Thursday, August 27, 2009

Check it out: Art Battles on August 27th

ArtBattles artists compete at (Le) Poisson Rouge on August 27th
for a two-month studio residency
culminating in a solo show at Under Minerva Gallery

EVENT: ArtBattles Artists compete for a solo gallery show
DATE: Thursday, August 27th, 2009
TIME: 10:30 PM Door/ 11:00 PM Start
LOCATION: (Le) Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker Street
(btwn Sullivan and Thompson)
PRICE: $10 Advanced/ $12 Door

Join us as Ben Angotti, Leif McIlwaine, Kevin Ragnott and Lexi Bella paint live with the hopes of winning a solo show at Under Minerva Gallery. The 4 talented artists will have 3 hours to paint while top DJs spin allowing the crowd to connect to the art, the artists and the music at this exciting art party. In the end, the crowd will vote for their favorite artist both determining the winner and helping launch the career of one of these promising artists.

Doors open at 10:30 PM on Thursday, August 27th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street NYC.

ArtBattles, at the forefront of New York City's live art movement, has been helping artists connect to the public. Like jazz musicians, these painters grab their instruments and attempt to entertain and inspire the world around them. The live audience enhances and energizes the work of the artist while the crowd feels a personal connection to the piece. The artists in this battle were selected based on their noteworthy style, personality and influence on NYC’s Live Art scene.

Prize Description: Under Minerva is offering 2 months of studio space in their Artists Den, a 24-hour shared studio space beneath the gallery. After the close of this residency, the battle winner will receive a one-week solo exhibition in the gallery that includes an opening reception party.

Under Minerva Gallery, in Greenwood Heights, just south of Park Slope, pays homage to their neighborhood’s goddess, Minerva. The Minerva Statue stands at the highest point of Brooklyn, and commemorates the Battle of Long Island where the American Revolution began. UM’s guest curators host a regular rotation of exhibitions featuring emerging and mid career artists. The gallery offers quality programs for the community to engage in a multitude of perspectives and creative experiences. Contact: Executive Director, Chris Achong; Art Director, Tony Orrico; Administrative Director, Yeni Mata | 656 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 | Between 19th and 20th Streets | (718)788-0170

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Repulsion, Pig Destroyer, Brutal Truth @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (Review To Follow) - Drew Kassl

Did'nt get to snag any pics of Repulsion or Pig Destroyer, but damn, all in all a great night. Looking forward to the next few shows Blackend Music Series has planned there. Ill keep you posted. As for now check these out as well as some videos from the show.



Pig Destroyer (A little too loud for this mic?)

Brutal Truth

For more pics click here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

REPUBLIC charity event at Public House: Success!

REPUBLIC stepped outside of their Brooklyn borough on Thursday August 13th, to host a charity event for Cooke Center for Learning and Development and STIMU-A. Located on E 41st Street, Public House holds a charity contest during the summer months and REPUBLIC was honored to have the chance to meet a bunch of new and great people out in Manhattan while raising some money for a good cause.

REPUBLIC's charity organizer, Jay Isch guest bartended during the event's 2 hour open bar while the other REPUBLIC members informed Public House guests about Cooke Center for Learning and Development and STIMU-A's new clothing line. Our staff photographer, Sean McGurn posted himself inside the bar to capture the buzz, while Allison Joyce set up professional lights and snapped some great shots outside.

Sean McGurn's interior shot

Allison Joyce's Public House snapshots

Look for invites and check for new posts regarding future REPUBLIC events, such as an STIMU-A fashion show along with a gallery charity event and auction for Cooke Center for Learning and Development.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Converge New Song Up Now, Tour To Follow - Drew Kassl

As many of you know by now, Converge will be releasing their long-awaited new studio album, "Axe To Fall," on October 20th via Epitaph Records (with vinyl to be issued by Deathwish Inc.).

The effort was recorded by guitarist Kurt Ballou at this
Godcity studios in Salem, MA and features guest appearances from a host of notables, including Steve Brodsky (Cave In), Adam McGrath (Cave In), J.R. Connors (Cave In, Doomriders), Uffe Cederlund (Disfear, ex-Entombed), John Pettibone (The Vows, Himsa), Steve Von Till (Neurosis), and Mookie Singerman (Genghis Tron).

The track "Dark Horse" can be heard online here.

Here's your first look at the cover artwork:

Meanwhile, the track listing is as follows:

01. Dark Horse
02. Reap What You Sow
03. Axe To Fall
04. Effigy
05. Worms Will Feed
06. Wishing Well
07. Damages
08. Losing Battle
09. Dead Beat
10. Cutter
11. Slave Driver
12. Cruel Bloom
13. Wretched World

In one of the stranger (compelling nonetheless) tour line-ups of the year,
Mastodon and Dethklok (Metalocalypse) will co-headline a U.S. tour with support from Converge and High On Fire. Here's the schedule:

10/2 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/3 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
10/4 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
10/6 Calgary, AB @ Big Four Building
10/7 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
10/9 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Saltair
10/10 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
10/12 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
10/13 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/14 Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
10/16 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
10/17 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
10/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle's Auditorium
10/20 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
10/21 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
10/23 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
10/24 Buffalo, NY @ The Fairgrounds
10/25 Albany, NY @ Armory
10/27 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/30 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/31 Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
11/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/5 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/6 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
11/7 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/8 Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphit
11/11 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/12 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
11/13 Austin, TX @ Austin City Music Hall
11/14 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
11/16 Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center
11/17 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheater
11/18 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Listen for REPUBLIC radio interview on RewBee*s World

REPUBLIC's founder, Jason Voegele will be interviewed on RewBee*s World radio show on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30. It's REPUBLIC's first radio appearance and Jason was invited to participate in the segment called, "Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame."

Tune into and go ahead and give a call during his slot: (212) 283.3437

RewBee*s World is the new indienet radio show hosted by Rew & Bee of ‘RewBee – The Jewel of NYC’. Rew & Bee are like “Donny and Marie” raised by Iggy Pop and Patti Smith. Rew keeps it real kool while Bee buzzes and stings to stir things up. It’s pure entertainment that will leave you wanting more, more, more! With their "Anything Goes" mentality, RewBee*s World is spontaneous and informative giving its audience an inside look on today’s indie music and entertainment scene through the eyes of RewBee.

RewBee*s World is a radio show that is streamed live globally both on audio and video for all to see and hear.

The musical programming consists of songs from various artists through out NYC, the Tri-State area and the rest of the world. The main format of music is Rock, baby!

The Show is set in a lounge aspect where you get to see and hear artists performing their songs. Rew & Bee will be sharing tea, coffee, criticism and fresh ideas everyday, so please send us your favorite so we can try them out (and rip em apart!!!)

RewBee*s World features singers, bands, industry executives and all other kinds of entertainers along with interviews to make the show a truly informative experience that has never been seen on any TV or radio show before.

Check it out! It's awesome, right?!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Spotlight: Cooke Center for Learning and Development

The Cooke Center was founded in 1987 by a small group of parents of children with Down syndrome. Determined to find the best education possible for their children, they knocked on many doors to find just one school that would welcome them into its community.

After many visits and many disappointments, the principal of a New York City parochial school opened his doors to these families. He promised them that their children would be equal participants in the life of his school. That principal was Dr. Michael Termini, who years later became Cooke's president.

Cooke has grown from serving seven children in one classroom to become the largest private, inclusive educational organization for children with special needs in New York City. Our children learn in partner schools throughout the city, and our programs are sought out by families and educators looking for quality educational options.

From the outset we educated children with broad spectrum of abilities, and our school teams work continually to ensure that our programs and curricula fit the varying levels and skills of our students.

The Cooke Center for Learning and Development is the largest private provider of inclusive special education services in New York City, offering preschool programs, a K - 12 school and consulting services that foster inclusive education.

The Cooke center is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization.

At Cooke, we believe that all children have a right to an independent future-- one in which they are included as integral members of their community.

For our students, learning takes place among their typically developing peers and in some of New York City's most prestigious offices and cultural institutions. Our children are building on their own interests and strengths to create a vibrant life and take their rightful place in the world.

Download some of the Cooke Center's yearbooks