Long, Strange Trip Celebrating the 35th anniversary of two landmark Grateful Dead albums, The American Beauty Project presents Jorma Kaukonen, Toshi Reagon, Jay Farrar, Sex Mob, Ollabelle, The Holmes Brothers, Dar Williams, Dan Zanes, Mark Eitzel, Espers, Railroad Earth, Tim O’Reagan, The Jen Chapin Trio, Jim Lauderdale, John Leventhal, Catherine Russell, Larry Campbell and more performing “American Beauty” and “Workingman’s Dead” in a two-night concert, Jan. 20 and 21 at 8pm. Free. World Financial Center, Winter Garden, 212-945-0505, www.worldfinancialcenter.com
OPEN DRAWERS In the Fall of 2005, artist Jana Napoli began gathering furniture junked after the floodwaters of Katrina had receded. Seeing the human essence of the disaster, dampened but not dead, reflected in piles of curbside-discarded materials, she collected hundreds of drawers from the flooded and abandoned neighborhoods in the days and months that followed. Nearly 400 of them will be on exhibit for “Floodwall,” a multimedia, site-specific art installation at the Liberty Street Bridge of the World Financial Center (West Street overpass; enter at One World Financial Center, 200 Liberty Street), January 4 through February 9, 7am to 11pm daily.
Family Man In photos like “Dennis, Rose and Sal,” above, Brooklyn-based photographer John Milisenda captures “the paradoxes and mysteries of the family dynamic.” His exhibit “My Family” projects the artist’s fluctuating feelings toward his parents and mentally retarded sibling “ a balance of light and dark, closeness and alienation.” Also showing at SoHo Photo are Pnina Yuhjtman’s manipulations of Polaroid film. Opening Reception Thurs., Jan. 4 at 6pm. Thru Feb.3, Thurs. 6-8pm, Fri.-Sun. 1-6pm. SoHo Photo, 15 White Street, 212-226-8571; www.sohophoto.com.
“In God We Trust” Ethan Cohen Projects presents a collection of images inspired by the artist Hady Sy’s childhood in war torn Beirut combined with more recent memories of 9/11. “My art is my weapon.” Sy states. “I intend to use it to fight terrorism, injustice, war, religious discrimination, racism, and anything art can overcome.” Black and white skeletal images like “Fist,” above, are accented with deep reds and loaded arms to invoke raw emotion. Thru Jan. 20. Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 18 Jay Street, 212-625-1250; www.ecfa.com.
FIGURE DRAWING Wednesdays, starting Jan. 31.1:30-4:30 pm, $160 for 8 sessions, plus $40 materials fee.
INFANT & CHILD CPR This course provides the skills and confidence needed to recognize and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and children up to 8 years old. Sat., Jan. 6 from 11am - 3pm. $55 members, $60 non-members. With First Aid class, $85 members, $105 non-members. Minimum age is 13.
POSTPARTUM YOGA Saturdays starting Jan. 13 from 1:15-2:15pm. Also Prenatal Yoga for women in their 2nd & 3rd trimesters. 8 Saturdays starting Jan. 13 from 2:30-3:30pm. $83 members, $108 non-members.
STANDARD FIRST AID COURSE provides basic first aid procedures for responding to injuries until medical personnel arrive on the scene. Sat., Jan 13 from 11am - 3pm. $40 members, $55 non-members. Minimum age is 13.
SWIM LESSONS Classes for various age groups and experience levels are available. Classes also available for families who want to learn to swim together. 10 sessions starting either Sat., Jan 20 or Sun., Jan. 21. Call for times and more information. $135 members, $185 non-members. Mandatory swim tests take place Sat., Jan. 13 from 1-5pm and Sun., Jan. 14 from 2-5pm.
TAI CHI Tap into your internal energy and learn the 60-posture short form of tai chi chuan. 10 Thursdays starting Jan. 4 from 7:15-8:15pm. $85 members, $115 non-members. Preregistration is required for all classes. Held at Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, managed by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 345 Chambers St., 646-358-6880, www.ccshs.org.
DANCE FITNESS Lose weight and have fun. 2 locations. Tues. & Thurs. at noon and Mon. & Wed. at 1:10pm at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., bet Church & Broadway. Also Mon. & Wed. at 4:30pm at Sandra Cameron Dance Center, 199 Lafayette St., bet Broome & Kenmare. $120 for a two month unlimited pass. First class is free. Jazzercise NYC, 212-374-1175, www.jazznewyork.net.
Seventh Principle dance ensemble Share the Kwanzaa Spirit with an interactive performance of spoken word, movement, and costume. Wed., Dec. 27 at 12:30pm. Free. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., 212-945-0505 , www.worldfinancialcenter.com.
Company East’s American Debut “Medea,” insprired by Greek tragedy by Euripides. Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 4-6 & 11-13, 7:30pm; Sun., Jan. 7 & 14, 2:30 & 7:30pm. 74A East 4th St. 212-475-7710.
Kelley Donovan and Dancers “It’s All Forgotten Now,” Premiere. Fri., Jan. 5 at 9pm; Sat., Jan. 6 at 8pm. $20. Cunningham Studio, 55 Bethune St. 718-420-3893.
Gene Pool performance at Dance New Amsterdam. Fri-Sat., Jan. 5-6 at 8pm; Jan. 7 at 3pm. $17. 280 Broadway. 212-279-4200.
FREE HEARING SCREENINGS The League for the Hard of Hearing sponsors free hearing screenings every Tues. from 12-2pm and every Thurs. from 4-6pm. Call or email to schedule an appointment. League for the Hard of Hearing 50 Broadway, 6th floor, www.lhh.org, 917-305-7766.
NEW MOM’S BREAKFAST New moms (newborns to pre-crawlers) are invited to join in a monthly breakfast. Share tips, seek advise and meet other new moms. First Tues. of the month from 10-11:30am. Applebee’s on Vesey St. Organized through the Battery Park City Neighbors Association.
NYPD Gift Shop The online store is reopened for the holiday season with new items for kids, women and men, in addition to favorite t-shirts and sweatshirts. Spend $200 and get free shipping. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip, bet Water & South Sts., 212-480-3100, www.nycpolicemuseum.org.
Tribeca Meet & Greet Meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9pm at various area restaurants. Have a drink, do some networking and exchange some ideas with people from local businesses, schools, newspapers, restaurants and more. 212-220-1459, firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Family Photo exhibition by John Milisenda, a collection of paradoxes and mysteries within the family dynamic. Opening reception Thurs., Jan. 4 at 6pm SOHO PHOTO 15 White St. 212-226-8571.
View works Art Exhibition Annual exhibition of works created in BPCPC’s painting and drawing classes offered May 1 - Oct. 31. Opening reception is Sun., Jan. 28 from 1-3pm. Continues thru Feb. 28, weekdays from 2-4pm. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 2 South End Ave., 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org.
A Blessing to One Another Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People Pope John Paul II used his papacy to promote tolerance, understanding and dialogue among the world’s different religions. This exhibition is a celebration of his legacy. Continues thru Feb. 23. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4200, www.mjhnyc.org.
Christine Taylor Patten: “Micro/Macro,” selected works from a series of over 2,000 one-inch crow quill and ink drawings on three-inch paper will be exhibited along with one seven by twenty-four foot drawing. Eleanore Mikus: View drawings and paintings including “Tablets” from the early 1960s and later folded paper works. Both continue thru Feb. 10. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St. • 212-219-2166 • www.drawingcenter.org.
Cindy Kane, New Directions View works by Cindy Kane that draw on personal narrative and experience. She creates paintings of maps, homemade art magazine covers and items from her children’s youth. Continues thru Jan. 13.
Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, 13 Jay St. • 212-925-9424
Creativity: The Artist’s Journey A group show of abstract art by the American Society of Contemporary Artists. Thru Jan. 21. Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, 49 White St., 212-966-7141.
Fractured Fairytales The Asian American Art Center’s 16th annual exhibition features five artists whose artwork reflects a nexus of themes surrounding personal icons from fantasy to identity. Through January 19, Tues.-Fri., 12:30-6:30pm. Asian American Art Center, 26 Bowery, 3rd
Kelly Spranger, Water View Underwater photographs by Kelly Spranger taken in the Red Sea, the Caribbean and California. The images illustrate the abundant beauty of sea life and the enormous variety of corals, fish and invertebrates. Continues thru Jan. 8. Van Der Plas Gallery, 89 South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 2nd floor, 212-227-8983, www.vanderplasgallery.com.
Leesa and Nicole Abahuni, In the Sky A multimedia installation by twin artists exploring the sharing of the senses and the interconnectedness between perception and sensation. Continues thru Jan. 27. Location One, 26 Greene St., bet Grand & Canal Sts., 212-334-3347.
The Life and times of Anne Frank A traveling photo exhibit. Continues thru Dec. Appointments suggested. Donations accepted. Anne Frank Center, 38 Crosby St., 5th floor, bet Grand & Broome Sts., www.annefrank.com
Paper Slam: Innovative Paper Works Features six artists from the Organization of Independent Artists whose works on paper represent unique and creative departures in their use of formats, structures and media. Continues thru Jan. 19. Takes place at THE NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL, 47 Worth St. Organization of Independent Artists, 212-219-9213, www.oiaonline.org.
Peter Owings, Human Topology Works by Owings take a unique look at the application of light to subject. Soho Photo, 15 White St., bet 6th Ave. and West Broadway, 3 blocks south of Canal St., 212-226-8571, www.sohophoto.com.
Rosemarie CAstoro, the dimension of line Through March 31, 2007 at Hal Bromm, 90 West Broadway at Chambers, 212-732-6196, email@example.com.
Reimagining Sacred Sound 9/11 and the Trinity Church Organ Although the ashes of 9/11 brought the sound of the Trinity Church pipe organ to a sudden stop, the Church soon began a new chapter in the history of church organs. Exhibit allows visitors to experience organ music of the computer age while surrounded by the fascinating history of organs at Trinity Church. Thru Jan. 4. Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street.
Special Reconnaissance Features works by 16 artists investigating the construction of place at the intersection of conflict, narrative and memory. View portraits by Vera Brunner-Sung, a slide lecture by The Center for Land Use Interpretation, paintings of American strip malls, parking lots and expressways by James Howard Kunstler and more. Continues thru Jan. 19. Gigantic Artspace , 59 Franklin St., bet Broadway & Lafayette, 212-226-6762, www.giganticartspace.com.
Squared View works by a new generation of artists whose work twists, bends highlights and distorts the 20th century’s all-important grid. Continues thru Jan. 11. Panel discussion with the artists on Wed., Dec. 13 at 6:30pm. Free. Educational Alliance Art School, 197 East Broadway, bet Jefferson & Clinton Sts, 212-780-2300 x 463, www.edalliance.org/artschool.
Thanks: Returning the Favor Group exhibition that reconsiders the relationship of philanthropy, hidden meaning and gift giving. Continues thru Jan. 6. apexart, 291 Church St., 212-431-5270, www.apexart.org
Trees of Knowing An exhibition of art, photographs and writing on the theme of trees by children from the East Village Community School. Continues thru Dec. 29. Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand St., www.henrystreet.org/arts.
United Response: Commemorating 9/11 A photography exhibit of 55 images from the collections of the New York Police Department Photo Unit, “The New York Times” and the “New York Daily News” that highlights the heroism, courage and sacrifice, as well as the moments of generosity and kindness that took place after 9/11. Continues thru Jan. 13. Mon. - Sat., from 10am - 5pm. $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18. Museum members, members of the NYPD and children under 6 are free. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip, bet Water & South Sts., www.nycpolicemuseum.org, 212-480-3100.
We Cover the Waterfront A celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the gallery with works created by photographers living in the Historic Seaport District. Continues thru Jan. Photographic Gallery, 252 Front St.
Winter Tales View a selection of films for the winter season. “How Raven Stole the Sun” The comic misadventures of Raven, Eagle, and Frog who bring daylight into the world. Repeated on Thursdays at 6:00. “Tales of Wesakechak: The First Spring Flood” The Creator put Wesakechak on earth to take care of all creatures. When he is tricked by the jealous spirit Machias, his friends come to his aid. Repeated on Thursdays at 6:00. “Christmas at Wapos Bay” In this claymation three children visit their grandparent at his cabin in the bush. When an emergency arises, they learn self-reliance and the spirit of the traditional Cree way of life. “Wapos Bay: There’s No ‘I’ in Hockey” A lesson in sharing and cooperation is learned when a visiting hockey team with a girl captain flies into the northern community of Wapos Bay for a tournament. Through Jan. 7, daily at 10:30am & 1pm, certain performances repeated on Thursdays as noted above. The Screening Room, 2nd Floor, State St. Corridor. Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, www.nmai.si.edu.
Hip Hop Karaoke Fri., Dec. 22 at 10pm. Jewmongous Sat., Dec. 23 at 6:30 and 9pm. Catch 22, Whole Wheat Bread, Patent Pending, Bomb the Music Industry, Wed., Dec. 27 at 6:30pm, Fishbone, Shootzy Groove Thurs., Dec. 28 at 8pm. The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., 212-219-3132, www.knittingfactory.com.
Challah-lujah Featuring Joshua Nelson & His Kosher Gospel Choir. performances Mon., Dec. 25 at 1 and 3:30 pm. $35 adults, $25 seniors, $20 students/members. Museum of Jewish Heritage. 36 Battery Place. 646-437-4200.
Highlights In Jazz Salute to Lou Donaldson Thurs., Jan. 4 at 8pm. $30, $27.50 students. A Jack Kleinsinger presentation. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., 212-220-1460.
The Laura Dreyer Trio Brazilian music, including original bossa novas and sambas and traditional songs from the Brazilian repertoire. Every Saturday from 1-4pm. No Cover. Reservations recommended. The Vinson Valega/Lee Metcalf Trio plays jazz standards from the Great American Songbook of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and more. Every Sunday evening from 7-10pm. No Cover. Reservations recommended. DEKK, 134 Reade Street, 212-941-9401.
Live Jazz Gary Wang on bass and Lee Metcalf on guitar. Thursdays from 7:30-10:30pm. VinoVino, 211 West Broadway, bet Franklin and White, 212-925-8510.
Talks & Readings
Objects of Desire & Disgust Digital lecture by Karen Moscovitch on “The Photographic Still Life.” Tues., Jan. 9. Roger Baumann, Japan- A Closer Look! Tours to Japan & Southeast Asia slide lecture. Tues., Jan. 16. Scotland & England In the 1970s, Linda Clavet, published photographer, “Century of Life Datebook, Tour & Travel News. Tues., Jan. 23, Exploring Inner Realities- My Rendition of New York City. Matias Okawa, Neuro-Scientist & Photographer. Tues., Jan. 30. All lectures begin at 6:30pm. $2 suggested donation. Tuesday Evening Hour, 49 Fulton St., 212-385-3650
Rediscovering a Faith An adult educational program offered by Rabbi David Gaffney with topics including Jewish History, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Text & Literature and History of the Synagogue. Learners and seekers of all backgrounds are welcome. Monday evenings from 7:15-9pm. Continues thru May 21. $150 for non-members. Call to register. Conservative Synagogue of 5th Avenue, 11 E. 11th St., 212-929-6954, www.csfanyc.org.
Gary Shteyngart whose novel “Absurdistan” was named one of The Times “Ten Best Books of 2006,” will be talking with Sigrid Nunez, author of “The Last of Her Kind” and “A Feather on the Breath of God.” Part of the New York Book Club’s series, “Young Writers Write the Immigrant Experince.” Wed., Jan. 10 at 6pm. The Tenement Visitor Center and Museum Shop, 108 Orchard St., 212-431-0233
Architectural History Marjorie Grimm, Arhcitectural History Instructor, Emeritus, The New School. Late 19th Century-Edwardian Period, Neo-Classic revival. Early “Cloudscrapers.” Sun., Jan. 7 at 3pm. Free. 49 Fulton St., 212-385-3650.
A Conflation of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Ubi Roi. A play by Alfred Jarry. Avenue Q’s Jordan Gelber stars in the Katharsis Theater Production. Sat., Jan 13 thru Feb. 3. Fri., Jan 19 at 8pm. Wed-Sat. 8pm, Sun. at 7pm. $18. Walker Space. 46 Walker Street, 212-868-4444.
Walk in to the New Year New York’s best tour guides will lead you around the City Hall area and the Brooklyn Bridge to learn fun facts while enjoying refreshments and prizes with a view of firework displays. Meet inside Blimpie’s Restaurant at 38 Park Row, opposite City Hall Sun., Dec. 31. Multiple walks launched between 10:30 and 11:15pm. $40 adults, Children 15 and under $20. Pre-registered adults by telephone $35. Presented by Dr. Phil’s New York Talks and Walks. -888-377-4455, NYCwalks.com
Fraunces Tavern Museum 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 Museum, 54 Pearl Street, 212-425-1778, www.FrauncesTavernMuseum.com.
The Gangs of New York Learn about the imagined, mythical and real “Gangs of New York” on Dr. Phil’s walking tour. Dec. 27th at 1:30pm. $15. Meet inside the Blimpie’s at 38 Park Row, opposite City Hall.
How New Yorkers invented Christmas Learn about Pintard, Moore and Irving, the Wall Street men who invented the Christmas we know today around 1820. Sat., Dec. 16 & 23 at 10am; Sun., Dec. 17 & 24 at 11am. Meet at the northeast corner of Broadway & Wall St. $15. In Depth Walking Tours, 917-607-9019, www.indepthwalkingtours.com.
The Old Jewish L.E.S. Learn about the history, food and heritage of the Lower East Side. Sun., Dec. 10 at 1pm. $15. 2 hour walking tour. Meet at Essex & Canal Sts. at Straus Square, take the F train to East Broadway. Joyce Gold History Tours, 212-242-5762, www.nyctours.com.
Wall Street Walking Tour 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. Alliance for Downtown NY, 212-606-4064. www.downtownny.com
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