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March 9-11 What to do?

I am limiting this post to Mon-Wed as I haven’t yet pulled together a sufficient selection of events for Thurs (please forgive me; I’m still a bit exhausted from the last week).

Tonight there are several fantastic events to consider. If you’ve never celebrated Purim properly this is the year to embrace your inner Jew. The 92Y Tribeca is having a Purim party worth converting for (or at least worth practicing your kvetching):

Battlestar Megilactica. Frost/Haman. Hebrew School Musical. Join The Shushan Channel for its seventh hit year. Featuring all-new pop-culture Purim takes by writers from The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Simpsons, Frasier and more, this year’s extravaganza will be headlined by The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver and New York’s most-Purimtastic comic talent. Warm up for the show by entering our costume contest and you could win free tickets to 92YTribeca events. Get your grogger on and stuff yourself with Chef Russell’s gourmet hamantaschen. This is one party you won’t want to miss.

Now that sounds much more exciting than Lent.

If your inner art enthusiast is stronger than your inner Jew check out MOMA Monday Nights:

One Monday a month, MoMA stays open until 8:45 p.m. Drop in after hours on March 9 for an art hunt, exhibitions, films, entertainment, cash bar, and a bite to eat at Cafe 2—plus the first 600 ticket buyers after 5:30 p.m. will receive free admission on their next visit. On our Museum-wide art hunt (starts at 7:00 p.m.), rediscover the collection and compete for prizes including a private guided tour at MoMA, benefit party tickets, and exhibition catalogues.

 Be sure not to miss the special exhibition Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective (through May 11). A highlight is Kippenberger’s sculptural installation The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s “Amerika” (1994). Reimagining a scene toward the end of Kafka’s unfinished 1927 novel, it fills the Museum’s Marron Atrium with a vast, absurdist employment agency, in which the ritual of the job interview becomes a spectator sport.

Entry to Modern Mondays, the Museum’s weekly series of screenings with contemporary filmmakers that showcases innovation in film, is included in the cost of admission. On March 9, the Modern Mondays event will be An Evening with Jan Sikl and Ivan Passer, a film screening and conversation with two noted Czech directors, at 7:00 p.m. in the Roy and Niuta Titus 2 Theater.

Also tonight; Sarah Barron will be reading from her first book- People Are Unappealing at The Half King :

Unappealing people are everywhere. And they, like herpes, never ever go away. PEOPLE ARE UNAPPEALING, Sara Barron’s wickedly funny debut, spares no one—not even the author herself. Born the child of a hypochondriac mother and an effeminate father, Barron never stood a chance of being normal. At age eleven she started writing porn. At twelve she gets mistaken for a post-op trannie. By seventeen she’s appeared on the Jerry Springer Show.

On Tuesday you can demonstrate what you learned in your High School English Class at Union Hall. Mother Tongue: Spelling and Grammar for Grown-Ups is sure to become more and more absurd as the night (and the drinking) continues.

Also on Tuesday, SW has forwarded me a truly unique event- a performance of Balinese Shadow Puppetry and Masked Dance at Hunter College.

Balinese Shadow Puppetry and Masked Dance

Balinese Shadow Puppetry and Masked Dance

If that’s not your thing later in the evening George Gee and the Jump, Jivin Wailers will be performing at SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club.

On Wednesday get down to a very different beat at Hugs, where my friends Excess Energy will be spinning; celebrate the gorgeous weather with some warm-blooded selections by guest DJ Eugene Tambourine (Solid) and resident DJ Brian Blackout.

Excess Energy at Hugs

Excess Energy at Hugs

Finally, some advance notice: Jeffrey Tastes has pulled together a great list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations taking place in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more events this week!

Last wk- Dorkbots and Michael T

I had two fabulous adventures last week that I’ve been meaning to share in detail. On Wednesday night, as I informed you in advance, I went to see ‘Creative Misuses of Technology’ at the 92Y Tribeca. The program was as follows:

Jeremy Bailey: live demonstration of the SOS operating system — Jeremy will demonstrate his radical ideas for a new kind of operating system. This consisted of shapes that could be compelled to do various things if you threw them against the sides of the screen. The fact that it was explained in all seriousness made it very funny.

The Draftmasters + Daniel Iglesia: live pen plotter performance — a musical performance using old electro-mechanical pen plotters as a sound source. The pen plotters draw and the sound from their motors is amplified and processed. Meanwhile video of what they are drawing is turned into anaglyphic 3D and projected on the movie screen. 3D glasses provided! This may have been my favorite simply because it was so fucking absurd. The audience sitting around staring at robots drawing things and having them projected 3D, it was all just completely surreal.

Kelly Dobson: Omo/Blendie/Screambody — machine therapy and wearable body organs. I take it back; this was my favorite. It’s this thing that you wear like a baby carrier and it contains sound so you can scream into it when you need to scream. I could actually use one of these, particularly when the subway is just stopped in the tunnel for ages…. AAAAAH!

fur: Pain Station — losing should hurt. Disturbing. Deeply disturbing.

Daniel Greenfeld: mini-disasters — recreations of famous transportation disasters in miniature. I would have to go with weird on this one, kind of like the diorama’s you might have made in 4th grade.

Jon Kessler: Cape Carnival/Cookie Machine/Marcello 9000/Rowing Machine/Still Life (with pork chop)

LoVid: 486 shorts

Daito Manabe: face shock/face copy — Daito Manabe plays tones into electrodes connected to his face, causing muscle spasms. He then hooks up his friends and uses his face to control theirs. Fucking awesome- people making music with weird faces. Any child would have adored this.

Sam Pluta: data structures/monoliths ii (for chion) — live video cutup mayhem.

Ride the Planets: Rock Wings

Tetranitrate: Laser Tattoos — what not to do with a laser cutter. The most disgusting and frightening thing EVER. The creator was in the audience and provided pics of the wounds a week after. Traumatic.

Tom Sachs: A Film About a Space Program — an incredibly detailed mis-re-imagining of a NASA space mission.

Paul Slocum: You’re Not My Father — crowd-sourced video of strangers reenacting a clip from 1980s sitcom Full House.

You can find more information on the dorkbots and their various endeavors on their WEBSITE.

Friday night I managed to get to two parties and still get into APT for Michael T’s party. My friend B got us in (he’s one half of Excess Energy, and the other half, Fucci, was spinning). I’m sorry to anyone who failed to get in that night; APT can be kind of a fortress at times. Actually they were keeping the crowd to a reasonable level, which was great if you were able to get in since it meant you had room to dance. B is an amazing dancer and I always have a blast when we’re out together. We have developed a theory that where there are drag queens people will dance, and there were some great drag queens, like this lovely lady:

Drag Quen on the dance floor

Drag Queen on the dance floor

Close-up on the fabulousness

Close-up on the fabulousness

Fucci spun some great music:

Fucci at the helm

Fucci at the helm

The best part of the night though was when Michael T himself danced. Michael T dancing is like a series of poses and as the one with the camera flashing incessantly I was lucky enough to have some of those poses directed at me:

Michael T

Michael T

Michael T- check out those heels!

Michael T- check out those heels!

Michael T and his dance partner

Michael T and his dance partner

It was truly quite the party. Oh! One final story about it! I was waiting in line for the bathroom and this guy tried to pick me up with the most NY line EVER. He says to me, all cool and chic, “I work in PR and I could get you into the Michael Kors show next week.” Hahahahahaha… how NY is that?

I hope you all had a great V-day as well (mine was uneventful; I chose option 4 after I realized that the wonderful party I detailed in my last post was all the way the fuck out in Bushwick. Actually it’s for the best as my friends tell me it was broken up early by the cops!) I’ll be letting you know about this week’s events shortly!

Valentine's Day

St. Hallmark day is fast approaching and I have yet to come up with a game plan. Even on the (admittedly rare) occasions that I have been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day I’ve found this a difficult challenge. I don’t really go in for $150 “Romantic Tasting Menus” or jewelry in poor taste (for goodness sakes gentlemen- what were you thinking?). The truly romantic gestures (moonlight, rose petals, home cooked meals, a signed copy of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’) seem forced when they’re being performed on such a commercialized occasion. I am simply too cynical to suspend my disbelief, even when I am in love.

This year I am not in love, which means my options break down into the following four categories:

The Angry Event

These are events somehow based around a cynical dislike of romance, love, couples, the jewelry industry, the flower industry, the chocolate industry and especially Hallmark. In general these become anti-consumerist more than anything else. Beware of people drinking themselves into a stupor and/or trying to bitch about their ex’s to anyone within shouting range. Here are a few to consider:

The Singles Event

This is often some form of speed dating designed to help you find someone to be “romantic” with by the end of the night. Most of the people present are desperate, lonely and horny so attendance is really only advisable if you are also all three of those things. If you’re lucky there will be that one person who is attractive and dorky in the right way and miraculously feels the same way about you, in which case all you have to worry about is how to tell your friends you met at a singles event without sounding lame. In general however you’re more likely to end up in a room full of unattractive women trying not to look desperate and skeevy men trying to look classy. However, if you are feeling optimistic, check these out:

  • Valentine’s Day @ Dewey’s Flatiron- you receive half a playing card at the door and if you can find the person with the other half you both get a free drink.
  • Pull on some “formal attire” and head over to the posh Hudson Terrace for a Single’s Ball.

Solidarity

A bunch of friends hitting the town and trying to pretend it’s not Valentine’s Day! This can go splendidly, just as any night on the town can go splendidly. It can also devolve into a group therapy session in which you all cry about being alone and how hard it is to meet people and how you’re afraid you’ll never manage to sustain a relationship (do you really want to?). Judge your group carefully to determine if your outcome is likely to be positive and be careful not to end up at a bar that’s having some kind of “romantic special”. Some safe spots to get down with your girls:

Home Alone

Stay home, eat grilled cheese, watch an action movie and don’t feel sorry for yourself. Ok, try not to feel sorry for yourself. Don’t think about your ex’s (or who they’re with now) and please please don’t think about that guy you’re sort of seeing (and don’t call him). To make this option a bit more positive try turning it into a romantic solo evening- think a long hot bath with marvelous bath products from Lee-lai (available at Sustainable NYC and Greenhouse Essentials and on their website) and some exquisite chocolate from Vosges.

Please try your best to enjoy St. Hallmark day! Let me know what you end up doing and be sure to add any events you hear about in advance!

P.S. If you’re free tonight check out my friends Excess Energy @ Hugs!