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After Hours: An Evening at the Lambs Club: Michael Hanf, Joseph Keckler & Helga Davis

Excerpts from an evening of unexpected performances at unusual spaces in the Times Square district. In this case, the legendary Lambs Club venue on West 44th Street on March 26, 2014. Three performers, composer/vibraphist Michael Hanf solo, storyteller and operatic baritone Joseph Keckler, and vocalist Helga Davis, with mutli-channel processing, presented short sets as part of the After Hours series co-produced by Clocktower Productions and Times Square Arts.

Helga Davis is presently starring in the 25th anniversary production Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. In last season's Next Wave Festival, Davis' second appearance was in Elsewhere, a new multi-media opera featuring cellist Maya Beiser with music by Missy Mazzoli. In December 2012, she performed at the Park Avenue Armory in Ann Hamilton's The Event of a Thread with music by David Lang, and in a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Andrew Ondrejcak, You Us We All.

Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. Keckler’s live performances have been seen at SXSW Music, New Museum, Issue Project Room, BAM Fischer Center, Joe’s Pub, Afterglow Festival, and many other venues. His most recent performance piece, I am an Opera unravels his travels on a bad trip on hallucinogenic mushrooms and was commissioned by Dixon Place. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice recently named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013.”

Michael Hanf is a performer, composer, engineer and occasional actor currently based in Brooklyn. If you ever get the chance to hear Hanf play his vibraphone in an intimate, solo setting, you'll notice there's something more going on than just the cool, resounding harmonies of the thick, metal keys on his instrument. Along with the light squeak of his pedal, methodically dampening the keys that would otherwise vibrate for minutes, there's an audible sound from his mouth. Even in a wildly energetic free-improvisation, he's singing what he's playing, his whole body and mind fully immersed in his creation.

The Lambs Club, housed in the iconic Stanford White-designed building on 44th Street, originally opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club. Since the club's founding, there have been more than 6,000 Lambs, with an elite roster reading like a Who's Who of American theater and film: Lionel and John Barrymore, Irving Berlin, Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, John Wayne, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Spencer Tracy, and Fred Astaire, who was famously quoted as stating, "When I was made a Lamb, I felt I had been knighted."


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 


Times Square Arts


This channel features a selection of programs produced in collaboration with our partner organization Times Square Arts, a division of New York's Times Square Alliance.