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Outsider Art Fair Combines Barack Obama, Children's Drawings, & Dead Artists


The Outsider Art Fair (January 19 - 22, 2017) at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th St, New York, NY ) celebrates art that is (according to Jean Dubuffet) “works produced by persons unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part (contrary to the activities of intellectuals). These artists derive everything...from their own depths, and not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art.”

Along with the usual exhibitions, galleries, and auctions, nne of the highlights of the festival is “The Barack Obama Readings”, in which festival guests and attendees, and members of the public recite quotations from President Barack Obama across several sessions, celebrating Obama’s legacy at this turning point in our nation’s history.

The Draw Me Your City section of the show invites parents to bring their children’s drawings so they can be embroidered on clothes and tote bags, with the proceeds going to Zellidja Foundation and helping young adults see the world.

The panel discussion From Obscurity to Prominence: The Discovery and Stewardship of Outsider Art, dissects the quandary of how to handle an artist's’ legacy when they have passed away and are only now gaining notoriety.

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Outsider Art Fair
January 19 - 22, 2017

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

APAP NYC Brings the World of Performing Arts Together


The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City on January 6 - 10, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 6th Ave, New York, NY) and the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel (811 7th Ave, New York, NY).

APAP provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice. With a plethora of contests, workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions, APAP engages both industry pros and people looking to get their foot into the world of performing arts.

Panels include “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,” a discussion exploring the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. For a bit of audience participation and competition, there’s the APAP “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner. The Cultural Exchange Laboratory  provides the opportunity for sharing and supporting innovative work created by artists from abroad, as well as U.S.-based artists with roots in other countries and cultures.

APAP is an excelent opportunity to learn more about growing and changing world of performin arts.

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January 6 - 10, 2017

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Ave, New York, NY

Ralph Steadman Retrospective at Society of Illustrators Looks Back at 50 Years of Weird


Strange and nightmarish, and yet frighteningly grounded in reality, the art of Ralph Steadman has tapped into the socio-political id of the world for the past 50 years. Now the work of this legendary illustrator is on display at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY).

A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman spans three floors of the building and includes his work for children (his award winning illustrations for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass), his satirical work for Punch, and his lengthy body of work with gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson. Steadman’s working relationship with Thompson included Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, with art on loan from Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone.

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A Retrospective: Ralph Steadman
September 6 - October 22, 2016

The Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

"Going Clear" director Alex Gibney Curates Documentary Series for SundanceNow


Welcome to our strange new future of streaming services pitted against streaming services. SundanceNow, the streaming arm of the Sundance TV and Film Festival, is now offering a “ advertising-free boutique SVOD service” called SundanceNow Doc Club featuring documentaries curated by the likes of Ira Glass, Susan Sarandon and Anthony Bourdain. Now on feature are documentaries curated by Going Clear and Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney. Documentaries include the Talking Head’s concert film Stop Making Sense, the Cold War stock footage parade that is The Atomic Cafe, and examination of heiress turned heist-perp in Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst.


  • The Atomic Cafe (1982)
    A dark comedy in the truest sense, Atomic Cafe examines the strange period of the early Cold War through newsreel, filmstrip, and educational footage on how to survive the coming nuclear holocaust in the American way.


  • Deep Water (2006)
    Bodies and minds are tested to their absolute limits in this documentary on the first solo non-stop around the world boat race.


  • Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon (2013)
    Fela Kuti is one of the fathers of Afrobeat music and this documentary shot during his performances in 1982 looks at Kuti’s views on religion, politics, and the power of music.


  • Five Broken Cameras (2012)
    A Palestinian farmer’s first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Gibney calls it “an inspiration for impecunious filmmakers looking to make an impact.“


  • Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)
    Robert Stone's unprecedented account of the Symbionese Liberation Army and the mass media frenzy they sparked by their kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.


  • Hell & Back Again (2011)
    From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris.


  • Last Train Home (2010)
    Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration-an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

  • Pina (2011)
    Wim Wender’s foray into dance and 3D, “...Pina is a transporting aesthetic experience, in which Wim Wenders manages to use 3D to create the sense of space needed to understand dance.”


  • Sherman’s March (1985)
    A bizzare historical documentary turned into an examination of a crumbling relationship. Gibney says “I bring this film up over and over again as a tribute to first-person cinema. Ross McElwee was supposed to make a straightforward historical documentary about Sherman's March to the sea. Instead, on the eve of commencement of principal photography, McElwee breaks up with his girlfriend. In the opening shots of the film, we see him sweeping up in an empty NY loft and wondering what to do. The answer, it turns out, is to make a movie about finding a new girlfriend.”


  • The Sorrow and the Pity (1972)
    A thorough (four hour!) expose of the Vichy government’s relationship with the Nazi occupation of France during WWII, The Sorrow helped influence Gibney to pursue documentary filmmaking.


  • Stop Making Sense (1984)
  • Somewhat manic, somewhat personal, this Talking Heads concert film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Gibney said “...I have personal connections to this film because I was in the audience at the Pantages Theater when this was shot. I can also remember getting really drunk with friends and dancing to this at my sister-in-law's apartment in Tokyo. But that's another story."


  • The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line  is the fascinating, controversial true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was sentenced to death


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