May 2012

Sad to say, Americans, both adults as well as children, are the most drugged people in the world, with the average adult taking 11 prescription drugs! And, are we learning about them from educated, caring doctors? No, we're not! Hardly a half-hour on TV passes without at least one drug touted as the answer to everything from indigestion to impotence! To make it even more disgusting, they candidly reveal up to 70 different potential side effects that even include DEATH! If that's not weird and despicable, I don't know what is.

Eli Klein Fine Art presents “Material → Object,” a six-person exhibition of the works of Gao Rong, Li Hongbo, Li Hongjun, Wang Liwei, Wang Lei, and Ye Sen. The artists worked with various media such as paper, cloth, wood, and leather, and employ techniques that allowed them to explore the possibilities of their craft and to give traditional handicrafts a new level of artistic value.

Originated by master Ben A. Gonzales, Gupit Gupit (pronounced gu-pit gu-pit), meaning 'cut-cut' in the Tagalog language of the Philippines, is the art of one piece paper sculpture. In his father’s memory, Guy Gonzales will be conducting two workshops in the Filipino art sponsored by Bronx Council of the Arts. Classes will be held Thursday, May 31st and Friday, June 1st.

Opening Wednesday, May 30th, Third Streaming will present "Gifted and Talented," a group exhibition comprised of photography, video, and live performance curated by acclaimed artist Clifford Owens. Extending the timeline created in his recent exhibition, Anthology at MoMA P.S.1 – which highlighted performance scores that Owens solicited from a multigenerational group of African-American artists – Gifted and Talented features the work of a younger generation of up-and-coming artists whose practices are centered around performance. The exhibition includes artists Tom Chung, Élan Jurado, Ali Kheradyar and Tameka Norris, with contributions by Clifford Owens.

The Hunger Action Network of New York State, has made a public statement disagreeing with the assertion of Governor Cuomo’s office that state Labor Law does not give them broad powers to raise the minimum wage. In the past, Cuomo’s office has stated they are limited to raising the wage administratively only in a few industries.

The Gulf of Mexico may be open for business and eager to attract tourists, but it’s still unclear whether or not marine and coastal ecosystems there are healthy two years after BP’s offshore drilling rig exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, eventually releasing 205.8 million gallons of oil into the water column.

I've often warned that if a company has enough money to advertise on TV, it's claims are probably false at best— and disastrous at worst. In the case of Kashi GoLean, it's the latter!

Join Mario the Magician, at the Space on White for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario's old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does. 
 May 27th through July 22nd. 

State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Beastie Boys founder Adam "MCA" Yauch with a resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution, which recognizes Yauch's and the Beastie Boys' major contributions to music, as well as Yauch's political activism, passed the Senate yesterday afternoon.

Albert Lamorisse’s "The Red Balloon" is the tale of a boy named Pascal and his adventures with the balloon that follows him though the streets of Paris. Cartoons from Popeye and Casper the Friendly Ghost will precede the screening. Screenings begin on Saturday, May 19th and runs through Sunday, June 3rd, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm.

The Queen’s Company’s is devoted to giving classical and contemporary dramatic works the all-female treatment. If their current production, Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" at Walkerspace in Tribeca, is an example of their fare, then the Company and its Artistic Director, Rebecca Patterson are providing a fresh look at these works without the usual attendant harsh political/social rhetoric. This "As You Like It" is fresh, modern, yet devoted to the Shakespeare text. There is no gender bending: the women merely play all the parts, male and female.

Bring the kids this Saturday for an afternoon of free family fun at Madison Square Park. Families can listen to live performances by Songs for Seeds, the Rockdoves and the Fuzzy Lemons; watch a special magic show from Amazing Max; and enjoy story time yoga sessions with Karma Kids Yoga. We'll see you there!