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3.31.2007

spring break events and beyond

In February '07 I introduced a long time friend, Louise Orlando, new blogger on the ‘block’o-sphere and creator of Jane of the Jungle. I remember when Louise & Andrew got their Toyota truck. What a beauty! She gave me a photo of herself standing next to Andrew, both beside the truck with the Golden Gate bridge behind them. That was the beginning of the journey Louise has so wittingly shared with us on her blog. I invite my viewers to continue reading the chapters as unfold. Comments are always welcome.

Excerpt

Chapter 3: Beans on the Manifold
Zaire I am unstoppable. I dare anyone to get in my way. I am Jane of the Jungle! Seriously, I am damn cool. I cannot believe that I, mild-mannered editor and doormat, successfully operated the winch on the front of our car without loosing my head—figuratively and literally...

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The Perch Café
Literary Tuesdays
7:30 PM
FOLLOWED BY OPEN MIC
$5.00 cover

Perch Cafe offers light fare, desserts, spirits and good company.

365 5TH AVENUE PARK SLOPE
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street
(btwn 5th and 6th St.)

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EDIE SEDGWICK RETROSPECTIVE FOCUSES ON
HER ANDY WARHOL FILMS

March 31-April 8, 2007

Edie Sedgwick was downtown New York’s “It girl” of 1965, when she was inseparable from Andy Warhol and appeared in nearly all of his films. As Warhol said, “Edie was incredible on camera—just the way she moved. She was all energy. She didn’t know what to do with it when it came to living her life, but it was wonderful to film.” The Museum of the Moving Image will present the retrospective The Real Edie Sedgwick from March 31 through April 8, 2007, offering a rare opportunity to see all of Sedgwick’s extant films directed by Warhol, including rare double-projector screenings of the films Outer and Inner Space and Lupe. In all of the Warhol films, the camera runs continuously, capturing Sedgwick on her own, or hanging out with such members of the Warhol crowd as Gerard Malanga, Chuck Wein, and Ondine. The films are very loosely scripted, but are basically slices of life made during the heyday of the Warhol Factory scene. Among the Warhol films to be shown are Beauty #2, Space, Afternoon, Restaurant, and Kitchen. The sixteen-film retrospective also includes the U.S. premiere of footage of Sedgwick shot by documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock for a production of the opera Lulu, and the feature documentary Ciao! Manhattan, which was made shortly before Sedgwick died at the age of 28. Sedgwick was portrayed by Siena Miller in the recently released biopic Factory Girl. 
 “With her radiant beauty, and her equally charismatic and oddly eccentric personality, Edie Sedgwick was a perfect subject for Warhol’s unflinching camera,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “There was a unique combination of presence and absence with Sedgwick, that meshed perfectly with Warhol’s sensibility.” Warhol himself had planned to organize an Edie Sedgwick retrospective in February 1966, but plans fell through when his relationship with Sedgwick cooled off.

Organized by David Schwartz, Chief Curator. Special thanks to Callie Angell, M. M. Serra, David Weisman, and Richard Leacock, and to Anne Morra, Charles Silver, and Mary Keene of The Museum of Modern Art. 



SCHEDULE
All films are 16mm, and directed by Andy Warhol, unless otherwise noted. All films by Andy Warhol are from The Museum of Modern Art.

 Poor Little Rich Girl
Saturday, March 31, 2:00 p.m. 1965, 67 mins. A two-reel documentary portrait; in the first reel, out of focus, Edie does her morning routine, applying make-up and exercising. The second reel, in focus, feels like a revelation: Edie smokes pot, tries on clothes, and talks with an off-screen Chuck Wein. 



Restaurant 

Saturday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.
1965, 34 mins. Edie Sedgwick and friends drink and talk as they await a meal. 
Followed by Screen Test Reel #10 (1964-6, 40 mins.) This reel of Warhol's Factory screen tests includes Edie Sedgwick, Jane Holzer, Lou Reed, John Ashbery, Jonas Mekas, and Paul Morrissey. 


Vinyl

Saturday, March 31, 5:00 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. Warhol's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, filmed in a corner of the Factory, stars Gerard Malanga as Alex. But Edie Sedgwick, a non-speaking extra, steals the show.



Space

Saturday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. Warhol's constantly moving camera roams around its characters, in a mélange of talking, food fights, and folk singing. 
Preceded by Match Girl (1966, 25 mins. Directed by Andrew Meyer.) Sedgwick is mythologized by Vivian Kurz, who plays the self-destructive "Match Girl" in this allegorical film, narrated by Warhol. 

 Outer and Inner Space
Double-Screen Projection 
Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m.and 6:00 p.m.
1965, 33 mins. In this split-screen extravaganza, Sedgwick smokes and speaks about subjects including outer space, medication, and her family while seated next to her image on a television monitor. 
Preceded by Lupe (1965, 36 mins.) Loosely based on the life and death of Lupe Velez, this film, presented in its original double-screen format, shows Sedgwick as she listens to music, dances, plays with a kitten, takes pills, and eats supper. 



Kitchen

Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. Sedgwick applies make-up, exercises her legs, is seduced by Mickey Trudeau, and discusses coffee. Written as a showcase for Sedgwick, Ronald Tavel's situational and episodic script was described by Warhol as "illogical, without motivation or character-completely ridiculous." 
Preceded by Restaurant (1965, 34 mins.) Edie Sedgwick and friends drink and talk as they await a meal. 


Afternoon
Saturday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.
1965, 105 mins. Made from footage that was cut from Chelsea Girls at Edie Sedgwick's request, Afternoon is part of Warhol's intended "Poor Little Rich Girl" saga, along with Restaurant and Face. 



Beauty #2

Saturday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
1965, 66 mins. In her most complex, playful performance, Sedgwick flirts in bed with Gino Piserchio—and the camera—while responding to jealous insults from an off-screen Chuck Wein; Gerard Malanga looms by the bed, watching. 
Preceded by Poem Posters (1967, 24 mins. Directed by Charles Henri Ford.) Sedgwick is the life of the party in this priceless record of a star-studded art gallery opening, with appearances by William Burroughs, Jayne Mansfield, and Jack Smith. 



Horse 
Sunday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.
1965, 105 min. Sedgwick had a small part in this Western parody, her first Warhol film, which does indeed star a horse. The film is an important transition in Warhol's move towards ironic treatment of Hollywood genres. 




Ciao! Manhattan

Sunday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
1972, 84 mins. 35mm. Directed by John Palmer and David Weisman. Sedgwick died just weeks after making this quasi-biographical film, which combines footage from her Factory days with scenes of “Susan Superstar” looking back on the ruins of her life. 
Preceded by fragment from Lulu (1967, 8 mins., video. Directed by Richard Leacock.) U.S. Premiere. This expressionistic footage of Sedgwick was filmed for an opera.

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SPRING RECESS AT MOVING IMAGE:
‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB,’ WORKSHOPS, AND
HOLIDAY OPENINGS
Please note the start time for CHARLOTTE'S WEB has been changed to
2:00 p.m. (not 1:30 p.m. as previously announced in the
printed Calendar and in the screening schedule).


Special holiday hours:
Museum open every day from Monday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 10
Families are invited to spend Spring Break at the Museum of the Moving Image with weekday matinee screenings of Charlotte’s Web (2006) and workshops that focus on how E.B. White’s classic childhood story was brought to the screen.
The program will be offered every weekday from Monday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 10, 2007: workshop at 1:00 p.m. and film screening at 2:00 p.m. Both are included with Museum admission. Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6
Monday and Tuesday, April 9 and 10
1:00 p.m
Book-to-Screen Workshop
 Children learn about storytelling and how an author’s words are brought to life on screen. After listening to a passage from E.B White’s Charlotte’s Web read aloud, children will draw their own representation of that scene. They will also view the same excerpt as reproduced in both the animated Charlotte’s Web (1973) and in the current film version. The workshop lasts 45 minutes and is recommended for children ages 6 and up.
2:00 p.m.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

 2006, 97 mins. 35mm print courtesy Paramount Pictures. Directed by Gary Winick. With Dakota Fanning. Featuring the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, Oprah Winfrey. This quietly moving live-action adaptation of E.B. White’s classic children’s story “always strikes just the right note, honoring the spirit and humor of the novel without over-sentimentalizing its delicate themes,” writes Stephanie Zacharek in Salon.


As always, the Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen, is on view, with a dynamic blend of interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, film clips, and artworks that show the process of film and television production. The exhibition Star Trek: 40 Years of Fandom, which has been extended indefinitely, explores the cultural phenomenon that has spawned six television series, ten motion pictures, and the undying love of a legion of devoted fans.

Also, in the first-floor gallery, the popular exhibition Digital Play includes video arcade games from the 1980s presented alongside contemporary home-based games--all playable.



Admission is $10 for the general public; $7.50 for senior citizens and students with ID; $5 for children 5-18; and free for Museum members. Film screenings are included in paid Museum admission. 


MUSEUM INFORMATION

Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)

Film Screenings: See above for schedule.

Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events)

Location:
35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.

Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street.
N or W trains to 36 Avenue.

Program Information:
Telephone: (718) 784-0077
www.movingimage.us


The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York, and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and City Council Member Eric N. Gioia.

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==UPCOMING BENEFIT: THE WORLD, EXPLAINED== April 10
826NYC, 826LA and McSweeney’s present THE WORLD, EXPLAINED An evening of erudite comedy and fact-based entertainment with JOHN OLIVER (Daily Show correspondent), DAVID RAKOFF (author of Fraud), JOSHUA DAVIS (the lightest man ever to compete in the U.S. Sumo Open) RODNEY ROTHMAN (Former Undeclared writer and author of Early Bird). The evening will be hosted by EUGENE MIRMAN. Using slides, charts, and other primary sources, our presenters will illuminate various topics, including: how to create boy bands; the reasons to hate Rent; and strategies for defeating an opponent four times your weight in a sumo arena. The event will also feature the premiere performance by FINAL FANTASY: ONLINE A.K.A. INTERNET, an indie-rock supergroup made up of DANTE DECARO and HADJI BAKARA (of Wolf Parade), NICK DIAMONDS and JAMIE THOMPSON (of Islands), AMBER WEBBER (of Black Mountain) and SYD BUTLER (of Les Savy Fav).

Symphony Space
Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 P.M.

2537 Broadway (at 95th St.),
New York
Tickets: $21 advance,
$26 day of show
Tickets available through:
www.symphonyspace.org
or
(212) 864-5400

All proceeds go toward 826NYC’s and 826LA

==ABOUT 826NYC ==
Please consider making a donation to 826NYC. Your contribution will allow us to offer thousands of students free after-school tutoring, in-class support for local teachers, and creative evening and weekend workshops. This month alone we will: - provide free after-school tutoring to over 100 students in both our Williamsburgh and Park Slope locations - host visits from 9 different classes - work with students from the School for Democracy and Leadership to publish a collection of original stories - work with students from the Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration to publish a collection of personal graphic narratives - work with students to create a comic book about a quest to stop an evil mastermind, choose your own adventure stories, a mockumentary film about retired superheroes, an album of original folk music, and more. Your donation will allow us to continue to offer free programs like these to New York City students and schools. To donate online, visit www.826nyc.org/about/donate To donate by mail, please make checks out to "826NYC" and send to:

826NYC Attn: Jennifer Snow
372 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215

3.26.2007

events—Readings and Movies




The Perch Café
Literary Tuesdays
7:30 PM
FOLLOWED BY OPEN MIC

March 27-Paul Oppenheimer is the author of twelve books, three of which are poetry: Before a Battleand Other Poems (Harcourt); Beyond the Furies: New Poems (Editions Faust, Paris) and The Flame Charts: New Poems (Spuyten Duyvil Press). His poetry has appeared widely, in such places as Literary Imagination, The Quarterly Review of Literatureand, The New York Times. He teaches at The Graduate Center and The City College of The City University of New York as well as, frequently, as an exchange professor at University College London.

$5.00 cover

365 5TH AVENUE PARK SLOPE
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)
WWW.THEPERCHCAFE.COM


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EDIE SEDGWICK RETROSPECTIVE FOCUSES ON HER ANDY WARHOL FILMS 
March 31-April 8, 2007 Edie Sedgwick was downtown New York’s “It girl” of 1965, when she was inseparable from Andy Warhol and appeared in nearly all of his films. As Warhol said, “Edie was incredible on camera—just the way she moved. She was all energy. She didn’t know what to do with it when it came to living her life, but it was wonderful to film.” The Museum of the Moving Image will present the retrospective The Real Edie Sedgwick from March 31 through April 8, 2007, offering a rare opportunity to see all of Sedgwick’s extant films directed by Warhol, including rare double-projector screenings of the films Outer and Inner Space and Lupe. In all of the Warhol films, the camera runs continuously, capturing Sedgwick on her own, or hanging out with such members of the Warhol crowd as Gerard Malanga, Chuck Wein, and Ondine. The films are very loosely scripted, but are basically slices of life made during the heyday of the Warhol Factory scene. Among the Warhol films to be shown are Beauty #2, Space, Afternoon, Restaurant, and Kitchen. The sixteen-film retrospective also includes the U.S. premiere of footage of Sedgwick shot by documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock for a production of the opera Lulu, and the feature documentary Ciao! Manhattan, which was made shortly before Sedgwick died at the age of 28. Sedgwick was portrayed by Siena Miller in the recently released biopic Factory Girl. 
 “With her radiant beauty, and her equally charismatic and oddly eccentric personality, Edie Sedgwick was a perfect subject for Warhol’s unflinching camera,” said David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator. “There was a unique combination of presence and absence with Sedgwick, that meshed perfectly with Warhol’s sensibility.” Warhol himself had planned to organize an Edie Sedgwick retrospective in February 1966, but plans fell through when his relationship with Sedgwick cooled off. 
Organized by David Schwartz, Chief Curator. Special thanks to Callie Angell, M. M. Serra, David Weisman, and Richard Leacock, and to Anne Morra, Charles Silver, and Mary Keene of The Museum of Modern Art. 


SCHEDULE All films are 16mm, and directed by Andy Warhol, unless otherwise noted. All films by Andy Warhol are from The Museum of Modern Art.


Poor Little Rich Girl
, Saturday, March 31, 2:00 p.m.
1965, 67 mins. A two-reel documentary portrait; in the first reel, out of focus, Edie does her morning routine, applying make-up and exercising. The second reel, in focus, feels like a revelation: Edie smokes pot, tries on clothes, and talks with an off-screen Chuck Wein. 

Restaurant 
Saturday, March 31, 3:30 p.m. 1965, 34 mins. Edie Sedgwick and friends drink and talk as they await a meal. 
Followed by Screen Test Reel #10 (1964-6, 40 mins.) This reel of Warhol's Factory screen tests includes Edie Sedgwick, Jane Holzer, Lou Reed, John Ashbery, Jonas Mekas, and Paul Morrissey. 


Vinyl
Saturday, March 31, 5:00 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. Warhol's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, filmed in a corner of the Factory, stars Gerard Malanga as Alex. But Edie Sedgwick, a non-speaking extra, steals the show.


Space
Saturday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. Warhol's constantly moving camera roams around its characters, in a mélange of talking, food fights, and folk singing. 
Preceded by Match Girl (1966, 25 mins. Directed by Andrew Meyer.) Sedgwick is mythologized by Vivian Kurz, who plays the self-destructive "Match Girl" in this allegorical film, narrated by Warhol. 

Outer and Inner Space
 Double-Screen Projection 
Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m.and 6:00 p.m.
1965, 33 mins. In this split-screen extravaganza, Sedgwick smokes and speaks about subjects including outer space, medication, and her family while seated next to her image on a television monitor. 
Preceded by Lupe (1965, 36 mins.) Loosely based on the life and death of Lupe Velez, this film, presented in its original double-screen format, shows Sedgwick as she listens to music, dances, plays with a kitten, takes pills, and eats supper. 


Kitchen
Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. Sedgwick applies make-up, exercises her legs, is seduced by Mickey Trudeau, and discusses coffee. Written as a showcase for Sedgwick, Ronald Tavel's situational and episodic script was described by Warhol as "illogical, without motivation or character-completely ridiculous." 
Preceded by Restaurant (1965, 34 mins.) Edie Sedgwick and friends drink and talk as they await a meal. 

Afternoon
 Saturday, April 7, 4:00 p.m. 1965, 105 mins. Made from footage that was cut from Chelsea Girls at Edie Sedgwick's request, Afternoon is part of Warhol's intended "Poor Little Rich Girl" saga, along with Restaurant and Face. 

Beauty #2Saturday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. 1965, 66 mins. In her most complex, playful performance, Sedgwick flirts in bed with Gino Piserchio—and the camera—while responding to jealous insults from an off-screen Chuck Wein; Gerard Malanga looms by the bed, watching. 
Preceded by Poem Posters (1967, 24 mins. Directed by Charles Henri Ford.) Sedgwick is the life of the party in this priceless record of a star-studded art gallery opening, with appearances by William Burroughs, Jayne Mansfield, and Jack Smith. 

Horse 
Sunday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.
1965, 105 min. Sedgwick had a small part in this Western parody, her first Warhol film, which does indeed star a horse. The film is an important transition in Warhol's move towards ironic treatment of Hollywood genres. 


Ciao! Manhattan
Sunday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. 1972, 84 mins. 35mm. Directed by John Palmer and David Weisman. Sedgwick died just weeks after making this quasi-biographical film, which combines footage from her Factory days with scenes of “Susan Superstar” looking back on the ruins of her life. 
Preceded by fragment from Lulu (1967, 8 mins., video. Directed by Richard Leacock.) U.S. Premiere. This expressionistic footage of Sedgwick was filmed for an opera.

MUSEUM INFORMATION 
Hours:
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)
 Film Screenings: See schedule above for schedule.
 Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events)
Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or W trains to 36 Avenue.
Program Information: Telephone: (718) 784-0077; Website: www.movingimage.us

3.25.2007

Tonight at Cornelia St. Cafe—CD RELEASE PARTY: WORD RIFFS and MERGE

Poetry and Jazz: Partners in Perfect Harmony
Downstairs at The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319
SUNDAY, MARCH 25th, 2007, 8:30 - 11 PM (sets at 8:30 and 9:45)
$15 ($10 students/seniors); one drink minimum per set

WORD RIFFS
GOLDA SOLOMON words
with CENTER SEARCH QUEST
CHRISTOPHER DEAN SULLIVAN bass artisan
MICHAEL T. A. THOMPSON soundrhythium
and

ERI YAMAMOTO piano
special guest
SACO YASUMA saxophone

MERGE
CASSANDRA CLEGHORN poetry, voice
ERIK LAWRENCE saxophones, flutes
ALLISON MILLER drums
RENE HART acoustic bass, gadgets

An insightful observer of the scene and narrator of a thousand hipper yesterdays, Golda Solomon lays it all out with streetwise authority on Word Riffs.” — Bill Milkowski, journalist, Jazz Times; Jazziz

Merge is another step forward in celebrating the marriage of poetry and music
— David Amram

This recording is a keeper” — Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
Greenwich Village, NY 10014

"a culinary as well as a cultural landmark" -- Mayoral Proclamation, City of New York 1987

Tel: 212-989-9319 / Fax: 212-243-4207 / Web: www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Streets, Greenwich Village
by subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher Street - Sheridan Square;
A, C, E, B, D, F & V to West 4th St.