New York State of Mind Amoeblog #74: Lady Gaga NYC Residency, New York in the 70's, New Museum Breaks Barriers + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2014 09:49am | Post a Comment

Lady Gaga sings "Alejandro" live on Today Show in her hometown of New York City

Hometown mega pop star Lady Gaga, seen in video above a few years ago playing a free outdoor NYC show for the Today Show on NBC, plays kicks off a residency series at the Roseland Ballroom (just a matter of blocks from Rockefeller Center where NBC is located) for an eleven night consecutive residency series beginning this Friday night (March 28th). The series, that ends on April 7th, will be a kind of primer/practice run for Lady Gaga before she heads out of NYC on her upcoming big stadium tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball. that coincides with her recently released album ARTPOP. The concert series at the 52nd Street venue is significant in that it will also mark the end of the Roseland Ballroom which, after many decades in operation, will close its doors for good after Lady Gaga's closing night performance. 8pm showtimes. Tickets range in price from $52 to $202. Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 W. 52nd St. New York,NY 10019. More info
relatively small (by her standards)

Currently in its midway point the indie film New Directors/New Films festival showcases up-and-coming filmmakers in this annual springtime mini film fest that takes place at such indie movie houses as Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, and MoMA.

Screenings include the Justin Simien directed satire Dear White People, and the comedy Obvious Child which is billed as what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern, played by Jenny Slate, "gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life." Filmed in Brooklyn last year the film got rave reviews when it screened at Sundance earlier this year. The ND/NF festival runs through March 30th. More info here.


The above "New York City Back In The 70's" video clip by Mike Mastrogiacomo is an excellent photo slide show (B+W and color) that perfectly captures the Big Apple back in that long ago decade of the seventies when New York was a hell of a lot different than now. Besides the fact that such things as the World Trade Center twin towers (prevalent in many shots in the first minute) are gone the whole city was a completely different place - especially Times Square which is featured in several of the shots, which was polar opposite place than the Disney'fied area it is today.  

Far removed from Fashion Week in both scheduling and concept is this Friday's inaugural Freedom Of Fashion show at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Presented by Amber McGloster and Jessica Adams this fashion show offers an alternative take on the tried and true fashion show format, and also includes art and entertainment. 8pm. Tix range from $20 to $30. More info.  Contemporary jazz fans note that the Larry Carlton Group along with the Kyle Eastwood Group are doing a joint series of shows this week at the Blue Note in the Village that kicked off last night and runs through Sunday (March 30th) with two shows each day at 8pm and 10:30pm. 131 W. 3rd St. New York,NY 10012. More info.

The centerpiece of the New Museum's current main exhibit, Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors, is the best kind of exhibit for those who normally get easily bored or simply do not enjoy going to museums and galleries. It is one where the museum visitor, as well as viewing the artist's work, gets to become a part of the exhibit too by contributing their art skills should they wish to participate. Somewhat like the origins of punk rock which set out to break down the traditional barriers between artist and audience so too does this exhibit at the progressive Lower East Side art space. And this is just how the Polish conceptualist artist Pawel Althamer, in his first ever US show, envisioned this exhibit to be: a giant art display that may bear hi s name but is not his solely but rather one of collective ownership.

Alongside his sculptures is the exhibit's biggest installation - the hands-on Draftsmen’s Congress piece (pictured above and right) where museum—goers get to sketch or paint or draw anything on the gallery floors and walls, with art materials supplied by the museum. When the show concludes in a few weeks the folks at the New Museuem will - upon the aritst's suggestion, take down the walls of art, cut them into pieces, and give them out to museum goers. Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors runs through April 13th at 235 Bowery, NY, NY 10002. Open Weds through Sunday 11am to 6pm (open til 9pm Thursdays). Tix $10 - $16 (under 18 years of age free). More info.

And finally I leave you with The LOX video for "New York City" - a recent underground track from the former Bad Boy label trio that is an ode to their hometown and shot (a la Woody Allen Manhattan style) in black and white.


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