May Queens & Kings

LPV_may_05Three weekends of film, performance, music, dance, food. Please join us in the garden of unearthly delight!!

Saturday May 7

6pm. Continual Screening of Exquisite Corpse
Based on a game the Surrealists named ‘Exquisite Corpse’ nine different sequences began with nine artists making a short video. Changing hands each time, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th video were made in response to whatever preceded it. Artists include Charlotte Bernstein, Eileen Bonner, Rachel Cornish, Rachel Dobbs, Sally Irvine, Liliana Lopez, Stormsmith Nomi, Fritz Stolberg, Teresa Whiting. Project co-ordinated by Rachel Cornish (UK).

7pm. Readings by Shelley Marlow & Rachel Levitsky
Shelley F. Marlow will read from her second novel, Two Augusts in a Row in a Row. Marlow will be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, this June, as a finalist for Fence Magazine’s contest for SLS. Marlow’s fiction “Best Witches” will appear in the exhibition catalogue “Bonds of Love.” Marlow completed a video, “Unknot Turandot” with Molly Parker and Gene Dante. Rachel Levitsky is the author of four chapbooks of Poetry. Levitsky’s first full length volume, UNDER THE SUN was published by Futurepoem books in 2003. Two of her poetic plays have been performed in New York and San Francisco. Levitsky curates Belladonna*, a readings, publications, salons matrix of innovative feminist poetics (since 1999).

8pm. Barbara Hammer In-person & screening of History Lessons (2000)
“I choose film and video as a medium to make the invisible, visible. Anyone can be left out of history. I am compelled to reveal and celebrate marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. A multi-level cinema that engages them viscerally and intellectually activates my audiences. I want people to leave the theater with fresh perceptions and emboldened to take active and political stances for social change in a global environment.” Barbara Hammer is an internationally recognized film artist who has made 80 films/videos for which she received the prestigious Frameline Award for making a significant contribution to lesbian and gay cinema. Hammer has completed 7 features in 7 years. Her trilogy of experimental documentaries on lesbian and gay histories is already considered classic cinema: Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995), and History Lessons (2000).

Sunday May 8

8pm. Global Super 8 Day – 40 years of Super 8
40 screenings in 40 cities all around the world. In the year 2005 the film format Super 8 will be forty years old. On the 8th of May 2005 Super 8 fans from all over the world will celebrate the 40th birthday of their beloved home movie film format. On all continents of the planet there will be Super-8-films running smooth through the projectors while on the screens the litttle colourful film beauties will flicker away through the night. So far there has been positive feed back from Super 8 activists from New York ,Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brighton, Buffalo, Cardiff, Hamburg, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Manchester, Oslo and Zurich to hold screenings.
curated by stephen kent jusick & p. cramer

Friday May 13

9pm. Kalup Linzy returns! ‘Play Wit De Churen’ performance & video.
“A star is born. His name is Kalup Linzy; in his late 20’s, he is a New York-based filmmaker, and has work uptown and downtown, with a nearly feature-length video in the group show “African Queen” at the Studio Museum in Harlem and four shorter ones in a solo at Taxter & Spengemann Gallery in Chelsea… I don’t mean to spoil the fun by adding that he laces his work with shrewd home truths about race, class, sex, love, family and stereotyping. He does, but you can ignore all that if you want. You cannot easily ignore Mr. Linzy, though, and we’ll be hearing from him again real soon.”
HOLLAND COTTER New York Times 3/25/05

Saturday May 21

8pm. SEE SAW!
Jack Waters & Peter Cramer do Safe Sex and Ask & Tell! PLUS pianist Christopher Hamblin and countertenor John Collis.

Since 1981 Cramer & Waters have been partners in their combined experience in performing, visual and media arts creating multi-disciplinary installations, films, video, performance, dances and exhibitions. They were a catalytic force behind POOL, a dance/performance collective in the early 80’s. They co-founded Allied Productions,Inc. a not for profit arts umbrella and were Co-Directors of ABC No Rio from 1983 – 1988.
Cramer & Waters are the creators of Short Memory/No History: A Case of Cultural Amnesia, an interdisciplinary live media work about memory, perception, history, and representations of AIDS Activism and queer culture for the Colour of Friendship exhibition at Shedhalle, June 2000. The video component SM/NH: AIDS Art Activism was premiered at New York’s New Festival and Los Angeles OutFest.Their media environment Time Warp 2000 was shown in November 2000 at NYC’s Anthology Film Archives presented by MIX, the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival. Both are 2001 Yaddo Resident fellows. Their most recent projects include HEAT@The Kitchen with LTTR, Spettacolo Provolone at Theater for the New City, DanceTube performances at Joe’s Pub, Judson Church,Chelsea Art Museum and workshops & tour in Europe.

Christopher Hamblin, originally from Tennessee, has spent the last year working in New York City as a vocal coach, composer, performer, and music director. Most recently he worked with downtown’s Daniel Isengart on a 2-person adaptation of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins produced by the Neue Gallerie’s Café Sabarsky. He worked with Stephen Schwartz and Mark Hartman as Assistant Music Director for the concert of Children of Eden benefiting the York Theater and the National AIDS Fund, served as Music Director for a reading of The Birds: The Musical with First Hand Theater Project, and played in the band for Girls Gone Wild: The Musical. He also music directed Tina Louise (Gilligan’s Island) in a reading of Waiting for the Parade and Kembra Pfhaler and the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black for a special event. Four of Hamblin’s original songs were featured at The Duplex as part of its New Mondays series with Christopher at the piano and Julie Garnye singing as well as the Starlight Lounge as part of the Julian Fleisher Presents series. Christopher’s performance as Manny in Terrence McNally’s Master Class in Nashville, TN earned him two regional awards, the Tennie and the Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Alto and baritone John Collis has been singing all his life. In Australia he was a member of Sydney’s Renaissance Players and made broadcasts of early and contemporary music for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Performance credits in the United States include Long Beach Opera (Los Angeles), Music for a While, The Ensemble for Early Music, The Mannes Camerata, Polyhymnia and Cygnus Vocal Ensemble. His interest in contemporary and alternative music-making has led to salon performances and cabaret built around popular and classic songs from the last century. He appears as the Earth in the award-winning video Earth and Moon In Love by David Finkelstein, recently shown at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. He is Minister of Music at The Church of the Transfiguration on Mott Street in Manhattan.

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