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Portraits of Adriana Lima Andy Jurinko’s 12 oil paintings of the Victoria’s Secret model. Thru Feb. 8. KLATCH, 9 Maiden Ln. 212-227-7276.
The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is sponsoring a number of classes for adults beginning this month. In Swim lessons (Beginner and Intermediate levels I and II), participants learn and refine various strokes and breathing techniques. Other classes include Baby and Me Swims for parents and children ages 1-3, tai chi, and yoga. Prices vary, discounted for members. COMMUNITY CENTER at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St (access: West St.) 212 267 9700, bpcparks.org.
The Educational Alliance Art School is offering a variety of classes beginning on Jan 22: Beginning Drawing, Figure Drawing, Chinese Brush Painting, Abstract Painting, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Pottery, Clay Sculpture, Stone Carving, Welding steel sculpture, Wire sculpture, Photography and more. 197 E. Broadway. 212-780-2300 x 378, email email@example.com.
ONI DANCE LA-based company presents 3 NYC premieres: “Saliendo,” a short dance for the camera; “La Hora de Salir,” a suite of movement installments prying into the psychological and physical mechanics of leaving.; and “The Splendor of Gretel,” featuring an original score composed by Ginormous and set design by Michael Berens. Jan. 24-26 at 8pm. $20 general, $15 students/seniors. JOYCE SOHO, 155 Mercer St. (at Houston). 212-334-7479. joyce.org.
Andrzej Wajda & The Jews: The Politics of Memory Every Wed. and Sun., from Jan. 23-Feb. 3, a different movie will be screened from this master of Polish film spanning from 1961 to 2000, and followed by a discussion on Wajda’s contributions to cinema and the documentation of Polish Jewry. “Samson” on Jan. 23; “Landscape After Battle” on Jan. 27; “Korczak” on Jan 30; and the U.S. premiere of “The Condemnation of Franciszek Klos” on Feb. 3. Each film is $10 adults, $7 students/seniors, free for members. MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl. 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org.
Constantine’s Sword Advance screening of Oscar nominated filmmaker Oren Jacoby’s new documentary based on James Carroll’s eponymous 2001 bestseller. A former Catholic priest goes on a journey to confront his past and uncover the roots of religiously inspired violence and war. Jan. 22 at 8pm. Free. Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St. 212-602-0880, trinitywallstreet.org.
Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller Hour-long movie (2006) directed by Katie Jennings. Millerwho was also known by the Skokomish name subiyaylived in NY in the 1970s, working in Native American theater and at La MaMa Experimental Theater before returning home to the Skokomish Reservation to devote his life to passing on the language, art, and traditional knowledge of his people. Thru Feb. 3. Screened daily at 1, 3 and on Thurs at 5:30 pm. Free. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, Screening Room, 2nd Fl., One Bowling Green, 212-514-3823, AmericanIndian.si.edu.
Free Hearing Screenings at the League for the Hard of Hearing Every 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.
Grants for Art in Public Spaces Grants of up to $20,000 will be made to artists and arts organizations for direct costs related to the creation and presentation of art in the myriad public spaces of Lower Manhattan, including parks, plazas, building lobbies, atria, and construction sites. Deadline is Jan. 29.
Manhattan Community Arts Fund Provides grants of up to $2,000 to Manhattan artists and small nonprofit organizations to present arts projects. MCAF often provides the first grant an artist receives, helping them to leverage other funds. Supported by the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs. Deadline is Jan. 22. For info on both grants, visit lmcc.net.
30th Anniversary Exhibition Featuring work by Carlos Alfonzo, Luis Frangella, Keith Haring, and David Wojnarowicz Each of these 4 artists had early solo shows with Hal Bromm Gallery, launching successful careers tragically cut short by AIDS. 30 brings to light the important early works they created as well as the strong creative and social bonds between them. Thru March 28. HAL BROMM GALLERY, 90 W. Broadway (at Chambers St.) By appointment. 212-732-6196 or email email@example.com.
Willard Boepple, “Room” 2 sculptures made either of poplar wood and brushed aluminum. Known for work drawn from utilitarian objects such as ladders, shelves and mechanisms with cogs, Boepple has focused his concerns on architectural reference that could contain aspect of this former work, implying human activity without human presence. Thru Feb. 16. MAIDEN LANE EXHIBITION SPACE, 125 Maiden Lane. 212-206-6061.
Beauty Surrounds Us 77 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 Coast An 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, 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, AmericanIndian.si.edu.
John F. Chang, “Through the Lens of a Dancer” Twelve 16x20” black-and-white photos of ballerinas, taken by a former dancer.
Memories, Dreams and Reflections January’s special group show gives members an opportunity to interpret this theme in a variety of formats, from traditional silver gelatin prints to digital and alternative processes.
Psychologists in Focus Peer into the psyches of 11 psychologists who are also dedicated photographers. All 3 shows thru Feb. 2. SOHO PHOTO, 15 White St (btw 6th Ave & W. Bway). 212-226-8571, sohophoto.com.
Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust This 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.
The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish-American Dream This 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. $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, mjhnyc.org.
Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters When 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.
Model Ships From religious artifacts to treasured collectibles to engineering prototypes, this exhibit traces the history of model watercraft from ancient times to the present.
There Once Was a Neighborhood: The Lower East Side, 1937-1950 Photographs 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.
Soundings Treasures from the museum’s permanent collection, including scrimshaw, ship portraits and models, signal flags and more. All exhibitions are ongoing. $8 general admission, $6 seniors/students, $4 children 5-12, under 5s are free. SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM, 12 Fulton St (bet Front & South Sts). 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org.
Heroes This exhibit looks at the many people from diverse backgrounds who joined together to win America’s independence. Paintings on exhibit include Henry Hintermeister The Drill Master, John Ward Dunsmore’s The Message from Lexington, and Dennis Mallone Carter’s Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth. Ongoing. Adeline Moses Loeb Gallery.
If These Walls Could Talk As 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, frauncestavernmuseum.com.
Human Resources Works by former LMCC resident artists recall David Rockefeller’s founding of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council shortly after the Twin Towers were built, with the purpose of humanizing the architecture of the World Trade Center Plaza. Thru Feb. 3. @SEAPORT, 133 Beekman St (at Front St). lmcc.net.
“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. (btn Nassau & William). numismatics.org.
Andy Jurinko, “Portraits of Adriana Lima” 12 oil paintings of Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima. Thru Feb. 8. KLATCH, 9 Maiden Ln. 212-227-7276.
Peter Kayafas, “Recent Photographs of America” From Pennsylvania to California, from front lawns to county fairs, back roads to museum interiors, this America, captured in black and white photos, is beautiful in its plainness and forsaken in its magnificence. Thru March 1. SASHA WOLF GALLERY, 10 Leonard St. 212-925-0025, sashawolf.com.
Thatcher Keats, “The Spiritual Life of Imperfection” Cinematic photos that illuminate hidden and repressed aspects of modern culture. Thru. Jan. 29. CHRISTOPHER HENRY, 127 Elizabeth St (bet Broome & Grand). 212-244-6004, christopherhenrygallery.com.
Monarchs of the Sea In celebration of the ocean liner era, this permanent exhibition features plans, models and memorabilia evoking the majesty and magic of a time when ocean liners were considered the last word in luxury travel. $8 general admission, $6 seniors/students, $4 children 5-12, under 5s are free. South Street Seaport Museum, WALTER LORD GALLERY (213 Water St). 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org.
New York Modern This 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 April. $5 general, $2.50 seniors/students. SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM, 39 Battery Pl (btw Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org
NEW YORK TRACES: 1970-2007, PHOTOGRAPHS OF LAWRENCE MARK STERN images of the building of the WTC, art shows and happenings on the landfill surrounding it, and throughout the decades since the 70s, the street people and the architecture of individualism and imagination. Thru Feb. 17. SYNAGOGUE FOR THE ARTS GALLERY SPACE, 49 White St (bet Broadway & Church). 212-966-7141, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policing a Changed City chronicles 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. NYC POLICE MUSEUM, 100 Old Slip (btn South & Water Sts). 212-480-3100, nycpolicemuseum.org.
Rare Tribal Textiles from China An exhibition of Chinese Tribal Textiles from the Minority Peoples of China known as: Miao, Gejia,Yao, Yi, Dai, Li, and Zhang. Many more garments, banners, festival jackets and blankets have been added to fill the gallery, from Dai, Hainan as well as Gejia and Miao. Thru Feb. 29. ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS CENTRE, 26 Bowery (just below Canal St, 3rd fl. Press bell #3.) 212.233.2154, artspiral.org.
Re:Construction bridges the efforts of multiple public partners and the creative community to both highlight and enliven the process of rebuilding while improving the quality of life in Lower Manhattan through the creation of places of attraction, curiosity and anticipation. The 3 pilot projects are “Best Pedestrian Route” (John St, east of Bway); “Fulton Fence” (Fulton St east of Bway); and “Concrete Jungle” (Bway, bet. John & Ann Sts). reconstructionnyc.org.
Kirstine Roepstorff, “It’s not the eyes of the needle that changed” 12 works created through a method the Germany-based artist calls “approprio-arranging,” which entails sewing, gluing, pinning, and weaving together photocopies, fabrics, glitter, paper, and images appropriated from magazines to create a poetic narrative.
Alan Saret, “Gang Drawings” 1st major museum exhibition of the pioneering artist’s work in 2 decades. Saret was part of the Post-Minimal, Soho alternative art scene in the late 1960s and early ’70s.30 drawings made with fistfuls (“gangs”) of colored pencils, made over the past 40 years. Both shows thru Feb. 7. THE DRAWING CENTER, 35 Wooster St. 212-219-2166, drawingcenter.org.
The (Self)Promotion Show A video exhibition of 30-second TV commercials created by the public to advertise apexart. Vote for the winner, who will receive $1500 and have their ad aired on TV. Ads are also available for viewing online. Thru Feb. 16. apexart, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270, apexart.org.
Pilfers, Ghost Front Former Toasters vocalist Coolie Ranx and trombonist Vinny Nobile play with the Skinnerbox rhythym section of Anna Milat-Meyer on bass and James Blanck, on drums, as well as guitar player, Nick Bacon, of The Erratics. Jan. 25 at 6:30pm. $20. KNITTING FACTORY, 74 Leonard St (bet Church & Broadway). 212-219-3132, knittingfactory.com.
TALKS & READINGS
Kids Story Time with Arts and Crafts Hosted by Yvonne Brooks, author storyteller, and artist. Ages 2-7.Every Sat. at noon. Free.
Spanish Language Discussion Group led 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. (btn Lafayette & Mulberry). 212-274-1160, mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com.
NY MODERN LECTURE SERIES To expand the themes of the current exhibition NY Modern, museum director Carol Willis presents 5 lectures examining the development of a new aesthetic in skyscraper design and ideas of urban planning. Jan. 29, Hugh Ferriss: Prophet of Metropolis; Feb 12, Harvey Wiley Corbett: “New Stones for Old;” March 4, Raymond Hood: The “Brilliant Bad Boy” of NY Architecture; March 11 Rockefeller Center: The Future in Amber. For all 5 cost is $50 non-members, $25 members. SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM, 39 Battery Pl (bet Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org
Tuesdays at 9 This 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.). nakedangels.com.
Belgian Tour slideshow Amateur photographer Horst Staudner presents his photos of Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and Amsterdam. Tuesday Evening Hour nonprofit slideshow program. Jan. 22 at 6:30pm. $2. 49 Fulton St. 212-964-3936, tuesdayeveninghour.com.
Culturemart The annual 2-week festival returns, providing HERE’s resident artists with an opportunity to explore the various stages of their work in excerpts or short runs at the culmination of a yearlong residency. Thru Jan. 20. HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave (btw Spring & Broome, ent. on Dominick). 212-352-3101, here.org.
OH THE HUMANITY and other exclamations 5 short plays about people like you, facing lives like yours, written by Pulitzer finalist Will Eno, and starring Christina Kirk, Brian Hutchison and Drew Hildebrand. Plays include: Behold The Coach, In a Blazer, Uninsured; Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rain; Enter the Spokeswoman, Sideways; The Bully Composition and Oh, the Humanity. Thru Feb. 2. $50 during the week, $60 Fri and Sat.
OFFENDING THE AUDIENCE Revival of Peter Handke’s play, directed by Jim Simpson, featuring a cast of 22 members of The Bats, the resident acting ensemble at The Flea. The audience is asked to abandon every expectation, to be the subject of the actors’ gaze the way that they are the subject of ours. Jan. 21-Feb. 23. $10. FLEA THEATER, 41 White St. (btw Broadway & Church). 212-352-3101, flea.org.
Double Pendulum and Other Plays A one act play cycle by John William Schiffbauer, performed by 12 actors, concerning troubles in a TV writers’ room; the abstract reversion of a young woman back into childhood; workplace politics that destroy a friendship; a Pinter-esque encounter between a man and a woman; and a haunting tale that occurs in an Emergency Room late at night. Jan.18 at 7:30pm. $10.
Slam SLAM Theatre invites artists and audiences to get involved in the process of making theater with impromptu performance, spontaneous collaboration, and friendly competition. Jan. 20 & 27. $5. THE TANK @ COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS, 279 Church St. at White. 212-563-6269, thetanknyc.org.
This is Burlesque A racy new weekly revue featuring Murray Hill, neo-burlesque star Angie Pontani, The World Famous Pontani Sisters, and others. Thurs-Sat at 8pm. $25. CORIO, 337 West Broadway (at Grand St). smarttix.com, thisisburlesque.com.
Getting By: Immigrants Weathering Hard Times Tours 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, tenement.org.
Lower East Side Stories: Walking Tour In 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. Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St. 212-431-0233, tenement.org.
East Village Walking Tours Every Tues. thru Sun. at 11a.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. (btn Lafayette & 4th Ave.) For more info, visit eastvillagetours.com.
Public Art Walking Tours The 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. Download the free tours to your iPod or other MP3 player and start walking. lmcc.net.
Wall Street Walking Tour Free 90-minute guided walking tour weaving together the history, events, architecture and people of Downtown. Thurs. and Sat. at noon. Meet at the steps of the National Museum of the American Indian. One Bowling Green, Alliance for Downtown NY, 212-606-4064, downtownny.com
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