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…

NYC Food Film Festival

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2009 NYC Food Film Festival Trailer from George Motz on Vimeo.

This year's NYC Food Film Festival goes down June 13 – June 19, 2009 in New York City with screenings at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, The Astor Center, Manhattan, and at the new South Street Seaport Water Taxi location. Featuring over over 25 short films about food, the festival is where "filmgoers are able to watch food films then sample the food portrayed in those films." Thanks EatMeDaily!

Includes the 42 minute film The Power of the Peep, a documentary about Peeps. And yes, they'll be serving Peeps, 8,650 of them.

Go See: Blind Carbon Copy at Commonspace

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Common Space presents a 5-day group exhibition with artists
Andrew Kuo
Sebastian Kim
Jon Santos
Milano Chow
Deanne Cheuk
Saiman Chow
Masayo Kishi
Yuh-Shioh Wong
Confetti System.

June 3-7
179 Canal Street, 2nd Floor
Noon- 6pm

“Blind Carbon Copy” is a sly appropriation of a day’s corporate drama. Narrativeaction item: Global media conglomerate headquartered in New York Citycommissions program bringing to the table ethnic diversity. Visionary programshall jam the culture inbox, host panel discussions, culminate with cutting edgeart exhibition in midtown corporate lobby. Month of June: the Asians. Globalconglomerate enlists core competency to brain dump Asian American artists tohang their art in beige hallways of media triumphalism. Eleventh and a half hourdivision head issues the disintermediate: Shut it down.

At the end of the day refers to what happened during the day – what got dealt,what got salvaged, what got tossed out. At the end of the day, “Blind CarbonCopy” re- shuffles the deck to communicate an elliptical difference, even as thatdifference opposes clear definable equalities. The featured works vary fromfashion photography to drawing, sculpture, graphic art and video. Much of theseartists works deploy a detachment of assimilative meaning.

Genres of ethnicity, commercial, fine art start to slope from fulfillment ofdistinction to interrelations, intricacies and contradictions of meaning, a ghostwithout a host gliding past various check points of identity


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Folks in Prospect Heights have something to cheer about this rainy June week! The beloved pizzeria Franny's has opened up a prepared foods shop called BKLYN Larder. Check the Grubstreet review below:
In its five-year existence, Prospect Heights’s Franny’s has garnered a rabid following, but even its most faithful customers can’t subsist entirely on the restaurant’s clam pizzas, bucatini with ramps, and nettle crostini (no matter how hard we try). That’s why owners Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens have built Bklyn Larder, a specialty-foods shop opening tomorrow just a couple of blocks up Flatbush Avenue. The clean-lined store is putatively intended to serve the culinary needs of home cooks in search of high-end imports like Latini pasta and Italian apricot jam. That’s well and good, but not what will inspire trans-borough pilgrimages. What will do that, we’d wager, is the rotating roster of prepared foods, which can be packed to go (in biodegradable containers) or eaten on premises, if you’re able to snag one of the eight counter-height seats. This week’s starting lineup includes Greenmarket-direct veggies (a Franny’s forte) and the first-ever sandwiches with the Franny’s imprimatur.

Go See: Gagosian NYC

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 | |

YAYOI KUSAMA Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009

Larry Gagosian is giving you four reasons to check out his galleries this week! 
In order of urgency:

Yayoi Kusama New Work in a bi-coastal exhibition celebrating the artist's 80th year!
Pablo Picasso: Mosqueteros Exploring the late works of the Spanish master.
Go Figure Figurative Drawings and Works
Marble Survey of Works in Marble

Bond 007: Cold as Ice

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Del Monte made these Daniel Craig popsicles in blueberry, pomegranate, and cranberry flavors — less than 100 calories each! Spokesman Matt O'Connor said: "He is officially immortalised as super smooth and licensed to chill." Thanks to EatMeDaily

CTRL Pop Up Shop

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RIFT presents: 40 days of CTRL in Barcelona

We are blessed to announce that CTRL is opening a pop-up store, like a candy store but better, filled with fireworks from one of the top tens in the universe. Yes, that's CTRL. The RIFT Store is conveniently located just by the nightlife and skateboarding Mecca, meaning MACBA, the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona.

Go to Barcelona, go check it out and enjoy what life offers in the narrow streets of the Catalan pride. The Rift Store is open from 5th of June until 15th of July. 40 Days that is.

Tuesday to Saturday from 11-15:30 hrs and 16:30-20:30 hrs.
Monday from 15:30-20:30 hrs. Sundays Closed.

Gen Art Shop

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Check out my girl Bijules at tomorrow's Gen Art Shop NYC! She'll be hawking her fine accessories including her classic bar rings, nail rings, hairrings and pieces from her newest line, the "Rock Collection" at reduced prices!

Wednesday, June 3
5:00pm - 6:00pm: VIP Preview Reception (Advance Tickets Only)
6:00pm - 10:00pm: Main doors open to all ticket holders

7 West 34th Street, 11th Floor
(between 5th and 6th Ave)

Gen Art invites you to the shopping event of the season! Shop directly from designers featured in Gen Art runway shows as well as New York’s top emerging lines including Qi Cashmere, Whistle & Flute, Falls, DANNIJO, Bijules, Thea Grant, DRU New York and over 50 more. All while enjoying complimentary wine and beer, makeovers by DEX New York, beauty treatments, and more!

VIP ticketholders get first picks of designer merchandise and will take home a SHOP NYC fashion and beauty gift bags. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available, so reserve yours before they sell out!

Don't miss this opportunity to find great deals, meet fellow fashion enthusiasts, and enjoy pampering and cocktails - just in time for summer!

Herb & Dorothy

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You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art...
Megumi Sasaki's inspiring documentary opens Friday, June 5 in New York at the Beekman Theatre and Cinema Village. HERB & DOROTHY tells the incredible true story of a postal worker and a librarian who built an enormous collection of contemporary art with modest means. In 1992, Herb and Dorothy Vogel donated over 4,000 works of art (amazingly crammed into their tiny Upper East Side apartment) to the National Gallery of Art. Vogel 50/50, the initiative to apportion the overflow of artworks among the fifty states, also kicks off this year. An Arthouse Films release.