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August 11th, 2008

PURE GOLD: ONCE AN ELK, NOT ALWAYS AN ELK.

by Ed Gold

I’ve never included this information in a resume, nor have I mentioned it to many friends, but the fact remains that at a tender age I was an Elk!

Or to put it more formally, I was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A., which today is one of the largest fraternal organizations in the nation, with almost one million members in about 2000 lodges across the country.

I cannot claim to have been an enthusiastic Elk and I hope that Lodge 1440 in Gallup, N.M., is today somewhat more benevolent than it was in the mid-20th century when I joined. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Commentary | New York

August 10th, 2008

BUST MAGAZINE 15TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY: 8/12/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley

Speaking of der Spiegeltent, Bust Magazine will be celebrating its 15th anniversary there this Tuesday. Their brash, funny, and occasionally sexy brand of feminism is a welcome alternative to the staid “women’s interest” magazines that consistently glut the racks. Bust. Rack. Heh. Heh. Heh.

See, that’s the kind of dumb joke that the publication whose by-line is “The magazine for women with something to get off their chests” is too smart to be upset about. That kind of irreverent savvy is exemplified by the stellar line-up of performers at this event: Amy Sedaris is the host, JD Samson the DJ, and Murray Hill, The Pontani Sisters, Morningwood and many others will all be doing their thing. The first 500 people get a free gift bag, subscription and yes, a cupcake. Not bad for $25. Don’t miss it.

Bust Magazine 15th Anniversary Party
8/12/8
8pm – 1am
The Spiegeltent
Pier 17, South Street Seaport
Get tickets here.
See the full line-up here.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | News

August 9th, 2008

FRINGE FESTIVAL—DREADFUL PENNY’S EXQUISITE HORRORS @ SPIEGELWORLD: 8/13/8 – 8/16/8.

by John Coakley


Things don’t look good for the young lady on the floor.

The New York International Fringe Festival began yesterday, and as always it will likely be something of a crap shoot. Genius will share the stage with pretentious drivel and a pleasant night out, and there’s no way of knowing which is which. Still, each performance is an hour or less and costs a mere $15, so taking a chance can pay off.

Chicago’s Tantalus Theatre Group gives us Dreadful Penny’s Exquisite Horrors, a potentially macabre mix of sideshow spectacle, cabaret flirtation, creepy puppets and scary red lighting. And yes, it will be at Spiegelworld, the elegant, seasonal venue that is worth the price of admission on its own. Take a chance on this one, and look over the rest of the schedule here.

Dreadful Penny’s Exquisite Horrors
The Deluxe at Spiegelworld
Pier 17 – South Street Seaport
Performances:
Wednesday, 8/13/8 at 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, 8/14/8 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/15/8 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/16/8 at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/16/8 at 8:15 p.m.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

August 6th, 2008

RALLY TO KEEP 75 MORTON FOR THE PUBLIC: 8/6/8 @ 5:30PM.

by Joelle Panisch

After many sour fights against city agendas, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation applauds the City for their formal request to convert 75 Morton Street into a public school rather than sell it to developers. This,in no small way, is also the result of months of letters and requests from concerned neighbors and parents that the building be saved.

75 Morton was built in 1919 as an office building and a warehouse. With this endorsement from the City, the State should grant its proposal. However, due to the rapid rate of development in the area surrounding the building, there is increased pressure to sell the site as well.

Make your voice known and come join the GVSHP August 6th at 5:30 pm in front of 75 Morton Street and Greenwich Street to rally to save the school!

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

August 6th, 2008

SAY SEABOY, YOU SISSYBOY? @ DIXON PLACE THROUGH 8/10/8.

by John Coakley


Kenny Mellman

Tony Award Nominee Kenny Mellman presents a 45 minute musical about homophobia, murder, and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy. It’s a surprisingly earnest cabaret style show that tells the true story of Allen Schindler, a gay Navy officer who was beaten to death by fellow sailors in a public bathroom in Sasebo, Japan in 1992. Mellman interjects tales of his own brushes with homophobia and includes a verbatim reading of one of the killers’ descriptions of the murder. This is powerful stuff, and not at all what one might expect from the camp genius behind Kiki and Herb. Part of the 2008 Dixon Place HOT! Festival: The 17th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture.

Say Seaboy, You Sissy Boy?
Aug 7, 8, & 9 at 8pm and 10pm
Tickets: $15, $12
Dixon Place
258 Bowery, 2nd Floor
Between Houston & Prince
212.219.0736

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

August 5th, 2008

MUSIC AT THE BRIDGE W/ TINY MASTERS OF TODAY: 8/6/8 @ 6:30PM

by John Coakley

This will be an excellent show for fans of smart music that’s also a little rough around the edges. The French Kicks mix rocks both garage and indie to great effect, while Headlights are said to mix psycehedelia with elecctronics and strings, with a little 60’s girl group thrown in just to keep things fun. And the evening kicks off with Union Hall’s Secret Science Club, a lecture/cabaret series that brings science geeks of various pedigrees together to wax scientific and maybe, just maybe, keep that part of your brain from atrophying.

The real stars tonight, though, are Tiny Masters of Today, a scrappy punk outfit featuring Russel Simmins of The Blues Explosion on drums and fourteen-year-old Ivan on guitar and vocals and his twelve-year-old sister Ada on bass and vocals. Their debut album drops in September and will feature guest appearances by Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches, Fred Schneider of the B-52s, and Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes. Apparently David Bowie is a big fan. Oh yeah, and it’s all a short walk over the bridge to DUMBO, and if you’re like me, you need the exercise. So go.

Music at the Bridge
8/6/8 @ 6:30pm
Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park
New Dock St. at the East River
Dumbo, Brooklyn
(718-858-4708)
FREE

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

August 4th, 2008

AMY RAY @ HOUSING WORKS: 8/6/8 @ 7:30PM.

by John Coakley

Amy Ray, a.k.a the Indigo Girl who sounds like she could probably kick your sorry ass, is a hero to all kinds of people – folk music fans, lesbians, feminists, and anyone who appreciates rough, soulful voices that are the complete opposite of the studio-perfected dreck that kiddie pop stars and kiddie emo bands alike shove down our ears every day.

Her third album, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, is being released on her own not-for-profit label Daemon Records, which has championed such great underground band as The Rock*A*Teens, Cordero and The Ellen James Society. She’s a good fit for The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, for which this show is a benefit. Yeah, it’s a little pricey, but Housing Works does good work for folks with AIDS and your chances of seeing Amy Ray in a venue this intimate again are pretty slim. Go.

Amy Ray
8/6/8 @ 7:30pm
$50
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
Get tickets here.

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

August 3rd, 2008

DAGMAR HERZOG READS FROM SEX IN CRISIS @ BARNES & NOBLE: 8/4/8 @ 7:30PM.

by John Coakley

CUNY Graduate Professor Dagmar Herzog will be reading from her third book, Sex in Crisis, which delves into the ways that right-wing moralists are “naming and framing” the national sexual debate. What’s interesting is how they’ve appropriated sex-positive language to meet their own fundamentalist ends. For example, G-Spot stimulation is a wonderful thing—heck, it could even bring you closer to God! As long as it’s your husband who gives it to you. Other girls, non-spouse men, your own bad self? Nuh uh. God says no.

Dagmar Herzog (whose name almost guarantees her a career in brainy alt-porn should she ever tire of academia) has received positive reviews for her ability to expose the hypocrisy and hatred behind the people who want to teach abstinence-only education to our kids and keep our gay friends away from the altar. This reading should be a good one; put it on your calendar.

Dagmar Herzog: Sex in Crisis
8/4/8 @ 7:30pm
Free
Barnes & Noble
396 6th Avenue @ 8th Street

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

August 2nd, 2008

PURE GOLD: THE BARD AND HIS WORK.

by Ed Gold

My friend of more than 50 years, Stanley Siegelman, is an excellent writer with a very distinctive shtick. He is addicted to writing humorous verse on topical and offbeat subjects, and does so in both English and Yiddish.

He has been compulsive about his rhyming creations for all the years I have known him, but didn’t attempt to get them into print until a few years ago when he sent samples in both languages to the Jewish Forwards newspaper.

The paper recognized talent and adopted Siegelman. Now he runs regularly on the paper’s website, Forward.com.

Stanley has always been reluctant about publicity and I had to invoke our long history to get the green light on running some of his illuminating creations. We have had a lot of memories, having both been reporters and editors at Fairchild Publications and both having married women we met at Fairchild.

We also had a mixed bag of adventures going to Bermuda on vacation where we befriended the actor and TV innovator Ernie Kovacs, who was trying to avoid predatory women on the island. Another joint experience was very different; we went to Union Square Park and stood at the edge of a large crowd in mourning the night Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | New York | Politics

August 2nd, 2008

16TH ANNUAL SHIP AND BOAT MODEL FESTIVAL: 8/2/8 + 8/3/8, 1-5PM.

by John Coakley

Bring the kids down to the Seaport Museum to see hundreds of ship models and to talk with the builders, as well. Remote controlled boats will be demonstrated in a special pool on the pier. Sweet. Supervised craft activities—like creating secret code messages with signal flags and building and sailing their own model boat ($2 charge per boat)—will be available for children, so don’t be all shop daddy about it and tell your kid how to build their own boat. Get your own and build it on your own time, smart guy.

16th Annual Ship and Boat Model Festival
Saturday, August 2, 2008
and Sunday, August, 3, 2008
1-5 PM
Free
South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street
212.748.8600

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

August 1st, 2008

BILL PASSED FOR FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HEALTH CARE FOR SOME OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THE WTC AIR. BUT IS IT ENOUGH?

by Joelle Panisch

A new bill was introduced Thursday to guarantee federally funded health care for first responders, clean-up workers, residents, workers, and students who suffered illnesses or ailments as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2008 has been generally well received, specifically by the World Trade Center Community-Labor Coalition, which represents “a broad network representing hundreds of thousands of Lower Manhattan stakeholders, including community groups, labor unions, tenants associations and environmental and health advocacy organizations”

Congressional findings show that as a result of the attacks, more than 1.2 million tons of toxic dust—which included asbestos, lead, mercury, fiberglass and more—was released. Fires continued to burn long after the Towers fell as ash and smoke rose. A dust cloud formed that engulfed much of Lower Manhattan and was blown to parts of western Brooklyn. These toxins affected not only the people working at Ground Zero, but penetrated inside neighboring buildings as well. This included residencies, workplaces, hotels, government buildings and schools.

As if that is not enough, there have been multiple accusations that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mishandled its response to the attacks. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Community | New York | Politics

August 1st, 2008

GLAMDAMMIT @ DON HILL’S: 8/2/8 @ 10PM

by John Coakley

Brace yourself for a radical, seemingly insane idea. Ready? Really? ‘Cause this is going to mess up your view of the world and everything in it. Okay. Don’t say you weren’t warned…

People will, on occasion, if properly induced, dance to rock music.

It’s true. Guitars, real drums, and non-auto-tuned voices can sometimes get people to gyrate with wild abandon on the dance floor, especially if the DJ’s in question are glam-rock experts Twig the Wonderkid, Michael T and Harley Sears. Live action from The Oskar and Wildstreet certainly doesn’t hurt, nor does go-go dancing from ladies like Apathy, who inspires anything but. Once again, the SoHo Journal is encouraging you to party like a nineteen year old on a Sunday night and miss church the next day. You’re welcome.

Glamdammit
8/2/8 , 10pm
$10
Don Hill’s
511 Greenwich St. at Spring St.
212.219.2850

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

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