Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Date: June 1, 2023

Join us in Knoxville, TN June 1-13, 2023 for exciting concerts of new music!

More info HERE

May 23, 2023

Popebama + Yuma Uesaka + grein + Max Ardito @CuteLab_NYC

Date: May 27, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm

Popebama + Friends @CuteLab_nyc

Saturday, May 27th (doors 7pm)
CuteLab // $10 suggested donation

CuteLab is located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. DM @CuteLab_nyc or email for address. Cash/venmo accepted at venue.
Boston-Pittsburgh based grein (Aaron Michael Smith, Jay Rauch, Jonathan Rodriguez) will open the evening, followed by sets from Yuma UesakaMax Ardito and Popebama (Erin Rogers/Dennis Sullivan). Popebama’s performance includes the premiere of Joe White‘s “The Arts” for noisy duo + narrated track, the first live, in-person performance of Kittie Cooper‘s “edgewise” summoning a paranormal soundworld, a virtual journey through Matias Vilaplana Stark‘s “Dreamscape (Paisajes Oníricos)”, followed by a sticky new sound mash conceived by Erin & Dennis. Please join us! Email: for more info.

May 8, 2023

Jay Afrisando: [𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨] performed by thingNY // HERE Arts Center

Date: May 26, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm

What if captions ‘step up,’ ‘speak with’ you, and ‘tell’ you about their stories? 💬💭💃🏽✌🏽:)

Jay Afrisando: [𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨]
performed by thingNY
Fri, May 26, ’23, 7:00 pm ET

@herearts, DOT Theatre
145 6th Ave, New York, NY

🔗 Tix & Info:

𝐂𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 [𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦 𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞]: 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠, 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝. 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐮𝐩.

📌 [opera captions] focuses on captions that bring together accessibility, inner and imagined voices, and improvisation.

▶️ It’s a semi-fiction, semi-translation, semi-poetry, semi-film, semi-music, and semi-theater performance!

👋 It features captions as “an actor” interacting with and personified by bodily-diverse human beings: a collective of New York composer-performers thingNY and wonderful viewers-audiences.

🏮[opera captions] reimagines what captions can do beyond functioning as a speech conveyor and a sound interpreter in audiovisual media.

🧡 [opera captions] invites you to celebrate the lives of captions that have been both cherished and hated.

Accessibility/things to anticipate
• Captions will be the main performance elements. They will also be audible.
• There is no sound amplification, and the overall loudness will be moderate.
• A very small part of the performance features profanity.
• The DOT Theater is wheelchair accessible and fully compliant with ADA requirements.

Creator, Director, Writer, and Composer – Jay Afrisando
Performer – thingNY (Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Erin Rogers, Dave Ruder, Jeffrey Young)
Lighting Designer – Christina Tang
Project Manager – Terry Perdanawati
Graphic Designer – Jay Afrisando
Original photo – kinsum

[opera captions] is made possible by the support of The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Mellon Foundation. @themapfund

This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as a technical liaison.

May 8, 2023

Erin Rogers + Alec Goldfarb @Freddy’s Bar w/ Chris Cochrane, Matt Ostrowski, Tete Leguia, James Paul Nadien, Chris LiButti, Aaron Rubinstein

Date: May 20, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm

May 8, 2023

Marta Warelis and Erin Rogers + Sarah Hughes and Li-Chin Li @IBeam

Date: May 12, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm

Save the date. More Info SOON.

May 8, 2023