Volume 21, Number 27 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | November 14 -20, 2008
Downtown Express Listings
Adult Art Classes Collage, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture. Dozens of evening weekend and daytime classes. EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE ART SCHOOL East Broadway 212-780-2300, ext. 378, 197 edalliance.org/artschool.
Dance and Pilates Ballet, jazz, tango, hip-hop, and modern dance classes offered for all levels. $16/class, discounts for multiples. Ongoing, DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers St.) 2nd Floor. 212-279-4200, dnadance.org.
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. 241 W. Broadway, 646-613-0740, downtownboathouse.org.
Adult Fitness Program
Yoga at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Zumba at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and Total Body Workout on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Free trial classes, Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St., manhattanyouth.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, 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 Conservency, 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. Ongoing, TRINITY CHURCH, Broadway at Wall St. 212-602- 0747, trinitywallstreet.org.
WEIGHTWATCHERS Weekly meetings to help motivate you and keep you focused. Stop dieting and start living! Come and meet our friendly group and new leader. From $9 per week. Tuesday afternoons at 3.30pm. Doors open from 3.00pm for weigh in. Caring Community Room, Level 2, 310 Greenwich St. Entry at side of building next to Washington Market Park.646-673-5096.
60x60 Dance Pairs 60 composers with 60 choreographers for an electrifying one-hour multimedia performance. This one-of-a-kind performance consists of 60 modern dance pieces set to 60 different and brand-new one-minute compositions. Dance influences range from ballet and tango to postmodern movements, while music includes medieval chant, neo-romantic chamber music, jazz, pop, electronica and everything but the kitchen sink. Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free. World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, at Vesey Street along the north, West Street to the east, Liberty Street on the south, and the Hudson River to the west, 212-945-0505, worldfinancialcenter.com.
Newsteps Introduced in 1994 and presenting the work of over 138 young artists, this series was created to support the community of emerging choreographers who are developing innovative and risk-taking works. Nov. 20-22 at 7:30 p.m.$12 general admission; $10 students and 62+, Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry St, 2nd Fl. 212-349-0126 or 212-349-0438, email@example.com.
TINA CROLL & BRYAN HAYES In Little Impromptu and other dances The concert will feature Hayes & Croll’s first collaboration –Little Impromptu, a dance in the dark illuminated by a fragile light. This darkly comic work presents Hayes & Croll struggling against mishaps as they portray two figures alternately entranced by the spotlight and clinging together against the unknown. Croll will also present a new solo, Solo 1, and a new group work for 18 dancers* drawing on the intricate figures and driving rhythms found in the traditional music of Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Rumania. Hayes will present Gamelan a new solo with video for Alexis Steeves, and the trance inducing duet Sky Wheel. Dec. 4-6 at 8pm, $15 . $10 for students The Performance Project @ University 184 Eldridge St.212-453-4532.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art & Alchemy
Each of the artist-alchemists in this exhibition uses found materials to transform waste into wonder. Through Nov. 22. NEXT Gallery at MCNY, 75 Varick St/One Hudson Square, between Canal and Grand. 212-343-1234, ext. 2209, metropolitan.edu/gallery.
Kehinde Wiley Down This exhibition consists of four new large-scale paintings inspired by images of fallen warriors, saints, and classical mythology by Kehinde Wiley Down. Through Dec. 20. Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster St., 212-343-7300 deitch.com.
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 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, One Bowling Green, 212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu.
Alternatives Processes Competition Winning entries will be shown along with guest exhibit, “A Tribute to Polaroid,” and a memorial tribute to Lois Lord, who was a gallery member for more than 30 years. Through Nov. 29,Thursdays 6-8 p.m., Friday-Sunday 1-6 p.m. and by appointment, opening reception Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m. SoHo Photo, 15 White St., 212-226-8571, sohophoto.com
Celebrating Central Park Sara Cedar Miller, the official photographer and historian for the Central Park Conservatory, will exhibit her work capturing colorful blooms, glorious autumn landscapes, snow-covered arches and majestic trees, fountains and water bodies. Dec. 2- Jan. 3. SoHo Photo, 15 White St., 212-226-8571, sohophoto.com. Entanglements Art by Zoe Keramea, including, “Nine Blocks,” a sculptural ensemble of nine cubes, each surrounded by a painted black ribbon. Through Jan. 6. DietzSpace, 429 Greenwich St., dietzspace.org.
Elizabeth Neal: Make No Bones Neel is one of the most accomplished of a group of young American painters who are revitalizing abstraction in contemporary terms. Deitch Projects, 76 Grand St., Through Dec. 6, 212-343-7300, deitch.com.
Into the Seasons Watercolors by Kim Eng Yeo. A realist painter who draws inspiration from nature, Kim Eng Yeo seeks its essence in her paintings to foster a keener appreciation of a popular subject beyond decoration to the poetic and evocative. Ranging from small sketches to larger works, Yeo’s watercolors depict seasonal scenes from several series painted in New York and Vermont - autumn in Jamaica Bay and Vermont, winter, spring and summer in Vermont. Through Dec.7. Gallery hours: Mon, Wed and Thurs, 1-5 pm; Tues, 1-7 pm. Other days and times by appointment. Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White St., 212-966-7141, SFtAGallerySpace@gmail.com
George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, 212-514-3700, americanIndian.si.edu.
Fundamental Principles By John Milton Ensor Parker. His recent series of paintings on aluminum panels, with graphite, enamel and automotive paints are fabricated using industrial materials and equipment., 6-8 p.m., Cheryl Hazan Gallery, 35 N Moore St., 212-343-8964, cherylhazan.com
CAPRI’S CAMERA ON DANCE This stunning collection of work features images of Mikhail Baryshnikov and modern dancers from the world’s leading companies. Through Nov. 15, Tues-Sat. 12- 4pm, FREE River To River Festival WFC Courtyard Gallery, World Financial Center, 220 Vesey St. 212-945-0505, worldfinancialcenter.com
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.
Tibor Freund: Motion in Paintings Kinetic paintings based on a rudimentary 19th-century invention called the “three-sided picture,” the form enabled the artist to contain as many as six discrete pictorial views within the boundaries of a single painting. Through Nov.21, 6-8 p.m. Hungarian Cultural Center, 447 Bway, 212-750-4450, culturehungary.org
LEON GOLUB: Did It! The paintings, from the late 80’s and early 90’s, include night scenes of urban violence and portraits that relate to racial imbalance. This body of work, which falls between Golub’s politically-charged paintings of mercenaries and riots from the early 80’s and his late paintings from 1996 to 2004, centering on themes of aging and death, has not been seen recently in New York. Through Nov. 15, Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday by appointment, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer St., 212-226-3232, feldmangallery.com.
Mongolian Horses and Siberian Tigers Painter Valentina DuBasky’s recent travels on the Steppes of China and to Thailand inspired these works. DuBasky has been painting for over three decades and this show marks a new transition for her work. Through Nov. 29, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts LLC,·13 Jay St., 212-925-9424, cherylpelavin.com
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., South Street Seaport Museum
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. $10 general admission, $8 seniors/students, $5 children 5–12, under fives are free. South Street Seaport Museum 12 Fulton St (bet Front & South Sts). 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org.
Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française Exhibit examines the life, work, and legacy of this enthralling, often controversial, literary figure. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and continue every 30 minutes until 6:30 p.m. through March. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students, children under 12 free. Museum of Jewish Heritage 39 Battery Place 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org
Vertical Cities: Hong Kong | New York Examines the evolving identities of these world’s two great skyscraper cities. Both island cities with perfect harbors, evolved from colonial ports into dominant centers of international finance and commerce. As they grew, each embraced the skyscraper as the principal instrument of modern urbanism. Through Feb. $5 general, $2.50 seniors/students. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl (bet Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org
A Salute to 9/11: Hands Across the Water An exhibition of works by renowned British police photographer Neil Kitson showcasing the 9/11 New York City ceremonies honoring the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy. Through Jan.3 $7, Seniors, students and children ages 6-18 $5.00, Children under 6: Free, NYPD members: n/c, 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. Through Dec. 31 Houston St. & Bowery. 212-343-7300, deitch.com
Angela Ai tells “History.” Nov. 14 and15 at 8 p.m. $25 general admission and $15 students/seniors. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Borough of Manhattan Community College , 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460, tribecapac.org.
Two Contemporary Classics Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City, will perform two contemporary classics, Morton Feldman’s nearly-mystical choral piece Rothko Chapel and Arvo Pärt’s genuinely mystical interpretation of the Stabat Mater. Nov. 18, 7 p.m, free. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St, 212-945-0505 worldfinancialcenter.com.
CHRISTINA COURTIN and RYAN SCOTT
Christina Courtin is a singer and violinist. The release of her debut record of self-composed songs on Nonesuch Records is due for January 2009. Ryan Scott is a folk/soul singer who most recently released the album On Smoke & Licorice. Nov 21 at 8 pm, $10, 92Ytribeca
GLOBESONIC SOUND SYSTEM Drawing from a world of influence in their global-centric DJ sets, the trio of Fabian Alsultany, Derek Beres and Bill Bragin redefine the lines between organic and digital, secular and sacred. By spanning a century of recorded music from around the world in their unique, well-informed and thoroughly accessible sets, GlobeSonic is at once dance party and modern ritual fostering in the new musical mythology of the 21st century. Nov 29 at 9:30 pm, $10, 92Ytribeca, 200 Hudson St, 212-399-2149,
Trinity Parish Choir
Open House All are encouraged to come meet the choir, learn about the program and stay for a short rehearsal. Refreshments will be served. Nov. 20, 6-7 p.m., Free, Trinity Church, 89 Broadway. 212-602-0706, trinitywallstreet.org
Dance Dance Revolution
Performance group Les Freres transforms the Ohio Theater into a fully immersive, bombed-out discothèque as it fuses unmerciful Japanese rave music with deeply regrettable sophomoric comedy in this futuristic dance spectacular. Riffing on fizzy dance musicals like Flashdance and death sport movies such as Rollerball, Dance Dance Revolution is set in an Orwellian society where dance is illegal. Dec. 3- Dec. 20, $18. Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster St., 212-868-4444, smarttix.com or lesfreres.org.
The U.S. premiere of DAWN, by Thomas Bradshaw, is directed by Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson. The play revolves around Hampton, an abusive alcoholic who has completely alienated his wife and children. Can he stop drinking and make up for the past, even amidst some very dark revelations of incest and pedophilia? DAWN is one father’s story of redemption and reconciliation -- with a twist. Through Dec. 6, performance times vary. The Flea
THE FOOTAGE This new play exposes the dark underbelly of the YouTube generation and the insidious encroachment of online behavior in our everyday lives. The story roves between three groups of twenty-something friends whose lives intersect in the world of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games). The friends must race against the clock to decipher the on-line clues of a young woman’s surreal abduction before the cameras stop rolling. THE FOOTAGE includes sexual content; not appropriate for children. Through Nov. 30. Performance times vary, 212-226-0051, theflea.org.
Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls
Depicts the life and art of Anita Berber, known today as “Weimar Berlin’s Priestess of Depravity” Production by New Stage Theatre Company is conceived and directed by Ildiko Nemeth and written by Mark Altman. Nov.19-Dec.21. Wed. through Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 5 p.m., except for closing Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. No performances Thanksgiving week, $25/$20,general admission/students and seniors,The New Stage Theatre Company, 107 Suffolk Street, 212-868-4444, smarttix.com or newstagetheatre.org.
THE ONLY TRIBE
Conceived by Roland Gebhardt, this unique theatrical experience animates 80 geometric masks in an abstract interpretation of a short story by Rebecca Bannor-Addae with choreography by Peter Kyle, video design by Reid Farrington, and music by Stephen Barber. 3LD Art & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St,3LDNYC.org. 212-505-1700 ext. 11 for reservations.
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.
The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius,
Lovers and Spyes, and about Their Untymelie End while Sitting in a Small Room at the Correctional Facility in Ossining New York In this Object Theatre-style production, CAMT will explore the myths surrounding the Rosenbergs’ purported betrayal of the atomic bomb secret to the Soviet Union. The play will show the whole first half of the 20th century, from the immigration of Ethel’s and Julius’ parents at the beginning of the century to the Great Depression and WWII, two monumental historic events that were both formative for the Rosenbergs. Nov. 28-Dec.14, Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, 212-254-1109, theaterforthenewcity.net.
READINGS AND TALKS
By Bullets Join Father Patrick Desbois for a discussion of his new book The Holocaust By Bullets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), which is the true account of his work to uncover the truth behind the deaths of 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews during World War II. Museum Director Dr.
David G. Marwell will interview Father Desbois. Nov. 23, 7 p.m., $10 adults, $7students/seniors, $5 members. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets, opening Nov. 24. The exhibition presents the evidence, both physical and testimonial, gathered by Father Desbois and his team.
The Journal of Hélène Berr The U.S. launch of French best-seller The Journal of Hélène Berr will be held with translator David Bellos in conversation with Mariette Job, niece of the book’s subject, Nov. 19. at 7 p.m. Museum of Jewish Heritage
Irène Némirovsky and the Jewish Question Ruth Franklin, editor, The New Republic, Susan Suleiman, professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, and Maurice Samuels, professor of French, Yale University, will discuss Irène Némirovsky and the Jewish Question. Nextbook senior editor Gabriel Sanders will moderate this provocative panel.
The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service Reveals Truth of Cold War Espionage Join author Andrew Meier as he discusses his new book The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service (W.W. Norton & Co, 2008) with author Nicholas Dawidoff Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Jews Living in Arab Lands The annual Rosenblatt Forum will explore this often tumultuous history in the symposium. Panelists Dr. Robert Satloff of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, CBS Middle East Analyst and best-selling author Reza Aslan, author and scholar André Aciman, and journalist and author Lucette Lagnado will examine the Jewish exodus from Arab lands, Jews under Islamic rule, and whether or not two disparate groups who share homelands can overcome a turbulent past to achieve peaceful coexistence. Nov.16, 2-5 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 members. Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 39 Battery Place. 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org.
A Reading & Conversation with Nathaniel Tarn and Eliot Weinberger. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, poet and anthropologist Nathaniel Tarn will join critic and translator Eliot Weinberger for a discussion of Tarn’s life and writings, including the way in which anthropology has impacted his poetics.Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Free. Co-sponsored by Housing Works Bookstore Café and New Directions, Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St.
Scholar In Residence
Lecture Series Dr. Aaron Demsky of Bar Ilan University biblical historian and world expert on Jewish names presents, “Honor Your Mother -Jewish Women’s Names and their Message” after a shabbat dinner Nov. 21 Dinner at 6 p.m., discussion at 7 p.m. Lecture, discussion, and Q and A on how names reflect Jewish history and beliefs. Email info@synagogue forthearts.org with names you’d like Dr. Demsky to comment on. RSVP by Nov. 18. $36 adults, $12 children
Birkat Hamazon - Grace after Meals An educational medium for the Jewish Family. Jewish values of blessings (berakhah), tikkun olam, and Torah, communicated around the family table, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.
Jonah the Anti-Hero of Biblical prophesy Exploring the universal message of Biblical prophesy which continues to shape our spiritual life. The book is so central to Judaism that it is read on the holiest day of the year -Yom Kippur. Nov. 22, 2 p.m. Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White St., synagogueforthearts.org. 212- 966-7141.
Public Art Walking Tours
LMCC offers a series of three self-guided audio tours exploring public art downtown. Titled “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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