apexart :: Public Program :: SCARYOKE!!! Panel


In conjunction with the exhibition SCARYOKE!!! opening the following day at apexart.

Karaoke Panel
moderated by Dan Kois

Tuesday, November 5: 6:15 pm
at Double Knot
13 White Street, NYC
(directly across 6 Ave from apexart)

John Brophy
Aisha Harris
Stacy Horn
Dan Kois
Rob Sheffield
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Don't miss the opening on Nov. 6: 8pm-1am

Join SCARYOKE!!! organizer Dan Kois and four special guests for a panel on the art, science, law, and cultural politics of singing in public. Can karaoke be art? How can singing in public affect your brain chemistry? What about the racial dynamics of karaoke: Should white people rap? What happens when black people sing in front of white audiences?

It is also possible there will be singing.

KJ John Brophy has been creating karaoke tracks for over seven years with a focus on underground and obscure songs that the big karaoke companies won't touch. Based out of Portland, Oregon, a Baby Ketten Karaoke experience is complete with all the fixin's including professional grade sound, autotune/vocoder, dance lights/lasers, smoke machine, and magic. Expect to find songs you've always wanted to sing but never found at your average dive bar.

Aisha Harris is a culture blogger for Slate magazine, and a Northwestern and NYU grad. Her karaoke favorites include anything Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, or 60s girl groups.

Stacy Horn, who Mary Roach has hailed for "combining awe-fueled curiosity with topflight reporting skills," is the author of five nonfiction books. Horn's new book, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, (Algonquin Books, 2013) is an eclectic history of group singing, pieces of music both famous and forgotten, the science of singing, and all the benefits that come from being in the middle of a song.

Dan Kois is a senior editor in Slate's culture department and edits the Slate Book Review. He's also a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He was a founding editor of Vulture and has also written for New York, The New York Times, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the Awl. He is the author of Facing Future, a book about the late Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

Rob Sheffield is the author of a new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke. He's a longtime writer for Rolling Stone magazine, where he does the "Pop Life" column. His previous books are Love Is A Mix Tape and Talking To Girls About Duran Duran. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the Nicki Minaj to his Usher whenever they sing "Lil Freak."

Please join us.
All events are free and open to the public.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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