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February 1st, 2009

DANCE: “UNDERCURRENTS & EXCHANGE” PERFORMED AT WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER PRESENTS EVERY WEEKDAY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBURARY

by Joelle Panisch

Those who work at the World Financial Center are in for a treat. All month long Zach Morris and Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects will be presenting a new dance performance every workday during the lunch hour. The 5-10 minute performances will showcase the ordinary yet overlooked “undercurrents” of interpersonal “exchange”.

From the World Financial Center’s website:

“Each short dance will be a world unto itself but also accumulate meaning over the course of the month as the performances reveal the often veiled, but perpetually possible connections within the transitional spaces of the Winter Garden. Coupled with the performances are three art installations in displays located throughout the WFC that further explore hidden and improbable pairings.”

“Undercurrents & Exchange” also features choreography by Mariss Nielsen-Pincus and Tara O’Con with art installations by Zach Morris. It will be performed by Morris, Pearson, Nielsen-Pincus, and O’Con with Donna Ahmadi, Kris Bauman, Elizabeth Carena, Mayuna Shimizu, and other surprise guests.

“Undercurrents & Exchange” World Financial Center
February 2-27
Weekdays, 1:00-1:10 pm

WFC Winter Garden

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January 28th, 2009

FUTURE OF MUSIC PANEL DISCUSSION @ TEKSERVE: 1/29/9 @ 8:30PM.

by John Coakley

Tekserve is hosting the third in their series of panel discussions on the future of music and the music industry. You won’t see any big names in their list of participants, but you will find working musicians who have been getting ahead in the business for years; they have all had to adapt as things have changed and may therefore have some fascinating insights to share. Harry Allen mediates the discussion with former Brand Nubian rapper Sadat X, Magnetic Fields drummer/pianist/manager Claudia Gonson, RCRD LBL co-founder Peter Rojas, and Beggars Group head of marketing Adam Farrell. The event is free but you must RSVP to attend. You should go.

The Future of Music 3
Thursday, 1/29/9 @ 8:30PM
Tekserve
119 West 23rd Street
212.929.3645
Click here to RSVP.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York

January 27th, 2009

TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION TO PROTEST SUBWAY SERVICE CUTS AT PUBLIC HEARING IN BROOKLYN 1/28/9.

by Joelle Panisch


Spreading the word.

Members of the Transport Workers Union manned Metro stops in Brooklyn today, handing out flyers protesting service cuts in the MTA’s 2009 budget, warning that the lack of service will have dire effects on both riders and the economy.

This comes after months of debate and dread over how to manage the 2009 MTA budget with a reported deficit of close to $1.2 billion—hundreds of millions higher than projected in July.

In November the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Chief Executive, Elliot G. Sander, called the authority’s proposed budget “draconian,” and few would accuse him of being hyperbolic. In December, the MTA passed its “doomsday budget” by a vote of 13 to 1, which included both drastic fair hikes and service cuts. Continue Reading »

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January 27th, 2009

SHELDON SILVER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR KINDERGARTEN IN THE COURTHOUSE: 1/29/9 @ 4:30 PM.

by John Coakley


Not bad for a public school.

The problem: Overcrowding in lower Manhattan schools.
The solution: Create two new schools—PS 276 in Battery Park City and the Spruce Street/Beekman School.
New problem: Schools take a long time to build.
Temporary solution: Fall classes in a National Hisoric Landmark.

That’s right, folks. Your kindergartener could start school at the magnificent Tweed Courthouse; that’s where the two new schools will be holding classes until their own buildings are ready to go. Assemblymember Sheldon Silver will be on hand to introduce Pre-K parents to the principals of the new schools, take them on a tour of the classrooms at Tweed, and answer any questions they may have. This kind of access is rare, so anyone with a downtown toddler starting school next fall is strongly encouraged to attend.

Open House for PS 276 + Spruce Street/Beekman School
Thursday, 1/29/9 @ 4:30pm
250 Broadway, 23rd Floor

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January 25th, 2009

BEST EVENING EVER WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS @ 92Y TRIBECA: 1/27/9 @ 8:30PM.

by Joelle Panisch

Paul F. Tompkins has gained considerable notoriety as one of the commentators on the always-hilarious VH1 television show Best Week Ever. On Tuesday, he will bring the hilarity to Tribeca as he hosts an evening with the writers and producers of the famed show. With the promise of stand-up and exclusive never-before-seen footage, the night is not to be missed.

BEST EVENING EVER WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS
1/27/9 @ 8:30 pm
92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson Street
$15

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January 24th, 2009

FILM REVIEW: MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D.

by John Coakley


Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

New Yorkers have always looked back nostalgically to a time when the city was better/safer/more dangerous/more exciting/cheaper/friendlier/sexier, etc. This is especially true for Times Square; we tend to resent the tourist-friendly mecca for its crowds and sanitized, mainstream ways. We long for the days when 42nd Street was home to porn theaters and grindhouses—the kind of loud, smelly places where you could catch the latest kung fu epic, women in prison melodrama, or sleazy horror flick.

Maybe these films were offensive or degrading to some tastes, but movies like 1980’s Maniac, for example, delivered what they promised. As Quentin Tarantino would be quick to point out, that is why these were called exploitation films—not because they exploited women (some of them did, some of them didn’t; how one chooses to define that kind of exploitation is a subject for another time) but because they had an exploitable hook or a gimmick that put people’s butts in the theater’s chairs. Maybe the old Times Square was a dangerous place to visit, but you sure as hell weren’t going to see Cannibal Holocaust or Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things at the Paris or Lincoln Center. People needed catharsis when it looked like the city was falling apart. They wanted to forget their cares either through cheesy, outlandish violence that bordered on the comic, or disturbingly realistic violence that felt like a practice run for the very real dangers that lay right outside. Continue Reading »

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January 23rd, 2009

THE VANISHING CITY: MOVIE + PANEL @ DIXON PLACE: 1/24/9 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley


The Moondance Diner: vanished.

The issue of luxury development replacing entire neighborhoods in the city has become one of the most critical debates in post-9/11 New York, and something that we at the SoHo Journal take seriously. History is being erased, families are being displaced, and the fabric of our neighborhoods is being altered forever—just ask anyone who has been priced out of the Lower East Side or Chinatown in recent years.This event takes on this disturbing trend by featuring the acclaimed short documentary Twilight Becomes Night, which chronicles the loss of New York’s small businesses. The trailer to a new film-in-progress, Vanishing New York will also be screened; funds raised will help finance the completion of the film. A panel including Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, New York Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Director of Good Jobs New York Bettina Domiani and others will address audience questions. This Dixon Place event is well worth attending—you should go.

THE VANISHING CITY
Saturday, 1/24/9 @ 8PM
The NEW Dixon Place Theater
161 Chrystie Street (Rivington/Delancey)
RSVP: 212 219-0736 x113 OR www.dixonplace.org
$20 includes reception with panel to follow event
$15 general admission
$12 seniors/students

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January 23rd, 2009

OPEN HOUSE @ OPEN CENTER: 1/23/9, 6-10PM.

by John Coakley


Bollywood dancing: you know you want to.

It’s Friday. You could go to the bar and get trashed with your co-workers and then wake up feeling like lukewarm mud has replaced your brain, or you could visit the Open Center and see what they have to offer. They have been offering classes in nearly every aspect of self help and new age, eastern and western spiritualities for years now. Visit their site to take a look at all that they have to offer. And your brain will thank you if you skip the booze and stop by the Open Center tonight to learn more about these areas right here:

6-6:45: Reiki intro. + Bollywood dancing intro.

7-7:45: Your soul’s work intro. + Detox rejuvenation intro.

8-8:45: Feng shui intro. + Alexandra tech. intro.

9-9:45: The natural singer intro. + Reflexology intro.

New York Open Center
83 Spring Street
212-219-2527

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January 22nd, 2009

CHRIS UNCK + THE BLACK ROSES @ PIANOS: 1/23/9 @ MIDNIGHT.

by John Coakley

It’s hard to get a rootsy, countrified, southern rock sound done properly. Time-worn lyrics about lonesome highways and mean ol’ women who done you wrong need the right kind of voice to make them sound fresh. It’s kind of like the blues: you may be talented and have a deep love of the genre, but if you have sensitive-boy-indie-rock pipes it’s just going to be embarrassing for all concerned. Anyone who has survived acoustic open mics knows this to be true.

Fortunately, Chris Unck gets it right. He brings a rascally swagger to songs like Dirty Country Girls and My Oh My, sometimes sounding a bit like a young Rod Stewart along the way—but overall, Hank Sr. and Steve Earle are more apt comparisons. It doesn’t hurt that he has a tight, able rhythm section backing him up; Philip Frobos (bass) and Tauseef Anam (drums) confidently swing or stomp as the song demands. They also hold things down for fellow Altantans Carnivores, who open for Mr. Unck at 11pm. This will be a hoot and a holler and a half, folks. You should go.

Chris Unck and the Black Roses
1/29/9
Show starts at 8, headliners go on at midnight.
Pianos
158 Ludlow Street
212.505.3733
$10

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January 21st, 2009

MIKE DOUGHTY W/ THE TONY SCHERR TRIO @ CITY WINERY: 1/22/9.

by John Coakley


Mike Doughty (left) and Tony Scherr (right).

Mike Doughty first came to public attention as the leader of Soul Coughing, a combo that made spastic, weird, sample-heavy rock you could dance to. Doughty’s lyrics were fre-ranging; sometimes they were heart-breaking, other times they served only as a means of having fun with sound. They were one of the 90’s great alternative hopes but they got crowded out by the Creeds of the world and broke up in 2000.

To say that Doughty is back would be misleading because he never really left. Indeed, at this point his solo output is larger than that of his old band. He’s making music more organically now-more acoustic guitar, less samples-but with titles like Thank You, Lord, For Sending Me The F Train and 27 Jennifers he clearly hasn’t lost his sense of playfulness. He’ll be joined at new venue City Winery by Tony Scherr, a guitarist who has worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to John Lurie to Norah Jones but is now doing his own thing. You should go.

Mike Doughty w/ the Tony Scherr Trio
1/22/9-seating @ 8pm + show @ 9pm
City Winery
155 Varick Street
212.608.0555
$20-$75
Buy tickets here.

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January 20th, 2009

SEE WHAT THE CITY HAS IN STORE FOR CHATHAM SQUARE: 1/21/9 @ 6:30PM.

by John Coakley

Thanks to Rob Hollander for the heads up.

There is a lot of history in Chatham Square. Seven streets converge in the spot originally named for the Prime Minister of Great Britain right before the American Revolution. It was originally an open air market where horses were sold, then became an area of ill repute as part of the notorious Five Points neighborhood during the mid-19th century. In the mid-20th century it was renamed Kimlau Square, with a Memorial Arch erected to honor the many Chinese American soldiers who died in the line of duty. The new name hasn’t entirely stuck, but the Square remains a vital part of Chinatown and New York as a whole.

So now that the City has plans to renovate the square, it’s up to us to make sure that they do it with a fair regard for the neighborhood’s needs. Community Board 3’s own traffic engineer, Brian Ketchum, will be present at the meetings listed below to answer questions and to review the City’s plans. Considering all of the ire that was raised when the Washington Square renovation plans were announced, we’d all be wise to see what’s in store here.

Wednesday, 1/21/9 @ 6:30pm
Confucius Plaza Community Room
33 Bowery

Wednesday, 2/18/9 @ 6:30pm
Confucius Plaza Community Room
33 Bowery

Monday, 2/23/9 @ 6:30pm
Public School 124
40 Division Street

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January 19th, 2009

STEPHEN SPROUSE: ROCK ON MARS @ DEITCH PROJECTS: THROUGH 2/28/9.

by John Coakley


Stephen Sprouse, Speaker Painting, Courtesy Sprouse Family Archives.

Stephen Sprouse (1953-2004) was a hugely influential fashion designer who built on Warhol’s irreverent mixing of fashion, music and visual art. The difference between these two geniuses of design is that Warhol cut his teeth with the Velvet Underground and their musical brethren; Sprouse made his mark when music—especially here in New York—could mean punk rock, hip hop, no wave, or any combination thereof. The paintings currently on display at Deitch convey this mixing of genre and medium beautifully. You should go.

Stephen Sprouse: Rock on Mars
Deitch Projects
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
p: 212.343.7300
info@deitch.com
Open Tuesday through Sunday, Noon—6pm.

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January 17th, 2009

PARTY IN NYC—NOT DC—ON INAUGURATION DAY.

by John Coakley

Can’t make it to DC? Or maybe you just dislike standing in the freezing cold for hours, no matter how momentous the occasion? We hear ya. Here are three places offering local celebrations on Inauguration Day:

APT
419 W. 13th Street
212.414.4245
10PM—4AM

Groove to the sounds of the Brooklyn Wonderland DJs: Stylus and Stone spin funk, soul, afrobeat, and world house from 10PM until 4AM.

Lupanar
103 Essex Street (North of Delancey)
212.260.2036
8PM—?

Lounge away in the basement room of this LES French restaurant whose name is slang for “bordello.” A-hem.

SOB’s Party For Change!
204 Varick Street @ West Houston
212.243.4940
11AM—11PM

This is the big one, folks, an “all-day Obama-Fest” with a live broadcast of the swearing in at noon, a re-broadcast at 7pm, DJ’s and live acoustic acts all day long and Potent Patriotic Cocktails & Obama Power Happy Hour from 5-7PM. Should be a hoot.

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January 16th, 2009

GET THOSE KIDS INVOLVED WITH THE INAUGURATION.

by John Coakley

Thanks to Mommy Poppins for the heads up.

Kids can’t vote, which seems unfair, seeing as how they would probably just vote for the candidate that makes them feel safest—just like most of us adults do. Well, there is no reason for the kids to be left out of the Inauguration. Even if you can’t bring em all down to DC next week, they can still get themselves involved and engaged with this big, big day. To wit:

Kids Inauguration Party
Borders Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
212.823.9775
January 17, 2pm
FREE

Celebrate our nation’s new beginning with art activities, games, a scavenger hunt and an official oath ceremony. Continue Reading »

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January 16th, 2009

SOUTHAMPTON TOWN DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE HOSTS INAUGURAL BALL AT SOUTHAMPTON INN.

by You the Reader


Rhonda Liss.

While parties and fetes will have our nation’s capitol in celebrity and limousine gridlock on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, The Southampton Inn-located in the heart of the historic village-will be the setting for a jubilant, East End style Inaugural Celebration in honor of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden, as well as two newly elected local leaders: Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni and Town Councilwoman Sally Pope. The Southampton Inn is located at 91 Hill Street in Southampton Village.

The Southampton Town Democratic Committee will host the evening of music, dinner and dancing to celebrate the tremendous efforts of the East End community in helping to elect the new leadership for the country. Organizers hope all who are interested, regardless of political party, will join in this celebration.

Guests will gather for cocktails followed by a seated gourmet dinner featuring a special menu prepared by Brian Naylor, Executive Chef of OSO, The Southampton Inn’s new acclaimed restaurant that was recently named Best New Restaurant in Dan’s Papers annual Best of the Best.

The evening’s entertainment includes Gospel, Jazz, Latin, Folk and Popular musical performances, highlighting not only the diversity of the country but that of the East End as well. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | the Hamptons

January 15th, 2009

STREET TRIBE @ MYPLASTICHEARTNYC: THROUGH 2/15/9.

by John Coakley

Street Tribe is a show featuring the work of Kano (local boy made good) and Jesse Hernandez (Bay Area contender). This is being billed as an East Coast/West Coast feud, but really we all win when street art mixes with Japanese anime and toy stylings to create weird, vibrant art. It all takes place at MyPlasticHeartNYC, a gallery and a toy store for artsy folk who see no reason to give up on little plastic friends. Check it out.


Street Tribe
Opens 1/16/9, 6-9pm.
MyPlasticHeartNYC
210 Forsyth Street
646.290.6866
Open Tuesday through Saturday: 12pm-7pm and Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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January 14th, 2009

BYE GEORGE: THE END OF AN ERROR @ JOE’S PUB, 1/19/9.

by John Coakley


John Cameron Mitchell.

Most of us want to see Bush leave the White House yesterday, not a week from yesterday. His time as our president is something we’d like to forget, but that would be a mistake; we don’t want his errors to be repeated. Some awareness is needed. Yes, indeed—serious, sober reflection is called for in these final days.

Or you can go to Joe’s Pub and hear the likes of Lance Horne, John Cameron Mitchell, and Lea Delaria provide their take on things in the form of bawdy, satirical cabaret. Cabaret goes much better with booze than back issues of The Economist. Therefore, you should go.

Bye George: The End of an Error-Presented by Eva Price and Lance Horne
Monday, 1/19/9 @ 7:00 PM
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street
212.539.8500
$30.00 Get tickets here.

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January 13th, 2009

GROUP SHOW @ ELI KLEIN FINE ART: OPENS 1/15/9.

by John Coakley

Eli Klein Fine Art continues to keep things innovative in the SoHo art world with their group show, featuring fourteen contemporary Chinese artists. An impressive range of talent and style is on display here, including the work of Zeng Jianyong and Liu Bolin, two artists we’ve featured before. Among the undiscovered (by us, anyway) talent is Kong Weimeng, who has a surreally anxious take on comic book heroes, and Luo Qing, who has a painting named after Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb that, contrary to what one might expect, has no hippie trappings whatsoever; it’s a darkly satiric portrait of an anthropomorphic happy couple that gets under your skin and stays there. This is powerful stuff. You should go.

Group Show: 14 Chinese Contemporary Artists
Opening 1/15/9 from 6-9pm.
1/15/9-3/2/9
Eli Klein Fine Art
462 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Tel: (212) 255-4388 / (888) 255-7252

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January 11th, 2009

GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE: SOUL OF SHAOLIN, 1/13/9-1/31/9.

by John Coakley

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, China on Broadway presents Soul of Shaolin at the Marquis Theatre. It tells the story of a young boy who is separated from his mother in the midst of war. He is rescued by a Shaolin monk and raised to become a master of Shaolin Kung Fu. Expect gob-smacking pageantry and lots of “Can human joints really bend that way?” moments. Your kids will be imitating kung fu moves all over the house for days, and you’ll probably be right there with them. You should go.

Soul of Shaolin
Marquis Theatre
1535 Broadway @ 46th Street
212.307.1100
1/13/9–1/31/9 @ 7pm
$50–$95
Click here for tickets.

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January 10th, 2009

MAGIC PASSION LOVE STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: 1/11/9, 2-8PM.

by You the Reader


Painting by Joanne Morton.

“Magic Passion Love Project” is an ongoing project of Trickydame Productions that shares, promotes and creates products and events to help others manifest their own personal Magic Passion Love (MPL).It’s an Afternoon of Unlimited Possibilities—meaning new people, shared affirmations, making art, drinking wine (or non-alcoholic drinks), eating Chinese treats and WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE! It’s a chance to come downtown and visit a very interesting street in a very interesting town in very interesting times.

Magic Passion Love Studio Open House
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Hours 2 – 8pm
Email Joanne Morton at trickydame@gmail.com or call 917-676-4280 to RSVP to get exact address & more info.
Studio is located on Doyers St in Chinatown; there is no buzzer – you will need to call us to get in!

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January 9th, 2009

THE 11TH ANNUAL POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE BENEFIT @ METRO PICTURES: 1/10/9, 11AM-7PM.

by John Coakley

Metro Pictures is hosting Postcards From the Edge, a one day event in which 1,500 postcard-sized original works of art are sold for $75 each. All proceeds support Visual AIDS, which utilizes contemporary art for AIDS advocacy and historicizes the work of HIV-positive artists while offering career support. All well and good, you say, but whose work would I be buying? Well, you can click here for a complete list of the hundreds of artists who donated their work, but it may not be of much help. Each piece is signed on the back and you have to buy it to find out who made it; maybe that was a Cindy Sherman piece and maybe it was by someone completely unknown. So make sure that you actually enjoy the work aesthetically before diving in. And if you end up with something from an unknown, well, just remember that Jean-Michel Basquiat was unknown when he sold his homemade postcards on the street. You should go.

The 11th Annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit
Metro Pictures
519 West 24th Street
Saturday, 1/10/9
11:00—7:00
$5, suggested admission

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January 8th, 2009

WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY DOES PETER LORRE @ WEBSTER HALL: 1/9/9 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley

As a struggling musician myself, it would be easy for me to hate World/Inferno Friendship Society. They’ve managed to build up an enviable cult following with practically no help from radio or indie taste-making-blogger-snobs, they put on consistently great shows that make all the kids dance, and they stole my former bass player. Okay, they didn’t “steal” her, she just didn’t have enough time for both projects and the better band won. No hard feelings Sandra, seriously.

But that doesn’t matter to you, dear reader. No, what matters to you is that this band has managed to harness their mix of punk-ska-cabaret music to the cart of musical theater in the form of Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s Twentieth Century. The genius character actor’s life is looked at as both a good story in its own right and as a means of surveying pop culture history. And yes, you can dance to it. You really should go.

World/Inferno Friendship Society’s Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s Twentieth Century
Co-Conceived and Directed by Jay Scheib
1/9/9 @ 8PM
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
$20 or
$16 Special On-Line Discount For P.S. 122 Patrons
Discount Code: Lorre

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January 8th, 2009

DEUTSCHE BANK HEARING @ CITY HALL: 1/9/9 @ 10AM.

by John Coakley

Thanks to 9/11 Environmental Action for the heads up.

There will be a hearing tomorrow on the decontamination and deconstruction of the Deutsche Bank building. Anyone with an interest in the machinations of civic politics is encouraged to attend, particularly if you’re curious about whether or not we’ve learned anything from cleaning up the World Trade Center site. Call in sick and go.

Lower Manhattan Redevelopment, Alan J. Gerson, Chair
Friday, January 9, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall

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January 7th, 2009

TOUBAB KREWE @ SOB’S: 1/9/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley

Normally, Jam Bands make us cringe here at the SoHo Journal. The length of the songs, the bad dancing, the patchouli. No thanks. Therefore, jam bands comprised of young white dudes earnestly trying to play traditional African music should make us cringe really, really hard. Like, “Ow, the muscles in my neck are starting to hurt” hard.

Which is why Toubab Krewe is so surprising. They blend Afrobeat with rock, surf, and zydeco, leaving the listener with an experience that’s as fresh as it is familiar. A few members of the band actually lived in Africa for a while, studying with master musicians while immersing themselves in the culture. In other words, they take the music seriously; these are not college boys whose definition of multiculturalism stops at weed and Bob Marley’s greatest hits. Yet even more important than their sincerity is the fact that this band from Asheville, NC grooves hard and well, bringing a celebratory vibe to their shows. Kudos to S.O.B’s for proving that there is still a market for interesting live music downtown. You should go.

Toubab Krewe, w/ special guest Jar-E
1/8/9 @ 8pm
SOB’s
204 Varick Street (at West Houston)
$12 in advance, $15 day of show

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January 6th, 2009

OUTSIDER ART FAIR + PREVIEW: 1/8/9-1/11/9.

by John Coakley

The City budget, presumably like every budget in the country, is going to be tight in the next couple of years. And as any public school student can tell you, the arts are usually the first to be cut. So lets keep supporting the arts in any way we can. That could mean not asking to be on the guest list when your friend’s band plays, or actually paying the suggested admission at the Met instead of paying one dollar just because it’s allowed.

Attending the Outsider Art Fair is another good way to support the arts, as the chances of finding art you’ll actually want to buy are very high. Those of you who could have invested with Madoff but were smart enough not to can attend the preview on Thursday and get a first peek at the goods. Definitely worth considering.

Preview: 1/8/9
7-9 PM, early admission 6 PM

Patron: $650 per person ($550 is tax deductible)
6 PM early admission. Includes three readmissions to the fair, one invitation to the Contemporary Center’s Visionary Award Ceremony (1/9; reservation required), and one ticket to Uncommon Artists XVII (1/10; reservation required)

Supporter: $200 per person ($125 is tax deductible)
7 PM admission. Includes one readmission to the fair

The Fair:
Friday 11am – 8pm
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Admission $20/per day & $30/two-day pass. Both include a catalog.

Both events at The Mart
7 West 34th Street, 11th Floor
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
212. 977. 7170, ext. 308, or specialevents@folkartmuseum.org

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