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In This Issue

1. Walking down East Ninth St.

2. Art winds through Riverside Park

3. The New York Taiwan Women’s Film Festival comes to Midtown

4. Tickets go on sale for the New York Film Festival

5. Tickets go on sale for the New Yorker Festival


7. and twi-ny’s weekly recommended events, including book readings, film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, workshops, and much more, including special 9/11 memorial events

Volume 6, Number 14
September 6-20, 2006

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J. Fischler’s mural can be found at the corner of East Ninth St. and Ave. A

East Village Ninth St. Walk of the Week

Evah Fan, "Community Tramp"


Giant Robot

437 East Ninth St. between First Ave. & Ave. A

Through September 27

Admission: free


Purveyors of cutting-edge Asian and Asian-American pop culture, Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong started Giant Robot magazine back in 1994. In celebration of the first anniversary of the Giant Robot retail store and gallery on the Lower East Side, works by ten of GR’s favorite artists line the walls, primarily small, cartoony, kawaii images. Kelly Lynn Jones’s characters find love and peace in treehouses. In Jen Corace’s "hand in hand," an elderly couple sit across from each other at a table, their hands touching, both of them wrapped in twisting leaves, evoking Victorian-era postcards. Jack Long’s Bosch-like fairy-tale worlds include hooked beams of white light shooting out of airborne houses. Deth P Sun’s dark, catlike creatures exist in a bizarre landscape of turtles, skulls, and lightning rainbows. We were so impressed by the work of Evah Fan (who claims to "live like a vampire") that we actually bought one; "Community Tramp," the best piece in the show (but not the one we purchased), features two ghostly figures hanging out by two small houses while a third figure bounces up and down on a black trampoline. (Stare at the picture as a whole to see the weird face it forms.) After making your way through the art, stay a bit to check out the cool books, T-shirts, bags, toys, and other unique ephemera on sale in both parts of the store, the kind of stuff you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.


Bolivar Arellano Gallery

420 East Ninth St. between First Ave. & Ave. A

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 2:00 — 8:00

Admission: free


Thursday, September 7


Sunday, September 24 Fifth annual exhibition, featuring dramatic photographs taken at Ground Zero on September 11 by Bolivar Arrellano and others, including controversial shots of people jumping out of the Twin Towers


Tiny hole in the wall serves great Japanese comfort food


236 East Ninth St. between Second & Third Aves.


Don’t miss this minuscule shop, which sells wonderful Japanese street food that is just right before or after a visit to a Howl! show and the Giant Robot gallery and store. Otafuku sells three main items: takoyaki are delicious light and airy dough balls filled with ginger, scallion, tenkasu, and octopus or cheese, then covered in special sauces and dried bonito flakes ($3-$5 for a plate of six); okonomiyaki, which means "cook what you like," are Japanese pancakes (reminiscent of egg foo young but better) dense with egg, flour, cabbage, spices, and your choice of pork, beef, shrimp, squid, or corn ($7); and yakisoba are tasty seafood fried noodles with pickled vegetables ($6). Combination plates of any two run between six and eight bucks and contain a ton of great food. While the okonomiyaki and the yakisoba are cooked on the grill, the takoyaki are rotated in a special cast-iron broiler with circular molds so they can make dozens of them at a time. The menu calls this Japanese comfort food, and we heartily agree.


The MudSpot offers cozy place to relax and have a cup


307 East Ninth St. between First & Second Aves.


Back in February, we raved about the Mud Truck, parked on Broadway and 14th St., where we go to get great cup a Joe to warm our bones in the cold New York City winter. Well, Mud also has a café of its own, a dark, narrow, welcoming joint that serves food and drink while playing cool tunes. Recently, while listening to CDs by Bob Dylan and Syd Barrett, we settled in for some fine draft beer (Mud selects a different New York State brewery every month or so), peach cobbler (we liked it hot while one of our friends preferred it cold, so you can’t go wrong either way), a large cup of green sencha tea, and, of course, some of the best coffee in town. On previous visits we’ve sampled the chocolate-chip cookie (ack! walnuts!), the fudgy brownie, and other little treats. Although the spot does fill up quickly, the friendly staff doesn’t hurry you out. Next up for us is the weekend brunch.


The MudSpot

307 East Ninth St. between First & Second Aves.

Tuesdays and Fridays, September 15-29, 4:20 - 7:00

Admission: free


One of our favorite local bands, Ming Dynasty, will be playing a series of unplugged gigs on Tuesdays and Fridays at one of our favorite local places, the MudSpot. (Singer-guitarist Eric Miranda, formerly of the much-missed Plums, has come full circle; he worked in the Mud Truck at Astor Pl. once upon a time.) Miranda and singer-bassist Ming Chan promise to play songs from the East 11th St. Apartment Sessions as well as covers of Tom Petty, the Who, and Jerry Garcia. "Come get drunk and piss on our shoes, then apologize," writes Eric on their Web site. Hey, we’ll do whatever is necessary to get to hear such original gems as "Tangerine" and "Just Can’t Go Through with It."

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Public Art Project of the Week


Fabian Marcaccio, "The Fall," in 72nd St. underpass


Riverside Park from 70th St. to 110th St.

Through September 16

Admission: free

In honor of its twentieth anniversary, the Riverside Park Fund, with curator Karin Bravin, has put together a public art project that runs from 70th St. to 153rd, featuring site-specific installations created by eleven artists. Start out at 70th St., relaxing comfortably on Orly Genger’s "Puzzlejuice," painted rope that adds a burst of color to the waterfront. Walk a few blocks to the 72nd St. underpass to find the most exciting piece in the show, Fabian Marcaccio’s "The Fall," a sixteen-foot by ninety-foot curved structure, molded to the north side of the tunnel, that looks like a waterfall, except it is covered with thick globs of paint, found objects, product packaging, and drawings of skulls and guns. Robert Greenberg’s "Life in the Hudson: Ancient Aquatic" consists of hanging mobiles of driftwood from the Hudson, floating in the air in the alcoves of the West 79th St. Boat Basin Café. For "On, Under and Between," Emil Lukas has placed concrete blocks at the entrance to the Cherry Walk at 100th St., where people can sit on these layered pieces that are topped with casts of the remnants of objects found in the park. (Visitors are encouraged to bring a pencil and paper to make rubbings, bringing a part of the park home with them.)


Kenny Scharf, "Faces in Places," at Hudson Beach

Steed Taylor used high-gloss black latex paint to make "Messenger," Celtic-like road tattoos on the promenade between 103rd & 105th that honor bike messengers; embedded within are prayers and specific messengers’ names. Kenny Scharf’s cartoonish "Faces in Places" hang at the top of the fence that separates Hudson Beach (at 105th) from the Henry Hudson Parkway; each of the three comical faces are two sided, looking in at kids playing in the sand while also peering over the cars racing up the parkway, with the Jersey skyline in the distance. Gary Simmons’s digital prints on mesh cover the backstops on the fields at 107th and 148th, with words evoking the thoughts of the young boys and girls playing there, their heads filled with hopes and dreams: "I Wish" and "Forever." Also along the walk you’ll find Mischa Kuball’s "Silver Tunnel" at the 84th St. underpass, although the silver foil has mostly worn away; Elana Herzog’s "The Grates," in which she tied pink plastic wires randomly on the grates in the medians between 84th & 91st, serving as markers between the green park above and the train tunnels below; McKendree Key’s orange balls floating on the river at 96th St.; and Alexis Rockman’s "Hudson River" digital prints of the area as it once looked thousands of years ago.

In the Neighborhood


Admission: free


Wednesday, September 6 Summer on the Hudson: Yoga, overlook at 66th St., 6:30

Friday, September 8 Summer on the Hudson: Globesonic DJ Dance Party, 70th St. Pier, 7:00 - 11:00 pm

Saturday, September 9 Kayaking on the Hudson, 72nd St. & the Hudson River, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 9 RCTA Sunset Concert Series: Outdoor Brazilian Concert, with Sabor Brasil, lawn at 97th St. tennis courts, 6:00

Sunday, September 10 Kayaking on the Hudson, 72nd St. & the Hudson River, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 10 Summer on the Hudson: Let’s Dance! 70th St. Pier, 6:00 — 9:00 pm

Wednesday, September 13 Summer on the Hudson: Yoga, overlook at 66th St., 6:30

Saturday, September 16 Kayaking on the Hudson, 72nd St. & the Hudson River, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 Eighth Annual Matthew Shepard Memorial Tennis Jam, 119th St. tennis courts, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 RCTA Sunset Concert Series: Outdoor Samba Concert, with Pe de Boi, lawn at 97th St. tennis courts, 6:00

Sunday, September 17 Kayaking on the Hudson, 72nd St. & the Hudson River, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 17 Summer on the Hudson: Let’s Dance! 70th St. Pier, 6:00 — 9:00 pm

Wednesday, September 20 Summer on the Hudson: Yoga, overlook at 66th St., 6:30


Hudson Beach in Riverside Park at 105th St.

Admission: free


Saturday, September 9 The great Guinness and oyster festival has resurfaced at Hudson Beach in Riverside Park, featuring lots of Guinness, freshly shucked oysters, and live music, including Bill Popp & the Tapes, Enda Keegan, Finn’s Fury, the CreamSicles, and Joe Hurley & Rogue’s March, 12 noon — 9:00 pm


Riverside Park South, 65th to 72nd Sts.

Admission: free


Sunday, September 17 Fourth annual event, featuring emcee Mister Mystical Magical Monty, children’s games and activities, a petting zoo, square dancing, a farmer’s market, pony rides, arts and crafts, food, and live performances by Oran Etkin and the New Orleans All-Stars, Jan Bell and the Cheap Dates , the Bosco Stompers, Dot and Don Coy, Mr. Pennygaff and Philomena of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, comedian/juggler Will Shaw, stiltwalker Brenn Swanson, and much more, 1:00 - 6:00 pm


Riverside Park at 72nd St.

Admission: free


Sunday, September 17 Yiddish Fest at 12 noon, with Mikveh, the Klez Dispensers, and Khevre, followed by Jewzapalooza at 2:00, with Hadag Nahash, David Broza, Pharoah’s Daughter, Neshama Carleback, Yosi Piamenta’s Heavenly Jam Band, Y-Love, and SoCalled in addition to food, wine, beer, and more free, 12 noon — 9:00 pm

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Film Festival of the Week



New York Public Library, Donnell Library Center (Donnell)

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

Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (TECO)

1 East 42nd St. at Fifth Ave.

September 7-28

Admission: free


Since 1994, the Taiwan Women’s Film Festival has been screening the work of women filmmakers, relative newcomers to a field traditionally dominated by men. The festival first came to New York City in 2000; this year’s collection of shorts, animation, documentaries, and feature-length films can be seen at several Midtown venues, all for free, and all followed by discussions with the filmmakers. With the government expanding its support of women writers and directors, the quality of the filmmaking has dramatically increased; among the works we are looking forward to seeing are Lee Yun-chun’s colorful and offbeat THE MAGICAL WASH MACHINE, Lee Pei-ying’s animated DREAMING IS FOR MOONRISE, Chang Chun-yi’s CHANGE PLEASE, and Michelle Chu’s SOMEONE ELSE’S SHINJUKU EAST. Overall, the films deal with important gender issues as well as other complex topics, including Internet romance, public breast-feeding, homosexuality, traditional farming and career women with children, the poverty gap, marriage agencies, and the changing political situation between Taiwan and mainland China. The Taipei Economic & Cultural Office at 1 East 42nd St. will also be home to an exhibit of posters from each of the films in the festival.

Wednesday, September 6 Opening Screening: FAREWELL 1999 (Wu Tai-zen, 2003) and THE PERSON AROUND THE BOUNDARY (Lee Ching-hui,), TECO, 3:00

Wednesday, September 6 ORGAN SUPERMARKET (Chir Wei Jane, 2006) and THAT SUMMER (Peng Mei-yu, 2005), TECO, 7:30

Thursday September 7 SPRING: THE STORY OF HSU CHIN-YU (Tseng Wen-chen, 2002) and 62 YEARS AND 6,500 MILES BETWEEN (Chang Wen-shin, 2005), 2:30

Thursday September 7 FISHING LUCK (Tseng Wen-chen, 2005), Donnell, 6:00

Friday, September 8 RED LABEL RICE WINE (Chen Mia, 2003) and COOLIE AND ARTIST (Chen Yi-chun, 2000), 2:30, TECO

Friday, September 8 THE MAGICAL WASH MACHINE (Lee Yun-chun, 2004), I SEE YOU (Lin Chiao-fang, 2000), and AUTUMN OF BLUE (Lisa Chen, 2005), TECO, 6:00

Monday, September 11 THE STRAIT STORY (Huang Yu-shan, 2005), Taiwan Center, 137-44 Northern Blvd. Flushing, 7:00

Thursday September 14 VIVA TONAL — THE DANCE AGE (Chien Wei-siu & KUO Chen-ti, 2003) and THE STITCHING SISTERHOOD (Chien Wei-siu, 2004), Donnell, 2:30

Thursday September 14 CHANGE PLEASE (Chang Chun-yi, 2003) and SOMEONE ELSE’S SHINJUKU EAST (Michelle Chu, 2003), Donnell, 6:00

Friday, September 15 GRANDMA’S HAIRPIN (Hsiao Chu-chen, 2000), THE RED BLOMM (Lin Chiao-fang, 2003), and SKINS, GRASS, AND FUR (Gung Yu-ling 2005), TECO, 2:30

Friday, September 15 FORMULA 17 (Chen Yin-jung, 2004), IN A SPLIT SECOND (Chen Chiu-lin, 2003), and BREAST (Chiang Hsiu Chiung, 2004), TECO, 6:00

CAN I KISS YOU? (Hsieh Pei-wen, 2003)

Thursday, September 21 PAPA BLUE (Charlene Shih, 2003), C (Wu Tai-zen, 2005), and FAREWELL 1999 (Wu Tai-zen, 2003), Donnell, 2:30

Thursday, September 21 DREAMING IS FOR MOONRISE (Lee Pei-ying, 2004), CORNERS (Chou Zero, 2001), and THAT SUMMER (Peng Mei-yu, 2005), Donnell, 6:00

Friday, September 22 SISYPHUS: FORMOSA (Kuo Shu-feng, 2004), THE BEAN (Wang Mei-jung & Luo Chiao-mei, 2005), and TIME (Chiu Yu-feng, 2000), TECO, 2:30

Friday, September 22 MY REHEARSING MARRIAGE (Wen Chih-yi, 2003) and ONE PROMISE (Chou Shu-wei, 2000), TECO, 2:30

Thursday, September 28 THE MAGICAL WASH MACHINE (Lee Yun-chun, 2004) and FORWARD FOREST DREAM (Lee Ching-hui, 2005), Donnell, 2:30

Thursday, September 28 CAN I KISS YOU? (Hsieh Pei-wen, 2003) and THE STRAIT STORY (Huang Yu-shan, 2005), Donnell, 6:00

Friday, September 29 CORNERS (Chou Zero, 2001) and LEGEND OF LILY YEH (Wei Jane Chih, 2005), TECO, 2:30

Friday, September 29 SPLENDID FLOAT (Chou Zero, 2004), TECO, 6:00

In the Neighborhood


Sungmi Lee’s bodies float over Gallery Korea


Gallery Korea

Korean Cultural Service

460 Park Ave. at 57th St., sixth floor

Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am — 7:00 pm, and Saturday till 4:00

Through September 15

Admission: free


Gallery Korea is featuring the multimedia work of five emerging artists in this small but fascinating show. Jihyun Park re-creates the traditional dish of chicken and broccoli in his intricately designed colorful cutout dioramas and sculptures on a tchotchke shelf. Sungmi Lee uses clear plastic to make see-through molds of her body, crafting headless and limbless figures that float just below the ceiling. Aaron Seeto’s assemblages utilize a dichroic mirror, silver-salt prints, eggshells, and Perspex to refashion the past. Vivian Lee takes pictures of her hands and feet bound with her own hair, which she also uses to bind chopsticks and to populate three works on paper. Ha Rhin Kim places fluorescent lights on the floor to illuminate a small room into "Night Sea," shining onto acrylic figures on mylar. While you’re at Gallery Korea, be sure to take your shoes off and relax in the Sarangbang, a re-creation of a simple, elegant Choson period (1392-1910) room (reserved for men only back then). Inside are books, drawings, a tea tray, a gorgeous screen, a chest, a table, musical instruments, and a cushion to kneel on. And don’t miss the intricately carved Paekcha gilt-bronze Pongnae-san Incense Burner outside the room.

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Ticket Alert of the Week I

Penelope Cruz stars in Almodóvar centerpiece film


Walter Reade Theater unless otherwise noted

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

September 29 — October 15

Tickets: $16-$20, on sale Sunday, September 10, at noon at Alice Tully Hall Box Office and 212-721-6500

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s extravaganza, with twenty-eight films from all over the world, including new works by such familiar names as Stephen Frears, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Todd Field, Manoel de Oliveira, Jafar Panahi, Michael Apted, Alain Resnais, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, David Lynch, Guillermo Del Toro, Sofia Coppola, Johnnie To, and Pedro Almodóvar as well as plenty of new discoveries. Pick ’em up quick, because they go fast. And be adventurous in your selections; while many of these films will get an eventual theatrical release, some won’t, so live dangerously.

Friday, September 29 Opening Night Film: THE QUEEN (Stephen Frears, 2006), Alice Tully Hall, $35-$40, 8:15

Friday, September 29 Opening Night Film: THE QUEEN (Stephen Frears, 2006), Avery Fisher Hall, $20-$40, 9:00

Saturday, September 30 MAFIOSO (Alberto Lattuada, 1962), 12 noon

Saturday, September 30 THE GO MASTER (WU QINGYUAN) (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2006), 3:00

Saturday, September 30 WOMAN ON THE BEACH (HAEBYONUI YOIN) (Hong Sang-soo, 2006), 6:00

Saturday, September 30 LITTLE CHILDREN (Todd Field, 2006), 9:00

Sunday, October 1 AUGUST DAYS (DIES D'AGOST) (Marc Recha, 2006), 12 noon

Sunday, October 1 LITTLE CHILDREN (Todd Field, 2006), 2:30

Sunday, October 1 THE GO MASTER (WU QINGYUAN) (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2006), 6:00

Sunday, October 1 WOMAN ON THE BEACH (HAEBYONUI YOIN) (Hong Sang-soo, 2006), 9:00

Monday, October 2 BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006), 6:00

Monday, October 2 GARDENS IN AUTUMN (JARDINS EN AUTOMNE) (Otar Iosseliani, 2006), 9:00

Tuesday, October 3 GARDENS IN AUTUMN (JARDINS EN AUTOMNE) (Otar Iosseliani, 2006), 6:00

Tuesday, October 3 BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006), 9:00

Wednesday, October 4 REDS (Warren Beatty, 2006), 7:00

Thursday, October 5 49 UP (Michael Apted, 2006), 6:00

Thursday, October 5 BELLE TOUJOURS (Manoel de Oliveira, 2006), 9:30

Friday, October 6 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (COEURS) (Alain Resnais, 2006), 6:00

Friday, October 6 OFFSIDE (Jafar Panahi, 2006), 9:00

Saturday, October 7 PAPRIKA (Satoshi Kon, 2006), 12:30

Saturday, October 7 PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (COEURS) (Alain Resnais, 2006), 3:00

Saturday, October 7 SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006), 6:15

Saturday, October 7 Centerpiece Presentation: VOLVER (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006), $25-$30, 9:00

Saturday, October 7 THE HOST (GWOEMUL) (Bong Joon-ho, 2006), 12 midnight

Sunday, October 8 Centerpiece Presentation: VOLVER (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006), $25-$30, 12 noon

Sunday, October 8 THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN (Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, 2006), 3:00

Sunday, October 8 OFFSIDE (Jafar Panahi, 2006), 5:45

Sunday, October 8 INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch, 2006), 8:30

Monday, October 9 INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch, 2006), 11:30 am

Monday, October 9 THE HOST (GWOEMUL) (Bong Joon-ho, 2006), 3:30

Monday, October 9 FALLING (Barbara Albert, 2006), 6:30

Monday, October 9 THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN (Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, 2006), 9:00

Tuesday, October 10 TRIAD ELECTION (HAK SE WUI YI WO WAI KWAI) (Johnnie To, 2006), 6:00

Tuesday, October 10 FALLING (Barbara Albert, 2006), 9:00

Wednesday, October 11 OUR DAILY BREAD (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2006), 6:00

Wednesday, October 11 TRIAD ELECTION (HAK SE WUI YI WO WAI KWAI) (Johnnie To, 2006), 9:00

Thursday, October 12 THESE GIRLS (EL-BANATE DOL) (Tahani Rached, 2006), 6:00

Thursday, October 12 CLIMATES (IKLIMLER) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006), 9:00

Friday, October 13 POISON FRIENDS (LES AMITIÉS MALÉFIQUES) (Emmanuel Bourdieu, 2006), 6:00

Friday, October 13 MARIE ANTOINETTE (Sofia Coppola, 2006), 9:00

Saturday, October 14 INSIANG (Lino Brocka, 1976), 12 noon

Saturday, October 14 MARIE ANTOINETTE (Sofia Coppola, 2006), 3:00

Saturday, October 14 CLIMATES (IKLIMLER) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006), 6:00

Saturday, October 14 POISON FRIENDS (LES AMITIÉS MALÉFIQUES) (Emmanuel Bourdieu, 2006), 9:00

Sunday, October 15 Closing Night Film: PAN’S LABYRINTH (EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO) (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006), Avery Fisher Hall, $20-$40, 8:30

Fellini’s LA STRADA is part of NYFF Janus retrospective


Walter Reade Theater (WRT)

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

September 30 - October 27

When we were kids settling in for a late-night foreign film on channel 13 or cable, we always knew we were in for something special if the Janus Films logo started things off. We still look forward to seeing that Janus logo, and this year’s New York Film Festival is presenting an exciting retrospective sidebar of thirty of Janus’s best, made by such fab auteurs as Renoir, Cocteau, Antonioni, Bergman, Truffaut, Ophuls, Buñuel, Ichikawa, Hitchcock, Wajda, and many more. Although many of the films are a bit obvious, sort of a greatest hits compilation, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth checking out on the big screen. Hey, how can you go wrong with JULES AND JIM, WILD STRAWBERRIES, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, THE SEVENTH SEAL, LA STRADA, THE RULES OF THE GAME, and THE LADY VANISHES? Other not-as-widely-seen treats include Polanski’s KNIFE IN THE WATER, Makavejev’s W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (W.R.: MISTERIJE ORGANIZMA), Kalatozov’s THE CRANES ARE FLYING (LETYAT ZHURAVLI), and Ichikawa’s THE MAKIOKA SISTERS.

Saturday, September 30 JULES AND JIM (François Truffaut, 1962), 1:00 & 5:00

JULES AND JIM (François Truffaut, 1962)

François Truffaut’s triangle classic about two best friends, played by Oskar Werner (Jules) and Henri Serre (Jim); World War I; and the woman they both love, the free-spirited Catherine (the marvelous Jeanne Moreau), is one of the most charming, entertaining films you will ever see.

Saturday, September 30 THE SEVENTH SEAL (DET SJUNDE INSEGLET) (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), 3:00

Saturday, September 30 THE RULES OF THE GAME (LA RÈGLE DU JEU) (Jean Renoir, 1939), 8:00

Sunday, October 1 CHILDREN OF PARADISE (LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS) (Marcel Carné, 1945), 1:00

Sunday, October 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau, 1946), 4:30

Sunday, October 1 KNIFE IN THE WATER (NÓZ W WODZIE) (Roman Polanski, 1962), 6:30

Sunday, October 1 CRIA! (CRÍA CUERVOS) (Carlos Saura, 1976), 8:30

Monday, October 2 THE SEVENTH SEAL (DET SJUNDE INSEGLET) (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), 2:00

Monday, October 2 JULES AND JIM (François Truffaut, 1962), 4:00

Early Polanski masterpiece is a Janus classic

Monday, October 2 KNIFE IN THE WATER (NÓZ W WODZIE) (Roman Polanski, 1962), 8:30

Monday, October 2 CRIA! (CRÍA CUERVOS) (Carlos Saura, 1976), 6:15

Tuesday, October 3 CHILDREN OF PARADISE (LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS) (Marcel Carné, 1945), 2:00

Tuesday, October 3 W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (W.R.: MISTERIJE ORGANIZMA) (Dusan Makavejev, 1971), 9:30

Tuesday, October 3 THE SEVENTH SEAL (DET SJUNDE INSEGLET) (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), 5:30

Tuesday, October 3 MONIKA (SOMMAREN MED MONIKA (Ingmar Bergman, 1953), 7:30

Wednesday, October 4 KNIFE IN THE WATER (NÓZ W WODZIE) (Roman Polanski, 1962), 2:00

Wednesday, October 4 THE 400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS) (François Truffaut, 1959) and ANTOINE AND COLETTE (ANTOINE ET COLETTE) (François Truffaut, 1962), 4:00 & 8:30

THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut, 1959)

François Truffaut’s magnificent debut feature introduces the world to Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an adorable young boy who just can’t seem to get out of trouble. The last scene, leading up to that famous final shot, will stay with you forever.

Wednesday, October 4 THE CRANES ARE FLYING (LETYAT ZHURAVLI) (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957), 6:30

Thursday, October 5 THE CRANES ARE FLYING (LETYAT ZHURAVLI) (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957), 2:00

Thursday, October 5 MONIKA (SOMMAREN MED MONIKA (Ingmar Bergman, 1953), 4:00 & 9:00

Thursday, October 5 THE 400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS) (François Truffaut, 1959) and ANTOINE AND COLETTE (ANTOINE ET COLETTE) (François Truffaut, 1962), 6:15

Friday, October 6 LA STRADA (Federico Fellini, 1954), 2:00 & 6:15

Friday, October 6 W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (W.R.: MISTERIJE ORGANIZMA) (Dusan Makavejev, 1971), 4:15

Monday, October 9 LA STRADA (Federico Fellini, 1954), 8:30

Tuesday, October 10 THE ORGANIZER (I COMPAGNI) (Mario Monicelli, 1963), 4:00

Tuesday, October 10 THE MAKIOKA SISTERS (Kon Ichikawa, 1983), 6:30

Tuesday, October 10 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau, 1946), 2:00, 9:10

Wednesday, October 11 THE LADY VANISHES (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938), 4:15

Wednesday, October 11 WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), 6:15

WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

Who needs Freud? No matter how much you read about this film or how many times you see it, it keeps on delivering, offering new insights into the life of the main character, played by director Victor Sjöstrom (whose THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE screens on October 24), as well as your own life. You’ll never listen to a ticking clock or see a funeral procession quite the same way again.

Thursday, October 12 VIRIDIANA (Luis Buñuel, 1961), 2:00

Thursday, October 12 THE ORGANIZER (I COMPAGNI) (Mario Monicelli, 1963), 6:45

Thursday, October 12 THE LADY VANISHES (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938), 9:15

Friday, October 13 VIRIDIANA (Luis Buñuel, 1961), 6:15

Saturday, October 14 ZERO FOR CONDUCT (ZÉRO DE CONDUITE) (Jean Vigo, 1933) and CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) (Agnès Varda, 1962), 2:00

Saturday, October 14 THE SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa, 1954), 7:30

Tuesday, October 17 THE LADY VANISHES (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938), 1:00

Tuesday, October 17 ZERO FOR CONDUCT (ZÉRO DE CONDUITE) (Jean Vigo, 1933) and CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLÉO DE 5 À 7) (Agnès Varda, 1962), 3:15

Wednesday, October 18 THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... (MADAME DE... ) (Max Ophuls, 1953), 1:00 & 6:15

Wednesday, October 18 L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960), 3:15

L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Antonioni shows that being rich and fancy-free on the Italian Riviera ain't all it's cracked up to be in this fascinating study of a group of friends out on a yachting adventure. When Anna (Lea Massari) disappears, Claudia (Monica Vitti), Giulia (Dominique Blanchar), and Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) search for her but can't find her. Slowly life goes on, with Sandro and Claudia falling for each other as the mystery of Anna fades away. Aldo Scavarda’s beautiful cinematography adds beauty to this captivating story of ultimately empty souls.

Wednesday, October 18 BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (Grigori Chukhrai, 1959), 8:30

Thursday, October 19 BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (Grigori Chukhrai, 1959), 1:00

Thursday, October 19 WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), 3:00

Thursday, October 19 SANSHO THE BAILIFF (SANSHÔ DAYÛ) (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954), 8:30

Friday, October 20 THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... (MADAME DE... ) (Max Ophuls, 1953), 1:00

Friday, October 20 SANSHO THE BAILIFF (SANSHÔ DAYÛ) (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954), 3:15

Saturday, October 21 L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960), 6:30

Saturday, October 21 DAY OF WRATH (VREDENS DAG) (Carl Dreyer, 1943), 9:15

Sunday, October 22 HIGH AND LOW (TENGOKU TO JIGOKU) (Akira Kurosawa, 1963), 1:30

Sunday, October 22 KWAIDAN (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964), 7:15

Monday, October 23 KWAIDAN (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964), 1:00

Hoichi gets tattooed in Kobayashi ghost story

KWAIDAN (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964)

Masaki Kobayashi paints four marvelous ghost stories in this eerie collection that won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. In "The Black Hair," a samurai (Rentaro Mikuni) regrets his choice of leaving his true love for advancement. Yuki (Keiko Kishi) is a harbinger of doom in "The Woman of the Snow." Hoichi (Katsuo Nakamura) must have his entire body covered in prayer in "Hoichi, the Earless." And Kannai (Kanemon Nakamura) finds a creepy face staring back at him in "In a Cup of Tea."

Monday, October 23 WALKABOUT (Nicolas Roeg, 1971), 4:00 & 9:00

WALKABOUT (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)

Nicolas Roeg’s first solo project is a beautiful film about a teenage girl and her young brother (Roeg's real-life son) lost in the Australian outback after their father tries to kill them. The full 96-minute version soars when the siblings encounter an Aborigine (later to be seen in THE LAST WAVE) on a walkabout, living off the barren land to prove his manhood.

Monday, October 23 FIRES ON THE PLAIN (NOBI) Kon Ichikawa, 1959), 6:15

Tuesday, October 24 WALKABOUT (Nicolas Roeg, 1971), 1:00

Tuesday, October 24 FIRES ON THE PLAIN (NOBI) (Kon Ichikawa, 1959), 3:00

Tuesday, October 24 THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (KORKÄRLEN) (Victor Sjöstrom, 1921), 6:45

Tuesday, October 24 DAY OF WRATH (VREDENS DAG) (Carl Dreyer, 1943), 8:45

Wednesday, October 25 DAY OF WRATH (VREDENS DAG) (Carl Dreyer, 1943), 1:00

Wednesday, October 25 DEATH OF A CYCLIST (MUERTE DE UN CICLISTA) (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955), 3:00

Wednesday, October 25 FIRES ON THE PLAIN (NOBI) (Kon Ichikawa, 1959), 5:00

Thursday, October 26 HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa, 1963), 1:00

Thursday, October 26 DEATH OF A CYCLIST (MUERTE DE UN CICLISTA) (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955), 4:00 & 8:30

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Ticket Alert of the Week II

T.C. Boyle will be among the participants in this
year’s New Yorker Festival


Various venues

October 6-8; tickets on sale September 7 at 12 noon

All book signings at Barnes & Noble Union Square

Admission: free to $100


Every year, the highly anticipated New Yorker Festival features unique talks, panel discussions, and interviews pairing up writers, musicians, and other bold-face names. The tickets go very fast, so don’t hesitate or they’ll be gone before you know it. Among the participants to watch out for this year are Thomas McGuane, Zadie Smith, Gary Shteyngart, Louise Erdrich, Barney Frank, Manolo Blahnik, Tom Stoppard, the New Pornographers, Garry Kasparov, Randy Newman, Jon Stewart, PJ Harvey, and, of course, mainstays Steve Martin and Calvin Trillin.

Friday, October 6 Fiction Night: Monica Ali and Aleksandar Hemon (Ailey Citigroup Theatre), Donald Antrim and Tobias Wolff (Cedar Lake Dance Studios), Yiyun Li and Edwidge Danticat (Bowery Poetry Club), Lorrie Moore and Julian Barnes (Newspace), Antonya Nelson and Thomas McGuane (Anthology Film Archives), $16 per talk, 7:00

Friday, October 6 The New Yorker Town Hall Meeting on Islam and the West,

moderated by George Packer, the Town Hall, $10, 7:00

Friday, October 6 Fiction Night: Uwem Akpan and Louise Erdrich (Bowery Poetry Club), Charles D’Ambrosio and Sherman Alexie (Anthology Film Archives), Andrea Lee and T. Coraghessan Boyle (Cedar Lake Dance Studios), Jonathan Safran Foer and Edward P. Jones (Newspace), Gary Shteyngart and George Saunders (Ailey Citigroup Theatre), $16 per talk, 9:30

Friday, October 6 A New Yorker Dance Party: Hosted by Sasha Frere-Jones, with special guest DJ Michael Mayer, T New York, $20, 10:00 pm — 2:00 am

Saturday, October 7 In Conversation With: Roz Chast interviewed by Steve Martin, Supper Club, $25, 10:00 am

Saturday, October 7 In Conversation With: Calvin Trillin interviewed by Mark Singer, Celeste Bartos Forum, The New York Public Library, $25, 10:00 am

Saturday, October 7 New Yorker Talks — Oliver Sacks: Revisiting "Awakenings," Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française, $25, 10:00 am

Saturday, October 7 Panels: Global Warming, with James Hansen, Martin Hoffert, Robert Socolow, and Timothy E. Wirth, moderated by Elizabeth Kolbert, 37 Arts, $25, 10:00 am

Saturday, October 7 Panels: Midterm Elections, with Barney Frank and Dana Rohrabacher, moderated by Hendrik Hertzberg, 37 Arts, $25, 10:00 am

Saturday, October 7 Panels: Fiction into Film, with Michael Cunningham, Jhumpa Lahiri, Mira Nair, Edward Norton, Sarah Polley, and Liev Schreiber, moderated by Deborah Treisman, Directors Guild of America, $25, 10:00 am

Saturday, October 7 Book Signings: T. Coraghessen Boyle and Edward P. Jones (11:00 am), Andy Borowitz and Matthew Diffee (12 noon), Simon Schama amd Elizabeth Kolbert (1:00), Thomas McGuane and Antonya Nelson (2:00), Julian Barnes and Andrea Lee (3:00), David Remnick and Jeffrey Goldberg (4:00), free

Saturday, October 7 Panels: Winning the War on Terror, with Bradford Berenson, Deborah Pearlstein, Michael Scheuer, and Ali Soufan, moderated by Jane Mayer, Celeste Bartos Forum, the New York Public Library, $25, 1:00

Saturday, October 7 Panels: TV, Movies, and the Mob, with Lorraine Bracco, Paul Haggis, Harold Ramis, Gerald Shargel, and Frank Vincent, moderated by Jeffrey Goldberg, Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française, $25, 1:00

Saturday, October 7 New Yorker Talks — Anthony Lane: This Is Not Acting: Ava Gardner and the Mysteries of Stardom, 37 Arts, $25, 1:00

Saturday, October 7 In Conversation With: Garry Kasparov interviewed by David Remnick, 37 Arts, $25, 1:00

Saturday, October 7 In Conversation With: Tom Stoppard interviewed by John Lahr, Directors Guild of America, $25, 1:00

Saturday, October 7 Writers and Their Subjects: Manolo Blahnik and Michael Specter, Supper Club, $25, 1:00

Saturday, October 7 Writers and Their Subjects: The Honorable Stephen G. Breyer and Jeffrey Toobin, Celeste Bartos Forum, the New York Public Library, $25, 4:00

Saturday, October 7 A poetry reading by John Ashbery, Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française, $25, 4:00

Saturday, October 7 In Conversation With: Pedro Almodóvar interviewed by David Denby, Directors Guild of America, $25, 4:00

Saturday, October 7 Panels: Fake News, with Andy Borowitz, Scott Dikkers, and Ben Karlin, moderated by Nick Paumgarten, 37 Arts, $25, 4:00

Saturday, October 7 Panels: Medical Breakthroughs: The Next Frontier, with J. Michael Bishop, Daniel Callahan, Eric Kandel, and Eric Topol, moderated by Atul Gawande, 37 Arts, $25, 4:00

Saturday, October 7 Early Shift — Steve Coogan talks with George Saunders, Cedar Lake Dance Studios, $35, 7:30

Saturday, October 7 Early Shift — Milos Forman talks with David Denby, Directors Guild of America, $35, 7:30

Saturday, October 7 Early Shift — PJ Harvey talks with Hilton Als: A Conversation with Music, Supper Club, $35, 7:30

Saturday, October 7 Early Shift — Liev Schreiber talks with John Lahr, Newspace, $35, 7:30

Saturday, October 7 New Yorker Talks — Lawrence Wright: "My Trip to Al-Qaeda," 37 Arts, $25, 8:30

Saturday, October 7 Late Shift — Mason Bates, Corey Dargel, Nico Muhly, and Joanna Newsom talk with Alex Ross: A Conversation with Music, BargeMusic, $35, 10:00

Saturday, October 7 Late Shift — Randy Newman talks with Susan Morrison: A Conversation with Music, Supper Club, $35, 10:00

Steven Dewall

The New Pornographers do some talking at New Yorker Fest

Saturday, October 7 Late Shift — The New Pornographers talk with James Surowiecki: A Conversation with Music, Newspace, $35, 10:00

Saturday, October 7 Late Shift — Gustavo Santaolalla talks with Jon Lee Anderson: A Conversation with Music, Cedar Lake Dance Studios, $35, 10:00

Saturday, October 7 Late Shift — Saturday Night Sneak Preview: "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," Directors Guild of America, $15, 10:00

Sunday, October 8 New Yorker Talks — Mohammed Nasseehu Ali: Blinding the Seer: Our Love/Hate Relationship with Prophets, 37 Arts, $25, 10:00 am

Sunday, October 8 Master Classes — Editing: Roger Angell, Dorothy Wickenden, and Daniel Zalewski, Condé Nast Auditorium, $25, 10:00 am

Sunday, October 8 About Town — Cruising Manhattan: An architectural boat tour with Paul Goldberger, Lexington Classic Cruiser, New York Skyports Marina, $75, 10:30 am

Sunday, October 8 Book Signings: Calvin Trillin (11:00 am), Monica Ali and Gary Shteyngart (12 noon), Roz Chast (1:00), Lawrence Wright (2:00), Donald Antrim and George Saunders (3:00), Bill Buford and Nora Ephron (4:00), free

Sunday, October 8 About Town — Sunday Matinée with Simon Schama, Directors Guild of America, free, 11:00 am

Sunday, October 8 About Town — To the Ends of the Earth: An explorers’ brunch, Explorers Club, $75, 1:00

Sunday, October 8 About Town — My Life in Three Courses: Nora Ephron talks with Ken Auletta, Culinary Loft, $75, 1:00

Sunday, October 8 About Town — Inside the House of Zac: Zac Posen talks with Judith Thurman, $75, 1:00

Sunday, October 8 About Town — Come Hungry, $100, 1:00

Sunday, October 8 Master Classes — Criticism: Hilton Als and Anthony Lane, Condé Nast Auditorium, $25, 1:00

Sunday, October 8 New Yorker Talks — Malcolm Gladwell: The Case Against Secrets, 37 Arts, $25, 1:00

Sunday, October 8 New Yorker Talks — Zadie Smith: How to Fail Better, 37 Arts, $25, 4:00

Sunday, October 8 Master Classes — Cartooning: Matthew Diffee and Edward Koren, Condé Nast Auditorium, $25, 4:00

Sunday, October 8 In Conversation With: Jon Stewart interviewed by David Remnick, Directors Guild of America, all ticket proceeds go to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the USO, $50, 4:00

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Riff’s Rants & Raves

Ed (Tzi Ma) has a tough time dealing with retirement and three daughters

RED DOORS (Georgia Lee, 2005)

Opens Friday, September 8

Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.


The ImaginAsian

239 East 59th St.


Family dysfunction is rarely this fun. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, RED DOORS tells the engaging story of the Wongs, a suburban New York family going through some major changes. Suicidal patriarch Ed (Tzi Ma) is a recent retiree obsessed with watching old home movies of the way things used to be. Traditional matriarch May-Lin (Freda Foh Shen) is having trouble facing modernity as she sees her three daughters growing up. Sam (the exquisite Jacqueline Kim) is a driven workaholic getting married to a successful Yale grad (Jayce Bartok). Julie (Elaine Kao) is a lonely med student being eyed by Mia (Mia Riverton, also one of the producers), an actress hanging out at the hospital while researching a role. And Katie (Kathy Shao-Lin Lee) is a high school riot grrl caught in an ever-more-dangerous practical-joke battle with neighbor Simon (Sebastian Stan). When Ed mysteriously disappears, the Wongs, individually and together, begin reexamining their lives — where they are and where they want to be. Although set amid the Asian-American experience, writer-director Georgia Lee’s debut feature film is a universal tale that rings true time and time again, an entertaining mix of comedy and drama. Much of the home-movie footage is of Lee’s own family; she actually dropped out of Harvard Business School in order to make this film.

Diane Lane is radiant as older woman in lurid Hollywood tale

HOLLYWOODLAND (Allen Coulter, 2006)

Opens Friday, September 8

On June 16, 1959, George Reeves, the star of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, was found dead in his room, victim of a gunshot to the head. (No, he did not jump out of a window thinking he was really the Man of Steel.) Though deemed a suicide, rumors have swirled ever since that Reeves might have been killed. Writer Paul Bernbaum and director Allen Coulter imagine what might have happened in HOLLYWOODLAND, a cool noir that delves into the unseen bowels of Tinseltown. Adrien Brody stars as Louis Simo, a two-bit private detective and divorced father who works out of his motel room. Given a tip that there’s more to the Reeves case than meets the eye, Simo gets hired by Reeves’s mother (Lois Smith) to get to the bottom of things, but the more dirt he turns up, the more trouble he gets into as he starts to upset some pretty powerful — and surprisingly dangerous — people. Coulter, who cut his teeth on episodes of THE SOPRANOS and SEX AND THE CITY, alternates between Simo’s search for the truth and the events leading up to Reeves’s death, following the troubled star, played (quite well, actually) by Ben Affleck. After storming into Hollywood in GONE WITH THE WIND, Reeves has dreams of being a serious actor. He starts up a relationship with Toni Mannix (a ravishing Diane Lane), an older woman who just happens to be married to the head of MGM (tough-talking Bob Hoskins). Thwarted by his inability to shake off the Superman tag and further his career, Reeves eventually falls for the young and beautiful Leonore Lemmon (note her initials, which recall Superman’s fictitious loves Lana Lang and Lois Lane), played by Robin Tunney. Meanwhile, Simo isn’t having much luck with his career (or personal life) either, but he’s determined to find out what really happened to Reeves. HOLLYWOODLAND is a steady-moving, entertaining crime thriller with intriguing characters, fine performances, and a mystery that some think still has not been solved today.

Suddenly ubiquitous Maggie Gyllenhaal tries to win back daughter in SHERRYBABY

SHERRYBABY (Laurie Collyer, 2006)

Opens Friday, September 8

This has been one busy time for Maggie Gyllenhaal. This summer she’s appearing in TRUST THE MAN, WORLD TRADE CENTER, and MONSTER HOUSE (well, her voice is) — perhaps she’s squeezing in as much work as possible before giving birth to her and Peter Sarsgard’s child — but she really makes her mark in SHERRYBABY. Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as Sherry Swanson, a drug addict who has just been released from prison early for good behavior, but her parole officer (Giancarlo Esposito) warns her that one screw-up and she’ll be back in the joint to finish out her sentence. She moves into a halfway house and starts attending NA meetings to stay clean, with the ultimate goal of reestablishing her life with her young daughter, Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who has been living with Sherry’s brother, Bobby (Brad William Henke), and his wife, Lynnette (Bridget Barkan). Sherry is heartbroken when Alexis calls her "Sherry" and Lynette "Mommy," Gyllenhaal’s eyes filling with tears that will break your heart as well. But Sherry might not exactly be ready for motherhood; she’s quick to use her (sensational) body to get what she wants, and her violent temper threatens to explode at any minute. Written and directed by Laurie Collyer, whose previous film was the well-received 1999 documentary NUYORICAN DREAM, SHERRYBABY shares much in common with Olivier Assayas’s CLEAN (2004, now available on DVD), in which Maggie Cheung plays a drug addict who goes to jail, then tries desperately to reconnect with her son, who’s being raised by the parents of her baby’s father. In each film, the central performance makes the flawed films better, despite some cliched moments and obvious twists and turns.

Al Franken lets it all hang out in new doc

AL FRANKEN: G-D SPOKE (Nick Doob & Chris Hegedus, 2006)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Waverly Pl., Manhattan

Opens Wednesday, September 13


Directors Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus and documentary master / executive producer D. A. Pennebaker (DON’T LOOK BACK, THE WAR ROOM) turn their cameras on Al Franken as the comedian/political pundit goes out on tour in support of his bestselling book LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM. They follow him through signings, lectures, television appearances, the start-up of the liberal radio station Air America, and the 2004 Republican National Convention as Franken brings his message to the American people, demanding that they see that the GOP and their media mouthpieces are liars who suckered the country into an unnecessary war. Along the way Franken takes on Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michael Medved, Henry Kissinger, Brit Hume, Rush Limbaugh, William Safire, Karen Hughes, and his arch-nemesis, Bill O’Reilly, who refers to the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE veteran as a "vile human being." Franken also talks to such friends and supporters as Michael Moore, Al Gore, Walter F. Mondale, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and the late Paul Wellstone. Franken is an entertaining fellow, laughing his way through some very serious territory, trying to make a difference in the world, but he is essentially preaching to the converted; we can’t imagine any conservatives coming out to see this treatise, which is all over the place, a jumble of humorous scenes (including SNL clips) that don’t form a cohesive narrative. Franken gave the filmmakers full access, so it’s a riot seeing him waking up in the morning with severe bed-head, hanging out with his wife and a pair of hot models, and talking lovingly about how much he learned from his father. G-D SPOKE primarily serves as a way for Franken to test the political arena as he considers running for a Minnesota Senate seat against incumbent Norm Coleman, so, depending on how you feel about the New York Jewish comedian, you’ll either be entertained or enraged by these unfocused ninety minutes about a true mensch.

John Bush finds a "mountainside cathedral of infinite proportions" in Tibet

VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET (John Bush, 2006)

Cinema Village

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

September 15-21

Tickets: $10


VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET is a reverential documentary that examines the history of the Tibetan people, focusing on the long-standing battle with China. In 1959, the fourteenth Dalai Lama was forced into exile, finding safe haven in India. Although many Tibetans escaped with him, many stayed behind, where they practice their faith under the sharp watch of the Chinese government, which would like to name their own Dalai Lama in time. VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET is the third part of the Yatra Trilogy by producer/director John Bush, following DHARMA RIVER and PRAJNA EARTH, as Bush completes his Buddhist pilgrimage that previously took him to Southeast Asia. Bush, a Western Buddhist himself, gained remarkable access to some of Vajrayana Buddhism’s holiest palaces and sites of worship, including Jokhang Temple in Llasa, the Potala, and the Norbulinka. Bush winds his way through the Drepung Festival, traveling with a Tibetan guide whose name he can’t share because of possible reprisals. Bush narrates much of the film, along with Tenzin L Choegyal, the nephew of the current Dalai Lama, and Dadon, a popular Tibetan singer. The meditative score is by David Hykes and the Harmonic Chant, supplemented with devotional music by Dadon and other Himalayan musicians. Although it often plays too much like a travel show on PBS or the Travel Channel, VAJRA SKY is an illuminating look into a fascinating culture that is in serious danger of disappearing. “Tibetan civilization,” writes the Dalai Lama as the film begins, “forms a distinct part of the world’s precious common heritage. Humanity would be the poorer if it were to be lost.” For nearly ninety minutes, with beautiful cinematography, captivating music, and gorgeous settings, Bush takes you deep inside a mysterious, peaceful, and threatened world that you will not soon forget.

Shy and Andrea are about to drown in an ill-fated love

HAVEN (Frank E. Flowers, 2004)

Opens September 15

Writer-director Frank E. Flowers follows up his debut, SWALLOW, with this cultural thriller set on the Cayman Islands, where he grew up. But HAVEN is no vacation paradise. Orlando Bloom stars as a local guy named Shy who is in love with the preacher’s daughter, Andrea (Zoe Saldana). When she offers herself to him for her eighteenth birthday, he gets caught by her gangster-wannabe brother, Hammer (Anthony Mackie), who seeks revenge on Shy, no matter the price. Meanwhile, Carl Ridley (Bill Paxton) has escaped to the islands to avoid the feds, bringing along his beautiful teenage daughter, Pippa (Agnes Bruckner), who can’t shake the attractions of Fritz (Victor Rasuk), who seemingly lives in his own world amid hot babes, drugs, and gangs. And then there’s Mr. Allen (Stephen Dillane), the white-collar criminal who selfishly sets so much of what happens in motion. The film wants to be TRAFFIC (Steven Soderbergh, 2000), with its intersecting story lines of shady financial dealings, drug-related violence, and lost innocence, which is its grand failing, because there are some well-drawn, interesting characters who seemingly disappear in a meandering middle section and its confusing nonlinear style. Oh, and the opening scenes are shot like an annoying commercial. Somewhere in there is a much better movie, but it’s still got worthwhile performances from Bloom (also a coproducer of the film), Rasuk, Saldana, and Bruckner. Never again will you dream of absconding to the Cayman Islands with boatloads of ill-gotten gains.

Samuel L. Jackson grabs a "motherf---in’ snake on a motherf---in’ plane."

SNAKES ON A PLANE (David R. Ellis, 2006)

In theaters now

Star Samuel L. Jackson sums up exactly what this awesome summer popcorn movie is all about: "motherf---in’ snakes on a motherf---in’ plane." There is a plot, something about the FBI transporting the witness of a brutal gangland murder, but that’s just window dressing for the real story: "motherf---in’ snakes on a motherf---in’ plane." Originally set to be directed by Hong Kong vet Ronny Yu (THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR, THE PHANTOM LOVER, BRIDE OF CHUCKY), longtime stunt coordinator David R. Ellis took over the cockpit following creative differences, piloting this sweet flick that references just about every plane movie ever made, from the AIRPORT and AIRPLANE series to PASSENGER 57, as well as the INDIANA JONES and ALIEN films. Developed with the help of Internet bloggers and not screened in advance for critics, SNAKES ON A PLANE delivers exactly what it promises: "motherf---in’ snakes on a motherf---in’ plane."

Bai Xiaoyan, © 2006 CTB Film Company

Chinese folk opera takes center stage in new Zhang Yimou film

(Zhang Yimou, 2006)

Quad Cinema

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

Tickets: $9.50

Following the samurai hits HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, writer-director Zhang Yimou calms things down with the bittersweet family drama RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES. Ken Takakura (THE YAKUZA) is mesmerizing as Gou-ichi Takata, an elderly fisherman who gets a call one day from his daughter-in-law, Rie (Shinobu Terajima), telling him that his long-estranged son, Ken-ichi (Kiichi Nakai), is in the hospital and would like to see him. Hesitant and filled with mixed emotions, Gou-ichi makes his way to Tokyo for the first time in many years, but it turns out that Rie’s attempt to reconcile the two stubborn men is a failure, as Ken-ichi refuses to see his father after all. Rie gives Gou-ichi a videotape of a story his son did on Chinese folk opera master Li Jiamin, in which Ken-ichi promises to return to Yunnan Province to film Li’s performance of the famous "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles" (from the classic historical novel ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS). To reconnect with the ailing Ken-ichi, Gou-ichi decides to head to China to fulfill his son’s promise and present the film to him as a peace offering. But the long journey leads the soft-spoken (when he speaks at all) but fiercely dedicated old man down surprising paths, where he meets a series of interesting, unusual people, including tour guide Jasmine (Jiang Wen), wacky Lingo (Qiu Lin), and the utterly charming and endearing young Yang Yang (Yang Zhenbo). Zhang’s (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, TO LIVE) tender tale will have you leaving the theater in tears.

Tribe 8 fights the power in ass-kickin’ doc

THE TRIBE 8 DOCUMENTARY (Tracy Flannigan, 2003)

Now available on DVD

The award-winning documentary RISE ABOVE tells the compelling story of the controversial dyke punk band Tribe 8. First time feature-length film director Tracy Flannigan follows around the group as it plays from San Francisco to New York City, focusing on Tribe 8’s appearance at the 1994 Michigan Womyn’s Festival. Several members of the group, all of whom are lesbians, often play topless, including lead singer Lynnee Breedlove, and their songs deal openly and honestly with such topics as rape, homophobia, castration, and sadomasochism. But their gender-bending punk shows are also filled with wry humor, mixing music with performance art that skewers the male-dominated rock star community — and its dedicated audience. Behind the scenes, each of the women — drummer Slade Bellum, bassist Lynn "Tantrum" Payne, and founding members Breedlove and guitarists Silas "Flipper" Howard and Leslie Mah — talks about the band, their personal lives (polygamy, gay marriage, drug and alcohol addiction), their day jobs (messenger, tattoo artist, filmmaker), and their relationship with the music and the fans. Breedlove’s mother is a riot, comfortably sitting next to her on a couch, discussing things that most mothers and daughters would consider off-limits, yet done with such love and admiration that it is endearing. The DVD also includes brief interviews with some of the film crew, full performances of three numbers, and lyrics to many of the songs, including "Femme Bitch Top," "Castration Song #22," "Lezbophobia," "Het Punx," "Wrong Bathroom," "Barnyard Poontang," and "Estrofemme." Don’t be scared off if you’re not into radical punk rock; there’s so much more to enjoy in this vastly entertaining film.

Eric (Michael Urie) and Josie (Elizabeth Kapplow) in room with a view

(Brian Sloan, 2004)

Now available on DVD

LOGO/MTV air date: Sunday, September 10

New York Public Library

Jefferson Market Branch

425 Sixth Ave. at 10th St.

September 11, 6:00, followed by Q&A with director Brian Sloan


On September 10, 2001, independent filmmaker Brian Sloan (I THINK I DO, BOYS LIFE) placed an ad in the Village Voice seeking a roommate for his SoHo apartment. On September 12, people started calling up, wanting to see the place, despite what happened on 9/11. Sloan used that experience to write a play that premiered in August 2003 at the Fringe Festival; he then reassembled the cast and turned the play into a movie that premiered in June 2005 at NewFest in New York City and has since screened at festivals all over the world. Michael Urie makes an impressive feature-film debut as Eric, a young, gay, struggling photographer who is trying to rent out a room in his downtown apartment — which just happens to have a great view of Ground Zero. As various offbeat characters come to check the place out (Jeremy Beazlie, Lucas Papaelias, Michael Linstroth, Nick Potenzieri, and Jay Gillespie), each one starts relating his own personal tale of 9/11 while standing by the window. Meanwhile, Eric grows continually more cynical and depressed, unable to pay the rent and terrified every time he hears sirens go off or jets fly by. His best friend, Josie (Elizabeth Kapplow), tries to help, as does his ex-boyfriend, but Eric seems trapped in a downward spiral, much as he is trapped in his apartment and trapped by the events of September 11. Sloan has done a masterful job of transporting the claustrophobic story to the big screen, avoiding maudlin melodrama and instead creating scenes with raw emotion, humor, and a sense of reality that is moving and poignant, enhanced by interstitial photographs and news headlines from September 2001. The DVD includes featurettes about the making of the play and the film and a look at where the cast members were on 9/11, a director and actor commentary track, and a photo montage. For our money, the low-budget WTC VIEW, shot in one location in a mere thirteen days, is a much better and more important examination of that time than such overblown dramas as Oliver Stone’s WTC and the numerous overwrought movies that have tried to capture something that is virtually impossible to re-create.

TRILOGY OF TERROR (Dan Curtis, 1975)

Now available in special edition DVD

This past March, television lost one of its unsung visionaries, Dan Curtis, the mastermind behind such great television as DARK SHADOWS, THE NIGHT STALKER, and THE WINDS OF WAR — as well as SUPERTRAIN and BURNT OFFERINGS. As much as we love Barnabas Collins, Carl Kolchak, and the Chauffeur, we will most remember Curtis for TRILOGY OF TERROR, the TV movie featuring three stories by Richard Matheson (THE TWILIGHT ZONE, I AM LEGEND, HELL HOUSE) starring the voluptuous queen of horror, Karen Black (THE GREAT GATSBY). In "Julie," Black (EASY RIDER) plays a mousy college professor being seduced by a student (Robert Burton, her husband at the time). In "Millicent and Therese," Black (FIVE EASY PIECES) takes on the dual role of two very different sisters. And in "Amelia," Black (NASHVILLE) stars as a mother-dominated woman being hunted by a tiny but ferocious Zuni fetish doll come to life. Thirty years down the road, TRILOGY, which was terrifying at the time, lacks the recalled bite, primarily because the first two episodes are not very effective — the second one is particularly lame. But "Amelia" still holds up, one of television’s best-ever tales, as Black (THE DAY OF THE LOCUST) channels Agnes Moorehead from the TWILIGHT ZONE episode "The Invaders," putting on a marvelous solo performance that will scare you silly. The DVD includes new interviews with Matheson, who explains the difference between terror and horror, and Black, who tries to tell us that TRILOGY is more science fiction than horror. There is also audio commentary by Black and screenwriter William F. Nolan, who wrote the first two TRILOGY scripts. TRILOGY OF TERROR has been brought to us by the cool folks over at Dark Sky Films; here’s hoping they’re looking into BAD RONALD (Buzz Kulik, 1974) next….

by Rita Rudner (Shaye Areheart Books, August 29, 2006, $23)

For the past five years, comedian Rita Rudner stopped touring and settled down in Las Vegas, performing exclusively at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, in a theater built specifically for her. The cute, charming, and funny Rudner (PETER’S FRIENDS) has turned that experience into TURNING THE TABLES, a cute, charming, and funny novel set in Sin City. Allie Bowen is a twenty-six-year-old woman working PR for Heaven, the hottest casino on the Strip. She’s sleeping with the ever-scheming Christian Sacco, who is above her on Heaven’s food chain and has carefully plotted out his rise to the top. When she refuses to do something a little too kinky with Christian and his ex-girlfriend Cassandra, a very tall drink of water at the end of a rather short leash, Allie soon finds herself out of a job — with her ex-husband, meek magician Barry Houdini, off to jail because of her. As Christian gets chummier and chummier with Heaven’s head honcho, Richard Summerford, Allie lays out a complicated and seemingly impossible plan to turn the tables on her many misfortunes. Rudner’s writing style is easygoing and consistent, making for a fast, enjoyable read that never attempts to be anything more than it is. Her breezy style, which recalls her comedy act, will glide you over the story’s numerous bumps and bruises and obvious twists and turns. Rudner is making a rare appearance in the real New York, NY, appearing September 14 at Carolines on Broadway; in October, she’ll be taking her Vegas show to Harrah’s.

Thursday, September 14 Rita Rudner, Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway between 49th & 50th Sts., 212-757-4100, 8:00

by Ian Frazier (Picador, August 22, 2006, $14)

Hudson, Ohio, native Ian Frazier shares his unique, educational, and entertaining interpretations and assessments of the Big Apple in GONE TO NEW YORK, a collection of twenty-two clever essays, many of which were previously published in such prestigious literary outlets as the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, DoubleTake, and Mother Jones. Frazier mixes in fascinating factual tidbits with crazy characters and unusual situations, resulting in captivating tales of his adopted hometown (even if he does currently live in New Jersey). Beginning with 1975’s "Antipodes" and moving chronologically through 2005’s "Out of Ohio," the stories take readers behind the scenes of the creation of the Holland Tunnel, into little-known parks and playgrounds, and on informational trips through Queens, along the F line, and down Route 3. He finds the most bizarre objects caught in trees, shares notes people left about an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and wrote on tables in the Butler Library at Columbia, and pays tribute to the ubiquity of glitter. Along the way he pauses for momentary street scenes: snapshots of the police chasing a crook, a fading memorial to a gunshot victim, a woman receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Our favorite story just might by "Typewriter Man," a loving look at a husband and wife who still sell and fix typewriters — a career that, as it turns out, says an awful lot about twentieth-century America. Oh, and Frazier also reveals that it is impossible to tunnel straight through to China from New York City or anywhere else in the United States. GONE TO NEW YORK, which features a foreword by Frazier friend Jamaica Kincaid, is a fun, fab frolic through our fine city.

Wednesday, September 20 Ian Frazier, the Strand, 828 Broadway at 12th St., free, 212-473-1452

Wednesday, October 11 Writing New York, with Ian Frazier, Robert Sullivan, and Rich Cohen, Makor, Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th St. between Amsterdam & Columbus Aves., $12, 212-601-1000, 7:00

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

here: remembering 9/11

Perimeter fence around Ground Zero by entrance to PATH station

Through October

Admission: free

Photographs from the "here is new york" exhibit that ran in SoHo immediately following 9/11 and photos commissioned for the fifth anniversary, in preparation for the museum that will be built at Ground Zero


Pace University

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

One Pace Plaza

September 5-8


Tuesday, September 5 NY1 Town Hall Meeting: WTC Reconstruction, with John Schiumo, 9:00 pm

Wednesday, September 6 Business Breakfast Forum with Daniel L. Doctoroff, 8:00 am

Wednesday, September 6 Opening Keynote: David Gergen, 12 noon

Wednesday, September 6 Preparedness and Response -- How has 9-11 Changed the Preparedness of First Responders: Are We Ready for the Next Attack? with Ernesto Butcher, Jim Dwyer, Michael N. Emmerman, Edward Galea, and Raymond W. Kelly,

moderated by Joseph F. Ryan, 1:30

Wednesday, September 6 Preparedness and Response -- Economic Impact: Global Business Community, with Eric Deutsch, Michael Dolfman, Joseph T. Petro, and Steven Spinola, moderated by Joseph R. Baczko, 3:00

Wednesday, September 6 Environment/Health: Environmental Consequences; Public Health, with Dr. Bruce Logan, Jerrold Nadler, David M. Newman, Lorna Thorpe, and Dr. Mark Utell, moderated by John Cronin, 4:15

Wednesday, September 6 NY1 Town Hall Meeting: WTC Health Concerns, with Kristen Shaugnessy, 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 7 Survivors: If You Lived Here, with Thomas Healey, Charles Lai, Julie Menin, Mark Schaming, and Sarah Shikhman, moderated by James Cavanaugh, 10:00 am

Thursday, September 7 Survivors: The Victims' Families and Their

Influence on Public Policy, with Monica Gabrielle, Tom Roger, and Eugene Steuerle,

moderated by Richard Shadick, 11:30

Thursday, September 7 Keynote Address and Q&A with Lee Hamilton, 1:30

Thursday, September 7 Survivors: Rebuilding, Repair and Hope, with John Cahill, Stefan Pryor, William C. Rudin, and Robert Yaro, moderated by Kathryn Wylde, 3:15

Thursday, September 7 Survivors: Higher Education, with David A. Caputo,

Robert Hackman, Antonio Pérez, and David Warren, 5:00

Thursday, September 7 NY1 Town Hall Meeting: Post 9/11 Security vs. Personal Liberties, with Budd Mishkin, 9:00 pm

Friday, September 8 Opening Keynote: Doris Kearns Goodwin, 8:30

Friday, September 8 Politics: America’s Place in the World, with Steven C. Clemons, Alice M. Greenwald, Kenneth Jackson, and Nikki Stern, 10:15 am

Friday, September 8 Conference Closing Remarks: William Kristol, 12 noon

Friday, September 8 NY1 Town Hall Meeting: 9/11 and the Popular Arts, with Roma Torre, 9:00 pm


The Turtle’s Shell Theater

Times Square Arts Center

300 West 43rd St., fourth floor

Tickets: $18


Through Friday, September 15 Third annual competition featuring twenty-seven new, specially selected short plays, nine performed each night, leading up to final showcase


Historic Battery Park

September 6-10 at 7:30

Bring a blanket

Admission: free

212-219-9401 ext304

Wednesday, September 6 Kansas City Ballet, "Catherine Wheel Suite," and more TBA

Thursday, September 7 Pilobolus, "Gnomen"; Philadanco, "Gate Keepers"; Battleworks, "Hunt"; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, "94 Flights Down"

Friday, September 8 Trisha Brown Dance Company and Stephen Petronio Company

Sunday, September 10 Salsa contest, with DJ Henry Knowles and Maria Torres, with live music by the New Swing Sextet


Multiple venues

September 6-18


Wednesday, September 6 Finding Home: Oil Paintings by Christel Benz, opening night with artist present, German Consulate General, 871 UN Plaza, RSVP 212-610-9759

Thursday, September 7 Oktoberfest @ Shea, Mets vs. Dodgers, featuring pregame show with Die Schlauberger, Bavarian dance groups, and special food and drink, $8, 6:00

Friday, September 8 Blind Date Berlin, curated by Jim Avignon, Galapagos Art Space, 70 North Sixth St., 10:00

Sunday, September 10 German Heritage Festival, PNC Bank Arts Center, $13-$19, 3:00

Tuesday, September 12 German Movie Night, with director Q&A and DJ set in the lounge, Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St., $10, 6:00

Wednesday, September 13 Die Heuwatcheln, Schnitzelhaus, 7319 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, 7:00

Thursday, September 14 Roebling and the Bridge, lecture by Larry Stein, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., $9, 6:30

Friday, September 15 The Brass Bus, double-decker bus traveling throughout New York City with Die Original Egerländer Musikanten, 12 noon

Saturday, September 16 The Forty-ninth Annual German-American Steuben Parade, Fifth Ave. from 63rd to 86th Sts., 12 noon

Saturday, September 16 German-American Friendship Party, with live music and German beer, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, $7, 1:30


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Wednesdays through Saturdays, September 6-30, 8:00 (no show 9/9)

Admission: free


Wednesday, September 6


Friday, September 8 Preview performances followed by discussion, audience participation waivers necessary, $13-$16

Wednesday, September 13


Saturday, September 30 Site-specific dance installation and performance, choreographed by Noémie Lafrance, with Malcolm and the Hoop Entourage, Celeste Hastings and the Butoh Rockettes, Non Grata, Prudenia, STREB, and Young Dance Collective, $20


Museum of Modern Art

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


Wednesday, September 6

Thursday, September 7


Saturday, September 9 Who’s Your DADA?! live performance by the Wooster Group, Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, $35, 9:00

Saturday, September 9 Symposium: Representing Dada, Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, $10, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 13 Christian Marclay: Graffiti Composition, with Melvin Gibbs, Mary Halvorson, Lee Ranaldo, Vernon Reid, and Elliott Sharp, Roy and Niuta Titus 1 Theater, $10, 6:30

Friday, September 15 Atlas: Art Beyond Art History, with Philippe-Alain Michaud, John Rajchman, and Michel Weemans, Founders Room, $10, 6:00

Tuesday, September 19 A Conversation with Jacques Herzog and Glenn D. Lowry, Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, $10, 6:30


Dahesh Museum of Art

580 Madison Ave. at 57th St.

Admission: free from 6:00 to 9:00


Thursday, September 7 Illustrated Lecture: Ancient Egyptian Religion and Mythology, with Pat Remler, and book signing with Lisa Small, NAPOLEON ON THE NILE, 6:30


NYC Opera

New York State Theater

20 Lincoln Center Plaza

September 7-10

Tickets: $25


Thursday, September 7 City Opera Concert Celebration and after-party, 7:30

Friday, September 8 LA BOHEME, with behind-the-scenes video footage, 8:00

Saturday, September 9 CARMEN, with behind-the-scenes video footage, 8:00

Sunday, September 10 LA BOHEME, with behind-the-scenes video footage, 1:30


A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Pl.


Thursday, September 7 John Paul II and Interreligious Dialogue, with Sister Mary Boys, Dr. Eugene L. Fisher, Dr. Carol K. Ingall, and Rabbi Michael A. Signer, $5, 7:30

Monday, September 11 Free admission all day, including exhibition "Ours to Fight For: American Jews During the Second World War" and Andy Goldsworthy’s "Garden of Stones," 10:00 am — 5:45


Tenri Cultural Institute/Avian Music

43A West 13th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.


Friday, September 8 Commissioned world premieres by Annie Gosfield and Peter Flint, along with pieces by Charles Ives, C.P.E. Bach, Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, Kyle Gann, and King Crimson, inspired by the art and improvisation of Blair McMillen, with McMillen, Sarah Schwartz, Cyrus Beroukhim, Dov Scheindlin, Arash Amini, Oren Fader, and Marc Schmied, $15, 8:00


Arlene’s Grocery

95 Stanton St. between Allen & Orchard Sts.


Friday, September 8 New York City trio celebrates new gear, new songs, and bass player Ed Zeizel’s birthday, $10, 10:00


The Cove in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Empire-Fulton State Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Admission: free


Friday, September 8


Monday, September 11 Site-specific 9/11 memorial dance by the Silver-Brown Dance Company, 7:00 (Sunday at 5:00)


World Trade Center Memorial Foundation

7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St. 45th floor

Admission: free


Friday, September 8


Saturday, October 7 Photographs by Jonathan Hyman from all over the United States, remembering 9/11


Multiple venues

September 8-16


The third annual NYCUFF features such comics as Greer Barnes, BASILE, Eddie Brill, Wali Collins, Jim David, Pablo Francisco, Joe Franklin, DJ Hazard, Jackie Hoffman, Jessica Kirson, Kevin Meaney, Bob Nelson, Dean Obeidallah, Patrice Oneal, Freddie Roman, Sal the Stockbroker, Elon James White, and dozens and dozens more, at venues throughout New York City.

Friday, September 8 Laughing Liberally, with Rick Overton, the 45th Street Theater, 8:00

Saturday, September 9 Slightly Known People, with Michael Showalter,

Cinema Classics, 8:00

Sunday, September 10 All Star Fundraiser/Benefit for the Pati Vitale Foundation, with Rick Overton, Jim Norton, Rich Vos, Rob Bartlett, and Bonnie McFarlane, Gotham Comedy Club, 7:30

Monday, September 11 Mintyfresh presents "I Love This Show," Mo Pitkin’s 8:30

Tuesday, September 12 Confessions of PT&A Mom, with Carole Montgomery, the Vinage Lounge at Gotham, 7:00

Wednesday, September 13 "Max," with appearances by Michelle Collins and Tony Camin, Mo Pitkin’s 8:00

Wednesday, September 13 The 2006 Emerging Comics Contests, the Laugh Lounge, 8:00

Thursday, September 14 Reverend Bob Levy & Friends, Upstairs @ the NY Improv, 9:30

Friday, September 15 Rick Shapiro: An NYC Underground Legend, Bowery Poetry Club, 7:00

Saturday, September 16 Free seminar: Stand-up Comedy: The Business, with Rick Overton, Chris Mazzilli, Jessica Kirson, and Jim Mendrinos, Gotham Comedy Club, 2:00

Sunday, September 17 The Grand Finale, including presentation of the Bill Hicks Award, Gotham Comedy Club, 10:30


September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows


Friday, September 8 Grassroots Solutions to Intractable Problems, with keynote speaker Jody Williams, moderated by Vera Jelinek, New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St. at Broadway, 8:30 am — 12 noon

Friday, September 8 Building Resiliency in the Aftermath of Tragedy, September Space, 520 Eighth Ave., 11:00 am

Friday, September 8 War or Peace: Drawing Hope from Tragedy, moderated by Father Patrick Ryan, Fordham University, 441 East Fordham Rd., 11:30 am

Friday, September 8 International Press Conference with Jody Williams, emceed by David Potorti, St. Paul’s Church, 209 Broadway, 3:00

Friday, September 8 Transcending Tragedy: Does Healing Require Forgiveness, Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Ave. at 80th St., 7:00

Saturday, September 9 Yoga for Peace by CitiWorks, three-hour yoga mala with speaker Antonio Aversano, Battery Park, 12 noon

Saturday, September 9 Civilian Casualties, Civilian Solutions ... with Moderator Phil Donahue and a special appearance by Peter Yarrow, New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., $8, 7:30

Sunday, September 10 Voices of September 11th Information Forum: Transforming Tragedy: An International Perspective, Marriott Financial Hotel, 85 West St., 9:45 am

Sunday, September 10 Healing Words: 9/11, Rwanda, Apartheid, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., 10:45 am

Monday, September 11 From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Creative Responses to Violence, Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th St., 12 noon

Monday, September 11 Teaching Peace, Building Hope: Voices from Colombia, Chile and Spain. El Puente, 211 South Fourth St., 1:30

Monday, September 11 Global "9.11’s": Civil Society’s Role in Prevention, UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza at 41st St., 5:00

Monday, September 11 Sudan to Chile: Women Waging Peace, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th between First & Second Aves., 5:30

Monday, September 11 From Tragedy to Transformation: Alternative Responses to Violence, Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th St., 7:00

Monday, September 11 ENCOUNTER POINT, screening and discussion, Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave., 7:30

Thursday, September 14 Genocide and Reconciliation: Response to the play LEMKIN’S HOUSE, 2162 Broadway, McGinn Cazale Theatre, 8:00


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

September 8-21

Tickets: $10


Friday, September 8


Thursday, September 14 UGETSU (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953), 1:15, 3:10, 5:05, 7:00, 9:00 (no screening on September 11)

Friday, September 15


Saturday, September 16 SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954), 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

Sunday, September 17 THE LIFE OF OHARU (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952), 1:00, 3:35, 6:10, 8:45

Tuesday, September 19


Wednesday, September 20 THE STORY OF LAST CHRYSANTHEMUMS (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939), 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Thursday, September 21 SISTERS OF THE GION (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936), 1:00, 4:20, 7:40, and STREET OF SHAME! (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1956) 2:30, 5:50, 9:10


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

Admission: free

Friday, September 8 United Nations Festival: 47th St. between First & Second Aves.

Saturday, September 9 Big Apple Performing Arts Festival: Seventh Ave. between 47th & 57th Sts.

Saturday, September 9 Rockaway Blvd. Festival: Rockaway Blvd. between

131st & 135th Sts.

Saturday, September 9 Eighth Ave. Festival: Eighth Ave. between 14th & 23rd Sts.

Sunday, September 10 Fordham Rd. Festival: Fordham Rd. between Webster & Kingsbridge Aves.

Sunday, September 10 Third Avenue Community Benefit Festival: Third Ave. between 86th & 66th Sts.

Sunday, September 10 52 Street Festival: 52nd St. between Lexington & Seventh Aves.

Friday, September 15 Financial Community Day Festival Series: Maiden Ln. between Water & South Sts.

Saturday, September 16 The Great Irish Festival: Sixth Ave. between 42nd & 56th Sts.

Saturday, September 16 Greenwich Ave. Festival: Greenwich Ave. between

Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Saturday, September 16 Westchester Ave. Festival: Westchester Ave. between Bergen & Third Sts.

Saturday, September 16 37th Ave. Festival: 37th Avenue between 89th & 83rd Sts.

Sunday, September 17 Tudor City Festival: Second Ave. between 43rd & 57th Sts.


Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

September 8 — October 8

Tickets: $10


Friday, September 8 SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932), 7:30

Saturday, September 9 THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef von Sternberg, 1930), with Marlene Dietriche’s screen test, 2:00

Saturday, September 9 SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932), 6:30

Saturday, September 9 THUNDERBOLT (Josef von Sternberg, 1925), 4:30

Sunday, September 10 SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932), 4:00

Sunday, September 10 THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef von Sternberg, 1930), with Marlene Dietriche’s screen test, 6:00

Saturday, September 16 THE SALVATION HUNTERS (Josef von Sternberg, 1925), with live music by Steve Sterner, 3:00

Saturday, September 16 UNDERWORLD (Josef von Sternberg, 1928), with live music by Steve Sterner, 5:00

Sunday, September 17 THE LAST COMMAND (Josef von Sternberg, 1928), with live music by Steve Sterner, 2:00

Sunday, September 17 THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (Josef von Sternberg, 1928), with live music by Steve Sterner, 4:30


South Street Seaport Museum

12 Fulton St. between Front & South Sts.


Saturday, September 9 Reading, tours, and other special events on land and sea celebrating the life and literature of Herman Melville, including Boat Ride on the Hudson at 12 noon ($15), a walking tour at 1:45 ($12), and a book talk with Professor Andrew Delbanco, MELVILLE: HIS WORLD AND WORK, at 3:00, followed by a reception (free with museum admission, space is very limited), all three events for $30, 12 noon — 6:00


New York Open Center

83 Spring St.

Admission: free


Saturday, September 9 Free lectures, classes, workshops, and demonstrations, 12 noon — 6:00 pm


Staten Island Botanical Garden

1000 Richmond Terr.


Saturday, September 9 Chinese Theatre Works, Taiko drums, calligraphy, paper cuts, mooncakes, jasmine tea, and traditional Chinese food, $8 adults, $5 children twelve and under, 6:30


ESPN Zone Times Square

1472 Broadway at 42nd St.

Admission: free



Saturday, September 9 NASCAR revs into Times Square as the ESPN Zone presents the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on big screens, live from Richmond International Speedway, complete with lap leader ballots, ticket giveaways, NASCAR T-shirts and hats, and more; the first one hundred people wearing NASCAR licensed gear win special prizes. With the Chase for the Nextel Cup set to start on September 17, come cheer on your favorite driver; while Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson battle it out for the top spot, Kasey Kahne will try to sneak into the top ten, which currently includes Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, and Jeff Burton, 7:00 — 11:30 pm


Historic Richmond Town

441 Clarke Avenue at Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island

S74 bus from Staten Island Ferry

Admission: single day $2-$8, two-day $3-$14, children under five free


Saturday, September 9


Sunday, September 10 County fair featuring baking contests, arts & crafts, exhibits, live performances by Kimberly Locke, SpongeBob SquarePants, Vito Picone and the Elegants, and the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies Jug Band, traditional Native American dancing, and more, 11:00 am — 7:00 pm


St. John’s University, Staten Island campus, student center gym

300 Howard Ave.

Admission: free


Saturday, September 9


Monday, September 11 Viewing of quilt traveling across the country, 9/9-10 11:00 am — 6:00 pm, 9/11 12 noon — 5:00 pm


Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave. between 103rd & 104th Sts.

Free with museum admission unless otherwise noted

212-534-1672 ext3395

Saturday, September 9 Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive, with photographer Joel Meyerowitz, 2:00

Sunday, September 10 Bellevue Wall of Prayer Ceremony, 1:00

Monday, September 11 Commemoration of 9/11/2001, museum is free and open to the public, with special film screenings (IN MEMORIAM and FROM CHAOS TO COMMUNITY), 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 12 Preserving the Memories, with Walter Newman discussing the preservation of the Bellevue Wall of Prayer, reservations required, 6:30

2006 OY!HOO FESTIVAL highlights

Multiple venues

September 9-17


Saturday, September 9 Tsfat Relief Concert and Rally, with live music by Simply Tsfat, Pey Daled, and Soulfarm, 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St., and others, $15, 9:30

Sunday, September 10 Harmony on the Hudson: Family Music Festival with Klezmatics, Tom Chapin & Friends, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, David Pleasant’s RiddimAthon, and Double Dutch Divas, free, 1:00 — 6:00

Sunday, September 10 Festival of Music in Pelham Parkway, with Yale Strom & Hot Pstrami, Yoel Ben Simhon & the Sultana Ensemble, the Elias Ladino Ensemble, Sharquia, and Greg Wall’s Later Prophets, free, 12 noon — 7:00

Sunday, September 10 Opening Concert: An Evening with John Zorn and the Book of Angels, 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St., $25-$118, 8:00

Monday, September 11 The Second Annual Jewish Music Awards: Special Lifetime Honoree Steve Reich, hosted by Jackie Hoffman, with live performances by Soulfarm, Y-Love, Rachel Sage, Benny Bwoy, and others, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., $30, 8:00

Tuesday, September 12 Sephardic Music Festival Preview, with La Mar Enfortuna, DJ Handler, and others, Merkin Concert Hall, $25, 8:00

Tuesday, September 12


Wednesday, September 13 Sidney Krum Conference: Jewish Arts & Entertainment’s Influence in American Culture, all-day panel discussions and live performances by Dr. Draw and Pharoah’s Daughter, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., $175

Wednesday, September 13 Homage to Lenny Bruce & Free Speech, with Judy Gold, Jeff Garlin, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, and Jonathan Ames, hosted by Lewis Black, 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St., $30-$75 ($125 for VIP tickets with postevent reception), 8:00

Wednesday, September 13 Hip Hop Sulha, with Shaanan, Saz, Sagol 59, Yuri Lane, Y-Love & DJ Handler, Ragtop, Omar, and DJ Spooky, S.O.B.’s, $20, 9:00

Thursday, September 14 The Gathering of the Tribes, with Moshav Band, Majestic Void, Y-LOVE, Michelle Citrin, Blue Fringe, and Rav Shmuel,, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., $36-$54, 6:00

Thursday, September 14 The First Annual New York Yiddish Singalong, with the New Yiddish Chorale, Robert Abelson, Ruth Baran, Phyllis Berk, Joanne Borts, Julie Budd, Neshama Carlebach, Adrienne Cooper, Debbie Friedman, Michael Fox, Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Avram Pengas, Basya Schechter, Mitch Smolkin, the Strauss-Warschauer Duo, and more, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd St., $20-$50, 7:00

Thursday, September 14 "Mr. & Ms. JewSa" Pageant, 14th St. Y, 344 East 14th St. at First Ave., $10, 8:00

Friday, September 15 Get DOWNtown Shabbat, giant potluck Shabbat dinner, with live music from Klezmer Juice, Shira Kline, and others, 7 World Trade Center, free with table reservation in advance, 6:00

Friday, September 15 Hebrew School Dropouts, with Todd Levin, Ophira Eisenberg, Rachel Feinstein, Vanessa Hidary, Seth Herzog, and Joel Moss, hosted by the Susannah aka "The Goddess" Perlman and her Bat Mitzvah band, Mo Pitkin’s, $10, 8:00

Saturday, September 16 Balagan Boogaloo, with DJ Rekha and DJ Handler, Branch, $20, 10:00

Saturday, September 16 Aztec Two-Step Performs the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook, Makor, 35 West 67th St., $22

Saturday, September 16 Kosher ChiXXX, burlesque show with Little Brooklyn, Dottie Lux, Old Ma Femme, Rose Wood, Minnie Tonka, Allison Tilsen, and Raven Snook, 14th St. Y, 344 East 14th St. at First Ave., $10, 8:00

Sunday, September 17 Jewzapalooza, featuring Yiddish Fest at 12 noon, with Mikveh, the Klez Dispensers, and Khevre, followed by Jewzapalooza at 2:00, with Hadag Nahash, David Broza, Pharoah’s Daughter, Neshama Carleback, Yosi Piamenta’s Heavenly Jam Band, Y-Love, and SoCalled in addition to food, wine, beer, and more, Riverside Park at 72nd St., free, 12 noon — 9:00 pm

Sunday, September 17 Jewzapalooza East, with YofiYah, Klezmer Juice, David Fagin, and Heedosh, free, 92nd St. & Lexington Ave., 12 noon — 5:00


Green-Wood Cemetery Historic Chapel, Brooklyn

Fifth Ave. at 25th St. entrance

Admission: free, but reservations strongly suggested


Sunday, September 10 Debby Applegate, THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA: THE BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY WARD BEECHER, author’s talk followed by walk to the final resting place of Beecher and his paramour, Elizabeth Tilton, 1:00


Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park

Battery Park City

Admission: free


Sunday, September 10 The Family Music Festival at BPC, featuring Tom Chapin and Friends, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, the Klezmatics, David Pleasant’s RiddimAthon, the Double Dutch Divas, and more, 1:00 — 6:00 pm


Times Square

Admission: free

Sunday, September 10 Fifteenth annual free outdoor contest featuring scenes from many Broadway productions (including AVENUE Q, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, HAIRSPRAY, WICKED, THE PRODUCERS, SPAMALOT, THE WEDDING SINGER, and MAMMA MIA!) and sneak peeks of upcoming shows (including COMPANY, LES MISERABLES, HIGH FIDELITY, SPRING AWAKENING, GREY GARDENS, and THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’), hosted by Martin Short, 11:30 am


All Souls of New York

Church of All Souls

1157 Lexington Ave. at 80th St.


Sunday, September 10 Concert of international music, $10, 6:00


Galapagos Art Space, 70 North Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent, 718-782-5188

Laila, 113 North Seventh St. between Wythe & Berry, 718-486-6791

MyMoon, 184 North Tenth St. between Bedford & Driggs Aves., 718-599-7007

Rose Live Music, 345 Grand St. between Havemeyer & Marcy Ave., 718-599-0069

SpikeHill, 184 Bedford Ave. between North Sixth & Seventh Sts., 718-218-9737

September 10-16

Admission: free unless otherwise noted

Sunday, September 10 WJF Jam Session, Rose, 11:00

Monday, September 11 Nicole Rue and Love Child, MyMoon, 7:30

Monday, September 11 The Cangelosie, SpikeHill, 10:00

Tuesday, September 12 Catherine Sikora and RX, Surf Bar, 8:30

Tuesday, September 12 Brian Newman, SpikeHill, 10:00

Wednesday, September 13 Welf Dorr’s Funk Monk, MyMoon, 7:30

Wednesday, September 13 The Octave Below, Surf Bar, 8:30

Thursday, September 14 Chris Tarry (8:00), Seamus Blake (9:00), Carlo Vutera (10:00), Edmar Castaneda (11:00), Galapagos, $10

Friday, September 15 Rick Parker Collective (9:00), Ralph Alessi (10:00), Laila, $10

Friday, September 15 Dave Douglas presents FONT MUSIC, with Scott Forrey and Vector, Eric Biondo & Beyondo, and Ben Neill & Mutantrumpet, Rose, $10, 9:00

Saturday, September 16 Dana Leong (8:00), Maurice Brown (9:00), Ergo (10:00), Jesse Selengut and NOIR (11:00), Galapagos, $10

Saturday, September 16 Gretchen Parlato (9:30), Jason Lindner (11:30), Rose, $10

Sunday, September 17 Ambient Assault featuring Maurice (8:00), Jesse Selengu and Sabir Mateen (9:45), Tonic, $10


Multiple venues and prices


Sunday, September 10


Sunday, October 1 The third annual New York Musical Theatre Festival kicks off on September 10 with an opening night pep rally at New World Stages, followed by dozens of shows, including ILLYRIA at Lamb’s Theater, THE CHOCOLATE TREE at the Sage, SCHOOL DAZE at 37 Arts, THE LAST STARFIGHTER at MTC’s Creative Center, THE SCREAMS OF KITTY GENOVESE at the Theatre at St. Clements, THE MAN IN MY HEAD at the 45th St. Theatre, MOOPIM at P.S. 122, WHITE NOISE at TBG, as well as seminars and other special events


Steve Tobin, "Trinity Root," September 2005, cast from a sycamore tree damaged by debris on 9/11


Trinity Church (TC)

Broadway at Wall St.

St. Paul’s Chapel (SPC)

Broadway at Fulton St.

Admission: free

Monday, September 11 The Thread Project -- One World, One Cloth, SPC, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday, September 11 Reimagining Sacred Sounds: 9/11 and the Trinity Church Organ, TC, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday, September 11 Interfaith Ceremony -- Ringing of the Bells, SPC, 8:35 - 10:00 am

Monday, September 11 Civic Service of Remembrance and Anointing with Oil, SPC, 1:30

Monday, September 11 Charlie Albright, piano: Works by Janacek, Chopin, Beethoven, and Schumann/Liszt, TC, 2:00

Monday, September 11 Diane Fox, mezzo-soprano, with Dr. Merry Naddeo, piano: Works by Dvorak, Mahler, Strauss, and others, TC, 3:00

Monday, September 11 Damocles Trio: Works by Mozart and Villa-Lobos and a special composition written by Salvador Brotons in memory of the victims of September 11, TC, 4:00

Monday, September 11 Choral Evensong, with the Trinity Choir, TC, 5:15


Multiple venues

Admission: free

Monday, September 11 Free concerts throughout New York City, including office buildings, parks, squares, plazas, subway stations, temples, churches, theaters, colleges and high schools, music venues, and hospitals as well as JFK Airport, the UN, Rockefeller Center, the South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and more, stopping at 3:00 to communally sing Johnny Nash’s "I Can See Clearly Now"


The Knitting Factory

74 Leonard St. between Broadway & Church St.


Monday, September 11 Fifth annual September 11th Musical Memorial by Tim Tuttle, with Jeremy Slansky, Rich Lamb,Donna Kelly, Jon Fritz, Owen Yost, and Claudia Chopek, benefiting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, $10, 8:00


Symphony Space

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

2537 Broadway at 95th St.


Monday, September 11 A concert about honoring and remembering, benefiting the Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, and the Armed Forces Foundation, presented by Project 9/11, $30, 7:00


BAMcinématek / BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

September 12-26

Tickets: $10


Tuesday, September 12 THE BOOT FACTORY (Lech Kowalski, 2002), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Monday, September 18 GRINGO (STORY OF A JUNKIE) (Lech Kowalski, 1985), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, September 19 ON HITLER’S HIGHWAY (Lech Kowalski, 2002), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15


Banjo Jim’s

9th St. & Ave. C

Admission: free


Thursday, September 13 Country rock honky-tonk with Karen Hudson and special guests Alan Lee Backer and Deb O’Nair, 8:00 (followed by the Silos at 9:00)


BAMcinématek / BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

September 13-27

Tickets: $10


Wednesday, September 13 DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (LE JOURNAL D’UNE FEMME DE CHAMBRE) (Luis Buñuel, 1964), 4:30, 6:50 (followed by Cinemachat with Elliott Stein), 9:30

Thursday, September 14 TAKING OFF (Milos Forman, 1971), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, September 15 THE OUTSIDE MAN (UN HOMME EST MORT) (Jacques Deray, 1972), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, September 16 BELLE DE JOUR (Luis Buñuel, 1967), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, September 17 THE TIN DRUM (DIE BLECHTROMMEL) (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979), 3:00, 6:00, 9:00


New World Stages

340 West 50th St.

Tickets: $20


Wednesday, September 13


Sunday, September 17 Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with music by John Kavanaugh, lyrics by David Goldsmith, and starring Anastasia Barzee, Amy Eschman, Liz Larsen, Stefanie Morse, and Wendy Perelman


Korean Cultural Service

460 Park Ave. at 57th St., sixth floor

Alternate Thursdays at 6:30

Admission: free


Thursday, September 14 FAILAN (Hae-sung Song), 6:30

YUBIWA Hotel in CANDIES: girlish hardcore

Japan Society

333 E. 47th St. at First Ave.


Thursday, September 14


Saturday, September 16 Part of the Girl, Girly, Girlish series, directed by Shirotama Hitsujiya, $28, 7:30


Mulberry St. between Canal & Houston Sts. and Hester & Grand Sts. between Mott & Centre Sts.

September 14-24, 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Admission: free

Expect huge crowds that will slow you down and drive you crazy, and try not to be lured in by the barkers looking to empty your wallet in impossible-to-win games. In addition to more than three hundred vendors for this seventy-ninth annual event, there will be live music, a cannoli-eating contest, and religious processions from the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry. San Gennaro (Saint Januarius) himself was an Italian bishop who was martyred in 305 under the rule of Roman emperor Diocletian. Januarius is buried in Naples; he is associated with the gooey red liquid because the blood from his severed head was stored in a vial and is believed to liquefy and bubble at certain times of the year. In addition to the below special events, there will be free live entertainment nightly from 7:30 to 11:00 at the Feast Stage at Grand & Baxter Sts.

Thursday, September 14 The Blessing of the Stands, 6:00 — 8:00 pm

Friday, September 15 Fifth Annual Cannoli Eating Contest, Feast Stage, 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 Grand Procession, 2:00 pm

Tuesday, September 19 Official Feast Day, featuring celebratory mass, followed by religious procession

Saturday, September 23 Parade with floats, marching bands, and statue of San Gennaro, 2:00


Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom (BBHC), Borough Hall Plaza (BHP), Youth Pavilion (YP), and other locations

Admission: free

More than sixty authors, many of whom hail from the great Borough of Kings, will be on hand in and around Borough Hall for the first annual Brooklyn Literary Festival, featuring readings, signings, lectures, panels, Q&As, and other special events (only some of which are listed below), 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 Truth from Youth: Top teen poets from Urban Word NYC, BHP, 10:00 am

Saturday, September 16 21st Century Poets: Rising Stars, with Willie Perdomo, Asha Bandele, Roger Bonair-Agard, and Rigoberto Gonzalez, BHP, 11:00 am

Saturday, September 16 Straight Outta Brooklyn: Readings by Rick Moody, Carl Hancock Rux, Wesley Stace, and Colin Channer, BHP, 12 noon

Saturday, September 16 The Streets Are Talking: Panel discussion and Q&A with Jonathan Lethem, Emily Barton, and Paula Fox, BBHC, 12 noon

Saturday, September 16 The Soul of a Bestseller: Panel discussion and Q&A with Pete Hamill, Colson Whitehead, and Jennifer Egan, BBHC, 1:00

Saturday, September 16 Power of the Word: Readings by Kimiko Hahn, Eileen Myles, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Phil Levine, BHP, 1:00

Saturday, September 16 It’s the Brooklyn Book Festival, Charlie Brown: Cartooning Today, with Patrick McDonnell and Mo Willems, YP, 1:30

Saturday, September 16 New World Noir, with Lawrence Block, Tim McLoughlin, and Glenville Lovell, BHP, 2:00

Saturday, September 16 The World Beyond: Award Winning Sci-Fi and Fantasy for Teens, readings and Q&A with Scott Westerfield, Justine Larbalestier, and Maureen Johnson, YP, 2:00

Saturday, September 16 City on the Edge: Readings and Q&A with Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Ames, and Ben Greenman, hosted by Charlotte Abbott, BBHC, 2:00

Saturday, September 16 Under Seige: The U.S. Constitution and American Democracy: Political dialogue, discussion, and Q&A with Katha Pollit, Patricia J. Williams, and Elizabeth Holtzman, moderated by Laura Flanders, BBHC, 3:00

Saturday, September 16 Sass and the City: Hip Fiction for Teenage Girls, readings and Q&A with Ann Brashares, Aimee Friedman, and Libba Bray, 3:00

Saturday, September 16 Of Chaos and Fiction: Panel discussion with Nicole Krauss, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jaime Manrique, and Elizabeth Nunez, BBHC, 4:00

Saturday, September 16 Beat Street Breakdown: Hip-Hop as Literature, with Nelson George and Touré, BHP, 4:00

Saturday, September 16 History Matters: Panel discussion and Q&A, BBHC, 5:00


Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Admission: free


Saturday, September 16 Anniversary celebration featuring music, art, food, and dance, with face painting, workshops with Socrates artists, and performances by Circus Amok, Citigrass, Miss Saturn, DJ Luz Mob, Coko Sukali, Indofunk, Sunnyside Drum Corps, and others, 12 noon —6:00 pm


P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave.

Long Island City

Free with museum admission of $5


Saturday, September 16 A Panel Discussion on the Work of Ron Gorchov, with Lydia Dona, Ben La Rocco, John Yau, and Alanna Heiss, moderated by Phong Bui, 2:00


Freddy’s Bar and Backroom

485 Dean St. at Sixth Ave.

Admission: free


Saturday, September 16 Each band must play at least one psychedelic song: Swagg, 8:20; Inclement Seymour, featuring Paula Carino with Ross Bonadonna, 9:00; Dali’s Screwdriver, 9:40; Liza & the WonderWheels, 10:20; the Larch, 11:00; Love Camp 7, 11:40; Plastic Beef, 12:30


Canal Room

285 West Broadway at Canal St.


Saturday, September 16 Record release party for Lupe Fiasco’s FOOD & LIQUOR, with live performances by Stimulus (playing songs from his debut album, A KINGS COUNTY TALE, to be released 10/10) and Lupe Fiasco, hosted by Jean Grae and featuring DJ Mark Ronson, $20, 10:30


Solar 1 / Stuyvesant Cove Park

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

Admission: free


Saturday, September 16 Live music and dance, 5:00 — 10:00 pm


Cantor Film Center

36 East Eighth St. between University Pl. & Greene St.


Saturday, September 16 UNDEREXPOSURE (Oday Rasheed, 2005), followed by discussion, $9, 6:30


Penn Plaza Pavilion

401 Seventh Ave. at 33rd St.

Admission: $10


Saturday, September 16


Sunday, September 17 Featuring live appearances by Bill Sienkewicz, James Steranko, Walt Simonson, Bruno Sammartino, Captain Lou Albano, the Iron Sheik, James (HAWAII FIVE-O) Macarthur, BarBara (STAR TREK) Luna, Ron (WELCOME BACK, KOTTER) Palillo, Joe (THE SOPRANOS) Gannascoli, David (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) Naughton, and Cathy (PLAYBOY centerfold) St. George, 10:00 am — 8:00 pm


Boerum Pl. between State St. & Atlantic Ave.

Admission: free


Sunday, September 17 Thirteenth annual celebration, featuring nine vehicles, guided tours, workshops for children, and more, as part of the thirty-second Atlantic Antic, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm


Atlantic Ave. between Hicks St. & Fourth Ave.

Admission: free

Sunday, September 17 Thirty-second anniversary celebration, 10:00 am — 6:00 pm


Lexington Ave. between 79th & 94th Sts.

Admission: free

Sunday, September 17 Twelfth annual street festival featuring live music and dance, children’s activities, free raffle, International Way food booths (representing Barbados, Fiji, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, and Tanzania), fitness demonstrations, health screenings, Hebrew calligraphy, snacklaces, and the annual 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center open house, featuring facilities tours, meeting with instructors, and sample classes, 11:00 am — 5:30 pm


Central Park, East Meadow

Enter park at Fifth Ave. & 90th St.

Wear a blue hat to show solidarity

Admission: free

Sunday, September 17 Rally and musical performances, organized by the Save Darfur Coalition, coinciding with the opening of the sixty-first General Assembly of the United Nations, 2:00 — 5:00


The Tobacco Warehouse

Brooklyn Bridge Park at Empire-Fulton State Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Admission: free


Sunday, September 17 82 DECIBELS by Larry Keigwin, site-specific dance for Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1:30 & 5:00

Tuesday, September 19 82 DECIBELS by Larry Keigwin, site-specific dance for Brooklyn Bridge Park, 6:00


Union Square Park Northern Plaza

Seventeenth St. between Broadway & Park Ave.

Tickets: $85

Tuesday, September 19 Eleventh annual event, featuring unlimited tastings from such neighborhood restaurants as Fleur de Sel, Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Water Grill, Eleven Madison Park, Beppe, Blue Smoke, Boqueria, Casa Mono & Bar Jamón, Chat ‘n’ Chew, Craft, Daphne’s — The Blue Mahoe, Dévi, L’Express, Pure Food and Wine, Republic, Steak Frites, SushiSamba, Tamarind, Tocqueville, and Todd English’s Olives NY, with wine and beer from area beverage suppliers and bars that will be specially matched with each dish, benefiting the Capital Campaign for the Redevelopment of Union Square Park’s North Plaza, 7:30


Naumburg Bandshell

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

Admission: free


Wednesday, September 20 Vincent La Selva conducts Puccini’s TOSCA, 7:30


Eldridge Street Synagogue

12 Eldridge St. between Canal & Division Sts.


Wednesday, September 20 Music from the Greek Underworld, with Avram Pengas and his Noga group, $12, 7:00

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