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.

11/02/2020
Do You Remember The Night Primordial? A film by Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner for Halloween at Theater for the New City, October 31, 2020

Theater for the New City requested a video for their annual Halloween Party, this year being held on-line. I have participated live at TNC Halloween every year since 1981 except if I was out of town. I decided that rather than doing a face to camera monologue, that this year I would do a collaboration with the natural world, and as I was visiting my sister Lorraine, I went into the woods behind her house and listened to the trees, the wind and the crackling leaves underfoot and improvised what turned out to be a lyrical, poetic, spooky mysterious response...my ode to the night primordial.
I then sent the footage to my longtime collaborated Steve Zehentner and Steve added his magic.
Here's an excerpt. Enjoy! xoxoxopenny
The entire film here: https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

An unfair tragedy has struck beloved Pangea Bar, Restaurant & Cabaret and we NEED to pull together to help make this rig...
11/02/2020
Preserve Downtown NYC Arts and Support Pangea, organized by Stephen Shanaghan

An unfair tragedy has struck beloved Pangea Bar, Restaurant & Cabaret and we NEED to pull together to help make this right. A disgruntled neighbor reported them to Con Ed for a gas leak that they claim to have smelled in their back third floor apartment NO ONE ELSE SMELLED GAS ANYWHERE. Con Ed did NOT find the the leak at Pangea but locked their gas meter anyway !! Now a $5,000 retainer for a plumber to check out ALL the pipeline must be found for them to reopen.

Stephen Shanaghan and Arnoldo Caballero Y Cespedes have sacrificed EVERYTHING to stay open FOR US! This attack by idiotic neighbors who hate live art must not be allowed to shut them down. Please donate to Pangea’s Go fund Me tonight!. They need your financial and emotional support now more than ever. It’s estimated that up to 50% of New York restaurants may close for good, please help Pangea be one that survives. xoPenny

https://www.gofundme.com/f/preserve-downtown-nyc-arts-and-support-pangea

Never before, in most of our lifetimes, have we been faced with such… Stephen Shanaghan needs your support for Preserve Downtown NYC Arts and Support Pangea

Need A new Penny Arcade fix?Miss being part of the excitement the excitement watching Penny on the tightrope as she impr...
10/30/2020
Pangea Restaurant and Bar :: Blog Post

Need A new Penny Arcade fix?
Miss being part of the excitement the excitement watching Penny on the tightrope as she improvises her way to a new full length show? In Notes From The Underground Penny returns to her original 1980's format of singing in her shows.
You have a front row seat at this new exciting, mystery laden and evocative show with songs by Bob Dylan, Loudon Wainwright, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright and Richard Thompson...with an exciting live mixed soundtrack by Penny's long time collaborator Steve Zehentner
http://www.pangeanyc.com/show/penny-arcade-notes-from-the-underground-800pm-livestream/

Pangea Italian Restaurant services the East Village with its top of the line Mediterranean food. If your looking for a place to have dinner or a few Cocktails in East Village of NYC Pangea located in the 10003 area should be your first option.

10/25/2020
Excerpt from ARON "The Pieman" KAY's biography

Following up on the phenomenal thought provoking livestream conversation I had with journalist Al Giordano last night, today we uploaded to my Patreon, our biography on ARON KAY, the ‘mad Yippie pieman’. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true In this biography, Aron talks about the trial of the Chicago 7, a topic that Al and I spoke about last evening as Al worked with Abbie Hoffman in the 1980’s. Here’s an excerpt.

The conversation with Al Giordano is archived on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/posts/penny-arcade-al-43036058. If your interested in original political analysis about the upcoming election and U.S. political culture, the conversation with Al is well worth your time. xoPenny

ARON KAY, the Groucho Marxist of the anti-capitalist brigade, has been dubbed the mad Yippie pieman for a whole series of pie-in-the-face attacks stretching across almost three decades, and including such victims as right-wing political commentator William F. Buckley, former CIA director William Colby, former New York Mayor Abe Beame, Phyllis Schlafly and many others. - pieman.org

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09/29/2020

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09/29/2020
Excerpt from GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND Sarah Schulman and Penny Arcade: A Lower East Side Biography Project Program

If you missed the Lower East Side Biography Project program last night, here's an excerpt from the wonderful conversation between Sarah Schulman and Penny Arcade. https://vimeo.com/groups/lowereastsidebioproject/videos/158269906

GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Penny Arcade and Sarah Schulman both tackle gentrification head on, no more so than in Arcade’s award-winning new show Longing…

Dear FriendsYou have been loyal and committed in your support of the very vulnerable photographer Laura Rubin, in her 70...
09/29/2020
Help Laura Rubin!, organized by Penny Arcade

Dear Friends
You have been loyal and committed in your support of
the very vulnerable photographer Laura Rubin, in her 70's , alone in the world, very ill, without anyone to appeal to in order for her to stay in her apartment. She is too sick to work and despite her strong opinions, she herself is not strong and is even too ill right now to be on social media. She has been diagnosed with a very strong infection that apparently has been in her system for months , she is deathly ill and she was already sick, suffering from Lupus and chronic auto immune illnesses and the stress of being poor and at the mercy of strangers. She was a great photographer and for very little money you can own one or more of her photographs, photos that are rare and represent a world that is disappearing. Steve Zehentner my long time collaborator has donated his time to insure the prints we make for Laura's donors are of the highest quality , on archival paper, printed from negatives now owned (by donation before she became so ill) by The Warhol Museum)
Available for donations of $165 with postage locally and $215 international
https://www.gofundme.com/f/helplaurasurvive
with deepest appreciation
xo
Penny Arcade
Here is the latest from Laura Rubin:
I have been re-tested, and it appears that I have not recovered from the two advanced Samonella infections. Last week I had additional tests and there are now six infections; 4 advanced Samonella (para typhoid), plus Proteus, entero bacteria- e cloacae, that carry a 46% mortality rate. It appears that I have been infected for several months.
I have not responded to the combinations of antibiotics that were prescribed thru August (resistant).
The only treatment left is a series of injections. Nurses are coming to the house because I can not travel.
There is a window of time that a patient can survive with these diseases. The doctor is lending money for the lab, nurse, medications, lab fees. He recommended IV treatments as a last resort.
Photo: Penny Arcade East Village roof 1969
by Laura Rubin

Laura Rubin 1966 LAURA RUBIN, the photographer who photographed The Warhol Circle, continues to be i… Penny Arcade needs your support for Help Laura Rubin!

09/22/2020
Harold Stevenson: The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

If you missed last night's broadcast of HAROLD STEVENSON'S biography, here's an excerpt. All LES Biography Project biographies will live on Penny Arcade Performance Patreon page...including the full length unedited interviews. We are uploading several each month! https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

https://vimeo.com/groups/lowereastsidebioproject/videos/58271991

Harold Stevenson was born in 1929 in Idabel, Oklahoma. Over the past six decades, the male figure—often nude and always sumptuously rendered—has dominated…

If you appreciate my free-thinking on social media or ever attended one of my live performances and felt a current of in...
09/09/2020
Patreon

If you appreciate my free-thinking on social media or ever attended one of my live performances and felt a current of individual freedom and community circulating in the room...I'm bringing that and all my 70 years of theatre and life experience to Patreon. If you are looking for original provocative content that will guide you in your own quest for self realization, I think there's so much on Patreon that will support and inspire you. Please have a look at all the content we've uploaded thus far. xopenny

Patreon is empowering a new generation of creators. Support and engage with artists and creators as they live out their passions!

09/08/2020
Entire LEEE BLACK CHILDERS biography uploaded to Patreon!

We just uploaded to my Patreon page the biography of LEEE BLACK CHILDERS. Leee was a rock 'n' roll photographer, raconteur and documentarian of the punk movement. Here's an excerpt of the thrilling biography. You can watch the full 28-minute film on Patreon. Enjoy xoPenny. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

“I have a pretty bizarre history -- worked and/or lived with Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mott the Hoople, Johnny Thunders, Levi & the Rockats, Sid Vicious, Jayne County, The Star Spangles. I've toured all over the world and even been arrested in Russia by the KGB. Music has shaped my whole life and career - so, I like everything. At home I listen to suicide music - torch singers, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Timi Yuro, Gene Pitney, you get the picture. In public I like the trouble makers.” - Leee Black Childers

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/arts/leee-black-childers-photographer-of-counterculture-dies-at-68.html

https://thevinylfactory.com/features/debbie-iggy-and-andy-photos-from-leee-black-childers-intimate-archive-of-pop-icons/

08/26/2020
Excerpt from playwright Ken Bernard interview from The Lower East Side Biography Project

Here’s another short excerpt from our 2006 Lower East Side Biography Project interview of playwright KEN BERNARD. In this clip, Ken speaks about working with John Vaccaro. Yesterday we uploaded the entire 2 hour and 41 minute unedited interview with Ken to my Patreon. The interview is brilliant. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

The loss of poet playwright Ken Bernard in my life is HUGE but I am happy I was able to help get him the obit in the New York Times he SO DESERVED! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/theater/kenneth-bernard-dead.html

In 15 minutes at 7pm EST on Penny Arcade's Facebook LIVE, artist Ken Tisa!! It is an extraordinary honor to be able to o...
08/24/2020

In 15 minutes at 7pm EST on Penny Arcade's Facebook LIVE, artist Ken Tisa!! It is an extraordinary honor to be able to offer our audience a LIVE interview with the artist Ken Tisa.

In my experience of life in the New York art world over the past 52 years, no one represents the word ART in my mind like Ken Tisa. From painting to rug making to ceramics to every medium, Kenny is a life lived at the beating heart of the 20th-21st century epicenter of art in New York City.

This will be an extraordinary conversation free rambling and wide ranging...covering the 1960's to the present...certain to be inspiring and illuminating...We are SO lucky!!! xoPenny
Tune in on my Facebook Homepage.

https://www.facebook.com/pennyarcadesuperstar Afterwards the direct link to the interview will be archived on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

PENNY ARCADE Facebook LIVE 7pm New York / 4pm Los Angeles / 6pm Chicago / 12am Dublin, Glasgow, London / 1am Berlin, Paris, Rome, Prague, Warsaw / 2am Istanbul, Beirut, Moscow / 3am Abu Dhabi / 3:30am Tehran / 4:30am Delhi / 7:00am Hong Kong / 8:00am Tokyo / 8:30am Adelaide, Darwin / 9am Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

08/24/2020
Excerpt from KEN BERNARD interview

Here’s an excerpt from our 2006 @Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia interview of playwright KEN BERNARD. In this clip, after my preamble, Ken speaks about language, how it controls how we see the world and how we think. Steve will be editing a couple more short segments and I'll post to Facebook throughout the week. The full interview with Ken is being uploaded to my Patreon later today or tomorrow. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

The loss of poet playwright Ken Bernard in my life is HUGE but I am happy I was able to help get him the obit in the New York Times he SO DESERVED! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/theater/kenneth-bernard-dead.html

I was both deeply humbled and deeply honored when he wrote the brilliant forward to the book @Semiotext published, a partial collection of my work Bad Reputation in 2010. I was astounded when just by reading 5 of my plays he understood so profoundly the foundational realities of the theatre i create..no doubt because we shared sensibilities and he was a huge influence on my thinking in the theatre as was of course John Vaccaro who directed so many of Ken's plays, many at La Mama, not that i ever thought i was the calibre of Ken's writing but it was my standard...and i was so baffled that Ken thought my writing and theatrical vision worthy enough to write about. His insights were extraordinary...because he had never seen a LIVE show at that point. (I was too shy to ever invite him before) but he understood DEEP things about my motivation that it had taken me DECADES to understand...and he understood them in 2 weeks...that my role in the theatre is that of a 'reformer' YES! I think the world could be a better place! Yes! i think we- myself included could, should be happier, fulfilled, filled with joy and love instead of fear and paralyzing anxieties.

I am deeply impressed with both the researcher Susan Beachy and Neil Genzlinger, the writer of this obit. I sent them some links and a paragraph of my point of view on Ken's work, his brilliance and his importance and the very different path to the Ridiculous he took from Ludlam and Tavel but since Bruce Weber left The New York Times I had my doubts that anyone could bring the gravitas and dignity to the work of alternative 'downtown' artists...but he is just so wonderful writing about Ken. i am only sad that Gordon Bressac did not live to read this not to mention...Ondine and everyone else.

08/21/2020
Excerpt from MICHEL AUDER biography

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

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 his primary conduit through his association with a constellation of radical independent filmmakers in Paris known as the Zanzibar Group.

He was influenced of the French New Wave and experimental cinema, most notably Jean-Luc Godard and Andy Warhol. In 1969, Auder met and eventually married Viva, one of Warhol’s principal talents. A year later, they moved to New York City where Auder has since resided. That same year, he purchased a Sony Portapak, one of the first commercially available video cameras.

Video allowed Auder to translate Warhol’s talent for making the banal glamorous and the glamorous banal into a diary practice which Auder himself did not consider fine art. His earliest works are travel logs and endearing portraits of friends including Hannah Wilke, Alice Neel, Annie Sprinkle, Eric Bogosian, Louis Waldon, and Larry Rivers. The label “video artist” was applied retroactively when Auder began exhibiting his work in 1980.

Most recently, Mr. Auder's work has been the subject of retrospectives at the 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, as well as exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art, Participant Inc., New York, and the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden. He was appointed senior critic in sculpture at Yale in 2006. michelauder.com

The Michel Auder Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project and was directed and edited by Anna Wierzbicka in collaboration with Penny Arcade, Steve Zehentner and Dean Lance.

08/21/2020

We just uploaded to my Patreon, our 28-minute biography on JAYNE COUNTY, brilliantly edited by Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia producer, Dean Lance. Here's an excerpt. For the entire bio, you can enroll in Patreon for as little as $1/month. xoPenny https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

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While everyone is patting themselves on the back for their activism and organizing, check out our Lower East Biography Project profile of veteran activist, the late Carmen Pabon who was fighting for the LES for decades. Airing and streaming tonight, Monday, July 6 at 11 pm. Details below. SarahJackPeeweeJackieKenRickyMarciaJeffTed
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.
In case you need to see a clip...
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