver, CO. During this time the Museum was chosen 'One of the 99 Finest Museums in America' by Atlantic Monthly.

From March 2010 through March 2012 she was Colorado District 2 co-ordinator for the Campaign to Establish a US Dept. of Peace. Linda led a lobbying team in the Washington, DC office of Congressman Jared Polis, who signed HR808 a few days later. In October 2010 Linda was named CO Department of Peace Poet Laureate. Her photography and spiritual writing portray the richness of her life's experience.

Linda extends an invitation to share her -2- websites: http://www.lindaohlsongraham.com and http://www.earthoceanheavens.com globally.

Maria Nazos

Poet and lyrical essayist Maria Nazos is the author of A Hymn That Meanders, published by Wising Up Press. She received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook entitled Trailer Park Heart, was selected by Marge Piercy as runner-up for the 2010 Providence Athenaeum Philbrick Poetry Project Award. She has received scholarships from The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center.

Her work is published in The Raleigh Review, Stymie Magazine, Inkwell, The Saranac Review, the anthology Wait a Minute, I Have to Take off My Bra, The Boxcar Poetry Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, The New York Quarterly, Harpur Palate, The New Plains Review, The Sycamore Review, Main Street Rag, and elsewhere.

She lives and writes in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

October 5 2012

Martha Bourne and Cindy Sherman Bishop

In-gallery music and video projection. 8pm

Musician/composer Martha Bourne performs pieces from her latest projects with accompanying video by filmmaker/interactive artist Cindy Sherman Bishop.

Martha Bourne is a singer/songwriter and film composer whose work has been on television and in independent film for over a decade. Her work is now featured in TV shows and ads. Her television credits include song placements on Providence (NBC) and source music placements on numerous daytime shows. In 2007, she scored Season One of Deliver Me on the Discovery Channel and in 2008 she scored a one-off, OMG! Sextuplets, which aired on the We Network. Her film credits include song placements in Coney Island Baby, directed by Amy Hobby and Breaking Free, directed by David MacKay.

Cindy Sherman Bishop is a visual artist, filmmaker, and developer of interactivity. Originally a painter and a software developer, her work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression to immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. Currently studying Dynamic Media at Massachusetts College of Art, her MFA thesis includes a facial-tracking iPhone app, a geo-locative interactive website and an immersive interactive experience with the elemental substance, water.

September 11 - September 30 2012

What I Came Upon
Shez Arvedon: Shore Thing
Diane Bonder: Films
Dez DeCarlo: Twin Flames
Shari Kadison: Across the Bay
Paula Lawrence: Reflect
Sue Metro: What Peeks Out
Pam Nicholas: Secret Toy Surprise
John Pusateri: I Really Can't Say
Mo Ziochouski: MOZeum

Opening reception Friday, September 14th, 6-9pm

September 29 2012

Indira Ganesan and Heidi Jon Schmidt

Reading. 7pm

Indira Ganesan is the author of three novels, The Journey (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1990) Inheritance (Knopf, 1998) and As Sweet As Honey (Knopf, February 2013). She has held fellowships from The Paden Institute for Writers of Color, The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, The W.K.Rose Fellowship, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Selected as one of 52 Best Young American Novelists under Forty in Granta's 1995 campaign for her first novel, her second novel was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Book. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Antaeus, Black Renaissance, Bombay Gin, Half and Half: Writers on Biracialism & Biculturalism, Glamour, Mississippi Review, Seventeen, and Newsday-Long Island.

Heidi Jon Schmidt is the author of The Rose Thieves, Darling?, The Bride of Catastrophe, The House on Oyster Creek, and The Harbormaster's Daughter. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many others, and has won awards including the O'Henry Award and the James Michener Award. She came to Provincetown as a Fellow of the Fine Arts Work Center in 1982 and has lived here since then.

September 22 2012

Cesar Padilla, Andrew Willis, and O'Niell Haynes

Ritchie White Orchestra presents Goth 101

In-gallery music performance. 8:30pm

A special Ritchie White Orchestra performance, featuring Cesar Padilla and Andrew Willis from The Web, will conjure an evening of spooky songs to make you go bump in the night. Join the ghouls and ghosts as their stories are told on church organ and guitar!

Cesar Padilla is a filmmaker, musician, writer, photographer and clothing archivist. He is the owner of the New York- and Provincetown-based Cherry vintage shop. His book Ripped: T-Shirts from the Underground is a visual history of counterculture music T-shirts, spanning the defining era of indie music. Ripped is the first book to document the shirts of the post-punk and indie period, after the submission of 1960s rock n' roll to mass popularity and before the onset of ironic consumerism. Carefully selected from the archives of vintage fashion collector Cesar Padilla, the 200 T-shirts in this book are classic examples of rare and extremely limited shirts created by and for the very bands who embodied the true essence of the DIY and indie movementsÌ´Ì·from The Ramones to Sonic Youth, John Cale, Talking Heads, Madonna, X, Pil, The Germs, and many others. Each shirt has been photographed in all its gritty, sweat-stained glory just as it was foundÌ´Ì·on the street, in a thrift store, or inherited from a friend. Introduced by Lydia Lunch, the book includes recollections and ruminations from musicians, fashion designers, and pop culture personalities on the enigmatic and enduring appeal of the rock band T-shirt. Cesar also directed 3 music videos for the band Brujeria - a legendary band that were banned in the US at the time. These videos have never been broadcast though one has been viewed 700,000 times.

Andrew Willis is a Boston based composer, producer and musician. He has composed or contributed music for Errol Morris' films Tabloid, The Fog of War and The Nominees; films from PBS' American Experience including The Polio Crusade, We Shall Remain and an upcoming piece on Henry Ford as well as installation films for the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Sculpture Park at Gibbs Farm in New Zealand. Before relocating from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, he performed, recorded and toured the US as a member of several bands including the group The Web and it's current spinoff Azuza Inkh, who've shared the stage with acts like Pere Ubu, Sebadoh, Shellac and Will Oldham. In 2008 he performed as a member of the live musical accompaniment for filmmaker Ken Brown's Psychedelic Cinema project at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston.

September 13 2012

Nath Ann Carrera

In-gallery music performance. 7:30-8:30pm

Nath Ann Carrera presents a set of original songs, covers, and sincere sensationalistic storytelling with selections from I Don't Want To Throw Rice, I Want To Throw Rocks: The Early Southern Gothicism of Dolly Parton! and BEYOND!

Described as a "heavenly" (New York Times), "gender-defiant" (Time Out New York), "glitter saint" (Village Voice), Nath Ann has had solo shows at Joe's Pub, Wild Project (A Village Voice Choice), and Dixon Place, has opened for Martha Wainwright at City Winery, and has performed regularly with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Amber Martin, and Scream Along With Billy.

August 22-September 9 2012

The Point to Cloth
Jennifer Engel: Hold My Hair
Gerald Lucena: Off Kilter
Lisa Turngren: Patterned Lineage: The Inheritance of Stains

Opening reception Friday, August 24th, 6-9pm

September 1 2012

Sandrine Shaefer

Adventures in Being (small)

7pm

As a part of The Crevice Gallery's August 22-September 9, 2012 show INNER SPACE, Sandrine Shaefer enacts a piece from her series "Adventures in Being (small)". These ephemeral performances are site-sensitive explorations of the cycles involved in the invisible becoming visible. Shaefer's work addresses the shared human experience of fitting in, both corporally and conceptually.

In 2008, Sandrine Schaefer went through a significant shape shift. After a lifetime of being overweight, she lost nearly 90 pounds through mindful diet and exercise. In an effort to build a relationship with her new body, she began exploring spaces and places she could not previously fit. This soon evolved into a series of site-sensitive installations she titled, Adventures in Being (small). Over the past 3 years, Sandrine has fit her body into hundreds of small spaces across the world. She has squeezed into abandoned tires piled on the roadside throughout the southern part of the United States, nestled in between coin-operated children's rides in the suburbs of Shanghai, and most recently explored natural and urban spaces throughout Mexico. Intrigued by its smallness, Sandrine will challenge herself to find a way to fit into The Crevice Gallery over the duration of several hours.

Sandrine Schaefer is a Boston-based artist, writer, educator, and curator. Sandrine's ephemeral artwork explores cycles of the invisible becoming visible and the shared human experience of understanding the body in space, corporally and conceptually. Her work utilizes the connection between cumulative action and endurance, by manipulating duration to challenge the parameters of real time. She believes that art lives in the body. Through the bodyÌ´Ì·Ì´å«ÌÔå¹s symbolic actions we can re-imagine the potential of our relationship with our environment. Sandrine has been the recipient of several grants, residencies, and has exhibited her work extensively both nationally and internationally. Sandrine is a co-founder of The Present Tense, an art initiative that produces and archives live art events and exchanges in transient spaces. To date, The Present Tense has served as a resource for time-based art and has shown 300+ artists from across the globe. To learn more about her work visit website

August 31 2012

Eileen Myles with Leopoldine Core, Katrina Del Mar, Sarah Greenwood, Karyn Kuhl, and Anne Stott

In-gallery night of readings, music, and film

7pm

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles was born in Boston and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Since then she's produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, plays, performances and libretti. Of Snowflake/different streets (Wave Books, 2012) her latest, Huffington Post writes "Myles has always written queerly - and her work - lawless and conversational, precise and transcendent. . . illuminates the link between gender and physical space in one pass." Eileen's last book Inferno (a poet's novel) received a 2011 Lambda Book Award in lesbian fiction. About Inferno (and Eileen) John Waters says "I'll tell you what she is, damn smart." Allison Bechdel called Inferno "this shimmering document."This fall Eileen's teaching in Columbia's writing program and she's a 2012 Guggenheim fellow in non-fiction for her forthcoming dog memoir Afterglow. She lives in New York. website

Leopoldine Core

Leopoldine Core was born and raised in Manhattan. Her poems and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Open City, The Literarian, Joyland Magazine, Agriculture Reader, Harp & Altar, The Brooklyn Rail, Drunken Boat and Rattapallax. She is a 2012 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow. And her photographs have shown at The Schoolhouse Gallery and AMP.

Katrina Del Mar

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based artist, writer, filmmaker and commercial photographer, as well as an award winning director. Her work has been described as beautiful exuding an intimate chemistry and also as filth of the highest quality.Katrina herself has been described as a major league cutie,wild woman,the Lesbian Russ Meyer,and apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger. Katrina directs and produces independent films and music videos, commercials, reality television segments, short documentaries, and TV for the internet. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo gallery shows, museums, and club installations. She is a proficient in multimedia design, production and publishing.

Katrina's first film, Gang Girls 2000, shot entirely on super 8mm film, received a 4 star review in Film Threat Magazine, and received glowing reviews from the press, inviting comparisons to the legendary Kenneth Anger. The follow up, Surf Gang, about a gang of women surfers from Rockaway Beach in New York City, landed Katrina a prestigious Fellowship in Video from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Best Experimental Film Award from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, and was screened at the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC) in Bordeaux, France.

In 2010 Katrina completed work on Hell on Wheels: Gang Girls Forever. With that, the Girl Gang Trilogy became complete. It won for Katrina the prestigious Accolade Award for Experimental Film and enjoyed sold-out, standing-room-only screenings in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, London, Hamburg and Berlin.

Katrina, invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop with Katrina del Mar. Participants in the workshop wrote, shot, edited and publicly screened a short film in two days. A solo gallery show of Katrina's work called Gangs of New York was presented in June 2010, in Porto Portugal.

In January 2012 Katrina was invited to Copenhagen Denmark to show her pre millennial work from 1988-2000 as part of a show of photography of the so called "golden age" of performance art. "On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art" was coupled with an artists talk: "Documenting the Moment: Photographing Live Art."

Katrina has shown her work at Deitch Projects, The Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC) in Bordeaux, France, Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto Portugal, Warehouse 9 in Copenhagen, American Fine Arts Company, Binz 39 in Switzerland, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, the Miami Light Project, P.S. 122 in New York City, FabLab in Berlin, and the University of Cardiff in Wales.

Katrina continues to photograph, to write and to produce, to direct and edit films and commercials, and to curate film programs. website

Sarah Greenwood of GSX

At the heart of GSX is rocker, Sarah Greenwood. Born in Switzerland to British transplants, Sarah started performing in various local productions at age 5. By 13, she had formed her first band and written her first song. A rebel and definitely a misfit, Sarah left for Boston straight out of high school to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Sarah was the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee.

In Boston, Sarah's eponymous band quickly gathered acclaim from the press and notoriety in the local scene. The Boston Phoenix wrote: "Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith."Reviewing the band's performance at Avalon, the Boston Herald wrote: "sounds like PJ Harvey without the overblown angst."

After graduation, Sarah moved to NYC. Now called GSX, the band soon worked itself up to headliner billing at rock clubs. The CMJ Music Marathon wrote: "Angst rocker Greenwood may be classically-trained, but the ballsy head-banging spirit of Joan Jett rattles in her bones."

With a strong record now under their belt (Manifest) and a solid reputation for their fiery live performances, it's only a matter of months before GSX break into the national arena. website

Karyn Kuhl

Karyn Kuhl is an artist who expresses and reins in emotional extremes with an ever present soulfulness. While seduced by ethereal melodies and hypnotic beats, KK's music continues to be energized by the raw power of 3 chords and held under the sway of the blues. Based in Hoboken, NJ and NYC, KK started out as the front person for post-punk Gut Bank and rock trio Sexpod.

"Sexpod, who in their previous incarnation as Gut Bank, preceded and predicted such smart, powerful female punks as Hole, Babes In Toyland, PJ Harvey .." - J.DeRogatis/Chicago Tribune

KK's singing, songwriting and guitar playing have evolved to encompass a wide range of influences as illustrated on her 3 self-released recordings Little Demon Girl (2001), The Beautiful Glow (2003) and Cigarette Songs (2007). KK is currently in the studio with producer Love1Taps, band members Lou Ciarlo (Bass), Alicia Godsberg (Guitar), Lola Rocknrolla (Sax), Mista Taps (Percussion) and special guest drummer Mike Sabatini. website

Anne Stott

Anne Stott is a singer/songwriter based in Provincetown, MA. Her last album, PENNSYLVANIA, was produced by Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright) and contains songs ranging from rock ballad to alt country groove to spoken word anthem. Fueled by restlessness and desire, Anne's sound lives in the space between irish folk singer and seventies rock band. The UMass Lowell Connector said, "Anne's music speaks more of...the conflicts we're made of rather than the conflicts we've made." She recently completed Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited edition compilation of poems, thoughts, and sketches. website

August 29

Amy Hoffman

Lies About My Family

Reading. 7pm

Amy Hoffman's memoir, Lies About My Family, is forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press in spring 2013. Her previous book, An Army of Ex-Lovers, about the Boston weekly Gay Community News and the lesbian and gay movement of the late 1970s, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in November 2007. It was a finalist for the Lambda Book Award and the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn award. Her AIDS memoir, Hospital Time (Duke University Press,1997), was short-listed for the American Library Association Gay Book Award and the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award.

Hoffman is editor of Women's Review of Books and teaches creative nonfiction in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She has been an editor at Gay Community News, South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts and Emerson College and served as development director for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Women's Lunch Place, a daytime shelter for homeless women. She has served on the boards of Gay Community News, GLAD, Sojourner, and Boston's LGBT History Project. Hoffman has a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Boston with her wife, Roberta Stone, and is currently working on a novel set in Provincetown.

August 18 2012

Michael Montlack & friends

Divining Divas

Readings. 7pm

From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone–straight or gay, young or old, male or female–who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well.

These witty and poignant short essays explore reasons for diva worship as diverse as the writers themselves. Lambda Literary Award Finalist My Diva (University of Wisconsin Press) offers both depth and glamour as it pays tribute with joy, intelligence, and fierce, fierce love.

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Montlack talks about the inspiration for his book My Diva and its newly released follow-up Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012).

Michael Montlack teaches at Berkeley College in New York City. In addition to editing the Diva anthologies (which were inspired by his love for Stevie Nicks), he is the author of Cool Limbo (NYQ Books, 2011), his first collection of poems.

A sampling of contributors and their divas include: Donna Summer by D. A. Powell, Marilyn Monroe by Frank Bidart, Lady Gaga by John McCullough, Grace Paley by Mark Doty, Billie Holiday by Alfred Corn, Anna Moffo by Wayne Koestenbaum, Rocio Dercal by Rigoberto Gonzalez, Greta Garbo by Angelo Nikolopoulos, Chris Evert by Steven Riel, Kate Bush by Reginald Shepherd, Liza Minnelli by Jason Schneiderman, Laura Nyro by Michael Klein, Gracie Allen by Lloyd Schwartz, Natalie Merchant by Mike Albo, and Joni Mitchell by Paul Lisicky.

August 8-August 19 2012

Face
Leopoldine Core: The Hole
Lisa Hull: Journal
Nina West: Under Cover
SLY-Art: The Many Faces of Susan L Young

Opening reception Friday, August 10, 6-9pm

August 17 2012

J Mascis and Thalia Zedek

In-gallery night of music

8:30pm

J Mascis

It's all but inconceivable that J Mascis requires an introduction. In the quarter-century since he founded Dinosaur (Jr.), Mascis has created some of the era's signature songs, albums and styles. As a skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer, and musician, J has few peers. The laconically-based roar of his guitar, drums and vocals have driven a long string of bands–Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Gobblehoof, Velvet Monkeys, the Fog, Witch, Sweet Apple–and he has guested on innumerable sessions. But Several Shades of Why is J's first solo studio record, and it is an album of incredible beauty, performed with a delicacy not always associated with his work.

Recorded at Amherst Massachusetts' Bisquiteen Studios, Several Shades is nearly all acoustic and was created with the help of a few friends. Notable amongst them are Kurt Vile, Sophie Trudeau (A Silver Mount Zion), Kurt Fedora (long-time collusionist), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Matt Valentine (The Golden Road), and Suzanne Thorpe (Wounded Knees). Together in small mutable groupings, they conjure up classic sounds ranging from English-tinged folk to drifty, West Coast-style singer/songwriterism. But every track, every note even, bears that distinct Mascis watermark, both in the shape of the tunes and the glorious rasp of the vocals.

"Megan from Sub Pop has wanted me to do this record for a long time," J says. "She was very into it when I was playing solo a lot in the early 2000s, around the time of the Fog album [2002's Free So Free]. She always wanted to know when I'd do a solo record. [Several Shades of Why] came out of that. There are a couple of songs that are older, but the rest is new this year. And it's basically all acoustic. There's some fuzz, but it's acoustic through fuzz. There're no drums on it, either. Just one tambourine song, that's it. It was a specific decision to not have drums. Usually I like to have them, but going drum-less pushes everything in a new direction, and makes it easier to keep things sounding different."

There is little evidence of stress on Several Shades of Why. The title track is a duet with Sophie Trudeau's violin recalling Nick Drake's work at its most elegant. 'Not Enough' feels like a lost hippie-harmony classic from David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name. 'Is It Done' rolls like one of the Grisman/Garcia tunes on American Beauty. 'Very Nervous and Love' has the same rich vibe as the amazing rural side of Terry Reid's The River. And on and on it goes. Ten brilliant tunes that quietly grow and expand until they fill your brain with the purest pleasure. What a goddamn great album.

by Byron Coley

Thalia Zedek

"One of the strongest vocalists and most pronounced creative presences in music." – Harp Magazine

"Since 1981, Boston-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Thalia Zedek has been making excrutiating emotional rock music... Nothing draws as much blood as the work of this songwriter, one of the most painfully honest and brilliant anywhere." – Time Out New York

Thalia Zedek started her career as a musician in the groups White Women and Dangerous Birds, whose 1982 singles "Alpha Romeo", "Smile On Your Face", and "Walking Emergency" are rare finds these days. She really made her mark shortly thereafter with Uzi, whose 1986 Homestead release Sleep Asylum was a landmark not only for the Boston region but for the underground in general. It rightfully put Thalia in the company of other challenging female pioneers such as Kim Gordon, and was reissued by Matador in the mid-1990's to much acclaim. In 1998, a mere two years after Uzi, Thalia broke new ground again with the NYC band Live Skull. The three records that she released with them more than stand the test of time and laid the groundwork for artists who followed such as PJ Harvey. They laid the ground work for artists to follow such as PJ Harvey. It was with Come that Thalia rose with the swell of popularity of so called Indie Rock. Fueled by the guitar interplay between herself and bandmate Chris Brokaw, Come released four full length records, Eleven-Eleven, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Near Life Experience, and Gently Down The Stream as well as various EP's and singles and toured extensively throughout the 90s.

After Come ended in 1999, Thalia began writing and recording under her own name, but throughout her career Thalia's voice has remained a singular calling card. Her songwriting has great depth and a pervading melancholic tone much like the work of Nick Cave. She has chosen unusual instrumentation to compliment her guitar, such as the viola and trumpet contributions of David Michael Curry and Mel Lederman on piano and keyboard. Her songs are rich in texture and reveal with each listen their delicately crafted layers. Her debut album for Thrill Jockey, 2004's Trust Not Those in Whom Without Some Touch of Madness, garnered great critical acclaim, and the Adelaide performance on her Australian tour for that album even earned a spot on The Wire magazine's top 60 Greatest Shows Ever. In addition, Thalia has released several singles and EPs such as You're A Big Girl Now and two other full-length albums, Liars and Prayers and Been Here And Gone. With a new album on the way this fall, we can look forward to being treated to a voice that miraculously continues to grow and plumb new creative and insightful depths.

August 10 2012

Scream Along With Billy and Michael Cunningham

A Special Scream Along and Short Reading to Celebrate a New Exhibition

7pm

Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of several novels including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Laws for Creations, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall. He lives in New York.

Scream Along With Billy – Provincetown and New York's dangerous cult cabaret act

"The bravest thing I've seen in 20 years." – John Waters

"Gay street-hustler-once-removed rough-rides the rock canon and tells drug stories that'll make you chortle as your hair stands on end." – Robert Christgau, MSN.com

"Kept the audienc mesmerized. Absurdist theater can happen anywhere, especially if it's kept alive by artists like Hough." – Hilton Als, The New Yorker

"A cross between Justin Bond and Patti Smith." – Adam Baran, Buttmagazine.com

"Billy Hough is touched by genius, a word I don't use often or lightly." – Michael Cunningham

"Anything can happen. And does." – Ann Wood, Provincetown Magazine

Billy Hough, from the legendary punk band garageDogs, sings, screams, rants, and fights his way through the history of rock-n-roll. Accompanied on bass and eyerolls by the hysterically accurate Sue Goldberg (Space Pussy, Dirty Blonde), the duo have earned a provocative reputation for themselves by finding the midpoint between piano bar and horror movie.

Their first album, Scream Along With Billy: The Album, was released to universal acclaim, given an honorable mention for 2009 by esteemed rock critic Robert Christgau, and was picked up by Marc Jacobs for distribution in his stores worldwide. Their second album VENICE is due out this summer of 2012.

Billy and Sue are currently into their 7th Season in Provincetown on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Grotta Bar. Their show is not for children.

August 9 2012

Elizabeth Bradfield

Ground-Truthing: Words and Images from Antarctica

Reading & slide show presentation. 7pm

When you at last visit a long-dreamed-of place, what happens as reality asserts itself? The journey becomes a botched pilgrimage. A moment of furious critique. Antarctica had been my obsession for nearly two decades before I had a chance to go there and when at last I did, I did not go as explorer or scientist, but as a naturalist and guide for tourists. The collision of sustained poetic imagining with the actualities encountered during my six weeks there (brief, endless) demanded examination. Turning to the tradition of Japanese haibun - prose interspersed with haiku - which Basho used during his travels to the far reaches of Japan in the 17th century, I wrote to lay bare those conflicted songs. This reading, accompanied by images from the trip, will attempt to at once debunk the myths and honor what yet endures.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author the poetry collections Interpretive Work and Approaching Ice, which investigated the lives of various polar explorers and the imagery of ice. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Believer, Poetry, Orion and she has been awarded the Audre Lorde Prize, a Stegner Fellowship, and other honors. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she lives on Cape Cod, is the Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University, and works a naturalist in Antarctica, the Arctic and elsewhere. Website

July 26 2012

Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers III

Eileen Myles, Katrina Del Mar, Thalia Zedek, Sarah Greenwood and Karyn Kuhl | An evening of readings & performance

6pm

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is a poet, art journalist & novelist whose books include Snowflake/different streets, The Importance of Being Iceland, and Inferno (a poet’s novel) now available on ITunes in her own voice. Her essay “Street Retreat” is part of the Semiotext(e) installation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Among her many honors is a Foundation for Contemporary Art award in poetry. She lives in New York. website

Katrina Del Mar

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based artist, writer, filmmaker and commercial photographer, as well as an award winning director. Her work has been described as beautiful exuding an intimate chemistry and also as filth of the highest quality.Katrina herself has been described as a major league cutie,wild woman,the Lesbian Russ Meyer,and apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger. Katrina directs and produces independent films and music videos, commercials, reality television segments, short documentaries, and TV for the internet. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo gallery shows, museums, and club installations.

Katrina's first film, Gang Girls 2000, shot entirely on super 8mm film, received a 4 star review in Film Threat Magazine, and received glowing reviews from the press, inviting comparisons to the legendary Kenneth Anger. The follow up, Surf Gang, about a gang of women surfers from Rockaway Beach in New York City, landed Katrina a prestigious Fellowship in Video from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Best Experimental Film Award from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, and was screened at the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC) in Bordeaux, France.

In 2010 Katrina completed work on Hell on Wheels: Gang Girls Forever. With that, the Girl Gang Trilogy became complete. It won for Katrina the prestigious Accolade Award for Experimental Film and enjoyed sold-out, standing-room-only screenings in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, London, Hamburg and Berlin.

Katrina, invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop with Katrina del Mar. Participants in the workshop wrote, shot, edited and publicly screened a short film in two days. A solo gallery show of Katrina's work called Gangs of New York was presented in June 2010, in Porto Portugal.

In January 2012 Katrina was invited to Copenhagen Denmark to show her pre millennial work from 1988-2000 as part of a show of photography of the so called "golden age" of performance art. "On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art" was coupled with an artists talk: "Documenting the Moment: Photographing Live Art."

Katrina has shown her work at Deitch Projects, The Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC) in Bordeaux, France, Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto Portugal, Warehouse 9 in Copenhagen, American Fine Arts Company, Binz 39 in Switzerland, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, the Miami Light Project, P.S. 122 in New York City, FabLab in Berlin, and the University of Cardiff in Wales.

Katrina continues to photograph, to write and to produce, to direct and edit films and commercials, and to curate film programs. website

Thalia Zedek

2013 was a notable year for Thalia Zedek. She released her first album in five years, Via, which PopMatters called a “rumbling, sweet, muscled set of tunes, as resilient as they are beautiful,” which was followed by a tour across North America with Low. She also reunited with Come, the classic band she formed with Chris Brokaw in 1990, reissuing their classic debut Eleven:Eleven and playing their first shows in over a decade across the US and Europe. In October, following this intense flurry of activity, Thalia regrouped with her band in Boston to record an EP, harnessing the creative energy she had accumulated during her time on the road.

The resulting SIX opens with a full-band version of “Fell So Hard,” a characteristically mournful dirge that exudes a tenacious, slow-moving intensity. From there, Zedek explores the complexities of interpersonal relationships, employing some of the most sparse arrangements of her career. The spareness of tracks like “Julie Said” and “Afloat” achieve incredible emotional heft, letting Thalia’s lyrics, delivered in her unmistakable voice, take center stage. Alongside this new material is a cover of Freakwater’s “Flathand,” which was originally released on the Plum 7” box set in 2007. SIX was released earlier in 2014 in advance of Thalia’s most extensive European tour in six years, and will be released in limited quantities on CD and 12” vinyl. website

"Zedek specializes in thorny songs that unflinchingly address adult topics and full-grown problems, with the malleable backing of her guitar and band providing either momentary refuge or sympathetic cries of exasperation." - Pitchfork

"Hearing a new Thalia Zedek records gives me hope for music." - Dagger

Sarah Greenwood of GSX

At the heart of GSX is rocker, Sarah Greenwood. Born in Switzerland to British transplants, Sarah started performing in various local productions at age 5. By 13, she had formed her first band and written her first song. A rebel and definitely a misfit, Sarah left for Boston straight out of high school to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Sarah was the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee.

In Boston, Sarah's eponymous band quickly gathered acclaim from the press and notoriety in the local scene. The Boston Phoenix wrote: "Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith."Reviewing the band's performance at Avalon, the Boston Herald wrote: "sounds like PJ Harvey without the overblown angst."

After graduation, Sarah moved to NYC. Now called GSX, the band soon worked itself up to headliner billing at rock clubs. The CMJ Music Marathon wrote: "Angst rocker Greenwood may be classically-trained, but the ballsy head-banging spirit of Joan Jett rattles in her bones."

With a strong record now under their belt (Manifest) and a solid reputation for their fiery live performances, it's only a matter of months before GSX break into the national arena. website

Karyn Kuhl

Karyn Kuhl is a Hoboken based singer, songwriter and guitarist who started out as the front person for 80′s Hoboken post-punk Gut Bank and 90′s rock trio Sexpod. Gut Bank released the LP The Dark Ages on Coyote Records in 1986 which was produced by Roger Miller (Mission Of Burma).

” .. Gut Bank’s The Dark Ages is one exceptional debut album “ - Robert Palmer / The New York Times

Prior to Gut Bank, KK played guitar in NJ indie pop band Autonomy whose members included Stan Demeski (The Feelies) and Michael Carlucci (Winter Hours).

KK didn’t hit her stride until she formed Gut Bank in 1984 along with bassist Alice Genese and drummer Bob Bert. Bob left the band before their first gig to rejoin Sonic Youth. Tia Palmisano stepped in on drums and Mike Korman rounded out the lineup on second guitar. Gut Bank was active from 1984-1989. In the independent music heyday of the ’80′s, they toured the US and shared the stage with Richard Hell, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, etc.

KK and Alice Genese reformed as Sexpod in the early 1990′s with Billy Loose on drums. Gut Bank drummer Tia Sprocket (Palmisano) replaced Billy in 1995. Sexpod’s psychedelic mix of punk, metal and blues was embraced by the 90′s downtown NYC (Squeezebox/ Meow Mix) gender blur rock scene. Sexpod released a 7″ Spin My Groove on Queenie Records in ’92 and an EP Home on Go- Kart Records in ’94. Sexpod’s LP Goddess Blues was released on Slab/CMC/BMG in ’97. Produced by Fred Maher and mixed by John Agnello. Sexpod toured with Tribe 8, Sevendust and rock icon Joan Jett.

“Sexpod, who in their previous incarnation as Gut Bank, preceded and predicted such smart, powerful female punks as Hole, Babes In Toyland, PJ Harvey are back with a killer debut called Goddess Blues “- Jim DeRogatis/ Chicago Tribune

KK began playing solo shows in the late 90′s and formed a band under her own name in 2000. Her first EP Little Demon Girl was self-released in 2001. A second EP The Beautiful Glow 2003 and full- length Cigarette Songs 2007 were both produced by Super Buddha (Blondie, Debbie Harry). The band included Tom Costagliola on drums, Kurt Ritta on bass, Lola RocknRolla on sax and Alicia Godsberg on guitar.

Songs from Karyn’s solo recordings are featured in several independent films including Concussion 2013, I Heart Boys 2012, In Twilights Shadow 2008, Girlplay 2004, and Dragzilla 2002. She has also contributed guitar tracks to Le Tigre’s album This Island - and co-wrote and contributed vocals to hip-hop artist Arty McFly track Slip Away.

The Karyn Kuhl Band was formed in 2010 with Lou Ciarlo on bass and Jonpaul Pantozzi on drums. Songs For The Dead recalls the lush minimalism of Karyn’s earlier solo recordings as well as the fiery guitar work from her Sexpod days. Alicia Godsberg and Lola RocknRolla contributed guitar and sax to the recording. The band has been showcasing material from Songs For The Dead with James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter) on guitar.

While seduced by ethereal melodies and hypnotic beats, Karyn Kuhl’s music continues to be held under the sway of the blues. Songs For The Dead illustrates Karyn’s depth and versatility as a songwriter, singer and guitarist. A dreamy mix of deeper musical influences such as bossa nova, jazz, triphop, rock and blues reveals her inner world. KK's singing, songwriting and guitar playing have evolved to encompass a wide range of influences as illustrated on her 3 self-released recordings Little Demon Girl (2001), The Beautiful Glow (2003) and Cigarette Songs (2007). KK is currently in the studio with producer Love1Taps, band members Lou Ciarlo (Bass), Alicia Godsberg (Guitar), Lola Rocknrolla (Sax), Mista Taps (Percussion) and special guest drummer Mike Sabatini. website

July 18-August 5 2012

Champa Vaid: Conversations, a painting retrospective

Opening reception Friday, July 20th, 6-9pm

August 1 2012

Sam Smiley

A video compilation in progress

Screening. 9pm

Sam Smiley presented a semi-private screening of a draft of a video compilation she has been working on for the past 7 months. It is a collaboration with faculty and students in an interdisciplinary program at Cenart, in Mexico City. This 18 minute video compilation on art and genetics is in Spanish and English. She is very interested in receiving feedback, because the next day, any needed changes will be made and it will be sent off to the Discmaker's to get duplicated. So if you are able to come and give your responses to the project, she would love that. Sam will also pass on the feedback to her friends and colleagues at Cenart. Below are the essentials.

During the spring of 2012, media artist and AstroDime member Sam Smiley collaborated with the members of an interdisciplinary project called Transitos del Centro Nacional de las Artes, coordinated by Ilana Boltnivik and Sandra Gonzales Santos in Mexico City. The objective of this collaboration was to produce meaningful dialogues about art, genetics, and philosophy as well as video works for a DVD compilation called INtransit V.7: Geneticarte. This DVD will be an interdisciplinary and bilingual collection of shorts, experimental documentary, animation centered on the theme of art and genetics.

Pertinent web sites and info:

Contains blog posting about this project in May and June - http://sciamremix.blogspot.com

AstroDime Transit Authority (A Media Arts Collective) - http://astrodime.org

July 28 2012

Sue Dorff

Poetry Is The Best Revenge

Reading. 7pm

One of my all-time favorite books is Carol Spindel's In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove in which the author describes her efforts to become fluent in Dyula, the local language of the small African village in the Ivory Coast where she is living and working. Having devoted most of my adult life to either learning a foreign language or teaching it, I couldn't help but appreciate her systematic approach and to an even greater degree, her personal insights into what it means to make another language your own. She writes:

In Kalikaha, I was, in many senses, like a child, for I had to be taught the most rudimentary lessons about language and manners, lessons any six-year-old would know....

And although the phrases I used to express my emotions were childlike in their simplicity, the feelings I compressed into these phrases were the complex emotions of a grown woman. In this paradoxical state of being the adult child lay much of the charm for me of the process that anthropologists call participant observation.

Psychologically, it was even a kind of revenge on the adults of my own society, for I was once again a child, but I was not powerless.

My first trip to Europe in 1963 was as chaperone/companion to my grandmother on her first return to her native Marseilles, fifty long years after an arranged marriage in the United States to my grandfather, an Italian immigrant. I was 16 at the time and looking back, I of course realize it was not only a glorious experience but clearly also a formative one. At that time, however, with three years of high school French, although I could understand much of what was being said, my lag time in responding could go on for as long as a couple of hours, well after the conversation had taken another course. My grandmother, the adult, was 75 and had all the speaking rights. As the child, my only recourse was to swear to return to France, become fluent and finally have my say. Even then I knew that it wasn't just living, but speaking well that was the best revenge.

Poetry is nothing if not a foreign language.

Sue Dorff is a faculty member in the Romance Studies Department at Boston University. She has published sporadically over the years in a handful of disparate revues. Her poems have appeared most recently in the summer 2010 issue of the quarterly Avocet.

July 19 2012

Chris Brokaw and Holly Anderson

The Night She Slept With a Bear

Fiction, poetry, music collaboration. 7pm

Holly Anderson's The Night She Slept With A Bear is a collection of flash fictions and mesostic poems dealing with nature, longing, insomnia, sex, the unreliability of memory, and a touch of String Theory. Included in this book is a compact disc of music written and played by Chris Brokaw, which is available for a free listen here . The Night She Slept With A Bear is designed by Susan Archie.

Holly Anderson has written lyrics and adapted her poems for the likes of indie rock pioneers Mission of Burma (VS, OnoffOn, The Sound The Speed The Light, on Matador) Rhys Catham & Jonathan Kane's Septile (N-Tone), Consonant's Love and Affliction (Fenway Recordings) Jonathan Kane's February's Jet Ear Party (TotE/Radium) Chris Brokaw's My Confidante+3 (12XU), and Peg Simone's Secrets From the Storm (Radium). She thinks a song is the perfect container for a poem: mobile, repeatable, soft or loud, in a crowd or solo, and simple to share.

But Anderson still writes for print and LCD screens. Recent work can be found at Admit2, Conduit, Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, FlashFire 500, Fringe and Gargoyle. Her books Lily Lou, Sheherezade and This Book Is Extremely Receptive are in the Bennett Avant Writing Collection at Ohio State University, and The Downtown Collection at Fales Library, New York University. In New York, she performs at the Bowery Poetry Club, Issue Project Room, Location One, The Living Theatre and Tribes Gallery.

Chris Brokaw has recorded and performed all over the world with his bands Come, Codeine, Pullman, Dirtmusic, The New Year and Consonant. He has released seven solo albums of vocal and instrumental music, and performed and recorded as an accompanist to Thurston Moore, Evan Dando, Rhys Chatham, Christina Rosenvinge, Steve Wynn, Jennifer O'Connor, GG Allin, and Johnny Depp. He has scored works for the Dagdha Dance Company (Ireland) and Kino Dance (Boston), and his scores for the films I Was Born, But (Roddy Bogawa) and Road (Leslie McCleave) received awards at the Asian-American Film Festival (Chicago) and the Brooklyn International Film Festival. He performed as one of 77 drummers with The Boredoms in New York, 2007; as one of 200 guitarists with Rhys Chatham at Lincoln Center, 2009: and at the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali, with Dirtmusic, 2008.

July 3-July 15 2012

Jennifer Camper: Comix
Diana Morrow: Small Works
Debbie Nadolney: Portraits
Roberta Stone: People I Know, multi-panel portraits

Opening reception Friday, July 6th, 6-9pm

July 14 2012

Shelly Mars

Music by Turkish Delight, Nancy Asch and Beth Heinberg

Music at 7:30pm, Performance at 9pm

Shelly Mars

Since starting performing in San Francisco in the early 1980s, Mars has done everything from improvisational stage work to voiceovers to movies and is best known for her monologues and gender-bending portrayals of various subcultures, with a focus on queer culture.

Film and TV appearances

Her first film role was in Monika Treut's Die Jungfrauenmaschine (aka Virgin Machine), a groundbreaking film about the hedonistic exploration of sexuality. Mars went on to appear in many more films, including Drop Dead Rock with Debbie Harry and Adam Ant, Jennie Livingston's Who's the Top?, Venus Boyz, Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page and a documentary based on her own life, The Dark Matter of Mars.

After Virgin Machine's release in 1988, Mars was at the forefront of the emerging drag king culture in the US and appeared on such television shows as The Kids in the Hall, The Phil Donahue Show, The Montel Williams Show and The Sally Jesse Raphael Show and onHBO's Real Sex and Drag Kings. More recently, she has been featured in Comedy Central's Out There in Hollywood, A&E's Role Reversal and The Jamie Kennedy Experience on The WB.

Live performances

Her solo shows include Bug Chasers (2005), Whiplash: Tales of a Tomboy (1999), which the New York Times called her a female Candide, and Invasion from Mars (1997) working in venues across New York and beyond: Abrons Art Center, PS 122, New York Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen and the Grove Street Playhouse.

She performed in the Night of 100 Stars to raise money for the first New York International Fringe Festival (1997). Mars' autobiographical show, Sex on Mars, enjoyed a five-month run in Provincetown, MA in 2000. Her Homo Bonobo Project show, which is ongoing, weaves themes of sexuality, love, and violence into a educational piece about the bonobos of the Congo.

Recently, Mars has been Artist in Residence at NYC's Museum of Sex and has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (2010), the Arcus Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art.

She recently hosted a performance series at Dixon Place called Bulldyke Chronicles that she co-hosted with Kirby the Bulldog.

She has taught others the how-tos of performance art and creating one's own monologue; her own monologues have been published in Creating Your Own Monologue.

Printmaking

Mars has recently started doing printmaking and textile work with paper, metal and tee shirts in a style that reflects the intensity, sexuality and darkly layered aspects of her performance art.

Characters

Martin – Sleazy, middle-management Wall Street hot shot

Peter Powell – Fashion photographer and ACT-UP activist with AIDS dementia

Susan Powell – Peter's mother, a WASP from Greenwich, CT

Damon Corson – Beat poet and independent filmmaker

Zana Ana Rosen – Jewish lesbian separatist poetess from Northampton, MA

Dr. Ghislaine Pussait – Belgian French primatologist and ethologist, who studies Bonobo Apes and queer behavior

Margerite Baker – Mars' grandmother's housekeeper

Laura Martinelli Cantaloni Pizza – member of Italian jet-set

The Performance ARTist – 51-year-old pretentious performance artist

July 11 2012

Jennifer Camper

The Bastard Love Child of Words and Pictures

Slide show presentation, discussion, and book signing. 7 pm

Jennifer Camper talks about her work and the language of comics. She explores how a cartoon is made, how her work has evolved over time, and the reactions her art has provoked. Camper's work will be in the gallery in July.

"Sexy, street-wise and too racy to publish." – The Washington Blade

"Bitter-sweet, heart warming and destructive all at once." – Chroma Journal

"Hilariously messed up." – Good Comics

Jennifer Camper's comics explore gender, race and class from an outsider's (female, queer, and mongrel) perspective. The work also celebrates sexy women and ridicules stupidity. Camper became a cartoonist because she likes making art with both words and pictures. Also, all the tools of the trade are small and easy to shoplift.

Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ, a graphic novella about three twisted women living in abandoned subway tunnels. Camper is also the founding editor of two Juicy Mother comix anthologies.

Her comics and illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and comic books, including The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, The Advocate, Out, Gay Comix, Wimmin's Comix, Young Lust, World War 3, and Funny Times. Her work has been published in many comix anthologies and she is the cartoon editor for The Women's Review of Books. Her cartoons have been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish and Korean.

Camper's art has been exhibited internationally, including at The New Museum, (NYC), Festival International de le Ban Desinee (Switzerland), The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, Kyoto Manga Museum, and LadyFest (UK. Website

June 15 2012

Suara Welitoff

Things like time

Artist talk & premier video presentation in conjunction with the Provincetown Film Festival. 4pm, with Reception to follow.

May 25-July 1 2012

Suara Welitoff: Things like time, video/photography/installation
Richard Dorff: Translucencies, sculpture/installation

Grand Opening reception Friday, May 25th, 6-9pm.

Suara Welitoff

Suara Welitoff creates "mechanical watercolors" in her mesmerizing videos. Looping simple actions from mostly found footage, Welitoff modifies their color into her now-signature monochromatic palettes. Through editing, Welitoff adapts and reclaims historic and digital images as her own translations of artistic vision.

Suara Welitoff's work is included the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Worcester Art Museum; Deutsche Bank, New York; List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others and has been exhibited in the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; NGBK, Berlin; Participant Inc. and Threadwaxing Space, New York; Western Bridge, Seattle; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and CCC Strozzina, Florence. Suara Welitoff lives and works in Cambridge, MA and shows with Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston and Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt. Website

Richard Dorff

Richard Dorff is primarily interested in the space that his work occupies and how that space and the objects themselves interact. By making these connections, primarily through placement and lighting, he has transformed the historic home of high-line fisherman Capt. Frank Gaspa into a space that one might have not have intuited it could become. Using a variety of mediums, he has created an environment of works with their own inner space that extends beyond their physical dimensions. His exploration of space and objects, light and perception transports the viewer into a world of his own making.

Referring back to childhood experiences often spent alone in his room, where the main activity was to recreate the space around him physically and to create new imaginary spaces within his mind, Dorff continues to investigate and metaphorically stretch the confines of a given dimension.

Richard Dorff also shows at Atlantic Works in Boston.

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