Volume 21, Number 43 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | March 6 - 12, 2009


Photo by: Dean Kaufman, 14 Wall, 31st Floor, 2008, All Rights Reserved

Access Restricted: Capital of the World series
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM, Featured Speaker: Robert Neuwirth “Under the Table and Off the Books: Informal Economies in the Developing City – and Your City,” 14 Wall, 14 Wall Street, 31st Floor, RSVP required; visit lmcc.net/accessrestricted

The Listings

CLASSES

Adult Art Classes Collage, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture. Dozens of evening weekend and daytime classes. Ongoing, Educational Alliance Art School East Broadway 212-780-2300, ext. 378, 197 edalliance.org/artschool.

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.

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.

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. 241 W. Broadway, 646-613-0740, downtownboathouse.org.

Downtown Purim Carnival Celebrate the holiday of Purim with JCP at our annual family carnival! There will be music and food, crafts, friends, children’s entertainment galore, and of course the Purim Spiel! $36 per family Mar. 8 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PS 234, 292 Greenwich Street 212-334-3522, jcpdowntown.org

Table Tennis Training Program Table tennis training and play to players of all skill levels, and provide a venue for players of all ages to come together, enjoy the sport, and build new friendships. Mon.-Fri,10 a.m.-1 p.m. $100 a year for people ages 6-15 and 50 and older, $200 for others. American Asian Cultural Center of Tribeca, 384 Broadway, lower level. 646-772-2922.

Figure Drawing A traditional figure drawing class for beginners and advanced students interested in sketching people.$220 includes materials fee, Through Mar. 29 (8 Wednesdays) Meeting Room at The Verdesian 211 North End Avenue (bet. Warren and Murray Streets) 212.267.9700, ext. 348 or 366, bpcparks.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.

Lunch Workshop for Women – Poker Prima Divas Enjoy a lunch-and-learn poker workshop for women with corporate executive Ellen Leikind, who will teach you to sharpen your strategic and analytical skills. $50, fee includes lesson, materials and lunch. Mar. 9, 12 P.M. 92Y Tribeca Café, 200 Hudson St. 212-601-1000, 92Ytribeca.org/daytime

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.

DANCE 

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Work & Show Festival This outgrowth of the Borough of Manhattan Community College twelve year old Artist-in-Residence program will feature five programs of new work by artists representing both dance and theater. Mar. 23- Apr. 6. Tickets to all shows are $10, except for “America in-play,” which is free. See listings for schedule. 212-220-1460 TribecaPAC.org

My Name is a Blackbird Choreographer Molly Shanahan’s live hour-long solo performance will be performed to the backdrop of original music by three composers, including songwriter Andrew Bird. The New York premiere will be run from Apr. 9 – 11. $20 General Admission, $15 Students / Seniors. Joyce Soho 155 Mercer St. 212-242-0800, www.joyce.org/calendar_soho.php

Soul Samurai Ma-Yi Theater Company in association with Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, presents the world premiere production of “SOUL SAMURAI,” written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Robert Ross Parker, with fight choreography by Mr. Nguyen $25 / students and seniors $20 Through Mar. 15, performance times vary, Here Arts Center, 145 Sixth Ave., entrance on Dominick St. 212-352-3101, here.org

Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe This acclaimed, high-energy dance troupe is led by former All-Ireland and World Champion dancer Niall O’Leary and is comprised of an international roster of dancers and musicians.. The troupe will perform classic and modern Irish stepdance, which is known throughout the world for rapid leg movements with the body and arms being kept largely stationary and for its quick, precise movements of the feet. Free Mar. 17 12:30 220 Vesey St. 212-945-0505 or click www.worldfinancialcenter.com.

Voice Hearers  Indian inspired dance choreographed by Jonathan Hollander to music by Tribeca resident and world-renowned composer Meredith Monk General admission is $35; student & senior tickets are $20; and gala tickets including performance and reception are $150. Mar. 5-6. Opening Night Mar. 5 BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center 199 Chamber Street (212) 220-1460 tribecapac.org/dance.htm 

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 Wed. 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.

City Winery Pairing Series Pairings is a unique “blend” at City Winery: an intimate concert series — served with fine wine — that will take place on City Winery’s main stage every Thursday evening. Each concert will be preceded by an optional tasting or private dinner, followed by personal performances from some of today’s most respected musicians. Pricing varies. 8 P.M. seating, 9 P.M. show155 Varick St. 212 608-0555 citywinery.com

Kiss My Hearts Ass Short Films About Love curated by Davy Rothbart. Free Through Mar. 21 212-431-5270 apexart.org 291 Church St., 212-431-5270

My Neighbor, My Killer Screening of documentary (USA, 2009, 80 minutes) that explores the aftermath of the atrocities in Rwanda. followed by a discussion with director and producer Anne Aghion. $10 adults, $7 students/seniors, and $5 Members Mar. 29, 1 P.M. Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Edmond J. Safra Plaza | 36 Battery Pl. Tel: (646) 437-4339, mjhnyc.org

Purim Party Join the Shushan Channel with special guests Wyatt Cenac and John Oliver for its seventh year hit featuring all-new pop-culture Purim takes by writers from “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and more. Includes costume contest with fab prizes. 200 Hudson St. 212-601-1000, 92Ytribeca.org

EXHIBITS 

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

Avanti Duo – Kaleidoscope NY ‘09 Paintings by Elinore Bucholtz and Diane Hardy Waller presents the contrasting, emphatic complementary visions of two painters evoking a variety of responses to the vibrancy, energy and impact of the city. Through Mar 29
Krappy Kamera Exhibition will feature images that have been produced using equipment from the lowest end of the technological scale. The concept underlying this show is that in the hands of an artist, any piece of equipment can be used to create engaging photographs. Through Apr. 4, Opening Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun., 1-6 P.M., and by appt. Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White St. 212-226-8571, sohophoto.com

Dark Matter Artist Rico Gatson will exhibit a large-scale video installation, sculpture, paintings, and works on paper that continue his exploration of racial issues and shared cultural histories. Free Through Mar 14, Gallery hours Tues. – Sat. 10 A.M. – 6 P.M., Monday by apptmt. Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery 31 Mercer St. 212-226-3232 feldmangallery.com

Dissonance  A new multiple channel video installation by Liselot van der Heijden Free Thru March 29 LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge St. 212 255 9707, lmakprojects.com

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.

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.

Catherine Courtenaye’s New Works and an introduction to the art of Charles Ramsburg Free Through Mar. 21 Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts Gallery, 13 Jay St. 212-925-9424, cherylpelavin.com

Jon Kessler: Kessler’s Circus Following the tradition of performative mechanized sculpture, Kessler creates a playful format for his exploration of our modern war experience. Free Mar. 7 – Apr. 4

Matt Greene: Pictures of Women Artist Matt Greene presents large-scale works that further his investigations into the connections between sexual fetish, the female figure, and forms in nature. Free. Apr. 11 – May 2
Deitch projects. 76 Grand St. 212-343-7300 deitch.com

A solo installation by Eric Beltz Featuring new drawings and a limited edition wallpaper. Free Mar. 5 – Mar. 8 Morgan Lehman, Pulse New YorkPier 40, 353 West Street @ West Houston 212-268-6699.pulse-art.com

The Shooting of the Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets Interviews, photographs and artifacts unveil evidence of the murder of 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews when Nazis invaded the Soviet Union through Mar. 22

Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française Exhibit examines the life, work, and legacy of this enthralling, often controversial, literary figure.Through March. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students, children under 12 free. Hiding in Plain Sight: Pre- and Post-War French Cinema Film Series examines how the Nazi occupation of France influenced French cinema long after the war had ended, and how filmmakers took on the task of exploring complex and often controversial topics about this period of French history; in tandem with Irène Némirovsky exhibit. Check with museum for viewing times Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 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

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.

Soho Photo 2009 Juried Show The work in Soho Photo will provide a unique opportunity to experience virtually the entire range of classic and contemporary photography—from pinhole, mixed media and digital photography to color, black and white and other genres. The juror for this year’s competition will be Brian Paul Clamp, owner and director of ClampArt gallery in Chelsea. Apr. 7 – May 2, 1-6 P.M. and by apptmt. 15 White St., 212-226-8571 sohophoto.com

MUSIC

Rehearsals: Tuesday  Male Chorus needs singers (Popular Standards and the American Song Book) for its annual Immigrant Heritage Week Concert on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM and Spring Concert Rehearsals every Tuesday, between 6:30 & 8:30 PM at St. Margaret’s House, 49 Fulton St., near the South Street Seaport.

Concerts at One Trinity Wall Street invites you to take a break from the cold and warm up with a mid-day afternoon concert as they celebrate the 41st year of the Concerts at One performance series. Suggested Contribution: $2 March 9, 16, 23, 30 from 1-2 P.M. St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway and Fulton Street) 212-602-0747 trinitywallstreet.org

The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra Conducted by Gary S. Fagin, follows its triumphant debut in January with the Bach Cantata Concert This concert features cellist Astrid Schween and the chamber choir Seraphim in a program that includes Handel’s Concerto grosso in C (Alexander’s Feast), Bartok’s Roumanian Dances, Mr. Fagin’s Hungarian Suite for Cello and Strings and J.S. Bach’s Cantata #4 March 15 $25 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. John Street United Methodist Church 44 John St. knickerbocker-orchestra.org

Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri and Bach’s Jesu, Meine Freude The Trinity Choir will perform three distinctive works that give definition to the season of Lent. Domenico Scarlatti’s dramatic Stabat Mater was written for the choir of the Sistine Chapel, one of the great choirs of Scarlatti’s age; Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri is a cycle of seven short cantatas for choir and strings, each a meditation on each of the seven wounds of Christ; and Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved Jesu, meine Freude traces a spiritual journey from despair to redemption. Special guest conductor, Andrew Megill, Music Director of the Masterwork Chorus, will lead the choir through this performance. $40 Premium Seating, $25 General Admission $15 Student / Senior Mar. 24, 7:30 P.M. Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St. 212-602-0800, trinitywallstreet.org

New York Scandia Symphony Directed and conducted by Dorrit Matson, program includes Carl Nielsen’s Prelude from “Maskarade” and Symphony No. 5, and Johan Svendsen’s Cello Concerto with cellist Lawrence Zoernig as the soloist. This concert is part of Scandia’s 18th annual season of presentations in the popular “Concerts at One” A $2 donation is suggested. Mar. 12, 1 P.M. Trinity Church, Broadway & Wall St. 212-602-0747, trinitywallstreet.org

Teddy Thompson blending catchy pre-Beatles pop with piercing emotional insight, good-natured black humor, and a fierce delivery, Thompson will be performing from his latest album is “A Piece of What You Need.” $15 Mar. 6, 8:30 P.M. 92TribecaY 200 Hudson St. 212.601.1000, 92YTribeca.org/music

THEATER

A Slight Headache A metaphysical drama of mother and daughter joined by their hair set in a 19th century Dime Museum. Tickets $20 Mar. 20 – Apr.19, Thurs. – Sun. 7:30 P.M. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. 212-868-4444, smarttix.com.

Five Throws a new work based on Sophocles’ Antigone written and directed by Rachel Dickstein $25/ $20 students/seniors Through Mar.28, Wed. – Sat. 8 P.M.3LD 80 Greenwich St. at Rector St 212-352-2101 3LDnyc.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 by Andrea James will be directed by Harold Dean James and Karen Oughtred. The play is a Grand St). smarttix.com, thisisburlesque.com.

Love/Stories (Or But You Will Get Used to It) In this world premiere of Itamar Moses’ play, nothing is what it seems in these five funny and poignant short plays. A couple moving in together finds that greater intimacy can have surprising results. And much more. Extended Three Weeks! Through Mar. 30 $20 Performance times vary. The Flea Theater, 41 White St. 212-226-2407, theflea.org

Tartuffe Moliere’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Jeff Cohen Mar. 6- Mar.29
Crazy Head Space a new musical, Mar.12 - April 5
STUDIO 42’s New Play Reading Series Through Mar. 30

Unknown Production’s New Play Reading Series featuring work by Emily Conbere, Crystal Skillman, Maggie Smith, and Jeff Cohen will be presented on Sunday afternoons Mar. 15 – Apr. 5 Tickets $18. A special $40 Seaport Theatre Pass for admission to all shows, readings and extra performance events is also available. Theater at South Street Seaport Fulton St. at South St.212-868-4444 smarttix.com.

Red-Haired Thomas a new dark comedy by the Obie Award winning Soho Think Tank (STT), written by STT Artistic Director Robert Lyons and directed by Oliver Butler, co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society. $18 /$12 Students/Seniors Ohio Theatre 66 Wooster St. 212-966-4844 sohothinktank.org

The World Premiere of Kaspar Hauser: a foundling’s opera  a music-theater piece by Tony-nominee and Obie-winner Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney of 13P. $25 Through Mar. 28, Wed. – Sat. at 7 P.M., Sat. matinee at 3pm.The Flea Theater, 41 White St. (212) 352-3101 theflea.org

Sixty Miles to Silver Lake In this world premiere production, playwright Dan LeFranc and Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman team up to see just how much time and space can exist between the pleather seats of a father’s used car.$25; $35 Reserved Seating Jan. 22 – Feb. 8 at Soho Rep 46 Walker St. (212) 941-8632 sohorep.org

READINGS AND TALKS 

All the Money in the World: How the Forbes 400 Make & Spend Their Fortunes Find out what’s behind the Forbes 400 – the magazine’s list of the wealthiest Americans of the past 25 years with veteran journalists Peter W. Bernstein and Allalyn Swan. 200 Hudson St. 212-601-1000, 92Ytribeca.org/daytime

Robert Neuwirth featured speaker”Under the Table and Off the Books: Informal Economies in the Developing City – and Your City Free Mar. 11, 6:30 P.M.14 Wall St., 31st Fl.RSVP required part of Access Restricted.

Access Restricted: Capital of the World a free nomadic tour and lecture series that encourages the public to experience rarely visited Downtown locales through the lenses of architecture and planning, art, history, sociology, political science, and law. Free Five lectures and tours through April 28. Schedule and meeting places vary. 212-219-9401 lmcc.net

Indian-Jewish Communities and the Attack in Mumbai Panelists Romiel Daniel, president of the Indian Jewish Congregation of USA; Nathan Katz, author Who Are the Jews of India?; Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chabad-Lubavitch Movement representative; and journalist Rahel Musleah will discuss the varied histories of these different groups of Jews throughout the country, as well as their future in light of the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai. This program will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a screening of the film In Search of the Bene Israel (USA, 2008, 38 minutes) directed by Sadia Shepard. $10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 for members March 15, 2 P.M. Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place Tel: 646-437-4339 mjhnyc.org

Book Release Party American poet Eliot Katz will be reading from his latest book of poems, “Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America’s Skull” $6 admission includes $3 discount on book (& the other $3 to the club) Mar. 11, Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery (212) 614-0505, bowerypoetry.com

Habeas Lounge - A Public Art Project: Focus on the Economy L.A.-based artist Linda Pollack is creating a modern day salon in a former flower shop on the concourse level of One New York Plaza (Whitehall & Water Sts.), where New Yorkers can gather for four hours every weekday to discuss the great economic issues of the day. Free, Feb. 17 – May 1, Mon. – Fri. from12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Pen Parentis After-Work Reading Series Features readings by two notable authors, who are parents on the second Tuesday of each Month, followed by Q&A Full bar is available. Upcoming Reading by authors Rebecca Barry and Cara Hoffman on Mar. 10, 6-8 P.M. Free Library Lounge at the Libertine 15 Gold St., enter through lobby of Gildhall Hotel, 212-501-2031 penparentis@gmail.com

Small Business Networking Series Small Business Meeting sponsored by the Battery Park City Neighbor’s Association to discuss how small businesses in Battery Park City can come together to improve sales, gain exposure, and interact with the community. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided, courtesy of Pan Latin Café. Free event. Mar. 19, 7 – 9 P.M. Pan Latin Café, 400 Chambers St. bpcna.org

Titanic New York Highways & Byways and Silver Riband Award A program exploring the many connections between NYC and the Titanic presented by John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas. These two historians will then receive the Silver Riband Award for their lifetime of dedication to the history of the R.M.S. Titanic. Wine and light refreshments will be served. $35 Members / $45 Non-Members. Reservations required. Mar. 7, 2 – 4:30 P.M
Henry Hudson and His River Follow the wake of Hudson’s 1609 exploration of the river that now bears his name through this illustrated talk. $ 5, free to members, South Street Seaport Museum 12 Fulton St., 4th Fl. 212-748-8568, southstreetseaportmuseum.org

TOURS 

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.

Walking Tours of Art Galleries Discover contemporary art in the new galleries of the Lower East Side on a 2 hour tour that will start at the Educational Alliance and end at the entrance to The New Museum for Contemporary Art on the Bowery. Mar. 14, 3 P.M. Meeting Point: Educational Alliance Art School 197 East Broadway 212-780-2300, ext. 378, edalliance.org/artschool

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

Listings Requests for the Downtown Express may be mailed to Listings Editor at 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-1548 or e-mailed to listingseditor@gmail.com. Please include listings in the subject line of the e-mail and provide the date, time, location, price and a description of the event. Information must be received two weeks before the event is to be published. Questions, call 646-452-2472.

 

 


 

 


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