American Tap Dance Foundation
Gala Benefit will support the Gregory Hines Scholarship Fund for Young Tappers. Tues., May 23 from 6-8pm. Cielo, 18 Little West 12th St. $250. 656-230-9564.
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
2 South End Avenue 212-267-9700 www.bpcparks.org
Gone Fishing Get a head start on the weekend and enjoy a relaxing lunch hour of catch and release fishing. Rods, reels and bait provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Fri., May 12 from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Wagner Park. Free.
Family Square Dance Swing your partner to the authentic sounds of James Reams and The Barnstormers. No experience or partner necessary. All ages. Sat., May 13 from 6:30-8pm. Esplanade Plaza. Free.
Bird Watching Observe some of the 80 species of birds that migrate through and inhabit BPCs many parks. All are welcome. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Thurs., May 25 at 9:30am. Sat., May 13 & 20 at 11am. Free.
The Language of Sculpture Take a tour of the public art displays in Rockefeller Park with Dorothea Basile. Gain a better understanding of contemporary art by sharing with others how the works speak to you. Sun., May 14 at 2pm. Meet at Tom Otterness The Real World, Rockefeller Park.
Garden Tour Join horticulturist Dana Anders for a guided walking tour through the gardens of the Esplanade and South Cove. Mon., May 15 from 12:30 - 1:30pm. Meet at Esplanade Plaza. Free.
Canine College An obedience class for urban dogs. Six Tuesdays, May 16 - June 20 from 6:30 - 7:30pm. North Dog Run, at North End Avenue Islands. $300. Call to register.
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers St. 212-822-9577 www.cititzensnyc.org
8th Annual Bank of America Youth Entrepreneur Exposition 20 of NYC's youngest entrepreneurs, from 15 to 22 years old, will spotlight their businesses, products and services. Businesses and nonprofits include, South Asian Community Health Project, a nonprofit founded by a 22-year-old college student to provide free cancer and cardiovascular screenings to immigrants; The Candy Confection, a non-profit founded by a 16-year-old chocolatier; and Baruch Shemtov's line of luxury neckties, founded by an 18-year-old designer. Thurs., May 18 from 9am - 1:30pm. Free.
Cystic Fibrosis Walk
Great Strides Participate in the New York City Cystic Fibrosis Walk, joining thousands of people all over the country committed to helping those with Cystic Fibrosis. While walking, enjoy views of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Clinton Castle. Partake in a welcome breakfast and a workout by Crunch Fitness. Receive an Outback Steakhouse lunch, tickets to the New York Waterway rides, massages, prizes, goodie bags and more. Sat., May 13 beginning at 9am. Battery Park City.
Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway., 2nd floor 212-279-4200
In the Company of Men Work celebrates male dancers and was conceived in 1994 as a response to the devistation HIV and AIDS caused in the New York dance community. Fri. & Sat., May 12-13 at 8pm; Sat. & Sun., May 13-14 at 2pm. $25.
Wall Street Walking Tour A free 90-minute guided walking tour weaving together the history, events architecture and people of Downtown. Thursdays and Saturdays at noon. Meet at the steps of the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green. 212-606-4064.
Downtown Third Thursdays Join Herbert Muschamp, critic for The New York Times, for a discussion on Blinking at the Abyss. Thurs., May 18 at 7pm. Down Town Association, 60 Pine St., the oldest private club in Lower Manhattan. Business attire required. Free. Call for a reservation beginning May 1. 212-835-2773.
Educational Alliance Art School
197 East Broadway bet Jefferson and Clinton Sts 212-780-2300 x 378/428 www.edalliance.org/artschool
Young Artists Exhibit 2006 Artwork created by participants in the Educational Alliance Young Artists Program will be shown in this annual exhibit. Over sixty works in photography, ceramics, cartooning, painting, and more will be featured. Opening reception, Wed., May 17 from 5-7pm. Ernest Rubenstein Gallery. Free. 212-780-2300 x428.
Stone Carving Workshop Getting Stoned: The Tao of Sculpting, A workshop for people who want to be creative but don't know where to start. You will work with a small stone and learn how to listen to your intuition to discover the "creator within." Presented by Judy de Zanger of The Creativity Institute. Sat., May 20 from 3:30-5:30pm. $5 material fee, please register in advance.
Open House View the art school and meet instructors. Learn about art classes available this summer including wire sculpture, stone carving, watercolor on site, ceramics, photography and more. Wed., May 24 from 5:30-8pm. View the course catalogue online at www.edalliance.org/artschool. Sign up for a class on or before May 24 and save $20. No extra registration fee for summer classes.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street 212-425-1778 www.FrauncesTavernMuseum.com
Self-Guided Tours Visit the museum between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays for a self-guided tour of the exhibitions. $4 adults, $3 for kids 18 and under.
Fraunces Tavern Restaurant
Walking Tour and Lunch The streets of Lower Manhattan are lined with some of the worlds wealthiest and most influential institutions. Visit landmarks of political, religious and financial importance in a walking tour lead by James Staal. End the tour with a prix fixe 3 course lunch at Fraunces Tavern Restaurant. Tour begins at 11am at the front gate of City Hall Park. Tour is 2 hours. $45, including lunch. Reservations suggested.
74 Leonard St., bet Church & Broadway 212-374-1175 www.jazznewyork.net
Jazzercise at Lunch Celebrate National Fitness Month in May by taking a jazzercise class during your lunch. When you love your workout, results come easy. Jazzercise combines jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and more to create an effective dance-fitness program for people of every age and fitness level. Tues. & Thurs. at Noon; Mon., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. at 1:10pm. $45 monthly, unlimited attendance. National Fitness Month Special Price of $20. Ongoing.
League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway 917-305-7766 www.lhh.org
Benefit for the League for the Hard of Hearing Join the League for the Hard of Hearing and Event Chair Robert Douglass, Chairman, Alliance for Downtown New York in honoring Charles Urstadt, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. at the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award Breakfast. The keynote speaker will be the honorable John Cahill, Secretary to New York Governor George E. Pataki. Wed., May 17 from 7:45am-9:30am. 1 Chase Plaza. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 917-305-7804 or email email@example.com.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Sitelies 2006 A site-specific series of 64 dance, theater and music performances featuring 9 unique groups. May 8 - August 30. The current event is Audio Ballerinas, a Berlin-based art group that performs with electro-acoustic tutus equipped with amplifiers and loudspeakers that respond to the environment. Thru May 13 at 12:30pm . Elevated Acre, 55 Water St. Free.
Hope & Anchor An LMCC Sitelines performance by Keely Garfield with Zach Morris. Work reminds us of our connection to the sea and our reliance on its good faith. Takes place at various locations at the South Street Seaport and culminates at the cobblestone street at Front & Fulton Sts. May 25-27 & June 1-3 at 7pm. www.lmcc.net/sitelines.
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place 646-437-4200
Mother's Day Program You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation: Author Deborah Tannen will moderate a discussion with comedian Judy Gold, actress Tovah Feldshuh and other special guests in honor of Mother's Day. In an afternoon of laughter and conversation, mothers and daughters will gain a better understanding of each other. Sun., May 14 at 1pm. Brunch in the Special Events Hall from 11:30am-1pm. $50 adults, $45 seniors, $40 members and students (brunch and program); $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 members and students (program only). 646-437-4202. www.mjhnyc.org. Seating is limited. Dietary laws will be observed.
The Youngest Survivors of Genocide A panel discussion featuring Holocaust survivors in conversation with other child survivors who will explore subjects including identity, the necessity of creativity, the struggle for survival and the attempt to achieve normal lives despite horrific beginnings. Wed., May 17at 7pm. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 members/students.
Becoming Eichmann Author and British historian David Cesarani discusses his biography, "Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes and Trial of a 'Desk Murderer.'" The author rethinks some of the common myths and traditional thought that surround the history of how an ordinary man carried out a genocide. Wed., May 24 at 7pm. $5, free for members. Call or go online for tickets.
National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green 212-514-3700 www.americanindian.si.edu
At the Movies Join director Carlos Efrain Perez as he presents his recent video from the Mexican state of Guerrero. View "Clowns Without Borders," "Procession" and "Eyes on What's Inside: The Militarization of Guerrero." Thurs., May 18 at 6pm.
Daily Film Screenings View "Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'lehukai" about the life of the championship Hawaiian surfer Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn. She carved the way for women in a sport dominated by men, became an activist cancer survivor and an inspiring hero to the Native Hawaiian community and surfers everywhere. Thru May 19 at 1 & 3pm daily, also at 5:30pm on Thursdays. The Screening Room, Second Floor. Presented in cooperation with Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival, May 19-22.
Art Talk Join artist Bill Miller as he discusses his artwork featured in the exhibition The Visual Art of Bill Miller at American Indian Community House Gallery. Fri., May 19 at noon. www.aich.org.
Cultural Interpreter Discussions Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, thru July 28 at 2pm.
South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets www.southstseaport.org
Torchlight Tour Explore the preserved ruins of the Fulton Ferry Hotel, step back in time with a sneak peek of the museum's renovation of historic Schermerhorn Row. Take a guided tour of the building and get a behind the scenes look at areas not yet open to the public, including original rooms from the Fulton Ferry Hotel made famous in Joseph Mitchell's Up in the Old Hotel. Wed., May 17 at 6 pm. 12 Fulton St., bet. Front & South Sts. $10, $8 members. Reservations suggested. 212-748-8786.
Book Talk: Catherine Allgor Hear the author discuss "A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation." When the Revolution had finally died down, American politicians began to assemble the nation's newly minted capital. Dolley Madison worked alongside her husband James and quickly mastered the social and political intricacies of the city becoming on of the most celebrated people in Washington. Thurs., May 18 at 7pm. Book signing. $5 suggested donation. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet Fulton & Beekman. 212-748-8568.
Free Friday: Women at Sea From 5-9pm, visit the exhibitions, including Antwerp=America, Eugeen Van Mieghem and the Emigrants of the Red Star Line, featuring portraits of women and men as they embarked on a transatlantic journey. From 5-8 pm, take part in Shiver Me Timbers, listen to a reading of Cornelia Funke's new book, Pirate Girl, learn about the ways of pirates and make your own pirate-inspired craft to take home. Then at 7pm, attend a lecture entitled Water Women, Kathleen Hulser, public historian of the New York Historical Society, will explore the little-known history of women at sea. Fri., May 19 from 5-9pm.
1930s Wooden Tugboat The W.O. Decker will be welcomed back to the South Street Seaport after a yearlong complete rebuild. The day will be filled with a parade of ships, a blessing of the fleet and other special programs. Sat., May 20.
Taste of Tribeca
Annual Event Sample the cuisine of some of New York's most famous chefs. Also enjoy live entertainment and other special events including a Kids' Zone. Sat., May 20 beginning at 11:30am. Duane St., bet Greenwich and Hudson Sts. $45, $40 in advance; tasting card allows six tastings. www.tasteoftribeca.org.
Wall Street Rising
5th Annual Taste of Wall Street Over 35 downtown restaurants will offer samples of their cuisine at this annual fundraising event. Mon., May 15 from 6 - 9pm. 7 World Trade Center, 45th Floor. $195 in advance, $225 at the door.
291 Church Street 212-431-5270
Voltage of Relocation and Displacement Works explore the act of relocation and displacement, question loss and gain and also consider the making of personal and social memories. Thru May 13.
Sweet Taboos Exhibition explores the taboos of present-day Albanian society. May 17 - June 24.
Art in General
79 Walker Street 212-219-0473
Uptown, Uptown A fictional cityscape constructed from thousands of individual sticks of incense bound together and coated with a golden glaze. Continues thru June 24.
Artist Residency program As part of the Eastern European Residency Exchange Program, artist Antal Lakner from Budapest, Hungary will be showing his works. Thru June 24.
Chinatown Work 2006
Art Display An interactive public art installation for multiple sites in Chinatown. The piece focuses on labor specific to garment factories, restaurants and laundries, highlighting the industries that have helped to establish and provide immigrants employment in the past and today. Thru May 21 from 7:3011pm. First site installation is HSBC Facade on Canal St., 58 Bowery Branch. Free.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor 212-619-4785
The Virtual Salon Chinese transnational photographers in the digital age. Continues thru Aug 27. _____________________________
176 Franklin St., bet Greenwich & Hudson Sts.
Up Late An exhibition of new paintings by Dan Witz featuring nighttime scenes of brightly lit urban storefronts, suburban houses and individual lamps. Thru June 10.
Dissolve An exhibition of new paintings by Alyssa Monks. The artist updates the classic image of the bathing nude by contrasting the realism of the figure with its abstracted reflection beneath the water. Thru June 10. _____________________________
Educational Alliance Art School
197 East Broadway bet Jefferson and Clinton Sts 212-780-2300 x 378/428
Seeing Elsewhere Exhibit addresses questions of representation as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The work represents a new generation of artists investigating the way related images construct our historical memory and influence our perception of events. Thru May 15.
The Manhattan Graphics Center
481 Washington Street, bet Spring & Canal Sts 212-741-7234
20th Anniversary Exhibition The non-profit studio and school serving both traditional and non-traditional printmakers will mark its 20th anniversary with an exhibition of works by its founders and major supporters. View etching, lithography, photogravure, silkscreen, woodcut and multi media techniques. Continues thru May 31. ____________________________
National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green 212-514-3700 www.americanindian.si.edu
Arctic Transformations An exhibition of the jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace. This 25-year retrospective includes 150 works created from silver, gold, fossil ivory and semi-precious stones. Thru July 23.
Will Wilson: Auto Immune Response Works imagine the Navajos relationship to the land in the distant future. Thru Sept. 21.
Virgil Ortiz: La Renaissance Indigene An exhibition of dynamic ceramic figures and fashions. Thru Sept. 21.
New York City Police Museum
100 Old Slip 212-480-3100
Vintage Police Car Show The 6th annual vintage police car show featuring classic patrol vehicles as well as original and replica cars from famous crime-fighting television series. June 3-4. Free.
252 Front Street 212-227-2287
The War in Iraq View 4 Unembedded Photojournalists in Iraq: Kael Alford, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner. Thru June 4. .
124 Hudson Street, Corner of Ericsson Place 212-226-5960
Artist Series Joy Huckins-Noss: Natural Dialogue, Works give the viewer a feeling of the experience the artist felt in response to the land at various points in time. Continues thru May 14.
Posteritati Movie Posters
239 Centre St., bet Broome and Grand Sts
Bond, James Bond A new exhibition showcasing vintage movie posters from around the world from James Bond film classics.
15 White Street
May Shows View contemporary Bromoil Images by Joy Goldkind and works by the winners of Soho Photos Second National Alternative Processes Competition. Continues thru June 3.
South Street Seaport
12 Fulton Street 212-748-8600
The Lost Waterfront An exhibition of photographs depicting the Hudson River waterfront in Greenwich Village . Taken more than 30 years ago, the photos document a time when the waterfront was in transition from a strictly commercial past to a recreationally oriented future. Photos are by Shelley Seccombe. Thru Oct. 31.
BODIES: The Exhibition Exhibition showcases real human bodies and unveils the many complex systems of organs and tissues that drive every aspect of our daily lives and unite all humans. Learn more at www.bodiestickets.com.
Antwerp=America A special exhibition in cooperation with the city of Antwerp, Belgium. It evokes the atmosphere of Antwerp between 1870 and 1935, when the city was one of the most important European ports of embarkation for immigrants traveling to America, mostly aboard the Red Star Line. Thru October 31. Schermerhorn Row Galleries, 12 Fulton St. $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $4 children ages 5-12, children under 5 free.
Synagogue for the Arts
49 White Street 212-966-7141
Two Brushes with Flowers View oil and watercolor paintings by Liron Sissman and Kim Eng Yeo. Liron Sissman's flower paintings convey emotions and many themes. Kim Eng Yeo is a realist painter who draws inspiration from nature. Continues thru May 14.
2 D-D-Detritus: Collage Only Annual exhibition of Detritus Art created from would-be trash bringing attention to the critical issue of too much refuse since 1994. The current exhibit focuses on collage, art that is made from cut or torn fragments glued together. Opening reception is Thurs., May 18 from 6-8pm. Continues thru June 25.
Tribeca Gallery Association
Second wednesday nights The galleries of the Tribeca Gallery Association will offer an open gallery night on Wed., June 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.
World Financial Center
220 Vesey Street 212-945-0505 www.worldfinancialcenter.com
Video Installation Rodney Graham will perform in A Reverie Interrupted by the Police. He portrays a handcuffed prisoner performing John Cage-style piano music while guarded by a police officer. Thurs. - Sat., thru May 27 at 2 & 8pm. Courtyard Gallery. No tickets necessary.
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.
74 leonard st www.knittingfactory.com 212-219-3006
Live Music Performances Three rooms offer a variety of performances nightly. Check the website for more information. This weeks shows include: Fri., May 13 - The Break Mission, RANA, Apollo Sunshine & The Brakes. Sun., May 14 - Kittie, The Agony Scene, On Broken Wings & Byzantine. Mon., May 15 - Reuben Chess, Meowskers, Krystle Warren and the Faculty. Tues., May 16 - New York City Beard and Moustache Championships. Fri., May 19 - Night of 1000 Stevies 16.
St. Paul's Chapel
Broadway at Fulton St. 212-602-0747 www.trinitywallstreet.org
Concert at One Classical guitarist Don Witter, Jr. will perform Gershwin's Prelude #2, Rodgers and Hart's My Funny Valentine, Johnny Green's Body and Soul and others. Mon., May 15 at 1pm. $2 suggested donation.
Tribeca Performing Arts
Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., bet Greenwich & West Sts 212-220-1460
Lost Jazz Shrines The annual series is a celebration, remembrance and examination of some of the most significant and historic defunct jazz venues in downtown Manhattan. Café Bohemia, where great jazz stars such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus played, is the focus of this year's series. Fri., May 12, humanities lecture at 7pm, concert at 8:30pm.
Broadway and Wall Street 212-602-0747
Concerts at One Rossignol Amoureaux, a traverso-harpsichord duo will present works by Michel Blavet, Francois Couperin, Jean Marie Leclair and others. Thurs., May 18 at 1pm. $2 suggested donation.
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