Announcing The Hogshead Hoedown

Hogshead Hoedown media advisory for immediate release



The Hogshead Hoedown will feature performances, workshops & dance parties in LIC to benefit Smiling Hogshead Ranch

Long Island City, NY (March 17, 2015) = The Smiling Hogshead Ranch is producing a three day event including performances, workshops and dance parties. This Hogshead Hoedown is a benefit for the Ranch and will provide learning opportunities, spotlight local talent, serve as outreach to potential members and raise funds to promote urban agriculture in Western Queens and beyond.

Smiling Hogshead Ranch is collaborating with the Flux Factory (39-31 29th Street, LIC, NY), which will host three days of events, including a variety show (6:30pm, Thursday, 3/26), a comedy night (7:30pm, Friday, 3/27) and a full day of skillshares, films, a community potluck dinner  and late night dance party (1pm till late, Saturday, 3/28).

The Hoedown kicks off on Thursday with a variety show curated by Hogshead co-founder and community organizing resident at Flux Factory, Gil Lopez, with emcee Roberto Buscarsi. The comedy show on Friday evening is produced by Hogshead board member Colin Anton Samuel with Lindsay Goldwert of SunnysideComedy.NYC  The evening will feature a lineup of talented NYC based comedians. Both events will include a raffle featuring items from The Ranch, Rural Route Film Festival, 596 Acre’s, First World Trash, Transmitter Brewing, Rockaway Brew Co, Exo (cricket flour protein) Bars, Build It Green NYC!, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, artist Caetlynn Booth & more! Proceeds from entry & raffle ticket sales will fund infrastructure improvements, insurance and free programming at The Ranch in 2015. We are proud to feature locally produced beverages & snacks during this event with support from caring sponsors including Rick’s Picks, Native Roasters, Sixpoint Brewery, and Prairie Organic Vodka.

Events on Saturday (3/28) are free and open to the public. The day will feature films and skillshares punctuated with interludes of music and movement. The day will be capped off with a conversation over a community potluck dinner (starts at 7:30, space is limited, please RSVP) followed by a toast to four years of cultivating community. The day will end with late night DJ sets.

Featured artwork from Hogshead members will be on display during all events. These include the Ranch’s recently published zine “The Feed” and featured artists including: Caetlynn Booth, Smiling Hogshead Ranch’s artist-in-residence; Dee Dee Maucher of MoS Collective, prints from the Beehive Design Collective, and installations by Jennie Pea, and Gil Lopez.

Come to one event or all three, but do not miss the opportunity to support this lively grassroots organization and meet with Smiling Hogshead Ranch members to learn about opportunities for participation and collaboration. Some participants can volunteer during events to have entry fees waived. Email event organizers at SmilingHogsheadRanch[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in volunteering.* Event Details *

Location: All events will take place in the Flux Factory’s art gallery located at:                       39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101 (

3/26 *Hogshead Hoedown Variety Show*: doors @6:30pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets: $8-$18 sliding scale, purchased at the door or online at: Performance list at time of press release: Emcee Roberto Buscarsi, “Womb” by Valerie Green; The Amazing Story of ‘Amazing Amy’; puppetry by Annabelle Meunier & friends of the Ranch; “Barbara B!tch” burlesque by Took Edalow; crowd participation skits; and musical entertainment by; Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Sol ‘Roundman’ Weber, Adrian Owen, Kelly Fragale, Oliver Lamb, Paul Kunihølm Pauper & Son, Out of System Transfer; DJ Seaarch + more!

3/27 *Funny By Nature Comedy Night*: Doors @7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Hosted by Astoria native, Liz Magee; comedian roster; Ted Alexandro (Letterman), Aparna Nancherla (Conan), Charles McBee (HA! the musical), Joyelle Johnson (NY Comedy Festival), Katherine Williams (Gotham AXS TV), Frank Liotti (LOGO TV), Harrison Greenbaum (ABC’s Katie)

3/28 (1pm-late) *Hoedown Heyday* :  A full day of skillshares and artist talks from Hogshead members and supporters. Our screening room will feature films by videographers Anthony Rodriguez and Meral Agish, the 26min version of Modern Nature by director Craig Leon, plus curated films from the Rural Route Film Festival’s Alan Webber and the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire”. The day will be punctuated with interludes of music and movement. We will gather for a community potluck featuring a conversations with the Point-A project which is building new urban communities in NYC. Dinner starts at 7:30 and seating is limited, so please RSVP to The evening will culminate in late night DJ & VJ sets.

* Press Contacts *

Gil Lopez

Co-founder, President


Colin Anton Samuel

Board Member, Treasurer


* About Smiling Hogshead Ranch *

In Winter 2011 a group of Western Queens resident began transforming an abandoned railroad property located at 25-30 Skillman Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. Steady work and civic engagement gave us the leverage to prompt change on a municipal level. In 2014 the state agency who owns our land, legitimized our tenure. Today, Smiling Hogshead Ranch is a member driven, non-profit organization. Always expanding, “The Ranch” is now roughly one-half acre, planted with a mix of annual row crops and the beginnings of a perennial food forest. We actively encourage the life of native plants, mycelium and beneficial microorganisms in order to support a biodiverse and resilient urban ecology while bio-remediating our post-industrial soils. Proud of our scrappy resourcefulness, we support the reclamation of the commons and a full transition to a more equitable society; starting exactly where we are. Our tools and tactics towards this end include hands-on, physical activity, educational/skill-sharing experiences, group activities and cultural exchanges that promote a just and peaceful society.

Our members enjoy co-creating fun and engaging workdays which inform our relationship to the urban landscape, fosters healthy culture in our personal/interpersonal lives and reveals our nature. We strive to both reconnect with, and begin to heal, our land, our water, our air and ourselves. For more information come to the Hogshead Hoedown and chat us up! Or you can visit us online or email


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