Join the Times Square Alliance and the Clocktower Gallery next Wednesday, July 10 at 9:30pm for Sky Lines: an evening of music with Jana Hunter and Peals. The performance, which will take place on the breezy rooftop of the Playwright Celtic Pub (732 Eighth Avenue at 46th Street), is the final event in the 2013 After Hours series that brings experiential, multimedia programming to select venues around Times Square.
Last week when I found myself in Times Square late in the evening hours, there was a man in a perfectly pressed suit, sitting in chair before the TKTS booth staring intently into space. There was a girl in glittery underwear and bunny ears hopping around a construction area for tips. There was the gold mime off of work asking for a cigarette from a businessman who had also just left the office. In other words, any hour in Times Square, especially in the evening, has some seedy tone of the surreal. This week’s Times Square After Hours program, called Cabin Fever: An Alpine Fantasy, similarly was a performance event with its own touches of the surreal, particularly with a human/taxidermy collaboration.
If you couldn’t make it to the Thursday, May 9 After Hours event featuring performer Nomi Ruiz then do not fear, we have a video that will give you a taste of what you may have missed.
The second floor of the Room Mate Grace Hotel last Wednesday night was humid. A crush of guests lined up around the hotel’s small pool and perched on bleachers staring down on it, hypnotized not just by the summer atmosphere but by the surface of the water. The pool didn’t look so much like a pool as a floating vat of primordial mist. Dancing on the upper layer of mist, circles of light bubbled up like so many blown smoke rings. The surreal vision was an artwork, called “Materialization/De-Materialization,” installed by Marco Brambilla for After Hours, a monthly series of events hosted by Clocktower gallery and Times Square Arts of which Hyperallergic is the exclusive media sponsor.
Last Wednesday night, the inaugural edition of the After Hours series kicked off at the Room Mate Grace Hotel lounge in New York’s Times Square with a haunting installation by artist Marco Brambilla and an ethereal performance by Cammisa Buerhaus. Co-organized by Times Square Arts and Clocktower Gallery, the event welcomed the whole Art on Air team, including Joe Ahearn, Beatrice Johnson, David Weinstein, and Jeannie Hopper, as they livestreamed from the, venue interviewing the participating artists and attendees throughout the night. The temporary exhibit was generously hosted by Room Mate Grace Hotel. Hyperallergic was the exclusive media partner for the event, and the whole Hyperallergic team was there.