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After Hours Cabin Fever

Tonight is another episode of After Hours, Times Square Arts bringing avant garde arts to the most touristy area in New York (no, not World Trade Center).

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AFTER HOURS PROGRAM ON JUNE 12 PRESENTS CABIN FEVER: AN ALPINE FANTASY AT THE ASPEN SOCIAL CLUB IN TIMES SQUARE

AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH KIMISIN KREFT AND RYDER & HAZEL AND A SOUND INSTALLATION BY THE DRUMS

Times Square Arts and the Clocktower Gallery present the third event in the After Hoursseries, entitled Cabin Fever: An Alpine Fantasy, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. at the Aspen Social Club (157 West 47th Street), featuring performances by Kimisin Kreft and Ryder & Hazel and a sound installation by The DrumsAfter Hours, a collaboration between Times Square Arts and the Clocktower Gallery, brings experiential, multimedia programming to select venues around Times Square. The performance will be livestreamed onARTonAIR.org, the Clocktower Gallery’s online radio station, audio archive, and website. The event is by invitation, sign up at www.timessquarenyc.org/AfterHours.

 

“Just steps from the bright lights and frenetic activity of Duffy Square, Cabin Fever offers a playground for the imagination, complemented by the alpine forest and icy waterfall of Aspen Social Club. Within this fantasy, Kimisin’s voice mesmerizes us, an ethereal hybrid deer-human enchants us, and The Drums conjure a woodsy soundscape with their sound installation created especially for the space,” said Sherry Dobbin, Director of Public Art for the Times Square Alliance.

 

The Aspen Social Club, set just off the busy, main streets of Times Square, instantly transports the passerby to a cozy, winter-time Aspen cabin. The main area is decorated with tree trunks growing through the walls, leather seating, incandescent lighting, and a central dome spectacularly adorned with glistening white deer antlers. Through a doorway, a complementary icy space with blue light, icicles hung from the ceiling, and a shimmering waterfall evokes snowy Aspen slopes.

 

Kimisin Kreft will play a special music set incorporating an insect motif in the cabin-like space. Performed selections will be from Kreft’s upcoming debut album, ‘Arcadia’, combining clarinet with electronic cicadas, church bells with synthesizer, and 1950’s parlor cha-cha with Kreft’s enraptured, pearlescent voice. Ryder Cooley, an inter-disciplinary artist, musician, and performer, works with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy sheep head, and the two will create a bittersweet performance of ballads mixing the haunting sound of the singing saw, accordion, and ukulele. The evening will culminate with this uncanny world of Ryder & Hazel merging with Kimisin Kreft in a unique sound experience.

 

Brooklyn-based indie pop band The Drums has created 1950’s and 60’s inspired ambient sounds—howling winds, crackling fire—for the space.

 

After Hours is a collaboration between Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, and the Clocktower Gallery, the legendary alternative art space. The program is curated by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Director, and Joe Ahearn, Clocktower Curator of Performance and Installation, in collaboration with the Clocktower curatorial team, Beatrice Johnson, Jim Toth, and Tim Goossens.

 

Entry to After Hours is by invitation only. Hyperallergic, the media partner for the program, is distributing a limited amount of tickets. Sign up to receive invitations to upcoming After Hourshere: www.timessquarenyc.org/AfterHours. Attendees to each After Hours event receive a limited edition lenticular postcard artwork.

 

Each After Hours program is included in an artist film, which is released on the Clocktower Gallery’s website, ARTonAIR.org. Listen to a radio interview done at April’s After Hours program, which featured a video and sound work by Marco Brambilla and music by Cammisa Buerhaus. The live radio stream and broadcast are organized by the Clocktower radio and production team, David Weinstein and Jeannie Hopper.

 

All events end in time for guests to attend the Midnight Moment, the nightly digital art gallery on the electronic billboards of Times Square from 11.57 to midnight. Midnight Moment is a monthly presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.

 

About After Hours

After Hours is a series of ephemeral installations and performances hidden amongst the Times Square district’s diverse venues, and recorded for radio and video dissemination. The Spring 2013 series features four monthly programs that will take place in unique locations. Taking advantage of the twilight moment before midnight, and a surreal array of different settings nestled throughout the Times Square area, the Times Square Alliance, in partnership with the Clocktower Gallery & ARTonAIR.org, offers tantalizing glimpses of these spaces as creative catalysts.  Pairing musicians and artists with each of these unique contexts, the artists create work specifically designed to draw on the neighborhood’s history as a social and artistic melting pot. The fleeting nature of these late night experiences highlights the power found in taking the synchronicity and spontaneity of an afterhours encounter beneath the bright lights, and using it to inspire and indicate future audio, video, and performance work.

 

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