Volume 18 • Issue 36 | January 20 - 26, 2006

The Listings


Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents’ Association

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.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
2 South End Avenue • 212-267-9700 • www.bpcparks.org

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION Kids, teens and adults show their work created in BPCPC's painting & drawing programs. Opening reception is Sun., Feb. 5 from 1 to 3pm. Continues weekdays from 2 to 4 pm thru March 31. Free.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Community Center at Stuyvesant High School , 345 Chambers Street • 636-358-6880/212-267-9700

SWIM LESSONS For beginners and intermediate level swimmers, Private and Semi-private swim lessons available.

Merchants NY Cafe
90 Washington Street at Rector • 212-363-6000

New European Bistro Enjoy gourmet food with French and Italian influences near a comfy wood burning oven. Downtown residents who mention the Downtown Express will receive a complimentary Bistro Beverage thru Feb. 15.

Church Street School of Music and Art
74 Warren St. • 212-571-7290

Drama Workshop Free workshops will be lead by a group of experienced drama therapists and professional artists. Groups available for ages 7-11, 12-15, as well as adults. Continues thru May. Free.

Downtown Alliance
212-835-2773, Call for a reservation

Downtown Third Thursdays Join Kenneth Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University, for a lecture on The Past and Future of Lower Manhattan - From Dutch Outpost to World Capital. Thurs., Feb. 16 at 7pm. John Street Methodist Church, 44 John St. Free.

Elevation Yoga
121 Fulton Street • 212-791-5014 • www.elevationyoga.com

Hip Hop/Street Jazz Lesson with Kordelia every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45pm. $15.

Stretch & Relax Lesson with Kordelia every Tuesday & Thursday from 1:15-2pm. Bring a towel. $10.

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.

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place

Looking Back, Facing Forward Join author Roya Hakakian as she discusses her book "Journey from the Land of No." The book traces the author’s life from her coming of age during the Iranian revolution to her immigration to America in 1985. The book provides a fascinating window into the life of a woman in an Islamic society. Wed., Jan 25 at 7pm.

Knitting Factory
74 leonard st • www.knittingfactory.com • 212-219-3006

Jazzercise at Lunch When you love your workout, results come easy. Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create truly effective dance-fitness programs for people of every age and fitness level. Tues. & Thurs. at Noon . Mon. & Wed. at 1:10pm . $45 monthly. Ongoing.

League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway, 6th Floor • 917-305-7766

Free Hearing Screenings Every Tues. from 12-2pm and every Thursday from 4-6pm. Call to make an appointment.

September Space Lower Manhattan
11 Broadway, near Bowling Green, 11th floor • RSVP, contact Alex de Jong or Laura Horowitz at 646-289-3098

Health and Wellness Events The neighborhood’s first community center designed to serve those affected by 9/11 and evacuees from the recent Gulf hurricanes. Programs are open to those affected by 9/11 or experiencing the reconstruction process of lower Manhattan, and to the Gulf Coast residents who have relocated to the New York Metro area because of the recent hurricanes.


Thru January - “Through Loss to Light,” 12-5pm, Mon. - Fri., Artist Melissa J. Reed exhibits her 9/11 related paintings.

South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets • www.southstseaport.org

Free Fridays Come for a free evening of arts and cultural programs on the third Friday of every month. Visit museum galleries during special extended hours from close until 9 pm. Fri., Jan. 20 from 5-9pm: Explore the lives of sailors and learn how they spent the hours at sea with music and fine craftsmanship. From 5 – 9pm, visit the exhibitions, including Soundings: Treasures from the Collection of South Street Seaport Museum. From 6 – 9pm: Family Fun - One Scratch at a Time - Come learn about the ancient seafarer’s art of carving intricate line drawings into whale ivory. Create your own kid-friendly scrimshaw art piece to take home. At 7pm, The New York Packet performs chanteys and other traditional music of the sea and ports. At 8pm, museum educators lead a guided tour of Soundings, explaining the history behind the sailor valentines and scrimshaw tokens that sailors brought home to the women they loved. Schermerhorn Row.

Tuesday Evening Hour
49 Fulton St. • 212-385-3650

Around the World Join Ron & Cricket Parker, photographers & adventurers, for the Best 250 of 13,000 Images. Part 2 of this lecture will take place on Tues., Jan. 24 at 6:30pm with images from 14 months of travel. $2 donation.

Santas Join photographer Lois Robinson for a slide show lecture on Chasing Santa Around the World. Tues., Jan. 31 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
Russia Join Steven Jaffe for a slide show lecture on Russia, Then and Now. Tues., Feb. 7 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.

images of Lisbon & Southern Portugal Join Rita Zimmerman, cultural photographer, for a slide show lecture. Tues., Feb. 14 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
World Financial Center
Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts • 212-945-0505 • For information, call 212-904-1330

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) View the film, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, with music composed by Richard Einhorn performed live by Anonymous 4 and Ensemble Sospeso. Thurs. & Fri., Feb. 16 & 17 at 8pm . Free.

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.

Other Upcoming Events Jan. 21 from 9-11am: FOOT FITNESS with Yamuna, $50. Feb. 12: Valentine’s Workshop. Feb. 18 & 19 from 9:30am to 1:30pm: YBR ROLLING RETREAT, $150. ___________________________

YMCA of Greater New York
ww.ymcanyc.org • 212-630-9600

Prospective Members Open House New York City kids and families are invited to visit their local YMCA facility during a free open house. Visitors will be able to try out a YMCA facility free of charge at 18 different membership branches throughout the five boroughs. Wed., Feb. 1 from 5pm to 10pm and Sat., Feb. 18 from 10am to 4pm.


American Indian Community House Gallery
708 Broadway, 2nd Floor

From Manhattan to Menatay Enjoy works by Star Wallowing Bull and Janice Toulouse Shingwaak. Opening reception on Fri., Jan 20 from 6-8pm. Gallery talk by Star Wallowing Bull on Sat., Jan. 21 from 2-3pm. Art talk with Janice Toulouse Shingwaak on Fri., Jan. 20 from 12-1pm at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green. Exhibit continues thru Feb. 25.

291 Church Street • 212-431-5270

One Brief Moment Four artists attempt to make observations and conclusions based on an examination of Apex Art’s exhibition archives (1994 - present), creating work that incorporates speculation and interprets new institutional histories. Thru Feb 18.

Asian American Arts Centre
26 Bowery • 212-233-2154

The Annual Lunar New Year Festival & Exhibition Featuring a Sand Mandala creation demonstration (Jan. 28 - Feb. 5), an exhibition of Nuo Masks (Thru Mar. 10), an exhibition of Tibetan Thangka paintings (Thru Mar. 10) and the Annual Folk Arts Festival (Jan. 29).

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
18 Jay St., bet Hudson & Greenwich • 212-625-1250

NEW CHINESE OCCIDENTALISM A show about artists whose work is at the cusp of an art world wrestling with a contradiction. Chinese art made in America, has up until recently, gone relatively unnoticed. This show is the first to address this special community and focus on its lineage and contribution. Thru Feb. 28. Curator Pan Xing Lei will give a talk on Fri., Jan. 20 from 6-8pm at the gallery.

Invisible NYC
n148 Orchard St. • 212-228-1358

tattoo-inspired art Myths, Legends, Ghosts and Demons is a solo-exhibit by mixed-media artist and world-famous tattoo artist, Jason Loui. The works combine traditional Japanese folklore and ghost stories with contemporary tattoo-inspired structures and motifs. Thru Feb. 18.

Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green • 212-514-3700 • www.americanindian.si.edu

Lorenzo Clayton: Expeditions of the Spirit View 20 large-scale mixed media assemblages and works on paper. Works investigate religious and philosophic world views and reflect the artist’s belief that forms of abstraction can reveal the core of human experience. Thru April 9.

Native American Ceramics The exhibition, “Born of Clay: Ceramics from the National Museum of the American Indian,” features 300 ancient, historical and contemporary ceramic figures, vessels and pipes, as well as voices from contemporary Native potters commenting on the cultural and artistic relationship they each have with their medium.

gallery discussion Every Mon. - Fri. come for an informal gallery discussion with one of the museum’s cultural interpreters. Rotunda, 2nd floor. 2pm.

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place

Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust This special exhibit shares the stories of thousands of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by living with false identities concealed in attics, cellars, barns or sewers, or under the protection of clergy in convents and monasteries. For these children, going into hiding often meant leaving their families and identities behind. Life in hiding was never safe and a careless remark or an inquisitive neighbor could lead to discovery and death. Opens Jan. 24.

Film Screening View Europa Europa followed by a post-screening discussion with Professor Stuart Liebman of Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center. Agnieska Holland's film tells the story of Solomen Perel, a thirteen-year-old German Jew who escapes death by posing as a Nazi translator. Solomen's true identity is called into question when he falls in love with a beautiful, anti-Semitic young girl. Sun., Jan. 29 at 2:30pm. The screening is included with museum admission.

Jewish Life Photography In Bukharan Odyssey, photographer Zion Ozeri presents his body of work depicting Jewish life around the world. Thru March 12.

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.

New York Downtown Hospital
170 William St., Main Lobby

WINDOW COLLECTION II Recent work created for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency Program by Pamela Lawton. Continues thru Jan. 26.

Synagogue for the Arts
49 White Street • 212-966-7141

Still Lifes, Interiors & Flowers Paintings and Collages by ArinaMalukova with imagery inspired by architecture and ornamental art including geometric and organic forms with an attention to surface and borders. Continues thru Feb 26.

Tribeca Gallery Association

Second wednesday nights The galleries of the Tribeca Gallery Association will offer an open gallery night on Wed., Feb. 8 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.

World Financial Center
Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts • 212-945-0505 • For information, call 212-904-1330

The Art of African Puppetry Exhibition features nearly 100 animated puppets, marionettes and puppet sculptures used in traditional and contemporary theatrical performances from two of Africa's most respected and popular companies, the Handspring Puppet Theater of South Africa and the Sogolon Troupe from Mali. Feb. 17 - April 15.

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.


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.
Knitting Factory
74 leonard st • www.knittingfactory.com • 212-219-3006

Upcoming Shows Jan. 20: 3 Floors of Ska with the Toasters, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Go Jimmy Go, Eastern Standard Time, Bluebeats, Rudie Crew, Hub City, Bigger Thomas, Bombtown, The Vicars, Buford O'Sullivan, Harmonics, Mrs. Skanotto & Harold's Trousers. Jan. 21: Time Out NY Kids Stage Ralph's World; Save Glam NY Semi-Precious-Weapons headline the first ever Save Glam to celebrate the resurgence of "glamour" worldwide in music, fashion and mentality. Also with Drag Citizen & The Teenage Prayers. The Knitting Factory Mainstage. Sat., Jan. 21 at 11pm. All ages. $8.; The Downtown Kehillah Presents The 2005 Battle of the Teen Bands. Jan. 22: 2006 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST, Full Club Event Terence Blanchard Flow, Dafnis Prieto Quintet, Eric Lewis Trio, Robert Glasper Trio, Dave Burrell Trio, Denis Colin Trio, Rez Abassi's Snake Charmer, Edmar Castaneda Trio, Marc Ribot's Spiritual Unity, Vijay Iyer / Mike Ladd / Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chiara Civello, Jason Lindner Group, Pyeng Threadgil, John Medeski Solo, Wise, Nano & Zim Ngqawana. Jan 24: The Headhunters featuring Mike Clark - Drums, George Porter Jr. of The Meters - Bass, Steve Molitz of Particle - Keyboards, Donald Harrison of Blakey/Jazz Passengers - Sax & Jerry Joseph. Jan. 25: Exit 105, & Jody Raffoul.

World Financial Center
Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts • 212-945-0505 • For information, call 212-904-1330

Cindy Cashdollar & Friends With a steel guitar and a Dobro, Cindy Cashdollar's career is characterized by restless creativity and an ability to understand and add to an array of styles. Thurs., Jan. 26 at 12:30pm. Free.

Voices of Light The return of the critically acclaimed live music performance piece by composer Richard Einhorn to Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 cinematic silent film masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc. Voices of Light features the vocals of Anonymous 4, the New Amsterdam Singers and Ensemble Sospeso. Feb. 16 and 17 at 8:00pm. Free.


Access Theater
380 Broadway • www.SmartTix.com • 212-868-4444

FITS & STARTS: THE SACRED HEART It's a normal day like any other, Pappaw Rogers sits in his rocker on the porch, Mother and Nadine are at the beauty parlor and the sheets are drying on the line. Without warning, a storm of cosmic proportions kicks up and day turns to night. Suddenly, there's an old Jewish man sitting in Pappaw's rocker, Nadine is pregnant and three truck drivers from Jersey have been lured into town by an exceptionally bright star overhead. Mother is struck blind and convinced that The Rapture has come. Only time will tell. Thru Jan. 28, Tues. - Sat. at 8pm. Also Mon., Jan. 23 at 8pm. $15.

Atlantic Theater
336 W. 20th St. • 212-645-8015

Celebration & The Room Harold Pinter's first play, The Room, and his most recent work, Celebration, complement each other in this riveting double-bill. Celebration opens on a wedding anniversary in an ultra-trendy restaurant, while The Room reveals a shabby one-room London flat and descends into a nightmare world of insecurity and uncertainty. Written 40 years apart, both plays touch on the human desperation to find safe haven in a threatening world. Tues. - Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 2 & 8pm, Sun. at 3pm. Thru Jan. 21. $50.

Century Center for the Performing Arts
111 E. 15th St. • 212-239-6200

Dog Sees God: Confessions of A Teenage Blockhead Set 10 years after the beloved comic strip, the play follows Charlie Brown, all grown up, in a modern tale of teenage angst. There is a pyromaniac ex-girlfriend, a homophobic quarterback and Snoopy has terminal rabies. Mon. Wed., & Thurs. at 8pm, Fri. at 7 & 10pm, Sat. at 4 & 8pm and Sun. at 7pm. $65, except for Fridays at 10pm, $25.

Collective: Unconscious
279 Church St. just south of White St.

Bush Wars A compassionate counterattack on the disgraceful agenda of the Bush administration. This musical comedy revue will open Sun., Jan. 22 at 7pm. Thurs. - Sat. at 7:30pm & Sun. at 7pm. Matinees on Sat. at 2pm and Sun. at 3pm. $30. Www.theatermania.com. 212- 352-3101.
Breuckelen A darkly comedic tale about the convergence of Brooklyn’s gentrified present and its mostly forgotten past. Blogging hipsters, political witches, Dutch widows, Russian squatters, sapphic socialites, Prohibition-era bootleggers and public-access TV stars are just a few of the characters. Jan. 27 - Feb. 18. Fri. & Sat. at 10pm. $12.

Dixon Place
258 Bowery • 212-219-0736

OLSEN TERROR In the course of a long sleepless night, a man tries to resist the fact that he is turning into the Olsen Twins. Equal parts performance art, musical comedy, b-movie, and Kafkaesque cabaret, Olsen Terror is a creepily fun exploration of America’s obsession with celebrity, youth, addiction and greed. Mondays at 8pm. $10-$12.

The Flea Theater
41 White St., bet. Broadway & Church Sts. For tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit www.TheaterMania.com

(W)HOLE A unique theatrical spectacle using feats of intense skill and physical strength to explore geologic phenomena such as rock and volcano formation, punctuated equilibrium theory and magnetic polarity reversal. Phenomenal acrobatic “tricks” will astound as they illustrate the interconnection between natural geologic phenomena and bodies in motion. Narrative elements using video and text are also included in the work. Thru Feb. 19, Thurs. - Sat. at 7pm and Sun. at 5pm. $25 - $20.

MAGMA An acrobatic performance by a company of 11 girls, ages 8 to 17and modeled after LAVA's current project, (w)HOLE. The play is inspired by the geologic and evolutionary history of the Earth. Cyclical repetitions and complex evolutions connect the performers’ personal development process with the earth’s development process. Jan. 21 - Feb. 4, Saturdays at 1pm. $15.

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