Le Petit Versailles is a NYC public community garden in the East Village that presents a season of events including art exhibitions, music, film/video, performance, theater, workshops and community projects from May - October. LPV is a project of Allied Productions, Inc., a non profit arts organization.

Monday, August 16, 2010

BedTime Stories / Baroque Bike Rack

Bedtime Stories

Readings by Mary Gaitskill, Shelley Marlow, Robert Marshall, and Peter Trachtenberg

September 10th, Friday, 7PM at Le Petit Versailles Garden

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels “Two Girls, Fat and Thin” and “Veronica,” as well as the story collections “Bad Behavior” and “Because They Wanted To,” which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her novel “Veronica” was nominated for the National Book Award in 2005. Her most recent book is the story collection titled “Don’t Cry.”

Shelley Marlow is the author of the novels Two Augusts in a Row in a Row and Lesbians of Arabia. Marlow is a visual artist, songwriter and author whose fiction, essays and artwork appear in the St. Petersburg Review, The Literary Review, LTTR, Zingmagazine, New Observations, and Girlfriends. She wrote the book and lyrics for Unknot Turandot, performed at La Mama Theater, NY.

Robert Marshall‘s novel, A Separate Reality, was released by Carroll & Graf in 2006 and was nominated for a Lambda Award for debut fiction. His investigative feature, “The Dark Legacy of Carlos Castaneda” was chosen for Best of Salon, 2007. A visual artist as well as a writer, he has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States. He lives in New York City.

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh and The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning, a recipient of the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. His fiction, essays, and reportage have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Bomb, A Public Space, and The New York Times Travel Magazine. He has performed his dramatic monologues at Dixon Place, P.S. 122, and The Kitchen and broadcast commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered.

September 10 5- 7pm. Artist reception for Baroque Bike Rack by Bernard Klevickas

The baroque bike rack is fabricated from abandoned bicycle frames and parts. The design tweaks and repurposes what were damaged bikes into a supporting and securing structure. The sidewalks of New York City contain wounded and damaged bicycles from partial robberies and foulplay of bent rims. I feel for the cyclist who aproaches his or her locked bike only to notice that a wheel or seat or more is missing. In too many cases the bike is abandoned and more vandals take more parts and rust sets in.

Bernard Klevickas is a sculptor who utillizes industrial processes in an expressionist manner to create objects exploring the possibilities of surface, form and function. As an aspiring artist developing his own sculpture for over 22 years Bernard has in the past also fabricated sculpture for the artists Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Frank Stella, and others. He has a manufacturing certificate in CNC (computer numerical control) machining and manual lathe and mill operation and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His sculpture has won many awards and has been shown indoor and outdoor in numerous exhibitions in New York City, the Hudson Valley, Chicago, West Palm Beach Florida and in Indiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Istanbul Turkey and Bermuda. -

here is a direct link to a page about the bike rack:

Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston Street (Avenues B & C )
212 529 8815
F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on Houston St.
J / M trains to Delancey. Walk northeast to Houston St.
FREE/Voluntary Donation
rain or shine

Le Petit Versailles, created in 1996, is a GreenThumb garden and a project of Allied Productions, Inc. a non-profit arts organization. LPV provides a green oasis for meditation and relaxation dedicated to fostering the interest of all segments of the community in the arts, broadening and enriching the general public through performances, screenings, workshops. LPV events are made possible by Allied Productions, Inc., Green Thumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts;NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept. of Sanitation &NYC Board of Education. Film & Exhibition support from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

This event is also funded in part by Poets and Writers,Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Support for Bedtimes Stories

and Baroque Bike Rack is also provided by

Robert Dell Vuyosevich.