Tuesday, April 3, 2007

News: What's the Haps? [April 3-April 16]

By Liz Garber-Paul

Finally, spring. There are only a few weeks left until Midwestern tourists begin to take over New York for the summer. Before the streets are too packed to navigate, get out of your apartment and get some culture.

Wondering what a graduate program would actually do to your writing? On Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. Elton Carter, Rob Ostrom and Sarah Smarsh will be reading at KGB Bar as part of the Columbia University Writing Division Faculty Selects series. Held on the first Thursday of every month, the series showcases exceptional students who have finished their coursework at the Writing Division, but have not yet found a publisher for their first book. Use this as an excuse to get to know one of New York's premiere literary spots, the cozy KGB which holds readings nearly every night.

New media is taking over the New School, if not the whole world. On Saturday, April 7 from 9am until 6 p.m., PodCamp NYC is holding a one-day "unconference" in Tischman Auditorium, presented by The New School Department of Media and Film Studies. The event will focus on networking and sharing information concerning different types of new media--namely, video and audio podcasts, and blogging. If you want to get a head start on networking, go to the Podcamp NYC's Perfect Pitch Party at Slate in Chelsea on Friday April 6 from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. Both events are free, but registration through podcampnyc.com is recommended.

Don't think Factory Girl gave you the whole story? On Sunday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria will be screening Ciao! Manhattan as the finale to their "The Real Edie Sedgwick" series. Ciao!, directed by John Palmer and David Weisman, is a semi-autobiographical film about socialite and Warhol superstar Sedgwick. It combines footage from Warhol's Factories along with scenes of the fictional Susan Superstar portrayed by Sedgwick. The 1972 feature will be preceded by an 8-minute clip from Lulu 1967, footage of Sedgwick directed by Richard Leacock.

It's a well known fact that the best way to get drunk for free in New York is to attend second-rate art openings. But how cool would it be if you actually wanted to see the art? From 7-10 p.m on Thursday, April 12, be at Williamsburg's Riviera Gallery for the opening of True Believers, an exhibition that is featuring original work from some leading young designers. The artists all come from different backgrounds, but the general inspiration seems to come from the early skateboarding, hardcore and hip-hop cultures. The exhibit features work by Jason Gnewikow, Mark Owens, Garrett Morin, Wes Duvall, Ryan Waller, Wyeth Hansen, Jeremy Dean, Kimou Meyer, Max Vogel, Noah Butkus and Nathan Nedorostsk.

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