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Outdoor Exhibit of the Week


In This Issue

1. Traveling cross-country in Queens

2. Peckinpah raises hell in Brooklyn

3. Sonny Rollins and Eddie Palmieri outdoors at Lincoln Center, Bob Dylan and the Police indoors

4. Theater celebrates a decade on the fringe

5. Plus Riff’s Rants & Raves, including Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland’s QUINCEAÑERA, Neil Marshall’s THE DESCENT, Andrucha Waddington’s THE HOUSE OF SAND, Hans Canosa’s CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN, Ryuhei Kitamura’s AZUMI, Rosanne Cash’s BLACK CADILLAC, Johnny Cash’s AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS, Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC, and the Hold Steady at Castle Clinton

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

Volume 6, Number 9
August 2-16, 2006

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Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Through August 13

Admission: free


In collaboration with Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, Socrates Sculpture Park has mounted a fine exhibition as part of its twentieth anniversary celebration. Ten artists have created site-specific installations that imagine a cross-country jaunt from Joshua Tree to Long Island City, linking the two locations. Above the main entrance on Vernon Blvd. is a green road sign announcing "Pioneering Only," leading you on a fun road trip around this former illegal dump site (which was transformed into an art space by Mark di Suvero in 1986). Right in front of you and lined up along the paths throughout the park is Carolina Pedraza’s "assurance of presence," dozens of green mailboxes that serve as mile markers for your journey. No, they do not open, but you can raise the red flag to indicate you’ve got mail. Virginia Poundstone’s awe-inspiring "Wildflower Median" is the centerpiece of the exhibit, both geographically and artistically, two long guardrails forming a median in the middle of the park, with wildflowers growing all over the abandoned space. Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg have contributed the wonderful "No Rules Union," a huge roadside billboard made up of dozens of traffic signs that have been painted over in shades of green, gray, and yellow, declaring that there are no rules to follow on the road — as well as in art itself.


Virginia Poundstone’s "Wildflower Median" winds through center of park

R. Scott Mitchell’s "Guided by Office Parks" reflects the art around it while representing the preponderance of silver office towers across the nation. Lisa Anne Auerbach’s "The American Road Bike Road Trip" puts a bike high up on a pedestal, heroically reaching for the sky — the bike made it all the way from Joshua Tree to Queens in pieces, traveling 2,819 miles before it could be once again reassembled into a whole. Along the way you’ll also find Allison Smith’s "Trading Post," a tented shop filled with items collected by Smith from open-air living history museums across America; Mark Klassen’s "The Payphone Project," a pay phone that offers numbers for tourist destinations around the country; Katie Grinnan’s "Rubble Division," a trailer covered in cut-up photos of roadside garbage; and, deep in the brush, Melissa Brown’s "Wanted," which consists of a wall of tattered posters that were put up along the route, playfully razzing the artists in the exhibition. Be sure to stop by the fenced-in area in the left-hand corner, where you can see some of di Suvero’s works in progress. (His official studio is just up the street as well.) And by the way, the "I" that you see everywhere does not stand for "Interstate": it is the park’s official logo, representing an I-beam, which is at the heart of di Suvero’s sculptures.

Nicolas Roeg’s Aborigine drama screens in Queens


Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Wednesdays at sundown through August 30

Live performances at 7:00, films begin at sunset

Admission: free


To complement Socrates’ "traveling" exhibition, every Wednesday night a road-trip film will be screened, preceded by live music and/or dance. The eclectic international collection includes works by such iconoclastic directors as America’s David Lynch, Italy’s Gianni Amelio, Japan’s Takeshi Kitano, England’s Nicolas Roeg, and Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman. Because of earlier rainouts, August 30 features the awesome double feature of Roeg’s thrilling Aborigine tale, WALKABOUT, and Bergman’s classic, Freudian WILD STRAWBERRIES; be sure to bring your shrink.

Wednesday, August 2 THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch, 1999)

Wednesday, August 9 STOLEN CHILDREN (Gianni Amelio, 1992)

Wednesday, August 16 KIKUJIRO (Takeshi Kitano, 1999)

Wednesday, August 23 BALSEROS (Carles Bosch & Joseph M. Domenech, 2002)

Wednesday, August 30 WALKABOUT (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) and WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), with live song and dance performance by InDidgDance

In the Neighborhood


Popular diner serves up fine Irish breakfast


31-91 21st St. at Broadway


Often showing up in polls as one of the best eating spots in the city, the Bel Aire is your classic diner, with a huge menu and a loyal clientele. Before or after a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park, settle in at the counter or a booth and treat yourself to a solid brunch. We prefer the Irish breakfast, which comes with two eggs, baked beans over French fries, sausage, toast, and black and white pudding, a manly plate of fine comfort food for $8.95. Brunch items are $9.95, including fruit salad and a mimosa. We also got an excellent homemade chocolate brownie to go.


The Wallnuts crew leave their mark in Queens


33rd Ave. between 11th & 21st Sts. and surrounding area

Admission: free

The Wallnuts, including RIOT, MUSE, MET, OH, KERN, DOS, COPE2, DEMER, and PHYME, have left their mark all over the area surrounding the old Athens Fabrication warehouse just down the street from Socrates Sculpture Park. On one side of the building, the group has written "Wallnuts" in huge letters on the aluminum gates. On another side are portraits of four members of the crew in full bombing mode, along with their tags. Around the corner is a quartet of adorably growling polar bears. The Wallnuts do some solid, colorful, mind-bending work, so be sure to check it out on your way to or from the Bel Aire Diner and Socrates.


The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd. at Vernon Blvd.

Free with museum admission of $10


Sunday, August 13 American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) featuring John Cage’s Quartet in Four Parts (1950) and Toru Takemitsu’s Itinerant: In Memory of Isamu Noguchi (1988) for solo flute, 3:00


Customers shop till they drop at Queens Costco


32-50 Vernon Blvd.

Admission: free

For nearly ten years, this Costco warehouse has been offering huge packages of food and drink, an orgy of consumerism. It’s also dank, dark, and ominous inside, so we couldn’t wait to find the exit. Leaving empty-handed, we shocked the security guards who check all receipts. But we were really there to walk along the waterfront next to Socrates Sculpture Park, where people fish, kids play, and you get a great view of Manhattan.

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Brooklyn Film Festival of the Week

Warren Oates raises hell in Peckinpah cult classic



BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

Through August 29

Tickets: $10


Although he’s remembered mostly for the violence in his films, Sam Peckinpah knew how to tell a story. His characters weren’t just shooting their guns for shock value; these ballets of steel and blood came from deep within their troubled souls. Peckinpah worked with some of the finest actors of his time, including William Holden, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Ernest Borgnine, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, John Hurt, and even Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. Jason Robards’s performance as a crazy desert entrepreneur in THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE is a riot, while Dustin Hoffman seethes in the unforgettable STRAW DOGS. And then there’s the great Warren Oates, who shows up in several films, including the cult classic BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, which is a must-see for so many reasons.

Wednesday, August 2 THE WILD BUNCH (Sam Peckinpah, 1969), 6:00, 9:00

Monday, August 7 THE GETAWAY (Sam Peckinpah, 1972), 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, August 8 THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (Sam Peckinpah, 1970), 6:50, 9:15

Monday, August 14 JUNIOR BONNER (Sam Peckinpah, 1972), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, August 15 STRAW DOGS (Sam Peckinpah, 1971), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Wednesday, August 16 CROSS OF IRON (Sam Peckinpah, 1977), 6:00, 9:00

Monday, August 21 THE KILLER ELITE (Sam Peckinpah, 1975), 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, August 22 BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (Sam Peckinpah, 1974), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Monday, August 28 THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND (Sam Peckinpah, 1983), 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, August 29 PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (Sam Peckinpah, 1973), 6:50, 9:15

Also at BAM

Yves Montand shows who’s boss in WAGES OF FEAR



BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

August 3-27

Tickets: $10


BAM celebrates some of France’s finest actors in this seventeen-film somewhat chronological series that ranges from 1932 to 1980, featuring such hunks as Jean Gabin, Yves Montand, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Patrick Dewaere, Gérard Depardieu, and Jean-Pierre Léaud, in works by Marcel Pagnol, Jean Renoir, Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Bertrand Tavernier, and others, a French film fanatic’s fantasy.

Thursday, August 3 THE BAKER'S WIFE (LA FEMME DU BOULANGER) (Marcel Pagnol, 1938), 6:00, 9:00

Friday, August 4 HÔTEL DU NORD (Marcel Carné, 1938), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, August 5 GRAND ILLUSION (Jean Renoir, 1937), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, August 6 BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (BOUDU SAUVÉ DES EAUX) (Jean Renoir, 1932), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Thursday, August 10 LES COUSINS (Claude Chabrol, 1959), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, August 11 CASQUE D’OR (Jacques Becker, 1952), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, August 12 WAGES OF FEAR (LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR) (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953), 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

(WAGES OF FEAR) (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)

In a very poor South American village, four men are needed to transport two truckloads of nitroglycerin to the scene of an industrial accident. The men jump at the chance to risk their lives for a small amount of cash because they have nothing else in their pitiful lives. Yves Montand stars in this endlessly tense, harrowing film that won the Golden Bear in Berlin, the BAFTA in England, and the Grand Prize at Cannes.

Sunday, August 13 PURPLE NOON (PLEIN SOLEIL) (René Clément, 1960), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Thursday, August 17 LES TONTONS FLINGUEURS (Georges Lautner, 1963), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, August 18 THE FIRE WITHIN (LE FEU FOLLET) (Louis Malle, 1963),

2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, August 19 PIERROT LE FOU (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, August 20 MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (MA NUIT CHEZ MAUD) (Eric Rohmer, 1969), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Thursday, August 24 THE CLOCKMAKER OF ST. PAUL (L’HORLOGER DE ST. PAUL) (Bertrand Tavernier, 1974), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

(L’HORLOGER DE SAINT-PAUL) (Bertrand Tavernier, 1973)

Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Bertrand Tavernier’s first feature-length film is a quiet, introspective triumph from start to finish. Philippe Noiret stars as Michel Descombes, a widowed clockmaker who is told by a police inspector (Jean Rochefort) that his son, Antoine (Jacques Denis), has killed a man and is on the run with Liliane (Christine Pascal). A despondent Michel struggles to understand what led his son to commit such a crime, examining deep inside himself in the process. The many scenes that center on the clockmaker and the inspector discussing life in general terms are simply wonderful, except when the cop talks about the movies, which takes the audience out of the film. (For some unknown reason, mention is even made of LA GRANDE BOUFFE, Noiret’s previous film.) Tavernier’s subtle storytelling style leads Noiret to give one of the greatest understated performances you’ll ever see.

Friday, August 25 SÉRIE NOIRE (Alain Corneau, 1979), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, August 26 LOULOU (Maurice Pialat, 1980), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, August 27 THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (LA MAMAN ET LA PUTAIN) (Jean Eustache, 1973), 3:00, 7:00

THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (Jean Eustache, 1973)

Jean-Pierre Léaud gives a bravura performance in Jean Eustache's New Wave classic about love and sex in Paris following the May 1968 cultural revolution. Léaud stars as Alexandre, a jobless, dour flaneur who rambles on endlessly about politics, cinema, music, literature, sex, women’s lib, and lemonade while living with current lover Marie (Bernadette Lafont), obsessing over former lover Gilberte (Isabelle Weingarten), and starting an affair with new lover Veronika (Françoise Lebrun), a quiet nurse with a rather open sexual nature. The film's three-and-a-half-hour length will actually fly by as you become immersed in the complex characters, the fascinating dialogue, and the excellent acting. Much of the movie consists of long takes in which Alexandre shares his warped view of life and art in small, enclosed spaces, the static camera focusing either on him or his companion.

Pina Bausch returns to BAM with NEFÉS


Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

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

BAM Harvey Theater

651 Fulton Street between Ashland Pl. & Rockwell Pl.

Tickets: $20-$85


The Brooklyn Academy of Music recently announced its lineup for its twenty-fourth Next Wave Festival, and what a lineup it is. With dance performances from Meredith Monk, David Dorfman, and the great Pina Bausch and Sankai Juku, a double shot of unique Shakespeare, two more works celebrating the centennial of Ibsen’s death, and various other unusual productions from around the world, this festival is filled with promise. Tickets to single events go on sale September 5, but subscriptions are available now; purchase seats to four or more shows to save twenty percent, while seven or more nets you savings of thirty percent.

Tuesday, October 3


Saturday, October 7 STEVE REICH @ 70, music by Steve Reich, choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Akram Khan, featuring the London Sinfonietta


Wednesday, October 4


Saturday, October 7 THE END OF CINEMATICS, conceived, written, and directed by Mikel Rouse


Tuesday, October 10


Saturday, October 14 MYCENAEAN, written and directed by Carl Hancock Rux


Wednesday, October 11


Saturday, October 14 NINE HILLS ONE VALLEY, Ratan Thiyam's Chorus Repertory Theatre of Manipur


Wednesday, October 18


Saturday, October 21 DOGS, choreography by Sarah Michelson, music by Mike Iveson 


Wednesday, October 18


Saturday, October 21 VIOLET FIRE: A MULTIMEDIA OPERA, composed by Jon Gibson, concept and libretto by Miriam Seidel, directed by Terry O’Reilly

Tuesday, October 24


Sunday, October 29 KAGEMI–BEYOND THE METAPHORS OF MIRRORS, Sankai Juku, directed, choreographed, and designed by Ushio Amagatsu


Wednesday, October 25


Sunday, October 29 THE WILD DUCK By Henrik Ibsen, National Theatre of Norway, Oslo, directed by Eirik Stubø


Wednesday, November 1


Sunday, November 5 IMPERMANENCE, conceived, directed, and composed by Meredith Monk


Tuesday, November 7


Sunday, November 12 TWELFTH NIGHT, by William Shakespeare, Chekhov International Theatre Festival, directed by Declan Donnellan, designed by Nick Ormerod


Wednesday, November 8


Saturday, November 11 THE 51st (DREAM) STATE, conceived and written by Sekou Sundiata, directed by Christopher McElroen


Tuesday, November 14


Saturday, November 18 UNDERGROUND, David Dorfman Dance, conceived and choreographed by David Dorfman, co-direction by Alex Timbers, music by Jonathan Bepler


Wednesday, November 15


Saturday, November 18 LA TEMPÊTE, by William Shakespeare, directed by Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon, and Denise Guilbault, a 4D art production


Tuesday, November 28


Saturday, December 2 HEDDA GABLER, by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, directed by Thomas Ostermeier


Friday, December 1


Saturday, December 2 RED HOT + RIOT LIVE! THE MUSIC AND SPIRIT OF FELA KUTI, music director Andres Levin

Wednesday, December 6


Sunday, December 10 STILL LIFE WITH COMMENTATOR: AN ORATORIO, composed by Vijay Iyer, libretto by Michael Ladd, directed by Ibrahim Quraishi


Friday, December 8


Saturday, December 16 NEFÉS: A PIECE BY PINA BAUSCH, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch


Wednesday, December 13


Saturday, December 16 DON JUAN IN PRAGUE, presented in association with the Strings of Autumn Festival in Prague and the Prague National Theatre, adapted and directed by David Chambers from Mozart and Da Ponte’s DON GIOVANNI, conducted by Petr Kofron

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Lincoln Center Event of the Week

Jane Hoffer

"From Chinatown with Love" plays outdoors at Lincoln Center


Josie Robertson Plaza (JRP), Damrosch Park (DP), North Plaza (NP), South Plaza (SP)

August 13 — September 4

Admission: free


Lincoln Center’s thirty-sixth Out of Doors festival includes more than one hundred music and dance events for both adults and children, and it’s all free. Among the performers participating in this annual summer party are Eddie Palmieri, Martha Graham Dance Company, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hazel Dickens, the Wiyos, and saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins. There are also special celebrations of Carnival and American roots music.

Wednesday, August 2 LC in the BX — Special Concerts in the Bronx: Machito Orchestra, 52 Park — El Teatro Miranda, the Bronx, 7:3

Thursday, August 3  LC in the BX — Special Concerts in the Bronx: Jimmy Bosch and Tiempo Libre, 52 Park — El Teatro Miranda, the Bronx, 7:30

Friday, August 4 Latin Rules: Tiempo Libre, Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II, DP, 7:30

Saturday, August 5 Playday: Dance with Folk Feet, SP, 1:30

Saturday, August 5 Playday: Music Under New York, JRP, 1:30

Saturday, August 5 Playday: Drum and Play, NP, 2:00

Saturday, August 5 Big City Blues: A City and Country Mouse Adventure, JRP, 6:00

Saturday, August 5 Perú Negro, DP, 8:00

Sunday, August 6 Heritage Sunday: Cheres, JRP, 3:30

Sunday, August 6 Heritage Sunday: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, NP, 4:35

Sunday, August 6 Heritage Sunday: James Reams and the Barnstormers, JRP, 5:35

Sunday, August 6 Triple Play Pianos: Cyrus Chestnut, Junior Mance, Arturo O’Farrill, JRP, 5:35

Tuesday, August 8 Just for Kids: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, At the Turning of the Tide: Giant puppets explore Hudson River estuary, JRP, 10:30am

Tuesday, August 8 Jazzmobile: Ray Schinnery, NP, 6:30

Tuesday, August 8 The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, JRP, 8:15

Wednesday, August 9 Just for Kids: Lula Washington Dance Theatre of Los Angeles, JRP, 10:30am

Wednesday, August 9 Chamber Music of the World: Vassily Primakov, NP, 6:30

Wednesday, August 9 Black Rock Coalition: Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, JRP, 8:15

Thursday, August 10 We B*Girlz, JRP, 5:30

Thursday, August 10 Double Trouble — Dancin’ the Blues: Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group and Lula Washington Dance Theatre of Los Angeles, DP, 7:30

Friday, August 11 Just for Kids: Nii Tettey Tetteh and the Kusun Ensemble, JRP, 10:30am

Friday, August 11 Nii Tettey Tetteh and the Kusun Ensemble, JRP, 6:00

Friday, August 11 Dr. L. Subramaniam, with Eugene Fodor, DP, 8:00

Saturday, August 12 Kaleta and ZoZo AfroBeat, JRP, 3:30

Saturday, August 12 Wire Monkey Dance, NP, 5:00

Saturday, August 12 The International Spirit of the Blues, DP, 7:00

Sunday, August 13 Caribbean Cultural Center: Thirty Years of Carnival, JRP, 3:00

Sunday, August 13 Caribbean Cultural Center: Thirty Years of Carnival, NP, 3:30

Sunday, August 13 Caribbean Cultural Center: Thirty Years of Carnival: live performances and workshops with Mighty Sparrow and Something Positive Afro-Caribbean Dance Group, DP, 7:30

Jane Hoffer

La Casita returns to outdoor fest at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, August 15 Sakésho with Andy Narell, NP, 6:30

Tuesday, August 15 Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company, Mudfire: nine-foot stilt dancers enacts a forest fire legend, JRP, 8:15

Wednesday, August 16 Just for Kids: Dennis and David Kamakahi, NP, 10:30am

Wednesday, August 16 Dennis and David Kamakahi, NP, 6:00

Wednesday, August 16 Martha Graham Dance Company, DP, 8:00

Thursday, August 17 Dance Off! Happy Hour, JRP, 5:00

Thursday, August 17 Universal Jazz Coalition: Tap Challenge Jam, NP, 6:45

Friday, August 18 Evolution of the Blues with Guy Davis, Michael Hill, Paul Ossola, and Paul Peress, NP, 5:30

Friday, August 18 American Blues Raises the Roof, featuring Guy Davis, Chico Hamilton and Buster Williams, Murray Porter, Hazel Dickens, and Bettye LaVette, DP, 7:00

Saturday, August 19 Twenty-third Annual Roots of American Music Festival, featuring Joe Jencks, Dan Milner & Bob Conroy, Wiyos, the Stairwell Sisters, Robin & Linda Williams, NP, 2:00

Saturday, August 19 Twenty-third Annual Roots of American Music Festival, featuring Eddie Floyd, Percy Sledge, DP, 7:30

Sunday, August 20 Twenty-third Annual Roots of American Music Festival, featuring Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, Adrienne Young, Larry Johnson, Murray Porter, NP, 2:00

Sunday, August 20 Twenty-third Annual Roots of American Music Festival, featuring Mavis Staples, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, with special guest Rosie Flores, DP, 7:00

Tuesday, August 22 Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre, Once There Was a Village: A Panorama of East Village history, SP, 6:00

Tuesday, August 22 Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre, Once There Was a Village: A Panorama of East Village history, SP, 6:45

Wednesday, August 23 Tom Pearson, Lacuna: A site-specific urban ritual performance, NP, 6:15

Wednesday, August 23 Tom Pearson, Lacuna: site-specific urban ritual performance, NP, 6:45

Wednesday, August 23 Happy Birthday Randy Weston: worldwide celebration with Randy Weston and special guests Candido, Ming Xiao Fen, Billy Harper, Abdou Mboup, Dewey Redman, DP, 8:00

Thursday, August 24 Tea at Twilight: The Trance Music Ensemble, NP, 6:00

Friday, August 25 From Chinatown with Love, JRP, 5:30

Friday, August 25 Garth Fagan Dance, DP, 8:00

Saturday, August 26 La Casita: A Home for the Heart, NP, 2:00

Saturday, August 26 Garth Fagan Dance, DP, 8:00

Sunday, August 27 La Casita: A Home for the Heart, NP, 2:00

Sunday, August 27 Sonny Rollins, DP, 8:00

In the Neighborhood

Stick Figure Productions

The Pixies turn up the volume in rock doc at Walter Reade

PLAY IT LOUD: RockDocs 2006

Walter Reade Theater

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

August 2-10

Tickets: $10


Lincoln Center is presenting nine new documentaries that examine such seminal artists as Bob Dylan, the Pixies, Mission of Burma, and the Police and such diverse genres as electronica and heavy metal. Among the highlights are Julien Temple’s examination of the history of the Glastonbury Festival, Olivier Assayas’s document of last year’s Festival Art Rock in Saint Brieuc, and Keven McAlester’s close-up look at Roky Erickson.

Wednesday, August 2 loudQUIETloud: a film about the Pixies (Steve Cantor & Matthew Galkin, 2006), 6:30

Wednesday, August 2 NOISE (Olivier Assayas, 2005), 8:30

Thursday, August 3 NOISE (Olivier Assayas, 2005), 6:30

Thursday, August 3 BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE WIDE BLUE SEA (Romuald Karmakar, 2005), 9:00

Saturday, August 5 METAL: A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY (Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy-Wise, 2005), 1:00

Saturday, August 5 GLASTONBURY (Julien Temple, 2005), 3:00

Saturday, August 5 NOT A PHOTOGRAPH: THE MISSION OF BURMA STORY (David Kleiler, Jr. & Jeff Iwanicki, 2006), 6:00

Friday, August 5 EVERYONE STARES: THE POLICE INSIDE OUT (Stewart Copeland, 2005), followed by Q&A with Stewart Copeland, 8:00

Sunday, August 6 NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN (Martin Scorsese, 2005), 2:00

Sunday, August 6 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (Keven McAlester, 2006), 6:00

Sunday, August 6 METAL: A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY (Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy-Wise, 2005), 8:15

Monday, August 7 GLASTONBURY (Julien Temple, 2005), 6:30

Monday, August 7 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME (Keven McAlester, 2006), 9:15

Wednesday, August 9 BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE WIDE BLUE SEA (Romuald Karmakar, 2005), 6:30

Wednesday, August 9 loudQUIETloud: a film about the Pixies (Steve Cantor & Matthew Galkin, 2006), 8:30

Thursday, August 10 NOT A PHOTOGRAPH: THE MISSION OF BURMA STORY (David Kleiler, Jr. & Jeff Iwanicki, 2006), 9:00


Rubins’s "Point" brings pleasure to Lincoln Center


Josie Robertson Plaza

Through September 4

Admission: free

In conjunction with Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Nancy Rubins, who specializes in using found, discarded objects, has constructed, on-site, a colorful tree made of sixty water vehicles, including canoes, jet skis, paddle boats, surfboards, rowboats, catamarans, and kayaks. Rising from an cantilevered ladderlike metallic base, the objects point off in all different directions, surrounded by the buildings of Midtown and Lincoln Center, an oasis in the center of Manhattan island. Amid stone and steel, the sculpture brings the beach to the city. Rubins’s piece gets its name from the Pleasure Point Marina on Big Bear Lake, California, a beautiful spot where people rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and pontoon boats, as well as from the red Malibu Two XL boat that juts out from the work rather sexually.


La Guardia Concert Hall

Southwest corner of 65th St. at Amsterdam Ave.

July 28-30, 7:00

Tickets: $40

Commissioned specifically for the Lincoln Center Festival, RAMAKIEN: A RAK OPERA is a chaotic but entertaining mess. Ostensibly a retelling of the Floating Princess episode from the RAMAYAMA, the story doesn’t really matter much, because it’s virtually impossible to follow, even with the descriptions in the program and occasional surtitles. The main characters are played by some of Thailand’s most popular dancers, singers, and bands, with Sek Loso as Prince Rama, Palmy Panchaeron as Princess Sita, Pru as Hanuman, Modern Dog as Benjakai, the Photo Sticker Machine with Arto Lindsay as Totsakan, and rapper Joey Boy as the narrator. In addition to performing their own numbers, the groups sometimes play all at the same time, along with the traditional Thai ensemble Fong Naam, creating quite a cacophony. The dance also mixes contemporary and traditional, with excellent work by Sarawanee Tanatanit as Princess Sita, Manop Meejamrat as Hanuman, and choreographer Pichet Klunchun as Benjakai. All of the musicians form a crescent shape in front of a trilevel installation of twenty-four rooms that add a multimedia element to the show, with baffling video projections, changing color schemes, character appearances, and other background visuals. Artistic director Rirkrit Tiravanija and music director Bruce Gaston throw just about everything they can into the mix — even a little kickboxing — and while it makes for way too complicated a stew, there are some very tasty bits if you just relax your expectations and carefully sift through this bizarre Thai-palooza.

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Theater Festival of the Week

Karen Rousso’s RAPUNZEL is part of FringeJR


Multiple venues

August 11-27

Tickets: $15 unless otherwise noted


Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Fringe Festival will be holding more than two hundred shows in nearly two dozen venues, including the Flea Theater, Manhattan Children’s Theater, the Harry de Jur Playhouse, Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction, the Village Theatre, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre. To commemorate the anniversary, a few of their classic alumni productions will return as well. Below is only a small sampling of performances — all of which cost a mere fifteen bucks — so be sure to check out the Web site for the complete schedule; among some of the more intriguing titles are THE RABBI AND THE CHEERLEADER, HENRY KISSINGER: A ROMANTIC COMEDY, I WANT TO BE MUSASHI: A CLOWN SAMURAI FANTASY, I WAS TOM CRUISE, MORAL VALUES: A GRAND FARCE OR ME NO LIKEY THE HOMO TOUCH-TOUCH, THE IMPOTENCE OF BEING EARNEST, and MUSCLE-MAN VS. SKELETONMAN: A LOVE STORY…THE MUSICAL. Also be on the lookout for FringeNYTEASERS, free five-minute excerpts in Washington Square Park, City Hall Park, Union Square Park, and the Henry Street Settlement Amphitheatre so you can get a taste of upcoming Fringe shows.

Friday, August 11 FringeAL FRESCO: FringeFAIR, Washington Square Park, free, 12 noon - 4:00

Friday, August 11


Saturday, August 26 RAPUNZEL, written and directed by Karen Rousso, Long Over ’Do Productions, Manhattan Children’s Theatre

Friday, August 11


Saturday, August 26 I COULDA BEEN A KENNEDY, Dennis Trainor, the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, the Players Theatre

Saturday, August 12


Saturday, August 19 58! A COMEDY ABOUT BIKE MESSENGESSENGERING, Common Theater Company, the Players Theatre

Saturday, August 12


Saturday, August 26 THOUGHT PRINTS: STARRING TORKOVA, THE POSTAL PRESTIDIGATOR, Magical Productions, Manhattan Children’s Theatre

Saturday, August 12


Saturday, August 26 TODD ROBBINS’ CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE, the Village Theatre

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13


Tuesday, August 15 SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION, Movement Forum, Henry Street Settlement Amphitheatre, free, 6:35 & 8:30

Monday, August 14


Thursday, August 24 FringeU, workshops on improvisation, Web marketing, speed painting, filmmaking, movement, diversity, fundraising, casting, and physical comedy, free, registration required, FringeCENTRAL, 6:00

Wednesday, August 16


Saturday, August 26 IMMINENT, INDEED (OR POLLY PEACHUM’S PECULIAR PENCHANT FOR PLOSIVES), Aisling Arts, the Actors’ Playhouse

Thursday, August 17


Sunday, August 20 Kaliber Ad Lib, Washington Square Park, free, 6:00

Friday, August 18


Sunday, August 27 RESERVOIR BITCHES, McManic Productions, DR2 Theatre

Tuesday, August 22


Saturday, August 26 AMERICANA ABSURDUM, Word Monger Productions, Lucille Lortel Theatre

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Riff’s Rants & Raves

Magdalena (Emily Rios) and Herman (J.R. Cruz) are in for an immaculate surprise in QUINCEAÑERA

QUINCEAÑERA (Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, 2006)

Opens Friday, August 4

Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance, QUINCEAÑERA is an enchanting tale of a close-knit Mexican American community in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles. The movie opens with Maria’s (Araceli Guzman-Rico) quinceañera, a sweet fifteen party in which a girl becomes a woman. Maria’s cousin Magdalena (Emily Rios) is jealous of Maria, who is prettier and skinnier and whose parents have a little more money. For Madgalena’s upcoming quinceañera,, she will wear Maria’s altered dress, and her storefront-preacher father (Jesus Castanos-Chima) is refusing to pay for a Hummer limo. Disappointed, she turns to her boyfriend, Herman (J.R. Cruz), for solace, and gets pregnant — even though she professes to her parents that she has never had sex. Frightened of her furious father, she moves in with her great-uncle, Tomas (the gentle, wonderful Chalo Gonzalez, who was discovered by Sam Peckinpah), who lives in a back house with Carlos (Jesse Garcia), the troubled young black sheep of the family who soon takes an interest in one of the two gay men (David W. Ross and Jason L. Wood) who have just bought the main house and are now Tio Tomas’s landlords. Writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who shot the film in eighteen days in their own community, using many nonprofessional actors and being welcomed into strangers’ homes, mixes in deep-seated tradition and religious beliefs with gentrification and homophobia in this charming, realistic, and very satisfying coming-of-age story.

Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) searches for a way out in THE DESCENT

THE DESCENT (Neil Marshall, 2006)

Opens Friday, August 4

Ostensibly a female DELIVERANCE gone underground, Neil Marshall’s THE DESCENT is a piss-poor piece of putrefaction. A year after Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) loses her husband and daughter in a terrible car accident, an adventurous group of friends go spelunking in the Appalachians (though the film was actually shot in England, at Pinewood Studios). But Juno (Natalie Mendoza) has pulled a fast one; instead of the well-traversed caves they thought they were going to, Juno has taken them to unexplored territory, where lying in wait for them are fast-moving mutant Gollums with hardy appetites. There is actually one genuine scare, but everything else is manipulatively mundane and morbidly mangled. Inexplicably, THE DESCENT was a hit at home, garnering a handful of British film awards and nominations. And by the way, what ever became of the child’s laughter?

(Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005)

Makor Film

Steinhardt Building

35 West 67th St. between Amsterdam & Columbus Aves.

Saturday, August 5, 9:00

Tickets: $9


Jeff Feuerzeig’s THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON is a sad portrait of fame and folly. The mesmerizing documentary examines the life and career of Daniel Johnston, an outsider artist and musician who has a ravenous underground following. From the time he was a kid, Johnston was obsessed with recording his existence, making deeply personal audiocassettes and inventive Super-8 films, many of which Feuerzeig includes here, revealing Johnston’s curious, unique past. In the mid-1980s, Johnston recorded a pair of homemade tapes, SONGS OF PAIN and MORE SONGS OF PAIN, that detailed his unrequited love for an acquaintance of his named Laurie. His music quickly developed a cult audience, landing him on MTV and at the prestigious SXSW festival while gaining such fans as Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening, Sonic Youth, and the Butthole Surfers. All the while, he created comic-book-style paintings and drawings that began to be shown in galleries. But as Feuerzeig’s amazing mix of archival footage, home movies, and new interviews reveals, Johnston is also a manic depressive with severe mental problems who cannot survive on his own. Now in his mid-forties, he still lives with his Christian fundamentalist parents, seemingly as childlike as ever, unable to understand the realities of his situation. While many people consider him a genius — at the beginning of the film, he is introduced at a live gig as the greatest songwriter in the world, and his art was included in the recent Whitney Biennial — it’s also easy to think that he’s being celebrated for all the wrong reasons and that this worship is doing him — and us — more harm than good. Favorite scene: Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes talking about Johnston while sitting in a dentist’s chair getting his teeth drilled.

Fernanda Torres searches for a way out in HOUSE OF SAND

(CASA DE AREIA) (Andrucha Waddington, 2005)

Opens Friday, August 11

A sort of macro version of WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964), THE HOUSE OF SAND is the extraordinary tale of a family trapped in the treacherous sand labyrinths of Maranhão in northern Brazil. The movie begins in 1910, as a pregnant Áurea (Fernanda Torres) arrives in the desolate area with her mother, Dona Maria (Fernanda Montenegro), having been dragged there by Áurea’s mad husband, Vasco de Sá (Ruy Guerra). Shortly after being abandoned by his workers, Vasco collapses, leaving the frightened women all alone, with no money and no provisions. For help they turn to the stoic Massu (Brazilian singer Seu Jorge), who is unhappy that they have infringed on their community. As time marches on, Dona Maria, Áurea, and Maria (Áurea’s daughter) find themselves in a Sisyphean nightmare as the world passes them by. Montenegro and Torres, who are mother and daughter in real life, act up a (sand)storm in multiple matriarchal roles, but the sudden switching of times and actors gets confusing, and it is hard to believe that there really is no way out decade after decade. Still, if you take the film more as a parable of human existence, it is a compelling story about the search for home.

Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter consider rekindling an old romance


Opens Friday, August 11

Primarily a two-character drama, CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN is a tedious eighty-four-minute exchange between a man (Aaron Eckhart) and a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) contemplating sleeping together to rekindle an old romance. It’s been twelve years since they’ve seen each other when they meet up at his sister’s wedding; he is now living with a much younger dancer in New York City, and she is married to an older doctor in London. The story unfolds on split screen, where sometimes the same action is seen from different angles on each screen, and other times memory and the past take over one of the screens, a technique that causes more confusion than drama. The biggest problem with the film is that both characters are extremely unlikable; you won’t care whether they go to bed or not, just that they make up their minds already and shut the hell up. As time goes on, secrets are revealed, of course, but you’ll feel more manipulated than surprised. And you really won’t care about any of it.

CLERKS II (Kevin Smith, 2006)

In theaters now

At one time titled THE PASSION OF THE CLERKS, Kevin Smith’s return to hallowed ground is just about everything it should be: a rude, crude, and raucously funny sequel to the 1994 black-and-white indie cult classic. After the Quick Stop burns down, clerks Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson), now in their early thirties, end up working at Mooby’s, a fast-food joint run by the very patient and forgiving Becky (Rosario Dawson). Their going-nowhere lives are about to change, however, as Dante prepares to move to Florida to marry Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach, Smith’s real-life wife) and take over one of her father’s car washes. While Dante paints Becky’s toenails and Randal turns his foul-mouthed attentions on "Funployee of the Month" Elias (Trevor Fehrman), Jay (a now-sober Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) loiter outside, dealing drugs and blasting some serious tunage. Amid hysterical, heated arguments over the LORD OF THE RINGS and STAR WARS trilogies, controversial sexual positions, racist language, and the Transformers among themselves and a string of Mooby’s customers (including cameos by Jason Lee, Wanda Sykes and Earthquake, Ben Affleck, and Kevin Weisman), Smith sneaks in a few cringe-worthy, treacly scenes that fortunately mostly get lost in the shuffle. CLERKS fans should love CLERKS II, while newcomers might be shocked by some of the language; at the preview screening we attended, one prominent critic got up early in the film, announced to everyone that it was time to go, and, on his way out of the theater, declared that this was the first movie he’s walked out on in thirty #$!@% years. We wonder what he would have thought after the donkey scene. As an added bonus for CLERKS fanatics, the movie Web site includes "Train Wreck," twenty short videos that go behind the scenes of the making and marketing of this very dirty, very funny flick.

LADY IN THE WATER (M. Night Shyamalan, 2006)

In theaters now

M. Night Shyamalan, the man behind such thrilling films as THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) and such inane tripe as UNBREAKABLE (2000), creates a fantastical bedtime story with LADY IN THE WATER. Paul Giamatti stars as Cleveland Heep, a shlubby, stuttering superintendent of a Philadelphia apartment complex filled with some very strange people. When a mysterious naked woman calling herself Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) shows up seemingly out of nowhere in the complex’s pool, Cleveland starts believing that she is a creature from a frightening fairy tale that tenants Young-Soon Choi (Cindy Cheung) and her mother (June Kyoto Lu) tell him a little bit at a time. Thinking Story’s life is in danger, Heep, who is harboring his own dark secret, starts recruiting other people in the complex to fight for her survival, including a crossword-puzzle junkie (Jeffrey Wright), a cynical book and film critic (Bob Balaban), an animal lover (Mary Beth Hurt), a writer (Shyamalan), the writer’s sister (Sarita Choudhury), and a group of smoking oddballs (led by Jared Harris). Among the other weirdos in the building are Reggie (Freddy Rodriguez), who is working out only one side of his body, the nagging Bubchiks (Tovah Feldshuh and Tom Mardirosian), and Mr. Leeds (Bill Irwin), a lonely man who just sits in front of his television silently, his front door always ajar. The film winks at itself and the audience constantly, but what at first is kind of cute and effective eventually grows tiresome. The movie is so self-referential that Shyamalan himself plays the author of a manuscript called THE COOKBOOK, because he is the master chef of this ultimately unsatisfying meal — or story, shall we say, as the title character is so very carefully named. And Shyamalan clearly has little sympathy for the critic, as if he is well prepared for the negative reviews that indeed have come flooding in. There’s a lot here to admire, but Shyamalan stirs the pot too much, leaving gaping plot holes, unexplained detours, and a final twenty minutes that are a major letdown after an okay set-up. The film was shot by master Hong Kong cinematographer Christopher Doyle, although you’d never know it from looking at it.

SHADOWBOXER (Lee Daniels, 2005)

In theaters now

Producer Lee Daniels (MONSTER’S BALL, THE WOODSMAN) steps behind the camera for his directorial debut, the insipid, insulting, and utterly inane SHADOWBOXER. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Mikey, a cold-blooded hit man partnering with the ailing Rose (Helen Mirren). On an assignment to kill the wife of a notorious crime boss who goes by the hard-hitting name Clayton (Stephen Dorff), Rose hesitates when she sees that the woman, Vickie (Vanessa Ferlito), is pregnant. Against Mikey’s wishes, Rose decides to help Vickie escape, putting all their lives in grave danger. They are aided by young Dr. Don (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his oversized girlfriend, Precious (Mo’Nique), but the evil, insane, clichéd Clayton lurks around every corner. SHADOWBOXER plays much more like a late-night Skinemax movie than a cool, hip indie flick, which it so desperately wants to be. While Mirren shows flashes of her extraordinary talent, Gooding broods through the entire ninety-three minutes. And yes, that is the virtually unrecognizable Macy Gray as Vickie’s best friend, Neisha.

AZUMI (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2003)

Village East Cinema

181 Second Ave. at 12th St.

Tickets: $10.75


In nineteenth-century Japan, the Tokugawa Shogunate wants to bring peace to the land — by sending highly skilled assassins to kill their archenemies before they can lead attacks against them. Master Gessai (Yoshio Harada) has been training his small elite force since they were young orphans, and the time has come for them to defend their nation. But first, to prove their dedication to the mission, they must each take the life of one of their own. Only after doing so can Azumi (Aya Ueto), Hyuga (Kenji Kohashi), Nagara (Yuma Ishigaki), and Ukiha (Hiroki Narimiya) enter a world they know little about, murderous machines who leave rivers of blood in their wake as they go after three wicked warlords. Although it is based on the comic book series by Yu Koyama, AZUMI feels more like a video-game-turned-movie, mixing silly soap opera with mechanical, uninvolving fight scenes, lacking emotional depth, and using special effects for the sake of using special effects instead of doing so to propel the weak story. Azumi is no Black Mamba (Uma Thurman from the KILL BILL flicks), and the white-clad flower fiend Bijomaru (Joe Odagiri) is completely out of place here. AZUMI is minor league all the way.

SCOOP (Woody Allen, 2006)

In theaters now

Woody Allen follows the critical and popular success of MATCH POINT with the tired and average SCOOP. Like its predecessor, SCOOP was shot in London, but the Woodman seems to have already run out of unique British characters and locations. MATCH POINT’s Scarlett Johansson stars as Sondra Pransky, a nerdish American journalism student who gets mixed up in the exploits of the Tarot Card Killer, who is viciously murdering women all over town. Pransky, adopting the pseudonym Jade Spence, teams up with pathetic magician Splendini (Allen), who has accidentally conjured up the spirit of recently deceased ace reporter Joe Strombel (Ian McShane), who tells her that he knows who the serial killer is and needs her to get the story. So she sets out to investigate Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), the ridiculously wealthy playboy son of a well-connected lord. There are some very funny moments in the film, and it regularly flirts with success, but Allen continually reverts to stale material and clichéd scenes (some of which have been borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS). The actors lack any sort of chemistry, and the supposedly shocking finale is all wet. Woody’s next film will also be made in London; we already can’t wait for him to come home to Gotham.

Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx are Crockett and Tubbs for a new generation

MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann, 2006)

In theaters now

Nobody can do Michael Mann quite as well as Michael Mann: The stylish, painterly, nearly ambient texture of MIAMI VICE is proof of his visual, rhythmic, and atmospheric mastery (shot in high-end digital video), and his characters seem to swim through this beautiful environment like gorgeous tropical fish — delivering deadpan dialogue that is equal parts romantic cliché and hard-boiled bad-assedness. The weakness of the storyline almost doesn’t matter . . . almost. It’s disappointing that Mann didn’t use his visceral shooting and timing to reinvent the genre (again, as he did so well in the original TV series and such films as HEAT), as the beginning of the film is very successful. Mann simply plunges right into a nightclub where Crockett (Colin Farell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) are working some sort of sting operation, and they are quickly drawn into an FBI drug investigation gone horribly, horribly wrong. Its hyperviolent outcome is filmed with security-video detachment; there are things in the first part of the film that audiences have not seen in movies (it’s definitely not for the squeamish), used to brilliant effect. Admittedly, the bar is set very high, but it seems that after this Mann uses his own tried-and-tested techniques and situations. Unfortunately, when the story becomes important, things go downhill. Crockett somehow manages to fall in love with one of the drug queenpins (an amazing but ultimately wasted Gong Li) and inexplicably takes a little trip to Cuba "for drinks" in a super-deluxe speed boat. That’s how bad-asses roll these days, and yes, he says, "I’m a fiend for Mojitos." Well, love is in the air, and that pretty much undermines the crime plot and its clichéd (but amazingly done) set pieces. This is HEAT all over again . . . except you care even less about the story and characters. MIAMI VICE is solid entertainment but ultimately a misfire for Mann.


Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.

Tickets: $10.75


The 1970s was a crazy time in New York City: President Ford told the Big Apple to drop dead, David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz went around shooting strangers, a blackout led to looting and rioting, and a powerful CEO fought to bring the foreign game of soccer to the New World. The vastly entertaining documentary ONCE IN A LIFETIME details the story of Warner Bros. chairman Steve Ross’s determined, desperate attempt to make soccer a major sport in America. And he did it the old-fashioned way: with a lot of cash. Backed by music moguls and big-time soccer fans Ahmet and Nehui Ertegun, Ross put together the New York Cosmos, one of the greatest teams to ever play the world’s most popular game. As the name says, he filled the Cosmos with international stars that would have made Carl Sagan proud: Giorgio Chinaglia, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Steve Hunt, and, of course, the magical Pelé, who was signed to a multimillion-dollar deal at a time when such numbers were unheard of even for baseball. When the Cosmopolitans started winning, the city adopted them, following their exploits from the green AstroTurf of Giants Stadium to the silver disco ball at Studio 54.

Directors John Crowder and John Dower talk to all the major players, both behind the scenes and on the field, except for Ross, who died of prostate cancer in 1992, and Pelé, who declined to participate (most likely because he wanted money to talk). Among the people telling tales out of school are such Cosmos stars as Beckenbauer, Alberto, Werner Roth, Shep Messing, and Chinaglia, who is painted as the villain responsible for eventually bringing down the franchise. (But Chinaglia doesn’t care; he sits self-assured behind a desk or in a chair, proud of what he accomplished.) Marv Albert, David Hirshey, Cosmos mascot Mario Marianni, Ross’s son Mark, superstar Rodney Marsh, Mia Hamm, Phil Mushnick, Ahmet Ertegun, and numerous executives put the fascinating tale in perspective, often seeing things very differently. Historical archival footage of the Me Decade is mixed in with terrific soccer moments, set to a 1970s soundtrack that includes songs by Kool and the Gang, Junior Walker, the Jam, Donna Summer, the Pretenders, Steely Dan, the Commodores, Parliament, Sparks, and the Main Ingredient. Cosmos fans must stay through the end of the credits for a sweet little coda that goes something like this: clap-clap / clap-clap-clap / clap-clap-clap-clap / Cosmos!

(Laurent Cantet, 2005)

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.


Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.

Tickets: $10.75


Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, Laurent Cantet’s HEADING SOUTH is a captivating, disturbing look at misguided passion in a postcolonial world. Based on three short stories by Dany Lafèrriere, the film is set in late 1970s Haiti, at a resort where wealthy white women come to be served — in all possible ways — by the local black men. Karen Young stars as Brenda, a troubled woman who returns to the beach resort for the first time in three years, seeking to find the sexual release with Legba (Ménothy Cesar) that changed her life. But she has a rival in Ellen (Charlotte Rampling), a longtime island regular who has taken Legba under her wing (and under her sheets). Sue (Louise Portal) tries to maintain the peace while dallying with her own boy toy, Neptune (Wilfried Paul). And observing it all from a cold distance is the resort manager, Albert (Lys Ambroise), a proud, distinguished gentleman who resents having to serve white people almost as much as he resents the black escorts who sell their bodies. As the three women convince themselves that they are truly in love, danger lurks from the nearby city, as Port-Au-Prince is about to explode. And yet no matter what happens, things are bound to continue as is, with young Eddy (Jackenson Pierre Olmo Diaz) ready to take over for the next generation. HEADING SOUTH is a well-acted, well-written examination of sex and love, power and poverty, and race and politics, with trouble and turmoil seething beneath virtually every scene.

A SCANNER DARKLY (Richard Linklater, 2006)

In theaters now

Advancing the interpolated rotoscoping technique he used to make WAKING LIFE (2001), Richard Linklater turns Philip K. Dick’s novel A SCANNER DARKLY into an animated science-fiction thriller that will leave you dizzy, breathless, and plenty confused. Made with the participation of Dick’s daughters, the film is set in a futuristic society that is combating the evil drug known as Substance D. (The story is partly based on Dick’s real-life experiences.) Keanu Reeves stars as Bob Arctor, an undercover cop who has gotten in too deep with a motley group of stoners that includes the goofy Ernie Luckman (Woody Harrelson), who has a thing about bikes; sexy dealer Donna Hawthorne (Winona Ryder), who has a thing about being touched; the feckless Charles Feck (Rory Cochrane), who has a thing about bugs; and the fast-talking Jim Barris (scene stealer Robert Downey Jr.), who has a thing about, well, just about everything. After the movie was shot regularly, an animation team illustrated over it, creating awkward movements and awesome color schemes that threaten to overwhelm the story itself, but Linklater (DAZED AND CONFUSED, SLACKER, BEFORE SUNRISE) manages to keep things forging ahead. One of the coolest things is the scramble suit that Arctor wears, which constantly morphs him into different people in order to keep his true identity secret. Graham Reynolds’s groovy score is enhanced by songs from Radiohead.

MINI’S FIRST TIME (Nick Guthe, 2006)

In theaters now

First-time feature-film writer-director Nick Guthe makes quite a first impression with his debut, the black comedy Hollywood noir MINI’S FIRST TIME. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Guthe savagely attacks the L.A. lifestyle in darkly funny ways. Nikki Reed, who wrote and starred in the indie hit THIRTEEN (Catherine Hardwicke, 2003), stars as Mini, a high school senior who likes celebrating firsts, no matter what they are. Her mother, Diane (Carrie-Anne Moss), is a failed actress who always has a drink in her hand and gets around with everyone from her masseur, Fabrizio (the heavily tattooed Rick Fox), to her next-door neighbor, television producer Mike (a deliciously wry Jeff Goldblum). Her stepfather, Martin (an outstanding Alec Baldwin), runs a successful firm and does his share of fooling around as well. With no moral compass or parental support whatsoever, Mini has no boundaries as she goes about living the high life, willing to try anything for yet another first. When she decides to moonlight as a paid escort, she is surprised when her second client is none other than Martin, who has a thing for young girls. Blindfolding him, she does what she’s been paid to do, but when Martin later finds out he slept with his stepdaughter, thinking she was an anonymous hooker, their relationship changes, and Guthe turns the story into a compelling noir as Martin and Mini devise a plan to gaslight Diane. Every time the actions in the film go too far, Guthe is able to draw it back in and keep the tension running hot. Reed is nothing short of a sensation as Mini, a manipulative, coldly calculating femme fatale for the twenty-first century. Baldwin is excellent as Martin; he acts up a tour de force immediately after discovering what he’s done with his stepdaughter. The cool cast also features Luke Wilson as a suspicious cop, Svetlana Metkina as a hot-to-trot housewife, Guthe himself as Mr. Bishop, and Guthe’s wife, TV writer Heidi Ferrer, as Jennifer.

(André Téchiné, 2004)

Paris Theater

4 West 58th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Tickets: $10.50


In 1980, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu teamed up for the first time in Claude Berri’s JE VOUS AIME, followed by François Truffaut’s THE LAST METRO. They appeared in several more films together but not in dual leading roles since François Dupeyron’s A STRANGE PLACE TO MEET (1988). Fortunately, in the ensuing years, they have been more successful than the characters they play in André Téchiné’s absorbing drama CHANGING TIMES. Deneuve, as beautiful as ever in her early sixties, stars as Cécile, a lonely woman feeling way too settled in her role as wife, mother, and radio host. Depardieu is Antoine, a lonely engineer who has been burning a candle for Cécile, his first love, for more than thirty years. When her grown son, Sami (Malik Zidi), comes to visit, he surprises everyone by bringing his girlfriend, Nadia (Lubna Azabal), and her young son, Said (Jabi Elomri). Both Sami and Nadia have other reasons for coming to Tangier: He wants to see his very good friend Bilal (Nadem Rachati), a groundskeeper for a rich family, and she wants to see her twin sister, Aicha (Azabal), a devout Muslim who works in McDonald’s. Meanwhile, Cécile’s husband, the younger Nathan (Gilbert Melki), hangs around the house, goes for long swims, and takes care of Antoine’s smashed nose. Depardieu is unnerving as a creepy stalker, and Deneuve is enchanting as the bored wife; Téchiné (SCENE OF THE CRIME, ALICE ET MARTIN) treats their awkward relationship with intelligence and subtlety, allowing it to play out in unexpected ways.

(François Ozon, 2004)

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.


Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.

Tickets: $10.75


Melvil Poupaud is absolutely mesmerizing in François Ozon’s gorgeous, elegiac LE TEMPS QUI RESTE (TIME TO LEAVE). Poupaud (A SUMMER’S TALE, GENEALOGIES OF A CRIME) stars as Romain, a self-absorbed, nasty fashion photographer. After collapsing at a rooftop shoot, Romain learns that he has terminal cancer, with probably less than a year to live. In most films, impending death means inner revelations, major epiphanies, sudden change of lifestyle, and a new attitude, but this is Ozon (WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS, 8 WOMEN, SWIMMING POOL), so you never know what to expect. Romain breaks up with his live-in boyfriend, Sasha (Christian Sengewald), goes out of his way to avoid his sister, Sophie (Louise-Anne Hippeau), and her children, and reaches out to his father (Daniel Duval), with no success. He decides to tell no one about his illness except for his grandmother, Laura (French film legend Jeanne Moreau), who has been ostracized from the family. The scenes between Romain and Laura are wrenchingly beautiful and, oddly, downright erotic. Romain seemingly cares little about leaving any kind of mark on the world, even when given the chance by a woman (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) he meets in a diner. All the while, he continually sees himself as a child (Ugo Soussan Trabelsi), enjoying life in a more innocent time. The final scene is unforgettable. Don’t miss this marvelously timeless look at life and death.

GABRIELLE (Patrice Chéreau, 2005)

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.


IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Waverly Pl.

Tickets: $10.75


Jean Hervey (Pascal Greggory) thinks he has the perfect life. He is a wealthy businessman with a beautiful home and a gorgeous wife, Gabrielle (Isabelle Huppert). At their fancy Thursday-night dinner parties, he gets to show off everything he has to all the right people. But then one day he comes home from work to find a letter waiting for him: Gabrielle has left him for another man. Suddenly his carefully constructed world — including a sexless marriage and servants who dress and undress him — comes tumbling down in an instant, only to be turned upside down again when Gabrielle immediately returns, having changed her mind, but not necessarily for the most loving of reasons. For the rest of the film, Greggory and Huppert act up a storm as they try to deal with the tragic consequences both publicly and privately. Based on the Joseph Conrad short story "The Return," GABRIELLE is a powerful, gripping turn-of-the-century drama that is staged theatrically by director and co-writer Patrice Chéreau, who knows how to get inside his characters (see INTIMACY, QUEEN MARGOT, or THE WOUNDED MAN). While Hervey delivers monotone voice-over monologues in black and white, the more lively Gabrielle is depicted in color, her red hair a striking contrast to her bland, brown-gray husband. Most of the film takes place within the confines of their fabulous home, which becomes more and more like a prison as they fight for survival. GABRIELLE is a stunning achievement, though not an easy film to watch.


In theaters now

It’s been five long years since Superman took to the skies, searching for the lost remnants of his home planet, Krypton. It’s also been more than a quarter century since the last decent Man of Steel movie, SUPERMAN II. (The less said about III and IV the better.) X-MEN guru Bryan Singer has taken over the bridge, recruiting his USUAL SUSPECTS star Kevin Spacey to play the villainous Lex Luthor, Kate Bosworth to be Lois Lane, and former ONE LIFE TO LIVE regular Brandon Routh to channel the role of Superman a la Christopher Reeve. After swindling an old lady out of her fortune (Noel Neill, the second Lois Lane from the 1950s SUPERMAN television series and Lane’s mother in the first film), Luthor travels to the Fortress of Solitude, absconding with some very powerful crystals — and some very evil plans. Meanwhile, Superman comes back to earth — as does Clark Kent, who gets his old job back at the Daily Planet from newspaper chief Perry White (Frank Langella) — and has to get used to Lois’s new love, Richard White (James Marsden), and their young son, Jason (Tristan Lake Leabu). Marlon Brando is back as Jor-El, Superman’s father, setting off a chain of events that involve fathers and sons, turning Kal-El into a Christlike figure. The appropriately named Eva Marie Saint plays Clark’s mother (look for a picture of Glenn Ford as Clark’s father on the piano), and Sam Huntington is photographer Jimmy Olsen (look for Huntington hugging bartender Jack Larson, who played Olsen in the original TV series). Routh makes for a solid Superman, and Spacey is an appropriately snarky Luthor, but Bosworth is a lightweight Lane, lacking the spark of Margot Kidder and Teri Hatcher before her. (And does she really say that Superman weighs about 125 pounds?) With the movie running more than two and a half hours, it is too long by at least twenty minutes, and there are plenty of unexplained plot holes, but Singer, with several nods to the early STAR TREK films, brings the Superman franchise back to life in a big way.

by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin, June 2006)

Alison Bechdel, whose alternative comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" has been running since 1983, delves deep into her childhood in the stunning graphic novel FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC. The title is short for "Funeral Home," where she spent time because her father was a mortician. In FUN HOME, Bechdel poignantly examines her extremely awkward relationship with her father, who was run over by a truck and died in his forties; Bechdel believes it might have been suicide, especially as she learns more and more about his secret life. She connected with her dad primarily through literature; Bruce Allen Bechdel was an English teacher, so he and his daughter often discussed classic books, including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Marcel Proust’s REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, and James Joyce’s ULYSSES as well as Henry James, Homer, and Albert Camus. "I employ these allusions to James and Fitzgerald not only as descriptive devices, but because my parents are most real to me in fictional terms," she writes. In simple but effective panels, Bechdel discusses her bout with OCD, her budding lesbianism, and her growing disillusionment with family and suburbia. The title is ironic not only as a play on "funeral home" but also on happiness itself; Bechdel is rarely seen smiling in this very properly labeled "tragicomic."

(American, July 2006)

Upon first listening to Johnny Cash’s last record, made while staring death in the face, we couldn’t imagine playing it over and over again; the Man in Black’s formerly strong, powerful voice is so shaky, it is sometimes painful to listen to, and the lyrics are dark and disturbing. "You won’t read that book again / because the ending is just too hard to take," Cash barely warbles in Gordon Lightfoot’s "If You Could Read My Mind," referring to himself as a "ghost"; the idea that AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS is the end of a remarkable legacy is also hard to take, but we surprisingly found that we couldn’t eject the disc from our CD player very easily. Ravaged by autonomic neuropathy, Cash still had enough in him to record this final album with Rick Rubin, who had resuscitated the country legend’s career in a series of "American Recordings," mixing originals with carefully chosen cover songs. Cash, who died on September 12, 2003, from complications from diabetes, opens AMERICAN V with a pleading version of Larry Gatlin’s "Help Me," singing in a heartbreaking, wobbly voice, "Oh, Lord, help me to walk another mile / just one more mile / I’m tired of walking all alone," Benmont Tench’s keyboards rising dirgelike in the background. Knowing his time is near, Cash is ready to accept his fate in "Like the 309," the last song he ever wrote. "It should be a while before I see Dr. Death / So it would sure be nice if I could get my breath," he sings in a sometimes barely recognizable voice, especially as he struggles through saying, "Put me in my box on the 309."

Backed by such musicians as Randy Scruggs, Jonny Polonsky, Smokey Hormel, Matt Seeney, Pat McLaughlin, and Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Tench, Cash tones down Bruce Springsteen’s "Further on Up the Road" ("Got on my dead man’s suit / and my smiling skull ring / my lucky graveyard boots / and a song to sing"), takes on Rod McKuen’s somewhat saccharine "Love’s Been Good to Me," does a gorgeous version of Hank Williams’s "On the Evening Train," splendidly covers Don Gibson’s self-deprecating "A Legend in My Time," and breaks your heart with Hugh Moffat’s "Rose of My Heart," a gentle reminder of one of his most tender songs, "Give My Love to Rose." In his first live show after undergoing surgery for a brain aneurysm, Neil Young filled the stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with more than a dozen of his friends, playing a thrilling "Four Strong Winds"; on AMERICAN V, Cash takes on the Ian and Sylvia song, but it is somber, foreboding, lonely: "Well, our good times are all gone / and I’m bound for moving on / I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way," he sings. Cash has taken us down endless highways over the years, and this final trip is one harrowing journey.

BLACK CADILLAC by Rosanne Cash (Capitol, January 2006)

Rosanne Cash pays loving tribute to her father, mother, and stepmother with the melancholy BLACK CADILLAC, her first album in ten years. "It was a black Cadillac / that drove you away," she sings on the stellar opening number, a beautifully crafted pop farewell to her father. "It’s a lonely world / I guess it always was / minus you / minus blood / my blood," she continues. "Radio Operator," about her father’s time in the army, moves with country flair. In the gorgeous, haunting piano ballad "I Was Watching You" — which features Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, who also played on Johnny Cash’s AMERICAN V — Rosanne promises, "I’ll be watching you from above / Long after life there is love." The sweet poetry of "G-d Is in the Roses" evokes her father’s "Give My Love to Rose"; in fact, a red rose, shadowed in darkness, adorns the album’s cover. Rosanne says goodbye to both parents in the swampy "House on the Lake," but she’s also going to continue to "look for you between the grooves we sing," as she declares in "The World Unseen." Cash sends shivers down the spine with the jazzy "World Without Sound," in which she professes, "I wish the ones who love me / would never go away…Who do I believe / once they put you in the grave?" Within the span of two years, Rosanne Cash lost her father, John R. Cash; her mother, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin; and her stepmother, June Carter Cash; this very personal, very moving remembrance is a very fitting farewell.


Craig Finn leads the Hold Steady at special Castle Clinton show


Downtown NYC River to River Festival 2006

Music at Castle Clinton in Battery Park

Friday, July 28

Admission: free


For many years there was a homeless gentleman in the 53rd St. E/F subway station who would spout NC-17-rated jeremiads about racism, sexuality, current events, and other non-sequiturs in a booming baritone, much to the discomfort of commuters. Still, there was a rhythm to his ranting. In retrospect, if someone had set his inchoate but occasionally spot-on ramblings to a musical backing, who knows? High art — or at least poetry — may have been the result. Which brings us to the Hold Steady, who held court outdoors at Castle Clinton on Thursday eve, July 28. Frontman Craig Finn led an augmented acoustic version of the usual four-to-five piece, with strings, horns, accordion, saw, and other instrumentation taking the edge off his dead-ahead tirades that held fast somewhere between free association and storytelling. Onstage, Finn’s charisma manifests itself in manic affectations and magnetic testimonials. He evokes something or someone ... That guy who cornered you at a party in Williamsburg last week? A nerdier Springsteen? A more nasal Ken Nordine? Jim Carroll minus the scag? Finn certainly seemed hopped up on adrenaline Thursday, and the crowd was all his. Though too abrasive to be "cute," the bespectacled Finn comes off as somewhat endearing nonetheless, and like his old band, Lifter Puller, the Hold Steady has a devoted following who hang on his every winking allusion.

That rarest of birds (a Catholic from Minnesota?), Finn constructs songs that are best described as poetic rants. They’re heavy on the imagery: angst, indiscretion, love, lust, liturgy, drinking, and what-have-you, all couched in a framework of dizzying cultural references, which came at the audience fast and furious in Battery Park. The band ran through a strong mix of old favorites and new material, with set pieces that were spiked by recurring themes ("Hoodrats," "Charlemagne?"), abutted by constant nods to obscure pop culture: the Twin Cities, Tennyson, Scandal’s Patti Smyth, Meat Loaf, Tusken Raiders.… Noting that his beloved Twins had just swept the champion White Sox, Finn dedicated "Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night" to Minnesota baseball great Kent Hrbek, and granted a shout-out to his visiting parents while he was at it. Now based in Brooklyn, the Hold Steady wears their schlumpy, aging hipsterism proudly. At Castle Clinton, their not-quite-new-wave sound was softened and enhanced by the added instruments, sounding less punky, more fleshed out. Musically the band was tight, even at expanded size, and it has to be, to pull the whole thing off. Otherwise you’re left with a guy ranting and raving in the E train station. Though that might come off as high art too, depending on how you look at it. The Hold Steady will be back in town on October 1, playing Irving Plaza in support of their upcoming album, a few tunes of which they played at Castle Clinton.

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201 Lafayette St. between Kenmare & Broome Sts.

Admission: $10

Wednesday, August 2 Fundraiser for September’s eighth annual Food and Wine Tasting Event, benefiting Project by Project and Asian CineVision, with discount tickets and food and drink specials, 6:00 — 9:00


Asser Levy Seaside Park

Sea Breeze Ave. & Ocean Pkwy.

Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Admission: free

Wednesday, August 2 THE WARRIORS (Walter Hill, 1979), followed by Q&A with cast members Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Michael Beck, David Harris, Terry Michos, Brian Tyler, Dorsey Wright, Tom McKitterick, and Thomas G. Waites, 8:30


Joe’s Pub

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


Wednesday, August 2 With Min Xiao-Fen (on Chinese pipa) and Yumiko Tanaka (on Japanese shamisen), $20, 9:30


Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Ave. at Second St.

Tickets: $8

Through August 7


Wednesday, August 2 TIME REGAINED (Raùl Ruiz, 1999), 7:30

Thursday, August 3 LES BONNES FEMMES (Claude Chabrol, 1960), 7:30

Thursday, August 3 EVE (Joseph Losey, 1962), 9:30

Friday, August 4 A TALKING PICTURE (Manoel de Oliveira, 2003), 7:30

Friday, August 4 DAYS OF BEING WILD (Wong Kar-wai, 1991), 9:30

Saturday, August 5 THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton, 1926), 2:45

Saturday, August 5 THE KILLER (John Woo, 1990), 4:30

Saturday, August 5 FALLEN ANGELS (Wong Kar-wai, 1995), 7:00

Saturday, August 5 HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-wai, 1997), 9:00

Sunday, August 6 MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin, 1936), 2:30

Sunday, August 6 METROPOLIS (Fritz Lang, 1927), 4:30

Sunday, August 6 ROME: OPEN CITY (Roberto Rossellini, 1945), 7:00

Sunday, August 6 M (Fritz Lang, 1931), 9:15

Monday, August 7 GUIMBA THE TYRANT (Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1995), 7:30

Monday, August 7 YEELEN (BRIGHTNESS) (Souleymane Cissé, 1987), 9:30


Puck Building unless otherwise noted

295 Lafayette St.

August 2-5

Wednesday, August 2 LAMC Indie Showcase, featuring Spigga, Monareta, Pistolera, Superaquello, Candela Soul, and Contramano, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St., limited tickets available to general public, 8:00

Thursday, August 3 Panel: Spanish vs. English in Reaching U.S. Latinos, with Kike Posada, Danny Crowe, Alex Pels, Nancy Ayala, Oscar Garza, Manny Gonzalez, and Renzo Devia, moderated by Bruno del Granado, 11:00 am

Thursday, August 3 Downloads, Ringtones & Social Networking: Selling, Programming & Promoting in the Digital Age, with Tim Westergren, Rick Reed, Roslynn Cobarrubias , Luis Samra, Chris Sawin, and Brad Powell, moderated by Judy Cantor-Navas, 2:00

Thursday, August 3 Latin Funk/Urban Latin Jewish Mix: Pacha and Hip Hop Hoodios , El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St., free, 6:00-9:00

Thursday, August 3 LAMC/MTV Tr3 Showcase, with Pitbull, the Pinker Tones, Motel, Tres Coronas, Chetes, and Allison, Bowery Ballroom, limited tickets available to general public, 9:00

Friday, August 5 Panel: Getting Paid: Revenue Streams Artists Should Know About, with Moses Avalon, Neeta Ragoowansi, Alexandra Lioutikoff, Delia Orjuela, and Avi Ellman, moderated by Moira Noriega, 10:00 am

Friday, August 5 Panel: Los Tres Crossovers: Further Defining What Crossover Is in Today’s Market, with Pitbull, Jose Tillan, Jason Flom, John Reilly, Vic Latino, Michel Vega, Ruben Leyva, and

Gustavo Mendendez

Friday, August 5 Panel: Getting Heard: Latin Music In Film, TV & Video Games, with Nic Harcourt, Yvonne Gomez, Ivan Alvarez, Janice Ginsburg, Raphaella Lima, Barbara Jordan, 3:00

Friday, August 5 Celebrate Brooklyn! with Los Amigo Invisibles, Los Bunkers, and Belanova, Prospect Park Bandshell, $3 donation suggested, 7:30

Saturday, August 6 Central Park SummerStage: Gustavo Cerati, Calle 13, and Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS), Rumsey Playfield, free, 3:00

Saturday, August 6 LAMC Closing Night Party, with cocktails, music, dancing, and more, with DJ Nino of the Pinker Tones and a live performance by Plastilina Mosh, Virgin Megastore Times Square, 10:00


Historic Harlem Parks

Admission: free

Wednesday, August 2 Live Performance: Kotchegna Dance Company - Ivorian Drummers and Dancers; Film: HYENAS (Djibril Diop Mambety, 1992), Harlem Meer, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. @ Lenox Ave., 7:00

Thursday, August 3 ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY (Royce Osborne, 2003), preceded by DIDN’T WE RAMBLE ON (Billy Jackson, 1989), Harlem Meer, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. @ Lenox Ave., 7:00

Thursday, August 3 Famflix, Betsy Head Track & Field, Thomas S. Boyland St. between Livonia & Dumont Aves., Brownsville, 8:30

Thursday, August 10 Famflix, Betsy Head Track & Field, Thomas S. Boyland St. between Livonia & Dumont Aves., Brownsville, 8:30


Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City (RP)

Wagner Park in Battery Park City (WP)

Music at Castle Clinton in Battery Park (CC)

Through September 7

All shows at 7:00 unless otherwise noted

Admission: free (same-day free tickets required for Castle Clinton shows)


Wednesday, August 2 Hot August Night: A Neil Diamond Celebration, RP

Thursday, August 3 Dave Holland Quintet, CC

Wednesday, August 16 Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours, WP


Rumsey Playfield

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

Through August 13

Admission: free


Wednesday, August 2 An Iliad, 7:30

Friday, August 4 60th Anniversary Celebration: Limon Dance Company, 8:00

Saturday, August 5 Gustavo Cerati, Calle 13, Mexican Institute of Sound, 3:00

Sunday, August 6 Fourth Annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami: This Is Bossa Nova, Lenine, 7:00

Monday, August 7 From Mambo to Hip Hop, directed by Henry Chalfant, 7:00

Friday, August 11 Urban Bush Women, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, 8:00

Saturday, August 12 Soul to Soul: The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians with Big Chief Bo Dollis, Irma Thomas, the Hot & Brass Band w/the Movers and Shakers, 3:00

Sunday, August 13 Talvin Singh, Asha Puthli, and special guests Dewey Redman, Guru, Solar & DJ Doo Wop, Prefuse 73, and Outernational, curated by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, 3:00


One Mean Summer: Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Wednesdays around dusk July 5 — August 23

Big Adventures: Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles & West Sts.

Fridays around dusk July 7 — August 25

Admission: free

Wednesday, August 2 CRUEL INTENTIONS (Roger Kumble, 1999)

Friday, August 4 NANNY McPHEE (Kirk Jones, 2005)

Wednesday, August 9 GOLDFINGER (Guy Hamilton, 1964)

Friday, August 11 LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Brad Silberling, 2004)

Wednesday, August 16 GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)


On the Terrace at Scandinavia House

58 Park Ave. at 38th St.

Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 9:30 through August 23

Tickets: $7

Food and drink available from Restaurant Aquavit

Wednesday, August 2 Nikolaj Hess, Denmark

Wednesday, August 9 Hilmar Jensson, Iceland

Wednesday, August 16 Tomas Janzon Trio, Sweden


Union Square Park

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

Wednesdays at 12:30 and 6:00 unless otherwise noted

June 28 - August 16

Admission: free


Wednesday, August 2 Chuck Braman Jazz Quintet, 12:30; Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre, 3:00; Kr3t’s Dance Co., 6:00

Wednesday, August 9 Joffrey Ballet School, 12:30; The Niall O’leary Irish Dance Troupe, 6:00

Wednesday, August 16 Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos, 12:30; Take a Break — Practice Om Yoga in the Park, 3:00; Ray Abrams Big Swing Band featuring jazz vocalist Donna Cumberbatch, 6:00


Brookhaven Amphitheater

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

Wednesday nights in July and August at approximately 8:45

Admission: $5 per carload


Wednesday, August 2 ZATHURA (Jon Favreau, 2005)

Wednesday, August 9 GREASE (Randal Kleiser, 1978)

Wednesday, August 16 HOODWINKED (Cory Edwards & Todd Edwards, 2005)


Pier A Park at First & Sinatra Dr.


June and July films start at 9:00

Admission: free

Blankets & lawn chairs encouraged


Wednesday, August 2 MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (Luc Jacquet, 2005)

Wednesday, August 9 CURIOUS GEORGE (Matthew O’Callaghan, 2006)

Wednesday, August 16 WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (Steve Box & Nick Park, 2005)


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


Wednesday, August 2 THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Stephan Elliott, 1994)

Thursday, August 10 BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn, 1967)


Various venues at 7:00

Admission: free


Wednesday, August 2 David "Fathead" Newman featuring Ms. Cynthia Scott, Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Park, 122nd St. & Riverside Dr.

Thursday, August 10 Arturo O’Farril, Millbrook Houses, East 137th St. between Cypress & St. Ann’s Aves., 7:00

Friday, August 11 Jazzberry Jam, Marcus Garvey Park, 122nd St. & Fifth Ave


Dahesh Museum of Art

580 Madison Ave. at 57th St.

Admission: free from 6:00 to 9:00


Thursday, August 3 Napoleon in Egypt, with Bob Brier, Ph.D., Egyptologist and host of the TLC series THE GREAT EGYPTIANS, 6:30



822 Madison Ave. at 69th St.

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3 New Pu-erh Offerings: a sampling of new pu-erh teas


Inwood Hill Park

218th St. & Indian Rd.

Admission: free

Thursday, August 3


Saturday, August 5 Outdoor production by Ted Minos’s Moose Hall Theatre Company, 7:30


Prospect Park Bandshell

June 5 - August 5

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate


Thursday, August 3 Movies Under the Stars: Bill Frisell takes on Keaton, Morrison & Woodring / The Moonlighters, 7:30

Friday, August 4 Latin Music Series: Los Amigos Invisibles / Bellanova / Los Tres, 7:00

Saturday, August 5 African Festival: Kékélé / Lágbájá / Razia / African Underground Allstars / Martino Atangana & the African Blue Note, 2:00-10:00


Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center

August 3-6

Tickets: $10 film screenings unless otherwise noted, $5 panels

Festival CinePass: $120

Festival GoldPass: $170

Thursday, August 3 EVE & THE FIRE HORSE (Julia Kwan, 2005), Stony Brook, 11:00

Thursday, August 3 RIGODON (Sari Lluch Dalena & Keith Sicat, 2005), Stony Brook, 7:00

Friday, August 4 PURITY (NaRhee Ahn, 2006), Stony Brook, 7:00

Saturday, August 5 BE WITH ME (Eric Khoo, 2005), Stony Brook, 3:0

Saturday, August 5 I FOR INDIA (Sandhya Suri, 2005), preceded by NALINI BY DAY, NANCY BY NIGHT (Sonali Gulati, 2005), Stony Brook, 7:00

Sunday, August 6 JOURNEY FROM THE FALL (VUOT SONG) (Ham Tran), Stony Brook, 7:00


Stuyvesant Cove Park

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

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3


Saturday, August 5 Solar Powered Dance Series, featuring Mare Hieronimus, Meryl Green & Dimitra Reber, Adam Scher, Chris Ferris and Emma Cotter, 6:00 — 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 9 Four Seasons, Four Saxes, New Forecasts, with Charley Girard’s Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet performing Vivaldi’s "The Four Seasons"; kids are encouraged to bring capes, tutus, wings, and costumes and to dance along on the blacktop to the music, 6:00

Saturday, August 12 Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents: Ballroom Dancing, lessons taught by Joe Palmer of Dance Manhattan Studio, 5:30

Sunday, August 13 Electronics Recycling: Bring your old desktop computers, laptops, monitors, cell phones, printers, scanners, fax machines, and other electronic equipment and learn about environmentally friendly ways of getting rid of them, 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

Sunday, August 13 CitySol: Showcasing Sustainability in the World’s Greatest City, with MKL, Egg Foo, the Himalayan Marching Band, Vasilli Gavre & Emme, Monica Sharp, DJ Sascha, Marc-Alan Gray, Kudu, and Ocote Soul Sounds, 1:00 — 8:00


The Drilling Company

Municipal Parking Lot across from 85 Ludlow St. at Broome St.

Thursdays through Saturdays through August 12 at 8:00

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3, 10


Saturday, August 5, 12 AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Jesse Ontiveros


Central Park

West 103rd St. & Central Park West

Thursday through Sunday nights at 7:00 through August 27

Admission: free, but voluntary donations accepted after show


Thursday, August 3, 10


Sunday, August 6, 13 New York Classical Theatre’s production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS


Riverbank State Park

138th St. & Riverside Dr.

Thursday through Sunday nights at 8:00 through August 27

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3, 10


Sunday, August 6, 13 Pulse Ensemble Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare production of ROMEO AND JULIET


El Museo del Barrio

1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.

Thursday nights at 6:00 through August 10

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3 Latin Funk/Urban Latin Jewish Mix: Pacha and Hip Hop Hoodios

Thursday, August 10 Rock: Los Amigos Invisibles


Madison Square Park Oval Lawn

Thursdays at 6:30

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3 New York Life: Bittersweet, with Rich Cohen, SWEET AND LOW: A FAMILY STORY

Thursday, August 10 Dog Days of Summer, with Amy Hempel, UNLEASHED: POEMS BY WRITERS’ DOGS


Bryant Park Stage

Thursdays at 12:30 pm through August 10

Admission: free




Sinatra Park

Frank Sinatra Dr. between Fourth & Fifth Sts.

Thursday nights at 7:00 through August 31

Admission: free


Thursday, August 3 Los seis del son

Thursday, August 10 Alex Corrado & friends


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, August 3 Hippiefest/Canned Heat, Rare Earth, Country Joe, and more

Thursday, August 10 B-52’s


South Street Seaport Museum

Pier 16, 16 Water St.

Admission: free


Friday, August 4


Saturday, August 5 Fourteenth annual event, featuring model boats, nautical skill demonstrations, children’s activities, and more, 1:00 — 5:00


All events approximately 11:00 am - 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted

Admission: free

Friday, August 4 Manhattan Youth Fair: Murray St. between Broadway & Church St.

Saturday, August 5 The C.O.R.E. Health Expo: Seventh Ave. between 47th & 57th Sts.

Saturday, August 5 Greenwich Ave. Festival: Greenwich Ave. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Saturday, August 5 JAMS 10th Anniversary Festival: Jamaica Ave. between Parsons Blvd. & 169th St.

Sunday, August 6 Junction Blvd. Festival: Junction Blvd. between Roosevelt & 37th Aves.

Sunday, August 6 Columbus Ave. Fair: Columbus Ave. between 66th & 72nd Sts.

Sunday, August 6 Festival of the Americas: Sixth Ave. between 42nd & 56th Sts.

Friday, August 11 Financial Community Day Festival Series: Maiden Lane between Water & South Sts.

Saturday, August 12 Greenwich Village Festival: Greenwich Ave between Sixth & Seventh Ave.

Sunday, August 13 Madison Ave. Summer Fair: Madison Ave. between 42nd & 57th Sts.

Saturday, August 12 23rd St. Festival: 23rd St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

Saturday, August 12 University Pl. Festival: University Pl. between Waverly Pl. & 14th St.

Sunday, August 13 Steinway St. Festival: Steinway St. between 28th & 34th Aves.

Sunday, August 13 60th St. Festival: 60th St. between Madison & Fifth Aves.


Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Friday nights at 6:30 through August 25

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


Friday, August 4 Dance: Kiyoshi Kashiwagi / Anime Dance Theater; Music: Vongku Pak’s Korean Drum Ensemble; Film: WELCOME TO DONG-MAKGOL (Park Gwang hyun, 2005)

Friday, August 11 Dance: D Underbelly, with Baraka de Soleil and Daniel Givens; Music: Ballet International Africans, with Amina Heckstall; Film: THE GOLDEN BALL (LE BALLON D’OR) (Cheikh Doukoure, 1994)


Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

2 East 92nd St. at Fifth Ave.

Friday nights through September 8 from 6:00 to 9:00

Free with museum admission of $12


Friday, August 4 DJ Spinna

Friday, August 11 DJ: Steve Travolta


Sideshows by the Seashore

1208 Surf Ave. at West 12th St., First Floor

Friday nights at 10:00

Admission: $10


Friday, August 4 Dirty Martini Presents!

Friday, August 11 Lucky Devil’s Feast of Flesh


Brooklyn Museum of Art

200 Eastern Parkway

Admission: free after 5:00 pm


Saturday, August 5 Performances: Steel pan music, stilt walkers, and more, entrance plaza, 3:00 — 7:00

Saturday, August 5 Film: MY AMERICAN GIRLS: A DOMINICAN STORY (Aaron Matthews, 2002), 5:00

Saturday, August 5 Film: SUGAR CANE ALLEY (Euzhan Palcy, 1983), free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30, screening at 6:30

Saturday, August 5 World Music: Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, 6:30

Saturday, August 5 Hands-On Art: Decorate a drum with visual patterns inspired by African art and then use your drum to beat out an Afro-Caribbean rhythm, free timed tickets available at the Visitor Center beginning at 5:30, workshop from 6:30 to 8:30

Saturday, August 5 Gallery Talk: Ivor L. Miller, "Graffiti," followed by book signing in the museum shop, free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6:00, talk at 7:00

Saturday, August 5 Young Voices: Student Guide Fay Serafica, "Graffiti," free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 7:00, discussion at 8:00

Saturday, August 5 Dance Party: DJ Reborn and Mary Mac, music from across the Caribbean, 8:30 — 11:00

Saturday, August 5 Film: THE HARDER THEY COME (Perry Henzell, 1972), free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 8:00, screening at 9:00


Anthony Wayne Recreation Center

Harriman State Park

GW Bridge to Palisades Pkwy. North, Exit 17

Admission: adults $10, children and seniors $5, kids six and under free


Saturday, August 5


Sunday, August 6 Featuring singing, dancing, music, crafts, jewelry, food, birds of prey, and more, 11:00 am — 7:00 pm


Symphony Space

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

2537 Broadway at 95th St.

Tickets: $10


Saturday, August 5


Sunday, August 6 THE MALTESE FALCON (John Huston), 5:00, and SCARFACE (Howard Hawks), 7:00

Saturday, August 12


Sunday, August 13 THE WESTERNER (William Wyler), 5:00, and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (John Huston), 7:00


West Side Community Garden

West 89th St. between Amsterdam & Columbus Aves.

Saturdays & Sundays at 5:00 through August 20

Admission: free

Saturday, August 5, 12


Sunday, August 6, 13 One-hour family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST

WARM UP 2006

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 2

Admission: $10, includes admission to art galleries


Saturday, August 5 agnès b. presents . . .

Saturday, August 12 Rub-N-Tug, Escort


Coney Island Museum

1208 Surf Ave. at West 12th St., Second Floor

Saturday nights at 8:30

Admission: $5


Saturday, August 5 THE VIOLENT YEARS (William Morgan, 1965)

Saturday, August 12 FRANKENSTEIN vs. THE CREATURE FROM BLOOD COVE (William Winckler, 2005)


Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Front Lawn

1000 Richmond Terr.

Sundays at 5:00

Admission: free


Sunday, August 6 The Bindlestiff Family Circus


Pier 45, Hudson River Park at Charles St.

Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles & West Sts.

Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Through August 13

Admission: free

Sunday, August 6 MoonDance: Eternal Tango, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00

Thursday, August 10 RiverRocks: RJD2 & Lyrics Born with Alice Smith, Pier 54, 6:00

Sunday, August 13 MoonDance: George Gee’s Jump, Jive & Wailers, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Pool open 2:00 — 8:00; live music at 3:00

Bring bathing suits and blankets

Do not bring chairs, bikes, food, and drink

Sundays through September 3

Admission: free

Sunday, August 6 Detroit Cobras, the Legendary Maxine Brown, the Everyothers, and Tiny Masters of Today, with DJs Kool Kear + Todd O-Phonic Todd

Sunday, August 13 Deerhoof, Beirut, Apollo Sunshine, and the Harlem Shakes, with DJ Questlove


Brookhaven National Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy

William Floyd Pkwy. (County Road 46)

Sundays through August 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Admission: free


Sunday, August 6 National Synchrotron Light Source — See with Invisible Light

Sunday, August 13 Celebration Sunday — Celebrate the World Year of Physics 2005, with a magic show, talks, models and artifacts, glassblowing demonstrations, and a live performance by the BNL Music Club


The Pearl Theatre Company

80 St. Marks Pl. at First Ave.

Select Monday nights at 7:00

Tickets: $25


Monday, August 7 Rip Van Winkle as played by Joseph Jefferson, followed by discussion with guest speaker


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Monday nights, August 7 — September 25

Tickets: $10


Monday, August 7 THE GENERAL (1926), 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 (with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner), 10:20, and THE ELECTRIC HOUSE (1922) , ONE WEEK (1920), and THE HIGH SIGN (1921), 3:10, 6:10, 9:10

Monday, August 14 THE NAVIGATOR (1924), 2:00 (with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner), 4:35, 7:15 (with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner), 9:50, and NEIGHBORS (1920), THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921), and THE FROZEN NORTH (1922), 3:20, 6:00, 8:35


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, August 7 LL Cool J

Monday, August 14 Caribbean Mighty Sparrow, Third World, Maxie Priest, and Toots & the Maytals


Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. from 40th to 42nd Sts.

Monday nights through August 23

Lawn opens at 5:00 pm for blankets (no plastic) and picnicking

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

Admission: free


Monday, August 7 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (John Frankenheimer, 1962)

Monday, August 14 CHARADE (Stanley Donen, 1963)


The Jazz Standard

116 East 27th St. between Park & Lexington Aves.

Admission: $15, no minimum


Monday, August 7 The Matt Shulman Trio, 7:30 & 9:30

Monday, August 14 Gretchen Parlato, 7:30 & 9:30


Clinton Cove Park at 55th St. at the Hudson River

Monthly Tuesday nights at 6:00

Through August 8

Lawn seating only

Admission: free

Tuesday, August 8 The Central Park Brass


Naumburg Bandshell

midpark just south of the 72nd St. cross-drive

Monthly Tuesday nights through August 8 at 7:30

Admission: free

Tuesday, August 8 Early Music Concert, Arthur Haas, conductor and director: Luigi Boccherini, Quintet for Guitar and Strings "Fandango Quintet"; Procession of the Military NightWatch in Madrid; Recit and Aria Accademicha (from Metastasio) for Soprano and Strings; Francesco Durante, Concerto for Orchestra "La Pazzia"; Antonio Vivaldi, Folias for strings, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, 7:30


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Tuesdays through August 26

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

Admission: free


Tuesday, August 8 THE FRENCH CONNECTION (William Friedkin, 1971), preceded by live music by Todd Reynolds and Allison Sniffin

Tuesday, August 15 THE SWIMMER (Frank Perry, 1968), preceded by live music by Bora Yoon and Kaki King


Multiple locations

Admission: free

Wednesday, August 9 Fourth annual event, featuring male and female models cruising such city hotspots as Times Square and Penn Station, clad only in the latest unmentionables from leading brands, including Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Jocko, Puma, Barely There, Adam + Eve, Elle Macpherson, Versace, Champion, Bike, Hanes, Dolce & Gabbana, Maidenform, Magic Silk, Playtex, and Wonderbra


Shea Stadium

123-01 Roosevelt Ave.

Flushing, Queens

718-559-3039 /

Wednesday, August 9 The New York Mets take on Mike Piazza and the San Diego Padres, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, when tickets are purchased through above phone number, e-mail address, or Web site, $16-$41, 7:10


The Jazz Standard

116 East 27th St.

August 9-13

Shows at 7:30 & 9:30

Tickets: $25-$30


Wednesday, August 9


Sunday, August 13 Monty Alexander: Jazz and Roots Ensemble, tribute to Bob Marley


Various venues

Through September 12

Admission: free

Wednesday, August 9


Sunday, August 13 Golden Hoops East Coast High School Basketball Classic, Riverbank State Park, 145th St. & Riverside Dr., 2:00 — 7:00

Saturday, August 12 The Greater Harlem Housing, Small Business and Community

Development Seminars, Fair & Expo Adam C. Powell, Jr. State Office Building & Outdoor Plaza, West 125th St. & Adam Clatyon Powell Jr. Blvd., tickets needed for workshops and seminars 9:00 am —5:00 pm


Governors Island Historic Harbor District

Fridays and Saturdays through September 2, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Guided tours Tuesdays-Thursdays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Admission: free for all visits, tours, and special programs

Saturday, August 12 Living History Day: Living History Demonstration of Civil War-era encampment focusing on the New York City Draft Riots of 1863, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 12 Book Reading & Signing: Barnet Schecter, THE DEVIL’S OWN WORK: THE CIVIL WAR DRAFT RIOTS AND THE FIGHT TO RECONSTRUCT AMERICA, Pershing Hall, 2:30


Coney Island Beach, West Tenth St. entrance

Admission: free to play and watch


Saturday, August 12


Sunday, August 13 Annual tournament, including men’s, women’s, co-ed, and juniors divisions, 8:00 am — 6:00 pm


Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Admission: free


In addition to the below events, this sixteenth annual festival will feature Native Sounds, Lion Dance Performances, an arts & crafts tent, face painting, balloon twisters, and more, 9:00 am — 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 12 Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, 10:30

Saturday, August 12 Dragon Dancing Team and Percussions, 11:30

Saturday, August 12 The Tom Kitt Band, 12:30

Saturday, August 12 Shaolin Kung Fu, 1:30

Saturday, August 12 Coco Sukali’s Band, 2:30

Saturday, August 12 Jia-Yi He, 3:30

Sunday, August 13 Drum Spirit of China, 10:00

Sunday, August 13 Damien Bassman’s Band, 11:00

Sunday, August 13 Dumpling Eating Contest, 12 noon

Sunday, August 13 Shaolin Monks, 1:00

Sunday, August 13 Chinese Cultural Center’s Dance Company, 2:00

Sunday, August 13 Ballet Los Pampas, 3:00


Wave Hill

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

Free with grounds admission of $4


Sunday, August 13 Perched Patio Performance, with Austin Thomas, 2:00


MAC Creations P.O.P. Arts Inc.

Fordham Library Center unless otherwise noted

310 East Kingsbridge Rd. at Briggs Ave.

Admission: free


Tuesday, August 15 Screenings of feature films and video shorts, with 5:30 performance of Dance the Word, 4:00 — 8:00

Thursday, August 17 Screenings of feature films and video shorts, with 2:30 performance by Radical Youth and others, 1:00 — 5:00

Saturday, August 19 Screenings of feature films and video shorts, with 2:30 performance by Lost & Found and Benita Farmer, 1:00 — 5:00

Saturday, August 19 Screenings of feature films and video shorts, with 7:00 performance by Reggae artist RESPECT and the VIVACITY Dancers, Parkchester Green, 1594 Metropolitan Ave.

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