Photo by G. Art by Banksy.
Banksy October 24 2013
On day 24 of Banksy’s month long October ‘residency’ on the streets of New York, in front of the Hustler Club on 51st street a new work called “Waiting In Vain” appeared. While I enjoyed seeing this work, when I happened by it, there were about 50 people standing on the street taking photos and posing with the wall. Thanks for ruining the world Instagram and Facebook! The club had a beefy security guard next to the ‘priceless’ work of art and apparently minutes after I took this photo, they sliced the wall and moved this work of art inside the club. That’s one way to drive customers into the club when people get tired of looking at strippers. Imagine all the photo ops that are going to flood the internet. I wish all these people that were gathered around knew Banksy’s work when it was really great and not just a hype machine event that can be retweeted and forgotten in 30 seconds. Maybe they should check the archives of this site?
Photos by G.
As a person who experiences seeing hundreds of live shows a year, I can honestly say that one of the best performers I’ve ever seen is Joey Arias. Joey Arias wrapped up a 3 week residency at Joe’s Pub in New York on February 10, 2013 and not even the after effects of a blizzard could keep the sold out crowd away. It’s hard to describe Joey Arias other than to say he is otherworldly. For those that have never had the pleasure to see Joey Arias live (and you need to remedy that immediately!), here’s a brief description: he performs in drag – and last night wore a fabulous pair of Christian Louboutin high heels, channels Billie Holiday with his amazing voice, keeps the audience laughing their asses off with in between song banter and always keeps it fresh by performing new material.
Phoebe Legere and Joey Arias
Joey brought out special guest (and fellow New York legend) Phoebe Legere for a show-stopping cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” which was the perfect cap to the nearly 2 hour show. Joey’s set also included covers of Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talking,” Billie Holiday’s “You’ve Changed,” Cream’s “White Room,” and some original songs such as “Sex Is Beautiful.” He flirted mercilessly with the crowd and I left the show with my face hurting from smiling for the duration of the show.
If you live on the West Coast, you have a few chances to see Joey Arias this week and next week, and I cannot emphasize enough that you should not miss seeing Joey Arias under any circumstances!
Joey Arias plays the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on February 14, 2013 and does a mini-tour ending in Salt Lake City on February 28, 2013. GO!!!
Photos by G. Art by Joseph Arthur.
On June 20, 2011, singer/songwriter/artist Joseph Arthur played the 9th night of his 10 night residency at New York’s The Living Room. If you’ve never been to The Living Room, it’s one of the most intimate venues you’ll experience in New York, so any time anyone you remotely like plays there, you must go. Last week, I saw Joseph Arthur’s art exhibit at the Gershwin Hotel called MOMAR (Museum of Modern Arthur) and I enjoyed it so much. His art is Picassquiat (Picasso meets Basquiat) and it’s amazing in person. (PS. MOMAR runs until the end of the month – so don’t miss it!). In one of those “these bizarre things happen to me all the time” moments, the day after seeing the exhibit, I was walking past The Living Room on an adventure and Joseph Arthur happened to be leaving the venue, so I had the chance to talk to him (see a photo after the jump). He was extremely cool and I told him how excited I was to be seeing him live in just a few short days.
Art by Joseph Arthur
As you enter The Living Room, you are treated to another exhibition of Joseph Arthur’s work. Each night of his residency, he takes the stage and makes an abstract painting. As the show progresses, he adds to it giving everyone the full artistic experience. The residency is to celebrate the release of his latest album “The Graduation Ceremony.” If you don’t know his music, the lyrics are extremely intelligent and poetic and his music is folk/rock. As he performed solo, he was rigging all the guitar effects as he played and as if it wasn’t enough that he can sing, play instruments, write songs and create great art, he’s also a guitar tech! At times, he read poems at the end of songs and he also added on to his painting. It was a 2 hour treat for the eyes and ears.
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