Howl! Festival Schedule Released

Posted on: August 31st, 2010 at 11:16 am by

The seventh annual Howl! Festival in Tompkins Square Park will begin September 10 at 5 pm, and run through Sunday afternoon. As always, the event kicks off with the traditional reading of the iconic Allen Ginsberg poem, “Howl.” The reading will feature some of the neighborhood’s finest poets, including John Giorno and Anne Waldman, and Bob Holman, proprietor of The Bowery Poetry Club.

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SOUTH STAGE:   Avenue A at 7th Street

5:00 – 7:00p Annual reading of the Allen Ginsberg poem, “Howl,” to commemorate the opening of the Howl! Festival, featuring: Anne Waldman w/Ambrose Bye, John Giorno, Betsy Andrews,  Jennifer Blowdryer, Ana Bozicevic, Guillermo Castro, Steve Dalachinsky, Thomas Fucaloro, Greg Fuchs, Daniel Gallant, Alan Gilbert, Amy King, Mariposa, Douglas A. Martin, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Amy Ouzoonian, Meghann Plunkett, Jon Sands, Susan Scutti, Jean Ann Verlee, Michael Warr, Chavisa Woods, Advocate of Wordz, Ra Ara ya. Host and MC Bob Holman.

Suffer (Art Gallery)

616 East 9th Street between Avenues B and C

8:00 – 9:00p Theresa Byrnes’  -“The Measure of Man” – A Howl! Festival Special Event: Perfomance Art Through A Storefront Window in One Hour. Byrnes challenges the assertion of the centrality of the human soul in the order of creation, as dictated by Leonardo DaVinci ‘s’ The Vitruvian Man’.


Between Avenues A and B  in front of the Park Office

Finding Sukah Yoga

11:00a – throughout the day: Finding Sukah Yoga, the East Village’s newest Yoga center, will welcome both adults and children.  Bring your yoga mat or borrow one.

SOUTH STAGE Avenue A at 7th Street

1:00 – 1:30p Open Music Ensemble – Awakening the senses, with sounds both pure and contemplative, this pioneering cooperative of acoustic improv musicians guides the heart and spirit in meditation, relaxation and healing.

1:40 – 2:00p Poetry –Bill Kushner + Poet TBA

2:10 – 2:40p Vangeline Theater – performing ” Mosaic”, a resonant butoh dance piece to commemorate 9/11.

2:45 – 3:00p Poetry –Eileen Myles

3:10 – 3:40p Tyler Burba’s “Visit,” Tyler, as a solo artist, will be paying tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s lesser-known musical side, performing Allen Ginsberg songs.

3:45 – 4:15p Poetry –Emmanuel Xavier + 2 Poets TBA

4:25 – 4:55p Timbila – Ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge, Timbila soars with stinging guitar riffs and sassy celestial vocals.

5:05 – 5:35p Chris Rael – Sitar afficionado, this dynamic composer turns Indian and Western music into  a mix of highly refined pop.

5:45 – 6:15p Vangeline Theater – performing ” Mosaic”, a resonant butoh dance piece to commemorate 9/11.

6:30- 7:00p Arthur’s Landing – Arthur’s Landing is a group of musicians, all of whom worked at various times in various contexts with the late Arthur Russell, a cellist and composer from Iowa who lived on the Lower East Side for most of the later part of his too-short life. Russell brought together the worlds of dance, pop, and folk with that of downtown’s “new music,” and fused Western and Eastern musical traditions, driven by his engagement with Buddhist thought and practice. He collaborated often with Allen Ginsberg and Phillip Glass was also an early mentor. Arthur’s Landing (songs by Arthur Russell) features Mustafa Ahmed (percussion) ,Joyce Bowden (voice) Ernie Brooks (voice, bass),Steven Hall (voice, guitar), ), Bill Ruyle(drums, hammered dulcimer), John Scherman (lead guitar), Peter Zummo and special guest Nomi Ruiz

SUNDAY, Sept . 12

Between Avenues A and B  in front of the Park Office

11:00a and throughout the day:

Finding Sukha Yoga, the East Village’s newest Yoga center, will welcome both adults and children.  Bring your yoga mat or borrow one.

SOUTH STAGE:  Avenue A at 7th Street

Noon – 12:30p Rosie’s Broadway Kids, performing a cabaret- style show. RBKids’ most senior students will take the stage singing Broadway classics.

12:35  – 12:55p Graveshift  – a youth rock/pop family band from the Bronx, featuring the Graves family – 2 brothers and 2 sisters, aged 13-21.

1:00  –  2:15p Hip Hop Howl – A massive live mixtape showcase featuring the hottest up and coming artists in the country.

3:00  –  4:30p House of Howl – A flurry of color, costume and cavortin’ Riki Colon’s House of Howl is a vivacious variety show featuring voguers, vocalists, dancers and trendy fashion designers.    “In Search Of a Dream,” marries mixed media performance -dance, song, fashion and art – in a dizzying display of high-energy house pop and contemporary couture. Features performances by House of Ninja dancers Javier, Edwin and Star Ninja and dancer Akiko Tokuoka.  Fashions by the hot NYC Hemma Collection with live musical performance by Yoshi, music written and composed by Ev Price.

5:00  – 7:00p Low Life 4: BEAT GIRL   Chi Chi Valenti, Johnny Dynell and a cast of colorful downtown characters pay homage to homegrown fifties beatnik culture and the BOWERY BEATS – the rebel painters, poets and performers drifting east from Greenwich Village.  The show also sheds light on the Women of the Beat Generation, often overlooked, and their influence on 50s burlesque.

But there’s also plenty to do for the children:

(Children’s) NORTH STAGE  –  Avenue A at 10th Street

HOWL! Festival presents The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s

East Village Earth Circus


12:30PM- Middle Jamboree
1 PM  Brady Rymer
2 PM- Rosie’s Broadway Kids
3 PM  Girls Club Flamenco Dancers
3:15 PM Rod Rogers Youth Dance Company
4 PM Taikoza Japanese Drummers
5 PM Youth Poets
6 PM Free Art Society: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Saturday Only:

Main Events:

Al Gori’s Solar Powered Merry-go-Round
The Bio-Bus (filled with microscopes and cool science stuff)
Pony Rides (1-3 PM)
In the Yoga Tent:  demonstration classes for all ages taught by Trish from Bikram Yoga and Elena from Vira Yoga (noon – 3pm)

Saturday and Sunday

On the Midway
Fortune Telling Monkey
Robot Pony
Hula Hoop lessons
Face Painting (LES Girls Club)
Photo Booth
Museum of LES Icons (paper mache heads)
Girlzilla (the 14 foot tall girl robot)
Popcorn and Cotton Candy

Art Programs and Activities for Kids

!Splash! mural painting on canvas and mask making by AAI ( Artists Alliance,Inc.)
Recycled Paper Flower Workshops (LES Girls Club)/ Cindy Ruskin Arts
Double Dutch Demonstrations/Nicolina’s Hearts of the World Mural Project

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