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Wednesday
Sep102014

[SPONSORED] Your Must-See Guide to the BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival

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Sponsored By Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival (Sep 9 — Dec 20).

Created By BlankSlate

 

Since 1981, the Next Wave Festival has been the venue for BAM’s most daring programming. This year’s festival — running from September 9 through December 20 — will feature 30 theater, music, dance, and film productions, plus 15 concert engagements celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Nonesuch Records.

That’s a lot for one person to see, so here’s a quick guide to what you’re absolutely not going to want to miss.

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Nonesuch Records at BAM

Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman founded Nonesuch Records in 1964 as a budget classical music label, but it grew over the decades to bring us everything from Philip Glass to the Gypsy Kings to Buena Vista Social Club to Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. To celebrate the 50th birthday of the influential label, BAM is presenting a series of concerts that include such diverse performers as Laurie AndersonKronos QuartetStephin MerrittAlarm Will SoundDawn UpshawCaetano Veloso, and Senegalese superstar Youssou NDOUR.

To open the festival, experimental composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass will be performing together marking the 30th anniversary of the company performing at BAM, presenting along with their respective ensembles, three retrospective programs curated from their decades of experimentation with bringing non-Western approaches to rhythm and harmony into Western music.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and BAM Harvey Theater; Sep 9—28; Times vary  

 

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This dance-theater work by modern dance pioneer Pina Bausch, subject of the 2011 Wim Wenders documentary Pina, makes its return to BAM 30 years after its NYC premiere. This witty and seductive piece, performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, features two dozen men and women awkwardly courting and flirting with each other in a 1930s dance hall, to music by artists as different Jean Sibelius and Charlie Chaplin.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; Oct 23—25, 28, 29, 31, & Nov 1 at 7:30pm; Oct 26 & Nov 2 at 3pm

 

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Shakespeare’s Sonnets (US Premiere)

Director/stage designer Robert Wilson has a long history of bringing provocative works to BAM’s Next Wave Festivals, many of them collaborations with musicians as varied as Philip Glass (Einstein on the Beach), Tom Waits (Black RiderWoyzeck), and Lou Reed (Time RockerPOEtryThe Temptation of St. Anthony). In his latest collaboration, with the songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Bertolt Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble, he adapts for the stage the Bard’s non-theatrical creations, his sonnets. Wainwright’s dramatic score spans genres from classical to rock to medieval German Minnesang, as Wilson offers a vividly subversive take on the role gender plays in Shakespeare’s love poems.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; Oct 7—11 at 7:30pm; Oct 12 at 3pm

 

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Sadeh21 (US Premiere)

The Batsheva Dance Company, Israel’s largest, celebrates its 50th anniversary by returning to BAM for the US Premiere of this passionate work by artistic director Ohad Naharin. The challenging movement studies of Sadeh21 push the dancers to emotional and physical extremes, to music by Brian Eno, Angelo Badalamenti, Autechre and more.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; Nov 12—15 at 7:30pm

 

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Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby (US Premiere)

For her performance in these three one-woman plays by the Nobel Prize–winning playwright Samuel Beckett, Irish actor Lisa Dwan has at least three secret weapons at her disposal. One is director Walter Asmus, a longtime friend and collaborator of Beckett’s and the director of the “definitive production” of Waiting for Godot in 2008. The second is the preparation she did with the legendary Billie Whitelaw, the actress who originated all three roles. The third is, well, Dwan herself. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called her “astounding,” adding that she “doesn’t just uncover layers; she digs all the way to the void beneath them.”

BAM Harvey Theater; Oct 7—11 at 7:30pm; Oct 12 at 3pm

 

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Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films (NY Premiere)

Andy Warhol‘s art films of the 1960s were provocative statements on the nature of cinema, but many of them have yet to be exhibited. In Exposed, BAM will be showing 15 never-before-shown, digitally restored short films from the 1960s — chosen by The Andy Warhol Museum and featuring everyone from Marcel Duchamp to Edie Sedgwick to Warhol himself. Better yet, these silent films will be given a live soundtrack, performed by such underground rock heroes as Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound).

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; Nov 6—8 at 7:30pm

 

Tuesday
Sep092014

PSA: You Better Buy Something Before You Ask For A Spoon At The Tea Lounge

A friend o'FIPS wrote in about a horrible experience she had at the Tea Lounge recently:

I walked into the Tea Lounge after my coop shift – after stopping there for a coffee earlier in the morning – and asked if they had a plastic spoon (for my yogurt). They said no, and I said, “Oh, well, then can I borrow a metal one, I'll bring it right back. And the manager said, with a whole lot of attitude, "no." And I said, “Really? Why?” And she said, "no." And I was like, “I don't understand, can you explain why?” And she said, “Well did you buy anything?” And I said, “Well, yes, this morning on my way to my coop shift, I got a coffee.” So then she gave me a spoon. As I was leaving, the OWNER came up to me and said, “You are so rude. I can't believe you would ask us to borrow a spoon and not buy anything. Would you go into a pizza joint and order a hamburger?" And I said, "YOU are being rude."

What I didn't say, but felt like saying, was that I nursed my freaking baby in that grotty place, and I met my stupid mommy group there, and I finished writing innumerable articles there, and always make coffee runs for my shift-mates there, and always buy drinks and even sometimes food there, and I just needed a spoon and I didn't have one. 

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Tuesday
Sep092014

NY Observer Offers Hilarious Fashion Tips for Park Slope Food Coop Members

Image via New York Observer/StyleIn case you’ve been scratching your head and scrounging through your closets trying to find the perfect outfit to wear to the Park Slope Food Coop (and haven’t we all been there?), The New York Observer recently completely ran out of ideas offered up some solutions to this very vexing, but all-too common, dilemma.

Before we get to the runway, though, I’d like to address a couple of inaccuracies, on behalf of the Coop, of which I am a member in long – and usually good – standing. People – including me, and every person I’ve ever met in Park Slope – love to goof on the Coop.  I get it: it’s low-hanging, organic fruit! But just as some extremists 20+ years ago stood outside movie theaters to protest Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (and not because of the accents) without having seen the movie,* there are writers out there, usually on the Internets, who bust the Coop’s balls without ever having stepped foot in it (or on its balls). For example:

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Monday
Sep082014

Live Here, Get A Free Car

When I moved into my luxury digs during the great Snowmageddon of 2010, I had to buy my own fridge for Casa De Wookie. Along with my bed, TV, and hipster glasses, I spent nearly $300.  Add to that another $5,999,700.00 USD and I could have had this pad just around the corner from Konditori on 5th.

Under construction forever by NYC standards, the newest creation by BKGreenStone has finally arrived! Time to launch your Kickstarter for this personal paradise, all you BA in Puppetry majors. While the neighbors, some of whom have lived in PS for 60 years(!) lament the change to the hood, I welcome the madness. I imagine the streets will soon be lined with gold, and that will surely make the neighbors who like to play music at maximum volume from their car stereos be more respectful of the People With More Money™. 

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Monday
Sep082014

WHO GIVES A SHIT: Metro Card Edition 

People’s metro card preferences fascinate me. Math scares the hell out of me. When I saw this post from the nerderific blog I Quant NY I broke out into an edge-of-my-seat cold sweat cause it deals with both. Yeah ok, not really but I do think this IS kinda interesting.
 
How many times have you run down to the subway right in time to see “INSUFFICIENT FUNDS” followed by the piss warm breeze that means you’re missing your train? If you’re one of those people who don’t buy a monthly card, you just pick one a pre-selected amount that pop up on the screen, like I do, right? RIGHT?You know, like these:

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