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Volume 20 Issue 22 | October 12 - 18 2007

The Listings

TADA! Youth Theater

Culture Fest NYCA weekend-long festival of art, music, dance, history, culture, crafts and children’s activities. Oct. 13 and 14, 11-5:30pm. Free. Battery Park. Above: TADA! Youth Theater event at Culture Fest 2006

CLASSES

Fix Your Bike WorkshopOpen shop—use your tools and stands to work on your bike. Experienced mechanics will be present to answer questions. Thurs, 6:30pm. Free. Time’s Up! Space, 49 E. Houston St. (btw Mott and Mulberry) Downstairs. 212-802-8222, www.times-up.org.

The Whole of Jewish History/Philosophy in an Hour2 part series with renowned lecturer David Solomon. Oct. 16 & 18 at 7:30pm. $40 single session, $75/series. Tribeca Hebrew, 67 Hudson/1 Jay St. Pre-registration req. 212-608-7120, amy@tribecahebrew.org

DANCE

“Splice”a shared evening of performance, presenting Alexandra Beller/Dances and Adele Meyers and Dancers—2 creative voices using physical prowess with societal pretexts. Oct. 18-20 at 8pm, Oct. 21 at 3pm. $20 ($15 members, $17 students). Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway (Enter on Chambers Street). 212-625-8369, www.dnadance.org.

Koresh Dance Companyan afternoon of excerpts from “Looking Back: The Music of the ‘40s & ‘50s” set to the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. It will be reprised in the evening along with “Standing in Tears” with music from Arabian musician Khaled to Argentinian Astor Piazzola. Choreographed by Ronen Koresh. Oct. 17 at 12:30pm & 7:00pm. Free. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St. 212-945-0505, www.worldfinancialcenter.com.

Jeanette Stoner & DancersPremiers “Asunder,” “Back Closet” and “Wheel 2.” Choreographed by Jeanette Stoner. Dancers include Cristina Aguirre, Todd Allen, Chase Booth, Peter Davis, Sera Kim Huenergard, Amos Pinhasi, Julia Sabangan, and Jeanette Stoner. Thru Oct. 14 at 8pm. $15. Stoner Loft, 83 Leonard St. 5th Fl. (btw Broadway & Church). 212-226-1576.

EVENTS

Art Auction21 internationally renowned artists have made their impression for the Virgin Mobile USA’s gallery of artwork. Works, which represent the artists’ interpretations of what it’s like to be alone and on the fringe, hope to represent youth across the country. The art auction will benefit The RE*Generation, a pro-social initiative to raise awareness of the plight of at-risk and homeless youth. The art is available for viewing and bidding online until Nov. 7 at www.regenerationgallery.com.

Circle Cruise DowntownRide aboard the Zephyr. Visit www.circlelinedowntown.com for a free child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Sat. & Sun. or 50% off the purchase of an adult ticket Fri. & Mon.866-9CLINE1.

CultureFest NYC 2007A weekend-long festival of art, music, dance, history, culture, crafts and children’s activities. 125 of NY’s finest arts and cultural organizations preview their programs for the upcoming year. Participants include Chelsea Art Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, Jennifer Muller/The Works, The Joyce Theater, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New Tang Dynasty TV, Rubin Museum of Art, TADA! Youth Theater and Yeshiva University Museum. Oct. 13 and 14, 11-5:30pm. Free. Battery Park. www.nycvisit.com/culturefest.

Free Friday: Art Visit the South Street Seaport and learn about the relationship betweenAfloat maritime culture and art. View scrimshaw carved by 19th century mariners, paintings by great ship portrait artists, and ship recreations painfully crafted by professional and amateur model-makers. Oct. 19, 5-9pm. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St (btw South & Front Sts). 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, appointments@llh.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.

The Promotion Projectapexart invites submissions of a 30-second commercial. The winning spot will be aired on NY stations and the winner will receive $1,500. All submissions will be shown at apexart from Jan. 9 - Feb. 16. For more info, email info@apexart.org with subject line “Promotion Project”

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. If you are interest in giving a show, call the director at 212-385-3650. On Oct 16, Pat Ritter, photographer and president of the Camera Club of Manhattan, presents a slideshow on the Pyranees Mountains of Andorra, France and Spain. 6:30pm. $2 donation. 49 Fulton St. www.tuesdayeveninghour.com.

Why Downtown Mattersis a networking event for the local business community, including area museums, law firms, and the stock exchange, held on Tues., Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. at Federal Hall, 26 Wall St. near Nassau St. Hosted by NY TAB, Wall Street Rising, and LOMA.

EXHIBITS

25 Years of Pelavin EditionsDozens of printmakers have work on display in this anniversary exhibition. Until Oct. 27. Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, 13 Jay St. 212-925-9424, www.cherylpelavin.com.

Artists Living and Creating at St. Margaret’s House25 paintings and works on paper by seniors, mostly created in fresh art’s fine arts workshop at the residence. Thru Nov. 15. New Horizons Wing St. Margaret’s House, 49 Fulton St (near Pearl St). www.freshartnyc.org.
Charles Baum, “visiting Atlantic City”Photos that attempt to uncover the identity of a place full of contradictions, rife with high and low rollers, in a constant state of flux.Kids with Cameras: The Calcutta and Haiti ProjectsKWC is a nonprofit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. The Calcutta project features 20 color images taken by children of prostitutes, who were the subject of Zana Briski’s documentary “Born into Brothels.” In Haiti, 12 children of domestic workers documented their lives. Pierre-Yves Linot, “4stones in New York”For each shot, Linot asked the people he met to freely arrange 4 stones, so that each picture is always the same, but never quite the same. www.4stones.fr.R. Wayne Parsons, “Mollusc as Mirror”Photographs and text that examine competing hierarchies. Paul Stetzer, “Canyon Panoramas”Photos of the 4 Corners area of the southwestern US, a magical landscape that Stetzer captures as vertical panoramas. All shows run until Nov. 3. Soho Photo, 15 White St (btw 6th Ave & W. Bway). 212-226-8571, www.sohophoto.com.

Beauty Surrounds Us77 works from the museum’s collection features an elaborate Quechua girl’s dance outfit, a Northwest Coast chief’s 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 2 interactive media stations, at which visitors may access in-depth descriptions of each object. Thru 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 objects—including ceremonial masks, carvings, clothing, baskets and tools. Sections are assembled by curators from the Coast Salish, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwak’wakw, Heiltsuk, Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Nisga’a, Haida, and Tlingit communities. Ongoing. Free. Smithsonian Institution’s 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.

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. 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 New York. 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 Place, 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. Curated by James Houlihan. 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. These images uncover a forgotten time and place and reveal how the LES has both stayed the same and changed forever. Ongoing. $8 general admission, $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.

James Gilroy, “Paintings”A new series of oils on canvas and vellum examine the nature of carnality. Thru Oct. 20. Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, 64 Grand St. (btw Wooster & W. Broadway). www.dactyl.org.

If These Walls Could TalkAs Manhattan’s oldest surviving building, 54 Pearl Street has witnessed nearly 3 centuries of the city’s history. Ongoing. $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 America’s 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. Thru March 2008. Federal Reserve Bank of NY, 33 Liberty St. (btw Nassau & William). www.numismatics.org.

Pamela Lawton, “Window Collections III”This site-specific mural painting exhibition by a former artist-in-residence at the World Trade Center focuses on modern architecture. Ongoing. Atrium lobby, 180 Maiden Lane. www.pamelalawton.com.

Jennifer Scott McLaughlinBotanically inspired, intricate compositions composed with oil paint, aluminum leaf, pastel and graphite. Thru Oct. 31. Multiple Impressions, 41 Wooster St. 212-925-1313, www.mulitpleimpressions.com.

New York ModernThis futuristic exhibition analyzes the predictions of the early 20th century in the work of leading architects and planners such as Hugh Ferriss, Raymond Hood, Harvey Wiley Corbett, and the Regional Plan Association, as well as science fiction imagery and futuristic films. Thru March 2008.World’s Tallest Building: Burj DubaiConstruction on Burj Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is scheduled for completion in 2008. The exhibition features architectural models, drawings and computer animations, wind-tunnel models, and construction photographs and videos. Thru Oct. 14. $5 general, $2.50 seniors/students. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl (btw Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, www.skyscraper.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. Until Oct. 21. Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, 49 White St (btw Broadway & Church). 212.966.7141.

Ushio Shinohara, “Revenge of the Poison Frog: work in progress”Recent large paintings and drawings as well as sculptures. The gallery will also become Shinohara’s studio as the artist creates a large painting on the wall during the duration of the exhibition. Until Nov. 11. Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 18 Jay Street (btw Hudson & Greenwich). 212-625-1250, www.ecfa.com.

Stalking with StoriesThe show expands on 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.

Visual Griots of Mali: An Exhibition of Photography by African Youth48 black and white photos portraying the quotidian delights and duties of village life. Shot by Malian youth, ages 10 to 16. By documenting their lives, these children have created a body of work that demystifies their communities and engages our creative desires to understand the human experience. Thru Nov. 25. Free. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St. 212-945-0505, www.worldfinancialcenter.com.

MUSIC

Concerts@OnePeter Ostroushko, mandolin & fiddle, with Danny Gotham, guitar. Oct. 18, 1-2pm. $2 suggested donation. St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway at Fulton St). 212-602-0747. Concerts available for live viewing at www.trinitywallstreet.org.

VLADIMIR FELTSMANVirtuoso pianist plays music from Poland and Russia to inaugerate the museum’s 10th anniversary. Concert to be followed by an on-stage conversation with Mr. Feltsman and Elliott Forrest of WQXR. Oct. 17 at 7pm. $35, $25 students/seniors. $15 members. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl. 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org.

La Scala PhilharmonicThe renowned Italian orchestra concludes its North American tour with an afternoon concert of works by Italian composers, including Rossini’s “Guglielmo Tell Overture,” Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani Sinfonia,” Puccini’s “Manon Lescault,” and Respighi’s “Pini di Roma.” Oct. 14 at noon. Free. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St. 212-945-0505, www.worldfinancialcenter.com.

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

Phill NiblockWrites noble, hypnotic, majestic music constituted of sustained sounds for large instrumental ensembles. Oct. 18-20 at 8:30pm. $15, $10 students, seniors. Roulette, 20 Greene St (btw Canal & Grand). 212-219-8242, www.roulette.org.

The Passenger Pigeons CD Release PartyHosted by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum. featuringDaouets, Dead Rabbit, Passenger Pigeons, and Alias Pail. Oct. 14 at 8pm. $4. Knitting Factory Old Office, 74 Leonard St. www.knittingfactory.com.

TALKS & READINGS

Book Review ClubSponsored by the Pace University Adult Resource Center, the club is reading and discussing best-sellers. Newcomers welcome. For Nov. 5, the book is “Fugue Plan: A WWII Thriller” by Dr. Martin Tokayer. 11am-noon. Free. Pace Univ. Bookstore/Barnes & Noble, 41 Park Row (Corner of Spruce St). 212-346-1244, www.pace.edu/adult.

Lunch & Learn LecturesA 5-session series with Pace Univ. professors. Accompanied by a light lunch. On Oct. 16 the topic is the Social Significance of Political Torture, with Prof. Roger Solerno, of the Dept. of Criminal Justice and Sociology. Other remaining sessions are Oct. 30, and Nov. 13 and 27 (Tues.) from11am-12:30pm. Members: $50 per term, guests: $20 per session. Pace Univ., 1 Pace Plaza, Multi-Purpose Room, Level B. Register 5 days in advance at 212-346-1244.

Elise Siegel, “Ceramic Sculpture”a slide talk on her sculpture including a discussion of her work and working methods. Participants are invited to bring in images of their artwork or actual sculpture for an informal dialogue. Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30pm. Free but reservations req. Educational Alliance, 197 E Broadway. 212-780-2300, ext. 378, www.edalliance.org.

Tuesdays at 9This weekly forum, led by Naked Angels Theater Company’s creative directors, attracts over 100 people who gather to listen and participate in cold readings of scenes, short plays and fiction. Free. Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. (at Laight St.). www.nakedangels.com.

THEATER

Good HeifMaggie Smith’s provocative new drama addresses the danger of ignorance and the necessity of change in a small town where life is nothing but “diggin’ and eatin’ and prayin’ and sleepin’.” Thru Oct. 27. Wed-Mon at 8pm and Sat. at 7pm and 10pm. $20. Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster St (btw Spring & Broome Sts). 212-868-4444, www.smarttix.com.

Moscow Cats Theatre35 cats, 1 dog and 5 clowns performing original and astounding acrobatic feats, integrated into a non-verbal, colorful and fun-filled family show. Thru Dec. 30. $60-$65. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street. 212-220-1460, www.TribecaPAC.org.

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. Until Oct. 20. $20. HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave (btw Spring & Broome, entrance on Dominick). 212-352-3101, www.here.org.

TOURS

Artist’s Perspective: Creating South CoveJoin artist Mary Miss on a walk through South Cove’s 2.5 acres for her thoughts on this beautiful and innovative public space that she helped to plan. Oct. 13 at 3pm. Free. South Cove, Battery Park City. 212-267-9700.

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.Getting By: Immigrants Weathering Hard TimesTours of the German Jewish Gumpertz (1870s) and Sicilian Catholic Baldizzi (1930s) family apartments reveal the fascinating endeavors of both groups as they forged new paths in America. One hour. Thurs, Fri 1-4:30pm; Sat, Sun 11am-4:30pm; Tue, Wed 1-4:30pm. $17, $13 students/seniors. Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St (at Broome St). 212-982-8420, www.tenement.org.

Lower East Side Stories: Walking TourIn collaboration with local residents, the museum has created a 90-minute walking tour that looks at the neighborhood’s 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.

Harbor History Tour: BrooklynEnjoy a guided tour of the byways and backwaters of NY Harbor aboard a restored 1930 wooden tugboat. View Brooklyn’s waterfront foundries, factories, warehouses, and ferry racks from a new perspective. Oct. 13, 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 ToursJoin contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile on a “walking conversation” of Teardrop Park, Battery Park City’s newest green space with its woodland ecology, use of natural stone, and weeping wall, created by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburg and artist Ann Hamilton. Oct. 14 at 2pm. Free. Teardrop Park. www.bpcparks.org.

Walking Tour: The Brooklyn BridgeTake a guided tour of the 124-year-old bridge and the historic South Street Seaport district that was transformed by its construction over a century ago. Oct. 14 at 1pm. $15 adults/$8 children. Reservations req. Tour begins at 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8786, email reservations@southstseaport.org.

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