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Obsessive Exhibit of the Week


1. Obsessive folk art, children’s origami, and sweet chocolate peace in Midtown

2. Burtynsky and Burghers in Brooklyn

3. Woody Allen, Amos Gitai, Juilliard’s centenary, and Christmas at Lincoln Center

4. Plus Riff’s Rants & Raves, including

John Cusack in THE ICE HARVEST


Kirk Douglas in the restored PATHS OF GLORY




5. and twi-ny’s weekly recommended events, including book readings, film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, street fairs, parades, and a special look at Christmas tree lightings in the city

Volume 5, Number 25
November 23 — December 7, 2005

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“There was a noise to that fire, a killing noise, steady and implacable. The flames were like the waves at Coney Island — ghost waves, insubstantial, yellow and red rather than green, but waves all the same.”

—  T.C. Boyle, "Rara Avis," in THE HUMAN FLY AND OTHER STORIES (Speak, September 2005)


American Folk Art Museum

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

Closed Monday

Through March 19

Admission: $9 (free Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm)


We have to admit to being a bit obsessive ourselves, so we were immediately drawn to this exhibit of drawings by five living outsider artists who are a bit obsessive both in their life and in their art, which features repeated, intricate, sometimes kaleidoscopic patterns. Hiroyuki Doi had his first one-man show in America in January 2003 at SoHo’s Phyllis Kind Gallery, where we wandered in and had the opportunity to talk to him about his unusual artistry (though his English was extremely limited). On view here are seven of his dreamy, untitled pieces, in which he begins drawing tiny circles in the middle of a large sheet of paper and then works outward. The resultant amoeba-like amorphous forms make Doi "feel alive." In the center of the gallery are half a dozen colorful works by longtime railroad clerk and stamp collector Eugene Andolsek, whose art has never before been shown in public. For decades Andolsek would come home from his job, take care of his mother, and sit at the table with self-mixed inks and create extraordinary designs on graph paper that are filled with rhythm and movement (and optical illusions), bathed in the colors of the African diaspora. New Zealander Martin Thompson also uses graph paper, making positive and negative grids based on mathematical sequences of ten, all from memory; look for a few small overlays of taped paper, which cover mistakes that he fastidiously corrected.

Courtesy of the artist and Phyllis Kind Gallery

One of Hiroyuki Doi’s untitled works of circle after circle after circle…

Reacting to his mother’s loss of her house because of a clerical error, Charles Benefiel created his own "dumb language" using smiley faces, dots, and dashes, each one with its own sound. He strings together row after row after row of these coded symbols on large canvases he calls "Random Numeric Repeaters." Interestingly, a museum docent who was trying to sing along with one of the pieces discovered that it was hung upside down, so it was fixed. Chip Hipkiss’s thirty-five-foot-long "Lonely Europe Arm Yourself" is its own bizarre world, evoking the work of Henry Darger, with seminaked women flying past or standing on postapocalyptic buildings, smokestacks, and towers shaped like genitalia; notice that Hipkiss’s signature is a barcode. The large piece, which is filled with misspelled words, commemorates the Festival of the Fist and Chungaloidian Supremacy. The exhibition is supplemented by a wall of yet more horror vacui by artists with an intrinsic need to fill all empty space, including intriguing works by Hector Alonzo Benavides, Dwight Mackintosh, Edmund Monsiel, John Podhorsky, Cruz Santiago, and Scottie Wilson.

Also at the American Folk Art Museum

Anonymous gift and gift of the Richard Coyle Lilly Foundation / Photo by Terry McGinnis

Moses Eaton Jr., "Sample Box and Ten Panels"


American Folk Art Museum

Through March 26

Instead of focusing on the design of furniture itself, this exhibit examines painted works on boxes, chairs, doors, tables, chests, bookcases, desks, tools, and more, mostly from the nineteenth century. Our three favorites are Johannes Spitler’s "Tall Case Clock," "Armchair with View of Ithaca Falls," and Moses Eaton Jr.’s "Sample Box and Ten Panels."

Photo by Bard Wrisley

Richard Dial, "The Comfort of Moses and
the Ten Commandments"


American Folk Art Museum

On continuous view

The American Folk Art Museum’s rotating permanent collection is a wide-ranging, well-organized display currently divided into four themes: Utility, Community, Individuality, and Symbolism. The Symbolism section includes Karol Kozlowski’s imagined "Africa," a two-sided work by Henry Darger, and the very cool "Masonic Plaque in the Form of a Royal Arch." Richard Dial’s rather unique "The Comfort of Moses and the Ten Commandments" is an inviting rocking chair in the Utility section, but don’t sit in it. Community features Miecieslaw Bogun’s three-dimensional waterfall made with actual carpet as well as Ralph Fasanella’s "Meeting on the Commons," depicting a 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Kansas. And Bessie Harvey’s powerful sculpture "Faces of Africa II" is a standout in the Individuality section, along with Purvis Young’s painted wood "Assemblage of Crowd Scenes."

And keep your eye out for other pieces on the first floor of the museum as well as on the stairs so you don’t miss the interlocking-wood model of the Empire State Building, David Goldsmith"s "Tin Man," Billy Ray Hussey’s "Devil Bank," Amede Tithibault’s "Bicycle, Livery, Carriage and Paint Shop Trade Sign," Marino Auriti’s model museum "Encyclopedic Palace of the World," and the basement level’s "Cenotaph to Three Martyred Presidents."


American Folk Art Museum


Wednesday, November 30 Walk-in Wednesdays: Looking at Painted Surfaces, slide talk with Helaine Fendelman, $3, 1:30

Saturday, December 3 Hands-on Workshop: Nineteenth-Century Decorative Finishes, with Stephen Weston, $45, 10:00 am

Sunday, December 4 Family Art Workshop: Focus on Frames, $5 per family, 2:00

Sunday, December 18 Family Art Workshop: Holiday-Decorated Boxes, $5 per family, 2:00

Wednesday, December 21 Walk-in Wednesdays: Obsessive Drawing from the Living Museum, with Dr. Janos Marton, $3, 1:30

In the Neighborhood


Origami by children fill the Donnell’s windows


Donnell Library Center

New York Public Library

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

Admission: free


The Donnell Library branch of the New York Public Library is one of the busiest in the city, with programs for adults, teenagers, and children, including film, music, readings, workshops, and more. Currently the front windows of the library are home to "Origami by Children," dozens of folded-paper pieces by kids under eighteen, sponsored by OrigamiUSA. On display through January 7, each origami creation comes with a photo and biographical information of the young artist. We especially like the flying pterodactyl, the winged dragon, and the cute little rat.

Wednesday, November 23 Featuring . . . "Luminous Tapestries: Medieval Life on Film": ANDREI RUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969), 2:30

Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic ANDREI RUBLEV is part of Donnell medieval film fest

ANDREI RUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)

Tarkovsky’s marvelous — and very long, at nearly three and a half hours — study of Russian religious painter and monk Andrei Rublev is breathtaking in its epic scope and sublime beauty. Anatoli Solonitsyn stars in this primarily black-and-white tale that has the look and feel of an old classic Russian film from the 1930s (or earlier). It is about faith, about the earth, and about as slow moving as a film can get. The section about the bell is unforgettable. As with several of Tarkovsky’s films, it was cowritten by Andrei Konchalovsky, who made an attempt at Hollywood in the 1980s, churning out such terrible fare as HOMER & EDDIE and TANGO & CASH following a decent start with MARIA’S LOVERS and RUNAWAY TRAIN.

Saturday, November 26 In concert with Barrett Cobb, mezzo-soprano, and Lloyd Arriola, piano, 2:30

Sunday November 27 In concert with Katherine Sinsabaugh, viola, and Howard Hall, violin, 2:30

Monday, November 28 In concert with Joan Rowland, piano, 2:30

Tuesday, November 29 Pssst! Cecily, Lisi, and Natalie! Three Writers Talkin’ @ Teen Central, with Cecily von Ziegesar, Lisi Harrison, and Natalie Standiford, 4:00

Tuesday, November 29 BYOP: Movie Night @ Teen Central, 6:00

Tuesday, November 29 Songbook, free tickets distributed one hour prior to show, 6:00

Wednesday, November 30 Featuring . . . "Luminous Tapestries: Medieval Life on Film": BRAVEHEART (Mel Gibson, 1995), 2:30

Thursday, December 1 Meet the Author, Elizabeth Partridge @ Teen Central, 11:00 am

Tuesday, December 6 BYOP: Movie Night @ Teen Central, 6:00

Tuesday, December 20 Let’s Talk Folk Art: Self and Subject, with Lee Kogan, 12:30


MoMA Design and Book Store

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



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


Believing that "life is a riot," Sarah Endline started sweetriot barely two months ago. Her mission: "To create a more just and celebrated multicultural world for our next generation." And she plans on doing that through chocolate-covered cacao "nibs." "Peaces" of sweetriot check in at 50%, 65%, and 70% cocoa; we sampled and enjoyed the two darker versions at the recent Chocolate Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The tiny chocolate nibs come in small canisters that are available at the MoMA Design Store, MUJI at MoMA, and other stores as well as online for about six bucks each. The Web site includes such critical information as "50 Things Every Rioter Should Do" ("Eat chocolate every day of the year and twice on Cinco de Mayo when you go to Mexico"); a history of the cacao bean; a list of "What to Do with Your Tin-Tin-Tin" ("Gather bits of broken glass from crime scenes"); social causes sweetriot supports; and health facts that go a long way to proving that chocolate is indeed good for you. The verdict’s in; count us in as rioters.


Greenberg Van Doren Gallery

730 Fifth Ave. at 57th St.

Closed Sunday & Monday

Admission: free


After checking out some folk art, head over to this space in the Crown Building, where Julia Kunin’s "Neon Lava" rests on the table in the back viewing gallery. While we wouldn’t label it folk art, it is an intriguing, fun, homey piece, a red mountain made out of casts of octopuses. If you ask nicely, maybe you’ll get to see her "Lobster Quadrille" and "Hanging Rock" as well, which are made using crustacean shells. Also at the gallery is the main exhibition "James Brooks: A Survey of Small Paintings," through December 23, a collection of the abstract artist’s smaller-size works.

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Brooklyn Exhibit of the Week

Edward Burtynsky, "Manufacturing #17," Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, China, 2005


Brooklyn Museum of Art

200 Eastern Parkway

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, fifth floor

Closed Monday & Tuesday

Through January 15

Suggested contribution: $8


Toronto-born photographer Edward Burtynsky has traveled the world with his large-format viewfinder camera, focusing on the intersection of nature and industry, technological progress and the environment, capturing beautiful, unique landscapes that have an abstract beauty to them. The exhibition begins with his "Railcuts" series, depicting railroad tracks cut into the sides of mountains in British Columbia; the colorful train making its way across the gray rock in "Railcuts #8" looks like a toy, but it’s real. "Nickel Tailings #31" appears to be a lava flow but is in fact oxidized nickel residue streaming from a mine in Sudbury, Ontario. "Carrara Marble Quarries #25" could almost be seen as a flat Calderesque construction, while "Rock of Ages #26" is like an abstract collage — but both actually reveal man’s intervention in nature through the extraction of raw materials. Burtynsky also finds remarkable landscapes of waste, from enormous piles of old tires and circuit boards to "densified" scrap metal, oil drums, and tin cans. "Ferrous Bushling #7" is like a metal forest. "Oil Fields #2" looks like a race of giants dotting the flat panorama of Belridge, California. Be sure to read the labels on the pipes in the vertical, shadowy "Oil Refineries #3"; among them are "Sour Water," "Slop Rerun," and "Cat Gas."

Edward Burtynsky, "Railcuts #8," C.N. Track, Thompson River, British Columbia

In Chittagong, Bangladesh, Burtynsky took photos of oil ships being broken down, the rusty refuse mixing in with the shore. For the last few years, he has spent a lot of time in China, following the development of the Three Gorges Dam Project, in which more than a million people are being displaced and entire towns are being torn down. His "Urban Renewal" series shows what’s left of the Old City amid the giant buildings of Shanghai. And he extends his "landscapes" to include people in "Manufacturing #2," as two lines of workers at the Yuyuan Shoe Factory in Gaobu Town prepare for a shift change in a sea of yellow clothing, yellow buildings, and yellow flags, and also in "Manufacturing #17," in which assembly lines of masked pink and purple people pluck feathers at the Deda Chicken Processing Plant in Dehui City; here the men and women appear just as mechanistic as the pipes, oil refineries, and walls of tires in Burtynsky’s other pictures. Interestingly, you’ll be more drawn in by the marvelous composition of these ninety photos than by the environmental implications of the subject matter; Burtynsky is simply revealing a new kind of modern landscape, evoking the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, and Andreas Gursky, creating his own fascinating palette while not overtly preaching about conservation.

Also at the Brooklyn Museum

Museum Collection Fund, Brooklyn Museum

Mosaic, Tunis, Tunisia, 3rd century - 5th century A.D.


Brooklyn Museum of Art

Robert E. Blum Gallery, first floor

Through June 4

One hundred years ago, the Brooklyn Museum acquired twenty-one mosaics designed for a synagogue floor in Hammam Lif, Tunisia. To celebrate this centenary, "Tree of Paradise" combines the mosaics with other period artifacts (earrings, tapestries, marble busts, coins, tunics, and textiles), placing the religious and symbolic art in context of its time and place. The mosaics, which were discovered by Captain Ernest de Prudhomme in 1883, include fish, ducks, a rooster, a partridge, menorahs, a fruit basket, gazelles, a lion, a hyena, and more, telling the story of Creation and Paradise and revealing much about ancient Jewish life and tradition during the Roman era. There’s also an interesting documentary about Judaism in Tunisia, and in the back room is an area where children can learn how mosaics are made.

Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor

Auguste Rodin, "Pierre de Wiessant," one of the Burghers of Calais


Brooklyn Museum of Art

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, fifth floor rotunda

Long-term installation

This splendid circular space is one of our favorite rooms in New York City. French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) sculpted frighteningly lifelike figures, a menagerie of which are on view in this rotunda. Here you’ll find the classic "Monument to Balzac" as well as "The Burghers of Calais," Rodin’s tribute to the six town leaders who surrendered themselves and the keys to the city to King Edward III in 1347 after a long siege (Fortunately for them, the queen convinced the king not to chop off their heads.) Be sure to get up close and personal with them, checking out their gazing eyes and the intricate, realistic detail in every limb.


Brooklyn Museum of Art

200 Eastern Parkway

Admission: free after 5:00 pm


Saturday, December 3 World Music: Pistolera, Beaux-Arts Court, third floor, 6:00 — 8:00

Saturday, December 3 Hands-On Art: animal mosaics, Education Division, first floor (free tickets available in the Education Gallery at 6:00), 6:30 — 8:30

Saturday, December 3 Performance: Spanish flamenco with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, third floor (free tickets available at the visitor center in the Grand Lobby at 5:30), 6:30

Saturday, December 3 Curator Talk: Marilyn Kushner, Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, fifth floor (free tickets available at the visitor center in the Grand Lobby at 6:00), 7:00

Saturday, December 3 Modern Voices: Steven Fine, Tree of Paradise, lecture and book signing, Grand Lobby, first floor, 8:00

Saturday, December 3 Dance Lesson: Tango, with Stepping Out Dance Studios, Beaux-Arts Court, third floor, 8:00

Saturday, December 3 Film: FELICIDADES (Lucho Bender, 2000), Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, third floor (free tickets available at the visitor center in the Grand Lobby at 7:30), 8:30

Saturday, December 3 Dance Party: Violinist Leonardo Suarez-Paz and his Cuarteto Tipico, Beaux-Arts Court, third floor, 9:00 — 11:00


Brooklyn Museum

Free with museum admission unless otherwise noted

718-638-5000 / 212-594-6100

Sunday, December 4 St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble: Musicians’ Favorites, including works by Haydn, Prokofiev, and Beethoven, followed by a thirty-minute gallery talk on classical music and fine art, $25, 2:00

Sunday, December 11 Gallery Talk: Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, with Tyler Green, 3:00

Sunday, December 11 Dance Forum: Landscapes of the Body, inspired by Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, followed by a Q&A with choreographers Cori Olinghouse, Susan Sgorbati, and Chris Elam, 4:00

Saturday, December 17


Sunday, December 18 Afternoon Groove: Music and Mosaics, inspired by Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire, mosaic workshop with music by DJ Neva, 3:00

In the Neighborhood


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Ave.

Closed Mondays

Admission: $5 adults, children under sixteen free


Through January 9 Winter Visions: Brooklyn Watercolor Society, Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery

Sunday, December 4 Winter Celebration, featuring live music, horticultural tours, and more


Brooklyn Public Library

Grand Army Plaza

Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room

Admission: free


Tuesday, November 29 Documenting Brooklyn Film Series — A LIFE APART: HASIDISM IN AMERICA (Menachem Daum & Oren Rudavsky, 1997), introduced by Rudavsky, 7:00

Friday, December 2 Friday Night at the Movies: FARGO (Joel Coen, 1996), 6:00

Saturday, December 3 Saturday Family Movies: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (William R. Kowalchuk, 1998), 11:00 am

Sunday, December 4 Silent Film Series — Screening Silent Comedy Icons: Buster Keaton, the Great Stoneface, STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (Charles Reisner, 1928) and THE PLAYHOUSE (Buster Keaton, 1921), with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman, hosted and curated by Ken Gordon, 2:00

Sunday, December 4 Russian Author Series: Tomas Venclova, 4:00

Tuesday, December 6 Documenting Brooklyn Film Series: BROOKLYN BRIDGE, with director Ken Burns and historian Kenneth Jackson, 7:00

Lincoln Center Holiday Events of the Week


New York State Theater

20 Lincoln Center Plaza

64th St. & Broadway

Tickets: $28-$99


Friday, November 25


Friday, December 30 Annual holiday presentation by the New York City Ballet


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Josie Robertson Plaza

Columbus Ave. at 64th St.

Admission: free


Monday, November 28 Sixteenth annual holiday tree lighting by the fountain, 5:30


Columbus Circle to 68th St. along and around Broadway & Columbus Ave.

Admission: free


Monday, November 28 Live performances, food stands, activities for adults and children, and more, including student chamber groups from Lucy Moses & Special Music Schools at Commerce Bank from 6:00 to 8:00, ice sculpting in front of the Time Warner Center and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 6:00 to 8:30, NYC Subway: Songs from the Underground in Richard Tucker Square from 6:00 to 9:00, the Juilliard School String Quartet and Jason "Malletman" Taylor at Bed Bath & Beyond from 6:00 to 9:00, Suzie Shelton at the Harmony Atrium at 6:15, Circus Minimus’s One Man Circus in a Suitcase at the American Bible Society at 6:15 and 7:00, ASCAP Holiday Chorus & Band at One Lincoln Plaza at 6:30, the Suitcase Players present A CHRISTMAS CAROL inside Columbus Circle at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30, the Bobs in Dante Park at 6:30 & 7:30, Citigrass in Eddie Bauer at 6:30, 7:45, and 8:45, Joshua Bell at Barnes & Noble at 7:00, John Hammond at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 7:00, Jamie Leonhart at Gracious Home at 7:00 & 8:00, and Ben Rudnick and Friends at the Harmony Atrium at 7:15; along with food tastings from local restaurants for $1-$3

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Also at Lincoln Center


Alice Tully Hall

70 Lincoln Center Plaza

1941 Broadway at West 65th St.

Tickets: $30-$100

Monday, November 28 Wendy Keys in conversation with Woody Allen, with screening of MATCH POINT (Woody Allen, 2005), sold out but limited amount of tickets might be available day of show, 7:00

Gitai brings ESTHER and other hard questions to Lincoln Center


Walter Reade Theater

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

November 30 — December 8

Tickets: $10

212-875-5050 / 212-875-5166

The work of controversial Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai, which is always a challenge (we know some twi-ny subscribers who love his movies and others who hate them with a passion), will be screened at Lincoln Center for nine fun-filled days. Gitai will be on hand to introduce FREE ZONE on November 30.

Wednesday, November 30 KADOSH (Amos Gitai, 1999), 2

Wednesday, November 30 YOM YOM (DAY AFTER DAY) (Amos Gitai, 1998), 4:15

Wednesday, November 30 FREE ZONE (Amos Gitai, 2005), introduced by Amos Gitai, 6:30

Wednesday, November 30 KIPPUR (Amos Gitai, 2000), 8:45

Thursday, December 1 ESTHER (Amos Gitai, 1985), 1 & 4:45

Thursday, December 1 FIELD DIARY (YOMAN SADE) (Amos Gitai, 1982), 3

Friday, December 2 FIELD DIARY (YOMAN SADE) (Amos Gitai, 1982), 1 & 9:15

Friday, December 2 ESTHER (Amos Gitai, 1985), 3

Friday, December 2 BERLIN JERUSALEM (Amos Gitai, 1989), 5

Friday, December 2 FREE ZONE (Amos Gitai, 2005), 7

Saturday, December 3 ESTHER (Amos Gitai, 1985), 2

Saturday, December 3 YOM YOM (DAY AFTER DAY) (Amos Gitai, 1998), 4

Saturday, December 3 ALILA (Amos Gitai, 2003), 6:15

Saturday, December 3 KADOSH (Amos Gitai, 1999), 8:40

Sunday, December 4 KIPPUR (Amos Gitai, 2000), 1:15

Sunday, December 4 BERLIN JERUSALEM (Amos Gitai, 1989), 3:45

Sunday, December 4 KEDMA (Amos Gitai, 2002), 5:40

Tuesday, December 6 BERLIN JERUSALEM (Amos Gitai, 1989), 1

Tuesday, December 6 YOM YOM (DAY AFTER DAY) (Amos Gitai, 1998), 3

Wednesday, December 7 KADOSH (Amos Gitai, 1999), 1:45

Wednesday, December 7 KIPPUR (Amos Gitai, 2000), 4

Wednesday, December 7 KEDMA (Amos Gitai, 2002), 6:30

Wednesday, December 7 ALILA (Amos Gitai, 2003), 8:30

Thursday, December 8 KEDMA (Amos Gitai, 2002), 2

Thursday, December 8 ALILA (Amos Gitai, 2003), 4


Library of Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza, Vincent Astor Gallery

Through January 14

Closed Sunday & Monday

Admission: free

212-870-1630 / 212-642-0142

The history of the Juilliard School is celebrated in this joyful examination of its centennial. The exhibit includes photographs, programs, costumes, instruments, letters, videos, music, and more. Follow the timeline to discover Juilliard’s nascent days, beginning with Frank Damrosch, who opened the Institute of Musical Art in 1905, and textile merchant and benefactor Augustus D. Juilliard, and then check out all the famous names who have taken the stage (and/or taught) there, including Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Maria Callas, David Ogden Stiers, Renée Fleming, Paul Taylor, Martha Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Leontyne Price, Miles Davis, Kevin Spacey, Maurice Sendak, Bill Cosby, Van Cliburn, and so many others. There’s also a model of the Juilliard expansion that is being designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.


Library of Performing Arts

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Bruno Walter Auditorium

40 Lincoln Center Plaza

December 5-13

Admission: free


Monday, December 5 PHÈDRE (Stéphane Metge, 2003), 2:30

Monday, December 5 James Thiérrée’s LA VEILLEE DES ABYSSES, introduced by Gabrielle Babin Gugenheim, 6:00

Tuesday, December 6 AU SOLEIT MEME LA NUIT, 2:30

Wednesday, December 7 LE COMPLEXE DE THENARDIER, 1:00

Wednesday, December 7 VIOL, 3:00

Wednesday, December 7 ONCLE VANIA, 6:00

Thursday, December 8 RICHARD II, 6:00

Saturday, December 10 An Afternoon with James Thiérrée, 1:00

Monday, December 12


Tuesday, December 13 Listening Means Seeing More: The Unique World of French Radio Theater, 3:00

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Riff’s Rants & Raves

© Focus Features

John Cusack and Connie Nielsen are not quite as cold as ice

THE ICE HARVEST (Harold Ramis, 2005)

Opens November 23

All poor Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) wants for Christmas is to get out of Wichita Falls — with the $2.1 million he and Vic Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton) have stolen from local mob boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid), and maybe with sultry vixen Renata (Connie Nielsen) as well, as long as he can escape the angry clutches of hit man Roy Gelles (Mike Starr). But he’s in for one very long Christmas Eve. Based on Scott Phillips’s novel and with a screenplay by the talented team of Robert Benton and Richard Russo, THE ICE HARVEST teeters on the edge of being too quirky for its own good while angling to become a minor cult favorite a la RED ROCK WEST (John Dahl, 1992) or GROSSE POINTE BLANK (George Armitage, 1997). Embarrassed by his job as a lawyer for a small-time hood, Charlie, who tries hard to be cooler than he actually is, hangs out in strip joints, rarely sees his kids, and has a deep crush on mysterious femme fatale Renata. Vic, meanwhile, is calm and collected — although not necessarily to be trusted. You’ll want to like THE ICE HARVEST more than you actually will, but it’s still a worthy effort from director Harold Ramis, who brought us the great CADDYSHACK (1980) and GROUNDHOG DAY (1993). While the film flirts dangerously with mediocrity, in the end it is saved by Oliver Platt’s riotous performance as Pete Van Heuten, a drunken slob who stole Charlie’s wife (Justine Bentley) and now is a pathetic loser who has trouble counting his testicles.

Joan Plowright is about to get a new lease on life


Paris Theater

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

Opens November 25

Tickets: $10.50


Dame Joan Plowright is downright smashing as the title character in MRS PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT; too bad the tired, cliche-ridden script, based on Elizabeth Taylor’s novel, doesn’t do justice to her elegant simplicity. Dame Joan stars as Sarah Palfrey, a widowed septuagenarian who moves into a quaint little rooming-house hotel in London, where she is seeking some peace and quiet—but instead finds it difficult to avoid the nosy old-timers (an ancient British who’s who of Anna Massey, Marcia Warren, Georgina Hale, Millicent Martin, and Clare Higgins) who live there as well. When Mrs Palfrey’s grandson, Desmond, fails to return her calls and she literally falls into the life of a struggling young writer, Ludovic (Rupert Friend), she asks the poetic ne’er-do-well to pose as her grandson for the benefit of her gossiping neighbors. Much of what follows would barely qualify for sitcom-y Hallmark Hall of Fame status even though director Dan Ireland was after something more akin to a melange of SEPARATE TABLES, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, and HAROLD AND MAUDE. But Dame Joan is a trooper, turning in a magnificent performance that rises above everything else—especially the ludicrously quick and simplistic ending.


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Tickets: $10


Wednesday, November 23


Tuesday, December 1 New 35mm print of original French version of CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (Claude Sautet, 1960) with new translation, 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40

Wednesday, December 2


Thursday, December 8 New 35mm restoration of PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick, 1957), 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40

PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)

Quite simply the best English-language antiwar film ever made. Kirk Douglas stars as Colonel Dax, a French military man who disagrees with his superiors, who want to send his men into certain annihilation in order to take a worthless hill during World War I. Dax’s verbal battles with Generals Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) and Mireau (George Macready) are unforgettable, as are the final scenes, in which three random men are chosen to pay the price for what the generals call cowardice.


The great Richard Thompson is finishing up his U.S. tour in California this week and then heading to the UK, but even though you missed him at the World Financial Center and the Town Hall (shame on you!), you can still pick up his terrific new disc, FRONT PARLOUR BALLADS. This solo record by the world’s smartest lyricist and one of its best guitarists is yet another stirring, funny, beautiful collection of compelling songs steeped in British tradition, heartbreak, word play, and revelry. The album opens with the rollicking "Let It Blow," about a fast and futile wedding, while the next-to-last song, "Should I Betray?" is about a bold betrayal, classic Thompson fare about doomed love and failed romance. His words echo with poetic simplicity in the medieval-sounding tale "Miss Patsy," in which he sings, "Miss Patsy, forgive all the choices I made / I’ve been fighting on the wrong crusade / Looking for ghosts in a penny arcade." The pained-love pair "How Does Your Garden Grow?" and "My Soul, My Soul" feature some of Thompson’s most exquisite guitar playing, as does "The Boys of Mutton Street," about a group of toughs who "give no ground." Thankfully, with this disc, Thompson again has chosen not to live "A Solitary Life" (a great new song), sharing yet more of his thrilling music and fab world view with us.

THE HUMAN FLY AND OTHER STORIES by T.C. Boyle (September 2005, Viking Children’s hardcover $17.99, Puffin Speak trade paperback $9.99)

We’ve always liked T.C. Boyle’s short stories, and the thirteen works collected here show off his trademark wry sense of humor and unique characters. In "The Human Fly," an odd man named Zoltan is determined to make a name for himself as a daredevil, no matter the risk. "The Fog Man" is a poignant look back at lost innocence. In "Rara Avis," a rare bird atop a furniture store brings a community together, at least for a while. "The Champ" is a knockout, with old-timer Angelo D. taking on newcomer Kid Gullet at the Garden for the eating championship of the world. Some of the stories get caught up in a forced style and don’t quite work, like the Beat-inspired "Beat" about hanging out with Kerouac, the overly simplistic "The Hit Man," and the boring and too Hemingway-esque "Almost Shooting an Elephant," but it’s hard to complain when you have the hysterical college football tale "56-0"; the frighteningly believable "Greasy Lake"; "Achates McNeil," about a kid living in and out of the shadow of his famous father; "Heart of a Champion," a Timmy-and-Lassie tale you never saw on TV; and the stunning "The Love of My Life," the O. Henry Award winner about a pair of high school students who do the unimaginable and have to face the tragic consequences. Curiously, the book is being published by Penguin for young readers age twelve and up, which seems a curious repackaging to us, as some of these stories are not appropriate for junior high schoolers, a little too heavy on the sex, drugs, and violence scale.

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


Central Park West to Columbus Ave. between 77th & 81st Sts.

Admission: free


Wednesday, November 23 Annual inflation-eve blow-up of Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, 3:00 — 8:00 (time approximate)


BAMcinematek / BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

November 23-28

Tickets: $10


Wednesday, November 23


Friday, November 25 DEATH RIDES A HORSE (Giulio Petroni, 1967)

Saturday, November 26 MY NAME IS NOBODY (Tonino Valerii, 1973), 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Sunday, November 27 THE BIG GUNDOWN (Sergio Sollima, 1966), 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Monday, November 28 FIGHTING FISTS OF SHANGHAI HOE (Mario Caiano, 1972), 6:50, 9:15


77th St. & Central Park West to 34th St. & Seventh Ave.

Public viewing areas: Broadway between 38th & 58th Sts., 34th St. between Broadway & Seventh Ave., 70th St. from Central Park West to Columbus Circle

Parade begins at 9:00 am and runs until 12 noon

Admission: free


Thursday, November 24 In 1924, a bunch of Macy’s employees joined forces and held the first Macy’s Christmas Parade, as it was then known. This year Macy’s celebrates the seventy-ninth year of this beloved American event. (For those of you going crazy trying to figure out how 1924 to 2005 makes 79, the parade was canceled from 1942 through 1944 because of World War II.) This year’s lineup features such new floats and balloons as NFL Classic as well as the return of such vintage favorites as the Statue of Liberty and Tom Turkey, along with Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder’s Wendy and Muck, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, the Lego Carousel of Imagination, Greendog with Hayley Westenra, 123 Sesame Street, the USPS Spirit of America, Tutenstein, and the American Classic Malt Shopp. Look for lots of celebrity lip-synching and silly waving as well, in addition to nameless and faceless NBC sitcom stars.


Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

Tickets: $10 unless otherwise noted


Friday, November 25


Saturday, November 26 Laurel and Hardy: THE BOHEMIAN GIRL (James Horne & Charles R. Rogers, 1936) and BRATS (James Horne & Charles R. Rogers, 1930), 2:00

Friday, November 25

Saturday, November 26


Sunday, November 27 Repertory Nights: THE CONFORMIST (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970), 6:30

Saturday, November 26


Sunday, November 27 Laurel and Hardy: TOWED IN A HOLE (George Marshall, 1933), THEIR FIRST MISTAKE (George Marshall, 1932), and THE MUSIC BOX (James Parrott, 1932), 4:00

Sunday, November 27 Laurel and Hardy: PUTTING PANTS ON PHILIP (Clyde Bruckman, 1927), EARLY TO BED (Emmett Flynn, 1928), TWO TARS (James Parrott, 1928), HABEAS CORPUS (Leo McCarey, 1928), and LIBERTY (Leo McCarey, 1929), with live music by Donald Sosin, 2:00

Tuesday, November 29 Black Light: THE CONSTANT GARDENER (Fernando Meirelles, 2005), a Pinewood Dialogue with Fernando Meirelles, $12, 7:30

THE CONSTANT GARDENER (Fernando Meirelles, 2005)

Followed by a Pinewood Dialogue with the director

Fernando Meirelles knows how to make movies. His previous film, the remarkable CITY OF GOD (2002), was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and he earned a nod for Best Director as well, sending him off to Hollywood for his first English-language effort. The result is the exciting tale of a low-level British diplomat who becomes obsessed with investigating his radical wife’s murder. As he uncovers more and more information, he learns surprising things about his wife — and the British government. Based on John Le Carré’s novel, THE CONSTANT GARDENER opens with the murder of Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz); her husband, Justin (Ralph Fiennes), is a diplomat stationed in Kenya who prefers not to ruffle any feathers. As he is told what might have happened to her, he continues watering his plants, tending to his garden. Tessa’s death is ruled a crime of passion, allegedly committed by a peace worker, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but Justin believes there’s more to it. He soon finds himself in the middle of a complex conspiracy that puts him in the cross hairs of some very powerful — and dangerous — people. Meirelles alternates between the past and the present, using flashbacks to reveal Justin and Tessa’s complicated, often mysterious relationship. By focusing on the characters instead of the conspiracy, Meirelles has crafted an exciting spy thriller with a heart.

Wednesday, November 30 Laurel and Hardy: TOWED IN A HOLE (George Marshall, 1933), THEIR FIRST MISTAKE (George Marshall, 1932), and THE MUSIC BOX (James Parrott, 1932), free matinee for seniors, 10:30 am

Saturday, December 3


Sunday, December 4 Repertory Nights: FORBIDDEN GAMES (René Clément, 1952), 6:30


South Street Seaport, Fulton St. at Water St.

Fridays through Sundays, the Big Apple Chorus, Friday at 6 & 7, Saturday and Sunday at 3 & 4

Admission: free

Saturday, November 26


Saturday, December 24 The Big Apple Chorus performs in the holiday tree, including at the lighting ceremony


Steinhardt Building

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


Saturday, November 26 Peter Bogdanovich Selects: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, $9, 7:00 & 9:30

Tuesday, November 29 FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART: AMOS VOGEL AND CINEMA 16 (Paul Cronin, 2003), followed by Q&A with Cronin and Vogel, $15, 7:30


Independent filmmakers and cineastes, stop what you’re doing and get tickets to this great little film. Vienna-born Amos Vogel was one of the all-time great programmers, running Cinema 16 from 1947 into the 1960s, where he screened alternative, avant-garde, foreign-language, scientific, and other controversial works that had never before been seen in America. Director Paul Cronin follows Vogel as he walks around the Village, stopping by familiar places where his career began. Vogel also opens up his home and office to the camera for a fascinating look into his unique world. A radical leftist, he eagerly fought censorship to bring new ideas to adventurous moviegoers. All the while he was involved in a wonderful love story with his wife of nearly sixty years. He also was the founder and first director of the New York Film Festival. Oh, he was also the professor who got us into the NYU Cinema Studies graduate school program, so we might be somewhat biased. But judging from the people who showed up when this film was screened last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, which included filmmakers, teachers, and other programmers, we’re not the only ones who realize Vogel’s importance to cinema and New York City.

Saturday, December 3 Peter Bogdanovich Selects: THE QUIET MAN (John Ford, 1952), introduced by Bogdanovich, $9, 7:00 & 9:30


Leonard Nimoy Thalia (LNT)

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (PJST)

2537 Broadway at 95th St.


Saturday, November 26 International Dog Film Festival, $18 in advance, $20 day of show, PJST, 7:30

Thursday, December 1 NUANCES OF PEACE II and THE BAMBOO PRINCESS, the Inoue Chamber Ensemble, with storytelling by Makiko Sakurai, PJST, $30, 8:00

Friday, December 2


Saturday, December 3 THE NUTCRACKER, performed by Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory Performance Project, PJST, $25, 8:00

Saturday, December 3 Just Kidding: Dan Zanes and Friends, PJST, $16, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Sunday, December 4 Just Kidding: Dan Zanes and Friends, PJST, $16, 2:00 & 4:30


Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Monday afternoon at 2:00, with Mark Ethan

Admission: free with suggested museum admission of $5


Monday, November 28 DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder, 1044)

Monday, December 5 THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (John Huston, 1948)


CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St.

Admission: free unless otherwise noted


Monday, November 28 Perpetual Motion: Revolutions in Seventeenth-Century Science and Music, with Dava Sobel, 6:00

Tuesday, November 29 A New Vision for Land Use in America, with Bruce Babbitt, $15, 7:00

Wednesday, November 30 TELL ME A RIDDLE (Lee Grant, 1980), with Lee Grant and Rachel Lyon, Elebash Recital Hall, 6:30


66 West 12th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.


Monday, November 28 Nonfiction Forum: Philip Gourevitch, $5, 6:30

Tuesday, November 29 Poets on Poetry with Phillis Levin, free, 3:00

Friday, December 2 Cave Canem Legacy Conversation: Toi Derricotte with Naomi Long Madgett, free, 7:00

Monday, December 5 The Public Art Fund Talks with Josiah McElheny, $5, 6:30

Tuesday, December 6 The Idea of Being Free: A Reading, with Gina Luria Walker, free, 4:00


American Girl Place

609 Fifth Ave. at 49th St.

Tuesdays at 5:30 & 7:00

Saturdays at 6:00 & 7:30

Tickets: $25


Tuesday, November 29


Saturday, December 17 Live performance featuring eight actresses from American Girl Theater, time traveling while singing holiday carols and classic songs, followed by special treats


World Financial Center Winter Garden

225 Vesey St.

Admission: free


Tuesday, November 29 Holiday Lighting Ceremony with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing songs from all faiths, 6:30

Monday, December 5


Friday, December 23 The Accidentals performing a cappella holiday carols, 12 noon — 2:00 weekdays, 1:00 — 3:00 weekends

Wednesday, December 7 David Parker & the Bang Group’s NUT/CRACKED, 12:30


Rockefeller Center at 47th to 51st Sts.

Admission: free


Wednesday, November 30 Seventy-third annual Christmas tree lighting, 7:00


Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Pl.


Wednesday, November 30 Looking Back. Facing Forward: Ambassador Henry Morgenthau and the Armenian Genocide, illustrated lecture by Ara Sarafian, moderated by Gabriel Sanders, free with suggested admission of $10, 7:00

Sunday, December 4 The Rosenblatt Forum: Two Nurembergs — The Perversion and Preservation of Justice, keynote address by Alan Dershowitz, also with Harry Reicher, Douglas Morris, Jnathan Bush, and Rebecca Wittmann, $18, 2:00 — 5:00


Chelsea Piers

Sky Rink at Pier 61

Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door


Thursday, December 1 A World AIDS Day Benefit for Body Positive, 8:00 pm — 12 midnight, including ice skating from 8:30 — 10:30 pm, with open bar and hors d’oeuvres, hot chocolate, an outreach and education fair, a silent auction, and performances by the Glamazons and Naked Boys Singing


Brooklyn Children's Museum

145 Brooklyn Ave. at St. Marks Ave.

Admission: free


Thursday, December 1 Learn about the festival of Loy Krathong, including making lily pad boats called krathongs, for ages six and up


Dahesh Museum of Art

580 Madison Ave. at 57th St.

Admission: free from 6:00 — 9:00


Thursday, December 1 Lecture and screening, RACHEL OF THE COMÉDIE-FRANÇAISE (Judith Wechsler), with filmmaker and art historian Judith Wechsler, 6:30


The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Inside the park at 110th St. & Lenox Ave.

Closed Mondays

Admission: free


Thursday, December 1


Sunday, December 11 See gingerbread homes built by top chefs, along with arts & crafts, educational activities about sheltering animals, workshops, and more, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm


Saint Peter’s Church

619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St.

Suggested donation: $15

516-248-7549 / 212-935-2200

Friday, December 2 Holiday selections and popular classics, 7:30


Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Veterans’ Memorial Hall

1000 Richmond Terr.
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00

Tickets: $17


Friday, December 2


Sunday, December 11 Classic retelling of the Dickens classic


Mulberry St. between Canal & Broome Sts.

Weekends through December 18

Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 am — 10:00 pm

Sundays 11:00 am — 8:00 pm

Admission: free


Friday, December 2 Tree lighting ceremony, Church of the Most Precious Blood, 109 Mulberry St., with Gianni Russo, 6:00 pm

Saturday, December 3 Parade with live music and floats, Mulberry St. from Canal to Houston Sts., 2:00

Sunday, December 4 Religious procession, Mulberry St. from Canal to Broome Sts., 1:30

"Rudolph and Friends" brighten New Jersey


PNC Bank Arts Center

Garden State Parkway Exit 116

Monday through Thursday, 5:00 — 9:30, $12 per carload for two trips

Saturdays & Sundays, 5:00 — 10:30, $15 per carload

Friday, December 2


Sunday, January 1 Drive-through light park, including Santa’s Beach Party and Santa and Friends


Scandinavia House

58 Park Ave. at 38th St.

Tickets: $10, $5 children under twelve


Saturday, December 3 Celebrate the songs and traditions of St. Lucia, with Eva Engman, 4:00


Manhattan Center

311 West 34th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

Minimum pledge for entry: $75


Saturday, December 3 Five-hour Dance-a-Thon, with special guest hosts Wendy Williams, Jai Rodriguez, Michelle Visage, and Tyson Beckford, live performances by Jody Watley and La Bruja, and DJ sets by Chad Jack, Mary Mac, Tony Touch, Tony Moran, and Junior Vasquez, 6:00 pm — 12 midnight, followed by after-party at Crobar at 530 West 28th St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.


The Little Orchestra Society

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

68th St. between Park and Lexington Aves.

Tickets: $40


Saturday, December 3 Music Tells a Story, including Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, for ages thee to five, 10:30 am & 12 noon

Sunday, December 4 Music Tells a Story, including Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, for ages thee to five, 1:00 & 2:30


Wave Hill

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

Kerlin Learning Center

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


Saturday, December 3


Sunday, December 4 Family Art Project: It’s a Wrap / Es un Regalo, making wrapping paper, 1:00 — 4:00


Staten Island Botanical Garden

1000 Richmond Terr.

Admission: free


Sunday, December 4 Eighth annual tree lighting ceremony, with caroling and refreshments, 5:30


91st St. & Park Ave.

Admission: free

212-289-4400 / 212-876-3322

Sunday, December 4 Annual memorial holiday lighting, with the Brick Church Choir and the U.S. Army Band, 6:30


New York Society for Ethical Culture

2 West 64th St. at Central Park West

Tickets: $5, including materials


Sunday, December 4 Gift-making workshop with Loren Silber, for adults and children ten and up, 2:00 — 4:00


Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Seventh Ave. at 27th St.

Tickets: $10


Monday, December 5 Curatorial tour of Fashion and Textile History Gallery, 6:00


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St.


Monday, December 5 Family Holiday Benefit: The Nutcracker Sweet, followed by dinner and dancing, 5:00


Father Duffy Square

Broadway at 46th St.

Admission: free

Wednesday, December 7 Annual tree lighting ceremony of twenty-five-foot Douglas fir, with celebrity lighters Chita Rivera and David Hyde Pierce, and live performances by the cast of ALTAR BOYZ and sixth graders from the Professional Performing Arts School, 5:00 pm

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