Weekender 6.5-6.7

Thursday, June 04, 2009 | |

Tainted Love Opening Reception (NYC)
Bushwick Open Studios (Brooklyn)
Lee Fields My World Record release (Brooklyn)

The Roots Picnic (Philly)
SVA Newfest Florent: Queen of the Meat Market (NYC)

What The Funk?! Fela vs James Brown (NYC)

Loving Day (NYC)
Purple Reign: Prince Birthday Bashment (NYC)

FRIDAYLa MaMa La Galleria
6 East 1st Street, NYC

Tainted Love offers a view of activist art that questions the idea that direct action is the only effective form of politics. The exhibition takes its inspiration from political activity surrounding cultural production within the moment of AIDS activism, although the works represented are not strictly tied to AIDS.

Bushwick Open Studios is a self-organized art festival where anyone and everyone in the community is welcome to participate by presenting art work, organizing activities or helping to produce the event. The purpose is to create an open and inclusive event that benefits the entire community through the sharing of artistic projects and the encouragement of community interaction and dialogue.

BOS is an art festival centered around the open studios of local artists. Also included are myriad other platforms for exhibiting and celebrating the creative energy of Bushwick. Anyone in the community is welcome to participate by presenting artwork, organizing activities or helping to produce the event. BOS 09 will be the Festival’s 3rd year.

Our sponsors are local businesses, our staff are volunteers and we are all about Bushwick!

Lee Fields and the Expressions
LIVE! Record Release Party for My World (Truth and Soul Records)
125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Dj Akalepse (T&S, Plain Jane), Young Chris (Big City), and Egon (Stones Throw) will be spinning in between live sets from the The Ghetto Brothers, Aloe Blacc, and Lee Fields & The Expressions. Doors 9:00 TICKETS $15.

Renowned throughout the global Funk community, Lee Fields has poured his grunts and screams over a legacy of funk and soul hits from the early seventies, including such 45 rpm classics as She’s a Lovemaker, The Bullis Coming, and The Funky Screw, not to mention his well sought after Let’s Talk It Over LP. This LP draws four digit bids from collectors worldwide. His recordings with the hard funk purists at TRUTH & SOUL, Desco, and Daptone Records in recent years has solidified his place as the King of contemporary funk music as well.

The Roots launch The 2nd Annual ROOTS PICNIC!
Starring The Roots, TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Santigold, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth & more.

Featuring a special performance by Public Enemy, who will perform
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, backed by Antibalas and The Roots.

Saturday, June 6th, 2pm
@ The Festival Pier, Penns Landing, Philadelphia

Florent: Queen of the Meat Market
Catch the film at the SVA NEWFEST, New York LGBT Film Festival, taking place June 4-11.
SVA Theater
23rd Street between 8th and 9th Ave, NYC

In June of 2008 cherished New York restaurant Florent closed its doors forever, marking the end of an era. Florent Morellet, the openly HIV-positive restaurateur turned his namesake diner in the Meatpacking District into a hotbed of activism and a community that welcomed one and all. These are the extraordinary stories and times of Florent, the staff, patrons, and celebrities who made up an extensive family. With appearances by Julianne Moore, Isaac Mizrahi, and Christo and Jean-Claude.

What The Funk?!
Fela Kuti vs James Brown Tribute

With Rich Medina and DJ Spinna
40 W 8th St, NYC

Spinning Funky JAMES BROWN Exclusives, Covers, JB Samples & Funky-Soulful Hits Of JBs` God Children & The Afro Funk Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI`s Entire Music Catalog, Afro House, Afro Soul and more!

Tribute To The GodFather Of Soul JAMES BROWN & To The AfroBeat Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI

Come celebrate the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the US.
FREE BBQ: all day long
FREE BEER: for the first hour
GET IN FREE: rain or shine
MULTICULTURAL: family friendly

DJ DHUNDEE, Sugarcuts Music

Sunday, June 7th from 3-7pm at Solar 1
East River at 23rd St. NYC

The House of Rumpschpringa presents...

Prince's Bday Bashment!!!

With DJs:
Lord Easy

Featuring LIVE Prince Covers by…
Sylvia G. (Kudu)
Biclops & Printz
+ Carrie Wilds

Erotic City Polaroids by IHMDJ

$5 Cover/FREE with RSVP to rumpschpringa@gmail.com

$7 Ella Cocktails All Night!!!

Plus... exclusive photographic coverage by Midnight Socialite!!

9 Avenue A (btwn 1st and 2nd St) NYC
10 PM till…