The QAS at Webster Hall: Where Art Comes To Life…and Parties!
On Sunday November 14th from noon until 2am Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, NYC) is proud to present The QAS Autumn Arts Giving Party. Admission is $15 for an all day pass in advance available online at www.theqas.com or $20 at the door on the day of the event. It’s only $5 for those just attending the noon-2pm Kids Jamboree with kids under 12 allowed in for free. All ages (21+ to drink). Nearest Subway stop is Union Square.
The Quarterly Art Soirée’s (QAS) mission is to exhibit, expose and promote talent in painting, music, graphic design, theatre, dance, sound and art installation, performance art, video, film, jewelry and fashion while celebrating the rich cultural history of the Webster Hall venue as a national landmark and of New York City’s dynamic East Village. The QAS occurs in a vibrant and unassuming manner so that the arts are not held to the traditional pedestals of the “white-cube” gallery, sleek runway, classic stage and the like. Rather, the spectator may witness creation as an organic part of a communal environment – where not one thing is set apart from another – and where art fuses with everyday life.
The day’s events kick off at noon with The Kid’s Art Jamboree. In addition to face painting, the collaborative canvas, interactive laser light exhibit, poetry, glitter tattoos, story time theatre, and dancing, a very special Science and Art project will be lead by Michael Ketigian of Cooper Union’s lab department. (Adult supervision required.)
Special Events at The QAS:
In addition to all sorts of impromptu events occurring constantly throughout Webster Hall all day and night long (such as art installations, video projections and performances by artists from NYC’s own Antifolk scene) the following special events will unfold:
Film: The premiere showing of the full-length feature film Burning Daylight a remarkable tale based on the stories of Jack London. The movie features Robert Knepper (star of TV’s Heroes) and Paul Calderon (star of TV’s Law and Order and such movies as Pulp Fiction and co-writer of the movie Bad Lieutenant).
Music: Fourteen bands will play in The Studio at Webster Hall including such hot local names as: Clinical Trials, Stoned Fire, The Mellow Spaceships, Love Crushed Velvet and Great Caesar
Dance: Each QAS includes an artist-in-residence and for the QAS Arts Giving event the featured artist is Andrew J. Nemr and his dance company Cat Paying Dues (“Andrew Nemr is not only a wonderful dancer, but an exceptional ‘musician’ enhancing every ensemble in which he participates with a musicality that goes beyond mere virtuosity.” – Highlights in Jazz)
Plus, the return of Art Movement featuring the beautifully athletic multi-cultural dance styles of Michael Mao Dance Company, Arch Dance Company and more plus a musical world premiere from composer Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Mr. Fukuoka has received numerous awards such as the Award for Excellence at the Kyoto Piano Competition and the Yamaha PTC Concert, Berklee World Scholarship, the BMI Scholarship, and the prestigious Roland Award.
Fashion: A special presentation of Pavon by Luz and Victoria whose designs can be seen at Patricia Field, on Amy Winehouse and featured in Nylon Magazine and a feature by Julie Mollo whose designs can be seen on Katy Perry and in Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone Magazine!
The QAS on Sunday, November 14th is entitled ‘The Autumn Art Giving Concert”
Each season The QAS @ Webster Hall selects an organization to honor and benefit. The November 14th Autumn Art Giving Concert will benefit the Bowery Mission which provides hope, healing, and a whole new life for New York’s homeless residents; transforming their lives from despair to hope; from dependency to lasting productivity. In addition to donating a portion of the proceeds to The Bowery Mission, The QAS @ Webster Hall is conducting a clothing drive. This is not your typical clothing drive. Bowery Mission has expressed a dire need for the often overlooked simple items, such as undergarments and toiletries which are a vital part of what they try to provide to restore dignity to our fellow new Yorkers who have fallen on hard times. Any concert attendant who brings new and unopened undergarments, socks, and/or none perishable toiletries will receive $5 off the cost of admission.
The Quarterly Soiree is the brainchild of Gerard McNamee, the Bronx-born, New York City native & current Director of Operations at the legendary Webster Hall. Along with QAS co-founder and Sotheby’s Institute of Art graduate, Jenny Mushkin, Gerard gathers a coterie of like-minded artists weekly on Monday nights at Webster Hall for salon sessions where the artists continuously collaborate and critique in a communal setting on creative projects to ready for the quarterly extravaganza. Think Burning Man meets Warhol’s Factory and you’ll start to get the idea.