Outdoor Art of the Week


1. Hirst and Haring hoisted at Lever House

2. The Rangers have a homecoming, BAM goes single, and the laughs are on us

3. Smithson, landscapes, and earthworks at the Whitney

4. Getting Wilder in Astoria

5. Plus Riff’s Rants & Raves (including Mike Mills’s THUMBSUCKER, John Madden’s PROOF, Roman Polanski’s OLIVER TWIST, David Cronenberg’s A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, Thomas Vinterberg’s DEAR WENDY, Michael Phelan’s INTO THE FIRE, Brad Anderson’s THE MACHINIST, Haruki Murakami’s KAFKA ON THE SHORE, and CAPOTE and THE SQUID AND THE WHALE at the New York Film Festival)

6. and twi-ny’s weekly recommended events, including book readings, film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, street fairs, parades, and such special events as the Feast of San Gennaro, the Women in Jazz Festival, antiquing at the armory, Hitchcock and Grant at BAM, the Shangri-La art auction, Jewzapalooza in Riverside Park, the New Yorker Festival, culture in Battery Park, Truffaut at the IFC Center, eco-wine at Merchant’s House, harvesting fine restaurants and short films in Union Square Park, rubber ducks racing at the seaport, a grand Broadway benefit auction and flea market, debunking Jewish American Princesses at Makor, Eli Wallach at CUNY, environmentalism at Lincoln Center, free Broadway in Times Square, Garbo turns one hundred at MoMA, celebrating one hundred years of New York City buses, and Stryper, the Tubes, Air Supply, and the Bodeans at B.B. King’s

Volume 5, Number 15
September 14 — 28, 2005

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Haring’s colorful figures dance at Lever House

“Look at those stars, Richie. Gotta be billions of ’em. When do you ever see the stars in Brooklyn?”

“Joey, you can buy all the stars you want when we’re finished.”

—   A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by John Wagner and Vince Locke
(Paradox Press, $9.95)


Lever House

390 Park Ave. at 54th St.

June 2005 — June 2006

Admission: free



These colorful works of painted steel and aluminum from 1986 and 1989 were designed by Pennsylvania-born street artist Keith Haring, who died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of thirty-one, leaving behind a vast, highly recognizable legacy. This fun-filled trio will play together under the shaded northeast corner of Lever House until next June. You’ll want to join in with the very happy red, blue, and yellow "Three Dancing Figures," but you’re not allowed to touch. The red and yellow "Two Dancing Figures" have formed a cheery mini-kick line. And in the back, "Figure Balancing on Dog" features a red figure balancing on a red dog. As with most of Haring’s work, these pieces will bring a smile to your face, adding bright colors and much-needed charm to a dark corner of Park Ave. Sadly, Haring’s Pop Shop on Lafayette St., which opened in 1986, closed in late August because of insurmountable rent increases.


Damien Hirst’s sculpture rises in Lever House courtyard


Lever House

390 Park Ave. at 53rd St.

Erected March 2005

Admission: free


As with so much of British artist Damien Hirst’s work, "The Virgin Mother" has been both highly praised and vilely vilified. With our penchant for the strange and the unusual — and the skeletal and gory — we love it, but we can’t promise that you will. Nearly thirty-four-feet high and standing in the Lever House courtyard, the Virgin Mother looks up into the sky, the left side of her body intact, the right side exposed, with the skin peeling away, revealing muscles, sinews, skull, and a fully formed fetus in the womb. Constructed this year, the dark figure fits in well at Lever House, which was built in 1952 by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as the first glass tower in the city; just as you can look inside the twenty-one-story office building, you can now look inside the Virgin Mother. Be sure to walk all around the sculpture to get the full effect.

In the Neighborhood


Gallery Korea

Korean Cultural Service

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

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

Through September 30

Admission: free



This combination of work from Asian and Hispanic artists reveals the similarities and differences between these two groups, which are both based in New Jersey. The Asian contingent, led by Yun H. Yi, includes Hee Soo Kim’s installation “Gate to the Heaven USA,” which features such found objects as a propane tank and a mannequin body, draped in papier mâchè, on which the artist has painted peaceful, Zen-like landscapes. Check out Soonnam Kim Singer’s “Music #9: Serenade” and “Music #10: Summer Garden,” two twelve-by-twelve grids of individual color palettes, from up close and far away. The head of the Neo-Latino group is Olga Cruz, who has on display “Breaking the Silence,” three clotheslines of hanging bras, commenting on, among other things, breast cancer. Jose Rodeiro’s “9/11” evokes Picasso’s “Guernica.” Leandro Carlos Flaherty’s large, beautiful canvas takes on new meaning when you see that it’s titled “Graft: (exxon-growth).” And Hugo Xavier Bastidas harkens back to the Renaissance with the Pieta-like “Mary Magdalene Mourning Her Lover.” While you’re at Gallery Korea, be sure to take your shoes off and relax in the Sarangbang, a re-creation of a simple, elegant Choson period (1392-1910) room that was for men only back then; inside are books, drawings, a tea tray, a gorgeous screen, a chest, a table, musical instruments, and a cushion to kneel on. And don’t miss the intricately carved Paekcha gilt-bronze Pongnae-san Incense Burner outside the room.

Also at Korean Cultural Service


Korean Cultural Service

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

Alternate Thursdays at 6:30

Admission: free



Thursday, September 15 CRYING FIST (Seung-wan Ryoo, 2005)

Thursday, September 29 THIS CHARMING GIRL (Yoon-ki Lee, 2004), followed by discussion, RSVP recommended


109 East 50th St. at Park Ave.

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



Thursday, September 15 Books and Their Authors: Huston Smith, THE SOUL OF CHRISTIANITY, 7:30

Sunday, September 18 Summer Festival of Sacred Music: Malcolm Archer’s Christchurch Mass, with the St. Bartholomew’s Boy & Girl Choristers, 11:00 am

Sunday, September 18 Writers’ Guild: The Ten Commandments for Freelancers, with Peter Sikowitz, room 43, 12:30

Monday, September 19 Books and Their Authors: Mark Podwal, JERUSALEM SKY: STARS, CROSSES, AND CRESCENTS, 7:30

Wednesday, September 21 "Artists at the Crossroads" Commuter Series:

Judith Ingolfsson, pianist, $20, 6:30

Sunday, September 25 Marilyn Horne Foundation’s "On Wings of Song": Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano, and Carrie-Ann Matheson, piano, $20, 3:00

Tuesday, September 27 Shostakovich at St. Bart’s: The Manhattan String Quartet, $20, 7:30

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Ticket Alerts of the Week

Copyright 2005 New York Rangers

Jaromir Jagr might have to have a good sense of humor this year


Madison Square Garden

October 5 through April 18

Tickets: $22.50 - $139.50

Individual game tickets on sale Saturday, September 17




There’s nothing like the sights and sounds of hockey, which have been missing in action since a lockout eliminated the entire 2004-5 season. Actually coming through on his promise, Madison Square Garden chairman Charles Dolan cut ticket prices ten percent after the Rangers failed to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year in 2003-4. There’s no way to know how they’ll fare this time around, as it will be the first season they play without any of the heroes of the glory year of 1994. Mike Richter has retired, Brian Leetch is finishing out his career in Boston, and the Messiah has hung up his skates and called it a night. But still, we’ve missed the eruption of the crowd when the Rangers score a goal, even when it’s netted by the likes of such relative unknowns and might-bes as Marek Malik, Jason Strudwick, Steve Rucchin, and Ville Neiminen. In fact, as of September 14, the Rangers have only fifteen players on the roster, less than half with legitimate professional experience. Expect the boo-birds up in the blue seats to have little patience yet again as the Rangers try to make the playoffs for the first time this century. By the way, you’ll find us in section 416 for the Rangers’ October 6 home opener, as always with dreams of Dancing Larry — er, we mean Lord Stanley — dancing in our heads.

Pascal Victor

Isabelle Huppert makes American stage debut at BAM


Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

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

BAM Harvey Theater

651 Fulton Street between Ashland Pl. & Rockwell Pl.

October 5 — December 18

Individual tickets now available: $20-$70



Single tickets are now available for BAM’s eclectic Next Wave festival, featuring unique and unusual opera, dance, film, theater, and music, sometimes all within the same production. This year’s stars include French actress Isabelle Huppert in her American stage debut, composer Philip Glass, and director Edward Hall.

Tuesday, October 4


Saturday, October 8 ORION by Philip Glass, performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble, Gilman

Tuesday, October 4


Sunday, October 9 TALL HORSE performed by Handspring & Sogolon Puppet Companies, Harvey

Tuesday, October 11


Saturday, October 15 RAISE THE RED LANTERN by Zhang Yimou, performed by the National Ballet of China, Gilman

Wednesday, October 12


Saturday, October 15 EMILIA GALOTTI by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, performed by the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Harvey

Wednesday, October 19


Sunday, October 30 4.48 PSYCHOSE by Sarah Kane, with Isabelle Huppert, Harvey

Saturday, October 22 CARNAVAL ELECTRONICO, performed by Daniela Mercury, Gilman

Tuesday, October 25


Saturday, October 29 LECUONA and ONQOTO, performed by Grupo Corpo, Gilman

Wednesday, November 2


Saturday, November 5 SYMPHONY NO. 6 (PLUTONIAN ODE) and SYMPHONY NO. 8 by Philip Glass, with Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Gilman

Wednesday, November 2


Sunday, November 6 THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare, performed by the Watermill Theatre, Harvey

Tuesday, November 8


Saturday, November 12 LES NOCES and PETRUSHKA, performed by Compagna Aterballetto, Gilman

Wednesday, November 9


Sunday, November 13 BRIGHT ABYSS by James Thierree, performed by La Compagnie du Hanneton, Harvey

Tuesday, November 15


Sunday, November 27 MAMOOTOT, performed by Batsheva Dance Company

Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave.

Wednesday, November 16


Saturday, November 19 SHELTER, with music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, film by Bill Morrison, and projections by Laurie Olinder, performed by musicFabrik and trio mediæval, Harvey

Tuesday, November 29


Saturday, December 3 SUPER VISION by the Builders Association and dbox, Harvey

Tuesday, December 6


Saturday, December 10 IMPROMPTUS by Sasha Waltz, Gilman

Tuesday, December 13


Saturday, December 17 EVERYWHERE, performed by the Wally Cardona Quartet and Ethel, with music by Phil Kline, Harvey


Multiple venues

November 1-6

Tickets now on sale


The second annual New York Comedy Festival arrives with some big names, including Denis Leary, D.L. Hughley, and Mario Cantone, as well as Andrew "Dice" clay and other comic stars. Make your reservations early, because these tickets go really fast.

Wednesday, November 2 Joy Behar, Alice Tully Hall, $45.50 - $59.50, 8:00

Thursday, November 3 Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Town Hall, $34.75 - $56.50, 8:00

Thursday, November 3 Andy Kaufman Award, comedy contest, Carolines on Broadway, 8:00

Thursday, November 3   


Sunday, November 6 Lisa Lampanelli, Carolines on Broadway

Friday, November 4 Denis Leary and Friends, Avery Fisher Hall, $32.50 - $81.50, 8:00

Friday, November 4 Mario Cantone, Town Hall, $34.75 - $57.50, 8:00

Friday, November 4


Saturday, November 5 Susie Essman, Carolines on Broadway

Friday, November 4


Sunday, November 6 David Alan Grier, Carolines on Broadway

Saturday, November 5 The D.L. Hughley Show, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, $47.75 - $72.75, 8:00

Saturday, November 5 Andrew "Dice" Clay, Hammerstein Ballroom, $34.50 - $67.00, 8:00

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Uptown Exhibit of the Week

Photograph © Gianfranco Gorgoni, 1970

Robert Smithson surveys the creation of "Spiral Jetty"


Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Ave. at 75th St.

Emily Fisher Landau Galleries, Fourth Floor

Through October 23

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Admission: $12; $2 coupon available online; pay-as-you-wish Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00



There’s something for everyone at this fun, enlightening display of the wide-ranging multimedia earthworks and artworks of Passaic, NJ, native Robert Smithson. Smithson brought natural materials into museums and built massive art projects outdoors; this nearly overwhelming exhibit also includes his drawings, sketches, oil paintings, photographs, maps, designs on graph paper, and much more. In one room of this large exhibition, colorful geometric wall sculptures with mirrors create entertaining optical illusions. The flashing red neon of "The Eliminator" plays with time and reality; Smithson called it a "clock that loses time." (All of the wall text is taken from Smithson’s writings.)

Another room is dedicated to Smithson’s sculptures of mirrors, which are supported only by such natural elements as rocks, seashells, and salt crystals. Smithson set up each installation so that it appears that you are looking through glass when in fact you are seeing endless reflections. Get down on the ground to look at "Rocks and Mirror Square II" for a thrilling effect. The artist’s use of repeated patterns and painted steel is reminiscent of the work of Donald Judd, but while Judd was obsessed with repetition and sameness, Smithson is experimenting with entropy and the natural environment. (We have a feeling that Smithson would have highly approved of the repeated concrete patterns in the Whitney ceiling overlooking his pieces.)

Be sure to sit down and listen to Smithson’s slide lecture on the bizarre Hotel Palenque, and check out some of the short films as well, which focus on such projects as pouring glue, concrete, and asphalt down various hills and mountains, taking a tour of Mono Lake, visiting Kent State shortly after the shootings; and Smithson’s most famous piece, "Spiral Jetty," in which he formed a fifteen-hundred-foot-long rock jetty spiraling into the Great Salt Lake. Interestingly, "Spiral Jetty" had been underwater for more than three decades, only to reemerge this year, just in time for the exhibit. Sadly, Smithson died at the age of thirty-five in 1973, in a plane crash while working on an installation in Amarillo.


Hudson River Park

Pier 46 at Charles & West Sts.

Admission: free



Saturday, September 17 Opening Reception, with remarks at 6:30

Saturday, September 17

Sunday, September 18

Saturday, September 24

Sunday, September 25 Tugboat leads barge containing trees, shrubs, earth, rocks, and more around the island, a project that was never realized during Smithson’s lifetime, 8:00 am — 8:00 pm


The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

East 68th St. between Park & Lexington Aves.

Saturday, September 24

Admission: free

Registration required: 212-570-7715, public_programs@whitney.org


Saturday, September 24 On Spiral Jetty: Construction, Conditions, New Interpretations, with Nancy Holt (Smithson’s wife), Hikmet Loe, and Ann Reynolds, 11:00 am

Saturday, September 24 On Writing: Poetry, Criticism, Ephemera, with Rhea Anastas, Lytle Shaw, Mel Bochner, and Eugenie Tsai, 12:30

Saturday, September 24 On Smithson’s Trips, Travel, and Films, with Alexander Alberro, Robert Fiore, Joan Jonas, and Chrissie Iles, 3:00

Saturday, September 24 On Smithson’s Influence, with Connie Butler, Matthew Ritchie, Donna De Salvo, and Elisabeth Sussman, 4:30

Also at the Whitney

Detail of Emmet Gowin’s remarkable aerial shot of an aeration plant


Whitney Museum of American Art

Sondra Gilman Gallery, Fifth Floor Mezzanine

Through September 25


This small but cool display was made possible by technological developments of both the camera and planes and helicopters, allowing photographers access to views never before captured on film. Margaret-Bourke White reveals marvelous views of Coney Island and San Jacinto. Brett Weston finds a gorgeous sandbar. Ed Ruscha snaps a quartet of empty parking lots seen from far above. Emmet Gowin’s shot of an Arkansas toxic treatment facility is hard to believe. Jon Kessler looks down on the spinning Stamford Town Mall on-ramp. Abelardo Morrell’s "Map of North America" oddly resembles Richard Misrach’s "Bomb Crater and Convoy Destroyed." Have your eyes quickly follow the individual panels of "Slide Dissolve Sequence" to make the action depicted come alive. And Brooklyn artist Vik Muniz re-creates Robert Smithson’s "Spiral Jetty" by photographing a model of it, although it looks like the real thing. There are other fascinating photographs as well by James Turrell, Harold Edgerton, and others.

Collection of Sr. Leopoldo Villarreal Fernandez / Photograph by Oren Slor

Alexander Ross brightens up "Remote Viewing"


Whitney Museum of American Art

Peter Norton Family Galleries, Third Floor

Through October 9


This oddball collection of works by artists who create their own universes on canvas left us cold and bored. Although we got a huge kick out of Alexander Ross’s cartoonish scientific green world and we liked a couple of Steve DiBenedetto’s biomorphic helicopters and octopuses, the sections dedicated to Franz Ackermann, Matthew Ritchie, Ati Maier, Julie Mehretu, Terry Winters, and even the great Carroll Dunham hold little of interest.


Mildred and Herbert Lee Galleries, Second Floor

Through September 18


The Whitney has done a terrific job of curating smaller exhibits that reference, directly or indirectly, the major Robert Smithson retrospective. These diverse works reimagine landscapes in unique ways, from Pat Stein’s beautiful "September Evening Waterfall" to Weegee’s "Sardines" photo of a crowded Coney Island, from Hiroshi Sugimoto’s blurry shots of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings to Joseph Cornell’s "Celestial Navigation" box. Glenn Ligon’s black "Stranger in the Village" actually contains a James Baldwin quote. Ed Ruscha’s horizontal map of "Hollywood to Pico" echoes a nearby Mark Rothko canvas. Jasper Johns’s "Double White Map" takes a different, whitewashed view of the United States. Feel free to walk on Carl Andre’s "Twenty-ninth Copper Cardinal." Dan Flavin builds a colorful fluorescent horizon. And in "Becoming a Landscape," Roni Horn alternates paired pictures of a girl’s face with dual shots of dirt and earth.


Whitney Museum of American Art

Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Gallery, First Floor

Through October 2


Commissioned specifically for this space, Banks Violette’s multimedia installation works on many levels. Walk through the curtain to enter a dark room that contains what appears to be the skeletal remains of a building on top of a black surface, with eerie music playing. In fact, the salt-covered beams and gables represent churches that were burned in Norway by people associated with Black Metal; the music accompanying the piece was composed by a member of that movement. The sculpture itself is alluring and involving, sucking you into its powerful, white, empty, and haunting grasp.


Whitney Museum of American Art

Free with museum admission unless otherwise noted

Advance registration strongly suggested

1-877-whitney / 212-570-7715


Wednesday, September 14 Initial Public Offerings (I.P.O.): New Artists, New Curators, with Jan Baracz and Mary Ceruti, 7:00

Friday, September 16 "Remote Viewing" Artists: Alexander Ross, gallery talk, 7:30

Friday, September 23 Whitney Live: Early Morning Opera, pay-as-you-wish, 6:00 — 9:00

Friday, September 30 "Remote Viewing" Artists: Steve DiBenedetto, gallery talk, 7:30

Friday, October 7 Whitney Live: In Gertrude’s Salon, pay-as-you-wish, 6:00 — 9:00

Thursday, October 20 Arts in America 101 Part I: Architecture and Abstraction, Housing Art: The City’s First Modern Museums – 75th Anniversary Event, 2:00 (free) & 7:00 ($8)

Friday, October 7 Whitney Live: New Works by So Percussion, pay-as-you-wish, 6:00 — 9:00

Wednesday, October 26 Arts in America 101 Part I: Architecture and Abstraction, Spotlight: Oscar Bluemner– 75th Anniversary Event, 2:00 (free) & 7:00 ($8)

Saturday, October 29 Family Fun! Workshop, with storyteller Jeff Hopkins, the Matthew Rybicki Jazz Quartet, and hands-on art projects, space is limited, 212-671-5300, 11:00 am — 3:00 pm

In the Neighborhood


Ito En and Kai hold Japanese wonders


Ito En

822 Madison Ave. between 68th & 69th Sts.

Monday to Saturday, 12 noon — 4:00



Before or after a visit to the Whitney, stop by this superb spot that features the exquisite tea shop Ito En on the ground floor and the outstanding Japanese restaurant Kai upstairs. Mondays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4:00 Kai offers an afternoon tea menu that includes the $24 Zen Tea, which comes with your choice of an individual pot of tea (from Japan, China, India, or Sri Lanka) and a very cool three-tiered plate of nine different types of sweets. We ordered the Megami Sencha to accompany a splendid presentation of flavorful raspberry tiramisu, tasty blackberry mousse, crème-brulee-like hoji-cha pudding, fine Kabocha pumpkin pie, tropical rehrucken cake, and an assortment of cookies. Although we miss Toraya, which used to be in the neighborhood, Kai’s Zen Tea is a worthy substitute; in fact, you can even take home small boxes of yokan sweet bean jelly made by Toraya, a type of wagashi that "represents the way of perfection."

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Film Festival of the Week

Charles Laughton & Marlene Dietrich in WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION


Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

Through November 13

Tickets: $10



This tribute to the great Billy Wilder kicked off this past weekend with THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942), DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944), and THE BAD SEED (1934) and continues through the middle of November, showing every film made by one of cinema’s most talented and diverse auteurs. If you don’t know much about Wilder, a Jewish émigré and former journalist who was one of the first Hollywood directors to regularly write or cowrite his films, you might be shocked to see the range and quality of his five-decade career, encompassing vaudeville-esque comedy, film noir, courtroom drama, biopics, mystery, romance, Hollywood melodrama, adventure, and even a musical, with such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Ray Milland, Gloria Swanson, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, Gary Cooper, Joan Fontaine, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and repeat performers William Holden, Marlene Dietrich, Fred MacMurray, Shirley MacLaine, Marilyn Monroe, and the awesome duo of (Wilder alter ego) Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Included in this fab series are restored 35mm prints of SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), STALAG 17 (1953), THE APARTMENT (1960), AVANTI! (1972), and THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1970).

Saturday, September 17 THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (Billy Wilder, 1955), 2:00

Saturday, September 17 KISS ME, STUPID (Billy Wilder, 1964), 4:00

Sunday, September 18 THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (Billy Wilder, 1955), 2:00

Sunday, September 18 THE LOST WEEKEND (Billy Wilder, 1945), 4:00

THE LOST WEEKEND (Billy Wilder, 1945)

Ray Milland is unforgettable as Don Birnam, a man who can see life only through the bottom of a bottle. Having just gotten sober, he is off to spend the weekend with his brother (Phillip Terry), but Don is able to slip away from his girlfriend, Helen (Jane Wyman), and his sibling and hang out mostly with Nat the bartender (Howard Da Silva) and plenty of inner demons. One of the misunderstood claims to fame of Billy Wilder’s classic drama is that it was shot in P.J. Clarke’s on Third Ave.; although the bar in the film was based on Clarke’s, the set was re-created in Hollywood, which doesn’t take anything away from this heartbreaking tale that will not have you running to the nearest watering hole after you see it.

Saturday, September 24 A FOREIGN AFFAIR (Billy Wilder, 1948), 2:00

Saturday, September 24 SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder, 1959), 4:30

Sunday, September 25 STALAG 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953), 2:00

Sunday, September 25 SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder, 1959), 4:30

Saturday, October 1 THE FRONT PAGE (Billy Wilder, 1974), 2:00

Saturday, October 1 THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960), 4:00

Sunday, October 2 IRMA LA DOUCE (Billy Wilder, 1963), 2:00

Sunday, October 2 THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960), 4:30

Saturday, October 8 LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Billy Wilder, 1957), 2:00

Saturday, October 8 SABRINA (Billy Wilder, 1954), 4:30

Sunday, October 9 AVANTI! (Billy Wilder, 1972), 2:00

Sunday, October 9 SABRINA (Billy Wilder, 1954), 4:30

Saturday, October 22 THE EMPEROR WALTZ (Billy Wilder, 1948), 2:00

Saturday, October 22 ONE, TWO, THREE (Billy Wilder, 1961), 4:00

Sunday, October 23 FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (Billy Wilder, 1943), 2:00

Sunday, October 23 ONE, TWO, THREE (Billy Wilder, 1961), 4:00

Saturday, October 29 ACE IN THE HOLE (THE BIG CARNIVAL) (Billy Wilder, 1951), introduced by Wilder biographer Ed Sikov, 2:00

(THE BIG CARNIVAL) (Billy Wilder, 1951)

For some reason this powerful drama is still not available on DVD, so this is a great opportunity to see Kirk Douglas star as Chuck Tatum, a reporter covering a mine cave-in who is not about to let the life of the man trapped inside come before his career. Turning small-town America into a media circus, he is eerily representative of today’s news coverage, given modern media’s frenzy to cover — and often overreact to -- breaking stories in order to keep TV junkies glued to the tube 24/7.

Saturday, October 29 THE FORTUNE COOKIE (Billy Wilder, 1966), 4:30

Sunday, October 30 BUDDY, BUDDY (Billy Wilder, 1981), 2:00

Sunday, October 30 THE FORTUNE COOKIE (Billy Wilder, 1966), 4:00

Saturday, November 5 THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (Billy Wilder, 1957), 1:30

Saturday, November 5 THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Billy Wilder, 1970), 4:15

Sunday, November 6 WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (Billy Wilder, 1957), 1:30

Sunday, November 6 THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Billy Wilder, 1970), 4:15

Friday, November 11 SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder, 1950), 7:30

Sunday, November 13 FEDORA (Billy Wilder, 1978), 4:30

Sunday, November 13 SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder, 1950), 2:00 & 6:30

Also at the Moving Image


Museum of the Moving Image

35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria

Tickets: $10



Friday, September 16


Saturday, September 17 Repertory Nights: VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), 7:30

Sunday, September 18 Repertory Nights: VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958), 6:30

Thursday, September 22 Pinewood Dialogues: Glenn Close, FATAL ATTRACTION (Adrian Lyne, 1987), 8:00

Friday, September 23 Fist + Sword: 36 CHAMBERS OF SHAOLIN (Liu Chia-Liang, 1978), 7:30

Saturday, September 24 Repertory Nights: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau, 1946), 7:30

Sunday, September 25 Repertory Nights: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau, 1946), 7:00

Friday, September 30


Saturday, October 1 Repertory Nights: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (Werner Herzog, 1972), 7:30

Sunday, October 2 Repertory Nights: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (Werner Herzog, 1972), 6:30

Wednesday, October 5 Pinewood Dialogues: Sidney Lumet, SERPICO (Sidney Lumet, 1973), 7:00

In the Neighborhood


Crescent Lounge holds creature comforts in Queens


32-05 Crescent St. between Broadway & 34th Ave.


Before or after a movie at the Museum of the Moving Image, stop by this ridiculously comfortable nearby bar. A mishmash of different chairs, couches, tables, and light fixtures makes for a charming atmosphere, along with the friendly bartender and the two-for-one happy hour (from 5:00 to 8:00). There are also colorful canvases by local artists, bookshelves with dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other titles, intelligent (?!) discussions between Mets and Yankees fans, artsy photographs, and Buddha statues. So order a Negro Modela, grab a seat by the window, and let yourself drift away from the mayhem of the rest of the day.

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Riff’s Rants & Raves

CRY_WOLF (Jeff Wadlow, 2005)

Now in theaters


After winning the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival, Jeff Wadlow used the money to make this mediocre slasher movie that, surprisingly, features Chrysler cars in it. When Owen (Julian Morris) arrives at Westlake, he is immediately drawn into a clique of students that likes to play mean-spirited games. Initiated by Dodger (Lindy Booth, who at twenty-six already has an impressive set of creepy credits, including TEENAGE SPACE VAMPIRES, THE SKULLS II, AMERICAN PSYCHO II, and DAWN OF THE DEAD), the next game involves creating a serial killer and making everyone in the school think he’s real. Immediately following Owen’s very detailed e-mail, the story seems to be coming true, as a masked person in a camouflage jacket begins inflicting pain on the members of the clichéd group of so-called friends. You’ll think you’ve seen this film before, and you pretty much have if you’ve watched I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, URBAN LEGEND, SCREAM, HALLOWEEN, or any number of other similar flicks. Jon Bon Jovi does a bland turn as a supposedly cool journalism teacher, and Anna Deavere Smith makes an inexplicable cameo as the private school’s headmistress. Wadlow doesn’t add much new to the mix, even with a surprise twist that kept the film from being screened in advance for critics. Believe us, the twist is not so unpredictable as to merit any sort of special consideration.

THUMBSUCKER (Mike Mills, 2005)

Opens September 16


Lou Pucci is phenomenal as wayward teen Justin Cobb in Mike Mills’s directorial debut, THUMBSUCKER. With college on the horizon, Justin is having trouble meeting girls, is slacking off at school, and regularly resorts to sucking his thumb, which infuriates his tough-guy father, Mike (the excellent Vincent D’Onofrio), over the protestations of his caring mother, Audrey (the fine Tilda Swinton). His sage orthodontist, Perry (Keanu Reeves in a great supporting role), hypnotizes Justin to rid him of his habit, with disastrous results that lead to his being put on medication for attention deficit disorder. Suddenly Justin blossoms, impressing his debate teacher (the inventive Vince Vaughn) and gaining a new self-confidence. But what goes up must come down, and when it does, life for the Cobbs gets more bizarre than ever. Based on a novel by Walter Kirn (who plays one of the debate judges), THUMBSUCKER, a hit at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, is an endearing black comedy that will suck you in from the very start and keep you enchanted through to the end, although the last two minutes or so are completely unnecessary and should have been cut. Don’t be scared off by the soundtrack, which features songs by the Polyphonic Spree and Elliot Smith; it actually works in this unique and endearing context.

Copyright Miramax

Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal in John Madden’s PROOF

“Chicago is dead. New York is so much better.”

—   Claire (Hope Davis) to Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow), PROOF (John Madden, 2005)

{PROOF} (John Madden, 2005)

Opens September 16


Adapted from David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play and written by Auburn and Rebecca Miller (PERSONAL VELOCITY, THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE), PROOF falls flat on the big screen, offering little evidence as to how the stage production won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Gwyneth Paltrow is exquisite — and more beautiful than ever — as Catherine, the daughter of a mathematical genius who went crazy at too young an age (Anthony Hopkins). Fearing she will suffer the same fate as her father, Catherine withdraws from society, but she is dragged back into reality after her father dies and a young mathematician (Jake Gyllenhaal) starts going through the 103 notebooks the old man left behind — one of which threatens to tear everything apart. Hope Davis plays Catherine’s sister, Claire, a successful East Coast businesswoman who wants to bring Catherine to New York City, but her character is a cliched, muddled mess. PROOF, directed by John Madden (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), who directed Paltrow in the London production of PROOF, plays more like a vanity project than a movie anyone other than the creators would care about, although Paltrow is absolutely mesmerizing every second she’s on-screen.

Copyright Wellspring

Jamie Bell leads the charge in DEAR WENDY

DEAR WENDY (Thomas Vinterberg, 2005)

Opens September 23


Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (THE CELEBRATION) teams up with fellow Dogme ’95 cofounder Lars Von Trier (DANCING IN THE DARK, DOGVILLE) in this offbeat, awkward, annoying, and ultimately satisfying drama about a group of young local losers who form a gun club called the Dandies, who hang out in an abandoned section of a working mine and fetishize guns. Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOT), Michael Angarano, Chris Owen, Alison Pill, and Mark Webber dress up in bizarre Victorian clothing, give special names to their firearms (which they refer to as their "partners"), develop individual, unique shooting techniques, swear never to use their guns on living beings, and have a thing for the Zombies (the soundtrack consists of such songs as "She’s Not There," "Rose for Emily," and "Time of the Season"). Written by Von Trier, much of the film will bother and bore you, but stick around for the ending, which is exhilarating, mesmerizing, infuriating, and absolutely gorgeous.

Copyright Michael Phelan

Sean Patrick Flanery and Melina Kanakaredes battle love and loss

INTO THE FIRE (Michael Phelan, 2005)

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

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

Opens September 23




Michael Phelan’s debut as a writer-director is a disappointing look at troubled souls battling post-9/11 demons. Sean Patrick Flanery is so annoying as Lt. Walter Hartwig Jr. that you’ll want to smack him around and scream at him to just let it all out already. You’ll also be pissed at Melina Kanakaredes as Catrina Hampton, whose character is so poorly developed that you’ll feel nothing at all for her, despite her struggle to get past her sister’s death. At least it’s fun to see JoBeth Williams, doing fine as June Sickles, a woman who lost her firefighter son and is developing a curious relationship with Hartwig. Phelan goes so out of his way to keep plot details from the audience that you’ll grow angrier scene by scene until you’ll just throw your hands up in the air in disgust. Even such splendid locations as Coney Island and New York harbor are wasted. Phelan clearly means well; we feel bad trashing his very personal film, about which he writes, "These characters stood by me in dark times during my journey…I only hope they can be there for yours." Then again, he also writes: "In such times, performances such as these are the fearlessness and courage that have the power to affect change…maybe even create the meteorological wonder that is a faith blasted thundershower." Huh?

OLIVER TWIST (Roman Polanski, 2005)

Opens September 23

http://www.sonypicture s.com/movies/olivertwist

Wanting to bring a children’s story to the big screen, Roman Polanski turned to Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a poor orphan boy, and the results are simply dreadful. The master behind such great films as KNIFE IN THE WATER, ROSEMARY’S BABY, and CHINATOWN has stripped the story to its bare bones, creating a jumpy linear narrative that feels as if it has huge gaps in it -- which of course it does. None of the characters will win you over -- it’s almost as if Polanski and screenwriter Ronald Harwood assumed everyone would already know who Oliver (Barney Clark), Mr. Bumble (Jeremy Swift), the Artful Dodger (Harry Eden), Fagin (Ben Kingsley), and Bill Sykes (Jamie Foreman) are, so they tossed character development out the window, along with any kind of charm or sense of humor. Sitting through this two-hour mess, you’ll feel as if you’ve had your pocket picked -- which you have, for $10.75 plus popcorn, candy, and soda. If you do choose to witness this muddle anyway, at least stay through the final credits, which are projected over splendid period engravings by Gustave Doré.

Copyright New Line Cinema

Things are about to change for Maria Bello and Viggo Mortenson

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg, 2005)

Opens September 23


Director David Cronenberg (THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, SPIDER) has made the best film of his career with the brilliant A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Set to the marvelously tense music of Howard Shore — which threatens to explode at any moment — the film stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a quiet, calm family man who runs a local diner in a small town in Indiana. Stall reluctantly becomes the town hero (and media darling) after a dangerous, bloody incident in his diner, which leads to the arrival of Carl Fogaty (the excellent Ed Harris), an East Coast mob kingpin who insists that Tom is actually Joey Cusack, a former Mafia goon who is in witness protection. As Fogaty and his men harass Tom and his family (wife Maria Bello and kids Ashton Holmes and Heidi Hayes), Stall desperately fights to protect his simple, happy life. William Hurt excels in a small role near the end of the film. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is as suspenseful as they come, a simmering masterpiece that blows up the American dream. The film is loosely based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, but as Cronenberg recently explained at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con, he didn’t even know the book existed until the production was well under way, and Josh Olson’s outstanding screenplay ultimately veers far away from its source.

and Vince Locke (Paradox Press, $9.95)


We don’t think we’ve ever recommended not to read a book before seeing a movie, but there’s no way around it: David Cronenberg’s remarkable movie leaves the graphic novel it was based on in the dust. Written by John Wagner with art by Vince Locke, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is an okay story about a small-town diner owner whose past comes into question after he blows away a couple of nasty murderers. Screenwriter Josh Olson took the bare bones of the story and changed and expanded it marvelously, adding mystery and suspense where there was cliché and pat drama. And about a third of the way through, he basically forgets about the novel altogether and goes off on his own far more entertaining road. In fact, it is fascinating to read the book after having seen the movie to see how Olson takes every mundane plot element and turns it on its head, creating cinemagic.

Copyright Filmax Entertainment

Christian Bale goes all out in THE MACHINIST

THE MACHINIST (Brad Anderson, 2005)

Now available on DVD



Christian Bale dropped down to 120 pounds to play the concentration-camp-like protagonist in this dark, creepy psychological thriller. Having not slept in a year, Trevor Reznik (Bale, who was far more bulky in this year’s BATMAN BEGINS) is not the right person to be operating heavy machinery. But that he does, leading to a horrific on-the-job accident to Miller (Michael Ironside). As his coworkers turn away from him and he tries to find solace from a hooker with a heart of gold (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Reznik is haunted by Ivan (John Sharian), a bald guy in a red Firebird who keeps showing up at the most inopportune times. It is almost too painful to watch Bale as his character spirals downhill, getting harassed, humiliated, and beaten up, with no food and no sleep. The DVD includes deleted scenes, director commentary, and a behind-the-scenes documentary. The film was shot in Barcelona, with a mostly Spanish cast and crew; unfortunately, the behind-the-scenes part badly needed a proofreader to correct the ridiculous amount of spelling mistakes in the subtitles.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami
(Knopf, 2005, $25.95)


One of modern fiction’s greatest writers, Haruki Murakami (NORWEGIAN WOOD, THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE) has written yet another vastly entertaining, offbeat, and endlessly creative novel. KAFKA ON THE SHORE alternates chapters between first-person narration by Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old boy who has run away from home and moved into an odd library, and the enchanting tale of Mr. Nakata, a simple old man who talks to cats, sleeps for days at a time, and lost most of his mental faculties after the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While Kafka searches both inward and outward for himself as well as his mother and sister, who left him when he was four, Mr. Nakata follows a crazy Zen-like path, picking up strangers who help him on his mysterious mission that involves an entrance stone, Johnnie Walker, Colonel Sanders, and other bizarrenesses. The novel approaches perfection, but the literary discussions between Kafka and Oshima, who runs the library, are too self-indulgent. Regardless, KAFKA ON THE SHORE is a beautiful book, what writing is all about — and in Mr. Nakata, Murakami has created one of the all-time-great fictional characters.

At the New York Film Festival

CAPOTE (Bennett Miller, 2005)

Alice Tully Hall

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 1941 Broadway at West 65th St.

Tuesday, September 27, 9:00

Wednesday, September 28, 6:00

Tickets: $10

212-875-5050 / 212-875-5166



In November 1959, Richard Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) and Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) brutally murdered a Kansas family. After reading a small piece about the killings in the New York Times, New Yorker writer Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) sets out with his research assistant, Harper "Nell" Lee (Catherine Keener), to cover the story from a unique angle, which soon becomes the workings of the classic nonfiction novel IN COLD BLOOD. Capote tells police chief Alvin Dewey (Chris Cooper) right off the bat that he cares only about the story, not what happens to the killers, which does not endear him to the local force. But when the murderers are caught, Capote begins a dangerous relationship with Smith, who comes to think of the writer as a true friend, while Capote gets caught up deeper than he ever thought possible. Based on the exhaustive biography by Gerald Clarke, CAPOTE is a slow-moving character study featuring excellent acting and some interesting surprises, even for those who thought they knew a lot about the party-loving chronicler of high society and high living. After premiering at the New York Film Festival CAPOTE opens in theaters September 30.

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach, 2005)

Alice Tully Hall

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 1941 Broadway at West 65th St.

Monday, September 26, 6:00

Wednesday, September 28, 9:00

Tickets: $10

212-875-5050 / 212-875-5166



We have no idea how Noah (KICKING AND SCREAMING) Baumbach pulled this off. You’ll think you’ll know just where his Sundance Film Festival award winner (for writing and directing) is going – yet another painfully realistic look into the dissolution of a New York City family – but lo and behold, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE will surprise you over and over again. And even when it does head toward the cliché route, it adds just the right twist to keep things fresh. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney) are reaching the end of their marriage, and their two sons, Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank (Owen Kline), aren’t handling it very well; Walt is taking credit for having written Pink Floyd’s "Hey You," and Frank has developed the curious habit of pleasuring himself and then – well, you’ll have to see it to believe it. And while Joan hits the dating scene and has begun writing, Bernard is becoming a woolly has-been author who just might be getting the hots for one of his sexy students (Anna Paquin). Set in 1986 Park Slope (there are scenes shot in Prospect Park, the Santa Fe Grill, and other familiar locations), THE SQUID AND THE WHALE features sharp dialogue, well-developed characters, and outstanding acting. The soundtrack includes Lou Reed’s great "Street Hassle" and a score, composed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (of the recently defunct Luna), that borrows liberally from RISKY BUSINESS, of all things. The film opens in theaters October 5 following its two New York Film Festival screenings.

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weekly reminders & special events


anOTHER T.SHIRT Space (next to Prohibit

269 Elizabeth St. between Houston & Prince Sts.

Admission: free


Wednesday, September 14


Saturday, September 24 The ten finalists of this international T-shirt contest, sponsored by the New York Collective for the Arts, are rewarded with an exhibit featuring their unique work. The ten shirts appear lined up in this narrow space on Elizabeth St. Among those vying for top prize are Tilmann Steffen Wendelstein’s black-and-white "Panda," which looks like the big, cuddly bear only from the side and only when worn; Tara Whelan’s ultracute "Clothes Maketh the Little Square Guy," which has on it a pattern that lets the owner remake the shirt into a stuffed figure; Lauren Adolfsen’s tasty "Snack Jersey"; and Dina Knapp's fluffy "Paris," named for her poodle. Ben Colebrook’s "The Weekly Dead" features hand-painted numbers that he will change weekly, based on the number of American and Iraqi fatalities there are in the war. Thirteen limited-edition versions of each shirt will be available for $65 each. If you go, be sure to check out all the cool street art on the four corners of Elizabeth and Prince, including Skewville’s "Ride or Die," Rich Jacobs’s new mural on the side of the clothing store Eleven, and pieces from Space Invaders and other graffiti artists.


Historic Battery Park

September 14-17

Bring a blanket

Admission: free

212-219-9401 ext304


Wednesday, September 14 Crooners and Swooners: Doug Elkins (Bacharach), Ballet Hispanico (Puente & Martini), Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (Laird), and Kansas City Ballet (Sinatra), 7:30

Thursday, September 15 Vinyl Favorites: Ailey II (Roach), Nicholasleichterdance (Wonder), the Parsons Dance Company (Harrison), Cherylyn Lavignino (Queen), Ronald K. Brown/Evidence (Hathaway), 7:30

Friday, September 16 Modern Masters: Merce Cunningham Dance Companym "Batteryparkevent," 7:30

Saturday, September 17 Urban Freestyle Dance Contest, 3:00

Saturday, September 17 Urban Remix: Rennie Harris Puremovement, Momix, Electric Boogaloos, Bill "Crutch Master" Shannon and the Sketchy Fenz, 7:30


Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Broadway at 60th St., fifth floor

Through October 2

Admission: $30 for regular sets, $10 for after-hour sets, $15 for Upstarts! Mondays

Minimum: $10 per person per table, $5 at bar



Wednesday, September 14


Thursday, September 15 Rita Coolidge

Friday, September 16


Saturday, September 17 Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio

Sunday, September 18 Tessa Souter, Cynthia Scott

Monday, September 19 Upstarts! Carol Sudhalter & Friends, 7:30, Lenora Zenzalai Helm, 9:30

Tuesday, September 20


Wednesday, September 21 Claudia Acuna Quartet

Thursday, September 22 Basie, Blues & Beyond: Karrin Allyson, Nancy King & Friends

Friday, September 23


Saturday, September 24 Sherrie Maricle and DIVA Jazz Orchestra with Ann Hampton Callaway

Sunday, September 25 Lynne Arriale Trio, 7:30, Nneena Freelon, 9:30

Monday, September 26 Upstarts! Terri Lyne Carrington with special student guests Adam Rogers (guitar), Gary Thomas (sax); James Westfall (vibes); Alan Hampton (bass)

Tuesday, September 27 Helen Merrill Quartet

Wednesday, September 28 Jane Ira Bloom Quartet, 7:30, Cindy Blackman Quartet, 9:30

Thursday, September 29 Joanne Brackeen, solo piano, 7:30, Bertha Hope Quartet, 9:30

Friday, September 30


Saturday, October 1 Barbara Carroll Trio with special guests, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30

Sunday, October 2 Karen Briggs Band, 7:30, Leanne Ledgerwood Trio, 9:30


Various venues

Through September 25

Tickets: Free to $150



Wednesday, September 14 Lunchtime Sephardic Concert Series: Michal Cohen, Central Synagogue, 123 East 55th St. at Lexington Ave., free, 12:30

Wednesday, September 14 Dave Brubeck’s World Premier of "The Ten Commandments," plus "The Gates of Justice," Rose Center, Broadway at 60th St., $48-$135, 8:00

Thursday, September 15 Lunchtime Sephardic Concert Series: Sarah Aroeste, Central Synagogue, 123 East 55th St. at Lexington Ave., free, 12:30

Thursday, September 15 Nalaga’at (Do Touch): Light Is Heard in Zig Zag, a stage for the deaf and blind, Rose Center, $48-$150, 8:00

Sunday, September 18 Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar, Eldridge St. Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St. at Canal St., $18, 2:00

Sunday, September 18 YiddishFest 2005, with Fyvush Finkel, Ian Finkel, Elliot Finkel, David Krakauer, New Yiddish Chorale with Zalman Mlotek, Klez Dispensers, and Joanne Borts, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, free, 6:00

Sunday, September 18 Celebration! Central Synagogue, 123 East 55th St. at Lexington Ave., free, 5:00

Monday, September 19 The First Annual Jewish Music Awards, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., $30, 7:00

Monday, September 19 Alicia Svigals & Mikveh with special guest Marilyn Lerner, Satalla, 37 West 26th St., $15, 7:30

Tuesday, September 20 Ben Sidran and Friends and Nikitov, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., $25, 8:00

Tuesday, September 20 Shtetl Busters: A Smorgasbord of Music and Performance, hosted by Scotty the Blue Bunny, 14th St. Y, 344 East 14th St. at First Ave., $8, 7:00

Wednesday, September 21 Lunchtime Sephardic Concert Series: Divahn, Central Synagogue, 123 East 55th St. at Lexington Ave., free, 12:30

Wednesday, September 21 Metropolitan Klezmer Band featuring movie music and Yiddish film clips, Makor, 35 West 67th St., $15, 7:30

Wednesday, September 21 The Folksbiene Yiddish Theater presents DI YAM GAZLONIM (THE SEA PIRATES), 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St., $25-$65, 8:00

Thursday, September 22 Lunchtime Sephardic Concert Series: Gerald Edery and Danny Maseng, Central Synagogue, 123 East 55th St. at Lexington Ave., free, 12:30

Thursday, September 22 Oi Va Voi with Balkan Beat Box, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., $20-$25, 8:00

Thursday, September 22 Days of Awe performed by David Chevan and the Afro-Semitic Experience, JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St., 415-$20, 8:00

Thursday, September 22 Jill Sobule, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $18, 9:30

Saturday, September 24 Modular Moods introduces the Sounds of the East with Sarah Aroeste, Michal Cohen, Eyal Maoz, and DJ Handler, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $15, 7:30

Sunday, September 25 Jewzapalooza, Riverside Park at 72nd St., with the World’s Largest Klezmer Brunch (11:00 am), Avishai Cohen (1:00), Joshua Nelson & the Kosher Gospel Singers (2:00), Blue Fringe (3:00), Golem (4:00), Pharaoh’s Daughter (5:00), special surprise (6:00), Soul Farm (7:00), and Blackfield featuring Aviv Geffen & Steven Wilson (8:00), free, 11:00 am — 9:00 pm


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

September 15-25, 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Admission: free


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

Thursday, September 15 The Blessing of the Stands, 6:00 — 8:00 pm

Friday, September 16 Fourth Annual Cannoli Eating Contest, Feast Stage, 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 17 Grand Procession, 2:00 pm

Monday, September 19 Official Feast Day, featuring celebratory mass at 6:00 pm, followed by religious procession at 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 24 Parade with floats, marching bands, and statue of San Gennaro, 2:00

Nino Bavasso, "Mascara Incident"


Dieu Donné Papermill & Gallery

433 Broome St.

Admission to gallery: free



Thursday, September 15


Friday, October 14 Sixth annual auction featuring works by Louise Bourgeois, Nina Bovasso, Jen DeNike, Lesley Dill, Anne Chu, Kent Henricksen, Raha Raisnnia, Jessica Stockholder, Randy Stoltzfus, and others, benefiting educational and artistic programs at Dieu Donné Papermill, a nonprofit artists workspace

Thursday, October 20 Live and silent auction, Grand Harmony Restaurant, 98 Mott St., $110, 6:00 — 11:00


Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers St.

Admission: $10-$15

ResPass Combo: $99 for all events except studio tours

Studio tours: $75




Thursday, September 15


Sunday, September 18 Four-day festival including film screenings (Mamoru Oshii’s GHOST IN THE SHELL II: INNOCENCE, Doug Pray’s INFAMY, early works by Mike Mills), live music (Hot Chip and Simian Mobile Disco), talks and panels (Stephane Sednaoui keynote, “Street Art or Not”), studio tours, and other special events (“Beck Retrospective,” “Icon Chef ­ Designer Challenge”)


B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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



Thursday, September 15 French Cookin’, Lucille’s, free, 8:00

Friday, September 16 Air Supply, $30, 8:00 & 10:30

Saturday, September 17 The Bodeans, $20.50, 7:30

Sunday, September 18 The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill, $24, 8:00

Saturday, September 24 Stryper, $30.00, 8:00

Sunday, September 25 Delbert McClinton with Mary McBride, $42.50, 8:00

Wednesday, September 28 Chris Hillman with Herb Pedersen, $18.50, 8:00


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

Admission: free





Friday, September 16 Financial Community Day Festival Series: Maiden Ln. between Water & South Sts.

Friday, September 16


Saturday, September 17 Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church Festival: Ridge Blvd. between 84th & 86th Sts.

Saturday, September 17 The Great Irish Festival: Sixth Ave. between 42nd & 56th Sts.

Saturday, September 17 Village Center for Care Fair: Bleecker St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.

Saturday, September 17 Sunnyside Foundation Skillman Ave. Festival: Skillman Ave. between 45th & 48th Sts.

Saturday, September 17 Our Common Ground Festival: Morningside Park, West 110th — 123rd Sts.

Saturday, September 17


Sunday, September 18 Harvest Fair, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave.

Sunday, September 18 Richmond County Fair, Staten Island Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr.

Sunday, September 18 Broadway on Broadway: Times Square, Broadway & Seventh Ave. between 43rd & 48th Sts.

Sunday, September 18 Tudor City Association Fair: Second Ave. between 43rd & 53rd Sts.

Sunday, September 18 Columbus Ave. Fair: Columbus Ave. between 66th & 86th Sts.

Sunday, September 18 92nd St. Y Festival: Lexington Ave. between 79th & 96th Sts.

Sunday, September 18 Broadway on Broadway: Times Square on Broadway & Seventh Ave. between 43rd & 48th Sts.

Sunday, September 18 Mexican Independence Day Festival: East 116th St. between Lexington & Second Aves.

Sunday, September 18 Sunset Park BID Festival: Fifth Ave. between 44th & 59th Sts.

Sunday, September 18 Flatbush Development Corporation Fair: Cortelyou Rd. between Ocean & Coney Island Aves.

Sunday, September 18 Boy Scouts of America / Maspeth Lions Club Festival: Grand Ave. between Remsen Pl. & 72nd St.

Thursday, September 22


Sunday, September 25 Our Lady of Sorrows Church: Pitt St. between East Houston & Delancey Sts.

Thursday, September 22


Sunday, September 25 Greek Orthodox Community of St. Demetrios Festival: 152nd St. between 84th Ave. & 84th Dr.

Saturday, September 24 Seventh Ave. & Guardian Angels Fair: Seventh Ave. between 47th & 57th Sts.

Saturday, September 24 Friends of Community Board # 2 / Astor Pl. Festival: Astor Pl. between Broadway & Lafayette St.

Saturday, September 24 Woodside on the Move Fair: Woodside Ave. between Roosevelt Ave. & 65th Pl.

Saturday, September 24


Sunday, September 25 Gracie Square Art Show at Carl Shurz Park: East End Ave. between 84th & 87th Sts.

Sunday, September 25 Tomchei Torah Chaim Birnbaum Festival: Ditmas Ave. between McDonald Ave. & Ocean Pkwy

Sunday, September 25 Voices of Penn South / Eighth Ave. Fall Festival: Eighth Ave. between 23rd & 34th Sts.

Sunday, September 25th Muslim Parade / Festival: Madison Ave. between 23rd & 41st Sts.

Sunday, September 25 Friends of Community Board #2 / Broadway Festival: Broadway between Eighth & 14th Sts.

Sunday, September 25 Broadway Merchants & Professional Association Festival: Broadway between Crescent & 47th Sts.

Sunday, September 25 Atlantic Antic Festival: Atlantic Ave. between Fourth Ave. and Furman St.


BAMcinematek / BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

September 16-25

Tickets: $10



Friday, September 16


Saturday, September 17 NOTORIOUS (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Sunday, September 18 SUSPICION (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Friday, September 23 TO CATCH A THIEF (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955), 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15

Saturday, September 24


Sunday, September 25 NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946), 3:00, 6:00, 9:00


IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at Waverly Pl.

Fridays through Sundays at 12 noon through November 27

Tickets: $10.75



Friday, September 16


Sunday, September 18 SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (Francois Truffaut, 1960)

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (François Truffaut, 1960)

François Truffaut shot out of the blocks in 1959 with the classic 400 BLOWS, and he followed it up with this magnificent noir about a virtuoso saloon piano player and his always-in-trouble brother. French crooner Charles Aznavour is super-cool as the secretive, shy piano player with a hidden past who gets caught up in his crooked brother’s dangerous predicament, against his better judgment. Comedy mixes with pathos, dance-hall jollies lead to murder and kidnapping, and lost love holds a curse in a dark, haunting film you will never forget.

Friday, September 23


Sunday, September 25 JULES AND JIM (Francois Truffaut, 1962)


Juvie Hall

24 Bond St. between Bowery & Lafayette St.

Doors open at 10:15; party goes on until 2:00, with glam raffle at 1:00

Cover charge: $10 (includes raffle ticket and one drink)



Friday, September 16 Tigger, Howlin’ Vic, and Smoky Fantastic

Saturday, September 17 Elizabeth Maher and Mama

Friday, September 23 Miss Saturn, Nasty Canasta, and Harvest Moon

Saturday, September 24 Lady Rigel, Svetlana, and Sine Saybelle

Charles Sachs/NYTM

Fifth Avenue Coach Co. Bus No. 1263, built in 1931, known as Betsy


Columbus Park behind Brooklyn Borough Hall

Court St. near Joralemon St.

Admission: free




Saturday, September 17 Twelfth annual event, celebrating a century of motorized bus service in New York City, featuring more than a dozen vintage buses, guided tours, live music, storytelling, complimentary rides on a horse-drawn omnibus, a farmers market, and more, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm


Times Square

Admission: free


Sunday, September 18 Fourteenth annual free outdoor contest featuring scenes from most Broadway productions and sneak peeks of upcoming shows, hosted by Christina Applegate and John Lithgow, 11:30 am


Museum of Modern Art

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

Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 1 and 2

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


Sunday, September 18 GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA (THE SAGA OF GOSTA BERLING) (Mauritz Stiller, 1924), 1:30

Sunday, September 18


Monday, September 19 Reklamfilm PUB Greta Garbo (1921), Luffar-Petter (1922),

Testfilm Greta Garbo (1948), and DIE FREUDLOSE GASSE (JOYLESS STREET), (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1925), with piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin, 5:00

Monday, September 19 GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA (THE SAGA OF GOSTA BERLING) (Mauritz Stiller, 1924), 7:00


The Seventh Regiment Armory

643 Park Ave. at 67th St.

Admission: $10



Wednesday, September 21


Sunday, September 25 More than six dozen antiques dealers from around the world set up shop in the armory, selling sterling silver, vintage posters, ceramics, furniture, rare books, estate jewelry, fine art, porcelain, sculpture, and more


South Street Seaport Pier 17 Stage

Fulton & South Sts.

Admission: free




Wednesday, September 21 Live dance and music performances, including Frankie Morales and the Tito Puente Orchestra, 12 noon — 6:00 pm


CUNY Graduate Center

365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St.

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



Wednesday, September 21 A Conversation with Eli Wallach, $15, 7:00

Saturday, September 24 Great Music for a Great City: In Search of Mozart, Blaue Quartet with Caroline Stoessinger, Elebash Recital Hall, 7:30


29 East Fourth St. between Lafayette St. and the Bowery



Wednesday, September 21 Gone Organic: Eco-Wine Party in the Garden, fall wine tasting, $50, 6:30

Sunday, September 25 Afternoon Tea & Tour: Where Pinkies Find Their Purpose, three-course tea and tour, $50 per couple, benefiting the Garden Fund, 3:00



Steinhardt Building

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



Thursday, September 22 Panel discussion with Isabel Rose and Alana Newhouse, moderated by Liz Hamburg, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, 7:00


Union Square Park Northern Plaza

Seventeenth St. between Broadway & Park Ave.

Tickets: $85


Thursday, September 22 Wander around Union Square Park and partake in dishes from such neighborhood restaurants as Union Square Café, Blue Smoke, Aleo, Angelo & Maxie’s SushiSamba, Steak Fries, Tamarind, Republic, Pipa, Eleven Madison Park, Devi, Fleur de Sel, Arezzo, Candela, Gramercy Tavern, Dos Caminos, Tocqueville, Café Spice, and many more, with wine and beer from area beverage suppliers and bars that will be specially matched with each dish, benefiting the Capital Campaign for the Redevelopment of Union Square Park’s North Plaza, 7:30


South Street Seaport

Fulton & South Sts.

Admission to watch race: free

Donation to adopt a duck and be eligible for prizes: $5-$25-$50



Friday, September 23 More than thirty thousand rubber ducks will race down the East River, raising money for the Special Olympics New York; to adopt a duck, visit http://2005duckrace.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=119856 or head to the seaport between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on the day of the race, which takes place at 5:30


Various venues

September 23-25

All book signings at Barnes & Noble Union Square

Admission: free to $50



Although many of the events in this annual festival are already sold out, there is still a handful of programs that are worth checking out, in addition to free book signings at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, including T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon, Ricky Gervais, the RZA, Zadie Smith, and many more.

Friday, September 23 David Bezmozgis and T. Coraghessen Boyle, Newspace, $15, 7:00

Friday, September 23 Edwidge Danticat and E.L. Doctorow, Anthology Film Archives, $15, 7:00

Saturday, September 24 Book Signing: T. Coraghessen Boyle, THE HUMAN FLY AND OTHER STORIES and TOOTH AND CLAW AND OTHER STORIES, 11:00 am

Saturday, September 24 William Finnegan and Raymond W. Kelly, Defending New York City, Times Square Studios, $25, 1:00

Saturday, September 24 Religion and Politics: Separate but Equal? with Stephen L. Carter, Roberta Combs, Susan Jacoby, and Jim Towey, moderated by Peter J. Boyer, Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library, $25, 1:00

Saturday, September 24 Book Signing: Ricky Gervais, FLANIMALS, 2:00

Sunday, September 25 Book Signing: Lady Cartoonists, with Liza Donnelly (FUNNY LADIES: THE NEW YORKER’S GREATEST WOMEN CARTOONISTS AND THEIR CARTOONS), Roz Chast, Carolita Johnson, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Emily Richards, Victoria Roberts, Barbara Smaller, and Kim Warp, 11:00 am

Sunday, September 25 Book Signing: Zadie Smith, ON BEAUTY, 2:00

Sunday, September 25 Book Signing: The RZA, THE WU-TANG MANUAL, 3:00

Sunday, September 25 Sunday Matinee with David Denby: THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949), followed by discussion, Directors Guild of America, free, 4:00

THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949) **** (out of four)

Carol Reed’s thriller is quite simply the most entertaining film we have ever seen, twi-ny’s absolute all-time fave. Set in divided post-WWII Vienna amid a thriving black market, THE THIRD MAN is heavy in atmosphere, untrustworthy characters, and sly humor, with a marvelous zither score by Anton Karas. Joseph Cotten stars as Holly Martins, an American writer of Western paperbacks who has come to Vienna to see his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), but he seems to have shown up a little late. While trying to find out what happened to Harry, Martins falls for Harry’s lover, Anna (Alida Valli); is told to get out of town by Major Calloway (Trevor Howard); meets a stream of Harry’s more interesting, mysterious friends, including Baron Kurtz (Ernst Deutsch) and Popescu (Siegfried Breuer); and is talked into giving a lecture to a literary club by old Mr. Crabbin (Wilfrid Hyde-White). SPOILER: The shot in which Lime is first revealed, standing in a doorway, a cat brushing by his feet, his tongue firmly in cheek as he lets go a miraculous, knowing smile, is one of the greatest single shots in the history of cinema.

Sunday, September 25 A Humor Revue, with Noah Baumbach, Andy Borowitz, Larry Doyle, Nancy Franklin, Frank Gannon, Anthony Lane, Patricia Marx, Bruce McCall, Rebecca Mead, David Owen, Paul Rudnick, George Saunders, Paul Simms, and Mark Singer, hosted by David Remnick, Town Hall, $50, 3:00


Historic Battery Park

State St. & Battery Pl.

Admission: free



Saturday, September 24


Sunday, September 25 Featuring exhibitions from dozens of cultural institutions and plenty of live performers, with participants from the Eldridge Street Project, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, Carnegie Hall, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the New York Philharmonic, P.S. 1, the Ukrainian Museum, Wave Hill, the Apollo Theater, the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Television & Radio, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Central Park Zoo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Japan Society, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Dahesh, the National Academy, MoMA, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, the Irish Arts Center, the Joyce, the New York Pops, Snug Harbor, and dozens more, 11:00 am — 5:30 pm


Union Square Park Center Lawn

Admission: free




Sunday, September 25 Union Square Park will once again be home to this unique festival, showing the twelve finalists from short-film contests held all over the country; grand prize for the best film includes plenty of equipment to help the winner make a feature film, 7:00 - 10:00 pm


Lincoln Center

Admission: free


Sunday, September 25 Sponsored by the West Side Cultural Center, the seventeenth annual event features live performers and more than one hundred exhibitors, promoting "an informed and realistic approach to environmental issues


Shubert Alley & West 44th St.

Admission: free

Each time through line to Celebrity Table: $20, photo booth $10, signed poster $20

Telephone bids: 212-840-0770


Sunday, September 25 Nineteenth annual event features memorabilia from dozens of shows available at a flea market or via grand and silent auctions (in person and online), with proceeds going to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS; this year’s Celebrity Table includes, at various times, Jordan Gelber, Joe Grifasi, Julie Halston, Jan Maxwell, Bebe Neuwirth, Joanna Gleason, Greg Jbara, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, Gary Beach, Tim Curry, Raul Esparza, Cherry Jones, Brian F. O’Byrne, David Hyde Pierce, Robin Strasser, Jill Eikenberry, Melissa Errico, Michael Tucker, Gerard Alessandrini, Eileen Fulton, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Lynn Redgrave, Eli Wallach, and others, 10:; am — 7:00 pm (Celebrity Table line gets cut off at 3:00)


Dia Art Foundation

548 West 22nd St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.



Monday, September 26 James Welling on Andy Warhol, $6, 6:30


Café Petrossian / French Institute Alliance Francaise

911 Seventh Ave. between 57th & 58th Sts.

Tickets: $75, advance purchase required



Wednesday, September 28 Discussion led by Petrossian managing director Dimitri Bourrigaut and chef Michael Lipp, followed by tasting with Champagne, 6:30

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