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.
Explore your CreativityFall art courses for Adults begin Sept. 24. Educational Alliance Art School, 197 E. Broadway (btw Jefferson & Clinton). 212.780.2300, ext. 463, http://www.edalliance.org/artschool
Chase Brock ExperienceNYC premiere of Summer Study and other works. Sept. 21 & 22 at 8pm, Sept. 23 at 3pm & 8pm. $20. Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway (entrance on Chambers). 212-279-4200.
Crossing BoundariesCurated by Marcia Monroe. Dancers include Emily Berry, K.J. Holmes, Valerie Green & Zoe Klein. Sept. 25 at 8pm. $12. Dixon Place, 258 The Bowery. 212-219-0736, www.dixonplace.org.
American Indian Community House Open HouseLearn more about the services offered to the Native Community at this reception that includes food & music. Sept. 28, 5-8pm. Free. American Indian Community House, 11 Broadway, 2nd Fl. 212-598-0100, www.aich.org.
Bird WatchingThe Hudson River, a major migration corridor, makes BPCP a great spot for autumn bird watching. Catch the hawk migration and look for Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Red-tail Hawks, Kestrels, Osprey, and, with luck, Bald Eagles. Led by Sarah Elliot. All ages welcome. Binoculars and field guides available. Sept 27, 9:30-11am. Free. Wagner Park (Battery Pl btw West St & First Pl). 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org.
The Days of Awe, 5768Celebrate the High Holidays with Tribeca Hebrew in a warm and unique environment with a blend of family services with reflective time for adults and creative, fun programming for children. Childcare will also be provided. Featuring: STORAHTELLING with Amichai Lau-Lavie plus musical leader Shira Kline. Yom Kippur Sept. 21 Shabbat Dinnerat 5:30pm, Adult Kol Nidre & Childrens Program at 6:45pm, and Optional Adult Study at 8pm. Sept. 22 10am Family Service, 2pm Study sessions. Tickets required in advace, prices vary. 7 World Trade Center, 40th Fl. 212-608-7120, www.tribecahebrew.org.
downtown?/downsouth!VIM: TriBeCa presents 2 esteemed new-music collectives, Durham, NCs pulsoptional and NYCs Fireworks, in an exciting presentation of new and recent work by these composer/performers and other emerging artists. Sept. 27 at 7pm. $15, $10 students. Gallerie Icosahedron, 27 N Moore St. (btw Hudson & Varick). www.icosahedron.com.
Gone FishingOffice workers join BPCPCs Master Anglers for a lazy lunch hour of catch and release fishing and for fish stories and facts about the ecology of the Hudson River. Sept. 21, 11:30 1:30pm. Free.Wagner Park (Battery Pl btw West St and First Pl). 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org.
Free Fridays at The South Street Seaport MuseumJoin us for an evening of arts and cultural programming. This month, learn about the history of our lightship Ambrose. Before dusk, visit our ship and participate in a self-guided tour of the exhibits. After dark, the program continues at 12 Fulton Street with family-friendly activities that explore life aboard these unique vessels. Sept. 21, 5-9pm. Free. Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St (btw South & Front Sts). 212-748-8568, www.southstseaport.org.
Free Hearing Screenings at the League for the Hard of HearingEvery 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 Fl. 917-305-7766, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lhh.org.
Pathmark Bus TripsWeekly grocery shopping excursion open to all senior citizens every Thurs. Two van pick-up spots, 8:45am on River Terrace across from Pan Latin and at 9am on South End Ave. and Rector Pl. The van leaves Pathmark at 11:00am for the return trip to Battery Park City. For a reservation, contact Ella Reape at 212-945-3255. www.bpcnpa.org.
Pathmark Celebración de la Herencia HispanaFamilies can celebrate and enjoy the music and dance of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Jose Alberto, El Canario brings his irresistible style and voice as part of NYCs largest, most representative celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Other performers include Mariachi Real de Mexico, Colombian Folkloric Ballet of New York Estampas Negras, and Second Generation SBK Mambo Dancers, and more. Sept. 23, noon-5pm. Free. Pier 17 at South St and Fulton. 866-893-1812 or visit www.MiPathmark.com
Tropfest @ Tribecais new free public outdoor short film festival, created to parallel Tropfest in Australia. Filmmakers are challenged to create a short film under 7 minutes that incorporates one specific item. Every year the item changes; this year its SLICE. 16 shorts are featured. Sept. 23. Live, pre-show entertainment starts at 5pm; movies begin at 8pm. World Financial Center Plaza. 212-941-3923, www.tribecafilm.com/tropfest.
Tuesday Evening Houris an artists non-profit slide-show program whose mission is to expose works of the artists to the public. Each Tues, we showcase a working artist. No reservations needed. On Sept. 25, travel enthusiast Helga Smith will give a digital presentation on Western Anatolia (Turkey). 6:30pm. $2 donation. 49 Fulton St. www.tuesdayeveninghour.com.
Artists Living and Creating at St. Margarets House25 paintings and works on paper by seniors, mostly created in fresh arts fine arts workshop at the residence. Sept. 27-Nov. 15. Reception on Sept. 27, 5-7pm. New Horizons Wing St. Margarets House, 49 Fulton St (near Pearl St). www.freshartnyc.org.
Beauty Surrounds Us77 works from the museums collection features an elaborate Quechua girls dance outfit, a Northwest Coast chiefs staff with carved animal figures and crest designs, Seminole turtle shell dance leggings, a conch shell trumpet from pre-Columbian Mexico, a Navajo saddle blanket, and an Inupiak (Eskimo) ivory cribbage board. The exhibition includes two interactive media stations, at which visitors may access in-depth descriptions of each object and, through virtual imaging technology, view and rotate a selection of the objects to examine them more closely. Through Fall 2008. Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific CoastAn exhibition from 11 Native communities of more than 400 objectsincluding ceremonial masks, carvings, clothing, baskets and tools. Sections are assembled by curators from the Coast Salish, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwakwakw, Heiltsuk, Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Nisgaa, Haida, and Tlingit communities. Thru July 20, 2008. Free. Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian. Admission to the museum is free. National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green. 212-514-3700, www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.
Alexander Calder in New Yorkis the artists first-ever multi-work sculpture exhibition in New York Citys public spaces. An engineer by training, Calders 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. Thru Fall 2007. City Hall Park, Lower Manhattan, bordered by Broadway, Chambers St., Centre St. and Park Row. From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth GruberThis exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates the lifes work of the 95-year-old journalist and activist. Thru 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 NY. Thru 2007.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. Thru 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 Pl, 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.
Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic PrizefightersWhen the Irish immigrated to New York, landing at the South Street piers, they brought this pugilistic tradition with them This exhibit traces the history of these fighting Irish, from the 19th century to the present day. Ongoing.There Once Was a Neighborhood: The Lower East Side, 1937-1950Photographs taken by Rebecca Lepkoff capture the lives and times of a vibrant, close-knit and functional multi-ethnic community, and reveal how the LES has both stayed the same and changed forever. Ongoing. $8, $6 seniors/students, $4 children 5-12, under 5s are free. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St (btw Front & South Sts). 212-748-8786, www.southstseaport.org.
Nadia Gould, A RetrospectiveAn exhibition of paintings influenced by calligraphy and Tibetan tankas is sponsored by the NY Downtown Hospital. Works priced between $650-$1800. Until Oct. 12. Free. NYDH Lehman Brothers Emergency Center Lobby, 83 Gold St (at Spruce St). www.downtownhospital.org.
If These Walls Could TalkAs Manhattans oldest surviving building, 54 Pearl Street has witnessed nearly 3 centuries of the citys history. Built as a home by Stephen Delancey,a Huguenot refugee turned successful merchant, in 1719, 54 Pearl Street represented the commercial, multi-cultural nature of early NY. Thru 2008. $4, $3 seniors and children under 18, and free to children under 6. Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. 212-425-1776, www.frauncestavernmuseum.com.
I Suppose I Shall Be Impeached for It
Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Americas Most Beautiful Coin. Examples of early cameos are displayed along with classical numismatic prototypes, and the centerpiece of the exhibit is the progression of the design process for new coinage. Sept. 20 thru March 2008. Federal Reserve Bank of NY, 33 Liberty St. (btw Nassau & William). www.numismatics.org.
Policing a Changed Citychronicles how the NYPD has used new technology, community outreach, and intelligence gathering to fight crime and terrorism since 9-11. Ongoing. $5 suggested donation, $3 seniors, $2 children 6-12. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip (btw South & Water Sts). 212-480-3100, www.nycpolicemuseum.org.
Scenes from the Bible11 contemporary artists speak through the Hebrew Bible about themselves and their ideas concerning religion, culture, sex, psychology, history, and art. Artists include John Bradford, Simon Carr, Lynda Caspe, Marcia Clark, Stan Fein, Ora Lerman, Richard McBee, John Servetas, Jack Silberman, David Wander, and Malcah Zeldis. Curated by Lynda Caspe. Through Oct. 21. Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, 49 White St (btw Broadway & Church). 212.966.7141.
Soho PhotoSolo exhibitions include Eva Marosy-Weides In All Probability, Raphel Senzamicis Moon Works, Robert Dahls Now and Then: Lisbon, and Memories of Robert Borsuk: A Tribute Exhibit. Spotlight exhibitions include Marius Zgirdeas My Nest and The Pain of the Twin Towers, and John Changs World Trade Center in the Clouds. Guest exhibitor is Brian Jones, whose show is entitled Concealed and Revealed. Through Sept.29. Soho Photo, 15 White St (btw 6th Ave & W. Bway). 212-226-8571, www.sohophoto.com.
Stalking with Storiesexplores the idea of time-flaneur through micro-narratives to formulate an unstable cartography of spatial and time collisions. Artists include Zbynek Baladran (Czech Republic); Alejandro Cesarco (Uruguay); Felix Gmelin (Germany); Sanja Ivekovic (Croatia); David Maljkovic (Croatia); Ahmet Ogut (Turkey); Anri Sala (Albania); Katerina Seda (Czech Republic), and Zbynek Baladran (Kolodom). Until Nov. 3. Free. Apexart, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270, www.apexart.org.
Worlds Tallest Building: Burj DubaiConstruction on Burj Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is scheduled for completion in 2008. The spire that stretches above its 160 stories is nearly twice the height of the Empire State Building. The exhibition features architectural models, drawings and computer animations, wind-tunnel models, and construction photographs and videos. Thru Sept. $5, $2.50 seniors/students. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl (btw Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, www.skyscraper.org
BENEFIT for ROULETTEShelley Hirsch, vocalist/performer extraordinaire, pairs up with trombone virtuoso Jim Staley for a night of dynamic improv. Sept. 28 at 8:30pm. $15. 20 Greene St (btw Canal & Grand). 212-219-8242, www.roulette.org.
Live JazzGary Wang on bass and Lee Metcalf on guitar. Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m. VinoVino, 211 West Broadway (btw Franklin & White), 212-925-8510.
SEPTEMBER SUNDAY SERIES: JOJO KUO AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE JAMMaster drummer from Felas Egypt 80 & Manu Dibango leads weekly all-star workshop. Sept. 23 & 30 at 10:30pm. $5. The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St (btw Church & Broadway). 212-219-3132, www.knittingfactory.com.
TALKS & READINGS
Book TalkLarrie D. Ferreiro presents Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1800. Drawing on archival info, Ferreiro places his subject in the contexts of scientific research, naval warfare, and the social history of major ship building nations across the globe. Sept. 26 at 6pm. $5, free for members. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. www.southstseaport.org.
The Best American Crime Reporting 2007brings together the murderers and muscle men, the masterminds, and the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true crime genre. Otto Penzler , series editor, discusses the real-life stories in this one-of-a-kind anthology series. Sept. 25 at 7pm.Kids Story Time with Arts and CraftsHosted by Yvonne Brooks, author storyteller, and artist. Ages 2 to 7.Every Sat. at noon. Free. McNally Robinson Booksellers, 52 Prince St. (btw Lafayette & Mulberry). 212-274-1160, www.mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com.
Lecture on IsraelDr. Alex Safian, Assoc. Director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, will speak on The Israel Lobby and its Critics, focusing on perceived recent efforts by Professors Walt (Harvard) and Mearsheimer (Chicago) and former President Carter to de-legitimize Israel and its American supporters. Sept. 30 at 6pm, followed by an optional dinner at 7. Talk and dinner $30 prepaid, $36 at the door, $15 students; the talk only is $10, $5 students. Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White Street (btw Church & Broadway). RSVP by 9/25: 212-966-7141 or to email@example.com.
Tuesdays at 9This weekly forum, led by Naked Angels Theater Companys creative directors, attracts over 100 people who gather to listen and participate in cold readings of scenes, short plays and fiction, often fresh from the printer. Writers have their new text read aloud by professional actors in a public arena. Free. Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. (at Laight St.). www.nakedangels.com.
AbsintheThe most sultry acro-burlesque variety show in town featuring seductive artists performing amazing feats of balance, strength and danger with unfathomable flexibility. Through Sept. 30. Showtimes vary, call for details. Tickets are $50, $55 and $69.La VieTheatro-batic show filled with aerial acrobatics, wild characters and wicked music. Through Sept. 30. Showtimes vary, call for details. Tickets are $25 and $55. Spiegelworld at the Fulton Fish Market, South St under the Brooklyn Bridge. 212-279-4200, www.spiegelworld.com.
The Young Ladies OfStationed in Vietnam in 1968, Lt. Robert Bower placed an ad asking for female pen-pals . Writer-performer Taylor Mac uses the letters and original songs to bridge the gap between perceptions of past and present. Sept. 27 Oct. 20. $20. HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave (btw Spring & Broome, entrance on Dominick). 212-352-3101, www.here.org.
Confino Living History TourPerfect for kids and families, this living history apartment is based on the Sephardic-Jewish Confino family from Kastoria (once part of the Ottoman Empire, now in Greece). A costumed interpreter dressed as teenage Victoria Confino circa 1916 welcomes visitors as though they were newly arrived immigrants, teaching them how to adapt to America. Visitors can touch any items in the apartment. One hour. Fri. at 1pm & 2pm, Sat. and Sun. at noon, 1, 2 & 3pm.Lower East Side Stories: Walking TourIn collaboration with local residents, the museum has created a 90-minute walking tour that looks at the neighborhoods past and present, focusing on specific sites in both historical and contemporary contexts. Sat. and Sun. 1 and 3pm. $17 adults, $13 students, and $3 seniors. The Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St. 212-431-0233, www.tenement.org.
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.
Garden TourThe fall garden is all about colorthe grasses begin to flower, and the last plants of the season begin to bloom alongside summers roses. Join Battery Parks horticulturist Monika Haberland for a tour of the gardens of Wagner Park including the hot and cool gardens designed by Lynden Miller. Sept. 24 from 12:30-1:30pm. Free. Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park. (access: Battery Pl). www.bpcparks.org.
Harbor History Tour: BrooklynEnjoy a guided tour of the byways and backwaters of NY Harbor aboard a restored 1930 wooden tugboat. View Brooklyns waterfront foundries, factories, warehouses, and ferry racks from a new perspective. Sept. 22, 10am-2pm. $100 non-members, $80 members. Price includes a box lunch, beverage, and refreshments. Departs from Pier 16 (behind the Peking ship). 212-748-8786, www.southstseaport.org.
Public Art Walking ToursThe Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offers a series of 3 theme-based, self-guided audio tours exploring the meaning, reception and context of public art Downtown. Entitled Art and Security, Art and the Body, and Monuments and Memory, the 45-minute tours are narrated by Perry Garvin and William Smith. Simply download the tours to your iPod or other MP3 player and start walking. Free. www.lmcc.net.
South Street Seaport Museum ToursWalking tours of the historic district and the museums vessels on Pier 16. Both tours begin at 12 Fulton St and run simultaneously, lasting 1 hour each, and begin at noon and 2pm. Ship tours are kid-friendly; district tours recommended for ages 12 and up. Sept. 22. www.southstseaport.org.
Walking Tour: Revolutionary New YorkRetrace the footsteps of those who lived during the American Revolution. Stops include Federal Hall, Trinity Church, and Bowling Green. Sept. 23 at 1pm. Reservations req. $15 adults, $8 children. Tour begins at the entrance to City Hall Park, on the corner of Broadway & Park Pl. 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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