Volume 19 Issue 53 | May 18 -24, 2007

The Listings

Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy of the artist and Deitch Projects.

Back to the 70sDeitch Projects’ retrospective of Italian artist Francesco Clemente features works created in Rome, Delhi, Madras and Srinigar between 1971 and 1979. Above: “Untitled,” 1978, Rome.

Blurring BoundariesThis new concert series of experimental and avant-garde musician/composers, curated by the now defunct club, Tonic, launches with composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner John Zorn on May 4 & 5 at the Abrons Art Center.


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

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


In the Company of Men (ICOM)With performances created and executed by men, ICOM represents the full range of male choreographic voices and styles present in the field of contemporary dance today. This performance series was launched in 1994, in part as a response to the decimation of the dance community by HIV/AIDS. May 4-6 &10-13. Tickets: $25 ($18 members). Dance New Amsterdam, 180 Broadway, 2nd Fl., 212-279-4200, For tickets, visit

La Mama MovesOver 50 dance companies and soloists take over La Mama through May 13.Mary Seidman and DancersThe modern dance company’s “Who Will Roll Away the Stone?” will be performed on May 5 & 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 ($10 students/seniors with ID). La MaMa E.T.C., 74a E. 4th St., 212-475-7710. For more information, visit

Right Now: A Durfee & Dancers present the company’s first full-length concert with guest choreographers Jeffrey Freeze and Becky Radway. All 3 choreographers will present new works. May 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Reserve by calling Nicole Durfee at 917-412-7556 or e-mailing Arts @ University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St. (corner of Rivington).

Teahouse PerformancesChoreographer H.T. Chen presents excerpts from “Meditations of a Drunken Peacock,” “Shift” and “Apple Dreams.” May 4-6 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 & $15, $10 students and seniors. Mulberry St. Theater, 70 Mulberry St., 2nd Fl., 212-349-0126/0438,


The 22nd annual Great Saunteris a 10-hour walk around NYC's 32-mile shoreline. Participants walk through 20 parks and dozens of ethnic neighborhoods, pay homage at Ground Zero and trek through the little-known hills and forests of northern Manhattan. May 5 starting at 7:30 a.m. Meeting point: Fulton St. near South Street Seaport. For details, visit or call 212 330 7686.

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 Fl., 917-305-7766,,

NoHo NY ArtwalkIn its fourth year, the 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

Sunset Singing CircleJoin singers/guitarists Terre Roche and Marian Wilson as the sun sets over the Hudson River for an evening of folk songs, rounds, and chants. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. May 4, 7-8:30 p.m. The Pavilions in Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access: Battery Place), 212 267 9700,

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. For more information, call 212-220-1459 or visit


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,

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

Francesco ClementeCreated in Rome, Delhi, Madras and Srinigar between 1971 and 1979, the approximately one hundred works in this exhibition document the development of the artist’s artistic vision. The works reflect the cultural and political context of Rome in the 1970s as well as Clemente’s artistic, literary and musical influences. Through June 2. Deitch Projects, 76 Grand St., 212-343-7300,

Melanie Crean, “The Luminists”The one work in this exhibition is based on conversations that Crean had with three artists who have lost their sight but continue to make artwork: Alice Wingwall, a photographer; Carol Saylor, a painter turned sculptor; and Tara Inmon, a painter turned writer. Through June 30. Art in General, 79 Walker St., 212-219-0473. For a full exhibition schedule, visit

Don't Get It Twisted! Violence affects everyoneis curated and presented by high school students from neighborhoods in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens who are enrolled in ABACA's Curatorial Studies class held at Satellite Academy. This year's exhibition seeks to discuss and demonstrate different aspects of violence, as well as personal and emotional experiences with violence, through works of art. Through May 12. apexart, 291 Church St., 212-431-5270,

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.” Through June 2. Soho Photo, 15 White Street., 212-226-8571,

“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,

Gego, “Between Transparency and the Invisible”This exhibition traces the Venezuelan artist’s interest in “mak[ing] visible the invisible” from a rarely seen series of monotypes of the early 1950s to her delicate drawings without paper and tejeduras (woven paper pieces) of the late 1970s-1980s. Curated by Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.William Anastasi, “Raw”For this exhibition, the artist will recreate seminal site-specific works dating from the mid-1960s. Anastasi's interest and pioneering efforts in site-specific projects, as well as in the medium of drawing is evident in this selection of early works. Both through Jul. 21. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166,

Sarah Hauser, 99¢ Store MiraclesThe 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 through May 31. Reception: May 5, 6-8 p.m. Manhattan Graphics Center, 481 Washington St., between Canal and Spring, 212-219-8783.

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,

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,

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 (Main gallery).Jeanette Doyle, “StarLine Tours”Created by this year's Artist-in-Residence from Ireland, this installation features a video shot on a commercial celebrity-home tour through Hollywood: digital prints, watercolors, audio, video (Project gallery). Both through May 25. Location One, 26 Greene St. (between Grand & Canal), 212.334.3347,


Avant Jazz – Still MovingAs part of this experimental music festival, Sihr Halal features the premiere of six compositions by the Pulse Jazz Composers. May 5 at 8:30 p.m.The Bill Horvitz Expanded BandThe 20-member instrumental ensemble will perform in Tribute to Horvitz’s brother Philip, who passed away two years ago at the age of 44. Special Guest: poet and playwright Brian Thorstensen. May 6 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 students/seniors $10. Roulette, 20 Greene St. Tickets/RSVP: 212-219-8242. For full schedule, visit

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 May.An Early Musical Tour of EuropeTrinity Church’s annual choir season offers weekly performances with pieces from the time of Monteverdi through Haydn. The Trinity Choir and Rebel Baroque Orchestra will perform Petit Motets by early French Baroque composers Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marc-Antoine Charpentier and by late French Baroque masters André Campra and François Couperin on May 8, 6-8 p.m. Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St. For more information, call 212-602-0747 or visit

Knitting Factory Main Space LineupToo Much Joy will have its first show in ten years on May 4th. Three Floors of Ska, featuring the Toasters, will take over the main stage on May 5. The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. For more information, call 212-219-3132 or visit

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

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazzpresents the acclaimed jazz singer Keely Smith with musicians Earl Gardner on trumpet, Jerry Vivino on saxophones, Chip Jackson on bass and Joe Cocuzzo on drums, among others. Musical Direction by Dennis Michaels. May 10 at 8 p.m. $30 General Admission / $27.50 Students. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St. For tickets or more information, call 212-220-1460 or visit

John ZornThe composer, arranger & saxophonist will perform a mini-festival highlighting music from his “Book of Angels” series on May 4th & 5th at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400 x. 229,


Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the HolocaustFollowing the lives of three Jewish women during the war years, this documentary chronicles their resilience and ingenuity. Filmmaker Martha Lubell and Shulamit Lack, who is featured in the film, will discuss the film after the screening. May 9 at 7 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 members. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4202,

The Tribeca Film Festivalwas founded 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. This year, 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 .


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. This week, The Economist presents "Are Hedge Funds Evil?." Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief for The Economist, discusses the power and dangers of hedge funds with two renowned experts. May 6 at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. Culture Project, 55 Mercer St. For more information, visit

EasterSlide lecture on “the world’s most remote & mysterious island” by writing editor and traveler Alfred Lees. May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Tuesday Evening Hour, 49 Fulton St., Dining Room, 212-385-3650.

The Poetics of WalkingPanelists Brenda Coultas, Lytle Shaw, Jonathan Skinner and Stephen Vincent address the poetry that emerges from the act of walking, with insights from amblers such as Whitman, Baudelaire, O’Hara and more. (See “Tours” for information on the Weekend Poetry Walk). May 4 at 7 p.m.Transparency and the InvisibleA reading in response to the work of Venezuelan artist Gego, whose modern masterpieces sought to “make visible the invisible.” Prior to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at Poets House, audience members can attend a free guided tour of the Gego exhibit at 6 p.m. at The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St. Tickets for the reading: $7 (free to Poets House and Drawing Center members). Poets House, 72 Spring St., 2nd Fl. reading room, 212-431-7920,

Science of Food SeriesExperts in food science, biochemistry, and nutrition discuss the science of wine, cheese, taste, and more—and share what they have learned about the complex interactions involved in every mouthful. “The Science of Cheese” with Paul Kindstedt, expert from the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont, is next and last in this five-part series. Reception with cheese tasting to follow. Tickets: $25 ($10 members). RSVP required. May 10 at 6 p.m.Mixed GreensThe Skyscraper Museum & the New York Academy of Sciences present an international survey of state-of-the-art sustainable skyscraper design. On May 8, Roger Frechette, director of MEP Engineering at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, will discuss Guangzhou’s Zero-Energy Tower, which promises to become the world’s tallest energy-efficient skyscraper upon completion. 6:30 p.m. Adults $15, students & seniors $5, members free. The New York Academy of Sciences headquarters, 7 World Trade Center, 40th Fl., 212-298-8650,

Seaport Book ClubA monthly meeting that focuses on a book related to the Port of New York or the Maritime Atlantic. Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time in order to fully participate in the discussion This month’s book is “The Island at the Center of the World” by Russell Shorto. May 10 at 6 p.m. Free. Reservations suggested. Call 212-748-8568 or email South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. (between Fulton & Beekman). For more information, call 212.748.8568.


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. Thurs.-Sat. through May 12. Tickets: $20, $30 and $100. Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church St. at White, 212-254-5277,

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

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. Through May 27th. Thurs.-Sat. at 7 p.m. Sun. at 5 p.m. Tickets: $30, $20, and $10.Music with a ViewA music performance series devoted to the discovery of new, fresh sound created and performed by contemporary musicians. Each event will feature the works of 2-3 emerging and/or mid-career composers and each performance will be followed by an open discussion between the artists and the audience. May 7 at 7 p.m. Free. The Flea Theater, 41 White St., 212-229-0051 ext. 101,

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

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., (between Broadway & Church), 212-352-3101,


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., between Lafayette and 4th Ave. For more information, visit

Weekend Poetry WalkThe Poetics of Walking Panelists (see Talks & Readings) lead writers and artists on an urban poetry stroll through lower Manhattan. Bring writing and/or drawing materials. May 5 at 11 a.m. Tickets: $25 (pre-registration required). Poets House, 72 Spring St. (between Broadway and Lafayette), 212-431-7920,

Public Art TourArt historian Dorothea Basile, a graduate of NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, leads a "walking conversation" of Teardrop Park, BPC's newest green space by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburg and artist Ann Hamilton. May 9 at 11 a.m. Free. Teardrop Park (access: Murray St.) Organized by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. For more information, call 212 267 9700 or visit

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,

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