The Tank NYC

Spectacle De Variétés Screening
February 17, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: film

3/3/2010 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Spectacle De Variétés is an eclectic program of women filmmakers and video artists from the US and Europe that have collectively screened and exhibited at festivals and museums around the world including: Whitney Biennale, Sundance, SWSX, New York Video Festival Views from the Avant Guard, World Wide Video Festival, Redcat Theater, Cinemateket, Locarno Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The program shows a broad spectrum of styles and subject matter that crosses the boundaries of cinema and media technologies. It is moving images from the experimental, dramatic narrative, fractured fairytales, social satire, and animation to the conceptual eco-doc. Spectacle De Variétés is an evening of the dark, funny and strange.


Ilya Chaiken, Black Out
Andrea Staka, Daleko
Erika Yeomans, Boo!
Imelda O’Reilly, Lilly in the Woods
Virginie Yassef & Julien Previeux, L’Arbre
Andrea Polli, Cloud Car
Amber Boardman, 3 shorts
Christine Giorgio, The Bitter End


City Hall Nominated for INNY Award for “Best Sketch in Comedy”
February 16, 2010, 19:37
Filed under: comedy

The Tank is proud of CITY HALL, one of the groups who joins us once a month for our Sunday Funnies series. We wish them luck with the nomination and hope they win!

You can catch City Hall at the Tank on February 28th at 9:30pm as part of Sunday Funnies !

About Sunday Funnies
The Tank is proud to announce Sunday Funnies, every Sunday at 9:30pm in 2010. Established comedy groups North Coast, Switzerland Neutral Comedy, The Pill, and City Hall will rotate every week to perform their own material as well as mentor developing comics who are interested in performing at the Tank. Never to impose drink or table minimums, Comedy at the Tank aims to provide the highest quality performance and dedication to the comic craft in New York City.

The Tank presents: NERDCORE RISING!
February 12, 2010, 09:00
Filed under: film, music | Tags:

Hilariously entertaining, NERDCORE RISING introduces a new wave of hip-hop to the world called “Nerdcore” where computer obsessed geeks bust rhymes about the hard knock life of nerdom. The gut-busting comedy follows MC Frontalot the “Godfather of Nerdcore” on his first national tour where the roots of the genre, the dorky complexities of its artists, and one MC’s fight for nerd stardom is revealed.

Nerdcord Rising will screen at the Tank on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM
45th Street, New York, NY, 10036 (view map)
Ticket Price: $5

Just Workin’ On My Novel: Post Valentine’s Day Broken Hearts Edition Hosted by Jami Attenberg
February 9, 2010, 09:00
Filed under: literature

For Feb’s very special edition of “Just Working On My Novel”, our host is non other than the master of the broken-hearted tale, Jami Attenberg. She’ll be reading from her recently-released “The Melting Season’. Also appearing as a special guest reader will be the ever-dramatic and always awesome Ed Champion..because…you all KNOW the format of past Just Working On My Novel events-you read 5-10 min of an unpublished piece of work. Fiction, non-fiction, etc.

Image by Exploding Dog

THIS MONTH WE WANT YOUR LOVE LETTERS. BREAK UP STORIES. SAD SACK NOTES. WHATEVER YOU HAVE THAT’S TRAGIC AND FORLORN, BRING IT. We will be picking ONE winning reader to have his/her piece performed in a dramatic fashion by the aforementioned Ed Champion (of the Bat Segundo show).

To sign up to read in advance, email SIGN UPS THE NIGHT OF BEGIN AT 7PM AND ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED.

Let’s get uncomfortable. BYOKLEENEX.

Brooklyn Rail Spotlight on the Tank
February 8, 2010, 18:59
Filed under: announcements, dance

Mary Love Hodges from Brooklyn Rail said some very kind things about The Tank !

“New York is full of special finds—the perfect cup of coffee, vintage clothing steal, or niche bookstore is often tucked into some unsuspecting nook in the city. One of my favorite examples is The Tank. Located right down the street from some of the biggest Broadway sensations, The Tank is home to two small theaters that showcase a mind-bending assortment of live performance and multimedia work from emerging artists, and nurtures a vibrant, creative community. It’s become one of my favorite places to see dance, and with the average ticket price at $7, it’s one of the most affordable destinations in midtown.

The Tank, on 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, feels a lot like Brooklyn once you get inside. Its houses remind me of the many music venues dotting our outer borough, crossing barbès’s tiny, intimate space with the old Northsix’s dark open one. Like those stages, live musicians are often on the bill, even for events listed as theater, dance, or puppetry (Puppet Playlist, a series partnering puppeteers and musicians, has become one of the most popular of The Tank’s repeating events). The vibe is arty and relaxed, not pretentious. Because there is usually more than one show per night, you may end up clustered in the lobby pre-performance, but you can buy a beer while you wait.”

Read the full article here!

The Tank’s Ground-hog day Guide to the Next 6 Weeks of Winter
February 2, 2010, 19:09
Filed under: announcements | Tags: ,

Happy Ground-hog Day! To absolutely no one’s surprise, Punxsatawney Phil has declared another six weeks of winter– but don’t despair! Come stay warm and catch something great at The Tank. Here’s our guide to how to ward off the winter blues for the next six weeks:

This week: Kick off Black History Month on the 4th with The Reunion, a play about the reunion of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker (through the 14th). Jazz not your thing? Puppet Playlist returns with three days of country-music themed puppetry!

Next week: Take Two, a film/theatre/activism spectacular comes to The Tank starting February 9th. If you’re looking for an early Valentines Day date, might we suggest Homonculus Masked Theatre’s “Songs of Love” on the 13th? With shows at 7:30 and 9:30, you can make those dinner reservations whenever you want.

Week 3: Continuing our Black History Month celebration, Rose “The Real” McCoy opens this week on February 19th, paying tribute to a living legend of soul. On the 20th, catch it and stay for Epic Win Burlesque’s “Holy Sh*t! Batman,” a bawdy belated Valentine to the Caped Crusader.

Week 4: Paradigm Shift is bringing their fantastic feminist lecture/discussion/meet-up series to The Tank on February 23rd. This month, author Jessica Vallenti will discuss “The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women.” On the 28th, join us after brunch for the kick-off of our Reading Between the Lines: African-American Autobiography reading series, made possible by the New York State Council for the Humanities. Spots are free, and we’ll even loan you the books, but space is VERY limited so sign up today!

Week 5: Experimental music fans, rejoice! This week is jam-packed with fantastic shows. On March 2nd, Reynolds/Ingebritsen joins Bang on a Can/Steve Reich ensemble member Todd Reynolds and electronic musician and composer Ryan Ingebritsen for the premier of their interactive and reactive work. On the 4th, check out ClariChaplin, a four clarinet ensemble providing improvised musical melodrama to the silent works of Charlie Chaplin.

Week 6: Ear Heart Music: Makers on March 11th is a fun and informative night with composers engaging in conversation about their work with the audience. If you haven’t been to one of these, yet, you are missing out! On Friday the 12th, join us for our annual St. Purim’s Day bash, as we mash up two of the world’s greatest drinking holidays, Purim and St. Patrick’s Day– for one day, EVERYONE’s JewIrish.

Don’t hide in your burrow (or burrough!) sulking till the flowers bloom– get to The Tank and celebrate the last days of winter with us!

The Reunion Kicks off Black History Month at the Tank!
February 2, 2010, 09:00
Filed under: theater | Tags:

The Tank looks forward to the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. With a new theme every year, the annual presentations will begin with with African-American music in 2010, African-American writers in 2011, and African-American politics in 2012 to celebrate the election year and to commemorate the end of our first black president’s first term. This year, the Tank welcomes two productions to its Black History Month programming: The Reunion and Rose “The Real” McCoy: A Musical Tribute to a Living Legend of Soul.

James Marentic’s The Reunion: Miles, Bird and Trane follows the lives and work of Miles Davis, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and John Coltrane. The play details a fantasy reunion concert where these jazz icons explore the nature of their creativity as they confront their own and each other’s demons. Directed by Chuck Patterson, Reunion… features Michael Wright, Marcus Naylor*, Stacey Dotson* and Ellen Martin.

Presale tickets available for $15:
*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.

Thu, 02/04/2010 – 7:00pm
Fri, 02/05/2010 – 7:00pm
Sat, 02/06/2010 – 3:00pm
Sat, 02/06/2010 – 7:00pm
Sun, 02/07/2010 – 3:00pm
Wed, 02/10/2010 – 7:00pm
Thu, 02/11/2010 – 7:00pm
Fri, 02/12/2010 – 7:00pm
Sat, 02/13/2010 – 3:00pm
Sat, 02/13/2010 – 7:00pm
Sun, 02/14/2010 – 3:00pm