Performance Artist – Schlammpeitziger http://schlammpeitziger.com/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:55:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://schlammpeitziger.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Performance Artist – Schlammpeitziger http://schlammpeitziger.com/ 32 32 Baton Rouge’s new arts center is “a dream come true.” Take a look inside. | Entertainment/Life https://schlammpeitziger.com/baton-rouges-new-arts-center-is-a-dream-come-true-take-a-look-inside-entertainment-life/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 22:55:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/baton-rouges-new-arts-center-is-a-dream-come-true-take-a-look-inside-entertainment-life/ Sculptor Brad Bourgoyne worked quietly to hang his new sculpture, “Rhythm of Louisiana,” amid the hubbub of Baton Rouge’s new art center. The blur of activity around Bourgoyne included musicians carrying instruments, overhead lighting specialists, giant trucks delivering the stage, construction workers inspecting their work and making last-minute adjustments – all gearing up for the […]]]>

Sculptor Brad Bourgoyne worked quietly to hang his new sculpture, “Rhythm of Louisiana,” amid the hubbub of Baton Rouge’s new art center. The blur of activity around Bourgoyne included musicians carrying instruments, overhead lighting specialists, giant trucks delivering the stage, construction workers inspecting their work and making last-minute adjustments – all gearing up for the Thursday night opening event at $125.

Last minute details for MPAC (Music Performance Art Community), the title of the opening of the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council’s Cary Saurage Community Arts Center, required everyone to be on deck.

Arts Council executive director Renee Chatelain said that despite the cold weather, she and her team are delighted there is no rain or snow.






The exterior of the new Cary Saurage Community Arts Center is located at 233 St. Ferdinand St. in Baton Rouge.




“People have come together. It’s a real community event,” she said. “So many people are excited to come to an event that will follow precautions.”

Along with the art gallery and black box theatre, the unique arts space features usable community space, including a state-of-the-art recording studio and artist studio for rent.

Artist Mike Weary, who paints portraits and wedding/live event paintings, has rented a studio since the Arts Council moved into the building in August.

“It’s a dream come true,” Weary said. “I’ve really grown as an artist since moving here. It’s great to have a space away from home.






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Recording studio at the new Cary Saurage Community Arts Center




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In the Shell Gallery on the first floor, three works by Weary, along with other artists from the region, are featured in the opening exhibition “Healing History”. Hosted by Baton Rouge artist Kristen Downing, the show focuses on the theme of black health and wellness and runs through February 24.

A small conference room on the second floor was made possible by a donation from Mary Terrell Joseph. The room is named after her husband, Cheney C. Joseph, and why she chose this particular space.

Decades earlier, this space is where she and her husband met to study during law school and it’s where the Josephs’ relationship blossomed, according to relationship director Mysti Byrnes Council public.






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Mike Weary, artist, talks about his work during a tour of the new Cary Saurage Community Arts Center.




The new building is full of thoughtful details, including the sponsors’ wall with names carved into colorful ceramic plaques created by LSU professor Mikey Walsh. Walsh’s ceramic pieces include tiny red clay ceramic figures and heads, collected along the banks of the Mississippi River to represent the contributions of the indigenous peoples of the region.

The AGBR was created in 1973.

“One of the Arts Council’s missions is to support artists – a lot of wonderful work has been done in this area, but much of it has happened in silos,” said Byrnes. “It was great to see the community come together in this space.”






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Donor art wall at the main entrance of the new Cary Saurage Community Arts Center




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As Omicron Spreads, Music Residencies Are On Hold – The Minnesota Daily https://schlammpeitziger.com/as-omicron-spreads-music-residencies-are-on-hold-the-minnesota-daily/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:02:44 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/as-omicron-spreads-music-residencies-are-on-hold-the-minnesota-daily/ As the Omicron variant drives up COVID infection rates, music residencies in the Twin Cities are put on hiatus. Before the Omicron variant swept through the Twin Cities, local concert halls opened their doors to winter residences, allowing local musicians to return to stages that had been desolate for nearly a year and a half. […]]]>

As the Omicron variant drives up COVID infection rates, music residencies in the Twin Cities are put on hiatus.

Before the Omicron variant swept through the Twin Cities, local concert halls opened their doors to winter residences, allowing local musicians to return to stages that had been desolate for nearly a year and a half.

After the variant spread widely, causing COVID-19 cases to skyrocket and businesses to temporarily shut down, musicians and music venues are once again canceling residency programs, leaving local artists out of work.

“When people hear the word residency, they usually think of Las Vegas, Celine Dion or Britney Spears,” laughed Nadirah McGill. McGill is the drummer and manager of the Twin Cities punk band, Gully Boys.

A musical residency is a series of concerts given by a musician, similar to a concert tour, but only performed at one location. With the ability to perform multiple times in front of different audiences, residencies provide exposure to new listeners, the opportunity to experiment with new styles of performance, and the comfort of knowing that another performance is waiting around the corner.

Throughout December, the Gully Boys held a weekly residency at the 7th Street entrance to First Avenue. With local musicians like Raffaella and Boyish on the program, the residency allowed the band to expand their musical relationships in the Twin Cities and foster a new sense of artistic freedom during their weekly performances.

“Residency is like a crash course in how to do it all.” says McGill.

Mariah Mercedes, the “new little brother” and guitarist of the Gully Boys, explained that residencies allow an artist to experiment with their performance styles and techniques.

“I’ve heard of people using it as a way to debut new material,” they said. “After doing the same sets multiple times, it can be fun to switch things up.” Known for offering varied programming at a recurring time and place, residencies provide new exposure opportunities for both the lead musician and opening acts.

The Gully Boys organized their entire residency and the new experience has broadened their understanding of all aspects of organizing a gig. Their December residency was a complete experience for the Gully Boys: from researching opening acts, to creating the performance schedule, to working with the lighting and sound booths to get their performances perfect.

Prior to their final performance on December 26, several members of the opening bands and the Gully Boy merchandise vendor tested positive for COVID-19.

“We didn’t want to become a super dispatcher,” said Kathy Callahan, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist. “Then it became increasingly clear that the [Omicron] the variant is truly contagious and spreading.

Everyone in the band agreed that canceling the last show was the right decision and within days other residences across the metro began to follow suit.

“It’s a super confusing time,” said Alex Schaaf, lead member of Yellow Ostrich. Built on a lineup including local musicians Lupin, DNM and FruitPunchLoverBoy, the residency was scheduled to begin in January at Mortimer’s Bar in Minneapolis. Within 24 hours of the first performance, the show was cancelled.

Schaaf explained that while COVID rates have remained high, the full Yellow Ostrich residency has not been canceled. He said the band takes it day by day, and if the musicians feel safe to play, they will.

“The thing is, I would never prioritize a show about people’s safety and health,” Schaaf said.

DeCarlo Jackson, one of the creators of Blossom, a new artist collective led by the Hippo Campus group, agrees with Schaaf. Beginning in January, Blossom has planned a weekly residency at the Turf Club in St. Paul with the aim of promoting the artists and musicians working within the collective.

Jackson was in charge of residency programming. From contacting musicians and planning the staging, to curating the schedule and scheduling of performances, he spent several months creating what he hoped would be the start of Blossom’s first imprint. within the Twin Cities music scene.

“There were so many moving parts and my job was to nail down those moving parts and glue them so they wouldn’t go anywhere,” he said.

But before the first of the year, the decision had been taken to postpone the residency.

Jackson said the residency will return this summer. At the moment, it encourages music listeners to stream songs, repost music and musicians’ online posts, buy merchandise and music on Bandcamp.

“It makes sense for things to stop. Things should stop,” Jackson said. “That said, no, I don’t like it. It absolutely sucks that we had to cancel this.

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South Florida Classical Review » » As a new season opens, Susan Danis marks a decade with Florida Grand Opera https://schlammpeitziger.com/south-florida-classical-review-as-a-new-season-opens-susan-danis-marks-a-decade-with-florida-grand-opera/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:21:44 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/south-florida-classical-review-as-a-new-season-opens-susan-danis-marks-a-decade-with-florida-grand-opera/ Susan Danis became CEO and Executive Director of Florida Grand Opera in 2012. When the curtain rises on the Florida Grand Opera’s production of André Previn’s operatic staging of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play A tram called Désir Saturday night at Miami’s Arsht Center, the occasion will mark both the opening of the 80and anniversary season. […]]]>
Susan Danis became CEO and Executive Director of Florida Grand Opera in 2012.

When the curtain rises on the Florida Grand Opera’s production of André Previn’s operatic staging of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play A tram called Désir Saturday night at Miami’s Arsht Center, the occasion will mark both the opening of the 80and anniversary season. This will also mark Susan Danis’ tenth season as CEO and Executive Director of FGO.

Danis believes that the greatest achievement of his decade at the helm of the organization is that the company “is still alive, producing operas and moving forward”. While that may sound trite, it crystallizes the challenges she faced when she took the job in 2012, leaving the highly regarded Sarasota Opera, where she led the company for twelve years.

Righting the financial ship

Under former director Robert Heuer, the opera ran up $19.4 million in debt between 2006 and 2011.

Speaking from the headquarters of the Doral Opera House, Danis said she was aware when she came to Miami that the financial situation was not quite rosy, but she was not prepared for the “seven-figure surprises” that awaited him.

Danis responded to the deficit by selling assets (including Leiser Center rehearsal space in Fort Lauderdale and a parking lot near the Arsht Center opera house in downtown Miami) and looting his 5.9 endowment millions of dollars. The season was reduced to four productions (out of a total of six in 2006-2007, the first year at the Arsht Center), and the elimination of performances at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale was even briefly considered.

An anonymous donor bought the opera house’s 35,000-square-foot Doral offices for $6.8 million, then returned the building (which includes rehearsal rooms, a costume shop and warehouse as well as offices) to the company as a gift. Through continued aggressive fundraising, the debt had been reduced to around 3.5 million by 2018.

Ironically, Danis says the pandemic actually managed to bring the deficit down to near zero. The workforce was cut in half and the remaining employees took a 30% pay cut. As a result, according to Danis, a $100,000 loan from the Small Business Administration is the only remaining debt on the opera’s books.

A high batting average for the standard rep

Under Heuer, FGO’s repertoire had been limited, almost entirely confined to the operas most often produced in the canon (a rare exception was Ede Donath’s unremarkable Hungarian operetta). Szulamit, in 2004, which turned out to be the company’s lowest artistic level.) Musical and production standards had become mediocre or less.

From the first full season that she herself planned (2013-2014), Danis raised the artistic level of singing, directing and musical direction from the pit. She produced a much wider menu of opera scores, ranging from the classical era to works from the 20and and 21st centuries.

The cast has generally been strong, and Danis has managed to recruit conductors who combine theatrical experience with musical excellence. Although Anthony Barrese, Christopher Allen, Alexander Polianichko, Andrew Bisantz and Joseph Mechevich may not be household names, their presence on the podium produced exceptional musical creation after years of lethargic performances for most of the second half of Heuer’s 27-year reign.

The world-class singing of Tamara Wilson, Rafael Davila, Todd Thomas and Dana Beth Miller characterized a Verdi crossing A Ballo in Maschera it would have been welcome in grand operas. Skillfully staged and well-sung covers of Bellini norma, by Verdi Nabuco and Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin presented these musically and theatrically complex scores at their best.

Danis is an enthusiastic Francophile and Massenet’s FGO productions Thais and Wether (with the formidable duo Daniela Mack and Dimitri Pittas in the main roles) were remarkable. She snared star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo for a rare montage of Gluck’s in South Florida Orpheus and Eurydice.

His Mozart productions were less successful. Cosi fan tutte was a poorly managed production hampered by poor singing in crucial roles and Ramon Tebar’s sluggish direction. While the Marriage of Figaro was a little better musically, the production lacked the humor and brilliance of farce. Very uneven cast hampered Don Giovanni, the singers never forming a coherent whole.

Lauren Flanigan as Christine Mannon in Marvin David Levy "Mourning becomes Electra," which opened the Florida Grand Opera season Thursday night at the Broward Center.
Lauren Flanigan played the role of Christine Mannon in Marvin David Levy Mourning becomes Electra, which Danis presented at FGO in 2013. Photo: Lorne Grandison

Bringing a more adventurous repertoire

Expanding the repertoire menu, Danis is particularly proud of her “Made for Miami” series of contemporary operas. She considers these presentations to be some of her “most productive” work.

Starting with the drama Mourning becomes Electra by the late Fort Lauderdale-based composer Marvin David Levy, productions spanned cross-cultural horizons. The classic by Gian Carlo Menotti The consul was a story of political oppression (with a standout performance by soprano Kara Shay Thomson as the tragic heroine Magda Sorel) while Jorge Martín Before nightfall was based on the memoirs of Cuban gay poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas. by Mieczslaw Weinberg The passenger describes the Holocaust through the recollections of a former SS officer at Auschwitz with powerful effect. by Daniel Catan Florencia in the Amazonas combines rich melodic lyricism with the “magical realism” of Latin American literature. All these works were admirably produced, the musical and dramatic values ​​remarkable.

While the “Made for Miami” formula was a great way to publicize and publicize this repertoire, it excluded many outstanding American scores that didn’t tick the local box. In this regard, the presentation of A Tram named Desire, a work with little connection to South Florida, is a step towards a broader representation of contemporary repertoire. by Douglas Moore The Ballad of Baby Doe, by Carlisle Floyd Susanna, by Menotti The Saint of Bleeker Street, by William Bolcom A view from the bridge and Kurt Weil street scene are American classics that must be heard in fully professional productions on South Florida stages. (There are other important works of musical theater that also deserve revival (including Lee Hoiby’s Summer and smoke, Floyd’s Willy Stark, Bolcom’s McTeague, and Thomas Pasatieri Washington Square). Hopefully Danis will continue to explore this worthy American literature.

Boldly adapting to the pandemic

Perhaps more successfully. Danis managed to produce a reduced but very innovative season in 2020-2021 despite all the belt-tightening and Covid stoppages. After the pandemic necessitated the cancellation of his planned Arsht productions, Danis and artistic administrator Mitch Roe boldly put together a season of one-act American operas by Jake Heggie, Daron Hagen, Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Pasatieri.

Produced in the intimate Miami Shores Theater Center (with a socially distanced audience), the operas used singers from the company’s Studio Artists program along with a few guest performers. With dramatic and visceral direction by Jeffrey Buchman of the University of Miami, the series was both thought-provoking and artistically rich. That entire season cost $260,000 compared to the $5-7 million price tag for a regular FGO program, according to Danis. She hopes to return to the Miami Shores venue for smaller-scale opera productions in future seasons.

While these productions during the pandemic were nothing short of a triumph in difficult conditions, recent seasons have seen a move towards more operas being staged in theaters smaller than the large main halls of FGO – Miami’s Downtown Arsht and Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center. (This season, only tram and that of Verdi Rigoletto are presented in these great houses.)

As for the trend to use these less expensive theaters, Danis said cost was not an issue in planning theaters. “FGO is definitely not moving to the Scottish Rite Temple,” she stressed, indicating that the choice of performance sites was cautious due to uncertainty over attendance as pandemic conditions improve. . She plans to revisit key milestones in future seasons as Covid recedes. Danis believes that the opera’s side concerts are an important audience building effort and should be “accessible to the public”. She thinks the pandemic could be “a springboard to decentralized art”.

Behind the scenes drama

Despite his success in raising the company’s standards and artistic profile and improving its financial situation, Danis faced great frustrations during his tenure. She feels that “diminishing audiences and people not appreciating the impact of live performances” has been a continued disappointment, as have lukewarm audience responses to Rossini’s contemporary stagings. The Barber of Seville and at Donizetti Don Pasquale. The constant navigating of the divergent priorities of the opera’s board and patrons also had an impact. In 2018 Danis announced that she was leaving FGO to become CEO and Executive Director of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society and the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in California. “It was a potential opportunity offer, to take the next step,” Danis said.

What followed that announcement was a melodrama of operatic proportions. Baritone Graham Fandrei, former director of FGO’s young artists program, sent a letter under an assumed name to the chairman of the new center’s board with defamatory allegations about Danis. Eventually, he retracted the letter, apparently admitted his comments weren’t true, and apologized to Danis, FGO, and the La Jolla-based organization. Still, Danis withdrew his acceptance of the position by mutual consent with the California band. In a surprising final twist, FGO’s board voted unanimously to reinstate her as a director, a remarkable vote of confidence.

Look forward

Danis is optimistic about the future of Florida Grand Opera. She says her goal for future seasons involves “the highest quality of voice, musicianship and direction”. His dream season would consist of a great intervening Verdi opera, that of Strauss The Rider of the Rose, one of Donizetti’s Queen operas, Jake Heggie Moby-Dick and a commissioned work.

Danis’ first decade at FGO raised the standards of opera in Miami to new heights. One can only hope that she will receive the financial and institutional support to make some of these operatic dreams a reality.

The Florida Grand Opera presents Andre Previn’s A tram called Désir 7 p.m. from January 22 to January 25 at the Arsht Center in Miami and 7:30 p.m. on February 3 and 5 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. fgo.org 800-741-1010

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EWP’s Vision Awards will honor Kristina Wong and Randall Tamura https://schlammpeitziger.com/ewps-vision-awards-will-honor-kristina-wong-and-randall-tamura/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 22:06:48 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/ewps-vision-awards-will-honor-kristina-wong-and-randall-tamura/ East West Players (EWP), the nation’s oldest Asian American theater and largest Asian American artistic production organization, celebrates “Here, Us, Now!”, its 56th anniversary season, with the annual Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction. Recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have increased the visibility of the Asia-Pacific American (APA) community through their art, the fundraising […]]]>

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s oldest Asian American theater and largest Asian American artistic production organization, celebrates “Here, Us, Now!”, its 56th anniversary season, with the annual Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction.

Recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have increased the visibility of the Asia-Pacific American (APA) community through their art, the fundraising gala takes place on Saturday, April 23 at the City Market Social House. Proceeds benefit EWP’s educational and arts programs. This year, EWP will honor multifaceted artist Kristina Wong and EWP Chairman Emeritus Randall Tamura.

Kristina Wong (Photo by Tom Fowler)

Kristina Wang is a performance artist, comedian, writer, and elected representative from Koreatown Los Angeles who has been featured internationally in North America, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Africa. During the pandemic, she founded Auntie Sewing Squad, a national network of volunteers sewing masks for vulnerable communities. Their book “The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care and Racial Justice” is published by University of California Press.

The experience of building this isolated factory that became a national collective of mutual aid at the start of the pandemic is the subject of “Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord” – a New York Times Critics’ Pick which premiered off Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop.

Wong also conceived and directed last season’s “From Number to Name” at EWP with members of API Rise, a support group for people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

Randall Tamura (Courtesy of Randall Tamura)

Randall “Randy” Tamura is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Board of EWP and served as Chairman from 2015 to 2021. He is a retired software engineering executive and worked as Chairman of his own software consulting firm. Before becoming a consultant, he worked as senior vice president of engineering for several startups as well as general manager for IBM.

He has written and/or managed numerous applications for mainframe, PC, server and iOS devices. He created and taught the first iOS programming course for UCLA Extension and has taught several other programming courses for UCLA, community colleges, and for Girls Who Code. Tamura has written and edited seven books and owns two patents.

Previously, he was president of the Asia America Symphony Association and president of the Venice Japanese Community Center.

“East West Players is thrilled to recognize Randy and Kristina – two pillars of the EWP and the wider API community.” says Snehal Desai, EWP’s production art director. “Their leadership has been essential in raising the profile of Asian Americans and they have done so by generously donating their time and expertise. They also have deep personal ties to East West Players and have been instrumental in supporting our work and growth. Quite simply, Kristina and Randy are just two of the kindest, most selfless people I know. It’s an honor to name them as recipients of our 2022 Visionary Awards. »

The EWP Gala Committee is led by co-chairs Peter Shimamoto and Judith Sasaki.

City Market Social House is located at 1145 San Pedro St., Los Angeles. The Sponsors’ Reception, Silent Auction and Cocktail Hour begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony begin at 7:00 p.m.

Individual tickets cost between $250 and $1,500. Full table sponsorship packages are also available from $2,500 to $50,000. For more information, visit www.eastwestplayers.org, call (213) 625-7000 or email galagests@eastwestplayers.org.

EWP was founded in 1965, at a time when Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) had little or no opportunity to have their experiences reflected outside of the stereotypical and demeaning caricatures of the American landscape. EWP not only ensures that API stories are told, but strives to increase access, inclusion and representation in performing arts and entertainment media.

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Detroit’s new art exhibit tackles the climate crisis with hope https://schlammpeitziger.com/detroits-new-art-exhibit-tackles-the-climate-crisis-with-hope/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:00:30 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/detroits-new-art-exhibit-tackles-the-climate-crisis-with-hope/ Interwoven Ecologies is a multimedia collage by Leslie Sobel. Image: Jennifer Patselas. By Gabrielle Ahlborn With artworks ranging from giant mobiles to miniature paintings, artists across the country are collaborating to address the climate crisis with a new exhibit in Metro Detroit. Environmentally Speaking is a three-part exhibition that aims to take the despair out […]]]>

Interwoven Ecologies is a multimedia collage by Leslie Sobel. Image: Jennifer Patselas.

By Gabrielle Ahlborn

With artworks ranging from giant mobiles to miniature paintings, artists across the country are collaborating to address the climate crisis with a new exhibit in Metro Detroit.

Environmentally Speaking is a three-part exhibition that aims to take the despair out of climate conversations and ask us to think about the legacy we want to leave. It opens Sunday at the Janice Charach Gallery Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and will run through March 3.

The project includes a gallery of visual pieces in a variety of mediums, a live dance performance, and community engagement pieces that invite the public to participate in writing letters to the Earth.

“This show is about hope, love and resilience,” said co-curator Leslie Sobel. “This is not a show saying the world is doomed and you should just crawl under your bed and hide. This is a show about positivity and how the solutions to these issues are rooted in the hope and action.

Environmentally Speaking was inspired by the artists’ experiences and the book “All We Can Save” by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson.

The Greenhouse Gas mobile was created by Laura Earle. Image: Jennifer Patselas.

“I held my first grandson, and immediately I was like, we have to do better,” said co-curator Laura Earle.

Earle, an artist based in metro Detroit, was drawn into climate advocacy through her previous work that addressed social inequality.

“I encountered some of the food deserts we have here in Detroit, and I realized immediately that there was a huge overlap between social justice issues and environmental issues,” she said.

Many of the 14 self-selected artists are part of Earle and Sobel’s eco-feminist book club.

“We started meeting every week, reading a chapter of ‘All We Can Save’ and discussing it and in the process we looked at each other and said it was a show,” Sobel said.

The curators have invited all interested artists to present their work.

“It’s like a contemporary version of a Parisian living room where anyone interested can be in that space and have these conversations, and then you can see the influence of those conversations on the work,” Earle said.

The solar cell painting is by Tracey Easthope. Image: Tracey Easthope.

Tracey Easthope, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of the designers included in the exhibit. Her paintings focus on celebrating climate solutions with the aim of bringing joy into the future.

“I started drawing these costumes and I imagined people wearing them in parades with music and bands and having fun talking about all the solutions we already know,” she said. .

The exhibit encourages people of all ages to participate and start conversations about positive climate impacts.

“The idea was to invite people to be part of this celebration of world transformation,” Easthope said.

Environmentally Speaking opens Sunday at the Janice Charach Gallery Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The exhibition is free and open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and ends on March 3. The Tu B’shvat Seder dance performance is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays and costs $18 a ticket.

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On display: five things to do in east London, January 14-16 https://schlammpeitziger.com/on-display-five-things-to-do-in-east-london-january-14-16/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:26:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/on-display-five-things-to-do-in-east-london-january-14-16/ Posted: 10:26 a.m. January 12, 2022 Update: 10:45 a.m. January 12, 2022 Navigate a forest, listen to live Russian classical music, a Barking walking tour and more – there is plenty to do in East London this weekend. Here’s our guide to what’s happening from Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16. Watch a storytelling […]]]>

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Navigate a forest, listen to live Russian classical music, a Barking walking tour and more – there is plenty to do in East London this weekend.

Here’s our guide to what’s happening from Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16.

Watch a storytelling show

Or: Rich Blend / 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
When: Friday January 14 / 7:30 p.m.

The Origins of Life and Death kicks off the 2022 residency of performance storytelling collective Crick Crack Club at Rich Mix with the first of the monthly live shows.

This show from the great storyteller Jan Blake is about creation, extinction, and African goddesses – with power struggles, daring challenges, magical battles, rage, revenge and banishment.

Tickets cost £ 12.50 and concessions are available.

Visit richmix.org.uk/events/the-origins-of-life-and-death/ for more information and to book.

Listen to Russian classical music and opera

Or: Christ Church Isle of Dogs / 151 Island Gardens, E14 3DR
When: Friday January 14/7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Christ Church Isle of Dogs hosts its first classical music and opera festival dedicated to the cultural traditions of the Russian New Year, celebrated according to the ancient Julian calendar.

Enjoy an evening of Russian and Soviet classical music and opera, hosted by Christ Church Isle of Dogs artist in residence, Daria Papysheva.

It features a diverse program of high-caliber soloists and Royal Academy of Music scholars, performing music by Tchaikovsky, Medtner, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/1st-russian-old-new-year-festival-curated-by-daria-papysheva-tickets-240545968467 for tickets, which include a live stream link for people who need to self-isolate.

Tickets will also be available at the door for discounts of £ 16.50 or £ 12.

Go Wassailing in the Hainaut forest

Or: Forêt du Hainaut / Chemin Fox Burrow, Chigwell IG7 4QL
When: Saturday January 15 / 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Take part in this Wassail festival, an ancient English tradition held to celebrate orchards, awaken fruit trees and encourage a good future harvest.

You can expect carols, a tree maintenance workshop, arts and crafts activities for the kids, a Wassail parade, hot apple juice and cider, and tarts.

Admission and some events are free, but some workshops require advance reservation.

Visit https://visionrcl.org.uk/event/hainault-forest-wassail-festival/ for a full program and to book.

Take a barking landmarks walking tour

Or: Barking station / Parade station, IG11 8ED
When: Sunday January 16/3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Run by Street Space and the City Council, this walking tour begins and ends at Barking Station, visiting downtown highlights along the way.

It will focus on why the station is becoming more and more important for Barking, how and why it is an important gateway to the borough and its central role in creating connections with local monuments.

The tour will explore the old and new Barking, upcoming changes to the region, and the importance of access and proximity to this transportation hub.

The promenade is part of Activation Station, a project that aims to explore perceptions of security around Barking Station and come up with creative ideas to make the area safer.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-barking-landmarks-activation-station-tickets-238432858097 for more information and to register.

Learn about the history of Gray Towers during WWI

Or: Havering Museum / 19-21 High Street, Romford RM1 1JU
When: Saturday January 15 / 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This talk by Brian Evans will explore the origins of the Gray Towers of WWI – the Hornchurch Mansion used as a New Zealand hospital during the war.

Hear stories of wounded soldiers, recovery, and today’s landmarks.

Tickets cost £ 5 including refreshments and must be pre-booked through the museum or through Eventbrite.

Visit www.haveringmuseum.org.uk/event/the-history-of-grey-towers-a-talk-by-brian-evans/ for more information.

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Woman who destroyed the work of a now-deceased Asheville artist loses appeal https://schlammpeitziger.com/woman-who-destroyed-the-work-of-a-now-deceased-asheville-artist-loses-appeal/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:10:05 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/woman-who-destroyed-the-work-of-a-now-deceased-asheville-artist-loses-appeal/ On January 4, a panel of North Carolina Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal of a convicted Asheville woman who destroyed the work of an artist who now died at an event in 2019. A Buncombe County District Judge in October 2019 and then a jury in December 2019 found Zena Marie Redmond guilty of […]]]>

On January 4, a panel of North Carolina Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal of a convicted Asheville woman who destroyed the work of an artist who now died at an event in 2019.

A Buncombe County District Judge in October 2019 and then a jury in December 2019 found Zena Marie Redmond guilty of personal property damage over $ 200.

The charges stem from an incident on January 12, 2019 in which Redmond threw a balloon filled with black paint at one of Jonas Gerard’s paintings.

Gerard – died in September 2020 at the age of 79 – had just completed the painting as part of a performance at the Jonas Gerard Fine Art Gallery in Asheville, according to the appeal decision.

Jonas Gérard painting in his studio.  The Asheville Chamber of Commerce cut some of Gerard's work.

Gallery employees suspected that there might be “protesters” at the gallery on January 12, as they discovered a “blackish tar substance” and “burst balloons” in space that morning.

After Gerard finished a painting at a performance that day, someone in the crowd shouted and at least one balloon was thrown at the painting he had just completed, splashing it with a substance black.

Redmond was seen fleeing the building.

Law enforcement pursued her, found a black mark on Redmond’s hand, black paint on her and a balloon filled with black paint in her purse, according to the ruling.


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George Lopez takes stock of his health after leaving the stage midterm due to a medical issue https://schlammpeitziger.com/george-lopez-takes-stock-of-his-health-after-leaving-the-stage-midterm-due-to-a-medical-issue/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:10:46 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/george-lopez-takes-stock-of-his-health-after-leaving-the-stage-midterm-due-to-a-medical-issue/ Health fears have sadly plagued Hollywood in recent times, as influenza and COVID have once again surged in the United States. While many cases weren’t too alarming, there were some that set the internet on fire. This was the case with popular comedian George Lopez. During a New Years Eve performance, Lopez mysteriously fell ill […]]]>

Health fears have sadly plagued Hollywood in recent times, as influenza and COVID have once again surged in the United States. While many cases weren’t too alarming, there were some that set the internet on fire. This was the case with popular comedian George Lopez. During a New Years Eve performance, Lopez mysteriously fell ill and left the stage in the middle of the performance. Soon her evening performance was canceled, prompting genuine concern and wishes from fans. Now, just over a week later, the star has given fans an update on her health.

Reports surrounding the sitcom star’s New Years Eve standing performance definitely left more questions than answers. While eyewitness accounts provided insight, many were still eager for more details. George Lopez recently made a surprise appearance on View to mark the birthday of a friend and co-host Ana Navarro. While virtually celebrating his friend, he recounted the ordeal that had occurred while he was on stage:

I was surrounded by people who tested positive [for COVID]. I have not tested positive … In April, [I’m coming up on] 17 years since I will have my kidney transplant from my ex-wife, Ann, and I have no immunity to what’s going on in the world. And I got on stage, and I was hot at first and I was sweating and I started to see kind of red flashes. And I thought, ‘I think I’m going to pass out.’ And I sat down and I got up, and I think it’s right before you passed out, you see… your body just tensed up a bit. It was more serious… I was really hot, I think my temperature was 102.9, and the paramedics came to see me. I checked OK, but I was a little worried. The upper respiratory tract, for me, and dehydration is a bad thing for me… For me, I’m better, I’m better now, and to everyone who contacted me, I appreciate it so much.


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SASAMI, Pinegrove, fit for autopsy https://schlammpeitziger.com/sasami-pinegrove-fit-for-autopsy/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 22:45:41 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/sasami-pinegrove-fit-for-autopsy/ So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), collect even more new music we would call “indie” and talk about what metal comes out. We post music news, song premieres and more all day long. We are updating a weekly playlist some of our favorite […]]]>

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), collect even more new music we would call “indie” and talk about what metal comes out. We post music news, song premieres and more all day long. We are updating a weekly playlist some of our favorite tracks right now. Here is a daily recap with a bunch of interesting songs recently released in one place.

WIEGEDOOD – “CAROUSEL”

As mentioned, Belgian black metal band Wiegedood (members of Oathbreaker and Amenra) are releasing a new album There is always blood at the end of the road next week (1/14) via Century Media. Here is the new tornado single, “Carousel”.

VIDEO CEREMONY – ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE HUMAN REALMS

Voidceremony (members of Mournful Congregation, Atramentus, Chthe’ilist, and more) are gearing up for their second TBA album, but they released this three-song “intermission” on 20 Buck Spin’s first, and it’s an offer. very promising progressive and blackened death metal with all kinds of twists.

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – “TWO TURNS”

Deathcore essentials from NJ Fit For An Autopsy (whose guitarist is much-sought after producer Will Putney) are releasing their sixth album, Oh what the future holds, next week (January 14 via Nuclear Blast). The last taste is the atmospheric but pulverizing “Two Towers”.

JON THE FILM – AN OVERVIEW THAT MAKES SENSE PE

Jon The Movie is the solo project of Rule Them All, Pillars of Ivory, and more, and for this project he cites influences such as Frank Zappa, Rush, Mike Patton, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, and Guided by Voices. You can hear him in the heavy progressive alternative rock of his new EP Insight that made sense, now available on New Morality Zine.

HORSE PRICE – “3 TILES”

Another New Morality Zine release today is Prize Horse’s new single, shoegazy, alternative rock from Minneapolis, whose debut EP Welder releases January 19. Fans of stuff like Nothing, Narrow Head, Gleemer, etc., take note.

MØTIVATIØN – “PRISØN LØGIC” (ft. PARRIS MAYHEW, MIKE IX WILLIAMS, THEO KOGAN, GINA VOLPE, SHANE TRIMBLE)

Møtivatiøn is a new collaborative collective led by Ø and their upcoming debut album The 8 Infinite Stages of Power / Money / More (due Feb. 22 via Seeing Red) features members of Faith No More, Eyehategod, Throbbing Gristle, Agnostic Front, L7, Obituary, Lunachicks, Toxic Holocaust, and more. The first single is the experimental and ethereal “Prisøn Løgic” with Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod, Parris Mayhew (ex-Cro-Mags), Theo Kogan and Gina Volpe of Lunachicks, and bassist Shane Trimble of High Reeper.

LUMBEROB – “BLESSING”

A veteran of the downtown New York art scene, LUMBERBOB releases his debut album, Language learner, January 28 via Shimmy-Disc / Joyful Noise. The album was co-produced by Kramer and you can get a taste of it with the charming and eerie video for “BLESSENCE”.

JAKE XERXES FUSSELL – “LES ROLLING MILLS BRLENT”

Folk artist Jake Xerxes Fussell to release new album Good and green again in a few weeks and here’s another great track that features the piano of James Elkington who produced the album.

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROUTE – “CONCORDE” VIDEO

Black Country, New Road just shared the music video for “Concorde” from their awaited new album, The ants up there. The album title plays in the really cool video which was directed by Maxim Kelly.

SWAMP DOGG – “SOUL TO SOUL BLESSED”

Cult soul and R&B artist Swamp Dogg announced new album I need a job … so I can buy more autotuning which will be released on February 25 via Don Giovanni. Although known for his steamy sex jams, the debut single “Soul to Blessed Soul” is straight-hearted and quite awesome, with the hot licks of Guitar Shorty.

MATT BERRY – “BEATMAKER” FT EMMA NOBLE

Matt Berry brought back his beloved comedian character Steven Toast and took him to Hollywood to Tinseltown Toast, which aired this week on BBC2. (No North American release date yet, unfortunately.) As you may know, Matt is also making the music for the show, and each episode features a cut-out with one of his songs. For the first episode of Tinseltown Toast, he covered “Beatmaker”, a 1970 single by Swedish pop artist Doris, which stars singer Emma Noble on vocals.

CY DUNE – “AGAINST FACE”

Akron / Family’s Seth Olinsky’s bluesy and garage punk solo project Cy Dune will release a new album, Against Face, March 3 via Lightning Studios. Here is the breathtaking track from the record.

SPOON – “I CAN’T GIVE IT ALL” (DAVID BOWIE COVER)

“’I Can’t Give Everything Away’ is a track that Alex and I have been playing since we learned it for an acoustic and piano concert in Mexico City in 2016,” says Britt Daniel of this cover of Bowie. “It’s just a fantastic song, and as the last song on Bowie’s latest album it doesn’t disappoint. We recorded this version live in December 2021.

NILE MARR – “ONLY TIME CAN BREAK YOUR HEART”

Nile Marr, son of former Smiths / The / Electronic / Modest Mouse / The Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr, is a former block track, having performed on his father’s solo albums and as part of the tour. orchestral by Hans Zimmer. He also makes his own music – it’s the B-side of his new 7 “coming out this week.

SASAMI – “SAY IT”

The last single from SASAMI’s new album Press is the “Say it” with an industrial flavor. “’Say It’ is a dance piece of hymn of rage that someone isn’t communicating with you,” she says. “I feel like when I hear the song, I see a sexy woman with a mystical flamethrower engulfed in emotional blue flames throwing elbows alone in an industrial dance club in space.”

CRAIG WEDREN & ANNA WARONKER – “NO RETURN” (YELLOW JACKETS THEME)

Craig Wedren of Shudder to Think and Anna Waronker of That Dog composed the music for the addicting new Showtime series Yellow jackets, and they also perform his sinister theme song. “For the theme, we wanted to channel our quirky ’90s roots into something that looked like’ then ‘, but could only have been done NOW, just like the series,” Anna and Craig say. “Our respective pedigrees as protagonists of That Dog. And Shudder To Think made it easy, like a hot blood bath.”

HATE – “DIMORPHOUS DISPLAY”

British nude shoegazy metalheads Loathe have a new album coming up this year, and you can read more about lead single “Dimorphous Display” here.

PINÈRE – “BREATHE”

Pinegrove’s new album 11:11 due out later this month via Rough Trade Records, and they’ve shared another new single, “Respirate”. “With ‘Respirate’ I was thinking of the opportunity we had in the chaos that Covid has brought to rethink society so that it works well for more people, but instead what is unfolding is a doubling of the same curved, venal structures that resulted in so much iniquity in the first place, “says Evan Stephens Hall.” So how can we respond with compassion to such cold and blatant greed? How do we make sure we look out for each other in the absence of meaningful leadership and materially meaningful policy? We have been blocked but we will look out for each other – what choice do we have? The song is a reminder that we are in the same boat. “

STATIC DRESS – “DI-SINTER” (ft. KING YOSEF)

British post-hardcore / metalcore band Static Dress kicked off 2022 with a killer new single, and you can read more about it here.

JUDY COLLINS – “WHEN I WAS A GIRL IN COLORADO”

Legendary folk singer Judy Collins has announced her very first album of fully original material, and the first single is the stunning “When I Was A Girl In Colorad”. Read more about it here.

ABRAHAM – “VERMINVISIBLE”

Swiss post-metallers ABRAHAM to release new album Debris of Lost Worlds in February via Pelagic, and you can read more about the new single “Verminvisible” here.

THE BODY & OAA – “BARREN OF JOY” (ft. FULL OF HELL’s DYLAN WALKER)

Experimental duo The Body and electronic producer OAA (aka AJ Wilson) have announced a collaborative album, Enemy of love, and the first single “Barren of Joy” features Full of Hell’s guest voice Dylan Walker. Read more here.

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The exhibition celebrates the life of artist and performer Leigh Bowery https://schlammpeitziger.com/the-exhibition-celebrates-the-life-of-artist-and-performer-leigh-bowery/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 20:45:38 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/the-exhibition-celebrates-the-life-of-artist-and-performer-leigh-bowery/ Leigh Bowery in November 1994. Photo: Mike Owen. The Fitzrovia Chapel begins 2022 with a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of performance artist, club promoter and fashion designer Leigh Bowery. Spanning the world of art, fashion and music, Bowery has pushed his body through ever more extreme creations, designed to shock and thrill. […]]]>
Part of an original photograph of Leigh Bowery with a black cat, by Mike Owen.  His last photo shoot for Freedom Cafe, November 1994.
Leigh Bowery in November 1994. Photo: Mike Owen.

The Fitzrovia Chapel begins 2022 with a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of performance artist, club promoter and fashion designer Leigh Bowery.

Spanning the world of art, fashion and music, Bowery has pushed his body through ever more extreme creations, designed to shock and thrill.

As a model, he sat down for painters and photographers: his tall, nude, bald form becoming as recognizable as his extravagant, richly decorated costumes and designs.

He died of AIDS on New Years Eve 1994 at Middlesex Hospital which was once on Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia.

Only his close friend Sue Tilley knew he was sick and he told her that when he died: “Tell them I went to Papua New Guinea to help the natives.

This month, in the Old Chapel of Middlesex Hospital – the only part of the hospital to have survived the wrecking ball – an exhibition of his costumes and portraits will be shown along with a short film featuring interviews with some of his closest friends and collaborators: Nicola Bateman, Sue Tilley, Boy George, Les Child, Richard Torry, David Holah and Lee Benjamin.

Dr Rob Miller, who looked after Bowery when he was at Middlesex, and is now a chapel administrator, will also be interviewed.

Artist Charles Atlas will be playing his film The Legend of Leigh Bowery as part of the exhibition.

Leigh Bowery: Tell them I’ve been to Papua New Guinea. From Friday January 7 to Sunday February 6 2022, at The Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3BF. Entrance is free but visits must be booked in advance.

Lectures and Tours: Nicola Bateman gives a guided tour of the exhibition examining the stories behind the individual costumes (date to be confirmed); Sue Tilley (Close friend and biographer of Bowery) in conversation with Gregor Muir (Director of Collections, International Art at Tate Modern) about Bowery‘s life and work, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Wednesday February 2, 2022. See The Fitzrovia Chapel.


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