Friday, October 1, 2010

Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival -Avant-Garde Music & Poetry, Storytelling, Chalk Mural & Magic For Kids Plus Outdoor Oedipus Rex

Roosevelt Island 2010 Fall For Arts Schedule from RIOC - Click Here To Enlarge

Last Sunday, I made my annual visit to Brooklyn's Atlantic Antic Street Festival and had a fantastic time enjoying the local Brooklyn merchants, food and indie bands.

Image of 2010 Atlantic Antic Street Festival

Tomorrow, it's Roosevelt Island's turn to put on our version of a street festival and some of the Brooklyn and New York City Avant-Garde are making their way up and across the East River to perform at the 5th Annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival on Saturday October 2.

Among the Avant-Garde performing at the Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival on Saturday are Hank and the Cupcakes

You Tube Video of Hand and the Cupcakes

piano singer Stacy Rock

You Tube Video of Stacy Rock At Spike Hill

and the Ukelele playing Sweet Soubrette.

You Tube Video of Sweet Soubrette

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Community Relations Specialist Erica Wilder fills us in on Saturday's Fall For Arts program:
Roosevelt Island’s 5th Annual Fall Arts Festival features
Brooklyn electro-pop sensation Hank and Cupcakes, Poets Rock RIVAA creative arts, storytelling & magic for kids & an outdoor performance of “Oedipus Rex”

The 5th Annual Fall for Arts Festival, a FREE outdoor and indoor event presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, is a one-of-a-kind gallery with a highly acclaimed mix of visual, performing, culinary, and interactive arts. The festival, 11am-5pm, Saturday, October 2nd offers something for children and adults alike.

Hank and Cupcakes performs at 12:45pm at Blackwell Park, 545 Main Street. The raw, edgy, minimalist duo, Hank and Cupcakes has set New York City on fire with their raw edgy, minimalist pop since arriving in Brooklyn from Israel two years ago. “Hank & Cupcakes have consistently been making waves in the Brooklyn/NYC area and their live shows are off the hook. Everyone gets that feeling that they are one second from blowing up and when you catch their act you will understand why.” – Top 10 bands to watch in 2010 – MusicVagabond,

An array of avant-garde New York City poets and singer songwriters perform at Poets Rock RIVAA 3 from 11am-4pm at Gallery RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association) Gallery, 527 Main Street. The show features Stacy Rock & Sweet Soubrette; Bellow & Rob Gomez; Chris Fuller and poets Jane Ormerod, Eric Fabri, David Lawson, Ocean Vuong, Brant Lyon, Elizabeth Harrington & Mike Marcellino. “Fall for the Arts,” works by gallery artists will also be exhibited.

At the “Imagination Station” young aspiring artists create their own chalk sidewalk mural masterpiece, make fresh butter and apple juice and participate in a variety of arts and crafts projects. The fun also includes storytelling and popular English-Spanish bilingual children’s musician “Louie.” This arts event comes to life with help of the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Materials for the Arts, the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Roosevelt Island and other NYC artists.

The Faux-Real Theatre Company performs “Oedipus Rex” at 2pm, outdoors at Roosevelt Landings Amphitheater, 540 Main Street. This classic tale of man versus destiny will be performed in brightly colored wigs, fantastical costumes, and masks that [act] as megaphones…exactly as Sophocles intended it to be performed when he wrote it 2400 years ago.
Gallery RIVAA provides the schedule for the 5th Annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.
11:15 Sharon Stern
11:30 Helen Roht
11:45 Naomi Imbrogno
12:00 Erica Miriam Fabri
12:15 David Lawton
12:30 Ann Settel
12:45 Jane Ormerod
1:00 Fran Bolinder/Catherine Hogan
1:15 Carol Tanjutco
1:30 Elizabeth Harrington
1:45 Brant Lyon
2:00 Ocean Vuong
2:15 Mike Marcellino
2:30 Bellow – Rob Gomez
3:00 Stacy Rock
3:15 Sweet Soubrette
3:45 Chris Fuller
4:00-7:00 Mary Camper Titsingh Book Signing and Reading
Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts will take place in the area around Blackwell Park, Rivercross Lawn and Gallery RIVAA.

Hope to see you all there. Weather is supposed to be nice and sunny. Should be a fun time.

Here are some scenes from the 2009 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.