NYC Culture

Salvage - Theatre 4


As the caption reads, this play was a brilliant look at the lives of 3 women on the very edge. Each role equally as interesting and extremely memorizing to say the least. The roles ranged from an elderly mother who had recently lost her son. A distraught ex-girlfriend who had been a huge staple in the elderly mothers' sons life. Lastly the role of the elderly mothers daughter who had looked up to her brothers ex-girlfriend a great deal.

The setting made perfect sense as the opening scene displayed the depiction of old boxes, old baggage that had to be sift through to determine what items to keep and what items to let go. Boxes that belonged to the deceased son. These boxes represented many memories to all three women. The ex-girlfriend being very adamant to get to old love letters written to her formerly beloved ex-boyfriend, tore open boxes viciousl. The ex-girlfriend being accused of writing a book and defaming her ex-boyfriend and scarring him for life, detested the notion and suggested that it was a random character who she wrote about in the book. Both the mother and the daughter of the deceased son, recognized what the ex-girlfriends motives were and offered her an ultimatum. The mother agreed to let her have all of the love letters, in exchange for taking her mentally scarred daughter with her on the road for her book tour. A request in which she denied. This was a fantastic play and definitely a highlight of this years 2012 Fringe festival.

The Apocalypse of John

The Apocalypse of John - Venue # 10 : The players Theatre


The end is near, or is it not ? Well for John Darrian, the end is one more whiskey away ! An absolutely hysterical comedy about John Darrian who had one too many drinks at a bar, and began hallucinating while saving the world from aliens, terrible storms, and Satan who happened to be a person he was very familiar with at the very bar where he initially got drunk in.

I was very intrigued by the character who played Satan, as he contributed to most of the hysterical moments in the play. Also John's persistent boss who hadn't given him a chance to explain his paranoia and the constant emergence of these Aliens in which only John Seemed to be seeing. The play ended in Triumph, and to answer everyone's burning apocalyptic question, no the world does not end after all.


Artsy Fartsy Show Live at the Fringe NYC


Come on down and join us at the 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. In support of the festival we are sponsoring Fringe U: discussions and conversations that surround the topical themes of plays in this year's Fringe Festival.

We are also doing 4 special broadcasts and we want to see you come down to join in on the fun.  Seats are FREE!!!!

Shift Your Focus and come Fringe with Us

Tuesday August 7th @ 2pm – ARTSY FARTSY SHOW Fringe Live radio broadcast from WBAI Studios Audiences are invited to participate on-location at WBAI, 120 Wall Street, 10th Fl, NYC 10005. Call  (212) 209-2800 ext. 0 to have a seat reserved for you. Don’t be late! Broadcast starts promptly at 2pm.

Thursday August 9th @ 7:30pm  - ARTSY FARTSY SHOW ONLINE ( Blogcasting from Fringe Central. 


We will showcase some of the most artsy out-there tres cool shows of the fringe. Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Tuesday, August 14 @ 2pm ARTSY FARTSY SHOW Fringe Live radio broadcast from Fringe Central Audiences are invited to participate on-location at Fringe Central,  1 East 8th street near Fifth Avenue. Don’t be late! Broadcast starts promptly at 2pm!

Wednesday August 15th @ 6pm FRINGE U with Melissa Silver Antigone in Heat: Expressing the Gay Female Voice Featuring: The creators of FringeNYC shows: Antigone Unearthed, June and Nancy, IN HEAT: Is She Hot Under Her Collar or Under Her Skirt?, and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Thursday August 16th @ 6pm FRINGE U with Barika Edwards  African American Pride: Discovering Your Identity Featuring: The creators of FringeNYC shows: The Slave Who Became A Man, Wake Up!, SHOVE, and Ungrateful Daughter: One Black girls story of being adopted into a White family. Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

August 16th @ 7:30pm  - ARTSY FARTSY SHOW ONLINE ( Blogcasting from Fringe Central. We will have an amazing panel of Fringe Producers/Directors talking about creating theatre under various financial and resources perspectives. Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Friday August 17th at 6pm FRINGE U with TBA From Bitch to Butch: Challenging Masculinity in Gay Theatre Featuring: The creators of FringeNYC shows: DOGS: A Biting Comedy, BECOMING BUTCH, Pink Milk and Pieces Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Wednesday August 22nd at 6pm FRINGE U with Melissa Silver Journey Through the Middle East: Spiritual Awakenings Featuring: The creators of FringeNYC shows: OASIS - everything you wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to dance, Shooting Stars in Jordan, and DOGS: A Biting Comedy Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Thursday August 23rd at 6pm FRINGE U with Barika Edwards A Dream, An Essence: A Theatrical Look at Jewish History Featuring: The creators of FringeNYC shows: Chalom: A Dream Opera and The Essence: A Yiddish Theatre Dim Sum Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.

August 23 @ 7:30pm  - ARTSY FARTSY SHOW ONLINE ( Blogcasting from Fringe Central. We will have an amazing panel of Fringe Producers/Directors talking about creating theatre under various financial and resources perspectives. Come to Fringe Central, 1 East 8th Street near Fifth Avenue, NYC.  

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Summer of Music ! Central Park Summerstage (Up close and personal)

Greetings all, my name is Antoine Jackson and i'm very excited to be the Photo-Journalist for the one....the only...Central Park Summer stage ! I will be representing the Artsy Fartsy show with the best possible media coverage out there ! So buckle your seat belts and lets Dance, Sing, and Laugh our way through another Summer of excitement !

To start off with a bang, i will begin by introducing the talents of JJ Hairston and Jessica Reedy. Both amazing artists will be showcasing their talents on June 8 2012 at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. Please visit for the complete listing of upcoming shows.

This week on the Artsy Fartsy Show: Gear Up For The Battle April 17,2012

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This week 8 bands will rumble to take the crown as the winner of the WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands. This week show reeve up by looking at the music industry and artists in past, present and future.

If you are in NYC come to The 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands Sunday, April 22, 2012 5-9pm at Arlene's Grocery (95 Stanton Street, NY, NY 10002) Tickets are only $15. Purchase them at the door or through For more information about the bands performing. For more information visit:


Acclaimed as America’s premier postclassical string quartet,ETHEL boldly infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology.  Formed in 1998, New York’s ebullient ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers: Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Jennifer Choi (violin) and Ralph Farris (viola).

ETHEL members Dorothy Lawson and Ralph Farris will join the Artsy Fartsy Show in studio to talk about their new album "HEAVY"

ETHEL performs adventurous music of the past four decades including repertoire by Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, David Lang, John King, John Zorn, Steve Reich, JacobTV, Don Byron, Marcelo Zarvos, Evan Ziporyn, and Mary Ellen Childs.  Recent highlights have included: world premiere of Phil Kline’s SPACE at the gala reopening of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall;  world premiere of ETHEL’s TruckStop®: The Beginning at BAM’s Next Wave Festival; world premiere of RADIO by Osvaldo Golijov at the debut of WNYC Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Space; world premiere of ETHEL’s self-composed WAIT FOR GREEN with choreography by Annie-B Parson, commissioned by the World Financial Center; world premiere of an original live film score at Celebrate Brooklyn!; and the TROMP Festival with Colin Currie and Todd Rundgren.  ETHEL currently serves as Ensemble-in-Residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project and was the 2011 Artists-in-Residence at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory.  For more information, please visit

Hear ETHEL in Concert (Heavy CD Release) Tuesday April 24th at 9:30pm at Joe's Pub . Tickets are $20.  To purchase, 212.967.7555 and in person at Public Theater Box Office or Joe’s Pub.

Artsy Farty Show musicians, Jon Braman and Jack Dourakos will reflect on the history of Rap music and Rap artists and how rap in the 80's and  90's has influenced music today.
It was just over 18 years ago that Kurt Cobain of Nirvana took his own life.
Now at the Morrison Hotel Gallery photographer Jesse Frohman is exhibiting some photos taken of the troubled rock star six months before his suicide.
Frohman first picked up a camera while earning a degree at the University of Michigan but it was only when he was taken on as legendary photographer Irving Penn's assistant that he perfected his craft. His path crossed with Kurt Cobain when he was commissioned for a shoot for the London Observer Magazine.
The London Observer Magazine ended up dropping Kurt from the cover as he refused to remove his sunglasses due to his drug induced state.
Melissa Silver sat down with Jesse Frohman to discuss how it was to shoot such a tragic iconic figure.

OUT OF ICELAND: A Modern Fairy Tale now Off-Broadway

Hal and Caroline must face their biggest fears in a long night in one of the most mystical places on earth. Out of Iceland is a modern day fairy tale set at the end of the earth.
Caroline Miller (Crane), an established writer from New York, is at a loss for words when she falls off an Icelandic volcano and awakes on the couch of a complete stranger. Hal Tanker (Bakkensen) is the misplaced cowboy in charge of the grounds who nurses her back to health. Then there's Thor (De Laria), Iceland's flamboyant troll who crawled out of the television one night to warn her about something – or did she imagine that? When their truck mysteriously disappears in the middle of “The Middle,”
Out of Iceland by Drew Larimoredirected by Josh Hecht. Michael Bakkensen, Jillian Crane and Lea DeLaria starOut of Iceland is in production Off-Broadway at Walkerspace (46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church).

Nikki Dinki talks with Drew Larimore about his exciting and unique new play Out ofIceland now playing in The Walkerspace till April 22nd.
Artsy Farty Show musicians, Jon Braman and Jack Dourakos will reflect on the history of Rap music and Rap artists and how rap in the 80's and  90's has influenced music today.
Jon Braman

Meet the Artists - 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands

April 22, 2012 The 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of The Bands is set for Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at the Arlene's Grocery. Eight bands were selected to battle it out to become king of the hill.  The winning band will win a concert at Arlene's Grocery, gift certificates from Sam Ash for all their band needs, an AF Session and their music played on WBAI 99.5FM.

Tickets are now on sale for only $15 and you will not want to miss this awesome concert. Not only will you get the chance to hear eight bands in one night, it is also a fundraiser for WBAI 99.5FM and The Artsy Fartsy Show.  In addition to prizes, we have Artsy Acts and door prizes from our sponsors.

Visit the Official Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands Website


A Do

A Do is a rock band from Boston. Derek, Adrienne, Greg and Sam. They like to keep in it in the family. Derek, Adrienne and Greg used to play in a cover band and they all lived downstairs from the band space. Sam and Adrienne work together during the day. Rich Stratton from Red Tuxedo Mastering in Atlanta mixed and produced their first album. He's also Adrienne's brother-in-law. A Do just released a music video for "No" that can be seen at


Blue Meadow

Blue Meadow the band from the Bronx that challenges the idea of bands starting in garages tucked away in the suburbs but that bands can also form in 800 square foot apartments in the middle of the urban theater we call NYC. They will take you on a musical journey that stretches from blazing guitars and banging drums to a serene acapella song to drift you away. The diversity of a band to model the big melting pot in which they were conceived.


Traum Diggs

Traum Diggs expands the boundaries of hip-hop’s sound while continuing the tradition of substantive and innovative lyricism – which makes him a card carrying artist. Traum Diggs is a self-proclaimed “truth seeker” which makes for constant growth in his songwriting and subject matter.  Musically, he is just as influenced by Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Marvin Gaye as KRS-ONE, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. The result of those influences is a marriage of Traum’s distinct voice and potent lyricism with elements of funk, acid jazz, psychedelic rock, and world music.


Kristin Errett

Kristin Errett

She’s been called the next Norah Jones or Sara Bareilles. But with her rich, soulful vocals and effortless piano playing, Kristin Errett’s sound is undeniably unique. Recently featured in College News Magazine, her music has been recognized for having a 70s inspired sound, echoing artists like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King. The Radio Cafe has called her "One of the best independent artists around..." and I Am Entertainment Magazine has claimed she's "On her way to a Grammy... bottom line!"



People say Gladshot sound like "a fine blast of power pop" and "a sonic synthesis of epic proportions" that's "quietly setting the world on fire".. Pop Matters said that they were "one of the nicest surprises we've had all year".  Their latest CD "Burn Up and Shine" was called "pretty near the top of this year's best indie releases" and their upcoming CD will feature songs from Barcode, a rock musical they're working on with Jim Rado, creator of "Hair".. Barcode is about Uni Corporate Global Rule


Late Nite Catfight

Late Nite Catfight

Late Nite Catfight are a Brooklyn hot mess of rockabilly/pop/roots. Embracing the cultural explosion of the 50's with the global implosion of 2008 onwards. In other words WATCH OUT! We may not be able to afford health insurance but can buy lipstick and gold suits from Halloween sites (post vaca BTW) and make it hillbilly.


Paradigm 23

Paradigm 23, a post punk rock group of three long-time friends that believe in the power of music to inspire social change. They are self-taught musicians and are ready and eager to begin their journey into the world of live performance.

Band Website:


Keithroy Mason, AKA Respect is a poet, lyricist, songwriter and singer who has arrived thirteen years ago.  His genre of music is reality reggae.  He writes songs that bring awareness to social issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, education and the list goes on. A gifted and talented artist, Respect has sang and performed worldwide.  London loves his style.  Germany craves more, and Ireland begs for encores.  He has been exposed to many different ethnicities of people and is a master in his art.



Members of Starless have been playing and practicing music their whole lives. Starless has opened Peter Frampton, Yes, Grand Funk Railroad, The Blues Traveler and even play with Leslie West (Mountain). With a passion for music, Starless has worked meticulously to sculpt their own exciting, and unique sound to share with other music lovers young and old.


Meet the Artsy Acts

The WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of the Bands is non-stop entertainment. Here are a few of this years artsy acts.

The Amazing Amy Returns to the WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of the Bands!

Andy Lange – Comedian

Here is Andy Lange on the Artsy Fartsy Show (2011)

Jon Braman – Artsy Fartsy Show  Resident Songwriter


Rev Jen - Art Star Extraordinaire


Faceboy  - Master of the Pen

Harrison Greenbaum - Magician/Comedian


Sasha the Fire Gypsy - Performance


Our Sponsors

Returning sponsors Arlene's Grocery and Sam Ash. Arlene's Grocery is hosting the 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of the Bands. The concert starts at 5pm rocking hard till 9pm at Arlene's Grocery 95 Stanton Street in the Lower East Side.

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This Week on Artsy Fartsy Show: My Art is Beautiful too! Part 2 Jan 24, 2012

This Week on the Artsy Fartsy Show- Jan. 24, 2012 Listen to the Artsy Fartsy Show on WBAI 99.5FM Tuesdays at 2pm or online


Part 2: Color Matters

This week feature the first part of our two week feature on the African-American and African Diaspora Artistic Experience in the United States.

Last time on the Artsy Fartsy Show (1.10.12) a panelist of emerging artists who talked about their various experiences and challenges that face them.

This week we feature the Director and Producers of the new groundbreaking documentary, Dark Girls.

Dark Girls Documentary

Has anything really changed since the days of American slavery when dark-skinned Blacks were made to suffer even greater indignities than their lighter skinned counterparts? Ask today’s dark Black woman.

Dual documentary Directors/Producers D. Channsin Berry (Urban Winter Entertainment) and Bill Duke (Duke Media) took their cameras into everyday America in search of pointed, unfiltered and penetrating interviews with Black women of the darkest hues for their emotional expose’, “Dark Girls”. Two years in the making and slated to premier at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Dark Girls” pulls back our country’s curtain to reveal that the deep seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the Black American culture – remain bitterly entrenched.

Berry states of the film’s origin, “When Bill called me with the idea of a documentary about dark-skinned women, I was in right away. Being a dark-skinned Black man, like Bill, I have gone through similar traumas. Being separated and discriminated against by our own people. It stifles your self-esteem. Bill and I shared our similar experiences and immediately understood that we knew the best way to approach this.”

Duke adds, “In the late `60s a famous psychological study was done in which a young Black girl was presented with a set of dolls. Every time the she was asked to point to the one that wasn’t pretty, not smart, etc., she pointed to the Black doll that looked just like her. In her mind, she was already indoctrinated. To watch her do that was heartbreaking and infuriating. CNN did the test again recently – decades later – with little progress. As the filmmakers behind ‘Dark Girls,’ our goal is to take that little girl’s finger off that doll.”

Dark-skinned Black American women from all walks of life will be covered with a key focus trained tightly upon women struggling for upward mobility in the workplace of Corporate America. “The sickness is so crazy,” Berry continues. “These ladies broke it down to the degree that dark-skinned ‘sistas’ with ‘good’ hair vs. dark-skinned women with ‘kinky’ hair were given edges when it came time for coveted promotions.” Additional interviewees for “Dark Girls” include White men in loving intimate relationships with Black women that were passed over by “their own men,” as well as dark-skinned women of Latin and Panamanian background to bring a world perspective to the issue of dark vs. light.

Berry concludes, “The skin issue is a discussion we all need to have once and for all…so we can eradicate it.”

Bill Duke is the legendary African American Godfather of American Cinema, who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Tribute from the Directors Guild of America as he joined the ranks of directors Stephen Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Clint Eastwood. But what makes Bill Duke standout from these other directors is the fact that he is a director who paved the way for African Americans in cinema beginning in the early 1970's when Spike Lee was just a teenager.

Bill is the Founder and CEO of Duke Media, formerly Yagya Productions, which has been successfully producing film and television for over 30 years. Duke Media is recognized as a world wide leader in leveraging media via the new film industry paradigm of the internet. The Bill Duke Web Network has established an international following that has proven viewers crave to be both entertained and educated. This "Edutainment" mission exemplifies Bill Duke and Duke Media.

Bill Duke serves on the Board of Trustees at the American Film Institute. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has also appointed him to the California State Film Commission Board. Bill Duke served as the Time Warner Endowed Chair in the Department of Radio Television and Film at Howard University in Washington, DC. He was then appointed to the National Endowment of the Humanities by President Bill Clinton.

Bill Duke's directing credits include The Killing Floor, A Rage in Harlem, SisterAct 2, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, The Cemetery Club, Cover and Not Easily Broken. Currently in post production are the films Black Diamonds: The Evolution of Blacks in Baseball and Dark Girls.

Bill Duke's acting credits include Predator, American Gigolo, Car Wash, Commando, Menace II Society, Bird on a Wire, The Limey, Get Rich or Die Trying, X-Men 3, the independent film Yellow, the soon to be released Henry's Crime with Keanu Reeves and James Caan, and The Big Bang with Antonio Banderas.

Bill Duke is a humanitarian and activist who devotes his time to charity and not for profit organizations. Bill is on the Board of Directors of Educating Young Minds after school program with the mission to help inner city youth in the United States excel in school and life. He is also extensively involved with the United Nations UNAIDS mission to eliminate AIDS globally.

As film history has proven, Bill Duke welcomes the challenges of making films with a voice that needs to be heard by the world.

D. Channsin Berry, a modern day Renaissance man, is a filmmaker, as well as a prolific songwriter, and painter. Mr. Berry's career has moved seamlessly through the movie and music industries. Mr. Berry started his career in New York radio at WBLS (FM) (under the leadership of mentor and friend Frankie Crocker). After spending 5 years in radio in the Bay Area. Mr. Berry moved to Los Angeles for a position in the Walt Disney Studios Feature Film Financing Division, where he honed his skills in the production and finance side of the business.

Mr. Berry, went on to expand his creative talents by writing and directing music videos for artists such as Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick to name a few.  Mr.Berry also directed the PRAME Awards (Blacks in Advertising). Mr. Berry, then used his music talent to write songs for Pop/R&B Diva Chaka Khan, Jazz vocalist Mary Stallings, Prince/Rosie Gaines, and Jazz Legend Nancy Wilson (2006 Grammy Award Winning CD "Turned to Blue").

In between his music endeavors, he worked in television as an Executive Producer/Director and sometimes hosts for various shows such as BET's, NY/LA Entertainment magazine, All The People (talk show Fox-Bay Area), Shaq Jam (Hip Hop concert, Direct TV/Fox), Remixed (BET) and the Fox entertainment show "Poker Dome."

Mr. Berry, moved on to direct independent films and documentaries such as "A Different Shade of Love," "My Father's Music…Jazz" (Documentary PBS/Cable) and "The Black Line…"  (A Profile of the Black Male...Parts 1, 2 and 3). He is currently working on several Film and TV projects for Urban Winter Entertainment with business partner Mark Cohen. Mr. Berry is also the founder of the D.Channsin Berry Foundation (which raises money for LUPUS awareness).


STICK FLY stars Dulé Hill (“Psych,” “The West Wing”) as Spoon (Kent) LeVay,Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” 8 Mile) as Flip (Harold) LeVay, Tracie Thoms (Rent, “Cold Case,” The Devil Wears Prada) as Taylor, Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven GuitarsLackawanna Blues) as Joe Levay, Rosie Benton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Accent on Youth) as Kimber and Condola Rashad (Ruined) as Cheryl.


It was a relaxing weekend on Martha’s Vineyard ... until the baggage got unpacked. Meet the LeVays.  When two adult sons independently choose to introduce their girlfriends to the parents on the same weekend, sibling rivalries flare, opinions clash, class distinctions divide and family secrets unravel.

Mekhi Phifer joins the Artsy Fartsy Show to talk about Stick Fly and the unusual provocative themes of this must-see Broadway play.

Please share your experiences as an artist of color. Please comment below.

This Week on the Artsy Fartsy Show: Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path

Artsy Fartsy Show - November 29th -Arts and American culture that travel down a different road.

Banshee Screams at Flamboyan

Jerry Sullivan's life is a mess. Having just returned from a stint in the hospital for a mysterious nervous breakdown he suffered, he now lives with his neurotic mother in a tiny apartment in New York City. Oh, and he's 40. And mommy recently saw the ghost of her dead husband who told her that Jerry's girlfriend is a banshee.

Touching on family loyalty, betrayal, guilt, the soul and warnings from the beyond Banshee is really able to put in many levels of action into 90 minutes. As I was trying to explain to a friend what the show was about, I found myself taking nearly 90 minutes to do so. Not necessarily a bad thing. Banshee, which was written by Brian C. Petti and produced by Cynthia Topps, is a bit of a thriller, with some weird dream sequences, and of course plenty of screaming. The acting here was very impressive all around, with everyone able to beautifully grasp the heavy nature of the play.

There is one more show on Saturday at noon, and unless Hurricane Irene stands in your way I highly recommend checking it out. I wish this show the best.

[Photo credit: Gina Macari]

This Week's Program: On A Fringe

Created on a shoestring budget, relies on an innovative mind and is powered audacity.
On this Week's episode of the Artsy Fartsy Show (airs Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 2pm EST on WBAI 99.5FM and online
Our program this week is entitled: On A Fringe
We will highlight the New York International Fringe Festival that is taking place now through Aug. 28th.
NY Fringe Elena K. Holy Producing Artistic Director of the Fringe will share the 15 year history of NY Fringe. The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. In addition to 1200 incredible performances.
Although FringeNYC is a production of The Present Theatre Company, Inc., it takes: 75,000 audience members 5,000 artists 2,000 registered volunteers 1,200 performances 200 shows 20 venues 16 days 15 dollar advance tickets and 2 full-time employees
Read our Fringe Reviews and Show Highlights during the Fringe -- right here.
Spot of Culture
We will delve deeper into fringe art which is a created on a shoestring budget, relies on an innovative mind and is powered audacity. So when the stock market plunges to the depths on hell and beyond. What do artist do? Do they make an exodus out of NYC, out of the country? Tune in for Hollis Witherspoon's Spot of Culture.
"Pawn" The Must See Musical of the Fringe!!!
The new rock musical, Pawn, will make its last stop on the worldwide tour is symbolically in NYC for the International Fringe Festival.  Writer and director Karmia Chan Cao will join us in studio to talk about the Millenial perspective on 9/11, making a musical with the students of Stanford University and being new audacious theatre professional.
Pawn follows Abraham Niu, a young Asian Canadian soldier stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, into the heart of a bombing raid and the darkest night of his life. This groundbreaking musical play unlocks an urgent discourse on the last decade through the keyhole of one family's tragic loss and the triumph of unrelenting hope. It is the first musical theater piece to confront the issues of terrorism, retribution and wars since September  11th, 2001, just in time  for the 10 the anniversary of the attack.
Additionally, it is the first student-written musical theater piece in American musical theater history that features an Asian American story and portrays Asian Americans in a non-stereotypical, positive light.
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Interview with HotelMotel's Derek Ahonen and Matthew Pilieci
Check in to a double feature at HotelMotel, a site-specific theatrical event featuring the New York Premiere of Animals and Plants, written and directed by Obie Award-winner Adam Rapp, and the World Premiere of Pink Knees on Pale Skin, written and directed by Derek Ahonen. 
The Amoralists are proud to present HotelMotel, runs Off-Broadway now thru 29, 2011 at The Gershwin Hotel, located at 7 East 27 Street between Madison & Fifth Avenues in New York City.Performances are Wednesdays – Saturdays and Mondays at 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on the web at or by calling 212-868-4444. No one under 17 will be admitted. Train access via the N, R or #6 to 28 St. For more information visit
Animals and Plants - On the night of a terrible blizzard, two drug runners are snowbound in a cheap motel room at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. As they wait for their connection, they are visited by a mysterious young woman who may or may not figure into their future. While the snow mounts and the night slips into darkness, the money disappears, a long-time friendship is tested, and all three of their lives will be changed forever.
Adam Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker and an Obie Award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, including The Metal Children, Nocturne, Faster, Hallway Trilogy, Finer Noble Gases (2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), Stone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense and Red Light Winter (Obie Award), which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Rapp is the author of the novel, The Year Of Endless Sorrows, and the graphic novel, Ball-Peen Hammer. Rapp’s playwriting honors include The Helen Merrill Award, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He wrote and directed the films Winter Passing and Blackbird. In the fall he will begin pre-production for the film version of Red Light Winter, which he is directing for Scott Rudin Productions. “[Rapp] is a gifted storyteller. He makes demands on his audience, and he rewards its close attention with depth and elegance,” wrote The New Yorker’s John Lahr.The cast for Animals and Plants features Matthew Pilieci, William Apps, Katie Broad and Brian Mendes.

Pink Knees on Pale Skin - To save their undersexed marriages, The Wyatt and Williams families are meeting with Dr. Sarah, aka The Orgy Counselor. The plan: to participate in an organized orgy held in a discrete hotel room. But on this particular night, Dr. Sarah has designed a self-destructive twist, guaranteed to unleash chaos upon all involved. Pink Knees on Pale Skin is a comedy about orgies gone bad and a drama about marriage and regret.

Derek Ahonen is the resident playwright of The Amoralists Theatre Company. His plays with The Amoralists include The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side, Happy In The Poorhouse, Bring Us The Head Of Your Daughter, Amerissiah, Pokin The Bears In A Zoo and While Chasing The Fantastic. All plays by Derek Ahonen are published and available through Playscripts, Inc.

The cast for Pink Knees on Pale Skin features Sarah Lemp, Jordan Tisdale, James Kautz, Vanessa Vache, Byron Anthony, Anna Stromberg and Nick Lawson.

About the Company The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, our actor driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity. Leaving no stone unturned, we plunge the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature. With hundreds of young companies in the theater community, The Amoralists are doing work that is widely recognized for accomplishing the aforementioned points while simultaneously making it completely accessible to all audiences - whether veteran or inexperienced theatergoers - therefore putting theater at the heart of our community and expanding the possibilities and reaches of the arts. By combining our work’s accessibility with its moral ambiguity, we believe that it truly initiates a startling dialogue between artist and audience. Rollicking, rebellious, and raw, our work will go home with you...Boom!


Performing this week!! Jon Braman

Special Thanks: Thank you Milano for the wondeful AF Sessions last week. Thank you Mohammed Ali, Makoto Fujimura and Rabbi Simcha Wienstein for an insightful interview.

And to everyone who came out to True Blood Night at Professor Thoms. We had a great time and lots of Jello Shots.

Thank you to the producers of The Classroom for giving two pairs of tickets to Artsy Fartsy Show fans. Check out The Classroom now playing part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Don't forget to see Hollis on stage! She is in Whale Song. 
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Cheese Heads and a Choose Your Own Mystery

August 15, 2011 --- The Mercury Players of Madison Wisconsin have developed a show, You've Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery, that puts two of America’s favorite guilty pleasures together; a comedic murder mystery and a choose-your-own adventure book! The result is nothing short of a good time! What is most impressive though, is the realization that the cast has, essentially, had to rehearse MULTIPLE shows because they never know how the audience is going to decide! On top of that, Christian Neuhaus and Rick Stemm’s script is packed with so many words (I hope they printed the scripts double-sided), the actors must have needed to sleep with their scripts. That’s not to say the writing is mediocre. On the contrary, they’ve done an excellent job embodying the rhetoric of the style. My only real issue with the piece was that some of the “bits” need doctoring. While some of them are right on target, the mediocre bits aren’t quite landing, and the ones that DO hit tend to get replayed until they are DOA. But they shouldn’t beat themselves up over it. Even Mel Brooks can falter in this department!

The ensemble cast had great energy and looked like they were having a ton of fun, which, in turn, makes the audience have even more fun. The colorful cameos of unique characters brought incredible life to the show. Although, being a choose-your-own mystery, I would have loved to see a bit more “scramble” when the audience made a choice. It was a little too rehearsed, and gave the impression that they’ve had to play out this choice 100 times before. It would have created a little more excitement to give the audience the feeling of, “we’ve never gotten to do this choice before!” During one of the choose-your-own moments, something great happened; they couldn’t tell which choice got the most audience noise. So they had to try a second time. They excitement in the audience as well as the cast made for a great moment of theater. I would have loved it if they did that more for the rest of the choices; pit the audience against each other in a shouting match!

The leads did a wonderful job getting all of the wordy information out in a way that was easy to follow and fun to watch. Christopher Younggren as the Sherlock-type character named “The Detective” captured the arrogant intelligence of Sherlock quite well. However, he depended too heavily on that one note and by the end of the play, seemed a bit monotone. Matthew A. Schrader as the Watson-type role named “The Doctor” showed a great range of character and impressed me with his comedic chops.

I was very excited to see that the show was done is the style of Steampunk. Whether it was a specific choice for the piece or they just love Steampunk, it worked well creating a skewed perception of the classic characters, just like this piece gave us a new take on the classic murder mystery.

This Week on the Artsy Fartsy Show

This Week on the Artsy Fartsy Show
Tuesday, Aug 9th at 2pm EST WBAI 99.5FM
The Spiritual Artist
The Art of Mohammed Ali has been taken across the globe and described as challenging the oft-heard term 'clash of civilisations.' with his fusion of street-art and islamic script, along with his conscious messages.  It was after his new-found passion and rediscovery of his faith in  Islam, that he began to fuse his graffiti-art with the grace and eloquence of sacred and Islamic script and patterns.  He describes his work as, 'taking the best of both worlds.' and bringing back to the forefront principles that are gradually fading away from our modern societies.

Mohammed Ali was drawn to the graffiti world from early 80's inspired by the subway art movement, and like many kids living in the UK was involved with the street-painting scene.  After studying Multimedia Design at university, he went onto working in the computer-games industry as a designer.  Soon enough he became disillusioned with using his creative skills for commercial benefit and creating art for art's sake, and began exploring with creating art for 'mankind's sake'.

Graffiti was often a self-glorification of one's identity, the 'tag' being the focus. Mohammed began exploring simple messages which at the heart of were still - the words - but words which pointed to other than the 'self', with a deeper message, that was speaking to the public, and relevant to the wider society.

Mohammed Ali's art is appreciated by people of all faith and cultures and he has exhibited his canvas-art as well as created his public spiritual murals in the streets of major cities, such as New York, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and Dubai to name but a few.  International media ranging from CNN to Aljazeera, have reported his work as a 'bridge of understanding'between faith communities and he has become a regular media figure.  He delivers public lectures about the power of the arts to transform society and how the arts can tackle some of the difficult issues that we face in multi-cultural societies.

Mohammed has recently been awarded an ITV South Bank Show Award which recognises the best in British Art and he continues to travel the world and painting messages of hope, freedom, justice and love

Some of his Work

This installation in NYC- 56 East Mount Eden Road in the Bronx was dedicated to a family who lost members in a deadly fire.

Makoto Fujiumura As a successful artist in Japan and the U.S., Makoto Fujimura has emerged as a voice of authority on the nature and cultural assessment of beauty, by both creating it and exploring its forms.  Recognized by both faith-based (Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine) and secular (MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes) media as a cultural influencer, Mako’s contributions consistently challenge the traditional boundaries between the art and faith communities.  A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts (2003-2009), Mako has contributed internationally as an advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and influencers and advising governmental policies on the arts, both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, upon completion of his six-year term on the National Council, Mako was awarded the Chairman’s Medal.

In addition to his paintings, Mako’s essays and books have expanded the dialogue about faith, art and culture.  His first book, River Grace (International Arts Movement, 2007) is an intimate, autobiographical look at his early years as an artist in Japan.   In a refreshingly transparent account, Mako recalls discovering Nihonga, the ancient style of painting that would become his trademark, and being awakened to a longing for "higher transcendence through the extravagant materials" Nihonga employs.  Yet it was not until reluctantly accompanying his new bride to church that he found the Object and Source of his longing, and this faith has become the cornerstone of his art, marriage and, indeed, entire life.

Mako’s second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture (NavPress 2009), is collection of essays, thoughts, and prayers, bringing people of all backgrounds together in conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity.

Mako’s work is on exhibit at galleries around the world, including Sara Tecchia and Dillon Galleries (New York), Sen Gallery (Tokyo), Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum and Oxford House, Taiku Place (Hong Kong).  His acclaim as an artist has earned Mako the respect of curators and collectors, including Emmy-award winning actress Patricia Heaton, of Everybody Loves Raymond  and Back to You.  Mako has painted live on stage at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall in a collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra and the American Composer’s Orchestra, and in 2009, he addressed the Aspen Institute gathering in Colorado.

Of all of his many accomplishments in the arts world, the achievement Mako is most proud of is the growth of International Arts Movement, the non-profit arts organization he founded.  In the sixteen years that IAM has been around, Mako has mentored countless young artists and has created a space for artists who are passionate about faith issues to wrestle with the hard questions they face as artists and creative catalysts.  Many view the annual IAM Encounter as the only event of its kind, gathering established and emerging artists and influencers for three days in New York City, laying an invaluable philosophical and theological groundwork for facilitating discussions of art, faith and culture through lecturers (Dana Gioia, Miroslov Volf, Jeremie Begbie), workshops and innovative performances.

Mako and his wife, Judy, have three children and live in a lower Manhattan loft.

Some of his work


Rabbi Simcha

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is an internationally known, best-selling author. His first book Up, Up and Oy Vey! How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero (Leviathan Press), received the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award for the best religion book of 2007. His second book, Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century (Barricade Books) was recently published.

Simcha is also a popular television and radio guest, having appeared on CNN Showbiz Tonight, NPR and other programs. He has also been profiled in ma ny leading publications, including The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Seattle Times and The London Guardian.

Simcha holds a bachelors degree in Film History from the Manchester Metropolitan University, England. Following graduation, he became an associate for the British Film Commission and coordinated the production of hundreds of feature films throughout the United Kingdom. They say that “when man makes plans, God laughs.” As Simcha began to rediscover his spiritual roots, his path veered from show business to the yeshiva, and he eventually became a rabbi.

Today he chairs the Religious Affair’s Committee at the renowned New York art school, Pratt Institute. Simcha also serves as rabbi to Long Island College Hospital and is the founder of the downtown Brooklyn Jewish Student Foundation, an educational and cultural center that strives to ignite Jewish pride and values through innovative educational and social experiences in an open environment. Simcha’s unique background and life experiences have led him t o reconsider the popular culture of his youth through the lens of his commitment to Jewish ethics and spirituality. This one-of-a-kind perspective, along with his wit, makes him an entertaining and much sought-after public speaker.

He is married to his wife, Ariella and they has three young children who don’t sleep and live in Brooklyn Heights, New York.

Some of his work


Milano performs as our 2nd AF Sessions band. Hear them live on-air.
Jon Guerra: Main vocals, acoustic, keys Valerie Guerra: Violin, vocals Steve Enison: Electric guitar, vocals Alissa Strattan: Accordion, flute, keys, vocals Justin Ferwerda: Bass guitar Hans Moscicke: Drums, laptop follow them on twitter @Milanomusic

Zefrey Throwell Ocularpation: Wall Street: Showing Wall Street the Naked Truth "Ocularpation: Wall Street" saw 50 performers strip down and mime different professions: traders, janitors, secretaries, etc.

Read and watch Video of Hollis Witherspoon’s coverage of Ocularpation

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Ocularpation: Showing Wall Street the Naked Truth

Ocularpation: Showing Wall Street the Naked Truth

by Hollis Witherspoon

To me, the performance was about exposure, calling attention to the microcosm mechanisms and mysteries of Wall Street. - Aaron Mattocks
Monday morning, bright and sunny at 6:30am, a motley crew of about 50 performers gathered in a park near Wall St. to put a plan in action. Consisting of everyday ‘characters’ ranging from stock broker, to dog walker, to building security, there was a convivial vibe and nervous energy of anticipation among the group and at least twenty people with large, expensive looking lenses and video cameras ready to capture what would come next.No, these people weren’t going to their ‘work’ in the conventional sense, but rather portraying the wide demographic of people that inhabit Wall St on a daily basis; rich, poor, manual laborers and pent-house corner office dwellers alike. Zefrey Throwell and company were about to begin Project Ocularpation, shedding their clothes and literally, exposing Wall St.

Throwell, a New York based artist and creator has been prolific in his public performance art, following on the heels of ‘Why Not Take All of Me NYC’, ‘Entropy Symphony’ and ‘New York Paints Better Than Me’. As he explained to a New York Times reporter, his inspiration for wanting to tackle Wall St. and the egregious mismanagement of the American economy hit close to home. His mother, a longtime teacher, saw her savings literally wiped out with the recent crash. Rather than retiring in her early sixties, she had to go back to work.

A few minutes to 7am, the group ambled down Wall St., stopping off at their various designated ‘zones’. As a ‘helper’, I was assigned to document and look after a woman named Gayle, who found out about the project on Craigslist. Dressed up in tear-away clothes and carrying a gym bag and yoga mat, Gayle was ready to play the role of personal trainer. At 7am sharp, the action began. Each performer got into character and in the next five minutes - which seemed to last a lifetime - continued to act their part while stripping down to various stages of undress and finally, full on nudity. 7am on a Monday morning isn’t exactly bustling, so there was a clear view of how the ‘civilian’ pedestrians walking to work, handled the spectacle. Some walked by on cell phone, too busy to stop; some halted and gawked, confused, and finally pulling out their cell phones for impromptu videos. It didn’t take long for the police to catch on. Within minutes, a swarm of officers were approaching the half nude performers, demanding they re-dress and then almost as quickly, changing their minds....and the arrests began.

By 7:05am, the performance was complete, Wall St. got naked and at least 10 people were cuffed and sitting on the curb, ready for booking. That afternoon, the blogosphere and many reputable papers were blowing up with the news of naked Wall St. Project Ocularpation was complete. One of the performers who was arrested, a dancer named Aaron Mattocks, shared is thoughts on the project and on his experience.

"To me, the performance was about exposure, calling attention to the microcosm mechanisms and mysteries of Wall Street.  Ocularpation was about stripping off layers of assumed understandings, the false sense of security in something we now know inherently we cannot trust.  It was a statement of protest, as well, for the illegal practices taking place with or without government support, that have lead to a crisis point.  Ironically, it was much easier to get arrested on Wall Street as a person respectfully and peaceably objecting, than for those who have been specifically proven to have violated the interests and safety of the American people."

I got involved because I've been getting to know Zefrey, and have been very interested in his particular form of public interaction/intervention.  I think it's great to surprise people, shock them to various degrees, create little waves of non-normalcy. We are all able to be hyper-sensitive, and at the same time over-sensitized, and I think Zefrey somehow plays to both of these with his pieces.

I was pretty scared about getting naked - the vulnerability most especially, but I also think there's something completely and wonderfully democratic about the body - without clothes on, we're all just bodies with the same basic needs and functions and desires.  I think the naked self is the most pure and scary version of us.  So I was terrified.

I watched as Zefrey and one of the other performers, Eric, were getting undressed, and the police were telling them to get clothed again immediately, but they were not making arrests, so I chose to continue with the performance.  As soon as I was naked, an officer ran over to me and told me to put my clothes back on or I would get arrested. I said 'OK' and began getting dressed immediately.  I responded with respect and deference to the circumstances. However, as soon as I was pretty much fully clothed again, the same man came over to me with handcuffs and told me I was under arrest.  When I asked him why, telling him I had done exactly as he had asked (and obediently, without any confrontation), he replied "I changed my mind".  I was then handcuffed and led to the curb, later put in the police car and driven to the precinct.  They then took all of our personal effects, and we were put in the holding cell for about an hour and a half while they processed our arrests.  I was given two summons - one for "exposure of person" and one for "disorderly conduct".  While I can understand getting ticketed for exposure, I am pretty angry about the disorderly conduct, and the subsequent statements by the police force in the press.  I acted with complete composure and compliance, never once raising my voice or acting against orders.  I was 'acting' as a stock broker/banker, and was on an imaginary phone call the whole time I was performing. If being on a cell phone on Wall Street is disorderly conduct, then this is definitely a shocking precedent.”

I was there to witness the ultimately peaceful, short and quite funny nude performance that happened during a brief five minute period on a Monday morning on Wall St. There was no disturbance, nor did I find anyone particularly ‘shocked’ by the human body as they hustled to work. I find it extremely ironic that that the people clearly responsible for the devastation of the American economy, to a criminal degree, continue working on this very street, enjoying the ever-increasing gluttony of their plunder, while a few un-threatening artists find their way to the jailhouse simply for exposing their bodies. It’s a strange, strange world we live in right now and Zefrey Throwell is on the case.

Hollis' video coverage of Ocularpation:

6:30 am Aug. 1st the group gathers



personal trainer getting ready to strip





Hollis Witherspoon first interviewed Zefrey Throwell ( in November 2010 and again in June 2011 where he talked about his plans for Ocularpation: Wall Street on the Artsy Fartsy Show. Listen to her segment "Spot of Culture" Tuesdays at 2pm EST on WBAI 99.5FM or online To learn more about Hollis and the Artsy Fartsy Show dont forget to visit

MoCCa, Cowboys & Aliens and NY Americans on Tomorrow's Show

Tune in to the Artsy Fartsy Show

Tuesday, July 5th at 2pm EST on WBAI 99.5FM or 

This weeks theme: Comic Books. The Artsy Fartsy Art

We will have MoCCa (Musuem of Comic and Cartoon Art) founder and co-writer of the comic book Cowboys and Aliens, Fred Van Lente on to talk about the most artsy fartsy art of them all: Comic books and graphic novels.

FRED VAN LENTE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Marvel ZombiesIncredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Odd Is On Our Side (with Dean R. Koontz), as well as the American Library Association award-winning Action Philosophers.

His original graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens (co-written with Andrew Foley) is the basis for the major motion picture starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Van Lente's other comics include Comic Book Comics,TaskmasterX Men NoirAmazing Spider-Man and Alpha Flight (also with Pak).


A Spot of Culture

Barika will fill in for Hollis Witherspoon for this week's spot of culture. She took to the streets of New York to find NYers who are proud to be American.

Summer Cooking with Nikki Dinki

Nikki Dinki will share a few healthy summer recipes with us and where to eat them in NYC.

And Jon Braman

Also Jon Braman will perform live on the show, putting to yukele hip-hop the news of what is happening in art and life around the world.

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The 10th annual River To River® Festival, with the support of Founding and Title Sponsor American Express, Statue Cruises, LLC and other generous sponsors, will kick off its first-ever partnership with New York Classical Theatre with a sprawling, open-air production of “Henry V” that will include a trip across New York Harbor as part of the play.

From July 6-24, the acclaimed theatre company will apply its signature staging style, Panoramic Theatre, to a semi-maritime production of Shakespeare’s popular history play. Audience members will journey with King Henry and his army from fifteenth-century England (Battery Park) across the English Channel (New York Harbor) by boat to France (Governors Island). There, the famous Battle of Agincourt will be staged in front of historic Fort Jay.

Directed by New York Classical Theatre founder and artistic director Stephen Burdman, the ambitious production will feature a cast of 40, the largest in the company’s history. Henry will be played by Justin Blanchard, who played the title role in the company’s production of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark at the World Financial Center last season and was part of the ensemble cast of the 2007 Tony Award-winning revival of Journey's End. The production will be designed by Amelia Dombrowski and fight direction will be by Shad Ramsey who also worked on Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

The 12-year old New York Classical Theatre has won acclaim for its roving productions of classical plays in Central Park, Battery Park and the World Financial Center, where its staging of Aphra Behn’s The Rover earlier this spring drew more than 2,500 viewers and won reviews in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Back Stage. “New York Classical Theatre perfectly embodies The River To River® Festival’s commitment to bringing free, high-quality art to audiences of all stripes,” Sam Miller, President of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the new lead partner of the River To River® Festival.

“We’re honored to be embarking on a partnership with the River To River® Festival in its tenth anniversary season, and it’s a testament to the Festival’s sense of fun and adventure that we’ve been given free rein right off the bat to stage our most ambitious production ever,” said Burdman. “It’s not often that theatre artists and audiences get to enjoy a set that encompasses two islands and a waterway, and we intend to mark this auspicious new relationship with a Henry V for the ages.”

The production joins a Shakespearean invasion that includes Derek Jacobi’s “King Lear,” currently at BAM; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s five-play repertory binge at the Park Avenue Armory in July; and the Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare in the Park, which this year will bring “All's Well That Ends Well" and "Measure for Measure” to Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

Special wristbands, available 5:00-6:30pm in front of Castle Clinton on the day of each performance, will be required for free transportation to Governors Island. Each person is eligible to pick up 2 wristbands. Ferry travel has been generously donated by Statue Cruises, LLC (, the authorized concessioner of reservation, ticketing, and ferry services to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum.


Tune into tomorrows Artsy Fartsy Show- Housing is a Human Right!

Tune into The Artsy Fartsy Show on 99.5FM WBAI tomorrow as we talk about Housing.....

First on tomorrows program....Housing Is A Human Right.

Produced by Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone, Housing Is A Human Right is an ongoing documentary portrait of the struggle for home. Composed of oral narratives and photographs, along with testimonies and memories of home, woven and remixed, this international collection of viscerally honest, first-person narratives aims to serve as a reminder that home is as tenuous a space as the shelter that sustains it.

Housing Is A Human Right creates a space for people to share stories of their community and ongoing experiences trying to obtain or maintain a place to call Home. They are building a collection of intimate, viscerally honest narratives exploring the complex fabric of community and the human right to housing and land.

While the government puts out binary statistics on homelessness—as if one either simply has a home, or doesn’t—thousands more struggle and hustle every day to maintain meager, sometimes makeshift shelter that falls short of a “home.” These are the voices drowning in the cracks of a country, and a world, where the tired and poor masses now huddle on the corner.

Beginning Housing is Human Right in New York, Brooklyn-based artists Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone chronicle the lives of these individuals: A woman whose dream home was foreclosed on while she battled cervical cancer. A small business owner on the verge of buying her first home spirals into debt after her successful store is displaced to make way for luxury apartments. A slumlord quietly moves an elderly couple’s belongings, piece by piece, from their home of 20 years into a barely habitable apartment to make room for higher paying tenants.

All stories are recorded in sound and images and will be archived and broadcast through a variety of traditional and new media outlets and public exhibitions, with a strong interest in contributing to organizing, advocacy, and education campaigns. Our growing list of community partners include Picture the Homeless, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Pratt Area Community Council and the National Economic and Social Rights initiative (NESRI).

The project has exhibited stories through public exhibitions, film festivals, events, screenings and listenings. We launched with nearly a dozen audio stories and photographs at Wash and Play Lotto Laundromat, a functioning coin-op, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in Fall 2009, sponsored in part by The Laundromat Project. The project has since shown at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, SUPERFRONT Gallery, Adriala Gallery, and Chashama Studios as part of "Art as Action" program of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone are independent producers who are dedicated to drawing on the rich traditions of oral history to illuminate the experiences of people living in the darker corners of society. Their goal is to modernize traditional methods of oral history by “remixing” the findings—audio narratives photographs–into public art installations and perfomances that speak back to the neighborhoods from which they came.

For more information on Housing Is A Human Right, listen to tomorrow's show, or visit Housing Is A Human Right.

Tomorrow, we'll also reconnect with Artists Zefrey Throwell on his artistic expirement of taking on the city one new housing situation at a time...

Last time Zefrey was on the Artist Fartsy Show he began to embark on his adventure which he has entitled:  WHY NOT TAKE ALL OF ME NYC? Where each month for a year he finds a new place to live, out of the way, and off the beaten path of exclusive New York City neighborhoods. In November during our Thanksgiving Program, The New Wampanoag, Zefrey was living on a boat in Sheepshed Bay.

This is also what Zefrey has been up to...

Next, we'll share with you: Esther Robinson and ArtHome

ArtHome was created out of a desire to build a cultural support program that could provide innovative stabilization to the financial lives of individual artists.

ArtHome founder Esther Robinson became intimately aware of the financial reality of working artists’ lives during her seven-year tenure at The Creative Capital Foundation. As one of the principal architects of Creative Capital's innovative grant-making system and a program officer overseeing film video and the performing arts, Esther traveled the nation meeting and speaking with thousands of artists. Her close collaboration nationally with funders and artists and her annual adjudication of up to 1800 Creative Capital grant proposals (of which only two dozen would see funding), led her to question whether traditional grantmaking was the only way to support a stable and thriving culture sector in America.

Recognizing the crucial role that financial solvency and home ownership had played in the lives of successful artists she had met across the country, Esther became convinced that asset-building should be a vital component of a new support system for the arts. Determined to build a program that makes measurable change in the lives of individual artists, has broad impact regardless of aesthetic or cultural trends, and that builds vital communities both in and outside the cultural sector, Esther founded ArtHome.

Hear more on tomorrow's program and visit the ArtHome website, here!

Three great stories, one great show! We promise! SEE YOU TOMORROW ARTSY FARTSY LISTENERS!

Thanks for listening!

A big thanks to all of our guests on today's Artsy Fartsy show!

Thanks to Jocey Florence, Artistic Coordinator of Ars Nova, and performer Justin Levine for sharing 54/10 with us!

Don't forget to check out the Ars Nova 54/10 Music Festival from June 14th-25th! I hope you enjoyed Justin Levine's performance as much as we on the other end of the radio did. You can see him perform live as part of the festival on June 24th. Purchase your tickets to see Levine here.

Oh, and don't worry- we're bringing you Ars Nova coverage ALL WEEK LONG: Check out The Artsy Fartsy Blog on Thursday for "10 Questions with Natalie Elizabeth Weiss of Unicornicopia," who will talk about her upcoming performance as part of the 54/10 music festival!

Thanks to Joey Marsocci (Dr. Grymm) and Diana Pho (Ay-Leen The Peacemaker) for talking to us about Steampunk!

Did you like the sounds of Steampunk that you heard today?

Professor Elemental, "Splendid" off of The Indifference Engine Voltaire, "This Ship's Going Down" off of To The Bottom Of The Sea Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, "Lonesome Vagabond" off of Reign of Revelry

10 Questions with Jim Boulton, Curator of Digital Archaeology!

Introducing to you: 10 Questions with Jim Boulton, curator of  Digital Archaeology  and Deputy Managing Director of UK global post-advertising agency Story Worldwide!

By: Danielle Raymo

On Monday I introduced to you an exhibition within Internet Week New York called Digital Archaeology. If you visited the exhibition, which ran from June 6th-9th at Internet Week New York headquarters (the Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion), then you had the opportunity to surf a total of 28 bygone sites on the vintage hardware and software corresponding to the period of each site’s launch. None of that would have been possible if not spawned from a single idea and brought to you by this weeks questionee...Jim Boulton. 

Danielle: How did you become drawn to Internet history and more specifically, lost websites?

Jim: I been involved in the web design industry since 1997 and was inspired by sites like, K10k and the The Blue Dot. These sites and sites like them wrote the rules and it would be a tragedy if these building blocks of the web were lost forever. The digital pioneers who developed these first generation websites are creatives, technologists and entrepreneurs, all forward looking people, archiving is not their strong suit. A whole generation of websites from the formative years of the web lie discarded on redundant media, tapes, floppy discs and CD-ROMs. Unless, we act now they will be lost forever and the 90s will become a digital dark age.

Danielle: When did your idea for Digital Archaeology come about?

Jim: Increasingly, the online experiences created by my company, Story Worldwide, are built around individuals rather than brands, organisations or subjects. The rise of the social web and the emergence of the app have transformed online communications beyond the website, as such I would be surprised if the website as we currently know it exist in a few years time. This means that over a 25 year period websites will have gone from being non-existent, to the most import form of brand communication to non-existent again. The web has totally transformed the way we live our lives yet large chunks of this period are missing from our recorded history. The Digital Archaeology exhibition seeks to raise the profile of web archiving and preserve period that has so shaped modern culture.

Danielle: What process did you have to go through to uncover historic websites?

Jim: I spoke to my peers within the web design industry and created a list of websites that influenced a generation of web designers. I then contacted all of them and asked them for their influences and so on. Once the net had been cast, it was then a case of getting the code, most of which has been lost for ever. 

Danielle:Why is an exhibit like Digital Archaeology important to the art history of digital media?

Jim: Interestingly, the early years of online creative expression was dominated by nonconformists, very few of whom were computer scientists. Writers, sculptors, illustrators, filmmakers, gardeners, designers embraced this new media. Aptly described by Marisa Bowe of as “underachieving sub-geniuses,” agencies like Antirom, Kioken, Firstborn, and Razorfish defined the way we now see, hear, share, sell, buy, interact, and participate in society.

Danielle: This particular exhibit ran from June 6-9th, as part of the larger Internet Week. Can we expect to see this exhibit pop up again elsewhere soon?

Jim: With a fair wind, Digital Archaeology will be coming back to London In November this year as part of Internet Week Europe, and then who knows, perhaps a world tour

Danielle: What was the outcome of the exhibit? Afterthoughts, interesting occurrences, or comments from spectators?

Jim: I am staggered by the positive response the to the exhibit. The support for the event from industry, academia, the media and the man on the street has been overwhelming. The web is only 20 years old yet it has transformed the way we live our lives, we cannot imagine a world without it. The event highlights this incredible pace of change.

Danielle: Aside from Internet week, what plans do you have in the future to promote digital archaeology?

Jim: We’ll continue to identify and pursue the preservation of significant websites and with Google’s help, who have been a fantastic partner for the New York event, hope to increase its online presence. I am also very grateful to the British Library and the Library of Congress for their support and will continue to highlight the great work they and their peers at the International Internet Preservation Consortium ( are doing to document web culture.

Danielle: When my parents first got AOL 15 years ago I dreamed that one day, I merely could sign online without getting kicked off because of a phone call. Now I, we, all have so much more than that. While a lot of these advances have made the Internet ultra user-friendly, do you think that youth today is missing out or benefiting from the fruits of a developed Internet?

Jim: The early years of the web were a period of experimentation. Nothing came before, there were no rules. The resulting creative freedom was incredibly liberating, allowing people to conceive and invent without the constraints of “ best practice”.

Danielle: What exhibit coming up this weekend is an Internet Week MUST see?

Jim: Flavorpill's Culture Hunt on Saturday looks pretty good, getting people away from their desks and out and about exploring the cultural highlights of New York. Although not strictly an Internet Week event, the Webby’s on Monday night are also a must. If you can’t get there in person, they can be seen live at

Danielle: And for the real zinger....what is your favorite Internet moment of all time?

Jim: Wow, I would say Razorfish’s bouncing blue dot. Credited as the first animated webpage, it’s incredible to think that in 1995 a simple blue ball bouncing around a page could attract global attention, it shows how far we’ve come.

A BIG thanks to Jim for being our Thursday Q&A participant! On behalf of myself (Danielle) and the entire Artsy Fartsy Team, I'd like to say congratulations on the success of your show. 

Hear Jim speak about the event here:


Happy Internet Week, New York!

Do you every think back to your early days of browsing the World Wide Web and wonder, "what ever happened to those sites I adored that are no longer visible?!?"  (Don't think too hard, now.) I (Danielle!) believe that design of any kind is important to the art world. And paying homage to the designs that inspired the ones we now know is equally as important. That is one of the reasons why archiving old websites is important to the history of digital imagery. How else will we know how far we've come when a website goes down for good or drastically changes?

As part of Internet Week New York, Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion will present The U.S. premiere of Digital Archaeology, an interactive exhibition celebrating the best and most influential sites of  the early World Wide Web from June 6th-9th. Head to the exhbit to see The Project (1991), the first-ever Website created by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the self-destructive website for the film "Requiem for a Dream" (2000) among other creative and inspiring works of Internet art.

Tickets are regularly $25, but give a tweet about your purchase and the price drops to $15. You lucky students holding valid IDs get in for FREE!

Check out this video to get a better idea of what you might expect to learn:


Internet Week, which runs from June 6th-13th, aims to celebrate New York's thriving Internet industry and community. More information is available at:


Tune into Tuesday's (tomorrow!) Artsy Fartsy Show to celebrate and reflect on the life of Gil Scott-Heron with Talib Kweli. Listen live at or on 99.5fm from 2-3pm.

Wake up early Friday morning to catch The Go-Go's! FOR FREE!

Who doesn't love this 80's summer favorite?



See The Go-Go's tomorrow morning as part of The Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, now in it's third year at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

A word to the wise: Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Summerstage Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m., when the park opens to the public.

This concert is free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. ET.

Can't see the Go-Go's? Check out one of these upcoming free GMA Summer Concert performances:

June 10: Jennifer Hudson

June 17: Selena Gomez

June 24: Florence & the Machine

July 1: Beyonce

July 8: Miranda Lambert

       July 15: Brad Paisley

July 22: Goo Goo Dolls

July 29: Debbie Gibson and Tiffany

August 5: Nicki Minaj

August 12: American Idol Top 11

August 19: Taio Cruz

August 26: TBD

September 2: Mary J Blige