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Beth B: VoyeurFebruary 15, 2017 08:45 am

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 6–8 PM. Saturday, February 18– Thursday, March 16, 2017 Howl! Happening is pleased to present Beth B’s Voyeur, an installation of video, photography and sculpture that explores the varied perceptions of the female and male gaze. The exhibition enlists the viewer’s implicit participation with transgressive imagery and invites each person…

Featured Instagram Photos from Jonny Detiger’s Amplified Space ExhibitionFebruary 08, 2017 08:14 am

“I am an artist and designer who through my work have always explored the understanding and communication of the human condition of happiness,” says Jonny Detiger. “Using color, sound, smell and shape, I design living interactive art environments with the aim of heightening this positive state of mind.” Staff at Howl! could barely keep up…

Scooter LaForge Paints Flowers for DiorFebruary 03, 2017 04:39 pm

Howl! Happening’s sensation Scooter LaForge kicked off Dior’s U.S. launch of their latest scent “Poison Girl” at Up and Down last Tuesday night  (Jan. 31) with spectacular florescent flowers.  Covering the main room wall with large and lush flowers flowing through to the  floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the loo, Scooter gave the minimalist bathroom a wake-up call. All…

#HowlWrites Series: Featuring Mike DeCapiteJanuary 25, 2017 10:00 am

Every month Howl! Writes invites a writer, poet, or essayist to contribute a short piece of their own work. We asked Mike DeCapite co-founder of Howl! Happening’s seasonal reading series, the Sparkle Street Social & Athletic Club, to be our inaugural writer. “Meeting Lincoln,” an excerpt from New Year’s Barber Shop   I sat with Lincoln while…

A Message from HOWL! Emergency Life Project (Howl! H.E.L.P)January 18, 2017 09:40 am

The future has never been less certain. At this “scary place” for those we have assisted with their ACA and Medicaid health insurance, know that The Actors Fund will be there in the difficult days and years ahead to provide information and answer questions. The next workshop at Howl Happening is coming up on 1/23… All…

(Really) High Fidelity by Carlo McCormickJanuary 12, 2017 08:56 am

(Really) High Fidelity by Carlo McCormick This essay and more can be found in the catalogue for ‘Amplified Space’, available at Howl! Happening, An Arturo Vega Project. Join Howl! for the opening of ‘Amplified Space’ on 1/12/17 at 6pm (6 East 1st Street, NYC).  Like curios scavenged from some impossibly chic future—or maybe more the treasured…

Sound System by Richard FlemingJanuary 04, 2017 09:00 am

Sound System by Richard Fleming This essay and more can be found in the catalogue for ‘Amplified Space’, available at Howl! Happening, An Arturo Vega Project. Join Howl! for the opening of ‘Amplified Space’ on 1/12/17 at 6pm (6 East 1st Street, NYC).  Jonny Detiger creates environments and objects that engage at least four out…

And I Will Always Love You (In Reach) by Larry KroneNovember 29, 2016 09:05 am

For those of you who have been to Howl! Happening, An Arturo Vega Project, you may have noticed a special work of art in an unlikely place: the bathroom. Here is the story behind And I Will Always Love You (In Reach). We are thrilled to be sharing the story behind the work with you,…

99 Nights by Carlo McCormickNovember 16, 2016 09:26 am

  The following is an excerpt from Carlo McCormick’s catalogue essay for Toyo Tsuchiya’s Invisible Underground exhibition at Howl! Happening.  It is easy to obsess on the infamous and important artists who populate the photographs of Toyo Tsuchiya, to be impressed as we can be when encountering the likes of Tehching Hsieh, Kembra Pfahler, Stelarc, Jackie…

Lydia Lunch & Umar Bin Hassan at Joe’s Pub in NYC (11/2 & 11/3)October 30, 2016 08:08 am

  Some Serious Business presents Lydia Lunch and Umar Bin Hassan in NO WAVE OUT, with Don Babatunde, Tim Dahl, Shaun Kelly and Weasel Walter. There are two nights to catch the performance, November 2 and November 3 at Joe’s Pub. Both nights start at 9:30pm, doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $20 and available…

Empire: An Arturo Vega RetrospectiveOctober 28, 2016 01:04 pm

Empire: An Arturo Vega Retrospective will open at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW on November 4. The opening reception is from 6-8pm. On November 5 at 1pm, there will be a panel discussion with special guests Carlo McCormick, Legs McNeil, Anthony Haden-Guest and Adam Lehrer. Join us in Florida, or online! Stay tuned in to the blog and…

Locker Room TalkOctober 26, 2016 12:44 pm

Locker Room Talk is a reading Mike DeCapite did from his novel Jacket Weather for the Enclave series at Cake Shop, on October 22, 2016. The video clip of the reading is available on vimeo, courtesy of Liza Béar: https://vimeo.com/188611984 “So . . . I was thinking we heard a lot lately—in the last few weeks—about locker…

Health Insurance: Know Your Options! Brought to you by The Actors Fund & Howl!October 19, 2016 08:52 am

At Howl!, we want our community of artists, playwrights and actors to have a safety net of professionals to help with housing and insurance needs. Howl! Happening wants to make sure that you (our beautiful and talented downtown folks) always have access to professionals. There is no one better to listen to your concerns about…

Mike DeCapite on Dylan: April Fool’s DayOctober 14, 2016 08:02 pm

When I was fifteen I walked into one of the mall record stores, where a harmonica was playing, and looked up as though I was in church. You know how you look up, by reflex? Just like that. The record, as it turned out, was Blood on the Tracks, and the song was “Tangled Up…

JUST ONE CALORIE: TABBOO! by Hattie HathawayOctober 14, 2016 09:37 am

  JUST ONE CALORIE: TABBOO! By Hattie Hathaway “The only Art is Painting,” pronounces Stephen Tashjian, also known by his drag persona TABBOO! (T-A-Double B- Double O, OOH!) When one sees his two dimensional work, one really understands why he might make such a declamation. Delivered in broad expressionist strokes, most frequently a riot of…

Tim Lawrence’s Life and Death on the New York Dance FloorOctober 06, 2016 10:20 am

Howl! Happening is hosting the Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor Photography Show this Saturday, October 8th at 7pm. Capturing many protagonists and venues—from the Mudd Club to Club 57 to Danceteria to the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge—these photographs provide a compelling portrait of New York in the midst of its participatory peak. Join…

David Caudle: Visiting HoursSeptember 22, 2016 09:08 am

One side of the debate Monday night has stated its clear purpose of robbing individuals of their human rights, including reversal of the gay marriage ruling and the disqualification of gay-parented children from receiving health care benefits.  VISITING HOURS is about the nature of love and how love is tested within a family. The play happens to…

Writers Block 2016September 20, 2016 08:39 pm

Writers Block 2016 is here! We welcome some of the most important playwrights and performers in avant-garde theater to the gallery. The writers will present staged readings of new works in progress. We are thrilled to showcase the vision of contemporary writers, performers and artists, many of whom got their start in the nightclubs, seminal performance spaces, and…

Never Records: Culture Not ConflictSeptember 13, 2016 10:06 pm

As some of you may know, Howl! Happening, an Arturo Vega Project was closed through the month of August. During this time our Gallery Director Ted Riederer traveled to Amman with his Never Records: Culture Not Conflict project. We are excited to share The Citadel At Sunset as we welcome Ted back to New York City!…

“Ask Dr. Mueller” / East Village EyeSeptember 07, 2016 08:44 am

Cookie Mueller—the late actress, writer, musician and model who died of AIDS in 1989— was both a fixture of the downtown avant-garde and one of its most perceptive critics.                                                      …

Julie Turley / Beat & BeyondAugust 31, 2016 08:21 am

Beat & Beyond and Bowery Arts + Science teamed up to present a six-day celebration honoring the poets, musicians, bookstores, and significant individuals whose voices and energy created the Beat movement. The Beats transformed America by instigating change in those around them. Julie Turley, a frequent attendee at Howl! events, posted a beautiful note on…

Kathleen Fox / Exhibition PhotographsAugust 24, 2016 08:54 am

The best part about my role as social networks manager at Howl! Happening is seeing the exhibitions through the eyes of our visitors. Our mission at Howl! is community based. We are a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the past and celebrating the contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. The content we…

The Poetry JukeboxJuly 13, 2016 08:30 am

The Poetry Jukebox, by Jorge Clar  I remember the day I realized I wanted to write poetry. I was waiting for my dad, lying on the hood of our family car, a Ford Torino 500, at the end of my junior year of high school. Looking through the branches of a lemon tree at the sky above,…

To Be Young and “Hep” in New York CityMay 31, 2016 05:40 pm

Interview with Jane Friedman, Founder of Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project What was it like growing up as kid in New York City in the Beat era? It was through the Beats that I knew that I wanted to be poet, to be a part of this generation that protested, shouted, and rebelled against the…

Full Moon Show: Dixon Place Presents Tom Murrin Performance AwardMay 19, 2016 10:30 am

A Tom Murrin/Alien Comic Invention Sunday, May 22, 2016 / 4 PM / Free Performances by Agosto Machado, Nora Burns, Pedro J. Rosado Jr., Miss Joan Marie Moossy, Jacqueline Zahora, Patricia Sullivan, Monstah Black, Black-Eyed Susan, Joe E. Jeffries, Nicky Paraiso, Yackez, and introducing Jasper Shorty Howl! Happening’s monthly Full Moon Performance Series hosts Dixon…

Sparkle Street Social & Athletic ClubMay 10, 2016 09:19 am

In what is seen, there should be just the seen; In what is heard, there should be just the heard; In what is sensed, there should be just the sensed; In what is thought, there should be just the thought. —Buddhist saying DeCapite, Barron, and Blagg are all connoisseurs of the street. This evening is…

JACKIE, ETHYL…ETHYL, JACKIE by Dan Cameron for When Jackie Met EthylMay 03, 2016 10:14 am

JACKIE, ETHYL…ETHYL, JACKIE Someday I’d like to host an intimate tea party where the only guests would be Jackie Curtis and Ethyl Eichelberger. Partly because I’m in awe of them, and partly because they’re both long dead, I’m sure I’d be far too nervous to whip up anything foodwise, so it’d have to be a…

Jeffrey Wengrofsky: Dreaming is FreeApril 29, 2016 09:29 am

  Join Howl! tonight (4/29) as we welcome Jeffrey Wengrofsky for the last of his three-part residency “Dreaming is Free,” an evening of psychedelic delights. The night begins with a screening of Wengrofsky’s short film “Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams,” a meditation on how the cinematic experience is akin to dreaming featuring Marti Domination (Cremaster I,…

When Jackie Met Ethyl, Curated by Dan CameronApril 26, 2016 10:00 am

  This exhibition considers the cultural and historical impact of Jackie Curtis (1947-1985) and Ethyl Eichelberger (1945-1990) two of the most influential figures from the East Village’s heyday as a cauldron of transgressive gender-twisting performance. Although both came from the same generation and shared an overlapping support base, an instinctive feminist outlook, and a deep…

Full Moon Show! Carmelita Tropicana Performance & Screening of Uzi Parnes short film, World PeaceApril 21, 2016 09:09 am

Spend your lunch break with the lunatic fringe! Outside, on the sidewalk, in front of Howl! Happening on Friday April 22nd at 2pm, experience the nutty wonderment that was the essence of Tom Murrin, our beloved Alien Comic. The Inimitable Camelita Tropicana performs. Tropicana (a.k.a. Alina Troyano) is a performance artist, playwright, and actor. Troyano…

The Revolution Will Have its SkyApril 14, 2016 07:15 am

Veils of mirrors in tatters, all the shattered bits inside a tiny diamond. The revolution will have its sky. Stripes and gold fringes demand a whore queen trick. If you fasten a collection of decorations to a uniform you can give last orders to last men. The eternal song can prolong the funeral trick but…

Excerpt from Ruined for Life!: A novel by Mike DeCapiteApril 12, 2016 08:59 am

Flo was always throwing me out. The last time she told me to get out and stay out of our apartment on Grand Street, in Brooklyn, I had keys to Richard’s place in the city. She acted like she’d been tricked. She accused me of contriving to be thrown out. I took a brown bag…

The Song of HiawathaApril 06, 2016 09:33 pm

Howl! is pleased to present a 20-minute preview sample of Wengrofsky’s The Song of Hiawatha, a feature-length documentary film about the American counterculture as lived by Hiawatha Bailey, a Native-American and African-American political activist and musician, who was a pioneering black hippie and among the first black punk rockers. A story told at the intersection…

James Romberger / Marguerite Van Cook / Clockwork Cros.April 05, 2016 08:45 am

This show presents both individual and collaborative works from a family of New York based artists. It offers a complex interaction in which elements from the artists’ private lives flow between their works. The discourse is domestic in that it resides within their common home and also informs issues from the greater social and national/international…

The Correct Sadist: Terence Sellers (1952-2016)April 04, 2016 01:50 pm

We at Howl! mourn the loss of our dear friend Terence Sellers earlier this year in New Mexico. Terence was my neighbor on Plaza Blanca and a friend to many in New York including Howl! Arts Board members Chi Chi Valenti and Brian Butterick. A writer and a woman of contrasts, she attended St. John’s, the classics…

MILESTONES AND HAPPY ACCIDENTSMarch 28, 2016 11:47 am

“What is a Happening? A game, an adventure, a number of activities engaged in by participants for the sake of playing.” —Artist Alan Kaprow, father of the Happening Kaprow coined the term “happening” nearly 60 years ago at a picnic at artist George Segal’s farm to describe the participatory interaction of the art pieces going…

Art/Fashion by Scooter LaForgeMarch 24, 2016 07:28 am

(From left to right: Patricia Field and Gazelle Paulo, Iris Barbee Bonner for These Pink Lips, Jorge Clar for Scooter LaForge) Howl! Happening, an Arturo Vega Project is a great place for me to see my visions come to fruition. I’m grateful for this space where I can express myself without reservation. I’ve been working…

Secrets of the Heart Film FestivalMarch 17, 2016 09:17 am

Howl! Happening is very excited to present Secrets of the Heart Film Festival, THIS Saturday, March 19th. Doors are at 7pm, and the event is free to attend. Filmmakers from around the globe will be featured right here at 6 East 1st Street by Jeffrey Wengrofsky. Read about Jeffrey and the festival below- and join…

Excerpt from Legs McNeil’s “TO HELL WITH YOUS!”, The Making of an ArtistMarch 03, 2016 09:11 am

Written By Legs McNeil for Arturo Vega: Insults. Please find the full piece in the Arturo Vega: Insults catalogue. Available at the opening on March 5th, 2016. ARTURO VEGA: “TO HELL WITH YOUS!”  The Making of an Artist (Copyright 2016 by Legs McNeil) Arturo Vega was the must optimistic, jubilant and fun pal anyone could wish…

Anohni’s Statement on the Academy AwardsFebruary 28, 2016 08:14 pm

Our dear friend, longtime EV/LES musician and legendary BlackLips Performance Cult co-founder Anohni (FKA Antony) and HOWL! ARTS supporter, who has received an Oscar nomination for her song “Manta Ray” from the climate crisis documentary “Racing Extinction”, released this statement on Thursday explaining why she will not be attending the awards ceremony. Anohni’s statement comes on the…

An Excerpt from Sandra Schulman’s “Hell, Love and Other Insults”February 25, 2016 09:43 am

Written By Sandra Schulman for Arturo Vega: Insults. Please find the full piece in the Arturo Vega: Insult Paintings catalogue. Available at the opening on March 5th, 2016. YOU BIG APE. YOU IDIOT BASTARD. No one could insult you quite like Arturo Vega. And because he was brutally honest, fiercely intelligent, and spoke several languages,…

The Howl! GenerationFebruary 18, 2016 09:00 am

Claire was a dear friend and the publicist for all things Howl! She invented The Howler blog in 2010. In honor of the newly relaunched HOWLER, we commemorate her wit, intelligence, and fearless pursuit of hot button issues. This was her first Howler post: Howl! is everywhere these days.  Of course, there is the Howl! Festival, the main…

Modern NarcissismFebruary 12, 2016 09:21 am

  They’re watching you. We’re watching you! In the post apocalyptic world of globalization and digital communications, surveillance and celebrity meet. There are close to 5,000 surveillance cameras below 14th Street. They wink at you from every corner and apartment building. Everywhere you go, they track your moves. And when they’re not tracking you, you’re tracking you through Instagram, FB,…

The History of New York City in THE HISTORY OF LIGHT by Michael SmallSeptember 11, 2015 09:00 am

Imagine yourself at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Under a cold drizzle, you listen to dull speeches from old white guys. You can barely hear a word – because of horns and bells blaring from boats that fill the bay. And every few minutes, you catch a glimpse of one boat carrying only…

Conspiracy of Women, Performance by Lydia Lunch on June 5thMay 23, 2015 12:20 pm

Lydia Lunch, Why, Why Was I Born An American Excerpt from “Conspiracy of Women” (C.O.W.), 1990 Performance June 5th at Howl! Happening, 7pm Limited edition vinyl re-issue on Other People Records…On sale at Howl! Happening or visit other-people.net. ” Why, why, why, why was I born an American? And not what would better suit me if…

Lydia Lunch: So Real It HurtsMay 02, 2015 06:06 pm

Lydia Lunch, Collateral Damage Howl! happening, in association with Some Serious Business, is thrilled to announce Lydia Lunch: So Real It Hurts. Opening on May 8th from 6-8pm, this exhibition will include programming and performances. Check the blog often for catalogue and exhibition highlights. “I distinctly remember walking along 13th Street in the East Village…

Packed Under Federal InspectionApril 30, 2015 04:21 pm

Video Credit: Darian Brenner Arturo Vega T-Shirt Screening at Howl! Happening…On Saturday April 25th, Ted Riederer led gallery visitors in screen printing t-shirts with a design made by Arturo. The image printed on the t-shirts was an image in Arturo’s Department of Commerce, Packed Under Federal Inspection  works.  The Department of Commerce design predates The Ramones…

Vangeline Theatre at Howl! HappeningApril 27, 2015 03:15 am

Howl! Happening is excited to welcome Vangeline Theater and the New York premiere of Très Mort-Tremor. Live butoh performance with Vangeline Theater will run from April 29th through May 2nd at 7pm. April 29th is opening night- the event is free and open to the public. Très Mort-Tremor is a project conceived by Butoh Artist…

Life isn’t tragic, love is just being ignoredApril 11, 2015 11:02 pm

Arturo Vega decorated an 8 x 10 foot billboard on the side of Oliver Harkness’s shop, Quality Mending, at the busy corner of Prince and Elizabeth Street, with hundreds of brightly colored stickers, an image of Jesus Christ, strips of vivid yellow and green paper, and the stenciled letters, “Life isn’t Tragic. Love is just being ignored.” He borrowed these words from Mariachi El Bronx, a band he befriended on the Warped Tour. This phrase was more than a slogan to Arturo. It was the one of the organizing principles of his life. He numbered among his beloved friends, not only those of us who saw him often, but hundreds of talented people from all over the world.

Steve Cannon named Poet Laureate of the Lower East SideMarch 13, 2014 07:00 pm

Beloved Wordsmith and Living Treasure Honored… HOWL! Festival 2014 Names Steve Cannon Poet Laureate Of the Lower East Side! HOWL! Arts Inc. is pleased to announce that Steve Cannon—Writer, Poet, Playwright, Teacher, and Sage has been named 2014’s Poet Laureate of the Lower East Side (PLOTLES). Cannon will be featured at the signature Allen Ginsberg…

Happening Now
  • January 03, 2017 11:02 am
    BETH B Voyeur
     
  • January 24, 2017 01:13 pm
    Warhol & Dalí
    Panel Discussion
    with Torsten Otte
     
  • January 30, 2017 03:35 pm
    Launch of 2017 Poetry Jukebox