Must See Show: Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke at Joe’s Pub

Posted by The G on April 21, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Reviews, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

HD Video, Photos and Words by G.

Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke

Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke

New York!  Do not sleep on your chance to go see legendary performers Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke on April 27, 2014 at Joe’s Pub (Ticket link will open in a new window).

If you’ve ever read this site before (and if so, you are my hero – THANKS!), you know that I am crazy for Joey Arias.  Joey keeps alive the part of New York that only exists in vintage photos and recollections of “the good old days” before New York became gentrified, when creative expression was much more important than the financial bottom line that everything seems to be reduced to these days.  Aside from Prince, I’ve probably seen Joey Arias perform more than anyone else, and no matter how many times I see him, I always leave his shows inspired and with a huge smile on my face.  He socks it to you with a great voice, stunning costumes and with comedic delivery that makes you come back for more.

Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke

Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke

Seeing Joey on his own is well worth the admission price, but sweetening the pot is the fact that for 2 special shows (April 20 and April 27, 2014, respectively) German/Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke (along with his fabulously talented piano player Charly Zestru) are also on the bill.

Before the night is over, prepare to be wowed by Ratzke’s amazing voice, prepare to laugh your butt off with Sven and Joey as they ad-lib with the crowd and most importantly, they will seduce you with their voices – and it’s likely you’ll hear songs like “You’ve Changed,” “Windmills of Your Mind,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “God Bless The Child,” “Perfect Day” and as you are about to see, “Alabama Song.”

Just press play!

Thanks to Joey, Sven and Charly for a fabulous night!  If you’re a fan of the site, you already know that my night didn’t even there, however.  The night reached the crescendo when I chatted with the stars of the show at its conclusion, who are just as amazing off stage as they are on.

Charly Zastru, Sven Ratzke, Geoffrey Dicker, Joey Arias

Charly Zastru, Sven Ratzke, Geoffrey Dicker, Joey Arias.  Photo taken by a complete stranger.

Thanks again Charly, Sven and Joey.  I heart you!!!

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RÖMER + RÖMER: Party-Löwe at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on April 16, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by RÖMER + RÖMER.

Romer + Romer

Romer + Romer

New York!  Head over to Freight +Volume to check out a cool exhibit from the Russian-German artist couple Nina Römer and Torsten Römer.  From far away, their works look like they are in 3-D and as you get closer, they look pixelated.

Romer + Romer

Romer + Romer

Let’s take a closer look:

Extreme Closeup

Extreme Closeup

Party-Löwe by RÖMER + RÖMER at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in Manhattan is on display through April 26, 2014.

Romer + Romer

Romer + Romer

Dan Witz, Dylan Egon, Artists Anonymous at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Posted by The G on April 15, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Dan Witz, Dylan Egon, Artists Anonymous, respectively.

Dan Witz - NY Hardcore

Dan Witz – NY Hardcore

Head over to two Jonathan Levine Galleries in New York to see three cool exhibits!  That’s a tongue-twister.  At the 529 West 20th Street (9th Floor) location, you can see “NY Hardcore” by Dan Witz, which features Dan Witz’ insanely realistic paintings from his mosh pit series.

Dan Witz - NY Hardcore

Dan Witz – NY Hardcore

Also on display is Dylan Egon’s “American Holy Relics.

Dylan Egon - American Holy Relics

Dylan Egon – American Holy Relics

Egon uses a variety of materials in his sculptures and he makes the viewer examine the relationship between art and commerce.

Dylan Egon - American Holy Relics

Dylan Egon – American Holy Relics

At Jonathan Levine’s new space at 557 West 23rd Street in Chelsea, a collective called Artists Anonymous have a show entitled “Old Game New,” and it’s a haven for selfies!

Artists Anonymous - Old Game New

Artists Anonymous – Old Game New

Let’s take a closer look…

Artists Anonymous - Old Game New

Artists Anonymous – Old Game New

Combining sculpture, painting and photography, Artists Anonymous’ work  involves an unusual technique of painting realistic subjects with inverted color values (as a negative image), then photographing the painting and reproducing it in reverse—resulting in a positive.

Artists Anonymous - Old Game New

Artists Anonymous – Old Game New

All 3 exhibits are on display until May 3, 2014.

Photos: James Franco in Drag for “New Film Stills” at Pace Gallery

Posted by The G on April 14, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photos of James Franco’s photos of Cindy Sherman’s photos by G.

James Franco - New Film Stills

James Franco – New Film Stills

Love or hate James Franco, the one thing you can’t accuse him of is playing it safe.  James Franco is having a big month in New York in April 2014, as he is starring in a Broadway production of “Of Mice And Men,” (I saw it and it’s excellent, by the way) and at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, he’s recreated an exhibit by Cindy Sherman (“Untitled Film Stills”) called “New Film Stills.”  Excuse the glare on these photos.  You gotta do the best you can when the sun is out on a lovely day and the art is encased in glass.

James Franco - New Film Stills 2

James Franco – New Film Stills

Recreating the exact poses Cindy Sherman did nearly 30 years ago, Franco is seen looking rather effeminate save for his facial hair, which makes this series of photos even better, according 2 G.

James Franco - New Film Stills 4

James Franco – New Film Stills

For those who think they’ve got James Franco all figured out, this exhibit will make them guess again and I really love that.  So many artists of all genres play it safe, and Franco for the sake of art (or perhaps even shock value) is not afraid to cross over the line, even if that finds him wearing a dress!  Go James!

James Franco - New Film Stills

James Franco – New Film Stills

James Franco - New Film Stills

James Franco – New Film Stills

Special cameo by yours truly!  :)

Special cameo by yours truly! :)

“New Film Stills” by James Franco is showing at Pace Gallery (located at 508 West 25th Street) in New York through May 3, 2014.  It would be a drag if you missed it!

 

An Encounter with Ghost Beach

Posted by The G on April 11, 2014 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Josh Ocean of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

Josh Ocean of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

On April 10, 2014, New York’s electronic/pop/rock duo Ghost Beach opened for The Sounds at Webster Hall.  If the truth be told, Ghost Beach were the highlight of the evening for me.  Their music had a Talking Heads meets MGMT vibe to me, and that is a very good thing!  You can check out their music on their official website, which I recommend you do.   After their performance (and prior to their DJ set – gotta love a band that knows how to multi-task), I met them and they were super cool, even clowning around in these photos!  Love that!

Eric Doc Mendelsohn of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again Ghost Beach!  Look forward to seeing you again!

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