A panel discussion on the fusion of performance art and pop culture
When you hear the phrase “performance art,” what do you think of? Perhaps you see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box at MoMA last year, or Marina Abramović‘s seated endurance test in the same space a few years before that. Maybe it’s the legends you think of first, like Laurie Anderson or Yoko Ono, who helped pioneer the art form in the 60′s. Or maybe it’s Jay Z‘s video for “Picasso Baby” that comes to mind, the self-described “performance art film” in which he bogarted Pace Gallery and had a coterie of both celebrities and regular joes join him on camera.
Regardless, there’s no denying that the execution of performance art has changed drastically over the past decade or so, particularly when looking at its recent mergence with mainstream pop culture. This union is the topic of conversation at Concept/Icon, a panel discussion that’s part of the New York Performance Artists Collective‘s partnership with VOLTA NY 2014. Moderated by Kate Sutton, the panel includes Pati Hertling, Ryan McNamara, Adam Whitney Nichols & Carl Swanson, all of whom will be discussing performance art as it functions in the current cultural landscape. Artists can get pretty touchy about this stuff (see: the near-intolerable case of Lady Gaga), so there’s no doubt it’s going to be a fascinating dialogue.
Concept/Icon is on March 8 at 6:00PM at Volta Talks Lounge. RSVP via Facebook here.
As their Facebook event page declares: “calling all drag queens, drag kings, performance artists, burlesque performers, singers, musicians and undecided.” This event is for anyone who has talent and wants to share it with the world, or in this case with Brooklyn. This is the second installment of the 9 weeks event, an “open competition to all of Brooklyn” which features new contestants and every round takes place at a different Brooklyn location and includes cash prizes. This time the contestants feature Rify Royalty, Mat Kastella, Rachel Ratchet, Sandi Beaches and Jackie Reloaded. Your host for the night is the mother of Brooklyn drag Merrie Cherry. Whenever I’m in the BK and I hear the word drag Merrie is the first person I wanna see. Come strut your stuff and make some money, Mr(s) Williamsburg wants you.
Our official guide to NYC's Oscars viewing events
A few fun facts about the Academy: of the 6000 members 94% are white, 77% are male, only 14% are under the age of 50 and the average age is 62. So there are a few things I’m not into about this crowd, and somehow they decide who wins the film industry’s biggest awards. But who cares — it’s Oscar night: the perfect excuse to get drunk with strangers and yell at the television. (At least until the following night when Rupaul’s Drag Race is on).
The Oscars are usually pretty gay, but they’ve really outdone themselves in 2014. Bette Midler, Karen O and Idina Menzel are performing, Judy Garland’s daughters are singing a tribute to The Wizard of Oz and Ellen Degeneres is hosting. Without further ado, here are our nominees for New York’s finest Oscars viewing parties.
NYC nightlife legend and self-proclaimed “hardest working middle-aged man in show business” Murray Hill is back to host his annual Oscar night extravaganza. Prepare for Hollywood’s night of nights to be completely destroyed by Murray’s caustic wit, hilarious commentary and spot-on celebrity impressions. There’ll also be trivia, fake red carpets, guest stars and competitions for best dressed, worst dressed and most drunk. We’ll be pissed if we don’t win at least one of those.
$25 (plus $12 drink minimum), 7:30PM, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. NY, NY.
“Whose careers will be made? Whose dreams will be dashed? Who cares! It’s the Oscars and you love it!” Get comfortable in Chelsea Cinemas as the oddly green-obsessed drag queen Hedda Lettuce hosts this commercial-free broadcast of the Academy Awards. All proceeds go to support future Riedel Dance Theater productions, plus you get unlimited popcorn and soda. Not sure what the alcohol situation is, so sneak in a hip flask just in case.
$21, 7:00PM, Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd St. NY, NY.
Don’t diss Stonewall — you wouldn’t be publicly holding hands with your boyfriend or teeing up Grindr orgies if it weren’t for this West Village institution. If you haven’t been before, and even if you have, Oscars night is your perfect excuse. The action kicks off at 6.30PM with the Red Carpet broadcast, performances by Chocolatina and Lavinia Draper, and our two favorite words: drink specials. After the award show there’ll be trivia, prizes and more performances. Did we mention best dressed wins a bar tab? You better turn it out.
FREE, 6:30PM, Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St. NY, NY.
Are you one of those annoying people that knows everything about movies? Here’s your chance to show off — Le Poisson Rouge have made Oscar night into a competition for their guests, with a multimedia trivia show throughout the broadcast. Drink up and nerd out!
$10 advance/$15 on the day, 5:30PM, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker St. NY, NY.
We love wine and we love Brooklyn, so it figures this is one of our favorite NYC spots for dinner. Pop in on Oscar night where, for the fourth year running, Brooklyn Winery will be hosting their screening party in the Atrium and Parlor rooms. There’ll be delicious share platters and a special Oscars cocktail — but you’ll need to get in early if you want a seat.
FREE, 7:00PM, Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th St. BK, NY.
Think of yourself as a classy lady? This is where you’ll want to be: lording it high over all the Midtown plebs in New York’s “most glamorous” rooftop bar (don’t worry, there’ll be heating). Your $25 buys you panoramic city views, a big screen broadcast, food throughout the night and a goddam open bar. Get into it — but only wear your fanciest clothes. This is Midtown, bitch.
$25, 7:00PM, 230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Ave. NY, NY.
One of our favorite cinemas for a midnight movie is celebrating the Oscars on their big screen. You’ll get to yell at the screen in the comfort of Nitehawk’s lounges, while being served tableside food and beverages. But you better hurry up and put down your $25, these tickets will go fast.
$25, 6:30PM, Nitehawk Cinemas, 136 Metropolitan Ave. BK, NY.
They say eating is cheating, and while those red carpet bitches haven’t eaten in weeks to slip into their couture, we know you’ve spent winter sitting on your ass in a snuggie eating constantly just to get through the polar vortex. Continue that theme with KTCHN’s five course prix fixe menu! They’re paying tribute to the first ever Oscars in 1929, with the menu inspired by what was served on that very night, 86 years ago.
$75, 7:00PM, KTCHN, 508 West 42nd St. NY, NY.
Got buzzed at Sunday brunch and just want to keep rolling? Posh Bar in Hell’s Kitchen will keep you liquored up until their Oscars broadcast, with happy hour starting at the civilized hour of 3:00PM. They’ll have DJs, $3 beers and then at 11:00PM they’ll serve free pizza, that should help you get it together before work on Monday. How considerate.
FREE, 7:00PM, Posh Bar, 405 West 51st St. NY, NY.
I’ve been listening to Donna Summer a lot this afternoon as I try to write this post. To be honest I can’t tell what is it about her music that’s so addictive and exciting to listen to. I played the ‘Last Dance’ track on repeat about 25 times and it still puts me in the mood... I did learn something new today about her. According to Wikipedia, her original name was LaDonna Adrian Gaines, then her stage name was Donna Sommer, then Donna Summer. All of those names sound like drag queen names to me, so it makes sense this woman was born to be a legend. If you are a fan of Donna you are in for a treat… Join a group of performers for a “special night in honor of the queen of disco...” They will feature performances from some of “NYC’s greatest artists and musicians” to pay tribute to Donna. I’m not going to mention the list, because there are a lot of people involved. The night is hosted by Leo Gugu, Mike Greco and MaryAnne Piccolo, with music by DJ Ky Digregorio. Call for reservations we heard space is limited: 212.732.5555. “Come on baby, let’s dance tonight...”
Let me just start by saying that this is a fundraiser for The Ali Forney Center and 100% of the proceeds goes to the organization. The organizer and New York designer Alexis Bittar “has pledged to double every dollar that comes through the door.” All money is going to benefit homeless GLBTQI youth in New York. How cool is that? Alexis is throwing a party to “help raise awareness around human rights issues that surround us.” Hosting the night with him is “the nightlife it girl,” Ladyfag and “the artist” Viva Ruiz. Expect a 7 hour “dance marathon,” with DJs Soul Summit and Andre Collins. This is a great way to end your week and the more you give the more you are going to get back, remember karma is a boomerang… Make sure to RVSP asap to: firstname.lastname@example.org, we heard that the list will close once it hits capacity.
Ever heard of Karma? No, well like Google it, it’s an Indian thing, and it’s kind of a big deal. Like major. It’s related to that thing Jesus tweeted about treating others as you wish they would treat you. Like if everyone made more of an effort to help others, the universe would, like, help them. Deep I know, but you’ll get your head around it, I mean you’re pretty much the best person in your yoga class. Anyways, what I’m getting at is that you should probably go to the Stonewall Quarter Share Kickoff party this Thursday at Hardware Bar. The SQS is a community foundation that helps caring homos like yourself get involved in all sorts of philanthropic activities like “hot parties, inspiring educational events and engaging volunteer activities.” The kickoff is your chance to learn about what’s coming up. It’s also an opportunity to meet other cute, and conscientious boys like yourself. Who knows you might hit it off and end up adopting a black baby together like Brad and Angie. You could name him Starving Cow to respect where he came from and travel the world together as a family solving natural disasters. OMG you’re such a good person. Namaste.
Presented by Sloan Morgan & hosted by GAYLETTER, Norisol Ferrari, Anita Sarko, Amanda Lepore and Paul Alexander
Last year Abi and I were nominated, and we also presented, at the first Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. We didn’t win the award for best nightlife publication (some trashy street mag did) but we still had a lot of fun. The event was a total cluster fuck...in a good way (we presented and somehow thought it would be a good idea to drop our pants halfway through, pictured). The awards celebrate all facets of nightlife in the BK, from best bar, to best performer, to best drag queen, and drag king. As Merrie Cherry (who created the awards) says, it’s a night to toast all the “freaks and other amazing people that make Brooklyn nightlife pop.” This year the awards are stepping it up, moving to a bigger space at Radio Bushwick. Along with us you can expect a long list of presenters: everyone from Earl Dax to Paisley Dalton to Murray Hill to Untitled Queen. There’s also going to be performances by Thorgy Thor, Haus of Sweat, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Hamm Samwich, Mocha Lite and many more. Dress up, dress down, don’t dress at all, there’s nothing boring about the BNAs, that’s for damn sure.
Join us on February 10th for dinner, performances and a party!
We visited the House of O: A Supper Club a couple weeks ago and we had a blast. The event created by Sloan Morgan features “the most expensive body on earth,” Amanda Lepore and “MC and Icon” Paul Alexander along with a rotating group of NYC personalities each week — It’s a sit down dinner that starts at 9:00PM, that’s then followed by performances in the basement, and a late night party afterwards.
For this week’s event we are guest hosting the event along with the incredible performance artist Kembra Pfahler, the “original queen of the downtown NYC sound,” Anita Sarko, the designer Norisol Ferrari, the “bold burlesque” Mss Vee and many others. We can’t think of a better way to start your week. Call 212.274.9898 to book a table + click here for more info.
9:00PM-2:00AM, Maison O, 98 Kenmare St. NY, NY.