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EVOLVE Professional Wrestling in Orlando Thursday & The Central Florida Professional Wrestling Scene

By Nicholas Ware

EVOLVE Pro Wrestling, a sister organization of international independent pro wrestling powerhouse Dragon Gate USA, is holding its first Orlando event tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Orlando Armory. Both EVOLVE and Dragon Gate USA have been heavily involved in putting on events in Florida, notably at The Orpheum in Ybor City, and are finally headed more inland. The Orlando debut, EVOLVE 20, features a main event title match for the top strap in the organization between champion AR Fox and Nick Jackson of tag team The Young Bucks (who have previously wrestled in nationally-televised Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as Generation Me) as well as a co-main event non-title match of Johnny Gargano (current Dragon Gate USA Open The Freedom Gate Champion) against the other Young Buck, Matt Jackson. The Young Bucks are the current Open the United Gate Champions. CHAMPIONS UPON CHAMPIONS! Gargano last appeared in an Orlando ring at the Chikara Pro Wrestling event held in March at …

Brian Feldman's 48 Hour Yard Sale

The Daily City stopped by Brian Feldman's "48 Yard Sale" in the final four hour stretch. It started Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00pm and ended Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:00pm. It was, indeed, non-stop 48 consecutive hours of selling, buying, purging and collecting. 

It took place at what Feldman called the "Lowndes Performance Art Center," a private residence formerly owned by John & Rita Lowndes, two names you may remember seeing emblazoned throughout the Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. The home was also residence of the first Orlando Naval Training Center Captain, who built the house. 

This event was funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida. The yard was cluttered with tables topped with interesting old objects from Brian's past. One thing caught our eye and separated us from twenty bucks: a box of hundreds of movie stubs dating back to the late 80s.

The yard sale had branded hats, signs, butto…

Brian Feldman Projects Relocating to D.C.

Brian Feldman, best known for leaping off a ladder 366 times over 24 hours, is an award-winning conceptual artist, and the recipient of the 2011 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. There are only a few art circles who have not heard the name of Brian Feldman. Unfortunately, Brian is relocating to Washington, D.C. on February 13th after spending close to 24 years in Orlando. Brian is set to complete his final three Orlando projects in early February: "#48hYardSale," "The Skill Crane Kid 1st Birthday Party," and "Brian Feldman's Under the Covers." Brian encourages you to attend his final three projects, and here they are below. (Please note that the final project, "Brian Feldman's Under the Covers," was a ticketed event distributed through ArtsFest. These tickets are no longer available.)

Motorists Will Know Gas Prices Thanks to @BrianFeldman til 5:59pm Today

Sun Gas Station (5600 Butler National Drive) has been cited by WESH TV as having double the national average for a gallon of gas. Despite these outrageous prices, the gas station near the airport does not post its prices on its signs. Despite the city getting an ordinance passed requiring the station to post its prices, they're not, and are being fined $250 a day for disobeying it. Performance artist Brian Feldman will be out in front of the station today, noon to 5:59pm, holding a sign with the actual gas prices, so motorists can see before they pull in. (Photo Source)

"txt" is About Tweets

Sit in an audience and watch a performance artist turn the tweets sent to his twitter account by the audience around you into an absurdist onstage dialogue for an hour in the live show called txt playing for three Monday nights in July 11, 18 and 25 at 7pm at Urban ReThink (625 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL). The performance artist is Brian Feldman and the admission is a suggested donation of $10 which includes a button and PDF script, the latter probably emailed to you post-show.

You can, of course, join in yourself and see if your tweet gets read aloud and included in the insanity. This show has been seen at BarCamp Miami, the Kerouac House, BarCamp Orlando, Atlantic Center for the Arts and The Telephone Museum at Art & History Museums, Maitland.

About Brian Feldman
Brian Feldman is an award-winning conceptual artist. The recipient of the 2011 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, he is best known for leaping off of a ladder 366 times over 24 hours (“Leap Year Day”) and eat…

Photos: Son & Dad Hug For 24 Hours Straight

At midnight on June 19, 2011, a son and father began a physical embrace that remained until midnight June 20th. For those 24 hours, they would hold a hug to celebrate Father's Day at Orange Ave Gym (1616 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32804) in the Ivanhoe Village District.

The concept of a 24 hour embrace is the brainchild of artist Young Sun Han. His piece was "24 Hour Embrace" in which his hugtner was a person he found on Craigslist and his venue was the Swimming Pool Project Space. It took place in Chicago on December 31, 2008.

With Han's permission, Brian Feldman (FacebookTwitter), award-winning Orlando-based conceptual artist, re-performed the artist's work, adding on the father/son twist. 

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli
After the 12th hour, audience members could enter the ring and participate.  Select Brian Feldman Event Coverage:
Pillowlando 2011The Skill Crane KidKisstonesFake Marriage AnnulledI Am a Red ChairLousy T-ShirtTheater Tail…

Son and Father Will Hug For 24 Hours in Boxing Ring

This Father's Day, an Orlando son and father will hug for 24 hours straight with no breaks for the public to watch on Father's Day (Sunday, June 19, 2011 12am - 11:59pm).

Could you do this with your Dad or son? Try it and see! Audience members and their "hugtner" (hugging partner) can stand side by side with the original Son/Dad team after the 12th hour and give it a go -er- hug. The person you're hugging can be anyone, not just your father or son.

This act of mega-bonding will take place inside a boxing ring of all places at Orange Ave Gym (1616 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32804) in the Ivanhoe Village District. Admission is ten bucks.

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The 24 hour endurance and relationship-test concept is the brainchild of artist Young Sun Han. His piece was "24 Hour Embrace" in which his hugtner was a person he found on Craigslist and his venue was the Swimming Pool Project Space. It took place in Chicago on December 31, 2008.

Brian Feldm…

Theater Tailgate on Downtown Orlando Sidewalk

Are you ready for some theater? Join conceptual artist Brian Feldman and whoever else shows up for a Theater Tailgate on the sidewalk in front of Mad Cow Theatre on opening night of their production of the play "Circle Mirror Transformation" Friday, March 18, 2011, 4:30pm - 7:30pm at 105 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL. Bring your own food, drink, seat and whatever else you need in order to be tailgate ready. Free admission to the tailgate, not-free admission to the play. Photo Credit: Mark

Kiss Tones | Britt Daley Sings Into Peoples Mouths For Brian Feldman

"Kiss Tones" was a concept by Brian Feldman performed by Feldman and singer Britt Daley at Stardust Video & Coffee (1842 E. Winter Park Rd., Orlando, FL) on Monday, February 14, 2011 from 7pm - 9pm. It cost $10 to participate. Brian wore a lab coat and examined the mouths of potential co-performers. Britt sang songs into their mouths. This event was sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Britt Daley is an Orlando based Indie/ElectroPop Artist. Her style is eclectic, mingling pop, singer/songwriter and electronic elements to create songs ranging from bass heavy indie dance tracks to synth driven melodic ballads. Her first official EP titled "UNSUPERVISED" released in October 2010 and her sophomore release is set to drop in Spring 2011.

Brian Feldman is a conceptual artist, working primarily in time-based performance. The recipient of the 2011 St…

Brian Feldman | The Skill Crane Kid Video

As an official part of United Arts ArtsFest 2011, conceptual artist Brian Feldman produced a project called "The Skill Crane Kid" February 6, 2011. During this project, he remained inside a skill crane machine for 16 hours, 8am - midnight on February 6, 2011 at Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando, Florida. Visitors plunked quarters (50 cents per play) into the machine for the chance to win some of the stuffed animals Feldman swam in. The event streamed live and each hour was recorded on video per posterity. We were there to catch moments from the final hour, including his exit from the machine, which starts about halfway through the video. He climbs out, stumbles slightly, slurps down a glass of water, stumbles some more, puts his shoes on and walks to the bathroom.

CarVersations | Strangers Start Your Mouth Engines

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

January 21, 2011 | Mobile Art Show is an official venue and official part of Downtown Arts District's Third Thursdays Gallery Crawl, a large monthly visual arts event that takes place in downtown Orlando. We are very grateful for City Arts Factory's continued support of our endeavors.

The idea of the show is that art and creativity should not be tied down to a location, that it can be picked up and brought anywhere. This allows for cross-pollination of artists into neighborhoods they might not normally get the chance to have their work seen in, and sometimes it means neighborhoods and areas of town void of art and creativity can, for a few hours, enjoy what other neighborhoods have on a regular basis. Mobile Art Show #19 | Mark Baratelli's CarVersations

Orlando Sentinel | Mobile Art Show features ‘CarVersations’ with Brian Feldman tonight
Orlando Weekly | Last-minute addition to tonight’s Third Thursday Gallery Hop
Our monthly art show is back! Mobile Art Show is TONIGHT (January 20, 2011), 7pm - 9pm, at the corner of Orange and Pine in downtown Orlando. $1 donation. Our show is an official venue in the Downtown Arts District's Third Thursday gallery crawl and has been going strong since 2009.

This month's show is called "Mark Baratelli's CarVersations" and veers into performance art territory for the first time in Mobile Art Show history! This show is intended as a recurring series. Participants pay a $1 donation, get into a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier and receive 5 minutes (no more) with a local person of note. What transpires can be deep conversation, awkward silence, The person is different each time the show takes place.

Annulment Ends Same Sex Marriage Protest

On Friday February 12, 2010, Performance Artist Brian Feldman allowed anyone who showed up to the Orange County Courthouse at 3pm to marry him. Three showed up. He played spin-the-bottle to select his bride: artist Hannah Miller.

His goal was to protest the ban on same-sex marriage by showing that two strangers can legally marry, but a same-sex couple cannot.

That marriage will be annulled January 19, 2011 at 9:15am at the Orange County Courthouse (425 N. Orange Ave., Courtroom 1411), much to the delight of Hannah's boyfriend, artist Jack Fields.

Performance Artist Brian Feldman Donating One Day's Salary Once A Week in 2011 to Florida-Based Artists

Brian Feldman Performing at Orlando Museum of Art in 2010

He's like a one-man United Arts of Central Florida! Performance Artist Brian Feldman, recipient of the State of Florida’s 2011 Interdisciplinary Fellowship has a new project called The Minimum Effort in which he will (a) work a minimum wage job ($7.25/hr) in 2011 and (b) offer weekly $58 grants before taxes (one day’s salary) to Florida-based artists. A total of 52 grants will be awarded, with the artists and their projects announced every Friday in 2011. Applications open Saturday, January 1, 2011. Follow the adventure (and the winners) on Twitter: @Minimum_Effort.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Brian Feldman Reads Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on Tom Sawyers Island at Walt Disney World

We know this is eleven months away, but it warrants mention. So mark your calendars and start saving for the $75 park admission price. Performance artist Brian Feldman will read Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on Tom Sawyer's Island at Walt Disney World® on Tuesday, November 30, 2011 starting at 9:30am.

(Some of) Our Past Brian Feldman Coverage:
Feldman's Infamous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
Trying to Cry
Brian Feldman Reads This Newspaper In Its Entirety
Twitter of the Shrew
The End of Television: Part II
The Amazing Adventures of Normal People in 3D
Lightsaber Battle (for Chris)
Brian Feldman Eats Everything Off the Menu at Loving Hut
What's Next?
Pedestrian, or Walking: Impossible
Take My Beard, Please!
sleepwalk 2: i walk over you

You Can Buy Performance Art

Brian Feldman, Orlando's lone performance artist, in "Sleepwalk Part Two" at the Outsider Art Fair in 2010 at the soon to be sold frame shop.
According to the Financial Times, you can now buy performance art:
At what point did acquiring performance art switch from owning objects associated with the actions, such as videos and photographs, to possessing the “idea” behind the piece? Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal has evidently turned collecting criteria on their heads. He sells his performance art pieces by means of verbal transactions in the presence of a lawyer with no written contract. Instructions on how to re-enact his works are delivered literally by word-of-mouth, with collectors under strict orders never to photograph or video his “constructed situations”. Yet they sell in editions of four to six for $85,000 to $145,000 each, according to The Art Newspaper.This might be good news for Brian Feldman, if he ever decides to sell.

Theater Tailgate #1

“Are you ready for some theater?!” Attend a tailgate party of a different sort Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 9am-2pm. "Get psyched" for Orlando Shakes' production of The 39 Steps (812 E. Rollins St. Orlando FL 32803 MAP) by bringing your own food, drink, seat, grill and table and... tailgating in the parking lot of Orlando Shakes. Produced by Brian Feldman and inspired in part by Sincerely, John Head. By numbering this event, it's assumed there will be more. Can't wait!

Thor Sketches the Audience

By Thomas Thorspecken

This staged performance, where I sketched an audience at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, would never have happened if friends I had met over the last year and a half of sketching had not stepped in to help. Aradhana Tiwari invited me to take over the theater for one night and Brian Feldman had the vision for this show close to a year ago. The staging consisted of me sitting in a lone spotlight facing the audience and doing what I do every day - sketch. One video camera shot the sketch I was working on and projected the image on the theater wall behind me, while another camera, operated by Brian, shot footage of the audience just as in a baseball or football game. This would be the first time my work process was ever projected bigger than life for an audience to scrutinize. At leastthree video cameras were recording the proceedings the whole time. This has to be the most documented event I have ever been a part of. The program gave the audience plenty to read a…

Available: Brian Feldman Poses For Sketch Artist

By Thomas Thorspecken
Contributing Writer

For the entire month of August, performance artist Brian Feldman has decided to make himself "Available" to do anything you need help with. Do you need your washed? Laundry folded? Lawn mowed? Dog walked? Dinner prepared? Someone to go shopping with? Someone to see a movie with? Kids watched? Help crossing the road? Services of the self-proclaimed greatest designated driver of all time? Just fill out the form and he is available for you. It is like hiring a friend to help out for FREE!

One request caught my eye from the start. Karen Cali (KC) a figurative artist, wanted Brian to post nude for her. As KC wrote, "I do charcoal work from the figure and there's a shortage of male models in general and my money to pay models in particular." There was a mad flurry of e-mails as this private sketch session was arranged. Several sketch locations were considered and then discarded, including, the Mobile Art Show and Blank Space. Si…

CANCELED: Brian Feldman | Dosa Vu

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. "Dosa vu" by Performance Artist Brian Feldman is August 15, 2010, 12:30pm - 8:00pm at Apna Bazaar (9432 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL). "Dosa vu is the experience of feeling sure that one has eaten or experienced a Dosa previously (an individual feels as though a Dosa has already been consumed or has been consumed in the recent past), although the exact circumstances of the previous Dosa are uncertain. This Indian Independence Day, performance artist Brian Feldman invites you to join him for some daylong Dosa eating. Once an hour, from 12:30pm-8pm (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, etc.), Brian will order another Masala Dosa and then eat at one of the tables outside. Join him. Remember “Chips and Salsa” this past May? It’ll be similar. Free to observe. Three bucks per Masala Dosa.

Past Brian Feldman Projects:
I Am a Red Chair
Brian Feldman Reads This Newspaper In Its Entirety
Pedestrian, or Walking: Impossible
Take My Beard! Please!