Friday, January 30, 2009

February and March sugar high

Photograph by Katie Kline at Secret Project Robot, 2009.  
[It was freezing-we were outside for the purpose of the 
photo shoot only- but the baked goods still tasted damn sweet.  
In this photo are Oatmeal Cream Pies and Smores Brownies.
Eaters are myself-Tracy- sitting, Andrew and Suzanne standing.]

Hello there!  I hope your first month of 2009 has been filled with sparkly magic so far!  Sweet Tooth of the Tiger took a short break to chill the eff out this holiday season- stuff was super duper crazy busy!  But now I'm back, refueled, rollin' up my sleeves, and immersing myself in cake batter.  I'm out there again with my little bake sale table, makin' new friends, baking new things, and overall pretty psyched about what's coming up for this wheelin' and dealin' bake sale project that could.  Here is a list of February and March updates, with more info on each of them as you scroll down:

2/6, 8pm: Bake Sale at a Japanther show at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn
2/6-2/14: Valentines Day cookie tins for Fred Flare
2/13, 8pm: Bake Sale Residency collaboration with Frankie Martin at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn
2/14, 1-4pm: Bake Sale for "I Heart Art" at WORK gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to benefit The Wassaic Project
2/21, 8pm: Bake Sale at a French Kicks show at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn
March: Bake Sale Residency collaboration with Tara Strickstein at VOLTA art show/fair in NYC

2/6 and 2/21 at The Bell House, Gowanus (Bklyn):
I'm going to be at The Bell House for a few dates this month-
2/6 is the Japanther show (tix are $8 adv, $10 at the door)
2/21 is the French Kicks show ($12)
The Bell House is a new music venue on 7th street at 2nd Avenue in Brooklyn that is seemingly not corporate, has cheap tickets and a really great bar that has gotten sick reviews.  The whole building is gigantic and beautiful, the staff is super friendly, and the stage and sound are amazing.  I did a Ponytail and These Are Powers show last week and did a sold-out Thermals show a few days ago.  I've been wanting to do bake sales at a music venue but never wanted to deal with ClearChannel or who ever owns all the venues now, so I'm psyched.  You will love this place!

Bake Sale Residency Program:
I recently developed a new program for Sweet Tooth of the Tiger where artists can bake stuff and take over the bake sale table to raise money for a creative project.  They are basically "in residence" at the bake sale table, and get full control over what they want to bake.  I set up the bake sale locations with my various constituents and then meet them there with my table in tow, and we sell their goodies (and only their goodies).  Artists pocket the cash, and are able to live a little bit longer in this terrible economy  (thanks Bush family!).  I will also be using the Hello, Sweet Tooth blog to post interviews with artists who participate in the residency, including links to their site and such.  There was actually a little write up about the residency program in the Time Out NY Blog a few days ago, read it here.

Frankie Martin/Sweet Tooth, 2/13 at Secret Project Robot:
The first residency guinea pig is FRANKIE MARTIN, a rad Brooklyn-based multi media artist represented by CANADA in NY.  Frankie's work is at an intersection of culture, fantasty and color all contained within a conceptual framework that varies on a per-project basis.  Her collaboration with Sweet Tooth of the Tiger will raise funds for BIKE USA, a project which involves her bicycling across the United States this summer.  Check her fan club here. 

Frankie and I will be at my home away from home, Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn, on February 13th from 8-10pm for the These Are Powers Record Release art show "All Aboard Future," where they will be playing as well as exhibiting 18 artists whose work visually represents and interprets the concepts for All Aboard Future (the possibility, potential, and rising of a positive and dynamic New Age).  More info here.
I'm not sure what she's baking yet, I think she's going to be busting out some vanilla and peanut butter cupcakes and some other stuff.

Valentines Day Cookie Tins for Fred Flare!
I love the peeps over at Fred Flare- they are the cutest, sweetest, coziest of work families, and I can't get enough of them (shout out to Keith, Chris, Jen, Mo, and my fiery haired/smiley heart pal Chris Uphues).  They've asked me to organize a little Valentines Day cookie tin bake sale, and what I came up with will tantalize your tastebuds and get your heart a-pumping!  The cookie tins are 7 inch round silver tins with a Sweet Tooth logo decal on the lid, filled with Double Chocolate-Sour Cherry Cookies, Spicy Ginger Brownies, and Sweetheart Sugar Cookies!  All three are so yummy- I couldn't stop gobbling up the extra samples for the photoshoot!  The tins are around $20 and will be for sale on Fred Flare's website and maybe even in their store beginning the 2nd week of February- just in time for VDAY!  Check out their site in the meantime.

Bake Sale at WORK gallery in Red Hook (Bklyn) for "I Heart Art" on 2/14:
I'll be peddling sweets at a benefit for WORK and the awesome Wassaic Project from 1-4pm on Valentines Day!  They will have small works for only $60, live music and performances, and a silent auction.  I know Eve and Bowie who run The Wassaic Project (we both participated in The Last Supper art + food festival together at 3rd Ward last September), and they are really talented artists who dedicate much of their time to helping other artists expand their practice.  The Wassaic Project is situated on a series of historic farm structures and their adjoining land in the Hamlet town of Wassaic in Dutchess County NY.  Come to the benefit and help support these great ladies!  More info here.

Tara Strickstein + Sweet Tooth at VOLTA art show/fair in March:
The second bake sale residency trophy goes to Tara Strickstein, a Chicago based artist that has her MFA from the University of Chicago (she also studied at the French Pastry School) and is interested in pretty much all the same stuff I am (food theory + art theory).  She suggested we go for the gold and invite ourselves to an invitation only art fair in NY, and they accepted our project.  This all happened in about 7-10 days, which is seemingly unheard of.  Tara came up with a project that involves odd flavored lollipops, us (along with her colleague Adam Danforth) performing as cigarette girls/guy selling mango and lime (or some other flavor combination) to VOLTA guests.  Amazing.  We will be included in the catalog also, so this is majorly exciting.  I'll post the specific date we will be at the VOLTA show soon- come say hi and get a sucker!

xo Tracy