Volume 21, Number 12 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | August 1 - 7, 2008

 

Wu Man  An internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, was cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World. Monday, Aug. 4, 7:30pm FREE Tickets required. Tickets available after 4:00pm day of show at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, Spruce Street Entrance RiverToRiverNYC.com

The Listings

CLASSES 

Art Classes Summer courses include Ceramics, Beginning Drawing, Figure Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Photography, Clay Sculpture, Collage, Pottery, and more. EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE ART SCHOOL, 197 E. Broadway. 212-780-2300 ext. 463 or email artschool@edalliance.org.

Dance and Pilates Ballet, jazz, tango, hip-hop, and modern dance classes offered for all levels. $16/class, discounts for multiples. DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers St.) 2nd Floor. 212-279-4200, dnadance.org.

Downtown Boathouse Offers a number of kayaking classes and trips for a variety of levels. Go to the Park office and get an identification card (cost $9), which is needed for any class in the park. Ongoing. 646-613-0740, downtownboathouse.org.

Elements of Nature Drawing  Enjoy drawing parks and gardens with an artist-instructor. Materials provided. Robert F. Wagner Park. Weds., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Figure al Fresco  Learn figure drawing outdoors with a model and an artist-educator. Materials provided. Rector Park East, Weds., 2:30-4:30 pm
Tai Chi Learn and practice the ancient Chinese martial art. Beginners welcome. Esplanade Plaza. Fridays beginning in June (no class on 8/29 & 10/10), 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Volleyball after Work Join other adults for games of volleyball. No experience necessary. Esplanade Plaza. Weds., 6-7:30 p.m.
BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, Two South End Ave. 212-262-9700, bcparks.org-

New Beginnings Chair Yoga Trinity Church’s seniors group meets for one hour of gentle yoga while seated 10-11 a.m. TRINITY CHURCH, Broadway at Wall St. 212-602- 0747, trinitywallstreet.org.

DANCE 

Headlong Dance Theater presents Hotel Pool by literally diving into a swimming pool at a luxury residential building The beckoning waters become the site for a meditation on the fine line between waking up and dying. This New York premiere of Hotel Pool will be presented Tues.-Sat., Aug. 12–16 at 8:00pm Rector Square, 225 Rector Place. Admission to all performances is free. RSVP required at www.lmcc.net/sitelines 212.219.9401 River To River® Festival

Mayzsoul Inc.  Based in metropolitan DC performs The Pull, exploring reactions to change Aug 2, 8pm. $15. DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM, 280 Broadway (entrance on 53 Chambers St.) 2nd floor. 212-625-8369. mayzsoul.org

EVENTS 

Fairway Bus Trips every Thursday Shopping trip to Fairway (Red Hook, Brooklyn) welcome to all senior citizens. Two van pick-up spots, 8:45 a.m. on River Terrace across from Pan Latin and at 9 a.m. on South End Ave. in front of the Chase bank. The van leaves Fairway at 11 a.m. for the return trip to BPC. Sponsored by BPCNA and the Downtown Alliance, bpcna.org.

Free Hearing Screenings at the League for the Hard of Hearing Every Tues. from 12-2pm 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.

Happy Hour on the Harbor Three levels of entertainment: snacks and cocktails, live DJs and dancefloor, or simply enjoy views of New York Harbor. The cruise sails every Thursday to Oct. 2 at 6:30-8 p.m., $19 in advance, $21 at the door. CIRCLE LINE DOWNTOWN, South Street Seaport, Pier 16. 866-925-4631, circlelinedowntown.com

Powder Resident spinners Tier-Ra-Nichi (Night Grooves), DJ Dawn and Butch SOS keep their house-music rhythms deep, soulful and underground at the Lower East Side club. 10 p.m. Free. SAPPHIRE, 249 Eldridge St. (Bet. Houston & Stanton). 212-777-5153;sapphirenyc.com

Sunset Jam on the Hudson Join in a drumming circle led by master drummers. Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Fri. through Aug. 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, Robert F. Wagner Park. 212-262-9700, bcparks.org-WP

Write from Wrong A showcase of words by young people who have survived the prison industrial complex; And Open Mic Hosted by Frank Black. Featuring: 2 Shades Darker & Special Guest: Know Ideas. 9 p.m. $7. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ, 236 East 3rd St. (Bet. Aves B &C) 212-505-8183; nuyorican.org.

EXHIBITS 

Vito Acconci A show by the legendary installation, performance, and multimedia artist including a selection of his archival works (original photographs, notes, drawings, handwritten and typed text drafts, audio scripts, video and other related materials) and the Acconci Studio’s fluorescent furniture. Through Aug. 1. By appt. only. ALBION NEW YORK 102 Prince St. 212-343-3959

Beauty Surrounds Us Featuring an elaborate Quechua girl’s dance outfit, a Northwest Coast chief’s staff with carved animal figures and crests, Seminole turtle shell dance leggings, a conch shell trumpet from pre-Columbian Mexico, and an Inupiak (Eskimo) ivory cribbage board. Two interactive media stations show visitors in-depth descriptions of each object. Ongoing.
Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World 15 artists of mixed Native/non-Native background from the United States, Canada, and Mexico explore ideas on the edges of human identity. Questions about the meaning of race and ethnicity in an increasingly global society, and the tension between individual self-expression and cultural identity. Artists represented are Dustinn Craig, Fausto Fernandez, Luis Gutierrez, David Hannan, Gregory Lomayesva, Brian Miller, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Kent Monkman, Nadia Myre, Alan Natachu, Hector Ruiz, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Kade Twist, Bernard Williams, and Steven Yazzie. Through Sept. 21 Free. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, 212-514-3700, americanIndian.si.edu.

Constraction An exhibition of conceptual abstraction curated by Kathy Grayson. The show is also a sister exhibit to the gallery’s spring 2008 “Substraction,” which explored street-inspired action painter abstraction, Both exemplify the state of contemporary painting and sculpture. Through Aug. 9. Deitch, 76 Grand St. 212-343-7200; deitch.com.

Sosua Jewish refugees who made their home in the Dominican Republic in the late 30s, and their Dominican neighbors, are the subject of this new bilingual exhibition through Aug. 10

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 through Sept. 1st. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students. Members and children 12 and younger free. Admission is free on Wed. from 4-8 p.m. MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE– A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl. 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org.

Familiar Faces: Portraits of Our Neighbors Exhibit of life-size photos depicts16 of Lower Manhattan residents, workers, students, and visitors. Subjects include the barista who also writes fiction, the director who made his Broadway debut in “Hair,” and a boxer who wants to be world champion. Through Sept. 14, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.); Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12:30-5 p.m. Free. TRINITY MUSEUM, inside Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall St.)

Lois Greenfield, “celestial bodies” Color photos of dancers in motion. Through Aug. 31. GALLERY @ DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers St.) 212-625-8369, dnadance.org.

Heroes This exhibit looks at the many people from diverse backgrounds that joined together to win America’s independence. Paintings on exhibit include Henry Hintermeister’s “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 300 years of the city’s history. Ongoing. $4, $3 seniors and children under 18, and free to children under six. FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM, 54 Pearl St. 212-425-1776, frauncestavernmuseum.com.

György Kepes: Languages of Vision The Hungarian pioneer behind MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies is also an artist whose new media work explores the connection between art, science, technology, and industry. Through Sept. 19. HUNGARIAN CULTURAL CENTER NEW YORK, 447 Bway, 212-750-4450, culturehungary.org

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Bursting forth in a colorful, crocheted panoply of loopy “kelps,” curlicue “corals,” and fringy “anemones,” this homage to Earth’s endangered coral reefs is a beautiful marriage of traditional arts & crafts and hyperbolic geometry. Featuring The Toxic Reef, New York Reef, and Chicago Reef (www.theiff.org) to raise awareness about these disappearing marine treasures. Through Aug.Free. WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER WINTER GARDEN, 220 Vesey St. 212-945-0505, worldfinancialcenter.com.

In Too Far Too Close Os Gemeos transforms the gallery into a fantastical cityscape with houses, doors, and passageways brought to life with their signature style. The show features new paintings, sculpture, and installations originally created for the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands. Through Aug. 9. Deitch, 18 Wooster St. 212-343-7200; deitch.com.

A Life in Whaling This new exhibit explores the reality for the sailor signing up for a whaling voyage. Through original artifacts used and kept onboard whaling vessels, the views gets a sense of what life was really like for a sailor. Through Oct.
Ocean Liner Cutaways Since the inception of ocean travel, advertising has been the key to entice passengers young and old to sign on for a voyage. An excellent collection of cutaways, from the famous Great Easter of the 1850s through the modern cruise ships of today. Through Dec.
Soundings Treasures from the museum’s permanent collection, including scrimshaw, ship portraits and models, newspapers, maps, toys, signal flags and more, exploring all of the languages of communication used in port. Through Oct.
VIEWS OF NEW YORK: 1660-1868 Views of NY depict a dynamic port city that changed dramatically in its first two centuries. From its modest beginnings as an outpost in the New World for the Dutch East India Company, NY was well on its way to commercial and cultural dominance of the young American nation in the post-Civil War years. Through Oct. $10 general admission, $8 seniors/students, $5 children 5-12, under 5s are free. SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM, 12 Fulton St (bet Front & South Sts). 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org.

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 fives 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, as well as science fiction imagery and futuristic films. Through spring. $5 general, $2.50 seniors/students. SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM, 39 Battery Pl (bet Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, skyscraper.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.
United response: Commemorating 9/11 Photos and drawings of police officers firefighters, rescue workers, and volunteers who helped the city after the attacks. Both exhibits are ongoing. $5 suggested donation, $3 seniors, $2 children 6 – 12. NYC POLICE MUSEUM, 100 Old Slip (bet. South & Water Sts). 212-480-3100, nycpolicemuseum.org.

Re:Construction Bridges the efforts of public partners and the creative community to improve the quality of life in Lower Manhattan through the creation of places of attraction. The three-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.

Keith Haring: Houston Street and Bowery Mural  The Keith Haring Foundation, Goldman Properties and Deitch Projects announce the Recreation of the famed Keith Haring’s celebrated Houston Street and Bowery mural—an instant downtown landmark after Keith painted it in the summer of 1982. DEITCH PROJECTS, in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, Houston St. & Bowery. (212) 343-7300, deitch.com

TALKS & READINGS 

Tues. at 9 Weekly forum led by Naked Angels Theater Company’s creative directors that attracts more than 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.

MUSIC  Pedals and Pumps: A Festival of Organ Divas Bach Choir of London organist Jane Watts performs concert works by Dupré, Guilmant, Preston, and Andrew Lloyd Webber at Trinity Wall Street’s third annual organ festival. This year’s program highlights contemporary female musicianship with performances by Ahreum Han (Aug. 7). All shows at 1 p.m. Free. TRINITY CHURCH, Broadway at Wall St. 212-602-0747, trinitywallstreet.org

Terence Blanchard  is an exceptionally creative composer and trumpeter who works with world music, fusion, and hard bop. He won a Grammy® award in 2006 Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:00pm Two free tickets per person will be distributed at the Castle on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00PM on the day of the show. Castle Clinton 212.835.2789 RiverToRiverNYC.com

The Persuasions may not have invented a cappella. They have, however, carried the torch and kept the art form alive, sometimes single handedly, for over four decades. Friday, Aug. 1, 12:30pm WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER One New York Plaza (at Water & Whitehall Streets) FREE. RiverToRiverNYC.com.

Wu Man  An internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, was cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World. Monday, Aug. 4, 7:30pm FREE Tickets required. Tickets available after 4:00pm day of show at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, Spruce Street Entrance RiverToRiverNYC.com

THEATER 

ICE FACTORY’08 Fifteenth annual summer festival of new work by emerging and established downtown companies, as well as exceptional national and international groups. Works presented include Obie-Winner Matthew Maher’s “Heistman” (Aug. 2), Robert Lyons’ “Red-haired Thomas” (Aug. 6-9), Sponsored by Nobody’s “W.M.D. (Just the Low Points)” (Aug. 13-16), and Adriano Shaplin’s “Victory at the Dirt Place” (Aug. 20-23). $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. OHIO THEATRE, 66 Wooster St. 212-868-4444; smarttix.com, sohothinktank.org.

The Tragedy of Macbeth As Shakespeare’s tragedy moves from scene to scene, the audience follows, moving from place to place around the park. Ongoing at 7 p.m. Free. Battery Park. 212.252.4531, newyorkclassical.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.

UNDERGROUNDZERO FESTIVAL  The festival will present over a dozen works by both established and emerging artists. Featured productions include “Charlie Victor Romeo,” “Pinchbottom Declares War! (Or, Full Frontal Jacket),” “The Terrible Temptation to Do Good: A Brechtian Lounge,” “Nigromantia: A Slight Return,” “Infanta: User’s Guide,” “The Event,” “The Proposal, Based On An Old Farce,” “Pray, Mantid,” “The Apocalypse Of John The Rabbit,” “Clown Axioms,” and “The Bitter Poet.” Through Aug. 2. $15 in advance; $18 at the door, $25 for “Charlie Victor Romero.” Check for time and location. THE FLEA, 41 White St.; MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATER, 52 White St.; GRACE BAR & RESTAURANT, 114 Franklin St. 212-352-3101; weird.org

TOURS 

Preservation Detectives Family Tour Each month, the program explores a different theme related to the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Sundays in July will explore “Patterns & Paint” and Sundays in Aug. will focus on “Family Albums.” Every Sun. at 2 p.m. $10 adults;$8 for students and seniors; $6 for 5-18-year-olds; free for children under five. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St. 212-219-0888, eldridgestreet.org

Public Art Walking Tours LMCC offers a series of three self-guided audio tours exploring 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.

Tribute WTC 9/11 Walking tours of Ground Zero. Daily. VISITORS CENTER, 120 Liberty St. For hours and info, visit tributewtc.org.

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

Museum at Eldridge Street Guided tours led by historian-trained docents tell the story of the 1887 landmark synagogue, and illuminate the experience of the East European Jewish immigrants who settled on the LES in the late 19th century. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children MUSEUM OF ELDRIDGE STREET, 12 Eldridge St. 212-219-0888, eldridgestreet.org.

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