“The most unsatisfactory men are those who pride themselves on their virility and regard sex as if it were some form of athletics at which you can win cups. It is a woman’s spirit and mood a man has to stimulate in order to make sex interesting. The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or by just staring into space.”—
The extravagance of 1770 Rococo Paris meets the eclecticism of 2009 underground New York nightlife. Think Amadeus, Marie Antoinette, the Marquis de Sade, etc. but with a thoroughly modern twist.
This third installment of the party will feature burlesque, sword swallowing, fire dancing, hula hoop acrobatics, magic, juggling, and live techno baroque and rococo rock music.
Champagne, pastries, candelabras, masques, powdered wigs, powdered faces, and big hair will all abound in the most baroque ball since the guillotine came down.
Featured Performances by Brooklyn Baby Doll burlesque, Katy SanDomenico juggling, Kent Axell magic, Lady Aye fire fan dancing and sword-swallowing, Michael Karas grand illusions, Miss Em burlesque, and Tash and Sean of the Gyronauts hula hoop.
Live music by SnazzMammoth, KMBS music and live art, Rebecca Agostine. Come in costume or come as you are.
A Place To Bury Strangers, Alberta Cross, Bajofondo, Beirut, Buraka Som Sistema, Cage the Elephant, Conor Oberst, Craze and Klever, Crystal Castles, Dear & the Headlights, Felix da Housecat, Franz Ferdinand, Genghis Tron, Ghostland Observatory, Girl Talk, Gui Boratto, Leonard Cohen, Los Campesinos!, M. Ward, Molotov, Morrissey, N.A.S.A., Noah and the Whale, Patton & Rahzel, Paul McCartney, Peanut Butter Wolf, People Under the Stairs, Ryan Bingham, Silversun Pickups, Steve Aoki, Switch, The Crystal Method, The Aggrolites, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Black Keys, The Bug, The Courteeners, The Hold Steady, The Knux, The Presets, The Ting Tings, We Are Scientists, White Lies
Amanda Palmer, Amy Winehouse, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Atmosphere, Band Of Horses, Billy Talent, Blitzen Trapper, Bob Mould Band, Booker T, Calexico, Cloud Cult, Crookers, Dr. Dog, Drive By Truckers, Drop The Lime, Electric Touch, Fleet Foxes, Gang Gang Dance, Glass Candy, Glasvegas, Henry Rollins, Hercules and Love Affair, Ida Maria, James Morrison, Liars, Mastodon, Michael Franti & Spearhead, MSTRKRFT, Surkin, Para One (Live), Superchunk, The Bloody Beetroots, The Killers, Thenewno2, Thievery Corporation, Tinariwen, TRAV$DJ-AM, Turbonegro,TV On The Radio, Zane Lowe, Zizek
Antony and the Johnsons, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Christopher Lawrence, Clipse, Friendly Fires, Fucked Up, Gaslight Anthem, Groove Armada, Jenny Lewis, Junior Boys, K’naan, Late of the Pier, Lupe Fiasco, Lykke Li, M.A.N.D.Y., Marshall Barnes, Mexican Institute of Sound, My Bloody Valentine, No Age, Okkervil River, Paolo Nutini, Paul Weller, Perry Farrell, Peter Bjorn and John, Public Enemy, Roni Size, Sebastien Tellier, Shepard Fairey, Supermayer, The Cure, The Horrors, The Kills, The Night Marchers, Themselves, Throbbing Gristle, Vivian Girls, X, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Oh my God, it’s heaven,” said Anne-Marie McDermott, the pianist, after playing a Steinway on the stage. “You can do anything: the clarity, the range.” She called the sound fat, rich and buttery, and unfamiliar from prerenovation days. “I wouldn’t have recognized it,” she said.”—
So glad to hear Alice Tully will finally have great sound. Still, nothing competes with Carnegie Hall! (via fareastmeetswildwest)
I agree! I was lucky enough to attend a Tribute to Manuel Garcia (opera and music) at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall this past weekend, and it was absolutely phenomenal. That hall is the most gorgeous place I’ve ever been - two giant crystal chandeliers, creamy white walls, greco-roman pillars, plush velvet blue curtains draped along the entire length of the wall…really incredible. And the Steinway grand was glistening and melifluous. José Manuel Zapata, one of the world’s foremost tenors, really did the beautiful lyrics justice with his astounding voice, even though he was under the weather. I heart Carnegie Hall and can’t wait to go back.
“This past way of thinking” is not eroding. The institutions are changing but not the way of thinking. In fact, one could argue that the opposite is true and that we are in the middle of a “global associational revolution”.
Brooks declares that “[i]nstitutions do all the things that are supposed to be bad. They impede personal exploration. They enforce conformity.” It’s true that Institutions do require a certain level of conformity, but this conformity does not impede personal exploration, it enables it.
I think Brooks (and I) would agree with you: institutions can push us to explore strengths within ourselves we wouldn’t otherwise have tested. And I don’t argue with your example - the nonprofit sector has certainly flourished in the last twenty years. However, don’t confuse participating in associations with institutional thinking. The word institution imparts an historical context. It’s generations of manifested diligence and devotion.
Brooks is saying that the codes of conduct institutions previously provided are eroding. These ethical guidelines prevented greedy and selfish behavior from those who were not predisposed to serving the greater good. Without those guidelines, greed begot greed begot carelessness. And look where we are. I think many of our institutions, especially our banks, have certainly failed to protect the longstanding sense of respect and dignity that made them such trusted, powerful organizations.
This op-ed by David Brooks for The New York Times is striking and poignant in its ability to pinpoint a key element of culture and convey its importance at this current moment of crux.
When you hear institutional thinking, as opposed to individualism, a bevy of negative connotations may arise. America is the country of manifest destiny, the wild west and self sufficiency after all. But Brooks makes a solid, heartfelt argument for institutions.
It doesn’t hurt that he evokes one of the most beloved bastions of American valiance - baseball - to show how institutions can mold innumerable individuals into more upstanding human beings.
The quotes he pulls from Ryne Sandberg’s induction speech at the baseball Hall of Fame really do the work for him:
“I was in awe every time I walked onto the field. That’s respect. I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponents or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform. You make a great play, act like you’ve done it before; get a big hit, look for the third base coach and get ready to run the bases.”
But, Brooks says, this past way of thinking - preserving something much greater than yourself through devotion - is eroding. Charities, religions, professional associations and codes of conduct have all suffered a sharp decline in faith. These codes, brooks writes, may be in direct competition with personal exploration, but “they often save us from our weaknesses and give meaning to life.”
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich Thats how it goes Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long stem rose Everybody knows
squashed says, “Under pressure, he’s agreed to personally repay the cost of the renovation. But seriously—aren’t these guys supposed to be smart people? Didn’t he pause for a moment to think that just maybe this wasn’t going to go over well?” —-
For anyone who missed this post the first time around (you know who you are):
February 5 - 7:
The Future of Snowboarding Invitational
90-ft “Snowscraper” Ramp
Sledding on a 70-foot long Snow Flume
Ice climbing wall
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
High flying trampline entertainment from The Skyriders
Pride of NY Warming Hut & Winter Market
Live music from Apollo Run, Dujeous, and more!
Professional snowboarders like Shaun White, Pat Moore and Travis Rice are to take part in a Big Air in the Big Apple Pro Snowboarding Competition from 3 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 5. Other athletes will take part in a Future of Snowboarding Invitational on Feb. 7. (via NYTimes)