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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Le Petit Versailles

The Yiddish Celluloid Closet:
"A yingl mit a yingl hot epes a tam?"

Presented by Eve Sicular.

Thursday June 30th @ 8pm.

FREE/ Voluntary Donation Requested.
Rain or Shine.

Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston St. < Avenue B & C>
212 529 8815

Subway: F/V- Second Ave. - J/M/F- Delancey/Essex

Despite the taboo surrounding homosexuality, the topic was too intriguing to be left entirely out of the Yiddish picture. An exploration of lesbian & gay subtext in Yiddish cinema during its heyday, from the 1920's to the outbreak of World War II, reveals distinctly Jewish concerns of the time intertwined with a striking array of allusions to this highly-charged subject. From musical comedies such as YIDL MITN FIDL (Yidl With His Fiddle) and AMERIKANER SHADKHN (American Matchmaker) to classic dramas DER DIBUK (The Dybbuk) and DER VILNER SHTOT-KHAZN (Overture To Glory), queerness reached the screen in various guises, emerging as an alternate take on themes of conflicted identity, passing and same-sex attachments. Discussion of these and other gems of the Yiddish screen, as well as such features as RADIO DAYS, COLONEL REDL, CROSSFIRE, and GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, will be accompanied by clips from selected films and period home movies.

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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Solstice June 21 <>Make Music New York

JUNE 21 , 2011
Tuesday * 6-9pm.
Garden opens at 5pm.
Rain or Shine.

Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston St.
Subway: F/V- Second Ave. - J/M/F- Delancey/Essex

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
While growing up in northern Italy, Fabrizio Brua studied piano at the Lorenzo Perosi Conservatory of Music. Never completely convinced by traditional western methods for studying and performing music, Brua began, at an early age, to follow his own musical path. Under the guidance of a Jesuit priest, Frate Cappelletto, Brua began a spiritual journey that lead him to India. There he discovered classical Indian music and the sitar. Classical Indian music, unlike classical western music, is based upon improvisation within musical structures. Such a system is well adapted to the temperament and conceptual models of Brua. Since 1991 he has studied classical Indian music under the tutelage of the Italian sitar master, Gianni Ricchizzi, in Assisi Italy; and in 1998 with Pandit Amarnath Mishra in Varanasi, India. Now, Brua, resides in Perugia, Italy and in Brooklyn, NY.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Garrin Benfield
Garrin Benfield's sound has been described as Freestyle Acoustic Rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious Singer/Songwriter. His talent shines through as a solo artist when he flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements and also while he uses a Loop Station to create mesmerizing soundscapes upon which he lays blistering rock, blues and jazz licks, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lazarus Rose

Chris Rael of longtime L.E.S. Indo-pop band Church of Betty returns to Le Petit Versailles with new acoustic ensemble The Lazarus Rose, performing ancient Spanish Sephardic songs with contemporary world music instrumentation. These songs are mostly in Ladino language (one in Hebrew). Rael will sing and play Indian sitar, guitarra Portugese, 12-string guitar and Turkish zas. He will be joined by Bulgarian singer Vlada Tomova, violinist Emi Simeonov, bassoonist Claire de Brunner and Church of Betty's Marlon Cherry on djembe. The group will also play several Church of Betty chestnuts, and may be joined by surprise special guests. Chris and LPV go way back and share history and community in the L.E.S.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Join the Film-Makers’ Coop, Le Petit Versailles, and all their friends and neighbors for this warm late pre-summer screening. Enjoy works straight from the shelves of the Coop’s collection! Featuring work by Tom Chomont, Katrina Del Mar, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Helen Hill, and Jim Hubbard! Program details below!
Curated by Devon Gallegos.
This is event is sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts

Film-Makers' Cooperative--
June 11, 2011 8pm.

Summer Cinema Salon Lineup — TRT: 92 min.

Madame Winger Makes a Film:Filmmaking for the 21st Century
Helen Hill
2001, video, color, sound, 10 min
Madame Winger wants you to make a film about something you love. She shows you her favorite low budget filmmaking techniques, from cameraless animation to processing your own film in a bathtub.

Phases of the Moon
Tom Chomont
1968, video, color, sound, 5 min
“The other thing [Phases of the Moon] is about is the mechanical actions we do unconsciously. I had become very aware of them because of the typing I was doing. I had begun to feel like an extension of the machine at the office, rather than a person. Then I became aware of the little things that I did mechanically, on a robot level, in my room; my fear – and my longing, at the time – produced mechanical patterns of looking out the peephole. The whole film had to do in part with irrational things: mechanical movements in a way are not rational. They may have been in the beginning, but then they take over and are simply performed – out of context as easily as in context.” – Tom Chomont

Two Marches
Jim Hubbard
1991, video, color, sound, 8 min
“In Hubbard’s roving footage we follow the shifts in spirit, age and racial composition of the demonstrators and witness the growing organization of the protest spectacle, as ragtag bunches of rebellious marchers give way to marching bands and the unfurling of the Names Project AIDS Quilt. … Yet his touch is always gentle, and deeply, if elusively, personal, from the opening shots of Hubbard embracing the late filmmaker Roger Jacoby to the beautifully choreographed hands of deaf people signing. Always working within a small scale and tightly focused format, Hubbard has developed an astonishingly varied and emotionally complex body of work over the years, a series of personal film essays of intertwined loss and liberation.” – Liz Kotz, Afterimage

L.E.S. (Lower East Side)
Coleen Fitzgibbon
1976, video, color, sound, 30 min
“The story of the collapse of the problematic island of Manhattma, whose inhabitants worshipped the god of mamon, John Doe. Shot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC circa 1976. Filmed on Super-8mm with sound, summer 1976, shown on open reel videotape 1978 on Manhattan Cable Channel D, Collaborative Projects, Inc.’s Red Curtain show.”

The World’s Smallest Fair
Helen Hill
1995, video, color, sound, 5 min
While in art school, I invited my fellow students to help create one square mile of cotton candy in fantastical shapes.

Surf Girls
Katrina Del Mar
2005, video, color, sound, 25 min
“Surf Gang” is about the turf war that erupts when a gang of tough surfer girls travel out of their home territory of working class Rockaway Beach and arrive in the luxurious Hamptons. The Rockaway Ruffnecks, led by diminutive wildcat, Baby Rockaway, with their pirate flag flying and their rock n roll blaring, roll up into a world of ease and wealth made abrasive to outsiders. The local surfer girls call themselves the Ungratefuls, and are led by Blossom, an aging surfer girl who years ago reigned the seas, but who now lives in semi retirement and cocktail stupor in her gothic mansion overlooking the ocean. “Surf Gang” takes a satirical and sometimes slapstick view of class difference in a world of both natural beauty and fantastic embellishment.

Dog Diary: Part 1
Tom Chomont
1996, video, color, sound, 9 min
“The film diary questions the relation between reality and illusion in art. For instance, some viewers understand The Dog Diary (1996) as literal documentation. But while it is based on video material gathered during several days over a six week period, the original recordings run over five hours, and the finished tape is just twenty two minutes. Alongside montage and several video ‘effects,’ it also features superimposed sounds and pictures. In its finished version, it has a closer approximation to memory than the original footage. The largely erotic relationship with Dog was based on sexual fantasy, and the tape works to convert some of these moments into reflections on identity, power and representation. “ – Tom Chomont