Photos by G.
Owl (from left to right: Chris Wyse, Dan Dinsmore, Jason Achilles Mezilis)
California based rockers Owl came to New York last night and played the Bowery Electric on May 19, 2013. Moments before the show started, technical problems at the venue threatened the gig, but luckily the Bowery Electric was able to pull it together in time so that Owl could end our weekends on a rockin’ note. If you are unfamiliar with Owl’s music, you’d not leave one of their gigs disappointed if you like The Cult (of which lead singer Chris Wyse works with them) or Alice in Chains. One of the highlights of their hour long set was the interaction between lead singer Chris Wyse and guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis. During many songs, Wyse and Mezilis traded guitar and bass licks back and forth and the non-verbal conversation went over really well with the packed house at Bowery Electric.
You can stream Owl’s latest album “The Right Thing” on their official website. The link will open in a new window. Thanks Owl for a great night. I had a hoot! (OK, that was a bad pun even for me).
Photos by G.
The legendary Tom Jones dropped by legendary New York venue Bowery Ballroom on May 18, 2013 to showcase his latest album “Spirit In The Room.” Here are 10 observations from the show.
1. I am over 30 years of age and I was the youngest person in the room. By far. Possibly by 30 years.
2. Tom Jones is an amazing performer who deserves the praise he gets as he had the 500 person venue eating out of his hand for the entire show….
3. …despite playing only one of his greatest hits (“Green Green Grass of Home”) in the nearly 2 hour show.
4. All the die hard Tom Jones fans (some who I spoke with admitted to seeing him close to 1000 times) were delighted that he didn’t play any “hits.” The casual fans that came to see the hits walked away from the show bitter.
5. This was the first time I’ve ever seen people in walkers in the front row at Bowery Ballroom and as you know, I’ve been there hundreds of times.
6. Nobody threw panties or bras onto the stage. And for that, I am truly grateful!
7. Despite not playing his own hits, we heard covers of songs originally by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Odetta, Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, Elvis Presley, Joe Henry and Leonard Cohen.
8. Tom Jones went on stage around 9:15 PM. He entered the building for the first time that day at 9:02 PM.
9. During a slow song, so many people in the audience took the opportunity to yell out “Play ‘Delilah’,” nearly drowning out Tom, but because he is the consummate performer, he overcame the audience jeers and when the song was over, got some of the loudest applause of the night.
10. I would totally go see Tom Jones again.
11. I think I better dance now!
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Photos by G. Art by Paul McCarthy.
Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth. Looks just like what you think it looks like.
If you are a fan of artist Paul McCarthy and you live in New York, you’re hitting the mother lode in May and June 2013. Hauser and Wirth have two exhibits currently showing (and one will close and reopen with another in late June) and there additional sculptures and video installations on view. Click on Hauser and Wirth’s website to get a full run down of what is happening and where.
Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth
As you can see from this photo, these sculptures are gargantuan in size and they are filled with McCarthy’s signature subversive imagery. These aren’t the only two sculptures on display however. There are many more on display and they need to be seen in person to really grasp the magnitude of how awesome this exhibit it.
“Sculptures” by Paul McCarthy is on display through June 1, 2013 at Hauser and Wirth’s new space in Chelsea (located at 511 West 18th Street).
As a bonus, this is what you get to look at as you enter Hauser and Wirth in Chelsea.
The entrance to Hauser and Wirth
Photos by G. Art by Tom Molloy.
“Issue” by Tom Molloy
New York! If you get the chance before May 18, 2013, you should definitely head over to Flagg Art Foundation in Chelsea because they are currently showing two great exhibitions. The first (on the 10th floor) is by Hilary Harkness and one floor below is “Issue” by Tom Molloy. Both exhibits require extra viewing time as there is so much detail in both. For me, the highlight of “Issue” is a panel featuring tiny replicas of various people protesting.
Partial View of “Issue” by Tom Molloy
As you look through the multitudes of miniature protestors, you will find yourself forming your own view on many of the things that these people take issue with. Some of the issues include anti-Marijuana, “Lady Gaga Leads Hell,” “Stop the killing in Kashmir,” “Who’s Afraid of Twitter,” “Stop the Religious Bullshit,” “My pension is my pay” and so on.
“Issue” by Tom Molloy
“Issue” by Tom Molloy is on display at Flagg Art (located at 545 9th and 10th Floors) in New York through May 18, 2013.
Photos by G. Art by Hilary Harkness.
When you first gaze upon Hilary Harkness’ paintings which are now showing at Flagg Art in New York, you’ll find there is a lot going on in them. Many compartments, many people, many scenarios. As you take a closer look, you’ll find all sorts of subversive activities going on in her works.
You definitely need to see these paintings in person to fully appreciate the detail and the numerous actions that are happening simultaneously in her paintings. These people are having a party and you are invited… to be a voyeur!
This exhibit reminded me of “Inside Out” by In Sook Kim which has a similar premise, except his art is photo based.
These paintings by Hilary Harkness are on display at Flagg Art (located at 545 9th and 10th Floors) in New York through May 18, 2013.