Outlaw Group Art Show Opening Downtown Tonight

Robert Aloia has invited me to his Outlaw Group Art Show, presented by 2feet12inches and opening tonight. I even contributed a piece to the show. No, silly; I’m not painting, but I do possess an original painting by my real outlaw pal Michael Alig. Michael’s still up in the big house doing hard time for murder and other not-so-nice things. It’s been 14 years so far. He spends his hard time painting and writing and planning a future. I have shown the piece around smart art types and the general consensus is "Wow." He seems to have talent. Speaking of talent, I will be DJing this shindig from 8pm till 9pm before I have to rush off to Hotel Chantelle for my regular Thursday night gig which is so much fun. I have a special guest, and they’re adding some talent to the promotional side so I’m psyched.

The Outlaw Art Show will be at the White Box Gallery (329 Broome Street, between Bowery and Chrystie) It will be hosted by Dominic Chianese, John “Bloodclot” Joseph, and Bill Spector. Contributing artists include Alex Arcadia, Alfredo Martinez, Charles Hardwick, Chino, Christophe Roberts, Curtis Kulig, Donald Gajadhar, Doug Landau, Dr. Dax, Ghost, Giannina Gutierrez, Hugh Gran, Ilene Byers, Jayson Atienza, Jesper Haynes, Joey Glover, John Perry, Josh Wallman, Juna Skenderi, Justin Carty, Kinjal Mitra, Leyman Duky, Mare, Michael Alig, Michael Jarvis, Michelle Reyes, Minka Sicklinger, Mint & Serf, Nemo Librizzi, Pablo Power, Paul D. Edwards, Pork, Richard Alvarez, Savior Elmundo, Senz, Shauna Figueroa, Spam, Strider, Tony Chan, Xaviera Simmons, and 13thWitness.
 
After I run off to work, real deal DJs including Jazzy Nice, Jonny Santos, DJ Shakey (Julie Covello), Sal Principato, Shorty, Small Change, Herbert Holler will take it to another level. There will be films and performers and such as well. The show is curated by Robert Aloia, Brent Bartley, Frankie Cedeno, and Laksmi Hedemark. The bar is hosted by Citysip.com and features Brooklyn Gin, Domaine de Canton, Ilegal Mezcal, and Skalli Wines. My set includes Born to Wild, I Fought the Law, State Trooper, Working on a Chain Gang, and all sorts of Outlaw stuff. It’s going to be so much fun.

Tonight: Robert Aloia’s Art Opening at White Rabbit

I am bedridden so this is going to be sort of left unwritten. Tonight there is yet another 2feet@12inches art opening reception. I DJd the last one of these treats by Robert Aloia and crew and it was sold out, got raided, was the most fun. Tonight’s event is at White Rabbit ‘s White Box at 145 Houston Street. The event – curated by Aloia, Bill Spector, Frankie Cedeno, and Laksmi Hedemark – will be one of those great adult events that we so often long for. I’m DJing from 10pm to 11pm if I can make it out of bed. If Shorty, Small Change, Sal Principato, or Julie Covello/ DJ Shakey won’t cover for me, Jazzy Nice, or Greg Poole surely will. I’m excited to see buzz-band Roma and hang with old friend Dominic Chianese. This shindig starts at 6pm and goes to 2am.

I asked Robert Aloia to tell you all about it. 
 
Why are you curating these shows?
The artists, co-curators, DJs, and performers are all friends and friends-of-friends. Most of them I have worked with in some capacity over the years in nightlife. It’s such an inspiring community of people from all walks of life. Not always smooth-going, but never boring.
 
What is your background? What makes you think the event is worth doing? What drives you.
Growing up, my brother was an artist, and although I couldn’t always understand what he was doing, I saw the dedication and effort he put forth. It gave me a deep respect for those that choose that path because it’s a huge sacrifice. Eventually ,I found myself immersed in the downtown scene and incessantly learning and growing, and accumulating friends, conspirators, connections, and some enemies.
 
Ultimately, where will this lead you?
Coming up in NYC nightlife, I’ve always been surrounded by artists of all types. What we are attempting to do is bridge the party scene and gallery scene, with a heavy nod to old-school NYC.
 
During the first days of setting up a show, I wonder why it is I chose to do this. It’s often excruciating and rarely profitable. But by the end, the gratitude and camaraderie among everyone involved – from artists to attendees – is truly uplifting.
 
Where will this lead me? I’m in a unique place to not have to answer to anybody, while being able to tax my connections to do the impossible. So until the bubble bursts, I’m gonna dream big.

A Little Bit of Rum & Hope

For me, this summer of love has been well…lovely. I decided to file only three days a week until Labor Day reignites my passion for writing this labor-of-love column. Yet here I am again. I’ll keep it short and as sweet as that apple rosemary puree they put on my porkchop over at Hope Garage, which had its friends and family opening last night. Yep, it was a garage and yep, it’s on Hope Street, number 163, right off of Union. When they officially open, they’ll be open until 4am. The staff and food and ambiance will have me walking over as soon as that happens. The thing about this friends and family gathering was that it was full of friends who I never see on this side of the river. Most are still shocked that I live nearby as I am shocked that they still live over there. I play and work in Manhattan, but I walk my dog and thrive in Brooklyn. I might not have attended, but Noelle Bailey, who many of you know from the doors of NYC clubs, told me I had better go. She’s out in Colorado now, finishing up her PHD. She’s the type that will reach right through my computer screen and yank me if I disregard. She won’t have to command me to attend again. Hope Garage is a welcome addition to the hood.

Tonight I will attend the 2FEET 12INCHES opening reception for C.ZAR a screening at White Rabbit, 145 East Houston Street. That starts at 7pm. Robert Aloia, who is curating this and a series of other events under the 2FEET12INCHES brand, always has a hot, eclectic turnout.

This Saturday I’ll pop out for the day to The Montauk Beach House, my home away from home. My pal Paul Sevigny will be DJing and celebrating the birthday of DJ Peter Makebish. They’re also launching a "New Revolving Showcase for Local Artists" under the title “Downtown Art.” I’m gonna leave early Saturday morning to beat the traffic and take a 10-hour energy thing to get me home to my own bed. Yep, I still roll like that.

Tomorrow is National Rum Day…yep. Those good people over at Sailor Jerry Rum are taking over Mother’s Ruin, 18 Spring Street (Mott and Elizabeth), and are offering up $2 Sailor Jerry Slushies all night. I did some research because, yep, I roll like that, and National Irish Coffee Day is January 25th, World Whiskey Day is March 27th, National Bourbon Day is June 14, and National Tequila Day is July 24 – which is way too close to National Scotch Day on July 27. National Vodka Day is October 4th and, of course, National Hangover Day is January 1st.