Monday, February 28, 2011

Party @ The Bulgarian Bar

The Bulgarian Bar:"Trip like I do"
T'was night of her birthday, and all through Bar, 
every creature was moving, but didn't see a mouse. 
Splendid lights shined here and there, while green harmless 
lazer lights gently moved across every face, body and pretty girls ass. 
Hookah's to left!, to the right!! Crisp clean, cold beer 
and tasty eats from the east of europe.

Welcome to the Mehanata Bulgarain bars
 Ethno-Balkan Trans-Global, Moustacho party,
hosted by Mishka. It seems every Thursday this event happens,
a strange gathering of Ethno-Trans global party seekers and 
any one curious to drop-in. @ the door there was no cover,
but you had to check your coat(rules)and that cost $3, clever, 
very clever. few people want to be bothered looking after a coat. 
I liked their style. Inside the place was awash
in splendid tones of color. 
DJ Mishto&Raphlex were spewing out a vibrant flow 
of ethnic sounds, Chalga, Bhangra, Russian festive, 
and Bergovic anthems. From the 2nd floor 
I saw a mistic chap from India 
pick up a chair with his mouth, hold it upright, 
and dance in a circle with out stretched arms.
The crowd went wild with drunken glee.
Philippa's Birthday was a night of strange joy,
I only wish I stayed longer:) 
The Bulgarian bar is located @ 113 Ludlow st, N.Y, N.Y.
For more info go

Chriselle Tidrick @ Streb lab

Chriselle Tidrick: "Absentia"  
Graceful movements, 
timed to perfection,
full of so much feeling. 
Tidrick's performance
radiated life and power 
so much so, she held the crowd in her trance. 
It surged with the promise of deeper things,
a story you saw and felt on an abstract plane of the mind.
Something emanating from her through you, and back again.
Warm, personal, thoughtful, and yes, somewhat sensual,
but its warm and clean. Her movements are meant
to express longing, the loss of a lover, 
the crux of "Absentia", a visual expression 
of her dealing with this. The movements on 
and off the silk cloth melded together 
with a strange operatic beauty. 
Balancing with the ease of a bird taking filght, 
she moved with the silk cloth and her passion 
as if these three were one.
Her costume went perfectly with the cloth behind her 
and the floor mat, the shadows, and darkness surounding her, 
She is spellbinding.
"Absentia, is an excerpt  from a much longer piece
about loss and longing. The experience of a female character
who wakes up to discover that her beloved is no longer
at her side". Mrs Tidricks' title "(almost inadvertently)
references a wonderful piece of choreography by Janis Brenner,
titled 'Dancing in Absentia'. Streb lab for action mechanic's, 
started by Elizabeth Streb, where the event took place
Williamsburg Bklyn,  showcases performances
in Trapeze, Aerial, and dance.
Its like going to the Circus and an abstract dance sepectacle
at the same time. As miss Streb puts it,"At this point in my career,
my vision for S.L.A.M is an open-access venue that models
a new kind of Artist-driven community institution.
The doors of S.L.A.M are never closed". 
Chriselle Tidrick is the Artistic director
of "Above and Beyond Dance", a performance company which
creates circus-infused dance, and greatly involved with Streb lab. 
She studied at George Washington University, 
and has performed at the Alice Farley Dance theater,
Catherine Gallant/dance, Jody sperling/Time laspe
and the Metopolitan Opera. If you would like to know more please go

Studio-Phoenix & K.K.W would like to thank Streb Lab(, Chriselle Tidrick, 
and Bobby Hedglin-Taylor for the chance to cover the show.
Article&Photo's by K.K.W


Gato Loco @ Joe's pub

Gato Loco: CD release show. 
As I walked briskly up Lafayette st 
to 425, late from the February show, 
I kept thinking how I've never seen 
a "Joe's pub" on Lafayette. 
The entrance was to the left of the main doors
to the Public theater @ 425. The collective heat
and energy was so thick you could feel it
flowing through the place right into you.
It was packed, all kittens and cats, drinks in hand.
Gato Loco was on, way on! Keyed up, decked-out,
spewing out a steady wave of experimental, hard,
kooky Jazz. Gato Loco's sound is a little harsh, yet smooth and soft, with a bit of Bossa Nova and Afro-Cuban undertones.
Some of their tracks you get the harder louder notes first,
but drifting in just where its needed is the softer, sleeker,
kooky notes just behind the major sounds you begin to hear.
On others like "Coconino",  your drawn in easy an toyed with
a sound that seems repeditive, then it begins to climb
and take you where they want you to go, Loco, Gato Loco.
The group incorparates Latin, Rock, and Jazz, "tightly written,
thrilling and confusing, killing boredam
with thought, with passion and power". The band was formed in
2006 by N.Y.C native Stefan Zeniuk. They have been working hard and playing harder. Aside from "Joe's pub"
they've played the BAM Brooklyn next festival(08), 
Residency:Bowery poetry club,(N.Y.C), and Artist in
Residence:Festival des Haut's Garronne(Bordeaux France 2010).
Gato Loco is Stefan Zeniuk:Tenor & Bass,
Jesse selengut: Trumpet,  Jackie Coleman: Trumpet,
Kevin Moehringer: Trumbone,
Ric Becker: Trumbone&bass trumbone, Joe Exley: Tuba,
Clifton H: Guitar&Baritone Guitar, French horn,
Ari folman-Cohen: Electric&upright basses,
Kevin Garcia:Drums, percussion,
Greg Stare: Congas and Rich Stein: Percussion.
The album "Coconino"can be purchased on Cdbaby.
If you would like to know more go
Article&photos by K.K.W.