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Regular readers of this blog have seen many mentions of the theater company The Civilians. Their latest benefit is Monday, May 12th. Come join me and James at this fun event.

Update: I forgot to mention that Mary Testa and Celia Keenan-Bolger will be among the performers, and that the silent auction is likely to have some good art in it. I know that Mixed Greens is donating some pieces.

Paris Commune II Communards in the South Pacific

Monday,May 12, 8 PM to 1 AM, Performance at 9 PM
Element Nightclub, 225 East Houston Street
@ Essex Street / Avenue A, New York, NY 10002

Enjoy drinks and dancing in this trendy Lower East Side club, surrounded byThe Civilians’ artists, friends, and supporters. This Benefit event will include complimentary sponsored drinks, full cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and an exciting silent auction.

In honor of our production of Paris Commune at the Public Theater, the company will perform a special sequel to the revolution. Following the Communards (in song) from life in the streets of Paris to exile on the French Polynesian island of New Caledonia, this one-time only event is guaranteed to prove that the fight (and the show) must go on.

Tickets $25 to $150. R.S.V.P. at www.thecivilians.org or by calling (212)-730-2019.

Libby Hartle at Pocket Utopia



Libby Hartle
Nest, 2008
cast paper

The show closed yesterday, but I wanted to put up an image and provide a link to a few more photos I took. The nest above was made through a rather laborious process of turning found paper and collage detritus into castable paper pulp. That pulp was then used in molds made from real twigs. My crooked photo of some of the process documentation is below.






Emily Noelle Lambert, Forest through the trees, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 78 × 54 inches

Attention, all art fans converging on Chicago this week! I know I should have posted this earlier, but our dear friend Emily Noelle Lambert has a solo show of paintings and works on paper at Thomas Robertello Gallery opening Friday, April 25 from 6-9pm. You can't go wrong with someone James and I have been continuous fans of since 2003.


Franco Mondini-Ruiz art pi�ata

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Henry Moore and Donald Judd


Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons

Here are two shots by me of Franco Mondini-Ruiz's art pi�ata at Frederieke Taylor Gallery.

I hadn't heard about this until it was mentioned by Michael Moore in his newsletter. I can't believe Hillary Clinton used the Rev. Wright to attack Obama given her family's previous encounter with him. I'm disappointed that Obama failed to say anything. I guess he has more class about attacking fellow Democrats (and bringing up Bill's infidelity) than certain other candidates.


The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and President Bill Clinton at a prayer breakfast at the White House in September 1998.

During one of the most difficult periods in the presidency of Bill Clinton, he addressed a group of clerics at an annual prayer breakfast in September 1998 just as the Starr report outlining his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was about to be published.

Among those in attendance, was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who is seen shaking hands with Mr. Clinton in a photograph provided today by the Obama campaign. Mr. Wright’s relationship with Senator Barack Obama, as his longtime pastor, has been the subject of considerable controversy in recent days because of incendiary excerpts of sermons Mr. Wright gave at their church, Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago.

Your moment of "New York sucks now"

A flickr set from our friends at The Occasional Fag. I recommend viewing it on flickr for the captions.

road runner is evil

No blogging from me until at least Monday. Road Runner knocked us off the internet Friday night, and they hope to give us a connection again by end of day Monday.




ArtCat's first bilingual site

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My college French got a bit of a workout with ArtCat's latest client: the New Galerie de France. It's our first client in Paris, and the first one with a bilingual site. We now have clients in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, and Berlin. Los Angeles should happen soon, but nothing is live yet.




Clockwise from top left: Ghost Squadron. For search and rescue; National Reconnaissance Office. Dragon is code for infrared imaging on advanced KH-11 satellites; Desert Prowler. May represent Groom Lake, Nev., a k a Area 51; Special Projects Office. Oversaw F-117A stealth fighter support; 4451st Test Squadron. Stealth fighters; 413th Flight Test Squadron. Possibly referring to simulated or real electronic threats against aircraft. [From the NY Times, image and caption provided to them by Trevor Paglen]

Set your recorders. The artist Trevor Paglen will be on The Colbert Report Monday night to talk about his new book titled I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World. It's an exploration of the patches and emblems created by various "secret" organizations funded by the confidential $32 billion portion of the Defense Department's annual budget.

Visit this New York Times article for more on the subject.

Related: James's post on Trevor Paglen's solo show at Bellwether in November 2006.



Escapes (found on flickr)

Escapes, originally uploaded by Pablo57.


Visual AIDS benefit May 19

How can you go wrong with a combination like Yoko Ono and Tony Feher?



Develop Don't Destroy is encouraging people to show up at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, April 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm to protest the museum's choice of honoree for its annual fund raiser: developer Bruce Ratner. He is the developer of the infamous Atlantic Yards project, which has resulted in the use of eminent domain on behalf of a private entity to displace a huge number of people and tear down historic structures such as the Ward Bread Bakery building. Note that the New York Times is now reporting that, despite the billions of subsidies promised so far, the project might be scaled back due to the shrinking bond and credit markets. That won't bring back any buildings or help the people and businesses that have already been forced to move.

If you're interested in some very detailed information on the project and Mr. Ratner, I have pasted below a copy of an open letter from attorney Michael D. D. White that I received via Chuck Yuen and Meredith Allen. This is my favorite paragraph:

Ratner should not be confused with an erstwhile robber baron who did ill a long time ago and is now dispensing funds after the fact to atone and get into heaven. Ratner is doing his damage to the community now and this "honor" from the Museum is a mechanism to further damage the community.

[Note: the comments have been closed on this post due to spammers loving it for some reason.]


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