HOST NOWHERE

Nowhere fest

March 11 - 13
an Unlikely Event

Attend performances, meet new friends, explore unforgettable worlds in the future of online gathering.
Join us as visionary creators and artists take to the stage of nowhere.

On the first anniversary of the pandemic, we celebrate inspiring silver-linings spirit and innovations that emerged over the last year.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Helping Hearts NYC.

Thank you for coming!!

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Featuring creative visionaries including:

THURSDAY 03/11

Thu
Mar 11
5:00 pm
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Mason Granger **PRESS ONLY**

Celebrated poet , performer, and educator. He created the poetry video platform SlamFind as a way to connect poets & poetry fans with live poetry venues around the country, and continues in the spirit of that work as Manager of Community Outreach with Get Lit and thru multiple forthcoming creative projects.

Thu
Mar 11
5:00 pm
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Shasta Geaux Pop - Performance **PRESS ONLY**

Shasta Geaux Pop, the "glamazon hip-hop icon", will be gracing the virtual stage at NOWHERE fest bringing her outrageously catchy tunes filled with satire, sauce, and maybe just a touch raunch.

Thu
Mar 11
6:00 pm
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Chris Gethard

Nowhere has many hidden nooks. Chris will be hiding out within some of these areas. If you can find him, he's perfectly willing to have a one on one conversation with you. It can be as light hearted or as intense as you feel like. When anyone else stumbles into the room he'll disappear, so make the most of it.

Thu
Mar 11
6:00 pm
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Greg Dubin - Virtual Magic

Greg will travel around NOWHERE worlds performing magic.

Thu
Mar 11
6:00 pm
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Lauren Elder - Show & Tell

Lauren Elder is a Broadway performer, World Champion Whistler, and multi-hyphenate creative, who believes everyone has something to offer. Lauren is a founding member of the Monday’s Collective and Monday’s in the Club with Lance at Club Cumming and will host a Show and Tell in NWR Fest.

Thu
Mar 11
6:00 pm
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Passionfruit - Performance

Tana Yonas is a record collector and DJ's under the name "Passionfruit" with a specialization of tropical and alternative disco, jazz, and funk from all over the world. At nowhere fest, Tana will be leading a listening session of Afrobeat, a fusion of West African Highlife and American Jazz.

Thu
Mar 11
6:00 pm
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Vinny Deponto - Performance

Vinny DePonto is a world renowned mentalist and mind reader who has performed around the world. He will be showcasing a segment from his critically acclaimed virtual show Mental Amusements on the NOWHERE stage.

Thu
Mar 11
7:00 pm
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Alain Sylvain

Alain is the forward-thinking Founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs. In response to a year that has changed and challenged our world, Sylvain will screen his lecture on designing through collective trauma and host a live virtual Q&A exploring how these ideas can touch us all.

Thu
Mar 11
7:00 pm
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DJ MSG

Originally born in Hong Kong, DJ MSG is the most flavor packed import to hit the States after dim sum. MSG’s musical roots come from working at the acclaimed Club Shelter, which was New York City’s longest running dance club night. There he worked closely with DJ legend and Motown Director, Timmy Regisford.

Thu
Mar 11
8:00 pm
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TIME OUT NY - Editors Will Gleason and Shaye Weaver

Will and Shaye will explore many topics, including the rise in drive-in culture, innovations in social distancing in the food and drink/culture spheres, cool socially distanced burlesque and other outdoor theatrical performance and also include the moments of collective memory and remembrance over the last year.

FRIDAY 03/12

Fri
Mar 12
6:00 pm
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Megs Rutigliano - Key Trends in Arts & Culture Sectors Amidst Global Pandemic

Founder of Globally Curated and Host of Reinventaissance will share how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about pivots in the arts and culture sectors on a global scale and the journey from a "Dark Winter" to a bright, "Artivist"-led horizon.

Fri
Mar 12
7:00 pm
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Brian Gonzalez (aka TAXIPLASM)

Interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator sharing his latest video art experience, “Invisible Violence”, a visual requiem for the forgotten Mexican workers who were burned alive or wounded in routine gasoline baths at the Mexican border, part of a study of ancestral narratives for Gonzalez’s upcoming feature.

Fri
Mar 12
7:00 pm
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Listening Session with Passionfruit

Tana Yonas is a record collector and DJ's under the name "Passionfruit" with a specialization of tropical and alternative disco, jazz, and funk from all over the world. At nowhere fest, Tana will be leading a listening session of Afrobeat, a fusion of West African Highlife and American Jazz.

Fri
Mar 12
8:00 pm
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Eschaton - A moderated talk led by immersive and virtual performer and Artistic Advisor Mallory Gracenin

The panelists will include co-creator Tessa Whitehead, Producer and Game Designer Jae Lee, and Eschaton performer and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Brita Filter to discuss the emergence and future of virtual performance. The panel will delve into Eschaton, the virtual nightclub and immersive experience.

Fri
Mar 12
8:00 pm
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The Completely Surrounded

Pete Vigeant of The Completely Surrounded hosts interactive game sessions that range across the various spaces of NOWHERE FEST.

Saturday 03/13

Sat
Mar 13
12:00 pm
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Christine Jones

Christine Jones is a Tony Award winning scenographer and the creator of Theatre for One. Jones, along with director Tamilla Woodard, and actor Shyla Lefner, will lead a conversation to discuss the Theater for One theatrical experience and how it evolved over the last year in response to Covid and the BLM movement.

Sat
Mar 13
12:00 pm
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Mindwell Lab - Peggy Lin & Shaun Nanavati

Shaun Nanavati is a neuroscience researcher, professor, and clinician with an interest in Eastern philosophy. His research interest is in Mindfulness and its impact on the autonomic nervous system, with special emphasis on the parasympathetic nervous system.

Sat
Mar 13
12:00 pm
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Robert C. Wolcott, Rabbi Irwin Kula & Kristina Libby

Morning in our World: Mourning, Memorial & Thriving Beyond the Pandemic - Clal President and Columbia University Rabbi Irwin Kula, tech industry leader and artist Kristina Libby and TWIN Global Co-founder and Chair Professor Rob Wolcott explore how we can move forward by looking back with courage, compassion and love.

Sat
Mar 13
1:00 pm
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A Conversation with Vallejo Gantner

Vallejo Gantner is the co-founder of hoovie.movie, hireartists.org, and partner in mkrs.family. Former Artistic Director of PS122 and the Onassis Foundation USA. Vallejo will host a live arts panel with Kristy Edmunds, Sadah Espii Proctor and Theo Triantafyllidis.

Sat
Mar 13
1:00 pm
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EMBC - Art is medicine

Bringing their music from Carnegie Hall to the basement of Mt Sinai Hospital during COVID-19 surge; EMBC artists Jacob Marshall and Tim Fain discuss the emerging renaissance as artists, technologists, designers and neuroscientists collaborate to bring relief to exhausted front line hospital workers.

Sat
Mar 13
1:00 pm
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Macy Schmidt, Sammi Cannold and Daniel J Mertzlufft

Egyptian-American Orchestrator, Music Director, & Copyist Macy Schmidt will discuss her experience in founding The Broadway Sinfonietta, an all female-identifying, BIPOC orchestral collective. She is joined by friends Sammi Cannold, & Daniel J Mertzlufft.

Sat
Mar 13
2:00 pm
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Portraits In Isolation: Shooting Remote Portraits In A Pandemic

Toronto-based photographer and educator who will lead this workshop inspired by his pandemic project, Portraits in Isolation, which documented lockdowns all over the world through remote photography. This workshop will cover the technology, tools, and techniques used to make authentic portraits virtually.

Sat
Mar 13
2:00 pm
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Leah Siegel - Spar Cards

Rockstar and wellness innovator Leah Siegel introduces her pandemic product Spar Cards, a framework and philosophy to help relationships, now needed more than ever.

Sat
Mar 13
2:00 pm
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Margaret Salamon - Climate Emotions Sharing and Listening Session

Are you depressed about the climate emergency? Enraged? Terrified? Come share your experience in small groups, facilitated by Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, Clinical psychologist and climate activist. Participants in these conversations report feeling connected, relieved, and motivated for action.

Sat
Mar 13
2:00 pm
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The Feast & Art + People

The Feast + Art Plus People hosting experiences and games that explore potential through art and rebuilding our humanity online.

Sat
Mar 13
3:00 pm
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Building the Multiverse, Burning Man’s Response to the Pandemic with Damian Madray, Danger Ranger, & Athena Demos

Athena Demos, Co Founder of Big Rock Creative who created https://brcvr.org/ an official virtual version of Burning Man, Michael Mikel a.k.a. “Danger Ranger”, Founding Board Member, Burning Man Project; and Damian Madray, Founder of Presence, gather to discuss the virtualification of the 2020 Burning Man experience.

Sat
Mar 13
3:00 pm
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EdgeCut Performance Series - curated by Kat Mustatea and Heidi Boisvert

A conversation about the future of live performance, looking especially at hybrid in-person/digital modes. Join us in conversation with past and potential future artists, and let us know about your ideas and proposals around our 2021 themes, HUMANITY and INTERSPECITALITY.

Sat
Mar 13
3:00 pm
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GROUP.BR - NYC's only Brazilian Theater Company

Group.BR, NYC's only Brazilian Theater Company, will host a conversation about the importance of new platforms for performing arts and present excerpts of an immersive theater piece that has been performed live in NYC and adapted for the virtual world during the pandemic.

Sat
Mar 13
4:00 pm
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NIVA - Jen Lyon, Liz Tallent, Patrick Wilson, Stephen Chilton & Becca Higgins

How did all these indie venues join together so quickly? How did NIVA get Congress to pass the $15 billion Save Our Stages Act? NIVA members discuss the formation of NIVA, the SOS Act, the SOS Fest on YouTube, and what the group is doing now.

Sat
Mar 13
4:00 pm
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Robert Siegel & Scott Simon - In Conversation

Making Radio Remotely Possible: NPR in the pandemic Panel with NPR Broadcasters Scott Simon and Robert Siegel exploring how NPR news has functioned during the pandemic, how different, it has been from “normal“ times, and what is gained or lost in the experience of remote work.

Sat
Mar 13
5:00 pm
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Charles Philipp - MICRO DIY MUSEUMS

Tiny museums for everyone, everywhere (even nowhere). YOU are a museum designer. Everyone can be. We will show you how. Charles and Dan are part of MICRO. They make tiny museums with communities in order to create big change in society.

Sat
Mar 13
5:00 pm
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THE QUARMEGA “QM” GAME SHOW - THE NOWHERE SPECIAL

Built out of a necessity to connect with one another & inspired by TV games shows, QM is interactive trivia, customized and curated around it’s contestants & our new normal. Join QM for The Nowhere Special, a mixed bag of the most popular QM Q’s and fan favorites from the hundreds of games produced over the last year.

Sat
Mar 13
5:00 pm
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The Future of Nightlife

A conversation with House of Yes and Elsewhere founders.

Sat
Mar 13
6:00 pm
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Andrew McMahon - Performance + Drive in Concerts

Andrew McMahon is a singer-songwriter who has released 3 albums as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and many others with his previous bands Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate. At the festival he will be sharing his experiences around touring in the time of Covid and his “Drive-In through a Dream Tour.

Sat
Mar 13
6:00 pm
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Rebecca Margolick

Internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, will share her latest solo titled Harbour; a reflection on our elders we've loved and lost, who've departed but who we keep close. This was piece was created through Covid-19 while in residency at The Dance Deck, a local outdoor studio space in Vancouver, Canada.

Sat
Mar 13
6:00 pm
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Sylvain Souklaye

Sylvain Souklaye is a French multimodal artist. His methods characteristically involve intense physical acts and unsettling intimacy.Ceci n’est pas un masque is a performance about the mundane abstraction of reality. Fashion, fiction and function are the triumvirate articulating this experiment.

Sat
Mar 13
6:00 pm
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The Deep End - Helping Hearts

Bar and restaurant in Brooklyn/Queens border that has pivoted to create Helping Hearts and provide aid to those affected the most during the pandemic, and to those on the front line saving lives. More than 30.000 meals distributed! Deep End will curate DJ's and will speak about their experience through the past year.

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