Thursday, September 4, 2008

HOWL: Temporarily returning the East Village to its "humble beginnings"


New York Press on the HOWL! festival, which starts Friday and runs through Sept. 11:

Saving the iconic neighborhood from what one performer describes as “yuppie scum,” the HOWL! Festival’s organizers vow to temporarily return the East Village to its humble beginnings: Before streets became “crowded with people drinking,” as [artist Riki] Colon says, and before the upper middle class invested in housing while anxiously awaiting graffiti-free streets. HOWL! seeks to revive the beat poetry shouted from street corners and the days when artists were viewed as visionaries. This year’s festival has an additional endeavor: to make HOWL! relevant to a new generation, thereby passing along the East Village’s explosive, controversial and irreplaceable legacy.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It should be fun--I really love the art around the park--
when is Wigstock???

EV Grieve said...

There's no Wigstock this year...

http://ladybunny.net/blog/2008/08/no-wigstock-this-year.html

anon.2 said...

There hasn't been a wigstock in years.

Jill said...

I thought wigstock moved to the west village.

And it's supposed to rain on Saturday so Art Around the Park is in jeopardy of being very wet.