SPEAKEASY

SPEAKEASY
featuring whole wide water

Friday, August 18, 2017
7 PM


In conjunction with The Big Show 2017, Houston's whole wide water will be collecting sounds in anticipation of their performance as part of Lawndale's SPEAKEASY program. Visitors are invited to use the provided objects and instruments, or their own voices, at the recording stations. The sounds will become the foundation for a live musical performance composed and arranged by Anthony Barilla with words by Lindsay Kayser.

whole wide water is an ongoing collaboration between writer Lindsay Kayser and multidisciplinary artist Anthony Barilla. whole wide water encompasses a variety of projects, transmitted over a span of twenty years. The narrative is set in the future, when modern civilization has mostly washed away. Previous and ongoing projects include handmade books of nursery rhymes, the creation of a new cosmology and its attendant mythologies, and the composition of songs for an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Post-show entertainment will be provided by Houston's A.S.S., an accordion and drum quartet that plays new arrangements of classic Lou Reed, Beyoncé and Bon Jovi songs.

SPEAKEASY
featuring Randi Long

Thursday, May 25, 2017
7 PM - 8 PM
O'Quinn Gallery

Randi Long is currently an Artist Studio Participant at Lawndale. Long's works combine elements of performance and sound with sculpture.

Long has collaborated with Gabriel Martinez and James Racliffe for their project Noise Truck, which received an Idea Fund Award in 2016 and 1st Place, Grand Trophy for Best Music, at the Orange Show's 2016 Art Car Parade. Long has performed in projects with Nameless Sounds at AvantGarten, DiverseWorks, and MECA. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston.

SPEAKEASY
featuring Mydolls
Friday, March 3, 2017
Panel Discussion at 7 PM, followed by Lazer Kittens & Mydolls
Free Admission

   

Mydolls (1978-present), Houston’s original femme punk band, will release a limited edition collectible red vinyl EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, in February 2017. The official album release will be held at Lawndale Art Center on Friday, March 3, at 7 pm, as part of the 2017 SPEAKEASY program co-curated by Pete Gershon, local art historian and Lawndale’s programming committee chair. Hand numbered vinyl will be available at the event, which is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.

This will be the third installment of SPEAKEASY, a new program featuring music, performance, and discussions of contemporary art that takes its cue from the eponymously titled series that took place at Lawndale from 1993-2002. “With the Speakeasy series, Lawndale is making it a priority to reconnect with its dynamic history as a space for live music and the performing arts,” says Lawndale Executive Director Stephanie Mitchell. “This concert by the legendary Mydolls really brings the institution full circle,” Gershon added.

Mydolls will discuss their history at Lawndale with Gershon and former executive director Mary Ross Taylor as well as perform in the gallery. This event builds on the legacy role and cultural impact Mydolls have had on the local music and contemporary art scenes and follows their recent program at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 20HERTZ presents: “A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene.”

During the 1980s, Houston’s experimental music and art scenes converged in spaces such as Lawndale, where ideas and information were shared among youth movements, filmmakers and artists alike. Part of the first wave punk scene emerging in 1978, Mydolls was fronted by girl punk rockers who have since paved a path for women in the arts and continue to empower a new generation of fans.

“Performing at Lawndale will be like coming home,” says Mydolls founding member Trish Herrera. “We’re excited to debut this labor of love, our revolution, as an exclusive edition EP for our tribe at SPEAKEASY.”

It’s Too Hot for Revolution is a personal triumph for the band whose members survived cancer and experienced the loss of guitarist Kathy Johnston during the making of the album. Revolution blends classic npunk protest anthems such as “Politician” with poetry such as Charles Bukowski’s “Fair Stand the Fields of France.” Also featured on the EP are guest guitarist Dan Workman of SugarHill Recording Studios on “For Her”and bassist Dianna Ray’s dog, Amos, providing backing vocals on “Politician.”

It’s Too Hot for Revolution was engineered by Andy Bradley at SugarHill Recording Studios and Sound Arts Recording Studios, and features cover artwork by contemporary artist Jack Livingston.

SPEAKEASY
featuring Jandek
January 6, 2017
8 PM
Free Admission

Lawndale Art Center is proud to present SPEAKEASY, a new program initiative that re-envisions Lawndale's "Speakeasy" series that took place from 1993-2002. This series will cast a reflexive eye on Lawndale's historical relationship to live music, performance and the exploration of issues in contemporary art.

Our second event will take place on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 8pm featuring a solo performance by Jandek.

Cold beverages generously provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Jandek is the musical project of Corwood Industries, a record label that operates out of Houston, TX. Since 1978, Jandek/Corwood Industries has independently released over 100 albums/DVDs of unusual, often emotionally dissolute folk, rock, and blues songs without ever granting an interview or providing any biographical information. Jandek often plays a highly idiosyncratic and frequently atonal form of folk, rock, classical, and blues music, at times using an open and unconventional chord structure. The name "Jandek" is most commonly used to refer specifically to the project.

SPEAKEASY
featuring David Dove/Jawwaad Taylor, Charalambides, Helen Money and Soldier Kane

April 29 - 30, 2016
7 PM
$35 General Admission to both evenings
**$30 General Admission for LAC Members

Lawndale Art Center is proud to present SPEAKEASY, a new program initiative that re-envisions Lawndale's "Speakeasy" series that took place from 1993-2002. This series will cast a reflexive eye on Lawndale's historical relationship to live performance and the exploration of issues in contemporary art.

Our first event will take place over two consecutive evenings in late April and will feature David Dove/Jawwaad Taylor, Charalambides, Helen Money and Soldier Kane.

Cold beverages generously provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

 

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