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July 31st, 2008

NAKED COMEDY @ THE P.I.T: 8/2/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley

It’s a problem as old as the ages: It’s Saturday night. A young couple wants to go out on the town, but he wants to go to a comedy club, while she wants to look at naked men all night. Finally, a solution has been found—The Naked Comedy Showcase. Andy Ofiesh, a comedian/nudist from Boston, has been hosting this night for four years now and it’s starting to become known; it was a big hit at the Scottish Fringe Festival. No word if tonight’s show will feature naked lady comics. Or prop comics or puppeteers. Finding at least one comic who makes you feel better about the state of your own body is almost guaranteed, though, so this is truly a night that has something for everyone. You should go.

The Naked Comedy Showcase
8/2/8, 8PM
The People’s Improv Theater
154 West 29th Street
212.563.7488
Get tickets here.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

July 30th, 2008

GET THOSE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE: PRINCES KATIE + RACER STEVE @ WASHINGTON MARKET PARK, 7/31/8.

by John Coakley

Princess Katie & Racer Steve are a kids’ band that won’t make parents want to gag from too much cutesiness. They work with the dirty truth that boys tend to like action and girls tend to want to be princesses while singing songs about things that everyone can relate to, like the awesomeness of a comfy pair of jeans. They can really play, too—the band has more in common with the B-52’s than with the (shudder) Doodlebops. This is a free show, so skip happy hour and bring the kids down to the park.

Princess Katie & Racer Steve
Thursday, July 31, 2008
6:30 PM
Washington Market Park
310 Greenwich Street @ Chambers Street
Rain or shine. Rain location: Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren Street.

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July 30th, 2008

GALLERY OF THE WEEK: DEITCH PROJECTS.

by Joelle Panisch

Os Gemos at Dietch.

The Deitch Projects opened on 76 Grand Street in 1996, before Al Gore’s invention ‘the Internet’ exploded and iPhones re-established the technological marketplace. It was a time when politicians’ infidelities were still notable, sitcoms were profitable, and the taste of the future was indeed palpable.

In this time of progression, founder Jeffery Deitch’s insight to the gap in the artistic market for quality contemporary postmodern (or is it post-postmodern?) galleries proved very successful. The ambitious scale, dazzling variety and successful execution of the ensuing projects prove that with vision comes longevity. These visions have included massive instillations, mixed medium exhibitions, and performance art events that have made the gallery one of the most continually innovative and notorious the art world has to offer.

Since its beginnings Deitch Projects opened an additional space in Soho at 18 Wooster St. and one in Long Island City. It has featured artists from 33 countries and over 120 solo installations. It is also known for bringing a youthful perspective and embracing multiple mediums. It never shies away from party, partiality or spectacle. Among the most famous projects include the 1996 exhibition Shopping and Fischerspooner’s over the top performance art piece.

While roaming around the Wooster Street gallery, I overheard a skinny-jean clad sideways hat wearing hipster say, “It feels like a tribal pop-punk band that doesn’t suck.” I hate to say this, but I have to agree. It’s well worth the visit. Here are the current shows, as described on Deitch Project’s website: Continue Reading »

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July 29th, 2008

PURE GOLD: WILL OBAMA BE A VICTIM OF THE BRADLEY EFFECT?

by Ed Gold


Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.

Some of my friends who favor Barack Obama for the presidency are reluctant to contribute to his campaign. The problem is race.

None of these reluctant people have anti-racial feelings, but they are convinced the American electorate will not support a black person for the nation’s highest office.

The pessimism goes back to a gubernatorial race in California in 1982. Tom Bradley, a low-key, non-threatening black man who was the popular mayor of Los Angeles, was running for governor and strongly favored in the polls. On election day he suffered an unexpected defeat.

Ever since, political analysts have been citing that election as the “Bradley effect.” That’s shorthand for saying that white Americans, in the privacy of the voting booth, will sometimes ignore the real issues in a campaign and vote emotionally, which often can mean registering racial feelings of bias. Continue Reading »

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July 28th, 2008

RED 71 @ THE PIONEER THEATER: THROUGH 7/31/8.

by John Coakley

Red 71 is an adaptation of the 1930’s crime fiction short story by Paul Cain; the movie is set in a small desert town in the 1960’s. When a private eye starts investigating the goings on of the mysterious Club 71, people start dropping like flies. Cover-ups involving money and sex are unveiled, only to lead to more cover-ups. Red 71 is supposed to mix elements of Orson Welles’ classic A Touch of Evil with the discombobulating strangeness of David Lynch. All well and good, but this is a little indie movie that hasn’t gotten much press, and what it has received has been mixed—great visuals, so-so script is the gist of it. Well, here are a couple of reasons to give this little noir that could a chance:

1. It’s playing at the Pioneer in the East Village, which is a friendly lil’ neighborhood spot that sells homemade chocolate chip cookies that make a fine dessert after your spectacular meal of Bahn Mi from Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches, just a block away on East 2nd Street.

2. The movie’s coroner is played by none other than Angus Scrimm of Phantasm fame. If you’ve never seen Phantasm then you have some serious catching up to do in the Great Horror Films of the 70’s department.

3. The movie’s soundtrack is provided by instrumental mood-rockers Friends of Dean Martinez, who are known for putting images of lonely dessert night drives in people’s heads with just a few notes.

You should go.

Red 71
Through 7/31/8
Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street at Avenue A
(212) 591 0434

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

July 27th, 2008

RARE DALI @ WILLIAM BENNETT: THROUGH 7/31/8.

by John Coakley

Yes, you had the melting clocks poster in your dorm room, but do you really know the work of Salvador Dali? Hmm? Maybe not. Maybe it’s time to go to William Bennett and see this collection of 100 rare pieces of his work before the show ends next Thursday. Don’t let the fact that three or four of his more famous pieces are beloved by aesthetically lazy stoners everywhere deter you from seeing this showcase of the man’s true range. Go, while the going is good.

Salvador Dali: 100 Rare Works
Through 7/31/8
William Bennett Gallery
65 Greene Street
between Broome and Spring Streets.
Open Daily from 11am—7pm

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July 26th, 2008

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM: 7/27/8 @9PM.

by John Coakley

You may have already seen Hypnotic Brass Ensemble before, playing in Times Square for tourists and locals—for once, equally impressed—alike. They are indeed hypnotic, and though New Orleans Brass Band comparisons are forgivable, they aren’t really accurate. First of all, these guys are from Chicago, all of them sons of a former member of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Second of all, the limited structure of old-time parade music is cast aside for tight, soulful funk. Funk that has sent the Ensemble all around the world. This is good time music, alright, but the kind that can be appreciated on a more musical level, if one is so inclined. You should be inclined to go to the show. The last time I saw them was here in the Union Square subway station (thanks, YouTube) and it was awesome. But a proper, nice-smelling venue is what these guys deserve.

July 27, 2008
Concert starts @ 9PM
Doors open @ 7 PM
Tickets $10.00 in advance. Get advance tickets here.
$12.00 at door.
431 W 16th St
between 9th and 10th Ave
(212) 414-5994

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

July 25th, 2008

PURE GOLD: A KINDER, GENTLER NYU?

by Ed Gold

We are told that the elephant in the neighborhood is a kinder, gentler colossus than in the past. The habitat will grow during a 25-year expansion plan that so far calls for cautious optimism with a heavy dose of continuous community alert.

Running the growth program from the executive suite perched on Bobst Library’s top floor is Senior Vice-President Lynne Brown, who has a good view of Lower Manhattan from her window. Her top aides in this new buildathon are a genial couple: Alicia Hurley, an assistant vice-president, and Gary Parker, director of government and community affairs.

So far Hurley and Parker have appeared before somwhat apprehensive community groups and have maintained a friendly disposition, an improvement over university attitudes during earlier expansion moves.

The early evidence in current NYU-community relations can be called mixed. Continue Reading »

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July 25th, 2008

NIGEL BARKER PRESENTS ‘A SEALED FATE?’ @ 401 PROJECTS.

by Joelle Panisch

Nigel Barker premiered his latest work, “A Sealed Fate?” in an exhibit at 401 Projects in the West Village on Thursday. The collection of photographs is in collaboration with The Humane Society International to stop the Canadian commercial seal hunt (specifically baby harp seals), and a labor of love for the “noted fashion photographer,” founder of StudioNB and a judge for the popular television show America’s Next Top Model.

Approached by the Humane Society after Paul McCartney stepped down as spokesperson, Mr. Barker looked at it as an opportunity to fight for a cause that inspires him. Born in London, he lived with his parents and five siblings on a farm that included pigs, chickens, horses, cows and “dozens of dogs.” He’s not an extremist, but Mr. Barker always considered respect for animals a moral desideratum. Continue Reading »

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July 24th, 2008

SOHO ARTS WALK RESOLVES TO BRING ARTISTIC REKNOWN BACK TO SOHO.

by Joelle Panisch

Thursdays in August will be a little more inspired in our neck of the woods! A new not-for-profit initiative is trying to re-establish Soho as the ‘Art Mecca’ it once was. Every Thursday galleries in Soho will welcome guests with exciting new features and special exhibits in an unprecedented collaboration. Participating galleries are mapped on the Soho Arts Walk website so visitors can stroll leisurely from one gallery to another at their own pace.

The cobblestone streets of SoHo are the same that the greats like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat once roamed. The galleries are rich with history and their longevity deserved. So take an afternoon walk, enjoy some of the most ingenious art in the city, and help give our neighborhood the respect it deserves!

Participating galleries include: Alex Beard Studio, Animazing Gallery, Arcadia Fine Arts, Broadfoot Broadfoot, CFM Gallery, Coda, The Cupping Room, Eli Klein Fine Art, Jamali, Louis K. Meisel, Martin Lawrence, Mimi Ferzt, OK Harris, Opera Gallery, Pop International, and William Bennett.

For more information, click here.

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July 22nd, 2008

ARTIFICIAL TURF HAS NYC BURNED UP.

by John Coakley

Thanks to NYC Park Advocates for the heads up.

Over 70 New York City Parks have replaced grass or covered pavement with artificial turf. The advantages include little to no maintenance and a kelley green hue that would make any suburban homeowner burst with pride.

So what’s the problem? Third degree burns, that’s what. It seems that artificial turf can heat up to a temperature twice as high as that of regular grass; according to the Daily News, the turf recently reached 162 degrees at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. That can burn a child’s skin in less than three seconds. And don’t think that living in a swank neighborhood will better your chances of access to real grass – the poor kid pictured above burned his feet at Carl Schurz Park on East 84th Street. Why no one in our city government thought to look further into the dangers of turf that uses old tires as a key ingredient is a mystery. So next time you plan on going to a park where the grass looks a little too pretty to be true, make sure to bring a nice, thick blanket on which to sit. And then call 311.

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July 21st, 2008

BASEHEAD @ MERCURY LOUNGE: 7/23/8 @ 6:30PM.

by John Coakley

When John Waters first heard Basehead’s debut album, Play With Toys, he reportedly exclaimed, “Finally! Junkie rap!” While there is no evidence that Basehead’s Michael Ivy ever did chase the dragon, he did drink quite a bit, which may help explain the low-key vibe that his 1992 album presented. It certainly was hip hop, but there was a lot of blues and folk rock mixed in as well, and a live band was employed both in the studio and live—long before The Roots had become known for doing so. Songs like 2000 BC (as in “that was 2000 brain cells ago”) and Brand New Day were perfect for hanging out on the stoop on a hot August day, while I Try and the title track were probably the most gorgeously sad looks at the state of the world since Marvin Gaye gave us What’s Going On and Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology). In other words, it was one of those albums that gave fans of rap music hope that the thugs might not win the day after all. Go ahead and tune it to Hot 97 on your FM dial to hear how that turned out. Seriously, do it. Go ahead. We’ll wait right here.

Now that you’ve stopped sobbing, rejoice, because Basehead has returned and they will be performing Play With Toys in it’s entirety at the Mercury Lounge. Ivey went through a lot of stylistic and personal changes in the past 16 years, but he is smart enough to know what part of his catalog his fans want to hear. He’ll be playing some new material as well, which actually sounds pretty damn good. Anyone who still sees a glimmer of promise in the much abused genre of hip hop is strongly encouraged to attend.

Basehead
7/23/08 @ 6:30 pm
THE MERCURY LOUNGE
217 E. Houston St.
212-260-4700
$10
Get tickets here or at the Merury Lounge Box Office.

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July 20th, 2008

FRANCISCO DE GOYA @ PETER BLUM: THROUGH 8/1/8.

by John Coakley

Peter Blum presents a series of 80 etchings by Francisco de Goya, most likely completed between 1810 and 1820. They by and large depict the atrocities that the French Army inflicted upon the Spanish people during Bonaparte’s occupation, in often stunning and disturbing detail. Long before photography first showed the world the unflinching horrors of our Civil War, Goya took it upon himself to present the truth as he saw it. The result is bracing, even today. Well worth a look.

Francisco de Goya: Los Desastres de la Guerra
Peter Blum
99 Wooster St.
212-343-0441
Through 8/1/8
Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-6pm

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July 19th, 2008

SANTOGOLD W/ DIPLO AND A-TRAK @ SUMMERSTAGE: 7/20/8 @ 3PM.

by John Coakley


Santogold

Yes indeed, it is hot out there, and if you’re out in the Hamptons this weekend, playing some tunes by the pool, well, stay where you are. Obviously.

The rest of you who are stuck here this weekend probably need a damn good reason to leave the little air conditioned womb of your apartment. Here it is: Santogold at Central Park Summerstage. She mixes hip hop beats with 80’s synths and a decidedly indie sensibility to create a bold, funky sound that is highly accessible and sounds even better when the heat has you loopy. Opening up the show is fellow Philadelphian Diplo and Montrealean A-Trak, better known as Kanye West’s DJ and the world’s youngest winner of DMC’s World DJ Championship; he was a mere 15 years old at the time.

So there you go, your reason to venture out. Just bring lots of sunscreen and drink lots of fluids.

Santogold
Diplo
A-Trak
Kid Cudi
Blaqstarr and Mz Streamz
Sunday, July 20, 2008
From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage
Free
Click here for directions.

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July 18th, 2008

RICHARD BELZER AND THE BELZONICS @ COMIX: 7/19/8 @ 8PM + 10PM.

by John Coakley

Actor, writer and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Richard Belzer has his roots in comedy. Dig up the classic National Lampoon album That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick! for all the proof you need. Belzer played a talk radio host (“The best looking man on the radio”) who mercilessly cut down his listeners. That “c’mon, don’t give me that” attitude has served him well as a detective on TV, and it should be interesting to see what he’s going to do on stage. Especially since music will be an integral part of it, though he isn’t saying exactly how. Click on Belzer’s section of the Comix home page to hear what Ice-T has to say about his musical abilities. It bodes well for the show.

Richard Belzer and the Belzonics
7/19/8 @ 8 + 10.
Comix
353 W 14th Street
Click here for tickets.

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July 17th, 2008

WATCH YOUR STEP! THEN CALL 311.

by John Coakley

It’s nice working in SoHo, especially since that means you don’t have to deal with as many weekend tourists looking to snag that elusive boutique bargain before giving up and heading down to Canal Street to buy a bootleg Louis Vitton bag. It’s nice to have the sidewalks be relatively free of traffic as you meander to work.

Apparently it’s a good thing that there wasn’t much traffic on the corner of Grand and Greene Streets today because otherwise I might not have missed this gaping hole in the street. Damn. That would have hurt.

Just a couple of point to make here: Continue Reading »

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July 16th, 2008

THE WHOLE SHEBANG @ THE SWISS INSTITUTE: THROUGH 7/19/8.

by John Coakley


Taiyo Onorato + Nico Krebs, Devil, 2008

Swiss artists Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs dreamed up a refreshing vision of a sculpture garden that combines academic tradition with ironic assemblages. In The Whole Shebang, seriousness is leavened by whimsical humor. The two artists treated the production of sculpture like a game, passing the ball from one to the other, often using found objects in the process. Don’t miss it; the show ends this Saturday.

Taiyo Onorato + Nico Krebs
The Whole Shebang
Through 7/19/08
Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art
495 Broadway, 3rd Floor
212.925.2035
Tuesday – Saturday, 11-6

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July 15th, 2008

PURE GOLD: WILL THE DEMOCRATS HOLD ON TO THEIR MAJORITY?

by Ed Gold

The good news for Democrats in November is that they stand to pick up a minimum of four seats in the Senate, giving them a clear majority.The bad news for the Democrats is that they will still be short of the 60 votes they need to end debate on bills the Republicans don’t like. The dilemma after the election facing Democrats, now in the majority, is what to do about Joe Lieberman, their vice-presidential candidate in 2000, who is currently connected at the hip to John McCain.

Many of my liberal friends who have been blasting Democrats for not passing legislation to end the war in Iraq, create a sane energy policy, or support Americans in economic distress ignore the fact that the Founding Fathers purposely made it difficult to pass laws in the Senate.

And many people do not realize that at this moment the Democrats do not have even a simple majority in the Senate. In fact, there are 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and two Independents. Continue Reading »

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July 14th, 2008

LIAM NEESON IN EH JOE @ GATE/BECKETT FESTIVAL: STARTS 7/16/8.

by John Coakley

Lincoln Center’s festival celebrating the work of Dublin’s renowned Gate Theater and even more renowned playwright Samuel Beckett kicks off Wednesday with Eh Joe, a 30 minute one act piece that was first written for television back in 1965. Liam Neeson plays Joe, who doesn’t say a single word. We only see him react to an offstage woman’s voice as his life is taken to task. We also see live projections of Joe from the woman’s point of view, which certainly adds another dimension to the piece and keeps things true to the spirit of the medium for which it was written. Eh Joe is directed by Atom Egoyan, the Canadian director who brought us Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter. $50–$90 is a lot of money to spend on a half hour play, but the opportunity to see Neeson guided by the only director who could possibly take the creepy-emotional-distance-crown from David Cronenberg’s head is not to be missed. Half an hour of great theater sure beats the three hours of Broadway pablum your $50-$90 could otherwise provide.

Eh Joe
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Tickets: 212-721-6500

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July 13th, 2008

RISA JAROSLOW & DANCERS: 311 @ THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING: NOON + 1:30PM, 7/14/8 + 7/15/8.

by John Coakley


Come on, gang! There are civic complaints to be heard! Let’s go!

Anyone who just wants to be left alone and eat their lunch in peace may want to steer clear of 1 Centre Street on Monday and Tuesday this week. But anyone who is game enough to take part in an interactive dance piece that amplifies on-the-spot interviews with the public about the state of city government in order to create a soundtrack for said dancers to groove on and interpret should head straight for 1 Centre Street. Because Risa Jaraslow and her crew intend to create just such a spectacle. Sounds pretty cool to me.

Risa Jaroslow & Dancers: 311
7/14/8 + 7/15/8, Noon + 1:30pm
Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, near the food kiosks.

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July 12th, 2008

THE THREEFIFTY DUO @ THE ROGER SMITH HOTEL: 7/13/8 @ 4PM.

by John Coakley

Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick are two Yale School of Music graduates who share a love of Bach and Scarlatti but also write their own pieces. They were both raised on rock and roll before discovering classical music, so the odd Coldplay cover works its way into the set as well. Still, for sheer elegant whimsy, nothing beats their interpretation of Music for the Mushroom King, also known as the music for Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers. If Bach had lived to play video games he would have very much approved.

The Threefifty Duo
7/13/8 @ 4pm
The Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave # 1
New York, NY 10017
(212) 755-1400

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July 11th, 2008

GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE – THEN PUT EM BACK IN AND GET OUT ON YOUR OWN: FAMILY HIP HOP IN DUMBO + MOPE ROCK @ SWAY.

by John Coakley

So you have kids. You love ’em to pieces but sometimes they cramp your style, music-wise. If you hear one more High School Musical song in the car you swear you’ll puke, and you don’t want to do that in front of your kids. Weakens your authority.

Anyway, wouldn’t it be great if you could get your kids into some of the music you liked growing up, like pre-gangsta hip hop? Sure it would. That’s where Family Day at the 4th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival comes in. Just take a walk over either the Brooklyn or the less tourist-clogged Manhattan Bridge and you’re in DUMBO, just a short walk to the park where DJ Misbehaviour will be spinning, trivia knowledge will be tested, and free asthma and diabetes screenings will be offered. You’ll also get what is probably the most spectacular view of Manhattan ever. Nice.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Family Day
7/12/8, 12-3pm
Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park
Corner of Plymouth & Main Streets, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Tickets Required – Get Tickets Here.

So you have kids. You love ’em to pieces but sometimes they cramp your style, music-wise. Sometimes you miss the carefree thrill of going out to a bar and hearing your favorite tunes played really loud in a room with other people who also love said tunes. You also miss the luxury of romanticized self-pity that kids obliterate as soon as they’re born.

Well, hire a sitter and take Monday off, because Sway holds an all Morrissey/The Smiths night every Sunday. It’s free and very popular, so get there early. You’ll want to anyway since your kids have probably worn you the hell out.

DJ’s Ben Cho and Brian DeGraw spin nothing but Morrissey and The Smiths.
Sundays, 10-4
Sway
305 Spring St @ Greenwich St.
212-620-5220

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July 10th, 2008

SOHO THIS WEEKEND: CLAMS + THREADS.

by John Coakley

Clam Bake
Savoy is a classy restaurant, the kind of place that makes eating locally/regionally sourced food more a pleasure than a sacrifice. Today they start their Clam Bake, which includes littleneck clams, lobster stew with sausage and mussels, blueberry crumble, and chilled rose. A very nice alternative to the Hamptons that doesn’t involve being stuck on the BQE for hours.

Nightly, today through 7/31/8.
Savoy
70 Prince St., @ Crosby St.
212-219-8570

Secret Threads Sample Sale
Local designers Samantha Pleet (pictured above), Madison Harding, Honey in the Rough, Vanessa Barrantes, Laura Dawson, and Spring & Clifton are all represented here, and their clothes will be up to 80 percent off. Rumor has it that there will be free drinks, which is something that more shop owners shop owners should try. Maybe that’s why you have to RSVP.

7/11/8, 3-8; 7/12/8, 11-8.
Openhouse Gallery
201 Mulberry St., b/t Spring & Kenmare Sts.

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July 9th, 2008

ZHANG DALI + SHEN SHAOMIN @ ELI KLEIN FINE ART: OPENING 7/10/8 @ 6PM.

by John Coakley


Shen Shaomin, Bonsai-NO.48, 2007


Zhang Dali, Slogan 5 (To enhance the social construction of three infrastructures), 2007

Two very interesting Chinese artists open at Eli Klein Fine Art this week. Shen Shaomin’s work is taken from two different projects: Experimental Fields investigates the current state of nature via imaginary creatures that are plant/animal hybrids, while Bonsai takes a look at the titular trees and the torturous process of imposing one’s sense of beauty on something that would otherwise grow in its own way. Zhang Dali’s Slogans are portraits of migrant workers that are actually made up of slogans that the government has created in anticipation of the Olympic Games. Most definitely worth a look.

ZHANG DALI and SHEN SHAOMIN
ELI KLEIN FINE ART
462 West Broadway
July 10 – August 21, 2008
Opening reception for the artists: Thursday, July 10, 6 – 9 pm

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July 9th, 2008

HOLD ON! THAT PROTEST IS CANCELED.

by John Coakley

That’s right. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYS Senator Martin Connor, and City Hall Legal Counsel Anthony Crowell have set up meetings with the Department of Transportation in an effort to work things out and, hopefully, keep the bike path out of City Hall Park.

You are now free to spend your lunch break however you please. Carry on.

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