Soundtrack

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Join us for an evening of performances and DJ sets by participating artists from “Soundtrack,” a new work of collaborative sound art initiated by Mel Chin with Jace Clayton (aka DJ /rupture) in conjunction with the exhibition Mel Chin: All Over the Place on view now at the Queens Museum!

FEATURING:
DJ /rupture (http://www.jaceclayton.com/)
Ushka (https://thanushka.com/)
Atropolis (https://soundcloud.com/atropolis)
DJ Aaron (https://soundcloud.com/dj-aaron-the-mix-king)

Presented by Queens Museum and No Longer Empty as part of Mel Chin: All Over the Place, local artists, including L’Rain, DJ Aaron, Ushka and Atropolis, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe have transformed field recordings from the routes of the 1, 5, 7, E and F trains into compositions that bridge the mechanical and the human.

From Eastchester in the Bronx to Brooklyn’s Coney Island, the far West Side of Manhattan to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the commissioned works use the sounds of the city’s transit system. The artists’ interpretations capture more than sounds of the city, they weave its ethos and creative potential into one of the most practical components of daily life: the commute. The commissioned works are woven into a single mix that extends the entire length of this daily route. The mix also features novelists Jennifer Marie Brissett and Eugene Lim reading from their works.

To stream or download Soundtrack click here.

Juice WRLD

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 I’m Really There: Juice WRLD

JuiceWRLD comes to Knockdown Center as one of the brightest new stars in hip-hop, topping the streaming charts with breakout hits, “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams“.

Meet & Greet packages available for a very limited time!

** Move Forward Music Presents: I’m Really There, a festival built for the fans, curated to bring together the best in our culture:

⚡️ JUICE WRLD ⚡️

💫 LIL MOSEY 💫

☄️ KODIE SHANE ☄️

🤘 ODALYS 🤘

🍫 NESSLY 🍫

🗽 PHRESHER 🗽

🗣 MORE TBA 🗣

🎫 bit.ly/imreallythere 🎫

Movement Research Artists of Color Council Spring Fundraiser

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Knockdown Center hosts Movement Research Artists of Color Council Spring Fundraiser Party! Join Movement Research Artists of Color Council (AoCC) in celebrating Spring with food, drinks, and pop up performances at their fundraiser! Come celebrate, support, build, kick back and dance!

About the Artists of Color Council:
A cohort of artists of color addressing cultural diversity, equity, and sustainable structural integration in MR’s operations, programming, outreach, and throughout its extended communities. The council aspires to increase visibility, opportunities, and engagement with resources for artists of color within the field.

@artistsofcolorcouncil
#artistsofcolorcouncil

This program is supported by Open Capacity, Knockdown Center’s Space Support Program for artists and organizers producing projects that align with KDC’s mission. Learn more at: https://knockdown.center/proposals/

Trans Day of Joy

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Knockdown Center hosts the Trans is Magick! Collective to present the first annual Trans Day of Joy! Join us for a day celebrating and claiming Trans liberation through celebration.

The 1st annual Trans Day of Joy #TDoJ is a statement is meant to be both celebratory and political. The larger gay/LGB/queer movement has pushed Trans people to the margins, as they exchange Trans liberation for assimilation into the cis hetero capitalist world. During Pride week we see a flurry of lesbian,
gay, and bisexual representation in the movement and throughout the Pride party scene, at the cost of Trans visibility. Trans bodies are erased, ignored & commodified. On June 23rd, we will show up to celebrate our survival as resistance, as community, as JOY.

Our Trans ancestors, most famously Sylvia Rivera & Marsha P. Johnson, were disowned from the gay movement because they were considered to hinder the progress of gay rights. For centuries, Trans people have dealt with the aftermath of being left behind from our LGB kin. The Trans is Magick! Art Collective centers Trans joy as a path to liberation. We believe there can be no pride unless Trans people of all races, genders, and bodies are celebrated. So bring your friends, your lovers, & [chosen] family to Knockdown Center to claim space in community!
#TransDayofJoy #TDOJ #TDOJ2018

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Schedule:
2pm-8pm: Trans PoC Vendors Market
2pm – 5pm: Workshops lead by Trans folx
5pm sharp: Trans for Trans Speed Dating
6pm-8pm: Live Performances by Trans folx

Admission is income based, sliding scale: $10-$40
If you make:…….Please Pay:
$20k or less…….$5-$10
$20K-$30K……….$10-$15
$30-$40K………..$15-$25
$40K or above……$25-40

No one trans person or ally will be refused admission due to lack of $$$. Though this event is sliding scale, we ask that if you have the funds to spend $$ do it! Ticket sales from this event literally fund Trans survival! Every Trans is Magick! workshop teacher, performer and organizer is compensated based upon ticket sales and donations.

All genders are welcomed (cis-gender allies included!) but we ask you be mindful of using gender specific language at our event. Please do not assume anyone’s gender and be mindful of the space you take up.

Trans folx, bring your friends, your lovers, & [chosen] family!

We’ll have a community altar to honor our Trans ancestors through time. If you feel called, please bring items to add to our the altar. Items such as food offerings, flowers, drink, candles, crystals, photos, keepsakes can be placed on the altar.

#TDOJ #TDOJ2018

Accessibility:
KNOCKDOWN CENTER IS FULLY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. If you have questions or specific
accessibility needs, please email us at TransisMagick@gmail.com

Age Restrictions:
The event is all ages before 9:00pm and 21+ after. Visitors may be asked to present valid government issued photo identification.

How to get to Knockdown Center:
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Queens, NY 11378
Subway: L Train to Jefferson, 15 min walk from there
Bus: B57, B38, Q59, Q54
Join our Free Carpool Sign-Up:
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/x20ome

HELIC.AL

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On 21 May 1993. the first ele_mental event at an Ohio State University parking garage, launched the careers of many midwestern electronic musicians; from Dieselboy, Archetyp, Todd Sines & Titonton. Their next event, Comfort, with almost a thousand attendees, crystallized their long-standing association with Detroit’s own Jon Santos, Brian Gillespie, Claude Young Jr. / Claude Young, Anthony Shakir, Mack Goudy Jr., and by nature, Daniel Bell, Carl Craig, UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE and more.

ele_mental’s core has consistently challenged the notion of art, movement, and music, with their active_not_passive ambient series, ele_ment series of live concerts with influencers and the influenced, FIREXIT, a collaboration with Matt Clausen & Daniel McMahon: bringing The Rapture, Mouse on Mars, Tortoise’s Chicago Underground Duo, OVAL, Robert Henke’s Monolake project, and Stefan Betke as POLE.

After their moves to NYC, Charles and Todd continued to push into new territory, with the launch of their band, INTERVAL featuring close friend Andries Boekelman; in their quest for the right fit for a label, they launched HELIC.AL, a response to creating long-last artifacts of pure analog / physical recordings; and their new projects Artefactos De Dolor with Beyond Booking (The Bunker)’s Alyssa Barrera / LDY OSC, and VerticalSilence, a new post-punk project from Charles Noel.

As HELIC.AL explores new dimensions in form, space, and sound, they make a concerted effort to connect with the sounds of yesterday as they still infer the sounds of tomorrow. We honorably welcome the performance of Gordon Sharp [ex- The Freeze, This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins] as Cindytalk, whose haunting, chilling, gender-fluid voice has been the soundtrack for many of us for over 30 years.

Eric Random has had an equally influential position in the annals of industrial music, having recorded with Cabaret Voltaire Official’s Stephen Mallinder & Richard H Kirk as The Pressure Company, Nico as The Faction, The Tiller Boys, in addition to his own unique, angular psych dub / funk under the Eric Random umbrella. With re-releases due on Dark Entries Records, SLEEPERS RECORDS, and forthcoming studio time with Todd + Charles of HELIC.AL, Eric’s well on his way to making more sonic memories.

Veronica Vasicka re-opened the doors for Danny Bosten as Das Ding, a Dutch graphic designer / bedroom synth-producer whose riveting performance with Sean Mcbride at one of Wierd Records’s final nights left a huge dent in the developing tones of HELIC.AL. From “H.S.T.A.” to “sad but true” the Das Ding sound is perfection its effortless, minimal synth charm. Danny now has revitalized his Das Ding project replete with his own modular rig and dozens of tracks on the horizon

*LINEUP*

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Cindytalk
of This Mortal CoilCocteau TwinsThe Freeze, Bambule
4ADEditions MegoMidnight Music, Praxis

DEBUT US APPEARANCE:
Eric Random
Nico + The FactionCabaret Voltaire Official, The Tiller Boys, The Pressure Company
Mute RecordsLes Disques du Crépuscule, DoubleVision, LTM Recordings, New Hormones / Factory Records & Ex Factory Records Bands/Groups/Artists EtcDark Entries Records

Das Ding aka Danny Bosten
Tear Apart TapesMinimal Wave

Artefactos De Dolor
VerticalSilence
INTERVAL

art / projection / installation
Egill Kalevi Karlsson
Andries Boekelman
Todd Sines

Parkway Drive

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***
Citi® Cardmember Preferred Tickets:
Friday, May 18 10AM EST

Public On-Sale:
Friday, May 18 10AM EST
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Citi® Cardmember Presale:
Tuesday, May 15 12PM EST – Thursday, May 17 10PM EST

Live Nation Presale:
Wednesday, May 16 10AM EST – Thursday, May 17 10PM EST

Live Nation Mobile App Presale:
Wednesday, May 16 10AM EST – Thursday, May 17 10PM EST

Ticketmaster Presale:
Wednesday, May 16 10AM EST – Thursday, May 17 10PM EST

Venue Presale:
Wednesday, May 16 10AM EST – Thursday, May 17 10PM EST
**Sign up for Knockdown Center’s mailing list to receive the venue pre-sale password: www.knockdown.center

Ladies of Hip Hop Festival

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In July, Knockdown Center will be the backdrop for the annual Ladies of Hip Hop dance battle, LADIES BATTLE! Female competitors from around the world travel to NYC for this battle.

LADIES BATTLE! is 1-on-1 Popping, Hip-Hop, Waacking, House and Dancehall. Doors open and our stellar all-female DJ line-up is spinning hip-hop, funk, house, soul, and classics. The winners will be awarded cash prizes, gift bags and one-year “bragging rights”. The winner can boost themselves as one of the world’s best female Hip- Hop dancers!

Morir Soñando

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Knockdown Center is pleased to present Morir Soñando, a multimedia group exhibition on view June 22 – August 19, 2018. Artists Penn Eastburn, Valery Estabrook, Hein Koh, Joiri Minaya, Kristianne Molina, Onel Naar, Esther Ruiz, Cristina Tufiño, and Woolpunk engage with softness and vulnerability in their work addressing contemporary social and political issues.

The exhibition’s title, Morir Soñando, is borrowed from the popular Dominican beverage made of orange juice and milk. When combined with the acidity in the juice, and if not made at the proper temperature or mixed with a particular rhythm, the milk has the potential to curdle. A careful, soft choreography is necessary to infuse two unlikely ingredients in delicious harmony.

The delicate process of making morir soñando, and its resistance to easy preparation and consumption parallels the artists’ use of materials. Working across painting, sculpture, textiles, and video, each artist approaches difficult subject matter such as racial tensions, gender-based violence, neocolonial trauma, and environmental concerns, but do so in subtle, soft ways, employing care and attention to their engagement with materials. Together, the works included articulate the potential of vulnerability as a tool for liberation.

About the Artists:

Penn Eastburn is a painter, filmmaker, and digital animator. His paintings explore the accidental beauty and abstraction of ordinary, often overlooked spaces and elements found in the urban landscape, as well as the permanence of the things we create, both as artists and inhabitants of Earth.

Valery Jung Estabrook is a multidisciplinary Korean American artist whose work explores identity and technology. She seeks to push the boundaries of how we interact with and perceive new media by using unexpected approaches and materials. Often installed as themed tableaus, the work is intended to be experienced through various sensate strategies by asking the audience to not simply “view” but to also touch and feel. These multi-media presentations provide the audience with an immediacy of engagement, making complex narratives personalized and accessible.

Hein Koh is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Utilizing soft sculpture as her primary medium, Koh subverts traditional gendered expectations about sexuality, motherhood, and femininity. Her practice incorporates irreverent humor, tactile play, and a detailed attention to materials. Like the destabilizing fluidity present in gender itself, much of her work embodies “a balance between the beautiful and the grotesque”––a surrealist exploration of the inner psyche.

Joiri Minaya is a Dominican-American artist born in 1990. Living between the United States and the Dominican Republic (and having lived in Belgium for a while) has made Minaya aware of her own difference and subjectivity depending on context. Influenced by this, her work meditates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal place but also through larger transcultural and historical frames.

Born in Manila, Philippines, artist Kristianne Molinas interdisciplinary practices gravitate toward deconstructing natural dyeing techniques as a painting process, textiles, embroidery, installation, stop-motion, performance and wearable arts. Kristianne’s intention in her work is to reflect the marriage of her Philippine-American experiences and to respond to current events prevalent in her generation. Her research with natural dyes stems from a rediscovery of her Philippine roots and ancestral textiles. The colors extracted from cochineal are linked to the history of Spanish and American colonization in the Philippines.

Onel Naar is an American artist of Puerto Rican and Lebanese Dominican descent born in the South Bronx of the late 70s to immigrant parents. A recurring interest in his work is the dynamics inherent to diptychs––exploring the interplay between physical and conceptual dualities. Representative of seemingly disparate themes like the mysticism recurrent in both consumer culture and religious rhetoric, Naar’s work speaks to the conflicts within diasporic currents and their respective homelands.

Esther Ruiz is an LA-based sculptor who creates objects that operate simultaneously as miniature landscapes from a distant future and actual size sculptures informed by the family of Minimalism. Inspired by space operas, pop culture, geometry, and the setting sun, her works employ color and form mimicking natural processes.

Cristina Tufiño is a visual artist inspired by consumer goods, industrial debris and autobiographical narratives and objects. She addresses her practice as an archaeologist hoarder rummaging through a broad cultural system of references, with a particular nod to artifacts and museological aesthetics. Her multimedia works arise from a process of assembling, associating and translating images and ideas inspired by seemingly oppositional languages and spaces.

Woolpunk is an American artist, born in Summit, NJ in 1971. She  is inspired by an immigrant seamstress grandmother who sewed American flags. Woolpunk uses a variety of craft techniques and materials  to create knitted installations, quilted sculptures, and embroidered photographs.

About the Curator:

Alex Santana is a visual arts scholar and writer, with a deep interest in politically-engaged contemporary art and curatorial studies. She earned her B.A. from NYU and her M.A. from Tulane University, focusing on Latin American & Caribbean art history. She has held positions at El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Newcomb Art Museum (New Orleans, LA), the Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans, LA), and Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, NJ).  Originally from Newark, NJ, Alex is a child of immigrants from Spain and the Dominican Republic.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Assemblymember Brian Barnwell, in collaboration with Titan Theatre Company, proudly presents, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. Brian Barnwell is the Assemblymember of Assembly District 30, which includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria, Long Island City, Rego Park, and Glendale.

It has been Assemblymember Barnwell’s goal to promote the performing arts in our community and recognize local talent. We are pleased to announce that Titan Theatre Company, based in Woodside, will be putting on the production for our community.

Titan Theatre Company is also committed to breathing new life and clarity into classical works of theatre, exploring new and contemporary language plays, and delivering adventurous and visceral theatrical experiences for our audiences and community.

“A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, a comedy written by William Shakespeare, is an infectious comedy of sly sprites, rude mechanicals and confused lovers.

 

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