Volume 18 • Issue 16 | September 09 - 15, 2005


The Listings

In Memory of 9/11
What Comes After: Cities, Art and Recovery As Downtown New York City rebuilds, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council believes in providing a large-scale opportunity for the public to engage in international exchanges about how others have recovered from tragedy and how arts and culture help rebuild the life fabric of urban centers. During the fourth anniversary weekend of September 11th, international artists, performers, writers, architects, lawyers, scholars, activists and community & political leaders from a range of contexts that have been directly affected and transformed by violence will convene. The events will take place Sept. 8-11. For detailed information on locations and times, visit www.lmcc.net/recovery.

9/11 Living Memorial Project September’s Mission Foundation will hold a Public Outreach Meeting for the 9/11 Living Memorial. The meeting will be a public forum to explain the proposed architecture for deployment of the 9/11 Living Memorial and to solicit comments. All members of the public are invited to attend. Wed., Sept 7. Two meetings, from Noon - 2pm and 4-6pm. West-Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W. 86 St. at Amsterdam. www.911livingmemorial.org.
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River to River Festival

Hudson River Festival Enjoy various musical performances as part of the Hudson River Festival. Free.

Cortijo’s Tribe - Updating Puerto Rico’s musical folklore with today’s urban, bilingual and bicultural funky, hiphop style, Zon del Barrio is joined by renowned singer and composer Torruellas. Wed., Aug. 31 at 7pm. Wagner Park.

Ray Castro Y Conjunto Clasico - Respected for maintaining the traditions of its Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban roots, this top notch ensemble has played all over the globe to critical acclaim. Thurs., Sept. 8 at 7pm. Wagner park.
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Seaport Music Festival Enjoy special live music performances. South Street Seaport, Pier 17. 212-SEAPORT. Free.

Ted Leo - Ted Leo returns to the Seaport for his 4th appearance, making this last night of the season an incredible one. This show will go later than usual with special performances from Manchester’s I Am Kloot and New York’s Tigers and Monkeys. Fri., Aug. 26 from 7-9pm.
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Blues BBQ & Fireworks Festival - Hear music by Kenny Neal & Billy Branch, Corey Harris, Guitar Shorty, Candye Kane & Hubert Sumlin. Sun., Aug. 28 from 2-9pm. Pier 54.

Take Me to the River Check below for upcoming events.

RiverFlicks - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Rated PG. Fri., Aug. 26 at 8:30pm. Pier 25.
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Events


Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents’ Association
www.bpcnpa.com

free for senior citizens Free shopping trips to Pathmark for Senior Citizens every Thurs. There are two van pick-up spots at 8:45am on River Terrace across from Pan Latin and at 9am on South End Ave. & Rector Place. The van leaves Pathmark at 11am for the return trip to BPC. Sponsored by BPCNPA and the Downtown Alliance. For reservations, please contact Ella Reape at 212-945-2197.
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Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
212-267-9700 • www.bpcparks.org

Sunset Jam on the Hudson Djembe and conga drums, bells, shakers and sticks await you at these sunset drumming circles led by master drummers Mary Knysh and Maguette Camara. Every Friday in August from 6:30-8:30pm. Wagner Park. Free. 212-267-9700.

Garden Tour Horticulturist Dana Anders will lead a tour through Rockefeller Park as the last plants of the season begin blooming alongside summer’s roses. Thurs., Sept. 8 from 12:30-1:30pm. Rockefeller Park. Free. 212-267-9700.

Canine College Victoria Wells and her firm Behave Yourself will offer an obedience class for urban dogs. The class will focus on developing the basic manners necessary for all canine New Yorkers. Dogs will learn such commands as sit, down, stay, off, come and leave that garbage in the gutter where it belongs. They will also learn good behavior such as not barking at guests, not jumping on people and walking without pulling. Tuesdays, Sept. 6 - Oct. 18 from 6:30-7:30pm. South Dog Run at Third Place. $350. 212-267-9700. Limited enrollment.
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Weekly programs Special adult programming for the summer months will be offered thru Oct. 31. Check here weekly for upcoming events. Groups do not meet on Sat., Sept 3 & Oct 8 and Mon., Sept 5 & Oct 10.

Lunch Hour Backgammon & Chess - Take a break from work and enjoy these lunchtime strategy games with the guidance of Chess Master Alex Rasic and backgammon aficionado Andy Rubien. Mon. & Tues. from Noon - 1:30pm. Upper Room, access Albany St.

Women’s Basketball - Join other women for basketball. Referee and balls provided. Mon. from 6-7:30pm. Rockefeller Park, access Chambers St.

Elements of Nature Drawing - In the gardens of Wagner Park, participants create works of art in a variety of media. Wed. from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Wagner Park, access Battery Place. $5 per class. Materials provided.

Figure Al Fresco - A traditional figure drawing class for beginners and advanced students. Wed. from 3-5pm. South Cove, access W. Thames St. $5 per class. Materials provided.

Volleyball After Work - Join other adults for volleyball. Scorekeeper and balls provided. No experience necessary. Wed. from 6-7:30pm. Esplanade Plaza.

Tai Chi - Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with master Alex Hing. No experience necessary. Thurs. from 4-5pm. Also Fri. from 8:30-9:30am. $5 per class. Rockefeller Park, access Chambers St.
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Borders
100 Broadway, 212-964-1988

Fiction Book Group All who have read the book “Aloft” by Chang Rae Lee are welcome to join in the discussion. Tues., Aug. 30 at 6pm. The book will be discounted 20% for the month of August.

James Surowiecki The author will discuss his book “The Wisdom of Crowds.” Wed., Sept. 7 at 1pm.

Marian Fontana The author will discuss her book “A Widow’s Walk.” Fri., Sept. 9 at 1pm.
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The Hallmark of Battery Park City Retirement Community
455 North End Avenue • 917-522-1318

caregiver support group Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 - 8:15pm. Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.
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Joyce Gold History Tours
www.nyctours.com • 212-242-5762

Tribeca walking Tour This once gritty light-industrial district gives way to residential loft conversions and hot spots of food, film and design artistry. Sun., Sept. 11 at 1pm. Meet at Duane Park, Duane & Hudson Sts. $12.
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South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets • www.southstseaport.org

Port of New York Examine the harbor’s use throughout history as you sail its waters with a museum marine educator. Learn how the Port of New York was critical to the city’s development as a city center. Sat., Aug. 27 from 1-3pm. Meet at the Visitors Center on Pier 16 by 12:30pm. $30 adults; $25 students & seniors; $20 kids. Call for reservations. 212-748-8786.

Book Talk Come for the monthly “New York Review of Science Fiction” Reading Series event, curated and produced by Jim Freund. Tues., Sept. 6 at 7pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. $5 suggested donation. 212-748-8735.

Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty stands as a powerful symbol of freedom to all. But what’s her story? Listen to “Liberty Rising” by Pegi Deitz Shea. Create your own artistic tribute to the legendary lady as a souvenir of your day. Sat., Sept. 10 from 1-4pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St. Free with museum admission. 212-748-8758.
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Tuesday Evening Hour
49 Fulton St.

View from the Bridge Slideshow lecture on driving the Queen Mary 2 with Ben Lyons, Merchant Marine Officer, travel writer and photographer. Tues., Sept. 6 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
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Wall Street Rising Downtown Information Center
25 Broad Street • 212-425-INFO • events@downtowninfocenter.orgwww.downtowninfocenter.org

Harlem Is... Exhibit View an exhibit celebrating the rich history and culture of Harlem. Created by Community Works with the LMCC and the Harlem Arts Alliance. Thru Sept. 30. Open Mon. - Fri. from 11am - 7pm.
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Yamuna Studio
132 Perry Street • www. yamunastudio.com • 212-633-2143

Free Dancer’s Workshop Yamuna Body Rolling helps heal and prevent injuries. With small balls specially designed by Yamuna Zake, you can roll out every muscle group and free your body’s restrictions. You will elongate your individual muscles, increase your flexibility and help keep your body properly aligned. Workshop is offered the third Saturday of the month to professional dancers from 4-6pm. Please RSVP the Friday before and present proper identification.
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Exhibits

Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor

Experience Chinatown Discover the history and experience the energy of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods with a guided walking tour. Get an inside look at what life was like and what it is currently like as guides lead you through historic streets. Tours will be conducted in English. Sat., Sept. 3 & 17 from 1-2:30pm. $12; $8 members; $6 students/seniors; Free for kids 5 and under. Reservations required. 212-619-4785.

Chinatown Eateries The earliest Chinese eateries in New York catered to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” Over time, however, the restaurants changed to reflect the neighborhood’s immigrant populations and needs. This walking tour will trace the ways in which these eateries have both reflected and shaped the community. Sat., Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 & 24 from 1-2:30pm. $12; $8 members; $6 students/seniors; Free for kids 5 and under. Reservations required. 212-619-4785.

Archivist of the “Yellow Peril” A seminal collection of Americana that both demonizes and humanizes the Asian American community. Thru Dec. 31. Opening reception is Tues., Sept. 6 from 6-8pm.
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DFN Gallery
176 Franklin Street, bet. Greenwich & Hudson Streets.

Animal Tales The summer group exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and photographs of man’s contemporary relationships with animals. Thru Sept 2.
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Franklin 54 Gallery
54-56 Franklin St., bet. Broadway & Lafayette • 212-732-0009 • www.artnet.com/franklin54.html

Contemporary Fine Art This month Franklin 54 Gallery is hosting a group show of contemporary fine art by gallery artists. This is the perfect chance to view the variety of excellent paintings the gallery has to offer from realism to abstract, mixed media to minimalism. The gallery will be open by appointment only in August.
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Governors Island

Former Military Base For more than 200 years, Governors Island was off-limits serving as an American military base from 1800 to 1997. Today, visitors can explore the Governors Island National Historic Landmark District, featuring fortifications, arsenal buildings and residences dating back to the early 1800s. For ferry tickets, pricing and hours, visit www.govisland.com or www.nps.gov/gois or call 212-440-2202. Thru Sept. 3. Weekday Historic District Tours are available Tues. - Fri.

Rum & The American Revolution Author Ian Williams will read and sign his book “Rum: A Social & Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776.” Learn about the role of rum in the American Revolution and Prohibition. Sat., Sept. 3 at 3:30pm. Pershing Hall.
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Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green • 212-514-3700 • www.americanindian.si.edu

George Catlin and His indian gallery George Catlin’s celebrated depictions of the Native peoples of the American Plains will be on view including more than 100 portraits, landscapes and scenes of tribal life. Thru Sept. 5.
Spiderwoman Theater Retrospective A retrospective of the longest running women’s theater company in North America. Original video sections from signature works, personal video interviews, archival and performance video footage, photos and memorabilia will be included in the exhibition. Thru Sept. 5.

gallery discussion Every Mon. - Fri. come for an informal gallery discussion with one of the museum’s cultural interpreters. Rotunda, 2nd floor. 2pm.
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Mela Foundation
275 Church Street, 3rd Floor (between Franklin & White Sts.) • 212-925-8270

“Dream House: Seven + Eight Years Of Sound And Light” Composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela produce a collaborative sound and light environment utilizing concepts of structural symmetry. Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm until midnight. $4 contribution.
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New York Downtown Hospital
170 Williams Street • http://bei-jing.tripod.com

The Stillness of Nature A special photography exhibit featuring works by Dr. Rex H. Wu. Proceeds from sold artwork will benefit the Outpatient Department. Thru Sept. 22. Hospital Main Lobby.
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Ritz-Carlton Plaza
Battery Park

art on the plaza Creative Time will present a 9-ton camouflage curtain entitled “Look and See” by Jim Hodges. The piece will fuse reflections of viewers with the opposing landscape raising questions about identity and nature. Thru Oct. 30.
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Sunshine Factory Cafe and Gallery
11 Essex Street • 212-420-7240

A Cast of Characters View a vibrant selection of comic and comic-inspired artwork by twenty contemporary artists who use comic imagery to depict a diverse array of real and imaginary characters. Continues thru Sept. 5.
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Tribeca Gallery Association

second wednesday nights The galleries of the Tribeca Gallery Association will offer an open gallery night on Wed., Sept. 14 from 6-8pm. Participating galleries include: Art in General, 79 Walker St; Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts,13 Jay St; DFN Gallery, 176 Franklin St; Franklin 54 Gallery, 54-56 Franklin St; Gigantic Art Space, 59 Franklin St; Latin Collector, 153 Hudson St; MELA Foundation, 275 Church St; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, 86 Walker St.
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The World Financial Center

Homeland Security Garden A public art installation by Korean-born conceptual artist Chang-Jin Lee investigating the complex issues of safety, security and personal freedom in the post 9/11 world. For most of the year, the artist has worked with 200 participants who have donated mundane items relating to their personal notion of safety. Artworks have been created from the objects and will be displayed on pedestals arranged like a 19th-century garden maze. Winter Garden.

Time Translations Video artist Nell Breyer will project beautiful, momentary drawings on the walls of the southern pedestrian bridge at Liberty Street in The World Financial Center. Images will be composed of live video footage of passers-by juxtaposed with pedestrian movement recorded seconds, minutes or days before. Thru Sept. 30. Southern pedestrian bridge at Liberty St.
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Music

Chelsea Piers
Main Plaza, Pier 62, 23rd Street and the Hudson River

Music at the piers Free outdoor summer concert series every weekend thru the end of September. Local bands ranging in style from jazz and blues to country and Latin will perform. Main Plaza, Pier 62, 23rd St. and the Hudson River. Noon - 4pm.

Sat., Aug. 27: Mary Lamont
Sun., Aug. 28 & Sat., Sept. 3: Tom Stinson Jazz Group
Sun., Sept. 4: Chuck Braman Jazz Group
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DEKK
134 Reade Street • 212-941-9401

jazz brunch Join “The Tony DiGregorio Trio” as they perform original compositions and the music of Duke, Django, Monk, Mulligan and more. No Cover. No Minimum. Every Sunday from 1- 4pm.

live jazz The jazz group Rifftide, with Bryant DuPre and Roman Ivanoff, performs each Monday from 7 -10 pm. No cover.
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Knitting Factory NYC
74 leonard st •
www.knittingfactory.com • 212-219-3006

Upcoming Shows Aug. 30: Koufax . Aug. 31: The Sharp Things & Solar Face. Sept. 1: Blue Ghost night Rye Coalition, Federation X & Shellshag .
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Metropolital Talents

ABC One of those groups who come along once a decade to effect a paradigm shift in the way music is heard and made , moving music forward. Sat., Sept. 9 at 8pm. Canal Room, 285 W. Broadway. $30 advance, $35 day of show. Order tickets at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 212-307-7171.Canal Room box office 212-941-8100. Ages 21+. www.abcmartinfry.com.
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Shooting Star Theater
40 Peck Slip at the South Street Seaport • 718-852-7773

Bass & Voice at the Seaport Jazz standards celebrating love and loss featuring Ricky Quinn, Barbara Winfield and Dor Green. Bob Cunningham on bass. Fri. & Sat., Aug. 26 & 27 and Sept. 9 & 10 at 7pm. $10. 201-432-3902.

Forever Foolish A return engagement of the cabaret evening with New York’s newest diva Anita Brown singing spicy, sexy and serious songs her friends wrote sprinkled with a few chosen words on life, love and happiness. Presented by Montauk Theater Productions in association with RACCA Seaport Salon. Thurs., Sept. 1 at 8pm. $20. 718-852-7773.
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Trinity Church
Broadway and Wall Street • 212-602-0747

Free Summer Music Festival The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will present Brahms’ Serenade Op. 11 and Dvorak’s Nocturne No. 40. Thurs., Sept. 1 at 1pm.
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Theater


Collective: Unconscious
279 Church Street at White Street • For tickets: 212-279-4488 or www.FringeNYC.org

Tarot Reading: Love, Sex and Mommy Who is one to turn to for advice on sex, love and relationships? In Tarot Reading, Kimberlee Auerbach connects her life to the fateful tarot cards as she relives her hilarious and heartbreaking revelations. Sat., Aug. 27 at Noon. $15.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors A commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that examines how the fear that terrorism generates can be almost as debilitating as its carnage. Sun., Aug. 28 at 4:15pm. $15. Part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
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The Flea Theatre
41 White St., bet. Broadway & Church • 212-279-4488 • www.FringeNYC.org

Pipe Dreams A one person show that proves that even pipe dreams do come true. Part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Thru Aug. 28. $15.
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Mazer Theater
197 E. Broadway, entrance at Jefferson St. • 212-279-4488 • www.FringeNYC.org

Legend of the Gypsy Bride The 15-member Sacred Clowns Performance Orchestra assumes all the roles in this play, unfolding an exciting and electric evening of sensorial theatre. The story follows an alcoholic writer who stumbles upon a band of quarrelsome Gypsies under a highway in Queens. Sat., Aug. 27 at 4:30pm. $15.
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Shooting Star Theater
40 Peck Slip at the South Street Seaport • 718-852-7773

William : Legend of Billie Holiday Enjoy a reading of Dor Green’s one act play. Sat., Aug. 27 at 3pm. Donation requested. 201-432-3902.

Linda Means to Wait Back by popular demand. Written by and starring Linda Sithole. As Linda waits for startling news, she relives her childhood as a South African immigrant determined to fit in on Pill Hill, Chicago. Presented by RACCA Seaport Salon in association with Montauk Theatre Productions. Sun., Aug. 28 at 5pm. $20. Free if your name is Linda. 917-239-6690.

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