Park of the Week


1. Summertime in Union Square Park, the Metronome, the 14th St. subway stop, and Irving Plaza

2. Historic St. Bart’s, a dinocerate sculpture, Park Ave. chocolate, and writers at Borders

3. Asian films and anime all over town

4. Doo wop, Latin jazz, the Donnas, Liza with a Z, and schizo cinema by the sea

5. Plus an expanded Riff’s Rants & Raves (including Walter Salles’s DARK WATER, Ingmar Bergman’s SARABAND, Asif Kapadia’s THE WARRIOR, Makoto Shinkai’s THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS, John G. Young’s THE RECEPTION, Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN BEGINS, Kim Ki-Duk’s BAD GUY, Eiji Nonaka’s CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL, and new versions of Richard Matheson’s I AM LEGEND and HELL HOUSE)

6. and twi-ny’s weekly recommended events, including book readings, film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, street fairs, parades, and such special events as Bastille Day on 60th St., Ned Rorem at B&N, a tribute to Johnny Depp in Brooklyn, the Dominican Day Parade in the Bronx, pre-Code cinema at Film Forum, Cherry Jones and John Patrick Shanley at Makor, Chuck Klosterman in Bryant Park, Manumission Day in Chatham Square, Will Cotton at the Dahesh, Slater Bradley at the Guggenheim, Nordic jazz at Scandinavia House, the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island, and free outdoor music and movies in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan

Volume 5, Number 5
July 6-20, 2005

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“New York, like London, seems to be a cloacina of all the depravities of human nature.”

-- Thomas Jefferson in an 1823 letter to William Short


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

Admission: free


This national historic landmark at the "union" of the old Bloomingdale Road and Bouwerie Lane is one of the sociopolitical centers of the city, a place for people to join together in protest, in mourning, in celebration. On the north side of the park, a tall Abraham Lincoln faces into the crowd. Henry Kirke Brown’s 1869 statue features our sixteenth president, his right hand on his chest, his cloak draped around him. Walk onto the grass and dance around the gorgeous flagpole, designed by medalist Anthony de Francisci and architect Perry Coke Smith in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, with its depiction of the thirteen colonies, a reproduction of the historic document, a procession of intricately carved workers and mythic figures, and state plaques at your feet. Head east to pay tribute to the Marquis de Lafayette, memorialized in this 1876 sculpture by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. Lafayette is looking northeast, his right hand over his heart, his left grasping his sword. "My heart was enlisted as soon as I heard of American independence," it quotes him on the base. The statue was erected "in remembrance of sympathy in time of trial."

At the south end of the park, where people gathered and left memorials during the first weeks after September 11 and continue to protest, stands Brown’s sculpture of George Washington atop his horse, his right hand reaching out to the future of America. To Washington’s right, in a gated garden, stands Kantilal Patel’s 1986 statue of Mahatma Gandhi, walking stick in his right hand, looking into the park as if watching all of the peaceful protesters who learned from his teachings. Facing Broadway, Karl Adolph Donndorf’s James Fountain is topped by a woman looking down at one child, whose left foot dangles over the base, while she cradles a younger child in her right arm, the boy’s right hand reaching out; meanwhile, lion heads spit out water below. Be sure to check out the plaques by Greg LeFevre that circle the sidewalk on the south side; they depict the history of the area, from the original excavation to Native American settlements to views of the city from the park and more.


Mahatma Gandhi takes a walk in the park


Meet at Lincoln Statue in Union Square Park

Saturdays at 2:00 pm

Admission: free


Saturdays at 2:00 Union Square neighborhood walking tour led by writer, actor, historian, and tour guide Karl-Michael Emyrs, sponsored by the 14th Street Union Square Local Development Corporation and BID


Union Square Park

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

Wednesdays through August 17

Admission: free


Every Wednesday Union Square Park features special music and dance performances, one at lunchtime and another after work.

Wednesday, July 6 KR3T’s Dance Company, 12:30

Wednesday, July 6 Greenwich Village Orchestra, 6:00

Wednesday, July 13 Licorice Factory, 12:30

Wednesday, July 13 Special Children’s Presentation from Barnes & Noble, 5:00

Wednesday, July 13 The Vineyard Theatre Celebrates the Music of Off-Broadway, 6:00

Wednesday, July 20 Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, 12:30

Wednesday, July 20 Harambee Dance Co. , 6:00

Wednesday, July 27 The Peter Spink Band, 12:30

Wednesday, July 27 Take a Break — Practice OM Yoga in the Park, 2:00

Wednesday, July 27 Special Children’s Presentation from Barnes & Noble, 5:00

Wednesday, July 27 Songs from the Underground Concert Series, 6:00

Wednesday, August 3 Rebecca Pronsky Band, 12:30

Wednesday, August 3 The John Malino Band, 6:00

Wednesday, August 10 Jennifer Muller/The Works, 12:30

Wednesday, August 10 The Niall O'Leary Irish Dance Troupe, 6:00

Wednesday, August 10 Performance Space 122 Presents Terry Dean and Katie’s DANCEOFF

Wednesday, August 17 The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Presents: Double Down Swing, 12:30

Wednesday, August 17 FringeNYTEASERS

Wednesday, August 17 Battery Dance Company, 6:00


Trekking through the Union Square Greenmarket


Union Square Park

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:00 am — 6:00 pm

Admission: free


For more than twenty-five years, the Council on the Environment of New York City has been sponsoring outdoor greenmarkets throughout the five boroughs. Four times a week in Union Square you can find high-quality fruits and vegetables (many organic and locally grown), fresh bread, meat, fish and poultry, plants and flowers, organic cakes and cookies (we like the banana chip bread and chocolate chip cookies from Stone Arch Farms), maple syrup and honey, eggs and dairy products, and everyone’s favorite, Martin’s Pretzels ( And, by the way, those guys at Martin’s are in no way Amish. Or even from Pennsylvania.


Union Square Park Northern Plaza

Ticket price last year: $85

Thursday, September 22

Wander around Union Square Park and partake in dishes from neighborhood restaurants, 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 End, 7:30 — 9:30 pm


Union Square Park Center Lawn

Admission: free


Sunday, September 25 Union Square Park will once again be home to this unique festival, showing short films from all around the world. More than five thousand people are expected to attend; grand prize for the best film includes plenty of equipment to help the winner make a feature film, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

In the Neighborhood


Keeping time in Union Square


1 Union Square South at 14th St.

Admission: free

Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel created the huge 98' x 200' rectangular smoke-blowing three-million-dollar sculpture that faces Union Square Park from the facade of the Virgin building. At the top is a hand reaching out, below it a hole blowing out smoke from the gilded center, leading to a long arm and an abstract rock. The massive work incorporates a clock that used to keep the time in a unique way but has been replaced by a digital countdown to New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics.


Inside Union Square Station around Union Square Park

Admission: $2 subway fare

Most people just pass by these large, broken pieces of stone that feature old, fading mosaics on one side, but you should take a minute to check them out. They are actually real pieces of the original subway walls designed in 1904 by the French firm of Brueby Faience and by Beaux Arts specialists Heins & Lafarge, who contributed to many city landmarks. So be sure to touch a piece of New York history the next time you are hurrying through this station, probably trying to figure out which exit will let you out where.


17 Union Square East at Park Ave. South


On the facade of this beautiful structure it says, "1786 The Society of Tammany or Columbia Order 1928." It is the place where the Tammany Society used to reside; its motto was "Freedom Our Rock." The building, which also includes cameos of Columbus on the exterior, currently houses the Union Square Theatre, which is presenting SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW. It is believed that the society took its name from a Delaware Lenape chief named Tamanend, who welcomed William Penn. Tammany, of course, will forever be a part of New York City, with its fabled history as the ultimate political machine, involving the likes of Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson, the Locofocos, the Barnburners and the Hunkers, and Boss Tweed.


17 Irving Pl. between 14th & 15th Sts.


One of the best small clubs in the city, Irving Plaza always presents an eclectic mix of up-and-coming bands and more established groups looking to get back to their roots. We’ve seen some great shows here: the Replacements, Lou Reed, Los Lobos, Joan Jett, Wilco, Bob Mould, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle, Ian Hunter, and Aimee Mann. Others who have graced this stage include Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Willie Nelson, Henry Rollins, U2, Joe Jackson, Sonic Youth, Luna, Yo La Tengo, the Beastie Boys, PJ Harvey, Violent Femmes, Pere Ubu, Robyn Hitchcock & the Soft Boys, Ween, Weezer, They Might Be Giants, Pavement, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, Melissa Etheridge, Blur, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Cracker, Taj Mahal, Maceo Parker, Dick Dale, Hoodoo Gurus, Dr. John, Luscious Jackson, Frank Black, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Ani DiFranco, Skid Row, Fugazi, Moby, the Neville Brothers, Warren Zevon, Goo-Goo Dolls, Marilyn Manson, Shane MacGowan, the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Jewel, Patti Smith, Cornershop, Slayer, and so many others.

Thursday, July 7 Digable Planets with J-Live and Masauko, $27.50, 8:00

Wednesday, July 13 Royksopp, $20, 8:00

Friday, July 15 Ozomatli and State Radio, $19, 8:00

Wednesday, July 20 Yerba Buena, $18, 8:00

Thursday, July 21 Esthero, $20, 8:00

Friday, July 22 An Evening with … Coheed and Cabria, sold out, 8:00

Wednesday, July 27 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, with Tom Freund, sold out, 8:00

Friday, July 29 The Comedians of Comedy, hosted by Patton Oswalt, with Brian Posehn, Zach Galifianakis, and Maria Bamford, $20, 8:00

Historic Church of the Week


Historic church stands tall in Midtown


109 East 50th St. at Park Ave.

Open daily 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Free tours on Sunday following the 11:00 service (around 12:15)

Tours Monday through Friday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm: $5


St. Bart’s is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in New York, the place where the Vanderbilts and the Astors came to pray. Founded in 1835 downtown on the Bowery, the church moved to Madison & 44th in 1872, in a building designed by James Renwick. St. Bart’s moved uptown again, to its current home on Park Ave. & 50th, in 1918, bringing along parts of the two previous buildings that were incorporated into a brand-new, thrilling structure designed by Bertram Goodhue. The three portals (including the exterior facade and the bronze doors), designed for the Madison Ave. building and moved here, are by Stanford White. The northern doorway is sculpted by Herbert Adams, the center doorway (including the large frieze of Old and New Testament events) is by Daniel Chester French (mostly sculpted by Andrew O’Conner), and the southern doorway, a truly elegant and outstanding piece of work, is by Philip Martiny; take your time and marvel at his depictions of St. Philip, St. James, St. Andrew, and St. Bartholomew.

Before you go into the church, be sure to check out the capitals of the columns in the narthex, which feature such famous faces as Florence Nightingale, John Wesley, Louis Pasteur, and Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer, each one surrounded by representative symbols of their lives. The ceiling mosaics in the narthex, by Hildreth Meire, encapsulate the creation of the world, six days crammed into five pendentives. Inside the main building, along the north aisle, are Old Testament stained-glass windows, with New Testament windows on the south aisle. Every nook and cranny holds something special: Among our favorites are Lee Lawrie’s gorgeous yellow Siena marble pulpit; the Aeolian-Skinner organ, its 12,422 pipes making it the largest in New York City; the rose Sanctus window, in which Goodhue did not want to include stained glass; the baptistry, with its stunning gate and the Last Supper reredos above the altar; and the downstairs Memorial Chapel, where the remains of such people as Lillian and Dorothy Gish are kept. We wish we had more space to tell you about the organ case, the chancel, the children’s chapel, Meire’s apse half-dome mosaics (with Peter, Elijah, Jesus, John, and James), the cloister, the lectern, the north transept, the arches, the Roman wall from 110 a.d., the north porch, the amazing cross-hatched wooden beam ceiling, etc., but you’re just going to have to experience them for yourself.

On August 24 the church celebrates the feast day of St. Bartholomew, the apostle who was also referred to as Nathanael; Bartholomew was a "true Israelite" destined for "greater and higher things," according to Jesus, and was martyred by being flayed and beheaded — his iconography includes a sword in one hand and human skin in the other.


A young gentleman saunters past St. Bart's preparing for a wedding


St. Bartholomew’s Church

109 East 50th St. at Park Ave.

Sunday mornings at 11:00 through September 18

Admission: free, donations accepted


Sunday, July 10 Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd

Sunday, July 17 The Chapel Choir and Brass Ensemble of St. Peter’s School, York, England  

Sunday, July 17 Special Summer Pops Concert: the Chapel Choir, Wind Band and Swing Band of St. Peter’s School, York, England, 3:00

Sunday, July 24 Missa in G-Minor, BWV 235 by Johann Sebastian Bach, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, July 31 Missa Miamiensis by James Buonemani, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 7 Missa Solennelle by Louis Vierne, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 14 Missa Brevis (1944) by Zoltán Kodály, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 21 Missa in A-Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 28 Missa Luba (Congolese Mass), with St. Bartholomew’s Choir and Instrumentalists

Sunday, September 4 Missa in G-Major, BWV 236 by Johann Sebastian Bach, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, September 11 Requeim, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré, with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, September 18 Christchurch Mass by Malcolm Archer, with St. Bartholomew’s Boy & Girl Choristers


St. Bart’s Central

Central Park Great Lawn, Field #4 or #5 — look for the red balloons

Admission: free

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Saturday, July 9


Saturday, July 30 Play with the St. Bart’s softball team or just watch; game followed by gathering at a local watering hole, 11:00 am — 2:00 pm

In the Neighborhood


Robert Cook's twisting dinocerate


345 Park Ave. plaza between 51st & 52nd St.

Robert Cook’s twisting abstract bronze sculpture, named after a variety of dinocerate that is an extinct Eocene mammal from Wyoming, sits across the street just north of St. Bart’s, on the raised plaza. Its violent shapes somehow bring a calming influence to the nondescript office building it rests next to, with giant windows looking into corporate America. But be careful if you decide to check it out up close and personal; there is quite a drop to the lower level, with no safety railings. Although Cook worked primarily in bronze, he was married to Joan Marble, who died last year after publishing NOTES FROM AN ITALIAN GARDEN.


442 Park Ave. at 56th St.

Closed Sunday

Admission: free


Although the eclectic items available in this marvelous store are rather expensive, you’ll still have a hard time not leaving with a heavy bag of goodies. First and foremost, there is Fauchon’s amazing chocolate, from bon-bons and biscuits to truffles, chocolate-covered almonds, and outrageous cakes and tarts. You can also bring home loose teas from Asia, glazed fruit and candy, spices and foie gras, extra virgin olive oil and fancy vinegar, macaroon cookies, and exquisite juices and preserves. Or you can take a load off and relax in the Salon de The.


461 Park Ave. between 57th & 58th Sts.

Admission: free


Tuesday, July 12 Sharon Krum, THE THING ABOUT JANE SPRING, 6:30

Wednesday, July 13 Francine du Plessix Gray, THEM: A MEMOIR OF PARENTS, 6:30

Saturday, July 16 The arrival of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, 11:30 pm

Dueling Asian Film Festivals of the Week

GHOST IN THE SHELL flies into MoMA later this summer


Museum of Modern Art

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

Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 1 and 2

July 10 — September 2005

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

If you haven’t caught the manga/anime wave coming out of Japan, here’s your chance to catch up in a big way, as MoMA will be presenting some of the best and most influential of this animated art form, including the premiere episodes of such famous fare as GALAXY EXPRESS 999, ASTROBOY, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, SAMURAI 7, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, GIGANTOR, and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM. Also on tap are such feature-length classics as AKIRA, GHOST IN THE SHELL, and SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK: ARCADIA OF MY YOUTH as well as a night of ROBOT CARNIVAL.

Sunday, July 10 HINOTORI (THE PHOENIX: CHAPTER OF DAWN) (Ryousuke Takahashi, 1966/2004), 2:00

Monday, July 11 AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988), 6:00

Monday, July 11 RANMA 1/2: P-P-CHAN, HE IS GOOD FOR NOTHING (Tsutomu Shibayama, 1989) and URUSEI YATSURA (BEAUTIFUL DREAMER) (Mamoru Oshii, 1984), 8:00

Wednesday, July 13 RUROUNI KENSHIN (Kazuhiro Furuhashi, 1996) and CRAYON SHIN-CHAN: TIP AND RUN! PIG HOOF BATTLE (Masaaki Yuasa, 1998), 6:00

Friday, July 15 HINOTORI (THE PHOENIX: CHAPTER OF DAWN) (Ryousuke Takahashi, 1966/2004), 6:00

Friday, July 15 GINGA TETSUDÔ 999 (GALAXY EXPRESS 999) (Nobutaka Nishizawa, 1978) and WAGA SEISHUN NO ARCADIA (SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK: ARCADIA OF MY YOUTH) (Tomoharu Katsumat, 1982), 8:00

Saturday, July 16 TETSUWAN ATOMU (ASTROBOY) (Osamu Tezuka, 1963), FUSHIGINA MERUMO (MARVELOUS MELMO) (Osamu Tezuka, 1971), and HINOTORI (THE PHOENIX: CHAPTER OF DAWN) (Ryousuke Takahashi, 1966/2004), 2:00


Sunday, July 17 RANMA 1/2: P-P-CHAN, HE IS GOOD FOR NOTHING (Tsutomu Shibayama, 1989) and URUSEI YATSURA (BEAUTIFUL DREAMER) (Mamoru Oshii, 1984), 2:00

Monday, July 18 RUROUNI KENSHIN (Kazuhiro Furuhashi, 1996) and CRAYON SHIN-CHAN: TIP AND RUN! PIG HOOF BATTLE (Masaaki Yuasa, 1998), 6:00

Wednesday, July 20 AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988), 6:00

Thursday, July 21 GINGA TETSUDÔ 999 (GALAXY EXPRESS 999) (Nobutaka Nishizawa, 1978) and WAGA SEISHUN NO ARCADIA (SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK: ARCADIA OF MY YOUTH) (Tomoharu Katsumat, 1982), 8:00


Thursday, August 25 SAMURAI 7 (Toshifumi Takizawa, 2004), SAMURAI CHAMPLOO (Shinichiro Watanabe, 2004), and KERORO GUNSO (SERGEANT KERORO) (Sato Jun’ichi, 2004), 6:00


Saturday, August 27 KARESHI KANOJO NO JIJO (HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES) (Hideaki Anno, 1998), FUSHIGINA MERUMO (MARVELOUS MELMO) (Osamu Tezuka, 1971), and RANMA 1/2: THE RETURN OF THE HEADMASTER FROM HELL (Tsutomu Shibayama, 1989), 2:00

Saturday, August 27 ROBOT CARNIVAL (Atsuko Fukushima, Hidetoshi Omori, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Katsuhiro Otomo, Koji Morimoto, Mao Lamdo, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, 1987), 5:00

Sunday, August 28 KOKAKU KIDOTAI (GHOST IN THE SHELL) (Mamoru Oshii, 1995), 2:00

Sunday, August 28 TETSUJIN NIJYUUHACHIGOU (GIGANTOR) (Yonehiko Watanabe, 1963), MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1979), and FLCL (Fooly Cooly) (Tsurumaki Kazuya, 2000), 5:00


Wednesday, August 31 TETSUJIN NIJYUUHACHIGOU (GIGANTOR) (Yonehiko Watanabe, 1963), MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1979), and FLCL (Fooly Cooly) (Tsurumaki Kazuya, 2000), 6:00

Takashi Miike's IZO strikes the IFC Center on July 21


Asia Society and Museum (AS)

725 Park Ave. at 70th St.


Walter Reade Theater (WRT)

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


Cinema Arts Centre (CAC)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Waverly Pl.

423 Park Ave., Huntington


July 15-31

This year’s AAIFF opens with a special appearance by the great Maggie Cheung, followed by the latest from the likes of action master Johnnie To and the ultraviolent, comedic Takashi Miike as well as smaller, independent films from China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Netherlands, France, Germany, America, and Canada, investigating the past, present, and future of the Asian experience all over the world.

Friday, July 15 Opening Night: CLEAN (Olivier Assayas, 2004), AS, $100, 6:30

Saturday, July 16 For Youth by Youth: short films, AS, 12:30

Saturday, July 16 SEPET (Yasmin Ahmad, 2004), AS, 1:00

Saturday, July 16 Hip Hopera: short films, AS, 2:45

Saturday, July 16 THE GRACE LEE PROJECT (Grace Lee, 2005), AS, 3:15

Saturday, July 16 Growing Pains: short films, AS, 5:15

Saturday, July 16 62 YEARS AND 6,500 MILES BETWEEN (Anita Wen-Shin Chang, 2005), AS, 6:00

Saturday, July 16 Mama Says: short films, AS, 7:30

Saturday, July 16 CENTRE STAGE (RUAN LING YU) (Stanley Kwan, 1992), AS, 8:00

Saturday, July 16 AV (Ho-cheung Pang, 2005), IFC, 12 midnight

Sunday, July 17 72 Hour Film Shootout, AS, 12:30

Sunday, July 17 All About the Benjamins: Finding a Million for Your Feature, panel discussion, AS, 1:00

Sunday, July 17 WHAT'S WRONG WITH FRANK CHIN? (Curtis Choy, 2005), AS, 2:30

Sunday, July 17 The Oz Imagination: short films, AS, 3:15

Sunday, July 17 HIGHWAY COURTESANS (Mystelle Brabbée, 2004), AS, 4:30

Sunday, July 17 Legal Eagle: Clearing Content for Broadcast, panel discussion, AS, 5:30

Sunday, July 17 BLUE HOUR (Francisco Aliwalas, 2005), AS, 6:30

Sunday, July 17 Table for One: short films, AS, 7:30

Sunday, July 17 THE HEROIC TRIO (DONG FONG SAAM HAP) (Johnnie To Kei-Fung, 1993), AS, 8:30

Sunday, July 17 PATTAYA MANIAC (SAI LOR FAH) (Yuthlert Sippapak, 2004), IFC, 10:00

Tuesday, July 19 War, What Is It Good For? short films, AS, 6:30

Tuesday, July 19 MALADAPTIVE (Adam Chin, 2005), AS, 7:00

Tuesday, July 19 PINK LUDOOS (Gaurav Seth, 2004), AS, 9:00

Wednesday, July 20 Work-in-Progress Workshop, AS, 6:30

Wednesday, July 20 THE OVERTURE (HOAM RONG) (Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak, 2004), AS, 7:00

Wednesday, July 20 HAPPY FAMILY (Heesook Sohn, 2004), AS, 8:45

Wednesday, July 20 SPLENDID FLOAT (YEN GUAN SI SHE GE WU TUAN) (Zero Mei-lin Chou, 2004), AS, 9:15

Wednesday, July 20 AB-NORMAL BEAUTY (Oxide Pang, 2004), IFC, 10:00

Thursday, July 21 From High Brow to Eyebrow: short films, AS, 6:30

Thursday, July 21 THE MOTEL (Michael Kang, 2005), AS, 7:00

Thursday, July 21 By Any Means Necessary: short films, AS, 8:45

Thursday, July 21 BUTTERFLY (WU DIE) (Yan Yan Mak, 2004), AS, 9:15

Thursday, July 21 IZO (Takashi Miike, 2004), IFC, 10:00

Friday, July 22 Many Faces of Eve: short films, AS, 6:30

Friday, July 22 THE SHAPE OF THE MOON (STAND VAN DE MAAN) (Leonard Retel Helmrich, 2005), AS, 7:00

Friday, July 22 COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY (TIAN MI MI) (Peter Chan, 1996), AS, 9:00

Friday, July 22 Shock Jock: short films, AS, 9:15

Friday, July 22 AB-NORMAL BEAUTY (Oxide Pang, 2004), IFC, 12 midnight

Saturday, July 23 It's in the Blood: short films, AS, 1:30

Saturday, July 23 Adaptation: From Novel to Script, AS, 3:30


Saturday, July 23 Screenplay Reading: Forgotten Tears, AS, 5:30

Saturday, July 23 JONI'S PROMISE (JANJI JONI) (Joko Anwar, 2005), AS, 6:30

Saturday, July 23 The Music Video Show: short films, AS, 8:00

Saturday, July 23 THE FALL OF FUJIMORI (Ellen Perry, 2005), AS, 8:45

Thursday, July 28 EXCEEDING MY HORIZONS: CHUAN YUN LI (Ray Mak, 2004), AS, 7:00

Friday, July 29 MALADAPTIVE (Adam Chin, 2005), CAC, 2:30

Friday, July 29 62 YEARS AND 6,500 MILES BETWEEN (Anita Wen-Shin Chang, 2005), CAC, 4:15

Friday, July 29 PINK LUDOOS (Gaurav Seth, 2004), CAC, 7:30

Friday, July 29 BUTTERFLY (WU DIE) (Yan Yan Mak, 2004), CAC, 9:30

Saturday, July 30 PINK LUDOOS (Gaurav Seth, 2004), CAC, 2:30

Saturday, July 30 62 YEARS AND 6,500 MILES BETWEEN (Anita Wen-Shin Chang, 2005), CAC, 4:30


Saturday, July 30 MALADAPTIVE (Adam Chin, 2005), CAC, 9:45

Sunday, July 31 THE SHAPE OF THE MOON (STAND VAN DE MAAN) (Leonard Retel Helmrich, 2005), CAC, 2:00


Sunday, July 31 BLUE HOUR (Francisco Aliwalas, 2005), CAC, 7:00

Sunday, July 31 BUTTERFLY (WU DIE) (Yan Yan Mak, 2004), CAC, 9:00

Free Seaside Music Series of the Week


Asser Levy Seaside Park

West Fifth St. & Surf Ave.

Limited seating: $5-$10 per rental chair, but you can bring your own for free

Admission: free

Thursday nights at 7:30


The twenty-seventh season of Seaside Summer Concerts has an eclectic, albeit not very adventurous, lineup of free shows, featuring some old-time favorites and surprises, including Liza.

Thursday, July 14 Liza Minnelli

Thursday, July 21 Abba the Music and Sheena Easton

Thursday, July 28 Salsa by the Sea: La India, Wisin and Yandel, and mystery guest

Thursday, August 4 Jay Black and the Americans, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Kenny Vance and the Planotones

Thursday, August 11 Patti LaBelle

Thursday, August 18 Michael Bolton


Astoria Park Lawn

Shore Blvd. between Hells Gate Bridge & the pool

Thursday nights at 7:30

Admission: free


Thursday, July 14 Doo Wop: Brooklyn Keys

Thursday, July 21 Soft Rock: Head Games

Thursday, July 28 Latin Jazz: Bobby Matos & the NY Latin Jazz Allstars

Thursday, August 4 Dixie Land: Linda Ipanema

Thursday, August 11 Country Western: Southbound


Pier 54

Hudson River at Thirteenth St.

Alternate Thursday nights through August 4

Admission: free

Thursday, July 7 The Von Bondies, World Leader Pretend, and Dan Dyer, 7:00

Thursday, July 21 The Donnas and Rock & Roll Soldier, 6:30

Thursday, August 4 Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Los Hombres Calientes, and MAKE IT FUNKY (Michael Murphy, 2005), 6:30

Also along the river


Hudson River Park

Wednesdays at Pier 54 at Thirteenth St. (rated R)

Fridays at Pier 25 at North Moore St. (rated G/PG)

Movies begin when it’s dark, 8:00 — 8:30 pm

Admission & popcorn: free

July 6 — August 26

For all you aging boomers, the Hudson River Park Trust has put together quite a collection of films to remind you of your wild and crazy past and your somewhat more refined current life with the kids, the house with the white picket fence, and the SUV. On Wednesday nights at Pier 54, such stoner classics as SLACKER, UP IN SMOKE, ANIMAL HOUSE, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, and DAZED AND CONFUSED will take you back, while on Fridays you can bring the kids to Pier 25 and change diapers as you watch SpongeBob SquarePants, Ella, and other family fare (although we have always had a sweet spot for Gene Wilder in WILLY WONKA).

Wednesday, July 6 Slackers: SLACKER (Richard Linklater, 1991)

Friday, July 8 Fun for Everyone: DADDY DAY CARE (Steve Carr, 2003)

Wednesday, July 13 Slackers: BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (Stephen Herek, 1989)

Friday, July 15 Fun for Everyone: WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Mel Stuart, 1971)

Wednesday, July 20 Slackers: THE BIG LEBOWSKI (Joel Coen, 1998)

Friday, July 22 Fun for Everyone: BACK TO THE FUTURE (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)

Wednesday, July 27 Slackers: UP IN SMOKE (Lou Adler, 1978)

Friday, July 29 Fun for Everyone: THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (Stephen Hillenburg, 2004)

Wednesday, August 3 Slackers: CLERKS (Kevin Smith, 1994)

Friday, August 5 Fun for Everyone: ELLA ENCHANTED (Tommy O’Haver, 2004)

Wednesday, August 10 Slackers: ANIMAL HOUSE (John Landis, 1978)

Friday, August 12 Fun for Everyone: THE IRON GIANT (Brad Bird, 1999)

Wednesday, August 17 Slackers: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (Amy Heckerling, 1982)

Friday, August 19 Fun for Everyone: SHARK TALE (Bibo Bergeron & Vicky Jensen, 2004)

Wednesday, August 24 Slackers: DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater, 1993)

Friday, August 26 Fun for Everyone: HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Alfonso Cuaron, 2004)

Riff’s Rants & Raves

Copyright Touchstone Pictures

Jennifer Connelly's mind springs a leak in creepy DARK WATER

DARK WATER (Walter Salles, 2005)

Opens Friday, July 8

Stay with this one. Walter Sallesπs first Hollywood film, following CENTRAL STATION, BEHIND THE SUN, and THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, is a creepy psychological thriller that takes a long time to get going and veers off course several times before reaching a frightening finale. The last twenty minutes sent chills up and down our spine -- something that doesn't happen very often, despite our love of scary movies. Jennifer Connelly stars as Dahlia, a young mother who is fighting her estranged husband (Dougray Scott) for custody of their young daughter, Ceci (Ariel Gade). Unable to afford a decent place in Manhattan, Dahlia takes Ceci to live in a ramshackle building in Roosevelt Island, which itself becomes an eerie character in a film that has plenty of them (including Pete Postlethwaite as a mysterious maintenance man, John C. Reilly as a mysterious real estate agent, and Tim Roth as a mysterious lawyer). As dark water gushes out of faucets and toilets and oozes into Dahliaπs bedroom, so do memories of her destructive relationship with her mother as well as whispers that seem to come from the dilapidated ceiling. Based on a novel by Koji Suzuki and Hideo Nakataπs 2002 Japanese horror film, DARK WATER drips along at a slow pace until the pressure builds to an explosive conclusion. Hang in there; itπs worth it.

courtesy Sony Classics

Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann meet again in SARABAND

SARABAND (Ingmar Bergman, 2004)

Opens Friday, July 8

Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Tickets: $10


In SARABAND, masterful writer-director Ingmar Bergman returns to the story of Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson), first brought to life in the heartbreaking SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE in 1973. Marianne, who hasn’t seen her ex-husband in thirty years, suddenly decides to pay the aging recluse a visit, resurrecting emotions both good and bad. Shot digitally, what purports to be Bergman’s swan song looks more like a TV movie than a theatrical release; in fact, it was made for Swedish television, as was the earlier work, but this one contains far less energy. While there are moments of brilliance, there are also scenes of mediocrity and mundanity that fall flat. The framing device of having Marianne speaking directly to the camera as she looks at old photos detracts from the overall impact as well. But it is great to see Josephson and Ullmann together again; we remember being blown away as we watched, from the confines of our wood-paneled basement back in the 1970s, their on-screen marriage slowly deteriorate when PBS aired SCENES over the course of a week. The most fascinating new character, and one that fits well in the Bergman oeuvre, could very well be Henrik (Borje Ahlstedt), a complex, scary man with serious problems between him and his father as well as with his daughter, Karin (Julia Dufvenius).

courtesy Miramax Films

Irfan Khan fights for a new future in THE WARRIOR

THE WARRIOR (Asif Kapadia, 2001)

Opens Friday, July 15

Asif Kapadia’s THE WARRIOR is a stunning, brutal, beautiful, and harrowing tale that will captivate and terrify you. Winner of the 2003 BAFTA for Best British Film, THE WARRIOR centers on Lafcadia (Irfan Khan), an executioner for a heartless warlord (Anupam Shyan) in Rajasthan, India. When a frail old man reports to the warlord that his poor village has no payment for him, the warlord orders Lafcadia to behead the old man, which Lafcadia does -- with a slight bit of hesitation that does not go unnoticed by Biswas (Aino Annuddin), Lafcadia’s second in command. Lafcadia then leads a murderous assault on the village, but just as he turns to slice someone up, his blade stops perilously short, and a young girl mystically transports him to the peaceful, snow-capped Himalayas. Vowing to never lift a sword again, Lafcadia prepares to give up his position and head to the mountains with his son, Katiba (Puru Chhibber). But the warlord sends Biswas out to bring back Lafcadia’s head, leading to a chase scene that has more than a little Kurosawa and Leone thrown in for good measure. THE WARRIOR is a marvelous film, an Eastern Western whose heart and soul shines through the ever-present violence, resulting in a spiritual exhaustion evident in the telltale bags that lurk under Khan’s deep eyes.

courtesy Warner Bros.

Christian Bale goes batty in BATMAN BEGINS

BATMAN BEGINS (Christopher Nolan, 2005)

In theaters now

Christopher Nolan takes over the Bat controls with spectacular results in this thrilling examination of the origins of the Bat Man, written by David S. Goyer and Nolan. Like his previous efforts, MEMENTO and INSOMNIA, Nolan takes a psychological approach in telling the story of Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), a wealthy young man fighting deep-seated fears from his past, including the violent murder of his parents. Determined to get justice — and revenge -- he is selected for special training by Ducard (Liam Neeson), a Qui-Gon Jinn-like character whose master is the mysterious Ra’s Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe). When Wayne finally returns home, he goes on a one-man mission to save Gotham, with the help of Sgt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), assistant DA Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), old-timer Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and the dependable and loyal Alfred (Michael Caine), as they do battle against the likes of mobster Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy). Bale plays Wayne/Batman as a tormented, troubled soul, lost in a dark, dangerous world, a more realistic hero than those previously portrayed by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Adam West. And for the first time in a live-action Batman flick we get to really see Arkham Asylum as Nolan lays the groundwork for a host of possible sequels. Sci-fi fans will get an extra kick out of all the BLADE RUNNER influences, including the casting of Rutger Hauer as the head of Wayne Industries.

courtesy ADV Films

Sayuri dreams of reaching the Tower


Available on DVD on Tuesday, July 12

Makoto Shinkai, who took the anime world by storm with his 2003 hit VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR, a short film made completely on his home computer, returns with his first feature-length work, the magical and mystical THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS. Set in an alternate futuristic post-WWII world, THE PLACE PROMISED centers on three friends, Hiroki, Takuya, and Sayuri, who make a vow to fly Hiroke and Takuya’s plane, Bela C’ielo, into the Tower, a monolithic structure rising into the sky that symbolizes the postwar division into the Union and U.S.-Japanese forces. With war imminent, an older Takuya and Hiroki find themselves on opposing sides, with Sayuri lost in a coma dreamworld. Although the plot -- especially the science aspects -- gets rather complex and confusing, THE PLACE PROMISED is a beautiful-looking film, both tenderly sweet and harshly depressing, presenting a rather bleak forecast of the future. But stunning moments such as a setting sun with an illuminated halo forming a shining star twinkling through an abandoned factory make it all worth it. Shinkai’s film was deservedly named Best Animated Film at the Mainichi Film Awards, where it topped the much more heralded STEAMBOY (Katsuhiro Otomo, 2004) and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004).

Wayne Lamont Sims faces some hard truths in THE RECEPTION

THE RECEPTION (John G. Young, 2005)

Opens Friday, July 15

Quad Cinema

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

Tickets: $9.50

It’s been ten years since SUNY Purchase graduate John G. Young’s debut film, PARALLEL SONS (1995), was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and it’s good to have him back. THE RECEPTION is the epitome of an indie film, shot in eight days for a mere five grand. The entire film takes place in upstate New York during a snowy winter, where cynical, man-hating Jeanette (Pamela Holden Stewart), who drinks too much, lives with gay painter Martin (Wayne Lamont Sims). When Jeanette’s estranged daughter, Sierra (Margaret Burkwit), unexpectedly shows up with her new husband, Andrew (Darien Sills-Evan), it is not exactly a joyful family reunion. Secrets are revealed, confidences betrayed, and surprising truths strike out as Young infuses the film with classic French touches — lots of wine, dancing to Eurotrash music, and plenty of philosophical waxings on life, love, and race.

courtesy Lifesize Entertainment

Won Seo has a string of bad luck in BAD GUY

BAD GUY (Kim Ki-Duk, 2001)

Now available on DVD

Kim Ki-Duk’s (SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER … AND SPRING, 3-IRON) BAD GUY is a preposterous, painfully puerile, and deeply misogynistic movie that is insulting from start to finish. Although it’s only a hundred minutes long, it feels like a thousand. Won Seo stars as Sun-hwa, a college girl who gets conned by Han-ki (Je-Hyun Cho) into becoming a prostitute to pay off a false debt. He watches her transformation through a two-way mirror while one of his henchmen, Myung-soo (Duk-Moon Choi), thinks he has fallen in love with her himself. Lots of sex and violence ensue, most of which makes no sense and is as unbelievable as the premise. Don’t get fooled by the sexy packaging, as the photos on the front and back covers of the DVD are not even from the film, making it look more like a tempting erotic thriller. Plus, they get the title of Kim’s seasonal breakthrough wrong. Even the Web site is offensive, selling merchandise that promises to make you a "bad guy."

CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL Vols. I & II by Eiji Nonaka (ADV Manga, $10.95 each, 2005)

Available now

Eiji Nonaka’s hysterically funny trip through a bizarre high school is one of the most consistently riotous things we’ve ever read. Poor Takashi Kamiyama was trying to do a favor for a friend but instead ends up on his own at Cromartie High School, the worst education facility in Japan, populated by the most unbelievably stupid students ever. Cromartie is home to the likes of Akira Maeda, who looks suspiciously like his mother and keeps getting kidnapped by rival schools; Takeshi Hokuto, who enrolled because he wrongly thought his wealthy and well-connected father was the school’s director; Hokuto’s henchman, who has trouble telling everyone his name; Freddie, a seemingly much older man who never speaks, rides a horse to school, and might not even be a student; underground kingpin Yutaka Takenouchi, who keeps coming down with bad cases of motion sickness; Suzuki, a tough guy ridiculed because he has no nickname; the five Four Great Ones, who wear Kiss makeup and debate their numbers; Shinichi Mechazawa, who appears to be a walking tin can; and a very smart gorilla, among other odd, memorable characters. They all get involved in uproarious existential debates and ridiculous discussions about the strangest and most mundane of things that will have you endlessly roaring out loud. Stop whatever you’re doing and get these books; you won’t stop laughing for weeks.

RICHARD MATHESON’S I AM LEGEND adapted by Steve Niles, illustrated by Elman Brown (IDW, $35, 2003)

In 1954, Richard Matheson wrote the sci-fi classic I AM LEGEND, about the last man on earth, the lone survivor of an epidemic that leaves the world immersed in the walking dead. Every day, Robert Neville battles vampires, searches for a cure, mourns his lost family, and ponders existential questions of life, death, and life after death. The original novel is filled with marvelous insight, heartbreaking drama, and genuine scares galore; it was turned into the 1964 film THE LAST MAN ON EARTH starring Vincent Price and the 1971 movie THE OMEGA MAN with Charlton Heston. Matheson is also responsible for such outstanding works as THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, TRILOGY OF TERROR, several well-known Poe screenplays, and numerous episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. I AM LEGEND is now a thrilling hardcover graphic novel, with the text smartly adapted by Steve Niles and creepy black-and-white drawings by Elman Brown. Niles remains true to the original story, merely trimming the text a bit, doing no rewriting. Meanwhile, Brown’s sweeping style captures the feel of Matheson’s words, especially the unbelievable scenes involving a stray dog. If you’ve never read a graphic novel, this is a great place to start.

RICHARD MATHESON’S HELL HOUSE adapted by Ian Edginton, illustrated by Simon Fraser (IDW, $6.49 each, 2004-2005)

We have always loved THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (John Hough, 1973), in which a group of differently thinking people is invited to stay at a haunted house to uncover the secret of life after death. Starring Clive Revill, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Franklin, and Gayle Hunnicut, the film was written by Richard Matheson, based on his novel, and was nominated for the Golden Scroll as Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The eerie tale has now been turned into a four-issue comic-book series, nicely adapted by Ian Edginton. The story maintains all the key plot elements, all done through dialogue, without clunky explication. Unfortunately, Simon Fraser’s artwork leaves something to be desired; his way-too-colorful covers are too gaudy, and he has difficulty with facial expressions throughout. Still, it’s worth winding your way to the end of the fourth volume, which features one of the silliest twists in horror/sci-fi history.

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


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

Admission: free

Wednesday, July 5


Sunday, July 17 Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church: North Eighth St. between Meeker Ave. to Roebling St. and Havemeyer St. between Metropolitan & Union Aves.

Friday, July 8 Financial Community Day Festival Series: Maiden Ln. between Water & South Sts.

Friday, July 8 Festival de la Gran Parada Dominicana del Bronx: Clay Ave. between 173rd Street & Claremont Pkwy.

Saturday, July 9 Sixth Avenue Summer Festival: Sixth Ave. between 23rd & 33rd Sts.

Saturday, July 9 Bleecker Ave. Merchants & Residents Association Fair: Bleecker St. between Sixth Ave. & LaGuardia Pl.

Saturday, July 9 Greenwich Village Chamber of Commerce: Broadway between Waverly Pl. & 14th St.

Sunday, July 10 USO — Ave. of the Americas Summer Festival: Sixth Ave. between 42nd & 56th Sts.

Sunday, July 10 Meretz / Israeli Civil Rights Education Fund Festival: Lexington Ave. between 34th & 42nd Sts.

Sunday, July 10 Colombian Independence Day Festival, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Sunday, July 10 South Brooklyn Bastille Day: Smith St. between Pacific & Bergen Sts.

Tuesday, July 12


Sunday, July 24 Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Pleasant Ave. between 114th & 117th Sts.

Thursday, July 14


Sunday, July 17 Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Fraternity Society: Frost Street between Graham & Manhattan Aves.

Thursday, July 14


Sunday, July 17 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast: East 187th St. between Arthur & Cambreleng Aves.

Saturday, July 16 Park Ave. Summer Festival: Park Ave. between 17th & 23rd Sts.

Saturday, July 16 Our Lady of Pompei Church Festival: Bleecker St. between Sixth & Seventh Sts.

Saturday, July 16 Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Fair: 23rd St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

Saturday, July 16 Village Voice Musical Festival: Coney Island

Sunday, July 17 Madison Ave. Summer Fair: Madison Ave. between 42nd & 57th Sts.

Sunday, July 17 AHRPL Street Fair: Christopher Street between Greenwich & Seventh Aves.

Sunday, July 17 Bastille Day: East 60th Street between Fifth & Lexington Aves.

Sunday, July 17 Flatbush Empire Parkside Merchants Association Festival: Flatbush Ave. between Empire Blvd. & Parkside Ave.

Sunday, July 17 Queens Community Board #1 Fair / Astoria Summerfest: 30th Ave. between 29th & 42nd Sts.

Sunday, July 17 Peruvian Festival: Flushing Meadows Corona Park

courtesy Film Forum/Photofest

The Marx Brothers barrel through some zany business


Film Forum

209 West Houston St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Through July 21

Tickets: $10


Wednesday, July 6 PICK-UP (Marion Gering, 1933), 1:10, 4:20, and LADIES OF THE BIG HOUSE (Marion Gering, 1931), 2:45

Wednesday, July 6 CITY STREETS (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931), 7:40, and THIS DAY AND AGE (Cecil B. Demille, 1933) 6:00, 9:20

Thursday, July 7 THE BIG BROADCAST (Frank Tuttle, 1932), 1:00, 4:10, 7:25 (7:25 show introduced by Rich Conaty), and INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (Edward Sutherland, 1933), 2:45, 6:00, 9:10

Friday, July 8 SHANGHAI EXPRESS (Josef Von Sternberg, 1932), 2:45, 6:05, 9:25, and SONG OF SONGS (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933), 1:00, 4:20, 7:40

Saturday, July 9 AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY (Josef Von Sternberg, 1931), 3:35, 7:30, and THE BLUE ANGEL (Josef Von Sternberg, 1930), 1:30, 5:25, 9:20

Sunday, July 10 THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (Cecil B. Demille, 1932), 3:00, 7:30, and CLEOPATRA (Cecil B. Demille, 1934), 1:00, 5:30

Monday, July 11


Tuesday, July 12 From Boop to Nuts and Paramount Musical Shorts

Tuesday, July 12 Sing, You Sinners! An Evening with Peter Mintun, 8:00

Wednesday, July 13


Thursday, July 14 MURDER AT THE VANITIES (Mitchell Leisen, 1934) and

BOLERO (Wesley Ruggles, 1934)

Thursday, July 14 LOVE ME TONIGHT (Rouben Mamoulian, 1932), 7:45, and ONE HOUR WITH YOU (Ernst Lubitsch & George Cukor, 1932), 6:10, 9:30

Friday, July 15


Saturday, July 16 THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE (Stephen Roberts, 1933), 2:55, 6:15, 9:35, and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931), 1:00, 4:20, 7:40

Sunday, July 17

Monday, July 18 MONKEY BUSINESS (Norman Z. McLeod, 1931), 1:30, 4:35, 7:40, and MILLION DOLLAR LEGS (Edward Cline, 1932), 3:15, 6:20, 9:25

Tuesday, July 19 TWO KINDS OF WOMEN (William C. Demille, 1932), 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15, and KICK IN (Richard Wallace, 1931), 2:30, 5:35, 8:40

Wednesday, July 20 A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Frank Borzage, 1932), 3:35, 7:10, and MOROCCO (Josef Von Sternberg, 1930), 1:45, 5:20, 8:55

Thursday, July 21 SHE DONE HIM WRONG (Lowell Sherman, 1933), 2:00, 4:50, 7:40, and NIGHT AFTER NIGHT (Archie Mayo, 1932), 3:25, 6:15, 9:05



BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

July 5-28

Tickets: $10


Wednesday, July 6 SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (Elia Kazan, 1961), 6:50, 9:30

Thursday, July 7 BEFORE THE REVOLUTION (PRIMA DELLA RIVOLUZIONE) (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1964), 7:00

Monday, July 11 ZERO FOR CONDUCT (Jean Vigo, 1933) and COLUMBIA REVOLT (1968), 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, July 12 IF.… (Lindsay Anderson, 1968), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Thursday, July 14 THE 400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS) (François Truffaut, 1959), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut, 1959)

Also available on DVD

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.

Monday, July 18 HIGH SCHOOL (Frederick Wiseman, 1968), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Tuesday, July 19 À PROPOS DE NICE, LA SUITE (Catherine Breillat, Costa-Gravas, Claire Denis, Raymond Depardon, Abbas Kiarostami, Pavel Lungin, and Raoul Ruiz, 1995), 4:30, 6:50, 9:15


Summer Jazz on the garden terrace at Scandinavia House

58 Park Ave. at 38th St.

Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 through August 24

Cover charge: $3

Food and drink available from Restaurant Aquavit


Wednesday, July 6 Eivind Opsvik & Overseas

Wednesday, July 13 Ole Mathiesen & Anomaly

Wednesday, July 20 Jostein Gulbrandsen Trio


Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Wednesdays at sundown through August 24

Live music at 7:00

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 6 ZORBA THE GREEK (Michael Cacoyannis, 1964)

Wednesday, July 13 THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (Wim Wenders, 1999)

Wednesday, July 20 SPARE PARTS (Damjan Kozole, 2003), director present


St. Augustine Project

333 Madison St.

Suggested $5 donation for Slave Galleries exhibit


Wednesday, July 6


Wednesday, August 31 Harlem Is … The Gospel Tradition exhibit, free, Mondays through Fridays at 1:00

Saturday, July 9 Manumission Day Celebration, parade starts at Chatham Square and heads south to Oliver St. to Henry St. and to St. Augustine’s starting at 11:00 am


Dahesh Museum of Art

580 Madison Ave. at 57th St.

Admission: free from 6:00 — 9:00


Thursday, July 7 Lecture with Will Cotton, 6:30


Peconic Riverfront

Riverhead, New York

Admission: free

Parking: free

Friday, July 8


Sunday, July 10 Tens of thousands of blues fans are expected to converge on Riverhead for three days of rhythm & blues on four stages, beginning at 5:00 Friday afternoon and running through Sunday night at 7:00. If three straight days of blues is a bit too much for you, check out some of the Riverhead beaches (; visit Atlantis Marine World (; or shop at the Tanger Outlet Center (



BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

July 8-31

Tickets: $10


Friday, July 8 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Wes Craven, 1984), 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, July 9 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (Tim Burton, 1990), 2, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, July 10 CRY-BABY (John Waters, 1990), 2, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, July 15 DONNIE BRASCO (Mike Newell, 1997), 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30

Saturday, July 16 ED WOOD (Tim Burton, 1994), 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30

Sunday, July 17 ARIZONA DREAM (Emir Kusturica, 1993), 3, 6, 9

Friday, July 22 THE NINTH GATE (Roman Polanski, 1999), 3, 6, 9

Saturday, July 23 FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Terry Gilliam, 1998), 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, July 24 SLEEPY HOLLOW (Tim Burton, 1999), 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, July 29 WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (Lasse Hallström, 1993), 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, July 30


Sunday, July 31 DEAD MAN (Jim Jarmusch, 1995), 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15


American Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

Raoul Walsh: July 9 — August 21

Tickets: $10


Friday, July 8 Fist and Sword: Martial Arts Film Classics — THE WARRIOR (Asif Kapadia, 2001), premiere screening introduced by guest curator Warrington Hudlin, 7:30 (see review above in Riff’s Rants & Raves)

Saturday, July 9 Raoul Walsh: THE MAN I LOVE (Raoul Walsh, 1946), 2:00

Saturday, July 9 Raoul Walsh: THE BOWERY (Raoul Walsh, 1933), 4:00

Saturday, July 9 Special Preview Screening: LAST DAYS (Gus Van Sant, 2005), 8:30

Saturday, July 9


Sunday, July 10 Repertory Nights: ALPHAVILLE (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965), 6:30

Sunday, July 10 Raoul Walsh: THE BIG TRAIL (Raoul Walsh, 1930), 2:00

Sunday, July 10 Raoul Walsh: ME AN MY GAL (Raoul Walsh, 1932), 4:30

Friday, July 15 Cinema Tropical: THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD (O CAMINHO DAS NUVENS) (Vicente Amorim, 2003), 7:30

Saturday, July 16


Sunday, July 17 Repertory Nights: RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa, 1951), 6:30

Saturday, July 16 Raoul Walsh: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Raoul Walsh, 1924), 1:30

Saturday, July 16 Raoul Walsh: SADIE THOMPSON (Raoul Walsh, 1928), 4:30

Sunday, July 17 Special Screening: LAUGHTER (Harry D’Abbadie D’Arrast, 1930), 2:00

Sunday, July 17 Raoul Walsh: GOING HOLLYWOOD (Raoul Walsh, 1933), 4:30


Rockefeller Plaza

49th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Outside TODAY studio 1A

Fridays at 8:30 am

Friday, July 8 Sugar Ray

Friday, July 15 Carole King


Bryant Park Upper Terrace

42nd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Fridays through August 26 at 7:00 am

Admission: free

Friday, July 8 Train

Friday, July 15 Queen Latifah


Muhlenberg Branch Library

New York Public Library

209 West 23rd St. near Seventh Ave.

Admission: free


Saturday, July 9 Reading of the Shakespeare play, directed by Leslie (Hoban) Blake, 1:00


A Gathering of the Tribes

285 East Third St. between Aves. C & D

Admission: art sale free, music $10


Saturday, July 9 Miracle on Third St. benefit art sale, 1:00 — 9:00, with musical performance by Ystad Moinuadin Khan on sarangi and Imran Khan on tabla at 5:00


Arlene’s Grocery

95 Stanton St. between Allen & Orchard Sts.

Admission: $7

Sunday, July 10 Benefit against "Bush’s Stinkin’ Oil War," featuring Lani Ford, Stark, Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Devil Kit, She Wolves, ICU, Grounded, and Lady Unluck, 8 -11


Steinhardt Building

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


Sunday, July 10 Makor 10-Minute Play Festival, $10, 7:30

Monday, July 11 Broadway Talks: DOUBT, with Cherry Jones and John Patrick Shanley, moderated by Roma Torre, $25, 7:30

Wednesday, July 13 New Psychedelic Folk Music: Nick Castro, P.G. Six, In Gowan Ring, and Marianne Nowottny, $12, 8:00

Sunday, July 17 Makor 10-Minute Play Festival, $10, 7:30


33 East 17th St. at Union Square (US)


600 Fifth Ave. at 48th St., Rockefeller Center (RC)

675 Sixth Ave. at 22nd St., Chelsea (CH)

160 East 54th St. at Third Ave., Citicorp (CC)

105 Fifth Ave. at 18th St. (18)

4 Astor Pl. at Broadway (AP)

1972 Broadway at West 66th St., Lincoln Triangle (LT)

396 Sixth Ave. at Eighth St., Greenwich Village (GV)

2289 Broadway at 82nd St. (BW)

240 East 86th St. at Second Ave. (86)

106 Court St., Brooklyn (CS)

267 Seventh Ave., Park Slope (PS)

Admission: free

Monday, July 11 Cokie Roberts, FOUNDING MOTHERS, LT, 7:00

Tuesday, July 12 Ned Rorem, WINGS OF FRIENDSHIP: SELECTED LETTERS, 1944-2003, BW, 7:30

Wednesday, July 13 Andrew Vachss, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, CH, 7:00


Friday, July 15 Jim Dale, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE audio, US, 10:00 pm

Wednesday, July 20 Terry McMillan, INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING, US, 7:00


Michael Schimmel Center

Pace University

Spruce St. east of Park Row, near Gold St.

Monday nights at 7:30

Admission: free, but advance tickets required


Monday, July 11 Adam Golka, pianist

Monday, July 18 Caitlin Tully, violinist


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St.

Admission: $10


Tuesday, July 12 Slater Bradley


5C Cultural Center

68 Ave. C at Fifth St.

Admission: $5


Wednesday, July 13 Video by Susan L. Yung, 7:30


Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Hall

Admission: free

Wednesday, July 13


Sunday, July 24 Criss Angel promotes his new show on A&E with this display of digital illusions; he will be present on July 13 from 12:30 to 5:00


Les Halles Downtown

15 John St. off Broadway

Admission to block party: free

Suggested entry fee for races: $10


Thursday, July 14 Block party with such standard-bearers as the Waiter’s Race as well as the Customer’s, Children’s, and Chef’s Races, with a special menu


60th St. from Fifth to Lexington Aves.

Admission: free


Sunday, July 17 This annual Bastille Day tradition gets more crowded every year. 60th St. between Fifth & Madison becomes a French Restaurant Row, filled with booths of fine French fare. 60th between Madison & Park becomes a Bal Musette, with dancing in the street to live French music. And 60th between Park & Lexington becomes a family-friendly block with boutiques, educational booths, and more, 12 noon — 6:00


Various venues on West 36th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

Tickets: $15

Monday, July 18




Bryant Park Reading Room

42nd St. by Fifth Ave. side of Bryant Park

Admission: free

Wednesday, July 20 Chuck Klosterman, KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE, 12:30