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.

05/20/2020
Jonas Mekas - The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

This coming Monday on the Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, JONAS MEKAS! Jonas Mekas (December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019), was a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, poet, writer, and curator who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema." Editor of Film Culture magazine, co-founder of Film-Makers' Cooperative and the Filmmaker’s Cinematheque which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde films, Mekas has stated "that the cinema was the tongue in which we could reach everybody."

Here's an excerpt from our biography.

Jonas Mekas (December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019), was a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, poet, writer, and curator who has often been called "the…

05/20/2020
Jayne County, The Lower East Side Biography Project, excerpt from 28 minute biography

In case you missed our Livestream on cable TV last Monday, here's a little JAYNE COUNTY for ya! Our biographies livestream every Monday at 11pm EST https://www.mnn.org/watch/channels/community-channel and are cablecast on TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Spectrum 34 & 1995. Next Monday Jonas Mekas.

Stick It In Me! (You Are Entering Jayne County) In this episode of The Lower East Side Biography Project, we present transgendered punk legend Jayne County. Jayne…

Our beloved Pangea Bar, Restaurant and Cabaret needs some love and support....urgently!  Pangea Stephen ShanaghanArnoldo...
05/19/2020
Preserve Downtown NYC Arts and Support Pangea organized by Stephen Shanaghan

Our beloved Pangea Bar, Restaurant and Cabaret needs some love and support....urgently! Pangea Stephen ShanaghanArnoldo Caballero Y Cespedes

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

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05/13/2020

Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia's cover photo

A great interview with Crystal Field of Theatre for the New City
05/04/2020

A great interview with Crystal Field of Theatre for the New City

BroadwayWorld: "Through our regional theater interview series, we are checking in with theaters all around the country, talking to them about how they are handling these difficult circumstances, learning what they are doing to move forward, and discovering the best way for people to help regional theaters during this time.

Today we're checking in with Theater for the New City. We chatted with TNC Co-founder and Artistic Director Crystal Field." - by Stephi Wild

Read the full article 👉 https://bit.ly/2VT82ip

#TNCAlive #TNC50 #LES25 #covid19

04/25/2020

At the beginning of 2016, JIMMY WEBB, the manager of the East Village's premier rock and roll clothing store, Trash and Vaudeville, confided to me that the store was going to be closing and relocating off the block. In a neighborhood already hard hit by hyper gentrification, this was an impossible blow.

St Mark's Place is the only street in NY that has barely changed since the late 1960's when I lived at number 13 St Mark's Place. Sure, the businesses have changed and it went from Beatniks to Hippies to Punks, but the underlying vibe of the street never changed with its tension, its free-wheelingness, its current of people coming and going, east to west never changed. St Mark's Place between Second and Third Avenue is mercantile, commercial, grubby and sleazy. It always was and nothing ever really changed that. But the idea of Trash and Vaudeville closing and with it the loss of St Mark Place's most prominent attraction, that gloriously rock and roll entity; Jimmy Webb himself, bleached, tattooed, denim’d and glittered seemed ominous.

I wasn't in New York. I was out on the road somewhere, maybe Bangkok, on my way to Adelaide Australia. A feeling of foreboding distressed me, something I could not shake. I called Steve Zehentner who co-helms The @Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia with me and told him the news, "You have to go down there", I said, "You have to film Trash and Vaudeville and Jimmy right away." On February 6th 2016 Steve went over and shot what would be B roll for the eventual interview The Lower East Side Biography Project was planning to do with Jimmy. Steve just edited this footage.

It is 4 years later and Jimmy is dead and gone no doubt to rock and roll heaven, because if anyone could get in it would be Jimmy Webb. I will always mourn both Jimmy and the fact we never got to do the interview. Yet in this short clip that Steve shot captures what was what was essential about Jimmy Webb and demonstrates why he had the extraordinary impact he had on peoples lives. Jimmy had time for everybody. He made space for everybody's dreams. He had lived with the living death of Heroin addiction and he wanted to live. He took no one and nothing for granted. He wore his love and his life force on his sleeve, well on his arm, cuz he didn't wear sleeves!

He said it simply and he said it directly. "I want to live. I want to be good. I want to leave a little sweet memory." He has left a big one. Penny Arcade

Sad news from E.V. Grieve on Tompkins Square Park stalwart performer, Giuseppi Logan.
04/20/2020
RIP Giuseppi Logan

Sad news from E.V. Grieve on Tompkins Square Park stalwart performer, Giuseppi Logan.

EV Grieve is the leading news, entertainment and lifestyle blog about the East Village of New York City.

04/07/2020
Kenneth H. Brown Interview Excerpt

As we have learned through history, we often do not know who our greatest artists are. Kenneth H. Brown is one of those artists. Playwright, novelist, poet, his Pulitzer Prize nominated play, The Brig, was performed by The Living Theatre and changed modern theatre. If the world of literature and theatre survives it will eventually catch up to him, as history always does.

To me, Ken Brown is a towering figure. To give you an idea he reminds me of Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, Edith Wharton, people who wrote the worlds they knew. In this short excerpt, masterfully edited by my collaborator Steve Zehentner, you see the worlds Ken Brown has inhabited - his all American good looks, the kind that turn heads, the pile of scripts and novels he has written, the lives he has led. All available for you to find with a simple Amazon search. His unpublished novels need to be published. I am working on that. Meet the indelibly glamorous and highly achieved Kenneth H Brown. xoPenny

This 8 minute excerpt is from an interview conducted with Ken in Bay Ridge Brooklyn on March 12, 2020. We will very soon extend this excerpt into a 28-minute biography for the Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia. This biography and all the LES Bio Project films will be archived and available on my Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade?fan_landing=true

Never a better time to buy local than now.  Find a way to support your neighborhood businesses now so they are there whe...
04/03/2020
Preserve Downtown NYC Arts and Support Pangea organized by Stephen Shanaghan

Never a better time to buy local than now. Find a way to support your neighborhood businesses now so they are there when we all reemerge. The LES Bio Project loves 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

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04/01/2020

Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia's cover photo

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
CAPTURED 4:3 VimeoH264

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.

Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia's cover photo
02/19/2020

Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia's cover photo

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!

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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