Artists in Residence International (AIRI) brings new international talent to Atlanta’s arts community for TransATLantic 2007: sensibility, seduction & self-reflection.
AIRI is pleased to announce the fourth event in its annual TransATLantic exhibition series celebrating cross-cultural ties through art. TransATLantic 2007 will feature three celebrated contemporary artists who have never before exhibited in Atlanta: Bastien Desfriches Doria, Jehanne-Marie Gavarini and Naomi London. Through a variety of media, including installation, photography and large-scale drawing, this exhibition promises to be a must see!
Bastien is an assistant professor at Governors State University near Chicago, Illinois. His recent series of photographs, titled "Mammal Thoughts", explores the questioning of bodily identity interweaved with philosophical self-reflection. Jehanne-Marie is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell and will be exhibiting pieces from her "Strange Attractors" installation series, which examines contemporary compulsions and collective anxieties, represented through combining objects that are not usually found together. Naomi is a celebrated artist from Montreal (QC), Canada whose work has been included in numerous museum collections and exhibitions. Her current practice focuses on the subtlety, color and sensibility of happiness through large-scale drawings, sculpture and performance art. Atlanta arts community leaders Sylvie Fortin, Editor-in-Chief of Art Papers Magazine, and Robert Cheatham, Executive Director of Eyedrum, Inc., acted as co-advisors in selecting these artists for their unique approaches and diverse styles.
Musical entertainment for the opening reception will be provided by French-African born Maya Meerana who combines jazz and a Reggae beat to traditional French music. Other sponsors for the opening and exhibition include the City of Atlanta Office of Affairs, eyedrum, and the Warhol foundation.
AIRI is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization that brings unique programming to Atlanta’s arts community by sponsoring exhibitions and residencies for Atlanta artists abroad and providing exchange opportunities in Atlanta for artists from other countries. One of the TransATLantic 2007 exhibiting artists will be awarded a residency in Atlanta to take place in 2008.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see cutting edge work by these widely exhibited and collected artists for the first time in Atlanta!!
For more information, log onto www.a-i-r-i.org.
Opening reception: Jason Murphy & Steve Dixey
December 1, 2007 7:00PM - 11:00PM Price: free
Jason Murphy & Steve Dixey
Drawings and Paintings
"drill site #7"
mixed media/ collage on paper
ARTEMIS OF EPHESUS by Steven Dixey
Till December 31st.
Small Gallery opening: Graem Kinsella
December 1, 2007 7:00PM - 11:00PM Price: free
new work by graem kinsella
"home sweet homeless"
regular gallery hours
December 2, 2007 1:00PM - 6:00PM Price: free
monthly show on WREK 91.1 FM
December 2, 2007 7:00PM - 9:00PM
On the first Sunday of every month, at 7 p.m., Eyedrum does a show on WREK (91.1 FM / www.wrek.org) that features nuggets from Eyedrum's archive of live performances.
After the show airs "live", you can listen to it via WREK's 7-day archive if you forget to tune in. Here are the direct links to Sunday Special streams: lo-fi or hi-fi. These streaming links from WREK expire 7 days after the show airs on the radio.
But wait, there's more! We now have a podcast available, for those of you who have discovered podcasting. You can also just download the whole show (right click on "download") although be forewarned that the file is over 50 MB in size. These podcast and download links will NOT expire for months to come -- download and listen!
Lots of long jazz pieces in this month's show. We opened with Victor B. Bicycle and Colin Bragg recordings from Nov 2nd's Film Love Festival; followed with several live performances by Roger Ruzow and the Atlanta Fourth Ward Improv Ensemble. We played some really great free jazz by Wick / Radding / Greenwald and then some atmospheric electronics by Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel; both ensembles will be playing at Eyedrum on Tue Dec 4th. You'll also hear the Plastic People Of The Universe (played Sep 19th), the Vandermark 5 (most members of which are appearing at Eyedrum as The Engines on Dec 15th), Kevin Dunn and King Rat. We finished off with an excerpt from the most recent monthly Open Improv.
Pink Reason / Psychedelic Horseshit / Pony Bones
December 2, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: $8
From Siltbreeze Records, the prolific independent label that brought you such aural debauchary as the Dead C, Times New Viking, Harry Pussy and more, comes Pink Reason and Psychedelic Horseshit. Anyone schooled in the label's roughly consistant aesthetic should be comfortable with the sonic wares both bands bring to the table.
Rough and raucous, often pretty, always gritty guitar fueled songcraft as opressive as it is heartfelt. Folk tinged ditties as heard from the inside of a cement truck...sad rock and roll to listen to while wrapping sandpaper around your brain...A great lineup indeed.....
You have to check out these bands, you see...
Pony Bones opens with songs smacking of despair and agony...beautiful music to kick aligators to.
Club of Rome will also play.............
Meet Flora Maria Garcia
December 3, 2007 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Come out and meet Ms. Garcia, the new head of the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (M.A.A.C.C.)
Wick/Radding/Greewald trio, Duet for T & LS
December 4, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: $7
Jacob Wick on trumpet, Reuben Radding on bass, and Andrew Greenwald on drums. It's an improvising group, generally dealing with sound and texture more than rhythm and harmony - somewhere in the realm of nmperign, Evan Parker's Electroacoustic ensemble or Konk Pack. They've all performed with a wide variety of improvisors including Dave Douglas, Han Bennink, & John Zorn.
"Radding has one of the thickest tones on the double bass to be heard in jazz today."
--Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz
"He (Radding) just burns--forget other bass players."
Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel, whose name describes its instrumentation in exactly the way it does not give you the full spectrum of what sonic sundries they impart, open with rich textures, swooning collages, and hypnotic pulses, like a warm bath in the aural abyss.
Duet is Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (lap steel).
December 5, 2007 8:00PM - - - Price: $12.50 IN ADVANCE / $15 AT DOOR
Vincent Gallo and Eric Erlandson have formed a new musical project, RRIICCEE. Gallo, a movie actor, filmmaker and musician, is the critically acclaimed writer and director of such films like Buffalo 66 and The Brown Bunny. He has released two solo albums on the British recording label, Warp Records and also collaborated with the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the New York no-wave musical group Gray. Erlandson is the former guitarist and founding member of the rock band Hole, along with Courtney Love. The band released three albums including their 1994 commercial breakthrough, Live Through This. RRIICCEE will perform live at Eyedrum Gallery on Dec. 5.
You, whether of the sullen Modernist generation, Or the joyous po-mo Nihil generation, have considered Miraculations to be a thing of more sodden middle ages,
now only a thing of faces on potato chips,
or etchings on silicon chips…
but … LO !!
At eyedrum attend to the
Miracle of the whisper'd Open; the
Miracle of the Crashing Close; the
Miracle of Transfiguration of Sight to Sound and the
Miracle of Vice Versa; the
Miracle of Making Do in Choral Formation; the
Miracle of Voluptuous All-At-Oneness Quivering In Air; the
Miracle of Noise Becoming Signal and the
Miracle of Vice Versa; the
Miracle of the All-Encompassing Vibration and yet the
Miracle of Living Sound In Transformation
Come toss your sullen nihilism and stand Revealed, Naked For the Miraculous Shards We Are.
Your Very Own Personal 'Bellowing Miracle' will be revealed to you!!!
Added Attraction Miracle, One Night Only: Projected Media by Some Georgia State folks!!
[This Miraculous Event sponsored in part by He Whose Time Has Come, Judge Daniel Paul Schreber: "Here come de judge, here come de judge!"]
Hooha is a video and live performance given in homage.
We, the performers, give recognition of her.
We praise her AWESOME power.
Hooha is the CREATOR of all---from which all life comes.
Men bow to her subtle SYMMETRY, BEAUTY, and GROTESQUENESS.
Her wrath, felt by women, is fleeting but bloodletting, a reminder of her suffering.
Hooha is kind.
Hooha is ruthless.
Hooha is laughter.
Hooha is Groucho Marx's moustache.
Also a showing of the film by Anne Severson: Near the Big Chakra, USA 1971, 16mm, colour, 17 mins, silent.
An unhurried view of 37 human female vaginas - ranging in age from three months to 56 years.
"Neither clinical nor leering, its strange neutrality makes it possible for the viewer to be simultaneously fascinated, repulsed, awestruck at the diversity of women's genitals, and finally, at their universality." - Ms. magazine
"The impression made by this film, its impact - has been enormous. ... This film is a new approach to our femininity." - Agnes Varda, Image and Sound
regular gallery hours
December 9, 2007 1:00PM - 6:00PM Price: free
FIlm Love 53: Openings
December 9, 2007 7:00PM - 8:30PM Price: $5
Roger Ruzow and Frequent Small Meals present
Film Love #53 OPENINGS: Music and Experimental Film
still from Opening by Madison Brookshire
A gathering of Atlanta’s finest improvisational musicians perform to silent experimental films.
The Atlanta Fourth Ward Improvisational Ensemble, led by Roger Ruzow, will perform newly created live soundtracks to short experimental films by local, national and international filmmakers. The film imagery ranges from abstract, hand-drawn animation to video “circuit-bending” to the grandeur of Madison Brookshire’s landscape film Opening.
NOTE EARLY START TIME: 7 PM!
We have to leave the space by 8:30, so the show will start directly at 7.
Musicians: Roger Ruzow, Jeff Crompton, Ben Gettys, Ben Davis, Chris Case, Keith Leslie, Rob Mallard
Oliver Smith (Atlanta, GA)
videoFeed (2007), digital video, 6 minutes
Colorful imagery from circuit-bent video hardware.
Peter Snowdon (Brussels, Belgium)
tree stain man (hommage to stan) (2007), super-8mm and digital video (screened on DVD), 4 minutes WORLD PREMIERE
"An experimental round dance in three movements, composed using footage of trees taken in Oxford in spring 2001. My first ever roll of Kodachrome 40. A homage to the life-in-work of Stan Brakhage."
Chris Lynn (Washington, DC)
London 4 – Clouds and the Docklands(2006), digital video, 6 minutes
London 5 – Unknown Year(2007), super-8mm (screened on DVD), 4 minutes
Two portraits of the city. The grain and color of the super-8 film image contrasts with the digital video clarity of a rainy London day.
Hugo Ball Room (San Francisco, CA)
Suite for Face (excerpts)10 minutes, digital video
Video clips "processed from scenes in feature films in which an actor or actress emotes wordlessly, using facial expressions and posture to represent the evolution of a feeling, a realization, or a breakdown. The videos are intended to provide a context for improvising musicians to interpret in solo or small-group settings."
Maryam Kashani (Austin, TX)
things lovely and dangerous still: a silent film for trumpet and drums (2006),16mm, 12 minutes
A portrait in 16mm film, made by a filmmaker/DJ, and inspired by the poetry of June Jordan
Caroline Koebel (Buffalo, NY)
Sea Lion (2007), 16mm, 3 minutes
”This hand processed Super 8 film marvels at the beauty of the movement of the sea lion. It reflects the fascination of the filmmaker’s two-year-old son with this animal new to his world.”
Caroline Koebel (Buffalo, NY)
hole or space (2006), 16mm, 3 minutes
“Pricks, gaps, dots, openings, hole or space takes its cue from contortionists of the early screen in spiraling out from conceptions of the body as whole. The film uses early cinema and avant-garde classics as its compositional notes.”
Madison Brookshire (Los Angeles, CA)
Opening (2007), 16mm, 25 minutes
This aptly titled work is a quiet but grand record of the contemporary American landscape.
Robbie Land (Atlanta, GA)
Greencameraless (2007), 16mm, 6 minutes WORLD PREMIERE
A recent work by the Atlanta film artist shows an inner landscape - a portrait in green, visual layers created by working directly on the filmstrip without a camera.
Openings is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love exists to provide access to great but rarely seen films, and to explore the history of experimental filmmaking. It was voted Atlanta’s Best Film Series by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006. More information on Frequent Small Meals music, film, and art events can be found at www.frequentsmallmeals.com
December 11, 2007 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Art Comm meeting
Half Normal /Self Inflict/ Mr. Natural/Don Hassler
December 11, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: $5
Bob Bellerue (Half Normal)
Bob Bellerue :: halfnormal is a noise artist, theater designer, writer, composer and curator. My work utilizes electronics and custom programming for live performance, sound installation, and prepared ambient (public & private) field recordings. With a background in punk / acid rock, Balinese and Javanese gamelan, and Tibetan Buddhism, I'm interested in the various ways that extreme sonic experiences affect awareness and identity, and the supple techniques used to focus and modulate energy. Over the last 20 years I've played in various percussion / rock / improvised projects, created original sound scores for many performance art, dance, theater and film pieces, and released dozens of recordings. I have collaborated with many powerful members of the west-coast noise / improvisation community, including Smegma (as an ongoing participant), Raven Chacon (as KILT), Albert Ortega (as Feed the Dragon), David Kendall (as Improvisatyrs), Mitchell Brown, Joseph Hammer, Circuit Wound, and Jarrett Silberman. My work has been presented in Indonesia, across Europe, and throughout the United States, including the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Beyond Music Sound Festival, CEAIT Festival, SASSAS, NorCal Noise Festival, Olympia Experimental Music Festival, PDX Noise Festival, Highways Performance Space, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Living Arts of Tulsa New Genre Festival, Dairy Center for the Arts, Machine Project, 7Hz, the Il Corral, the Smell, KXLU, KFJC, Kill Radio, Stanford University, UC San Diego, UC Los Angeles, Naropa University (BA 1995), and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA 2003). Visit halfnormal.com for more salience.
Local noise artist Self Inflict opens along with Don Hassler and Mr. Natural!
Doors open at 9 ... show at 10.
The Hent Project
December 12, 2007
The HENT project's second showing. the collaborate arts organization features hip hop, modern, contemporary and classical dance, spoken word, drama, cinematography, r&b, poetry, short stories, rap, local bands and visual art. expose yourself to an evening covering the whole arts spectrum. visit us at thehentproject.com. come seize capture.
Twinhead presents "Your Holiday Office Party"
December 13, 2007 9:00PM - 12:00AM Price: $10
Join Twinhead as they celebrate everything sublime/nightmarish about Holiday Office parties! Enjoy clips of your favorite office-themed movies! How about a competitive round of cubical waste paper basketball?! Ever feel like beating that monitor with a crowbar?! Or how about sending your parents a photo copy of a body part on company letterhead?! Win ridiculous raffle prizes ranging from The Office Space Kit (which includes a "Jump to Conclusions" mat and a TPS Report) to a mug unapologetically exclaiming to everyone that you're the WOLRD'S GREATEST SECRETARY-- filled with Ricola and packets of Splenda!
All this, plus the sexiest Atlanta bands to ever wear a 3-piece suit: CLUB AWESOME and SORRY NO FERRARI!!
FREE GIFT FOR THOSE DRESSED FOR SUCCESS (suits, ties, pencil skirts, ANY DECADE!)!!
Former members of Deerhunter The Blame Game, and Devastator unite to form a CVLT (the V is like the U ancien rome pronounced Cult.) This 3 piece is the kind of band you love to hate. Not congruent with the scene experts who proclaim "quiet is the new loud". Living the manifesto conceived in twilight horizon observation sessions. Have you ever seen a wizard riding a motorcycle? Eagles with tusks clutching giant squid in their talons? An elephant fighting a pack of wolves? Currently training at 100 times earth's gravity, our astronomical decibel levels being honed to avoid serious damage to earthly conquerors. Total combat noise you can sing along to.
Madclout is a network of break dancers, visual artists and like minded music appreciators known throughout the US. They have sponsored many events here in Atlanta from painted vintage boombox expos to Art of Writing exhibits to B-Boy crew battles. For the WrasBenifit, Madclout will be doing a breakdance demonstration with a backdrop of funky 70’s & 80’s breakbeats.
Atlanta natives Dream Sanitation (Eye of Noot) and Bimbi "Smoofus" Thomas have playing together since the late 90's in bands such as the drug cabal masked as a psychedelic rock band Good Friday Experiment as well as fusion-experimentalists Seventy Spacebird. The two have many other studio and live credits to their names including Dream Sanitation's keyboard work with Phife Dawg, and Bimbi's percussion concussion with Atlanta dancehall kings, The Selmanaires. While most wouldn't equate these two artists prior work as "dance music", the two have always entertained the idea of putting together a project such as Noot d' Noot. The duo ventured into the realms of electronic music some forgotten Friday evening, and emerged with a killer hangover and 2006's self-released "Goofer Dust Mixtape". The reaction to "Goofer Dust" from friends, fellow musicians, and local indie record stores and labels led to the first of many Noot d' Noot live performances. Assembling the collaborators on the mixtape for the first time, including saxophonist Ben "Dr. Kinje" Davis, Afro-Cuban master drummer David Lougee, multi-instrumentalist James Joyce (Formerly of Car vs. Driver), knob-twiddlin', rythym ace Crab Louie, and master of ceremonies MC Eboli, Noot d' Noot quickly solidified a formidable live group. With a full line-up of talented musicians, a deal with Atlanta based International Hits Records, and plenty of material ready to drop, Noot d' Noot seem ready to bridge the gap between Atlanta's well-known party crunk scene, and the psychedelic rock acts rapidly making noise on the national radar.
Clan Destined (or, Clan D for short), a funk-fest of rolling, rumbling, revolving, relentlessly soulful beats with an electronic sensibility. The vibes can range from loungey and chilled-out to all out trunk-rattle. You might catch Dex singing on a chorus on “Read The Signs”, or both of them scratching in their own vocals over live keys in “The Language”. The Yin and Yang aspect holds strong, with DT being the more outspoken on the mic. You get the feeling he’s just a raw channel of verbal energy in a constant state of explosion, while AmDex weaves a cool, thoughtful spell that’s never short on a clever word. The youngest members of The VJC are poised to make their debut excursion with their album ABBRACADAMN!!!, set for a January 16, 2007 release on Domination Records/VJC Recordings. With an arsenal of visionary beat-craft and an uncanny physics at their fingertips, Clan D is on the brink of giving Atlanta yet another claim to one of the landmark pair-offs of this generation and raising the bar for the hip-hop duo. From now on, alchemy must be part of the equation.
Crate-diggers and vintage record fanatics of the 21st century, listen up! A never-released soundtrack album from an ill-fated 1970s action flick, rediscovered earlier this year. A spokesperson for media-shy jazz-funk outfit Cadillac Jones announced at a weekend press conference that the non-malicious mislabeling of the original tapes led to the soundtrack's estimated twenty seven year disappearance. Feature film The Big Takedown was reportedly shelved by an unnamed major studio when producers exceeded their budget by twice the originally allotted amount and were, by all reports, nowhere near done with the picture. The album, over an hour of instrumental tracks whose funk bass lines and percussion, balls-out brass progressions, and far-out keys and synth, take the listener back to the era of films like Shaft, The Mack, and Super Fly and groundbreaking jazz-funk acts like of Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders, and Deodato.
Musicians and friends since 1996, Jason Choate and Stephen Thomas are the Gemini-twins and twisted minds behind Kids with Codenames. Genres do not stick well to these shapeshifting artists. Throughout their decade-long career, Kw/C have dabbled in every form of musical expression from acoustic folk and gangsta rap to drum&bass and ambient electronica. With roots as promoters in the twilight of the Atlanta rave scene, Kids with Codenames quickly made a name for themselves as iconoclasts. They were the first in the ATL to take Ableton's "Live" software to the dancefloor, dropping wildly executed house and tribal mashups in crowded clubs and afterhours parties. Now they've returned to their earliest form as singer-songwriters, fusing pop sensibilities and futuristic stylings along with a production ethos of "anything and everything in between." The result of this full-circle journey through art and time is a collection of funky, soulful, and sincere tunes that burrow out a place to live inside your head. Forever. Fresh off the road from a pair of gigs at New York City's famed CMJ Festival, the Codename Kids will play their homecoming show at the WRAS Benefit.
Main Stage 10:45
Within eight months of arriving in Atlanta, Janelle Monáe had met Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Chuck Lightning of Wondaland Productions and begun work on her masterful debut album Metropolis. “Metropolis is the place I’ve been dreaming about all these years. A city inside your head. It’s an adventure the music brings alive.” Like a daring epic film, the album concerns a cybergirl’s struggle to love in the futuristic city of Metropolis. With such innovative subject matter, it is no surprise that Metropolis doesn’t sound like your average R & B record.
In fact, many of the songs sound simply otherworldly: “Violet Stars Happy Hunting” sounds like a frantic Disney song played by the Sex Pistols; the achingly beautiful, string-laden “Cindi” sounds like a moving Broadway classic crafted by Rodgers and Hammerstein; “My Favorite Nothing” mixes doo-wop sass with swirling new-wave synths, electrifying handclaps and urgent rhythm guitars; “Lettin Go” moonwalks on a bed of bubbling synthbass, Philly soul strings, and hypersoul vocals; while “Metropolis” is a soulful blue waltz through a Bladerunner-like world where cyborgs fall in love with humans at their own peril.
In the summer of 2005, Janelle Monáe performed “Dear Mr. President,” a soulful, Curtis-Mafyfield-like political burner, complete with strutting bass and blaring horns, for an audience of one: the hip hop legend and musical innovator known as Big Boi. After hearing this single song, Big Boi was an ecstatic believer. Positive that he had found the leading lady of his new Purple Ribbon label, he quickly gave the emerging talent a starring role in his new enterprise: two song placements on his compilation record Big Boi Presents…Got Purp Vol. 2, as well as the opportunity to write and record on several songs on the forthcoming Outkast album.
However, after coming from a closed studio session with Andre 3000, Janelle Monáe is surprisingly grounded and clear-eyed about the future: “I feel so blessed. I have so many people I look up too: Bjork, Outkast, Fiona Apple, Janet Jackson, Madonna…I want to take the things they’ve taught me to the stars….”
Random Rabbit is a musical organism created by Andrew Provine, Adam Herbert, and Charles Pazinets. Based heavily in improv, the music is influenced by everything we have ever heard or experienced. The music often comes to life from one sound or note gradually building up to a tapestry of organic and electronic beauty. The music adheres to no formula or one single idea. We assume shapelessness and adapt only to change.
regular gallery hours
December 15, 2007 1:00PM - 6:00PM Price: free
December 15, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: $8.00
The Engines are a new band featuring four of Chicago's best-known and busiest improvising musicians (L to R below): trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer Tim Daisy.
Ceramic instruments designed and constructed by Kimberly Shelton will be played along with traditional instruments.
This will be the first public appearance of a series of musical instruments made by Kimberly Shelton. She is graduating from Georgia State University with a BFA in ceramics. Her instruments are constructed from clay and manipulated with other materials.
It is encouraged that everyone brings their own sound making devices, non-traditional instruments are persuaded but all types of instruments will do. Other performances will be incorporated. Anyone interested in spoken word or A cappella is welcome. We will create a collaboration of sounds
Kathleen Delaney CD release
December 19, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: $8
Anaturale bumps queer-positive hip hop delivered on the gritty Anticon tip. Whether riffing on gender roles and the prefix "trans-" during "Transmission" or the meta-implications of a hook during "Never Even Meant," Anaturale charges hard. - The Independent, Durham, NC dirty south queer trans-positive hip hop on the m-i-c Anaturale is an up and coming gender queer mc and beat producer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Representing the queer south, Anaturale delivers emotional and poetic lyrics that explore queer and transgender politics and humorously delve into experiences of growing up queer in the South. Anaturale began performing in 2000 as a spoken word artist and drag king performer and was one of the founding members of the Daddy Kings, a drag king troupe that hailed from Asheville, NC. Since then, A has shifted all focus into music and has an upcoming album soon to be released on Crunks Not Dead Records. Anaturale collabs with some great folks... Whitney F. Skillcorn hypes A on the stage and Jil Christensen of Charlie makes fucking amazing beats. Album coming out sometime this fall. look out!
Ok, so the name Athens Boys Choir can be a bit deceiving but you can’t blame a Transsexual man living in the Deep South for having a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. So Katz, the Choir’s now solo member, travels the country speaking “the good word” throwing down hard hitting spoken-word that deals with issues of Gender, Politics, Love, Sex, and everything in-between. Katz’s spoken-word is raw, unapologetic, witty, and soulful. As Out Magazine wrote in 2006, “Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap…and instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms.” He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Bitch, The Butchies, Danielle Howle, and Michelle Malone. He has also opened for poets of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam on more than one occasion. Being a out Transsexual, Katz’s spoken-word often becomes a platform for education and activism, but all work and no play makes for one intense performance so he lets loose with sarcasm, pop culture references, and video’s featuring Barbara Streisand as Yentl and sassy footwork by the stars of the 1979 hit “Roller Boogie”. Athens Boys Choir has been touring nationally since 2003, performing for audiences that are becoming more diverse everyday. You don’t have to be a spoken-word enthusiast to enjoy the lyrical stylings of the Athens Boys Choir. Katz has the unusual skill of opening even the most skeptical minds to the world of performance poetry. With three CD's already out and a fourth due for release on March 27, 2007, Katz/The Athens Boys Choir has established himself as a force in the spoken-word/queer/pop culture/homo-hop movement; you choose how it moves you.
kathleen delaney is a High Femme who performs Queer Hard-Core Porn Spoken Word, full-time slave, definite DIVA, whose provocative performances ignite, shock, challenge, and eroticize Butch/Femme, Queer, and BDSM dynamics! kathleen has been performing her special brand of Queer Southern Kink & Porn for several years in the Atlanta area. She has toured both coasts, sharing the stage with such acts as Margaret Cho, Shar Rednour, Amber Dawn, Athens Boys Choir, Michelle Tea, Ian Harvie, Meliza Banales, Amy Ray, Scott Turner Schofield, Bitch, and S. Bear Bergman. kathleen has graced the stages of Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman, Cliterati, Homo-A-Gogo, Mother Tongue, Down 'n Dirty, K'vetsh, Ladyfest South, and was an organizer for Atlanta's Mondohomo Dirty South 2007. kathleen's chapbook "Fierce" was published in 2005, and is a steamy collection of her most Erotic work. Her first CD, "Stiletto," is slated for release December 19th, 2007, along with a second collection of new poetry entitled "POTENT." kathleen is currently organizing & booking BODY HEAT: FEMME PORN TOUR 2008, a sizzlingly-hot lineup featuring kathleen, Amber Dawn, Jen Cross, Meliza Banales, & Celestina Pearl!
"If you don't get a hard-on in your head or in your pants from being witness to kathleen's unapologetically slutty poetry, you're a retard who needs your ass kicked." - Ian Harvie | Butch, Trannie Comedian
"Amazing!" - Margaret Cho
"kathleen delaney's words will leave you with a need to speed home and create a little fantasy of your own." - Katz, Athens Boys Choir
"Dare I compare kathleen delaney's work to the ocean? Inviting and dangerous, it carries you along with a quiet, crushing force. Also, it gets you wet." - Scott Turner Schofield
"kathleen is a Dame aflame, rad, fierce, and courageous sex defender!" -Karen G., Cliterati
"kathleen delaney is an Erotic Poet whose raucous and enlightening poetry flaunts, provokes, and challenges sexual boundaries and celebrates sexual freedom!" - Casco Bay Books, Portland, ME.
regular gallery hours
December 21, 2007 3:00PM - 8:00PM
The Seventh Ring of Saturn
December 21, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: $6
The Seventh Ring of Saturn
9pm $6 All Ages
"The Seventh Ring of Saturn crafts deep psych rock and pop grooves that could have easily been culled from a long-forgotten cache of outtakes from Lenny Kaye's Nuggets comp., swimming in improv noise and freak-out."
-- Chad Radford , Creative Loafing
Visiting Filmmaker Brittany Gravely presents a night of film programming:
THE DAILY PLANNER, Max Coniglio, 9 min, 2006
A lazy, disorganized couch potato is miraculously transformed into a manic, over-achieving member of the rat race after his wife hands him a daily planner.
L'EYE by Xander Marro, 3 min, 2006:
Who watches the Watchmen? Doom drones and Italian supermodels conspire to turn your loving capitalist gaze back into your own insides. With sound by Carly Ptak of the Baltimore noise band Nautical Almanac.
INTRODUCTION TO LIVING IN A CLOSED SYSTEM Brittany Gravely, 18 min, 2001:
Introduction to Living in a Closed System is a fractured educational film based upon the idea of a biospheric utopia: a contained, self-sustaining, controlled environment. The disparate elements variously unite or fall apart as all of the visions, fears, and dreams of this retrospective/future place attempt to operate within the ideal of a unified, efficient system. The film serves as an introduction to the complexity of the poetry and the problems created by pastoral dreams of synthetic futures.
SCHOOL FOR EARTH KEEPING, found film from the 70s - 15 minutes
BLOOD OF THE EARTHWORM, Brittany Gravely, 32 min, 2006:
An anti-climactic barrage of both original footage and extractions from horror, science fiction, and educational films, all of which shed a flickering light on contemporary maladies of civilization. The natural course of evolution has been interrupted producing machine-like people who are alienated, destructive, dissatisfied, lifeless. They have been inscribed in the dull job of maintaining the unsustainable system which their ancestors created.
filmmaker Brittany Gravely
Still from: THE DAILY PLANNER
Still from: INTRODUCTION TO LIVING IN A CLOSED SYSTEM