Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fw: April Events at @MOCAD!

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MUSIC Frank_Pahl
Saturday, April 21, 2PM
Little Bang Theory
performing in Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show
Admission: Free

Frank Pahl's Little Bang Theory create their own whimsical compositions and perform covers of soundtrack music on a panoply of toy instruments. Their arrangements come across like a hybrid form of chamber music, stunning in their beauty and childish complexity. Frank Pahl is a Kresge Fellow, modern composer and creator of automatic instruments. Pahl's bands Only a Mother and The Scavenger Quartet, as well as his solo compositions have garnered critical acclaim both regionally and abroad. This fun and innovative ensemble will be creating a soundtrack for Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show for one very special afternoon only.

Saturday, April 21, 8PM-10PM
Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher
Admission: Free

Join us for a night of comedy and readings from comedian and author Moshe Kasher. Featured on Comedy Central, Fox, E!, NBC, VH1, MTV, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and the John Oliver Stand Up Comedy Show, Kasher is widely considered one of the preeminent new voices in comedy.

This event will feature readings from his new memoir Kasher In The Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient and Then Turned Sixteen, a powerful and hilarious reflection on his harrowing childhood in Oakland, CA.

For more information visit


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Friday, April 27 from 6PM-8PM
Wayne White & The Shaking Ray Levis
Admission: $5

The Shaking Ray Levis, comprised of Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner, will play a composed soundtrack to accompany a musical spoken-word artist-talk performance by Wayne White. Don't expect this one to be anything like any other artist's lecture, as White will perform on the banjo while presenting his work and life adventures from puppeteering for Pee-wee's Playhouse to making award-winning music videos. Additionally, The Shaking Ray Levis will also create a live improvised soundtrack accompanying the video Abstractiony Jones, created by filmmaker Ernie Paik using Dennis Palmer's artwork as source material.

The Shaking Ray Levis—an ongoing collaboration comprised of musicians with a common interest in improvisation—use storytelling, synthesizers, samplers and percussion to achieve their distinctive sound. And you might remember Wayne White's work from his puppeteering and set designing (alongside Gary Panter) for Pee-wee's Playhouse, his award-winning music video work for Peter Gabriel or the Smashing Pumpkins, or his crisp and surreal text paintings overlaid on thrift store paintings. A feature-length documentary about White, Beauty Is Embarrassing, will debut at the 2012 SXSW festival.

For more information on Wayne White visit his website

For more information on The Shaking Ray Levis visit their website

For more information visit



Post-Industrial Complex - Research Phase
Submission Deadline is April 21, 2012.

Calling all makers, inventors, problem solvers, fabricators, modifiers, creators, builders, conjurers, producers, storytellers, tinkerers, visionaries and hobbyists! The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is creating a book in celebration of local brainpower and is looking for input. Post-Industrial Complex, the book, will be comprised of postcard questionnaires and online submissions. An exhibition by the same name will be on display at MOCAD from May 11 to August 8, 2012.

Submissions are being accepted now. This is a chance for local creative people of all bents -- from scientists to crafters, from foodies to fixers -- to showcase their wares and ideas, and shed light upon the people that make up the cultural fabric of Detroit.

The deadline for submission is April 21, 2012. Postcards are available at MOCAD and online submissions should be directed to

Please direct any questions about the submission process, book or exhibition to MOCAD's Curator of Education,  Katie McGowan at or Curator of Public Engagement, Jon Brumit at



Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show
February 10-April 29, 2012

Joshua White and Gary Panter's Light Show is a new exhibition organized especially for the Museum by two great pioneers of multimedia art. White and Panter have been working together since the late 1990s, and this exhibition is their largest collaborative project to date.

Occupying nearly all of the Museum's 22,000 square foot area, this immersive installation features a "permanent" light show designed by White (of Woodstock and Fillmore East fame) that will be on view through the entirety of the exhibition's run. Panter, whose prolific output is most recognized in the set design for Pee-wee's Playhouse, will construct a funhouse of his imagination. Bridging these two worlds is a historical corridor, filled with ephemera illuminating their long-running careers. Materials from the archives of both artists will be on display to illustrate the range and depth of their work.

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Frank Pahl, image courtesy of the artist.
Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher.
Wayne White, image courtesy of the artist.
Beauty is Embarrassing, image from film.
Shaking Ray Levi, image courtesy of the artists.
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