It occurs to us, as we live on the planet, that sometimes the most interesting cultural performances going on are not taking place in theaters!
Here, for your inspiration, is a list of activities GSW folk are possessed by this month. Enjoy. .. 1. Milk Not Jails (Dairy Distribution business) is now open for business in New York City with Music and Performance! Milk Not Jailsis a new brand of dairy products made by New York dairy farmers who are committed to preserving agriculture in rural New York and to dismantling our state’s dysfunctional prison system. Sign up and shop to transform NY state with milk, ice cream, cheese, ice cream, butter and yogurt! http://milknotjails.wordpress.com GSW and affiliated artists will be rocking the opening week ceremonies. Schedule below.
Saturday June 2 Rude Mechanical Orchestra 12:30-1:15 Location: M'Finda Kalunga Community Garden, Rivington between Forsyth and Christie, New York, NY Stanton Street “Meet the Farmer” Event 12-2pm Sunday June 3 Bond Street Theater Stilt Band 4-5 Location: Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, 216 West 122nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, New York, NY. Harlem “Meet the Farmer” 4-6pm Tuesday June 5 Kenny Wolleson vibraphone duets 6-8 Brooklyn Beet CSA 5:00-8:00pm Location: YWCA, 70 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday June 6 Brooklyn Bridge CSA 6:00-8:00pm Rima Fand and Sarah Alden fiddles 6:30-8 Location: Congregation Mt. Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY
2. LGBTQ month special gift: groundbreaking grassroots kids series SEZ ME premiers.www.sezme.me created by long time GSW collaborating artists Mor mornography Erlich and Lee Frisari. Kids both interview and are interviewed by members of the community who represent non-traditional gender expressions The interviews are unscripted and the resulting topics effortlessly flow from hobbies to haircuts, fashion to fantasy, the genderization of color to the basics of identity and human rights.
3. Roberto Rossi performs in Margaret Leng Tan's SATIEfaction Satie and Satie-inspired music from John Cage, Toby Twining, Federico Mompou and Milos Raickovich, performed on piano and toy piano with Roberto Rossi, narrator, Ranjit Bhatnagar, sound artist at Roulette Wednesday, June 6, 8:00 pm 509 Atlantic Ave (On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves), Downtown Brooklyn
June 19-24, Great Small Works will travel to Mexico City to participate in Mexico's first Toy Theater Festival, hosted by our friends from Facto Teatro.
July 20-21, Great Small Works will participate in the third incarnation of Banners and Cranks, presented by cantastoria genius Clare Dolan and graphic artist Dave Buchen, at Jalopyin Red Hook, Brooklyn (more info coming soon!)
Stephen Kaplin and John Bell are right this moment in Chengdu, China.
John is representing U.S. puppeteers at the quadrennial congress of the international puppet organization, UNIMA. Stephen is performing at an affiliated international puppet festival with Chinese Theatre Works and Bread and Puppet Theater in a new shadow-puppet collaboration.
Hamidreza Ardalan, Poupak Azimpour and their kids Neekbanoo, Neekjan (from Iran), Basil Twist, and John Bell in a Chengdu theater before a performance of Three Tales of China by Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre Co., Ltd. (for which Stephen Kaplin constructed giant talking lion statues in 2005.)
And Mark Sussman is banging on his casserole in Montreal, in support of massive student demonstrations against province-wide tuition hikes and anti-free speech legislation designed to silence protests.