Howl! Festival Celebrates its Seventh Anniversary
with a Vibrant Schedule of Events
Tompkins Square Park -NYC’s East Village
September 10th, 11th and 12th
The 7th Annual Howl! Festival, the East Village Festival of the Arts, will begin Friday night, September 10th, 5 to 7 PM, with the festival’s traditional reading of the iconic Allen Ginsberg poem, “Howl.” Taking place on the South stage, ( Avenue A and 7th Street), the reading will feature an amalgam of the East Village’s finest poets, including John Giorno and Anne Waldman and will be led by poet Bob Holman, proprietor of The Bowery Poetry Club, founding member of Howl! Festival and East Village luminary.
Opening with a program sensitive to the memory of 9/11, Tompkins Square Park will resound with Buddhist gongs, chanting monks, chamber music, yoga practice, poets and musicians, coupled with additional quiet and tranquil activities.
On both Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th, The Lower East Side Girls Club will present The East Village Earth Circus, including live performances, art and science projects, pony rides (!), and numerous other interactive activities for children.
For adults, both Saturday and Sunday will be filled with surprises, as well as HOWL’s long-established events such as the fun-filled, innovative and entertaining Hip Hop Howl, House of Howl and Low Life.
The full park schedule is below. For further information, please visit www.howlfestival.com.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10th
SOUTH STAGE: Avenue A at 7th Street
5:00 – 7:00p Annual reading of the Allen Ginsberg poem, “Howl,” to commemorate the opening of the Howl! Festival, featuring: Anne Waldman w/Ambrose Bye, John Giorno, Betsy Andrews, Jennifer Blowdryer, Ana Bozicevic, Guillermo Castro, Steve Dalachinsky, Thomas Fucaluro, Greg Fuchs, Daniel Gallant, Alan Gilbert, Amy King, Mariposa, Douglas A. Martin, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Amy Ouzunian, Meghann Plunkett, Jon Sands, Susan Scotti, Jean Ann Verlee, Michael Warr, Chavisa Woods, Advocate of Wordz, Ra Ara ya. Host and MC Bob Holman.
Suffer (Art Gallery
616 East 9th Street between Avenues B and C
8:00 – 9:00p Theresa Byrnes’ -“The Measure of Man” – A Howl! Festival Special Event: Perfomance Art Through A Storefront Window in One Hour. Byrnes challenges the assertion of the centrality of the human soul in the order of creation, as dictated by Leonardo DaVinci ‘s’ The Vitruvian Man’.
Between Avenues A and B in front of the Park Office
Finding Sukah Yoga
11:00a - throughout the day: Finding Sukah Yoga, the East Village’s newest Yoga center, will welcome both adults and children. Bring your yoga mat or borrow one.
SOUTH STAGE Avenue A at 7th Street
1:00 - 1:30p Open Music Ensemble - Awakening the senses, with sounds both pure and contemplative, this pioneering cooperative of acoustic improv musicians guides the heart and spirit in meditation, relaxation and healing.
1:40 - 2:00p Poetry –Bill Kushner + Poet TBA
2:10 - 2:40p Vangeline Theater - performing " Mosaic", a resonant butoh dance piece to commemorate 9/11.
2:45 - 3:00p Poetry –Eileen Myles
3:10 - 3:40p Tyler Burba’s “Visit,” Tyler, as a solo artist, will be paying tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s lesser-known musical side, performing Allen Ginsberg songs.
3:45 – 4:15p Poetry –Emmanuel Xavier + 2 Poets TBA
4:25 - 4:55p Timbila - Ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge, Timbila soars with stinging guitar riffs and sassy celestial vocals.
5:05 - 5:35p Chris Rael – Sitar afficionado, this dynamic composer turns Indian and Western music into a mix of highly refined pop.
5:45 - 6:15p Vangeline Theater - performing " Mosaic", a resonant butoh dance piece to commemorate 9/11.
6:30- 7:00p Arthur’s Landing - Arthur’s Landing is a group of musicians, all of whom worked at various times in various contexts with the late Arthur Russell, a cellist and composer from Iowa who lived on the Lower East Side for most of the later part of his too-short life. Russell brought together the worlds of dance, pop, and folk with that of downtown’s “new music,” and fused Western and Eastern musical traditions, driven by his engagement with Buddhist thought and practice. He collaborated often with Allen Ginsberg and Phillip Glass was also an early mentor. Arthur’s Landing (songs by Arthur Russell) features Mustafa Ahmed (percussion) ,Joyce Bowden (voice) Ernie Brooks (voice, bass),Steven Hall (voice, guitar), ), Bill Ruyle(drums, hammered dulcimer), John Scherman (lead guitar), Peter Zummo and special guest Nomi Ruiz
SUNDAY, Sept . 12
Between Avenues A and B in front of the Park Office
11:00a and throughout the day:
Finding Sukah Yoga, the East Village’s newest Yoga center, will welcome both adults and children. Bring your yoga mat or borrow one.
SOUTH STAGE: Avenue A at 7th Street
Noon - 12:30p Rosie's Broadway Kids, performing a cabaret- style show. RBKids’ most senior students will take the stage singing Broadway classics.
12:35 - 12:55p Lower East Side Boys Choir -straight off the stage from their triumphant performance at Lincoln Center, the choir from The Boys Club of New York on Avenue A and 10th Street bring their beautiful harmonies to their first appearance at the Howl! Festival.
1:00 - 2:15p Hip Hop Howl – A massive live mixtape showcase featuring the hottest up and coming artists in the country.
3:00 - 4:30p House of Howl - A flurry of color, costume and cavortin' Riki Colon's House of Howl is a vivacious variety show featuring voguers, vocalists, dancers and trendy fashion designers. “In Search Of a Dream,” marries mixed media performance -dance, song, fashion and art - in a dizzying display of high-energy house pop and contemporary couture. Features performances by House of Ninja dancers Javier, Edwin and Star Ninja and dancer Akiko Tokuoka. Fashions by the hot NYC Hemma Collection with live musical performance by Yoshi, music written and composed by Ev Price.
5:00 - 7:00p Low Life 4: BEAT GIRL Chi Chi Valenti, Johnny Dynell and a cast of colorful downtown characters pay homage to homegrown fifties beatnik culture and the BOWERY BEATS – the rebel painters, poets and performers drifting east from Greenwich Village. The show also sheds light on the Women of the Beat Generation, often overlooked, and their influence on 50s burlesque. The bill includes international drag icons JOEY ARIAS and SHERRY VINE, Burlesque Queen DIRTY MARTINI and Boylesque King TIGGER, butoh company VANGELINE THEATER, spoken word icons PAUL SKIFF and BOBBY MILLER, sensationalist AMBER RAY, chanteuse HEATHER LITTEER and the Low Life debuts of BROWN GIRLS BURLESQUE and the RACHEL KLEIN THEATER. As in years past, LOW LIFE features two MCs - recording artist PAUL ALEXANDER (of THE ONES and JACKIE 60) with EMPRESS CHI CHI VALENTI, the show's co-producer.
(Children’s) NORTH STAGE - Avenue A at 10th Street
HOWL! Festival presents The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s
East Village Earth Circus
12:30PM- Middle Jamboree
1 PM Brady Rymer
2 PM- Rosie’s Broadway Kids
3 PM Girls Club Flamenco Dancers
3:15 PM Rod Rogers Youth Dance Company
4 PM Taikoza Japanese Drummers
5 PM Youth Poets
6 PM Free Art Society: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Al Gori’s Solar Powered Merry-go-Round
The Bio-Bus (filled with microscopes and cool science stuff)
The Federation of Black Cowboys- Pony Rides (1-3 PM)
In the Yoga Tent: demonstration classes for all ages taught by Trish from Bikram Yoga and Elena from Vira Yoga (noon – 3pm)
Saturday and Sunday
On the Midway
Fortune Telling Monkey
Hula Hoop lessons
Face Painting (LES Girls Club)
Museum of LES Icons (paper mache heads)
Girlzilla (the 14 foot tall girl robot)
Popcorn and Cotton Candy
Art Programs and Activities for Kids
!Splash! mural painting on canvas and mask making by AAI
Recycled Paper Flower Workshops (LES Girls Club)/ Cindy Ruskin Arts
Double Dutch Demonstrations/Nicolina’s Hearts of the World Mural Project
Environmental / Community Organizations with info booths:
•The EVCC- East Village Community Coalition- Biking and Alternative Transportation.
•CHEJ (Center for Environmental Justice) Anti PVC Campaign (Sunday only)
350.org - Organizing around climate change issues and for 10/10/10 day of action
•Girls Gone Green (LESGC) - air quality and household cleaning products education
•FAB - 4th Arts Block- promotion and outreach, community theaters
•Middle Collegiate Church (Sat. only)
•POP - Power of Peace Youth Booth
•Peoples Garden NYC - organizing for community gardens
•Voto Latino - voter registration materials
•East Village X - new community website
(Children’s) NORTH STAGE Avenue A at 10th Street
SUNDAY Sept 12
noon: Opening Parade through park with the Youth Arts Marching Band.
12:30p The Youth Arts Marching Band
1:00p Jerry Joy Music and the Louie Band
2:00p Ben Rudnick and Friends Band
3:00p Art- Farm / Circus for a Fragile Planet
4:30p Solar Punch- a solar powered band
House of Yes- Direct from Brooklyn and the Mermaid Parade: performing Aerial Acts
On the Midway: Roaming performers…
Circus Amok with jugglers, unicyclists, stilt walkers, clowns and more
Annie Hickman’s The Lizard Lady costume act
Free Arts Society- wild and wacky costumes and musicians