Artist Caledonia Curry (known professionally as Swoon) is bringing a home to Union Square.
The mobile sculpture “The House Our Families Built”, which was previously installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, will be in Manhattan Square’s North Square from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday she moved to Prospect Park) in Brooklyn on February 27). This installation was commissioned by PBS as part of the storytelling project American Portrait, which the network set up with RadicalMedia to archive narratives about how we construct our identities as Americans.
Swoon’s “house” is actually the back of a truck that Swoon and her colleague Jeff Stark have converted into a life-size diorama. With its intricately carved roof, the structure is filled with everyday objects and inhabited by painted cutouts, like those of a mother holding a baby. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., the actors will give six 15-minute performances inspired by the stories portrayed in the house, designed to encourage people to investigate their legacy.
Sit back and watch (or stand up and dance)
While the art on offer for families has certainly changed during the pandemic, few have become more expansive or fascinating. However, the BAMkids Film Festival 2021 is both.
The event is presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and will take place for nine days this year – Saturday through February 28 – instead of a weekend. There will also be a free Young Filmmakers Showcase featuring works by filmmakers ages 5 to 13. Since the entire international celebration is virtual, all titles streamed on the Eventive platform are available worldwide and on request.
The festival’s six main programs of short films range from Animal Party, a compilation for preschoolers, to Stronger Together, a list for viewers aged 9 and over. Tickets, which are available on the academy’s website, are chargeable. They cost at least $ 5 for individual programs and $ 30 for an all-access pass.
But the fun goes beyond filming. Free livestream workshops (the schedule is online) deal with topics such as dance, animation, yoga and the cross-border movement of the Pilobolus troupe.
More than just mixing notes
Drummer, composer, and poet William Hooker gained notoriety in New York’s experimental scene of the 1970s and 1980s, where postmodernism flowed down the gutters and the idea was usually to mess things up. But he showed himself to be an artist with the utmost concentration and a vision accurate enough to match the power of his drumming. Whether he’s thinking about lessons from history or short-lived topics, you look directly at his work and make yourself clear.
In March of last year, the debut of his “TOUCH: Soul and Service”, which mixed music, film and other media, was the first show at roulette that was canceled due to the pandemic. He returns there at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday to watch a livestream of “Chimes,” a new piece that combines music, film and dance. He is accompanied by the guitarist and electronic musician Hans Tammen and the synthesizer player Theodore Woodward, who will also be controlling the visuals. You will share the stage with the dancer Michael Battle. The performance can be viewed free of charge on the Roulette website, YouTube and Vimeo channels and on the Facebook page. Donations are recommended.
An anniversary that goes on forever
Around this time, Ronald K. Brown celebrated the 35th anniversary of his beloved dance company Evidence last year with a week of appearances at the Joyce Theater. The program included “Grace”, a life-affirming work that had been created 20 years earlier for the Ailey company, and “Mercy”, a rousing accompaniment piece made in 2019 with the musician Meshell Ndegeocello. About a month later he was at home with Zoom, the first guest on JoyceStream, the theater’s fast-paced hub for online programming.
Evidence returns to the Joyce stage on Thursday to continue the anniversary celebration with a livestream at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. “Mercy” and an excerpt from “Grace” are back on the program. They are joined by other works, including a duet based on a speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the 2016 solo “She Is Here” honoring the perseverance of mothers and teachers that is sure to find resonance now. Tickets for the stream are $ 25 at joyce.org. The performance is available on request until March 4th.
Flip through pages from the past
In the oft-told story of the decline of the print media, independent publications suffered some of the most heartbreaking victims. But Punk Planet, a music-forward publication that circulated from 1994 to 2007, now has an afterlife: the full print run of 80 issues is searchable online for free.
Writer Dan Sinker started Punk Planet as a teenager to offer an alternative to Maximum Rocknroll, a long-running month with a closer approach to punk. In addition to interviews with artists such as Sleater-Kinney, Steve Albini and The Kills, Punk Planet readers could find reports on current social and political issues. Broadcasts from regional music scenes from Canada to Indonesia; and a robust set of reviews. (Out of loyalty to the little guy, Sinkers Magazine tried to check out all the albums that went over the desk as long as they weren’t affiliated with a big label.)
Previous issues of Punk Planet can be viewed, downloaded and even printed (for purists) in the internet archive at archive.org/details/punkplanet.