Just Do Art

Compiled by scott stiffler and Sam Spokony

When cyborg brain implant technology renders our precious smartphones obsolete, chances are we’ll still be drawn to the tactile virtues of CDs and vinyl. But why wait for that day to become a member of the ARChive of Contemporary Music? At the June 16 Hawaiian Cocktail Party, members get first dibs at the tuneful booty offered up as part of their annual Summer Record & CD Sale. Those in luau or Hawaiian shirt wear get a free gift — and all comers get a lei (yes, we spelled it right) and a Frank Zappa poster donated by rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith.

If you’re not yet sold on joining, perhaps now’s a good time to mention what they do. ARChive is a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center which collects and preserves information on popular music from 1950 to the present (by keeping two copies of all recordings released in America). Their sale won’t poach from that collection. What’s up for grabs comes from donations by record companies and collectors (hundreds of mostly pop, rock, jazz & blues recordings — with LP prices below book value and CD prices at $1-$10 each). Also available: original vintage 60s psychedelic posters from the Grande Ballroom in Detroit and vintage clothing/kitchenwares (courtesy of their splinter event: The Astroturf Yard Sale).

Sat., June 18 through Sun., June 26; 11am-6pm daily. At the ARChive of Contemporary Music (54 White St., three blocks south of Canal, between Broadway & Church St.). To join, or for more info on the sale, call 212-226-6967 or visit arcmusic.org.

Hungry March Band makes music to mark High Line expansion
Step in time along the High Line with the Brooklyn-based Hungry March Band, who will perform as part of “Make Music New York” (the all-day, citywide musical celebration that makes the first day of summer that much sweeter). The ensemble, whose sound includes classic New Orleans brass band roots but stretches into jazz, gypsy and world music, is known for their raucous presence at outdoor events. On June 21, they’ll be leading a traditional second line parade to mark the opening of the High Line’s new section — which extends from West 20th Street to West 30th Street. Second line parades are an iconic part of New Orleans brass band culture, and are marked by reveling music lovers walking alongside the band and twirling parasols or handkerchiefs. So if you can keep a beat and feel like shouting for another trumpet solo, the Hungry March Band is your perfect alternative to that boring old treadmill. The parade starts on the High Line’s 10th Avenue Overlook (near 17th Street) at 6pm. For more info on this and other Make Music NY events, visit makemusicny.org or call 917-779-9709. Also visit hungrymarchband.com

Get a glimpse into the creative minds of preteens and young teens — and further appreciate why our schools need arts funding even in the midst of budget cuts — when you attend “Art 13.” On display: sculpture, installation art, fashion design and photographs from over 50 students who attend Chinatown’s P.S. 126/MAT. Def Jam Recordings creative director (and co-author of “DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop”) Cey Adams hosts, joined by the professional artists who support the young students taught by award-winning art and design teacher, Nicole Schorr (those artists have donated works to be auctioned off for the benefit of MAT’s Art Department). Local leadership of community-based organizations and schools, teachers, parents and youth will also be in attendance. Free. Tues., June 21, 6-8pm, at Lombard Freid Projects (518 W. 19th St., btw. 19th & 10th Aves.)

Hustlers. Rent boys. Punk rockers. Unknown artists. Junkies. Thieves and outcasts — and that’s just a description of the crowd they’re expecting at the opening night reception! Seriously. It’s also a fairly comprehensive catalog of the types who populate the work of Fernando Carpaneda. His exhibition “Queer. Punk.” is packed with smooth statues of rough trade that “reflect the extraordinary side of the human element.” His dicey subjects are recreated to the minutest detail in clay — and the ones who are actually wearing clothes are doing so courtesy of bits and pieces from the artist’s own troubled wardrobe. Throughout, Carpaneda’s work recalls the style of the17th century paintings of secular subjects — with an uncompromisingly queer injection of urban street life. The unveiling: Sat., June 25, 6-11pm . Then, open from 1-6pm daily, June 26 to July 2, at The Leslie/Lohman Basement Annex (127-B Prince St., corner of Prince & Wooster Sts.). For info, call 212-431-2609 or visit kymaraonline.com.

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2 Responses to Just Do Art

  1. do you have any pics from the art auction?

  2. We went to an art auction one day, some of the art is breathtaking.

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