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A Series With Janna Levin
#3. The Goddamn Particle
Wednesday, April 29
7:30PM – Doors open at 7pm
Free, RSVP Here

Citizens worldwide have tried to pronounce “Higgs Boson,” the name of the particle that glues the pieces in the puzzle of our material reality. The Higgs was found, Nobel prizes were awarded, and the discovery was both a disappointment (is there nothing more?) and a triumph (they did it!). The particle physicist Leon Lederman famously referred to the Higgs as the “Goddamn Particle,” a moniker his publisher resisted so that his book was titled “The God Particle.” Unfortunately the flourish has stuck. We prefer the original. We’ll discuss the Goddamn Particle, how it keeps every thing and our theories hanging together, and why we built a multi-billion dollar machine in Switzerland just to find it.

With Guests:
Sean Carroll Research Professor of Physics at Caltech, author of “The Particle at the Edge of the Universe” and “From Eternity to Here”
Melissa Franklin Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard

About The Series:
What Is Quantum Reality? Does Time Exist? Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls?
Major Scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate.

154-NY_logos-large21:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17
12pm-8pm; Day Pass $10, Student $5

1:54, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, launches its inaugural New York edition at Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Selected exhibitors will hail from global territories such as South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA to showcase over 60 emerging and established international artists.

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 has established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary African art market, with an expert selection of participating galleries and artists and its ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers.

Spanning several generations and diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, the selection includes works by Edson Chagas, star of the Angolan Pavilion – awarded the prestigious accolade for Best National Participation at the 55th Venice Biennale; Prix Pictet shortlist photographer Sammy Baloji; Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté; Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh; Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama; and Nigerian curator and artist Lavar Munroe; many of which have been selected for presentation at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale. New York art-goers will likely recognize numerous artists establishing a global presence, such as Aboudia and Boris Nzebo from Jack Bell Gallery (London), Maïmouna Guerresi and ruby onyinyechi amanze from Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), and Joël Andrianomearisoa from Primo Marella Gallery (Milan).


60×60 Wave Farm Mix and Amplitude Live
Thursday, April 30
5-9pm; Free

60×60 Wave Farm Mix features sixty sixty-second works, created with, for, and about radio and transmission. Included are works by Amplitude artists Cameron Fraser and Chatori Shimizu, as well as Miles Leo Allen, Peter Barnard, Pedro Bericat, Colin Black, David Bohn, Eric Boivin, Joseph Bourdeau, Michael Boyd, Steve Bull, Christina Campanella, Sounds: Damian Catera, Words: Patricia Kositzky, Bernard Clarke, alan coon, Brett Copeland, Nathan Corder, Lin Culbertson, Grant Cutler, D. Edward Davis, Michael Dean, Benjamin Luke Deane, Justin Downs, Lorenz Erdmann, Vincent Euliano, Soressa Gardner, David Heuser, Alan M Jackson, Tara Jackson, Brian D. Kelly, Tyler Kline, Keith Kothman, Sebastien Lavoie, Joshua Liebowitz, Stephen Lilly, Pol McLernon / Matt Lewis, Todd Merrell, Michael Nazionale, Serban Nichifor, Ken Nickels, Jesper Norda, Ken Paoli, Zach Poff, Aleksandr Rikhterman, John Roach, Lee Rosevere, Edward Ruchalski, Sam Sebren, Asha Sheshadri, Jason Sloan, David Jason Snow, Hans Tammen, Rachel Devorah Trapp, Dixie Treichel, Mark Vernon, Robert Voisey, Jane Wang, J. Wetherell, Chris Wood, and Sabrina Pena Young. Co-presented by Vox Novus and Wave Farm.

Amplitude Live is a sonic happening featuring performances and ecstatic utterances from artists in the Columbia School of the Arts Sound Arts program. Chatori Shimizu, Frank Spigner, Alice Emily Baird, Nolan Lem, and Cameron Fraser will each premiere new works, and friends of the program will also participate. Curated by Cameron Fraser.

Second Sundays
Sunday, May 10
4 – 10pm; FREE Suggested Donation $10

Clocktower Radio, Clara Claus, Shandoah Goldman, Hyon Gyon, Robyn Hasty, Tommy Martinez, Nanotronics Imaging, Joséphine Kaeppelin, Christopher Kardambikis, and Jessica Vaughn.

Streamed live for the duration of the event on Clocktower Radio at!


PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band that takes its cues from thirty years of Hip Hop history. A vibrant collective of young musicians, composers and artists, the group embodies many of the contemporary undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop with funk, rock, jazz and classical influences, resulting in a style that matches their dreads, shades and dashikis—rich brass harmonies, lyrical hooks, tongue-twisting raps, and rhythms that make your blood race.


Music maker Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Xenia’s sound grows from a wide range of influences from Caribbean rhythms and beat music to minimalism and indie rock all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut record, Magic Trix, is an ecstatic collection of songs featuring layered beats, crunchy keyboards, and driving syncopated rhythms. Audiences and critics alike have lauded her rafter-shaking live show, describing the songstress as “redefining exuberance”. She has toured extensively in Europe and North America.

SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

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Concert Series Event #5
Friday, May 22
7pm; $10 Suggested Donation

Operating under the overarching FSN ethos that encourages the diminishing of boundaries in music-making and music-listening – be they ethnic, cultural, or stylistic – this concert series features a diverse curation of artists, both local and international. Audiences and performers alike are invited to experience something special and out-of-the-ordinary, as this collection of traditional and contemporary artists, community members and visitors, congregates in a unique kind of concert environment to engage in the intimate offering of sound.

Featuring: Port St Willow, Bombay Rickey, Margaret Glaspy, Ian Chang

Produced by Nandi Plunkett
Curated by Elena Moon Park
Audio engineered by Ezra Tenenbaum
Visual and lighting design by Celina Carney
Video projections by Zack Levine

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ISSUE Project Room Concert Series

Saturday, June 20; 6pm, Doors open at 5pm
Tickets: $25 General, $18 Members/Students, $0 All-Access

ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation are pleased to present Dead Moon, J Mascis, Borbetomagus, and Das Audit live in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Few bands exude the DIY ethos more than the legendary Oregon-based trio Dead Moon. Formed in 1987 and recently reunited after an 8-year hiatus, their stripped down aesthetic crossing garage rock, punk, and country, has secured their status as one of the most enduring and revered Northwest underground bands of all time. The formidable guitarist, laconic songwriter and all-around grunge-deity J Mascis performs solo. Borbetomagus take free-improv to the extreme, creating a mass of relentless, take-no-prisoners noise. NYC quartet Das Audit open the night crossing kraut and folk in heavy, wind-driven instrumentals.

Fronted by the husband-wife team of Fred Cole on guitar and vocals, Toody Cole on bass and vocals, and the indefatigable Andrew Loomis on drums, Clackamas, Oregon’s Dead Moon have been churning out their own indescribable brand of rock and roll for over 20 years. After an 8 year hiatus the trio revived in 2013, and their intensity and vitality are as unquestionable now as ever. The model of DIY self-sufficiency, Dead Moon have recorded almost all of their output themselves, released much of it on their own label, Tombstone Records (“Music Too Tough to Die”). The group even cut their own masters, on the same 1954 mono lathe used to cut the The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” Dead Moon’s most recent album, 2004’s Dead Ahead, was released domestically on Tombstone. They are subject of the 2006 documentary Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story.