The 4th Annual Lit Crawl NYC will take place this Saturday, and BOMB is excited to be the media sponsor! In preparation for the festival, our friends at Lit Crawl are lining the streets of New York with literary gold.
All this week, Lit Crawl NYC will be planting clandestine literary treats throughout New York City! In anticipation of the fourth annual Lit Crawl NYC, to take place this Saturday, September 10th in the East Village and Lower East Side, the folks at Lit Crawl have hidden books throughout Manhattan and the boroughs. Be on the lookout in cafés, bars, laundromats, and all your favorite spots throughout the city. If you spot a lone book hanging around, chances are there is a Lit Crawl bookplate in it. And if you see cannibalistic packs of grizzly-faced men in horn-rimmed glasses and tweed roaming the streets, don’t panic, just play dead.
Head to the festival’s Facebook page to tell where you found the book, then read it or re-hide it. And look carefully for “golden tickets” which entitle the finder to three free drinks at Saturday’s after party. Visit Lit Crawl’s Facebook page for riddles that just might tell you about the literary places where the golden tickets hide.
Leah Umansky on the maritime poetics of Underwater NY’s reading at Poets House, featuring Matthea Harvey, KC Trommer and Cate Marvin among others.
Underwater NY’s poetry reading on August 24—featuring Matthea Harvey, KC Trommer, Katie Naughton, Danniel Schoonebeek, Allyson Paty, and Cate Marvin—could not have anchored down a better home than at Poets House, a poetry library tucked into the east bank of the Hudson River. Underwater NY is a sort of magical organization, but magical in a dark, unsettling way, their website populated with images of found objects: purses, animal bones, and teapots. And, of course, creepy doll heads.
This week’s BOMB Alert features kitchens and volcanoes, virtual bowling alleys, sublime women, and Jane Fonda. And of course, Labor Day.
The deceptive work of Francis Alÿs will be shown in continuation at MOMA PS1 through September 12. Go now or forever hold your peace.
Catch the final showings of Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, the documentary concerning Anselm Kiefer and his magnificent art compound in Barjac, France, directed by Sophie Fiennes.
Those old McNally Jackson booksellers are presenting a small talk and celebration for Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime, which features works of fiction from Miranda July, Lydia Davis, Aimee Bender, et al.
The Powerhouse Arena hosts a talk and slide show for Patrica Bosworth, and the publication of her most recent biography, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman.
This weekend’s BOMB Alert features the indie-rock godfather, “psyche folk bliss,” an art show about the natural world, a two day Afro-Punk festival, and screenings of some choice spooky films.
Check out the new album Mirror Traffic from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, produced by Beck for Matador Records.
Concern yourself with the natural world at La Carte D’Après Nature, an exhibition curated by Thomas Demand at Matthew Marks Gallery.
Get on your skateboard and grind over to St. Vitus to catch the fuzzy, reverbed-out, garage stylings of Amen Dunes. 9:00 PM.
Day one of The Afro-Punk Festival 2011 kicks off with Toro Y Moi, Santigold, Das Racist and more. Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn, NY. Show starts at 11:00 AM.
Our friends at BAM will be screening, back-to-back, two awesomely weird and creepy foreign oeuvres this weekend, The Host (2006) at 7:00 PM and Let the Right One In (2009) at 9:30 PM. I think this is in celebration of the 2011 peace treaty between South Korea and Sweden. Or not.
This week’s BOMB Alert features a few fuzzy rock shows, a film screening, a poetry reading, a literary conversation, an art show about the natural world, and a two day Afro-Punk festival.
Go to The Met and check out these films by Richard Serra: Frame (1969), Railroad Turnbridge (1976), and Steelmill/Stahlwerke (1979). At Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education. 2:00 PM.
This weekend’s BOMB Alert is rife with blacks, whites, greens, and Blues.
The Idiot (Hakuchi) by Akira Kurosawa, the director’s lengthy drama based on Dostoevsky’s 19th-century novel, will be enjoying three screenings this weekend at the IFC Center. Beware: the shows are all at 11 AM. As in, the morning.
Two of director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterpieces, the silent The Passion of Joan of Arc and Vampyr, his first “talkie,” are playing at the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. I’m not not saying that you should spend all of this beautiful Friday indoors watching black-and-white films.
The Poetry Society of America presents its final reading of the works of Federico Garcia Lorca at the New York Botanical Garden, alongside their exhibition, “Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra.” Readers include Pablo Medina, Aracelis Girmay, and Forrest Gander. What could be better than poetry in gardens?
Check out the final days of Lorna Simpson: Gathered at the Brooklyn Museum.
BOMB is proud to be the official media sponsor for the 4th Annual Lit Crawl NYC, which is set to take place September 10, from 6–9pm in three installments across the Lower East Side (plus an afterparty!).
With so many literary-based pub-crawls taking place annually across the US and Europe (a big one takes place in Dublin and has something to do with James Joyce…), you might be wondering what sets the Lit Crawl NYC apart from all the rest? Let these numbers do the talking:
Start planning your schedules now.
From the Lit Crawl NYC website: “The Lit Crawl is a madcap concept created by San Francisco’s literary festival, Litquake, back in 2006. It’s a bar crawl, with literature! The inaugural Lit Crawl NYC took place in September 2008 and was wildly popular, spurring its lit-loving, NY-loving crawlers to make it an annual event, growing, in true Lit Crawl tradition, with every year.”
Lit Crawl is divided into three phases and will have you scurrying around the East Village and Lower East side to such venues as Bar 82 for a reading by Alexander Maksik and some existential trivia (we’re curious too); Fontana’s, where you’ll find the editors of The Paris Review accompanied by the Dog House Band; the White Slab Palace for a 6-Word Memoire Slam brought to you by Smith Magazine, and the Bowery Electric where you’ll find BOMB and some BOMB-aoke. But it’s no exaggeration to say that there’s much, much more. Over a baker’s dozen of literary organizations, magazines, and groups will be making their presence known at the Lit Crawl this year. Check out a schedule and map here. And don’t forget the afterparty! All events are free!
More info from the Lit Crawl website here.
This week’s BOMB Alert features concerts, readings, film screenings, a new student art exhibition, and a performance art piece at PS1. Don’t let the fact that it’s August slow you down.
Recently reunited rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! are performing at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Start refreshing Craigslist over and over again.
The School of Visual Arts is hosting a reception for its new student show, Intimate Strangers. It includes painting, photography, sculpture, and digital prints “exploring individual identity and emotional dualities.”
BOMB staff and interns take a field trip to Brazenhead Books for a private evening of drinks, conversation, and a whole lot of book browsing.
This past Monday evening, BOMB interns and staff packed up their various shoulder bags and backpacks and left the office bound for the Upper East Side. Not a short trip train-wise from the BOMB office, but well worth it. Being buzzed in to the building that houses Michael Seidenberg’s Brazenhead Books is a lot like being buzzed into any of your friends’ apartment buildings. Climbing the staircase isn’t a lot different either. But pass through the doorway, and you’re wrist-rocketed into what might arguably be one of the warmest, quaintest, most handsome secondhand bookstores at least in the tri-state area, perhaps farther.
This week’s BOMB Alert features films by Gus Van Sant and Laurel Nakadate, Kermit the Frog, and a chat with novelist Sapphire.
Gus Van Sant and James Franco present My Own Private River which reimagines My Own Private Idaho by re-purposing unused footage of River Phoenix’s character Mike making for a more non-linear, dreamlike feel than the original. At MoMa PS1.
This weeks BOMB Alert is a fun mix of free concerts by They Might Be Giants, the salacious sexual archives of Samuel Steward, a book launch by artist R.H. Quaytman, and last, but certainly not least: BOMB’s Summer Launch Party!
BOMB’s Summer Launch Party and Reading! Free beer and fun times! 6:30 at the powerHouse Arena.
This week’s BOMB Alert is a day late but not a dollar too short. Join the conversation with discussion panels by Artcards, Intersections, and readings at Ugly Duckling Presse and Book Court.
Intersections: Art and Architecture in the Public Sphere is a panel discussion with Mary Ellen Carroll, Deborah Gans, Anita Glesta, Charlotte Cohen and Craig Dyker. Be a part of the conversation as they discuss creative tensions in art and architecture. 6:30 PM at SVA.
Artcards launches Artists in Conversation—sound familiar?—amongst many performances, co-founders Mark Tribe, David Andrew Frey, Kris Chatterson, and Vince Contarino speak with curators and artists about the Internet as a tool for artist communities. 7 PM at the Invisible Dog.
Two poets, one exhibit, multitudes of lists: Rebecca Melnyk and Leah Umansky visit the Morgan Library’s Lists exhibit and come away with a few of their own.
Lists come in all shapes, sizes, and mediums. As we saw at the Morgan Library’s Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art they can take the form of watercolors, collages, resumes, wills, letters, as well as such mundane forms as the grocery list or inventory list. Listers, we noticed, tend to fall into four categories which, conveniently, can be listed:1. Crosser-offers
If you’re a Crosser-offer, you:
a) Create a simple list like that of artist, Margaret de Patta’s jewelry order list.
b) Take great pleasure after completing said list, in not only the crossing-off of each task by putting a line through it, but putting a very freakishly neat line through the task, thereby “crossing it off.”
This week’s BOMB Alert is excitingly eccentric with movies on Salvador Dali, macabre pinup girls, speed readings by Terese Svoboda, and surround sound installations by Tristan Perich.
Dali Dali! screens today featuring rare footage of Salvador Dali. 7 PM at the Microscope Gallery.
GINSBERG TURN ON is a free reading series by Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where authors read their favorites by Allen Ginsberg and their own poetry inspired by him. 6 PM at the Bowery Poetry Club.
Deb Olin Unferth, Terese Svoboda, Hannah Assadi and many more read at the Monkeybicycle Lightning Round: Night of 20 Women—a response to the under-representation of women in literature. 7 PM at Cake Shop NYC.
A very special Independence Day BOMB Alert. Here’s what to do with your life from July 1st to 10th: Celebrate video game art at the Brick Theater, eat hot dogs at Coney Island, check out Simon Van Booy’s book reading, see a few good films, and perhaps shake your rump to Morrissey. Happy July 4th!
Peter Edwards turns your menial chit-chat, ambient white noise, and any other sounds you may grunt, into light, proving technology is really cool, in Spector Flux. At Flux Factory.
Eat fish tacos, cheesy corn, and grab a frozen margarita while Habana Outpost screens Grease, as part of their outdoor summer movie series. Where and When: Sunset at Habana Outpost.
Monday July 4th
Everything is closed, yet a million things are going on to celebrate Independence Day! So I’ll just remind you about Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.
This week’s BOMB Alert packs your week with: live music from the Vans House Parties series, movie screenings at Bryant Park and Habana Outpost, and readings by Lydia Davis and Sal Pane.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps screens at Bryant Park. This thriller stars Robert Donat as he meets saucy women, spies, and a performer named Mr. Memory, all while on the run from murder charges. 8 PM on the lawn.
Singular Visions presents Paul Chan, Gary Simmons, Sarah Charlesworth, and many more in this postwar exhibit. Each piece is confined to a single space so you can have some special time alone with it. At the Whitney Gallery.
Kathleen Ossip reads from her new book of poetry about “chaotic beauty” and Lydia Davis reads from her latest chapbook about three cows. Chaotic beauty and cows, the perfect combo. 7 PM at McNally Jackson.
Travel the world in New York. Twelve artists photograph twelve cities in Portraits de Villes. At the Clic Gallery.
As part of a new ongoing column, BOMBlog steps out on the town, or into an intimate party, to explore the inner lives and passions of New York City’s artists, writers, and creative professionals, be it food, fashion, or pop culture. In this installment, writer Jennifer Rodriguez visits the literary salon PenTales and chats with its founders about its success.
It’s been two years since Saskia Miller and Stephanie Hodges founded PenTales. In that time, it has become a quiet phenomenon among New York City’s literary up-and-comers. The PenTales literary salon’s June lineup featured a staff member from the Ace Hotel, a contributor to Vanity Fair, a young Israeli sociologist, an Emmy-winning filmmaker, and a New York City tour guide with an affinity for Brooklyn’s graffiti art. Did I mention there was also a very charismatic porn writer?
This development has been welcome, though completely unplanned. It all started with the “infamous twenty books,” as the girls refer to them.
In 2009, Stephanie and Saskia decided to distribute twenty notebooks among twenty friends, asking each to start a story and then to pass the notebook on to someone outside the circle. It was an experiment. They wanted to see what each multi-authored story would turn out like.
Plenty of readings, pictures, and performance art this week, including new releases from Emily Gould and Rachel Levitsky and performances by Ivan Mesek.
Ivan Mesek uses his body to discuss gestures, perception, social decorum. Don’t worry, it won’t be awkward. 5 PM at Art In General.
This week, get the senses going through art, music, dance, and talk. Explore memory and narrative with Carlos Motta, pay homage to Akilah Oliver and Roberto Bolaño, put the Bloom in Bloomsday, and go on a conceptual walk of the city.
To celebrate the new collection of Roberto Bolaño’s non-fiction, Between Parentheses, novelist Francisco Goldman, The Believer editor Heidi Julavits, Harper’s contributing editor Wyatt Mason, and The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein read and discuss his works. 7:00 pm at Galapagos Art Space.
As part of a new ongoing column, BOMBlog steps out on the town, or into an intimate party, to explore the inner lives and passions of New York City’s artists, writers, and creative professionals, be it food, fashion, or just pop culture. In this installment, writer Jennifer Rodriguez speaks to photographer Beowulf Sheehan, the man behind the camera for the New York Public Library’s beautiful book Know the Past, Find the Future.
Small candles set in glass flickered on the marble steps leading up to the Schwarzman building on the evening of the New York Public Library Centennial Gala. They comprised the humble yet elegant announcement of the building’s one hundredth birthday party.
The night would play out in witty speeches, a divine dinner, a floral light show, and a live band belting out U2 in the grand Astor Hall for guests drinking beer brewed from George Washington’s own recipe. But, before all that, at the still-calm pre-Gala cocktail hour, I had the pleasure of talking with one very special guest who played an integral role in bringing the Centennial celebration to life. That guest was the photographer Beowulf Sheehan.
Text, sound, and pretty, pretty pictures make this week’s BOMB Alert a mishmash of mixed-media. With exhibits by Pedro Reyes, Anton Perich, and Fabian Maraccio, plus An Evening with the Encyclopedia Project and Sebastian Junger’s War.
It’s been two years since the last odd numbered year, and you know what that means—it’s almost time for the Venice Biennale! June 4th marks the opening of ILLUMInations, the art show portion of the festival. A number of artists covered by BOMB will be exhibiting artwork. Here’s an all-purpose guide.
– Berlin-by-way-of-Jerusalem video artist Omer Fast will be showcasing works at the Biennale this year. His nouveau approach to videography has earned him international acclaim, including a showing at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
– Rashid Johnson, known for his use of unconventional materials and black historical references, is set to exhibit in Venice. Johnson earned recognition at a very early age at the 2001 Freestyle art show and has been developing his own unique visual art technique ever since.
Many arts and culture events, some air-conditioned. This shortened week, highlights include urban therapy, !Women Art Revolution, and golden sperm whales.
Premiere of !Women Art Revolution, a documentary/”secret history” of the Feminist Art movement, at the IFC Center. Director Lynn Hershman Leeson and Kathleen Hanna will introduce the film tonight; more great speakers throughout the week.
It’s the Moby Awards! The best and worst book trailers—no, they don’t all star Gary Shteyngart. Winners get golden sperm whales, which every home should have. At Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201), 8-10 pm; please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal wear suggested.
In this ongoing BOMB column, two poets head out on the town on a mission to map—and mine—the creative arts community of New York City, for inspiration, celebration, and collaboration, through parties, openings, readings, and more.
On May 18, Poets & Writers honored poet James Richardson with the 5th annual Jackson Poetry Prize, an award that recognizes an exceptional poet deserving of greater acknowledgment. This year the judges were Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Gerald Stern. Arriving to the event at The Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts, known for building the cultural identity of Spain through its arts programs, was like finding a hidden treasure by the sidewalk. Inside, friends, colleagues, and past winners including Linda Gregg socialized by a photography exhibit featuring black and white prints of Latin America from 1924-2010.
Poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, founder of the Paterson Literary Review, director of the creative writing program at Binghamton University, and director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, was in the crowd and sang Richardson’s praises. “He proves what I’ve always believed—that is, that you can never give up. Tenacity is the most important quality for a writer, and he certainly exemplifies that quality.”
Coast into Memorial Day Weekend with more art than you can fit on a picnic blanket. It’s getting athletic (by our standards): gutter balls, minigolf, sculpture gardens. . . plus Thurston Moore acoustic, cutups and collage, and a Christlike pilgrimage.
American editors and Spanish writers tell you about just how many things it is possible to screw up when translating. 7 pm at McNally Jackson.
“Architecture is my past life.” Craig Hubert recaps Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s four hour “master class” at the New Museum last Sunday.
“I’m not a good storyteller,” whispered Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul in the middle of a four-hour program devoted to his work at the New Museum last Sunday. It was a statement that, of course, not one person in the room agreed with. The audience, half-full, were all devotees of the placid figure at the front of the stage—who else would agreeably sit in uncomfortable mock-wood chairs for such a long period of time? The few who wandered in unknowingly, a common occurrence during museum-based events, left abruptly within the first hour. Sitting in the back of the theater, I watched each deserter carefully maneuver their way in the dark toward the door. The whole process seemed appropriate for a filmmaker who more than once mentioned the purification process embedded in his work.
On May 23, 1911, the New York Public Library opened on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Today, the institution kicked off their Centennial celebration by giving away free copies of Know the Past, Find the Future, an anthology of New York icons, each writing on his or her favorite item from the NYPL’s collections. Zack Friedman and Frances Corry braved the dangerous territory of the city’s busiest subway stations to get their hands on a copy.
On a hypothetical list of the most unpleasant places, a New York subway station at 10 o’clock on a wet and humid morning ranks pretty high. Overflowing trash. Dripping ceilings. Happy rats. (And we pay $2.25 for all this?) Leave it to another city institution to make it all better—namely, the home of all things warm, dry, and well-preserved, the New York Public Library. This morning, the NYPL kicked off their Centennial celebration by giving away 2500 copies of Know the Past, Find the Future at select MTA stations.
After fruitlessly looking for anything NYPL–related at Times Square (I found only the Ebony Hillbillies band, highly recommended), I head over to Grand Central Station, where I immediately spot a woman carrying the book….
We’re getting attacked by art events! But don’t raise the White Flag just yet. Find favorable terms of surrender for your calendar this week, including Cleon Peterson, Thurston Moore, tUnE-YaRdS, and a Gigantic party.
Catch up on some new exhibitions, including filmmaker Su Friedrich’s gallery debut, re:working, at Microscope Gallery. Her new filmstrips and digital collage works, as well as early black and white shorts, explore issues from sexual identity to the gentrification of Williamsburg.
Europa Editions-related festivities continue: this time Europa Turns (out) 100 at Housing Works, cosponsored by McNally Jackson. Author Michele Zackheim (Broken Colors), translators Alison Anderson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) and Ann Goldstein (Days of Abandonment) and guest Stacy Schiff will be reading. 7-8:30.
Belladonna’s Prose Event, featuring “prose writers who write at the intersection of fiction and the essay,” includes Renee Gladman, Danielle Dutton, and Amina Cain, curated by Kate Zambreno. 7:30 at Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street.