As though the COIL Festival didn't have enough live art to warm our hearts this frigid January, now you can see even more contemporary exhibitions and performances that break the mold at the 2014 American Realness Festival. Starting this week and ending on the 19th of January, you can head to the Abrons Arts Center for days and nights filled with amazing new pieces by a diverse selection of artists, including three world premieres of work from Ishmael Houston-Jones, Emily Wexler, Marten Spangberg, and Jillian Pena. We're especially excited by Emily Bauer's "Bauer Hour" cabaret, Houston-Jones/Wexler's "13 Love Songs Dot Dot Dot," and the new "Instant Realness" exhibition from photographer Ian Douglass.
Even more exciting is The Lounge, a free nightly party at The Public for festival attendees and performers alike to mingle, drink together, and listen to a good DJ. The Lounge is made possible by the cooperation of four festivals -- American Realness and COIL with Under the Radar and PROTOTYPE -- who have banded together to bring us a great lineup of adventurous musical guests every night. We can't wait for Sky-Pony (pictured above) to perform on January 15th, although hopefully it won't end like their music video for "Say You Love Me Like You Mean It". Check out the festival website here for tickets and full show details.
Which shows will you be attending at the American Realness Festival? Tweet us @Stagebuddy and let us know what you're excited to see!
An eclectic mix of performances from 1/9-1/19 at Manhattan's Abrons Arts Center.