Friday, May 10, 2013

HOWL! Festival 20013: Tenth Anniversary Extravaganza!

May 31–June 2, 2013 / Tompkins Square Park
Three Days of Family Fun and Outrageous Entertainment

Follow your inner moonlight. Don’t Hide the Madness ALLEN GINSBERG

New York—Named the Village Voice’s Best Outdoor Festival, HOWL! Festival is the quintessential community event celebrating the history and creativity of the East Village and Lower East Side. Now in its 10th year, the spirit of Allen Ginsberg comes alive as more than 350 artists, poets, and performers, including youthful new talent, light up the Main and Kid’s Stages and transform the Park into a participatory artwork infused with the creative energy, flamboyance, and panache that’s the hallmark of the East Village. A three-ring circus of wonderment and amusement, HOWL! Festival is entirely FREE. Follow us on  FaceBook and visit for updates.

FRIDAY, May 31, 2013, 4:30–7 PM:
Enter through Southwest entrance, Avenue A & 7th Street

Led and Orchestrated by poet Bob Holman, the Festival opens with a Greek Chorus of voices reading their own work that culminates with the signature reading of Howl. Opening musical act Tyler Burba singing Ginsberg songs,.. Featured poets: Hettie Jones, David Henderson, Jennifer Blowdryer, Lydia Lunch, Bob Rosenthal, Eliot Katz.., and assorted wordsmiths from the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Poetry Project, and A Gathering of the Tribes, including: Edwin Torres, Robert Galinsky, Nikhil Melnechuk, Sarah Murphy, Rangi McNeil, Ted Dodson, Aria Boutet, Nancy Mercado, Chavisa Woods, Whitney "Witness" Greenaway, and McPhErson, Rico Frederick and more poets T.B.A.

SAT, June 1st and  SUN, June  2nd: 11 AM–7 PM
Art Around the Park
A live action, weekend-long event connecting Festivalgoers with more than 140 artists of all ages as they turn an 8 foot high, 900 foot long blank "canvas" encircling the exterior of Tompkins Square Park into an explosion of color and creativity. Go ahead, schmooze!

Great HOWL! OUT LOUD Kids Carnival
10th St @ Avenue A
Offering carnival games, fairway attractions, miniature golf, and Kids Art Around the Park, the kids’ version of Art Around the Park provides limitless opportunities for talented scribblers, show-offs, toddler taggers and pint-sized Picassos. The Artists Alliance serves up arts and crafts including face painting, mask making, and origami. Continuous entertainment on the Carnival Stage includes Rosie's (O’Donnell’s) Theater Kids; dance companies like Honeybee House, the American Tap Dance Foundation,; and musical acts Bakersfield Breakers; and teenage heartthrob Jack Skuller, a crazy-talented rock n’ roll singer-songwriter who’s received rave reviews.

Events And Entertainment Throughout And Around The Park
Soap Box Poets declaim on paths around the park; the Museum of Interesting Things inspires innovation through its hands-on demonstration of antiques and inventions; Jacob Rath’s interactive “I” project puts you in the picture; Curator Kim de Los Angeles’ contemporary art and sculpture; HOWL! Emergency Life Project, Community Cares, The Actors Fund and Beth Israel offer advice and assistance with health issues, insurance.

SATURDAY SOAP BOX POETS Hosted by Samuel Jablon Featured poets: Samuel Jablon, Aimee Herman, Dan Dissinger, Sarah Murphy, Carl Schlachte, Francesca Coppola, David Acevedo, Noah Levin, King Otho, Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo and more poets T.B.A.

SUNDAY SOAP BOX POETS Hosted by Stephanie Berger and Conor Messinger from The Poetry Brothel... Featured poets: JD Scott, Kiely Sweatt, Carlos Manuel Rivera, Jacob Steinberg and more poets T.B.A.

Everybody’s serious but me. — ALLEN GINSBERG


Great HOWL! Stage
Enter through Southwest entrance, Avenue A & 7th Street
1­–5 PM:  A multi-generational, multi-dimensional, mucho-crazy afternoon of Music, Spoken Word, Dance, and Comedy. (visit for updates)

5:30–7 PM: House of HOWL! Presents Riki Colon’s Men In Skirts  “And Still I Rise.”
With roots that stretch back to the famed “Black & Tan” Clubs of the Harlem Renaissance and forward to the influx of disaffected GLBT street youth of color in the 70s and early 80s who found their voice in NYC Ballhouse Culture, the oeuvre enters the 21st Century strong and vibrant. Mixing high fashion with the mean streets of the barrios, And Still I Rise produced by Riki Colon includes work by Freddie De Jesus and the legendary Cesar Valentino, the premiere voguer with the late Willy Ninja’s “House Of Ninja” made famous in the seminal film, Paris is Burning. An international cast of singers, dancers, and drag performers strut their stuff, set to a soundtrack of House and energetic urban pop music.  

New Stage: THE BEATIFICATION STATION Enter From The 9th Street Transverse, Avenue B & 9th
Marathon Reading and Music by the POETRY PROJECT Hosted by Todd Colby 
1–5:30 PM: Marathon Reading by St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery POETRY PROJECT Hosted by Todd Colby... In honor of the 10th Anniversary, The Poetry Project at Saint Marks Church takes to the stage for a day of readings, spoken word and music. Poets include Jenny Zhang ,Billy Cancel, J Hope Stein, Maggie Estep, Jennifer Knox, Ray DeJesus, Mike Doughty, Carl Hancock Rux, Maribeth Theroux, Shanna Compton, CA Conrad, Joanna Penn Cooper, Edwin Torres, Drew Boston, Todd Colby, With Musical acts: Bo DePena, Jason Nazary

Our heads are round so thought can change direction. — ALLEN GINSBERG

SUNDAY, June 2, 2012

Great HOWL! Stage
Enter through Southwest entrance, Avenue A & 7th Street
1­–5 PM:  A multi-generational, multi-dimensional, mucho-crazy afternoon of Music, Spoken Word, Dance, and Comedy. (visit for updates)

Great Ladies Of The Lower East Side
The storied history of the East Village and The Lower East Side was made in part by a glorious mix of female firebrands, artists, libertines, showgirls and pioneers—the inspiration for this year's LOW LIFE 7: Bowery Bombshells.

A 90-minute outdoor spectacle, LOW LIFE features generations of NYC contemporary and alternative performers and ensembles including Jackie 60 MC Paul Alexander ("The Ones"), butoh performance ensemble Vangeline Theater, Velocity Chyaldd of Badass Burlesque, The Rachel Klein Theater, neo-cabaret star Bridget Everett, the NYC School Of Burlesque (choreographed by Jo Weldon), Heather Litteer and iconic duo The Duelling Bankheads (Clark Render And David Ilku) as "Themselves."  Please visit for updates.

From East Village icons to emerging stars, each will present an homage in dance, song, striptease and other disciplines to one of the BOWERY BOMBSHELLS. Tributes span a century of great ladies including East 13th Street resident and Anarchist EMMA GOLDMAN; writer and John Waters star COOKIE MUELLER; Brooklyn-born MAE WEST, who began her career in the neighborhood's vaudeville theaters; Bowery icon and tavern-keeper SLUGGER ANN (grandmother of Jackie Curtis); La MaMa titaness ELLEN STEWART; Velvet Underground chanteuse NICO; neo-psychedelic star WENDY WILD; artist GREER LANKTON; celebrated lesbian and pioneering decorator ELSIE DEWOLFE; poet laureate PATTI SMITH and more.

LOW LIFE is produced by East Village based performance/club collective The Jackie Factory and its entertaining masterminds CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL.
LOW LIFE Photos:

New Stage: THE BEATIFICATION STATION Enter from The 9th Street Transverse, Avenue B & 9th
1–2:30 PM:  Dance will dominate the stage introducing some of the best EV/LES  companies dance art has to offier.

3–5:30 PM:  ROCKLAND, Marguerite Van Cook’s new series for HOWL! Theater, features Nessa Norich and The Tremor Collective’s absurdist farce,“Goodnight Fances,” in it’s worldwide debut and “The Moon,“ Nat Townsen’s star-packed Downtown Variety Hour.
Visit for updates and performers

About HOWL! Arts, Inc.
HOWL! Festival is a project of the nonprofit organization HOWL! Arts Inc. Like the neighborhood in which it was born, HOWL! Festival is a symbol of untamed creativity and a place to engage and build a strong global arts community. Inspired by the late poet–philosopher Allen Ginsberg, a lifelong spokesperson for peace, justice, and freedom of expression—HOWL! Arts Inc. is the parent of all things HOWL! and embraces his iconoclastic and irreverent legacy as home to “the best minds” of successive generations to inspire and galvanize new artists and audiences. Presenting poetry, music, dance, theater, fine art, and intersections of popular culture, new technologies and artistic expression that defy easy categorization, HOWL! Arts aspires to give the public the tools to join in the creative process and to experience first hand the value of a creative life, the heritage of social justice, and the quality of contemporary culture which are the signatures of this vital community. HOWL! Arts salutes the downtown community whose original perspectives have altered the landscape of fashion, art, music, theater, poetry, and dance worldwide.

About HOWL! Emergency Life Project (H.E.L.P.)
A Safety Net for Artists
Howl! H.E.L.P. was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual HOWL! Festival or who have made or continue to make their careers in New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side arts community and whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word.

Services include counseling and referrals for personal, family or work-related problems. Linkage to community resources for such needs as medical care, legal services, public benefits or elder care. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics and include: finding affordable housing, financial education as well as health insurance options. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are approved on a case-by-case basis based on need.

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Susan Martin / 505 685 4664 / or Norma Kelly / 818 395-1342 /

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