twi-ny, this week in new york

Art Walk of the Week


1. Scandinavian art and beach parties in Queens and Manhattan

2. Asian-American film at the Asia Society

3. Free summer Shakespeare

4. Dalí in music and film at MoMA

5. Plus Riff’s Rants & Raves: Film, including HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, THE EXILES, FULL BATTLE RATTLE, THE DARK KNIGHT, FELON, LOU REED’S BERLIN, MAMMA MIA!, the Sustainable Planet Film Festival, CSNY: DÉJÀ VU, RED 71, and MAN ON WIRE

6. Riff’s Rants & Raves: Live Music, including St. Vincent and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Castle Clinton, No Age, Telepathe, and Abe Vigoda at the Seaport, the Breeders, Matt & Kim, and the Whip at McCarren Park Pool, Beth Orton and Matt Munisteri in Prospect Park, the Siren Festival in Coney Island, Dizzee Rascal and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Highline Ballroom, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Giants Stadium, and Extra Golden at the Knitting Factory

7. Riff’s Rants & Raves: Art & Literature, including Miru Kim’s "Naked City Spleen" in Red Hook, "?Abstraction" in Chelsea, David Byrne’s "Playing the Building," Joseph O’Neill’s NETHERLAND, and ThrillerFest at the Grand Hyatt

8. and twi-ny’s weekly recommended events, including book readings, film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, workshops, and other special events

Volume 8, Number 6
July 9-30, 2008

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The art collective assume vivid astro focus inaugurates Deitch’s expansive Long Island City space with an intense multimedia experience — but don’t forget the 3-D glasses


P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Long Island City

Thursdays through Mondays 12 noon — 6:00 pm

Through September 15

Suggested donation: $5 (free to those with MoMA tickets used within the past thirty days)



acrtic hysteria slideshow


Pekka Jylha, "I Would Like to Understand," stuffed hare, stainless steel, pump, water, 2000-01

Most closely associated with the Inuit of northern Greenland, Arctic hysteria is an oft-debated term related to outrageous behavior some believe to be the result of continued exposure to extreme cold and dark. P.S. 1 is currently mounting a video-heavy exhibition entitled "Arctic Hysteria," consisting of works by sixteen Finnish artists whose own psyche might or might not have been affected by the severe cold and dark of their native land. The most extreme case might by "365 Days — Reijo Kela’s Video Diary of 1999," seen here on numerous monitors dispersed across the first floor, in which Reijo Kela runs across the screens and through daily scenes, often naked, and often hysterical. Tellervo Kalleinin and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen traveled to Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Hamburg, Chicao, Singapore, and Birmingham, England, to film what they call "complaint choirs," groups of people who list their pet peeves, which are then turned into songs. The films are shown one at a time on four walls in one room; stick around to see how similar — and different — people’s complaints are around the world.

The loudest and most disturbing piece is Markus Copper’s "Kursk," a dark room in which alien-like deep-sea divers are trying to break into a large piece of metal that represents the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, which sank in August 2000. Erkki Kurennieme gets stuff off his chest through "Master Chaynjis," a robotic head that moves around awkwardly while swearing (in Finnish). Salla Tykka, who incorporates Hollywood musical scores into her intriguing short films, is represented by two videos: in "Lasso," a woman comes upon a house where a man is performing exhilarating tricks with a lasso, while in "Power," a topless young woman battles a much bigger man in the boxing ring. Be on the lookout for Pekka Jylha’s stuffed, surreal hares in "Trembling and Honouring" and "I Would Like to Understand." And take a load off in the "Futuro Lounge," a circular, futuristic room based on Matti Suuronen’s 1970s Futuro House where numerous videos are screened on multiple monitors. Even with its many references to the dark and cold, "Arctic Hysteria" is a fun experience, especially during the long, bright, hot days of a New York City summer.


Leo Villareal, "Flag," LED tubes, custom software, 2008



Through September 2008


that was then slideshow

Forty years ago, America was going through one of the most tumultuous periods of its existence, with the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the Chicago Eight arrested at the Democratic National Convention, and the protests against the Vietnam War growing stronger by the day. That was 1968; now, in 2008, the disconnect between politicians and what’s really going on in the country is continuing to rise, government corruption might be at an all-time high, individual patriotism has come under fire (flag pins, indeed), and the people have at last come together against the administration’s war in Iraq. Thus, the time is right for P.S. 1’s "That Was Then…This Is Now," an examination of the state of America as seen through three important sections: Flags, Weapons, and Dreams. (The show is not as predictable as its ridiculously clichéd title.) In Flags, artists make statements incorporating variations on Old Glory and the use of red, white, and blue in such compelling works as "Flag Girls," in which Jen DeNike films a group of women draped in American flags, humming the national anthem as each one unfurls her flag and walks off camera, naked and exposed, leaving one woman trapped; "Flag," an installation by Leo Villareal featuring red, white, and blue LED tubes on the ceiling of one of the elevators (you can turn off the colors if it’s all too much for you); and "Untitled (American Flag)," in which James Lee Byars drapes an alternate American flag on a wall and across the floor. There are also pieces by Robert Mapplethorpe, Jasper Johns, Yvonne Rainer, Banks Violette, and the collective My Barbarian. (And yes, those four men re-creating the Iwo Jima scene are members of Van Halen, led by David Lee Roth.)

In "Weapons," artists such as Nancy Spero, her late husband Leon Golub, Thomas Ruff, and Andy Warhol pull no punches in their depiction of violence. Chris Burden carefully lays out fifty thousand nickels in formation, each topped by a matchstick, representing the number of Russian tanks in his 1979 installation "The Reason for the Neutron Bomb." Dennis Oppenheim’s room-size "Vibrating Forest" includes cotton candy as well as class C rockets. And Damian Ortega creates a very different kind of mobile in "Controller of the Universe," consisting of dozens of hanging tools that can be used as weapons. The Dreams part of the exhibit is far more hackneyed and overtly political and much less compelling, with works by Lawrence Weiner, Paul Chan, Andrea Fraser, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Jonas Mekas, and others.


WORK’s Public Farm 1 will be centerpiece of Warm Up’s tenth anniversary season


P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Long Island City

Saturdays from 3:00 to 9:00 July 5 - September 6

Admission: $10, includes admission to art galleries 2:00 to 9:00



public farm one slideshow

WORK Architecture Company from New York has won the ninth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program, creating "P.F.1 (Public Farm One)" in P.S.1’s outdoor courtyard, home of the outstanding summer Warm Up series. An environmentally conscious urban farm, "P.F.1" includes a pool where people can dip their feet and that also circulates water through dozens of containers made of recycled materials that are growing organic fruit, vegetables, and spices. The immense structure includes a periscope offering a view of the farm against the CitiBank building in the distance, comfy seats that look like drums, and towers that feature sound and video of farm animals as well as a cell-phone charging station. There’s even a chicken coop, where chickens lay eggs that are used daily in the P.S.1 café. During Saturdays in the summer, "P.F.1" will be home to the tenth anniversary of P.S.1’s outstanding Warm Up series, now celebrating its tenth anniversary of hot parties with international DJs, sweaty dancing, a hopping bar, and a grill offering beef and veggie burgers. Although it’s sure to be a madhouse, don’t miss DFA mainstays James Murphy and Pat Mahoney on July 26, and P.S.1 keeps the Arctic theme going with Finnish spinners on August 23.

Saturday, July 12 Rong/DFA hosts Free Blood, DJ Spun, Scotty Coats, and Sawako

Saturday, July 19 agnès b. presents Danton Eepron & special guests , with Dorit Chrysler

Saturday, July 26 DFA hosts James Murphy & Pat Mahoney , Liv Spencer, and Ikue Mori

Saturday, August 2 Black Rock Coalition and Five Six Media host Chuck Treece’s McRad, Apollo Heights, and guest DJs

Saturday, August 9 Royal Norwegian Consulate General hosts Mungolian Jet Set, and guest DJs

Saturday, August 16 Environ hosts Kelley Polar Quartet, Metro Area, and Tony Conrad

Saturday, August 23 Fimic & Artists’ Association of Finland hosts DJ Poodlecannon, Jimi Tenor, Op:L Bastards, and guest DJs

Saturday, August 30 Jonathan Kane’s February, James Chance and the Contortions, Matthew Dear & Ryan Elliott, and Jason Evans

Saturday, September 6 Live sets by Lisa Shaw and Bing Ji Ling, with Neil Aline and Jerome Derradji

In the Geographic Neighborhood

© Adrienne Klein

Adrienne Klein, "Solitary Figure, Single Light Source #1," pencil on paper, glass, 2008


Holocenter: Center for the Holographic Arts

45-10 Court Sq.

Saturdays 12 noon — 5:00 through July 19



Just around the corner from P.S.1, New York-based artist Adrienne Klein’s new show at the Holocenter is a visually stunning multimedia collection of videos, holograms, and painting and drawing on vellum and glass. The space-age works include the video installation "My Amnesia," the haunting "Solitary Figure, Single Light Source #1," and painting-on-wheels "Situational Logic." Klein’s fascinating investigation of the intersection of art and science serves as an excellent starting point on an LIC adventure that continues with Warm Up at P.S.1 (see above) and concludes with visits to the Beach Party and Deitch Studios (see below).


AVAF provides a wacky psychedelic experience in LIC


Deitch Studios

4-40 44th Dr. on the East River

Through August 16

Thursday & Friday, 4:00 - 10:00, Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 - 10:00

Live performances begin at 9:00 (free shuttle from the E/V stop at 23rd St. & Ely Ave.)

Admission: free




assume vivid astro focus slideshow

Deitch has inaugurated its new Long Island City space, on the East River next to Matthew Barney’s studio, with a psychedelic experience from the collective known as Assume Vivid Astro Focus. The large warehouse is covered from floor to ceiling and corner to corner with multimedia works, including light sculptures, banners, flags, wall hangings, painted canvases, large-scale videos, collages, graffiti, capes, and more, with asaf collaborating with such artists as Michael Lazarus, Melissa Stabile de Mello, Fabio Gurjao, ARCOSEM, Kenny Scharf, Shoplifter, Malcolm Stuart, and Rick Castro. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an enormous transsexual on either side of a house, her top half facing the water, her rear half, well, showing off her nether regions with great specificity. Assume Vivid Astro Focus play off their initials, creating light pieces with such phrases as "Absolutely Venomous Accurately Fallacious" and "Alienation Vertigo Action Formula." They’ve also created "Bomb Bush Bomb," "Hairy Gay Couple Bomb," "Trannie Plug Bomb," and "Chicken Queen Bomb," wood-and-printed-paper pieces that explode on the walls.

In the back room, such wild digital-animation videos as "Tropical Punk," "Gosma Rock," and "Quartzo Power" by Rodrigo Garcia Dutra will ricochet off the poles and walls during weekend dance parties that are sure to be anything but ordinary. Just as they did for last year’s "a very anxious feeling" at John Connelly Presents in Chelsea, avaf have fashioned Victorian-like 3-D glasses that you absolutely must wear in order to turn the whole thing into something even crazier and wackier. On Friday and Saturday nights through the rest of July, Deitch Studios will turn into what should be a wild dance party, with live and DJ sets in the back room, culminating in a DFA celebration on July 26 that is serving as the after-party for the record label’s appearance at P.S.1’s Warm Up. (In addition, avaf have collaborated with Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir, aka Shoplifter, on the multimedia installation "aimez vous avec ferveur," on view in the front windows of the Modern restaurant at MoMA through December.)

Saturday, July 12 Brendan Fowler (BARR) and friends

Friday, July 18 Tingel Tangel Club, presented by Earl Dax

Saturday, July 19 Dynasty Handbag, Tara DeLong performing "Living Among" with special guest Chloe Dzubilo

Friday, July 25 Showpaper summer music festival

Saturday, July 26 DFA Records hosts an after-party for P.S.1 Summer Warm Up, featuring DFA DJs, free stuff, and good vibes


Water Taxi Beach

Second St. & Borden Ave, Long Island City

Saturdays from 8:00pm to 3:00 am through August 30

Cover: $5 unless otherwise noted


Deitch Studios and Water Taxi Beach are both walkable from P.S.1, so after checking out "Arctic Hysteria," Warm Up, and more at MoMA’s sister institution, head over to the assume vivid astro focus show as well as the Beach Party, which also features hot DJs mixing people into a dance frenzy.

Saturday, July 12 Rub N Tug

Saturday, July 19 Rich Medina

Saturday, July 26 Omar S

In the Thematic Neighborhood


Ólöf Nordal, " Hanaegg (Cock’s Egg)," installation with two DVD projections, 2005


Scandinavia House

58 Park Ave. at 38th St.

Tuesdays through Fridays 12 noon — 6:00 pm through August 15

Admission: free



from another shore slideshow

In the spring, Scandinavia House featured the work of four Finnish artists who were finalists for the Ars Fennica prize. Now it turns its attention on Iceland in "From Another Shore," a collection of photographs, interactive installations, sculptures, video, and more from twenty-one Icelandic artists. The exhibition is an excellent companion to "Arctic Hysteria" at P.S.1, as each examines issues of geography and nature dominated by harsh weather and darkness. Magnús Siguroarson re-creates a swirling snowstorm in "Contained Storm." One of Hrafnkell Sigurosson’s untitled Lambdaprints depicts a black tent in the middle of a vast white landscape. Miniature people are on the run from impending disaster in Olga Bergmann’s motorized "National Park" diorama. Pórdís Aoalsteinsdóttir’s characters commune with nature and religion in the odd paintings "Lord Have Mercy" and "A Pacifist in the Backyard."

Watch out where you step, because Margrét H. Blöndal’s "Sugar" sculpture is melting at an unexpected pace, forming a growing puddle of stickiness around it. Take a seat in Ólöf Nordal’s "Cock’s Egg," a very pink installation that includes pink bean-bag chairs that match the morphing shapes in her mesmerizing two-screen film that evokes genetic research. And for those still on an Ólafur Elíasson kick following his splendid show at MoMA and P.S.1 and his current Waterfalls, the Icelandic artist is represented by two works, including "Limbo Lamp for Petur," in which light, color filters, a motor, and other elements combine to form an ever-changing immersive universe of unique planets.


Under the Brooklyn Bridge is one of four of Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls


Four locations along the East River

Daily through October 13, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Admission: free



The summer of Olafur Eliasson continues with “The New York City Waterfalls,” four installations the Icelandic artist has created along the East River in New York Harbor. Between 90 and 120 feet high, each one will be in operation daily between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm, with several spots where you can see all four at the same time, especially at night, when they light up. The waterfalls are located under the Brooklyn stanchion of the Brooklyn Bridge, between Piers 4 and 5 in Brooklyn, on the north shore of Governors Island, and at Pier 35 in Lower Manhattan. In describing his latest work, Eliasson explained, “The Waterfalls appear in the midst of the dense social, environmental, and political tissue that makes up the heart of New York City. They will give people the possibility to reconsider their relationships to the spectacular surroundings, and I hope to evoke experiences that are both individual and enhance a sense of collectivity.” Eliasson’s immersive environments were recently featured in a thrilling dual exhibition at MoMA and P.S.1 (two pieces are still on view in the basement level of the Queens institution), and his work is also featured in “From Another Shore” at Scandinavia House. There are several ways to see all four waterfalls by boat; in particular, the Circle Line is offering limited free seats on its tours, which include narration by Eliasson. Although one can certainly argue that this is more “spectacle” than “art,” somewhat akin to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Gates” in Central Park, there’s little denying that it’s still quite a sight.


58 Park Ave. at 38th St.



Saturdays through August 15 The Myths & Magic of Iceland: A Voyage through Icelandic Children's Literature, for toddlers through children age seven, $5 per child, 12 noon — 5:00 pm

Wednesday, July 9 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 6:30

Wednesday, July 9 Jazz House: Anne Mette Iversen Quartet, $12 including drinks

Thursday, July 10 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 2:30

Wednesday, July 16 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 6:30

Wednesday, July 16 Jazz House: Anders Nilsson, $12 including drinks

Thursday, July 17 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 2:30

Wednesday, July 23 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 6:30

Wednesday, July 23 Jazz House: Jostein Gulbrandsen, $12 including drinks

Thursday, July 24 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 2:30

Wednesday, July 30 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 6:30

Wednesday, July 30 Jazz House: Nikolaj Hess, $12 including drinks

Thursday, July 31 Summer Crime @ Scandinavia House: Karin Fossum’s Inspector Konrad Sejer Mysteries, $8, 2:30

© Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir’s photo is part of Iceland exhibit in Chelsea


Luhring Augustine

531 West 24th St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.

Monday — Friday 10:00 am — 5:30 pm through August 8

Admission: free



This group show of artists from Iceland examines identity as it relates to history and geography, with multimedia works by Birgir Andrésson, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Ásmundur Ásmundsson, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Unnar Örn, Haraldur Jónsson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, and Magnús Sigurdarson, several of whom are also part of the "From Another Shore" exhibit at Scandinavia House.

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Asian Film Festival of the Week

Soo Hee Han’s FIRST MEMORIES is part of "Camus, Anyone?" shorts program

AAIFF 2008

Asia Society and Museum

725 Park Ave. at 70th St.

July 10-19

Tickets: $11



Hot on the heels of the New York Asian Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival begins at the Asia Society, ten days of shorts, animated works, full-length movies, and panel discussions focusing on the Asian experience in America. Although the AAIFF does not boast as many stars as the NYAFF, it does feature an opening-night film by Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB, CHAN IS MISSING), while Oscar winner Jessica Yu (IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL, PROTAGONIST) closes the festivities with her latest, PING PONG PLAYA. Our vote for best movie title is Derek Shimoda’s THE KILLING OF A CHINESE COOKIE, which investigates the history and cultural significance of the fortune cookie. The best double feature just might be Risa Morimoto’s WINGS OF DEFEAT and WINGS OF DEFEAT: ANOTHER JOURNEY, in which the director tracks down surviving kamikaze pilots (isn’t that an oxymoron?) as well as navy pilots who fought against them.

Thursday, July 10 Opening Night Presentation: THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA (Wayne Wang, 2007) and gala, $35-$60, 7:30

Friday, July 11 State of Flux: BEIJING HAZE (J.P. Chan, 2007), GODOG (Kohki Hasei, 2007), LOOK AT US SEÑOR (Alan Lyddiard, 2008), SHATTERED (Karin Lee, 2007), TAJ MAHAL POSTCARD (Lowell Ing, 2008), THE WOMEN’S KINGDOM (Xiaoli Zhou, 2006), 6:30

Friday, July 11 ALWAYS BE BOYZ (John Kwon, 2008), 6:45

Friday, July 11 Looking Glass: 24 FRAMES PER DAY (Sonali Gulati, 2007), BLUE SKY (Tani Ikeda, 2007), COMFORT ZONE (Mandi Lin, 2007), GOD ONLY KNOWS (Mark Reyes, 2007), JOHN (Eveleen Hsu, 2007), MY MOTHER SAID (Jessica Sison, 2007), RECOLLECTIONS (David Oh, 2007), THE STATE OF SUNSHINE (Z. Eric Yang, 2007), YELLOW STICKY NOTES (Jeffrey Chiba Stearns , 2007), 9:15

Friday, July 11 OPTION 3 (Richard Wong, 2008), 9:30

Saturday, July 12 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE COOKIE (Derek Shimoda, 2008), 1:00

Saturday, July 12 SLINGSHOT (Brillante Mendoza, 2007), 3:45

Saturday, July 12 SANTA MESA (Ron Morales, 2008), 6:30

Saturday, July 12 Experience Level Up: CANADA (Anjali Sundaram, 2007), CINEMA PARADISE (Tai-yong Kim, 2008), DAYDREAM (Jennifer Tippins, 2007), COOKIES FOR SALE (Wes Kim, 2007), MUZAK. (M. R. Dhar, 2007), MOON LADY (Wendy Seo-Ling Cheng, 2008), PUT HIM IN THE GROUND (Daniel Vang, 2008), SILENCE (Allen Ho, 2007), THE YEARS FLOW LIKE WATER (Kevin Choi, 2007), 9:00

Saturday, July 12 HALF-LIFE (Jennifer Phang, 2008), 915

Sunday, July 13 ASIAN AMERICANS AND CLASSICAL MUSIC (Matt Wong, 2007), 3 QUEER MICE (Daniel Feliciano, 2007), BATMAN NOT CHINESE (Lou Nakasako, 2008), LOOK TO BOTH SIDES (Jessica Jones, 2007), A MODERN WITCH HUNT: THE DALE AKIKI STORY (Adam Lee, 2007), OVER THE TABLE (Andrew Ong, 2008), SEOUL, FARTHER THAN HEAVEN (Hyung-min Jun, 2008), A SIGN OF THE TIMES (Daisy Khamphakdy, 2007), SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: THE STORY OF THE FARM LABOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (Melissa Mergner, 2007), UNSOCKUMENTED (Jean, 2007), 1:00

Sunday, July 13 LONG STORY SHORT (Christine Choy, 2008), 6:30

Sunday, July 13 I (Heart) WKW: HULAHOOP SOUNDINGS (Edwin, 2007), LONG DISTANCE (Nelson Kim, 2007), PASSAGE (Angela How, 2007), MY BROTHER'S KEEPER (John Hahn, 2008), THE POSTCARD (Josh Kim, 2007), RICH TRADITIONS (Brian Chamberlain, 2008), SHOOTING DOWN PICTURES #902 (43): HOUR OF THE STAR (Kevin Lee, 2008), 9:00

Sunday, July 13 FLOWER IN THE POCKET (Seng Tat Liew, 2007), 9:15

Tuesday, July 15 WINGS OF DEFEAT (Risa Morimoto, 2007), 7:00

Tongpong Chantarangkul’s WINGS OF BLUE ANGELS screens on July 15

Tuesday, July 15 Collision Theory: THE CONTEST (Naoko Kumagai, 2007), DIGGERS (Cheryl Slean, 2007), GIVING CARE (Clarissa de los Reyes, 2007), LIGHT YEARS (Richard Martin, 2008), MAMO’S WEEDS (Akira Boch, 2007), PREAMBLE (Vivian Tse, 2007), WINGS OF BLUE ANGELS (Tongpong Chantarangkul, 2007), 7:30

Tuesday, July 15 WINGS OF DEFEAT: ANOTHER JOURNEY (Maya Stark, 2008), 9:15

Wednesday, July 16 GRANDMOTHER’S FLOWER (Jeong-hyun Mun, 2008), 3:30

Wednesday, July 16 KISSING COUSINS (Amyn Kaderali, 2007), MANOJ (Zia Mohajerjasbi, 2007), 6:30

Wednesday, July 16 Camus, Anyone? DISSOLUTION OF BODIES (Kevin Choi, 2007), FIRST MEMORIES (Soo Hee Han, 2007), FLY OUT BLUE (Jack Shih, 2007), LEMON TREE (Eung Joon Lee, 2007), THE NOTHING PILL (Yu Gu, 2007), WHEN I BECOME SILENT (Hyoe Yamamoto, 2007), 7:00

Wednesday, July 16 GONE SHOPPING (Li Lin Wee, 2007), 9:30

Thursday, July 17 AGAINST THE GRAIN: AN ARTIST’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING PERÚ (Ann Kaneko, 2008), UNDERPASS (Rain Breaw, 2007), 9:15

Thursday, July 17 Neither Vice nor Virtue: BLOOD DEBTS (Roland Nguyen, 2007), BOOKIE (Bao Tran, 2007), LOVING WORK (Vivian Wenli Lin, 2008), RED-LIGHT DISTRICT GRAFFITI (Kasumi Hiraoka, 2007), SWINGERS’ CLUB SACHI (Hiroo Takaoka, 2007), 9:30

Friday, July 18 DEFACE (John Arlotto, 2007), MEGUMI (Mirjam van Veelen, 2008), 6:30

The famous Uhura and Kirk kiss is discussed in Tim Tsai’s OF LOVE AND RACE

Friday, July 18 Fist of Love: 364 CRANES (Vincent Lin, 2007), THE BREAK UP (Erica Eng, 2008), DAMN THE PAST! (Juli Kang, 2007), LAUNDROMAT (Edward Gunawan, 2007), LONG AFTER (Afia Nathaniel, 2007), OF LOVE AND RACE (Tim Tsai, 2007), SHOUTING DISTANCE (Loreni Delgado, 2008), 6:45

Friday, July 18 PRETTY TO THINK SO (Steve Hahn, 2007), 9:15

Friday, July 18 Zoning Conflicts: 4960 (Wing-Yee Wu, 2007), 155MILE (Hyung Suk Lee, 2007), ISMAEL (Ambarish Manepalli, 2007), THE PAIN WITH BEING THIRSTY (David Yun, 2007), PIERRE-PIERROT (Nith Lacroix, 2007), RABIA (Muhammad Ali Hasan, 2007), 9:30

Saturday, July 19 BEYOND FEAR (Michael Perlman, 2007), WOMEN OF TIBET: A QUIET REVOLUTION (Rosemary Rawcliffe, 2007), 1:00

Saturday, July 19 THE DRUMMER (Kenneth Bi, 2007), 4:15

Saturday, July 19 Centerpiece Presentation: THE SPEED OF LIFE (Ed Radtke, 2007), $15, 6:30

Saturday, July 19 Closing Night Presentation: PING PONG PLAYA (Jessica Yu, 2007) and awards ceremony, $30, 7:00


Asian American International Film Festival 2008

Asia Society and Museum

725 Park Ave. at 70th St.

Tickets: $10


The AAIFF is supplemented by a strong group of programs, including panel discussions, screenplay readings, and interviews dealing with the Asian and Asian-American experience.

Saturday, July 12 New York Geographies, with Karin Chien, Paul Lee, David Moy, and Ed Radtke, moderated by Ron Simon, 1:00

Saturday, July 12 On Asian/American Aesthetics, with Wayne Wang, David Henry Hwang, Mary Ping, and Billy Tsien, moderated by Dennis Lim, 3:45

Saturday, July 12 China and the Environment, with Orville Schell, Michael Zhao, and Mathieu Borysevich, moderated by Julie Sze, 6:15

Sunday, July 13 72 Hour Shootout, screening of the ten finalists of AAFilmLab’s fifth annual competition of films created in seventy-two hours, 12:30

Sunday, July 13 For Youth by Youth, featuring shorts by up-and-coming filmmakers, followed by a discussion, 1:00

Sunday, July 13 Extra Lives: Intersections of Video Games and Film, with Matt Dominianni, Austin Chang, and David Surman, moderated by Raina Lee, 3:45

Sunday, July 13 Screenplay Reading: staged reading of work by the winner of the eighth annual Screenplay Competition, 6:15

Wednesday, July 16 Work in Progress, with Greg Pak, Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. at Laight St., 6:30

Thursday, July 17 Documentary Subject, Female Gaze, with Risa Morimoto, Ann Kaneko, and Mirjam van Veelen, moderated by Anne del Castillo, 6:45

Saturday, July 19 One on One with Jessica Yu, 3:45 p.m.

Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Mizuma Art Gallery



Asia Society and Museum

725 Park Ave. at 70th St.

Admission: free Fridays from 6:00 until 9:00



Admission to the exhibits at Asia Society is free every Friday night. Through August 3, "Vietnam: A Memorial Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba" is on view, as well as "Ardeshir Mohasses: Art and Satire in Iran" and "Inspired by Kashmir: Works by New York City Students." Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s MEMORIAL PROJECT NHA TRANG, VIETNAM: TOWARDS THE COMPLEX — FOR THE COURAGEOUS, THE CURIOUS, AND THE COWARDS (2001) was first shown in New York City in the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s Zenith Media Lounge; as we wrote then, the film "features Vietnamese fishermen pushing and pedaling cyclos (bicycle rickshaws) on the floor of the ocean as the men rhythmically jump up to get air and then dive back down to continue moving the cyclo until they come upon an underwater ‘village’ of mosquito netting that represents Vietnamese casualties."

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Free Shakespeare of the Week

New York Classical starts MACBETH in Castle Clinton


Castle Clinton in Battery Park

Admission: free




Wednesday, July 9

Thursday, July 11


Saturday, July 12 New York Classical Theater, led by artistic director Stephen Burdman, presents THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, moving through the park, incorporating the natural landscape into the production, directed by Louis Scheedar, 7:00


Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

The Municipal Parking Lot at Ludlow & Broome Sts.

Thursday through Saturday nights at 8:00

Admission: free (bring a chair or use one provided)



Through Saturday, July 19 The Drilling Company celebrates its fifteenth free season with production of TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by Kathy Curtiss

Thursday, July 24


Sunday, August 10 The Drilling Company celebrates its fifteenth free season with production of HENRY V, directed by Laura Strausfeld


Riverside Park at 89th St.

North patio of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Admission: free



Thursday, July 10


Sunday, August 3 Hudson Warehouse, "the Other Free Shakespeare in the Park," puts on production in Riverside Park, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, 6:30


Old Stone House, JJ Byrne Park

Fifth Ave. between Third & Fourth Sts., Brooklyn

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00

Admission: free



Thursday, July 10, 17

Friday, July 11, 18


Saturday, July 12, 19 Piper Theatre Productions performs Shakespeare play in historic Brooklyn park and moves setting to Coney Island


6B Community Garden

East Sixth St. at Ave. B

Admission: free



Friday, July 11 Brooklyn’s Dzieci theater company performs Shakespeare’s MACBETH in community garden, 8:00

Lucy Bekheer

PLG Arts reimagines Shakespeare for kids in Prospect Park playground


Prospect Park, Imagination Playground

Ocean Ave. between Lincoln Rd. & Parkside Ave.

Admission: free



Saturday, July 12, 19, 11:00 am


Sunday, July 13, 20, 3:00 pm PLG Arts stages a truncated version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for children, directed by Rohana Elias-Reyes, followed by special kids activities

Boomerang Theatre Company brings AS YOU LIKE IT to Central Park


Boomerang Theatre Company

Enter Central Park at 69th St. & Central Park West

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00

Admission: free



Saturday, July 19


Sunday, August 10 The Boomerang Theatre Company presents its annual summer Shakespeare production, directed by Matt Johnston


Riverbank State Park Amphitheatre

145th St. & Riverside Dr.

Thursday through Sunday nights at 8:00

Admission: free



Thursday, August 7


Sunday, August 24 The Pulse Ensemble Theatre presents its annual Harlem Summer Shakespeare production, directed by Alexa Kelly


The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park

Thursday through Sunday nights at 8:00

Admission: free


Thursday, August 7


Sunday, August 31 Gorilla Rep presents an uncut production of HAMLET, with no intermission, that will move through various parts of Fort Tryon Park

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Multimedia Museum Programs of the Week

Lucy Bekheer

Salvador Dalí, "Design for the film with the Marx Brothers," charcoal and gouache on paper, 1937


Museum of Modern Art

Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters / the Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor

11 West 53rd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Through September 15

Tickets: $10, in person only, may be applied to museum admission within thirty days, same-day screenings free with museum admission, available at Film and Media Desk



Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was a master showman, so it is no surprise that he took so quickly to the world of cinema. His dreamscapes translated well to film, in successful collaborations with Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock, Andy Warhol, and Walt Disney as well as projects with the Marx Brothers and others that never reached fruition. “Dalí: Painting and Film” includes more than 130 paintings, storyboard drawings, original scripts, studies, letters, poster designs, sculptures, and other paraphernalia related to Dalí’s film work, including such treasures as “Unsatisfied Desires,” “Illumined Pleasures,” “The Little Theater,” “Lobster Telephone,” “Book Transforming Itself into a Nude Woman,” and his most famous canvas, “The Persistence of Memory.” In addition to the below screenings (which continue through August 24 in the MoMA Titus Theaters on the lower levels and include films made by Dalí as well as many that influenced him, from slapstick comedies to biblical epics), the exhibit continually shows, in its sixth-floor gallery space, such films as UN CHIEN ANDALOU (Luis Buñuel, 1929), L’AGE D’OR (Luis Buñuel, 1930), the dream sequence from SPELLBOUND (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945), DESTINO (Dominique Monfery, 1946/2003), CHAOS AND CREATION (Salvador Dalí, 1960), and other shorts and excerpts. Make sure you have plenty of time, because there’s so much to see in this outstanding collection.

Special twi-ny bonus: For those of you checking out the Icelandic exhibits and the avaf show at Deitch in Long Island City reviewed above, stop by the outside windows of the Modern restaurant on 53rd St.; assume vivid astro focus have collaborated with Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir, aka Shoplifter, on the multimedia installation “aimez vous avec ferveur,” on view through December.)

Wednesday, July 9 Dalí Laughs: ASK FATHER (1919) and THE FRESHMAN (Sam Taylor, 1925), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 6:00

Wednesday, July 9 Dalí Laughs: THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1927) and SALVADOR DALÍ: HOME MOVIE (Alma DeLuc, 1954), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 8:00

Thursday, July 10 Dalí Laughs: SHERLOCK, JR. (Buster Keaton, 1924) and ONE WEEK (Buster Keaton, 1920), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 6:00

Thursday, July 10 Dalí Laughs: ASK FATHER (1919) and THE FRESHMAN (Sam Taylor, 1925), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 8:00

Monday, July 14 Dalí Laughs: SAFETY LAST (Sam Taylor & Fred Newmeyer, 1923) and LUKE'S SHATTERED SLEEP (Hal Roach, 1916), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 6:00

Monday, July 14 Dalí Laughs: THE FLOORWALKER (Charles Chaplin, 1916) and SHANGHAIED LOVERS (Roy Del Ruth, 1924), with piano accompaniment by Ben Model, 8:00

Wednesday, July 16 Dalí Laughs: THE FLOORWALKER (Charles Chaplin, 1916) and SHANGHAIED LOVERS (Roy Del Ruth, 1924), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 6:00

Wednesday, July 16 Dalí Laughs: SAFETY LAST (Sam Taylor & Fred Newmeyer, 1923) and LUKE'S SHATTERED SLEEP (Hal Roach, 1916), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 8:00

Wednesday, July 23 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: SKELETON DANCE (Walt Disney, 1929) and FANTASIA (1940), 6:00

Dalí considered Cecil B. De Mille, who made such films as 1923’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, a surrealist

Wednesday, July 23 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: ANIMAL CRACKERS (Victor Heerman, 1930), 8:30

Thursday, July 24 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: MONKEY BUSINESS Norman McLeod, 1931), 6:00

Thursday, July 24 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: A DAY AT THE RACES (Sam Wood, 1937), 8:00

Friday, July 25 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Cecil B DeMille, 1923), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 5:30

Friday, July 25 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (Cecil B DeMille, 1933), 8:30

Saturday, July 26 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: SKELETON DANCE (Walt Disney, 1929) and FANTASIA (1940), 2:00

Saturday, July 26 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: ANIMAL CRACKERS (Victor Heerman, 1930), 4:30

Saturday, July 26 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: MONKEY BUSINESS Norman McLeod, 1931), 6:30

Saturday, July 26 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: CLEOPATRA (Cecil B DeMille, 1934), 8:15

Sunday, July 27 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Cecil B DeMille, 1956), 2:00

Sunday, July 27 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Cecil B DeMille, 1923), with organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 6:15

Monday, July 28 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: CLEOPATRA (Cecil B DeMille, 1934), 6:00

Monday, July 28 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Cecil B DeMille, 1956), 8:00

Wednesday, July 30 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: A DAY AT THE RACES (Sam Wood, 1937), 6:00

Thursday, July 31 Salvador Dalí and Three American Surrealists: THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (Cecil B DeMille, 1933), 6:00


Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

MoMA Thursday Nights at 5:30 & 7:00 (galleries open until 8:45)

Free with museum admission


In conjunction with the Dalí exhibit, MoMA will be featuring special musical programs in the sculpture garden every Thursday night for the rest of the summer, with sets at 5:30 and 7:00. In addition, the galleries will remain open until 8:45.

Thursday, July 10 Rachelle Garniez & Sxip Shirey: A Surrealist Tribute to Dalí, 5:30 & 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Les Primitifs du Futur, 5:30 & 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, 5:30 & 7:00

Thursday, July 31 Layali El Andalus

Thursday, August 7 Pamelia Kurstin

Thursday, August 14 Electric Junkyard Gamelan

Thursday, August 21 Kamikaze Ground Crew

Thursday, August 28 John Marcus & Friends

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Film

Ron Perlman is back to save the world as Mike Mignola’s oddball hero

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (Guillermo del Toro, 2008)

Opens Friday, July 11


Guillermo del Toro’s sequel to his 2004 comic-book adventure begins with Professor Broom (John Hurt) reading a bedtime story to his “son,” the young Hellboy (Montse Ribé), but it’s really more of a warning. Years later, the fairy tale comes to life as Hellboy (Ron Perlman), a cigar-chomping, Baby Ruth-loving, wryly sarcastic superhero, battles Prince Nuada (Luke Goss), who is determined to reclaim his underworld throne and raise the unstoppable Golden Army in a bid to end humankind. Hellboy is once again joined by his girlfriend, fireball Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), alien fish stick Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, who also plays several other costumed characters), and the nervous head of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Tom Manning (Jeffrey Tambor). But the government, concerned about Hellboy’s refusal to follow orders, has sent him a new team leader, by-the-book gasbag Johann Kraus (played by John Alexander, voiced by FAMILY GUY creator Seth McFarlane). Despite some lapses in the plot — which borrows elements from STAR WARS, STAR TREK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and even SHREK — HELLBOY II is actually better than the original, with more humor and, indeed, more tenderness. It also features the best use of a Barry Manilow song ever. And Perlman is a riot every step of the way.

THE EXILES (Kent Mackenzie, 1961)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St.

Opens Friday, July 11




Milestone Films, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and preservationist Ross Lipman, who recently teamed up to restore Charles Burnett’s wonderful KILLER OF SHEEP and MY BROTHER’S WEDDING, have joined together again, this time to bring back Kent Mackenzie’s 1961 film THE EXILES. The black-and-white slice-of-life tale, which debuted at the 1961 Venice Film Festival and screened at the inaugural 1964 New York Film Festival, follows a group of American Indians as they hang out on a long Friday night of partying and soul searching in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. The film centers on Homer (Homer Nish) and Yvonne (Yvonne Williams), who are going to have a baby. After Yvonne makes dinner for Homer and his friends, the men drop her off at the movies by herself while they go out drinking and gambling and, in Tommy’s (Tommy Reynolds) case, looking for some female accompaniment. As the night goes on, Homer, Yvonne, and Tommy share their thoughts and dreams in voice-over monologues that came out of interviews Mackenzie conducted with them. In fact, the cast worked with the director in shaping the story and getting the details right, ensuring its authenticity and realism, giving THE EXILES a cinema verité feel. Although the film suffers from a poorly synced soundtrack — it is too often too clear that the dialogue was dubbed in later and doesn’t match the movement of the actors’ mouths — it is still an engaging, important independent work (the initial budget was $539) about a subject rarely depicted onscreen with such honesty. Mackenzie, who followed up THE EXILES with the documentaries THE TEENAGE REVOLUTION (1965) and SATURDAY MORNING (1971) before his death in 1980 at the age of fifty, avoids sociopolitical remonstrations in favor of a sweet innocence behind which lies the difficulties of the plight of American Indians assimilating into U.S. society.

Tony Gerber

The army plays surreal war games in FULL BATTLE RATTLE

FULL BATTLE RATTLE (Tony Gerber & Jesse Moss, 2008)

Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

July 9-22




Deep in California’s Mojave Desert, the U.S. army has been playing war games, preparing soldiers for deployment to Iraq. In this surreal world, soldiers and Iraqi Americans role-play through occupation, insurgency, counterinsurgency, collateral damage, reconstruction, and civil war, following scripts and ad-libbing in the created city of Medina Wasl, where Shia, Sunni, and the American military interact on a daily basis. It’s an utterly bizarre concept, especially when an officer is teaching a soldier how to cry on demand for added effect, or when a fake beheading is videotaped for the local television channel, covered by "embedded reporters." Filmmakers Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss spent three weeks shooting the reality-show scenarios, one focusing on the military side, the other on the "Iraqis," compiling 350 hours of footage that also includes interviews with many of the participants as well as brief looks at the real life of some of the Iraqi American actors. And they make no judgments; they let the pictures speak for themselves, offering no narration or commentary, letting viewers decide on their own whether this is an effective method of training or an extremely crazy waste of time and money. The filmmakers will participate in Q&As following screenings on July 9 at 8:00, July 10 at 6:00 and July 11 at 8:00.

Heath Ledger is scary scream in THE DARK KNIGHT

THE DARK KNIGHT (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

Opens Friday, July 18


Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to his 2005 hit BATMAN BEGINS is one of the most brilliant superhero films ever made. Christian Bale is back as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne, who spends his evenings fighting crime in Gotham City, which is under siege, victim to a brutal crime spree led by the vicious Joker (Heath Ledger in a massive, spectacular performance). As the madman with the wild hair and evil clown face starts knocking off public officials, mob bosses, ordinary citizens, and even his own minions, Wayne is also beset by the blossoming relationship between Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhall), the woman he loves and who knows his secret, and the new DA, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), who has come into his high-profile job with both arms swinging, determined to make Gotham City safe. The Bat-Man is joined once again by his faithful butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), Wayne Industries exec Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and police lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman); the film also features Anthony Michael Hall as a television talk-show host who finds himself in danger, Eric Roberts as a smooth-talking gangster, and Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow in a brief cameo. THE DARK KNIGHT is a carefully constructed tale of good and evil, love and death, and everything in between, working as both a thrilling action movie as well as a psychoanalytic examination of what lurks deep in the soul. Although there are special effects aplenty, it is primarily a very intimate, personal film about one man’s tortured existence. In the summer of the high-octane superhero flick (IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, HELLBOY II, HANCOCK), THE DARK KNIGHT towers above them all.

Stephen Dorff finds nothing but bad luck in FELON

FELON (Ric Roman Waught, 2008)

Opens Friday, July 18


They don’t come much more decent than Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff), a hardworking American with a beautiful wife, Laura (Marisol Nichols), and young son, Michael (Vincent Miller). On the day Wade receives a business loan so he can expand his small construction company, he catches a thief in his house, and in chasing him down he hits him with a baseball bat, killing him. Pleading self-defense, he is instead convicted of manslaughter and sent to California’s Corcoran State Prison, the real-life home of such inmates as Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. Banished to the SHU (Security Housing Unit), where he spends twenty-three hours a day locked up, Wade tries his best to do his short time and get out, but he is dragged into the prison’s violent race wars and the fierce, bloody one-on-one battles orchestrated by the guards, led by the vicious Lt. Jackson (Harold Perrineau, seeing things from the other side after his long stint as a wheelchair-bound prisoner on OZ).

Meanwhile, Wade is befriended by renowned murderer John Smith (a bloated and bearded Val Kilmer), who spouts off platitudes on life and death while all hell breaks loose around him. Inspired by real-life events at Corcoran that involved corrupt prison guards, staged "gladiator days," and an unusually high number of shooting deaths, FELON, written and directed by longtime stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, whose previous forgettable films include 2001’s IN THE SHADOWS and 1996’s EXIT, immediately goes for the jugular, allowing for no subtlety whatsoever. Every scene is so over the top that it all becomes ludicrous, playing more like an episode of a television series than a feature film. There’s a story to be told about what happened in Corcoran, but FELON ain’t it. (FELON will not be getting a national release; in fact, it’ll be out on DVD and Blu-ray August 12.)

Lou Reed / Julian Schnabel collaboration closed the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

LOU REED’S BERLIN (Julian Schnabel, 2008)

Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Opens Friday, July 18




In December 2006, Lou Reed resurrected his 1973 masterwork, BERLIN, a deeply dark and personal song cycle that was a critical and commercial flop upon its initial release but has grown in stature over the years. (As Reed sings on the album’s closer, “Sad Song”: “Just goes to show how wrong you can be.”) The superbly staged adaptation, directed by Academy Award nominee Julian Schnabel, took place at Brooklyn’s intimate St. Ann’s Warehouse, featuring Rob Wasserman and longtime Reed sideman Fernando Saunders on bass, Tony “Thunder” Smith on drums, Rupert Christie on keyboards, and guitarist extraordinaire Steve Hunter, reunited with Lou for the first time in three decades. The band is joined onstage by backup singers Sharon Jones and Antony, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and a seven-piece orchestra (including cello, viola, flute, trumpet, clarinet, and flugel). Amid dreamlike video montages shot by Schnabel’s daughter, Lola, depicting Emmanuelle Seigner as the main character in BERLIN, as well as experimental imagery by Alejandro Garmendia, Reed tells the impossibly bleak story of Caroline, a young mother whose life crashes and burns in a dangerously divided and debauched Germany. “It was very nice / It was paradise,” Reed sings on the opening title track, but it’s all downhill from there.

Meryl Streep jumps for joy as Broadway fave hits the big screen


Opens Friday, July 18


Writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd bring their Broadway smash, MAMMA MIA!, to the big screen, placing it firmly on the strong shoulders of Meryl Streep, who sings and dances away with the movie. Preparing for her wedding to Sky (Dominic Cooper), Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds her mother, Donna’s (Streep), diary, detailing three brief romances she had the summer Sophie was conceived. Determined to find out which one is her true father and have him walk her down the aisle, Sophie secretly invites the three men — the rugged adventurer Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), the handsome architect Sam (Pierce Brosnan), and the goofy banker Harry (Colin Firth) — to the festivities, being held at the villa Donna runs on a small, beautiful Greek island. But when Donna suddenly comes upon her former lovers together in the goat house, she freaks out, demanding they leave immediately, despite Sophie’s insistence that they stay for the wedding. In the meantime, Donna has reunited with her former backup singers, thrice-married debutante Tanya (Christine Baranski) and plucky cookbook author Rosie (Julie Walters), who talk about the good times as well as the bad.

As the wedding approaches, all of the main characters reexamine their lives and reconsider their future, singing and dancing their way through such classic ABBA songs as “The Name of the Game,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Super Trouper,” and “When All Is Said and Done.” Inspired by Melvin Frank’s 1968 film BUONA SERA, MRS. CAMPBELL, which starred Gina Lollabridgida as the mother and Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford, and Telly Savalas as her three former lovers, MAMMA MIA! is campy fun, primarily when Streep is on-screen. The subplots range from lame to predictable, and some of the bigger numbers, including “Voulez Vous,” fall flat on their face, but Streep always brings the film back to life, whether she’s bouncing on a bed during “Dancing Queen,” standing on a mountain, looking out on the horizon while belting out “The Winner Takes It All,” or holding back laughter as Brosnan does his best with “SOS.” But be warned — love it or hate it, your head will be filled with ABBA songs for days to come. (And yes, those two guys are exactly who you think they are, ABBA cofounders Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, in small cameos.)

The Meatrix is one of several works being shown at green environmental festival


Chelsea Art Museum

556 West 22nd St, between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.

Saturday, July 19, 12 noon — 5:30 pm

Donation: $25


The third annual Sustainable Planet Film Festival will feature screenings, panel discussions, and more focusing on the future of green living, organized by environmental economist Pamela Peeters, author of the new book URBAN ECOLOGY: EURO-AMERICAN DIARY. Among the diverse international films dealing with ecology and the environment are ECO HOUSE from Australia, THE BOTTLE BOY from Belgium, WRITINGS ON THE WALL from India, MUNDTON from Germany, CROSSROADS from Haiti, URBAN SOLUTIONS from Brazil, and the Sierra Club’s THE TRUE COST OF FOOD, THE MEATRIX, FIELDS OF FUEL, TRASHMASTERS, and NOT JUST ALIENS from the U.S., which will be shown in the Vision Room. The Knowledge Room will host lectures and panel discussions with such guests as Adrian Kondratowitz and Helen Brough from ART, Alberto Gonzalez of Gusto Organics, and Sustainable Steward Award winners Amelia Amelia and Gaelin Rosenwaks.

CSNY: DÉJÀ VU (Bernard Shakey, 2008)

Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.

Opens Friday, July 25




In the summer of 2006, the on-again, off-again supergroup CSNY — consisting of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young — reunited for the Freedom of Speech tour, highlighting politically charged songs from Young’s latest record, LIVING WITH WAR, as well as socially conscious tunes from throughout their careers, solo and together. The haggard quartet, whose ages add up to around 250 and have individually survived drug and alcohol abuse, a brain aneurysm, a liver transplant, and other health scares, were determined to open people’s eyes about the horrors of the Iraq War through such new numbers as “Shock and Awe,” “Military Madness,” and “Let’s Impeach the President” as well as such classics as “Carry On,” “For What It’s Worth,” “Ohio,” and “Find the Cost of Freedom.” Understanding that the band was likely to alienate some of their fan base with their left-wing missives, Young asked Vietnam veteran and Iraq War journalist Mike Cerre to join them on the road, searching out unique stories in the crowds and local communities along the tour. The result is a compelling document of public reaction to the war in Iraq three years into the battle, combining hard-hitting rock and roll — which takes a while to get going, as CSNY is clearly out of practice at the beginning of the tour — with powerful narratives involving families and veterans with firsthand experience of war, including vet-turned-folksinger Josh Hisle, Gold Star mother Karen Meredith, and National Guard chopper pilot and congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth.

Among the most fascinating moments is when audience members argue over whether it is right for CSNY to inject their politics on people paying upwards of $250 a ticket to just hear the music; of course, it shouldn’t surprise longtime fans which side of the fence the band sits on — they’ve been playing political protest songs for some forty years — especially for a show on the Freedom of Speech tour in support of Young’s angry antiwar album. Directed by Young alter ego Bernard Shakey (GREENDALE, RUST NEVER SLEEPS), CSNY: DÉJÀ VU, named after the group’s 1970 hit song, brings things full circle, comparing the Vietnam war to what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, powered by the title track’s memorable refrain: “We have all been here before.”

RED 71 (Patrick Roddy, 2007)

Two Boots Pioneer Theater

155 East Third St. at Ave. A

July 25-31, nightly at 7:00




Director Patrick Roddy’s second feature-length film, following the 2006 black-and-white indie horror flick MERCY, is a creepy low-budget neo-noir that is surprisingly involving. Nathan Ginn stars as Shane, a fat, sweaty dude who speaks softly but carries a big gun. A simple man who meanders slowly yet confidently through life, Shane is caught in the middle of infidelity, shady business dealings, double crosses, and murder. He has a thing for the beautiful Lorain (Michelle Belegrin), who is married to club owner Charley Rigas (Ted Parks) but is going at it with the dangerous Del (Justin Kreinbrink); meanwhile, Charley is keeping time with the McLean Woman (Hilary Bronwyn Gayle). When Charley ends up with a bullet through his forehead, the suspect list grows and grows, along with the body count. Roddy, who also served as the cinematographer and one of the producers, shot RED 71 in a mere twelve days in Tucson, having fun with genre conventions and clichés. He even got PHANTASM star Angus Scrimm to play a very strange coroner with a fondness for peanut-butter-and-sardine sandwiches and feet. The appropriately moody noir soundtrack is by experimental Austin band Friends of Dean Martinez.

MAN ON WIRE (James Marsh, 2008)

Opens Friday, July 25

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1866 Broadway at 63rd St.


Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.





Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance, Edinburgh, and Los Angeles Film Festivals, MAN ON WIRE is a thrilling examination of Philippe Petit’s attempt to walk on a wire connecting the two towers of the World Trade Center. Using archival footage, home movies, still photos, black-and-white re-creations, and new interviews with all the primary characters, director James Marsh (THE KING, WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP) sets up MAN ON WIRE like a heist film as Petit and his cohorts discuss the detailed planning that went into the remarkable event, including getting the wires and cable to the top of the South Tower and hiding under a tarp as a security guard has a smoke right next to them. Petit, who had previously — and illegally — traversed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, had become immediately obsessed with the Twin Towers as soon as he learned they were being built; Marsh intercuts scenes of the construction of the WTC as Petit puts together the seemingly impossible caper, leading to his August 7, 1974, walk between the two towers, more than a quarter mile above the ground. Petit has a relationship with the World Trade Center unlike anyone else’s; interestingly, Marsh and Petit do not so much as even hint at the destruction of the towers on September 11, 2001, a questionable decision that leaves a gap in the film. (They could have at least mentioned it in the end captions.) Still, MAN ON WIRE is an exhilarating documentary; even though you know that Petit survives, you’ll be breathless as he balances high above Lower Manhattan, one tiny step from death.

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Anne Hathaway & Steve Carell get smart — and plenty stupid — in slapstick flick

GET SMART (Peter Segal, 2008)


From 1965 to 1970, the television series GET SMART, created by Buck Henry and Mel Brooks, parodied the cold-war-era secret-agent genre exemplified by James Bond and Inspector Clouseau on the big screen and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. on the small screen. The slapstick comedy starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86, a bumbling spy who always managed to get his man and save the world, with the help of his ultra-capable, ultra-cool partner, Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon). Director Peter Segal, who has helmed such loser sequels and remakes as THE LONGEST YARD, NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT, and NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, does significantly better with this updated version of GET SMART, primarily because Steve Carell does such a good job reimagining the title character instead of merely impersonating Adams. Carell’s Smart is a detail-oriented analyst who dreams of becoming a field agent, and he finally gets his chance when nearly every other CONTROL agent is either killed or compromised. Working with the Chief (an aggressively funny Alan Arkin), the perfect Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson), and the gorgeous Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway, holding her own surprisingly well), Smart has to infiltrate KAOS in order to prevent Siegfried (a wasted Terence Stamp) and his right-hand man, Shtarker (BORAT’s Ken Davitian), from detonating a nuclear bomb. But the absurd plot is not the point here; instead, it’s the stupidly fun interplay between the main characters. True, many of the jokes fall flat, the handful of attempts at seriousness are lame, and some of the smaller characters are just too silly and overused (including Masi Oka and Nate Torrence as juvenile weapons experts and David Koechner as a totally wrong Larabee), but Carell keeps things going with his deadpan charm. Segal’s smartest decision might have been to allow his cast to ad lib, resulting in a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments, while bringing back such familiar items as the Cone of Silence and most of the classic tag lines (what, no “and loving it”?). The film also features cameos by series cocreator Leonard Stern, Bill Murray as Agent 13, and, most importantly, the original Siegfried, Bernie Kopell.

Robert Downey Jr. muscles up for IRON MAN

IRON MAN (Jon Favreau, 2008)

Regal Union Square Stadium

850 Broadway at Thirteenth St.




Robert Downey Jr. stars as a different kind of superhero in Jon Favreau’s grand retelling of the comic-book hero Iron Man. Tony Stark is a glitzy scientific genius whose rock-star life is filled with beautiful women, fancy parties, and a gorgeous cliff-side Hollywood home. Keeping things barely in perspective is his devoted personal assistant, Pepper Potts (an excellent Gwyneth Paltrow). As the head of Stark Industries — along with his late father’s former partner, Obadiah Stane (a villainously bearded and bald Jeff Bridges) — Tony uses cutting-edge technology to make and market weapons of mass destruction. On a business deal in Afghanistan to show off his latest creation, his convoy is blown up and he is taken hostage by terrorists, who demand that he build a missile for them right then and there. But instead he makes himself an iron suit to help him escape — and having seen how his own weapons have been used against him and America, has a change of heart about the future of his business, which doesn’t make Obadiah very happy. Unlike most superheroes, Stark has no innate super powers; he is merely a deeply conflicted man in a really cool metal suit. Favreau lets the character’s troubled soul and uneasy heart — which is kept pumping by a special magnet protecting it from shrapnel — not special effects, drive the film. Look for Iron Man creator and Marvel legend Stan Lee in a cameo, and be sure to stick around till the end of the credits for a special little bonus.

Sergei Bodrov’s biopic follows life of the man who would be Genghis Khan

MONGOL (Sergei Bodrov, 2008)

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.





The story of Genghis Khan has been told several times on the big and small screen — Omar Sharif played the Mongolian warrior in 1965, John Wayne ridiculously had the lead role in Dick Powell’s 1956 film THE CONQUEROR, and there also have been Japanese, Chinese, and British versions — but Russian director Sergei Bodrov (PRISONER OF THE MOUNTAINS) takes a whole new approach in the gripping historical and romantic epic MONGOL. Set in the late twelfth century and shot on location in China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, MONGOL follows the life of young Temudgin from the age of nine as he grows into one of the fiercest fighters the world has ever known. Although the film features exciting, bloody battle scenes, at its heart it’s a moving character study of Temudgin, based on Lev Gumilev’s 1990s book THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK ARROW. Played as a child by Odnyam Odsuren and an adult by Japanese star Tadanobu Asano (ICHII THE KILLER, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE), Temudgin is a brutal but highly principled leader with an undying love for his strong wife, Borte (the stunning Khulan Chuluun in her film debut), and his family as well as a deep connection with his blood brother, Jamukha (Chinese actor Honglei Sun), later to become his mortal enemy. Set to Tuomas Kantelinen’s sweeping score and throat singing by Mongolian folk group Altan Urag, MONGOL is a lush, beautiful, and surprisingly personal film.

The girls are back in town and on the big screen

SEX AND THE CITY (Michael Patrick King, 2008)


From 1998 to 2004, SEX AND THE CITY was a mainstay on HBO, following the life and loves of Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), and Carrie Bradshaw as they traipsed about Manhattan in designer duds and really expensive shoes, dining and dishing at all the right places. The chic chicks have now reunited in the highly anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning cable series, picking up four years later, with Miranda having troubles with Steve (David Eigenberg) while they raise Brady (Joseph Pupo) out in Brooklyn, Samantha struggling to continue a monogamous relationship with hulky model and actor Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) in Hollywood, Charlotte loving her life with husband Harry (Evan Handler) and their adopted daughter, Lily (Alexandra and Parker Fong), and Carrie finally deciding to move in with — and marry — Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Written and directed by Michael Patrick King, an executive producer and writer on the original series, the movie hiccups its way through nearly two and a half hours of predictable story lines and frustrating plot twists — albeit with some very tender moments — trying too hard to please fans of the show as well as newcomers to this silly, superficial world. But it’s still fun to see the girls back together — with Carrie facing forty and Samantha heading toward fifty — even if the film feels more like two episodes strung together than the cinematic extravaganza it wants to be.

Squires and Shapiro share a strange friendship in THE WACKNESS

THE WACKNESS (Jonathan Levine, 2008)

AMC Empire 25

234 West 42nd St. between Broadway & Eighth Ave.


Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.




Winner of the Audience Award for Dramatic Film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, THE WACKNESS is a quirky coming-of-age drama set in 1994 New York City, which is quickly being taken over by new mayor Rudy Giuliani’s so-called quality-of-life initiatives. Josh Peck stars as Luke Shapiro, an easygoing loner who sells pot in the parks from a disguised Italian ices cart. He’s just graduated high school, and he’s trying to raise enough money so he can go to college. Luke has a strange relationship with his drug-addled shrink, Jeffrey Squires (a wickedly funny Ben Kingsley), that changes when Luke starts getting a little too friendly with Dr. Squires’s hot stepdaughter, Stephanie (Olivia Thirlby). Meanwhile, Luke’s father (David Wohl) has lost a large sum of money, leaving the family facing possible eviction. Writer-director Jonathan Levine (ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE), who graduated high school in 1994 himself, sets the film amid the burgeoning world of hip hop, featuring songs by Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., a Tribe Called Quest, and Method Man (who also plays Luke’s supplier) that heavily influenced his own coming of age. In Luke and Dr. Squires, Levine has created a truly odd, engaging couple in this offbeat, surprisingly affecting film.

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Live Music & Dance

Annie Clark leads St. Vincent into Castle Clinton on July 10


River to River Festival

Music at Castle Clinton, Battery Park

Admission: free (tickets available day of show at 5:00)





Thursday, July 10 Former hair model Annie Clark brings her indie group, St. Vincent, to Battery Park for a special show, featuring songs from their debut album, MARRY ME (July 2007, Beggars Banquet), 7:00

No Age headlines fun triple bill at the Seaport


Pier 17, South Street Seaport

Friday, July 11, 7:00



Experimental punk comes to South Street on July 11 for a triple bill that should be one of the summer’s highlights. Kicking things off is the band with maybe the best name ever, L.A.’s Abe Vigoda, whose third release, SKELETON (July 2008, PPM Records), is nonstop fun, punk played with a wild abandon. AV will be followed by Brooklyn’s Telepathe, with Busy, Mean Masha, and Ryan laying down some unusual dance beats. Closing the extravaganza is No Age, L.A. punksters and friends of Abe Vigoda whose second album, NOUNS (May 2008, Sub Pop), contains the indie hit "Eraser."

Beth Orton will go acoustic in Prospect Park


Celebrate Brooklyn!

Prospect Park Bandshell

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate

Saturday, July 12, 7:30





It’s hard to believe that British singer-songwriter Beth Orton has been around for more than a dozen years, releasing such well-received albums as COMFORT OF STRANGERS (2006), DAYBREAKER (2002), CENTRAL RESERVATION (1999), and her sparkling debut, TRAILER PARK (1996). She’s currently on an acoustic tour, playing with guitarist/violinist Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons), who refers to himself as the "Homeless man’s John Lennon." Bluegrass banjo player and guitarist Matt Munisteri opens the show; the Brooklyn native has been recently touring under the guise of supposed jazz legend Brock Mumford.

Micaela Rossato

The Deal sisters will take a dip in the McCarren Park Pool on July 12


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Sunday, July 13, 2:00




Twin sisters Kim and Kelley Deal, veterans of the Pixies, have reunited as the Breeders (originally founded by Kim Deal and Tanya Donnelly from the Throwing Muses), who released such seminal albums as POD (1990) and LAST SPLASH (1993) and are now touring behind their first record in six years, MOUNTAIN BATTLES (4AD, April 2008). They’ll be headlining at McCarren Park Pool with Kim and Kelley on guitar, Mando Lopez on bass, and Jose Medeles on drums. We can’t get enough of singer/keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino, Pratt graduates and current Brooklynites who continue to charm us to no end with their eponymously titled debut CD, featuring such delightful songs as "Yeah Yeah," "Ready OK," and "5K." Opening the show is the British band the Whip, touring behind its debut album, X MARKS DESTINATION.

Ted Leo will dispense cool sounds with the Pharmacists at Castle Clinton


River to River Festival

Music at Castle Clinton, Battery Park

Admission: free (tickets available day of show at 5:00)




Thursday, July 17 Following their recent ridiculously short gigs opening up for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden, local favorites Ted Leo and the Pharmacists bring their highly touted live show to Castle Clinton, 7:00


Coney Island Boardwalk

Saturday, July 19, 12 noon — 9:00

Admission: free


Now back for its fifth jam-packed year, the Siren Festival will feature a wide range of indie bands at two locations, the main stage on West Tenth St. and the Stillwell Stage on Stillwell Ave. The impressive lineup is led by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and Broken Social Scene, along with the Helio Sequence, Times New Viking, Ra Ra Riot, Islands, the Dodos, Annuals, and others. Very often the earlier bands go on to headline next summer’s free shows across the city, so don’t get there too late, and be prepared if you’re just the tiniest bit claustrophobic.

Main Stage: Dragons of Zynth, 1:00; Parts & Labor, 2:00; the Dodos, 3:00; Times New Viking, 4:00; Ra Ra Riot, 5:00; Islands, 6:00; Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 7:30

Stillwell Stage: These Are Powers, 1:30; Film School, 2:30; Annuals, 3:30; Jaguar Love, 4:30; Beach House, 5:30; the Helio Sequence, 6:30; Broken Social Scene, 8:00


A Place to Bury Strangers will headline official Siren after-party


Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 North Sixth St.

Saturday, July 19, $15, 10:00




After what promises to be a hot, sweaty, free afternoon of great music on the Coney Island Boardwalk, the official Siren Festival after-party gets going at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, featuring Brooklyn’s A Place to Bury Strangers, who recently played a killer set of dark punk at the South Street Seaport, along with Apes & Androids.


Dizzee Rascal brings his British hip-hop to Chelsea


Highline Ballroom

431 West 16th St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.

Friday, July 18, $20, 9:00




Dizzee Rascal burst out of the UK grime scene in 2003 with his first album, BOY IN DA CORNER. His highly individual style, featuring jagged beats, mindbendingly swift and lethal wordplay, and an accent straight out of London’s East End projects, threw a refreshing dollop of hard-edged grime right smack at the increasingly stagnant same-old same-old U.S. hip-hop scene. His recent appearance at Webster Hall in May was an electrifying jolt of blizzard-fast flow, brilliant lyrics, and high-energy demands to see how it’s done in NYC. He even got the largely backpack crowd to do some breaking in a circle right in front of the stage, old-school style. Catch Mr. Rascal before he returns to massive sellout summer raves around the UK and the kind of acclaim Kanye gets here. His third album, MATHS + ENGLISH, was released April 29 on the widely respected Def Jux label; we strongly recommend hip-hop fans get a copy, get to the Highline, and get in close. DJ Aaron LaCrate and Kissey Asplund start things off, getting the place primed for the Diz.


HBE will get their groove on at the Highline Ballroom


Highline Ballroom

431 West 16th St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.

Sunday, July 27, $10-$12, 9:00




We first encountered the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble playing in the Union Square subway station last year, and it was immediately apparent that these guys come from another dimension. The nine-member band features eight sons of Sun Ra trumpeter Phil Cohran and originally hails from Chicago, Illinois, though they’ve since relocated to New York City. With two CDs on iTunes, and a major European tour that includes a London appearance with Mos Def and one at the North Sea Jazz Festival, they have a fervent European following — and a growing American one as well. They’ve played the Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, and Don Hill’s in Manhattan, and their unique indie brass-band virtuosity seems to know no bounds. They return to the Highline Ballroom on July 27; their inventive beats, truly hypnotic rhythms, and intricate and exuberant four-trumpet, two-trombone, sousaphone, sax, and drum assault is absolutely not to be missed.


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are back in Jersey for a brief stand that should be magical


Giants Stadium

East Rutherford, NJ

July 27-31

Tickets: $65-$95



Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s MAGIC tour returns to the tristate area for three shows at Giants Stadium this summer. (Although Springsteen continues to sell out instantly overseas, there are still tickets left for the East Rutherford concerts.) On July 15, Springsteen is releasing "Magic Tour Highlights," four digital downloads of special performances during the current tour, including the fun "Always a Friend" with Alejandro Escovedo from Houston, a fierce "The Ghost of Tom Joad" with Tom Morello from Anaheim, a very cool "Turn Turn Turn" with Roger McGuinn from Orlando, and a bittersweet "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" from March 20 in Indianapolis, the final appearance by Danny Federici. Federici’s death has deeply affected Springsteen and the band, which has been reaching deep in recent setlists, pulling out chestnuts and rarely played oldies as fans show up with dozens of requests that Springsteen rifles through during each concert, from "Downbound Train" and "Something in the Night" to "Janey, Don’t You Lost Heart" and "Rendezvous," from "Held Up Without a Gun" and "Fire" to "I’m on Fire" and "For You," from "Summertime Blues" and "None But the Brave" to "Twist and Shout" and the Detroit Medley. With the concerts now approaching thirty songs and three hours, fans are comparing them to the classic performances on the 1978 Darkness jaunt as well as the 1999 reunion tour.

Extra Golden comes to town for a triple header


Tuesday, July 29, the Knitting Factory, $10-$12, 8:00

Sunday, August 3, SummerStage African Guitar Festival, free, 2:30

Wednesday, August 20, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, free, 6:00


Formed in May 2004 by Americans Ian Eagleson and Alex Minoff of Golden and Kenyans Otieno Jagwasi and Onyango Wuod Omari of Orchestra Extra Solar Africa in Nairobi’s Buru Buru neighborhood, Extra Golden has battled through Jagwasi’s AIDS-related death before the release of the their first record, OK-OYOT SYSTEM (Thrill Hill, May 2006), appealed to Illinois senator Barack Obama when they were denied visas to play in the States for the first time, and had to cancel gigs and deal with looted homes during the Kenyan election riots earlier this year. Mixing Kenyan Benga with American rock, Extra Golden recently released its second disc, HERA MA NONO (Thrill Hill, October 2007), with Onyango Jagwasi (Otieno’s brother), Opiyo Bilongo, and drummer Omari sharing lead vocals on the album’s eight guitar-based tracks, including "I Miss You," "Night Runners," and "Street Parade." Featuring songs in both Luo and English, HERA MA NONO (which translates to "Love in Vain") pays tribute to Otieno Jagwasi, New Orleans, and even Obama himself. The songs often include long instrumental breaks, with several of the tunes clocking in at more than eight minutes apiece. Extra Golden will be in New York City for three shows, first at the Knitting Factory on July 29 with Icy Demons and Pimps of Joytime, followed by two free concerts: as part of the African Guitar Festival at SummerStage on August 3, with Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits, Habib Koité & Bamada, Daby Touré, and Yossi Fine & Afrikan Bass, and at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors festival on August 20, with Mahmoud Ahmed and Alèmayèhu Eshèté with the Either/Orchestra, and Gétatchèw Mèkurya with the Ex.

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Art & Literature

© Miru Kim

Miru Kim investigates the old Revere sugar factory


Gestarc Gallery

390 Van Brunt St. between Coffey & Dikeman Sts., Red Hook

Saturdays & Sundays 12 noon — 6:00

Admission: free



Born in Massachusetts, raised in South Korea, and now living and working in New York City, Miru Kim visits abandoned buildings, subway stations, construction sites, and other mysterious areas, photographing herself naked, often running through the scene like a ghost or huddling in a fetal position. The effect is both haunting and entrancing, daring and provocative, beguiling and mesmerizing. The photos will be accompanied by a pair of ten-minute shorts by artist and activist Isidore Roussel, BLIND DOOR and BLIND VIDEO, each of which also features Kim.

Friday, July 11 Opening reception of new multimedia installation by urban photographer Miru Kim and filmmaker Isidore Roussel, featuring a live performance by Hariko, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Special viewing of multimedia installation by urban photographer Miru Kim and filmmaker Isidore Roussel, featuring live performances by the Loud Objects and Sawako, 7:00

Friday, July 25 Closing party of multimedia installation by urban photographer Miru Kim and filmmaker Isidore Roussel, 7:00

© Tad Wiley

Tad Wiley, “Splitshot” and “Lake-Effect,” oil-based enamel on wood, 2008


Gary Snyder ProjectSpace

250 West 26th St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.

Monday —Friday 11:00 am — 6:00 pm through July 25

Admission: free



Three different takes on abstraction from three New York-based artists make up the first contemporary art exhibit at Gary Snyder Art’s ProjectSpace; hence its title, “?Abstraction.” Artist and professor Laurie Fendrich, who claims Jane Austen and Stuart Davis as major influences, is a Modernist with the sensibility of a Russian constructivist filtered through Miró. In such works as “Dart Mouth” and “Night Delivery,” geometric shapes and sharp colors form mysterious, appealing abstract jigsaw puzzles. In his Slippage series, Brooklynite Luke Gray fills canvases with thick lines, light and dark squiggles, and random color patches, evoking de Kooning and Kandinsky. Following his show of fifteen smaller oil-based-enamel-on-wood pieces at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica earlier this year, Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Tad Wiley returns to his larger works here, with three new pieces that marvelously balance color, depth, and texture. In “Splitshot,” a pair of vertical red shapes meet at the center of the canvas, not quite mirror images of each other, while in “Lake-Effect,” two curved blue patterns touch top to bottom. And in “Untitled #1022,” nearly identical brown and yellow shapes run side by side, the image on the right a virtual faded version of the one on the left. In all three canvases, the loose feel of Wiley’s brushstrokes adds a compelling charm, especially if you allow your eyes to invert the colors, making the off-white sections the primary focus, pushing the red, blue, yellow, and brown shapes into the background.


People play the building in David Byrne installation


Battery Maritime Building

11 South St. at Whitehall St., next to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal

Fridays through Sundays 12 noon — 6:00 pm through August 10

Admission: free


playing the building slideshow

The Battery Maritime Building, the nine-thousand-square-foot landmark Beaux-Arts structure built by Walker and Morris in 1909, is currently vacant, although the Dermot Company is seeking to add a glass hotel on top of it, to be designed by Rogers Marvel; they are also planning on restoring the original fifty-foot-high cupolas. In the meantime, musician and artist David Byrne, with the public arts group Creative Time, has installed an old-fashioned wooden church organ on the second floor, with dozens of wires coming out of the instrument and affixed to walls, pipes, window frames, poles, etc., emitting various sound effects throughout the building. Some keys trigger hums, others drones, and yet others clacks and bangs, allowing visitors to, in effect, play the building.

NETHERLAND by Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon, May 2008, $23.95)



Born in Ireland, raised in Holland, and now living in New York City, Joseph O’Neill brings all those sensibilities and more to his beautiful new novel, NETHERLAND. Wildly successful Dutch banker Hans van den Broek, who specializes in correctly anticipating trends in the oil industry, is sent from his base in London to Manhattan, where he expects to work a few years before returning to England. He brings with him his wife, Rachel, and their young son, Jake, attempting to fit in with the New York lifestyle, but Hans can’t get over his one true obsession: cricket. Soon he is part of the New York Cricket Club, playing matches in Wagner Park on Staten Island and hanging out with the mysterious Chuck Ramkissoon, a cricket umpire and curious entrepreneur who has grand plans to make the sport take off in America. As Hans’s relationship with his wife stagnates, his friendship with Ramkissoon grows as the Trinidadian teaches him how to drive, oddly waxes somewhat poetic on the state of the world, and takes him on strange little trips on which Hans chooses to look the other way, knowing something untoward is going on. In NETHERLAND, O’Neill has written one of the great recent New York novels, getting the city right in every one of Hans’s detailed inner monologues and daily dealings. O’Neill (THIS IS THE LIFE, THE BREEZES) often treats readers to long paragraphs of breathless, thrilling prose; on one page a sentence of more than 150 words is followed by one of more than 200, each flowing seamlessly into the next. Hans’s very specific take on the city will charm and captivate anyone who’s ever lived in, visited, or wanted to travel to New York.

Thursday, July 31 Upstairs at the Square: Joseph O’Neill reads from NETHERLAND, Aimee Mann performs tracks from SMILERS, and the two join in conversation with Katherine Lanpher, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th St., free, 7:00


Grand Hyatt New York

109 East 42nd St. at Grand Central Terminal

July 9-12

Registration: $200-$975


Some of the leading thriller writers on the planet converge on the Grand Hyatt for four days of special presentations, panel discussions, banquets, book signings, and more, with 2008 ThrillerMaster Sandra Brown, 2007 ThrillerMaster James Patterson, spotlight authors Brad Thor, Kathy Reichs, and Eric Van Lustbader, a CraftFest and an AgentFest (available for an additional fee), live auctions, and dozens of other events (a few highlights are listed below), which include such writers as David Baldacci, R.L. Stine, Lee Child, Steve Berry, Heather Graham, Katherine Neville, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, and more.

Thursday, July 10 Buzz Your Book, with M.J. Rose and Doug Clegg, Alvin Room, 5:30

Friday, July 11 Spotlight Guest Presentation: Brad Thor interviewed by Gayle Linds, Ballroom A, 12 noon

Friday, July 11 What Makes a Great Villain? panel discussion with Thomas O’Callaghan, Meredith Anthony, Carla Neggers, Jim Daher, and Allison Brennan, moderated by David Morrell, Broadway, 4:00

Saturday, July 12 ThrillerMaster Clive Cussler interviewed by Douglas Preston, Ballroom A, 12 noon

Saturday, July 12 You Interview: David Baldacci — an Interactive Q&A Session Hosted by Steve Berry, Ballroom A, 1:50

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twi-ny top two dozen (or so)
weekly reminders & special events


Japan Society

333 East 47th St. between First and Second Aves.

Through July 13

Tickets: $11



Wednesday, July 9 KISARAGI (Yuichi Sato, 2007), 8:45

Thursday, July 10 YASUKUNI (Li Ying, 2008), 6:30

Thursday, July 10 GUMMI, CHOCOLATE, PINE (Keralino Sandorovich, 2007), 9:00

Friday, July 11 FILMFUL LIFE (ICHIKAWA KON MONOGATARI) (Shunji Iwai, 2006), 6:30

Friday, July 11 OFF HIGHWAY 20 (Katsuya Tomita, 2007), 8:15

Friday, July 11 Inugami X 2: A Tribute to Kon Ichikawa — THE INUGAMI FAMILY (Kon Ichikawa, 1976), 8:30

Saturday, July 12 NEAR EQUAL KUSAMA YAYOI: I ADORE MYSELF (NEAR EQUAL KUSAMA YAYOI — WATASHI DAISUKI) (Takako Matsumoto, 2008), followed by a Q&A with Takako Matsumoto, 12:45

Saturday, July 12 Inugami x 2: A Tribute to Kon Ichikawa — MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN (Kon Ichikawa, 2006), 5:45

Saturday, July 12 SAKURAN (Mika Ninagawa, 2007), followed by Red Light Party, $15, 8:30

Sunday, July 13 A GENTLE BREEZE IN THE VILLAGE (TENNEN KOKEKKO) (Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2007), free, 3:00

Sunday, July 13 SAKURAN (Mika Ninagawa, 2007), 12:45


Multiple venues

Admission: free


Tuesday, July 8 Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K.125a, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, featuring violinists Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, conducted by Xian Zhang, Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Staten Island, 8:00

Wednesday, July 9 Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K.125a, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, featuring violinists Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, conducted by Xian Zhang, PNC Bank Arts Center, New Jersey, 8:00

Thursday, July 10 Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K.125a, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, featuring violinists Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, conducted by Xian Zhang, Cunningham Park, Queens, 8:00

Friday, July 11 Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K.125a, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, featuring violinists Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, conducted by Xian Zhang, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 8:00

Saturday, July 12 Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K.125a, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, featuring violinists Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, conducted by Xian Zhang, Heckscher State Park, East Islip, Long Island, 8:00

Monday, July 14 Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, and Sibelius’s Finlandia, featuring violinists Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, conducted by Alan Gilbert, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, followed by fireworks, 8:00

Tuesday, July 15 Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, and Sibelius’s Finlandia, featuring Lang Lang on piano, conducted by Alan Gilbert, Great Lawn, Central Park, followed by fireworks, 8:00


Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City (RP) / World Financial Center Plaza (WFC)

Wagner Park in Battery Park City (WP)/ Historic Battery Park Lawn (BPL)

Music at Castle Clinton, in Battery Park (CC) / South Street Seaport, Pier 17 (SSS)

Zuccotti Park (ZP) / Governors Island (GI)

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University (MSC)

South Cove, Battery Park City, Hudson River at South End Ave. (SC)

One New York Plaza at Water & Whitehall Sts. (ONE)

Admission: free



Through Tuesday, July 15 SITELINES: Rita Jaroslow & Dancers 311, Municipal Building at Chambers St. near food kiosks

Wednesday, July 9 The Avett Brothers, Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St., 7:00

Thursday, July 10 Jovino santos Neto, WFC, 12:30

Thursday, July 10 St. Vincent, CC, 7:00

Friday, July 11 Phillippe BadenPowell, ONE, 12:30

Saturday, July 12 Brazilian Connection Quintet, WFC, 8:00

Monday, July 14 José Feghali, piano, MSC, 7:30

Tuesday, July 15 Fennesz / Sakamoto, WFC, 9:00

Wednesday, July 16 Steel Pulse, RP, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Junior Mance, WFC, 12:30

Thursday, July 17 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, CC, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Junior Mance, ONE, 12:30

Friday, July 18 Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las and others, SSS, 6:30

Monday, July 21


Wednesday, July 30 SITELINES: 360º Dance Company. MAKTUB, SSS, 12:00 noon and 1:00

Tuesday, July 22 Kieran hebden (four tet) & steve reid, WFC, 9:00

Wednesday, July 23 The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, RP, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Ollabelle, WFC, 12:30

Thursday, July 24 Akron/Family, WFC, 7:00

Friday, July 25 Ollabelle, ONE, 12:30

Friday, July 25 Atlas Sound, El Guincho, SSS, 7:00

Saturday, July 26 the big river project: the music of johnny cash, with Ollabelle, Benevento/Russo Duo, Laura Cantrell, Catherine Russell, and the Persuasions, and more, WFC, 8:00

Monday, July 28 Jennifer Stumm, viola, MSC, 7:30

Wednesday, July 30 Patti Austin’s "Avant Gershwin," RP, 7:00


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Through August 7



Japanese star Tatsuya Nakadai (1932- ) might not be a household name in the United States, but many of his films are — primarily such Akira Kurosawa classics as KAGEMUSHA, RAN, SANJURO, YOJIMBO, and HIGH AND LOW. He’s also made such cult favorites as Hiroshi Teshigahara’s THE FACE OF ANOTHER, Masaki Kobayashi’s SAMURAI REBELLION and KWAIDAN, and Kihachi Okamoto’s SWORD OF DOOM and KILL! Whether playing a rogue samurai, a 1960s detective, an obsessive artist, a hip gangster, a ruthless government official, or a Shakespearean king, Nakadai always makes an impact. This exciting series concludes with a three-week run of Kobayashi’s three-part, ten-hour WWII epic, THE HUMAN CONDITION.

Wednesday, July 9 UNTAMED (1957, Mikio Naruse)

Thursday, July 10 IMMORTAL LOVE (1961, Keisuke Kinoshita)

Friday, July 11


Saturday, July 12 RAN (1985, Akira Kurosawa)

Sunday, July 13 KWAIDAN (1964, Masaki Kobayashi)

Monday, July 14 ODD OBSESSION (1959, Kon Ichikawa)

Tuesday, July 15


Wednesday, July 16 KILL! (1968, Kihachi Okamoto)

Wednesday, July 16 CONFLAGRATION (ENJO) (1958, Kon Ichikawa)

Thursday, July 17 SANJURO (1962, Akira Kurosawa)

Friday, July 18


Thursday, August 7 THE HUMAN CONDITION (1959-61, Masaki Kobayashi), presented in three parts


MoMA Film

Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

11 West 53rd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Through July 23

Tickets: $10, in person only, may be applied to museum admission within thirty days, same-day screenings free with museum admission, available at Film and Media Desk



Wednesday, July 9 FIRE (Deepa Mehta, 1996), 5:30

Wednesday, July 9 SHIJIE (THE WORLD) (Jia Zhangke, 2004), 8:00

Thursday, July 10 IKLIMLER (CLIMATES) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006), 5:30

Isa and Bahar are having tough times in CLIMATES

CLIMATES (IKLIMLER) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006)


Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and a selection of the just-wrapped-up New York Film Festival, CLIMATES is a beautifully elegiac look at a desperate relationship set in modern-day Turkey. The film opens with Isa (writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan) and Bahar (Ebru Ceylan, Nuri’s real-life wife) visiting desert ruins. As he walks among ancient pillars, taking photos, she watches him from a distance; the silence is deafening. Later, on a beach, they agree to part ways; while he heads back into the arms of Serap (Nazan Kesal), a friend’s lover, she takes a job on a faraway television program, set in the bitter cold and snow. But Isa still can’t get the younger Bahar out of his mind. CLIMATES features long scenes of little dialogue, with cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki alternating extreme close-ups with gorgeous, nearly empty landscapes, shot in HD digital video, with a haunting piano-based score. Ceylan’s follow-up to DISTANT, which won the 2003 Jury Grand Prix at Cannes, is a wrenching, challenging tale that will leave audiences emotionally exhausted.

Thursday, July 10 CALENDAR (Atom Egoyan, 1993), 8:00

Friday, July 11 SHIJIE (THE WORLD) (Jia Zhangke, 2004), 5:30

Friday, July 11 IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas, 1997), 8:15

Saturday, July 12 IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas, 1997), 4:00

Saturday, July 12 CALENDAR (Atom Egoyan, 1993), with Egoyan, Emily Russo, and Nancy Gerstman present, 6:00

Saturday, July 12 The Films of the Brothers Quay: THE CABINET OF JAN SVANKMAJER (the Brothers Quay, 1984), STREET OF CROCODILES (the Brothers Quay, 1986), THE COMB (the Brothers Quay, 1990), STILLE NACHT IV (CAN'T GO WRONG WITHOUT YOU) (the Brothers Quay, 1994), and THE PHANTOM MUSEUM (the Brothers Quay, 2003), 8:30

Sunday, July 13 The Films of the Brothers Quay: THE CABINET OF JAN SVANKMAJER (the Brothers Quay, 1984), STREET OF CROCODILES (the Brothers Quay, 1986), THE COMB (the Brothers Quay, 1990), STILLE NACHT IV (CAN’T GO WRONG WITHOUT YOU) (the Brothers Quay, 1994), and THE PHANTOM MUSEUM (the Brothers Quay, 2003), 4:00



Stephen and Timothy Quay, twin brothers from Philly who live and work in London, are among the most creative filmmakers of the past thirty years. Their dreamlike shorts exist in a hypnotic fantasy world of Expressionistic dolls and puppets, mechanical devices, and repeated actions. As part of the Zeitgeist series, MoMA will be screening five of their best films, including the stunning STREET OF CROCODILES (1986), based on the novel by Bruno Schulz; THE COMB (1990), which features a real person experiencing a strange dream; THE CABINET OF JAN SVANKMAJER (1984), which pays tribute to the master Czech stop-motion animator; STILLE NACHT IV (CAN’T GO WRONG WITHOUT YOU) (1994), a music video for His Name Is Alive; and THE PHANTOM MUSEUM (2003), in which the brothers have creepy fun with Sir Henry Wellcome’s collection of medical curiosities. This is a rare chance to see these remarkable films on the big screen, so check them out, even if you have a fear of puppets.

Sunday, July 13 AIMÉE & JAGUAR (Max Färberböck, 1989), 6:00

Monday, July 14 AIMÉE & JAGUAR (Max Färberböck, 1989), 5:30

Monday, July 14 FIRE (Deepa Mehta, 1996), 8:00

Wednesday, July 16 IKLIMLER (CLIMATES) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006), 5:30

Wednesday, July 16 LUMUMBA (Raoul Peck, 2001), 8:00

Thursday, July 17 BALLETS RUSSES (Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine, 2005), 5:30

Thursday, July 17 NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) (Caroline Link, 2002), 8:00

Friday, July 18 LUMUMBA (Raoul Peck, 2001), 5:30

Friday, July 18 NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) (Caroline Link, 2002), 8:00

Saturday, July 19 BALLETS RUSSES (Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine, 2005), with Geller, Goldfine, and dancer Freddie Franklin present, 3:30

Saturday, July 19 LES GLANEURS ET LA GLENEUSE (THE GLEANERS AND I) (Agnès Varda, 2001), 6:00

Saturday, July 19 REGARDE LA MER (SEE THE SEA) (François Ozon, 1997) and UNE ROBE D'ÉTÉ (A SUMMER DRESS) (François Ozon, 1996), 8:30

Sunday, July 20 BLUE (Derek Jarman, 1993), 4:00

Sunday, July 20 DIE GROßE STILLE (INTO GREAT SILENCE) (Philip Gröning, 2006), 6:00

Monday, July 21 LES GLANEURS ET LA GLENEUSE (THE GLEANERS AND I) (Agnès Varda, 2001), 5:30

Monday, July 21 BLUE (Derek Jarman, 1993), 8:00

Wednesday, July 23 REGARDE LA MER (SEE THE SEA) (François Ozon, 1997) and UNE ROBE D'ÉTÉ (A SUMMER DRESS) (François Ozon, 1996), 5:30

Wednesday, July 23 DIE GROßE STILLE (INTO GREAT SILENCE) (Philip Gröning, 2006), 8:00


Multiple venues

All concerts at 7:00

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 9 Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumboa/DJ Louie JR, Crotona Park, 173rd St. & Crotona Park East

Wednesday, July 9 Brand Nubian, Brower Park, Brooklyn Ave. & Prospect Park Pl.

Thursday, July 10 Whodini, Von King Park, Tompkins Ave. between. Lafayette & Greene Aves.

Tuesday, July 15 Ray Castro y Su Cojunto Classico/DJ Louie JR, St. Mary’s Park, 146 St. & St. Ann’s Ave.

Wednesday, July 16 Richie Spice, Brower Park, Brooklyn Ave. & Prospect Park Pl.

Thursday, July 17 The Fiery Furnaces, East River Park, bandshell along the East River between Grand & Jackson Sts.

Tuesday, July 22 Naughty by Nature, Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave., Bridge Plaza, Vernon Blvd. & East River

Wednesday, July 23 Tony Touch & Brenda K Starr, Crotona Park, 173rd St. & Crotona Park East

Thursday, July 24 KRS-ONE, East River Park, bandshell along the East River between Grand & Jackson Sts.

Wednesday, July 30 The Delfonics, Mahoney Playground, Beechwood Ave, Crescent Ave., Cleveland St. & Jersey St.


Rumsey Playfield

Central Park (enter at Fifth Ave. & 69th St.)

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



Wednesday, July 9 Music & Film: LA LUPE QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL (Ela Troyano), BRAGGING RIGHTS: STICKBALL STORIES (Sonia N. Gonzalez), Cucu Diamentes, 7:00

Thursday, July 10 Music & Film: THE HARDER THEY COME (Perry Henzell, 1972) and I-Wayne, 7:00

Friday, July 11 Rennie Harris / Pure Movement, Francesca Harper Project, 8:00

Saturday, July 12 Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh, DJ Bitman, 3:00

Sunday, July 13 Global Family Day! Big Nazo, Baby Loves Salsa featuring Jose Conde, Cinderella Samba, 3:00

Thursday, July 17 Junot Diaz, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Video Music Box 25th Anniversary Concert, 7:00

Saturday, July 19 Gospel Day: Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Dave Holister, 3:00

Sunday, July 20 Santogold, Diplo, Plastic Little, A-Trak, Kid Cudi, 3:00

Saturday, July 26 Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, PeepDance, 8:00

Sunday, July 27 Skatalites, Taj Majal, Los Pinguos, 3:00


Multiple venues

Live music: 8:00 or 8:30

Film screening: 8:30 or 9:00

Tickets: $9 unless otherwise noted



Wednesday, July 9 Short City Blocks, Jackie Robinson Park, 150th St. & Bradhurst Ave., Harlem, with live music by the Project, free

Friday, July 11 Short film program: La Corona y Alguna Tristeza (The Crown and Some Kind of Sadness), with live music by Yerbabuena, El Museo del Barrio roof,

Saturday, July 12 New York premiere: Knee Deep (Michael Chandler), the Old American Can Factory, 232 Third St. at Third Ave., Gowanus

Wednesday, July 16 NY Non-Fiction Uptown 1st Edition, Marcus Garvey Park, Mt. Morris Park West at 122nd St., Harlem, with live music, free

Friday, July 18 Short film program: Rural Route Films, Automotive High School lawn, 50 Bedford Ave. between North 12th St. & Lorimer, Williamsburg

Wednesday, July 23 NY Non-Fiction Uptown 2nd Edition, St. Nicholas Park, 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave., Harlem, with live music, free

Friday, July 25 Short film program: Animation Block Party, Automotive High School lawn, 50 Bedford Ave. between North 12th St. & Lorimer, Williamsburg

Saturday, July 26 New York premiere: IN A DREAM (Jeremiah Zagar), the Old American Can Factory, 232 Third St. at Third Ave., Gowanus

Wednesday, July 30 Hard Road Home, Morningside Park, 113th St. & Morningside Dr., Harlem, with live music, free



BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.

July 4-13

Movie screenings: $11




Wednesday, July 9 SOUL TO SOUL (Denis Sanders, 1971), 4:30

Wednesday, July 9 AFRO-PUNK (James Spooner, 2003) and PARIAH (Dee Rees, 2007), 6:50

Wednesday, July 9 THE LANDLORD (Hal Ashby, 1970), 9:40

Wednesday, July 9 Concerts in the Afro-Punk Skate Park: Planet Ubiquity, Voodoo Fee, Lets Go To War, Bazaar Royale, Game Rebellion, Bone Crusher, free, 4:00 — 10:00 pm

Saturday, July 12 Concert in Fort Greene Park: Sophia Ramos, the Dirtbombs, Tamar Kali, Little Jackie, and Bermuda featuring Antibalas Horn Section, with DJ Dustbin Brothers and DJ Hard Hitting Harry, 1:00 — 8:00, followed by film screening at 8:00, free

Sunday, July 13 Second annual Afro-Punk Block Party, featuring live music, DJ sets, food, fashion, arts & crafts, and more, with Kudu, J*Davey, the Carps, the Caesarz, DJ Hard Hitting Harry, and the Dustbin Brothers, Clinton Ave. between Myrtle and Willoughby, free, 12 noon — 8:00 pm


Stuyvesant Town Oval

Enter at Ave. A & 14th St.

Wednesday nights at 6:00

Admission: free

Wednesday, July 9 DJ Busquelo and Slavic Soul Party

Wednesday, July 16 DJ Duane Harriott and Easy All-Stars


Tobacco Warehouse

Empire-Fulton State Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Wednesday nights at 6:30

Admission: free



Wednesday, July 9 Barbes, with Las Rubias Del Norte, the Parker String Quartet, and the Mandingo Ambassadors, 6:30

Wednesday, July 16 Zebulon, with Sharon Van Etten, Colin Stetson, Charles Gayle Trio, and Stuart Bogie/Supherhuman Happiness, 6:30

Wednesday, July 23 Jalopy, with the Otis Brothers, the Wiyos, and Al Duvall, 6:30

Wednesday, July 30 ISSUE Project, with Theremin Society, John Zorn’s Cobra, and Jonathan Kane’s February, 6:30


Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Wednesday nights at 7:00 through August 20

Admission: free



Wednesday, July 9 SLINGSHOT HIP HOP (Jackie Salloum, 2008), introduced by the producer, and WHO’S ON FIRST (Valerie Kontakos, 2006), introduced by the director, live music by Mohammed Al Farra and Abeer from Slingshot Hip Hop, Greek cuisine by Opa! Souvlaki

Wednesday, July 16 BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006), African beats and rhythms by DJ Stone, Moroccan cuisine by Mundo Café in Astoria

BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006)


In Bamako, a small town in the poor section of Hamdallaye in Mali, a trial is being held in a small courtyard, pitting the G8, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank against African society. While Chaka (Tiécoura Traoré) and Melé (Aissa Maiga) tend to their sick child, defense attorney Roland Rappaport goes toe-to-toe with plaintiff’s attorney William Bourdon, the only two white men amid this close-knit community fighting for a future that is trapped in a cycle of never-ending debt. When a gun goes missing, the very real threat of violence seethes just underneath the surface, waiting to explode at any moment. Written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (LIFE ON EARTH), BAMAKO is heartfelt but politically obvious, primarily preaching to the converted. To further his treatise on the evils of the West, Sissako includes part of a comic Spaghetti Western in the middle of the film, starring Danny Glover (one of BAMAKO’s executive producers) as the hero. BAMAKO is preceded by Arnaud Gautier’s excellent short film INNOCENCE, in which two masked children battle each other over a loaf of bread in a gorgeous black-and-white postapocalyptic landscape.

Wednesday, July 23 CHOP SHOP (Ramin Bahrani, 2007), introduced by the director, live performance by the Robe Crowe Situation, homestyle American cooking by Josephine’s Soul Food Café in Queens

CHOP SHOP (Ramin Bahrani, 2007)


Set amid the junkyards and auto-body shops in the shadow of Shea Stadium, Ramin Bahrani’s follow-up to the indie hit MAN PUSH CART is a gritty, realistic drama of family and community. Filmed in thirty days in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Willets Point, Queens, CHOP SHOP stars Alejandro Polanco as Ale, a street-smart twelve-year-old boy who works for Rob (Rob Sowulski), calling cars into the repair shop, stealing spare parts, and learning virtually every aspect of the trade. Ale lives in a small upstairs room in the garage with his sister, sixteen-year-old Isamar (Isamar Gonzalez), who by day works in a food van and at night makes extra cash by getting into cars and trucks with strange men. Neither Ale nor Izzy goes to school; instead, they’re working hard, saving up money to buy a food van and start their own business, but their life is fraught with danger and difficulty nearly every step of the way. Written by Bahrani and Bahareh Azimi, filmed primarily with a handheld camera by Michael Simmonds, and featuring a cast of non-actors encouraged to improvise, CHOP SHOP is an honest, frightening, yet sweet slice of life that takes place not far from a sign at Shea that announces, “Where Dreams Happen.” Polanco gives a remarkable performance as Ale, a rough yet vulnerable kid who has been dealt a tough hand but just forges ahead, attempting to make the most out of his life, trying to find his own piece of the American dream. Whether hanging out with his best friend, Carlos (Carlos Zapata), looking after his sister, doing a special job for Ahmad (MAN PUSH CART’s Ahmad Razvi), or counting his pay in front of his boss — Sowulski really does own the garage where most of the movie is filmed — Ale is an extraordinary character, played by an extraordinary young boy in his very first film. CHOP SHOP is a subtle, unforgettable experience.

Wednesday, July 30 THE HOST (Bong Joon-ho, 2006), live performance by Song Hee Lee Dance Company, Korean cuisine by Go Wasabi, Astoria

Overrated Korean horror film was a big hit

THE HOST (GWOEMUL) (Bong Joon-ho, 2006)


Several years after the government improperly disposes of chemical waste, a huge monster appears under a bridge on the Han River. The lazy, childlike Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho), who works at his grandfather’s ( food stand on the shore — that is, when he’s not sleeping — tries desperately to save his young daughter, Hyun-seo (Ko A-sung), from the creature’s grasp, but when the monster runs off with her, Gang-du does everything in his limited power to try to get her back — if she’s even still alive. He gets help from his well-dressed brother and Olympian archer sister, who are determined to rescue their niece, but the creature has no intentions of just coughing her up. THE HOST wants to be more than just another monster movie, injecting humor and strong family bonds, but it never quite pulls itself together. For every great scene with the creature, there’s a silly scene with the family that misses the mark. Still, Song is a hoot to watch, and the special effects folks have created one heck of a cool monster.


Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Wednesdays around dusk July 9 — August 20

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 9 LA BAMBA (Luis Valdez, 1987)

Wednesday, July 16 ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

Wednesday, July 23 PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984)

Wednesday, July 30 DREAM GIRLS (Bill Condon, 2006)


Pier A Park at First & Sinatra Dr.


July, around 9:00

August & September, around 8:15

Admission: free

Blankets & low lawn chairs encouraged



Bring a low-back chair and a beach blanket and grab a good spot at Hoboken’s annual outdoor screening series, complete with a splendid view of the Hudson River.

Wednesday, July 9 JUNO (Jason Reitman, 2007)

Wednesday, July 16 ATONEMENT (Joe Wright, 2007)

Wednesday, July 23 I’M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes, 2007) or RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

Wednesday, July 30 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (Julie Taymor, 2007)


Pier 54, Hudson River Park at Horatio St.

Admission: free


Thursday, July 10 Latin Celebracion with Yerba Buena featuring CuCu Diamantes, Si*Se, and DJ Nicodemus, 6:00



Solar One, Stuyvesant Cove Park

23rd St. & the East River

Admission: free



Thursday, July 10 Improv dance with Dan Safer, Marlies Yearby, and Patricia Hoffbauer and Friends, 6:00


Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th St. between Eighth Ave. & Broadway

July 2 — 15

Tickets: $11 (Series Pass $40)



Thursday, July 10 BREEZY (Clint Eastwood, 1973), 1:30 & 6:15

Thursday, July 10 NETWORK (Sidney Lumet, 1976), 3:45 & 8:30

Friday, July 11 S.O.B. (Blake Edwards, 1981), 1:00 & 6:15

Saturday, July 11 THE WILD BUNCH (Sam Peckinpah, 1969), 3:30 & 8:45

Saturday, July 12 THE KEY (Carol Reed, 1958), 1:30 & 6:50

Saturday, July 12 THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR (George Seaton, 1962), 4:10 & 9:30

Sunday, July 13 THE LION (Jack Cardiff, 1962), 1:30 & 6:00

Sunday, July 13 PICNIC (Joshua Logan, 1955), 3:30 & 8:00

Monday, July 14 STALAG 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953), 3:45 & 8:30

Monday, July 14 SABRINA (Billy Wilder, 1954), 1:30 & 6:15

Tuesday, July 15 SABRINA (Billy Wilder, 1954), 3:35

Tuesday, July 15 THE WILD BUNCH (Sam Peckinpah, 1969), 1:00


Prospect Park Bandshell

Through August 11

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate



Thursday, July 10 Freddie McGregor / Soul Steps, 7:30

Friday, July 11 Brazilian Girls / Miranda! / Ticklah, 7:00

Saturday, July 12 Beth Orton / Matt Munisteri, 7:30

Thursday, July 17 Jerry Douglas / the Holmes Brothers, 7:30

Friday, July 18 Deerhoof / Metropolis Ensemble: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, 7:30

Saturday, July 19 Enter the Dragon with Karsh Kale / Soh Daiko, 7:30

Sunday, July 20 Golem / Sway Machinery / Michael Showalter / Deleon / Soulico, and special guests, 6:00

Thursday, July 24 Brave New World Repertory Theatre: FAHRENHEIT 451, 8:00

Friday, July 25 The Philip Glass Ensemble, Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus / Marta Topferov, 7:30

Saturday, July 26 Ghostland Observatory / Jealous Girlfriends / Bear Hands, 7:00


Winter Garden

225 Vesey St.

Admission: free




Thursday, July 10 Jovino Santos Neto, 12:30

Saturday, July 12 Brazilian Connection Quintet, 8:00

Tuesday, July 15 Fennesz / Sakamoto, 9:00

Thursday, July 17 Junior Mance, 12:30

Tuesday, July 22 Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, with Nicolas Collins’s Devil’s Music with Koen Holtkamp, Collin Olan & Sawako Kato, 9:00

Thursday, July 24 Ollabelle plays the music of Johnny Cash, 12:30

Saturday, July 26 The Big River Project: The Music of Johnny Cash, with Ollabelle, Benevento/Russo Duo, Laura Cantrell, Catherine Russell, and the Persuasions, and more, 8:00


Bryant Park Stage

Sixth Ave. from 40th to 42nd Sts.

Thursdays at 12:30 pm from July 10 through August 14

Admission: free






The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St.

Thursday nights, June 26 through July 24

Tickets: $15 (includes complimentary beverage)



Thursday, July 10 Pistolera

Thursday, July 17 Slavic Soul Party!

Thursday, July 24 The Klez Dispensers


Brooklyn Bridge Park at Empire-Fulton State Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Thursday nights at sunset, preceded by music by live DJs at 6:00

Admission: free



Thursday, July 10 STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner, 1986)

Thursday, July 17 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Don Siegel, 1956)

Thursday, July 24 WALLACE AND GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE RABBIT (Steve Box & Nick Park, 2005)


El Museo del Barrio Teatro Heckscher

1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.

Thursday nights at 7:00

Admission: free



The galleries might be under renovation, but there is still plenty to do at El Museo del Barrio — and it’s all free.

Thursday, July 10 Women on the Verge, with Cecilia Villar Eljuri and Xiomara Laugart, Heckscher Theater, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Latin Nights Concert Series (Noches Latinas) -- Night at the Palladium with the Chino Núñez and Friends Orchestra, Heckscher Theater, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Latin Nights Concert Series (Noches Latinas) — Freestyle Urban Night with Nick Diddy aka TALENTINO, Heckscher Theater, 7:00


Wagner Park, Battery Park City

Admission: free



Thursday, July 10 John Hammond, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Duke Robillard, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Guy Davis, 7:00


Asser Levy Seaside Park

Sea Breeze Ave. & Ocean Pkwy.

Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Limited seating: $5 per chair ($10 for special shows), but you can bring your own for free

Admission: free

Thursday nights at 7:30 pm



Thursday, July 10 An Evening with Michael Bolton

Thursday, July 17 An Evening with Brian Wilson

Thursday, July 24 Smokey Robinson and Russell Thompkins Jr. & the New Stylistics


Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St.

Admission: free

RSVP for program: 718-681-6000 ext102


Friday, July 11 First Fridays, featuring live music by the Ray Abams Big Swing Band and dance by Hoofer’s House, hosted by Rashida Bumbray (galleries open 12 noon — 8:00 pm), 6:00 — 10:00


Jacob K. Javits Center

655 West 34th St.

Tickets: $25-$30




Friday, July 11


Tuesday, July 15 With this year’s All-Star Game being played in Yankee Stadium All-Star FanFest comes to town as well, featuring interactive exhibits, autograph signings, clinics, seminars, live entertainment, memorabilia, and more


Ferry: free




Friday, July 11 Governor’s Island Concert Series: Dark Star Orchestra and Tea Leaf Green, $42.50, 6:00

Saturday, July 12 Folks on the Island! Said Cleaves, free, 1:30

Saturday, July 19 Folks on the Island! Bearfoot, free, 1:30

Saturday, July 26 Folks on the Island! Eric Bibb, free, 1:30

Saturday, July 26 City of Water Day, featuring fishing, sailing, paddling, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, nature walks, boat tours, live music, and food in celebration of the harbor, sponsored by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm


K2 Lounge

Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th St. at Seventh Ave.

Free admission to galleries from 7:00 to 10:00

212-620-5000 ext 344


Friday, July 11 Harlem in the Himalayas: the Theo Crokder Quartet featuring Wycliffe Gordon, $20, 7:00

Friday, July 11 CabaretCinema: What Price Paradise? — SWEPT AWAY BY AN UNUSUAL DESTINY IN THE BLUE SEA OF AUGUST (Lina Wertmüller, 1974), introduced by Grace Russo Bullaro, free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30

Friday, July 18 Harlem in the Himalayas: the Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Theo Croker, $20, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Gallery Talk: Move with Me: Physical Interpretations in Himalayan Art, with RMA guide Errol Gooden, free, 8:00

Friday, July 18 CabaretCinema: What Price Paradise? — THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (Woody Allen, 1985), free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30

Friday, July 25 Naked Soul: Phil Roy, $35-$40, 7:00

Friday, July 25 Gallery Talk: Goddess Power: Shock Me with Your Shakti, with RMA guide Juliet Gumbs, free, 8:00

Friday, July 25 CabaretCinema: What Price Paradise? — HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Ernst Lubitsch, 1943), free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30


Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Friday nights at 6:30 July 11 through August 24

Admission: free for outdoor events; $5 suggested donation for museum, which is open until 8:00



Friday, July 11 Africa — Dance & Music: Ballet International Africans; Film: KIRIKOU AND THE WILD BEASTS (Michel Ocelot & Benedicte Galup, 2005)

Friday, July 18 Brazil — Music: Eli Efe & DJ Laylo; Dance: Carioca Capoeira & Samba Group; Film: ANTONIA (Tata Amaral, 2006)

Friday, July 25 Morocco — Music: Rachid Halihal Ensemble; Dance: Evie, Dance of the Word; Film: I LOVE HIP HOP IN MOROCCO (Jennifer Needleman & Joshua Asen, 2007)


Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Christopher St.

Fridays around dusk July 11 — August 22

Admission: free


Friday, July 11 THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, 1939)

Friday, July 18 BEE MOVIE (Steve Hickner & Simon J. Smith, 2007)

Friday, July 25 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Steven Spielberg, 1982)


American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th St.

Advance registration required: $129



Friday, July 11 & 25


Friday, August 8 & 15 Kids age eight to twelve (plus one caregiver per up to three children) can sleep overnight in the American Museum of Natural History, including screening of IMAX film SEA MONSTERS, a Prehistoric Adventure, dinosaur exploration by flashlight, and sleeping either in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life under the big blue whale, beneath famous dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals, or among the geological formations in the Hall of Planet Earth


Shubert Alley

Between Broadway & Eighth Ave. and 44th & 45th Sts.

Admission: free

212-840-770 ext477


Saturday, July 12 Tenth anniversary benefit for New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, with hosts Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters and such special guests as Glenn Close, Harvey Fierstein, Christine Baranski, Shuler Hensley, Nathan Lane, Faith Prince, and more, 3:30 — 6:30


Galapagos Art Space back room

70 North Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent, Williamsburg

Admission: $20



Saturday, July 12 Blood Feast, Cemetery Urn, Manticore, Gravewurm, Malkuth, and more, 6:00


The Yard

400 Carroll St. between Bond & Nevins Sts.

Admission: $10


Saturday July 12 Oneida, High Places, Titus Andronicus, Shy Child, Chinese Stars, Ponytail, Telepathe, Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda, Knyfe Hyts, Soft Circle, Soiled Mattress and the Springs, Chairlift, and more, 12 noon


Meet at 38-38 43rd St. unless otherwise noted

Admission: free



Flux Factory might have closed its space in Long Island City, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking their art on the road. Throughout the summer, they will be offering free bus tours on which a licensed driver and an artist-guide will decide where you will be going and for how long, from a few hours to maybe a few days. Although you won’t know in advance where your trip will be taking you, they will tell you the length (and what to bring) so you don’t feel suddenly kidnapped for a surprise long weekend. Space is limited, so sign up quickly and take a chance on what could be one of the coolest art projects of the season.

Saturday, July 12 Gary Wiseman, Wandering restaurant

Saturday, July 19 Stefany Anne Golberg, Morgan Meis, Jean Barberis


Coney Island Museum

1208 Surf Ave. between Stillwell Ave. and West 12th St.

Saturday nights at 8:30 through September 13

Tickets $5, including free popcorn



Saturday, July 12 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (George A. Romero, 1968)

Saturday, July 19 ROUSTABOUT (John Rich, 1964), free for those in Elvis costumes

Saturday, July 26 TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976)


60th St. from Fifth to Lexington Aves.

Admission: free




Sunday, July 13 This annual Bastille Day tradition gets more crowded every year. 60th St. between Fifth & Madison becomes a French Restaurant Row, filled with booths of fine French fare. 60th between Madison & Park becomes a Bal Musette, with dancing in the street to live French music. And 60th between Park & Lexington becomes a family-friendly block with boutiques, educational booths, and more, 12 noon — 6:00


Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia

2537 Broadway at 95th St.

Tuesdays & Saturdays through September 2

Tickets: $11



Sunday, July 13 DARK VICTORY (Edmund Goulding, 1939), 2:00 & 7:00, and THE LETTER (William Wyler, 1940), 4:00 & 9:00

Tuesday, July 15 THE LETTER (William Wyler, 1940), 7:00, and DARK VICTORY (Edmund Goulding, 1939), 8:45

Sunday, July 20 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor, 1940), 2:00 & 7:00, and SYLVIA SCARLETT (George Cukor, 1935), 4:00 & 9:00

Tuesday, July 22 SYLVIA SCARLETT (George Cukor, 1935), 7:00, and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor, 1940), 8:45

Sunday, July 27 THE GREAT LIE (Edmund Goulding, 1941), 2:00 & 7:00, and IN THIS OUR LIFE (John Huston, 1942), 4:00 & 9:00

Tuesday, July 29 IN THIS OUR LIFE (John Huston, 1942), 7:00, and THE GREAT LIE (Edmund Goulding, 1941), 8:45


Sundays at 12 noon through September 1

Admission: free


Sunday, July 13 El Dia Colombiano, with Orquesta Canela, Angelo y su Conjunto Modelo, Tonee Miyaggi, J T, Tiffany Lynn Martinez, and Gabaluchi

Sunday, July 20 El Dia del Pueblo, with Plena Libre, Yerbabuena, Daso, Robert Rios, Anthony Rodriguez, and Carlos Jahsir

Sunday, July 27 HealthDay, with Hector Tricoche, Shootyz, Groove, Paradise, Orchard Beach Orchestra, Los Super Saians, Julio Frankie, and Castro y Gambino


Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd. at Vernon Blvd.

Free with museum admission of $10

718-204-7088 ext209


Sunday, July 13 Dave Valentin, 3:00


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Sundays at 12 noon

Admission: free


Sunday, July 13 The Breeders, Matt & Kim, the Whip

Sunday, July 20 Liars, F*&k Buttons, Team Robespierre

Sunday, July 27 MGMT, Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Ting Tings


Pier 54, Hudson River Park at Horatio St.

Sundays in July, dance lessons at 6:30, live bands at 7:00

Admission: free


Sunday, July 13 Swing with David Berger and the Sultans of Swing

Sunday, July 20 Salsa with Los Hermanos Colon

Sunday, July 27 Tango with Eternal Tango


The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

Enter through Sculpture Garden gate on West 54th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Sundays July 6 — August 24

Gates open at 7:00, concerts start at 8:00 (gates close if capacity is met)

Admission: free


Sunday, July 13 Jazz Concert I: Billy Bang Sextet

Sunday, July 20 Juilliard Concert II: Music for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano

Sunday, July 27 Jazz Concert II: Ted Nash Quartet


All Saints Parish Hall

707 Washington St.

Screenings begin at 6:30 pm

Discussion follows film

Admission: free, with free popcorn and seltzer


Every summer, classic films are screened inside All Saints Parish Hall in Hoboken, with free popcorn and seltzer and a discussion following each film.

Monday, July 14 MANHATTAN (Woody Allen, 1979)

Monday, July 21 THE LADY EVE (Preston Sturges, 1941)

Monday, July 28 ACE IN THE HOLE (Billy Wilder, 1951)

Kirk Douglas is looking for a way out in Wilder masterpiece ACE IN THE HOLE

ACE IN THE HOLE (Billy Wilder, 1951)

Sandwiched between such hits as THE LOST WEEKEND, SUNSET BLVD., STALAG 17, and SABRINA, Billy Wilder’s ACE IN THE HOLE might just be his lost masterpiece. A major flop upon its release in 1951, ACE IN THE HOLE is a cynical look at Americans and their values. Chuck Tatum (a classic Kirk Douglas) is a ruthless reporter who has been fired in every major city in the nation because of his love of the bottle, his success with the ladies, and his penchant for playing hard and loose with the facts. He demands a job at a small-town paper in Albuquerque, hoping to land a story that will restore his luster and put him back in the big time. He finds his patsy in the person of Leo Minosa (Richard Benedict), a low-rent Indian artifacts hunter who gets trapped in a cave-in at the base of the Mountain of the Seven Vultures. Sharpening his fangs, Tatum makes a deal with the sheriff (Ray Teal), choosing to take the long way to rescue Minosa in order to keep the sheriff’s name in the news and the reporter’s name on the front page for a longer amount of time. Meanwhile, Minosa’s wife, Lorraine (Jan Sterling, with fabulously uneven eyebrows), who was ready to leave her husband, sees a way for her to cash in as well. The whole thing turns into a huge media circus; in fact, the studio changed the name of the film to THE BIG CARNIVAL upon its release, trying for a more upbeat title. We last saw the film on the "Million Dollar Movie" in the early 1970s, complete with commercials and a lousy negative; it knocked us out even then, but it looks so much better in this newly restored 35mm print.


Wingate Field

Winthrop St. between Brooklyn & Kingston Aves., across the street from Kings County Hospital

Monday nights at 7:30

Admission: free, chairs recommended



Monday, July 14 Sweet Summer Soul, starring the O’Jays and featuring the Manhattans, with Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett

Monday, July 21 Mystery Night: A Legend Performs in Brooklyn

Monday, July 28 Annual Gospel Night, with Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing, and Ricky Dillard & New Generation


Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. from 40th to 42nd Sts.

Monday nights through August 20

Lawn opens at 5:00 pm for blankets and picnicking

Films begin at dusk (between 8:00 & 9:00 pm)

Admission: free



Monday, July 14 FAIL-SAFE (Sidney Lumet, 1964)

Monday, July 21 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Frank Capra, 1944)

Monday, July 28 THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960)


The Eldridge Street Project

Eldridge St. between Canal & Division Sts.

Tickets: $18



Tuesday, July 15 Klezmer music featuring Art Bailey on piano and accordion, Jim Guttmann on bass, Jeremy Brown on violin, and Brandon Seabrook on mandolin, playing the music of tsimblist Joseph Moskowitz and songs from the band’s latest CD, BRANCH FROM THE TREE, 7:00


French Institute Alliance Française

Florence Gould Hall

Tinker Auditorium (TA)

55 East 59th St. between Park & Madison Aves.

Tuesdays through July 22

Tickets: $10



Tuesday, July 15 MANON OF THE SPRING / MANON DES SOURCES(Claude Berri, 1986), 12:30, 4 & 7:30 (introduced by Elliot Stein)

Tuesday, July 22 Z (Costa-Gavras, 1969), 12:30, 4 & 7:30


Grace Building Plaza

1114 Sixth Ave. at 43rd St.

Tuesdays at 12:30

Admission: free


Tuesday, July 15 Rachel Z Trio

Tuesday, July 22 Ollabelle

Tuesday, July 29 The Persuasions


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Tuesdays through August 26

Live music at 7:00, screening at 9:00

Admission: free




Tuesday, July 15 THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Sofia Coppola, 1999)

Tuesday, July 22 WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (David Wain, 2001)

Tuesday, July 29 DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (Susan Seidelman, 1985)


Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

Tickets: $9

Reservations required: 212-534-1672, programs@mcny.org


Tuesday, July 15 Panel discussion with Mary Gordon, Oscar Hijuelos, George Marlin, and Maureen Waters, moderated by Jim Dwyer, 6:30


Multiple outdoor venues

Admission: free



Wednesday, July 16 Dance Out! launches from East River Park, FDR Dr. at the East River Esplanade, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Contigo, East River Park, FDR Dr. at the East River Esplanade, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Transports Exceptionnels, Coney Island Beach at the Parachute Jump, 4:00 and 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Dans le Jardin, Cuyler Gore, 795 Fulton St. between Fulton and Cumberland Sts., 1:00 and 7:00

Friday, July 18 Contigo, South Oxford Park, 138 S. Oxford St. between Atlantic Ave. and Hanson Pl., 7:00

Friday, July 18 Transports Exceptionnels at Socrates Sculpture Park, 3205 Vernon Blvd. at Broadway, 1:00 and 7:00

Friday, July 18 Dans le Jardin at Pinocchio Park, 75 Stuyvesant Pl. between Wall St. & Hamilton Ave., 1:00 & 4:00

Saturday, July 19 Contigo, South Oxford Park, 138 S. Oxford St. between Atlantic Ave. and Hanson Pl., 7:00

Saturday, July 19 Transports Exceptionnels, St. Mary’s Park, St Ann’s Ave. at East 147th St., 1:00, 5:00 and 7:00

Saturday, July 19 Dans le Jardin, St. Mary’s Park, St Ann’s Ave. at East 147th St., 4:00 and 6:00

Sunday, July 20 Contigo, South Oxford Park, 138 S. Oxford St. between Atlantic Ave. and Hanson Pl., 7:00

Sunday, July 20 Transports Exceptionnels, South Beach Boardwalk, Cespino-Russo Memorial Circle, Father Capodanno Blvd. & Sand Ln., 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00

Sunday, July 20 Dans le Jardin, Queensbridge Park, 4105 Vernon Blvd. at 41st Ave., 4:00 and 7:00


Wave Hill House

West 249th St. at Independence Ave., the Bronx

Free with grounds admission of $4 adults, children under six free



Wednesday, July 16 Krista Bennion Feeney, Bach’s D minor Partita for solo violin, 12:30

Wednesday, July 23 Assaff Weisman, Debussy and Brahms, 12:30

Wednesday, July 30 Brasil Guitar Duo, 12:30


Tompkins Square Park

Between Seventh & Tenth Sts. and Aves. A & B

Gates open at 6:00, films begin at sundown

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 16 BATMAN BEGINS (Christopher Nolan, 2005)

BATMAN BEGINS (Christopher Nolan, 2005)


Christopher Nolan takes over the Bat controls with spectacular results in this thrilling examination of the origins of the Bat Man, written by David S. Goyer and Nolan. Like his previous efforts, MEMENTO and INSOMNIA, Nolan takes a psychological approach in telling the story of Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), a wealthy young man fighting deep-seated fears from his past, including the violent murder of his parents. Determined to get justice — and revenge — he is selected for special training by Ducard (Liam Neeson), a Qui-Gon Jinn-like character whose master is the mysterious Ra’s Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe). When Wayne finally returns home, he goes on a one-man mission to save Gotham, with the help of Sgt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), assistant DA Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), old-timer Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and the dependable and loyal Alfred (Michael Caine), as they do battle against the likes of mobster Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy). Bale plays Wayne/Batman as a tormented, troubled soul, lost in a dark, dangerous world, a more realistic hero than those previously portrayed by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Adam West. And for the first time in a live-action Batman flick we get to really see Arkham Asylum as Nolan lays the groundwork for a host of possible sequels (the first of which, THE DARK KNIGHT, opens on July 18). Sci-fi fans will get an extra kick out of all the BLADE RUNNER influences, including the casting of Rutger Hauer as the head of Wayne Industries.

Wednesday, July 30 BETTER OFF DEAD (Savage Steve Holland, 1985)


Solar One, Stuyvesant Cove Park

23rd St. & the East River

Admission: free



Thursday, July 17 Special presentation by Chinese Theatre Works, 6:00


Hudson River Park, Pier 84 at West 44th St.

Admission: free (ticketed VIP ringside seating available)


Thursday, July 17 Amateur boxers from the five boroughs duke it out as the sun sets and the stars rise, 7:00


The Two Boots Pioneer Theater

155 East Third St. at Ave. A

Tickets: $10




Thursday, July 17 Best of NYC screening of films created by teams of filmmakers in just forty-eight hours, 7:00 & 9:00


Fresh street art covers Romanian Gallery in Murray Hill


Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

200 East 38th St. at Third Ave.

Admission: free (RSVP to icrny@icrny.org)



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Thursday, July 17 In conjunction with the exhibit "Freedom for Lazy People," which consists of graffiti throughout the Romanian Gallery, including across the front window, Andra Matzal will conduct a dialogue with young Romanian street artists Nuclear Fairy, IRLO, and Omar, 7:30



BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.

July 17-24

Tickets: $11



The work of David Gordon Green is celebrated at BAM, featuring all of his films as well as his own selection of companion pieces.

Thursday, July 17 SNOW ANGELS (David Gordon Green, 2007), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, July 18 ALL THE REAL GIRLS (David Gordon Green, 2003), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, July 19 PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (Peter Weir, 1975), 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, July 20 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971), 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Monday, July 21 GEORGE WASHINGTON (David Gordon Green, 2000), 6:50

Monday, July 21 BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN (Stanley Kramer, 1971), 4:30, 9:15

Tuesday, July 22 UNDERTOW (David Gordon Green, 2004), introduced by David Gordon Green, 6:50

Tuesday, July 22 NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955), 4:30, 9:30

Wednesday, July 23 THE GRAVY TRAIN (Jack Starrett, 1974), introduced by David Gordon Green, 6:50

Wednesday, July 23 TANGO AND CASH (Andrei Konchalovsky, 1989), 9:15

Thursday, July 24 PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (David Gordon Green, 2008), followed by a Q&A with David Gordon Green, 7:30


Union Square Park, South Plaza

Park Ave. to Broadway between 14th & 17th Sts.

Wednesday afternoons from through August 15

Kids music at 12:30, yoga at 3:00, adult music at 5:30

Book readings and signings at B&N, 33 East 17th St.

Admission: free



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Thursday, July 17 Music in the Square: the John Malino Band, 5:30

Thursday, July 24 Books in the Square: Michael Buckley, THE SISTERS GRIMM: TALES FROM THE HOOD, 12 noon

Thursday, July 24 Kids in the Square: Dirty Sock Funtime Band, 12:30

Thursday, July 24 Yoga in the Square: OM Yoga, 3:00

Thursday, July 24 Music in the Square: the Nashville Attitude, 5:30


Sinatra Park

Frank Sinatra Dr. between Fourth & Fifth Sts.

Thursday nights at 7:00 through August 28

Admission: free



Thursday, July 17 Family Square Dance featuring Blue Harvest

Thursday, July 24 Guitar Bar All Stars


Whitney Museum of American Art

745 Madison Ave. at 75th St.

Tickets: $8



Thursday, July 17 Linda Dalrymple Henderson on Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, standing event in the Whitney galleries, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Stephanie Smith and Michael Hays on Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, standing event in the Whitney galleries, 7:00


JCC in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.

Tickets: $5



Thursday, July 17 Special Rooftop Picnic Move: BEE MOVIE (2007), 8:30

Jerry Seinfeld buzz turns into boring drone in dreadful movie

BEE MOVIE (Steve Hickner & Simon J. Smith, 2007)


Jerry Seinfeld should be ashamed of himself. BEE MOVIE is an awful animated children’s flick that is as unfunny as it is preposterous. Seinfeld, who cowrote the pathetic script with Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, and Andy Robin, voices Barry B. Benson, a bee who dreams of being more than just another worker for the hive. When he gets out into the real world, he is shocked to see that humans have taken over the honey business; he also develops a crush on Vanessa (Renee Zellweger), a florist who develops a crush on him as well. The story quickly devolves into a ridiculous courtroom drama with an environmental message that will leave you openmouthed in horror. Among the other actors lending their voices to this disastrous mess are Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Richards, Rip Torn, and, perhaps most absurdly, Larry King, Ray Liotta, and Sting. BEE MOVIE gets a D.

Thursday, July 24 LATE SUMMER BLUES (BLUES LACHOFESH HAGADOL) (Renen Schorr, 1988), 8:30


IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St.

Tickets: $13.50



Friday, July 18


Saturday, July 19 Screening of cult favorite XANADU (Robert Greenwald, 1980), starring Olivia Newton-John and Bruce Jenner; all attendees get the lyrics and a bag of props, 12 midnight


Swim start: Riverside Park & 98th St., 5:50 am

Spectator admission: free


Saturday, July 19 Contestants will swim in the Hudson River between 79th & 98th Sts., run along 72nd St. from the Henry Hudson Parkway to Central Park West, and then bike into Dead Road in Central Park



343 West 14th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

Tickets: $35-$40



Saturday, July 19 Master conspiracist, comedian, and television detective Richard Belzer shares his views on the past, present, and future of the world, 8:00 & 10:00


Naumburg Bandshell

Central Park

Admission: free


Tuesday, July 22 Sandra Rivera & Flamenco San Juan, 7:30


July 21-25; July 28 - August 1

Lunch: $24.07; dinner: $35

Reservations now being accepted


More than one hundred eateries will be offering prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, including Aquavit, Artisanal, Asia de Cuba, Asiate, Aureole, Barbetta, Beacon, Blue Smoke, Butter, Compass, Craftbar, davidburke & donatella, db Bistro Moderne, Devi, Estiatorio Milos, Fleur de Sel, Frankie & Johnny’s, Gotham Bar & Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Inagiku, JoJo, Megu, the Modern, Nice Matin, the Palm, Patroon, Payard, Riingo, the River Cafe, Smith & Wollensky, Spice Market, Steak Frites, Tabla, Tao, Town, Union Square Cafe, Vong, and the ‘21’ Club, among dozens of others — but you better book your reservations fast.


Blue Note

131 West Third St.

Tickets: table $25, bar $15



Tuesday, July 22


Sunday, July 27 Hiromi Uehara on piano and keyboards, David Fiuczynski on guitar, Tony Grey on bass, and Martin Valihora on drums, featuring tracks from her latest CD, BEYOND STANDARD, 8:00 & 10:30


Multiple venues

July 22-27

Tickets: $10-$25, festival badge $80


The ninth annual New York International Latino Film Festival features its biggest lineup yet, including screenings, panel discussions, and after-parties. Among the stars and subjects of the more than one hundred films are Harvey Keitel, John Leguizamo, Celia Cruz, Big Pun, Laurence Fishburne, Taye Diggs, Daddy Yankee, Chi McBride, and Melonie Diaz. Tickets for most screenings are $10-$12, with special events more, panels less, and a handful of free events as well. Below are only some of the highlights.

Tuesday, July 22 Opening Night: AMERICAN SON (Neil Abramson, 2008), followed by an after-party, Directors Guild Theatre, 7:00

Wednesday, July 23 TALENTO DE BARRIO (José Iván Santiago & George Rivera, 2008), followed by after-party, Directors Guild Theatre, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 BIG PUN: THE LEGACY (Vlad Yudin, 2008), followed by an after-party, Directors Guild Theatre, 7:00

Friday, July 25 CELIA THE QUEEN (Joe Cardona & Mario de Varona, 2008), followed by an after-party, Directors Guild Theatre, 7:00

Friday, July 25 Rediscovered: Fifteenth anniversary screening of BOUND BY HONOR (BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT) (Taylor Hackford, 1993), HBO, 1100 Sixth Ave. between 42nd & 43rd Sts., free, 7:00

Friday, July 25 TALES FROM THE DEAD (Jason Cuadrado, 2008), Helen Mills, 137-139 West 26th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves., 10:00

Saturday, July 26 Rediscovered: EL NORTE (Gregory Nava, 1983), Directors Guild Theatre, free, 12:30

Saturday, July 26 Latin Horror: The Accent on a New Genre, panel discussion, Showbiz Software, 19 West 21st St. between Broadway & Sixth Ave., $6, 2:00

Saturday, July 26 THE MINISTERS (Franc. Reyes, 2008), followed by an after-party, Directors Guild Theatre, 7:00

Saturday, July 26 Cinema Under the Stars: LOS PAQUETES DE PAQUITA (Ismael Rodríguez, 1955), featuring a live appearance by Maria Victoria, Thomas Jefferson Park, 2180 First Ave. between 112th & 114th Sts., free, 8:30

Saturday, July 26 CHOP SHOP (Ramin Bahrani, 2007), Directors Guild Theatre, 9:30


Quad Cinema

34 West 13th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

July 23-27

Tickets: $12-$25




In conjunction with the New York International Latino Film Festival, the Hola Mexico Film Festival will be screening a dozen Mexican films at the Quad, including Simon Bross’s MALOS HÁBITOS (BAD HABITS), Javier “Fox” Patron’s FUERA DEL CIELO (BEYOND THE SKY), Francisco Franco’s QUEMAR LAS NAVES (BURN THE BRIDGES, Carlos Reygadas’s Cannes Jury Prize winner STELLET LICHT (SILENT LIGHT), and Sergio Umansky’s MEJOR ES QUE GABRIELA NO SE MUERA (IT’S BETTER IF GABRIELLA DOESN’T DIE), the closing-night selection followed by an after-party.


The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination

247 East 82nd St.

Admission: free



Wednesday, July 23 LA CHINOISE (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967), followed by a discussion with Richard Brody, author of EVERYTHING IS CINEMA: THE WORKING LIFE OF JEAN-LUC GODARD, 7:00


Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Pl.

Free with suggested donation



Wednesday, July 23 PRAYING WITH LIOR (Ilana Trachtman, 2007), followed by a discussion with producer and director Ilana Trachtman, 7:00

Wednesday, July 30 BEAUFORT ((Joseph Cedar, 2007), 7:00


The Times Center

242 West 41 Street, Manhattan

Tickets: $20



Thursday, July 24 MAN ON WIRE (James Marsh, 2008), followed by a discussion with Philippe Petit and director James Marsh, moderated by Dick Cavett, sponsored by the Museum of the Moving Image, 7:00


CityParks Foundation, multiple venues

All performances at 8:00

Admission: free



Friday, July 25


Saturday, July 26 Production of Tony-nominated musical by Melvin Van Peebles, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 29

Friday, August 1


Saturday, August 2 Production of Tony-nominated by Melvin Van Peebles, Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem


Ground Zero at Church & Vesey Sts.

Registration/Donation: $50




Saturday, July 26 Seventh annual charity motorcade to benefit Tuesday’s Children, a 9/11 family service organization, and Anderson House, beginning with registration at Ground Zero at 7:00 am, the blessing of the bikes at 9:30, and heading to Krucker’s Grove in Pomona for a barbecue with live music by Dan Lawson’s Blues Band, Brothers of the Road, and Cheap Sunglassezz 3


Galapagos Art Space

70 North Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent, Williamsburg

Tickets: $15 ($10 with RSVP and themed dress: boas, beads, hats, sequins, and other vintage clothing recommended, )




Saturday, July 26 All-night 1940s-themed costume ball hosted by Gemini & Scorpio, with a free dance class at 8:30, live music by the Neon Swing X-Perience and the ten-piece Big Bang Big Band, burlesque from Jo Boobs and the Main Attraction, acrobatics from Chicktryx, jazz DJ sets by Freebass, vintage and modern beats from DJ Dhundee, free chocolate from sweetriot, stilt walkers, cigarette girls, and a ride in an Art Deco Roman chariot pedicab, continuing to 4:00 am

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