DAILY MAGPIE – Feb. 5 – Mark Ruwedel, Westward the Course of Empire


Opening reception, Thursday Feb 5th, 6:00-8:00pm, free

Mark Ruwedel’s new exhibition Onward the Course of Empire opens Thursday at the Yossi Milo Gallery, 525 W. 25th St in New York City.  Ruwedel photographs abandoned 19th and 20th century railway lines in The United States and Canada.  Ruwedel’s gelatin silver prints bear witness to the grown-over traces of North America’s railway past.


MAGPIE DAILY – January 24 – Showpaper Benefit

Showpaper Benefit  with Asa Ransom, Sigmund Droid, the Muggabears, and Nymph @ 92Y Tribeca, 8pm, $7-20 sliding-scale donation 

The Showpaper has been covering all-ages shows in the NYC and tri-state area for almost two years and has turned into a huge success.  It’s a simple formula, and a magnificent idea: a huge list of all-ages d.i.y. shows, absurdist horoscopes, a hipster-kid “I saw you” section and consistently rad artwork printed every two weeks and distributed to coffee shops/venues/etc. to keep your broke, (possibly underage?) ass in the loop.

But printing 10,000 copies without any advertising or other commercial support isn’t easy.  Showpaper stays afloat because of volunteers, donations, and revenues made at the benefit shows that they throw every two weeks.  Help the Showpaper help you by coming out to 92Y Tribeca and checking out Asa Ransom, Sigmund Droid, the Muggabears, and Nymph.

DAILY MAGPIE – January 22nd – 29th – ROULETTE

SHINKOYO CIRCUS/CIRCUS JERKUS is a week-long musical circus curated in parts by Doron Sadja of SHINKOYO and Matt Mehlan of SKELETONS: “Circus Jerkus runs the gamut from improvised solo/ensemble performances and simultaneous overlapping projects to live film projections, light shows, ventriloquism and surveillance monitoring.” The show runs roughly 2 hours each evening and includes a cornucopia of musicians, including band members of Zs, Extra Life, Talibam and many more.

For more info go here

Date & Time: January 22nd – 29th 8:30PM
Venue: ROULETTE (N.Y.)
Location: 20 Greene St. between Canal and Grand in SoHo
Price: $15 regular entrance / $10 for people under 30 and students

Visit http://www.roulette.org to purchase tickets in advance

DAILY MAGPIE – January 21-23 MOSHEH – Yoav Gal


Another spot from HERE’s CULTUREMART 2009, spinning Moses, opera, video art, and modern dance. No worries for the secular, this production presents Moses’ biblical story like a spiritualized dream. The story focuses on the role of four women in Moses’ life to move the plot along…

HERE Arts Center, 8:30 p.m., $15, or 3 CULTUREMART productions for $35

DAILY MAGPIE – Jan. 30th – Apr. 19th – The Guggenheim


The Guggenheim Museum presents The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia. Broken into 7 thematic wedges, the show compiles 100+ years and 100+ artists to express essentials of our trans-continental dialogue. Highlights include the temporary reinstallation of La Monte Young’s Dream House, live performances by Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk, talks with Yoko Ono and Merce Cunningham, and the featured work of all the heavies:  John Cage, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin,  Allen Ginsberg, George Maciunas, and Adrian Piper. Wowowow. All Ages.

Date and Time: Jan. 30th – Apr. 19th, Saturday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Closed Thursday.
Venue: The Guggenheim Museum
Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
Directions: 4/5/6 to 86th St.
Price: Free/Donation on Fridays after 5:45, otherwise, Adults $18.00, students/seniors (65+) $15.00, members and children under 12 free. Admission includes audio guide tour.

For more info: www.guggenheim.org

DAILY MAGPIE – January 8 – February 21 – Kent Gallery


Paul Laffoley: The Sixties

Kent Gallery showcases 10 constructs, diagramatic footprints left during the earliest leg of Laffoley’s spiritual and intellectual journey in the hollowed-out halls of thee Boston Visionary Cell…think of the pieces as intricate, cosmic post-it-notes to himself…maybe.

Date and Time: January 8th – February 21st, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Kent Gallery
541 West 25th Street, Second Floor, New York NY 10001
Free for all the ages

DAILY MAGPIE – Jan 16-18 – Sonnambula – Michael Bodel


The HERE organization’s 2009 Culturemart Festival serves up a multidisciplinary art stew with its unusual and innovative productions.  Sonnambula mixes puppetry, voice, choreography, and construction on a willy-nilly journey of supposed binaries– human v. object, life v. lifeless and the like.

HERE Arts Studio, $15, or $35 pass for the whole, month long, festival shebang.

DAILY MAGPIE – January 17th – February 28th – PRINTED MATTER

Printed Matter is curating a show of books, posters, pamphlets and other printed media made over the past 20 years by Critical Art Ensemble, “a collective of five artists of various specializations dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics and critical theory.” On your way out, spend some time with Printed Matter’s vast array of D.I.Y. and special edition artists’ books, comics, zines and other goodies on display in the store.

Date & Time: Opening reception January 17th 5-7PM, on view until February 28th (Tues-Weds 11-6PM, Thurs-Sat 11-7PM, Closed Sunday & Monday)
Location: 195 Tenth Avenue between W. 21st and 22nd / NY, NY 10011
Price: Free

DAILY MAGPIE – January 15- February 13 – Christopher Miner



Take the Christian anthem Via Dolorosa made popular by Sandi Patti in the late 80’s, this dude in drag dressed Dana Carvey Church lady-style singing with the tune in eerily good falsetto, and put his lifeless, singing body in front of an alter with…  I think I may have said too much.  Some of the photos have an Eggleston quality to them- great Americana color photography depicting the (mostly white) common man/woman/family.  Miner adds extra irony and humor in his photos and video installtions, and with this show Easter for the Birds, a re-born Christian twist.  Good Goddamn.

Date and Time:  Opening Reception January 15 6-8

Venue:  Mitchell-Innes and Nash Chelsea

Address:  534 West 26th Street 

Price:  Free

DAILY MAGPIE – January 9-10 – Futurity musical



Date and Time: Friday, Jan. 9th – Saturday, Jan. 10th, 10PM

Venue: The Zipper Factory

Address: 336 East 37th St., Manhattan

Directions: A/C/E to 34th St. or 42nd St., N/R/Q/W/S to 42nd St.

Price: 15$

The Lisps bring on a theatrical song cycle blending dystopian sci-fi, civil war toil, found text, and technological hubris with experimental music and indie pop.