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March 31st, 2008

MARK VONNEGUT READS HIS FATHER’S WORK: 4/1/8 @ 7PM.

by John Coakley

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Mark Vonnegut, an accomplished author in his own right, presents Armageddon in Retrospect, a collection of new and unpublished writings on war and peace by his famous father, Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt’s work, as many of you surely know, somehow managed to find shreds of hope amidst all of its brutally sharp satire, and his writings on war were especially effective. Should be worth a look.

Mark Vonnegut
Barnes & Noble
97 Warren St (at Greenwich St)
212-587-5389
4/1/8 @ 7pm
Free

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

March 30th, 2008

CRITICAL MEETING ON ST. VINCENT’S AND THE FUTURE OF THE VILLAGE: 4/1/8 @ 9:30AM.

by You the Reader

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An important message from Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Please come to the CRITICALLY IMPORTANT Landmarks Preservation Commission Public Hearing on the St. Vincent’s/Rudin Development Plan

Whether or not you come to the hearing, we also ask that you write to the Landmarks Preservation Commission IMMEDIATELY to express your concerns about the current proposal. Go here for an electronic version. You can also use the sample letter as the basis for your testimony at the LPC hearing on April 1st.

Please note that the LPC hearing on April 1st ONLY deals with the issue of the ‘appropriateness’ of the proposed demolitions and new development in relation to the character of the Greenwich Village Historic District; it does NOT deal with other very important issues like the impact the proposal would have on traffic, noise, environmental concerns, school overcrowding, affordable housing, or the finances or functioning of the hospital. All of those issues are supposed to be dealt with through other processes, but are not under the jurisdiction of the LPC to consider at this hearing, and thus testimony and letters at this time to the LPC should focus exclusively on the “appropriateness” issue.

Tuesday, April 1 at 9:30 am
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Theater One, 199 Chambers Street (at West Street)

Bring Photo ID to enter; arrive as early as 9:00 a.m. to sign up to speak
Take the 1,2,3 or A,C to Chambers Street, or the R,W to City Hall

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics | Take Action

March 29th, 2008

LIU BOLIN OPENING AT ELI KLEIN FINE ART: 3/29/8 @ 8PM

by John Coakley

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China Report 2007 #6, 2007

Liu Bolin’s photorealistic oil paintings of Chinese militarism and propoganda are truly something to see. Meet the artist tonight at Eli Klein Fine Arts, and stop by the EKFA booth (#43) if you’re at the Bridge Art Fair.

Eli Klein Fine Art
462 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
T: 212-255-4388
F: 212-255-4316
Open: 7 Days, 11-7pm

Bridge Art Fair
222 12th Avenue, between 27th & 28th Streets
Saturday 12-9 PM
Sunday 12-7 PM

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

March 28th, 2008

PHOTO BLOGS OF DISTINCTION

by John Coakley

We went sightseeing online today. There are a lot of engaging, compelling photography blogs out there. Here are a few of our favorites:

Fading Ad Blog by Frank H. Jump

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Mr. Jump shoots fading and/or old signs on the walls of the buildings that have yet to become shiny glass luxury condominiums. He has kept a record of a number of ads that are now long gone, and he encourages readers to submit their own work. Check him out here. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | New York

March 27th, 2008

GET THOSE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE!

by John Coakley

Thanks to Urban Baby for helping us find non-Disney things to do with the kids this weekend.

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven

All cats go to heaven, I mean, DUH! Seriously, this is a Bunraku puppet performance based on the traditional Buddhist folk tale about an inspirational feline. Who definitely made it to heaven. Because cats rule, even when they wake you up six times in one night. Yes, Zeke, I am talking to you.

When: Sat. & Sun., 3/29 & 3/30, Sat. 10am, Sun. 7pm; $20.
Where: Culture Project, 55 Mercer St., 212-352-3101

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Uncle Rock

The former Fleshtones bassist and Roseanne Cash songwriting partner does his kid-friendly thing. Think Roald Dahl meets classic rock – with plenty of celebratory, goofy sing-a-longs.

When: Sat. 3/29, 2pm; $5.
Where: The Living Room, 154 Ludlow St.

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

March 27th, 2008

SATYA HOME OPENING SALE: 3/27/8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

by John Coakley

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Satya Home opens today, with an introductory 30% off everything sale. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27th
5:00PM – 8:00PM
SATYA HOME
330 BLEECKER STREET (between Christopher and West 10th St.)

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York

March 27th, 2008

CRANE PROBLEMS FOR TRUMP SOHO

by You the Reader

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The day of the fatal accident, two months ago.

Thank you, as always, to Andrew Berman for keeping us informed.

Yet another Stop-Work order has been issued to the Trump SoHo Condo-Hotel which GVSHP and the SoHo Alliance, among many others, have been fighting. In the wake of the fatal East Side crane collapse earlier this month, the City inspected the Trump SoHo crane and reportedly found cracks in the slab attaching the crane to the building and a non-working beacon light. Earlier this year there was a fatal accident at the site and a non-lethal accident involving glass windows from the building being shattered by loose construction equipment and raining down more than 20 stories to the street below. In both cases stop-work orders were issued and eventually lifted by the City. A decision in the legal challenge against the Trump SoHo Condo Hotel filed by the SoHo Alliance and supported by GVSHP is not expected until May.

Filed Under: Community | New York | News | Politics

March 26th, 2008

MAXI COHEN’S LADIES ROOMS AROUND THE WORLD: OPENS 3/28/8 @ THE CHELSEA HOTEL, ROOM 122.

by John Coakley

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Not as pervy as it sounds. Sorry, Chuck Berry. This actually promises to be an interesting show in a festival that has the genius idea of using rooms in the Hotel Chelsea for galleries. Check it out.

Pool Art Fair @ the Hotel Chelsea presents
LADIES ROOMS AROUND THE WORLD
a series of photographs and video by Maxi Cohen

222 W 23rd Street (btw 7th and 8th Ave) Room 122
opening FRIDAY
March 28th, 29th & 30th 12pm-8pm

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

March 25th, 2008

PULSE ART FAIR NEW YORK @ PIER 40: 3/27/8 – 3/30/8.

by John Coakley

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You don’t have to go uptown for an art show this weekend. The Pulse Art Fair is giving the Armory a run for its money, with over 100 galleries from around the world presenting their work. Representing New York is Chelsea’s Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, showcasing work by Richie Budd, Fendry Ekel, and MASLEN & MEHRA, who are responsible for the intriguing piece shown above. Definitely worth checking out.

PULSE NEW YORK
Pier 40
353 West Street
New York, NY 10014

Thursday, March 27 – Sunday, March 30, 2008

Thursday, March 27 12pm – 8pm
Friday, March 28 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, March 29 12pm – 8pm
Sunday, March 30 12pm – 5pm

ADMISSION
General Admission $15
Discount Admission $10 (for Seniors & Students with valid ID)
Children under 12 FREE

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

March 23rd, 2008

CB2 PUBLIC HEARING ON TENANT ISSUES: 3/24/8 @ 6:00PM, PS 130.

by D. Clark MacPherson

For more on the issues being addressed at this meeting, click here.

Community Board 2, Manhattan has recently launched a Tenants’ Rights Task Force to address tenants’ concerns and affordable housing issues in our area.

Join our elected officials, tenant advocates, legal advocates and local community organizers to learn about:

* Landlord harassment
* Organizing a tenants’ association
* Phony demolitions
* Illegal hotel conversions
* Senior housing
* New legislation to protect tenants
* And more!

Sponsored by the CB 2 Tenants’ Rights Task Force, Chinatown Committee and Social Services Committee.

Monday, March 24th
6:00 – 8:30pm
PS 130
143 Baxter Street, between Grand & Hester Streets

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics | Take Action

March 21st, 2008

WEBSTER HALL LANDMARKED!

by You the Reader

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Webster Hall and its signature neon marquee: safe from NYU forever.

Andrew Berman of the GVSHP with the good news about one of our city’s oldest venues. Thanks for the hard work and the hard-won results, Andrew.

I wanted to let you know that yesterday the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated Webster Hall at 119 East 11th Street a New York City landmark. This is a designation GVSHP had strongly advocated for, and a building we had done a considerable amount of research on, which was shared with the LPC in order to help make that case. The LPC also designated three other sites in the East Village yesterday — the former Children’s Aid Society Home for Girls at 307 East 12th Street, a former synagogue at 242 East 7th Street, and a former public bath house at 538 East 11th Street — all of which GVSHP also supported being landmarked. Continue Reading »

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

March 21st, 2008

ZHANG HUI OPENING @ ELI KLEIN FINE ART: 3/22/8, 6-9PM

by John Coakley

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“Beijing Wawa” includes fifteen new paintings and three sculptures by Zhang Hui, a Chinese artist using images of wawas – or dolls – to explore her generation’s disillusionment. What makes that interesting and new is the fact that the disillusionment is not so much with the repressive regime but with the empty materialism that has taken its place. The work itself would be compelling enough without the socio-political context. This is one show worth visiting, at a gallery that continues to impress; Eli Klein will also be presenting work at the Bridge Art Fair next week.

Eli Klein Fine Art
462 West Broadway (between Prince + Houston)
212.255.4388
March 22 – June 17, 2008
Opening: Saturday, March 22, 6 – 9PM

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

March 20th, 2008

PILLOW FIGHT!

by John Coakley

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Celebrate the first weekend of Spring.
Celebrate the day before Easter.
Celebrate rambunction. Yes, it’s a word. Busta Rhymes made it up.

Most importantly, correct this Winter’s pathetic lack of snow by (gently) beating the crap out of your neighbors and sending those feathers skyward.

Click here for more information and to volunteer for clean up duty.

Pillow Fight NYC
Sat 3/22 @ 3PM
Union Square Park
East 14th Street and Broadway

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

March 20th, 2008

THE EASTER FANCY HAT PARADE: SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

by John Coakley

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Don’t hate him because he’s fabulous.

The Easter Fancy Hat Parade is a hoot. First of all, people don’t march – they mill about, taking in the endless styles of crazy hats. It’s a fun, silly affair that is both family friendly and inclusive in ways that the 5th Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade refuses to be (unlike the wonderful parade in Woodside). Seriously, kids and drag queens have a lot in common: they both love dressing up, being silly and getting attention. And we all have a little kid and a big ol’ queen inside each of us, in one way or another. So this is definitely a parade for everyone. Check it out.

Easter Parade
Sunday, March 23, 2008, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets

Click here for a video of last year’s parade.

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March 19th, 2008

DIRTY WINGS, KELLY EVA ELLIS, TELETEXTILE + FAN-TAN @ TRASH BAR: 3/19/8 @ 8PM

by John Coakley

The illustrious DJ Mojo presents a solid bill of indie folk, rock, and folk-rock. Or fock, if you prefer. Labels are ridiculous, aren’t they?

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The night begins with Dirty Wings, a guitar/drums/vocals trio that mixes political and musical tension to great effect. Think early Hayden, Billy Bragg, or Pedro the Lion.

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If Kelly Eva Ellis looks tough in this picture, well, that’s because she is. She could totally kick your ass if she felt like it. But she’d rather sing her smart and wistful folk tunes with a voice that makes the most jaded of hipsters feel all warm inside. Continue Reading »

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March 18th, 2008

ALLAN TANNENBAUM: THE EYES HAVE IT!

by Mr. Norman Maine

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Photographer, photojournalist, artist–pick a title for Allan Tannenbaum and it’ll fit. Allan has long been capturing and recording some of the most important events in popular culture, all the while keeping a visual record of the changing landscape of our lives and our city.

Tannenbaum’s work has been featured on the covers of ROLLING STONE, FORTUNE, LePOINT, ESQUIRE, NEWSWEEK, and countless others. His first two books, New York in The 70’s, and New York capture their subjects with a perfectly candid, caring eye. One can see from his work that he’s truly interested in what he’s shooting. Allan has the rare capacity to let the viewer see what he’s feeling when he’s shooting. One only needs to see his shockingly beautiful series of photographs of the attack on the World Trade Center. From the explosion of the second plane hitting the tower to their dramatic and horrifying collapse to the debris-covered streets and the rescue workers, the terror we were all feeling is somehow captured in the increments of the click of a camera’s shutter.

But never has such a loving eye been cast on a subject as the photos we are treated to in Tannenbaum’s new book, John & Yoko: A New York Love Story. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Arts & Leisure | New York

March 18th, 2008

THE WILD WILD WEST OF HOUSING

by Joelle Panisch

A Series of Articles on the Lawlessness of Tenant/Landlord Disputes in New York City and the Departments That Are Allowing its Occurrence.

New York, Dec. 2007–Over the past three decades New York crime rates have been vastly reduced, and the streets cleaned up. But now there is a new “dirty” affecting the city’s inhabitants, and this one is not just close to home; it is the home. For a long time, the rising real estate values have taken a toll on middle class New Yorkers. It has displaced them, made the city unaffordable, and lessened their quality of life. And though it is very sad that the backbone of the population is the community most negatively affected, thus is often the consequence of uncontrolled capitalism.

However, rent control and rent stabilization laws were enacted to establish and protect the rights of tenants, and to ensure affordable housing in areas throughout New York. This is now in jeopardy. Landlords have been hypnotized by greed, and have realized the incredible profits they would be making if they could regain control of these apartments to then rent them at current market value. With the housing shortage and the insane market, for many of the large landlord organizations, the gains would be in the millions.

So, with dollar signs in their eyes, the harassment of tenants takes flight. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Commentary | Community | New York | Politics

March 17th, 2008

303 E. 51ST STREET

by John Coakley

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Thanks to Rob Hollander for keeping us informed.

The disastrous accident at 303 E. 51st Street, like most accidents, could have been prevented. It’s just a question of degree – how cautious or careless were those responsible for the construction of this building? How responsive was the Department of Buildings to the complaints and concerns of the citizens it is supposed to be serving? It may take a while for all of the facts to become clear, but so far, things don’t look good for the developers or the DOB.

It seems that the Department of Buildings did, in fact, receive a number of complaints about this project, including some that were specific to the crane itself. Violations were made but apparently not enforced. And it may be telling that one of the developers is Ben Shaoul of Magnum Real Estate, a man (in)famous for evicting and harassing tenants all over the East Village for the sake of luxury condo conversions, laws be damned. Not a man known for putting the needs of the people ahead of his own. Click here for a little perspective on the man from the good people at Curbed.

Our hearts go out to those who died in this terrible accident, those who were injured or displaced, and those who lived close enough to hear the crane fall and probably re-lived 9/11 all over again for a few terrifying moments. Accidents happen, which is why every effort should be made to prevent them. It doesn’t look like that was the case here.

Filed Under: Commentary | New York | News | Politics

March 16th, 2008

EYES WITHOUT A FACE @ ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES.

by John Coakley

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Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux sans visage) is a 1959 French-language adaptation of Jean Redon’s novel of the same name. It’s a creepily psychological take on the Frankenstein story, in which the mad scientist (Pierre Brasseur) is a father who is attempting to replace his daughter’s (Edith Scob) disfigured features with those of young ladies he captures and brings to his basement surgical theater. Directed by George Franju in 1959, the film moves along with a menacing patience that owes more to the French New Wave than to the Universal horror films that preceded it. The mask that the daughter wears between operations was apparently John Carpenter’s inspiration for the one worn by Michael Myers in Halloween, and the concept of one’s own body – rather than an external or supernatural bogeyman – as a source of horror preceded David Cronenberg’s work by a good fifteen years. Definitely worth a look.

Eyes Without a Face
Sunday, 3/15/8 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, 3/18/8 @ 9:15pm

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

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March 15th, 2008

SHOULD THIS REALLY BE ILLEGAL?

by John Coakley

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On Monday we will have a new governor. Why? Because Eliot Spitzer saw a prostitute. There are many levels to why Spitzer may or may not be getting what he deserved: you may believe that prostitution is wrong, or that adultery is wrong, or that the hypocricy of “steamrolling” an industry you secretly support is wrong, or maybe you just thought Spitzer’s other policies were wrong and therefore you’re happy to see him going. Personally, I’ll take the hypocricy angle coupled with the fact that he wanted to practice unsafe sex, thus potentially bringing more than a paycheck back home.

But wait a minute – what about Kristen? To her credit, she apparently made Eliot wrap it up, thus protecting not only Spitzer’s wife but herself as well. After all, who’s to say that he hadn’t been adulterous before he became Client 9, and who’s to say that someone he’d been adulterous with had been as savvy as Kristen? Continue Reading »

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March 14th, 2008

CHARLIE MURPHY: OUT FROM THE SHADOWS OF YOU KNOW WHO!

by Vincent Cecolini

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Charlie Murphy was once known only as the older brother of comedy legend Eddie Murphy. As a part of Eddie’s entourage and security detail, Charlie also turned up in bit roles and cameos in many of his brother’s films. During the last decade, however, Charlie has slowly stepped out of Eddie’s imposing shadow. In addition to larger roles in hit films like CB4, Kings Ransom and Roll Bounce, Charlie became one of the standout players in Dave Chappelle’s brilliant and hilarious Chappelle’s Show, on Comedy Central.

Charlie Murphy’s main contribution to the show was creating and writing perhaps it’s funniest sketch, “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.” The most popular being the Rick James story, with Murphy as himself and Chappelle as the drug addled Rick James, including incidents such as James slapping Murphy, interspersed with scenes of the present-day Rick James, explaining his past behavior, saying, “Cocaine’ s a hell of a drug.” The sketch spawned one of the show’s popular catchphrases–” I’m Rick James, bitch!”– which Chappelle as James (and every moronic white guy on earth) declared, over and over and over again .

When Dave Chappelle went MIA after filming only three episodes of the third season, deciding he could no longer handle the grind of a weekly show, Murphy had to take advantage and strike while he was still generating some heat, and take advantage he did.

His newfound popularity has led to a successful stand-up career as well as creating a name for himself as a screenwriter, having co-written the hit film Norbit with brother Eddie. Charlie Q. Murphy, as he is sometimes known, is also a well-respected voice-over artist. According to imdb.com (internet movie database), Murphy has no less than 6 feature films in production or completed for the rest of 2007, or slated for release in 2008. He stars in the film Twisted Fortune and the upcoming Three Days To Vegas with legends Peter Falk and Rip Torn. Charlie has also just finished taping his first season of BET’s hit We Got To Do Better

SoHo Journal: You must be exhausted. You’ve just returned from performing in Stockholm, Sweden, We Got To Do Better is a hit on BET and you’re making more and more appearances on the big screen.

Charlie Murphy:
I’m married and I have two kids. You have stress when you leave and you have stress when you go home. But it could be worse. The other day, I was watching this thing on A&E. They showed this dude in a maximum security prison. He said, “This place sucks. They feed you horrible food. They keep the lights off 24 hours a day. They’re all about breaking balls seven days a week, day in and day out. Break the man down! Break the man down!” The interviewer asks, “Why are you in here?” The guy responds, “I killed two cops.”

SJ: When you go to places like Stockholm, Sweden, is any of the humor lost on the audience? Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Arts & Leisure | Interview

March 14th, 2008

THE ART OF THE PEEL TAKING IT ALL IN—AND MOST OF IT OFF—AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL NEW YORK BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

by Chip Maloney

If you were to assume that the fine art of burlesque has been dying a languorous death for the last half century and relegated to the desperate domain of a few gnarly, decaying swingers performing it in tattered and dirty costumes amidst the salty squalor of Coney Island, your assumption would be vastly incorrect. Burlesque is very much alive and well, and judging from the surging and enthusiastic throngs who attended this year’s four day long New York Burlesque Festival, it is more popular than ever. For the past five years, hundreds of burlesque performers from around the world have descended upon New York City to celebrate the art of the peel to an evergrowing legion of fans and devotees. Continue Reading »

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

March 14th, 2008

TRADITION AND TECHNOLOGY: RADIO CITY ROCKETTES!

by Lawrence Pfeil Jr

75 years in the making and two years in the planning added up to one sparkling celebration in this year’s diamond anniversary edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world famous Rockettes. In the most dramatic “re-imaging” in the show’s history, every production element from the music to the choreography to costumes to the scenery to the special effects had either been spruced up, re-conceived, or was brand new in what promised (and delivered) to be the most spectacular of spectacles…ever. Continue Reading »

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

March 14th, 2008

PIGEONS, PURIM + PRINCESSES: WHAT TO DO W/ THE KIDS THIS WEEKEND.

by John Coakley

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Keep him away from the car too, while you’re at it.

There’s no sense in raising kids in an expensive, loud, and smelly city if the only culture you expose them to is in their yogurt. So thanks to urbanbaby for reminding us that there is more to offer city kids than Sponge Bob reruns and overpriced Disney concerts. To wit:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Always good advice. Seagulls have stronger nerves and thus make much better drivers. Check out the Caldecott-winning children’s tale about an out-of-control pigeon that’s been adapted for the stage.

When: Sat. 3/15, 1:30pm
Ages 3+
$25.
Where: Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St.,
212-220-1460

Make a Mask
Prepare for the Purim masquerade by decorating fancy face masks made of fast-drying modeling material. After Purim, the masks will be turned into freestanding sculpture.

When: Sun. 3/16, 2-4pm
Ages 6+
Free with museum admission.
Where: Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)
212-294-8330

Princess Katie & Racer Steve
Can’t fight gender roles if your kids don’t want to fight ’em, so you should at least get some good music out of the deal. Princess Katie & Racer Steve bring a high-energy rock concert for kids to the Bowery Poetry Club. Go wild with your outfit – anything goes.

When: Sun. 3/16, 12pm
$10.
Where: Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery at Bleeker
212-614-0505

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

March 13th, 2008

ECO-FRIENDLY SAMPLE SALE: EVERY THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 12-8PM @ 2 GREAT JONES STREET

by John Coakley

5% of all sales go Trees for the Future, a most worthy organization. Featured brands include Citizens of Humanity, Del Forte Organic Denim, Joe’s, Alice and Trixie, and People’s Liberation.

Samples for (eco)mpassion
2 Great Jones Street, between Broadway and Lafayette
Every Thursday through Sunday
12pm – 8pm

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