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Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “Ain’t We Got Fun” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 17, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: theater, Uncategorized, video

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our third music video produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. The video for “Ain’t We Got Fun” takes place during a big party scene in the play, a party that everyone wishes they had attended. Unlike the previous two videos, there is no specific source video from the 90’s but it carries the same old timey revival in the style of The Dresden Dolls–akin to Neisler’s vision to revive 123 year old Chekhov play!

Missed the first videos? Click to watch “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”

Ivanough opens TONIGHT at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann



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.



HELL ON WHEELS:
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.



TOTAL BADASS:
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!



Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 16, 2010, 13:15
Filed under: theater, Uncategorized, video

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our second music video produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. We’re proud to bring you the opening number for the show! Our video for “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” draws inspiration from The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and features Preston Martin as Michael Borkin. Chekhov never looked this good. Missed the first video? Click here to catch up!

Ivanough opens TOMORROW at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann



Sadnes LIVE from Pulsewave #dmg21
August 2, 2010, 13:11
Filed under: Pulsewave, video | Tags:

(via True Chip Till Death)

Thanks to Tiny Cartridge for helping us with our contest and Bytejacker for bringing the bright green cupcakes from Butter Lane!!



Sadnes covers Chris Isaak, playing Pulsewave July 31st!
July 19, 2010, 17:18
Filed under: announcements, Pulsewave, video

Come see him play live with Nonfinite and Battle Lava on July 31st! For more information visit pulsewavenyc.com ! Are you coming? Let us know and tweet #dmg21 !

“Dude you are crazy! You only turn twenty-one once, what do you mean you don’t want to make a big deal out of it? Face it, you’re the number one selling video game console of ALL FREAKIN’ time, and thanks to the hard working programmers of such software as NANOLOOP, LSDJ, and TRIPPYH, responsible for some of the most banging performers eve to grace the stage of Pulsewave.

What do you mean you just want to spend a nice quiet night at home with your friends? Pulsewave is throwing a party just for you and your hundred closest friends. Without you, the last triple dozen or so Pulsewave events would have been total dudes, and to celebrate that they have put together a line-up that is of the utmost sickness! So there is only one thing this show is missing, and that’s YOU DUDE. Be there or be squarewave. Wait.. where are you going? Listen I’m sorry.. I wont make that kind of joke again.. DUDE!”

(Shout out to Rob at BoingBoing!)



Videos from The Tank’s Experimental Music Programming
March 9, 2010, 16:09
Filed under: video

Check out some amazing video footage of past experimental music performances at The Tank! Save the date for our next Creative Music Incubator, always the first Monday of every month !


Casio SK Orchestra live at The Tank 12-4-2009

∞ – PAS – ∞ | MySpace Music Videos


PAS Live @ The Tank, New York, 9-1-2009. with Michael Durek

∞ – PAS – ∞ | MySpace Music Videos


Damien Olsen Live at The Tank 9-22-2009.

∞ – PAS – ∞ | MySpace Music Videos



“The Kibitsu Cauldron” – a tale of spirit possession (Halloween 7pm, $5)
October 26, 2009, 16:58
Filed under: film, music, video | Tags: , , , ,

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