Sunday, September 25, 2011
for updates, pictures and stories about our travels down the Ganges River, Autumn 2011. (everything here has been migrated to there - so update your bookmarks/links!)
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
21 -24 (Wed-Sun) Arrival and Stay in New Delhi
24-25(Saturday) Voyage to Farrukhabad
25- 9 Build in Farrukhabad
11 Nearby Bithur
13 Nearby Kanpur
21 Nearby Allahabad
24-27 (Wed) Chanar
27 (Thu) Adlpura
28 (Fri) Varanassi
28-8 Build at Varanassi
6-9 Festival Ganga Mahotsav
10 Dev. Diwali Full Moon
8-12(?) Collaborative Finishing of Sculpture
12-20 Break Down to Storage
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Swimming Cities presents:
The Last Last Last Party
(Before We Get the Hell Out Of Here and Take Our Boats Down the Ganges River)
We’re leaving September 20 for India…but before we do we’re throwing one last blowout in Bed-Stuy, Friday Sept. 16, to party with our friends. Booty dancing, booze, freaks and face paint all night with DJs Stache, Tinseltown and Dave O'Clock. 16 oz. beers for $2 all night; open bar 9:30-10:30. We’ve been building boats and fundraising for two years, and now we’re headed to the Ganges for a 400-mile river trip...Come send us off in style from 9pm-late!
Friday, Sept. 16
80 Vernon Avenue, between Marcy and Tompkins, Brooklyn
G train to Myrtle/Willoughby station
9:30-late; $5 all night
21 and over
Friday, September 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
a party so big we had to divide it in half
FRIDAY JUNE 3RD
JORO BORO (ex-Bulgarian Bar/Tsunami Bass Experience)
TINSELTOWN (Flux Factory/ImageNode)
GUAPO FEO (Rubulad)
2MELO (Cumba Mela)
FRIDAY JUNE 3RD
9PM-LATE 9-10PM OPEN BAR.
$10 before 11pm or with costume; $15 otherwise.
Bordertown takes place in a converted trolley repair station scheduled to be demolished this summer.
1428 FULTON ST
(at Tompkins Ave)
Subway A, C to Kingston-Throop Aves.
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All proceeds go to Swimming Cities Ganges River project in India, fall of 2011
Choose your allegiance between the two fabulous party nations of VULGARIA & TAKISTAN. After an impassioned disagreement over whether a Pomeranian's nose is mauve or puce, a great wall has been erected between them, patrolled by the world's sexiest border guards.
Celebrate the absurd & arbitrary nature of borders, bureaucracy, and class inequality with us in this epic event that is designed to inspire the joys of insurrection, freedom, & integration.
The grungy Eastern Block gypsy state of VULGARIA invites you to celebrate the most debaucherous of holidays, National Vulgaria Day, the filthiest drunken day of the year. Festivities ruled by the corrupt dictator DAVO , featuring The People's National Thieves Market ,Tattoos, Rickshaw rides, Raunchy Street Food, Bike Jousting, Catherine the Terrible's Cossack Guard, Fortune Telling at the Altar of Saraghina, visuals by VJ FuzzyBastard, and Surprises!
The opulent monarchy of TAKISTAN invites you on the day of the great royal wedding to enjoy decadent attractions, featuring His Majesty's Royal Casino, Princess Cupcake's Naughty Boudoir, The Grand Inquisitor's quiz show, Dr. Adventure's Royal Guard, The Royal Passport Scavenger Hunt, the Royal Ultra-Tacky Runway Show, Live acts by Laura McMillian of the Egyptian Shumba and by Sugar in the Gas Tank, S&M Royal Wedding Visuals by The Housewives' Guide to Anatomy, Dirty Uncle Pony Rides and More Surprises!
Dress in your Princess Best for a chance to wed the dashing Prince of Takistan!
Patriotic Libations include: Vulgaria's national cocktail "The Three-Legged Mule" and Her Majesty's royal imbibement "Groundskeeper's Embrace at the Summer Palace" and yes, back by popular demand "Morning After Pill Jello Shots!"
SARAGHINA 8 ½
ANAMATRONIC FORTUNE TELLING GYPSY BOOTH
DRUG FRONT BOARDWALK FORTUNE TELLER
COCKTAIL THIEVING MONKEY
GHOST OF RASPUTIN
INTERNATIONAL ARMS DEALER PLAYBOY
THIRD WORLD DICTATORS (THE DEVIL WEARS TAUPE)
GADAFFI SEXY BODYGUARDS
IVANA TRUMP AND LIBERACE’S PROM NIGHT IN MONACO
SIGFRIED AND ROY
GROOMED POODLE “STANDARD” WITH SHOWPAPERS
”WHAT IS THAT, VELVET?”
PRINCESS! PRINCESS! PRINCESS!
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we always need help! if you'd like to volunteer, e-mail: theoceanofblood(at)gmail(dot)com
Monday, May 16, 2011
It's a VERY SPECIAL Memorial Day Weekend Party!
Swimming Cities joins up with two dance floor SUPER POWERS!
Dirty Finger (Black Label Bicycle Club, BK)
Rusty Lazer (New Orleans Bounce)
Lady Business (New Orleans)
STRAIGHT UP DANCE PARTY MAYHEM.
... and, because we love you, there will be a Bike Burlesque act with Heather Loop and her foxy, delicious troop!
No Costumes necessary.
Lots of Boobs.
Lots of Booty.
Yacht Shachts. The Sophisticated Slide. And some classic boat drinks specials are being brewed - plus actual homebrew (what!!) - start inviting all yer friends people!! It's going down next Friday Night!
and save the date for BORDERTOWN JUNE 3RD
Check out the facebook event
Friday, May 13, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Animal Farm Ruled!! (Clear your calendar for our next party, June 3, details TBA.)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Swimming Cities Presents:
A N I M A L F A R M
The Seven Commandments of Animalism BBQ & Dance Party
Friday May 6, 5pm-4a.m.
370 Ten Eyck, between Waterbury and Morgan, Brooklyn
Come early for a real, live afternoon pig roast, robotic petting zoo, swimming pool, lawn chair balloon flights, wife-beater wet T-shirt contest, live bluegrass with "Crooks and Perverts," Frito pie, $3 beers and honey-lemon-pepper-ginger vodka shots. The late show starts at 10pm with a Half Hour of Power® open bar from 10-10:30pm. Stay all night for a dance party with DJ Dirtyfinger.
$5 before 10 or with a costume, $10 after.
COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Old Major, Bolshevik Old MacDonald, Greased Pig, Colonel Sanders, Miss Piggy, Mr. ED on Raging Coke Bender, Stalin, Trotsky, Or Lenin in Kremlin Casual, Marx-Engels Hybrid, KGB, Templeton
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday & Saturday April 15-16, 7pm-12am
55 9th Street, Brooklyn
Art + Architecture 2011, a diverse and multidisciplinary exhibition of emerging artists, is comprised of works that examine, question, or outright challenge everyday interpersonal and contextual relationships.
Through the integration of a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, performance and works on paper, the installation weaves a wide ranging fabric of form and style, which envelops the immense Gowanus Ballroom and transforms the space into a thoroughly interactive experience. This affords both artist and audience a chance to dismantle and construct anew one’s perceived environment. By alternately reinforcing and undermining the suppositions defining social and physical arrangements, the exhibition implores participants to reexamine the boundaries delineating self.
Art + Architecture is being presented in collaboration with Mister ArtSee.
Featuring: Adriana Atema, Aimee Bonamie, Amy Consolo, Ben Wolf, Ben Mortimer, Brian Whiteley, Christina Kelly, Domestic Construction, Douglas Draper, Emma Stern, Felix Morelo, Georgie Flores, Gerri Davis, Heidi Tullman, Jay McDonald, Jason Gandy, Kristin Künc, Lopi LaRoe, Manonce Celestine, Matt Allison, Matthew Silver aka Heartpocalypse, Matt Stolle, Matthew William Robinson, Nathan Maxwell Cann, Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor, Patricia Watwood, Rob Zeller, The Objectionists, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Shannon Gillen & Guests, Tod Seelie, Ursula Viglietta, Vanessa Cronan, and a still growing list others. Please check our featured artists page to learn more about our artists.
There will be live music, performances and a cash bar Friday and Saturday nights.
Performers Include: Shannon Gillen & Guests, Yula & The Extended Family, Apocalypse Five and Dime, Joe Keady and The Royal Garden Jass Band, Crooks and Perverts, Melody Allegra Berger, Morgan O’Kane, Sweet Soubrette, Abby Hertz aka Lady C, and others. A performance schedule can be found below, and will be continuously updated.
|SCHEDULE Fridays: 6pm – 12am Performances begin at 8pm Saturdays: 11am – 1am Performances begin at 8pm Sundays: 11am-6pm Video work will be screened throughout the day||ADMISSION Friday, April 8: $5 before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Saturday, April 9: Suggested donation before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Friday, April 15: Suggested donation before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Saturday, April 16: Suggested donation before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Sunday, April 10 and 17: Suggested donation only Viewings by appointment during the week, please firstname.lastname@example.org|
Monday, April 4, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
the venue pulled out on us at the last minute and we tried very hard to find an alternate space close by but couldn't come up with anything. so so so very sorry we can't party with you tonight :(
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRIDAY MARCH 18TH
Come sweat out all that green beer and Jameson on the dance floor. We’ve got three of Brooklyns finest thump-makers keeping it bumping all night. Topless Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Koreapatra and FourLokohantas!! Open bar from 10-11!!! Beer+Shot $5 all night!!!
Music provided by:
DJ DIRTYFINGER (BlackLabel)
DJ Barney Iller (Rubulad)
Haruka Salt (BANANAS!)
7 bucks at the door.
All the proceeds will go to the Swimming Cities India Project.
For more info about the project check out our website: www.weareswimmingcities.org
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Swimmming Cities presents our Annual Silent Art Auction
at Gallery 151
Closing Reception: February 26, 7pm-1am
featuring Music by
Composer, performer, storyteller SXIP SHIREY
with trumpet & bhangra drum player SONNY SINGH from North Indian dhol 'n' brass band Red Baraat at 8pm
and DJ Joro-Boro from Mehanata 9pm-1am
AUCTION CLOSES AT 11pm (Saturday, Feb. 26)
Online Auction link:
You can follow pieces and also bid online.
Online auction goes until 7pm Saturday.
The gallery is open 12pm-8pm every day
with additional special programming:
Wednesday 2/23: Double Screening
live screenprinting during the day and film screenings after dark
Thursday 2/24: Yokoloco Bed-In
by two-woman performance art group Chunklundt
with surprise guest stars
Friday 2/25: The Green Death
a play by Forrest Gillespie 9pm-11pm
orien mcneill (646) 221-7782
***Check out the Brooklyn Pirates afterparty DANCE REVIVAL (21+)***
at 319 Scholes St. in Bushwick (b/w Bogart & Waterbury, Montrose L stop)
f. dj's Fake Money, Feliz Cumbé, Reagonomics, Cobra James, Tinseltown, & Cosa Nostra
**********$10 with password: ocean of blood**********
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Our boats are on the ocean en route to India. A huge thanks to everyone who helped us close that shipping container door. Now only 45 days until we see them again, in Farrukhabad!
In the mean time, please come out and support us at our annual silent art auction at Gallery 151, featuring 100 selected works. We will post a full list of artists and schedule of activities in the coming week, but save the dates February 19th and 26th for our opening and closing parties. An online auction will also be available for those of you outside of NYC.
350 Bowery St. Feb 19 & 26. 7pm-1am. Open Bar. Suggested Donation $10.
Sponsored by Original Sin Ciders & Brooklyn Brewery.
February 26 Performance by Sxip Shirey.
Artists include: Swoon, Tom Beale, Duke Riley, ImminentDisaster, Ben Mortimer, Tod Seelie, Ben Wolfe, Andrew Poneros, DickChicken, Conrad Carlson, Monica Canilou, Tony Bones, Malcolm McNeill, Charley Pratt, Jeff Stark, Isaac Aden, Doyle S Huge, Leslie Stem, Lopi Laroe, Katelan Foisey, Iris Stvn Lasn, Catherine Yaeger, Pat Seeley, Zev David Deans, Noah Sparks, Elizabeth Bentley, Nick Normal, Orien McNeill, Ksenjiya, Angie Kang, Ben Devoe, Czak Tucker, Alex Dyke, Virginia Reath, Dan Sabau, David Dowling, Ian Page, Jesse Roadkill Wilson, Tianna Kennedy, Kara Blossoms, Jess DaSilva, Mona Brody, Mayra Cimet Dattoli, Jackie Guido, Giacomo Fortunato, Tom Porter, Kristin Reger, Bucky Cox, and more.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Swimming Cities Mardi Gras Party!
Thursday, March 3rd
1pm - 5pm
@ Miss Martha's!
1117 Clouet Street, Bywater, New Orleans
Your favorite raft-y friends are in town for Mardi Gras! Come hang with us @ Miss Martha's for some Carnival celebration in a beautiful Bywater backyard and help us fundraise for our Spring 2011 Expedition down the Ganges River in India!
Food/Music/Art & Raffle Prizes!
Cheap Beer & Brunchy Drinks
Suggested Donation $5
Featuring Music By:
Members of Apocalypse Five & Dime (BK)
Marshall LaCount from Dark, Dark, Dark (MPLS / NOLA)
Unicorn Field (ATL)
Christ Lord (ATL)
Friday, February 4, 2011
As we pack up our boats to head to India, a BIG THANKS to our Brooklyn grandaddy, Serett Metal Works. Founded in 1997 by Josh Young, Serett is simply the finest metal shop in New York. From their 12,000sf home base in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Serett crew watched patiently as we learned to weld - slowly - dragged giant boats across the parking lot, explored the Gowanus Canal and generally got in the way. Thanks to everyone who stayed up late to let us in, figure everything out, fix our mistakes and have a blast in the process. For more on Serett, check out www.serett.com. THANK YOU!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Swimming Cities and the Chicken Hut present
BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN A Hobo's Paradise!
on January 29 at 169 Spencer St. (at Willoughby)
with live performances by THE WOES, Morgan O'Kane, Apocalypse Five & Dime, and Jackson Lynch, as well as lots of live banjo in the backroom boxcar lounge stage.
Come live the easy life off the fat of our good land with Swimming Cities at the Chicken Hut as we ramble all night with raucous, foot-stompin, soul-shaking, life-affirming, live tunes at the BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, A Hobo's Paradise. Featuring a live free-to-enter banjo pick-off with hobo-rection-o-meter, a whiskey fountain (free until 10pm), cigarette trees, the biggest pot of slumgullion you ever did see, a first class box car lounge, lemonade springs, hobo awards, dumpster jumping for fabulous prizes and a late-night dirty dance floor with DJ Dirtyfinger. also featuring DJ Tinseltown
$10 at the door, 9pm-late
if you want to enter the banjo contest, e-mail email@example.com for details--free entry with banjo and two drink tickets to warm you up before you enter the boxcar stage. bottla whiskey prize!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
A magical night on the Gowanus canal, making and burning a junk raft in memory of Poppa Neutrino. All the best to all the wanderers and waterpeople out there...
More photos at: todseelie.com/poppaneutrinomemorial
NY Times Obit here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/us/28neutrino.html?src=twrhp
Alec Wilkinson on Neutrino here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/01/postscript-poppa-neutrino.html
Monday, January 24, 2011
"Inspired by a documentary he saw when he was twelve years old, in which Australian aborigines periodically burnt their homes and walked away naked, free to start a new life, he teaches triadic thinking and empowerment to people trapped by the concept of job and rent. Thus Poppa Neutrino builds his own homes out of discarded materials on free space (public waterways) and supports himself as a street musician."