The Tank NYC

Best #whyilovethetank Tweets so far
May 24, 2010, 17:05
Filed under: announcements

Our 7 Wonders of the Tank fundraiser is coming up fast and we’re loving all of the wonderful memories you’re sharing on Twitter! For those of you just joining the fun, we’re tweeting our favorite moments and reasons to love the Tank with the hashtag #whyilovethetank

Here are some highlights so far!


#whyilovethetank From The Tank archives
May 18, 2010, 17:08
Filed under: Uncategorized

Blast from the past! Here’s a flyer from The Tank’s opening night in 2003!

See anyone familiar? Beloved indie-folk band Bishop Allen played the inaugural show at the Tank’s first space! Did you know that they got together in 2003, too? Look where they are now!

To this day, Loudbang still performs at the Tank under the Ear ❤ Music series. They have an upcoming show on 5/20! Get your tickets now:

Where is everyone else?

Tweet #whyilovethetank to share your stories for our 7th Anniversary!

If you’re on twitter, we’d like to hear why you love The Tank in honor of our upcoming 7 Wonders of The Tank Anniversary Celebration: A Showcase, Fundraiser, and PARTY!

In 140 characters or less, tell us about why you love the Tank, your favorite show, artist, or memory with the tag #whyilovethetank and @thetanknyc if you have room! We’ll share the best tweets here on the Tank blog! And hey, you’re invited !

7 Wonders of The Tank Anniversary Celebration: A Showcase, Fundraiser, and PARTY!
Sat, 06/05/2010 – 2:00pm

Tix: $20 gets you:
7 hours of programming for our 7 years plus entrance to the late night birthday party.
(Additional costs for the Sustainer Reception)

Seven years ago, The Tank opened its doors with little experience, less capital and no idea what would come. Over seven years, this experiment in collaborative, creative community-building has been proven a success. We now present over 400 events a year, serving over 1,000 artists and 15,000 attendees. We run international festivals, have been given a Proclamation by the City Council and serve as an incubator for some of the most surprising artists working in New York. And at the same time, we continue to be a home for new work and emerging artists, with ridiculously low prices and a can-do spirit.

We’ve survived bulldozers, blackouts, financial crashes, audits, sewage ruptures. As dozens of independent, alternative spaces have been forced to closed, we’ve managed to survive — and we continue to thrive.

That’s because of all of you. Our community fuels us with energy, funding and faith. Come out to celebrate your success and to contribute to our ongoing work.

2pm-9pm – “Seven Wonders of The Tank” – Step right up for a festival of performances, presentations & delights-that-defy-definition. Only $20 for 7 hours of the type of entertainment you won’t find anywhere else under one roof! Featuring:

* Homunculus Mask Theater’s inventive, poignant, and always impressive contemporary take on masked theater!
* Chris and Paul, NYC’s most unique sketch comedy duo!
* Epic Win Burlesque- Magician Nelson Lugo and nerdcore rapper Schaffer the Dark Lord present dancers from their upcoming Ghostbusters show!
* City Hall present their hilarious children’s show for adults (and those who never became them)!
* Start Trekkin’, NYC’s premier long-form comedy troupe based on the classic series of Star Trek!
* Asami Tamura toy pianist extraordinaire!
* MacGuffin, our favorite and uproarious comedic improv team who make us laugh till we cry!


7pm-9pm – “Why Tank?” – A Reception & Conversation for Tank Sustainers. Discuss The Tank’s role in the city’s cultural life with allies from the worlds of arts, foundations and government, featuring the writer and director of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (and a Tank founder!) Alex Timbers. $70 for our 7th Anniversary. Complimentary drinks and light food will be provided.

9pm – Midnight – Tank Birthday Party – The Tank came into this world with live music, laughter and lots of beer…why should this year be any different? Put on your dancing shoes and your fancy hat and raise a glass to 7 more years of keeping NYC arts alive and well!

BECOME A SPONSOR: For The Tank’s 7th Anniversary, we are seeking 7 community sponsors at $700 each — businesses, organizations or other partners that want to contribute to the cultural life of Hell’s Kitchen and New York City. We will also be seeking one Honorary Chair for the Festival for the contribution of $7,000. Please contact Justin Krebs,, if you are interested.

Tickets for the showcase and party are available here:

Tickets for the Sustainer Reception (including entrance to the showcase and party) are available here:

RICHARD II Video from Sonnet Repertory Theatre
May 10, 2010, 16:04
Filed under: theater

If you missed the opening weekend of Richard II, check out this video and get your tickets now!

Wed, 05/19/2010 – 7:00pm
Fri, 05/21/2010 – 7:00pm
Sun, 05/23/2010 – 7:00pm
Mon, 05/24/2010 – 7:00pm

Presented by Sonnet Repertory Theatre and Matchbook Productions.

Re-imagined as a tale told by 19th Century artists railing against Imperialism, Sonnet Rep and Matchbook’s interpretation of William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II brings an uncommon aspect to the play: flight.

Eight actors, four low-flying trapezes, and live music combine to raise the language of Shakespeare to new heights.

Presale tickets are available here:

JACK Quartet returns to the Tank
May 10, 2010, 09:00
Filed under: music

New Works for the JACK Quartet
May 13, 2010 at 9:30pm
Running time: Between 1.5 and 2 hours,
Tickets $5

Photo by Justin Bernhaut

Praised for its “explosive virtuosity” by the Boston Globe and its “powerhouse-playing” by the Chicago Sun-Times, the JACK Quartet has quickly established a reputation for giving high-energy performances of today’s most demanding works for string quartet. The New York Times called the quartet’s performance of Iannis Xenakis’ complete string quartets one of the “most memorable classical music presentations of 2008,” and in 2009, the quartet received an ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, the quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall (USA), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Germany), and the Festival Internacional Chihuahua (Mexico) with future appearances at the Miller Theatre (USA), the Library of Congress (USA) and the Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany).

The commissioning and performance of new works for string quartet is integral to the JACK Quartet’s mission, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, and Aaron Cassidy. This concert follows a period of close collaboration with graduate student composers at New York University and will consist of new works written for the JACK Quartet.