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Volume 20 Issue 3 | June 1 -7, 2007

The Listings

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

DANCE

Ben Munisteri Dance Projectspresents the New York premiere of “Terra Nova” - with an animated decor that uses motion capture technology - and two reprises: last season’s “Tuesday, 4 a.m.” and 1999’s “Smash Through to Sunlight,” which Munisteri made collaboratively with Bessie Award-winning lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann. May 31 – June 3rd. Tickets: $25. Dance New Amsterdam, 180 Broadway, 2nd Fl. 212-279-4200, http://dnadance.org. For tickets, visit ticketcentral.com.

Brinkfeatures “I’ve got what you need” by Regina Rocke, an articulation of issues concerning racial and class stereotypes in relation to pop spectacle, and “Again, the Morning of Our Jocund Hunt” by Lise Serrell & Becky Serrell, “another effort to ask space what to do.” June 1 at 8 pm.7 People – 7 MinutesTest out your new ideas: dance, theatre, (sorry, no stand-up) at DP the 1st Wednesday of every month; first 7 people to sign up at 7 p.m. will perform for 7 minutes. Sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. June 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 212-219-0736, www.dixonplace.org.

Ear to the Groundis a semi-annual commissioning series that supports the community of emerging Asian American artists who develop innovative and risk-taking works. This season brings new works by Anita Cheng and Noopur Singha. Reception following Thurs. night’s performance. Discussion following Fri. night’s performance. May 31 – June 2 at 7:30 pm. $14 general admission, $12 students & seniors. Mulberry St. Theater, 70 Mulberry St. (corner of Mulberry & Bayard), 2nd Fl., 212-349-0126/0438.

EVENTS

Annual Health Fair DayOrganized by Southbridge Towers, the event begins at 1 pm with a ceremony honoring Bruce D. Logan, MD, Chief of the Department of Medicine at New York Downtown Hospital. Featuring health-related resources, social services and Medicare Part D information; Glucose, cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure and hearing screenings. June 6, 11 am – 2 pm. Free. 90 Beekman St. For more information, contact Chris Mitsopoulos at 212-732-9363.

Egg Rolls and Egg Creamsis the Eldridge Street Project’s annual block party, which celebrates the Chinese and Eastern European Jewish cultures. Chinese and Jewish musicians, dancers, storytellers and folk artists will present their traditions and art forms on June 3, 12-4 pm. Eldridge Street Synagogue and its Lower East Side block, 12 Eldridge St. between Canal and Division Sts. For more information, call 212.219.0888 x 302.

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, appointments@llh.org, www.lhh.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.

Pathmark Multicultural Arts FestivalThe Festival takes place in three states, with the top stop at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17, and features international performers celebrating traditional cultures in live production. On June 2, AsiaFest brings Asian music, drama, opera, ballet and acrobatics to the stage. On June 3, Latin Dance Spectacular showcases many of New York’s top dance ensembles. Comedian, writer and actor Rich Ramirez and a team of performers take the audience on a musical journey through the history of Latin dance. Pier 17, Fulton & South Sts. 12-5 pm both dates. For more information, call 866-894-1812 or visit Pathmark.com.

Sunset Singing CircleJoin singer Terre Roche 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. June 1, 7-8:30 p.m. The Pavilions in Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access: Battery Place), 212 267 9700, www.bpcparks.org.

Take Me to the RiverThe Church Street School for Music and Art, Lower Manhattan’s only not-for-profit community music and art school, is hosting a silent benefit auction with artist chairs Mike D. of the Beastie Boys and David Rockwell. Up for auction will be a keyboard signed by the Beastie Boys, a lease of a Steinway Piano with lessons from Church Street School, an iPod with a playlist from a surprise celebrity, tickets to “Talk Radio” on Broadway with a backstage tour and more. June 5, 7-10 pm. Tickets start at $125; to purchase, visit www.acteva.com/go/css or call 212-571-7290. Riverhouse Discovery Center, 250 Vesey St. For more information, contact Julia Green at 212-571-7290.

EXHIBITS

Tom Ackerman, “Central Park Night”This selection of images shot in Central Park is part of a larger series of nighttime landscapes, some of them shot in New York City, Wyoming, Hawaii, Georgia and Provincetown, Mass. Through June 28. Steven Amedee Gallery, 41 N Moore St. (Varick & Hudson.) 212-343-1696.

Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imaginationis an exhibit of art that speaks to the ongoing problem of waste and the destruction it causes to our environment. Over 40 emerging and established artists come together to show their environmental concerns in a creative manner. Through June 24. Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, 49 White St. 212-966-7141, www.synagogueforthearts.org.

Bingyi, “Dawns Here Are Quiet”The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York takes its name from Russian director Stanislav Rostotski’s film about a small detachment of female soldiers in the Soviet army. As an adolescent growing up in China during WWII, the film left a deep impression on Bingyi and now informs her paintings. Through June 28. Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 18 Jay St. (between Hudson & Greenwich Sts.), 212-625-1250, www.ecfa.com.

Alexander Calder in New Yorkis the artist’s first-ever multi-work sculpture exhibition in New York City’s public spaces. An engineer by training, Calder’s works speak of his ability to work with industrial materials and also “demonstrate his joyful imagination, his sense of harmony and balance, and his lifelong interest in color, abstraction, scale and anthropomorphism.” Through Fall 2007. City Hall Park, Lower Manhattan, bordered by Broadway, Chambers St., Centre St. and Park Row.Beth Campbell, “Potential Store Fronts”The Public Art Fund program “In the Public Realm” presents an installation that is almost an everyday storefront, except for the fact that it repeats itself over and over again, as it recedes back into space. In the artist’s words, “The repetition of the storefront sabotages its inherent function, since it contains only images of itself. No access will be gained, only infinite potential.” Through June 24. Free. 125 Maiden Lane between Pearl and Water Sts. For more information, contact the Public Art Fund at 212.980.4575 or www.publicartfund.org.

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, www.deitch.com.

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 www.artingeneral.org.

Design Made in Africapresents a selection of 30 designers from 14 African countries. Both utilitarian and decorative objects are on view. Co-presented with the Museum for African Art, New York. Through June 24. World Financial Center, Courtyard Gallery, 220 Vesey St. For information, call 212-945-0505 or visit www.worldfinancialcenter.com.

Dream House: Seven+Eight Years of Sound and Lightis a collaborative sound and light environment by composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela. In the light environment Marian Zazeela presents two environmental and two sculptural works. In the concurrent sound environment, La Monte Young presents a periodic composite sound waveform environment. Through June 16. Contribution: $4. Mela Foundation, 275 Church St., 3rd Fl. (Between Franklin and White Sts.) 212-925-8270, http://melafoundation.org.

From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth GruberThis 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. Through July 2008. $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.

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, www.drawingcenter.org.

Stephen March, “Tribes and Other Recent Works”Featuring mixed media works from the “Tribes” series and individual paintings connected to other continuing series. Through June 16. Artist reception: June 2, 6-8 pm. 55 Mercer Gallery, 55 Mercer St. 212-226-8513, www.55mercergallery.com.

The Museum of Crime and the Museum of GodOrganized by writer Luc Sante, this exhibition is comprised of nearly one hundred artifacts from Sante’s own collection of holy pictures, photographs, death letters, leaflets, posters, dime novels, relics, banners, and ephemera. Through June 23. apexart, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270, www.apexart.org.

Margaret Neill, “Circuit”Abstract paintings that stand as analogies for the visceral and optical sensations experienced in the natural world. Through June 16. Cheryl Pelavin, 13 Jay St. 212-925-9424, www.cherylpelavin.com.

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.

William Stone, “Let’s Subtle Down Together”This exhibition features new sculptures, including altered and fabricated readymades, and works that address the core of functionality, exhibition and design. In the artist’s words, “let us glide over the shallows, meet somewhere in the equidistance, and find depth where there is none.” Through June 2. James Fuentes LLC, 35 St. James Place, 212-577-1201, www.jamesfuentes.com.

Robert A. Virga, “Images: Without Time”In this selection of black and white photographs, the artist aims to capture images that exist outside the constraints of time and place. Also on view: Ellen Schaefer’s “Easter Island – Its Moais and Its Volcanoes,” Richard Shevlin’s “On the Road: From Mumbai to Madurai” and more. Opening: June 5, 6-8 pm. Through June 30. Soho Photo, 15 White St. 212-226-8571, www.sohophoto.com.

Charlene WeislerBloomingdale’s SoHo continues its support of local artists with its new exhibition featuring the work of the NYC photographer. Weisler’s images chronicle the ever-changing urban landscape of the city’s street art. June 1-30 during regular store hours. Free. Bloomingdale’s SoHo, 504 Broadway (between Spring & Broome), 4th Fl. 212-729-5900, www.charleneweisler.com.

MUSIC

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. On June 4, Diliana Momtchilova, violoncello, and Vassily Primakov, piano, will perform works by Popper, Schubert, Debussy, Faure and Paganini at St. Paul’s Chapel. On June 7, Dorrit Matson, Music Director & Conductor, leads The New York Scandia Symphony in its final New York concert of the 2006-07 season at Trinity Church. The program will include Icelandic and Finnish Folk dances as arranged by Frank Foerster; Hugo Alfvéns The Prodigal Son; Jean Sibeliuss Swanwhite Suite; Christian Sindings Suite in Old Style featuring violinist Elizabeth Miller; and Leifur Thorarinssons Haustspil. All hour-long concerts are free and begin at 1 p.m. Suggested contribution: $2. Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St. For more information, call 212-602-0747 or visit www.trinitywallstreet.org.

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.

Lost Jazz ShrinesTribeca PAC’s annual series about the hottest and hippest jazz venues in the Big Apple celebrates Tin Palace, which opened in the fall of 1970 at Bowery and Second Street, with three different concerts.The Brazilian Side of the Tin PalaceA film retrospective exploring Brazilian jazz music, moderated and narrated by Michael Chertok. June 1 at 7 pm.Jazz ConcertLuciana Souza and The New Bossa will perform Brazilian music reminiscent of the Tin Palace’s glory days in the 1970’s. June 1 at 8:30 pm. $25 General Admission / $15 Students & Seniors. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street. For tickets or more information, call 212-220-1460 or visit www.TribecaPAC.org.

The New York Electronic Arts Festivalis centered on the cutting edge work being done at the intersection of art and technology and features an interactive exhibition of video synthesizers and solo and duo concerts. June 4-9. (Evening performance on June 6.) Admission $15/Students $10. Roulette, 20 Greene St. Tickets/RSVP: 212-219-8242. For full schedule, visit www.roulette.org.

New York PacketThe nation’s “premier sea music group” sings the songs that made tall ships sail on time. June 5 at 6 pm. $5 adults/$2 children. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. (between Fulton & Beekman). For more information, call 212.748.8568.

ZeitgeistA multi-media work of live solo percussion, stereo video displays and electronic music by P.J. Merola. May 29 - June 3 at 8 pm. Free. The Access Theater, 380 Broadway, 4th Fl. Reservations at www.zeitgeistnyc.com.

TALKS & READINGS

Suspense in the CityBest-selling novelists take part in the Police Museum’s Detective & Mystery series. Guests include members of the NYPD Bomb Squad. Jeffrey Deaver, a former lawyer, will discuss his latest novel, The Sleeping Doll, on June 5 at 12:30 pm. The author’s knowledge and experience with the criminal justice system is reflected in his fictional suspense novels. Tickets: $5 for non-members. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip (bet. Water and South), (212) 480-3100, www.nycpolicemuseum.org.

THEATER

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.

I.E., In Other WordsMark Greenfield’s “Boy Meets Girl/Horatio Alger tale-gone-wild” is the story of a young man and his big, vague dreams. Through June 16. Tickets: $25.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 workday. Through June 2. Performance schedule varies. Tickets: $20. The Flea Theater, 41 White St. (between Broadway & Church), 212-352-3101, www.theflea.org.

Lost ArroyosTold through contemporary modern dance, parallel narratives, videography, poetry and dialogue, the play follows several characters as they explore separate worlds of cultural struggles, race boundaries and blurred identities. June 7-9, 13-17. Tickets: $18. HERE Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 145 6th Ave. (Spring & Broome), 212-352-3101, www.here.org.

Manhattan Youth PlayersLower Manhattan’s teen theater troupe perform four original one-act plays in the Italian Renaissance style of Commedia dell’arte a 500-year-old theater form. The cast is comprised by 31 students from I.S. 89. June 7 & 8 at 7 pm. P.S./I.S. 89 Auditorium, 201 Warren Street. For more information, visit www.manhattanyouth.org.

Urban Youth Theaterpresents Jose Rivera’s Obie Award-winning urban fantasy “Marisol.” Directed by Steve Sapp. June 7-10. $10 adults/$5 students. Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400 x. 229, henrystreet.org/arts.

TOURS

The East Village – Culture and Counter-CultureFeaturing Stuyvesant’s 17th century bouwerie seasoned with Irish, German, Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish diversity along with beats, hippies and hard rock. June 3 at 1 pm. $15/$12. Meet at St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Church, 10th St. & 2nd Ave. For more information, contact Joyce Gold History Tours of New York at 212-24205762 or www.joycegoldhistorytours.com.

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 http://eastvillagetours.com.

Revolutionary New YorkA walking tour that will retrace the footsteps of those who lived during the American Revolution. June 2 at 11 am. $15 adults /$8 children /$5 discount for members. Reservations recommended; call 212.748.8786. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. 212.748.8568, www.southstseaport.org.

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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