Filed under: events, press, Issue 2 | Tags: Annabel Braithwaite, Belathée Photography, Brian Beatty, Christopher Koulouris, David Mahfouda, Deb Olin Unferth, Issue 2, Joe Wenderoth, Joshua Cohen, Justin Taylor, Ken Sparling, Kendra Grant Malone, Lydia Bell, Mike Topp, Nina Schloesser, PPOW Gallery, Release Party, sasha fletcher, Scallywag & Vagabond
Many warm thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for the Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America Release Party at the PPOW Gallery in Chelsea! Thank you too to all our readers and performers and to PPOW for hosting the night’s events!
The evening featured a performance by Lydia Bell, original work by Sasha Fletcher and Justin Taylor, as well as a series of “surrogate readings” featuring content from the issue: Nina Schloesser reading Ken Sparling, Joshua Cohen reading Joe Wenderoth, Mike Topp reading Brian Beatty, and Kendra Grant Malone reading Deb Olin Unferth. In addition, the gallery hosted the installation of Brooklyn artist David Mahfouda’s 130-foot, handmade American flag, damaged during celebrations after Obama’s election and restored by the Brooklyn-based Fixers Collective.
Thank you to our photographer for the evening, Annabel Braithwaite for Belathée Photography. For a full slide show of Annabel’s images from the evening please click here. In addition, The Hostess Project has generously posted a slide show on flickr.
Check out Christopher Koulouris of Scallywag & Vagabond’s pithy recap of the evening here. Thanks, Chris!
It is safe to say, that this lot are onto something and a thorough read of what they have put out certainly had me invigorated and rather charmed […] With their America issue the editors were intent on discovering what it is to be American, where America lives at this moment and where America is possibly heading. – Christopher Koulouris, Scallywag & Vagabond
Stay tuned to our website for companion content to the new issue!
Filed under: events
thanks again to everyone who came out for the party. we felt honored to have some many wonderful people support the magazine. pix and more coming soon.
Filed under: events | Tags: Brian Beatty, Deb Olin Unferth, Dinh Q. Le, Issue 2, Lydia Bell, Mike Topp, PPOW Gallery, sasha fletcher, Stephen O'Connor
Flyer by Skyler Balbus
Please join us in celebrating the release of Gigantic‘s second issue: Gigantic America. Featuring interviews with Lydia Millet, Adrian Tomine and Sam Lipsyte; new fiction from Robert Coover and Leni Zumas; art by Thomas Doyle and Thomas Allen; along with collectible biographies of famous Americans, as written by, among others, Deb Olin Unferth, Michael Kimball, Clancy Martin and Stephen O’Connor.
Our launch party will include short readings from Gigantic #2 contributors Deb Olin Unferth, Stephen O’Connor and Sasha Fletcher; a special performance by artist Lydia Bell; a special “surrogate” reading of Brian Beatty’s work by Mike Topp; on view, Dinh Q. Lê’s Elegies; cheap drinks and all the fun and miscellaneous delights you’ve come to expect from things Gigantic.
Please stay tuned for more updates or check our facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=305800204437&ref=ts.
Gigantic Issue #2 Launch Party
Saturday, February 27, 2010
511 W 25th St #301
New York, NY
Filed under: events | Tags: Gigantic, Gigantic magazine, James Yeh, Justin Taylor, Lincoln Michel
Thursday, Feb. 11th, 7pm
Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Gigantic Present:
Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever
You know, Brooklyn is a kind of alright place for music and books. But where can you find the two together? At Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever, that’s where.
Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever is where writers, rockers and raconteurs are united at last, relating three-minute stories of youth, sex, booze, noise and a little thing called rock ‘n’ roll.
–Jami Attenberg (Author, The Melting Season)
–Justin Taylor (Author, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever)
–Franz Nicolay (Musician/Writer, Complicated Gardening Techniques)
–Zachary German (Author, Eat When You Feel Sad)
–Nick Gazin (Artist, Vice Magazine)
-Jens Carstensen (The Giraffes)
-James Yeh (Gigantic)
-Aaron Hartman (Old Time Relijun/Girls in Trouble)
–Kendra Grant Malone (Poet, author of the chapbook Conor Oberst Sex)
-Mike Conklin (L Magazine)
-Chelsea Hodson (poet)
-Maura Johnston (The Awl/Village Voice)
-Eric Davidson – New Bomb Turks/Author of We Never Learn)
-Lincoln Michel (Gigantic/The Faster Times)
-Derek Evers (Impose Magazine)
-Beverly Hames (Fox & Fawn/Vice blog)
-Aaron Lefkove (LiveFastDie/Liquor Store)
-Michaelangelo Matos (A.V. Club/The Stranger)
Plus! A Very special set by The Wailing Wall.
Hosted by Jason Diamond and James Yeh
Susan, Franz and Maria play rock covers on accordion
No cover, totally free.
557 Manhattan Avenue (at Driggs Ave)
Filed under: events, press | Tags: James Yeh, Opium Literary Deathmatch, readings
bowery poetry club, nyc 8pm, free:
The Faster Times, The Rumpus, and Gigantic Present:
The 2009 Wall Street Holiday Party
Monday, December 14, 2009, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Glasslands 289 Kent Avenue (between 1st and Grand) Brooklyn
Come drink champagne and party like you just got a $3 million bonus!
As creative types–writers, journalists, artists etc.–we tend to miss out on big corporate holiday blowouts complete with chocolate fountains and drunken co-workers embarrassingly making out beneath mistletoe. Those of us who work from home rarely even see other people, or wear “clothing.”
So this year, let’s don our Wall St.-inspired Holiday Best (You know, that suit you had dry-cleaned about three years ago just in case you an opportunity to wear it arose), and get down like it’s 2003 and Bernie Madoff has yet to steal everyone’s money.
For one night only we can all pretend to be rich.
If you actually have a corporate job, never fear. This party will provide the kind entertainment no Wall St. firm would ever allow. We’ll be having an (affordable) silent auction, and entertainment TBA.
Join us in celebrating another fun, if fiscally irresponsible year!
Filed under: events, press | Tags: "You Don't Know Me" Benefit Bash, Ben Greenman, Bob Powers, BOMB, Bowery Electric, David Gates, events, Gigantic, james j. williams iii, John Wesley Harding, Joseph Keckler, Kalup Linzy, Opium, Scallywag & Vagabond, Sven Birkerts, The Dog House Band, The Library Is On Fire, The New York Observer
Check out their recap of the night’s revelry here. Here’s a snippet:
“BOMB Magazine with Gigantic and Opium magazines hosted an end-of-summer bash at Bowery Electric featuring a musical performance by a drag queen, two short plays, and another musical act that consisted largely of a guy speaking (rhythmically) to the audience about a dream he had, set to music. So of course, this means we need to talk about one thing: wolves. Or, in this case, ‘werewolves.'” ~ Scallywag and Vagabond
In case you missed our earlier post, the Observer also ran a great review of the night.
Much thanks to our performers and to all who attended! As well as to those who ran pre-press for the event and helped promote the evening including: HTML Giant, The New Yorker, Black Book, ARTmostfierce, [THING], The Daily News, and anyone who posted who we may have missed.
To join in the next Gigantic literary bash, stay tuned for news about our upcoming Issue II launch party!