Departing from the imagery that popularized the BORF campaign, Tsombikos analyzes the relationships between the tactics of power used for social control and the nihilistic tendencies and bitter hopelessness they instill.
Soooooo here's my requisite plea for voting The Fridge to be the best in three categories in DC City Paper's thingy. Listed in no particular order (apologies if I left you out, it was unintentional), check out what we've been up to since we opened in September 2009. Links to vote at bottom, today is the last day to vote.
ART EXHIBITS: Graff/Skate Auction (to benefit the bridge spot): BORF, TAXI GANG, CON, AREK, DECOY, ULTRA, STER, Kelly Towles, WINS, SIME, REI21, ENVY, ROSCO, Brian Tucci, RVLTN, Ben Ashworth, Kristina Bilonick, Rosina Teri Memelo
DECOY: MEMENTO MORI
I Ran Home (In America): Eric Parnes, Hadieh Shafieh, Pooneh Maghazehe
YO! YOU HEARD ABOUT THAT ART SHOW AT THE FRIDGE? Solo show by Scot LeFavor
Uncle Cory’s Art Show: DIABETIK, Megan Blafas, Davis Connelly, Amy Misurelli-Sorenson, Cory Orberndorfer
Empty Time: Al Miner, Adam Wallacavage, Brady Robinson, Martha Rich, Tim Callaghan, Aaron Smith, Jenny Axner, Kate MacDonnell, Victoria F. Gaitan, Dave Molesky, Alex Schaefer, Curated by Trevor Young
SCOPOSCOPE exhibits by Jeramie Bellmay and David London for PARTY LIKE IT’S 1929 and Marshall Allen and The Vertical Dogs
Special exhibit by Laura Elkins for Marshall Allen and The Vertical Dogs
MUSIC: Olivia Mancini Monorail Sweater Set Runar Magnusson Pink Twins Aaron Thompson Bluebrain Outputmessage Autorock El Barbudo Mayer Hawthorne Black Milk Jerome Baker III Untold Robert Manos Tanc & Tiernan illeffect DJ Natty Boom Aligning Minds City Rain DJ GOLD Alvin Risk Body Language Ryan Holladay JPrez Sonia Herrero
Marshall Allen & The Vertical Dogs: w/ Ed Ricart (Matta Gawa- guitar) Jerry Busher (All Scars, Fugazi- drums) Ashish Vyas (gogogo airheart, Thievery Corporation- bass) Tim Harding (Hotel X, New Loft- guitar, reeds) Jimmy Ghaphery (Hotel X, New Loft- reeds) Sam Byrd (Hotel X, New Loft- drums)
PERFORMANCE: [insert title here] An Evening with David London
Elizabeth Croydon’s Riot Act
The Dinner Party
The Fridge presents David London's Sunday Circus: Jon Lee (Improv), Soohan (Comedy), Mike Folk (Music), Alexa Grey(Poetry), Laura Ernest (Juggling), Dai Andrews (Swordswallowing), Kelly Mayfield (Dance), Jeramie Bellmay (Object Manipulation), Anthony Wills Jr (Singing), Eva Brontosaurus (Musical Performance)
VJ Um Amel
R Street Collective
Capturing Fire! First National Queer Spoken Word Summit & Slam: Andrea Gibson, Sonya Renee, Chris August, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Tara Hardy, Regie Cabico, Natalie E. Illum, Sheldon Scott, Mother Tongue, Good Asian Drivers
EDUCATION: Albus Cavus Classroom every Sunday at The Fridge: DECOY, Asad ULTRA Walker, Peter Krsko, Chanel Compton, Kevin JAZI Irving, Cesar Maxit, Juan CRI Pineda, Rosina Photography, Tim CON Conon, Sandra Fernandez, Beth Baldwin, Jeramie Bellmay
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS: World premiere of short film: Always Somebody’s Baby
Ben Olsen & Friends Bread For The City Silent Auction Fundraiser: Ben Olsen, Judy Cox, Ben Ferry, Peter Loge, Hannah Robinett, Michael Weber, Stacy Zain
Chispa: Kristy Li Puma Herrera, Jared Ball, Ph.d, Charlie Seashore, Binahkaye Joy, Loryn C. Wilson, Adam Eig, Zaccai Free, Shannon and Chai (Holla Back DC), Josef Palermo (CHARTS), Regina Holliday, Anna Caton, Patrick Masterson, Tiik with g.u.t.s.
Marshall Belford Allen, alto saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and arranger, was born May 25, 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky and started clarinet lessons at age 10. At 18, he enlisted in the Army's 92nd Infantry (renowned as the Buffalo Soldiers), playing clarinet and alto saxophone in the 17th Division Special Service Band. Stationed in Paris during World War II, he played with pianist Art Simmons and saxophonist Don Byas, and he toured and recorded with James Moody during the late '40's. Upon honorable discharge, Mr. Allen enrolled in the Paris Conservatory of Music, studying clarinet with Delacluse. Returning to the States in 1951, Marshall settled in Chicago, where he led his own bands, playing in clubs and dance halls, while writing his own music and arrangements, as he continues to do today.
During the mid-'50's, Marshall met Sun Ra and became a student of his precepts. After joining the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958, Marshall Allen led Sun Ra's formidable reed section for over 40 years (a role akin to the position of Johnny Hodges in the Duke Ellington orchestra). Marshall Allen lived, rehearsed, toured and recorded with Sun Ra almost exclusively for much of his musical career, leading the reed section during the time that the Sun Ra Arkestra won the "Downbeat" polls as number-one big band in 1988 and 1989. As a featured soloist with the Arkestra, Marshall pioneered the avante-garde jazz movement of the early '60's, expanding a style rooted in Johnny Hodges and Don Byas, and influencing all leading avante-garde saxophonists thereafter. During this time, Marshall also invented a woodwind instrument he called the "morrow," utilizing a saxophone mouthpiece attached to an open-hole wooden body. (This instrument is currently being marketed under another name, as Marshall never secured a patent on his invention).
Marshall Allen was one of the first jazz musicians to play traditional African music and what is now called "world music," working frequently with Olatunji and his Drums of Passion. In fact, Marshall is most likely the sole jazz musician who builds and plays the kora (a popular West African multi-stringed instrument), and he has been a major factor in its introduction to American audiences, as well as the world at large.
Marshall Allen is featured on over 200 Sun Ra releases, as well as appearing as special guest soloist in concert and on recordings with such diverse artists as NRBQ, Phish, Sonic Youth, Digable Planets, William Parker, Chromatic Mysteries, and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
Perhaps most significantly, Marshall Allen assumed the helm of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995 after the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Mr. Allen continues to reside at the Sun Ra Residence in Philadelphia, composing, writing and arranging for the Arkestra much like his mentor, totally committed to a life of discipline centered totally on the study, research, and further development of Sun Ra's musical precepts.
Marshall maintains the Sun Ra residence as a living museum dedicated to the compilation, restoration and preservation of Sun Ra's music, memorabilia, and artifacts. Marshall has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere "ghost" band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music, as well as composing new music for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive, reworking arrangements of the music of Fletcher Henderson and Jimmie Lunceford for the Arkestra to play, along with many other American standards.
Marshall Allen is recognized all over the world as the premier avant-garde saxophonist, appearing in solo concert in London in 1995, duet with Terry Adams in 1997 in Canada, and featured in articles in "JazzTimes" (12/02), "Signal to Noise" Magazine, and innumerable other music magazines and radio and TV interviews. He is frequently called upon to give master classes, lectures, and demonstrations of Sun Ra's musical precepts, and he Keeps himself accessible to all who have an interest in Sun Ra's legacy.
Marshall Allen plays the alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, kora, and E.V.I. (Electronic Valve Instrument).
Marshall Allen (Legendary leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra) & the Vertical Dogs (featuring Ed Ricart, Ashish Vyas, Jerry Busher, and friends) coming LIVE to The Fridge, Saturday February 27.