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February 9, 2013

Ambush Review Presents... Launch Party 2013 & Poetry Reading

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
at
The Emerald Tablet
A Creativity Salon
80 Fresno Street
North Beach, San Francisco

Featuring Poets:
Jack Hirschman, Sharon Coleman, Angelos Sakkis,
James Cagney, Grace Marie Grafton, Jonathan Hayes, David Beckman,
Lissa Tyler Renaud, Al Averbach & Nick Whittington
&
Muscians:
George Long, Saxophone
Steven Gray, Acoustic Guitar

* Wine & Refreshments Will Be Served *

There will also be a vast array of local publications on display,
including Amerarcana, Caveat Lector, Great Weather for Media,
Left Curve, North Coast Literary Review, Out of Our Poetry Magazine,
Over the Transom, RE/search Publications, The Occupy Anthology & many others.

For more information: please call: (415) 500-2323
or go to: www.emtab.org

February 11, 2013

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation

Surveying four decades of Polaroid's influence in fine art photography, April 12-June 30, 2013

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To the public, it's a reminder of a bygone era of instant color snapshots at millions of family gatherings.  For historians, it's an obvious precursor to today's ubiquitous instant photos.  But from the time Polaroid's famed SX-70 camera was released in 1972, there were those who saw its ability to instantly produce color photos as an exciting new medium for fine art.  From April 12 through June 30 the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will present The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, a groundbreaking survey exhibition organized by the museum that will bring together Polaroid pictures by 39 artists and collectives from 1972 through the present.  Among the many well-known artists whose work will be featured are Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol and William Wegman.
 
Several related events will be held, including an exhibition opening lecture by New York magazine senior editor Christopher Bonanos, author of the 2012 book Instant: The Story of Polaroid; a gallery talk by the curator; a campus series screening films about Polaroid photography or where it plays an important role; a program of child-friendly activities in the galleries; and the curator discussing the exhibition catalogue at the main branch of the New York Public Library.
 
"Instant photography arrived in the hands of artists at a time when the world of fine art photography had recently become fertile ground for artistic experimentation," writes exhibition curator and catalogue author Mary-Kay Lombino, The Emily Hargroves Fisher 1957 and Richard B. Fisher Curator at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.  "In an examination of the phenomenon of instant photography - in particular Polaroid, a brand known for its innovation and responsiveness to artistic endeavors - we see how it has influenced and inspired amateurs and professionals for nearly forty years.  By juxtaposing early experimental work with more recent forays into the possibilities of the medium, The Polaroid Years tells a more complete story of instant photography than has yet been revealed."
 
The exhibit is the first of its kind since the founding of the Polaroid Corporation by scientist and inventor Edwin H. Land some 75 years ago, and will highlight milestones in Polaroid's history.  That history is bittersweet, in view of the fact that Polaroid stopped production of analog instant film in 2008.  Nevertheless, even today, as Lombino notes, "Polaroid continues to attract new devotees drawn to its luminescence, distinct color, and the happy accidents that occur in the imperfect developing process--not to mention the convenience of instantaneous, direct one-to-one prints."
 
The exhibition catalogue (hardcover, 224 pages with 230 illustrations) is being co-published by The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and DelMonico Books/Prestel, and will be available in March.  Highlights will include color images of all works in the exhibition; statements by a dozen of the artists whose work is featured; a chronology from the 1920s to the present of Polaroid technology and its use by artists; essays by Lombino and Dr. Peter Buse, Cultural Theorist and Senior Lecturer at the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford in Manchester, England; and a foreword by James Mundy, The Anne Hendricks Bass Director at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
 
After Vassar, The Polaroid Years will travel to the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where it will be on exhibit from September 20 through December 1, 2013.  Research for The Polaroid Years was underwritten by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts.  The presentation at Vassar is made possible in part by the Smart Family Fund for Art Exhibition Support.
 
For additional information, call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.
 

February 28, 2013

The Around the Globe Chain Play

Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 PM
To be performed at The Lark Play Development Center
Tickets are FREE
To make reservations go to www.eventbrite.com

In honor of World Theatre Day (March 27th) an Around the Globe Chain Play will be presented at the Lark Play Development Center. Starting and ending in NYC, a play will be written as it travels around the world making 16 stops with playwrights from across the globe. Each playwright will contribute the next one to five pages of text, moving the plot forward from where the previous playwright left off. The playwrights are Dominique Morisseau (USA, NYC), Bekah Brunstetter (USA, Los Angeles), Van Badham (Australia), Mixkaela Villalon (Philippines), Janice Poon (Hong Kong), Abdelrahem Alawji (Lebanon), Jeton Neziraj (Kosovo), John Freedman (Russia), Ulrike Syha (Germany), Enver Husicic (Netherlands), Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria), Beatriz Cabur (Spain), Sarah Grochala (UK), Sigtryggur Magnason (Iceland), Caridad Svich (USA, NYC) and one TBA.

The final script will be given a stage reading on World Theatre Day (WTD), March 27th at 7:00 PM. The reading will take place at The Lark Play Development Center (311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036). The reading will be directed by Doug Howe, Artistic Director of the NYC based theatre company The Internationalist. Casting will not be announced until the script is finalized after March 20th.

The reading will be followed by a World Theatre Day Reception where a number of NYC theatre luminaries will read the International Theatre Institute's World Theatre Day Message that will be written this year by Dario Fo.

"We are just so thrilled to bring playwrights together from all corners of the earth to collaborate on the creation on what we hope to be a really fun piece of theater. The staged reading on March 27th should be truly special event." says Amanda Feldman, Lead Coordinator of the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition.

Companies and artists can become a member of the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition, celebrate theatre and participate in WTD activities by going to www.nycwtd.com.

The New York City World Theatre Day Coalition was formed in 2010 to create a widespread awareness of World Theatre Day in NYC by connecting the NYC theatre community to other theatre communities around the world and encouraging audiences in NYC and beyond to celebrate with us by attending the theatre. The Coalition is lead by an eight member Steering Committee that includes: The Alliance for Resident Theatres - New York www.art-newyork.org, The American Theatre Wing- www.americantheatrewing.org, The Innovative Theatre Foundation - www.nyitawards.com, The Internationalists - www.theinternationalists.org, Lark Play Development Center - www.larktheatre.org, The League of Independent Theater - www.litny.org and The Theatre Development Fund - www.tdf.org.

About World Theatre Day: Created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion, such as the creation and circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which, at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world.

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