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Pulsewave Begins Tomorrow with the True Chip Till Death Awards
January 29, 2010, 10:00
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Pulsewave NES Invite ROM – January 2010 from NO CARRIER on Vimeo.

Coded by NO CARRIER & Batsly Adams
Graphics by Data East, hacked by the above bad dudes
Music by (The Mighty) Heosphoros


You are cordially invited to celebrate the finest in chip music crooners, pixel painters, and other innovators for the 2009 True Chip Till Death Awards Gala, held January 30, 2010 in New York City.

Presented by TCTD, in association with Pulsewave and The Tank, attendees will be treated to a night of amazing live performances and the presentation of the TCTD awards, recognizing the best musicians, artists, developers, and members of the international chip community for 2009.

Animal Style ///
Joey Mariano and his music are one portion of the chip music schematic. The capacitance of his creations range from genre connections to genre transformers and are not limited to the common rules and regulations associated with normal sound organization. Currently he is working with the Sega Genesis, and producing NES cartridge albums with NO CARRIER. His most recent NES album “Teletime” is now out on FILE FREAKOUT.
James Kochalka Superstar ///

James Kochalka lives in Burlington, VT with his wife and two boys. He draws a daily diary comic strip called American Elf, an absurdist superhero comic series called SuperF*ckers, and a series for children called Johnny Boo.

He also makes absurd, catchy rock music under the name James Kochalka Superstar. His song “Britney’s Silver Can” was named one of the Top 100 songs of 2006 by Rolling Stone, and his song “Hockey Monkey” was used as the theme song to the Fox tv sitcom, “The Loop”. “Digital Elf” is his first full album composed entirely in the chiptune style, and he’ll be playing songs from this album at the event.
Hosted by:
Glomag ///

Glomag has been making 8 bit music since 2001. He has performed in France, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Canada and the US. His music has played in films, on television and on the internet. The machinima series This Spartan Life, which he writes and directs as well, features his music as well as music from other 8 Bit artists. His most recent release, “Roland and the Lamprey” is out now on 8Bitpeoples.
With Musical Direction by:
Oxygenstar ///

To fully comprehend the the force that drives OxygenStar (Carl Peczynski), one must travel back in time to ’96 when MTV was still playing music.Inspired by Michael J Fox’s performance during the ‘Enchantment Under the Sea’ dance, Carl was immediately drawn to the sound of an electric guitar. From that day forward, Carl developed an ongoing interest in other instruments, such as piano and the drumset. Self-taught and just out of high school, he took to working on solo electronic projects. By the year 2000, OxygenStar quickly became the most important adventure of Carl’s musical pursuit and has grown far too large to be contained in his apartment.
Live Visuals by:

NO CARRIER, or Don Miller, is a visual artist and programmer living in Philadelphia. He reprograms nearly obsolete videogame and computer hardware for use at live music events and installations. He primarily codes for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, creating visual works that incorporate both new and recycled symbols and patterns. Miller has performed, lectured, and shown work in the US and Europe. His work simultaneously speaks to the emerging DIY technology culture, and the reminiscence of a generation raised on interactive media technologies.


Reading Between the Lines Reading Series at The Tank
January 27, 2010, 18:48
Filed under: announcements, literature

The Tank is very excited to be hosting a Reading Between the Lines reading series this spring, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. The NYCH’s African-American Autobiography series explores American history from the perspective of four extraordinary African Americans. Participants will be led in discussions by Dr. George White, Jr., professor of history at York College and an expert on African-American history.

“Dr. White was my absolute favorite professor when I was in undergrad, and he inspired an abiding passion for history and social justice in me that has never abated. Being one of his students is a joy and the opportunity to study with him is one I cannot recommend highly enough.” – Suzan Eraslan, The Tank’s General Manager

Schedule of Events

February 28th, 3:00pm – Welcome, Introduction, and Book Distribution
March 21st, 3:00pm – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
by Harriet Jacobs
April 25th, 3:00pm – Treat It Gentle by Sydney Bechet
May 23rd, 3:00pm – Coming of Age in Mississippi by Ann Moody
June 27th, 3:00pm – Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall

The reading series is open to 15 – 20 participants; books will be provided on loan for up to 15 participants, but must be returned to The Tank at the end of the series.

Registration opens February 1st at Follow The Tank on Twitter or join our mailing list for reminders.

Dr. White can be seen in this video from York College, giving a lecture on the life of an African-American chaplain in World War II. (It’s long– put it on at work and just listen.)

This series is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and presented in collaboration with the The Tank.

Reading Between the Lines was developed in partnership with The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University Of New York.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of either the Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Tank Announces 2010 Bent Festival
January 27, 2010, 10:00
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The Bent Festival will take place April 22-24, 2010.

The 7th annual Bent Festival is an all ages art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. The term circuit bending refers to the inspired short-circuiting of battery-powered children’s toys to create new musical instruments, and over the last few decades a worldwide subculture has sprung up around this amazing art form. The Bent Festival began as a celebration of circuit bending, but has quickly grown to embrace not only circuit benders but also artists who create instruments and interactive art from scratch using homemade circuitry. Artists from around the globe perform music with their homemade or circuit bent instruments each night of the festival, teach workshops to adults and children alike, and create amazing, interactive art installations.

Follow the Bent Festival online: (#bent10)

The Bent Festival is produced by the Tank, a non-profit arts presenter whose mission is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public affairs programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists.

The Bent Festival is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.

Photos from SLAM!
January 26, 2010, 15:29
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SLAM organizer Marley Magaziner shot a couple photos for us over the weekend. If you use Twitter and are a fan of SLAM, follow @thetanknyc and tweet #slamtheatre

Colin Quinn Performed at The Tank’s Haiti Benefit
January 26, 2010, 10:00
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The Tank’s comedy curator Chris Booth organized a benefit for Haiti in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders last week. One of the surprise guests of the evening was Colin Quinn (formerly of SNL’s Weekend Update).

Puppet Playlist #5: Country Music
January 25, 2010, 20:33
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Friday Feb 5th: 7:30-9:30
Friday Feb 5th: 9:30-11:30
Sunday Feb 7th: 7:30-9:30
Price: $7
at The Tank
354 W 45th Street NYC

Puppet Playlist takes talented puppeteers and brilliant musicians and slams them together into an evening of live theater to stir the senses.

This month brings you cowboys, heartache, whiskey and hound dogs. Each puppeteer will chose a country song and create an original piece based on or inspired by that song. The playlist will also feature music by some of New York’s most exciting young singer-songwriters.

Our first four Puppet Playlists played to completely sold-out audiences, and we are a Time Out New York “Critics Pick!” Reserve your seats early, and avoid waiting in the stand-by line.

Previous performers (and their work) have been seen all over New York and throughout the world, on, off- and off-off-Broadway, at HERE Arts Center, Shakespeare in the Park, the Metropolitan Opera, FringeNYC, Lincoln Center, with Jim Henson Productions, and on both American and International TV (yes, that includes the Muppets).

Featuring pieces by: Lindsey “Z” Briggs, Ben Dzuiba, Elizabeth Hara, Jon Levin, Marta Mozelle MacRostie (Friday only), The Princes of Persuasion and Ed Valentine.

Musical performers include: Noah Bloch Harley, Overton Hatfield II, Hawke & Owl, Anna Leuchtenberger, Leah Siegel, Matt Singer (Friday only)

Line up is subject to change without notice.

Please join us for drinks after the 9:30 show on February 5th. The Irish Rogue (356 W 44th St.) will have drink specials upstairs for Puppet Playlist performers and audience members beginning around 11 p.m.

Presale tickets are available here:

Questions? Email
Puppet Playlist is a presentation of Sinking Ship Productions and The Tank

Night of Tank Comedy for Haitian Relief Efforts
January 19, 2010, 22:24
Filed under: announcements, comedy

The Tank was really touched when some of our favorite comedy artists contacted us last week asking “What can we do?” about the crisis in Haiti. Our comedy curator, Chris Booth, in collaboration with some fantastic comics and musicians has put together an amazing line-up to benefit Doctors without Borders and their efforts to save lives in Haiti. Absolutely all proceeds will go to Haitian relief.

Join host Scott Blakeman on Thursday 1/21 at the Tank theater, suggested donation is $10.

Starring Todd Barry

Stand Up by

Evan Morgenstern
Harry Terjanian
Erica Watson

Music by

Booth & Pat
Brooks Lee Wood
Daddy Laredo and The Tumbleweed Ten
The Parodivas
Soce The Elemental Wizard

Sketch Comedy and Improv by

Geek Dreams
Heater Michael Hill

For presale tickets:

If you can’t attend but wish you give: