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Manhattan Exhibit of the Week


1. Richard Serra, Rialto Pictures, and more at MoMA

2. Warming Up at P.S. 1 and 5 Pointz

3. The Nixon years on film in Queens

4. The dark side of NYC on film in Manhattan

5. Paul Giamatti and Peter Sellars select films at BAM

6. Lincoln Center heads outdoors for free


8. Riff’s Rants & Raves: Music & More, including Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at Castle Clinton, Suicide at the South Street Seaport, Mavis Staples in Rockefeller Park, Antibalas on Governors Island, and Xavier Rudd and Diamanda Galás at the Highline Ballroom

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

Volume 7, Number 8
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Museum of Modern Art

West 54th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor

Contemporary Galleries, second floor

The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Galleries, sixth floor

Through September 10

Admission: $20 (includes same-day film screening)

Fridays free from 4:00 to 8:00



serra slideshow


Richard Serra surveys the Sculpture Garden during installation of "Intersection II"

For more than forty years, Richard Serra’s work has been about materials and the act of creation, resulting in sculptures that involve, dare, challenge, confound, and entertain the viewer, who becomes a participant in his artistic endeavors. On the sixth floor, "Early Work: 1966-86" features pieces made of rubber, neon tubing, fiberglass, and lead, hanging on walls, lying on the floor, or balancing precariously in the middle of the gallery, impossibly holding themselves together. Among these Prop Pieces are "One Ton Prop (House of Cards)," in which four plates, each four feet long, four feet wide, and one inch thick, stay up by leaning against each other; "Prop," in which an eight-foot-long pole angles up from the floor to hold a twenty-five-square-foot plate against the wall; and "5:30," in which a five-foot-long pole rests atop the edges of four freestanding sixteen-square-foot plates. In the 1970s, Serra turned to hot-rolled and weatherproof steel; one entrance to the sixth-floor gallery holds "Delineator," in which one twenty-six-foot plate lies on the floor, another on the ceiling, one horizontal, the other vertical, forcing visitors to enter the nearly breathless space. In "Circuit II," four large plates, ten feet tall and twenty feet wide, each jut out from the four corners of the room, forming a narrow yet inviting passageway for the viewer, setting the stage for Serra’s giant curvilinear weatherproof steel sets that dominate the second floor and the sculpture garden.


Richard Serra, "Circuit II," hot-rolled steel, four plates, 1972-86

On the second floor, three mazelike works made specifically for this exhibition stand nearly thirteen feet high, twisting and turning through the gallery. The enormous angled steel, only two inches thick, winds for more than seventy feet in "Band," which has no clear exterior or interior, encouraging viewers to follow its every length. If you make your way through all of "Sequence," you’ll end up in a peaceful, somewhat private circle. And if you wander along the outside of "Torqued Torus Inversion," you’ll marvel at how the giant pieces stand on their own. You’ll also wonder just how they got these works into MoMA in the first place; be sure to check out our flickr slideshow for an exclusive look.


"Intersection II" and "Torqued Ellipse IV" stand in the sculpture garden

Finally, two massive sets take over the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. "Intersection II" consists of four conical sections, each more than thirteen feet high, fifty feet long, and two inches thick, forming a kind of pair of quotation marks facing each other. Each piece stands at a different angle, at times appearing that the slightest touch could knock them over as you make your way through the passageways. In the northeast corner of the sculpture garden, "Torqued Ellipse IV" is an ovular length of twisted weatherproof steel with a small entrance in which visitors can walk inside and take a break, looking inward themselves. We were invited to watch the installation of "Intersection II," which was closely supervised by Serra, back in April; our third flickr slideshow follows the process from beginning to end, with numerous shots of an extremely concerned and cautious Serra. "Forty Years" is a thrilling exhibition, a loving look at the career of one of the most influential artists of the last five decades who is still challenging himself and his audience while creating works that are, dare we say it, downright fun to experience.

Thursday, August 16, 8:00


Friday, August 31, 5:00 Richard Serra: Films — HAND CATCHING LEAD (Richard Serra, 1968), HANDS SCRAPING (Richard Serra, 1968), FRAME (Richard Serra, 1969), RAILROAD TURNBRIDGE (Richard Serra, 1976), and STEELMILL/STAHLWERKE (Richard Serra & Clara Weyergraf-Serra, 1979)

Also at MOMA


Dan Perjovschi has filled one of MoMA’s walls with highly charged yet humorous political drawings


Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

Through August 27


Romanian artist and activist Dan Perjovschi took to drawing in the 1980s as a response to Nicolae Ceausescu’s repressive communist regime, creating installation pieces inside his home and in a janitor’s closet in a museum before graduating to other, more visible parts of the art world. For his first U.S. solo show, he has filled one of the walls on MoMA’s second floor with cartoonish drawings that comment on war, globalization, class, art, politics, freedom of speech, global warming, corporate culture, and other controversial topics attacking them with a playful good humor fraught with serious undertones. "I make ephemeral works with permanent marker," he tells curator Roxana Marcoci in an online interview available at www.moma.org/projects. Indeed, when the exhibition ends on August 27, the wall will be erased, leaving nothing but a memory.

© JoAnn Verburg

JoAnn Verburg, "Exploding Triptych," three chromogenic color prints, 2000


Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor

Through November 15


Born in New Jersey and now living and working in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Spoleto, Italy, photographer JoAnn Verburg has been taking pictures since she was six years old. Using a large-format camera, Verburg examines time and space in her works, divided into several series — portraits, still lifes, landscapes — and often appearing as diptychs and triptychs. In "With Michael and John in Minnesota," artists Mike Kelley and John Miller, along with Verburg, are seen in three photos side by side, but the subjects are arranged in such a way that inferring a linear narrative is impossible. In the digital video "Tina, Silent," on the left is a still photo of a woman, while on the right is a silent video of her moving her head and talking, creating a jarring yet compelling effect. In "Scuds Are Gone; Israeli Fears Linger," Verburg captures an unseen person reading a newspaper, the title coming from a story in the paper, emphasizing anonymity in the new world order. The most exciting room features Verburg’s landscapes, primarily pictures of trees, including the captivating "Exploding Triptych," three chromogenic color prints that at first appear to be panoramic but are not, playing with perception, reality, and, again, time and space.

Monday, September 24


Thursday, September 27 Brown Bag Lunch Lectures: Susan Kismaric, curator, department of photography, discusses the work of JoAnn Verburg, Classroom B, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th St., bring your own lunch, $5, 12:30

Monday, October 22 Present Tense: A Lecture by JoAnn Verburg, moderated by Susan Kismaric, the Celeste Bartos Theater, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th St., $10, 6:30


Museum of Modern Art

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

Enter on 54th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Sunday nights through August 26

Gates open at 7:00, concerts begin at 8:00

Admission: free


Amid Richard Serra’s "Intersection II" and "Torqued Ellipse IV," performers from the Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center will present free concerts in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden on Sunday nights. Get there early, because space is limited.

Sunday, July 29 Jazz Concert II: The D. D. Jackson Trio, SERENITY SONG

Sunday, August 5 Juilliard Concert III: Music for Clarinets, Cello, and Piano

Sunday, August 12 Jazz Concert III: Etienne Charles’s Culture Shock Project, Folklore Tales

Sunday, August 19 Juilliard Concert IV: Music for Ensembles

Sunday, August 26 Jazz Concert IV: Cyro Baptista's Anthropo-Fagia


The Celeste Bartos Theater, mezzanine

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Tickets: $10


Wednesday August 8 Panel Discussions & Symposia: In conjunction with the exhibit "What Is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection," with Carroll Dunham and others, moderated by Anne Umland, 6:30

Albert Sordi stars in 1962 Italian great MAFIOSO


MoMA Film

Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

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

July 25 — August 10

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



For ten years, Film Forum’s master programmer extraordinaire, Bruce Goldstein, has been reviving classic films, refreshing and/or restoring them to 35mm glory, then showing them at Film Forum in limited runs before releasing them through his DVD company, Rialto Pictures, with his partner, Adrienne Halpern. MoMA pays tribute to Rialto by screening sixteen of Rialto’s finest releases, including seminal works by Fellini, Bresson, Berri, Melville, Godard, Buñuel, and others. While you’re at the Titus Theater, allow a few extra minutes before or after the screening to check out "Sensation and Sentiment: Cinema Posters, 1912-14" (through August 27), consisting of a wide range of French, Danish, British, Italian, and American posters advertising early films as well as the theaters and impresarios showing them. There are also related screenings August 11 & 13.

Wednesday, July 25 LE POULET (LE POULET) (Claude Berri, 1962), 6:00

Wednesday, July 25 BOB LE FLAMBEUR (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1955), 8:30

Thursday, July 26 LE VIEIL HOMME ET L’ENFANT (THE TWO OF US) (Claude Berri, 1967) and Ten Years of Rialto Trailers, 5:30

Thursday, July 26 L’ARMÉE DES OMBRES (ARMY OF SHADOWS) (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969), 7:30

Rialto Pictures

Lino Ventura and Paul Crauchet have quite a fight on their hands in ARMY OF SHADOWS

ARMY OF SHADOWS (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969)


Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel (who wrote BELLE DE JOUR), Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 WWII drama ARMY OF SHADOWS got its first theatrical release in America last year, in a new 35mm print supervised by the film’s cinematographer, Pierre Lhomme, who shot it in a beautiful blue-gray palette. The film centers on a small group of French resistance fighters, including shadowy leader Luc Jardie (Paul Meurisse), the smart and determined Mathilde (Simone Signoret), the nervous Jean-Francois (Jean-Pierre Cassel), the steady and dependable Felix (Paul Crauchet), the stocky Le Bison (Christian Barbier), the well-named Le Masque (Claude Mann), and the unflappable and practical Gerbier (Lino Ventura). Although Melville, who was a resistance fighter as well, wants the film to be his personal masterpiece, he is too close to the material, leaving large gaps in the narrative and giving too much time to scenes that don’t deserve them. He took offense at the idea that he portrayed the group of fighters as gangsters, yet what shows up on the screen is often more film noir than war movie. However, there are some glorious sections of ARMY OF SHADOWS, including Gerbier’s escape from a Vichy camp, the execution of a traitor to the cause, and a tense MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-like (the TV series, not the Tom Cruise vehicles) attempt to free the imprisoned Felix. But most of all there is Ventura, who gives an amazingly subtle performance that makes the overly long film (nearly two and a half hours) worth seeing all by itself.

Friday, July 27 MAFIOSO (Alberto Lattuada, 1962), 5:00

Friday, July 27 LE POULET (LE POULET) (Claude Berri, 1962), 7:30

Saturday, July 28 L’ARMÉE DES OMBRES (ARMY OF SHADOWS) (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969), 2:00

Saturday, July 28 LE VIEIL HOMME ET L’ENFANT (THE TWO OF US) (Claude Berri, 1967) and Ten Years of Rialto Trailers, 5:00

Sunday, July 29 AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966), 2:00

Sunday, July 29 MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson, 1967), 4:00

Sunday, July 29 LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA (NIGHTS OF CABIRIA) (Federico Fellini, 1957), 5:45

Monday, July 30 MASCULIN FÉMININ (MASCULINE FEMININE) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966), 6:15



Wednesday, August 1 MASCULIN FÉMININ (MASCULINE FEMININE) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966), 8:30

Thursday, August 2 BOB LE FLAMBEUR (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1955), 6:15

Thursday, August 2 MAFIOSO (Alberto Lattuada, 1962), 8:30

Friday, August 3 MOUCHETTE (Robert Bresson, 1967), 6:15

Friday, August 3 AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966), 8:15

Saturday, August 4 GOJIRA (GODZILLA) (Ishiro Honda, 1954), 2:00

Saturday, August 4 BILLY LIAR (John Schlesinger, 1963), 4:00

Saturday, August 4 THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949), 6:00

Sunday, August 5 LES BLESSURES ASSASSINES (MURDEROUS MAIDS) (Jean-Pierre Denis, 2000), 2:00

Sunday, August 5 CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (THE BIG RISK) (Claude Sautet, 1960) and Ten Years of Rialto Trailers, 4:00

Monday, August 6 BILLY LIAR (John Schlesinger, 1963), 6:15

Monday, August 6 GOJIRA (GODZILLA) (Ishiro Honda, 1954), 8:30

Wednesday, August 8 LE JOURNAL D’UNE FEMME DE CHAMBRE (DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID) (Luis Bunuel, 1964), 6:00

Wednesday, August 8 THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949), 8:45

Thursday, August 9 CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (THE BIG RISK) (Claude Sautet, 1960) and Ten Years of Rialto Trailers, 6:00

Thursday, August 9 LES BLESSURES ASSASSINES (MURDEROUS MAIDS) (Jean-Pierre Denis, 2000), 8:30

Friday, August 10 LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA (NIGHTS OF CABIRIA) (Federico Fellini, 1957), 6:00

Friday, August 10 LE JOURNAL D’UNE FEMME DE CHAMBRE (DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID) (Luis Buñuel, 1964), 8:30

Saturday, August 11 Jean Desmet’s Cinema of Sensation and Sentiment: A WELCOME INTRUDER (D. W. Griffith, 1913) and TERRA PROMESSA (Baldassarre Negroni, 1913), with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman, 2:00

Saturday, August 11 Jean Desmet’s Cinema of Sensation and Sentiment: THE DOCTOR'S PHOTOGRAPH (Walter Edwin 1913), GOT 'EM AGAIN! (Charles Calvert, 1913), and JACK (André Liabel 1913), with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman, 4:30

Saturday, August 11 Jean Desmet’s Cinema of Sensation and Sentiment: L’AMICO INTIMO DI POLIDOR (Ferdinand Guillaume, 1913) and IVANHOE (Herbert Brenon, 1913), with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman, 7:00

Monday, August 13 Jean Desmet’s Cinema of Sensation and Sentiment: BOUT-DE-ZAN ET LE CRIME AU TÉLÉPHONE (Louis Feuillade, 1914), THE CHEST OF FORTUNE (Kenean Buel, 1914), and DAS RECHT AUFS DASEIN (Joseph Delmont, 1913), with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman, 6:00

Monday, August 13 Jean Desmet’s Cinema of Sensation and Sentiment: SPEED DEMON (Mack Sennett, 1912), KRI-KRI E LEA MILITARI (1913), and THE STREETS OF NEW YORK (Travers Vale, 1913), with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman, 8:00

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Queens Exhibits of the Week


Molly Larkey, detail, "The Believer," mixed media, 2006


22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave.

Long Island City

Through September 24

Thursday — Monday, 12 noon — 6:00 pm

Suggested admission: $5



MoMA’s sister institution, the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, is one of the city’s most exciting galleries, a former public school transformed into a museum, making use of nearly every inch of space, including classrooms, bathrooms, stairways, the roof, the café, water fountains, and even the boiler room. The current exhibitions are a mix of the mediocre and the masterful. In "A la Lumiere des Deux Mondes (At the Light of Both Worlds)" by Brazilian artist Tunga, a dark skeleton is resting on a hammock hanging from the ceiling, with classical head sculptures from the Louvre, skulls, and hair holding him in place, suspended in some kind of purgatory. The International and National Projects include Victor Alimpiev’s video SWEET NIGHTINGALE (2004), in which the audience becomes the carefully choreographed performance; Gandalf Gavan’s "Infinite Affinities," a neon sculpture and twisting mirrors that line the café; and Molly Larkey’s "The Believers," comprising three colorful sculptures, "The Believers," "The Analyst" (don’t miss the snake’s head), and "The Anarchist," that alter perception as you make your way around them.


Abel Auer, "The 2nd Door," mixed media, 2006

"The Slimy Trail of Slug and Snail" consists of alternating works by Dorota Jurczak and Abel Auer; we prefer Jurczak’s fanciful works featuring bizarre humans, insects, and animals with such titles as "Stinking Turd," "Gestapelt," "Piss," and "Bird Hat." However, we love Auer’s "The 2nd Door," a horizontal canvas that features a vertical door complete with a handle seemingly inviting the viewer inside. "Jim Shaw: The Donner Party" re-creates Judy Chicago’s 1979 installation "The Dinner Party," which now resides in the Brooklyn Museum, by way of the famous Donner Party, a group of mountaineers who turned to cannibalism while lost in the Sierra Nevada in 1846. Although the concept is intriguing — Shaw invents a new religion, Oism, to bring it all together — the execution is rather sloppy and confusing. Jack Whitten’s large-scale mixed-media piece "9.11.01" incorporates such found materials as glass and rubber to evoke the chaos of September 11, which the artist observed from his apartment on Lispenard St., centering on the pyramid shape from the dollar bill, representing "blood, money, and oil."


Gandalf Gavan, detail, "Infinite Affinities," neon, glass sculptures, steel, transformers, lamps, 2004-7

Graffiti legend Lee Quinones contributes paintings from his Prelude series that show hands covetously holding such albums as SHAFT IN AFRICA and James Brown’s SEX MACHINE. "Linder" showcases the career of British artist Linder Sterling, who designed record jackets for such bands as the Buzzcocks and performed in the group Ludus; her Star series comprises photomontages in which women’s heads are replaced with household appliances. "Organizing Chaos" includes pieces by John Cage, Bruce Nauman, Stephen Vitiello, Robert Smithson, and Christian Marclay, whose "Guitar Drag" invents a whole new way to play the beloved six-string instrument. Downstairs in the boiler room, "Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness" places works throughout the creepy dungeon. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to enter Gavan’s or Tamara Gonzales’s intriguing site-specific installations. Hang out for a while and follow the ghostly white image on the flat-screen monitor in the corner; it’s actually a video by William Lamson in which a man is bouncing a huge white ball in an otherwise black landscape.


Peter Young, detail, "#5, 1977," acrylic on canvas, 1977

Perhaps the best exhibition is "Peter Young: 1963-1977," the abstract painter’s first solo museum show in his home country. Young’s repetitive gridlike patterns, dots, and box paintings come alive on the canvas; as you continue staring at "#5, 1977," new shapes will jump out at you, leading you on different journeys through the work. Also on view are his bead paintings and his folded splatter pieces. While at P.S. 1, be on the lookout for some of the permanent items that pop up everywhere, including Pipilotti Rist’s "Selbstlos im Lavabad" (Selfless in the Bath of Lava), a nineteen-minute video of a naked woman trapped under the floorboard; Alan Saret’s "Brick Wall and Sun," a hole in the wall near one of the bathrooms, allowing sunlight to shine through; and stairwell drawings by William Kentridge, Ernesto Caivano, and Abigail Lazkoz.


Ball-Nogues, "Liquid Sky," mixed media, 2007

WARM UP 2007

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave.

Long Island City

Saturdays from 2:00 — 9:00 pm through September 1

Admission: $10, includes admission to art galleries, free from 12 noon to 2:00



Every Saturday during the summer, P.S. 1 plays host to one of the city’s great dance parties, as live performers and DJs get the outdoor cement dance floor jumping with a sweaty mix of modern music. Each year a design competition is held for the sandy courtyard near the main entrance; Los Angeles’s Ball-Nogues won the 2007 Young Architects Program, constructing "Liquid Sky," a flowery installation with large hammocks for tired partygoers to rest in while having a drink or downing a burger. Watch out for the drench buckets in the Droopscape in the adjoining outdoor gallery.

Saturday, July 28 DJs Ursula 1000, Tim "Love" Lee, Soulstatic, Gringo Scarr, and Ramon Santana, with live performances by Wunmi, Unicornicopia and Boundary Band plus Charles Cohen and Anthony Coleman

Saturday, August 4 Psychic TV, Flaming Fire, Ned Rothenberg, and DJ sets

Saturday, August 11 Glass Candy, Mike Simonetti, Elliot Sharp, and a special guest DJ

Saturday, August 18 DJ Spun, Ben Cook (aka Stranger), and Eric Duncan (Rub n Tug), with live performances by Woolfy Projections, Dewanatron, and Ray Sweeten and Zach Layton

Saturday, August 25 Escort, Felix Dickinson, LoVid, and David Linton

Saturday, September 1 Oneida 10 Year Anniversary, with Oneida, Sightings, Ex-Models, Dirty Faces, DJ Fitz (twisted ones), and Mighty Robot AV Squad

In the Neighborhood


Cool characters surround the warehouse building known as 5 Pointz


Jackson Ave. at Crane & Davis Sts.

Admission: free

Right across from P.S.1, on Jackson Ave., graffiti blazes out from the doors, windows, and walls of an abandoned warehouse. This area is known as 5 Pointz, where graffiti artists from the five boroughs and around the world come to create pieces, all with permits and officially sanctioned. Be sure to walk all the way around the building, which is covered from top to bottom in awesome graffiti, favoring murals more than tags. You can see more art as you walk up the steps of the Crane St. Studios, wander through the back parking lot, and venture into the loading dock, where you might find some kids practicing dance moves.


There are action scenes galore at 5 Pointz

Among the current highlights are a Bush monkey asking to be spanked, a sexy ice-cream sundae, dueling DJs, a happy fisherman, a pair of women writers, a bird dropping a load on a hairy dude, and hundreds more cool, colorful images. Part of what makes graffiti what it is involves the dangerous aspect of it, with bombers hitting the streets late at night and trying to avoid the vandal squad, so this loses a little something in that it is all done with the permission of the supervising group. But that doesn’t mean it is any less spectacular to look at.


Be sure to try the disco fries at popular Queens diner


45-30 23rd Rd.



During P.S. 1’s summer Warm Up series on Saturdays, we try to grab great burgers at their weekly beach party. But at other times, we go next door to the reliable twenty-four-hour Court Square Diner. It’s essentially your standard city diner, but what’s wrong with that? We’ve enjoyed the Irish breakfast there, complete with black and white pudding, but they also have French toast, Belgian waffles, pancakes, and steak and eggs. We can highly recommend the half-pound bacon cheeseburger; get it with disco fries, smothered in cheese and with a side of brown gravy. A recent steak sandwich special, bathed in onions, was a juicy delight. The fried clam strips are surprisingly good as well, made with thick clams, not the thin frozen kind that taste like shoe leather. Vegetarians will do well with various soup and salad options and the excellent plate of spinach and rice.


Elizabeth Murray mural winds through subway station


23rd St. & Ely E/f, Court Square G

Admission: $2


A different kind of "legalized graffiti" can be found throughout this subway station, right next to P.S. 1. Elizabeth Murray, who was recently the subject of a terrific career retrospective at MoMA, designed these colorful glass mosaics in 2001, stretching down the long corridors that connect the the 23rd St. & Ely Ave. E/F with the Court Square G. A thick red line twists over the city skyline, going from a bright, sunny day to overcast skies to a sudden rainstorm. Ride the people mover amid reds, yellows, blues, and oranges, adding glorious color to the usual gray and dank subway system. As an added bonus, the E/F also features Frank Olt’s 1992 "Gothic Circle," "Temple Quad Reliefs," and "In Bound Arch" ceramic and glass reliefs.

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Queens Film Festival of the Week

James Taylor tries his hand at acting in TWO-LANE BLACKTOP


Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

July 28 — September 2

Tickets: $10 (includes museum admission)



With the state of politics today — comparisons between the current Bush administration and the Nixon administration continue to pile up — the Museum of the Moving Image has picked an excellent time to highlight some of the most eclectic films made during the Nixon years, filled with anarchy, violence, and an uneasy sense of humor. This series features lesser-known work by such directors as John Huston, Jerry Schatzberg, Alan Arkin, and Jack Nicholson as well as such classic period pieces as Sam Peckinpah’s STRAW DOGS, Hal Ashby’s THE LAST DETAIL, and Alan J. Pakula’s KLUTE.

Saturday, July 28 TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (Monte Hellman, 1971), 3:00

Saturday, July 28 FAT CITY (John Huston, 1972), 5:30

Sunday, July 29 PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD (Jerry Schatzberg, 1970), with Jerry Schatzberg in person, 3:00

Sunday, July 29 WANDA (Barbara Loden, 1970), 6:00

Saturday, August 4 LITTLE MURDERS (Alan Arkin 1971), 2:00

Saturday, August 4 LOVING (Irvin Kershner, 1970), 4:30

Sunday, August 5 HUSBANDS (John Cassavetes, 1970), 3:30

Sunday, August 5 PLAY IT AS IT LAYS (Frank Perry, 1972), 6:30

Saturday, August 11 THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (Bob Rafelson, 1972), with Jacob Brackman in person, 3:00

Saturday, August 11 THE LAST DETAIL (Hal Ashby, 1973), 5:30

Saturday, August 18 THE HEARTBREAK KID (Elaine May, 1972), 3:00

Saturday, August 18 DRIVE, HE SAID (Jack Nicholson, 1971), 5:30

Sunday, August 19 CHARLEY VARRICK (Don Siegel, 1973), 3:00

Sunday, August 19 PLAY MISTY FOR ME (Clint Eastwood, 1971), 5:30

Saturday, August 25 THE CRAZIES (George A. Romero, 1973), 3:00

Peaceful nerd Dustin Hoffman goes crazy in Sam Peckinpah’s STRAW DOGS

Saturday, August 25 STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah, 1971), 5:30

Sunday, August 26 BONE (Larry Cohen, 1972), with Larry Cohen in person 3:00

Sunday, August 26 THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (Ivan Dixon, 1973), 6:00

Saturday, September 1 KLUTE (Alan J. Pakula, 1971), 3:00

Saturday, September 1 HICKEY AND BOGGS (Robert Culp, 1972), 5:30

Sunday, September 2 ULZANA’S RAID (Robert Aldrich, 1972) , 3:00

Sunday, September 2 THE LAST MOVIE (Dennis Hopper, 1971), 5:30

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Manhattan Film Festival of the Week

Photofest / Film Forum

A nasty gang led by Robert Shaw takes to the underground in PELHAM 123


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

July 27 - August 30



Programmer extraordinaire Bruce Goldstein, whose Rialto Pictures is being celebrated at MoMA, has put together another masterful film series, this time including more than fifty works that show off the dark underside of New York City. These mysteries and thrillers reveal the suspense and terror that lurk around every corner of Gotham, from the devil in the Dakota to battles with the bottle, heartless hit men to gangs on the run, crazed cabbies to peerless publicists, with lots of grit, grime, and gallantry. There are also high-class hookers, blind beauties, wheelchair-bound reporters, hazy heroin addicts, confused cops, Bowery bums, and even Babe Ruth. Quite simply, it is one of the greatest collection of New York City films ever put together. Every Monday night features "The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928"; an asterisk following the showtime indicates there will be live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner.

Friday, July 27


Saturday, July 28 SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957, Alexander Mackendrick), 1:45, 3:40, 5:35, 7:30, 9:25

Sunday, July 29 LAURA (1944, Otto Preminger), 2:55, 6:30, 10:05,and WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944, Fritz Lang), 1:00, 4:35, 8:10

Monday, July 30 The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928: THE CAMERAMAN (1928, Edward Sedgwick), 3:50*, 7:00*, 10:10, and SPEEDY (1928, Ted Wilde), 2:10, 5:20, 8:30

Photofest / Film Forum

Harold Lloyd hangs on for dear life in SPEEDY

SPEEDY (Ted Wilde, 1928)


Harold Lloyd’s final silent film played a few years back at Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Festival as well as at the 2003 HBO US Comedy & Arts Festival in Aspen, and it’s easy to see why. Much like the end of the silent film era itself, the last horse-drawn trolley is doomed, with big business playing dirty to get rid of it and Pop Dillon, a classic old-timer. Harold “Speedy” Swift, a dreamer who wanders from menial job to menial job (he makes a great soda-jerk with a unique way of announcing the Yankees score), cares only about the joy and wonder life brings. He’s in love with Pop’s granddaughter, Jane, and vows to save the day. Along the way, he gets to meet Babe Ruth. Ted Wilde was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director, Comedy, in this thrilling nonstop ride through beautiful Coney Island and the pre-depression streets of New York City.

Tuesday, July 31 I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941. H. Bruce Humberstone), 1:05, 4:25, 7:45, and SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948, Anatole Litvak), 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (Samuel Fuller, 1953)

Three-time loser Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) gets more than he bargained for when he lifts femme fatale Candy’s (Jean Peters) wallet on the subway, landing him in trouble with mysterious Joey (Richard Kiley) and the Feds in Samuel Fuller’s fab Cold War noir set in New York City. Widmark is almost too good as Skip, a suave pickpocket who lives under the Brooklyn Bridge in an old bait and tackle shack. Yeah, it gets a little melodramatic at the end, which comes too soon (the film is only eighty minutes long), but it’s worth every minute nonetheless. And yes, that is Brooklyn’s own Thelma Ritter as the curious little lady who sells ties for information.

Wednesday, August 1 PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953, Samuel Fuller), 2:55, 6:25, 9:55, and KISS OF DEATH (1947, Henry Hathaway), 1:00, 4:30, 8:00

Thursday, August 2 PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953, Samuel Fuller), 2:55, and KISS OF DEATH  (1947, Henry Hathaway), 1:00, 4:30

Thursday, August 2 A DOUBLE LIFE  (1947, George Cukor), 8:00, and THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943, Mark Robson), 6:30, 10:00

Friday, August 3


Saturday, August 4 THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974, Joseph Sargent), 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

Sunday, August 5 THE LOST WEEKEND (1945, Billy Wilder), 2:50, 6:35, 10:20, and THE BIG CLOCK (1948, John Farrow), 1:00, 4:45, 8:30

THE LOST WEEKEND (Billy Wilder, 1945)

Ray Milland is unforgettable as Don Birnam, a man who can see life only through the bottom of a bottle. Having just gotten sober, he is off to spend the weekend with his brother (Phillip Terry), but Don is able to slip away from his girlfriend, Helen (Jane Wyman), and his sibling and hang out mostly with Nat the bartender (Howard Da Silva) and plenty of inner demons. One of the misunderstood claims to fame of Billy Wilder’s classic drama is that it was shot in P.J. Clarke’s on Third Ave.; although the bar in the film was based on Clarke’s, the set was re-created in Hollywood, which doesn’t take anything away from this heartbreaking tale that will not have you running to the nearest watering hole after you see it.

Monday, August 6 The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928: THE CROWD (1928, King Vidor) and MEET ME DOWN AT CONEY ISLAND (1931), 8:10*

Monday, August 6 THE LOST WEEKEND (1945, Billy Wilder), 2:10, 6:00, and THE BIG CLOCK (1948, John Farrow), 4:10

Tuesday, August 7 DEADLINE AT DAWN (1946, Harold Clurman), 2:30, 5:40, 8:50, and THE WINDOW (1949, Ted Tetzlaff), 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:20

Wednesday, August 8 THE NAKED CITY (1948, Jules Dassin), 1:00, 4:25, 7:50, and FORCE OF EVIL (1948, Abraham Polonsky), 2:50, 6:15, 9:40

Thursday, August 9 BLAST OF SILENCE (1960, Allen Baron), 3:50, 8:10, COP HATER (1958, William A. Berke), 2:20, 6:40, and THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950, Edward J. Montagne), 1:00, 5:20, 9:40

Friday, August 10


Saturday, August 11 ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968, Roman Polanski), 1:30, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35

Sunday, August 12 TAXI DRIVER (1976, Martin Scorsese), 3:35, 7:50, and MEAN STREETS (1973, Martin Scorsese), 1:30, 5:45, 10:00

Monday, August 13 The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928:

REGENERATION (1915, Raoul Walsh) & THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY (1912, D.W. Griffith), 7:30*, and THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (1928, Josef von Sternberg) 8:50*

Monday, August 13 TAXI DRIVER (1976, Martin Scorsese), 1:00, 5:15, and MEAN STREETS (1973, Martin Scorsese), 3:10

Tuesday, August 14 THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET (1945, Henry Hathaway), 2:55, 6:35, 10:15, and THE DARK CORNER (1946, Henry Hathaway). 1:00, 4:40, 8:20

Wednesday, August 15 CAT PEOPLE (1942, Jacques Tourneur). 2:40, 6:05, 9:30, and PHANTOM LADY (1944, Robert Siodmak), 1:00, 4:25, 7:50

Thursday, August 16 STREET OF CHANCE (1942, Jack Hively), 4:15, 8:35, DR. BROADWAY (1942, Anthony Mann), 2:55, 7:15, and THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (1950, Earl McEvoy), 1:20, 5:40, 10:00

THE WARRIORS (Walter Hill, 1979)



At a huge gang meeting in the Bronx (actually shot in Riverside Park), the Warriors are wrongly accused of having killed Cyrus (Roger Hill), an outspoken leader trying to band all the warring factions together to form one huge force that can take over the New York City borough by borough. The Warriors then must make it back to their home turf, Coney Island, with every gang in New York lying in wait for them to pass through their territory. This iconic New York City gang movie is based on Sol Yurick’s novel, which in turn is loosely based on Xenophon’s ANABASIS, which told of the ancient Greeks’ retreat from Persia. Michael Beck stars as Swan, who becomes the de-facto leader of the Warriors after Cleon (Dorsey Wright) gets taken down early. Battling Swan for control is Ajax (SEX AND THE CITY’s James Remar) and tough-talking Mercy (TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT’s Deborah Van Valkenburgh). Serving as a Greek chorus is Lynne (LAW & ORDER) Thigpen as a radio DJ, and, yes, that young woman out too late in Central Park is eventual Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl. Among the cartoony gangs of New York who try to stop the Warriors are the roller-skating Punks, the pathetic Orphans, the militaristic Gramercy Riffs, the all-girl Lizzies, the ragtag Rogues, and the inimitable Baseball Furies. Another main character is the New York City subway system.

Friday, August 17


Saturday, August 18 THE WARRIORS (1979, Walter Hill), 2:50, 6:25, 10:00, and SUPERFLY (1972, Gordon Parks, Jr.), 1:00, 4:35, 8:10

Sunday, August 19 SCARLET STREET (1945, Fritz Lang), 3:40, 7:15, and SIDE STREET (1949, Anthony Mann), 2:00, 5:35, 9:10

Monday, August 20 The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928:

MANHANDLED (1924, Allan Dwan) & BROADWAY BY DAY (1931), 7:00*, and IT (1927, Clarence Badger), 8:20

Monday, August 20 SCARLET STREET (1945, Fritz Lang), 2:40, and SIDE STREET (1949, Anthony Mann), 1:00, 4:35

Tuesday, August 21 THE SLEEPING CITY (1950, George Sherman), 2:50, 6:20, 9:50, and CRY OF THE CITY (1948, Robert Siodmak), 1:00, 4:30, 8:00

Wednesday, August 22


Thursday, August 23 KILLER’S KISS (1955, Stanley Kubrick), 3:05, 6:30, 9:55, and SOMETHING WILD (1961, Jack Garfein), 1:00, 4:25, 7:50

Photofest / Film Forum

Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman walk the streets of the city in MIDNIGHT COWBOY

Friday, August 24


Saturday, August 25 REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock), 2:35, 6:15, 9:55, and ROPE (1948, Alfred Hitchcock), 1:00, 4:40, 8:20

Sunday, August 26 REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock), 1:10, 5:15, 9:30, and THE WRONG MAN (1957, Alfred Hitchcock), 3:15, 7:30

Monday, August 27 REAR WINDOW (1954, Alfred Hitchcock), 1:00, 5:05, and THE WRONG MAN (1957, Alfred Hitchcock), 3:05

Monday, August 27 The Silent City: New York in the Movies, 1898-1928: NYC Treasures from the Library of Congress, 7:30*, and LONESOME (1929, Paul Fejos), 8:50

Tuesday, August 28 KLUTE (1971, Alan J. Pakula), 3:45, 7:40, and BORN TO WIN (1971, Ivan Passer), 2:00, 5:55, 9:50

Wednesday, August 29 MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969, John Schlesinger), 3:15, 7:30, and THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971, Jerry Schatzberg), 1:10, 5:25, 9:40

Thursday, August 30 WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967, Terence Young), 3:20, 7:15, and CRY, TERROR! (1958, Andrew L. Stone), 1:30, 5:25, 9:20

Friday, August 31


Thursday, September 6 THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971, William Friedkin), 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

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Brooklyn Film Festivals of the Week

SECONDS is among actor Paul Giamatti’s selections for BAM series



BAM Rose Cinemas

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

August 1 — September 11

Tickets: $10



Award-winning actor and Brooklyn resident Paul Giamatti, star of such films as SIDEWAYS (Alexander Payne, 2004) and AMERICAN SPLENDOR (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, 2003), is currently serving as the 2007 BAM Cinema Club chair, giving him the opportunity to select some of his favorite works as part of a mini-festival.

Wednesday, August 1 FRENZY (Alfred Hitchcock, 1972), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Thursday, August 2 DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Stanley Kubrick, 1964), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, August 7 DAWN OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero, 1978), 6:00 (introduced by producer Richard Rubenstein), 9:00

Monday, August 27 BREWSTER McCLOUD (Robert Altman, 1970), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, August 28 THE BIG CLOCK (John Farrow, 1948), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, September 4 THE SEVENTH VICTIM (Mark Robson, 1943), 7:00

Monday, September 10 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Philip Kaufman, 1978), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, September 11 SECONDS (John Frankenheimer, 1966), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY is one of six films honoring Mozart’s birthday



BAM Rose Cinemas

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

August 3-29

Tickets: $10



For the New Crowned Hope Festival held last year in Vienna, festival director Peter Sellars commissioned six international filmmakers to create works in honor of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The result is this collection of a half dozen eclectic and unusual films, shown together in New York for the first time as a group.

Friday, August 3 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (SANG SATTAWAT) (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, August 4 OPERA JAWA (Garin Nugroho, 2006), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, August 5 I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (HEI YAN QUAN) (Tsai Ming-liang, 2006), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Monday, August 6 HALF MOON (NIWEMANG) (Bahman Ghobadi, 2006), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Monday, August 20 PARAGUAYAN HAMMOCK (HAMACA PARAGUAYA) (Paz Encina, 2006), 4:30, 6:50 (introduced by Peter Sellars), 9:30

Wednesday, August 29 DARATT (DRY SEASON) (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2006), 7:00

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Free Outdoor Festival of the Week

J.J. Tizou Photography

James Spotto plays the Exhaustaphone as part of the Car Music Project


Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Broadway at 66th St.

Josie Robertson Plaza, Damrosch Park Bandshell, North Plaza, South Plaza

August 2-27

Admission: free



Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ thirty-seventh season pays tribute to the Summer of Love, which is now forty years old, as well as the entire decade of the tumultuous 1960s, with a wide-ranging program of free dance, music, and more. Among the highlights are the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Bejing Chinese Opera Ensemble, N_ Lei Hulu I Ka W_kiu, Arlo Guthrie, Eddie Floyd, Cissy Houston, Paul Taylor Dance, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and a tribute to Charles Mingus.

Thursday, August 2 Great Music — 60s Spirit: The People United; Roy Brown: Soul of La Lucha; and Arlo Guthrie: Solo Reunion Tour — Together at Last, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, August 3 Jazz on the Plaza: Jazzmobile, with Eunice Newkirk and Friends, South Plaza, 6:00

Friday, August 3 Great Dance: Paul Taylor Dance Company, "Book of Beasts," "Lines of Loss," and "Esplanade," Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Saturday, August 4 Playday — Music Under New York, with Blue Nile Band, Afro-Andes, Luke Ryan, Drumzone, and Mother Tongue; 60s Dance In: Let the Spirit Move; Bash the Trash; and Hippie Flash Sideshow Fashion, Josie Robertson Plaza and South Plaza, 2:00 — 6:00

Saturday, August 4 Great Dance, with Paul Taylor Dance Company performing "Airs," "Profiles," "Troilus & Cressida (Reduced)," and "Black Tuesday," Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Sunday, August 5 Music and Dance on the Plaza, with Modern Man, South Plaza, 2:00

Sunday, August 5 Jazz on the Plaza, with the Car Music Project, South Plaza, 5:00

Sunday, August 5 Great Music: Jazz Takes Flight, with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:15

Tuesday, August 7 Music and Dance on the Plaza: Chinese American Arts Council presents "From Chinatown with Love," featuring the Bejing Chinese Opera Ensemble and Fujin Shiyan Min Opera, South Plaza, 6:30, and Josie Robertson Plaza, 7:30

Wednesday, August 8 Great Music: The Soul of Gospel, McCollough Sons of Thunder, Sunset Drive, Dee Dee Sharp, Eddie Floyd, Gospel for Teens with special guest Cissy Houston, and Total Praise Choir of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Brooklyn, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Drumsong African Ballet will perform for children on August 9

Thursday, August 9 Just for Kids: Drumsong African Ballet Theatre, Josie Robertson Plaza, 10:30 am

Thursday, August 9 Music and Dance on the Plaza: Beatboxer Entertainment, with Akim Funk Buddha, Josie Robertson Plaza, 6:00

Friday, August 10 Just for Kids: N_ Lei Hulu I Ka W_kiu, Josie Robertson Plaza, 10:30 am

Friday, August 10 Chamber Music of the World: Kartik Seshadri, South Plaza, 6:30

Friday, August 10 Great Dance: N_ Lei Hulu I Ka W_kiu, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Saturday, August 11 Music and Dance on the Plaza: Drumsong African Ballet Theatre, Josie Robertson Plaza, 6:00

Saturday, August 11 Great Dance: N_ Lei Hulu I Ka W_kiu, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Sunday, August 12 Heritage Sunday: Songs of Struggle, with Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden, Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra, and Viento de Agua, Josie Robertson Plaza and South Plaza, 3:30

Sunday, August 12 Great Music in the Bandshell: Caribbean Cultural Center, with Boogaloo Madness: We Like It Like That!, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Tuesday, August 14 Jazz on the Plaza: Jay Leonhart and Wycliffe Gordon, South Plaza, 6:00

Tuesday, August 14 Great Dance: Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Accumulation, PRESENT TENSE, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Wednesday, August 15 Music and Dance on the Plaza: Roxane Butterfly, Josie Robertson Plaza, 6:00

Wednesday, August 15 Chamber Music of the World: Carman Moore’s Skymusic Ensemble Tribute to Leroy Jenkins, South Plaza, 7:15

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Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal [bjm_danse] will perform with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Thursday, August 16 Great Dance: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal [bjm_danse], Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, August 17 Just for Kids: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Josie Robertson Plaza, 10:30 am

Friday, August 17 Jazz on the Plaza: TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976-2006, South Plaza, 6:00

Friday, August 17 Great Dance: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal [bjm_danse], Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, August 18 24th Annual Roots of American Music: Jerry Silverman, Charlie Gracie, Sid Selvidge, Rosemary Woods, and Tom Paxton, South Plaza, 1:00-6:00

Saturday, August 18 24th Annual Roots of American Music: The Dixie Hummingbirds and Sleepy LaBeef’s Country/Rockabilly Rip Roarin’ Jumping Jamboree with special guests Charlie Gracie, Dale Hawkins, Roy Head, and Larry Johnson, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Sunday, August 19 24th Annual Roots of American Music: Harvest Wind, Chuck Brodsky, the Quebe Sisters Band, Diana Jones, and Garnet Rogers, South Plaza, 1:00-6:00

Sunday, August 19 24th Annual Roots of American Music: The Claire Lynch Band, the Andy Statman Trio with special guest Ricky Skaggs, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with special guest Andy Statman, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Monday, August 20 Jazz on the Plaza: Amina Claudine Myers Trio, South Plaza, 6:00

Monday, August 20 Great Music: Mick Moloney and Friends with Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks and Les Yeux Noirs, Josie Robertson Plaza, 7:30

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Stefanie Nelson Dance Group performs on the plaza on August 21

Tuesday, August 21 Music and Dance on the Plaza: Solar One, Catey Ott Dance Collective, company javedani, Tanya Calamoneri/Company SoGoNo, Hettie Barnhill, RedShift Dance, and Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, Josie Robertson Plaza, 5:45—6:30

Tuesday, August 21 Great Music: Pauline Oliveros/Deep Listening, World Wide Tuning Meditation, EHRES (Extreme High Risk Entertainment System), South Plaza, 7:00

Wednesday, August 22 Music and Dance on the Plaza: The New York Baroque Dance Company, Josie Robertson Plaza, 6:00

Wednesday, August 22 Great Music: Henry Brant’s Dormant Craters, conducted by Neely Bruce, featuring the Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble, Gamelan Song of Lion, South Plaza, 7:00

Thursday, August 23 Music and Dance on the Plaza: 60s Snapshots, with Gus Solomons jr, 6:10 & 7:10; Merian Soto, 6:30 & 7:30; Yoshiko Chuma, 6:50 & 7:50; and Elaine Summers, South Plaza, 8:10,

Trance Music Ensemble will feature music, tea, calligraphy, and more

Friday, August 24 Great Music: Trance Music Ensemble presents a Celebration of Tea Musicians, featuring calligraphy, flowers, poetry and music, South Plaza, 7:00

Saturday, August 25 La Casita, with Pedrito Martinez, Felice Rosser, Julian Kulesty, Falu, Anthony Morales, Shobana Raghavan Carnactic, Pistolera, Juan Antonio Meza-Compean, Kelly Zan-Yie Tsai, Amiri Baraka, Folklore Urbano, and Alma Moyo, South Plaza, 1:00 - 5:30

Saturday, August 25 Great Music — Absolute Ensemble: Arabian Nights, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, featuring guest artist Marcel Khalifé, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Sunday, August 26 La Casita, with Will Calhoun & Friends, Joy Harjo, Kahlil Almustafa, Rana Santacruz, Luca Mundaca, Grupo Yolotecuani, Angelo Moore Fishbone’s Dr. Madd Vibe, Michael Heraldas, Terrance Hayes, Pamyua Yupaik, John Trudell, Yusef Komunyakaa, Amiri Baraka, Yarina, and Grupo Eleguá, South Plaza, 1:00 - 5:30

Sunday, August 26 Great Music: Happy Birthday Mingus — Celebrating Eighty-Five, with the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Orchestra, conducted by Gunther Schuller, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

Monday, August 27 Great Music: La India "Princess of Salsa," Damrosch Park Bandshell, 8:00

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Movies & More

Brian Steidle discovers dark tragedy in Darfur

(Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern, 2006)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.

Opens Wednesday, July 25

Tickets: $11





In 2004, Brian Steidle, a former Marine captain from a patriotic military family, left the corps and was seeking a new challenge. He opted for a high-paying job as an unarmed military observer for the African Union, where he would lead a small team in Darfur in Sudan. Once there, Steidle was shocked by what he saw — the systematic genocide of a race of people, an ethnic cleansing of poor, non-Arab tribes that appeared to be supported by the government. Steidle documented chilling events perpetrated by the murderous Janjaweed ("devils on horseback"), on video and in still photographs, filing reports that had little or no effect. Frustrated by the Sudanese government, the UN, and the White House, Steidle ultimately took his case to the American people — and still the killings go on. Filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern follow Steidle’s amazing journey as he travels from Washington, DC, to Rwanda, England, and Chad, desperate to alert the world of this horrific crisis. THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK is an unforgettable tale that captures exactly what socially conscious documentaries are all about.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart are hungry for love in NO RESERVATIONS


Opens Friday, July 27


Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a workaholic executive chef who has no life outside the fancy kitchen she runs on Bleecker St. She has no time for friends, family, or even love because she’s too worried about her saffron sauce. She even cooks for her therapist (Bob Balaban), bringing him gourmet meals instead of talking about her inner demons. But when her sister dies in a car accident, Kate suddenly has to take care of her young niece, Zoe (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE’s Abigail Breslin), while also dealing with Nick (Aaron Eckhart), an accomplished chef who was called in to help out at the restaurant while she took some time off. Nick is everything she’s not — charming, playful, and demonstrative — forcing her to take stock of her life. Directed by Scott Hicks (SHINE, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS) and based on Sandra Nettelbeck’s award-winning 2002 German comedy MOSTLY MARTHA, NO RESERVATIONS’ eyes are bigger than its stomach. It tries to squeeze two movies into one; while the potential romance between Kate and Nick has its charms — despite following the obvious recipe — the plotline involving Kate and Zoe is as flat as a pancake, as is Philip Glass’s score, which sounds like it was adapted from the SOUTH PARK episode that made fun of him.

Henry Rollins shares his thoughts in punk-rock doc

PUNK’S NOT DEAD (Susan Dynner, 2007)

July 27 - August 2

Village East

181 Second Ave. at 12th St.




Director Susan Dynner examines the past, present, and future of punk rock in the fast-paced documentary PUNK’S NOT DEAD. Punk rock broke wide open in the mid-to-late 1970s, as pierced and tattooed fans packed small, sweaty clubs to have the Sex Pistols spit on them and other bands scream about anarchy and chaos, railing against the establishment that had brought them Vietnam, suburban sprawl, bloated arena rock, and an uninspired mainstream society. Bands such as Bad Religion, the Damned, Social Distortion, Minor Threat, and UK Subs used shrieking guitars, killer drums, and a nonstop verbal barrage that, as Dynner points out, never went away; thirty years down the road, many of these bands are still together or have re-formed, appearing in underground clubs and on indie records. Punk influence saw a revival in the 1990s, with Nirvana, Green Day, and Rancid all hitting the charts, but the film argues that the current wave, which includes such groups as Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, and Sum 41 and stores such as Hot Topic, is more market-friendly pop punk than the real deal. Among those sharing their opinions on what qualifies as punk are Black Flag’s Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn, X’s John Doe, Circle Jerks’ Keith Morris, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong (who also coproduced the film), Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra, the Subhumans’ Dick Lucas, Social D’s Mike Ness, and members of dozens of bands both old and new. The biggest revelation is the Adicts, a British band that has been doing it their own way, with the original lineup, for more than thirty years now, still bucking the system and attracting a whole new generation of fans. PUNK’S NOT DEAD also includes snippets of hundreds of songs that will send you poring through your record collection to find those old gems you haven’t listened to since you were in college. Sham 69’s "If the Kids Are United" fabulously sums things up over the closing credits.

Homer finally meets his match in big-screen SIMPSONS movie


Opens Friday, July 27


In 1999, Comedy Central’s SOUTH PARK hit the big screen, announcing it was "Bigger Longer & Uncut." After eighteen years, perennial Fox favorite THE SIMPSONS has finally gone bigger and longer as well, although not nearly as uncut. (However, it does include the hysterical appearance of Bart’s little willie in addition to a few hints of bestiality and other family-friendly no-nos.) After Grandpa Abe has an apocalyptic vision at church, Homer adopts a pig (don’t ask) and eventually creates an environmental disaster that devastates Springfield, leading President Arnold Schwarzenegger (voiced by Harry Shearer) and EPA head Russ Cargill (Albert Brooks) to place the town in a dome, cutting it off from the rest of the world. Forced to flee in a FRANKENSTEIN-like manner, the Simpsons make a run for it, but can they leave their beloved Springfield behind? Directed by longtime SIMPSONS team member David Silverman and written by nearly a dozen regulars (including co-executive producer James L. Brooks and creator Matt Groening), the movie starts out impressively, much like the TV series did, then gets confused along the way, much like the TV series did, and then devolves into some ridiculous scenarios, much like the TV series does now. THE SIMPSONS always worked better the more realistic it was, so things do get out of hand here. Although not a blockbuster, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE is still an entertaining hour and a half that is more than just a very long episode; it has bigger ideas, a grander look, Green Day playing the theme song, and numerous self-referential jokes to ensure that you don’t feel like you’re sitting on your couch on Sunday night. Nearly all the regulars make at least a cameo appearance, and maybe, just maybe, Maggie speaks. The jokes continue through the closing credits.

Thomas "Tommo" Turgoose gives a powerhouse performance in THIS IS ENGLAND

THIS IS ENGLAND (Shane Meadows, 2006)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.

Opens Friday, July 27

Tickets: $11





Based on elements from his own childhood, Shane Meadows’s THIS IS ENGLAND is a powerful drama set in the tempestuous 1980s in the UK during the controversial Falklands War. Thirteen-year-old Thomas "Tommo" Turgoose makes a stunning debut as Shane, a twelve-year-old boy whose father recently died in the war and who gets picked on because he is short — and never backs away from the chance to defend himself and his dad. Shane is "adopted" by a goofy group of skinheads led by Woody (Joe Gilgun) who like to hang out at a local coffee shop and occasionally perform minor forms of anarchy. Shane also gets a small taste of romance from Smell (Rosamund Hanson), a sweetly innocent teen who dresses like a Boy George groupie. But when Combo (Stephen Graham) shows up, just released from prison, he causes a split among the friends, asking them to join him in his crazed nationalistic fervor fueled by hatred and racism. At that point, the film turns from a charming coming-of-age drama to an angry, politically charged story. Turgoose, a street-savvy underprivileged kid himself, is unforgettable as Shane, who learns fast about the hard, cold world. Graham (SNATCH) is frightening as Combo, a ticking time bomb ready to explode at any moment. The excellent soundtrack features Culture Club, Percy Sledge, Soft Cell, the Specials, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, UK Subs, and several songs by Toots & the Maytals. Be sure not to show up late — the opening montage, beautifully summarizing Thatcher’s England, is simply awesome.

Matt Damon is looking for answers in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (Paul Greengrass, 2007)

Opens Friday, August 3


Still struggling to find out who he really is — and who was behind the top-secret program that turned him into a killing machine for the government — Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is on the run again, spurred by a reporter (Paddy Considine) who has uncovered some classified information about the operation that might just lead Bourne to the answers he’s been searching for. But Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), the head of a special government organization, is desperate to make sure Bourne doesn’t find out anything — and that he ends up dead in the process. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, the last of three films based on the trilogy by Robert Ludlum, actually surpasses its predecessors, THE BOURNE IDENTITY (Doug Liman, 2002) and THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (Paul Greengrass, 2004), both of which were good. Greengrass (UNITED 93) ups the action quotient with breathless chases, well-choreographed fights, and nonstop suspense, including sensational scenes set in Tangiers, Paris, and New York City. Although it helps to have seen the first two films, it is not absolutely necessary. Joan Allen and Julia Stiles are back, with new additions Albert Finney and Scott Glenn. Moby contributes the song over the closing credits.


IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.

Fridays & Sundays at 12 noon

Tickets: $11



Friday, August 3


Saturday, August 4 WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)

Teshigahara drama is an existential masterpiece

WOMAN IN THE DUNES (SUNNA NO ONNA) (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Sisyphean tale, based on Kobo Abe’s marvelous novel, tells the story of a man out in the desert looking for insects when he comes upon a village of people living in the sand dunes — and he is unknowingly sucked into their world. See the movie, but be sure to read the book as well; the scenes of the man trying to escape by climbing up the sand will feel oddly familiar to anyone who has ever been trapped in a seemingly inescapable situation. Teshigahara, who died in April 2001, adds surreal visual elements that make the film an unusually compelling though basically simple story. Abe also collaborated with Teshigahara on PITFALL (OTOSHIANA), THE FACE OF ANOTHER (TANIN NO KAO), and THE MAN WITHOUT A MAP (MOETSUKITA CHIZU).

Gena Rowlands takes Parker Posey shopping for a good man in BROKEN ENGLISH

BROKEN ENGLISH (Zoe Cassavetes, 2007)

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.


Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.





Parker Posey is simply delightful as Nora Wilder, the hard-pressed protagonist of BROKEN ENGLISH, the debut feature film by writer-director Zoe Cassavetes. Nora is the behind-the-scenes concierge of a ritzy Midtown hotel who, while pulling off miracles for the hotel’s VIPs, can’t get anything to work in her own life. Her mother (Gena Rowlands) and seemingly happily married best friend (Drea de Matteo) try their best to help, but she seems doomed to live life alone. After a series of ridiculously bad dates, she’s about to give up on ever falling in love when she bumps into Julien (Melvil Poupaud), a gorgeous but somewhat goofy French playboy-type who is everything she never wanted in a long-term relationship. Despite her misgivings, the two hit it off, but that is only the start of a whole new slew of problems. Cassavetes, the daughter of John Cassavetes and Rowlands, shows an astute sensibility in BROKEN ENGLISH, mixing in pathos and humor with a fine ear for dialogue and good character development. The film also includes some great New York locations, including Film Forum, the Central Park Zoo (where Cassavetes brutally steals a scene from Woody Allen), the Chambers Hotel, and more.

Hagen Keller

Ulriche Mühe keeps his eyes open in German thriller

(Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

Village East

181 Second Ave. at 12th St.




Winnter of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, THE LIVES OF OTHERS is a tense political thriller set in 1980s East Berlin. Ulriche Mühe gives a mesmerizing performance as Capt. Gerd Wiesler, an expert interrogator for the Stasi, the German Democratic Republic’s secret police, who keep a close watch on all suspicious activity — and to them, everything is suspicious. When powerful culture minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) tells Wiesler’s nervous yes-man boss, Lt. Col. Anton Grubitz (Ulrich Tukur), to spy on noted playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), Wiesler takes the case, setting up audio surveillance on Dreyman and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). But when the ever-loyal, humorless, always stalwart Wiesler discovers that Hempf ordered the surveillance primarily because he has a thing for Sieland, Wiesler begins to reconsider the case — and the ultimate responsibility of the Stasi itself. And the more he learns, the more he understands. THE LIVES OF OTHERS was written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, making an extremely impressive feature-film debut, capturing a precarious, paranoid part of recent German history in which the vast majority of the nation was either being spied on or were informers themselves.

Daniel Auteuil is desperate to find a friend in Leconte flick

(Patrice Leconte, 2006)

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.


IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.





The great and suddenly ubiquitous Daniel Autieul is a goofy delight in Patrice Leconte’s lightweight but fun MY BEST FRIEND. Auteuil stars as François, a successful antique dealer who is surprised to suddenly discover that no one likes him. His business partner, Catherine (Julie Gayet), bets him that he won’t be able to prove that he has a best friend. Given ten days, François sets out to find someone he can call his best friend, with pathetically funny results. Desperate, he hires Bruno, a gregarious cabdriver (Dany Boon, who also stars in THE VALET), to show him how to be nice to people and make friends. Leconte, the director of such acerbic comedies as THE HAIRDRESSER’S HUSBAND and RIDICULE as well as such powerful dramas as INTIMATE STRANGERS and THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE, aims low but hits high with this charming, if silly, little film. Add half a star if you can’t get enough of Autieul.

Barbet Schroeder gets a leg up in one of eighteen cinematic love letters to Paris

PARIS, JE T’AIME (Multiple directors, 2007)

Quad Cinema

13th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.




The City of Light is celebrated in eighteen short tales about love and loss in PARIS JE T’AIME, each set in a different Paris neighborhood. Each director was assigned a location and given only a few days to shoot a work of no more than five minutes. Joel & Ethan Coen set "Tuilieries" in the Metro, where an American tourist (Steve Buscemi) pays the price for making eye contact with a couple making out across the tracks. In Isabel Coixet’s "Bastille," a cheating husband (Sergio Castellito) decides to dump his girlfriend (Leonor Watling) and help his wife (Miranda Richardson) fight cancer. In Nouhiro Suwa’s "Place des Victoires," a grieving mother (Juliette Binoche) wants one last chance to say goodbye to her dead son, with assistance from a mysterious cowboy on a horse (Willem Dafoe). The producers cleverly put Vincenzo Natali’s vampire story, "Quartier de la Madeleine," after Wes Craven’s surprisingly poignant "Pere-Lachaise," which is set in the famous cemetery (and with Alexander Payne, who directed the bittersweet "14eme Arrondissement," playing Oscar Wilde).

While there are no blockbusters, the majority of the films are successful in their own way, and because they’re only five minutes long, the dull ones are over rather quickly. Other highlights include Gus Van Sant’s "Le Marais," Alfonso Cuaron’s "Parc Monceau" (with Nick Nolte, Ludivine Sagnier, and a cool plot twist), Oliver Schmitz’s evocative "Place des Fetes," and Frédéric Auburtin and Gérard Depardieu’s "Quartier Latin," with Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands preparing to make their divorce final. Interestingly, Olivier Assayas’s "Quartier des Enfants Rouges" features Maggie Gyllenhaal as an actress with a drug problem; last year, Gyllenhaal starred in Laurie Collyer’s SHERRYBABY, which was essentially an uncredited remake of Assayas’s 2004 film CLEAN, with Maggie Cheung in the drug-addict role.

Michael Moore heads to Paris to look for quality health care in SiCKO

SICKO (Michael Moore, 2007)

In theaters now



After taking on GM in ROGER & ME, the gun lobby in BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, and the Iraq war in FAHRENHEIT 9/11, Michael Moore goes after the health-care industry in SiCKO, another vastly entertaining and wildly informative documentary that will make you laugh till it hurts. Instead of focusing on the 50 million Americans who don't have health insurance, Moore zeroes in on the 250 million who do — and still can’t afford treatment when they become seriously ill. Collecting ridiculous stories culled from tens of thousands e-mailed to him via his Website, Moore shares remarkable tales of maddening insurance company denials, including one woman who was dragged unconscious from a car accident and taken to the hospital — and whose carrier refused to pay for the ambulance because she failed to get the emergency ride preapproved. And that’s only the tip of this melting iceberg. Moore goes inside the industry to reveal frightening details of how these for-profit institutions run and why it is always in their best interest to say no. He also travels to Canada, France, England, and even Cuba to show how the supposed evils of socialized medicine actually work for everyone. And just wait till you see how Nixon and Reagan are involved. SiCKO rips the million-dollar mask off the health-care industry; be prepared to leave the theater as mad as hell and not wanting to take it anymore.

© Focus Features

Don Cheadle talks up a storm in Lemmons’s docudrama

TALK TO ME (Kasi Lemmons, 2007)

In theaters now


Not afraid to speak his mind, Petey Greene revolutionized talk radio in Washington, DC, in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, influencing the next generation of shock jocks (including an impressionable DC newbie named Howard Stern). Kasi Lemmons’s TALK TO ME details Greene’s (Don Cheadle) transformation from incarcerated armed robber to controversial media celebrity by concentrating on his friendship with young radio executive Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), two black men with very different personalities. While Greene preferred a wild, flamboyant lifestyle, Hughes chose to walk the straight and narrow, quietly working within the system, personified by Martin Sheen as conservative station owner E. G. Sonderling. But Greene’s unwillingness to play the game has a profound effect on Hughes as well as on the people of DC. As major cultural events unfold, Lemmons (EVE’S BAYOU, THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE) lets the audience experience them through Greene, offering a unique perspective on familiar happenings. Cheadle and Ojiofor make a great team, but Taraji P. Henson nearly steals the show as Vernell Watson, Greene’s far-out lover. TALK TO ME skips around a bit too much and teeters too often on the edge of preachiness, especially when Terence Blanchard’s sappy score overheats the melodrama, but the central story —­ the screenplay was cowritten by Hughes’s son, Michael Genet, with Hughes serving as a consultant —­ helps the film rise above its maudlin tendencies. The awesome, if obvious, soundtrack includes songs by Sam Cooke, James Brown, the Supremes, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T & the MGs, Sam and Dave, Archie Bell and the Drells, Al Green, Sly & the Family Stone, and the Chambers Brothers.

Troubled lovers try to rekindle their romance in TIME

TIME (Kim Ki-duk, 2006)

Cinema Village

22 East 12th St. between University Pl. & Fifth Ave.




After two years together, See-hee (Seong Hyeon-ah) thinks that her boyfriend, Ji-woo (Ha Jung-woo), has lost interest in her. She goes crazy jealous whenever he even so much as takes a peek at another woman, embarrassing him in public time and time again. But when she suddenly disappears, he soon realizes that he can’t live without her. And he won’t necessarily have to; See-hee has taken off to have a plastic surgeon (Kim Sung-min) completely change her face so she can make Ji-woo fall in love with her (now played by Park Ji-yun) all over again, even if he doesn’t know who she really is. But it is a lot harder to change one’s inner psyche than outward physical appearance. Korean writer-director Kim Ki-duk, who has made such unusual and compelling films as 3-IRON, THE BOW (see DVD review below), and SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER...and SPRING, has crafted yet another fascinating drama that challenges the audience with its unique and unexpected twists and turns, asking intriguing questions rather than doling out simplistic answers. Kim shows the passage of time as a natural enemy to love and romance — but one that can be overcome. "Time travels in divers paces with divers persons," Shakespeare wrote in AS YOU LIKE IT. And so it does in this difficult yet memorable film.

Ben Kingsley and Téa Leoni develop an offbeat relationship in YOU KILL ME

YOU KILL ME (John Dahl, 2007)

Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.




John Dahl’s YOU KILL ME opens with a fabulous scene in which a man (Ben Kingsley) walks out onto his stoop, swigs from a bottle of vodka, tosses it a bit ahead of him, then shovels some snow until he reaches the bottle again, then takes another swallow, tosses it again, shovels, etc. It immediately establishes the nature of the character, a hit man named Frank Falenczyk who toils for the Polish mob in Buffalo. (Who knew?) But when he blows a crucial assignment to kill incoming Irish boss O’Leary (Dennis Farina), the family insists he either go to rehab in San Francisco or else. Unfortunately, despite the good setup, the rest of the film is maddeningly uneven, as Frank begins attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, hangs out with his sponsor, a gay toll taker (Luke Wilson), gets pushed around by a slimy real estate dude (Bill Pullman), and falls for a beautiful but confused younger woman (Téa Leoni). Dahl, one of Hollywood’s best modern-noir directors, has done better, with such complex thrillers as RED ROCK WEST and THE LAST SEDUCTION. YOU KILL ME does feature fine performances by Kingsley and Leoni, but otherwise the plot is just too dried out.

STORIES BY MIRANDA JULY (Scribner, May 2007, $23)



Multimedia performance artist Miranda July, who wrote, directed, and starred in the charming 2005 film ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, is now charming the literary world with NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU, a collection of sixteen short stories previously published in such magazines as Zoetrope, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Mostly written in the first person, the stories follow unique characters as they seek more out of their troubled, complicated existence, living on the fringes of society. In "Making Love in 2003," a writing student becomes a special-needs assistant with an unusual attraction to one of the kids. In "The Sister," a lonely man is lured into a friendship with a coworker who promises to set him up with his sister. In "How to Tell Stories to Children," a woman becomes obsessed with the daughter of a former lover who is going through his own personal problems. And in the outstanding "Something that Needs Nothing," a young girl grows up with an unrequited desire for her best friend. July’s characters live in their own alternate, warped realities, constantly confusing their relationships with friends, family, and even strangers, mistaking nothings for somethings. July writes in a simple, direct style, more internal than external. In "It Was Romance," the narrator, a woman on break from a romance seminar, says, "We wetted each other’s blouses and pushed our crying ahead of us like a lantern, searching out new and forgotten sadnesses, ones that had died politely years ago but in fact had not died, and came to life with a little water. We had loved people we really shouldn’t have loved and then married other people in order to forget our impossible loves, or we had once called out hello into the cauldron of the world and then run away before anyone could respond." In July’s world, people are desperate for responses, but they never get what they are looking for.


Available on DVD



Before or after reading performance artist Miranda July’s first book, check out her feature-film directorial debut, which is a refreshing success from start to finish, an original, engaging, and utterly charming romantic comedy that is as unique as it is familiar. July, who also wrote the screenplay, stars as a quirky young performance artist who is looking for a relationship in her rather mundane life. She immediately falls for a shoe salesman who is separating from his wife and trying to understand his kids, who are having a strange online dalliance with a mystery e-mailer. Meanwhile, two high school girls are sexually tormenting a bizarre loner who is sexually tormenting them right back, both humorously and dangerously. It’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off of July, whose innovative audio and visual installations and short films have been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial, the Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival, among many other prestigious places. Although ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW was bypassed completely at the Oscars, it was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay, won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and took home the Golden Camera from Cannes.

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Music


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are playing all over the city this summer


River to River Festival

Music at Castle Clinton, Battery Park

Thursday, July 26, 7:00

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




Sharon Jones is a virtual bundle of dynamite onstage. Belting out classic-sounding (read ’60s- and ’70s-influenced) soul music as opposed to the pablum played on today’s “R&B” radio, Ms. Jones doesn’t stop shakin’ it for a second during her kinetic performances. She was born in the Godfather’s hometown of Augusta, GA, but now calls Brooklyn home. The former corrections officer on Rikers Island has one of the biggest and brassiest set of pipes to be found anywhere. Her backing band, the Dap-Kings, are natty, funky and tight as hell. Analogy? They are to local label Daptone Records what the Bar-Kays were to Stax: a soul powerhouse. Sharon has performed recently with Booker T. and the MGs and was one of the highlights of the recent Doc Pomus tribute in Prospect Park. Expect nothing less than a tornado of brass, bass, and boogie at this free show in Castle Clinton.


Alan Vega and Martin Rev shake things up at the South Street Seaport


River to River Festival

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

Friday, July 27, 6:00

Admission: free





suicide slideshow

Early punksters Alan Vega and Martin Rev will be teaming up for a rare performance as Suicide, their highly influential, New York City-based, on-again, off-again duo that has been together since the 1970s. Their records and shows were almost always filled with controversy, resulting in their never becoming more than a cult act, at least in the mind of the general public. Interest in their music grew recently when Bruce Springsteen closed each night of his DEVILS AND DUST solo tour with an intense version of "Dream Baby Dream," from Suicide’s second album. Vocalist Vega and synth player Rev, along with a drum machine, will be back together for a free show at the South Street Seaport on July 27; don’t miss this extremely rare opportunity to see one of music’s most eclectic and original bands. Also on the bill are the Baltimore-based group (by way of Australia) the Death Set, with Richard Fearless of Death in Vegas contributing a DJ set. What could be better than a night of live death?


Mavis Staples lets it all out in Rockefeller Park


River to River Festival

Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00

Admission: free




Joining her family soul and gospel group, the Staples Singers, in 1950, Mavis Staples has been singing songs of faith and spirituality for six decades. Her latest album, WE’LL NEVER TURN BACK (Anti-, April 2007), produced by Ry Cooder and including backup from members of the original Freedom Singers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, features songs linked to the civil rights movement, both old and new. But Staples puts her own twist on such numbers as "Eyes on the Prize," "We Shall Not Be Moved," and "Jesus Is on the Main Line," bringing them up-to-date and personalizing them as only she can. Staples will be playing a free show at Rockefeller Park on August 1, performing songs from the new album as well as longtime Staples classics (perhaps "Respect Yourself" and "I’ll Take You There," among others?) in what could very well be one of the best concerts of the summer.


Socially conscious Antibalas groove on Governors Island


River to River Festival

Governors Island

Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St., Slip 7

Saturday, August 4, 1:00

Admission: free



For nearly ten years, Brooklyn’s own Antibalas has been bringing its Afrobeats and social consciousness to the streets and stages of the world, an eclectic and infectious power mix of jazz, funk, soul, classical, Latin, and experimental sounds. Led by baritone saxophonist Martin Perna and featuring such members as keyboardist Victor Axelrod, tenor saxophonist Stuart Bogie, shekere player Marcus Farrar, bassist Nick Movshon, and drummer Chris Vatalaro (there are a dozen members), Antibalas is heavily influenced by the great Fela Kuti, continuing his legacy. As part of the River to River Festival, they’ll be highlighting songs from their latest album, SECURITY (Anti-, March 2007), which was produced by John McEntire, who has worked with such hot indie acts as Tortoise and Stereolab. Opening the show will be Ogans, performing the Afro-Brazilian music and dance of Bahia.


Xavier Rudd drives ’em crazy in Halifax


Highline Ballroom

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

July 27-28, 8:00

Tickets: $18




Twenty-nine-year-old Australian musician Xavier Rudd uses slide, bass, and six- and twelve-string guitars, a battery of didgeridoos and harmonicas, djembe, shakers, ankle bells, and more to create his own appealing brand of world roots music — all by himself. The multitalented multi-instrumentalist has been touring the world for the past five years, feeding his growing fan base with appearances at numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo. Currently hitting clubs in North America in support of his fourth album, WHITE MOTH (Anti-, June 2007), Rudd recently sold out Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Marquee in a matter of hours — not an easy thing to do when the club is large, the population of Halifax is relatively small, and the tickets are $25. The adoring crowd packed the Marquee and went crazy for songs from his older albums as well as material from the new disc. Rudd even gave props to his wide-ranging influences by adding the riff from "Iron Man" in the middle of the first set and a cover of "No Woman No Cry" during the encore. Rudd’s music is an engaging blend of world rhythms drawn from reggae, south and west African music, indigenous Australian culture, and more. His songs tend to have similar rhythms and similar lyrics, but his gift for melody and excellent pacing build his live shows into genial feel-great dance jams. It’s no accident that he’ll be opening for the Dave Matthews Band in the U.S. later this summer.

The vegetarian, multiculti Rudd is also an environmentally conscious musician; Clif Bar’s Green Notes is sponsoring his Better People initiative, named for the single "Better People" off WHITE MOTH: "an expression of deep gratitude to those who are taking steps to make a positive impact in the world . . . created as an extension of that gratitude, a celebration of compassion and action." It’s hard to go wrong with those sentiments, or with Rudd’s happy rhythms. Also on the bill is Canadian folk rocker Serena Ryder.

Austin Young

Diamanda Galás brings bittersweet mystery and romance to the Highline Ballroom


Highline Ballroom

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

August 6, 12, 19

Tickets: $30




Goth performance artist Diamanda Galás will be at the Highline Ballroom for three special shows this summer. On August 6 & 12, Galás will perform "Imitation of Life," an evening of bittersweet romantic standards and ballads featuring works associated with Judy Garland, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Chet Baker, Marlene Dietrich, and others. "Love is akin to the courtship of the female praying mantis who, right after mating, devours the male’s brain matter," Galás writes on her Web site. "It is an obsession that prevails in the face of despair. Ending it is too painful to contemplate, though not to digest." On August 19, she’ll be performing "Chansons Malheureuses and Amanedhes," consisting of original piano compositions set to the words of such French poets as Gerard de Nerval, Aimé Cesaire, Jules Supervielle, and Ferdinand Freiliger, as well as songs by Udi Hrant and Stelios Kazantzithis, sung in the vocal traditions of Asia Minor and the Middle East. You were expecting something routine and basic?

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


Asia Society and Museum, New York Auditorium

725 Park Ave. at 70th St.

July 19-28

Tickets: $10




Wednesday, July 25 NEW YEAR BABY (Socheata Poeuv, 2006), 6:30

Wednesday, July 25 KING AND THE CLOWN (WANGAE NAMJA) (Lee Jun-ik, 2005), 9:15

Thursday, July 26 Centerpiece Presentation: DARK MATTER (Chen Shi-Zheng, 2006), followed by reception, $15, 7:00

Thursday, July 26 YEAR OF THE FISH (David Kaplan, 2006), followed by a Q&A with the director, 9:15

Friday, July 27 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON (Joy Dietrich, 2007), 9:15

Saturday, July 28 ETERNAL SUMMER (SHENG XIA GUANG NIAN) (Leste Chen, 2006), 2:30

Saturday, July 28 ONE FOOT OFF THE GROUND (JI QUAN BU NING) (Chen Daming, 2006), 4:45

Saturday, July 28 Closing Presentation: NEVER FOREVER (Gina Kim, 2006), followed by reception and awards ceremony, $30, 7:30


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)

Admission: free



Wednesday, July 25 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Thursday, July 26 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, CC, 7:00

Thursday, July 26 Summer Soul Nights: Ledisi with Summer Johnson, SSS

Friday, July 27 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Monday, July 30 Summer Stars: Elizabeth Keusch, Soprano, MSC, 7:30

Wednesday, August 1 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Thursday, August 2 The Flatlanders, CC, 7:00

Thursday, August 2 Summer Soul Nights: Jeff Redd with Jean Baylor, SSS, 7:00

Friday, August 3 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Friday, August 3 Seaport Music: A Night of Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined, SSS, 7:00

Saturday, August 4 In the Pocket Music, 1:00

Monday, August 6 Summer Stars: Amstel Quartet, MSC, 7:30

Wednesday, August 8 Music Under New York, 12 noon


Pier A Park at First & Sinatra Dr.


June & July, around 9:00

August & September, around 8:15

Admission: free

Blankets & low lawn chairs encouraged



Wednesday, July 25 SHUT UP & SING (Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck, 2006)

Wednesday, August 1 DREAMGIRLS (Bill Condon, 2006)

Wednesday, August 8 HOLLYWOODLAND (Allen Coulter, 2006)


Brookhaven Amphitheater

Arts & Cultural Center at Bald Hill, Farmingville, Long Island

Wednesday nights in July and August at approximately 7:45

Admission: $5 per carload



Wednesday, July 25 CURIOUS GEORGE (Matthew O’Callaghan, 2006)

Wednesday, August 1 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (Shawn Levy, 2006)

Wednesday, August 8 MONSTER HOUSE (Gil Kenan, 2006)


The New York City Downtown Boathouse

Pier 26 between Chambers & Canal Sts.

Weekends and holidays 9:00 am — 6:00 pm

Pier 66A at the end of 26th St. on the Hudson River

Weekends and holidays 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Informational sessions Wednesdays at 6:00 pm

Through October 14

Everything free, but walk-up only, first come, first served



Wednesday, July 25 Self Rescue. Procedures for reentering a capsized kayak

Wednesday, August 1 Local Conditions. Hudson River tides, traffic, and wind, land-based class held inside Boathouse

Wednesday, August 8 Kayak Turns, using sweep and rudder strokes


Union Square Park

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

Wednesday afternoons from through August 15

Music at 12:30, yoga at 3:00, dance at 6:00

Admission: free



Wednesday, July 25 The Chuck Braman Quintet, 12:30

Wednesday, July 25 OM yoga, 3:00

Wednesday, July 25 The New School MK Groove Orchestra, 6:00

Wednesday, August 1 John Malino Band, 12:30

Wednesday, August 1 OM yoga, 3:00

Wednesday, August 1 Magnet Theater, 5:00

Wednesday, August 1 Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe, 6:00

Wednesday, August 8 Josh Dion Band, 12:30

Wednesday, August 8 OM yoga, 3:00

Wednesday, August 8 Kathak Ensemble, 6:00


Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Wednesdays around dusk July 11 — August 22

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 25 THE MATRIX (Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, 1999)

Wednesday, August 1 STRIPES (Ivan Reitman, 1981)

Wednesday, August 8 GLADIATOR (Ridley Scott, 2000)


Chelsea Art Museum

556 West 22nd St. at Eleventh Ave.

Admission: $20 (includes museum admission and open bar after 6:00)



Thursday, July 26 Young Dancemakers Company, 2:00 — 4:15; CAM Circle Launch Party, featuring the Brothers Cervieri, Bret Mosley, Rose Hang, Nicolette Ramirez, Ela Wardi, Aaron Knight, and Andrea D, 6:00 — 10:00


JJ Byrne Park behind the Old Stone House

Fifth Ave. between Third & Fourth Sts., Brooklyn

Thursday nights at 6:00

Admission: free



Thursday, July 26 The Mercantillers


JCC in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.



Thursday, July 26 Sarah Aroeste Band, $10, 8:00


Multiple venues

Live music: 8:30

Film screening: 9:00

Tickets: $8 at the door, $5 online



Thursday, July 26 The Show Must Go On, short films, with live music, Westbeth Artists Community

Friday, July 27 Animation Block Party, short films, with live music, Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. between North 12th St. & Lorimer, Williamsburg

Saturday, July 28 THIRD WARD, TX, with live music, the Old American Can Factory, 232 Third St. at Third Ave., Gowanus


Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park

2420 FDR Dr. at 22nd St. and Ave. C

Admission: free



Thursday, July 26


Saturday, July 28 Featuring Bret Mantyk/THE FUTURE, Christine Coleman, Kelly Hayes/RedShift Dance, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, Andrea Gise, and Paloma McGregor, 6:30

Thursday, August 2


Saturday, August 4 Featuring Tanya Calamoneri Company/SO.GO.NO, Catey Ott Dance Collective, Lauren Hale Dance, Hettie Barnhill, Emily Harper Dance and Sahar Javedani/compani javedani, 6:30


Rumsey Playfield

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

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



Thursday, July 26 Marisha Pessl and Jennifer Egan, 7:30

Friday, July 27 Parsons Dance and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, 8:00

Saturday, July 28 Liz McComb and King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan featuring Ben Jaffe, 7:00

Sunday, July 29 Wild Style 25th Anniversary Reunion, with the Chief Rocker Busy Bee, the Cold Crush Brothers, GrandMaster Caz, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore, Fab 5 Freddy + special guests, and a screening of WILD STYLE (Charles Ahearn, 1983), 7:00

Thursday, August 2 Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez, 7:30

Friday, August 3 Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) and Camille A Brown & Dancers, 8:00

Saturday, August 4 Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spam Allstars, Tato Torres y Yerba Buena, and Bobbito Garcia a.k.a Kool Bob Love, 3:00

Sunday, August 5 Cine Fest Brasil, with AfroReggae and screening of ZUZU ANGEL, 7:00

Wednesday, August 8 SummerStage Benefit Concert: Beastie Boys, $51, 7:00


Prospect Park Bandshell

Through August 11

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate



Thursday, July 26 Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company, 8:00

Friday, July 27 Music & Movies Series: Laurel & Hardy with the Millennial Territory Orchestra and Ethan Lipton, 7.30pm

Saturday, July 28 Boricua Festival: Tito Rojas, Joe Cuba Sextet, Viento De Agua, David Cedeño, and more, 2:00 - 9:00

Thursday, August 2 Brave New World Repertory Theater: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and Jenny Scheinman, 8:00

Friday, August 3 Lyricist Lounge with KRS-ONE, Ladybug Mecca, Blitz, Beat Entertainment, and Turntable Anihilists, 7.30

Saturday, August 4 Kassav’ and Bonga, 7:30


Sideshows by the Seashore

Surf Ave. & West 12th St.

Coney Island, Brooklyn

Friday night burlesque & vaudeville shows at 10:00, followed by fireworks

Thursday night Bawdville at the Beach shows at 10:00

Through September 21

Admission: $10 at the door


Thursday, July 26 Red Hots Burlesque's Clowns of Coney Island, featuring Dottie Lux, Serpentina, Insectavora, Krazy Kanz, Donny V, Heather Holiday, Black Cat Burlesque, Remy Vicious, Scott Baker, and more

Friday, July 27 Christmas in July

Thursday, August 2 The Peach Tartes present "Alice in Coney 'Land"

Friday, August 3 Joe Boobs Follies Fromage Amateur Night


The Lawn in Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. between 40th & 42nd Sts.

Thursday afternoons at 12:30 through August 10

Admission: free





Trinity Church virtual pipe organ

Broadway at Wall St.

Thursdays at 1:00 from July 5 to August 9

Admission: free


Thursday, July 26 Felix Hell, 1:00

Thursday, August 2 Alan Morrison, 1:00


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 26 BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (Spike Jonze, 1999)

Thursday, August 2 HAIR (Milos Forman, 1979)


El Museo del Barrio Teatro Heckscher

1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.

Thursday nights at 6:30 through August 23

Admission: free



Thursday, July 26 Cultura Profética

Thursday, August 2 Spanish Harlem Orchestra


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

Requested donation: $5

Thursday nights at 7:30 pm



Thursday, July 26 Hippiefest: A Concert for Peace and Love, with the Turtles, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, the Zombies, Denny Laine, Melanie, and Country Joe McDonald

Thursday, August 2 Mystery Night


Sinatra Park

Frank Sinatra Dr. between Fourth & Fifth Sts.

Thursday nights at 7:00 through August 31

Admission: free



Thursday, July 26 The Fave and Buzz Universe

Thursday, August 2 Los seis del son

Thursday, August 9 Swingadelic


Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Ave. at 75th St.

Robert J. Hurst Family Gallery

Free with pay-what-you-wish admission after 6:00



Friday, July 27 Earth to Sun Ra, with a reading of a new opera, MR. MYSTERY: THE RETURN OF SUN RA TO SAVE PLANET EARTH!, featuring music by Fred Ho and libretto by Quincy Troupe, and additional performances by Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Taylor Ho Bynum, VJs Love Intelligence Group; and DJ Steinski


Bryant Park Upper Terrace

42nd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Fridays through August 24 at 7:00 am

Admission: free



Friday, July 27 Sugarland

Friday, August 3 John Legend


Rockefeller Plaza

49th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Outside TODAY studio 1A

Fridays from 7:00 to 9:00 am


Friday, July 27 Marc Anthony

Friday, August 3 Vince Gill & Amy Grant


Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

2 East 92nd St. at Fifth Ave.

Friday nights through September 7 from 6:00 to 9:00

Free with museum admission of $12



Friday, July 27 Ubiquita NYC

Friday, August 3 Nicole Otero


Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Friday nights at 6:30 through August 24

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



Friday, July 27 Dance: Dance in Queens Fifth Anniversary Alumni Showcase, featuring Christalyn Wright & Sudan Tynek; Music: DJ Rekha with live dhol drummers and bhangra dancers; Film: DOR (THE THREAD) (Nagesh Kukunoor, 2006)

Friday, August 3 Dance: Dance in Queens awardee Nibroll; Music: African Underground All-Stars; Film: U-CARMEN E-KHAYELITSHA (Mark Dornford May, 2005)


Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Christopher St.

Fridays around dusk July 7 — August 25

Admission: free


Friday, July 27 BACK TO THE FUTURE (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)

Friday, August 3 BABE (Chris Noonan, 1995)


Meet at Ground Zero, Church & Vesey Sts., at 7:00 am

Blessing of the Bikes at 9:30 am

Post-event family BBQ in Krucker’s Grove, Pomona

Donation: $50



Saturday, July 28 A Charity Motorcycle Motorcade to Benefit the Families of 9/11, with more than seven hundred former Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers reuniting for this sixth annual event, benefiting Tuesday’s Children and Anderson House, 7:00 – 9:30 am


Ferry leaves from Battery Maritime Building, Slip 7, at 10 South St.

Saturdays at 1:30 from July 7 to July 28

Admission and ferry service: free



Saturday, July 28 Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway: The Music of Woody Guthrie, 1:30


East River Amphitheater

FDR Dr. at Cherry St.

Admission: free


Saturday, July 28 Jennifer O’Connor, Lindsay Anderson, the Rats, 2:00


Metropolitan Pavilion

125 West 18th between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Admission: $15 for all four days, half off with promotion code MPHK50



Saturday, July 28


Tuesday, July 31 Featuring estate jewelry, watches, precious gemstones, and tennis bracelets from Rolex, Cartier, Tiffany, Buccellati, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, and more


Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia

2537 Broadway at 95th St.

July 7 — September 2

Tickets: $11



Saturday, July 28


Sunday, July 29 SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932), 6:00, and ANNA KARENINA (Clarence Brown, 1935), 7:30

Saturday, August 4


Sunday, August 5 MOROCCO (Josef von Sternberg, 1930), 6:00, and A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (Clarence Brown, 1928), 7:45


Water Taxi Beach

Second St. & Borden Ave., Long Island City

Saturdays from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am

Cover charge: $3 (twenty-one and over only)


All shows will feature residents Justin Carter, Probus, and the Brothers’ Brothers in addition to the below special guests.

Saturday, July 28 Grandmaster Flash

Saturday, August 4 Tim Sweeney (DFA)


Coney Island Museum

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

Saturday nights at 8:30 through September 8

Tickets $5, including free popcorn



Saturday, July 28 VIVA LAS VEGAS (George Sidney, 1964)

Saturday, August 4 AT THE CIRCUS (Edward Buzzell, 1939)


Harlem Week 2007

Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Park

Riverside Dr. between 120th & 124th Sts.

Admission: free


Sunday, July 29 Part I: Family Unity Day (It’s a Family Reunion), arts and cultural festival with live entertainment, 12 noon — 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 29 Part II: A New York Gospel Caravan, featuring live gospel choirs, 4:00 — 5:00

Sunday, July 29 New York’s Fashion Fusion, featuring urban designers and models, 5:00 — 6:00

Sunday, July 29 A Concert Under the Stars: Get on the Good Foot, Honoring the Musical Legacies of James Brown and Ruth Brown, 6:00 — 8:00


Brookhaven National Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy

William Floyd Pkwy. (County Road 46)

Sundays through August 19, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Whiz Bang Science Show: 10:30 am, 12 noon, 1:30 & 3:00 pm

Admission: free



Sunday, July 29 Play with Science

Sunday, August 5 Climb Aboard for Safe Family Fun


Orchard Beach

Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Sundays from 12 noon — 5:00 pm

Admission: free


Sunday, July 29 US Army Day: Paquito Guzman (Salsa) Mel Martinez (Salsa), Hector Tricoche (Salsa), Los Roba Corazones (Bachata), Mirror Image (Latin Hip Pop), Cielo y YaYa (Latin Pop)

Sunday, August 5 Kick off of Dominican Week: Beach Domino Tournament and Oro Solido (Merengue), Grupo Naturale (Bachata), Grupo H - 4 (Reggaeton), Louiso (Reggaeton), Lokixximo (Regaeton), Optimo (Bachata)


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Inside Central Park at 110th St. & Lenox Ave.

Through September 30

Sundays at 4:00

Admission: free



Sunday, July 29 Pablo Mayor - Folklore Urbano

Sunday, August 5 Howard Johnson & Gravity


The Town Hall

123 West 43rd St. between Sixth Ave. & Broadway

Tickets: $35-$40 ($75-$90 for all three shows)



Monday, July 30 All Singin! All Dancin! The Song & Dance of the Great White Way, with Kimberly Ziemba, Nancy Anderson, Joyce Chittick, Sean Martin Hingston, Nancy Lemenager, Julia Murney, Rachelle Rak, Megan Sikora, and more, 8:00


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 30 Caribbean Night, with the Mighty Sparrow, Machel Montano, and Morgan Heritage

Monday, August 6 An Evening with Lauryn Hill and Special Guests


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 30 ALL THE KING’S MEN (Robert Rossen, 1949)

Monday, August 6 BUS STOP (Joshua Logan, 1956)


Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St

Tickets: $9 (reservations required)

212-534-1672 ext3395


Tuesday, July 31 Panel discussion with food historian Joel Denker, Mark Federman of Russ & Daughters, food critic Mimi Sheraton, Jack Lebewohl of the Second Aveue Deli, and Allan Dell of Katz’s Delicatessen, moderated by Matthew Goodman, 6:30


Washington Square Park

Fifth Ave. below Eighth St. by Garibaldi statue

Rain space: NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West Fourth St.

Admission: free



Tuesday, July 31 Charles Mingus Orchestra, 8:00


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Tuesdays through August 21

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

Admission: free



Tuesday, July 31 REPO MAN (Alex Cox, 1984)

Tuesday, August 7 THREE KINGS (David O. Russell, 1999)



Fulton Fish Market, Pier 17, South Street Seaport



Tuesday, July 31 An Evening with Ute Lemper: Voyages, $35, 10:00

Tuesday, August 7 Lila Downs, $35, 10:00

Wednesday, August 8 Lila Downs, $35, 11:30


B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 West 42nd St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.

Tickets: $12-15



Wednesday, August 1 Annual tribute to the former leader of the Grateful Dead, with the Zen Tricksters, 8:00


Bryant Park Reading Room

42nd St. side of Bryant Park between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Wednesdays at 12:30 through September 11

Admission: free



Wednesday, August 1 Liz Moore, THE WORDS OF EVERY SONG: A NOVEL



Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St.

Free with museum admission



Wednesday, August 1 The founder and artistic director of Yaffa Cultural Arts performs in the installation "Untitled 2002 (he promised)" by Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2:00

Sunday, August 12 The founder and artistic director of Yaffa Cultural Arts performs in the installation "Untitled 2002 (he promised)" by Rirkrit Tiravanija, featuring live drumming, 1:00


The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Inside the park at 110th St. between Fifth & Lenox Aves.

Thursday nights in August at 6:00

Admission: free



Thursday, August 2 Swing Night with Sam Ulano’s Swing 8


Dahesh Museum of Art

580 Madison Ave. at 57th St.

Admission: free



Thursday, August 2 Frederic, Lord Leighton’s Orient, lecture by Dr. Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, 6:30, with free gallery tours at 7:15 and 8:15 and cash bar in Café Opaline


Sandbox Studio

250 Hudson St., eleventh floor

Free but RSVP required


Thursday, August 2 An Evening of Short Films & Cinematic Socializing, featuring works by David Choe and Peter Glover, Chris Cruse, Blue Davis and Danny Brown, Roger Gastman, Nemo Librizzi, Monihan Monihan, Reza Moosavi, Jack Pearley, and Dennis White, 7:00 – 11:00


Central Park

West 103rd St. & Central Park West

Thursday through Sunday nights in August at 7:00

Admission: free, but voluntary donations accepted after show



Thursday, August 2


Sunday, August 26 The New York Classical Theatre presents George Farquar’s THE RECRUITING OFFICER, directed by Grant Neale, incorporating the landscape into the show, which moves to different sets in the park


Riverbank State Park

138th St. & Riverside Dr.

Thursday through Sunday nights at 8:00

Admission: free



Thursday, August 2


Sunday, August 26 Pulse Ensemble Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare production of THE TEMPEST


Amelia Sutton’s Rooftop Theater

197 East Fourth St.

Free: admission, popcorn, beer; blankets and chairs welcome




Friday, August 3 STREET STALLION VS. THE GREEK DISCO GANG (Mick Medallion) and RHYME ANIMAL (Phil Roc), followed by a dance party, 8:00


Grand Screen at Tribeca Grand

2 Sixth Ave.

Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00

Admission: free but online RSVP necessary



Friday, August 3


Saturday, August 4 THE BIG EASY (Jim McBride, 1987)


Brooklyn Museum of Art

200 Eastern Parkway

Admission: free after 5:00 pm (some events require free tickets available that night)



Saturday, August 4 Featuring a West Indian carnival, screenings of IN THE TIME OF BUTTERFLIES (Mariano Barroso, 2001) and WHEN THE SPIRITS DANCE MAMBO (Marta Moreno Vega, 2003) (introduced by the director and followed by a Q&A), live performances by ReggaeLution and the Charles Moore Dance Theater, workshops, gallery talks, and a dance party hosted by DJ Lumumba


Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Admission: free



In addition to the below events, this seventeenth annual festival will feature Native Sounds, an arts & crafts tent, face painting, balloon twisters, and more, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 4 Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, 10:30

Saturday, August 4 Dragon Dancing Team and Percussions, 11:45

Saturday, August 4 Simon Yu's Fusion Band, 12:30

Saturday, August 4 Niall O'Leary Irish Dance Troupe, 1:30

Saturday, August 4 Dan Lipton + Band, 2:30

Saturday, August 4 Shaolin Kung Fu, 3:30

Sunday, August 5 Drum Spirit of China, 10:00

Sunday, August 5 Chinese Theatre Works, 10:45

Sunday, August 5 Arabian Nights, 11:00

Sunday, August 5 Dumpling Eating Contest, 12 noon

Sunday, August 5 Chinese Cultural Center¹s Dance Company, 1:00

Sunday, August 5 James Reams & the Barnstormers, 2:00

Sunday, August 5 Shaolin Kung Fu, 3:00


South Street Seaport Museum, Pier 16

12 Fulton St. between Front & South Sts.



Saturday, August 4


Sunday, August 5 Fifteenth annual event, featuring model-boat displays and woodcarving and sculpture demonstrations, 1:00 - 5:00


Multiple venues

August 4 - September 16

Admission: free



The Theater for the New City’s Street Theater Company presents a new musical, with book, lyrics, and direction by Crystal Field and music by Joseph Vernon Banks.

Saturday, August 4 Theater for the New City, East Tenth St. at First Ave., 2:00

Sunday, August 5 Jackie Robinson Park, West 145th St. & Bradhurst Ave., 2:00


Arlene’s Grocery

95 Stanton St. between Allen & Ludlow Sts.

Admission: $10




Saturday, August 4 Edward Jones, Ed Zeizel, and Nick Colvin of Panther Tighter play old and new tunes, perhaps including “Philosopher,” “Alone,” “Opposable Thumbs,” and “Moonage Daydream,” 8:00 – also on the bill are Anthony Fiumano, 7:00, Crooked Looks, 9:00, the Mother Jumpers, 10:00, Lash, 11:00, Love Panther, 12 midnight, and Hawkins Rise, 1:00


All Saints Parish Hall

707 Washington St.

Screenings begin at 6:30 pm

Discussion follows film

Admission: free, with free popcorn and seltzer


Monday, August 6 A WOMAN'S FACE (George Cukor, 1941)


Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia

2537 Broadway at 95th St.

Through August 13

Admission: free



Monday, August 6 TWO HANDERS, written by Martin Fox, directed by Austin Pendleton, followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative team, 7:00


Joe’s Pub

425 Lafayette St. between East Fourth St. & Astor Pl.

Tickets: $15



Monday, August 6 Singer/composer/violinist Jenny Scheinman plays with Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose, 7:30 & 9:30


55 Water St. between Coenties and Old Slip

Tuesday nights in August at 8:00

Admission: free


Tuesday, August 7 THE FOUNTAINHEAD (King Vidor, 1949), introduced by Caspar Stracke with a screening of his short film NO DAMAGE


Brooklyn Southpaw

125 Fifth Ave.

Admission: free



Tuesday, August 7 Special-edition DVD screening of HATED: THE G.G. ALLIN STORY (Todd Phillips, 1994), 9:00


Blue Note

131 West Third St.

August 7-12

Tickets: $30-$35 table, $20 bar



Tuesday, August 7 Charlie Haden, bass, and Kenny Barron piano, $35 table, $20 bar, 8:00 & 10:30

Wednesday, August 8


Thursday, August 9 Charlie Haden, bass, and Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus), piano, $30 table, $20 bar, 8:00 & 10:30

Friday, August 10


Sunday, August 12 Charlie Haden, bass, and Brad Mehldau, piano, $45 table, $30 bar, 8:00 & 10:30


Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park

2420 FDR Dr. at 22nd St. and Ave. C

Admission: free




Wednesday, August 8 Scenes from the opera JOURNEY TO THE WEST, performed by Chinese Theatre Works, 6:30

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