Neighborhood street fair presented by The Kitchen and Friends of the High Line
When: Saturday, September 15, from 12PM-5PM. Rain or Shine
Where: West 19th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues
New York, NY, August 3, 2007 – West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues will be transformed into a family-friendly festival featuring dozens of artist-led activity booths, crafts, workshops, and live performances in the second annual Kitchen High Line Block Party on Saturday, September 15, from 12PM-5PM (rain or shine). The festival is the result of a collaborative relationship between The Kitchen and Friends of the High Line.
Among the block party highlights:
• Artist Pablo Helguera will deliver singing telegrams by request around the world over the phone
• A performance by Hoofer’s House Tap Jam Session and tap-dancing workshop with Jason Samuels Smith and the Pheeroan akLaff Trio
• A reptile petting zoo hosted by Erik’s Reptile Ed-ventures
Other planned activities include face painting, puppet-making, temporary tattoos, cookie-decorating, mask-making, and collaborative sculpture-making. Artist-led workshops in hula-hooping and drumming will also take place throughout the day. With artist installations and music by DJ Reborn, as well as a range of live music and dance performances on The Kitchen’s main stage, the Block Party will attract individuals and families from all over the city and the Kitchen/High Line neighborhood, including youth, adults, and seniors from Fulton Houses and Chelsea-Elliott Houses. The first Kitchen High Line Block Party, held in 2005, drew more than 5,000 attendees.
Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Kitchen, commented, "We are very proud of this event, which allows us to give something back to the community of Chelsea, where we have made our home for over twenty-five years."
Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, said, "This free party is one of our favorite events. It’s a pleasure to invite our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers to join us in a celebration of the creative energy of this neighborhood, New York City, and of our two organizations."
Artists leading activities include Groovehoops, Elia Alba, William Cordova, Michael de Feo, Dahlia Elsayed, Pablo Helguera, Nancy Hwang, Wardell Milan II, Adam Schecter, Shinique Smith, Bec Stupak, Charmaine Wheatley, Saya Woolfak and Chris Myers.
The main stage will feature live music and dance performances by DJ Reborn, Matana Roberts & Friends (a saxophonist and her quintet), Hoofer’s House Tap Jam Session (in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem), and a workshop and performance by the Afro-Latin drum ensemble Ilu Aiye.
The fair will also feature affordable food from local vendors including the Treats Truck, Chelsea Thai, Amy’s Bread, Ronnybrook Farms, Cleaver Company, and Calidad Latina. Visitors can also cool off inside The Kitchen and view the new exhibition Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music, a group exhibition that explores the intersection of drawing and sound through experimental scores by more than thirty composers who relinquish traditional musical notation in favor of their own invented visual systems of pictorial or "graphic" elements.
The Kitchen High Line Block Party is made possible with generous support from Chelsea Market and funds from New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.ABOUT THE KITCHEN
The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence. For more information, please visit www.thekitchen.org
.ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
Friends of the High Line is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan. A new public park is now under construction on the High Line. The first section, between Gansevoort Street and West 20th Street, is expected to open in 2008. For more information, visit www.thehighline.org
Blake Zidell, The Kitchen
Katie Lorah, Friends of the High Line