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2017 TOURDATES (SO FAR)

A PARTIAL LIST OF EMPEROR X CONCERTS
IN EARLY 2017 IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE
(MORE WILL BE POSTED SOON)

06-17.APR – ITALY (DETAILS ANNOUNCED SOON)

SA.22.APR – PHILADELPHIA, PA – SOUND HOLE
TH.27.APR – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – RANDOM HOUSE
SA.29.APR – BLOOMFIELD, CT – DENNIS HOUSE
MO.01.MAY – ALLENTOWN, PA – CONSOLIDATED CARDBOARD
TU.02.MAY – BALTIMORE, MD – THE LAB (JHU)
FR.05.MAY – NEW YORK, NY – BABYCASTLES *! (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW)
SA.06.MAY – HOLLISTON, MA – GANDYLOT *!
SU.07.MAY – BOSTON, MA – MIDDLE EAST *!
MO.08.MAY – PROVIDENCE, RI – AS220 *
TU.09.MAY – BANGOR, ME – TBA *
WE.10.MAY – QUEBEC CITY, QC – LE SOUS SOL DU CERCLE *+
TH.11.MAY – MONTREAL, QC – LA VITROLA *+
FR.12.MAY – OTTAWA, ON – BAR ROBO *+
SA.13.MAY – TORONTO, ON – SMILING BUDDHA BASEMENT *
MO.15.MAY – COLUMBUS, OH – VELVET KNUCKLE
TH.18.MAY – RICHMOND, VA – TBA =
FR.19.MAY – CHARLOTTE, NC – THE MILESTONE =
SA.20.MAY – BIRMINGHAM, AL – DISCO
TH.25.MAY – JACKSONVILLE, FL – JACK RABBITS
FR.26.MAY – ORLANDO, FL – SPACEBAR
SA.27.MAY – TALLAHASSEE, FL – THE WILBURY
SA.03.JUN – GALVESTON, TX – GAR
FR.09.JUN – PHOENIX, AZ – TRUNK SPACE
SA.10.JUN – LA PUENTE, CA – BRIDGETOWN DIY
WE.14.JUN – RENO, NV – TBA
FR.16.JUN – OAKLAND, CA – THE HOLE
TU.27.JUN – YORK, UK – ODD HORIZON
WE.28.JUN – NORWICH, UK – GRINGOS
FR.30.JUN – LEICESTER – CANDY DUST
FR.07.JUL – BERLIN, DE – IPA

LATE SUMMER 2017:
MORE SHOWS ALL OVER, INCLUDING
LEBANON, GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN,
THE AMERICAN WEST, SWEDEN, AND MORE.

We’re back with some more information about our Art Video Games in China curation at the Ace Hotel!

Games: Fish by Yi Wang, The Well by Peng Bi Tao, Cloudland by Huang Tianxiao, Mad World by Buran Deng

Curator: Bryan Ma with assistance from Amanda Chung, Wesley Bao

Opening: March 6th 6-8PM (free! all ages!)

Dates: March 6th - 31st

Location: The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W29th Street, New York NY 10001

So I participated in a 48 hour game jam (like a 48 hour film fest, you get 2 days to make a game from start to finish based on a theme) this weekend at the Parson’s School of Design at the New School and co-hosted by the Babycastles folks and…

My super weird game won the Jury’s Grand Prize award!!

I’ll post more info on the game later, but for now bask in the glory of this awesome prize with me: A copy of We <3 Katamari signed and doodled on by Katamari and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi. 

Takahashi is one of my favorite game designers, so this is now one of the most special things I own. 

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Before I post my next series of photos I need to make a post about where I was when I took them.

On Monday night Princess Nokia held a screening for her new video “Young Girls” at Babycastles. She invited the cast members and their families as well as friends and fans alike. What was amazing is her ability to hold everyone at the same stature. I’m just a fan that’s been blessed enough to share a few words with her at various times when our paths crossed, but I’ve never felt like I was talking to someone that was any more significant than I am. And that no doubt is because Destiny does not believe herself to be. She knows exactly who and what she is and it’s exactly that that allows her to love and accept everyone for who and what they are.

Destiny is honestly such a gorgeous soul. I can’t even stress how much I mean that. She is exactly what the world needs. A true indigo, successfully and feverishly spreading the message of love and acceptance.

I could go on for days about why I appreciate her. It’s because of her that I can take on my own journey in my career with so much confidence. She is what I am. As a little girl there was no one in pop-culture that I could identify with. Of course I’m thankful for the people I idolized and there have been powerful brown women inspiring young girls for decades and decades, but Destiny is a true genre defier and that’s where I find myself. When I first discovered her I was drawn to her cyber-babe persona and her future-techno fashion. But as I kept up with her I discovered there was a lot more to her than her fantasies of the future cyber world.

When I found out Destiny was a witch I felt this strange sense of assurance that the world is moving in the right direction. We’ve come so far from the times where our kind was slaughtered just for being blessed with powers others couldn’t comprehend. We are here to heal the earth, not harm it. And we can only do that if people allow us. Since I discovered this about Destiny I’ve met so many other young witches just because I felt comfortable discussing my own magic in the open. I had no idea there were so many of us.

I think the most powerful thing about Destiny is her refusal to be just one thing. She’s ghetto Boricua, Incubus-listening weirdo, banshee queen, techno sweetheart, ancient Taino goddess, punk chick, comic book geek… the list goes on. She is everything. And she encourages young girls to realize the same about themselves.

Thank you Destiny.

We’re excited to announce a month-long pop-up arcade at the Ace Hotel!

The Armory Show partnered with the Ace Hotel to put together a free, open to the public installation and we are so excited to have been invited to be a part of this. The exhibit is called Art Video Games in China and was curated by our friend Brian Ma. We’ll be bringing our arcade cabinets of course, and maybe some other stuff too?? We’ll definitely keep you updated in the time leading up to the show.

Dates: March 6-31 2014

Location: The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W 29th Street, New York NY 10001

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Ten glorious minutes of Knife City at Babycastles last night. Best thing ever? Yes.