New York Book Release of RE/Search Pranks 2

V. Vale & Pranks 2

Next Thursday, February 1st, V. Vale is hosting a book release event in New York for his new RE/Search book Pranks 2. The event takes place at Bluestockings Bookstore in the Lower East Side and starts at 7pm, with a $5 to $7 suggested donation. John Law will be there on a pranks panel, along with Ron English, Julia Solis and possibly The Yes Men. I’ll be on hand as well, showing an excerpt from my Santarchy documentary “You’d Better Watch Out: Portland Santacon ’96” were Cacophony Society santas invaded Portland in 1996.

Here’s more info on the event from the January RE/Search newsletter:

The New York Release of RE/Search’s new book, Pranks 2

Thursday, Feb 1, 2007 – 7 PM
$5 to $7 suggested donation

Bluestockings Bookstore/Cafe
172 Allen St, New York NY 10002

Video showing of excerpts from Ron English’s “Popaganda,” the “Yes Men” Film and Scott Beale’s “You’d Better Watch Out” documenting the Cacophony Society’s wild “Santarchy” escapade in Portland. (For the past ten years, groups of folks dressed up as Santa Claus have invaded department stores, hotel parties and other events, causing ideological havoc and consumer confusion–anarchic fun! Over the years, the Santas have spread to major cities over the planet.)

Far more than a video show, the Feb 1 evening will encompass a Panel (taking audience Q&A’s) with local New York artists who appear in RE/Search’s newest book, PRANKS 2: Ron English, Julia Solis, the YES MEN (tentative) and JOHN LAW from San Francisco. All interested in RE/Search’s 30 year history, pranks, and cultural subversion in general are urged to attend and meet-and-greet featured pranksters both before and after the show. This is a rare opportunity to engage with prankster pioneers, while supporting the counterculture RE/Search publishing enterprise.

UPDATE 1: A second RE/Search Pranks 2 event will take place on Saturday, February 3rd at The 58gallery in Jersey City, NJ.

UPDATE 2: Here are a few photos I shot of the event.

photo credit: Scott Beale