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.
If you’re flirting with the idea of jetting over to Baghdad — if only to gloat with your high society friends that you’ve seen a city in the throes of conquest and war — then perhaps you should consult Abidin Travels, as the AAA is sure to laugh you out of their offices. An elaborately conceived piece of concept art inspired by the ongoing turmoil in the region, “Abidin Travels” is the brainchild of Adel Abidin. Its novel approach sets Abidin apart from artists like David LaChapelle. Abidin doesn’t belabor the bloodshed, gore, and abysmal outlook. Instead, he dresses up the gallery space at New York’s White Box as a travel agency.
“Abidin Travels,” as this makeshift agency is called, includes racks of travel brochures, a travel website, and an office with agents attempting to sell real vacations in Iraq. This travel agency is essentially a send-up of the purported stability that theoretically characterizes Baghdad despite the city’s volatile war-ravaged reality. “Abidin Travels” opens next week and runs through October 23.