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April 27, 2008

Darcy James Argue and the Brooklyn Phil meet Murakami

Darcy James Argue, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


Here's what the New Yorker magazine had to say about Darcy James Argue's upcoming debut at the Brooklyn Museum, emphasis added:


Members of the group (joined by the toy pianist Phyllis Chen and the percussionist Svet Stoyanov) come to the Manhattan night club Drom to offer music by Randall Woolf (with video), Frederic Rzewski, and Julia Wolfe, along with a new work by the young jazz master Darcy James Argue. (85 Avenue A, between 5th and 6th Sts. April 27 at 8. For tickets, see

For more information about tomorrow's performance, visit Darcy's blog, Secret Society.

Darcy's new piece, Body Double, is a composition for strings and tepan. The performance is part of the Brooklyn Museum's Music Off the Walls series.

Darcy was commissioned to write a piece inspired by the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in honor of the Murakami retrospective underway at the Brooklyn Museum. The visual inspiration for the composition is Murakami's 1998 painting, Milk.

Photograph: Darcy conducting the Secret Society big band during the group's stint at the Jazz Gallery earlier this month.

February 14, 2008

Rapid Response Team's Oscar Night show at the Bowery

My friend Isaac Butler from Parabasis just emailed to let me know that he's putting on an Oscar Night performance with his political comedy group, Rapid Response Team.

RRT is offering a ticket discount through political blogs:

The Rapid Response Team creates new short plays sketches and songs based on the week's news.  We weave these pieces together into a live radio variety show which is then podcasted over the internet.  We need people for our "live studio audience" for our special OSCAR night show.

What: The Rapid Response Team's Oscar Nite Spectacular
When: February 24th, 2008 8PM
Where: The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery between 2nd and Bleecker)
How Much: $10, two for one tickets if you present this coupon.

You can download the coupon here: , or click on the thumbnail below.


January 23, 2008

Young goth couple wins attention sweepstakes

Medium_maltby012308In the age of the Internet, something as simple as getting kicked off the bus in costume can attract global attention. Well played, kids.

June 29, 2007

Things have changed

Found in a "Friend's" journal .

From the wall card by one of Louise Nevelson's sculptures at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, quoting a critic commenting on one of her shows in 1947:

"We learn the artist is a woman in time to check our enthusiasm. Had it been otherwise we might have hailed these sculptural expressions as by a great figure among the moderns."

Things are a little different today, but we still have some of it.  Speaker of the House?  We got our first woman in the job less than a year ago.  Israel had Golda Meir, Britain had Thatcher; those were the chief executive.

We have people who argue that Clinton ought not be running, because she's a woman.  That to get anywhere she'll have to prove herself more manly than her competition.

Concerned Women of America are complaining that Code Pink isn't being feminine (having an opinion, and sharing it with others is masculine, and evil; at least for women).

So things are a little different.  But we still have a culture which wants to say: had it been a man, we could count those people among the best of the moderns.

May 30, 2007

New Broadway contract for musicians' union

Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians signed a 3-year contract with Broadway producers:

NEW YORK (AP) _ The musicians union Local 802 has amiably agreed to a three-year contract with Broadway producers, a contrast to the last round of negotiations that culminated in a strike and darkened Broadway for days.

Members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians approved the contract with The League of American Theatres and Producers, Disney Theatrical Productions, and Musical Rights, Inc., following a union ratification meeting on May 16, officials said.

The contract expands the pool of musicians eligible for health care, and includes more contributions to the health plan from producers. In return, musicians gave up two wage increases during the term of the agreement. No other details were released. [AP]

Consider this an open thread for 802 members and anyone else who wants to talk about the contract.

Comments, complaints, gossip? Dish here.


May 08, 2007

You get what you pay for

Buying friends, a graphical analysis from Indexed.

April 29, 2007

Joe Mathlete will draw anything you ask him to on an index card


Even a butterflyfish as a law student or Moby Dick on Leno.

March 13, 2007

SF Mayor Gavin Newsome's girlfriend dishes in blog comments

Submitted bemusedly, and without comment.

February 26, 2007

What's up with Club B.E.D.?

This one goes out to the New York hivemind...

Does anyone know exactly what's going on with Club B.E.D. in Chelsea? Citysearch lists B.E.D. NYC as temporarily closed, but various NYC blogs say the place is closed for good. In any event, as of yesterday afternoon there was no sign outside the club to indicate whether the place is closed, or for how long.

B.E.D. has reportedly been shuttered since a fatal elevator accident at the club on February 3. The host/manger Granville Adams has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of Orlando Valle. The criminal complaint alleges that Adams shoved Valle into the hoistway doors of the 6th floor club, forcing the doors open and sending Valle tumbling to his death. Adams' attorneys allege that he threw Valle off his back in self-defense after Valle jumped him from behind during a melee in the bar.

I've already filed one piece about the case for Chelsea Now. (I'll post a link when the story gets published.) I intend to keep following the case. Right now, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about B.E.D. and the people who worked there. If you've got tips, please leave comments below, or send me an email.

The $64,000 question is this: What's the name of B.E.D.'s coat check girl? I'd love to interview her. Please don't post any contact information for her in the comments, just send me an email.

February 22, 2007

"How We Die" author Nuland disses Anna Nicole Smith

Newsweek is giving the public play-by-play commentary on the decomposition of Anna Nicole Smith's body. I'm not kidding.

The thing that bothers me is that one of my favorite authors gave such an uncharacteristically catty and hypocritical quote:

What’s your view of how this case has been handled?
There should have been a very quick decision by the judge as to embalming and as to where she should have been buried. Every so often I see a bit of this so-called hearing and I am embarrassed that people should engage in this public indignity and inhumanity. I think we are seeing the worst manifestations of our culture and at the time of death, the dead deserve the best manifestations of our humanity. What we have created is a media circus with no dignity whatsoever. This woman chose to have precious little dignity in her life, but the least we could do to a fellow human being is to have sufficient compassion to provide for her some dignity in death. [Emphasis added.]

Sherwin Nuland is professor of surgery who teaches bioethics at Yale as well as a prolific author of popular works on medicine and the medical humanities. I highly recommend the book that got him the Newsweek interview, How We Die.

Nuland is one of my favorite writers, in part because his work evinces genuine compassion. I'm disappointed that he would take a swipe at any recently deceased person, especially while criticizing others' disrespect in the same breath.