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Some Serious Business Founded at the height of the Conceptual 70s, Some Serious Business incubates emergent expression in the arts, germinates intrepid new works and ideas, and presents diverse projects that celebrate audacity, experimentation, and surprise.

Our core artist-driven programs and partnerships are both catalysts and sanctuaries that sustain visionary creators and thought-leaders. Based on the principle that the artist always comes first, SSB supports hybrids and chimeras that traverse performance, literature, theater, dance, visual art, moving image, music, architecture and design, social practice, and fields of unforeseen possibilities.

Our core artist-driven programs and partnerships are both catalysts and sanctuaries that sustain visionary creators and thought-leaders. Based on the principle that the artist always comes first, SSB supports hybrids and chimeras that traverse performance, literature, theater, dance, visual art, moving image, music, architecture and design, social practice, and fields of unforeseen possibilities.

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SSB is happy to showcase a new exhibition by Allison Jae Evans—The Vessel—opening at Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York. Al...
04/01/2022
Artist Allison Jae Evans’ Exhibition - The Vessel | Some Serious Business

SSB is happy to showcase a new exhibition by Allison Jae Evans—The Vessel—opening at Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York. Allison was 2018’s artist in residence in Tuscany, Italy. Meet Allison from 1-8 at the opening reception tomorrow.

SSB is proud to showcase a new exhibition by Evans, who was 2018’s SSB Away artist in residence in Tuscany, Italy for 3 weeks. With a restrained linear vocabulary, Evans draws viewers deep into a…

03/29/2022

New Mexico friends— artists will be playing in Albuquerque!

 artist and filmmaker Jennifer Abbott joins Doris Salcedo, Anthea Hamilton, and Nina Franco for a discussioin tomorrow h...
03/29/2022
The Urgency of The Arts Assembly: I Want You To Speak To Me Urgently

artist and filmmaker Jennifer Abbott joins Doris Salcedo, Anthea Hamilton, and Nina Franco for a discussioin tomorrow hosted by Royal Collage of Art, London. Each artist will present an issue that is most important and most pressing to them right now. Jennifer will be in residence in Abiquiu for two weeks in July.

The Urgency of The Arts Assembly: I Want You To Speak To Me Urgently

Beautiful piece—Libertango—by Astor Piazzolla performed by  artist Mariel Roberts with masterful musicians Dan Tepfer (p...
03/26/2022
Art Barn Concert 3-22-22

Beautiful piece—Libertango—by Astor Piazzolla performed by artist Mariel Roberts with masterful musicians Dan Tepfer (piano) and Georgy Gusev (cello) at the Art Barn in Haiku, Maui. SSB's work is quantified by the artistry of our creative partners. An extraordinary salon, off the beaten path with an audience of 50 appreciative people...We'd call that a success!

This is "Art Barn Concert 3-22-22" by tom sewell on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Floating in Paradise.  artist in residence Mariel Roberts, Maui. Thanks to Tom Sewell and Boyd Willit!
03/21/2022

Floating in Paradise. artist in residence Mariel Roberts, Maui. Thanks to Tom Sewell and Boyd Willit!

 artist Mariel Roberts framed by the sculpture of Tom Sewell, host of the residency in Maui.
03/20/2022

artist Mariel Roberts framed by the sculpture of Tom Sewell, host of the residency in Maui.

"Things are going so wonderfully here. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing and generous and lovely Tom and his wi...
03/13/2022

"Things are going so wonderfully here. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing and generous and lovely Tom and his wife have been as hosts! They've really made me feel at home and supported and like a part of their circle. Hawaii is gorgeous, every morning I wake up with a big smile on my face. It's amazing how much easier it is to think and create in a quiet and secluded place, I would never have been able to get this much done from home in Brooklyn. Creativity has been flowing much more easily for me here than it has in a very long time." — artist Mariel Roberts with Dan Tepfer and Georgy Gusev performing together in Maui hosted by the Tom Sewell Art Estate.

SSB is proud to support all of the women involved in the making of this documentary! Street Heroines will have its Canad...
03/08/2022

SSB is proud to support all of the women involved in the making of this documentary!

Street Heroines will have its Canadian Premiere at the 40th edition of the prestigious Festival International du Film Sur L'art in Montreal! This incredible festival is dedicated to promoting documentaries about art and by spotlighting Street Heroines they are helping to increase representation of female artists making waves in the street art scene.

Le Festival du Film sur L'art, Montreal, Canada March 15th-27th (remains virtual due to covid)

Additionally, Street Heroines will have their Idaho Premiere at , as part of the groundbreaking Treefort Festival that presents independent music, film, art, tech, wellness and more. As an added bonus of serendipitous proportions, the music group Magna Carda will also be performing at Treefort this year. Their song 'The Root' is featured in the documentary! This festival is entirely in-person and we hope everyone gets together and enjoys discovering all the art communally.

FilmFort in Boise, Idaho March 24th -26th (in-person)

And for another unique opportunity to see this documentary in-person on the big screen in IDAHO, SH will be playing at the ever-popular Sun Valley Film Festival! Fun fact: This year's festival honorees are Amy Pohler and Woody Harrelson.

Sun Valley Film Festival, Sun Valley, Idaho March 30th - April 3rd (in-person)


Composer, performer, and improvisor Mariel Roberts will use her time as an SSB Away artist in residence to to work on a ...
03/08/2022
SSB Away Composer Mariel Roberts Heads to Maui | Some Serious Business

Composer, performer, and improvisor Mariel Roberts will use her time as an SSB Away artist in residence to to work on a new solo piano piece commissioned by New York based pianist Conor Hanick, regarded as one of his generation’s most inquisitive interpreters of classical and contemporary music. The impetus for this work is to create a musical environment in which to experience the desperate condition of immigrants in detention centers at the US/Mexico border. The piece uses recordings from within and outside the Imperial Regional Detention Facility (ICE) in Calexico, California. Special thanks to Tom Sewell and Boyd Willat who are hosting her at the Sewell Art Estate on Maui.

Composer, performer, and improvisor Mariel Roberts embarks upon an SSB Away artist residency in Hawaii where she’ll work on a new solo piano piece commissioned by New York based pianist Conor Hanick.

 artist Mariel Roberts enjoys dinner with pianist Georgy Gusev, Sasha Lopez, and Michelle Sewell at the Sewell Art Estat...
03/06/2022

artist Mariel Roberts enjoys dinner with pianist Georgy Gusev, Sasha Lopez, and Michelle Sewell at the Sewell Art Estate on Maui. Special thanks to artist Tom Sewell, and Boyd Willat—their generosity makes this residency possible.

 and  were in an early group show in an abandoned building in DTLA curated by artist Jane Reynolds. Another first!
02/25/2022

and were in an early group show in an abandoned building in DTLA curated by artist Jane Reynolds. Another first!

We are pleased to share this article about the influence of Alternative Space in 1970s Los Angeles by Jordan Karney Chai...
02/18/2022

We are pleased to share this article about the influence of Alternative Space in 1970s Los Angeles by Jordan Karney Chaim. Founded at the height of the Conceptual '70s and LA Punk, Some Serious Business quickly became a producer of "firsts." Pictured is the invitation to SSB's first performance ever in 1978 staged in producer Tony Bill's unfinished basement screening room in Venice.
https://someseriousbusiness.org/how-alternative-art-spaces-changed-los-angeles-in-the-1970s/

SSB is pleased to support the immersive music video cantata “Whiteness: Part One” by Paul Pinto + Kameron Neal. Visit th...
02/11/2022

SSB is pleased to support the immersive music video cantata “Whiteness: Part One” by Paul Pinto + Kameron Neal. Visit the for all the details.

Look what I found: The Roxy and Some Serious Business present  in 1978. His first concert in a ROCK context! It was OUR ...
02/03/2022
PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE: CONCERT POSTER - THE ROXY (LOS ANGELES) WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15 & THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 (1978)

Look what I found: The Roxy and Some Serious Business present in 1978. His first concert in a ROCK context! It was OUR IDEA, but we had to fight with Jed Wheeler, his manager to get billing! Apparently someone was selling the poster on Amazon? Painting by Laddie John Dill, an early, loyal SSB supporter. Thank you, Laddie!

PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE: CONCERT POSTER - THE ROXY (LOS ANGELES) WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15 & THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 (1978)

SSB is pleased to support the immersive music video cantata “Whiteness: Part One” by Paul Pinto + Kameron Neal. Visit th...
02/02/2022

SSB is pleased to support the immersive music video cantata “Whiteness: Part One” by Paul Pinto + Kameron Neal. Visit the Some Serious Business for all the details.

We’re delighted to spread the word about The Spirit Coalescent, a multi-sensory experience curated by innovative indigen...
01/21/2022

We’re delighted to spread the word about The Spirit Coalescent, a multi-sensory experience curated by innovative indigenous artists next weekend, January 29 and 30, at the Farmington, NM Civic Center. A collaboration combining original instrumental compositions by the Delbert Anderson Trio, the poetry of J.G. Pakootas, choreography by Maura Garcia set against a backdrop of eight giant projections of artworks that combine painting by Karen Ellsbury with photography by Patrick Hazen, this multi-media performance illuminates the bond between the human experience and nature and how we learn our role and heal from the elements around us. More information and tickets can be found here: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/60018

Glorious day in Copper Canyon with 2017   artist Kristofor Giordano and Laura Ohio. SSB Away provides crucial time and s...
01/14/2022

Glorious day in Copper Canyon with 2017 artist Kristofor Giordano and Laura Ohio. SSB Away provides crucial time and space for artists to rejuvenate and refresh!

Hilary Lorenz Stone Trigger Press’s immersive installations highlight the capacity of artmaking to forge powerful and un...
01/05/2022

Hilary Lorenz Stone Trigger Press’s immersive installations highlight the capacity of artmaking to forge powerful and unexpected connections between people. When interviewed artist Hilary in 2017 for an early iteration of Moth Migration at Albuquerque’s 516 ARTS she said, “I knew I wanted to work with moths. Moths conjure up images of nighttime, lights, creepiness and they are food for bears. Grizzlies can eat 40,000 moths per day! The concept of the exhibition is that cross pollination refers not only to how insects and creatures pollinate plant life, but also the cross pollination of ideas in art and science.”

Visit the to read the 2017 interview, and for more information on her exhibition at the Denver Botanic Gardens, opening January 15. Be among the first to view this massive collaborative project at January 13th's artist talk and exhibition preview.

https://someseriousbusiness.org/hilary-lorenz-moth-migration-project-denver-botanic-garden/

“I realized our books had something important in common: during what were traumatic times, we both looked to our primary...
12/14/2021
On Telling the Story of Injustice Through Memoir

“I realized our books had something important in common: during what were traumatic times, we both looked to our primary love relationship for the solace we needed. In this way, though our books deal with “larger” issues, at their essence our books could be described as love stories.”
Former resident Kenny Fries in conversation with Michelle Bowdler in “On Telling the Story of Injustice Through Memoir” for Literary Hub. Read the full conversation at: https://lithub.com/on-telling-the-story-of-injustice-through-memoir/

Michelle Bowdler and Kenny Fries—two memoirists, social justice advocates, and LGBTQ authors—first met in as undergraduates at Brandeis University in the early 1980s and their writing brought them …

NYC-based  partners FeMaLe GeNiuS, comprised of Nikki D'Agostino, Marnie Jaffe, and Julie Hair, have released a new albu...
11/13/2021
East Village band releases new album that highlights the talents of all three members | amNewYork

NYC-based partners FeMaLe GeNiuS, comprised of Nikki D'Agostino, Marnie Jaffe, and Julie Hair, have released a new album on Howl! Records. Of their band name, Hair says, “For me, it’s a reminder that we shouldn’t have to qualify something as a ‘female’ accomplishment,” she opines. “It should just be ‘genius’. She adds that much of the world, in particular the music business, is still male-dominated.” She goes on to say, “Our own experiences are going into these songs,” explains Hair. “We’ve chosen to do something that is more personal and feminine. What we’re trying to do is give people something that they might not know that they need or want but leaves them fulfilled.”

Read more in this article by The Villager and listen to the new LP a listen on Spotify or Bandcamp.

https://www.amny.com/news/east-village-band-releases-new-album-that-highlights-the-talents-of-all-three-members/

The band is called FeMaLe GeNiuS, but Julie Hair, one third of the group, makes it a point to note that the 'female' appellation can be a troublesome one.

“Street Heroines is an example of how fearless artists create opportunities to close the gender gap and celebrate cultur...
11/11/2021
Street Heroines | Film Threat

“Street Heroines is an example of how fearless artists create opportunities to close the gender gap and celebrate cultural identity.”

Incredible review of Street Heroines by Filmthreat!

https://filmthreat.com/reviews/street-heroines/

MINT 2021 REVIEW! Female street artists are a unique type of person. They must be stealthy and have a sense of place and spontaneity while having accessible exits because they are outside sometimes in the dark and in hazardous locations. Their urban canvases are places that identify with a city's pu...

11/05/2021

Alexandra Henry's Street Heroines has won the Award for Best Documentary at the Portland Film Festival! Congrats Alex! All the folks at Some Serious Business salute you!

Watch Alex's acceptance speech here: https://vimeo.com/642300199

SSB is proud to partner with director Alexandra Henry to bring her highly praised film, Street Heroines, to the Santa Fe...
10/14/2021
‘Street Heroines’ Review

SSB is proud to partner with director Alexandra Henry to bring her highly praised film, Street Heroines, to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival this Friday and Saturday.

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Spent so many great nights with this band! Congrats to them and to our partners, Howl Happening!
10/12/2021

Spent so many great nights with this band! Congrats to them and to our partners, Howl Happening!

Tomorrow, Oct 9 at 7PM! Howl Arts, in cooperation with Wharf Cat Records, has the rare pleasure of presenting a launch party for a seminal band whose legacy and influential music we at Howl! have long listened to and admired.

Vinyl and CD box sets, as well as shirts and other ephemera, will be available for purchase at the event.

Read more at Howlarts.org

The critically-acclaimed documentary Street Heroines celebrates female street artists worldwide, and will be screened in...
10/09/2021
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Returns In-Person for 2021

The critically-acclaimed documentary Street Heroines celebrates female street artists worldwide, and will be screened in the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival this Friday, Oct 15 and Saturday, Oct 16. Don’t miss the opportunity to view this SSB-supported project!

Listen to an interview with director Alexandra Henry here: https://santafe.com/podcast/richard-eeds-show-october-7-2021-2/

Learn more about the festival in Southwest Contemporary’s update here: https://southwestcontemporary.com/santa-fe-independent-film-festival-returns-in-person-for-2021/

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2021 returns with a full line-up of screenings, panels, and events.

Congratulations to our partners and friends at Howl Happening on the opening of HA/HA! SSB is proud to be Creative Consu...
10/06/2021
A new archive preserves the creative legacy of the East Village

Congratulations to our partners and friends at Howl Happening on the opening of HA/HA! SSB is proud to be Creative Consultants for Howl!

Howl! Arts/Howl! Archive, which opened in New York last month, documents the neighbourhood’s intellectual and cultural ferment

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