Dec 15 show in Los Angeles

I’m playing with my band at this show!

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Get more details on the Facebook event page.
James V on soundcloud.

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Dec 13 at Meltdown Comics

I’ll be playing a couple of songs at Andre du Bouchet‘s Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game’s 15th Annual Holiday Special. Tickets available here.

With special guests Dana Gould, Dan Cronin (another CONAN writer/performer), Brandon Wardell, Ed Salazar and singer Rebecca Schiffman! Produced by Adam Spiegelman.”

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Nerdmelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
Doors 8:45, starts at 9pm
21+ or all ages with parent or guardian.
$10 tickets here.

From the holdmyticket website:

Francisco Guglioni (CONAN writer/performer Andres du Bouchet) is a fictional character, and he knows it. Armed with nothing more than a vague “sketch comedy accent”, and the most minimal of backstories, he has been entertaining crowds here in the states for 15 years with his extravaganza ‘Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game’, a rollicking variety show that is exactly what it sounds like. Now, along with his trusty fictional keyboardist, manager and parrot wrangler Hank Mayonnaise (Adam Felber from Real Time with Bill Maher and NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), Francisco brings his absurdist show to NerdMelt for a rollicking fun holiday-themed time.

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New music video!

Walking to the Subway – Directed by Scott Jacobson

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The Smell with Jeffrey Lewis

I’m opening for Jeffrey Lewis!

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Sunday, November 27
The Smell – downtown Los Angeles – 247 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$10 (tickets here), All Ages
8:30pm Doors
9pm Rebecca Schiffman
10pm Black Yaya
11pm Jeffrey Lewis

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Show with Waxahatchee, Swanning, at Junior High in LA

I’m playing a show this Sunday, November 13, with Waxahatchee and Swanning at the community art space Junior High in Hollywood. 5656 hollywood blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$5 Tickets:
http://www.welcometojuniorhigh.com/calendar/2016/11/13/waxahatchee-solo-swanning-solo

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1773337006266556/

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The Tell

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Here’s a pic Michael Leviton took of me playing at The Tell at National Sawdust. I also told a story. The whole program, which includes stories from Michael Leviton, Danielle Aykroyd, Rich Benjamin, and Ari Frey, will eventually be released as a podcast.

 

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Upcoming: The Tell, Vol 12. at National Sawdust, Brooklyn

I will be playing songs and telling a story at volume 12 of The Tell, a night/podcast of music and storytelling curated by Michael Leviton at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY.

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10/23
8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
Tickets $15 – available here.
with Michael Leviton, Rich, Benjamin, Danielle Aykryod, and Avi Frey.

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Interview on CITR’s A Face for Radio

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Erik Coates for his show “A Face for Radio” on CITR, University of Vancouver’s radio station. We had so much to talk about that it ended up spanning two episodes! You can hear us talk about songwriting and other stuff and hear some of my songs and music picks at the links below.

Download Part 1
Download Part 2

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Show on Tuesday in LA

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https://www.facebook.com/events/116540032137002/

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KCRW Pick of the Month

KCRW DJ Marion Hodges includes “Rebecca Schiffman” in her best album of the month picks.

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New album out today!

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It’s official, my third LP (which happens to be called “Rebecca Schiffman”)  is available today!

It’s streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

You can show extra support by pre-ordering the vinyl
which comes with MP3s at Fayettenam Records
or purchase the digital album at one of the sites below.

Bandcamp
iTunes
Amazon

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My Squidbillies Theme Cover

My cover of the Squidbillies theme song is now up on youtube along with a behind-the-scenes video of finishing the recording. The episode airs this Sunday at 11:30pm on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.

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Hear two songs from my upcoming album

My new self-titled album comes out Friday, but you can hear two songs on Bandcamp and pre-order on Bandcamp or iTunes.

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Show in Los Angeles with Miranda Lee Richards and Tarnation

SMiLE! presents a show at the Alchemy Castle in Hollywood Hills.
RSVP to herrneilson at gmail dot com for address. Facebook event here.

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New Video!

You can see me ride a flying tiger over Manhattan in the new music video for my song “Tips for Conquering Fear of Flying” directed by Alec Coiro. And, hear Nels Cline‘s awesome guitar solo!

(or watch on youtube HERE for bigger size)

This song is about my very real and intense fear of flying and the chorus is something I say to myself when I’m on a plane. If you’re afraid of flying too, I hope it can help. Also, it’s not a metaphor, like about “flying” and meeting your potential, it is most definitely about flying on airplanes.

It’s from my upcoming self-titled album which was produced by Money Mark(!!!!) and comes out everywhere online August 12 and on vinyl in late September on Fayettenam Records. But, you can pre-order it today on Bandcamp and get instant access to this song and one other.

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Little Joy show with Business of Dreams in LA

I’m playing this Tuesday, accompanied by John MF Anderson on guitar.

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I recorded a theme for Squidbillies!

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I’m very proud to have contributed a version of the theme song for the new season of Squidbillies! That’s what I was working on in the previous post with Money Mark and RC. Other theme song artists this season include Sharon Van Etten, The B52’s, Father John Misty, and Kurt Vile.

http://pitchfork.com/news/66475-father-john-misty-sharon-van-etten-kurt-vile-to-cover-squidbillies-theme-song/

Will post the song when it’s out!

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Back in the studio

Last week at Brushfire Records with Money Mark and Robert Carranza, working on a special project coming soon.

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Coachella Week 2 – Grimes in more Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry

INDIO, CA - APRIL 23:  Singer Grimes performs onstage wearing Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images for Coachella)

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GRIMES wearing Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry at COACHELLA

Grimes performed in a new custom Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry black-and-white chainmail glovelet. This is really thrilling for me – I can’t imagine a more perfect destination for this design. Grimes’s set was styled by Turner.

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pic by Brandon Perlman

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Pics from GnarBurger Show

A couple pics taken by Chris Lepe at the April 1 show at GnarBurger Records.

Rebecca Schiffman at Gnarburger Recordswith John MF Anderson playing guitar.

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GRIMES wearing Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry in NYLON

GRIMES wearing Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry chainmail cuffs in the new issue of NYLON. Styled by Turner.

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Sunrise Cuff:
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New Record in the Works

I’ve been busy recording my new album with Money Mark producing. We’re just about done tracking. Hopefully 2016 release…

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Pic by Charlotte Kidd

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Robyn Hitchcock Tribute Show

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I’ll be playing tomorrow at this Robyn Hitchcock tribute show on the West Side of Los Angeles.

September 2, 2014
8pm – Midnight (I play at 9:30pm)

Brennan’s Pub
4089 Lincoln, Blvd
Marina Del Ray, CA 90292

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Desert Nights

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Thank you everyone who came to Desert Nights at the Cactus Lounge in the Standard Hotel on Wednesday. It was my first of hopefully many more shows with Ethan Glazer on bass.
Thank you Larisa for the pic.

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Upcoming Performance in LA: Desert Nights at the Standard Hotel

I’ll be playing a set on August 6th at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles. Ethan Glazer will accompany me on bass and vocals.

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Wednesday August 6, 2014
Desert Nights hosted by DJ Valida
The Standard – Cactus Lounge – 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
7:30pm Zach Smith
8:30pm Rebecca Schiffman
9:30pm Skin & Bones

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Last Brucennial Install Pics

Here are two install shots of my piece in the Last Brucennial that my brother took for me.

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The Last Brucennial

I made a triptych called “Woodies #2” which will be on view in the historic LAST BRUCENNIAL exhibition opening tonight.

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Opening: March 6, 6pm – 10pm
On view: March 7 – April 4
837 Washington Street, Manhattan, NYC

Some links:
http://brucennial.com/
http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/interviews/the-last-brucennial-the-interview/

 

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LOVE SONGS Benefit for Leave Out Violence.

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles I will be performing a few songs at a fundraiser for Leave Out Violence at Fonogenic Studios. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

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RUNT PARTY: Jewelry inspired by pets

I just launched a new Kickstarter project called RUNT PARTY.

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It’s a collection of necklaces and keychains inspired by our three pets. They are all available as backer rewards for $25 and under and I am also making a very limited number of Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry pieces available for backers at a great discount.

Please check out the project on Kickstarter for the full story:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/696821682/runt-party-jewelry-inspired-by-pets

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Capsule Vegas Recap

This summer Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry exhibited at the CAPSULE Las Vegas tradeshow, hosted by The Venetian. Here are some pics.
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Me and my new guitar have a cameo in Eleanor Friedberger’s new video

Scott Jacobson directed this music video for Eleanor Friedberger‘s song “Stare at the Sun” from her upcoming album “Personal Record” out in June on Merge Records. I play my new/old Frankenstein-ed vintage Japanese guitar from Old Style in the video band. We got to wear Vena Cava’s new line Viva Vena. Also, if you like sheep dogs this video has two.

Screenshot:

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Show at Satellite in Silverlake with Chief coming up on Tuesday, April 15

I’m opening for my old friends CHIEF at The Satellite as part of their April residency!

Details are on the SHOWS page.

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Besant Lodge show

Here are some pics from the beautiful Besant Lodge in Los Angeles where I performed this past Thursday with John Keith and C.C. Carana.


photo of me by Sarah Masslon


C.C. Carana and John Dylan Keith


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The Audience


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some LA show pics



Photo by Gary Ho


Photo by Gavril Lourie


Photo by Shanee Pink

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First LA show, and I moved to LA

I moved to LA last week.

I will be playing my first OFFICIAL LA show

February 2, 2013
Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
$5, 21+
Doors 6:30pm
Rebecca Schiffman 7pm

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UES Jewelry Collection available at BLUE TREE on the UES!

Blue Tree, the two-story boutique owned by Phoebe Cates on Madison Avenue between 91st Street and 92nd Street has been one of my favorite local spots for years so I’m very excited that they are now carrying pieces from my Upper East Side Jewelry Collection.  Please stop by and check it out!

Also, fun fact: Phoebe Cates’s husband the academy award winning actor Kevin Kline does the voice for Mr. Fishoeder on the TV show Bob’s Burgers.

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RS Jewelry now available at Fair Folks Cafe in NYC

Select pieces from Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry’s Upper East Side Collection are now available at the new Fair Folks Cafe in NYC.

Learn about this unique coffee/design shop on the New York Times website.

Me with Aurora and Anthony, founders of Fair Folks and a Goat.

 

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Ben Toth on Bachelor Pad

Yep!

Composer, arranger, and vocal coach Ben Toth was a guest on last weeks episode #307 of Bachelor Pad. Here he is attempting to teach a tone deaf contestant to sing Night Ranger’s Sister Christian. He is wearing the Flower Escutcheon Necklace from Rebecca Schiffman jewelry’s Upper East Side Collection.

Also, here is a blog post I really like from Ben on Huffington Post.

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A little shout out in AP

Thanks to Walter Schreifels for the shout out in last month’s Alternative Press Magazine!
Too bad we never finished the Pearl Harbor album. Here are some pics of Pearl Harbor in action.

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Julia met the President and the First Lady

That conversation may or may not have taken place, but the enchanting Julia Nasser definitely did meet the President and First Lady!


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Alex Karpovsky’s Red Flag

RED FLAG, a film directed by Alex Karpovsky just premiered at the LA Film Festival.  Teddy Blanks scored the entire movie and I am proud to say I sang on one song.

Listen or download for free:
(Wavin’ Like A) Red Flag by Teddy Blanks (feat. Rebecca Schiffman)

And here’s a review of Red Flag, the movie on IndieWire.

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Profile in Carnegie Hill News

I’m very excited to finally be featured in Carnegie Hill News, the neighborhood newsletter put out by Carnegie Hill Neighbors. I’ve been reading it for years and now my time has come!

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Living Room Show in Los Angeles

Last weekend I performed at a home in Atwater Village, Los Angeles.  Scott Jacobson posted video of it HERE.  The third song “Song for a Writer” is pretty new, not officially recorded yet.

Photo by Mia Lipton

(That is a paused episode of Bob’s Burgers on the TV)

 

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New Post!

Yeesh, it’s been awhile.  This post is just to announce that I am about to write a real new post!

xo,

Rebs

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Success on Kickstarter!

I am very happy and relieved to report that my Kickstarter project to expand my Upper East Side Jewelry Collection was successful, raising 134% of my $5,000 goal!

I am very grateful to my friends, family and the Kickstarter backers whom I did not know, who enabled the project’s success.

Thanks to them I am now busy designing and preparing to order professional custom Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry packaging and business cards, ordering some much needed tools, and preparing their rewards to send to them.

If you missed the Kickstarter deadline, pieces are now available for order on my new online store!

 

More soon…

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Jewelry Exhibition in San Francisco

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Hannah Keefe, Julia Heineccius, Christine Shin, Meghan Patrice Riley, Rebecca Deans, Cynthia Rohrer, Rebecca Schiffman

November 10-21, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 10th 6-9pm
@ Monday Spaces, 2441 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
between 25th and 26th avenues

MAG (Metal Arts Guild) together with Monday Spaces are proud to present Conspicuous, an intimate exhibition that speaks to jewelry and how we can put it on view in our personal settings. This exhibition was a national call juried by Sienna Patti (Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA) and local design team Joseph Ferriso and Jonathan Anzalone of Anzfer Farms. Conspicuous is a collaborative exhibition with Anzfer Farms who will respond to the featured jewelry by creating interactive, custom displays for showcasing the work in a personal setting, with an interest in exploring these objects as a visual experience, and the role played when they are taken out of a functional context.”

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Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry on Kickstarter – The Upper East Side Collection

Big News! I have a new collection of jewelry based on UPPER EAST SIDE architectural ornament and now all of my jewelry is at my NEW WEBSITE.  www.rebeccaschiffmanjewelry.com

Also, I’ve just launched a KICKSTARTER page to get this new jewelry collection off the ground.  Please check out my Kickstarter video and consider supporting by pre-ordering a piece of jewelry or one of the other backer rewards!

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A Social Experiment – group show in Watermill, NY this weekend.

Artists choose Artists: A Social Experiment

organized by Charlotte Kidd and James Salomon

Old Stone Boys Club – 938 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
Friday 19 August – Sunday 21 August 2011, open 11am – 8pm

Reception for the artists: Friday 19 August, 6 – 8pm
(This exhibition runs for one weekend only)

Directions:  >>  www.osbch.com <<

A Social Experiment will present the work of six New York artists
alongside one artist of their choosing:

Hunter Barnes with Rebecca Schiffman
Jamie Diamond with Jeff Fichera
Joey Frank with Dustin Yellin
John Gordon Gauld with Rosalie Stone Morris
Nir Hod with Christina Kruse
Wilmot Kidd with Jesse Langille
Jane Moseley with Paige Mead

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IMK Jewelry in LA Pop-Up Store- opening today! (8/6-8/26)

IMK Jewelry will be available at Arts & Leisure, a pop-up store in Los Angeles (Aug 6- 28) featuring all New York designers, curated by Erin Krause and Chrissie Miller.

Arts & Leisure, August 6 through 28, at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A

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IMK Jewelry in Plum Hamptons Magazine

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Mixed Tapes Episode

Mixed Tapes: Rebecca Schiffman from Michael Melamedoff on Vimeo.

This is an episode of MIXED TAPES by Michael Melamedoff who I can say from working with him is a very genuine and serious filmmaker.

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Wolf Who Cried Boy remix of Passing Fantasy


Peter Toh/Wolf Who Cried Boy

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Taylor Schilling in IMK in Nylon!

Check out the gorgeous Taylor Schilling, who is starring opposite Zac Efron in the upcoming movie “The Lucky One,” wearing two IMK Jewelry cuffs in the May issue of Nylon.
SHOP HERE!
Styled by
Turner and Erica.

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I Got a Really Cool Book: Yves Saint Laurent Dialog with Art

Today I got a REALLY COOL book!!!!!

This book is the catalog for the 2004 exhibtition”Yves Saint Laurent dialogue avec l’Art” at Fondation Pierre Bergé that chronicled YSL’s “dialogs” with art, beginning in 1965 with a collection of dresses based on Piet Mondrian’s compositions.

I had not known that YSL went on to design pieces inspired by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Bonnard (one of my all-time favs), Léger, and Van Gogh as well as Pop Art and African Art in general.

From a NYTimes article at the time:  “But I never compared myself with these artists — that would be pretentious,” said Saint Laurent. “I just tried to be an artist in my own métier.”

Rebecca Schiffman with YSL Book and Mondrian Cuff

Happy with my book and wearing my own Mondrian Cuff.

I got the book at Mast Books on Avenue A and 5th St NYC.

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Jasper Van Der Hurd Art and Design Collective

I donated this bracelet to the silent auction:

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NEW IMK PICS: Raina Hamner shot by Kava Gorna

Click here to check out all the pics: IMK Jewelry

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IMK Jewelry now at Henri Bendel!

IMK Jewelry is now available at Henri Bendel.  It’s on display in the lobby and looks great!  They are carrying three cuff styles.

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IMK Jewelry in the new Jalouse Magazine, April 2011

See the IMK Button Bangle in these pics by Matthew Frost, styled by Jennifer Eymere.  Buy them here.

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Me and Prince

So, I went to see Prince at MSG with my friend Jamie a few months ago.
A few things of note happened.
During one song, we saw a couple a few rows in front of us, the man was singing along to the lyrics to his woman. While lip synching he got down on one knee and opened a ring box. Apparently she said yes, because then they were jumping up and down hugging and kissing and we were all clapping.

The most significant thing: I rarely wear high heels, I never learned how to walk in them well, but I once found a pair I love at ARCHE, where my mom and European women buy their shoes. A pair of purple nubuck booties with mirrored wedges. So, I was wearing flats at MSG on this night, but someone else was wearing these very same booties. Prince! I am 99% sure that he was wearing the same ones, and he had a much easier time princing around in them. We both have them in purple, naturally.

Proof?


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One Second Cameo in New Music Video by The National

I have a one second cameo in The National’s new music video for the song “Conversation 16” directed by Scott Jacobson, who is also a writer for the new show Bob’s Burgers!

This has prompted me to add a music video cameo section to this website.

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IMK Jewelry in Nylon Mag, March 2011!


Styled by Turner & Erica

Shop for the looks here!
IMK JEWELRY STORE

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Four Windows by Ry Russo-Young for DKNY Intimates

So, I’m in a web-commercial for DKNY Intimates.  Ry Russo-Young shot me and three other young women in their apartments.  Here I am climbing the water tower on my roof. It was scary, in very high heels.  In the fourth video still I am playing guitar in my living room but “they”,”dressed” it with their own blankets and put all my parents’ cook books which were neatly shelved in stacks on the ground so it might as well be someone else’s apartment.  Oh well.  I am wearing all jewelry I made, and my song “Untitled” is the soundtrack.

Watch the video at Refinery29.

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Hi, from the Galapagos Islands!

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TAR Magazine Shoot

The fall 2010 issue of TAR Magazine is out now.

Recently, I got to reunite with the main cast of Guild & Greyshkul Gallery (if it had been an office sitcom which ran for five years) to make this fashion photo shoot happen.  This spread features six rather mysterious photos but so much work and fun and work that I can’t describe went into them behind the scenes.  And I was only there for a portion of the work and fun.

Sara Vanderbeek took the photos.  Johannes Vanderbeek made the masks.  Anya Kielar did the hair, makeup, body paint, and plaster cast (on me! I was the model) and all three of them built the sets.  And, Esme Watanabe produced the shoot and assisted in styling.

Here are the two pics which feature pieces I made for my line IMK Jewelry.  The IMK Circle Vest goes really well with the Lake & Stars bustier if I do say so myself!

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New Studio: Bird Break-In

After shlepping the last of my tools from Flux Work Studio back uptown, I opened the door to the new IMK Jewelry Studio to start setting up and was surprised by a sparrow!


She flew in through the valve in a 6″ duct that used to be connected to a clothes dryer and that I had propped open to let in some air.  I opened the door so she could fly out through the lobby but instead she flew up the stairs!  So Robert, the doorman, opened a bunch of windows in the upper stairwells and she got out.

I think it was a good omen.

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Update

I took a break from playing shows this fall to focus on my jewelry line IMK Jewelry.  (Wow, I’ve become the character I was playing/sort of making fun of in Alec Coiro’s musical farce Fashion Party– one of my lines was “Can’t I just focus on my handbag line for now??”)

Anyhoo, I’ll be playing shows again soon, but for now, I’ve started a little blog with all my jewelry news!  http://www.imkjewelry.com/blog/

And if you or anyone you know is a stylist, fashion blogger, editor or buyer, please send them my way!  http://www.imkjewelry.com

Pic from my recent wonderful trip to the Bronx Zoo.

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Inspiration: Françoise Hardy

Paco Rabanne‘s iconic linked dresses are (obviously) a big inspiration for me (re: chain mail), so I was extremely pleasantly surprised when I only recently discovered that singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy was featured on the cover of Rabanne’s biography, and was a huge fan of his.

Françoise Hardy was my first, and for a long time, only female influence as a singer-songwriter. I admired her unaffected charm and aspired to her beautiful music and lyrics. So now, having exhaustively google-image-searched her, I am in awe of her personal fashion style throughout her entire career!

Here are a ton of pictures!




I feel pretty cool and Françoise Hardy-ish in this photo, about to get a ride home from my friend Nev, wearing a leather jacket from Sammy Davis Vintage.

In the above pic, Hardy reminds me of my friend Katie who has been one of my biggest style influences since we were little and is the IMK lookbook model.









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Flux Work Studio, Brooklyn – See You Later

For the past few months I’ve been working partly out of Flux Work Studio, a collective jewelry studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, run by Elizabeth Thompson of Elizabeth Knight.

I have learned a lot of new techniques and tips from the talented jewelers who work there.

Some of the designers at Flux Work Studio:
Megan Isaacs, Elizabeth Knight, ShinYi Chiang.

On Halloween I packed up my workspace at Flux because I am setting up a new studio uptown, which I will post about soon!

Also, one day this dog Noah was there.

Wow, so far this blog seems half about jewelry, half about dogs!

-Rebecca

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IMK Model Hits the Big Time

IMK ICON Ruby Daines has gone on to model for The Gilt Group!

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The Bex Cuff

The Bex Cuff, a luxuriously heavy weaving of silver and black rubber chainmail, is a staple, perhaps the cornerstone of IMK Jewelry’s collection. But I didn’t name it after myself. It was Rebecca Guinness who, early on when for some reason I had not thought to make plain black cuffs, said she thought it would be really cool to have one that was longer, with just black rubber.

The Bex Cuff was born! I always cringe a little when I meet other Rebecca’s but when I met Rebecca Guinness she quickly became my closest other-Rebecca friend. I usually go by Rebs or Schiffers and call her Rebex or Bex so now I would just like to give credit where credit is due. Thanks Rebex! I miss you!

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Origin of the Name IMK

All through his life- even when he was a great man with the world at his feet- he was to feel this gap: something at the bottom of his heart of which he was aware, and ashamed, but which he did not understand…

He was the eldest son, so he was bound to be knighted, but he would not call himself Sir Lancelot. He would call himself the Chevalier Mal Fet- the Ill-Made Knight…

So far as he could see- and he felt that there must be some reason for it somewhere- the boy’s face was as ugly as a monster’s in the King’s menagerie. He looked like an African ape…

His Word was valuable to him not only because he was good but also because he was bad. It is the bad people who need to have principles to restrain them. For one thing, he liked to hurt people. It was for the strange reason that he was cruel, that the poor fellow never killed a man who asked for mercy, or committed a cruel action which he could have prevented.

-“The Ill-Made Knight” by T.H. White

IMK stands for The Ill-Made Knight, Lancelot’s self-appointed epithet and book three of “The Once and Future King“, T.H. White’s version of the Arthurian legend.  For years, I’ve known I wanted to someday have a jewelry line and call it IMK.

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New Song Out! Free or Pay!

I wrote and recorded one new song…called PASSING FANTASY recorded with Jay Israelson.

It’s kind of different from most of my stuff.
You can DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE HERE.
Or if you can, please buy it HERE for .99 on iTunes.

CREDITS
Written and sung by Rebecca Schiffman
Produced, mixed, and most everything by: Jay Israelson
with Diego Duenas
Saxophone: Jens Bjørnkjær
Artwork: Teddy Blanks/CHIPS-NY

P.S. I meant to post this September 7 when the song came out, oops!

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Me in Harper’s Bazaar, Japan – October 2010

I don’t know what this says yet (or what I’m quoted as saying!) but will find out soon…I am wearing a Proenza Schouler dress and my own IMK Jewelry Suspension Necklace.  And below is a crazy sexy photo of my friend Lily Kwong who suggested me for this.

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New Jewelry Photos

Just shot the new lookbook for my jewelry line IMK.  Photos by Brandon Perlman of Katie Daines and Ruby the dog! The pdf and print version was laid out by CHIPS.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE NEW PICS ON THE IMK WEBSITE
(we didn’t even use this picture below, I just think it’s so awesome, I want to make a big poster of it.)

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New Music Video directed by Erin Krause!!

Erin Krause directed this music video for my song “I Have Really Loved You” (track one on my second album “To Be Good for a Day.” )

The ballet dancer is Elysia Dawn.  Other contributors to the video are Matthew Lenski, Katie Bergstrom, Teddy Blanks, Ariel Schulman and Maayan Zilberman who provided the sexy red bathing suit from her lingerie line The Lake & Stars.

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Show this Tuesday July 20!

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Back to Writing

I wrote a new post for the literary website The Nervous Breakdown for the first time in over half a year. If you would like to read about me taking the bus to the library, please click HERE.

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Local 269 Show

Thank you to all who came to the show!

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Acoustic Show with Blag Dahlia this Tuesday NYC

This Tuesday, June 22, I will be opening for Blag Dahlia of the Dwarves at Local 269 Bar on Houston Street in New York City.  It will be an all acoustic show.  See the shows page for details.

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Show at Lit Wednesday with Teddy Blanks, Ghost Society, and Queen of Sybils

More details here.

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Tiny Furniture Soundtrack

Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham’s second feature film, just won Best Picture at the SXSW Film Festival!!!

The Tiny Furniture soundtrack features an original score by Teddy Blanks, my song Aaron, a duet I sing with Teddy called When U Come Home which he wrote especially for the movie, and songs by Domino and Sonia’s Party & The Everyone’s Invited!

You can download the entire soundtrack for FREE!
Download Soundtrack

Lena Dunham Finds her Worth in Tiny Furniture [New York Times]

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Tonight

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Showpaper Benefit February 13 – flyer

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On View Now in Los Angeles

I have four watercolors on view now in:

THIS IS A PERFORMANCE, a group exhibition curated by SAM GORDON
at ARTIST CURATED PROJECTS featuring work by:

JIBZ CAMERON, JAKE EWERT, DANIEL FEINBERG, KELTIE FERRIS, DAPHNE FITZPATRICK, JACOB ROBICHAUX, REBECCA SCHIFFMAN, A.L. STEINER,
WESLEY WILLIS

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Kings County Biennial

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Teddy Blanks & Rebecca Schiffman together again at Bar 9!

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Flyer by Teddy Blanks

This Wednesday, December 2, I will be opening again for Teddy Blanks at my new favorite venue, Bar 9, in Hell’s Kitchen.  Special guest Annie Ragz will start the night out at 8pm.  No Cover.  For more details go to the SHOWS page.

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Bas-Fisher Invitational: Wow, We Have Come This Far, limited edition portfolio

The non-profit, artist-run gallery, The Bas-Fisher Invitational, located in Miami and where Javier Hernandez and I had a two-person show in 2006 called ‘Faster Sleeper,’ has just released its first limited edition portfolio of prints by 12 artists, including me.

Below is my two-color silkscreen print.  There are many crazy awesome different prints in this portfolio.  Contact the gallery to see more.

“Untitled (iPhone)” 2009

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From the BFI website:

The first BFI portfolio celebrates the five year anniversary of the BFI.  It includes prints by twelve past artists, keeping the edition size small at 15 with 12 artist proofs. All of the proceeds of this benefit will go towards matching the Knight Arts Challenge Grant awarded to the BFI from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This “matching” grant provides the BFI funding to maintain year-round programming including exhibitions, lectures and other community events as a zero-profit, non-commercial gallery space.

Artists included in the portfolio edition:

Kevin Arrow, Alejandro Cardenas, Clifton Childree, Jessica Dickinson, Harlan Erskine, Freegums” aka Alvaro Ilizarbe, Federico Nessi, Rebecca Schiffman, Francine Spiegel, Jen Stark, Mike Taylor, Jonathan Thomas

The portfolio set is available for an introductory price of $3800.00.
For purchases and inquiries, write to us at: info@basfisherinvitational.com

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WWBBD? And, Hal David

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What would Burt Bacharach Do?  I wish I knew while looking for this next chord.

Also, this is what Hal David looks like:
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Hal David wrote most of the lyrics for Burt Bacharach’s music including “Alfie,” in my opinion and limited knowledge, one of the world’s most perfect “songs.”

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I love Men (with a capital “M”.)

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‘This Train is Bound for Glory’

Last night I was honored to perform at Mitchell-Innes & Nash as part of an evening celebrating the launch of Justine Kurland’s newest photography book ‘This Train is Bound for Glory’ (Ecstatic Peace Library, 2009) as well as the closing of her exhibition of the same name.
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Justine Kurland, Ghost Town CSX, 2007

Thurston Moore performing at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Thurston Moore

Rebecca Schiffman performing at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Rebecca Schiffman (Photo by Melanie Berliet)

Luke Roberts performing at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Luke Roberts

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BAS-FISHER INVITATIONAL BENEFIT

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The non-profit Miami-based gallery, The Bas-Fisher Invitational celebrated its 5-year anniversary last night with a benefit and unveiled a limited edition portfolio called ‘Wow We Have Come This Far’ of prints by thirteen artists including myself.

The BFI was founded in 2004 by artists Hernan Bas and Naomi Fisher and is currently run by Naomi Fisher and Jim Drain.

Artists in the portfolio:
Kevin Aaron, Alejandro Cardenas, Clifton Childree, Jessica Dickinson, Harlan Erskine, “Freegums” aka Alvaro Ilizarbe, Frederico Nessi, Rebecca Schiffman, Francine Spiegel, Jen Stark, Mike Taylor, and Jonathan Thomas.

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TALK SHOW:

Red Bucket Films has posted the first few episodes of The Talk Show and I am the first musical guest! Check it out. I think it’s very funny.

TALK SHOW episode 1

Stills:
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Tonight!

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Me and Katie on The U.E.S. available on iTunes today!!

I have decided to start releasing each song as I finish it, as a digital single.

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Buy it now for a mere 99 cents! Rebecca Schiffman - Me and Katie On the U.E.S. - Me and Katie On the U.E.S.

I wrote and recorded this first single, Me and Katie on the U.E.S. a few years ago, and am sending it out to the ever shrinking world of paying-for-music-customers before I finish up some newer stuff.  Because I still love this song!

It’s about my best friend Katie and I growing up on the Upper East Side. We grew up in the same building and were in the same class at Spence.  In 2006, some NYU kids e-mailed me asking if I would let them engineer a song of mine at the Clive Davis School of

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RECAP: Showpaper Benefit in Redhook

Rebecca Schiffman photo by Stephen Kosloff
Photo by Stephen Kosloff of me performing in a Chainmaille dress I just made.

On Saturday, September 26, the Red Hook-based gallery and artist collective Kidd Yellin, where I am an “artist-in-residence,” hosted a benefit concert for ShowPaper, a free bi-monthly print-only newspaper which lists all-ages music and art events in the tri-state area and features a work of art on each cover.

The event was a collaborative mix of musicians and artists. Shilpa Ray (sans all-male “Happy Hookers”) was backed by friends- including Kendrick Strauch (of the recently dissolved Harlem Shakes which featured my fellow Dalton alum, Lexi Benaim). Jason Trachtenburg played keyboard on two of my songs and Rachel Trachtenburg played drums for Kendrick Strauch, before the the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players‘ own set, which also featured Tina Trachtenburg playing the slide projector. Sarah and Michelle Cagianese opened the concert with pretty songs using vocal and cello harmonies, and Your Nature closed the evening with a hard rockin’ bang!

Artwork was on view by Charlotte Kidd, myself, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Dustin Yellin, and John Gordon Gauld. One hit of the evening was Kidd’s portrait of a former cop turned Elvis impersonator:

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‘Scarecrow’ 2007 by Charlotte Kidd

Check out the photos and video of the evening.
The video is part of Flipswitch Films’ Show Capsules series that will lead up to their ShowPaper documentary in the works. Also seen in the video is artist 0H10M1ke doing a “livedraw” during Kendrick’s performance.  He gave me the “livedraw” he did during my set and it’s good!

http://vimeo.com/6833813

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kosloff/sets/72157622478042880/

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Pics from Bar Nine

Last week Teddy Blanks and I played our second show at the always fun, always a crazy time, Bar Nine in Hell’s Kitchen.  Igor took a lot of great pics.  For more, go to his website, Driven by Boredom.

Rebecca Schiffman at Bar Nine, Photo by Driven by Boredom

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Tonight in Hell’s Kitchen

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Showpaper Benefit

Showpaper Benefit

Note well:

SHOWPAPER, the volunteer-run, free, and one-of-a-kind “DIY” newsprint of concert, art, and film listings, will be feted at a benefit starring indie showstoppers on Saturday, September 26th at 7 p.m. in Red Hook’s jaw-dropping Kidd Yellin Gallery and artist collective at 133 Imlay Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

This benefit will immerse its audience in a multimedia blend of art, music and film—just as ShowPaper does. The event will reach out to an extended new audience of arts enthusiasts while preserving the intimate feel of a typical ShowPaper underground show. Artwork by Kidd Yellin resident artists and special guest art curation will be on exhibit along with a projected, rotating “virtual gallery” of ShowPaper cover art—with works by artists (often with music ties) such as Raymond Pettibon,Bjorn Copeland (Black Dice)Ben JonesPaperRadChris JohansonEd Templeton, Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO), Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and many other talents. Music videos will be screened between sets, including acts from past ShowPaper concerts and music video screenings. The event will truly represent the symbiosis of high- and low-brow arts.

ShowPaper is known for raw, no-frills, and affordable underground shows (that support its bi-monthly publication) where art is valued above hype. ShowPaper is brought to life by the front-running tastemakers of the NYC music scene, who first introduced such artists as Vivian Girls, Matt and Kim, Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon,and Vampire Weekend, and who are relied on by countless young people for their next taste of great and interesting music to be experienced up-close-and-personal.

With a circulation of 10,000, ShowPaper is the only publication in the tri-state area to exclusively list all-ages shows, distributed and propagated by a small army of dedicated volunteers. A hub of creative-minded people, it is a community founded on inclusion, meant to inspire the next generation of tastemakers, artists, and musicians. ShowPaper’s poster-sized cover art makes brilliant work by emerging artists accessible, and the offbeat and hilarious horoscopes, classic indie rock dating sidebar, “I Saw U,”and, of course, music listings, make it a coveted item; ShowPaper is known to a few and beloved by those who do.

Admission will be $8 – $25, sliding scale.

http://www.myspace.com/showpaper

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Tonight – This is a Test

Tonight only, I will have paintings here:

X INITIATIVE, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY (the former Dia building)
RECEPTION & book release: Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 – 9:00pm.

A colony of geodesic domed tents for temporary colonization, squatting, taking over, and making yourself at home in the San Gabriel Mountains.

“This is a Test” a trial run for “This is a Performance” – organized by Sam Gordon

To workshop the exhibition opening at ACP (Los Angeles, 01.23.2010) in one of the tents, a trial balloon, to gather work, drawings, ephemera….Action Painting vs. Performance Relic – Artifact vs. Document – Jake Ewert, Daniel Feinberg, Keltie Ferris, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Jacob Robichaux, Rebecca Schiffman, A.L. Steiner, and Wesley Willis. artists meeting – video display and sales.

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My Favorite Song

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