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Volume 19 Issue 50 | April 27 - May 3, 2007

The Listings

Photo by Yasser Aggour

This Weekend in Art The artists and writers participating in this year’s “Workspace,” LMCC’s signature artist residency, will open their studios to the public through the weekend. See listing for details.

CLASSES

Abrons Arts CenterDance, music, theater and visual arts classes and workshops. To register, call 212-598-0400 x. 224. 466 Grand St. www.henrystreet.org/arts.

The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is sponsoring a number of classes for adults beginning May 1 and through October 31. Elements of Nature Drawing takes place in the gardens of Wagner Park. Participants work in color and/or black and white, rendering subjects of their own choice in a variety of media. Instructed by Enid Braun. Figure Al Fresco and Drawing in the Park at the South Cove (access: West Thames St.), and Volleyball After work and Tai Chi at Esplanade Plaza (access: Liberty St.) are also offered. All classes are FREE. For more information, call 212 267 9700 or visit www.bpcparks.org.

DANCE

Delirious Presents LiaisonsFour dancers stretch the boundaries of closeness between strangers, inviting the audience to intimately gaze at the unfolding movement. With Jenni Hong, Kate Johnson, Ben Kamino & Jeffrey Peterson. Choreography by Edisa Weeks. Apr. 26-28, 8 p.m. $12/TDF.7 People – 7 MinutesSeven people perform for seven minutes each. May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Free. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 212-219-0736.

La Mama MovesOver 50 dance companies and soloists take over La Mama through May 13. La MaMa E.T.C., 74a E. 4th St., 212-475-7710. For more information, visit www.lamama.org.

Teahouse PerformancesChoreographer H.T. Chen presents excerpts from “Meditations of a Drunken Peacock,” “Shift” and “Apple Dreams.” May 3-6 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 & $15, $10 students and seniors. Mulberry St. Theater, 70 Mulberry St., 2nd Fl., 212-349-0126/0438, www.htchendance.org.

Wow Mom, WowFaye Driscoll’s new work is described as “post modern dance meets pop musical meets death metal fantasy.” Performed by Lily Baldwin, Toni Melaas, Katy Pyle, Noopur Singha and Marya Wethers. Apr. 27, 28 at 8 p.m. Apr. 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $17 ($12 members.) Ticketcentral.com. Dance New Amsterdam, 180 Broadway, 2nd Fl., 212-279-4200, http://dnadance.org.

EVENTS

Bird Watching with Sarah ElliottIn May, chances are good to observe Prothonotary Warblers, Yellow Shafted Flickers, Cedar Waxwings, Red-tailed Hawks, Rufour-sided Towhees and Northern Parula Warblers in Battery Park City. Novice and experienced birders of all ages are welcome. Binoculars and adult and children’s field guides are available. May 3 at 9:30 a.m. Free. The Pavilions in Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, Battery Park City (entrance: Battery Place & West Side Highway), 212 267 9700, www.bpcparks.org.

Free Hearing screenings at the League for the Hard of HearingEvery Tues. from 12-2 p.m. and every Thurs. from 4-6 p.m. Call or email to schedule an appointment. League for the Hard of Hearing, 50 Broadway, 6th floor, 917-305-7766, appointments@llh.org, www.lhh.org.

Franklin Furnace: The History of the FutureThe internationally celebrated incubator of the avant-garde presents a one night only bash to celebrate 30 years of fostering, preserving and proselytizing visionary art. Co-curated by C. Carr, RoseLee Goldberg and Martha Wilson, the evening will feature performances by Karen Finley, Tom Murrin, Ishmael Houston-Jones and more. Apr. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20.Dinner PartyTarget Margin Theater artistic director David Herskovits’ adaptation of Plato’s Symposium showing on Apr. 27 at 6 p.m. Free. Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400 x. 229, henrystreet.org/arts.

NoHo NY ArtwalkIn its fourth year, this annual event features a retrospective of established and emerging artists’ works showcased in local stores, restaurants and banks. Presented by the NoHo NY BID, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University. Through May 9. Free. For more information, call 212-677-4579 or visit www.nohony.org.

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. of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. 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 & GreetSecond Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9 p.m. 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.

Tribeca Open Artist Studio TourA self-guided tour of approximately 100 artists' studios throughout TriBeCa. Apr. 27, 6-8 p.m. Apr. 28-30, 1-6 p.m. Free. The route extends from just above Canal St. to Murray St. and from Washington St. to Lafayette St.; it includes part of Battery Park City. For general information, call 212-479-7317. To preview artwork and print maps, visit www.TOASTartwalk.com.

EXHIBITS

Annual Student Art ExhibitionArtwork by students who have attended visual arts classes at the Abrons Arts Center or participated in their outreach programs in local public schools and community centers. Through May 20. Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400, henrystreet.org/arts.

Art Award ExhibitionEvery Year, world-renowned artists create works that are presented as awards to winning filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival. Their contributions are honored with this special exhibit. Work by Alex Beard, Chuck Close, Nan Goldin, Stephen Hannock, Deborah Kass, Joseph Kosuth, John Newman, Jessica Ann Peavy, Joel Perlman, Clifford Ross, Kiki Smith, Bruce Weber and Kehinde Wiley. Through May 3, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gallery Vietnam, 345 Greenwich St., 212-431-8889, www.galleryvietnam.com.

Denny CaminoNew paintings and works on paper on view through May 20. Steven Amedee Gallery, 41 N Moore St. (bet. Varick & Hudson), 212-343-1696.

“From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber”This exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates the life’s work of the 95-year-old journalist and activist. Through Oct.Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the HolocaustThis large-scale exhibition, presented in association with Ghetto Fighters' House, Israel, brings to light the stories of men, women, and children who defied the Nazis. Open indefinitely beginning Apr. 16. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students, children 12 and under are admitted free. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.

Sarah Hauser, “99¢ Store Miracles”The artist’s childhood fascination with 5 and 10¢ stores has continued through the years and evolved into her current series of works on paper, on view May 1-31. Reception: May 5, 6-8 p.m. Manhattan Graphics Center, 481 Washington St., bet. Canal and Spring, 212-219-8783.-

Meet the ArtistsA collaborative project with Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo and Paul McCarthy. The four artists were invited by RS&A of London to collaborate on the creation of eight paintings and a set of etchings over a period of one year.Happy SadThe first New York solo exhibition by Ted Mineo features an ambitious new painting entitled “Inside Looking Out.” Both through Apr. 28. Deitch Projects, 76 Grand St., 212-343-7300, www.deitch.com.

MID CAREER: Bing Lee & Bovey LeeTwo mid-career Chinese American artists present work that speaks of every immigrant’s constant negotiation between different languages and cultures. Through May 11. Asian American Arts Center, 26 Bowery, 212.233.2154, www.artspiral.org.

Off the Map: Landscape in the Native ImaginationNative Americans explore the idea of landscape and its multiple meanings in this new group show featuring work by Jeffrey Gibson, Carlos Jacanamijoy, James Lavadour, Erica Lord and Emmi Whitehorse. Through Sept. 3. National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, 212-514-3823, www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.

Open Studio WeekendThe Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s signature “Workspace” artist residency presents artists and writers who will show their work at their studios, a Saturday night screening, and a Sunday night “Open Texts” reading and performance. The weekend begins with an opening party on Apr. 27, 6-10 p.m., and continues with open hours from 1-6 p.m. on the 28 & 29 at both locations. 120 Broadway, 8th Fl. and 200 Hudson St., 4th Fl., 212-219-9401, www.lmcc.net/openstudios.

Martha Rosler, “Virtual Minefield”Exhibition featuring two elements: a burlesque of a minefield — as a reminder of current combat zones and as a metaphor of the world political situation — and a mockup of a two-way speech-to-speech device developed by the Defense Department. Through May 25. Location One, 26 Greene St. (bet. Grand & Canal), 212.334.3347, http://location1.org.

Sohophoto 2007In April, the entire gallery is devoted to the 12th Annual Members’ Juried Show, which coincides with the Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour. Michael Mazzeo, photographer, educator and gallerist, is the juror. Through Apr. 30.Ebru: Reflections of Cultural Diversity in TurkeyNew York and Istanbul-based photographer Attila Durak presents a photographic journey through Turkey’s rich cultural diversity. Also on view: Joan Lebold Cohen’s “Sic Transit Gloria,” photographs of ruins from the Greek and Roman empires that still stand in modern Turkey; “In Glimpses of Istanbul” by Robert Lobe; and Gisa Indenbaum’s “Kula, Turkey.” All opening reception: May 3, 6-8 p.m. Through June 2. Soho Photo, 15 White Street., 212-226-8571, www.sohophoto.com.

State of Mind: Death RowSculptural paintings inspired by a close friend of the artist who was stricken with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Through Apr. 30. Pratt Manhattan, 144 W 14th St., (212) 647-7421.

We Cover the Waterfront: A celebration of seaport artistsGroup exhibition featuring over 30 contemporary visual artists living in New York’s South Street Seaport district. Through Apr. 29. SDCA Exhibition and Performance Space, corner of Front St. at Beekman St. in the South Street Seaport, 212-393-9191, http://seaportdistrict.org.

MUSIC

Avant Jazz – Still MovingAs part of Roulette’s Jazz festival, The Bern Nix Trio will be performing an array of original takes on work with a traditional past. Bern Nix on guitar, Francois Grillot on bass and Jackson Krall on drums. Apr. 27 at 8:00 p.m. For Living Lovers, featuring Brandon Ross (guitar, banjo, vocals) & Dom Richards (bass guitar), will follow the Bern Nix Trio at 9:30 p.m.William Hooker: Wind for MindAnother AJSM event featuring a new work for music and poetry in which the accompaniment happens to be the lead artist himself. With: David Soldier (violin & banjo) and Sabir Mateen (reeds). Apr. 28 at 8 p.m. Followed by The Fay Victor Ensemble at 9:30 p.m. Adults $15, students $10, members free. Roulette, 20 Greene St. Tickets/RSVP: 212-219-8242. For full schedule, visit www.roulette.org.

Concerts at OneHeld on Mondays at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall St.), and Thursdays at St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway at Fulton), the Concerts at One celebrate its 38th season. All hour-long concerts are free, and begin at 1 p.m. Through Apr. 30.An Early Musical Tour of EuropeTrinity Church’s annual choir season offers weekly performances with pieces from the time of Monteverdi through Haydn. Through May. For performers and more information, call 212-602-0747 or visit www.trinitywallstreet.org.

Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniusesintegrates two of Mozart’s string works performed by the Albert String Quartet with Kate Light’s poetry and prose about the two men’s extraordinary lives and creative work. Presented by MTP–Montauk Theatre Productions. Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $15. Reservations required; call 718.852.7773. The Seaport District Cultural Association, Gallery & Performance Space, SW corner of Beekman and Front Sts. (entrance on Front St.), 212-393-9191, www.shootingstartheatre.org.

Jazz at the SeaportFeaturing Flow Trio, with Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone), Joe Morris (bass) and Rashied Bakr (drums). Apr. 27 at 7 p.m. (2 sets). Admission: $10. RSVP: 212-393-9191. The Seaport District Cultural Association, Gallery & Performance Space, SW corner of Beekman and Front Sts. (entrance on Front St.), 212-393-9191, http://seaportdistrict.org.

Knitting Factory Main Space LineupThe post-premiere party of Autism: The Musical, featuring the musical performance of Stephen Stills. Hosted by John Leguizamo and Cyndi Lauper. Apr. 29. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. RSVP: FilmmakerRSVP@tribecafilmfestival.org The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. For more information, call 212-219-3132 or visit www.knittingfactory.com.

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

SCREENINGS

Border Crossingsfeatures works screened in the 2006 Native American Film + Video Festival. “Sueños Binacionales” (Bi-National Dreams), U.S.; and “The Border Crossed U.S.” 2005, U.S. Through April 29. All films screened daily at 1 and 3 p.m. and on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, The Screening Room, 2nd Fl., One Bowling Green, 212-514-3823, www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.

Tribeca Film FestivalFounded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff after the attacks on the World Trade Center to help economically and culturally revitalize Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture. Film screenings, special events, concerts, a family street fair, and “Tribeca Talks” panel discussions will take place throughout Manhattan. Through May 6. For more information, visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org .

TALKS & READINGS

The Blessing of a Skinned KneeAn evening with clinical psychologist, educator, and workshop leader Wendy Mogel, who discusses her book “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children” and creates a new road map for parenting by drawing on the wisdom of the Torah, Talmud, and other important Jewish teachings. May 2 at 7 p.m. $25 adults, $20 students/seniors, $18 members. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.

Book TalkThis monthly event welcomes guest curator Paul Witcover and readers David Wellington and F. Brett Cox on May 1st . NYU Professor Bryan Waterman presents “Republic of Intellect: The Friendly Club of New York City” and the “Making of American Literature” on May 3. Both events at 7 p.m. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. (bet. Fulton & Beekman). For more information, call 212.748.8568.

Candid Shots for the New York SunSlide lecture by Konrad Fiedler, photography editor for The New York Sun. May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Tuesday Evening Hour, 49 Fulton St., Dining Room, 212-385-3650.

ConversationsA series of Sunday afternoon discussions offer New Yorkers an arena in which to meet and learn from some of the world's most profound thinkers as they illuminate today's most important social and political trends. Curated by Democracy Now, The Economist, Harper's, The Nation, the Kircher Society, and others. This week, Lewis Lapham explores the craft of writing in “Great American Letters.” Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. Culture Project, 55 Mercer St. For more information, visit www.cultureproject.org.

Immigrant Soldiers and the Civil WarThis program, co-presented by Federal Hall, will explore the history of ethnic regiments in the U.S. Civil War through historic reenactments and activities. Apr. 29, 1-3 p.m. Free with museum admission. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton and Beekman Sts. For more information call 212-748-8568.

Mideast Update: Focus on WomenThe last of a six-session breakfast/lecture series organized by Pace University’s Adult Resource Center. Led by history professor Dr. Joan Roland. May 1, 10:30 a.m. – noon. Members $50 per term. Non-members $20. Pace University, Multi-purpose room, 1 Pace Plaza. To reserve or become a member, call 212-346-1244.

Open TextsPoetry, fiction, and performance from writers-in-residence at Workspace , the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s artist residence program. Apr. 29, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. 200 Hudson Street, 4th Fl., www.lmcc.net.

Political Life of the Lower East SideUniversity of Wisconsin Professor Tony Michels analyzes the spectrum of ideologies prevalent on the Lower East Side a century ago -anarchism, socialism, capitalism, and traditionalism - with which Eldridge Street congregants came into contact or conflict. Apr. 29 at 11 a.m. Free. Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St., bet. Canal and Division, 212.219.0888 x302, www.eldridgestreet.org.

Suspense in the CityBest-selling novelists take part in the Police Museum’s Detective & Mystery series. Guests include members of the NYPD Bomb Squad. Novelist Stuart Woods will talk about his work on May 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5 for non-members. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip (bet. Water and South), (212) 480-3100, www.nycpolicemuseum.org.

THEATER

Exposed: Experiments in Love, Sex, Death & Art Porn star-turned-performance artist and sex scholar Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens invite you to this new multimedia performance event: a unique love story created in response to the violence of war and the anti-gay marriage movement. Opening night: Apr. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. through May 12. Tickets: $20, $30 and $100. Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church St. at White, 212-254-5277, www.weird.org.

In a Dark Dark HouseA world premiere by Neil LaBute. Two brothers in a psychiatric facility struggle to come to grips with their troubled past. Through June 23. Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher St. For tickets, call 212-279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.com.

LavaThe all-female Brooklyn-based company marks its 7th year this spring with “Tides,” a new show that incorporates video, original live music and song, karaoke-dance, and double trapeze work. Premiering on May 3rd and running through the 27th. Thurs.-Sat. at 7 p.m. Sun. at 5 p.m. Tickets: $30, $20, and $10. The Flea Theater, 41 White St., 212-229-0051 ext. 101, www.theflea.org.

Losing SomethingThe story of a man who drifts inexorably into middle age premieres at 3-Legged Dog and runs through May 6. Tickets: $30. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101. 3LD Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St. (bet. Edgar & Rector), www.3leggeddog.org.

Mud BlossomEmergency Theater Project presents the world premiere of a play about three generations of women living in a rundown farmhouse in the rural South. Playing Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. & Sundays at 7 p.m. with an additional show Sat., Apr. 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18. Walkerspace, 46 Walker St. (bet. Broadway & Church), 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111, www.theatermania.com.

Smoke and MirrorsSet in the break room of an ominously undefined workplace, this play by Joseph Goodrich follows a handful of employees over the course of a seemingly normal work day. Through June 2. Performance schedule varies. Tickets: $20. The Flea Theater, 41 White St., (bet. Broadway & Church), 212-352-3101, www.theflea.org.

TOURS

An Offbeat Walking TourRobert Kaufman leads a tour of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Open Studio Weekend event. Departs from 200 Hudson St. and arrives at 120 Broadway. Apr. 28, 3-4 p.m. Free. Space is limited, RSVP early at www.lmcc.net/openstudios.

East Village Walking ToursEvery Tues. thru Sun. at 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting). $12 per person, $8 for LES residents and guests. Meeting at the Astor Place “cube,” located on a traffic island in the middle of E. 8th St., bet. Lafayette and 4th Ave. For more information, visit http://eastvillagetours.com.

Wall Street Walking TourFree 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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