Saturday, June 29, 2013

Memorial For ARTURO VEGA Coming This Fall: SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2013

On what would have been his 66th birthday-- 
Sunday October 13, 2013, 
beginning in the early evening-- 
we are planning to celebrate 
our dear friend Arturo Vega's life IN MEMORIUM... 

Photo courtesy

All of Arturo's family, friends and loved ones 
are urged to mark their calendars, 
attend, and participate. 
As the date grows closer, we'll be announcing 
the location, times, and other specifics 
via FaceBook, Twitter and 
the website, 
so stay tuned...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013





Now that the upcoming weather forecast no longer looks like we are living in the South Pacific,
HOWL! Arts is happy to present FREE films each Thursday this summer on the green in Tompkins Square Park with live bands and performances galore!
The gates swing open at 6 PM.
The films begin at dusk.

So, bring a blanket, your lawn chair... some snack-a-roonies... and settle down for some COOL outdoor entertainment each Thursday starting June 20th.

**Due to a scheduling conflict, "Sweet Street Symphony" 
is unable to perform on Thu 8/15. Please check back 
for updates and additional surprises. 

(Folks with young children should 
exercise parental discretion
 due to the nature of some of the programming!)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

House of HOWL! Presents Riki Colon’s Men In Skirts: Saturday 6/1, 5:30-7PM

The Great HOWL! Stage
(Enter East 7th Street & Avenue A) 

Saturday June 1st, 5:30–7 PM:

The 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 embrace the influx of disaffected GLBT street youth of color in the 70s and early 80s who found their voice in NYC Ballhouse Culture, this streetwise  oeuvre enters the 21stCentury 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” The dance style 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.  

The Great HOWL! Stage at HOWL! Festival 2013 Saturday 6/1 1 PM till 5 PM!


Sat Jun 1  1 PM - 5 PM

Great HOWL! Stage
 Avenue A / East 7th Street Entrance
Music, Dance, Poetry

Vangeline Theater's Coco by Ali Smith

Enter through Southwest entrance, Avenue A & 7th Street... 
A multi-­generational, multi-­dimensional, mucho-­crazy afternoon of Music, Spoken Word, and Comedy... 

1-1:20 Marni Rice (chanteuse et accordieniste extraordinaire) ... 1:30-1:50- Anna Copacabana... 
2-2:30- Tall Pines... 2:40-3 -Ward White...
3-3:05 Poet AA Pritchard (He's the deranging, incarnating, author of a raging set’a works; check him out!)... 
3:10-3:30- Faith (Musical Legends!)... 
3:40-4 -Richard Lloyd (THE Guitar God!)... 

4:10-4:50 -Vangeline Theater presents MOSAIC…
 A Butoh piece choreographed by 
Vangeline for the Vangeline Theater 
with: Azumi Oe, Beatrice Schleyer, Coco, 
Juri Nishio, Laurence Martin, Maiko Ikegaki,  
Margherita Tisato, Pamela Herron, Prasida, 
Sindy Butz,  Stacy Lynn Smith,  Shiho Tanaka 

Followed By House Of HOWL! at 5:30

Marni Rice

AT HOWL! 2013: LOW LIFE 7: BOWERY BOMBSHELLS, Sunday June 2nd, 5-7 PM!


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 other pioneers - the inspiration for this year's LOW LIFE @ HOWL. Now in its seventh year as the closing show at the HOWL! FESTIVAL, LOW LIFE is produced by East Village based performance/club collective THE JACKIE FACTORY and its entertaining masterminds CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL. Their 2013 edition will be a 90 minute free outdoor spectacle, starring generations of NYC contemporary and alternative performers and ensembles. From East Village icons to emerging stars, each will present an homage (in dance, song, striptease, dramatic reading etc.) to one of the title's BOWERY BOMBSHELLS.

These tributes will span more than a century: 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, Beat Goddess DIANE DI PRIMA, artist GREER LANKTON, celebrated lesbian and pioneering decorator ELSIE DEWOLFE, poet laureate PATTI SMITH and more.

The cast of BOWERY BOMBSHELLS is truly stellar: LOW LIFE and JACKIE 60 MC PAUL ALEXANDER ("The Ones"), butoh performance ensemble VANGELINE THEATER, East Village icon JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, VELOCITY CHYALDD of BADASS BURLESQUE, artist/director ROB ROTH as "CRAIG", theatrical dance company THE RACHEL KLEIN THEATER, neo-cabaret star BRIDGET EVERETT, gender-hacking chanteuse NICHOLAS GORHAM with puppeteers THE SHREDDING WENCH FACTORY (ZAZOO, SATORI and POISON EVE), actress and Bowery Bombshell HEATHER LITTEER, feminist performance star JZ BICH with HYPERGENDER BURLESQUE and iconic drag duo THE DUELLING BANKHEADS (CLARK RENDER and DAVID ILKU).

THE JACKIE FACTORY is proud to be participating in this 10th annual edition of the HOWL FESTIVAL, free every year in TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK. LOW LIFE was inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book "LOW LIFE: The Lures and Snares of Old New York". Past editions have lauded East Village and Lower East Side movements and archetypes including 1980's drag pioneers, the Bowery as birthplace to vaudeville and burlesque, Beat Girls, and the Warhol era Flaming Creatures. Past show participants have included JOEY ARIAS, JULIE ATLAS MUZ, ROBERT LA FOSSE, DEAN JOHNSON, SHERRY VINE, DIRTY MARTINI, BASIL TWIST, BRANDON OLSON, THE NYC SCHOOL OF BURLESQUE and VOLTAIRE.


THE JACKIE FACTORY is the NYC based nightclub arts collective founded by husband and wife team CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL in 1990. Most famous for the 450 themed editions of its decade-long party JACKIE 60, venue MOTHER, and annual Stevie Nicks extravaganza NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STEVIES, THE FACTORY also creates large-scale spectacles in New York and cities nationwide and worldwide, including LOW LIFE @ HOWL!

HOWL 2013: Art Around the Park Saturday 6/1 & Sunday 6/2

Art Around the Park 2013

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!

Among the multitude of wonderful artists participating this year, we can only mention in any 'depth' but a few!

Antonio "Chico" Garcia

There is, of course, the world-reknown CHICO, a local guy from the LES who has parlayed his incomparable artistic talent into a tri-coastal and international career. He is a legend! AND an Art Around the Park institution!


Mackenzie Younger

photo by Margay Kaplan
Mackenzie Younger is a young American artist,  born and raised in New York City.  His work is deeply rooted in and inspired by urban environments, forces of nature, and the crossroads of creative minds . 
Along with his personal work, Mackenzie Younger professionally paints murals for Lantern Organization and is an Art Director for Voices of Black (Music Group).
His oeuvre ranges from traditional painting-on-canvas, fine art and murals, to comic book-inspired art, journal pages, multi-media, and beyond.


Anca Barbu

Anca Barbu is a New York based artist originally from Romania . She is an expressionist, abstract surreal painter and is inspired by the beautiful things in life.


David Greene

photo:  Jim Radakovich, Art Around the Park 2012

Native New yorker, David Greene, is a professional artist living and working in his Manhattan studio for the past twenty five years. His portfolio of work consists primarily of larger than life portraits of celebrity icons. David's dramatically oversized 8 foot square celebrity portraits have always been the highlight of ART AROUND THE PARK.  (AND David's birthday IS Sunday, June 2nd!)


Darryl LaVare

Darryl LaVare left Memphis in 1986 and went to Rhode Island School of Design and began visiting New York . She moved here in 1990 and quickly immersed herself in the art, film, and music scene on the Lower East Side . 
 "I make art  to explore the meanings of life. I use my subject matter: the Tompkins Square Park riots, punks, homeless people, children, as a starting point..." 


And MORE, so much more!

Artists include: Anca Barbu Frank Barrett, Victor Batorksy, Andres Bella, Billy the artist, Perola Bonfanti, Ian Brennan, Teresa Brown, Irma Cannovo, Simon Cardwell, Nicki Carrico, Alberto Carvalho, David Caudle, Chico, Susan Conrad, Kate Conroy, Chris Cooper, James Cornwell, Steve Cox, CRAM CONCEPTS, Emilio Cuilan, Ethan Cyr, Chauncey Dandridge, Patrick Daugherty, Taiyo De Jong, Onno De Jong, Alicia Degener, Vito Luca DiTomaso, Sophia Domeville, Peter Dougherty, Launa Eddy, Kevin Farley, Walker Fee, Luke Felisbert, Martie Flores, Alexandre Fortier, Amy Gissen, Tasha Goldblum, Mario Gomez, David Greene, Thomas Hames, Brian Harris, Jere 'JEX' Harshman, Edward Herman, Jhonatan Hernandez, Bruce Hlavna, Brianna Holley, Sam Ita, Shuri Jackson, Jeffrey Jameson, Case Jernigan, Nicolina Johnson, Ebi Kagbala, Gulnara Karpuchok, Nina Katan, Lola Katan, Ingrid Kelleman, Patrick Keyes, Darryl LaVare, Un Lee, Kevin Leong, Viveca Licata, Kerri Lindstrom, Daniel Litt, Philip Lombardo, Leslie Lowe, Andrea Lynn, Aimee Margolis, Marthalicia Matarrita, Tim McCarthy, Stephen McCombe, Fran McGee, Michael Meade, Martin Medina, Kwue Molly, Danny Mota, Michelle Nappi, Michael Natale, Jake Nelson, Alison Nolan, Daniel Olshansky, Dennis Os, James Peterson, Robert Petrick, Alex Price, David Pullman, Hannah Quirk, Jeff Richman, Frankie Roche, Doug Rochelle, Freddie Rodriguez, Kai Salvatore, Kennyray Scallon, Simon Scott, Simon Scott, Steven Shryock, Nathaniel A. Siegel, Kristen Singer, Stephen Skinner, Edward Snyder, Sok Song, Raymond Sosa, Meghan Spitzer, Bjorn Strigel, Richard Surmacz, Brett Thompson, John Trembo, Jiro Ueno, Nina Valazquez, Rolando Vega, Charles David Viera, Jonathan Weiser, Joff Wilson, Javier Winnik, Allen Yeager, and of course, Mackenzie Younger!...

Special thanks to Michele Halabura and the Bob Perl Army for making this happen!