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Volume 19 Issue 36 | January 19 - 25, 2007

The Listings

Cotton Club Divas The Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art Seaport Salon and Juneteenth Legacy Theatre pay tribute to Blues greats like Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters and Lena Horne in “Juneteenth Cotton Club Revue, A Blues Cabaret,” written and directed by Lorna Littleway, and starring performers like Angela S. Arnold and Ivan Thomas, above. Fri., Jan. 19 - Sun., Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. Shooting Star Theatre, 40 Peck Slip, at the South Street Seaport, 917 239-6690, www.shootingstartheatre.org.

CLASSES

CAREER MANAGEMENT 2007 Wall Street Rising presents “Making and Keeping your Job Search Resolutions,” a seminar by Roy Cohen, Career Counselor and Five O’Clock Club Coach. Cohen offers proven strategies on how to make the most of your time in job searching and on the job, from interviewing and negotiating to handling difficult political situations. He works extensively with clients from diverse industries, most notably Wall Street, retailing, publishing, the law, and media and entertainment.  For over ten years, he served as the sole in-house career and outplacement counselor to Goldman Sachs, and is a featured speaker at many New York City events and on various news programs such as World News Tonight and Fox Five News. Thurs., Feb. 1,: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To RSVP for this event, call 212-425-INFO, extension 8, or email events@downtowninfocenter.org. WALL STREET RISING DOWNTOWN INFORMATION CENTER, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401; Bring ID.

DANCE FITNESSLose weight and have fun. 2 locations. Tues. & Thurs. at noon, Mon. & Wed. at 1:10pm. The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., bet Church & Broadway. Mon. & Wed. at 4:30pm. 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.

FIGURE DRAWING Wednesdays, starting Jan. 31, 1:30-4:30 pm. $160 for 8 sessions plus $40 materials fee.POSTPARTUM YOGASaturdays starting Jan. 13 from 1:15-2:15pm. Also Prenatal Yoga for women in their 2nd & 3rd trimesters. 8 Saturdays; started Jan. 13, 2:30-3:30pm. $83 members, $108 non-members.SWIM LESSONSClasses 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. Preregistration is required for all classes. All classes, Community Center at Stuyvesant High School,managed by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. 345 Chambers St., 646-358-6880, www.ccshs.org.

WELLNESS and WEIGHT LOSS with QIGONG (Chi Gong)Want to drop your stress and lose weight? Join our next Dragon’s Way program-$199 includes gigong movements, “eating for healing” plan, recipes, practice audio tape, expert instructions by certified teachers, and much more. 6 classes. Wed., Jan. 24- Feb. 28. 6:30-7:45pm.Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, 396 Broadway at Walker St., 212-274-1079, www.tcmworld.org.

DANCE

Eight Strokes & the Moving WordExcerpts of traditional and contemporary dance with narration and video exploring stylistic movement through the elegant beauty of Chinese calligraphy. Jan. 19, 22-25, 29-31. All shows at 10:30 am. $10. Call for reservations. Mulberry St. Theater, 70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor. 212-349-0126, www.htchendance.org.

LITLoft into Theater, a regular dance series organized by Bill Young, continues at 100 Grand Street this Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm, and features work by chameckilerner, Gerald Casel, Mary Cochran, Keely Garfield, Bryan Kepple, Luke Miller, Erick Montes, Heather Olsen and Bill Young. Tickets $15 general/ $12 students/seniors, 212-925 6573.

Urban CitizenA festival of choreography by artists from around the globe. Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 15-17 at 8pm. $20. $15 for members. Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor, 212-279-4200, www.dnadance.org.

Antoinetta Vicario Makes DanceWorld premiere of “I cannot escape being me so that is what I’ll show you,” for three women. Jan 26-27, 8 p.m., Jan. 28 3 p.m. $17. Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor, 212-279-4200, www.dnadance.org.

EVENTS

Battery Park Community MeetingBPCPC invites you to share your thoughts on programs and events in the parks of Battery Park City. Join us in planning next season’s programs and events. Refreshments provided. Wed., Jan. 17. Two sessions, 4-5:30pm and 6:30-8pm. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy Offices, 2 South End Avenue, 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org. 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.

Ladies’ Night OutCatch up with friends and unwind from the week at neighborhood tapas and wine bar, Azafran. Fri., Feb. 16 at 7:30pm. 77 Warren St. Bet. Greenwich and W. Broadway. Organized through the Battery Park City Neighbors Association. www.bpcnpa.com.

Parents’ Network BREAKFASTParents, expectant parents and babies 0-12 months are invited to enjoy a monthly breakfast. Share tips, seek advice and meet other new moms and dads. First Tues., Feb. 6. from 10-11:30am. Free for BPCNA members and first timers. Membership applications available at the event or at www.bpcnpa.com. Applebee’s on Vesey St. Organized through the Battery Park City Neighbors Association.

Tribeca Meet & Greet 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, dcleaver@tribecapac.org.

EXHIBITS

A Blessing to One AnotherPope 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.

Creativity: The Artist’s JourneyA 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.

FloodwallA Multimedia art installation of over 600 dresser drawers collected by New Orleans artist Jana Napoli after Hurricane Katrina. Thru Feb. 9. 7am-11pm daily. Liberty Street Bridge. World Financial Center. www.Floodwall.org.

Fractured FairytalesThe 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. Ends Jan. 19, 12:30-6:30pm. Asian American Art Center, 26 Bowery St.

“From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber” Ruth Gruber is being honored with an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that celebrates the life’s work of the 95-year-old journalist and activist. Free, with cost of museum admission. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4337, www.mjhnyc.org.

Rachel Haas: Urban SynagoguesProfound Structures and Sacred Spaces on view in Tribeca. The twenty-five-year-old artist depicts architecture from around the globe in charcoal drawings and paintings, her first solo show in New York City. Jan. 25-Mar. 4. Opening Thurs., Jan. 25 at 6pm. Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, 49 White St., 212-966-7141.

Harriet Shorr: PersephoneNew Paintings & Works on Paper. Through Mar.3. Gallery Hrs: 11-6pm Tues.-Sat. Cheryl Pelavin, 13 Jay St., 212-925-9424, www.cherylpelavin.com.

“I’ll Take Manhattan” Members of New York City’s oldest photo club, the Pictorial Photographers of America, present a photo exhibit of Manhattan and its environs through January at the office of Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor. The exhibit is free and open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A photo ID is required to enter the building.

In the SkyA multimedia installation by twin artists Leesa and Nicole Abahuni, exploring the sharing of the senses and the interconnectedness between perception and sensation. Thru Jan. 27. Location One, 26 Greene St., bet Grand & Canal Sts., 212-334-3347.

Let Everything be Temporary or When is The Exhibition? Piles of wrapped individually wrapped candies, rubbish, and other constantly devalued displays to interact with. Curated by Elena Filipovic. Artists include Michel Blazy, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Gabriel Kuri, Oksana Pasaiko, Tomo Savic-Gecan and Joelle Tuerlinckx. Thru Feb. 17. Tues.-Sat. 11-6pm. Apexart, 291 Church St., 212-431-5270, www.apexart.org.

“Micro/Macro” Christine Taylor PattenSelected 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. Also, Eleanore Mikus: View drawings and paintings including “Tablets” from the early 1960s and later folded paper works. Thru Feb. 10. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166, www.drawingcenter.org.

Paper Slam: Innovative Paper WorksFeatures 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. Thru Jan. 19. THE NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL, 47 Worth St., Organization of Independent Artists, 212-219-9213, www.oiaonline.org.

Place MarkerWhat can be found in a one-block radius? Peter Eide, Nina Katchadourian, Brian McClave, Douglas Ross, and Elizabeth Valdez provide drawings, jingles, and found objects for the answer. Thru Jan. 20. Mon-Sat. 12-5:30pm. 120 Essex Street, 212-598-4124.

Silence A group exhibition that focuses on artists’ uses of and responses to silence, as manifested in sculpture, installation, composition, works on paper, and time-based practices. Opening performance Wed., Jan. 31 by Matthew Burtner, Study 1.0 (feedback) for radio tranceiver, 7 p.mm & 8 p.m. Through March 31.Special ReconnaissanceFeatures 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. Thru Jan. 19. Gigantic Artspace, 59 Franklin St., bet Broadway & Lafayette, 212-226-6762, www.giganticartspace.com.

The Dimension of LineRosemarie Castoro. Thru Mar. 31. Hal Bromm, 90 West Broadway at Chambers, 212-732-6196, halbromm@gmail.com.

The Great OutdoorsPerceptions and emotions reflecting the personal experience of artists in the great outdoors. Remo Cosentino, Elaine Forrest, Robin Kappy, Greg Stowell, Junko Yamada and curated by Nora Katz. presented by the Organization of Independent Artists. Jan.29-Mar. 9. Opening Reception Wed., Feb.14 from 6-8pm.The New York Law School, Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Student Center, 47 Worth St., 212-219-9213.

View WorksAnnual exhibition of works created in BPCPC’s painting and drawing classes. Opening reception Sun., Jan. 28 from 1-3pm. Thru Feb. 28, weekdays from 2-4pm. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 2 South End Ave., 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org.

We Cover the WaterfrontA celebration of the one-year anniversary of the gallery with works created by photographers living in the Historic Seaport District. Thru Jan. Photographic Gallery, 252 Front St.

FILMS

Ostatni Etap (The Last Stop)A Polish film released only a few years after Auschwitz, focusing on the experience of female inmates in Auschwitz. Introduction and post-screening discussion with Professor Stuart Liebman, CUNY Graduate Center. Sun., Jan. 28 at 2:30pm. $10 Adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 members. Musuem of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4200, www.mjhnyc.org.

MUSIC

The American Beauty ProjectPresents 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

Choir CompetitionIn honor of Black History Month, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center will host the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition, in which choirs from around the city compete for $10,000 in prizes. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 212-945-0505, www.worldfinancialcenter.com.

Cibbo Mattoco-founder Yuka Honda and violinist-singer PETRA HADEN (The Decemberists, Foo Fighters) will play a new collection of atmospheric, improvisational songs from an upcoming duet album on which they have been collaborating over the past year. Light refreshments, additional music by DJ Normal, and “Sonic” ping pong tournaments round out the party. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via PayPal on Location One’s website (www.location1.org). Doors open at 7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 20 at Location One, 26 Greene Street, 212.334.3347, www.location1.org.

The Laura Dreyer TrioBrazilian music, including original bossa novas and sambas and traditional songs from the Brazilian repertoire. Sat. 1-4pm. No Cover. Reservations recommended. DEKK, 134 Reade St. 212-941-9401.

GOTHAM CHAMBER OPERApresents Rossini’s rarely performed one-act comic opera, “Il Signor Bruschino,” Jan. 25 through Feb. 3, Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400, henrystreet.org/arts. Tickets $30-$65.

Highlights in Jazz: 34th AnniversaryVince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Trio Da Paz, Sol Yaged, and special guest Lew Soloff. Thurs., Feb. 8 at 8pm. $30 general admission, $27.50 for students. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., 212-220-1460, www.tribecapac.org/music.htm.

Juneteenth Cotton Club Revue, A Blues CabaretThe Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art Seaport Salon and Juneteenth Legacy Theatre present “Juneteenth Cotton Club Revue, A Blues Cabaret,” written and directed by Lorna Littleway. Fri, Jan. 19th and Sat., Jan. 20th at 7:30 p.m. and Sun, Jan. 21st at 5 p.m. Shooting Star Theatre, 40 Peck Slip, at the South Street Seaport, Third Floor, 917-239-6690; www.shootingstartheatre.org.

Knitting Factory Line-UpRoe on the Rocks: The Wrens Perform a benefit for Planned Parenthood, Fri., Jan.19; Winterjazzfest 2007, Sat., Jan. 20; Pepi Ginsberg, Time Life, Special Krystal, Steve Gunn and Johnny Truscinski, Sun., Jan. 21; Agent Orange, Nihilistics, Two Man Advantage, Fresh Kills, Mon. Jan. 22, The Magic Markers, Brendan Canty, and the animated films of Brent Green., Tues., Jan. 23; Dwarves, Unsane, Turbo A.C.’s, Wed., Jan. 24; Dustin Kensrue (of Thrice) and special guests: Stephen Christian(Anberlin) Nathan Willett(Cold War Kids), Thur., Jan. 25. Call for times/prices.The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., 212-219-3132, www.knittingfactory.com.

Live JazzGary Wang on bass and Lee Metcalf on guitar. Thurs. 7:30-10:30pm. VinoVino, 211 West Broadway, bet Franklin and White, 212-925-8510.

The Vinson Valega/Lee Metcalf Trioplays jazz standards from the Great American Songbook of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and more. Sun. from 7-10pm. No Cover. Reservations recommended. DEKK, 134 Reade St. 212-941-9401

Winterjazzfest Experimental guitarist GARY LUCAS and his band GODS AND MONSTERS kicks off Winterjazzfest 2007 at the Knitting Factory Mainspace on Saturday January 20th at 7pm. Joining him is jazz legend ROSWELL RUDD. The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., 212-219-3132, www.knittingfactory.com.

TALKS & READINGS

Architectural HistoryEarly 20th Century tallest buildings, Corporate Image and Needle-pointed Skyscrapers presented by Majorie Grimm, Architectural History Instructor, Emeritus, The New School. Sun., Feb. 4, 3-4:30pm. Free. 49 Fulton St., West Wing, Tuesday Evening Hour Inc., 212-385-3650.

Linda Clavetshows her photographs of Scotland & England in the 1970s Tues., Jan. 23.Matias Okawa,neursoscientist & photographer shares his photo series “Exploring Inner Realities — My Rendition of New York City.,” Tues., Jan. 30. All lectures begin at 6:30pm. $2 suggested donation. Tuesday Evening Hour, 49 Fulton St., 212-385-3650

“Great Train Rides Around the World”An artist’s slide-show and lecture reflecting on rides across six-continents by travel writer and photographer Karl Zimmermann. Tues., Feb. 20 at 6:30pm. $2 donation. 49 Fulton St., Dining Room, Tuesday Evening Hour Inc., 212-385-3650.

Journalist Jeffrey Goldbergtalks about his book, “Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide,” a memoir of his complex friendship with a PLO prisoner with Atlantic Monthly editor James Bennet on January 24, 2007 at 7 p.m. $10 adults; $5 students/seniors; free for members. Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. 36 Battery Pl. 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.

Infertility DiscussedA discussion of the Jewish Theological and Ethical issues surrounding the topic. Panel moderated by journalist Lisa Castleman Glazer will include Dr. Sara Barris, Rabbi Barry Freundel, Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld and Pamela Madsen. Wed., Feb. 7 at 7pm. Free, donation suggested. Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.

The Lost Daniel Mendelsohn reads from his literary tour de force, “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million” (HarperCollins Publishers, 2006) on January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4200, www.mjhnyc.org. $5 all tickets, free for members.

New York Review of Science Fiction Horror writer Kit Reed is the guest this month at the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series event, curated and produced by Jim Freund. Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street. 212.748.8568.

Poets on Peck”Modern Metrics” Poetry Group presents Wendy Sloan, a former union democracy and labor-side labor attorney. Hosted by Terese Coe. Sat., Jan. 20 at 4pm. $5. Shooting Star Theatre. South Street Seaport. 40 Peck Slip, Third Floor. 718-852-7773, www.shootingstartheatre.org.

Rediscovering a FaithAn 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. 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.

Tea Cupping Join Joyce Maio at the Kiva Café’s second tea cupping event.  Maio will explain the various characteristics of tea, and give an overview of their processing, health benefits, and cultural customs. $35/person, which includes samples of 8 to 9 teas, and class information. If interested in attending, please RSVP, asap. Space is limited. Kiva Café,139 Reade Street, 212-587-1198.

THEATER

Kill Me Like You Mean ItThe Stolen Chair Theatre Company presents the second installment of its CineTheatre Tetralogy, a timely absurdist film noir for the stage as Ionesco might have imagined it, creating comic chaos out of the possibility that American life might actually be pointless. Fri-Sun at 8pm. Thru Jan. 27. The Red Room, 85 East 4th St. 3rd floor. Adults $15, students/seniors $10. 212-410-2830, www.stolenchair.com.

The Polish Play: A Conflation of MacbethA 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.

TOURS

Fraunces Tavern MuseumSelf-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.

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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