Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Hole Presents "Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom" by Adam Parker Smith & "Trails" by Eric Shaw October 21 – November 12, 2017

Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom
An exhibition of new work by Adam Parker Smith
October 21 – November 12, 2017

Not By The Hand of Man, 2017. Resin and fiberglass preserved mylar, steel, wood.
110" tall, Courtesy of the artist and The Hole.
The Hole is delighted to announce Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom, a solo exhibition of new works by Adam Parker Smith, his second with the gallery, on view October 21 – November 12, 2017. Taking Homer’s epic saga The Iliad as its point of departure, this body of work updates and explores Greco-Roman Classical sculpture using materials such as mylar balloons, resin, and EVA foam.
The exhibition title, Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom, is a cheeky six-word paraphrase of The Iliad. Using this ancient text as a thematic structure, Parker Smith explores formal concerns such as gesture and movement through the enigmatic transformation of material. While his first exhibition at The Hole featured store-bought balloons recontextualized, in this exhibition Parker Smith creates his own custom-made balloon shapes by cutting out mylar sheets himself. Lining the material with fiberglass and applying multiple coats of resin, he utilizes a one-way air valve to articulate the form of the sculptures, creating humanistic and vase-like shapes that reference Classical statuary. Objects such as artificial spears are incorporated into some of the mylar works as he transforms balloons into Spartan warriors, Odysseus, Prometheus or the Three Graces. Also on view is a series of large-scale, EVA foam sculpture representing the female form in languid repose. UV printed with marble pattern, faux bronze, and iron patina, the droopiness of these foam figures is a playful allusion to the impermanence of Classical materials as well as to oft-idealized historical representations of the female body.
Underlying each piece is a sense of humor and sincerity derived from the artist’s obsessions, fears, and desires. Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom is a psychologically acute exploration into the tragicomic and perverse nature of artistic production and consumption.

About Adam Parker Smith

Adam Parker Smith is a New York-based sculpture and installation artist. He received his BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. Smith has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Sculpture Space, Bemis, Djerassi, Jentel, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work has been shown widely in the US, as well as internationally at Urbis, Manchester, England, Nordine Zidoun, Luxembourg, Priska Juschka, New York, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts, The Soap Factory Minneapolis, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, and TSST Gallery in Hong Kong. Smith’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, Beautiful Decay, The Village Voice, Fiber Arts, Artforum.com, Art World, Whitewall Magazine and the New York Post.

Eric Shaw: Trails
An exhibition of new work by Eric Shaw
October 21 – November 19, 2017

Eric Shaw, Attachments,  2017, Acrylic on canvas
84 x 72 inches, Courtesy of the artist and The Hole

The Hole is pleased to announce Trails, an exhibition of new paintings by Eric Shaw, on view October 21 – November 19, 2017. This presentation includes seven fanciful abstract paintings employing high contrast polygons and pathways, geometric shapes and fine lines suggesting trails on a map. This is the artist’s first solo show at the gallery.
Shaw’s paintings are inspired by the diverse commercial graphic design that is ubiquitous throughout New York City. Referencing memories and photographs of logos and signs, he uses a smartphone application and his forefinger to create digital drawings of these motifs, which are then transferred onto canvas with acrylic paint. Once painted onto canvas, Shaw uses thin tape to draw additional lines that form his trail-like lines.
Each day he photographs the painting and uses the mobile application on his cellphone to draw on top of the image, editing the digital copy to form a new layer of the analog painting. This regenerative process continues until the painting is considered complete. Moderated by direct exposure to the urban environment as well as mobile technology, these works are underpinned by the digital-world geometry and program design that structures contemporary life.
About Eric Shaw
Eric Shaw (b. 1983, Enfield, CT) lives and works in Brooklyn. Shaw has exhibited internationally most recently this summer at PRIVATEVIEW in Turin where he was an artist in residence. Other recent exhibitions include Come As You Are at Annarumma Gallery, Naples; Stars & Stripes at Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv; Highlight: Summer One at Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York; Maker’s Mark at Regina Rex, New York; Some New American Paintings at Ever Gold in San Francisco; and Summer Mixer 2015 at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York.
About The Hole
The Hole is a contemporary art gallery run by Kathy Grayson. Opened July of 2010, the 4000 sq. ft. storefront on the Bowery is a block up from the New Museum, bordering the Lower East Side and NoLIta neighborhoods of Manhattan. The Hole presents monthly solo and group exhibitions with a focus on emerging art and thematic group exhibitions. The gallery represents more than fifteen artists from America and abroad, and has exhibited over 200 more.

Gallery Contact
The Hole
312 Bowery
New York, NY 10012


Links Taproom transforming into "Links Country Club & Golf Bar" for Halloween (Chicago, IL.)

Country club & golf bar themed décor, craft beers, cocktails, food and more
Links Taproom – an All-American craft beer and sausage focused neighborhood bar located at 1559 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park – will transform into “Links Country Club & Golf Bar” from Friday, October 27 thru Tuesday, October 31 for Halloween.
"Links Country Club & Golf Bar” décor, beverages and food are inspired by golf courses, country clubs, golf movies (Caddysnack and Happy Gilmore), and "halfway houses" (which are snack bars on golf courses located between holes). Links’ interior floors will be covered in AstroTurf to mimic a golf course, there will be mini golf holes in the bar, a golf cart in the bar, and other golf inspired decor. Links exterior signage will change to “Links Country Club & Golf Bar”.

This is the fourth year Links has “dressed up” for Halloween: In 2016 Links transformed into “Trader Links Tiki Bar” — a classic tiki bar. In 2015 Links transformed into “Lynx” — a death metal bar. In 2014 Links transformed into “Linqs Beer Hall” — a Belgian beer pub.

"Links Country Club & Golf Bar” will feature the following specialty beers:

“Mr. Noonan” (Caddyshack reference) — Scotch-soaked golf tees randalled thru Miller Lite

"Mrs .Noonan" (Caddyshack reference) — gin-soaked golf tees randalled thru Miller Lite

“ChatMan" — an exclusive Links collaboration with Chicago’s AleMan Brewing Company which is an ESB with Earl Grey tea and lemon peel.
"Fore!Man” — an exclusive Links collaboration with Chicago’s AleMan Brewing Company which is a German-style kettle sour ale with lemon notes. 

Links will also have will serve Scotch ales, shandy, railers, and other golf-inspired beers on tap. 

 "Links Country Club & Golf Bar” will feature the following specialty cocktails:
The Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore reference which is a martini shot)

Lacey Underall (a riff on “Azelea” Masters cocktail made of gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine)
ChattyShack (white wine spritzer)
Tiger’s Wood (Scotch, Earl Grey tea, lemon juice, simple, lemon bitters)

"Links Country Club & Golf Bar” will feature the following “halfway house” inspired food:

The Francheesy (inspired by Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook) ~ Links Polish sausage split open, filled with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and served on a bun.
Chub’s Nubs (Happy Gilmore reference) ~ fried alligator bites w/  dipping sauces

Pimiento Cheese Platter (celery, carrots, cucumber, pretzel chips, breadsticks, housemade potato chips)

Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches
Open Face Club, Sand Wedge (The Simpsons reference) ~  Split open Links chicken sausage with fried bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise that’s served open face.
Complimentary Fun Sized Baby Ruths (Caddyshack reference)

Links is open from 11:30am until 2am Sunday thru Friday and from 11:30am until 3am Saturdays. The Links phone number is 773-360-7692, and its website is http://www.linkstaproom.com

Julia Michaels to Receive Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2018


Rising Singer/Songwriter Julia Michaels to Receive Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2018 in Nashville
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will recognize multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter Julia Michaels with a Breakthrough Artist Award during the Music Biz 2018 conference’s Awards Luncheon on May 17, 2018, at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
Known as a highly successful songwriter with co-writing credits on 17 Billboard Hot 100 hits, Michaels emerged as a solo star throughout 2017. In January, she released her debut single, “Issues,” which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of 11 Top 40 hits she has co-written on the chart. “Issues” is the year’s best-selling song by a new artist and the year’s highest on-demand audio streaming song by a new artist, according to Nielsen, and garnered a Double-Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Michaels’ Nervous System mini-album followed in July, earning her a MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) nomination for “Best New Artist” and American Music Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year.” She also received a Billboard Music Awards nomination for “Top Covered Artist” and Teen Choice Awards nominations for “Choice Song: Female Artist” and “Choice Breakout Artist.” Michaels’ also performed at a number of high profile events this year, including the MTV VMAs, Billboard Music Awards, Much Music Awards, and more. Most recently, Michaels announced that she will join superstars Shawn Mendes and Niall Horan for select dates on their world tours. She is currently featured on Maroon 5’s upcoming album on a track named “Help Me Out” and will also be featured on Clean Bandit’s new single “I Miss You,” which will be released on October 27th.
“Julia has shown a brilliant knack for crafting Pop songs that have resonated for the likes of Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Ed Sheeran, and John Legend. We are so thrilled to see her achieve even more success as a solo artist this year,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “Her accomplishments make her a perfect recipient for our Breakthrough Artist Award, and we look forward to seeing where her career will take her in the years ahead.”

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Love Is the Power: Moving Humanity from Fear to Love By Robert O. Williams

Inspiring True Story Captures the Vivid Memories and Near-Death Experiences of Inventor and Former Beach Boys Musician

A  Powerful Journey Toward the Realization of Love and His Invention of the Heart+ App Helping Humanity Move from Fear to Love
"Is it possible that love is the foundation of all life, and that science is now proving what the mystics and saints from nearly every spiritual tradition have been saying for thousands of years? Robert Williams' amazing book not only asks important questions about the evolution of humanity, but he gives answers that shouldn't surprise anyone - that Love is indeed the only power in the universe. And what happens when a small percentage of people on the planet activate that power and extend it into the world? The answer is simple, and it's in this book.”
-James Twyman, NY Times Bestselling Author and Peace Troubadour
Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2017 — What happens when we live all emotions, thoughts and body feelings as love as opposed to just searching for love? We are free to give to others without need or fear. That love is the power and pure heart consciousness.
In Love Is the Power, Robert O. Williams leads readers into the intimate journey of his life through the vivid memories of his unique childhood, an inspiring account of his talent and perseverance as a saxophone player, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM), his magical time performing and recording with The Beach Boys, and the extraordinary journey through multiple near-death experiences and visits with other dimensions which culminated in three decades of research and invention of Quantum Code Technology™ and the One08 Heart+ App.
The One08 Heart+ App significantly reduces stress by more than 30% and opens the heart chakra, helping move humanity from fear to love. Peace Troubadour James Twyman is the ambassador of the One08 Heart+ App.
Williams said, "The fact that we were able to develop a proven technology to strengthen our physical hearts as well as serve in the awakening of our spiritual hearts is, for me, an indication that we truly can raise consciousness through technology.”
Readers will be transfixed as they learn of Williams' numerous near-death and out-of-body experiences, which showed him the answer to the purpose of humanity: to realize love. Love Is the Power is not about the search for love, romantic or otherwise; rather, it is about being love.
At a young age, Williams had the ability to see auras and the capacity for clairvoyance. He tuned into the natural world the way not many others have. In Love is the Power, he shares a valuable message, simple yet necessarily vast to its core. The unfolding of his story is stirring and uplifting in its ability to relate to the reader in a way that finds beauty, depth and insight in even what seems the most trivial, or the most challenging life experiences.
The natural world was Williams' muse as a young child, connecting with nature spirits and a close spirit friend. With the onset of adolescence came the vanishing of these beings, resulting in Williams' anger, frustration and serious and mysterious physical ailments. Music became an unexpected replacement, as playing the saxophone was now an obsession. While in college he was deeply touched by a photo of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that would forever change the course of his life.  He decided to attend Maharishi International University in Iowa.
Williams' extraordinary talent playing the saxophone eventually landed him his dream job of touring with The Beach Boys. Williams' search for spirituality reached a pivotal moment when he learned that despite years of dedication to the saxophone, a physical disability would prevent him from playing the instrument he loved for extended periods of time. It was his search for the rekindling of the spirituality of his childhood and his love of music, the "carrier waves of pure heart love,” that led him to discover TM. This discovery was crucial to the events that would happen next: nearly dying multiple times, clear vision and communication with his guru, revelations of sacred geometry, and travels through the dimensions. Uncovering the ultimate Law—Love, Devotion, Surrender—is icing on the cake. Williams' tenacity and wisdom of the scientific relation between the physical and metaphysical worlds resulted in QCT™ to move humanity from fear to love—making the world a better place.  www.loveisthepower.com
About Robert O. Williams:
Robert is considered one of the world's foremost experts in subtle energy engineering and technology. Robert is an inventor, musician and educator. He lectures at leading universities and is the inventor and developer of Quantum Code Technology™. In addition to teaching music at the university level, Robert recorded and performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Paul Horn and Charles Lloyd.  He has worked with prominent scientists including Dr. William Tiller (Stanford), Dr. Beverly Rubik (Berkeley), Dr. Rustum Roy (Penn State) and Dr. Stuart Krassner (UC Irvine).
About One08:
One08 is an innovative global technology company with a mission to improve the lives of all human beings worldwide by developing and bringing to market scientifically based life-changing mobile apps and clean technology products that improve the health, performance and lifestyles of its customers.  Future offerings from One08 will include additional mobile apps, and patented clean technology products with Quantum Code Technology™ to positively affect global resources necessary for healthy living.

Monday, October 16, 2017

I'm in the daily paper today!

Fearless! — A Jersey Girl's Bold Memoir On The Journey To Reach Her Dream Through Exotic Dancing

 A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a job with a much higher income.
After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations, Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success.
Part memoir, part how-to, Fearless! follows Walker's journey as a dancer from the shore town clubs of New Jersey to some of the busiest establishments in New York City. She offers straightforward advice about the work itself and the people who inhabit the world of exotic dancing, from managers and bouncers, to other dancers and customers. Walker's approach is raw, candid and, most importantly, helpful for anyone considering a career in this lucrative but challenging industry.

Available at all online outlets 

Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success
Released: August 2017
ISBN-10: 1548794899
ISBN-13: 978-1548794897

Chicago Intl Film Fest - Kathleen Hepburn's NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL


  Kathleen Hepburn's NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL will be screening this week at the Chicago International Film Festival.

The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival last month and also just screened at the acclaimed Busan International Film Festival.

The feature film debut of writer/director Kathleen Hepburn, NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL is a tender and heartbreaking story of a physically disabled mother and discontent son - each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease.

NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL is a film that examines the tension between the enduring strength of the human spirit, and the overwhelming fear of never being enough, featuring powerful performances from Shirley Henderson and Théodore Pellerin.



"The film travels deeper and deeper into your gut and soul, forcing you
to keep thinking about it for weeks (maybe even months) to come."

Ben Scanga, Get Reel Movies

"Unmissable... Henderson is great...an exciting director to watch"
Charles Trapunski, Brief Take

"Shirley Henderson is wrenching"
Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Magazine

"An outstanding achievement"
Ulkar Alakbarova, Movies Move Me

"Shirley Henderson is revolutionary... this one will be selling out venues
\and gaining standing ovations due to how incredibly moving it is"

Ben Scanga, Get Reel Movies

The feature film debut of writer/director Kathleen Hepburn, NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL is a tender and heartbreaking story of a physically disabled mother and discontent son - each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease.

Having lived with Parkinson’s disease for almost two decades, JUDY (Shirley Henderson) is faced with the heightened challenges of daily life when her husband and caregiver dies of a sudden heart attack on their isolated property on the shores of Stuart Lake. Meanwhile, her teenage son JAMIE (Théodore Pellerin), pushed by his father to get a job on the oil fields, is terrified by the idea of filling his shoes at too young an age, and grappling with the daunting task of becoming a man in world that has no apparent room for weakness.

Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Nicholas Campbell,
Mary Galloway, Lorne Cardinal, Jared Abrahamson, Jonathan Whitesell


Public Screenings:
Wednesday, October 18 - 5:45PM
Thursday, October 19 - 8:30PM
Friday, October 20 - 12:00PM

US Distributor: 

Saturday, October 14, 2017


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Friday, October 13, 2017

See Your Family on a Times Square Billboard and Help Plant a Tree!

See Your Family on a Times Square Billboard and Help Plant a Tree

Want to see you or your family featured on a Times Square billboard? Now is your chance! Go to LightStreamForests.com and upload your favorite photo. You may be featured on a Times Square billboard, and you’ll also have a tree planted in your honor!
So what’s the scoop?
On Wednesday, October 18, LightStream – the online lending division of SunTrust Bank that plants a tree for every loan it makes -- is creating a pop-up Forest of Dreams in Times Square. This lush forest, complete with live trees and rescued wildlife, celebrates the 1,000 acres of trees LightStream has already planted and boosts its effort to plant 500 more acres this year.
As part of a nationwide push, the company will plant a tree for the first 10,000 people who participate in the Forest of Dreams. A portion of the Forest of Dreams’ donations will benefit areas recently decimated by hurricanes, including Houston and Miami.
I hope you’ll take a minute to visit LightStreamForests.com and upload a photo, and that you’ll encourage your readers to do the same - sample tweet and post below. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Thank you,
Rachel Webster
People across the country can help in one of three ways:
  1. Visit the Forest of Dreams in Times Square - Have your photo taken against a forest background which will be shared on a Times Square billboard.

  1. Go to LightStreamForests.com - Upload a photo that may be featured on the Times Square billboard.

  1. Share on social media – If you submit a photo online, you will receive an email with your picture customized as if you were at the Forest of Dreams event and featured on a Times Square billboard. Share the image with others and encourage them to plant a tree, as well. (#lightstreamforests; #forestofdreams).
Sample Social Media Messages - Share it!

Tweet it: Love #trees? Join @LS_Loans and @AmericanForests to help plant 10,000 of them. #lightstreamforests http://bit.ly/ls-forests
Facebook it: LightStream has planted 1,000 acres of trees in partnership with @AmericanForests, and is aiming for another 500 acres by year's end. You can help! Sign up, and they’ll plant a tree on your behalf. http://bit.ly/ls-forests