PRESS ADVISORY October 6, 2005

Contact: Steven Englander, 212.254.3697 ext. 13,  steven@abcnorio.org

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGED DATE AND TIME - EVENT NOW OCTOBER 20, 2005 6PM TO 10PM

BENEFIT AUCTION FOR ABC NO RIO,
EVENT CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Fundraising push for building renovation to be held at Deitch Projects on Thursday October 20

NEW YORK - On Thursday October 20 ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side
Arts Center, will hold a benefit auction at Jeffrey Deitch's Wooster Street Space (18 Wooster Street). The event will run from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

Proceeds from this event will go to ABC No Rio's Building Renovation Fund to renovate its home at 156 Rivington Street and expand its existing resources and facilities. To date, over $225,000 has been raised.

For 25 years, ABC No Rio has been a vibrant part of New York City's radical cultural scene. No Rio is an open venue for emerging artists, internationally known for its commitment to a socially engaged culture. In 1997 ABC No Rio negotiated with the City to acquire 156 Rivington Street as a permanent home for the arts. In 2003 the City
agreed to let No Rio move forward with its plans, and the review process to transfer the building is near completed.

This silent auction will include work by Kathe Burkhart, Patty Chang, Mike Glier, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hans Haacke, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Otterness, Kembra Pfahler, Kiki Smith, Swoon and many others (further information can be found at www.abcnorio.org/benefit).

This benefit event will also feature performances by Circus Amok and The Hungry March Band. Ticket prices begin at $40.

Over the years ABC No Rio has been host to exhibitions, performance art, poetry readings, film and video screenings, punk shows, experimental music performances, free drawing, photography and filmmaking classes for neighborhood kids, poetry readings and open mics and Wide Open Cabarets. Facilities include a darkroom, printshop and computer center. ABC No Rio's Zine Library, one of the largest collections of its type, includes independent and underground publications on subjects such as music, culture, politics, personal experience and travel. Thousands of artists, performers, poets and
musicians have found a supportive home for their expression and experimentation at ABC No Rio.

ABC No Rio has meant many things to many people, but its mission remains constant: a commitment to political and social engagement, to an expanded vision of possibility for the lives of our neighborhoods, cities, and societies, to a place where people share resources and ideas to impact society, culture, and community. This benefit will
allow this tradition to continue and flourish.
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Steven Englander
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-3697 ext. 13

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