Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia

Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia The Lower East Side Biography Project is a community media project, a television biography series and video oral history archive.

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04/01/2020

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03/28/2020
Robert Beers, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

Next Monday on the Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, our biography of ROBERT BEERS. Writer, painter, performer and wit, Robert G Beers II, was one of the downtown New York's most eclectic denizens. Anyone who ever met him would not soon forget him, neither his elegance of word and thought, nor his piercing wit, daring humor, his aesthetics or his intellectual hunger and acumen. Watch the entire 28-minute biography in Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel

Writer, painter, performer and wit, Robert G Beers II, was one of the downtown New York's most eclectic denizens. Anyone who ever met him would not soon forget…

03/24/2020
Excerpt from Penny Arcade's La Miseria: Confessions Scene

Here’s a short excerpt of Penny Arcade's play La Miseria.
If you’d like to watch the entire play, please subscribe to Penny's Patreon page - PENNY ARCADE PERFORMANCE. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

Patreon is your chance to see Penny's 1991 play within a performance piece. La Miseria, with 33 actors and non actors age 8 to 80, is about what it is to grow up as a girl in an Italian working class immigrant family with its misogyny, racism and homophobia. All non fiction, drawn from lived experience, a critique of the Catholic Church during the AIDS epidemic.

Patreon is based on the pay-what-you-wish subscriber model. You can subscribe for as little as 1 dollar. For fans of Penny's, who subscribe and become her patron, she will be releasing content exclusive to the Patreon platform. It will include archival videos of all her shows, livestreams of performances, serialized readings of her developing memoir, unedited full length interviews from our Lower East Side Biography Project, all our LES Bio Project 30 minutes biographies...and much more.

From now through the end of March, Penny is sharing 50% of the subscriptions with the venue Pangea Restaurant and Cabaret. Pangea is an important part of our community. In good times, with their high rent, they operate on very slim margins. With this shutdown, they are at risk of losing their venue and the livelihoods of their employees.

03/23/2020
Kasoundra Kasoundra, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

Tonight on the Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia our biography of KASOUNDRA KASOUNDRA! Legendary artist Kasoundra Kasoundra is known for her stunning works of collage, pen and ink and beautiful objets d’art. Collectors of her work include Joseph Cornell, Brice Marden, Debbie Harry, Debbie Freeman and Henry Zemel. Her art is a must-see. She worked for Joseph Cornell and Edward Gorey. Friends with Harry Smith and Stanley the Turtle, Kasoundra is an icon of true bohemia. It's no wonder Germaine Greer dedicated her book The Female Eunuch to Kasoundra. - excerpt from Goodie Magazine.

Watch the entire 28 minute biography in Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel

Legendary artist Kasoundra Kasoundra is known for her stunning works of collage, pen and ink and beautiful objets d’art. Collectors of her work include Joseph…

03/20/2020
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CAPTURED 4:3 VimeoH264

Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City's Lower East Side, a neighborhood…

From Jeremiah Moss, Lower East Side business's that could use some kindness now...please support.
03/20/2020
Support Mom & Pop in the Time of Corona

From Jeremiah Moss, Lower East Side business's that could use some kindness now...please support.

The coronavirus shutdown has shuttered the restaurants, shops, and bars of New York City. Our independent mom and pops are struggling to sur...

Please support Chinatown and Nom Wah Tea Parlor is one of the best!
03/06/2020
Jeremiah's Vanishing New York

Please support Chinatown and Nom Wah Tea Parlor is one of the best!

From Wilson Tang of Nom Wah: "I’ve been using #supportchinatown, which was created by the Chinatown Business Improvement District, and doing my part as a community leader to squash the fear. If I can eat in Chinatown, so can you."

03/03/2020
Al Orensanz, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from biography

Next week on The Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia AL ORENSANZ. Al Orensanz (1942-2016) was the director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation is name after Al's brother, Spanish sculptor Angel Orensanz, who rescued the former Ansche Chesed Synagogue in 1986. The building is located at 172 Norfolk Street in New York City and is one of the oldest surviving gothic-revival synagogues in New York.

Watch the entire 28 minute biography this coming Monday In Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel

Al Orensanz (1942-2016) was the director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation is name after Al's brother, Spanish sculptor Angel Orensanz,…

Helen Oliver Adelson: The Road
02/24/2020
Helen Oliver Adelson: The Road

Helen Oliver Adelson: The Road

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 29 / 6–8 PM Helen Oliver Adelson…embodies those values of individuality

02/22/2020
Jack Waters, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

This coming Monday, Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia presents a most wonderful biography on artist, thinker, multi-media activist tinkerer...JACK WATERS. Please share. Here's an excerpt.....

JACK WATERS works in all forms of visual, performance and media art. He is a BFA graduate in dance of the Juilliard School. His choreography credits include his Personifications staged for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center Repertory Workshop, and his works created as a founding member of POOL, the choreographer’s collective that was the resident dance company of the legendary Pyramid Club in New York City of the 1980s.

Watch the entire 28 minute biography this Monday In Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel

Jack’s films have shown on Sundance Channel, and on PBS. Among Waters recent screenings of note is his video short “Occupy My Ass, Not Iraq” at the Panorama section of the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. As a journalist he has published articles on politics, cultural affairs, and reviews in visual arts, film, and media. He was a founding contributing writer for both Gay City News, New York City’s LGBT news bi-weekly, and Color Life, the news journal for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and two-spirited people of Color.

Waters and partner Peter Cramer, former co-directors of ABC No Rio, are co founders of Le Petit Versailles, a Green Thumb garden presenting screenings, music, performance, visual art exhibitions, and new media. They are ongoing and frequent collaborators with the Inbred Hybrid Collective, whose mandate is: to stimulate a consciousness of the external factors affecting our human existence. alliedproductions.org

Jack Waters works in all forms of visual, performance and media art. He is a BFA graduate in dance of the Juilliard School. His choreography credits include his…

Generator (Pestilence Part 1) | La MaMa
02/19/2020
Generator (Pestilence Part 1) | La MaMa

Generator (Pestilence Part 1) | La MaMa

Generator: Pestilence Part 1's story begins with a spark of energy triggering life on the planet. Science and mythology merge to create an origin narrative.

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02/19/2020

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Marcia Resnick, Re-visions & Other Visions @Deborah Bell - Collector Daily
01/28/2020
Marcia Resnick, Re-visions & Other Visions @Deborah Bell - Collector Daily

Marcia Resnick, Re-visions & Other Visions @Deborah Bell - Collector Daily

Marcia Resnick, Re-visions & Other Visions @Deborah Bell By Loring Knoblauch / In Galleries / January 24, 2020 JTF (just the facts): A total of 40 photographic works, variously framed and matted, and hung against white walls in the main gallery space and the side hallway. The following works have be...

Open House
01/28/2020
Open House

Open House

How can I talk about the new people and their superpower of invasion? I’m forever grappling with this question, reducing, stereotyping, and then struggling not to be reductive. What I keep coming back to is their apparent belief that their way of living belongs everywhere, that it should trickle d...

The Life and Death Of A Poet: Penny Arcade on John Giorno - The Poetry Project
01/27/2020
The Life and Death Of A Poet: Penny Arcade on John Giorno - The Poetry Project

The Life and Death Of A Poet: Penny Arcade on John Giorno - The Poetry Project

“…thanks for allowing me to be a poet a noble effort, doomed, but the only choice.” from Thanx 4 Nothing. On October 11th 2019 the pioneering poet, painter and artistic entrepreneur John Giorno left his body at 222 Bowery, the Queen Anne Romanesque Revival style building built in 1880 as the f...

JAYNE COUNTY art opening next Tuesday the 28th!
01/23/2020
BASTET, Goddess of Wet Dreams | Viewing Room

JAYNE COUNTY art opening next Tuesday the 28th!

Viewing Room is a contemporary art gallery located in New York City that exhibits both historical and new work by international artists.

01/13/2020
Paul Ambrose, excerpt from the Lower East Side Biography Project, Interview by Penny Arcade

Tonight on the Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, PAUL AMBROSE. You can watch our 28 minute biography in Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel Here's an excerpt:

PAUL AMBROSE 1948-2017 Actor Paul Ambrose was born on July 4, 1948 in Boonville, Mississippi. He migrated to New York in 1968 and nearly straight into the downtown…

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01/06/2020

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Penny Arcade Herself, Celebrating her Village Preservation Oral HistoryMonday, January 6, 7:00pmThe Duplex, 61 Christoph...
01/02/2020
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Penny Arcade Herself, Celebrating her Village Preservation Oral History

Monday, January 6, 7:00pm
The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Since first climbing out of her bedroom window at age 14 to join the fabulously disenfranchised world of downtown queers, junkies, whores, stars, deviants and geniuses, Penny Arcade has become one of New York’s most influential performers. By fearlessly displaying her singular brand of feminist sexuality and storytelling she has garnered countless fans worldwide with an emotionally and intellectually charged performance style. Internationally revered as a writer, director, and actress, she has influenced generations of artists.
In Penny’s Village Preservation oral history, she said, “My work has always encompassed oral history from the first moment—makes sense—I’m from an oral tradition of southern Italian storytelling, where every problem is described by being told about another problem that was similar to it that had happened once before. And that’s how I made my work.” Join us for an evening celebrating this oral history and Penny’s work.

This event is not accessible.
https://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/events/index.htm

Click here to support Help Laura Rubin! organized by Penny Arcade
12/30/2019
Click here to support Help Laura Rubin! organized by Penny Arcade

Click here to support Help Laura Rubin! organized by Penny Arcade

Laura Rubin, the photographer who photographed The Warhol Circle, continues to be in terrible trouble right now, all alone with no support or income and she needs our help. She is suffering with acute Lupus and a heart condition. She has managed to raise her weight from a low of 93 pounds to ...

12/21/2019
Penny Arcade: The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

Coming this Monday, December 23rd, the PENNY ARCADE biography. A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the legendary New York City Play-House of the Ridiculous at seventeen, and an escapee from Andy Warhol’s Factory scene at nineteen, Penny Arcade emerged in the 1980s as a primal force on the New York art scene and an originator of what came to be called performance art. Arcade’s brand of high camp and street-smart, punk-rock cabaret showmanship has been winning over international audiences ever since.You can watch our 28 minute biography in Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel Here's an excerpt:

PENNY ARCADE: A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the legendary New York City Play-House of the Ridiculous at seventeen,…

Artist Antony Zito goes big in East Village show - The Villager
12/12/2019
Artist Antony Zito goes big in East Village show - The Villager

Artist Antony Zito goes big in East Village show - The Villager

BY BOB KRASNER | There are times when input from a gallery director can be a catalyst for change. For Antony Zito, the “magic words” from Howl Gallery’s Ted Riederer regarding his latest show were the instructions, “all new work, and go big!” “I’ve always mainly done straight portraits...

12/04/2019
"Luke Carsin" The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

Up next Monday, December 9th, one of our favorites biographies, LUKE CARSIN. Luke Carsin (born Carol Bloom), was a feisty champion of New York downtown theater and performance. Carsin, as she was known by most throughout her beloved East Village, was a mechanic who volunteered at La MaMa, the Theater for the New City and P.S. 122. She was an original member of SDS, (Students for a Democratic Society), a self-described anarchist, a gender pioneer and a community activist of great humility with a rigorous personal investigation into racism, worker rights and class struggle. You can watch our 28 minute biography in Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel Here's an excerpt: https://vimeo.com/35271458

Luke Carsin (born Carol Bloom), was a feisty champion of New York downtown theater and performance. Carsin, as she was known by most throughout her beloved East…

12/02/2019
Michel Auder, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

Tonight on The Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, photographer and filmmaker MICHEL AUDER. You can watch our 28 minute biography in Manhattan at 11pm EST on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/live/1-community-channel Here's an excerpt.

Michel Auder is a French photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He began making films in the early 1960s. By 1968, filmmaking became…

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11/26/2019

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11/15/2019

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Wonderful story on IRA COHEN's mylar photographs in advance of his book launch at MOMA PS1.
11/08/2019
'Like looking through butterfly wings': Ira Cohen's Mylar chamber – in pictures

Wonderful story on IRA COHEN's mylar photographs in advance of his book launch at MOMA PS1.

In a New York loft 50 years ago, poet, photographer and film-maker Ira Cohen hung reflective Mylar film on hinged boards, walls and ceiling, and invited visitors – including William Burroughs and Jimi Hendrix – to explore an experimental space

Penny Arcade’s LONGING LASTS LONGERJoe’s Pub October 15 & 24"Bursting with energy…hilarity and pathos" ★★★★★ Edinburgh E...
10/12/2019

Penny Arcade’s LONGING LASTS LONGER
Joe’s Pub October 15 & 24
"Bursting with energy…hilarity and pathos"
★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

Tkts $20 advance/$30 door
https://publictheater.org/productions/joes-pub/2019/p/penny-arcade-longing-lasts-longer/

After 2 world tours, 44 cities and 200 performances, Longing Lasts Longer is faster, funnier and more relevant than ever and returns to the stage at Joe’s Pub where it was created.

No one in theatre, comedy or rock and roll does anything even remotely similar to Penny Arcade, where she combines poetics, comedy, and rock and roll into what can only be called cultural critique you can dance to!

Penny Arcade has never wavered or relaxed in her quest to entertain, challenge and expand both herself and her audience. Her rare ability to articulate ideas that are still forming in the collective psyche that have not yet emerged and been sanctioned by collective consciousness is a message of hope!
http://pennyarcade.tv

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After 20 years I am just angry and sad that Lincoln Anderson who allowed so many of us to use the Villager as a publication resource for articles and for me especially photos of major national events has been fired by a family of greedy NY pissant scumbags who have destroyed a vital and long, long time source of community news unlike any other publication in the city.
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Thanks for the introduction
If you didn't have plans for tonight... (And if you did, there are two more performances before Penny and Steve retire "Longing Lasts Longer," Tuesdays Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. StaceyAnneOrinEllenSima
Come to HOWL! Happening tonight, Thu., June 13, 7 pm to see David Weissman's film about Eugene N. Fedorko followed by a panel about Gay Elders. And while you're there, check out my show "Mourn the Dead. Fight Like Hell for the Living" which will be up through Sun., June 16. There will be a CLOSING RECEPTION for the show at 4:00-6:00 at which time you can sign up to march with HOWL in Reclaim Pride on June 30. HOWL! Happening 6 E. 1st St. (bet. 2nd Ave. and Bowery) Gallery Hours: 11-6.
Penny Arcade will be in Woodbridge this week! Enjoy and please share!
This is great, congrats and good luck to all! I wish I could participate, maybe next time. I lived on the LES thru the 80s, and had the lowest and highest points of that experience, saw the noeveau riche embrace the "starving artists" and turn them into nouveau somethings, and then saw everyone else do the million things that we all did after the 80s.
Some time ago LESBP interviewed an artist named Kasoundra Kasoundra that I’ve quite lost track of. She may no longer be alive. If she is OK, please let me know. Here’s a relevant youtube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AQqoGJxBAU0.
Nov. 15, Bristol, UK, one time only screening of DOPE (1968) by Sheldon Rochlin and Diane Rochlin (now Flame Schon). Pass it on to anyone in the area.
This poster for upcoming screening of DOPE just arrived this moment-- Nov.15th - Bristol, UK pass it on to anyone in the area
Please upload the full video of this, thanx in advance: Jayne County, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography
I realize that I’m a cat If you're in town next Friday July 6, come and see Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner launch the next incarnation of their new show: The Faghag and Her Friends in the Summer of Love! Joe's Pub at The Public, July 6, 14, 25 & August 1. The play travels through 1960’s Provincetown to the gay cafes and night clubs of the 1960’s NY to the milieu of New York’s celebrated demimonde where tragedy and transformation walked hand in hand and created a breeding ground for revolutionary thinking and artistic innovation. Here’s an excerpt! Tkts: https://www.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2018/P/Penny-Arcade1/?SiteTheme=JoesPub