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Volume 20 Issue 24 | Oct. 26 - Nov.1, 2007

The Listings

Photo by Leo Sorel

Voices RaisedThe Trinity Church Choir explores the world of Early Music with the REBEL Baroque Orchestra beginning Oct 30, and offers a free Concert Season Preview Performance on Oct. 29 at 1pm.

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.

Spanish Language Discussion Groupled by Javier Molea, a Spanish language literature expert. No preparatory reading is required; Borges, Cortazar, Fuentes, and other superlative Latin American writers are discussed. Every Sat. at noon. Free. McNally Robinson Booksellers, 52 Prince St. (btw Lafayette & Mulberry). 212-274-1160, www.mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com.

DANCE

ASH CONTEMPORARY DANCEThe Philadelphia company presents works choreographed by Artistic Director, Braham Logan Crane: “History,” with original music by Angela Ai; “Into the Sound;” and “Ghosts of Things to Come,” ASH’s signature piece. Oct. 26 & 27 at 8pm. $25. Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer St. (at Houston). 212-334-7479. www.joyce.org

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, to raise awareness of the plight of at-risk and homeless youth. The art is available for viewing and bidding until Nov. 7 at www.regenerationgallery.com.

Critical Mass: ManhattanOn the last Friday of every month, join a celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting modes of transportation and exercise your right to the road. Free for cyclists and skaters. Union Sq Park N. For more info, call 212-802-8222 or visit www.times-up.org.

Fall Foliage CruisesBesides views of some of the most famous sites along the Hudson River, these day-long cruises offer scrumptious food and a complimentary wine tasting. Oct. 28 and Nov 3 & 11. $99 per person in advance or $115 per person day of. Boarding at Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport at 10:30am, sails at 11:00 am and returns to the dock at 4:30 pm. 866-9CLINE1.

The Haunted Ghost Ship!Welcome aboard the Tall Ship Peking: “The Ship of the Dead.” A scary evening of gargoyles, ghosts and goblins, dead sailors, vampires, ship rats, victims of the black plague and suspense to surprise even the seaworthy! Not for children. Oct. 26 & 27 at 6, 7, 8, & 9pm. $15. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8786, email reservations@southstseaport.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.

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 in 2008. 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 30, Pierre Henri, a photographer and nature specialist, presents a slideshow on recently “discovered” birds. It’s also Raffles Night, with prizes for members. 6:30pm. $2 donation. 49 Fulton St. www.tuesdayeveninghour.com.

EXHIBITS

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.
Eric Banks, “Paintings and Works on Paper”Oil paintings on canvas and wood and acrylic/paper “fusion” paintings have integrated an array of interests from 19th century post-impressionism to 20th century American abstract painting. Thru Nov. 25. Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space, 49 White St (btw Broadway & Church). 212-966-7141, email info@synagogueforthearts.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.

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.

Ashley Gilbertson, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”10 life-size images from the photojournalist’s new book chronicling the Iraq War, including pre-invasion Iraq, the initial stages of occupation, subsequent violence, the 2004 battle to retake Falluja, and the country’s 1st national elections. Thru Nov. 29. Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard St (btw Delancey & Rivington). 212-529-2266, www.gallerybarnyc.com.

Interactive multi-media installations“Plutón,” “One Line of You,” and Troika Ranch’s “Bent Water” all use the never seen before double Eyeliner system, a high definition video projector system that allows spectacular free form 3-D moving images on a live stage. Every Thurs, there is a free wine reception beg. at 4pm.Thru Oct. Free. 3LD Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St (btw Edgar & Rector). www.3leggeddog.org.

“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. 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. $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.

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 Storiesexpands 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 own 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

Children’s Concert: Joseph C. Phillips & NuminousA music- and fun-filled afternoon of wacky and playful sounds, instruments, images and readings for students in Pre-K thru 3rd grade. In just an hour, Numinous performs pieces based on award-winning children’s picture books - presented with projections, readings, and an interactive workshop about composition. Oct. 27 at 2pm. $5. Roulette, 20 Greene St (btw Canal & Grand). 212-219-8242, www.roulette.org.

Concerts@OnePan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble features Meg Okura, violin & erhu, Jun Kobo, flute & shinobue, Jennifer Vincent, cello, Mamiko Kitaura, piano, Shane Shanahan, percussion, Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone. Original works. Oct. 29. The Proteus Ensemble features Jennifer Grim, flute, Gilad Harel, clarinet, Yuko Naito, violin, Alberto Parrini, cello, James Johnston, piano. Works by Copland, Piazzolla, Carter and Gershwin. Nov. 1. Both concerts from 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.

Warriors, Lovers, Ghosts: Leading Ladies of the Chinese OperaA rare NY performance of traditional Cantonese opera from Hong Kong. Nov. 2 at 7:30pm. $50 and $30. Jack. H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Pl. For info, contact Art of Cantonese Opera Assoc. at 212-925-3988.

TALKS & READINGS

Book Review ClubSponsored by the Pace University Adult Resource Center, the club is reading and discussing bestsellers. 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.

Kids Story Time with Arts and CraftsHosted by Yvonne Brooks, author storyteller, and artist. Ages 2-7.Every Sat. at noon. Free. McNally Robinson Booksellers, 52 Prince St. (btw Lafayette & Mulberry). 212-274-1160, www.mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com.

Lunch & Learn LecturesA 5-session series with Pace Univ. professors. Accompanied by a light lunch. On Oct. 30 the topic is Elder Law and Long Term Health Plans with lawyer Martin Petroff. Other remaining sessions are 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.

Jewish Resistance ReconsideredLeading Jewish scholars from Israel and the U.S. discuss “Daring to Resist,” the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibit which shatters the myth that Jews went passively to their deaths during the Holocaust. The panel expands the definition of defiance to include the range of activities that Jews engaged in, and explores how Jews were both prepared and unprepared to confront atrocities. Oct. 28, 1-5pm. $12 adults, $10 students/seniors. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl. www.mjhnyc.org or 646-437-4202.

Poets on PeckMichael Cantor is the featured poet at the ongoing Modern Metrics Reading Series. Oct. 27 at 4pm. $5. Shooting Star Theater, 40 Peck Slip. 718-852-7773.

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

BINGO WITH THE INDIANSA disgruntled East Village theater company descends upon a small New England town with a plan to pay for their next production - heist the local bingo game. Written and directed by Pulitzer Finalist Adam Rapp. Thru Dec. 22. Opens on Nov. 9. $20-$30. Flea Theater, 41 White St. (btw Broadway & Church). 212-352-3101.

DeparturesCara, an American ex-pat living in Britain, decides to return to the US after 3 years. But with the death of her father and loss of her childhood home, her decision is filled with anxiety and complicated by her boyfriend, who refuses to let go. Thru Oct. 28. Thurs-Sun at 8pm. $18. Access Theater, 380 Broadway (nr White St). 212-868-4444, www.smarttix.com.

Drum of the Waves of HorikawaCombining live music with Japanese performance, Theatre of a Two-headed Calf reinterprets Chikamatsu’s (the “Shakespeare of Japan”) 18th century epic teeming with lying, drinking, and assassination. Thru Nov. 17. $20. HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave (btw Spring & Broome, entrance on Dominick). 212-352-3101, www.here.org.

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.

Urban Youth Theater: 365 Days/365 PlaysSelected plays from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ “365 Days/365 Plays.” Parks wrote a play a day for a year. From Nov. 13, 2006 thru Nov. 12, 2007, this eponymous festival presents her work simultaneously across the country, creating the largest collaboration in the history of American theater. Oct. 26 & 27 at 7:30pm. Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand St. 212-352-3101, www.henrystreet.org/arts.

Vaudeville of the Town: A Vaudeville Salute!With song and dance, this show portrays some of the vaudeville greats, including Sophie Tucker, Mae West, Bert Williams, and Florence Mills. Written and directed by Melba LaRose. Oct. 26 at 7pm. Reservations req. $10. South Street Seaport Museum’s Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. 212-748-8786, email reservations@southstseaport.org.

TOURS

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.

“Great Crash” Walking Tour of the Financial Districtannual tour sponsored by the Museum of American Finance. Oct. 27, 1-4pm (rain or shine). $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Tour meets at Bowling Green Park (in front of U.S. Custom House). For advance tickets or information, please contact Kristin Aguilera at kaguilera@financialhistory.org or 212-908-4695.

Harbor History Tour: North RiverEnjoy a guided tour of the byways and backwaters of NY Harbor aboard a restored 1930 wooden tugboat. Sail around the Battery and head up the Hudson River. Sites include Chelsea Piers, 79th St. Boat Basin, George Washington Bridge, and Spuyten Duyvil. Oct. 27, 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.

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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