Hats off to Grove Street Bicycles and their used bike donation program. If you haven't opened last week's Jersey City Reporter because you are seeing how much moisture the paper can hold, here's the story. Maybe now we should cut loose some abandoned frames? There has been a ten speed on tenth street that I watched survive the winter, only to recently loose both of its wheels. Poor thing. We can find a home for you, or at least an Art House to live at ? and things were very lively at last Saturday's Snow Ball. If you want to get listed for this March 6th JC Fridays, make sure you have listing together by 5 pm tomorrow.
On the art side this weekend, tape artist, Kayt Hester has an opening tonight(R) from 7 to 9 pm at at Fish with Braids Gallery. Fish with Braids owner, and Attrepreneur, Uta has also started a JC wide events blog at http://www.offoffbeatjc.blogspot.com/ send her stuff. Also this evening, the Jersey City Art School is hosting an art talk this evening at 8 pm for Illinois Artist John Sedburg. Paul Vincent Galleries hosts and art opening this Saturday at 3 pm for Mr. Sedburgs works. As for this Thursday evening, both groups will converge for a Porto Lounge after party. With 45 mile per hour winds, you may need to take shelter elsewhere and as usual this Thursday Night offers something for both sexes. DJ Leonard Smalls will melt ladies hearts with half price drinks at Lucky's, while I got for a man-u-mental evening at the Lamp Post. You of course don't need to choose either, and may simply your supply side economical mind to see the Demands free show tonight at the Lakeside Lounge in NYC. Bring some singles for the picture booth the show is free and starts at 9:15.
Get up early on Friday for the Jersey City Museum's African Diaspora Film Festival. The event runs on Friday and Saturday and features films and documentaries by artists of African descent. A full listing is at the Jersey City Museum's Events page. Later on Friday evening, the Electro-Afro-Beatist Chicco Man, goes public at Joe's Public Theater, show starts at 11:30 pm, you can get tickets here.
With the 07302 confines, _gaia studios unveils their Wonder Women exhibition WW$: Money, Money, Money. A result of the Wonder Women residency project from 2009, ten emerging artists are showcased at the Lex Leonard Gallery space this Friday at 7 pm. The material is engaged in discussions about the artists work, the economy, feminism, and personal relationships to money. The rest if Friday is a little sketchy for me, so you can play on that theme with a visit to the Lamp Post, or get a bosa nova evening with DJ William McCamie at Porto-Lounge.
DJ William McCamie returns to (or perhaps will stay) at Porto-Lounge for a Haitian Benefit on Saturday Night. On Sunday, the staff of Balance Hair Salon is offering $20 Haircuts for Haiti with all of the proceeds going towards the Earthquake Relief Effort. at 3 pm on Saturday, Hudson Pride Connections hosts a Game Day Benefit for Haiti.
On the same Saturday Night, I'll be teaming up with Billy Filo of Higgins for a dual dueling Vinyl Solution waxathon at the White Star. The following Friday, Febraury 5th the Jersey City City Museum, debuts the First Target First Fridays event. Starting at 5 pm with a hands on craft activities for the family, the event features a wine tasting for adults, and then moves an intimate performance in their 151 seat auditorium with Higgins and Heather Duby. The concert is $10 and starts at 7 pm, the free wine tasting is sponsored by Terlato Wines, there will also be some beer from Milwaukee Brewing Company.
Speaking of Drinking, this Saturday, Luckys Seven's hosts an Absinthe Party. Usually, I don't endorse drinking, but this stuff is like sweet milk but with cyanide, so enjoy a host of cooked up cocktails with Leonard Smalls and Motor Funker on the decks. If that the Absinthe doesnt start at riot, try Maxwells for a taste of the Brixton Riot. Fairmont plays at the Lamp Post this Saturday night. While next Friday the 5th, they team up with Mint 400 records label mates Any Day Parade at Maxwells.
On Sunday, get your final glimpse of John Besnate's Sirens Song at 58. Not looking to compete with the competition of this years NFL Pro Bowl, we will throw some light passes of Blood Mary's and Cider from 2 to 5 pm. The Following Friday, also February 5th, 58 Gallery proudly presents the third part of Mikal Hameed’s sound art series entitled “Urban Audio Manifesto #3”. In this exhibit, Mikal Hameed reinvents how we see, hear and interact with art. His interactive “plug and play” works allow the audience to plug their smart devices (vinyl, phones, mp3, ipods etc.) directly into the art. This creates a participation based viewer experience, that lets the audience act as the DJ or sound controller. Hameed’s imaginative and inspiring works utilize vintage sound components and transform them into something modern, unique and completely interactive. You can check out a profile of the artist here
This following Tuesday Melissa Surach presents another installment of Babyhole, and Jaden Rogers has his first solo show at LITM. My deadline has passed on this installment.
Just a couple of announcements if I may.
Friday Feb 12th Thomas Francis Takes His Chances at Maxwells
Sunday Feb 21st 4th Street Arts Chili Cook-off Fundraiser at Parlay Studios
Saturday Feb 27 th Dodgeball Fundraiser for Learning Community Charter School. email me. $100 a team, co-ed 6 person teams , round robin elimination.
Not Your Mama's Craft Fair is looking for JC Hottest artists for the April 17th event at Parlay Studios.got to http://www.megangulick.com/ for an application.
Christopher Silk has a sweet spot in the 479 House
We have a room for rent (11x12') in a large three bedroom top-story apartment in Jersey City, view of downtown, plenty of light, one block from Newport mall, 5m walk to Newport/Pavonia path/light rail (10m to Christopher St, 20m to 33rd st/Herald Sq.) We are two chill mid 30's artists/designers, work in mid-town. We cook a lot and have people over for dinners on weekends. Large living room for shared work space and storage (prefer 2d and/or non-messy mediums). Shopping, bodegas, cafe within a few minute walk (essentially everything you need is within a 10m walk). Laundry 4 blocks. Utils $60-80 month all inclusive (including high speed wireless internet, gas, elec, basic cable). Great neighborhood, safe area (1 block from police precinct), near large park, 3 blocks from Holland Tunnel. $700/month, $1150 security, month-to-month, avail Feb 1. Light smokers ok. Email Alex (alex(at)zoom.sh) or Christopher (tophersilk(at)gmail.com) or call 571.291.4924. Right on. Thanks! P.S. Email for pics!
Lex has two rooms in 143 Columbus - email lex (at)lexleonardgallery.com
Shipwreck is looking for a roomate for March 1st.