Showing posts with label Howl Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Howl Festival. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Howl! postponed: 'It's sad is what it is'

[Photo from 2013 via Bobby Williams]

This past Sunday, Howl! Festival officials said that the annual gathering in Tompkins Square Park had been indefinitely put on hold.

Howl! officials issued a media alert about the situation yesterday…

HOWL! Arts Inc. regrets to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances HOWL! Festival 2014 originally scheduled for May 30 through June 1 has been postponed. New dates will be announced as soon as available.

For more than a century, the East Village has been home to poets, jazz musicians, Vaudeville and Yiddish theatre, artists, rock stars, performance artists and diverse communities who have added their rich cultural heritage to the mix. Building on this tradition and inspired by long time East Village resident Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem, HOWL! Festival was founded in 2003 to lionize, preserve, and advance the art, history, culture, and counterculture unique to the East Village and Lower East Side.

“We're a small, all-volunteer organization and we’ve successfully produced the Festival in Tompkins Square Park for the last 12 years.” says HOWL! Board member Bob Holman. “This year the Parks Department permit application process was so complicated and difficult that when we had no conclusive answer by the beginning of April for our Festival in May, we knew we'd run out of time. It's sad is what it is: for the community, for families, and for local artists.”

Named the Village Voice’s Best Outdoor Festival 2011, HOWL! Festival is the quintessential community event dedicated to preserving the past and celebrating the contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. HOWL! Arts Inc. embraces poet Allen Ginsberg’s insightful, iconoclastic, and irreverent legacy to inspire and galvanize new artists and audiences. Presenting poetry, music, dance, theater, fine art, and intersections of popular culture and artistic expression, HOWL! Festival encourages the public to join in the creative process and to experience first hand the value of a creative life, the heritage of social justice, and the flourishing of diverse cultures that are the signatures of this vital community. For additional information please visit

HOWL! programs include Art Around the Park, Kids Art Around the Park, the HOWL! Out Loud Kids Carnival and stages which present Ballet, Modern Dance, Tap, Latin Expression and more; Theater, Vaudeville, Performance Art, Poetry, Spoken Word, and Music of all genres.

HOWL! Festival is 100% free for and open to all in what the festival proudly dubs a cash-free zone.

Monday, April 14, 2014

This year's Howl! Festival has been postponed

[Photo from 2013 by ~Joan]

Word went out last night that the annual Howl! Festival has been postponed… here's the message from the Howl! website

And that's all we have about it at the moment…

Updated 4/14:

Bob Holman had this to say about the situation last evening on his Tumblr

Steve Cannon will continue as Poet laureate and will rule at the next HOWL, whenever that is. It’s Tompkins Sq Park bureaucracy, IMHO — HOWL has never been supported like the Treasure that it is.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Looking at 'Bowery Bombshells — Great Ladies of the Lower East Side'

Low Life 7: Bowery Bombshells — Great Ladies of the Lower East Side marked the Grand Finale during this weekend's Howl Festival in Tompkins Square Park... EVG contributor Stacie Joy was on-hand yesterday to capture the sights, sounds, wigs, fishnets...

Sweet Lorraine of HyperGender Burlesque

Vangeline Theater

Velocity Chyaldd of BadAss Burlesque

Nicholas Gorham and Shredding Wench Factory

Kat Mon Dieu and Gothic Hangman

Rachel Klein Theater

Scooter Pie

Shredding Wench Factory

Heather Litteer/Jessica Rabbit Domination

Founder of Vangeline Theater


Thanks to The Jackie Factory NYC for another great show. Read more about the event here.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Looking at some Art Around the Park

So much great Art Around the Park... here are just a few of the pieces via Bobby Williams today...

At the Howl! Festival 2013

Just a few scenes from EVG contributor peter radley...

The action continues tomorrow.

Now ready for Art Around the Park

[Shawn Chittle]

Among the artists taking part today, according to the Howl website:

Anca Barbu Frank Barrett, Victor Batorksy, Andres Bella, Billy the artist, Perola Bonfanti, Ian Brennan, Teresa Brown, Irma Cannovo, Simon Cardwell, Nicki Carrico, Alberto Carvalho, David Caudle, Chico, Susan Conrad, Kate Conroy, Chris Cooper, James Cornwell, Steve Cox, CRAM CONCEPTS, Emilio Cuilan, Ethan Cyr, Chauncey Dandridge, Patrick Daugherty, Taiyo De Jong, Onno De Jong, Alicia Degener, Vito Luca DiTomaso, Sophia Domeville, Peter Dougherty, Launa Eddy, Kevin Farley, Walker Fee, Luke Felisbert, Martie Flores, Alexandre Fortier, Amy Gissen, Tasha Goldblum, Mario Gomez, David Greene, Thomas Hames, Brian Harris, Jere 'JEX' Harshman, Edward Herman, Jhonatan Hernandez, Bruce Hlavna, Brianna Holley, Sam Ita, Shuri Jackson, Jeffrey Jameson, Case Jernigan, Nicolina Johnson, Ebi Kagbala, Gulnara Karpuchok, Nina Katan, Lola Katan, Ingrid Kelleman, Patrick Keyes, Darryl LaVare, Un Lee, Kevin Leong, Viveca Licata, Kerri Lindstrom, Daniel Litt, Philip Lombardo, Leslie Lowe, Andrea Lynn, Aimee Margolis, Marthalicia Matarrita, Tim McCarthy, Stephen McCombe, Fran McGee, Michael Meade, Martin Medina, Kwue Molly, Danny Mota, Michelle Nappi, Michael Natale, Jake Nelson, Alison Nolan, Daniel Olshansky, Dennis Os, James Peterson, Robert Petrick, Alex Price, David Pullman, Hannah Quirk, Jeff Richman, Frankie Roche, Doug Rochelle, Freddie Rodriguez, Kai Salvatore, Kennyray Scallon, Simon Scott, Simon Scott, Steven Shryock, Nathaniel A. Siegel, Kristen Singer, Stephen Skinner, Edward Snyder, Sok Song, Raymond Sosa, Meghan Spitzer, Bjorn Strigel, Richard Surmacz, Brett Thompson, John Trembo, Jiro Ueno, Nina Valazquez, Rolando Vega, Charles David Viera, Jonathan Weiser, Joff Wilson, Javier Winnik, Allen Yeager, and of course, the famous RISD Student...

[Via EVG's Twitter]

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Howl! Festival is underway

The day began with a group reading of Howl, featuring Lydia Lunch among many others...

...and Art Around the Park starts in the morning...

Find the full weekend schedule here.

Photos by Bobby Williams.

At 'Don't Hide the Madness'

At the Pyramid on Avenue A last night, Lydia Lunch hosted "an evening of spoken word in the raw" titled Don't Hide the Madness. It was a benefit for Howl! Emergency Life Project.

EVG contributor Stacie Joy was there and shared a few photos from the evening...

Among the many performers...

Bibbe Hansen...


Tony O'Neill...


Nicole Blackman...


Our Q-and-A with Lydia is here.