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November 20th, 2007


by John Coakley

Terry Lucas, owner of Westhampton Beach’s The Open Book, is bringing attention to efforts by “concerned parents” to ban two books from the local ninth grade non-required reading list. Thank you to the American Booksellers Association for bringing this to light. For the complete story, go here.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | New York | Take Action | the Hamptons

November 16th, 2007


by You the Reader

Eli Klein Fine Art
462 West Broadway
between Prince & Houston

This exhibition, while focusing on photography, also includes important prints, sculpture, and painting. Some of the artists focus on contrasting traditional and modern values. Two of China’s most prominent artists, Wang Guangyi and Zhang Xiaogang, look back critically at the Cultural Revolution from a modern perspective. Huang Yan and Liu Liguo create work that integrates traditional art forms with modern subjects. Sui Jianguo presents an enlarged bronze toy dinosaur as a kind of metaphor for China.

Other artists such as Zhang Hui, Zhang Peng and Liu Ye turn to youth, naivete and vulnerability to create breathtaking imagery relating to the suppressed, yet ubiquitous, emotions of loss in China – in particular, the loss of innocence.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

November 15th, 2007


by You the Reader

Workshop Soho: Saturday, November 17
64 Grand Street, Apt. #7

This Saturday, two up-and-coming French photographers and a French designer get together to present their creations in an ephemeral, pop-up gallery in Soho. A huge loft located on the last floor of an old war-time building is the site of fashionable, relaxing Saturday gift shopping. Featuring photos by Marie – Laure Daube & Benoit Pailley and handmade knitwear for women, men & babies by ‘Paul et Sophie.’

Sineh d Designer Showroom
151 Hudson St. (corner of Hubert) Suite 3F
11 am – 6 pm

Jessica Delfino‘s friend is having a sample sale at her snazzy Tribeca showroom featuring free wine and light snacks. The clothes she carries are from Denmark, and they are really beautiful — they are the fittings of a princess-rock star, with fancy trimmings, yet they are also sleek and very hot. Many of her pieces are sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys and are shown in Lucky Magazine. But here you can get them for cheapity cheap cheap, with some items (like a beautiful black cape-let) starting at $10, and of course, going up into the hundreds. All sizes.

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

November 13th, 2007


by You the Reader

To Paint the Portrait of a Bird
November 18th at 12:30pm (Prog #27)
$8 ($6 students)

Hunter College, Film and Media Studies Department
4th fl., North Bldg.
68th St. and Lexington Ave
Lang Hall, NYC.

“striking and lyrical, subtle and evocative.”

-David Sterritt
Chairman, National Society of Film Critics

Of the many notable works being presented at the Festival, To Paint the Portrait of a Bird is of particular interest. A short film that has played festivals in Montreal, Mill Valley, Woodstock, and now the Avignon/New York film festival, To Paint the Portrait of a Bird is Seamus McNally’s cinematic interpretation of the famous poem of the same name. Lance Horne, the film’s composer, will be there.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

November 13th, 2007

French Founding Father: Lafayette’s Return to Washington’s America. November 16 through March 10, 2008.

by You the Reader

On the occasion of his 250th birthday, the New York Historical Society will shine a spotlight on Gilbert du Motier Lafayette – Revolutionary War hero, “adopted son” of George Washington and one-time French exile.  A new exhibition will explain why his triumphant return four decades after the end of the Revolutionary War taught a young nation how to be Americans. And you though that Lafayette was just a less crowded alternative to Broadway.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, N.Y. 10024

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

November 7th, 2007


by You the Reader

On Saturday, November 17, from 4:00-9:00pm, Poets House, a 50,000-volume library and literary center, will bid a fond farewell to its Soho home of nearly 20 years with a five-hour party at 72 Spring Street hosted by over 25 poets who span the generations of contemporary poetry and its many schools and movements. “The Invention of Farewell: A Poets House Celebration” will feature lively readings, anecdotes and toasts at the top of every hour by poetry-hosts Star Black, Tina Chang, Jayne Cortez, Mark Doty, Kimiko Hahn, Edward Hirsch, Bob Holman, Marie Howe, Hettie Jones, Patricia Spears Jones, Jan Heller Levi, Philip Levine, Donna Masini, Honor Moore, Gregory Pardlo, Willie Perdomo, Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith, Gerald Stern, Jean Valentine, Cecilia Vicuna and others. Champagne and poetic delicacies will be served, as Poets House commemorates its Soho era and the community of friends that have gathered there. Attendees are invited to wile away the evening in the presence of Poets House’s unparalleled collection and in the creative company of some of the great American poets of our time, as Poets House ushers in the momentous year that will bring the organization to its permanent home in Battery Park City.

“The Invention of Farewell: A Poets House Celebration,”
November 17th, 4:00-9:00pm.
Poets House, 72 Spring Street, 2nd Floor, New York City.
Admission free, no reservations required. Information: (212) 431-7920
or visit

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

November 5th, 2007

Cupping Room Cafe Shows Some Skin – Monday, 11.5 @ 7pm

by D. Clark MacPherson

For one night only, D. Clark MacPherson presents a sampling of his ‘SoHo Nudes’ at the Cupping Room Cafe, 359 West Broadway @ Broome Street.

“For over thirty years, D. Clark MacPherson has appreciated the female form through his photography. Fascinated by the beauty that lies beneath artificiality portrayed in glamour nudes and highly stylized Victorian art poses, he has primarily utilized black and white film to photograph women in commonplace settings. His models are not professional models but are average women who are actively exploring their sensuality.”

Photographs featuring black & white female nudes will be on display, happy hour priced drinks on tap and complementary hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Monday is not so bad after all . . .

by D. Clark MacPherson

Photography Exhibition & Reception
One Night Only
Monday, November 5th 7pm

The Cupping Room
359 West Broadway, NYC

Filed Under: New York