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April 7th, 2008

WE ARE WIZARDS @ NYUFF: 4/8/8 @ 7:00PM

by John Coakley

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The 15th—and final—New York Underground Film Festival concludes tomorrow night. One of the more intriguing offerings is Josh Koury’s documentary about Harry Potter superfans called We Are Wizards. It is supposed to appeal to both fans of the books and those who find the whole thing a bit odd. It pulls this off by showing the fan’s humanity and broad range on the hermetic-nerd-to-socially-active-hipster spectrum; more than a few Potter-themed bands have been formed, for example. Worth a look.

New York Underground Film Festival
We are Wizards
4/8/8 @ 7:00pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue

Click here for full schedule.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

April 6th, 2008

INTRODUCE YOUR KIDS TO EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC @ THE FLEA: 4/6/8 @ 3PM

by John Coakley

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The Flea Theater‘s Music With A View is a program that allows emerging composers to present works in progress to an audience and then discuss it with them afterwards. Good idea. This month’s is a family friendly event, with music created by electric guitar and Wii remotes. It promises to be fast paced, visually engaging and, most importantly, a hoot. Check it out.

Music With a View, moderated by Kathleen Supove
Sunday, April 6, 3PM
FREE
Flea Theater
41 White Street, between Broadway and Church
New York, NY

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

April 5th, 2008

SYNESTHESIA @ JUDSON MEMORIAL: 4/58 + 4/6/8 @ 8pm

by John Coakley

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Synesthesia is the ability to cross senses – to see the colors of sound, for example. No, dropping acid doesn’t count. You have to be able to do it without chemical aid.

Synesthesia is also a project brought to us by Melanie Sylvan and Ashlin Halfnight, executive directors for the nonprofit theatrical company Electric Pear Productions. They got a number of creative, multidisciplinary types together and gave them two weeks to create a new theatrical piece based on something from another medium. This year’s piece will deal with NASCAR. Halfnight is a playwright but also a former pro Hockey player, so the subject may be treated with less snobbery than one might expect from NY Theater. Or did I just expose my own snobberry by connecting hockey and NASCAR, or by thinking of theater folk as snobbish? Discuss. Then go.

4/5/8 + 4/6/8 @ 8pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington square South
$20
Call 212.866.4444 for tickets

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

April 4th, 2008

ALLAN TANNENBAUM DISCUSSES JOHN + YOKO: MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 4/5/8 @ 3PM.

by John Coakley

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Photojournalist Allan Tannenbaum took some of the most intimate celebrity photographs ever made when he was working with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He will discuss his experiences with the pair and his photographs from the book John & Yoko: A New York Love Story (Insight Editions, 2007) in this illustrated lecture. Joining him will be Jack Crager, Managing Editor of American Photo, and Joe Crupi, who was lead guitarist in 1975 for Lennon’s band BOMF.

Click here for our review of John & Yoko: A New York Love Story

April, 5 2008
3:00 PM
Museum of the City of New York: Allan Tannenbaum – John & Yoko: A New York Love Story
1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, NY, New York 10029
212.534.1672, ext. 3395
Cost : Free with museum admission

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

April 3rd, 2008

CHEYENNE DINER TO CLOSE 4/6/8. MANHATTAN LOSES ONE MORE TINY BIT OF ITS SOUL.

by John Coakley

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There are certain places that you just feel glad to have around. Maybe you don’t go in that often – or at all – but you like the building. It’s part of your neighborhood, part of what makes you feel like you’re in the right place. And this isn’t ‘the right place’ as in the correct location on a map. This is ‘the right place’ as in the neighborhood, the city, that in spite of the outrageous expense, constant noise and endless irritations you are proud to call home.

For SoHo residents, one such place was the Moondance Diner. That was shipped off to Wyoming – something that can be done for free-standing diners, fortunately – to make room for (say it with me kids!) luxury condominiums. Now the same thing is happening to midtown, because the Cheyenne Diner is shutting down this Sunday to make room for (again, kids!) luxury condominiums. Hopefully, it too will be moved rather than razed so that others may still continue to enjoy the charms of a true diner. Michael Perlman, the man who saved Moondance, is on the case. Cross your fingers. And make time this weekend to say goodbye to an old friend before it leaves for parts unknown. Stop in if you can find a seat – they make a good turkey club.

For more pictures of and information about the Cheyenne Diner, click here.

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

April 2nd, 2008

OPEN CALL FOR PRO TAP WATER VIDEO SUBMISSIONS. WIN MONEY, MEET A BALDWIN.

by John Coakley

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In hopes of spreading the word about the detrimental environmental effects of bottled water, Food & Water Watch is holding a celebrity-judged “I Heart Tap Water” student video contest. Some of the judges include the actor Alec Baldwin, an Emmy Award-nominated producer for National Geographic and an Emmy Award-winning television producer. 1st place gets $1,500.00.

To get the ball rolling they produced “Don’t Be Fooled By Bottled Water,” starring their own celebrity staff, which ponders the question, “Will water filtered through rose petals fetch $8.00 per bottle?” I’d guess yes, but only if you threw in an exotic religion’s spiritual blessing as well. Just not Kaballah. That’s so over.

Click here to see other videos and to get more information on the contest. Submissions for the contest will be accepted until 11:59 am EST on April 14, 2008, and the winner of the contest will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2008.

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

April 1st, 2008

BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR @ SOB’S: 4/2/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley

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SOB’s hosts a night of international hip-hop, with artists from Canada, India, and a lot of places in between. Domino Saints (from Puerto Rico) and Krussia (from Russia…duh) are both standouts on a bill nine rappers strong. But the best performer is the headliner this time around: Blitz the Ambassador (from Ghana). I saw him open for Public Enemy a few months ago and he would have torn the roof off the place even if he hadn’t brought a killer horn section to back him up. But he did, and no one has see that venue’s roof since. See Blitz now and enjoy that superior feeling when he gets huge and everyone loves him. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

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