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Volume 20 Issue 5 | June 15 - 21, 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

Body BlendCurated by Isabel Lewis. Featuring artists Sakura Shimada, Leah Cox, Megan Byrne and Gabriella Barnstone. June 19 at 8 pm. Tickets: $12/TDF. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 212-219-0736, www.dixonplace.org.

Gotta GoIn this new work, choreographer Neta Pulvermacher and her five performers hover between the real and imagined, truth and fiction, science and magic. Gotta Go’s sequel “The King, The Man, The Legend” will feature Elvis Presley, or rather, the choreographer’s version of him, as the King of the underworld. June 14-17 at 8 pm. Tickets: $17 ($12 members).Raw Materialis DNA’s ongoing series. Megan Mazarick, Adrienne Westwood / VIA Dance Collaborative, Celia Rowlson-Hall and others will perform on June 21-23 at 8 pm. Tickets: $17 ($12 members) Dance New Amsterdam, 180 Broadway, 2nd Fl. 212-279-4200, http://dnadance.org. For tickets, visit ticketcentral.com.

Jody Oberfelder Dance ProjectsA premiere of two works. In “The Title Comes Last,” the performers travel from a bland workaday world into a land of vibrancy, making sensuous connections along the way. “Heavy Light” addresses life’s tragic/comic dichotomy inspired by Horace Walpole’s quote, “Life is a comedy for those who think, and a tragedy for those who feel.” June 13-17. Tickets: Adults $20, Students / Seniors $12. The Flea, 41 White St., 212-229-0051 ext. 101, www.theflea.org.

EVENTS

Free Fridays at The South Street Seaport MuseumGet a gratis tour of the museum and hear live music from 5 to 9 p.m. the third Friday of every month. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. 212.748.8568, www.southstseaport.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 Fl. 917-305-7766, appointments@llh.org, www.lhh.org.

Manhattan Island MarathonWatch 25 solo swimmers and 13 relay teams as they push off from Battery Park City’s South Cove and follow the traditional 28.5 mile route, counter-clockwise around Manhattan. June 16 at 8:30 am. South Cove, Battery Park City (access: W Thames St.) For more information, call 212-267-9700 or visit www.bpcparks.org.

Parents’ Network Speaker Series Urban Nurture British Super-nannies will discuss No-Nonsense Potty Training. June 19, 10-11:30 am. Free for Battery Park City Neighbors Association members and first timers. Chevys on Vesey St. (upstairs - elevator access from Embassy Suites). For more information, visit www.bpcna.org.

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. June 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. The Pavilions in Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access: Battery Place), 212 267 9700, www.bpcparks.org.

Swedish Midsummer FestivalCelebrate the longest day of the year making and wearing flower wreaths, listening to traditional Swedish folk music, enjoying performances by Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York and more. June 22, 5-8 pm. Free. Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access: Battery Place & West Side Highway), 212 267 9700, www.bpcparks.org.

Target Children’s Day and Fireworkscelebrates its 14th anniversary with Gordon from “Sesame Street” as host, stage performances and/or photo appearances by well-known children’s characters, concerts for preschoolers and a concert by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In addition, Jonas Brothers will perform at 6 pm on June 17 on the Pier 17 main stage. June 16, beginning at noon. Free. South Street Seaport (Fulton St. at South St.) For more information, call 212-SEA-PORT or visit www.childrensdayNYC.com or www.southstreetseaport.com.

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.

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.The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish-American DreamThis exhibition explores the history of Jewish vacationing in America from 1890 to the present, focusing on such legendary destinations as Atlantic City, the Catskills, Florida, Israel, and New York. Through Jan. 1, 2008.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.

International Artists-in-Residence ExhibitionThe second International Residency Program group show of the 2006-2007 season represents a diverse range of artistic approaches and many works in progress. Through Jul 28. Location One, 26 Greene St. (btw. Grand & Canal), 212.334.3347, http://location1.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. 55 Mercer Gallery, 55 Mercer St. 212-226-8513, www.55mercergallery.com.

Mixed SkinThree multi-ethnic artists examine identity questions. In his Hapa Project, Kip Fulbeck, of Cantonese, English, Irish, and Welsh background, photographs half Asian-Pacific American people. Dorothy Imagire, of Japanese and Iranian descent, blends fabrics from different cultures to explore a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Toni Thomas, of African and Native American roots, draws on the history of the Chinatown in the predominantly African-American community in Newark, New Jersey. Through Jul. 13. Artist talk and panel discussion on mixed race issues on June 19th at 7 pm. Asian American Arts Centre, 26 Bowery (two blocks below Canal St.) For more information, call (212) 233-2154 or visit artspiral.org.

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.

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. 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. Through June 30 during regular store hours. Free. Bloomingdale’s SoHo, 504 Broadway (between Spring & Broome), 4th Fl. 212-729-5900, www.charleneweisler.com.
MUSIC

Jacob Burckhardtpresents SYNC TO PIX(?), an hour-long live multimedia improvised combination of projected 16mm film with live mixed sound. The piece explores Burckhardt’s fascination with the temporal and slippery relationship between sound and visuals. June 15, 8:30 pm.Amit Pitaruis a musician/installation artist who uses traditional elements, software and electronics in his work. On June 16 he will perform on audio-visual instruments from the past ten years and will screen videos of work made with fellow artist James Paterson. 8:30 pm. Admission: $15; students $10; members free. Roulette, 20 Greene St. Tickets/RSVP: 212-219-8242. For full schedule, visit www.roulette.org.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert SeriesBob Green & Co. presents traditional music from across the globe - from Bluegrass to Irish, Brazilian to Klezmer, with a dash of classics in between - on an array of string instruments. June 15 at 7 pm. Free. Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St. (between South & Front Sts.) For more information, call 212.748.8568 or visit http://www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

Yuka HondaThe co-founder of band Cibo Matto and a musical mix-master will perform for one night only at the Abrons Art Center. Featuring the debut of a new project with Petra Hayden. June 16 at 8 pm. Tickets: $15. 466 Grand St. (on the lower east side, at Pitt St.) 212-598-0400, henrystreet.org/arts.

Lost Jazz ShrinesTribeca PAC’s annual series about the hottest and hippest jazz venues in the Big Apple remembers Eddie Jefferson. A presentation of the film “Eddie Jefferson in Concert, featuring Richie Cole” will be introduced by Willard Jenkins on June 15 at 7 pm. At 8:30 pm George V. Johnson, Jr. and Giacomo Gates, backed by the Ronnie Mathews Trio, will perform the music of the “Father of Vocalese.” $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.

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.

Joanie MaddenOne of “the most famous flautists in the world” and the leader of the Irish super-group Cherish the Ladies will perform on June 19 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 or visit http://www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

MoshavDescribed as a mix between Phish, Pearl Jam and U2 seasoned with a Middle-Eastern influence, this pop/alternative band will perform with Heedoosh, a mix of hard rock and Brit-pop with Hebrew lyrics and Jewish themes, on June 21 at 8 pm. Tickets: $15 ADV, $18 DOS. The Knitting Factory, Main Spance, 74 Leonard St. For more information, call 212-219-3132 or visit www.knittingfactory.com, www.makor.org.

Brady Rymerreturns to the Concert in the Gazebo series in Tribeca’s Washington Market Park. The award-winning children’s musician will be joined by The Little Band That Could, whose members have played with Duncan Sheik, Joan Osborne and Kate Pierson of the B-52s. June 21 at 6:30 pm. Free. Washington Market Park, Chambers & Greenwich Sts. For more information, visit www.washingtonmarketpark.org.

TALKS & READINGS

Catskills on the Hudsonpresents NPR humorist Scott Blakeman and Freddie Roman, “one of the great Borscht Belt k’nockers from the 1950s and 60s Catskills,” in conversation on June 20 at 7 pm. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, $10 members. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.

THEATER

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. The Flea Theater, 41 White St. (between Broadway & Church), 212-352-3101, www.theflea.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.

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 13-17. Tickets: $18. HERE Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 145 6th Ave. (Spring & Broome), 212-352-3101, www.here.org.

TOURS

Boat TourJoin Friends of Hudson River Park and the Seaport Museum for a bi-coastal waterfront history cruise aboard the riverboat replica, The Star of Palm Beach. Led by Jack Putnam. June 20, 6-8 pm. $20 adults / $5 children / $15 members. Reservations required; call 212.786.0981 x. 201.

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.

Neighborhood WalksMakor, which offers evening and weekend events to New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s, is celebrating its move down to Tribeca by organizing a series of walking tours focused on the neighborhood’s history and culinary offerings. The “SoHo Chocolate Tour” will be led by Francine Segan, a noted food historian and the author of four cookbooks, on June 20, 3-5 pm. Tickets: $25. Meeting Location Given at Registration. For tickets and information, call 212.601.1000 or visit www.92Y.org.

Seaport Historic DistrictJoin a museum educator for an hour-long walk through the historic seaport district. Learn how modern-day architects and designers are struggling to maintain historic legacies dating back to the 19th century while addressing the needs of a rapidly changing neighborhood. June 16 at 1 pm. Free with Museum admission. Meet at the museum’s reception desk at 12 Fulton St.African-American Life in Lower ManhattanThis tour connects the African Burial Ground to other historic sites including stations on the Underground Railroad, the former location of New York’s slave market, the African Free School, and the Colored Sailor’s Home. June 17 at 11 am. $15 adults / $8 children / $5 discount for members. Reservations required; call 212.748.8786. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. (between Fulton & Beekman). For more information, visit http://www.southstreetseaportmuseum.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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