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June 30th, 2008

THE BLACK SQUIRREL SOCIETY @ LEHMANN MAUPIN, L.E.S: THROUGH 8/8/8.

by John Coakley


Mario Ybarra Jr., Black Squirrel Society Large, 2008, acrylic on canvas.

The Black Squirrel Society is Mario Ybarra Jr’s take on the kind of shadowy, secret organizations that make you wonder if the conspiracy theorists might actually be on to something—groups like Skull and Bones or the Freemasons. He has gone to great lengths to create a complete world; portraits, banners, sculptures, paintings of famous battles and even songs are all here. What sets this fictional group apart is that, unlike the Illuminati, all of the members are actually Black Squirrels. Hmmm. Black Squirrels could be seen all over the campus of Sarah Lawrence College, my alma mater. SLC is known for its radical politics. Were those frisky rodents, the ones we jokingly called Goth Squirrels because they wore black, actually spies? Food for thought.

Excuse me. I have to go burn some files.

Mario Ybarra Jr, The Black Squirrel Society
Lehmann Maupin
201 Chrystie St., 212-254-0054
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM-6PM
Through August 8, 2008

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 29th, 2008

SHOOT THE MESSENGER @ THE GREEN ROOM: 6/30/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley


Lizz Winstead.

Lizz Winstead helped create The Daily Show and was once an anchor on Air America Radio. Those jobs are in her past, but Lizz is not done making fun of the news. Not even close.

Each Monday, Lizz and some of the many creative types in her circle get together as comedy troupe Shoot the Messenger and give us a fictional morning show called Wake Up World! You get to see a biting satire of the talking heads and their behind the scenes bosses, and along the way laugh at the people who make your morning just a little more vapid. It’s good stuff, and a fitting way to ease back into the work week.


6/30/8
Shoot the Messenger
8PM
The Green Room
45 Bleecker Street (between Mott and Mulberry Streets)
212-253-5555
Tickets: $12.50

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

June 28th, 2008

NEW AMSTERDAM MARKET: 6/29/8, 11AM-4PM.

by John Coakley

The old Fulton Fish Market buildings have been empty ever since the fishmongers (been waiting a long time to use that word) moved up to the Bronx. That changes this Sunday, with the New Amsterdam Market. Over 60 vendors from all over the city and the tri-state area will be there, including a booth devoted to New York’s 13 best loaves of bread. This is a one day event, much like the one that popped up last December. The more people show up, the better the chances of this becoming a permanent fixture – much like the market in Union Square. And as anyone who has moved into one of the new luxury towers down that way could tell you, the Financial District need all of the food shopping options it can get.

Check out the vendors here.


New Amsterdam Market
Sunday, 6/29/8 11AM-4PM
South Street Seaport, South St., b/t Beekman St. & Peck Slip.

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York

June 27th, 2008

POST-DYKE MARCH THROWDOWN @ KNITTING FACTORY: 6/28/8 @ 11PM.

by John Coakley


DJ Noa D.

This one is for the ladies. No seriously, it is. This is Pride Weekend, after all. So all of you ladies who dig ladies who are looking to get down after the Dyke March, look no further. The Knitting Factory is hosting a late night affair featuring DJs Bianca and Noa D, plus special, secret, live performances. Most importantly, proceeds go to RightRides, the organization that gives free late night rides home to ladies and trans-folk. Getting home safely is something that everyone who loves ladies can support. So go out and support it.

Laid Party Takes Manhattan Post-Dyke March THROW DOWN!
with DJ Bianca & Noa D, w/ Special Live performances
Hosted by Sarah FM
$10 – proceeds to support RightRides
Doors at 11 PM, 18+
Knitting Factory – Main Space
74 Leonard Street, btw. Broadway & Church

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

June 26th, 2008

ANDREW BERMAN ON THE GANSEVOORT WASTE STATION.

by John Coakley


Andrew Berman, in blue baseball cap.

We asked Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation what his thoughts were on the Gansevoort waste transfer debacle. He was kind enough to weigh in. It should be noted that on this matter he’s speaking only as a citizen and not as a representative of the GVSHP. Here is what Mr. Berman had to say:

I think it is shameful. I was a plaintiff in the original lawsuit which forced the city to agree to remove sanitation facilities from the Gansevoort Penninsula. The city has been cloaking this effort to take back badly needed park land promised to this community in a claim of “fair share” and environmental justice. But the reality is that the entire West Side community has been saying we will keep it on the west side, just not in the middle of parkland, and there are reasonable alternatives such as Pier 76. The City did not even pretend to seriously explore that possibility. I think it’s a shameful violation of the public trust.

Click here and here for earlier posts on the issue.

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

June 26th, 2008

MY HAPPY GUN @ DON HILL’S: 6/27/8 @ 10PM.

by John Coakley


My Happy Gun plays moody, dark rock that you can shake your butt to. There’s a definite British 80’s Alternative influence (think Echo & the Bunnymen) but you can also hear some 60’s echo guitar (think Link Wray) and 90’s rock (think Swervedriver). They do not sound like the scores of Williamsburg bands that put art school conceits ahead of their music. My Happy Gun also chooses their clothing with no sense of irony, and you are encouraged to do the same when you come to the show, right here in what the cool kids are calling Hudson Square. Enjoy.

Don Hill’s
511 Greenwich Street
$10
7:30: Alushuz
8:15: The Isz
9:00: Hot Lettuce
10:00: My Happy Gun

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 25th, 2008

HOME IS WHERE “THE CENTER” IS.

by Lawrence Pfeil Jr

In large social environments, inevitably a central gathering place develops where its members can come for safety and support, to share information and ideas, to organize and strategize, to plan and build, to celebrate and mourn. Through the ages that place has varied greatly–prehistoric fires, ancient temples, medieval castles, Elizabethan taverns, a colonial tree, settlement houses, southern black churches–but its intrinsic function has remained the same: to foster a sense of common unity, of community.

For the past 25 years New York City’s, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center has been doing just that…and much, much more.

Located on West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, “The Center,” as it is most often referred to, is the second largest LGBT community center in the world, with an annual operating budget of $8 million—75% of which goes directly to programs and client services. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Commentary | Community | New York

June 25th, 2008

WASTE STATION HEADING TO GANSEVOORT PENINSULA.

by Joelle Panisch

An amendment to the Hudson River Park Act was passed through the State Senate Tuesday that will allow the Gansevoort Peninsula and parts of Hudson River Park to be used for a recycling and transfer station. Formerly, the Act restricted the property to parkland.

The location of the waste transfer station, a 1.4 acre piece of land, has been controversial since it was proposed by the Bloomberg Administration and the City Council over three years ago, and has divided many local and state politicians. Opponents included local district Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Richard Gottfried, who according to the Villager wrote a joint letter in 2006 to the council that said “any solid-waste management plan that include a Gansevoort facility is simply unrealistic,” and, “violates the letter of the statute and the clear intent of the [Hudson River Park Act] legislation.” Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Community | New York | Politics

June 25th, 2008

ANDREW BERMAN TRIES TO KEEP PUBLIC ART VISIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

by John Coakley


Picasso’s “Portrait of Sylvette”

Andrew Berman testified at the Landmarks Preservation Committee public hearing yesterday on the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s proposal to give landmark status to the I.M. Pei -designed Silver Towers Complex. This is especially crucial now because NYU, which uses two of the three towers to house faculty, hopes to add more housing to the site-potentially in the form of a 40 story tower. The tower would either be built where a supermarket currently stands or in the green space between the existing buildings. This would not only impede public access to the park-like area (Pei deigned the area with public/private space co-existing harmoniously) but would block the public view of “Portrait of Sylvette, ” the massive Picasso-designed-and-placed sculpture that is seen as one of the city’s finest examples of public art. As Berman said in his testimony,

“For NYU to say they support landmark designation but want to build 40-story
towers on the green space, supermarket, and gym is like saying you support
an end to global warming, but want to continue riding around town in your
gas-guzzling SUV and 18-wheeler diesel truck. NYU is holding a gun to its
neighbors’ head and saying “pick your poison” – either a 40-story tower on
the supermarket site or on the open plaza in the complex. But neither is in
any way appropriate, nor should they be allowed.”

Testimony was also heard from Sylvette David, the model of the sculpture, and residents of 505 LaGuardia Place, the third of the existing towers, which was set aside for mid-income housing. A vote has yet to be cast, but we’ll keep you posted.

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

June 25th, 2008

COUNCILMEMBER ERIC GIOIA JOINS SUPPORTERS AT A MEET AND GREET IN THE SOUTH VILLAGE.

by Joelle Panisch


Eric Gioia and Julie Nadel.

Political leaders from all over downtown came out to meet Councilmember Eric Gioia Tuesday night at Rocco’s Restaurant in the South Village.

Gioia—currently Councilmember to the Queens neighborhoods of Woodside, Sunnyside, Maspeth, and Long Island City as well as the Chair of the Council Investigations Committee—is running for Public Advocate next year. While well known in Queens and Brooklyn, he is now making himself familiar to Manhattan political leaders and activists. His campaign is planning at least 100 of these get-togethers to introduce Gioia to Manhattan residents and to let voters hear about his views and plans for the city. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Community | New York | Politics

June 24th, 2008

GEORGE CARLIN: 1937—2008.

by John Coakley

As you probably already know, George Carlin died from heart failure two days ago. He was 71.

Though he spent his final years in Venice, CA, Carlin was a proud New Yorker—born in the Bronx and raised in Morningside Heights. He started out as a traditional stand-up comic and did quite well for himself, but as the cultural revolution of the late 60’s raged on in the background, he came to the conclusion that he was basically entertaining the silent majority, and not the people he considered to be his peers. So his stand-up routine changed; he picked at the ways that words can obscure the truth and used that as a springboard to uncovering all manner of hypocrisy. Getting at the truth as he saw it, decorum be damned, became his mission, and his commitment was proven by the numerous arrests for daring to say those famous seven dirty words on a public stage in the seventies.

Sometimes Carlin’s politics overwhelmed his humor—particularly in recent years—but even then he was still a compelling performer. During the Bush years, it has often been a relief to see an intelligent person like Carlin unleash his rage at the world and the people who run it. That included the people who claim to know what version of god is the one everyone else needs.

George Carlin consistently cut through the bullshit, and he did it in a way that inspired pretty much every comedian who followed. He will be sorely missed.

Filed Under: Articles | Arts & Leisure | Commentary | New York | News

June 24th, 2008

SALVATOR FICHERA BOOK SIGNING AND THE IRINI RES QUARTET @ THE CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 6/26/8 @ 8pm.

by Joelle Panisch

Jazz and fitness, soul and body, will fuse sweetly at a coupled event at the Cupping Room Cafe on Thursday Night. Special guest Salvatore Fichera, author of “Stop Aging, Start Training” will discuss his new work as hit jazz band, The Irini Res Quartet scats melodically to adoring fans.

The Quartet, regulars at the Cupping Room Cafe, feature Irini Res (vocalist), Gary Fisher (piano), Yas Takeda (bass), and Chuck Eckes (drums).

Salvatore Fichera has an MS in Exercise Physiology and is also a Professional Speaker. He is expected to sign copies of his recently published book and lecture on his work and the art of aging healthfully.

Thursday June 26th.
8pm till midnight.
The Cupping Room Cafe
359 West Broadway (at Broome St.)
(212) 925-2898
cuppingroomcafe@aol.com

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 23rd, 2008

PURE GOLD: REAL ESTATE RASHOMON.

by Ed Gold


Battery Park City.

Rashomon is a story about a terrible crime seen by people through different eyes and different perspectives, leading to sharply different conclusions. The term can apply at times to debates before Community Boards. And it certainly applied when two longtime Villagers moved to Battery Park City.

These were no slouches. Both were intelligent community activists, but you wouldn’t know they were talking about the same place. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Commentary | Community | New York

June 23rd, 2008

WESTHAMPTON MURDER-SUICIDE.

by Amelia Bronsworth

Click here for the full – and first – scoop at hamptonsploitics.com.

Hamptons Beach police responded to smoke and signs of a fire while patrolling in Westhampton Saturday morning at about 7:30 a.m.

Innitial reports indicate a gruesome scene. Lacyna Pawlak, 54, was found nearly beaten to death inside the burning cottage and her husband, Ryszard Pawlak, 58, hanging in the garage attached to the home. Police suspect Ryszard Pawlack of attempting to murder his wife, then deliberately setting the home ablaze before taking his own life.

Lacyna Pawlack was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center where she remains in critical condition, with a skull fracture and severe burns.

The couple emigrated from Poland and lived in Westhampton Beach for fifteen years. It is reported that they were living in the guest house of hedge fund mogul Leonard Conway and wife Kathryn Conway’s $39 million dollar mansion.

Police refused to offer further details to reporters from the Soho Journal, possibly due to our ongoing stories and investigations of Hamptons police.

Filed Under: Articles | Community | News | the Hamptons

June 22nd, 2008

TELL THE PORT AUTHORITY TO LEAVE THOSE CATS ALONE.

by John Coakley


He’s a tough little dude, but he could still use your help.

JFK Airport is 5,000 acres large, and as one might expect, animals live there. A lot of these animals are feral cats – roughly 300-500 of them. Understandably, the airport isn’t crazy about hundreds of wild cats getting into things and peeing all over the place. Fair enough. So the Humane Society offered to help with their Trap-Neuter-Release program. This was not only nice, but sensible; you want to fly somewhere, you talk to the folks at the airport. You’re having trouble with animals, you call the Humane Society.

But JFK refused the offer of help and now wants the critters rounded up and euthanized. Why? I don’t know. I’m sure that the airport workers who have been feeding these cats all along don’t get it either.

The Humane Society recommends that you call the Governor and—politely people, politely—ask him to get The Port Authority to reconsider. We think that’s a good idea. Here is what they have to say: Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | New York | Take Action

June 21st, 2008

GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE: PUPPETS ON STAGE AND CARE BEARS ON FIRE.

by John Coakley


Joan Jett likes Care Bears on Fire. What more do you need to know?

Thanks to Urban Baby for the heads up.

Care Bears on Fire aren’t just pretty good…for a bunch of kids. They’re really good, period. They’ll be playing at an all kids rock showcase at Southpaw on Sunday. My band hasn’t played Southpaw yet, and I’m 35. Sheesh. But I don’t hate, I celebrate. You should too, and rock out like a nine year old jumping on the bed to her favorite song on the radio.

Care Bears on Fire
6/22/8 at Southpaw
Bands start at 1pm, CBOF @ 5pm
125 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
$10.00

Or… Continue Reading »

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

June 20th, 2008

BUBBLE BATTLE IN TIMES SQUARE: 6/21/8 @ 6:21PM. PLUS: MERMAIDS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT.

by John Coakley

Millions of bubbles will fill the air as folks converge in Times Sqauare for a bubble battle. Why? Why not? Apparently it’s loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic The Butter Battle Book. Bring your own bubble-producing device (the vendor on the corner of Spring and Broadway has cool almost copyright-infringing almost Mickey Mouse bubble guns for $5 a pop) and meet on the street closure at W 47th & 7th Ave. For kids of all ages, from 1-100.

By now, most of you already know about the Mermaid Parade, and longtime readers know that we love it here at the Journal. Continue Reading »

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

June 20th, 2008

FILM REVIEW: MY WINNIPEG.

by John Coakley


Tune in next week for more exciting adventures of LedgeMan!

What if you could recreate certain parts of your childhood, especially events that you were too young to understand or appreciate at the time? Would you go back, or just leave the past behind? Guy Maddin chooses to do both in My Winnipeg. While a train slowly creeps out of the station, the titular hometown is revealed by the narrator to be the kind of place that people feel a need to flee in order to thrive, and yet they can’t stop thinking about it with an affection that makes leaving very hard to do. Which is why Maddin decided to rent his childhood home for a month to film his past. He finds promising young actors to play his siblings and former fim noir femme fatale Ann Savage to play his mother. The role of his long-deceased father is played by a body-sized lump under the living room carpet.

That lump should be a warning to anyone unfamiliar with Maddin’s style. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 20th, 2008

MARCH FOR SAFETY AT 130 LIBERTY STREET AND IN ALL NYC BUILDINGS: 6/21/8 @ 10AM.

by John Coakley


This was a very bad day.

With the Daily News reporting cracks in the turntable of the crane on Washington street yesterday, construction safety is still very much on our minds here at the SoHo Journal. Not that it ever really leaves our minds, what with the the Trump SoHo and its crane looming over us every day. With that in mind, we’d like to thank 9/11 Environmental Action for giving us the heads up on tomorrow’s rally. Go, and let your voice be heard:

Please join families of fallen Firefighters lost at the former Deutsche Bank, first responders, Chief Jim Riches, FDNY, and 9/11 Parents, plus downtown community residents in a march for safety at 130 Liberty Street and in all NYC buildings. We must keep all construction sites and buildings in New York City safe to protect our first responders, construction workers and citizens.

No buildings in NYC should be above the law!

WHAT: RALLY AT 130 LIBERTY STREET
WHEN: SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2008
TIME: 10:00 AM
WHY: RALLY AT THE FORMER DEUTSCHE BANK BUILDING, THEN MARCH TO CITY HALL TO CALL FOR SAFETY.

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

June 19th, 2008

THE 62ND ANNUAL TONY AWARDS.

by Joelle Panisch

The great irony of this year’s 62nd Tony Awards is that it received the lowest ratings on CBS ever (http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/06/abc-soars-with.html), yet the ceremony was decidedly one of its most entertaining. The buzz was of a remarkable Broadway season and the show didn’t disappoint.

Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, the telecast was filled with spectacle and a record number of musical performances from productions that, overall, showcased the spectrum of subject and creativity that the Big White Way has to offer. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 18th, 2008

THE SOUTH VILLAGE: BIRTHPLACE OF AN AMERICAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY-A PANEL DISCUSSION. 6/19/8 @ 6:30PM.

by You the Reader

As always, thanks to the folks at the GVSHP for the heads up.

First developed as a district of rowhouses for middle-class New Yorkers in the early 19th century, the South Village later became an archetypal New York immigrant neighborhood, embracing a vibrant Italian-American community. Moderated by GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman, a discussion by panelists Mary Elizabeth Brown (Assistant Professor in the Social Science Division, Marymount College of Manhattan), Andrew Dolkart (Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University), and Jerry Krase (Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College), will examine the development of the South Village as an immigrant neighborhood and how the area’s rich history is still visible in its streetscape.

Thursday, June 19th 6:30pm-8:30pm
Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Demo Hall
25 Carmine Street (enter on Bleecker)
Reservations required.
E-mail rsvp@gvshp.org or call 212-475-9585 x 35 to register.

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York

June 18th, 2008

BIAS, PUNDITRY AND THE PRESS IN THE 2008 ELECTION: “NEWS TO BETTER REFLECT OUR COMPLEX REALITIES”

by Joelle Panisch


The Paley Center for Media.

Gender and Race were just two of the topics discussed at the public conference held at the Paley Center for Media in midtown Tuesday. “From Soundbites to Solutions: Bias, Punditry and the Press in the 2008 Election,” lured a group of over 200 predominantly female journalists, lawyers, academics, feminists, and activists, most of whom were intent on dissecting the often masked social issues involved in this year’s historic political season and the media’s coverage of it. Sponsored by The White House Project, The Women’s Media Center and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the event was hosted by Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for the Media, who’s short video, “Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying it” got national acclaim on the internet.

Conducted like an episode of Meet the Press, each member of the panel of top experts spoke for five minutes. The focus was on race, gender, age, class, and religion in the 2008 political campaigns and the media’s contributions and responsibilities as to how the news is reported. The panelists argued on the dominant factors in this season’s primaries: was it gender or generation, partisanship or cosmopolitanism?

Dr. Susan J. Carroll, Author of Women as Candidates in American Politics and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women in Politics, argued Hillary Clinton’s political strategies, such as her slogan “experience,” were forced necessities to counter negative gender stereotypes. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | New York | News | Politics

June 17th, 2008

OTTO MUEHL @ MACCARONE: THROUGH 6/28/8.

by John Coakley


Rasputin by Otto Muehl.

In the early Sixties, Austrian artist Otto Muehl sought ‘to overcome painting on canvas through staging the process of its destruction’ through what he called actions: happenings where the human body would sometimes be painted or worked into a sculpture, all the while being photographed. It was comparable to what Carolee Schneeman was doing at the time, and as performative artistic expression involving naked people is wont to do, it caused quite a stir.

Muehl has come back to painting with Temple Destroyer, the result being large, crudely executed portraits of political and religious leaders. It’s the kind of work that prompts people to say, “My kid could paint that!” Maybe, but your kid’s rough brush strokes probably wouldn’t convey this kind of power. Worth a look.

Otto Muehl, Temple Destroyer
maccarone
630 Greenwich St (between Morton and Leroy Sts)
212-431-4977
Tuesday-Sat, 10am-6pm . Ongoing through Jun 28.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 16th, 2008

STORY PIRATES @ ZIPPER FACTORY: 6/21/8 @ 10:30PM.

by John Coakley

John Stewart loves Story Pirates. Every sensible woman I know (my wife included) and more than a few men have crushes on Mr. Stewart, so going to a Story Pirates performance and paying really close attention to it will give you something to talk about should you have a chance meeting with the Daily Show anchor in line at Whole Foods. And you’ll have a blast anyway because everything the Story Pirates perform is based on a story written by a New York City elementary school student – from the shame of chronic bedwetting to a David Bowie-style tribute to a good Hebrew School education, all with music, puppets, and lots of talented improvisational actors. The Story Pirates have blown the minds of 100,000 second graders. You’re next.

And if you can’t make it to the show but you do run into John Stewart, just talk about Buffalo Tom. He loves Buffalo Tom. As do all good folk.

STORY PIRATES – After Dark
Saturday, 6/21/8 @ 10:30 p.m.
$15
The Zipper Factory Theater
336 W. 37th Street btw/ 8th & 9th Avenues.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

June 15th, 2008

PURE GOLD: THE ARRANGEMENT.

by Ed Gold

More than 50 years have passed, but I can’t forget the weirdest residential experience of my life; it followed a serious romance that went sour.

I had been working in Gallup, N.M. (pop. 11,000) where I was the entire news staff, when she came into town visiting longtime friends who were new friends of mine. She came with a large chip on her shoulder, the result of a failed three-year marriage.

We argued furiously during the first days of her visit, but then we both mellowed and romance took over. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Commentary | Community | New York

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