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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Blog Jam

Well as you can assume there are too many things to talk about this weekend, so start here for a full listing for events on>>>>>> JC Fridays.

Put on your rollerskates becuase this is going to roll by quickly. First Hiroshi Kumagai is curating Strange Country a show of 3 talented photographers, Melissa Buesing, Colleen Gutwein and Greg Maka at WALDO LOFTS. Thomas J Carlson is curating a group show at Toyeaters. Upstairs at the Lex Leonard Gallery, you'll find A Fool in the Eyes of God, a solo by artist Kevin Darmanie. For this exhibition, Darmanie uses oversized comics to chronicle a fictional character’s (a young islander named Kedar) journey into faith and temptation. At 58 you'll find works by Joe Waks (see flyer on right). And of course, Art House Productions, has art and live performances to celebrate.

Mixing performance with a new installation of circus like posings by photographer Virginia Kamintzer. Balance Hair Slaon is doing a musical fashion show appropriately named Scary puppets . At Another Mna's Treasure, Melissa Surtach (Babyhole) is performing her vintage style of comedy dressed in vintage. At Grace Church, the Nimbus Dance Group is having an open rehearsal from 6 to 9 pm. At the Jersey City Tattoo Comapny, Any Day Parade and Palmyra plays from 8 to 10 pm.

"Songwriters in the Round" featuring:
Amanda Thorpe // Carolyn AlRoy // Greg D
Thursday, March 6th
Googie's Lounge (over The Living Room)
154 Ludlow St
Hosted by Carolyn AlRoy

SCARY PUPPETS," A MUSICAL FASHION SHOW happens this Friday nite!

Our contribution to the JC Fridays festival here in Beautiful Downtown Jersey City will be a way-out fashion show to complement 18 ERIE GALLERY's opening reception for Virginia Kamenitzer's photographic series, "QUI J'EST?" ("Who Am I?"), inspired by the surreal world of circus performers and children's stories. Our show will feature live models dressed as your favorite vintage puppets. Sure, they'll be wearing fabulous clothes and have fabulous haircuts by Balance, but what could be more disturbing than a bunch of life-sized, self-propelled puppets? Of course the soundtrack will showcase The Swigs' song "Scary Puppets" (now our theme song)! The gallery will also be showing "Raise Your Hand If You Believe in Evolution," a new installation of ceiling art by Mindy Gluck.

PLUS...our makeup artists will be standing by to paint puppet mouths on anyone who wants to be a Scary Puppet!

So come get a puppet face & enjoy the shows, the party and new light sculptures by our resident artist, Norm Francoeur!

And remember kids, no pooping at Balance.
So, take your drunken turds somewhere else!


7pm - 9pm
At World of Style Vintage/Balance Salon/18 Erie Gallery
18 Erie Street, Jersey City
Near the Grove Street PATH Station


Nimbus Dance Works is back in full swing!
Come on by and check out an upcoming event:
Open Rehearsal
Friday, March 7th, 6-9pm. FREE! @ Grace Church, 39 Erie Street, Jersey City NJ.
Nimbus is in final rehearsals for Spring 2008 performances. Come by for an informal behind-the-scenes look at the company in rehearsal as it fine tunes these works prior to performance. An opportunity to meet the artists, choreographers and directors of Jersey City's preeminent dance company -- this event and other arts event throughout Jersey City on March 7th are all free as part of JC Fridays, courtesy of Art House Productions.
Saturday, March 22nd, 8pm. Passage Theatre, Trenton, NJ.
Nimbus' first performance of 2008 will feature works choreographed by artistic director, Samuel Pott, Michelle deFremery and Jean Paul Jr. and performed by a select group of some of New Jersey's finest concert dancers. The company is performing as part of Passage Theater's Solo Flights Festival -- a unique opportunity to see top-notch, athletic dance in Passage Theatre's historic and intimate home in Trenton's Mill Hill District.
Tickets: $20; purchase online at or call (609) 392-0766 for reservations
Nimbus Dance Works
242 Montgomery Street, suite B
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 377-0718

Hi Tony,
Here's some info on my art show on Friday, part of JC Fridays.
Hello everyone,
All are invited to a night of live jazz, art? & refreshments. Come celebrate the final week for the ?Travels? oil painting show at the Mack-Cali building in Jersey City.?
Friday, March 7th, 2008, 6-9pm, 135 Greene Street, Jersey City, NJ.
Check out the latest artwork on
Mey-Mey Lim
(see new attached flyer)

Hello Everyone.I hope you are surviving recent wet weather. Seems like we are going to have some more rainy days for this weekend....BUT! please don't let it stop you from going out and have some fun!Please join us for the opening of "Strange Country" tomorrow night. I have wonderful works by 3 talented photographers, Melissa Buesing, Colleen Gutwein and Greg Maka. The exhibition is at WALDO LOFTS, located at 159 Second St. Jersey City, NJ 07302(,+Jersey+City,+NJ+07302,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title)If you are driving, it is MUCH easier to find a parking spot on First Avenue. Opening is from 6-9pm. I hope to see you all there!Warmest regards,Hiroshi Kumagai

This Friday is the Spring JC Friday. It will be a good time to come to Jersey City because there's free wine, cheese and art everywhere. I'll be reading essays and modeling vintage clothes at Another Man's Treasure.

" 8pm-? ANOTHER MAN'S TREASUREvintage store presents 'Fetal Soul.' Jersey City's comedic sensation Melissa Surach reads her newest humorous essays and some old favorites, while modeling elegant vintage ensembles. Listen as she makes breaking into cemeteries, sperm whales and little girls in rum barrels look beautifully disgusting. Children are not encouraged. 20 min. show repeated every hour on the hour until no one cares. 109 Brunswick St, 201-610-0211."

I've never been called a "comedic sensation" before, and may never be called one again, so you should come to this. The original description had "Slutty Babies" instead of "Sperm Whales."

Also, I'm almost out of calendars. You need to buy them soon if you want one. You can get them at Another Man's Treasure, Balance Hair Salon, Imagine Atrium, and Toy Eaters Studio.

Melissa Surach

PS If you'd like to be removed from my list, please let me know.

It has been quite some time. I would like to announce the next exhibition that I’ve curated at the Lex Leonard Gallery titled:
A Fool in the Eyes of God which is a solo show by artist Kevin Darmanie. For this exhibition, Darmanie uses oversized comics to chronicle a fictional character’s (a young islander named Kedar) journey into faith and temptation.
The coordination of this exhibition has been a great experience for both Kevin and I, as we have worked and re-worked the concepts, ideas, and body of work to bring you a show we are both proud of. We request the honor of your presence:
This Friday, March 7th 7-11PM
Lex Leonard Gallery (at the Grassroots arts facility)
143 Christopher Columbus Dr. 2nd floor
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Show dates: March 7th – April 18th, 2008
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 3-8PM and by appointment 201.312.2522

This exhibition was made possible by support from:
Rupert Ravens Contemporary :
Gallery Aferro: http://www.aferro./

NyugenNyugen E. Smith"The Work and Art of Nyugen E. Smith"

Sure...NOW it starts getting warm....right before our trip down south....The Sun mocks us :(
It's been fun being at home and watching our boy Daniel Day Lewis win a well deserved golden bald man. "If I have a milkshake.....and YOU have a milkshake..."
We also just recorded 2 new songs for the "physical" release of our album. It's available in record stores June 10th in both England and The U.S. If you already have the album; you can get the two tracks separately @ iTunes. We're leaving Friday morning for GORDON'S FIRST KISS TOUR. March 7th till the end of May and most of it will be with the Welsh rock band band, "People In Planes." Listen to them here:
I didn't get to see a lot of you while I was home but we WILL be passing back through to play a show @ Maxwell's in NJ and Luna Lounge in Brooklyn. (March 26th & April 5th)
We'll be filling in all the "holes" as we go so please keep checking showdates at We also just added "Fire Away" for free download.
If you have friends in these cities please let them know!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~7 March 2008 ~ Charlottesville, VA (Tea Bazaar w/ Shapiro & The Stationary Set)
8 March 2008 ~ Arlington, VA (IOTA)
9 March 2008 ~ Wilmington, NC (The Juggling Gypsy)
11 March 2008 ~ Columbus, GA (Soho Bar)
12 March 2008 ~ Charlotte, NC (Evening Muse)
13 March 2008 ~ Atlanta, GA (Private showcase)
** All Below Shows are with PEOPLE IN PLANES **
17 March 2008 ~ Baton Rouge, LA (Click's Bar)
18 March 2008 ~ Hattiesburg, MS (Mugshots)
19 March 2008 ~ Nashville, TN (Mercy Lounge)
20 March 2008 ~ Greenville, NC (The Handlebar)
21 March 2008 ~ Charlotte, NC (Amos' Southend Local)
24 March 2008 ~ Annapolis, MD (Ram's Head)
25 March 2008 ~ Long Branch, NJ (Monmouth College)
26 March 2008 ~ Hoboken, NJ**** (MAXWELL'S)
29 March 2008 ~ Cambridge, MA (Tommy Doyle's)
1 April 2008 ~ Vienna, VA (Jammin' Java)
4 April 2008 ~ Philadelphia, PA (Tritone)
5 April 2008 ~ Brooklyn, NY**** (LUNA LOUNGE)
6 April 2008 ~ Buffalo, NY (Michalina's Bistro) ???? - more like a "maybe" - not confirmed yet
11 April 2008 ~ Kent, OH (Fat Jimmy's)
12 April 2008 ~ Pittsburgh, PA (RollerBoogie 3 @ THE HOOD HOUSE!)
13 April 2008 ~ Cleveland, OH (Peabody's)
14 April 2008 ~ Grand Rapids, MI (The Intersection)
16 April 2008 ~ Marquette, MI (Upfront & Co.)
17 April 2008 ~ Marquette, MI (Upfront & Co.)
18 April 2008 ~ Stevens Point, WI (University of Wisconsin)
19 April 2008 ~ Chicago, IL (Cubby Bear)
24 April 2008 ~ Powell, WY (Northwest College)
29 April 2008 ~ Moscow, ID (University of Idaho)
4 May 2008 ~ Monterey, CA (Monterey Live)
6 May 2008 ~ Hollywood, CA (Hotel Cafe)
7 May 2008 ~ Hollywood, CA (Hotel Cafe)
8 May 2008 ~ San Diego, CA (Brick by Brick)
10 May 2008 ~ Phoenix, AZ (Rogue Bar)
31 May 2008 ~ Herndon, VA (Herndon Festival)
P.S. As always we'll be sharing stories from the road at so keep checking in...
Happy Spring and Much Love,

Thursday March 13, 2008Chico MannThe Underground Dance Party!w/DJ Telekinetic Kat & DJ Rios special guest: Something in Spanish (Miami/Brooklyn)Maxwell's 1039 Washington St Hoboken, NJ 07030 10 pm$ March 15, 2008Chico Mannopening for Curumin (Brazil)Union Pool 484 Union Ave @ Meeker AveWilliamsburg Brooklyn, New York 112119pm$10