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Friday, March 05, 2010

NYC culture: free comedy, Jackie O, LSD and time travel: NYC culture at its finest

No time for anything more than links, sorry! I'm going to some of these, and even though I haven't seen them yet, I do recommend them because they sound interesting.



The finest free comedy around - my face still hurts from laughing at the first two!

Karen Finley: The Jackie Look - going tomorrow night, closing night

KAREN FINLEY, the most controversial woman in performance today, premieres her latest work THE JACKIE LOOK beginning January 30 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Performances have been extended through March 27, 2010.

In THE JACKIE LOOK, Karen Finley brings icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis back to life in this unique look at history, style, trauma, femininity and the demands of being the First Lady. Using the structure of a lecture set in the present day, Jackie, one of the most photographed woman of her day, contemplates her life in pictures. Jackie also makes use of You Tube and views online homages to her and her family. Along the way Jackie ruminates on Michelle Obama, Caroline's run for Senate, the art world, and the lasting impact of that fateful day on the grassy knoll in Dallas.

Since her first performances in the early 1980's, KAREN FINLEY has become synonymous with performance art. She is the recipient of two Obies, two Bessies, and multiple grants from the NEA and NYSCA. She has toured internationally with pieces including Make Love, George & Martha, The American Chestnut, A Certain Level of Denial and The Return of The Chocolate Smeared Woman. In 1990, Finley became an unwilling symbol for the NEA when she, along with Tim Miller, Holly Hughes & John Fleck, sued the NEA for withdrawing grants on the grounds of indecency.

THE JACKIE LOOK runs January 30 - March 27, Saturdays at 7:30pm. The Laurie Beechman Theater is located inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street. Tickets are $20, plus $15 food/drink minimum, available at 212-352-3101 or online here.



The Bike Trip

Going on the last day in NYC, March 7th. Click here to read more

The Great and Secret Show

Mike Daisey is well known for his hilarious, monologues, but he’s kept his radio career secret – until now. For the first time ever in its 114-year history, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW will be made available for a live studio audience in The Greene Space and to viewers at home via webcast at thegreenespace.org.

This unprecedented opportunity to witness three new live productions of the heretofore clandestine radio programme will take place on March 12th, April 16th, and May 12th at 7:00 pm.

Launched in 1896 at the dawn of radio and still transmitted via Tesla Oscillator today, the programme was designed exclusively for Masons of the 3rd Order and higher. Long assumed to be the stuff of conspiracy theories,THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW is in fact the world’s longest continuously broadcasting radio programme. Though only heard by a small number of individuals throughout history, those Secret Masters have been the movers and shakers who have shaped the world as it is today.

THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW features a blend of Mr. Daisey’s masterful and poignant storytelling with news and interviews with the newsmaking people of our day: bold adventurers, scientists (mad and otherwise), wayward princesses, dashing rogues, and other colorful figures of Our Society. The show covers the latest discoveries in cryptozoology, telluric currents, and advances in both steam and electrical technologies, presenting them in a manner both accessible and informative. Expect trenchant analysis, penetrating wit, and social critique both acid-tongued and whip-smart. Now, at long last, the programme beloved by the Secret Masters will be shared with the world.

When reached for comment, Mr. Daisey said, “From the depths of its black and unknown tunnels to the blinding heights of its terrible skyscrapers, New York City is the best, last bastion of civilization’s hopes and terrors. Sending my voice into its ether, night after night, in this impossible metropolis is both an honor and a privilege.”

Long-time listener Franklin Delano Roosevelt said of the programme, “THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW is the most essential and clear-throated voice for liberty and civilization that can be heard in these dark times.”

Friday, March 12, 2010 at 07:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Tickets: $25

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