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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
10:00pm - 12:00am


The Lambs Club
132 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 

In a nod to Times Square of old, The Lambs Club was the site for the second installment of the After Hours Spring 2014 series. The event reflected the influence of old time cabaret houses, featuring performances by artists whose work crosses between art, performance, and music through gallery, theater, and site-specific platforms. Joseph Keckler is a classically-trained operatic bass-baritone whose work fuses music and performance, while vocalist and performance artist Helga Davis mixes rock, jazz, soul, and funk to create her own unique brand of music, and vibraphonist Michael Hanf entrances us with otherworldly sounds. Each artist performed a unique set during the event, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  

The program is curated by Clocktower in partnership with Times Square Arts. The curatorial committee is Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Director; Joe Ahearn, Clocktower Curator of Performance and Installation; Beatrice Johnson, Managing Director and Associate Curator; and Jim Toth, Curatorial Advisor.

Each After Hours program is included in a documentation film. The live radio stream and broadcast are organized by the Clocktower Radio and production team, David Weinstein, Jeannie Hopper, and Willis Arnold.

Listen to the live radio streamcast at Clocktower.org

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LambsClub1After Hours: An Evening at The Lambs Club, March 26, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

LambsClub2After Hours: An Evening at The Lambs Club, March 26, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

LambsClub3After Hours: An Evening at The Lambs Club, March 26, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

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About the artists

Helga Davis recently starred in the 25th anniversary production Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. In last season's Next Wave Festival, Davis' second appearance was in Elsewhere, a new multi-media opera featuring cellist Maya Beiser with music by Missy Mazzoli. In December 2012, she performed at the Park Avenue Armory in Ann Hamilton's The Event of a Thread with music by David Lang, and in a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Andrew Ondrejcak, You Us We All.

Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. Keckler’s live performances have been seen at SXSW Music, New Museum, Issue Project Room, BAM Fischer Center, Joe’s Pub, Afterglow Festival, and many other venues. His most recent performance piece, I am an Opera, was commissioned by Dixon Place. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice recently named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013.”

If you can hear Michael Hanf play his vibraphone in an intimate, solo setting, you will notice there is something more than just the cool, resounding harmonies of the thick, metal keys on his instrument. Along with the light squeak of his pedal, methodically dampening the keys that would otherwise vibrate for minutes, there's an audible sound from his mouth. Even in a wildly energetic free-improvisation, he is singing what he is playing, his whole body and mind fully immersed.


About After Hours

After Hours is a series of ephemeral installations and performances hidden amongst the Times Square district’s diverse venues, recorded for radio and video dissemination. The Spring 2014 series takes place once a month across two unique locations. Taking advantage of the twilight moment before midnight, and a surreal array of different settings nestled throughout the Times Square area, the Times Square Alliance, in partnership with Clocktower, offer tantalizing glimpses of these spaces as creative catalysts. Pairing  musicians and artists with each of these unique contexts, the artists create work specifically designed to draw on the neighborhood's history as a social and artistic melting pot. The fleeting nature of these late night experiences highlights the power found in taking the synchronicity and spontaneity of an After Hours encounter beneath the bright lights, and using it to inspire and indicate future audio, video, and performance work.



About Clocktower Productions

Clocktower Productions is an art production institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, and radio. Founded in 1972 in Lower Manhattan by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower is the oldest alternative art project in New York. For 40 years, the institution has produced seminal exhibitions and performances by some of the most important artists of our time. After leaving its historic Tribeca tower in December 2013, Clocktower immediately engaged in contracted program partnerships with six cultural institutions in three boroughs. Clocktower produces multidisciplinary art projects all over the city through these creative collaborations with Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Knockdown Center in Queens, Playland Motel & Gallery in Far Rockaway, and Times Square Arts, Neuehouse, and Red Bull Studios in Manhattan. These spaces host Clocktower exhibitions, performances, residencies, radio, and administrative activities. Visit Clocktower.org for more information. Follow @Clocktower_NYC.



About The Lambs Club

Before becoming The Chatwal New York and The Lambs Club Restaurant and Bar, this iconic Stanford White-designed building was the epicenter of America for the 20th century. The building originally opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club. Organized in 1874 by a group of actors and enthusiasts, The Lambs occupied a series of rented quarters before settling at 44th Street. The American club took their name from a similar group in London, which flourished from 1869-1879, in the name of drama critic and essayist Charles Lamb. The Lambs Club offers Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's modern approach to American cuisine with distinct ingredients, highly seasonal menus and a signature approach to hospitality. Located off of the lobby of The Chatwal Hotel, this luxe but comfortable room serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and seats 80 comfortably among spacious red leather banquets and an oversized 18th Century French fireplace. Executive Chef Eric Haugen, who works closely with Zakarian on menu development, was named Zagat's 30 Under 30 in New York City and noted as one of the "culinary world's major up-and-comers". Head Sommelier Aj Ojeda Pons recently earned The Lambs Club the prestigious Two Glass award from Wine Spectator, noting The Lambs Club as having one of the best wine lists in the United States. As The Lambs Club is one half block from Times Square, the restaurant features both Pre and Post theater menus and Live Jazz every Sunday during brunch.