May First Friday Picks

Relationship woes, money problems and a 2-for-1 deal mark this month.

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Dawn of the wed: A couple lives unhappily ever after in Grizzly Grizzly's performance-art piece The Honeymooners

Photo by Paul Outlaw

The Honeymooners

Ah, dinner with a bickering couple—that uncomfortable witnessing of a head-on collision you can’t stop and can’t escape. Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron invite you to their kitchen for beer and cookies and to hear the barbed banter and see the obnoxious behavior of their one-night performance The Honeymooners at Grizzly Grizzly. Less screwball comedy than semi-scripted theater of the absurd—with props, costumes and a full set—this performance isn’t for an audience of wallflowers. Paul will provoke and prod you, maybe even attack you into responding and Jennifer will chat you up and give you cookies. Unlike Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners ’ episodes, which always had happy endings, this story won’t have a happy ending—it probably won’t have an ending at all. But it will have an interruption in the form of the instrumental-funk band Consider the Source, which plays down the hall from the gallery at 9:30 p.m. where the Honeymooners fighting will continue. (Roberta Fallon)

Fri., May 7, 6pm. 319 N. 11th St. grizzlygrizzly.wordpress.com

Value City

Even in the skuzzy confines of a warehouse gallery, art is all about money. But at least Little Berlin is explicit about it with their May show “Value City.” The multi-artist show features work focusing on the economic worth of creative concepts. From Adam Parker Smith’s unmarketable bling to Carolyn Salas’s luxurious rug made from carpet padding, the show flaunts some true hustlers—er, artists. And don’t miss the collaborative Monochrome Project from Scott Bickmore on behalf of SSEWARD. The opening will involve a live art-making event in which participants can work on a monochrome painting and get paid proportionately. Just don’t tell anyone you got paid to work creatively—that’s obviously a code-red violation of DIY authenticity. (Manya Scheps)

Fri., May 7, 6pm. Through May 30. Little Berlin, 119 W. Montgomery St. 610.308.0579. littleberlin.org

First Story and Duo-tone/Duochrome: Ink to Light

It’s an artistic double whammy at the Fabric Workshop and Museum this First Friday. First up: Paula Wilson. In “First Story,” an exhibit created in conjunction with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the New York-based mixed media artist shows off collages made from a combination of techniques, including painting, sewing and printmaking techniques such as woodblock and silkscreen. The collages represent Wilson’s daydreams. Next on the agenda is “Duo-chrome/Duotone: Ink to Light,” a group show featuring 40 contemporary black-and-white works from the FWM’s permanent collection, including pieces by Louise Bourgeois, Ed Ruscha and Ursula von Rydingsvard. The show is curated by Ruth Fine of Washington’s National Gallery of Art. Sadly, the artist talks for these shows are at exactly the same time, so you’ll have to play favorites. But in terms of getting the most art for your time, FWM is the place to be. (Erica Palan)

Fri., May 7, 6pm. Through fall 2010. Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St. 215.561.8888. fabricworkshop.org

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1. Anon like yous said... on May 6, 2010 at 03:40PM

“Arrested Developmentalism lives in sillytowne as does frenz connections and the same olde same olde. What a crew! Come out and see the wittle grizzly bears, "true hustlers—er, artists" "unmarketable bling"...”

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2. Bruce said... on May 6, 2010 at 11:08PM

“A type of person whose only way of speaking is through non stop complaining.

I love you too.”

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