Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse?

The Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse?, juried by Eleanor Heartney will be on view April 6 through May 18, 2013.
Co-President for New York WCA, Marcia Annenberg, states: ‘this exhibit seeks to raise awareness of the imminent danger of uncontrolled climate change, caused by an excessive dependency on fossil fuels… It is our generation that has been called to this task.’
To paraphrase Eleanor Heartney, ” the thoughtful works that comprise this exhibit present questions, such as ‘How do we balance economic development, environmental protection, and geopolitical stability in an ever more precarious world? What are we willing to give up today to avoid catastrophe tomorrow? Where should we commit our resources? How should we define our social and economic priorities?”
The variety of perspectives of the artists involved employ photography, video, painting, and sculpture. These artists reinforce the paradox at the center of our environmental predicament. Heartney notes, human creativity and innovation are at the root of our difficulties, but they are also the source of our potential salvation.
The Women’s Caucus for Art was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals. It’s to create community through art, education, and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts; providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development; expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women; supporting local, national and global art activism; and advocating for equity in the arts for all. The Women’s Caucus for Art actively supports the UN Millennium Goals. WCA utilizes art as the universal language to engage artists, NGOS, and civil society on a broad range of issues such as gender equity and environmental sustainability. As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present.
About the juror: Eleanor Heartney, is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and art press and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as ARTnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, and >i>The New York Times. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (Midmarch Arts Press, 2004); Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order (Hard Press Editions, 2006) and Art and Today (Phaidon Press Inc., 2008), a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel Publishing, 2007), which won the Susan Koppelman Award. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Artists: Elaine Alibrandi Krisanne Baker Paul Bouchard Tracy Brown Allegra Burke Donna Catanzaro Alice Dubiel Sally Edelstein Johnny Everyman Terri Garland Carla Goldberg Karen Gutfreund Robin M. Jordan Noreen Larinde Molly Magai Paho Mann Barbara Milman Mitzi Lynn Mize Sandra Mueller Lynnda Pardoe Stefani Rossi Soledad Salame Loredana Sangiuliano Manju Shandler Simone Spicer Greg Stange Deborah Mills Thackrey Lucy Traeger Michelle Waters Margi Weir Jenifer Wightman

Ronnie Earl

One of the most electrifying and soulful guitar players on the planet. Ronnie easily moves between blues, jazz and r&b to craft his signature sound.

James McMurtry

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 200’s Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and ‘We Can’t Make It Here’ won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. The album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. The Washington Post noted McMurtry’s live prowess: ‘Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player.

SOLD OUT An Evening with Acoustic Hot Tuna

If you don’t know Jorma, you don’t know Jack’ Truer words were never spoken in the rock and roll world. For over 40 years, Jorma and Jack have been making some incredible music. Join us for 2 big sets of great Tuna music.

Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship, created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner; and, David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service – takes aim on yet another historic milestone in 2012. The band, descended from Jefferson Airplane – who performed at Monterey and Woodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin, and whose music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism – is set to perform their 2,000th concert since they first soared in 1974 following the 1972 dissolution of Jefferson Airplane. Jefferson Starship 2012 features a luminary assemblage, fronted by Grammy nominated lead vocalist Cathy Richardson who starred on Broadway on ‘Love, Janis.’ Joining Richardson, Freiberg & Kantner is longtime lead guitarist Slick Aguilar who has been with the band 20 years and toured with David Crosby before that, drummer Donny Baldwin who appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings and also toured with Jerry Garcia Band, and keyboardist/bassist Chris Smith who joined the band in 1998 after years with The Supremes. The band continues to perform their iconic repertoire of hits spanning all eras of their existence, including ‘Jane,’ ‘Somebody To Love,’ ‘Miracles,’ ‘White Rabbit,’ ‘Volunteers,’ ‘Count On Me’ and many more.

Eleni Mandell

Eleni Mandell explores the joys and trials of being a mother to young twins with the help of Nick Lowe’s crack backing band and producer Neil Brockbank on her new album ‘Let’s Fly a Kite,’ out January 28 on Yep Roc Records. Her second for Yep Roc, the album sees a standard-bearer of the L.A. singer-songwriter scene offer a window into her new parental role through characteristically wry lyrics, noirish vocals and sunny, orchestral-pop arrangements. While on a tour with Nick Lowe, Eleni became fast friends with Nick’s producer Neil Brockbank and agreed to make this album together. Mandell went to London and cut it with Brockbank and members of Lowe’s band, including Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Matt Radford (bass), Robert Trehern (drums), Martin Winning (wind instruments) plus Greg Townson of Los Straitjackets on guitar. Says Lowe: ‘She stole my band and my sound, but I’d still have her ’round for tea.’ Eleni also brings her children on all of her tours, criss-crossing the country and overseas with her twins in tow. The two-steps, waltzes and weepers on ‘Let’s Fly a Kite’ take inspiration from years past, but here Mandell is a thoroughly modern woman. ‘Put My Baby To Bed,’ based on a phone call she had with her babysitter, shows her flair for writing about her children in a way that’s broad enough to let listeners project their own romantic meanings over timpani, upright bass, jazz clarinet and plucked strings. The swinging ‘Wedding Ring,’ cleverly addressed to the titular inanimate object, is a sendup of marriage (or rather people who desperately seek it). Occasionally she does consider romance, like when she tries to take a platonic relationship a step further on ‘Love Never Acted’: ‘I like bourbon on ice every now and again / I hoped you’d partake so this friendship could end.’ Eleni signed to Yep Roc for 2012’s ‘I Can See the Future,’ which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The Strokes). She’s been compared to Chrissie Hynde and PJ Harvey by Spin, early Elvis Costello by Rolling Stone, and Joni Mitchell by Paste; as The Los Angeles Times puts it, Mandell is ‘gifted with a voice that’s as smoky and coolly moderate as a chanteuse secreting a pearl-handled revolver beneath her dress in a noir novel.’

Carrie Rodriguez

At each stage of Carrie Rodriguez’s career-as a fiddler, singer, and songwriter-the Austin, Texas, native has learned the importance of letting go. That was certainly true when it came to recording her fifth solo album, Give Me All You Got, her first of largely original tunes in several years. ‘In the making of Love and Circumstance in 2008, I chose to sing other people’s songs,’ Rodriguez explains. ‘I needed to take a step back from songwriting and think about the kinds of songs that feel important to sing. Doing that inspired me to write again.’ Rodriguez, who came to attention a decade ago performing with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, has established an impressive roster of touring, recording, and co-writing affiliations-with Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Alejandro Escovedo, guitarist Bill Frisell, and others. Although she has issued three albums under her own name and enjoyed major label support for 2008’s She Ain’t Me, the release of Give Me All You Got marks a giant step for Rodriguez. The album was recorded with her own band and produced by the renowned Lee Townsend, with whom she has worked closely in the past. And the songs-which she wrote, co-wrote, or handpicked from the repertoire of longtime collaborators-establish her musical identity more powerfully than ever before.

Carrie Rodriguez November 7

Carrie Rodriguez plays the Narrows on Thursday November 7. She is a woefully under appreciated artist and deserves to be a star. Here is one reason why.

2nd Annual ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ – Poster Art Exhibition

The response to last year’s poster art show was phenomenal! The Narrows is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Damn The Torpedoes Exhibition – a new body of work by talented artists with a variety of styles. The exhibition is once again curated by long-time Narrows’ friend and graphic designer Pete Cardoso of Ghost-Town Studio. Participating artists include:
Dan Grzeca
Anthony Petrie
Jay Ryan
Print Mafia
X-Ray Style Poster image: ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ Anthony Petrie

SOLD OUT Judy Collins

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years. She is a relentlessly creative spirit, is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart