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“Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective”

In Art on February 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

kippenbergerAs is the sad truth for countless artists, Martin Kippenberger did not receive wide recognition until after his death from liver cancer at the young age of 44.  Known for his “live fast and drink hard” life style, this German artist created a vertiginous range of works that have been since featured at prominent art museums such as the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.  

Now Kippenberger’s pieces are being featured as a new retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art.  Starting March 1st the 6th floor of the MOMA will be filled with Kippenberger’s paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, multiples, photographs, posters, announcement cards, books, and music.  Make your way up to see all the brilliance and don’t forget about Target Free Fridays.

Pheobe in Wonderland March 6th

In Screen on February 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Pheobe In Wonderland features another Fanning child, this time its Elle Fanning, in the lead.  The film tells the tale of a little girl and her desires to push the boundaries adults try to place around her.

Tigercity on Tour

In Music on February 23, 2009 at 9:18 am

tigercitySince its opening in November, Webster Hall’s Studio has become a hot joint. Friday nights at the Studio are filled with indie dancing fiends and February 20th was no exception. Operahouse, an indie-alt band from London, opened up the night setting the tone for Brooklyn’s own Tigercity. Fans were plenty and the band’s guitar-driven, electro-pop tunes were met with liveliness. “Powerstripe”, “Fake Gold”, and (finally!) “Are You Sensation” were and are a sure guarantee that your “body keeps on moving”, whether it’s a full out dance off or an uncontrollable eye brow twitch. tigercity

The Tigercity tour stretches across the U.S. of A. and will end mid April, for their first European show, in Poland.  Bill Gillim, the lead singer and the wearer of one intense beard (one that grows longer and fuller at every appearance), was kind enough to answer a few questions before the band hit the road. 

How did you guys come up with the name Tigercity?

“The name comes from a dream that Andrew had about being held as a sex slave in a city run by gay cat people. “

What were you guys doing before Tigercity?

“Joel and I were living in western Massachusetts. I was playing in a band called Bears, Joel was in a band called The Debras.  Andrew was in Chile eating hotdogs covered with guacamole and mayonnaise and playing in a metal band.  And I think Aynsley was touring around Europe with his dad’s band Wishbone Ash.”
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Hailing from Brooklyn, do you have a favorite hot spot?

“My favorite place to eat a hamburger is Roebling Tea Room.”
Do You have a favorite Venue to play in?
“I love playing Bowery or Williamsburg Music Hall.  They sound awesome, and the people who work there are always really good to us.   We played The Studio on the first night it was open, and it was great.”

 

Any noteable band routines before a show?

“Pretty much the only constant before a show is drinking whiskey.  Though, I’ve cut way down on that ever since a show in Austin where I was too drunk and couldn’t remember the words or tune to the first song, and then ended up hiding behind my keyboard in shame.  The other guys are a little better at handling the whiskey routine.”

How is the new album coming?  Last time we saw you at The Studio you were taking suggestions from the crowd for a name, have you nailed one down? 

“The new record is finished.  We’re really happy with it.  We’re still working on a title, but I can guarantee that it won’t be called “Sexual Dad” (no matter what our producer says).”

Should we expect the same vibe from Pretend Not to Love to be on the new album and when will it be out for the public?  

“The new record is pretty different from Pretend Not To Love.  I would say it’s darker and louder.  It’s still got a lot of the same feel as the ep, but we worked with a different producer (Chuck Brody), who helped us expand our sound.  You can still dance to most of it though.”
“Not sure exactly when it will come out.  We’re still deciding whether we’re going to work with a label or release it on our own.” 
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The Dome

In Art on February 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Prospect Theater Company is celebrating 10 years of existence with a spectacular theatrical collaboration.  Collage-like in essence, The Dome encompasses three separate story lines, monologues, solos, and inspiration from the very space in which the performance takes life.  

The West End Theatre on Manhattan’s upper west side has worked with Prospect since 2003 and is closely linked to the church residing within the same building.  The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul has housed various religious communities in need of space.  After gaining landmark status in the 1980’s the interest to develop the theater space grew but questions on how to fund the process became a major concern.  Benevolently enough, Paramount Pictures found the space and wanted to shoot the movie “Keeping The Faith” there which was a solution to the financial situation.  The architecture of the building became a major model for which The Dome was built on.  Cara Reichel, artistic director, expressed that the space is “designed both to allow us to escape ourselves, and to make us aware of our humanity” which coincides with the themes of universe and birth that saturate the performance and cause the audience to contemplate philosophies of the world all around us.  

I was continually impressed by the manor in which the very separate story lines and solo scenes flowed so naturally, as if we the audience were sitting on the outside of earth, looking in.  Was the audience sitting in the perspective of god, empathetically watching lives unfold where time and space all meshed into one or were we just a part of the bigger picture asking the unanswerable along with the characters in which we observed?  All that is certain is that life, whatever it may be, is the heart that continues to beat, beat… beat.

The Dome is playing through March 1st at the West End Theater. Get tickets, period.

Fujiya & Miyagi

In Music on February 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

Fujiya & Miyagi played a packed house at (le) Poisson Rouge last Tuesday, February 17th.  The sold out show opened up with School of Seven Bells, playing their last show in New York before hitting the road. The trio played their shoe-gazing tunes to an accepting crowd that was seemingly there to spend a night dancing away from their NYU studies.  

Eager and excitable masses more than welcomed Fujiya & Miyagi as they took their place on stage chanting and dancing away to the 70’s infused krautrock.  The Brighton boys are on their tour through the U.S. until the end of March when they head to the UK to continue rockin’ out.  Catch them if you can!

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