The Tank NYC

Trailers from Bob Ray’s Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour, stopping at the Tank on 11/26!
November 16, 2010, 16:30
Filed under: film, video

The Tank is stoked to host Bob Ray’s Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour on November 26th! Take a load off that turkey dinner and settle down with a wild double feature of HELL ON WHEELS and TOTAL BADASS. Check out the trailers below! Tickets are available for $10 single screenings or $15 for the double feature.

Screening at 7:30pm
documentary TRT: 89 min
Hell on Wheels takes a from-the-trenches look at the dizzying clash of athleticism, exhibitionism, egos, politics and business that is modern-era roller derby. A group of hard-hitting Texas women overcome myriad obstacles in resurrecting and revamping the sport, only to find internal strife ripping the fledgling organization apart. Two leagues emerge from the clash, and what follows ignites an international roller derby revival. Shot over a five-year period by Bob Ray (Rock Opera) and Werner Campbell, Hell on Wheels was edited by award winning editor Conor O’Neill (Murderball, Word Wars, Capitalism: A Love Story) and features original music by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.

Screening at 9:30pm
Documentary, 2010, TRT: 91 min
**** World Premiere Tour ****
Texas filmmaker Bob Ray catapults the Austin subculture onto the big screen, reveling in its inspiring, unique and deliriously offbeat glory. With his latest documentary, “Total Badass,” Bob Ray takes you on an outrageous and hilariously seedy adventure into the Austin underground music and arts scene via wild man-about-town, social deviant, musical/stunt performer, notorious sex fiend, Guinea pig enthusiast, writer-publisher, father, weed dealing felon, hip-hop impresario, trashcan jumper and local maniac Chad Holt. Exploiting life as his unwitting canvas, Chad’s take-no-prisoners artistry assaults funny bones, political correctness and common decency as he strives to leave a creative scar on the planet. Strap in for the riotous ride and follow this icon of the Austin counterculture as he blazes through his final year of felony probation, living his own brand of civil disobedience while manning the helm of a life-altering family crisis and going out smokin!


Thanks for celebrating our 7th anniversary! Donate today so we can celebrate next year!
June 8, 2010, 13:32
Filed under: announcements, comedy, dance, film, literature, music, public affairs, puppets, theater

Thank you to everyone who came out and performed, donated, drank, won prizes, and sang karaoke on Saturday– it was a blast and we cannot thank you enough. However, The Tank is $12,801.00 from meeting its budget for this fiscal year. To donate, please visit

We’ve got till the end of the month to raise the money, and while it seems like a lot, we just need 641 people to donate $20 each. That’s 641 of 5,000 who are on our email list, over 2,000 artists we give free and subsidized space, and the more than 12,000 audience members we offer affordable admission, cheap beer, and programming you won’t find anywhere else.

Donate money. You can make a 100% tax deductible donation through Paypal at, in person at The Tank, or by sending checks to: The Tank 354 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036

No money? Donate time, become a volunteer. We always need front of house and technical volunteers. There’s no minimum time commitment and all Tank volunteers see any of our shows for free. Write Trey Tatum at for more information or to sign up!

No time? Donate stuff. Because we serve so many artists and have such a small staff, our equipment is constantly breaking, in need of service, or just plain out of date. Visit for our wishlist and find out how you can donate equipment, office supplies, and other things we can use.

Nothing to donate? Find someone who can! Spread the word. Follow us on Twitter @TheTankNYC and retweet our campaign messages. Make our donation page your Facebook status. Email your friends and tell them what The Tank has done for you and ask them to donate.

We’re confident that with your help, we’ll close the gap and continue our exciting mission of supporting emerging arts in New York City!

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:

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

The Tank presents: NERDCORE RISING!
February 12, 2010, 09:00
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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

“The Kibitsu Cauldron” – a tale of spirit possession (Halloween 7pm, $5)
October 26, 2009, 16:58
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First published in 1776, Akinari Ueda’s nine gothic Tales of Moonlight and Rain are Japan’s finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period’s fascination with the strange and the grotesque. They were also the inspiration for Mizoguchi Kenji’s brilliant 1953 film Ugetsu. “The Kibitsu Cauldron” tells a tale of spirit possession.spirit
Narrated by Asami Tamura who is also on the koto, with Amelia Lukas on flute, and Jane Hsu’s video art, this multi-sensory experience will begin your night right with creepiness and relaxation.

Fun at the Tank continues with improv band The Right Fucking Nows, light show and music by Brian Crimmins and Brendan Byrne to summon the dark lord, Halloween mask performances by Joe Osheroff n’ company, and terrifying comedy videos by City Hall!

$5 / free for Members

The Tank Announces The Great Anti-Depression: A Speak-Easy in Support of the Tank
March 2, 2009, 20:42
Filed under: announcements, dance, film | Tags: , , , , , ,

APRIL 7TH, 2009 7PM – 10PM
We’re going to party like it’s 1929.

Join a swinging evening of performance & parley, as you raise a free-flowing drink to drown your recession blues, and venture into The Tank’s new midtown home. Burlesque, music, film & good company will let you to live-easy at our speak-easy, and it’s all in the name of a cause: helping the non-profit presenter The Tank continue to support emerging artists.

The Tank, like many non-profits, has been hit in this economy; recently, we were told we wouldn’t receive a $9,000 grant we expected because all grants have been frozen by state budget cuts. But we won’t give up! Our goal for April 9th is to raise that $9,000 and you’ll help provide the anti-Depression love …as you lift your own spirits & a few pints as well.

Ticket prices:
Boot-Legger – $50
Flapper – $100 (includes listing online & on site)
Tycoon – $250 (makes you an event Co-Host, 2 tix)
Robber Baron – $1,000 (makes you an event Lead Host, 4 tix)
Daddy Warbucks – $9000 (makes you the official Event Sponsor, 10 tix)

…and because we know how it is in this economy:
Starving Artist – $25

Tickets are available here:

Or, help us save on ticket fees! Send your check, along with a note requesting your number of desired tickets to:

The Tank
ATTN: The Great Anti-Depression
354 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036