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Week May 24, 2010 – May 28, 2010


On Monday, May 17th, I joined a distinguished list of immigration and civil rights activists who defied the law of the day and voluntarily courted arrest at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan to press federal officials on immigration reform. It's the first of three actions planned on consecutive Mondays in an act of civil disobedience to remedy an intolerable travesty...


Ghostbusters!!!  No really.  In an attempt to publicize the New York Public Library's looming budget crisis, Improv Everywhere, in cahoots with Library officials, subjected readers in the Rose Reading Room to a nostalgic treat. Reenacting the epic opening scene of Ghostbusters (1984) the pop-up improv troupe, in cahoots with Library officials, flooded the main room with sheet-clad ghosts looking for trouble. Guests were aghast— well most with laughter. And just when things were starting to look ghastly— Who you gonna call?


Never have we met a better ringmaster than Mark Demaio. His mind has always teetered between genius and perverse, so it’s no surprise Demaio’s works do too. Colorful and whimsical with hauntingly dark undertones, Demaio playfully explores the frightening and absurd in the seemingly innocent. His subjects— goblins, dolls, and circus freaks— are the most shocking of oddities, and yet surprisingly beguiling. They almost always smile, but never without an air of sadness. Catch Demaio’s latest show featuring works from his “Absurd Notions” series at VIG27 with the opening reception on May 13th and you will not only get brownie points from us but be privy to a fantastic performance by Corey Tut. It will be a blast!  


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced with State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Member Micah Kellner the introduction of the Public Corruption Prevention and Enforcement Act, legislation to both prosecute and prevent public corruption in New York State. The wide-ranging legislation closes loopholes in current state laws that prevent the prosecution of corrupt schemes, adds tougher rules for member items, implements stronger campaign finance and financial disclosure measures, and fixes a perceived loophole in the Election Law.


Dead Meadow is one of those underground bands that is surfacing with a vengeance.   Their psychedelic rock sounds once described as “heavy, dreamy, trippy, expansive, reflective and evocative” band together youths, seething for something fresh, and the romantics, longing for the hard rock of the 70’s and the psychedelics from the 60’s. Thus Dead Meadow has elicited a cult like following. And they also made a movie… 


"In light of the extraordinarily troubling charges against him and other ongoing investigations, Senator Espada should immediately give up his leadership position and forfeit his stipend. While it is inappropriate to comment on the specifics of a pending lawsuit filed by the Attorney General's office, it is clear that public officials must be held to the highest ethical standard. No one is above the law."


 

The New York Academy of Art boasts one of the finest MFA programs in the country and here’s your chance to see why. On Friday, April 23rd the Academy will be opening its doors to the New York Community to allow us to see what an emerging artist’s workspace really looks like. There will be over a 100 artists including faculty, students, and alumni will be present to discuss their work and the Academy’s programs in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Take the tour and learn why its called a Masters of Fine Arts. 

 


Since its creation in 1947 the Central Intelligence Agency has held the responsibility of providing our Federal Government information to sustain our country’s safety and well being. With such a vital role, it seems astounding that the agency along with other intelligence groups in our government are essentially made up of just a handful of operatives, ordinary people. These folks must be highly intelligent with a shrewdness to ensure their survival and the protection of American secrets. Their successes must be clandestine and their thoughts concealed— well mostly. It often comes as a surprise (though why should it) that these brilliant few are often artists, painters, writers and poets. And they have stories to tell.


The days when bohemians sat in Fanelli’s sipping whisky and discussing art and politics, (still our main theme here at SoHo Journal Magazine) may be gone but our Woody Allen like fascination hasn’t ended and at times the streets feel the same as they did; very early on a Saturday morning or very late on a Thursday night the ghosts of modern thinkers and revolutionaries still haunt the ragged cobblestones.  Fortunately for us a handful of the original renegades still remain and we were lucky enough to pin them down for a chat about how things used to be! As part of an ongoing series we chatted with oldtimers Jim Stratton, Penelope Grill, and Mimi Smith about the glory days.