Saturday, November 7, 2009

Come kiss 2009 goodbye with Goodbye Better!

Goodbye Better Holiday Extravaganza
Sunday, December 27th, 2009 @ Zebulon, 9pm

258 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, NY, 11211

Mellow Crypt
Ideas Are Birds
Slash & Izzy

This show is FREE.

We would love to see you...


Just happened...

Mellow Crypt
Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Art Studios, Brooklyn
238 Melrose St. between central and Wilson.
Second floor. Open Studios from 2pm on --
(Mellow Crypt goes on around 9pm)
w/Scandinavian Halfbreeds

Also featuring the awesome open studio of KB Jones (Mellow Crypt's magical saw player & vocalist, painter of Goodbye Better's 'Weird Terrain' compilation giraffe cover, and artist behind the latest Cock-Now Zine cover), as well as many other fabulous artists open studios.

This show is FREE!

Directions: L train to Morgan or Jefferson stop or J-M-Z to (KB thinks) to Central. (See for specifics from your start-point.)

ps: Mellow Crypt is The Goodbye Better Ensemble. The person putting together the show, given two options for a name, chose Mellow Crypt. Mellow Crypt said 'sure! why not'. That's that. See below for sounds...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Announcing the opening of:

Collective Clarity
(an interactive installation)
October 4 - 16, 2009

Conceived, designed and curated by:

Meredith Parker

Mahbobe Ghods
Isabel Hermann
Benjamin Tellie
Anna Lambert
Cathy DePasquale

The Reception will be on:
October 16th, 6-9 PM
and will feature musical guests:
Ideas Are Birds
(featuring members of Drifting in the Cinema, Gracefully, and the Goodbye Better Ensemble)

Macy Gallery
Teachers College
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, NYC
(Between Amsterdam & Broadway)

Contributing Artists include:

Doug Beacom
Peter Cutul
Loyette David
Tudy David
Carlos Delgado
Cathy DePasquale
Jane Edmond Ballanof
Mahbobe Ghods
Nils Hasche
Isabel Hermann
Pamela Koehler
Anna Lambert
Emilie Lemakis
Paul McHale
Michelle Meged
Marne Meisel
Jose Muchaypina
Meredith Parker
Pamela Parker
Suzanne Parker
Afshaan Rahman
Rachelle Reichert
Rebecca Rudolph
Benjamin Tellie
Yoichiro Yoda

Collective Clarity

This exhibition responds to the vital need for an art that embraces all of our experiences. While there is an urgency felt among contemporary artists and educators that it is important to embrace multiple perspectives, there exists a striking contrast between the widely held pluralistic ideal and the reality of the day-to-day practices of educational and cultural institutions. Multiculturalism often devolves into a smattering of representative samples cherry-picked from a cross-section of cultures or acknowledgments that end up marginalizing more than fostering understanding. Museums and schools can benefit more from lucid, honest, democratic, and open-ended conversations across cultures. Here at Columbia Teachers College, this variety of dialogue is abundant, and was the original source of inspiration for Collective Clarity.

Last winter, printmaking professor Mahbobe Ghods and five students in the Art and Art Education department at Teachers College: Meredith Parker, Isabel Hermann, Benjamin Tellie, Anna Lambert, and Cathy DePasquale, all currently pre-service student teachers, began a conversation about how an empty outdoor courtyard space next to the printmaking studio might be transformed into a kinetic art piece. The natural evolution of the conversation led to an idea for an installation that would flap freely within the T.C. courtyard space. It was decided that the work would encompass a multiplicity of voices engaged in an ever-shifting visual conversation. Clear plastic shower curtain liners were chosen as the medium because of their weatherproof, wind-conductive and transparent qualities. The intention was to have every artist who participated in the effort have a voice that became something new, different and even more exciting within the context of the collective composition. While the location eventually had to be shifted from the exterior courtyard into the Macy Gallery, the basic format and goals remained intact and the project was reworked to fit within the new spatial constraints. An added benefit of the indoor gallery space was that it would allow for the interactive experience of walking into the artwork for an interior view.

Ultimately, Collective Clarity has become an installation that is formed from individual artworks created on a non-traditional and, at times, very challenging medium by twenty-six different artists from a wide array of backgrounds. This piece unmistakably demonstrates that the collaborative process cannot help but naturally create its own exquisitely diverse community. It is only through transparent discourse and from a range of vantage points that we can begin to see an overall image of the world with any sense of clarity.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Aydin @ Kopec's - with Panda Riot
August 6th, 2009 9:00 PM
3523 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
Cost: $5

The Goodbye Better Ensemble @ Zebulon
August 17th, 2009
w/ Toi Toi Toi!, Kevin Fay, & C-Monkey
258 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, NY, 11211

September 9, 2009 7:00 PM
Welcome to Boog City poetry and musical festival @ Sidewalk Cafe

94 Ave. A (at E. 6th St.), New York City, New York 10009

Welcome to Boog City poetry and music festival, a fundraiser for our press and community newspaper. (The festival takes place Sept. 9 - 13th.) Gracefully will be performing @ the two events below during this amazing festival for the great Boog City.

From David: "WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 7:00 P.M. @ Sidewalk Café (94 Ave. A, at E. 6th St.), Boog City Classic Albums Live will kick off the festival with local musical acts performing, for its 10th anniversary, The Magnetic Fields’ classic 69 Love Songs. Among those partaking: Ben Krieger, Dream Bitches, Gracefully, The Trouble Dolls, Andrew Philip Tipton, Genan Zilkha, and more."

Then, Saturday Gracefully will be playing a full-set at the 6th annual small press fair.

Again from David: "SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 12:00 P.M. Unnameable Books (600 Vanderbilt Ave., bet. Prospect Pl./St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn) Poets and musical acts performing nonstop during our 6th annual small, small press fair, which will also have readings from poets representing the exhibiting presses. The day will also feature two poets in conversation with each other. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 12:00 P.M. Unnameable Books (600 Vanderbilt Ave., bet. Prospect Pl./St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn) We’ll close the festival with more poets and musical acts performing, sandwiched around a discussion. The poets who will give readings on Fri., Sat., or Sun. include: Ammiel Alcalay, Sandra Beasley, Mike County, Jim Dunn, Eric Gelsinger, Hailey Higdon, Paolo Javier, Paul Foster Johnson, Basil King, Martha King, Brendan Lorber, Dan Machlin, Justin Marks, Tracey McTague, Ryan Murphy, Elinor Nauen, Jean-Paul Pecqueur, Nick Piombino, Joanna Sondheim, Ryan Walker, Dana Ward, Lewis Warsh, Karen Weiser, Dan Wilcox, Angela Veronica Wong, and more. On Saturday, Anselm Berrigan and Buck Downs will be reading and in conversation with one another. On Sunday there will be a discussion on politics, poetics, and community curated and moderated by longtime Boog contributor Greg Fuchs. The musical acts who will perform solo sets on Fri., Sat., or Sun. include: Dorit, Gracefully, Serena Jost, Phoebe Kreutz, Alan Semerdjian, The Lo and the Lonesome, and more.

This should be an amazing festival folks. So many good artists...check it out!



Just happened...

July 15th, 2009
Boog City’s Classic Albums Live presents

Douglas Rothschild Book Party
& Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense Live

Wed., July 15, 7:00 p.m.
Free with a two-drink minimum

Sidewalk Café
94 Ave. A

*Doug reads from His Subpress Book Theogony
plus sets from his hand-picked readers:
—Jim Behrle
—John Coletti
—Arlo Quint

*and Doug's album pick,
Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
performed live by (and with solo sets from):

—Dibson T. Hoffweiler
I feel tractor
—Bob Kerr
—Limp Richard

Hosted and curated by
Boog City editor and publisher David Kirschenbaum

Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at E. 6th St.

For further information:
212-842-BOOG (2664),

**Boog City


Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Edmund Berrigan presents poets Jessica Fiorini, John Coletti, and Jim Berhle with music from the Goodbye Better Ensemble

8pm @ Sycamore
1118 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, New York 11231


July 9, 2009
Vanishing Point Presents @ Public Assembly

70 N. 6th St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

8 pm - Gracefully
9 pm - By Night With Spear
10 pm - The Heliotropes
11 pm - deVries
midnight - Prism Break

should be a great night and we (Gracefully)are supra-psyched to be a part of it! come out and have fun!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
Radio Flyer presents "New York No-Gaze" Loft Party
Brooklyn, NYC

9:30pm - Gracefully
10:30pm - IfWhen
11:30pm - 28 Degrees Taurus

Doors @ 9pm. $5 suggested donation.


Just happened...

May 28th, 2009
Aydin w/Bird Names (from Chicago)
@ Kopec's
3523 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
8 PM
$5 cover

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lauren Russell book release party
May 4th at 7:00, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
(on Crosby between Houston and Prince).

Aydin @ Garfield Artworks
4/22/2009, 8:00 PM - w/Speck Mountain, Aydin, Lightweight, Rock Rifle
4931 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
Cost: $5

Sunday, February 22, 2009

April 21st - Gracefully CD release party w/ Gracefully (ex-So L’il), I Feel Tractor, CA Conrad, Yesterdays News (formerly Lumipad), and Merc (de Ifwhen) DJ set @ Zebulon
258 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, NY, 11211

Boog City 56 Launch Party
Fri., April 24, 9:00 p.m.
with readings from

Betsy Andrews
Matthew Burgess
Lauren Russell

and music from

Erin Regan

Sidewalk Café
94 Ave. A (at E. 6th St.)
East Village
(F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.)

Friday, January 2, 2009

February 20, 2009 @ Pete's Candy Store, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Pete's Reading Series with CA Conrad, Ben Malkin & Jennifer Knox

New issue of Cock-Now Zine this night! 'The Frank Poems' (by CA Conrad) & 'The Birthday Poems/Boom Lacka Lacka Sky' (by Ben Malkin[words]/Sharon Talmor[visuals]/Gracefully[music, combination book & cd]) release party as well! Thanks!