twi-ny, this week in new york

Outdoor Exhibit of the Week


1. Art and food fly in Brooklyn

2. World music comes to Governors Island

3. Battle Week at the Old Stone House

4. Theater on the fringe returns to New York

5. Depardieu gets tough and tender at Lincoln Center


7. Riff’s Rants & Raves: Music & More, including free tickets to Will Durst’s THE ALL-AMERICAN SPORT OF BIPARTISAN BASHING, the Hold Steady in Prospect Park, Daft Punk in Keyspan Park, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars all over town, the Death Set in Williamsburg and Red Hook, Amon Tobin on the Hudson River, the National at the South Street Seaport, Mavis Staples in Rockefeller Park, Suicide at the South Street Seaport, and Antibalas and Ogans on Governors Island

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

Volume 7, Number 10
August 8-22, 2007

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Brooklyn Bridge Park / Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park

Through August 25

Admission: free




dumbo art walk

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s twenty-fifth annual sculpture show celebrates the anniversary with a group show called "Still Flying," representative of both the organization itself and the type of artwork included. Curated by Ursula Clark and Tyrome Tripoli, each of whom has a piece in the show, "Still Flying" focuses on the act of flight. The bird in Doug Makemson’s "Swooping II" is poised to grab some fish from the river. The abstract-painted flags that make up Ken Cro-Ken’s "Flying Freely" catch the breeze, reserving its patriotic fervor for art, not nation. The wind has seemingly torn apart Ed Herman’s "Flying Street Kids." Rod Northcut places small vans with propellers atop metal rods in "Geeze," as these machines of the road take to the air. Even a chair is ready to take off in Patrice Lerochereuil’s installation, which resembles a lifeguard stand except it’s away from the water.


Ed Herman, "Flying Street Kids"

Judy Thomas ties up rocks in electric blue nylon as if she has the power to control nature, keeping these rocks firmly in place on the shore. Tripoli channels John Chamberlain with "Wet Feathers," in which he uses car parts from local chop shops to create what looks like a car accident on those same rocks, right by a "Danger: Keep off the Rocks" sign. Other works include Bernard Klevickas’s "Untitled (Red Assembly)," which casts a cool shadow on the grass; Alex Neroulias’s "Still Flying," an oversized wooden paper airplane that has just come in for a landing; Tammy Bickel’s large "Dragonfly"; and Cordy Ryman’s "Green Wave," one hundred two-by-fours painted different shades of green and yellow, forming a swirling vertical wave on land. Even if you’re not into public art, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a must-see, offering breathtaking views of the city in between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.


The Brooklyn Ballet performs in Tobacco Warehouse on July 20


Brooklyn Bridge Park at Empire-Fulton State Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Admission: free



Beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park is once again hosting a summer series of outdoor screenings, surrounded by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s twenty-fifth annual sculpture show. As you watch such great films as ALL ABOUT EVE, THE NATURAL, and WEST SIDE STORY, you’ll have a wonderful view of Manhattan settling in for the night. In addition, there are free dance performances, fitness guru workout sessions, and kids programs throughout the season.

Thursday, August 9 Movies with a View: ALL ABOUT EVE (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950), sunset, preceded by music by live DJs at 6:00

Tuesday, August 14 Fitness Guru: Pilates Mat Class, Boardwalk, registration at 6:30, class at 7:00

Thursday, August 16 Movies with a View: THE NATURAL (Barry Levinson, 1984), sunset, preceded by music by live DJs at 6:00

Friday, August 17 Audubon Society: Kids Bird Watching, reservations required at 718-802-0603 ext18, free, 9:30 am

Tuesday, August 14 Fitness Guru: Kick It!, Boardwalk, registration at 6:30, class at 7:00

Thursday, August 23 Movies with a View: WEST SIDE STORY (Robert Wise, 1961), sunset, preceded by music by live DJs at 6:00

Thursday, September 6 A Wee Craic: The Seventh Annual Film Fleadh Shorts Night, free, Powerhouse Arena, 6:00

Friday, September 7


Tuesday, September 11 Silver/Brown Dance Co.: OASIS 4, Cove, Main St. Park, 7:00

In the Neighborhood


Jane’s Carousel would like to glide into Brooklyn Bridge Park


56 Water St.

Friday through Sunday, 12 noon — 6:00 pm

Admission: free


In October 1984, Jane Walentas bought a vintage 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel at an auction after a fire at Idora Park, "Youngstown’s Million Dollar Playground," and lovingly restored it over the next twenty-two years. The plan was for the carousel, PTC #61 — the first to be added to the National Register of Historic Places — to be open to the public in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was spearheaded by her husband, David Walentas, a major developer who calls himself the Pied Piper of DUMBO. The carousel currently spins in a small storefront on weekend afternoons, consisting of forty-eight horses and two chariots in three rows, with rounding boards, scenery panels, pinstriping, beveled mirrors, faceted jewels. and some twelve hundred lights, but the space is not large enough to allow anyone to safely ride it. Eventually, Jane would like to move the magnificent structure into a carousel pavilion in the park, where children of all ages will be able to sit in its saddles, once enough money is raised and permits are worked out. In the meantime, the public can watch the carousel in this small spot, which also includes photos and designs that detail the intricate restoration process.


Bubby’s offers fine barbecue, cool drinks, and great pies


1 Main St., Brooklyn

Closed Wednesday



Learning about home cooking from his mother in their Salt Lake City home, Ron Silver headed east after high school, training in fancy kitchens until he decided to open his own place at 120 Hudson St. in 1990. Originally concentrating on pies, he quickly expanded into breakfast and lunch, then later made a key move, serving carefully researched barbecue in 2002. He added this DUMBO location in October 2003. The expansive spot features high ceilings, a view of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and a comfy feeling. The menu includes good salads, a solid burger made with onion soup mix, and such BBQ faves as Frog Parker pulled pork, Texas-style brisket, and St. Louis-style ribs, with a tasty sauce cooked right in, all of which goes down great with several fresh, flavored lemonades. Among the side dishes are macaroni and cheese with a fine top crust, outstanding pickled beets, and thin, crispy French fries. Silver also brought along his mom’s meatloaf recipe, complete with gravy, fried onions, and lumpy mashed potatoes. Then, of course, there are the pies — whiskey apple pie with pecan crumble, lofty coconut cloud pie, sour cherry pie, and more. Upstairs in the mezzanine is Bubby’s Lounge, where live music includes Andy Statman and Greg Baroughs every Tuesday in addition to other performers.


Jacques Torres covers as much as he can in chocolate at DUMBO store


66 Water St.



Master chocolatier Jacques Torres began baking as a teenager in his native Provence, then studied around the world before coming to New York and eventually opening his own shops on Hudson St. in TriBeCa and in DUMBO (much like Ron Silver and Bubby’s). There people line up for such sweet delights as chocolate-covered graham crackers, corn flakes, and Cheerios, a wide array of excellent chocolate bars (Dangerously Dark 72 percent, Heavenly Hazelnut, Wicked Ways, Crème Brulee, Pistachio Pleasures, Haven from Costa Rica, Peru, and Ghana), chocolate lollipops you can pluck from a tree, cookies and brownies, and hot and iced chocolate drinks. There’s also a counter filled with delicious truffles and other small pieces that go for just a buck apiece, made fresh in the small factory right next door. (Be sure to peer inside to get a peek at how all the goodies are made.)


Powerhouse Arena

37 Main St.

Admission: free (RSVP required for August 11 opening)




Saturday, August 11 Opening of art show featuring works by Retna, Revok, Saber, running through September 2, 6:00 – 9:00; the artists also recently painted a mural at 55 Pearl St.

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Free Summer Music Festival of the Week


Dancers get their groove on at Ogans show on Governors Island


Governors Island

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

Saturdays at 1:00

Admission: free



While the city and state debate over what to do with Governors Island, the LMCC is sponsoring a fab series of free Saturday concerts at the intersection of Hay Rd. & Central Ave., along with tours, lectures, and exhibitions. The stage looks out on the long length of Colonel’s Row Green, with Liggett Hall on one side and Fort Jay off in the short distance. In July, such folk musicians as Richie Havens and Odetta played shows here; August features world music. Things got going with great sets from Ogans and Antibalas on August 4; see below for the rest of the series. (We highly recommend DJ Rekha, one of our favorites.) In addition, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has teamed up with S.O.B.’s to hold after-parties each Saturday night; if you fill out an information sheet at the LMCC table on Governors Island, you’ll get a free pass so you won’t have to pay the $20 admission charge.

Saturday, August 11 Sweet Micky, Governors Island, 1:00

Saturday, August 11 After-party: Samba Soul featuring Sugar Loaf and DJ Cato, doors at 7:00 pm and 12 midnight

Saturday, August 18 Si*Se with Toubab Krewe, Governors Island, 1:00

Saturday, August 18 After-party: Samba Soul featuring Dendé Hãhãhães, doors at 7:00 pm and 12 midnight

Saturday, August 25 Bhangra vs. Reggae Inna Soundclash, featuring DJ Rekha and Dave Sharma vs. DJ James F!@#$%^Friedman and Trojan Records, Governors Island, 1:00

Saturday, August 25 After-party: Samba Soul featuring Sugar Loaf and DJ Rekha, doors at 7:00 pm and 12 midnight


Governors Island is once again open to the public





governors island slideshow

Yes, there are now free walking tours of this historic part of New York City that you think you’ve been to but never have — unless you know someone who is in the Coast Guard and they invited you, or you are in the Coast Guard yourself. The Coast Guard station there is no more, swept away in the 1995 cutbacks, so there is a debate going on as to what to do with this incredible area. The day begins with a ferry ride to Soissons Dock on the island, whose 172.5 acres have about a hundred security and maintenance personnel but no residents — and no food, drink, or public restrooms. One of the highlights of the island is Castle Williams, a huge fort that features a hundred guns around its perimeter; the "Cheesebox" was used as a Confederate prison during the Civil War. As you pass by plaque after monument after plaque, you’ll soon come upon the Admiral’s House, an 1840 Federal-style house that has twenty-seven rooms and has served as home to General Pershing in addition to being the site of Reagan and Gorbachev’s first handshake on American soil.


Governors Island offers splendid greenery and fabulous views

Perhaps most impressive is Fort Jay, a two-hundred-year-old star-shaped fort with a dry moat, named for first chief justice John Jay. Along the way there are also churches and tennis courts, an old golf course and an abandoned theater, an emptied-out YMCA and row houses prepared for the hundred-year flood, ugly buildings from the 1970s and the enormous Building 400. Currently buildings 14 and 408 and the Admiral’s House are open to the public, even without going on the tour. Building 110 is also open, home to "The Park at the Center of the World: Five Visions of Governors Island," contemporary paintings of the area and its evirons. Governors Island might not be the most beautiful place in New York, but when you combine its history, its exclusivity, and its uncertain future, this rare opportunity is one that you cannot afford to miss. And it’s easy to get to as well; just climb aboard the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen ferry, which leaves from the Battery Maritime Building every hour on the hour between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays (the last ferry back is at 5:00), for a quick seven-minute trip that comes with great views on all sides.

Saturday, August 11


Sunday, August 12 Civil War Living History Weekend, featuring a re-creation of a day in the life of a Civil War soldier, a war rally, troop inspections, music by the Governors Island Music School, and more

Sunday, August 12 CUNY Lecture Series: Glacial to Interglacial Depositional History of Western Long Island Sound, New York, with Cecilia McHugh, Pershing Hall, 12:30

Wednesday, August 15


Friday, August 17 National Historic District Tour, free ninety-minute walking tour, first come, first served limited to sixty people, 212-825-3045, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 18 CUNY Lecture Series: New York Meets Nor’easters: Are Our Coasts Prepared? with Frank Buonaiuto and Haydee Salmum, Pershing Hall, 12:30

Wednesday, August 22


Friday, August 24 National Historic District Tour, free ninety-minute walking tour, first come, first served limited to sixty people, 212-825-3045, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 25 CUNY Lecture Series: The Rising Tide: Urban Population & Climate Change, with Deborah Balk, Pershing Hall, 12:30

Wednesday, August 29


Thursday, August 30 National Historic District Tour, free ninety-minute walking tour, first come, first served limited to sixty people, 212-825-3045, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

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Historical Event of the Week


The Old Stone House played a critical role in the American Revolution


The Old Stone House Historic Interpretive Center

J.J. Byrne Park

Fifth Ave between Third & Fourth Sts., Brooklyn

Open Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Suggested donation: $3




Our parents are from Brooklyn, we were born in Brooklyn, we lived in Brooklyn when we attended grad school, and we never knew anything about this historic part of the coolest borough in the world. Built in 1699 as a Dutch farmhouse, this building in the middle of J.J. Byrne Park served as the main site of the August 27, 1776, Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island), the first battle following the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It proved critical in the final outcome of the American Revolution, as the bravery of the Maryland 400 enabled General George Washington’s troops to evacuate successfully and live to fight another day. If the house is not crowded (and we dare say it usually isn’t), the enthusiastic caretaker will lead you on a personal tour of the artifacts that detail the history of the house and the battle, including lithographs of the different incarnations of the house, maps, a timeline of the battle, quotes from soldiers, a mannequin in period costume, a copy of Alonzo Chappel’s painting of the firefight, descriptions of such major players as Brigadier General William Alexander (Lord Stirling), Major General Israel Putnam, General Sir William Howe, and General Washington, and the splendid miniature e-creation of a pivotal moment in the battle, complete with dead soldiers, lonely three-corner hats, and cotton representing musket smoke.


The Old Stone House, as seen from the back

One map, "The Battle of Brooklyn: Then & Now," places modern-day shots of the area with how they looked two hundred years ago. Illustrated posters detail the British plan, the American defense, the diversity of the U.S. Army (comprising men and women of African American, Jewish, Hispanic, Irish, German, and Italian descent, among others), and the courageous sacrifice made by Smallwood’s Marylanders in order to give General Washington and his troops the opportunity to escape. A visit is definitely worth going out of your way for, especially if such names as Gowanus Creek, Flatbush Pass, Vechte-Cortelyou House, Wallabout Bay, Fort Putnam, Corkscrew Hill, and others intrigue you like they do us. Oh, and for you baseball fans, the house once served as the clubhouse for the professional Brooklyn baseball team that eventually became Dem Bums themselves, the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers.


Diorama re-creates the Battle of Brooklyn in the Old Stone House


Various venues

August 18-26

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



Well, so maybe it’s a little longer than a week, but you’ll find out more than you ever thought you could about the Battle of Brooklyn by attending one or more of these events celebrating the 231st anniversary of the historic fight, including cemetery walking tours, battle reenactments, book readings, lectures, film screenings, memorial ceremonies, and more in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.

Saturday, August 18 Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony, memorial march, Eighth St. & Third Ave., 10:00 am

Saturday, August 18 Revolutionary War Encampment Living History Program, Old Stone House, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 18 Reception and Open House, Old Stone House Gallery, 12 noon

Saturday, August 18 Book reading: Selene Castrovilla, BY THE SWORD, 1:00

Sunday, August 19 Canoe/kayak tour, with the Gowanus Dredgers, Second St. just pass Bond St., 718-243-0849, www.gowanuscanal.org, 10:00 am — 2:00 pm

Sunday, August 19 Walking tour of Revolutionary War-related sites, Evergreen Cemetery, main gate, Bushwick Ave. at Conway St., free, 718-455-5300, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

Sunday, August 19 Founding Fathers: discussion of the founding fathers and Fort Greene’s role in the American Revolution, with the Urban Park Rangers, free, 1:00

Tuesday, August 21 The Royal Navy in New York, 1776, lecture by National Park Service Ranger Michael Callahan, Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St., free with museum admission of $4, 212-425-1778, www.frauncestavern.org, 12:30

Tuesday, August 21 Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk, let by archaeology professor William J. Parry, meet at Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, $12, reservations 718-768-3195, 6:00

Wednesday, August 22 THE BRAVE MAN — GENERAL WILLIAM ALEXANDER, FORGOTTEN HERO OF THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN (Joseph McCarthy), introduced by McCarthy, with cocktails and hors d’ouevres, 55 Wall St., reservations 718-768-3195, 8:00

Thursday, August 23 Thomas Fleming on the Battle of Brooklyn, Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St., $6, 212-425-1778, www.frauncestavern.org, 12:30

Saturday, August 25 Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial Ceremony, the Society of Old Brooklynites, American Merchant Marine Association and Navy Armed Guard, Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial Monument, Fort Greene Park, 718-499-7600, 10:00 am

Saturday, August 25 Rededication of Fort Defiance, Valentino Pier, Van Dyke St., Red Hook, 718-768-3195, 11:00 am

Sunday, August 26 The Battle of Brooklyn Parade and Commemorative Ceremony, annual parade to Battle Hill, where the Battle of Brooklyn was fought in August 1776, followed by commemorative ceremony at Cemetery Ridge, with the Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Ave. at 25th St., Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee march at 9:30 am, cemetery walking tour at 10:00, reenactment inside the main gate at 12:30, parade at 1:30, memorial ceremony at 2:00, 718-768-7300, www.green-wood.com/events.asp,

In the Neighborhood


Children’s park sits in between farmers market and the Old Stone House


Behind the Old Stone House

Fifth Ave. between Third & Fourth Sts., Brooklyn

Admission: free



This large, mostly open-spaced park was named after J. J. Byrne, who served as chief clerk of the Bureau of Public Buildings, the commissioner of Public Works, and Brooklyn borough president in the first quarter of the twentieth century. It features colorful play sets with swings, slides, a fountain, lovely trees, and, of course, the Old Stone House. Behind the house is a concrete baseball field and basketball courts. On Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm through November 18, the Park Slope Farmers Market (914-923-4837, http://www.communitymarkets.biz) sets up along the Fifth Ave. side of the park, featuring locally grown food and flora, including flowers and vegetables from Alex Farm in Milford, New Jersey, baked goods from Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, New York, pickles from Dr. Pickle in Wayne, New Jersey, more baked goods from Cakes Plain & Fancy (from Amy’s Bread pastry chef Molly, who also makes specialty items unique for this market), and all-natural homemade dog treats from Bubba Roses Biscuit Company.

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Theater Festival of the Week

The Vissi Dance Theater will perform THE HOARDE at the Fringe


Multiple venues

August 10-26


Every year the New York Fringe Festival presents unique and interesting theatrical productions of varying quality, from shows that look like they just emerged from a Long Island basement to more extravagant presentations, many with an up-to-the-minute political bent. The festival also continues to attract more well known writers, actors, and directors, although don’t expect any big stars — at least not yet. This year’s festival features nearly two hundred shows, with such fascinating titles as ANNA AND THE ANNADROIDS: CLONE ZONE, PEDAGOGY, HILLARY AGONISTES, BASH’D — A GAY RAP OPERA, HAIL SATAN, BAUM FOR PEACE OR THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE SLIGHTLY WORLD-RENOWNED LESBIAN PLAYWRIGHT WHO RAN FOR CONGRESS, JESUS RANT: THE RELIGIO-COMIC RANTINGS OF A FORMER CHRISTIAN, LOST IN HOLLYWOOD OR THE SLUGWOMAN FROM URANUS, MYLES THE HYPOALLERGENIC SUPERHERO AND HIS SUPERHERO FRIENDS, and CANCER! THE MUSICAL, BAAAHHH!!! Among this year’s venues are the Lucille Lortel Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the New School for Drama, the Village Theatre, the SoHo Playhouse, the Players Loft, the Skirball Center, and several others. Tickets are only $15 for each show, so take a chance on something that’s bound to be wild and wacky.

Friday, August 10 FringeAL FRESCO 2007: FringeFAIR, street fair featuring snippets from various productions, tips on how to choose what to see, and more, 80 Carmine St. at Varick St., 12 noon — 3:00

Friday, August 10


Monday, August 13 ALL ABOARD, choreographed by Carisa Armstrong & Christine Bergeron, multimedia piece about the influence of trains on society, Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios

Friday, August 10


Wednesday, August 15 ORIENTARHYTHM, directed by Katsumi Sakakura, choreographed by Katsumi Sakakura, Eiko Masuda, and Leigh Wierichs, dance performance mixing traditional Japanese culture with hip-hop, Our Lady of Pompeii — Demo Hall

Friday, August 10


Sunday, August 19 it ain’t no fairy tale, written by and starring Lusia Strus, award-winning autobiographical show, the Players Loft

Friday, August 10


Thursday, August 23 7 STORIES HIGH, written by Hilary Jess Leichter, directed by Brendan Wattenberg, set in a burned-out building

Friday, August 10


Saturday, August 25 LENI, written by Sarah Greenman, directed by Lorraine Cink, about Leni Riefenstahl, the Gene Frankel

Saturday, August 11


Saturday, August 18 BUKOWSICAL!, the See You Next Tuesday Company, directed by Joe Peracchio, directed by Leanne Fonteyn, musical about Charles Bukowski, the Bleecker Street Theatre

Saturday, August 11


Thursday, August 23 AND SOMEWHERE MEN ARE LAUGHING, written by Jeff Mandels, directed by Bill Russell, about Brooklyn in 1955 during the Dodgers’ battle for the World Series, the Connelly Theater

Saturday, August 11


Friday, August 24 MADONNA AND CHILD AND OTHER DIVAS, written by Tom Johnson, directed by Julie Hamberg, about a gay evangelical, an exorcism, and a bitter divorce, the Cherry Lane Theatre

Saturday, August 11


Friday, August 24 RIDING THE BULL, written by August Schulenburg, directed by Kelly O’Donnell, performed by Flux Theatre Ensemble, about rodeo clowns, ranchers, Graceland, and undead cows, CSV Cultural and Educational Center — Flamboyan

Saturday, August 11


Saturday, August 25 THE OUTSIDE MAN, written and directed by Robert Dominguez, about a Queens man with agoraphobia, the SoHo Playhouse

Saturday, August 11


Saturday, August 25 THEREMIN, written by Duke Doyle and Ben Lewis, directed by Lee Overtree, performed by the Blue Cake Theatre Company, about electronic music pioneer Leon Theremin, the Village Theatre

Joanna Rush asks for it at the Fringe Festival

Tuesday, August 14


Friday, August 24 ASKING FOR IT, written by Joanna Rush, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, a dark, sexy musical comedy, the Cherry Lane Theatre

Wednesday, August 15


Saturday, August 25 READER, written by Ariel Dorfman, directed by Ianthe Demos, performed by One Year Lease, about a mysterious manuscript and a censor, CSV Cultural and Educational Center — Flamboyan

Thursday, August 16


Monday, August 20 CHAMP: A SPACE OPERA, written by Patrick Young, music and lyrics by Jeff Curtin and Juan Pieczanski, choreographed by John Heginbotham, performed by Champollion and the Mediumship, multimedia rock-dance show set in outer space, inspired by the work of Carl Sagan, the Village Theatre

Thursday, August 16


Saturday, August 25 FACE-OFF WITH UGLINESS, written by Rick Bland, directed by Heather Davies, about celebrity obsession with plastic surgery, the Studio @ Cherry Lane

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Film Festival of the Week

Films Du Losange/Groupe X/Gaumont / The Kobal Collection

Depardieu gives an overpowering performance in Wajda’s DANTON


Walter Reade Theater

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

Through August 19

Tickets: $11



A hulking actor who is as adept at comedy as he is at drama, Gérard Depardieu has been one of France’s greatest actors for more than thirty years. He has worked with many of the nation’s finest directors, including Téchiné, Blier, Pialat, Truffaut, Godard, Resnais, and Corneau as well as Polish master Andrzej Wajda. He can play big, as he did in the title role in Wajda’s powerful DANTON, or meek, as a lovestruck middle-aged man chasing Catherine Deneuve in Téchiné’s touching CHANGING TIMES, and downright sexy, as in Pialat’s LOULOU, alongside Isabelle Huppert. But no matter what the genre, who the costar or director, whenever Depardieu is on-screen, he takes it over, demanding the viewer’s attention and never letting go.

Wednesday, August 8 BAROCCO (André Téchiné, 1976), 6:15

Wednesday, August 8 BUFFET FROID (Bertrand Blier, 1979), 8:30

Friday, August 10 GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS (PRÉPAREZ VOS MOUCHOIRS) (Bertrand Blier, 1978), 8:15

Saturday, August 11 BUFFET FROID (Bertrand Blier, 1979), 2:00

Saturday, August 11 LOULOU (Maurice Pialat, 1980), 4:00

Saturday, August 11 THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (LA FEMME D’À CÔTÉ) (François Truffaut, 1981), 6:00

Saturday, August 11 THE LAST METRO (LE DERNIER MÉTRO) (François Truffaut, 1980), 8:10

Sunday, August 12 DANTON (Andrzej Wajda, 1983), 1:00

Sunday, August 12 I WANT TO GO HOME (JE VEUX RENTRER À LA MAISON) (Alain Resnais, 1989), 3:45

Sunday, August 12 THE LAST METRO (LE DERNIER MÉTRO) (François Truffaut, 1980), 5:45

Sunday, August 12 LOULOU (Maurice Pialat, 1980), 8:30

Monday, August 13 THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (LA FEMME D’À CÔTÉ) (François Truffaut, 1981), 1:45 & 6:15

Monday, August 13 LOULOU (Maurice Pialat, 1980), 4:00

Monday, August 13 I WANT TO GO HOME (JE VEUX RENTRER À LA MAISON) (Alain Resnais, 1989), 8:30

Tuesday, August 14 THE LAST METRO (LE DERNIER MÉTRO) (François Truffaut, 1980), 1:30

Tuesday, August 14 POLICE (Maurice Pialat, 1985), 4:15 & 9:00

Tuesday, August 14 MON ONCLE D’AMÉRIQUE (Alain Resnais, 1980), 6:30

Wednesday, August 15 POLICE (Maurice Pialat, 1985), 2:00

Wednesday, August 15 MON ONCLE D’AMÉRIQUE (Alain Resnais, 1980), 4:15

Wednesday, August 15 LE GARÇU (Maurice Pialat, 1995), 6:30

Wednesday, August 15 TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU (TROP BELLE POUR TOI) (Bertrand Blier, 1989), 8:45

Thursday, August 16 UNDER SATAN’S SUN (SOUS LE SOLEIL DE SATAN) (Maurice Pialat, 1987), 1:45 & 6:00

Thursday, August 16 TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE (Alain Corneau, 1991), 3:45

Friday, August 17 TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE (Alain Corneau, 1991), 1:30 & 6:30

Friday, August 17 CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990), 3:45

Friday, August 17 MON ONCLE D’AMÉRIQUE (Alain Resnais, 1980), 8:45

Philippe Dussart/Andrea/TF / The Kobal Collection

A young Depardieu stars in Resnais’s 1980 classic MON ONCLE D’AMÉRIQUE

Saturday, August 18 CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990)

Saturday, August 18 CHANGING TIMES (LES TEMPS QUI CHANGENT) (André Téchiné, 2004), 2:00

Saturday, August 18 LE GARÇU (Maurice Pialat, 1995), 6:30

Saturday, August 18 COLONEL CHABERT (Yves Angelo, 1994), 8:45

Sunday, August 19 TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU (TROP BELLE POUR TOI) (Bertrand Blier, 1989), 2:00

Sunday, August 19 COLONEL CHABERT (Yves Angelo, 1994), 4:00

Sunday, August 19 UNDER SATAN’S SUN (SOUS LE SOLEIL DE SATAN) (Maurice Pialat, 1987), 6:15

Sunday, August 19 CHANGING TIMES (LES TEMPS QUI CHANGENT) (André Téchiné, 2004), 8:15

(André Téchiné, 2004)


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.

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James Joseph Dresnok sees the light of the Great Leader in North Korea

CROSSING THE LINE (Daniel Gordon, 2006)

Cinema Village

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

Opens Friday, August 10




While in North Korea filming THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES (2002) and, later, A STATE OF MIND (2004), documentarian Daniel Gordon learned that four American soldiers had defected there between 1962 and 1965, two of whom were still alive. CROSSING THE LINE focuses on one of them, James Joseph Dresnok, the last surviving member of the group to still be in North Korea. Through archival footage, family photographs, news reports, and new interviews, Gordon examines Dresnok’s life, from his unhappy childhood in foster homes and orphanages to his sudden decision to cross the border he was charged with protecting. In North Korea, Dresnok, Larry Allen Abshier, Jerry Wayne Parrish, and Charles Robert Jenkins became celebrities, held up as prime examples of communism’s superiority over Western democracy and even appearing in propaganda films, including the twenty-part series NAMELESS HEROES, made by Kim Il-jong. It is fascinating to watch Dresnok — who is undereducated, isn’t a particularly deep thinker, and has teeth so bad you can’t take your eyes off of them — speak openly of his faith in the Great Leader and his desire to remain in North Korea, although not surprising, given his personal history and lifelong search for a father figure. In communism he found the family he never had — and even his size, which is rather large, set him apart from most of his fellow travelers, instantly making him a big man in his new home. The story really takes off when Jenkins tries to leave North Korea and go to Japan, with the U.S. lying in wait to arrest him for desertion. Gordon allows the remarkable story — denied by the U.S. government until 1996 — to tell itself, resulting in a compelling look at a little-known part of the Cold War.

Honoré’s DANS PARIS is more Nouvelle Vague retread than worthwhile homage

DANS PARIS (INSIDE PARIS) (Christophe Honoré, 2006)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.

Opens Wednesday, August 8

Tickets: $11





Christophe Honoré’s homage to the French New Wave comes off more like Truffaut/Godard/Sautet hero worship than a worthwhile film of its own. The talky drama revolves around the hopeless Paul (Romain Duris), a wholly unlikable character suffering from an extremely annoying case of depression over the end of his relationship with Anna (Joana Preiss). He leaves the countryside and returns to Paris, moving back in with his lonely, divorced father, Mirko (Guy Marchand), and oversexed brother, Jonathan (an utterly charming Louis Garrel, who saves the movie from complete failure). Most of the action takes place in one day as Jonathan bets Paul that he can make it to Bon Marche in a certain amount of time — but as he is waylaid by woman after woman, Paul gets to wallow in self-pity with his wacky mother (Marie-France Pisier) and others. Despite a promising beginning in which Jonathan directly addresses the camera, DAN PARIS quickly falls apart.

Reece Daniel Thompson is appropriately nerdy in Blitz’s insightful black comedy

ROCKET SCIENCE (Jeffrey Blitz, 2007)

Opens Friday, August 10

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.


AMC Empire 25

42nd St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.




Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz follows up his Oscar-nominated documentary, SPELLBOUND, set in the world of spelling bees, with ROCKET SCIENCE, a bittersweet tale of a teen geek trying to find his way in the cruel, cruel world of high school debating. Reece Daniel Thompson stars as Hal Hefner, a nerdy student with a terrible stutter who travels everywhere dragging along wheeled luggage. After master debater Ben Wekselbaum (Nicholas D’Agosto) suffers a devastating public meltdown, rich kid Ginny Reyerson (Anna Kendrick) sets out to recruit Hal to be her new debate partner. Hal is at first dubious, but the more involved he gets, the more he thinks that just maybe he’ll be able to get over his stuttering problem and show everyone what he’s truly made of. But this being high school, things are more complicated than they initially appear. Blitz, himself a childhood stutterer who found great success on his New Jersey high school debate team, shows a deft comic touch and taste for the unusual reminiscent of such outstanding and eclectic teen tales as NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Jared Hess, 2004), ELECTION (Alexander Payne, 1999), and WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (Todd Solondz, 1995). ROCKET SCIENCE, which features tender narration by Dan Cashman and great music by Eef Barzelay (from the band Clem Snide) and the Violent Femmes, gets it right nearly every step of the way.

Delpy and Goldberg play lovers having a rough two days in Paris

2 DAYS IN PARIS (Julie Delpy, 2007)

Opens Friday, August 10

Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.


Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.





Julie Delpy’s delightful debut, 2 DAYS IN PARIS, is a true DIY indie, with Delpy serving as writer, director, editor, star, composer, soundtrack performer, and one of the producers. Delpy plays Marion, a flitty Frenchwoman who decides to bring her boyfriend of two years, Jack (a heavily tattooed Adam Goldberg), to spend two days with in her hometown in Paris as a stopover on their way from Venice to their apartment in New York City. But spending forty-eight hours with Marion’s family (Delpy’s real-life parents, Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, and sister, Alexia Landeau) and bumping into a seemingly endless stream of Marion’s former boyfriends while not understanding a word anyone is saying might be a bit much for Jack, an interior designer whose own insides are rife with stomach problems and migraines. 2 DAYS IN PARIS is Delpy’s ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977), an engaging film filled with slapstick humor, inventive characters, and underlying truths about love and life.

Sho Aikawa becomes an unlikely superhero in Miike’s delightful ZEBRAMAN

ZEBRAMAN (Takashi Miike, 2004)

The Two Boots Pioneer Theater

155 East Third St. at Ave. A

August 15-23



Japanese director Takashi Miike, who has made more than seventy films in his sixteen-year career, may be most well known for such violent thrillers as AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER, and the DEAD OR ALIVE series — he also made news when IMPRINT, his episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, went unaired because of its graphic content — but he also has quite a soft side. After all, he’s a family man with kids of his own. And ZEBRAMAN is a film the whole family can enjoy, as well as adults just looking for a really fun, fabulously entertaining flick on a Friday night. Sho Aikawa, who has appeared in several of Miike’s films, stars as a wimpy schoolteacher with a cheating wife, a promiscuous daughter, and a son who regularly gets beaten up at school. His only escape is the treasured (and pathetic) homemade Zebraman (a silly superhero from a short-lived 1970s kids show) costume he puts on every once in a while to pretend he has another, more exciting life. But soon the costume transforms him into the one and only Zebraman, protecting the world from Crabman and other evildoers. ZEBRAMAN is an absolute delight, a refreshing and charming comedy about releasing the inner child within us all.

THE INVASION (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2007)

Opens Friday, August 17


Perhaps it’s finally time for Hollywood to put Jack Finney’s classic sci-fi novel to bed, where it can enjoy a peaceful sleep (uninterrupted by alien spores and giant pea pods). In 1956, Don Siegel’s groundbreaking INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS frightened a public already terrified of the Soviet Union. In 1978, Philip Kaufman’s interpretation was an involving reaction to the Vietnam War and Watergate. In 1993, Abel Ferrara’s BODY SNATCHERS turned the story into a militaristic nightmare. And now comes THE INVASION, which is about as cold and boring as any one of its changed characters. Set in Washington, DC, the film stars Nicole Kidman as Dr. Carol Bennell, a divorced mother who starts noticing something weird going on with her ex-husband, friends, and patients, as people no longer seem to be themselves. With the help of her best friend, Ben Driscoll (an utterly uninspiring Daniel Craig), and his colleague Stephen Galeano (a misused Jeffrey Wright), she is determined to stop the alien infestation while protecting her son, Oliver (Jackson Bond). German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (DOWNFALL), making his English-language debut, and first-time screenwriter David Kajganich comment on the Iraq war, government secrecy, Darfur, and Americans’ dependence on mood-altering prescription drugs, but the filmmakers end up all over the place, losing their focus, especially as Bennell becomes more like Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in ALIENS (James Cameron, 1986), fighting to save a child. (Rumors of production problems and reshoots are not difficult to understand.) However, here’s our favorite touch: In the 1978 remake, Kevin McCarthy, who played Dr. Miles Bennell in the original 1956 film, has a cameo as a man stumbling through traffic, trying desperately to tell people what is happening, as if he has been running for twenty-two years; in this 2007 version, Veronica Cartwright, one of the stars of the 1978 version, plays a patient of Carol Bennell’s who is scared because her husband seems to no longer be himself.

SUNFLOWER (XIANG RI KUI) (Zhang Yang, 2005)

Opens Friday, August 17

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

1886 Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.




Zhang Yang’s SUNFLOWER is a mini-epic in the style of Zhang Yimou’s TO LIVE (1994), following the trials and tribulations of one small family through four decades of change in China, from Mao Zedong to the Cultural Revolution to the end of the twentieth century, with the country poised to dominate the next one. The story of Xiangyang (Zhang Fan at nine, Gao Ge at nineteen, Wang Haidi at thirty-two) focuses on the years 1967, 1976, 1987, and 1999, as the troublesome child grows into a troubled adult, at odds with his father, Gengnian (Sun Haiying), nearly every step of the way while his mother, Xiuqing (the wonderful Joan Chen), tries desperately to keep the family together. Having spent six years in a labor camp, Gengnian wants Xiangyang to become a painter, like he could have been, but imposing his will on Xiangyang, refusing to allow him to live his own life and make his own decisions, drives his son away, leading to volatile, powerful scenes. Although set amid forty years of social transformation in mainland China, SUNFLOWER is, at its heart, a compelling family drama — it is Zhang’s third consecutive film to feature a complex father-son dynamic, after SHOWER (1999) and QUITTING (2001); perhaps not coincidentally, Zhang’s own father, Huaxun, is a filmmaker as well, having made his mark in Hong Kong martial arts movies in the 1970s.

Matt Damon is looking for answers in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (Paul Greengrass, 2007)

In theaters now


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

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Ulriche Mühe keeps his eyes open in German thriller

(Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

Village East

181 Second Ave. at 12th St.




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

Daniel Auteuil is desperate to find a friend in Leconte flick

(Patrice Leconte, 2006)

Clearview First & 62nd

400 East 62nd St. at First Ave.




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

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


In theaters now


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

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

SICKO (Michael Moore, 2007)

Regal Union Square Stadium

850 Broadway at Thirteenth St.





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

Homer finally meets his match in big-screen SIMPSONS movie


In theaters now


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

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Don Cheadle talks up a storm in Lemmons’s docudrama

TALK TO ME (Kasi Lemmons, 2007)

In theaters now


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

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

THIS IS ENGLAND (Shane Meadows, 2006)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.





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

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

YOU KILL ME (John Dahl, 2007)

Village East

181 Second Ave. at 12th St.




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

by Jim Norton (Simon Spotlight, July 2007, $23.95)


Jim Norton is lewd, crude, and downright disgusting — and he’s also hysterical. The longtime stand-up comic has gotten more visibility these last few years as a regular on TOUGH CROWD WITH COLIN QUINN on Comedy Central (which was canceled too soon), LUCKY LOUIE on HBO (which was canceled too soon), and the OPIE & ANTHONY SHOW on CBS and XM (which was canceled but is now on a major comeback) as well as numerous appearances on the TONIGHT show with Jay Leno. In HAPPY ENDINGS — the title comes from his obsession with specialty massages — the self-deprecating Norton holds nothing back as he attacks friends, lovers, relatives, strangers, and himself in short, raunchy stories about his life, usually involving booze, hookers, and going to the bathroom. "If it weren’t for sh-t, prostitutes, and fat girls, this book would be about eight pages long," he writes early on. He also details several sitcom ideas that, sadly, have yet to be picked up by any of the networks, and dissects traumatic personal letters he has sent and received over the years. In addition, he has a thing for trying to get his picture taken with celebrities, including Joe Pesci, Mike Tyson, Jeff Goldblum, and, most importantly, Alan Alda. There’s not much more we can tell you without e-mail filters bouncing this back to us, but we will list a few of the chapter titles to give you more of a flavor of Norton’s comedy: "The Massage," "Morbid Obesity," "Happy Hump Day," "MILF," "The Dump Whisperer," "Little Miss Big Nips," "Yuck Mouth," and the ever-popular "Monster Rain." (If you don’t know about Monster Rain, don’t ask.) This summer, Norton is part of Opie & Anthony’s Traveling Virus road show, which makes a stop August 25 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Please note: When looking for Norton’s book, be careful not to accidentally pick up Leslie Garis’s new HOUSE OF HAPPY ENDINGS, a very different kind of personal memoir that you will never find discussed on Opie & Anthony.)

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New World Stages

340 West 50th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

To win free tickets (worth $30-$50): e-mail name, age, and daytime phone to contest@twi-ny.com


Longtime political comedian Will Durst, who provides “comedy for people who read or know someone who does,” has just opened his brand-new show at New World Stages, taking on both sides of the aisle in THE ALL-AMERICAN SPORT OF BIPARTISAN BASHING. Durst, who cites Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny as his heroes and claims to have had 108 jobs (including ditch digger, clown shill, horse washer, and squeeze molder), has been nominated for multiple Emmys and American Comedy Awards and appears regularly on CNN, Air America, NPR, and other media outlets. You can win tickets to this one-man show by sending your name, age, and daytime phone number to contest@twi-ny.com. Four random winners will get a pair of tickets to see Durst satirize the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, and the rest of the political elite for what promises to be eighty hysterical minutes.

Daft Punk will be on stage and screen in the city


KeySpan Park

Thursday, August 9

Tickets: $45.50


Get out your glow sticks as Daft Punk, the French heroes of 1990s house music, bring their techno acid electro multimedia overload show to KeySpan Park in Brooklyn (along with the Rapture, Sebastian, and Kavinsky). Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo virtually defined and created French house music with their 1997 album, HOMEWORK, and its dance-floor staple, “Around the World,” which is where they’ve been since beginning a triumphant revival tour at Coachella 2006, their first North American appearance since 1997. Since then they’ve appeared at festival after festival, including the Oxygen Wireless, RockNess in England, and Lollapalooza, receiving ecstatic reviews. Sure to come with their trademark robotic bodysuits, wild video (they count Michel Gondry among the video artists they’ve worked with), and new material as well as hits from their albums DISCOVER and HUMAN AFTER ALL, Daft Punk should electrify the Brooklyn crowd. And for those who still can’t get enough of Daft Punk, their film ELECTROMA is screening at the Landmark Sunshine on August 17-18 at midnight. Rave on!


Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston St. between First & Second Aves.

Friday and Saturday nights at midnight



Friday, August 17


Saturday, August 18 DAFT PUNK’S ELECTROMA (Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 2006)


The Hold Steady rock Castle Clinton in summer 2006


Celebrate Brooklyn

Prospect Park Bandshell

Thursday, August 9, 7:00

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate




Born and bred in Minnesota, the Hold Steady might now be based in Brooklyn, but they still wear their midwestern Twin Cities roots on their sleeves. On their second full-length disc, the follow-up to the fine SEPARATION SUNDAY, they’re bigger and better, with anthemic guitars, gorgeous piano, and Craig Finn’s Beatnik, stream-of-consciousness, way-too-literate-for-his-own-good lyrics about sex, drugs, and rock and roll as well as booze and Jesus. Finn references Sal Paradise, the devil, and John Berryman in the first song, "Stuck Between Stations," about how "boys and girls in America have such a sad time together" — "She was a really cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian / She was a damn good dancer but she wasn’t all that great of a girlfriend," Finn talk-sings. The chorus of "Hot Soft Light" will make you remember why you love music. If you’re not careful, you’ll fall in love to "First Night" right before having your heart broken. You’ll find yourself suddenly calling out in public the last lines of "Party Pit," a song set in a real Minneapolis bar. Finn lets his Bruce Springsteen influence soar on the opening notes of "You Can Make Him Like You" (as well as in many other places). "Chill Out Tent" is so infectious, it will send chills down your spine for days. When we saw the Hold Steady play a special acoustic set last summer at Castle Clinton, they premiered many of these songs; as good as they sounded then, they’re that much better with these full-band orchestrations. Despite their overt quirkiness, the Hold Steady is on the brink of reaching the next level; catch them at this free show while you can. Also on the bill are fellow Brooklynites the Big Sleep and the Teenage Prayers.

Jane Richey

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars will play several shows in the area


Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell

Saturday, August 11, 2:00 — 9:00

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate

718-855-7882, http://www.brooklynx.org/celebrate

IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.

Monday, August 13, 7:00

Tickets: $15

212-924-7771, http://www.ifccenter.com

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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

Wednesday, August 22, 8:00

Tickets: $25

212-997-4144, http://www.bbkingblues.com


Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars formed in Sembakounya Refugee Camp in Guinea, having escaped from their native country during the devastating civil war of the 1990s. Their debut album, LIVING LIKE A REFUGEE (Anti-, September 2006), was recorded between 2002 and 2005, in the refugee camp with whatever instruments they could get their hands on as well as in a studio in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and was documented by filmmakers Banker White and Zach Niles in THE REFUGEE ALL STARS (2007), which has screened at festivals all over the world. The album consists of sixteen original songs and one traditional tune, mostly in English. They sing about peace and love, war and poverty, violence and freedom, all set to a West African beat that’ll make you want to get up and dance, driven by sweet guitars, heavy bass, infectious harmonies, lots of percussion, and more than a few nods to Bob Marley. Despite being forced away from home for far too long, they promise to "forgive and forget" on "Big Lesson," going back to "get some love." On the gorgeous "Garbage to the Showglass," about making it to the "biggie biggie time," Black Nature sings, "They found us in the garbage / and put us in a showglass." The All Stars, which includes bandleader, songwriter, and lead vocalist Reuben M. Koroma, lead guitarist Ashade Pearce, drummer and percussionist Mustapha Massaquoi (Nico), and background vocalist Efuah Grace Ampomah, will be playing a series of shows in the metropolitan area, including headlining the African Festival in Prospect Park on August 11 (with Sekouba Bambino, Stella Chiweshe, Shiko Mawatu, and Baye Kouyaté et les Tougarakés), stopping by the IFC Center on August 13 for a special performance in conjunction with the benefit screening of THE REFUGEE ALL STARS documentary for the UN Refugee Agency’s ninemillion.org campaign, and playing the September 6 Save the Children benefit at Lincoln Center.


The Death Set played a blistering set at the Seaport opening for Suicide


Brooklyn Day — Party for Healthcare

The Hook, 18 Commerce St.

Saturday, August 11, 3:00

Tickets: $20

718-797-3007, http://www.thehookmusic.com

The Lolita Party

Friday, August 17, 9:00

Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent St. between South First & South Second Sts.

Admission: $6



suicide / the death set slideshow

The Brooklyn-based Death Set, by way of Australia and Baltimore, opened the July 27 Suicide show at the South Street Seaport with a frantic set of eleven songs in seventeen minutes, many beginning with snippets of pop, funk, soul, rap, and R&B tunes that founding member Johnny Siera sang along to. In May, Matt Papich from Ecstatic Sunshine took other founding member Beau Velasco’s place in the two-man band, but it looked as if Siera and Papich had been together a lot longer as they thrashed their way through such raucous songs as "Impossible," "Intermission," "Listen to the Collision," "Zombie," and "Bombshell." "If I felt cynicism, I’d wrap it in discontentment," they sing on "Negative Thinking." "We go around the world and we do what must be done / It’s a top secret mission and our enemies are wishin’ that they had a bigger gun," they scream on "Around the World." On August 11, the Death Set will be playing an afternoon show at the Hook, with the Boggs, Peelander-Z, the Teeth, and DJ Nick Catchdubs in a benefit sponsored by We Be Illin’, raising money and awareness for a national health plan. On August 17 they’ll be participating in the Lolita Party at Glasslands, with Pterodactyls, Double Dagger, and the Others Ran.


Amon Tobin surrounds Montreal in a sonic explosion


Rocks Off Concert Cruise

World Yacht Marina, 41st St. & West Side Highway

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 pm boarding

Tickets: $30




Last month we saw Canadian DJ Amon Tobin blow away the Montreal Jazz Festival with a remarkable show at Club Soda that is still ringing around in our brain. Using several turntables, smoke, background visuals, hot lights, and a sly, knowing smile, Tobin treated the packed house to a sonic explosion in 7.1 Surround Sound, creating a monster soundtrack to the greatest movie never made. Tobin incorporates found sound, samples, remixes, and an overall electronic madness for his love scenes, car chases, and rave-ups; you can get a taste of it on the (somewhat obscure) SOLID STEEL PRESENTS AMON TOBIN album, recorded live in Melbourne in 2003, or on his latest CD, THE FOLEY ROOM (Ninja Tune, March 2007), but you’ve got to be there to experience the full outrageousness of it all. For the Rocks Off show, the Temptress will be outfitted in 7.1 Surround Sound, with eight channels of speakers around the boat creating Tobin’s sonic landscape as you cruise around the city.


River to River Festival

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

Friday, August 17

Admission: free




Touring behind their latest album, BOXER (Beggars Banquet, May 2007), the National will be headlining a free show at the South Street Seaport, along with Takka Takka and the Forms.


Martin Rev and Alan Vega play a killer set at the seaport


River to River Festival

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

Friday, July 27, 6:00

Admission: free




suicide / the death set slideshow

On July 27, as part of the River to River Festival, early punksters Alan Vega and Martin Rev teamed up for a rare performance as Suicide, their highly influential, New York City-based, on-again, off-again duo that has been together since the 1970s. Their records and shows are almost always filled with controversy, resulting in their never becoming more than a cult act, at least in the mind of the general public. For this special gig, a late addition to the schedule, they played a crazy, brilliant show at an appropriately surrealistic location, outdoors at the South Street Seaport, amid blue skies, would-be goths, aging hipsters, and lots of tourists wondering just what the hell was going on. For about an hour, Vega stalked about the stage, microphone in hand, stiff-legged, skinny-armed, staring slightly aimlessly, snarling his way through a string of classic Suicide tunes while Rev, in his trademark oversized futuristic shades and looking like an alien, created a relentless wall of synthbeats and feedback on keyboards. Vega raged against the war and the government and even made a maudlin speech about following one’s dreams, then had trouble lighting his cigarette in the breeze. Vega and Rev powered their way through extended versions of "Dance," the doo-woppy "Cheree," a killer "Frankie Teardrop," a glitzy "Las Vegas Man," and "Dream, Baby, Dream" (with Vega giving a shout-out to Bruce Springsteen, who recently covered the song), proving that they’re still one of music’s most eclectic and original bands.


Mavis Staples sings to the heavens in Rockefeller Park


River to River Festival

Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00

Admission: free




mavis staples slideshow

Joining her family soul and gospel group, the Staple Singers, in 1950, Mavis Staples has been singing songs of faith and spirituality for six decades. On August 1, she honored her family history with a thrilling performance in Rockefeller Park, before a worshipful crowd of old and young. Playing civil-rights-era protest songs from her latest album, WE’LL NEVER TURN BACK (Anti-, April 2007), as well as Staple Singers classics, she delighted the audience with her dedication to the power of music. She mixed in strong versions of such songs as "Down in Mississippi," "Jesus Is on the Main Line," "This Little Light," and "On My Way," from the new record, with older favorites and covers, including "The Weight," "For What It’s Worth," and "March Up Freedom’s Highway." She introduced "Why Am I Treated So Bad" by talking about the impact the Little Rock 9 had on her father, Pops, who wrote the song after watching the girls defy authority on TV. Even though she can’t quite hit all the notes she used to and her backing band is merely average, she still has a marvelous voice and a great sense of humor; "You know, when you moan," she said at one point, "the devil don’t know what you’re talking about." Staples ended the set with "Respect Yourself" and the audience sing-along "I’ll Take You There" before coming out for two encores, concluding with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," an appropriate finale that brought everything together.


Antibalas gets ’em up and dancing on Governors Island


River to River Festival

Governors Island

Saturday, August 4, 1:00

Admission: free



antibalas / ogans slideshow

For nearly ten years, Brooklyn’s own Antibalas has been bringing its Afrobeats and social consciousness to the streets and stages of the world, an eclectic and infectious power mix of jazz, funk, soul, classical, Latin, and experimental sounds. Heavily influenced by the great Fela Kuti, Antibalas continues his legacy with songs of protest, shouting their insurrectionist lyrics over layers of thunderous horns, Cuban rhythms, and Yoruba drums. On August 4 on Governors Island as part of the River to River Festival’s In the Pocket series (sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), Antibalas, which means "bulletproof" in Spanish, played a joyful set to dedicated fans who danced through the entire (and too-brief) hour-long set, which featured songs from the band’s latest album, SECURITY (Anti-, March 2007). The wild Amayo, in his trademark face paint, was as charismatic as ever on percussion and vocals, prancing across the stage, jumping into the crowd, and calling for "endless resistance" against the current administration and the war, imploring people to "block the gates if you have to, because it never ends." Grooving their way through such highlights as "Pay Back Africa," "I.C.E.," and "Beaten Metal" were baritone saxophonist Martin Perna, keyboardist Victor Axelrod, tenor saxophonist Stuart Bogie, shekere player Marcus Farrar, bassist Nick Movshon, and drummer Chris Vatalaro, among others in the thirteen-piece band. Opening the show was Ogans, performing the Afro-Brazilian music and dance of Bahia on such tunes as "A Procura de Deus," "Berimbau Metalizado," Balance," and "O Homem Amarelo," in which they sent all the people dancing up front to the back, then had them charge the stage.

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weekly reminders & special events


Central Park

West 103rd St. & Central Park West

Thursday through Sunday nights in August at 7:00

Admission: free, but voluntary donations accepted after show



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


Riverbank State Park

138th St. & Riverside Dr.

Thursday through Sunday nights at 8:00

Admission: free



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


Blue Note

131 West Third St.

August 7-12

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



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

Wednesday, August 8


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

Friday, August 10


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



Fulton Fish Market, Pier 17, South Street Seaport



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

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

Monday, August 13 Badly Drawn Boy, $35, 11:00

Tuesday, August 14 Badly Drawn Boy, $35, 10:00


Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park

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

Admission: free




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


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Through August 30



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

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

Friday, August 10


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 17


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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 22


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


Rumsey Playfield

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

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



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

Thursday, August 9 Black Crowes and North Mississippi Allstars, 6:00

Friday, August 10 Complexions Contemporary Ballet and TAKE Dance Company, 8:00

Saturday, August 11 Celebrate New Orleans, with Soul to Soul III, Galactic & special guests Donald Harrison, Jon Cleary, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indians & Soul Rebel Brass Band, 3:00


Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Broadway at 66th St.

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

August 2-27

Admission: free



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 16 Great Dance: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

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

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

Friday, August 17 Great Dance: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 12 Angelique Kidjo and K’Naan, 3:00


MoMA Film

Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

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

July 25 — August 10

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Zuccotti Park (ZP) / Governors Island (GI)

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

Admission: free



Wednesday, August 8 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Thursday, August 9 Summer Soul Nights: Lorenzo Owens with a James Brown tribute by Black Velevet, SSS, 7:00

Friday, August 10 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Friday, August 10 Seaport Music: Au Revoir Simone, Metronomy, SSS, 7:00

Wednesday, August 15 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Thursday, August 16 Summer Soul Nights: Leela Jamess, SSS, 7:00

Thursday, August 16 8 y Más, WP, 7:00

Friday, August 17 Music Under New York, 12 noon

Friday, August 17 Seaport Music: The National, SSS, 7:00


Union Square Park

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

Wednesday afternoons from through August 15

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

Admission: free



Wednesday, August 8 Josh Dion Band, 12:30

Wednesday, August 8 OM yoga, 3:00

Wednesday, August 8 Kathak Ensemble, 6:00

Wednesday, August 15 Jennifer Muller/The Works, 12:30

Wednesday, August 15 OM yoga, 3:00

Wednesday, August 15 Magnet Theater, 5:00

Wednesday, August 15 KR3T’s, 6:00


Bryant Park Reading Room

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

Wednesdays at 12:30 through September 11

Admission: free




Wednesday, August 15 David Mendell, OBAMA: FROM PROMISE TO POWER

Wednesday, August 22 Women’s Fiction Panel Discussion: Jennifer Belle, LITTLE STALKER, Caprice Crane, FORGET ABOUT IT, Megan Crane, FRENEMIES, and Carrie Karasyov, THE INFIDELITY PACT, hosted by Ned Vizzini, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY


Pier A Park at First & Sinatra Dr.


August & September, around 8:15

Admission: free

Blankets & low lawn chairs encouraged



Wednesday, August 8 DREAMGIRLS (Bill Condon, 2006)

Wednesday, August 15 GREASE (Randal Kleiser, 1978), with contests, karaoke, sing-alongs, and more

Wednesday, August 22 FLUSHED AWAY (David Bowers & Sam Fell, 2006), 8:00, and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (David Frankel, 2006), 9:30


Brookhaven Amphitheater

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

Wednesday nights in August at approximately 7:45

Admission: $5 per carload



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

Wednesday, August 15 CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Gary Winick, 2006)

Wednesday, August 22 OPEN SEASON (Roger Allers & Jill Culton, 2006)


Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Wednesdays around dusk through August 22

Admission: free


Wednesday, August 8 GLADIATOR (Ridley Scott, 2000)

Wednesday, August 15 BEERFEST (Jay Chandrasekhar, 2006)

Wednesday, August 22 SUPERMAN RETURNS (Bryan Singer, 2006)


Prospect Park Bandshell

Through August 11

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate



Thursday, August 9 The Hold Steady, the Big Sleep, the Teenage Prayers, 7:00

Friday, August 10 Bollywood in Brooklyn: HUM KISI SE KUM NAHIN (1977), with DJ Rekha’s Bollywood Disco, 7:30

Saturday, August 11 African Festival: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Sekouba Bambino, Stella Chiweshe, Shiko Mawatu, Baye Kouyaté et les Tougarakés, 2:00 — 9:00


El Museo del Barrio Teatro Heckscher

1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.

Thursday nights at 6:30 through August 23

Admission: free



Thursday, August 9 Pacha Massive and Folklore Urbano

Thursday, August 16 Tribute to Hector Lavoe with Chino Nuñez & Friends


Trinity Church virtual pipe organ

Broadway at Wall St.

Thursdays at 1:00 from July 5 to August 9

Admission: free


Thursday, August 9 Paul Jacobs: works by Adler, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Reger, and Reubke, 1:00


B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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

Tickets: $26.50




Thursday, August 9 Legendary reggae band plays B.B. King’s, with special guest the Scott Harris Project, 8:00


Sideshows by the Seashore

Surf Ave. & West 12th St.

Coney Island, Brooklyn

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

Thursday night Bawdville at the Beach shows at 10:00

Through September 21

Admission: $10 at the door


Thursday, August 9 Miss Saturn's HulaPalooza!

Friday, August 10 Bambi's Undersea Spectacular

Thursday, August 16 Ophelia Rottencrotch's Funeral

Friday, August 17 America’s Favorite Burlesque Game Show -- This or That! hosted by Fredini and Julie Atlas Muz with Fisherman, Bambi, and Bunny


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 9 The B-52s with Patty Smyth and Scandal

Thursday, August 16 An Evening of Heart and Soul


Sinatra Park

Frank Sinatra Dr. between Fourth & Fifth Sts.

Thursday nights at 7:00 through August 31

Admission: free



Thursday, August 9 Swingadelic

Thursday, August 16 Ice Wagon Flu and the Gordy’s


The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

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

Thursday nights in August at 6:00

Admission: free



Thursday, August 9 Merengue Night with Los Clarinetes Magicos

Thursday, August 16 Salsa Night with Chino Nunez & Friends Orchestra,Salute to Hector Lavoe


Rockefeller Plaza

49th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Outside TODAY studio 1A

Fridays from 7:00 to 9:00 am


Friday, August 10 Natahsa Bedingfield


The Lawn in Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. between 40th & 42nd Sts.

Admission: free




Gaelic Park

242nd St. & Broadway

Admission: $20 (includes commemorative T-shirt, burgers and dogs, and draft beer)


Friday, August 10 Third annual P.O. SSGT James McNaughton FF SSGT Chris Engeldrum Ruby Match between the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York, honoring two heroes killed in Iraq, benefiting the P.O. James McNaughton Memorial Fund, the FDNY Elsasser Fund, and the Wounded Warrior Project, featuring Celtic rock music by 2U, 6:00


Broadway Comedy Club

318 West 53rd St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

Cover charge: $12, two-drink minimum



Friday, August 10 Comedy showcase with Elaine Williams, Carolann Valentino, and Frank Vignola, 6:30 seating, 7:00 showtime


IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Third St.

Fridays & Sundays at 12 noon

Tickets: $11



Friday, August 10


Saturday, August 11 LIFE OF OHARU (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)

Friday, August 17


Saturday, August 18 LA STRADA (Federico Fellini, 1954)


Bryant Park Upper Terrace

42nd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Fridays through August 24 at 7:00 am

Admission: free



Friday, August 10 Mika

Friday, August 17 Eve and Sean Paul


Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

2 East 92nd St. at Fifth Ave.

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

Free with museum admission of $12



Friday, August 10 Sleepy & Boo

Friday, August 17 Brendon Moeller


Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Friday nights at 6:30 through August 24

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



Friday, August 10 Dance: Noemi Segarra / Noe (s) Collective; Music: Wing Hong Lion Dance Group & Dragon Style Kung Fu Demonstration; Film: CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (Zhang Yimou, 2006)

Friday, August 17 Dance: The Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre; Music: Tarab; EL HAIMOUNE (WANDERERS OF THE DESERT) (Nacer Khemir, 1986)


Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Christopher St.

Fridays around dusk through August 24

Admission: free


Friday, August 10 THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming et al., 1939)

Friday, August 17 HAPPY FEET (George Miller & Warren Coleman, 2006)


Harlem Week 2007

St. Nicholas Park

West 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave.

Films begin at sunset, preceded by music by DJ Cool Gee at 6:30

Admission: free



Friday, August 10 CATCH A FIRE (Phillip Noyce, 2006), with live performances by Masauko and Yolanda Zama

Saturday, August 18 Black Dance Is…: RESPOND TO SOUND II (Adrian Young, 2007) and BEYOND THE STEPS (Phil Bertelsen, 2007)

Sunday, August 19 BONGO BARBERSHOP (Charlie Ahearn) and BLING: A PLANET ROCK (Racquel Cepeda)


East River Amphitheater

FDR Dr. at Cherry St.

Admission: free


Saturday, August 11 Vampire Weekend, Jonathan Kane’s February, Meg Baird


Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Admission: free



Saturday, August 11 A Series of Temporary Artworks and Live Performances, featuring Chin Chin, El Michels Affair, and the Budos Band, 4:00

Sunday, August 26 A Series of Temporary Artworks and Live Performances, featuring the Fiery Furnaces, 4:00


Multiple venues

August 4 - September 16

Admission: free



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

Saturday, August 11 Tompkins Square Park at East Seventh St & Ave. A, 2:00 & 8:00

Sunday, August 12 Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins, 2:00

Friday, August 17 Coney Island Boardwalk at West Tenth St., 8:00

Saturday, August 18 St. Mary’s Park at 147th St. & St. Ann’s Ave., 2:00

Sunday, August 19 Central Park Bandshell, 72nd St. Crosswalk, 2:00


Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia

2537 Broadway at 95th St.

July 7 — September 2

Tickets: $11



Saturday, August 11


Sunday, August 12 DISHONORED (Josef von Sternberg, 1931), 6:00, and MATA HARI (George Fitzmaurice, 1931), 7:45

Saturday, August 18


Sunday, August 19 THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef von Sternberg, 1930), 6:00, and FLESH AND THE DEVIL (Clarence Brown, 1926), 8:00

WARM UP 2007

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave.

Long Island City

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

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



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

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


Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

Through September 2

Tickets: $10 (includes museum admission)



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

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

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

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

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

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


Madison Square Park

Southwest corner, 23rd St., Broadway, & Fifth Ave.

Admission: free



Saturday, August 11 Pat Wictor, Diana Jones, 3:00

Saturday, August 18 Kelly Flint, Milton, 3:00

Saturday, September 15 Twilight Hotel, Antje Duvekot, 4:00

Saturday, September 29 KJ Denhert, Sloan Wainwright, 3:00

Saturday, October 6 Abbie Gardner, Cephas & Wiggins, 3:00


Water Taxi Beach

Second St. & Borden Ave., Long Island City

Saturdays from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am

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


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

Saturday, August 11 Underground Resistance Assault DJ Squad feat. Suburban Knight, Nomadico and Skurge

Saturday, August 18 Akalepse (Truth and Soul)


Coney Island Museum

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

Saturday nights at 8:30 through September 8

Tickets $5, including free popcorn



Saturday, August 11 THE BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER (Jon Hall, 1965), preceded by ATTACK OF THE CONEY ISLAND KILLER CRAWFISH (Lux Killmore)

Saturday, August 18 THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Stephan Elliott, 1994)


Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St

Free with museum admission of $9

212-534-1672 ext3395


Sunday, August 12 Screening of rare films starring Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Gerry Mulligan, hosted by Loren Schoenberg, 2:00


Joe Franklin’s Comedy Club

45th St. at Eighth Ave. (back of Charlie O’s)

No cover charge: $10 drink and/or food minimum


Sunday, August 12 Comedy night featuring Emily Epstein, Angry Bob, Bob Bell, Stan Stankos, Eric Alexander, Alison Forns, Ted Greenberg, Helen Maalik, Eric Andre, and Joe Pontillo, 7:30



217 East 42nd St. between Second & Third Aves.

Sundays through Wednesdays, August 12-22, at 8:00

Tickets: $18



Sunday, August 12


Wednesday, August 22 One-woman show by Sharon Eberhardt, starring Lindsay Anderson, and directed by Blake Lawrence


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St.

Free with museum admission



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


Orchard Beach

Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Sundays from 12 noon — 5:00 pm

Admission: free


Sunday, August 12 NY Presbyterian / Health Plus Health Day: Willie Colon & his Orchestra (Salsa), Nemesis (Reggaeton), Tonee Miyaggi (Reggaeton), Alex Diaz & the Latin Taste (Charanga), Robert Rios (Latin Soul), the side street kids (Dancers)

Sunday, August 19 MTV Tres Day: Toby Love, LDA, Tony Touch, the Dey


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

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

Through September 30

Sundays at 4:00

Admission: free



Sunday, August 12 David Oquendo & Havana Tres

Sunday, August 19 Roberta Piket Trio


Museum of Modern Art

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden

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

Sunday nights through August 26

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

Admission: free


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

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

Sunday, August 19 Juilliard Concert IV: Music for Ensembles


All Saints Parish Hall

707 Washington St.

Screenings begin at 6:30 pm

Discussion follows film

Admission: free, with free popcorn and seltzer


Monday, August 13 A FOREIGN AFFAIR (Billy Wilder, 1948)


Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia

2537 Broadway at 95th St.

Through August 13

Admission: free



Monday, August 13 MADE IN HEAVEN, written by Jay Bernzweig, directed by John Rando, followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative team, 7:00


Wingate Field

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

Monday nights at 7:30

Admission: free, chairs recommended



Monday, August 13 An Evening of Heart and Soul

Monday, August 20 Classic Soul Night, with the O’Jays and the Spinners


Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. from 40th to 42nd Sts.

Monday nights through August 20

Lawn opens at 5:00 pm for blankets and picnicking

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

Admission: free



Monday, August 13 CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz, 1942)

Monday, August 20 PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Tuesdays through August 21

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

Admission: free



Tuesday, August 14 BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn, 1967)

Tuesday, August 21 PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984)


55 Water St. between Coenties and Old Slip

Tuesday nights in August at 8:00

Admission: free


Tuesday, August 14 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Blake Edwards, 1960)

Tuesday, August 21 ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan, 1954)


Central Park Great Lawn

Midpark from 79th to 85th Sts.

Admission: free




Wednesday, August 15 The Naumburg Orchestra, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, with soprano Jennifer Rivera: Britten’s "A Simply Symphony," Respighi’s "Il Tramonto," Skalkottas’s "5 Greek Dances," and Tchaikovsky’s "Serenade for Strings," 7:30


Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Ave. at Second St.

Tickets: $8



Wednesday, August 15 THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (Vincente Minnelli, 1952), 7:00

Wednesday, August 15 THE COBWEB (Vincente Minnelli, 1955), 9:15

Thursday, August 16 SOME CAME RUNNING (Vincente Minnelli, 1958), 6:30

Thursday, August 16 TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (Vincente Minnelli, 1962), 9:15

Friday, August 17 THE COBWEB (Vincente Minnelli, 1955), 6:30

Friday, August 17 THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (Vincente Minnelli, 1952), 9:15

Saturday, August 18 TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (Vincente Minnelli, 1962), 4:00

Saturday, August 18 SOME CAME RUNNING (Vincente Minnelli, 1958), 6:30

Saturday, August 18 THE COBWEB (Vincente Minnelli, 1955), 9:15

Sunday, August 19 THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (Vincente Minnelli, 1952), 4:00

Sunday, August 19 TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (Vincente Minnelli, 1962), 6:30

Sunday, August 19 SOME CAME RUNNING (Vincente Minnelli, 1958), 8:45


Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park

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

Screenings begin at 9:00

Admission: free



Wednesday, August 15 EVERYTHING’S COOL (Daniel B. Gold & Judith Hefland, 2007)


Friday, August 17 AFTER HOURS (Martin Scorsese, 1985)

Wednesday, August 22 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Robert Wise, 1951)



BAM Rose Cinemas

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

August 16-26

Tickets: $11



Thursday, August 16 2 BECOME 1 (TIN SUN YAT DUI) (Law Wing-Cheong, 2006), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, August 17 AFTER THIS OUR EXILE (FU ZI) (Patrick Tam, 2006), 3:00, 7:00

Saturday, August 18 PERHAPS LOVE (RU GUO AI) (Peter Chan, 2005), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, August 19 BREAKING NEWS (DAAI SI GIN) (Johnnie To, 2004), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Thursday, August 23 EXILED (FONG JUK) (Johnnie To, 2006), 7:00

Friday, August 24 HOUSE OF FURY (JING MO GAA TING) (Stephen Fung, 2005), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, August 25 CRAZY N’ THE CITY (SUN GAING HUP NUI) (James Yuen & Lanbo Cheuk, 2005), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, August 26 ELECTION (HAK SE WUI) (Johnnie To, 2005) and TRIAD ELECTION (ELECTION 2) (HAK SE WUI YI WO WAI KWAI) (Johnnie To, 2006), 3:00, 7:00


Joe’s Pub

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

Tickets: $18




Sunday, August 19 New York City three-piece band plays songs from its latest CD, JOYFUL SIGN, 7:00 & 9:30


Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

Enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.

August 21-25, gates at 6:00, films at 8:00

Admission: free



Tuesday, August 21 STAYING ALIVE (Sylvester Stallone, 1983)

Wednesday, August 22 THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS (Arthur Hiller, 1970)

Thursday, August 23 KRAMER VS. KRAMER (Robert Benton, 1979)

Friday, August 24 MADAGASCAR (Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath, 2005)

Saturday, August 25 Viewer’s Choice Night: Vote for BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Gene Saks, 1967), THE WAY WE WERE (Sydney Pollack, 1973), or HITCH (Andy Tennant, 2005)

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