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The lovely Glennis McMurray (RADAR Ep2 - I Eat Pandas) shared a bit of her world with us by curating AND writing this weeks edition of RADAR NYC. Glennis is co-founder of I Eat Pandas, Founder of G.L.O.C (Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy), can be found on numerous stages, and all over the internets. Last time I saw Glennis was at the URDB Christmas event breaking the world record for the longest musical chairs interlude clocking in at 04:53.90 min/sec. And so, without further ado…
Space Unicorn – Parry Gripp
Nerd trifecta alert! Parry Gripp, unicorns, and space! Parry Gripp, lead singer of Nerf Herder, called for Space Unicorn drawings to accompany his latest meme and the result is a highly watchable, totally danceable and pretty darn adorable video. My one regret in life is that I didn’t submit a drawing. Well, that and the perm disaster of ‘94.
Tony! Toni! Toné! – “If I Had No Loot”
Da da da day, hey! Long before Cee-Lo told that money-grubbing ex what was what in “F*ck You”, there was a funky boy band by the name of Tony! Toni! Toné! (The third Toné had acute accent. Heyoooo.) and I, for one, have had this song on repeat as of late. The Tony/i/é trio called out the moochers in “If I Had No Loot,” providing the world with not only the best song of all time (I said it), but a song with a message. And that message? No one in this band is named Tony (i/é). Nailed it!
Julie Klausner’s – I Don’t Care About Your Band
Are you a lady? Were you, are you, or will you one day be in your twenties? Have you yet realized how much your twenties sucked BALLS (sometimes literally)? Then Julie Klausner’s book, I Don’t Care About Your Band is for you! She lays her poor decisions on the table like a sassy deck of sex cards and makes you feel a little less awful about being such an idiot in the second decade of your life. Empowering and hilarious and soon to be an HBO hit starring Lizzy Caplan!
I am really looking forward to Half Straddle’s “In The Pony Palace/FOOTBALL”. So much so that I’m going to be at every performance! That’s how much I love this show! OK, full disclosure: I’m in the show. Kristina Satter’s play about living for a feeling and being on a team features a marching band and live mashups by Chris Giarmo. (Lady Gaga meets the Stones, what the what?!) Tickets: http://www.thebushwickstarr.org/
Ah, street food. You can’t walk past a major city square without the wafting aromas from a mini United Nations of food trucks offering cuisine from around the world. Sure, the food can sometimes be hit or miss, but for a gourmet on a budget, there’s nothing quite like discovering an exciting new street vendor who’s sure to get lots of repeat business.
And that’s where VendrTV comes in. Created two years ago by host Daniel Delaney and his friends, VendrTV is a webseries highlighting the best of street food. Starting in New York, and making their way across the country, the episodes feature different street vendors in different cities, profiling everything from the more traditional street fare, such as hot dogs and falafels, to more exotic food you’d never expect to see on a food truck, like sushi and pie.
But possibly the most impressive thing about VendrTV is that it’s still produced entirely by Delaney and friends. The high production values make it seem like something you’d see on Food Network, yet it’s funded by donations from fans, as well as a small online store. And not only does the series offer great tips on where to eat, it also gives some much-needed exposure to the local businesses. My old stomping ground of Austin, Texas is featured quite prominently, and as a city that prides itself in supporting local business, creative street vendors have become ingrained in the city’s culture.
In addition to the videos (which are also available as a podcast), the site also features other things like recipes from some of the vendors, and a blog. One recurring aspect of the blog I found particularly interesting is $10 a Day, in which different contributors take the challenge to find the best street food they can for breakfast, lunch and dinner—all for $10 or under. And yes, it is possible. And it’s something I want to try myself.
PULSE – Shelley Jackson’s “Skin” In August of 2003, Shelley Jackson began a new project, simply dubbed “Skin”. This project in particular took what we consider to be “literature” to its most abstract. What Jackson calls a “mortal work of art” began with her putting out a open call for volunteers to be a part of this living experiment in literature. She was searching for… read more
PULSE – Head in a Freezer: the 241543903.com project On April 6, 2009, New York-based artist David Horvitz, known for his quirky DIY projects, posted a picture of himself with his head in a freezer on his Flickr account. Under the photo read:
That same day, a friend of Horvitz posted another photo using the same freezer. Two weeks later, 241543903.com was created, with the intention of “Experiencing a… read more
Olek seems to be some sort of knitting goddess. You worship her now! Just kidding. But in all honesty, how can you take your eyes away from the sheer eccentricity that is wrapping a monument in crochet work. That’s some crazy stuff. It’s great to see that the New Yorkers that were stumbling around Wall St. in the wee hours weren’t afraid to approach this woman on a mission. Seeing this makes me want to pick up some needles and knit one, pearl two. Whatever that means. I’m sure this will inspire some sort of knitting craze. Pity if it doesn’t.
Sarah Lipstate, a.k.a. Noveller (RADAR ep 28 – Before I Die) came in for a live session and interview on WNYC this past Monday, Jan 31. If you weren’t lucky enough to listen then, her appearance is now available as a podcast you can listen to right now. In the interview, she discusses the rising prominence of female guitarists, the background of her recording name, and the various pieces of gear she uses for her music. She also plays two beautifully sweeping and ambient songs, which should definitely add some much-needed warmth to a cold winter’s day.
This year, there was a Pandemic at Sundance Festival. Workbook Project founder Lance Weiler unleased Pandemic 1.0, a transmedia experience involving various aspects both online and offline, where players could work to stop a global pandemic that plays out like an apocalyptic supervirus. Centered around a short film and an upcoming feature, Hope is Missing, the project told a story through a variety of mediums, including Twitter, and various story objects planted throughout Park City. In the two interviews, Weiler discusses the project, what he hopes to accomplish from it, and the research and development involved in Pandemic 1.0 and Hope is Missing.
Wall Street Journal interview HERE
Sundance interview HERE
It seems like our contributors are in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day. And whether you’re a happy couple or forever alone, there’s no reason to stay in this year.
Dr. Sketchy’s Does Valentines Day
If your idea of Valentine’s love is cabaret performance art mixed with your own artistic expression, Dr. Sketchy’s (RADAR ep 8) has a special Valentine’s installment of their Anti-Art School.
Sunday, Feb 13 · 4:00 – 7:00 pm
The Bowery Poetry Club
New York, NY 10012
$10 advance, $15 at door EVENT INFO
The Poetry Brothel: Milonga
For those of you with a more poetic idea of love, but still have a taste for the cabaret, the Poetry Brothel (RADAR ep 20) presents Milonga, a Valentine’s edition of their inventive poetry readings.
Sunday, Feb 13 · 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
The Back Room
102 Norfolk St.
New York, NY 10002
$5 – $15 EVENT INFO
Missed Connections: A Love in Transit Party
And for those whose idea of romance involves falling for a beautiful stranger on the subway, Sophie Blackall (RADAR ep 16 – Missed Connections) invites you to find your Missed Connection at the New York Transit Museum.
Monday Feb 14 · 6:00 – 8:00 pm
New York Transit Museum
130 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free EVENT INFO
Factory25 dredges up the very best and the most interesting of the art/music news and plugs it into their twitter feed. This Brooklyn based film and music label is on top of the the happenings in the ever eccentric and changing industry of expression. Their linked articles are from acclaimed sources, and it is so convenient having them just show up on your feed. Factory25 does all the searching for you. It is a true service for us all.
Suzanne (Cub) Rogaleski grew tired of choreographing her trapeze act to popular music and canned sounds. Ryan (Lone Wolf) Sawyer was looking to showcase a more avant-garde side of his drumming. Born out of need for each to perform original material while challenging their own artistry, Lone Wolf and Cub is a collaboration that defies category. And while they might seem like two disparate acts, the two of them are able to communicate with each other through a common language of painting. Their canvases act as visual road maps while they perform so that they are fully able to understand where each other is heading. Performing in unison, they invite their audience to share their childlike wonder and inspiration.
Comic Con Tip Box San Diego Comic Con is a massive gathering of smart, tech savvy, nerdy folks. Every year, there are tie-ins there to all sorts of transmedia campaigns, and this summer Culture Hacker will be there, rounding them up.
We will be scouring the conference, but you can make it easier for us to find the good stuff. If you know where… read more
Producers Guild Adds ‘Transmedia Producer’ Credit Update: There has been a bit of a scuffle over whether the transmedia producer credit includes creators of original IP, but PGA Director of Communications Chris Green assures us that it will (via NewTeeVee).
Also, Andrea Phillips takes the long view on what this will mean for transmedia artists.
Also, an interesting quote from NewTeeVee’s coverage – ” [Steve] Peters… read more
RADAR NYC 5.14.10 WATCH
Ry Russo Young – Nobody Walks
Nobody Walks, co-written by Ry Russo Young and Lena Dunham, is one of thirteen projects to be accepted into this year’s Sundance Screenwriting Lab. A synopsis of their script: “When a driven young artist invades the home and family of a Hollywood sound designer helping her finish her first film, their professional connection… read more
Our friend Shantell Martin (RADAR ep 26 – Hidden Oras) is at it again, and fellow RADAR contributor Aakash Nihalani would probably enjoy this video as much as we did. This video is a time lapse of Shantell and friends in Tokyo putting together and taking apart a beautiful mural on the ground, during her time in Japan in 2009. And maybe I’m a bit slow, but it took me a few views to realize the video is actually in reverse. Mind = blown.
Shantell Martin’s website
Interview with Shantell about the tape drawing here
We haven’t heard much from Lavalier (RADAR ep 16 – Missed Connections) lately, but clearly they’ve been busy. Their video for their new single, “Twilight Lovebite” seems to be less about the bafflingly popular vampire series and more in line with the weirder old episodes of The Twilight Zone. More specifically, it seems to be a trippy combination of The Twilight Zone, The Shining, and a video game from the 70s. And maybe you shouldn’t watch it before going to bed…
If you’re a grammar snob like me, taking the time to make sure even your text messages use proper spelling and grammar, then you probably know what it’s like to seethe with quiet rage every time you see a sign with quotation marks where they simply should not be present. Quotation marks are quite a loaded piece of punctuation—they tend to suggest sarcasm, disbelief, or suspicion when used for something other than actually quoting someone. This book, as well as the blog it is based on, highlight the strangest and most out of place instances of quotation marks we see every day. It should definitely be an “interesting” read.
After being quiet for a while, SLAM Theatre (RADAR ep 6) is back this month! The spontaneous play writing and acting competition is open for everyone–so if you are an actor or writer, you just might get to participate. The first 10 scripts through the door compete, and actors may drop their names into a hat. Of course, anyone is also welcome as an audience member as well. This session is actually five weeks long, meeting every Sunday night, same time and place–four weeks of competition, with the fifth week showcasing the champion. It began last night, but you can still check out the rest of the show.
Begins Sunday January 9 · 7:00 pm
Downstairs at the Tank Theatre
354 West 45th St. at 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10036 EVENT INFO
Diana Eng (RADAR ep 31 – Fairytale Fashion) has been busy. With her newfound success as a designer who creates whimsical fashions using math and technology, she’s gained recognition from tech geeks and fashionistas alike. She’ll even be a curator at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) this year. And recently, she launched a new website for her brand, which features a blog on how she designs and creates her work.
FCKD Mag – RADAR S3 Ep 32 [vid] Ryan Watkins-Hughes, founder of the FCKD Mag project, is a deconstructionist through and through. In this latest project, Ryan is making a social commentary on… read more
DIYDays NYC Dan Rollman [vid] The Universal Record Database, otherwise known as the “definitive site for human achievement” is an interesting crowdsourced project that encourages users to share, break and… read more