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September 29th, 2008


by Jo Panisch

Susan Goodman Komen and Nancy Goodman Brinker

The story goes that Nancy G. Brinker, at her dying sister’s side, promised that she would do everything she could to prevent the breast cancer that eventually would take her sister’s life from plaguing other women. Nancy kept her promise to her sister, Susan G. Komen, and in 1982 started the foundation in her honor. It began as a Race for the Cure and became something of a movement.

Through grass roots efforts, the foundation has reached out to millions of women and found a community that wants to reach back. Though a cure has not been found the search continues. And with the generous donations the foundation has allotted to patients and survivors, quality treatment has been made accessible and early detection has become a national campaign. Thanks to Nancy’s efforts many woman have been spared the agony that her sister faced. The Susan G. Komen foundation has raised over one billion dollars and impacted countless lives.

October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many companies are on board to help. For the fifth year Energizer Batteries have donated proceeds from sales and offered complimentary spa services to survivors. This year they teamed up with designer Stephanie Johnson to create an exclusive pink cosmetic bag. The bag is available by mailing in proofs of purchase from Energizer battery packs, and for every bag redeemed Energizer will donate $1 to the organization, up to $15k.

Big companies have big money and should always be doing more. So let’s encourage the ones who do help and celebrate their charity. For ways that you can donate click here.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
1-877 GO KOMEN
For more information about these promotions visit

Filed Under: Take Action

September 28th, 2008


by John Coakley

Sometimes wallowing in a little musical self-pity can be a healthy thing, especially if you have Washington Mutual stock right now. So allow British folk legend Bridget St. John to ease those worries with her low, melancholy voice. She was a critical darling across the pond back in the early 70’s (Radio 1 genius John Peel produced some of her early recordings) and now she’s back at it. St.John will be performing at the Stone, John Zorn’s no frills, no booze, all ages and avant garde musical space in Alphabet City. Click here to listen to “Ask Me No Questions” on her fan-based website. See? You’re not the only one to have been left disillusioned by the cruel, cold vagaries of this unfeeling world. You should go.

Bridget St. John
9/30/8 @ 8pm
The Stone
Ave. C @ 2nd Street

Filed Under: New York

September 27th, 2008


by Jo Panisch

As part of the “Gallery Talks” lecture series, Marianne Eggler focuses on the Moma’s current exhibition “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.” She discusses the process and aim for the ambitious exhibit, that features a timeline of the progression of prefabricated architecture and five occupiable model buildings in the museum’s west lot.

According to the Moma’s website, the exhibition “display[s] the process of architectural design and production in equal measure with the actual end result. Within the gallery, eighty-four architectural projects spanning 180 years are presented by means of film, architectural models, original drawings and blueprints, fragments, photographs, patents, games, sales materials and propaganda, toys, and partial reconstructions. This diverse collection of material illustrates how the prefabricated house has been, and continues to be, not only a reflection on the house as a replicable object of design but also a critical agent in the discourse of sustainability, architectural invention, and new material and formal research.”

The lecture is a wonderful way to expand upon the exhibit’s teachings and ask the questions that have piled up. And hey, architecture is all around us. You might as well have something interesting to say about it.

“Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” Gallery Talk
9/28 @ 1:30pm
Repeated 10/9 & 10/19
Located in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, 2nd floor
The MoMA
11 West 53 Street
(212) 708-9400
For museum hours click here.

Filed Under: New York

September 26th, 2008


by John Coakley

The New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal’s housing code currently contains an unfortunate/intentional (you pick) loophole that allows landlords to demolish rent-stabilized buildings even if they are not unsafe to live in. This is a loophole that needs to be closed because it has been used repeatedly to kick people out of buildings in order to allow construction contracts and big rents to move in. Fortunately, the code is about to be revised but, unfortunately, real estate lobbyists have the ear of the DCHR and its Commissioner, David Fewer. So print out the letter below (or write your own) and send a copy to both:

Governor David Paterson
633 Third Avenue
NY, NY 10017


Mr. Gregory Fewer
Gertz Plaza
92-31 Union Hall St.
Jamaica, New York 11433.

Be sure to include your address, either as a letterhead or under your signature. The letters must be received by Tuesday, 9/30/8. The apartment you save could be your own. The letter follows: Continue Reading »

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

September 26th, 2008


by John Coakley

Folks, these are anxious times. Financial giants are crumbling left and right, the election is barely more than a month away, and, worst of all, movie ticket prices continue to skyrocket. Even the usually sensible Film Forum is up to $11 a pop. But at least you’re likely to see something good there; the multiplexes offering the latest Dane Cook/Jennifer Hudson travesties are likely to charge you $12. Jeez. Washington Mutual goes under but Hollywood keeps plugging on like the proverbial post-nuclear cockroach.

So (as always) thank goodness for Coney Island USA. They are presenting the 8th Annual Coney Island Film Festival this weekend and it’s going to be a hoot, a holler, and a half. The Festival is chock full of eccentric artists giving you more bang for your buck—most programs feature a bunch of short films and a feature for a measly $6. And you can get corn dogs at Nathan’s beforehand. Nice.

Standing out from the cinematic crowd is Gothkill, reviewed here. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

September 26th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

The Galapagos Art Space is an intelligent organization that believes that art is more than just pretty, shiny, pictures. In their own words, “The most basic function of the arts is to be relevant in the advancement of society.”

Thus, on the eve of such a monumental election and in accordance with the first 2008 Presidential Debate, Galapagos will be getting political. All day they will air “Hack the Debate, an interactive broadcast of the first presidential debate,” produced by Current TV. Presented by video_dumbo, for your viewing pleasure the live presentation will add a little more excitement by transforming it into 3D. The revved up presentation uses an innovative polarized filter technique to create a true political stage.

It will be followed by the Presidential Debates aired live in their remarkable theater. Sage minds will be in attendance. This is a historic evening; you should band with others and really experience it.

Galapagos Art Space
Daily 6pm- 2am
16 Main Street, Brooklyn
(718) 222 8500
For directions click here.

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

September 26th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblymember Deborah Glick visited the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) Wednesday morning to see the fruit of the capital lending that they secured.

In 2005 the Assemblymembers, both representing the district, backed funding from the New York State Community Capital Assistance Program that greatly helped the museum create new programs and expand its social outreach.

The CMA, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1988 by Kathleen Schneider in Soho. It was founded on the belief that self-expression, through creative visual and performing arts, is an essential part of development and that all children need a safe place to mature into their authentic selves. Continue Reading »

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

September 25th, 2008


by Ed Gold

Mike Bloomberg has shown great confidence in his first elected position, but he can’t seem to make up his mind about his future political life, at least not at the time of this writing.

He has toyed over the past few years with running for president or perhaps vice-president, and now he is trying to figure out whether he should get city law changed, without a public vote, so he could seek a third term as mayor.

He has in fact put all the city’s potential candidates in “limbo,” as Councilwoman Melinda Katz of Queens has correctly stated, since she has been making plans to run for City Comptroller over the past two years.

Another Queens Councilmember, John Liu, who is interested in either the Comptrollership or Public Advocate, has expressed growing annoyance with the Bloomberg stance, suggesting that “at some point, people just get tired of the is-he or isn’t- he game.”

Henry Stern, former Parks Commissioner, who has long supported the the two-term limit, suggests that “the mayor may be suffering from victor’s remorse as the day of departure draws near.”

Bloomberg’s problem is that his third-term interest seems self-serving since he would change the law in collusion with the City Council without having a public referendum. Twice, in 1993 and 1996, New Yorkers decided two terms for the city’s elected officials was enough. Continue Reading »

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

September 25th, 2008


by Jo Panisch

New exhibitions opening at Artists Space, Eli Klein Fine Art, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and the New Museum.

Artists Space presents Matters of Sensation
September 25, 2008 – November 22, 2008

Ruy Klein/David Ruy and Karel Klein, Klex

“Matters of Sensation is a group exhibition of projects by fourteen architecture studios in the United States, all from a new generation of practitioners. Whereas architects’ use of computers first affected shape and structure, the participants in this exhibition address the way materials are not just about construction choices but also a means of creating diverse sensations in a space, focusing on the effects produced by the materials’ textures and surfaces. Through playful manipulation of such elements, beauty, ornament, and pattern have thus found their way back into contemporary design.” Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

September 24th, 2008


by Ed Gold

An open letter to Ed Koch:

Dear Ed,

We of course had our differences in the presidential election four years ago, so it’s very gratifying to me that you are now rooting for Obama and Biden.

I must admit I had expected you to go with John McCain, whom I know you admire. But that must have changed after he plucked Sarah Palin out of Alaska.

I recall four years ago that you completely ignored domestic issues and backed Bush because you supported his Iraq policy and felt he would defend Israeli’s security. Unfortunately, from my point of view and as you now repeat, you “didn’t feel that way about John Kerry.”

Your renewed support for the Democratic Party philosophy is particularly encouraging. Continue Reading »

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

September 23rd, 2008


by Jo Panisch

In an effort to raise funds and awareness, All For Africa is hosting a night of boxing and glory.

All for Africa, or “A4A,” is a non-profit organization with its head on straight. Instead of delegating funds to supplying crisis materials or healthcare, A4A believes that the best way to aid the ailing nations is to fix the underlying economic problems by contributing to the private sectors in strategic and sustainable ways.

For instance the Palm Trust Campaign invests donated funds to the development of the palm oil trade, which spurs the economy, increases jobs, and returns considerable profits. These earnings then go into trusts that will delegate the money to schools, villages, and clinics. It is a sound and long term investment. Each tree planted can produce palm oil and thus return profits for about 30 years. Essentially A4A is teaching the country how to fish.

The boxing event is being held at Hammerstein Ballroom and will no doubt be a great time. If the energy in the air only half matches the passion behind this project then the night will be a success.

Jeff Johnson, Chief Correspondent for BET, will host the evening and the main event will feature Eromosele Albert vs. Ossie Duran for the IBF All African Light Middleweight Championship. Grammy award winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N’Dour will perform as well. Expect the unexpected.

All For Africa
KnockOut Poverty Event
Hammerstein Ballroom
Doors Open and Reception at 6:30pm
Boxing and Entertainment 7 – 11pm
Tickets $2500-$1000
Attire: Business Casual
(212) 351 0111
To RSVP click here or for more information email Diane Burstein.

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

September 23rd, 2008


by Amelia Bronsworth

For more information on sample sales check out Daily Candy.

It’s Hermes, must I say more?
Bags, scarves, shoes, ties, home products, and ready-to-wear for men and women all on sale.

September 24-28
Wed., Fri. & Sat. 10 am.-6 pm
Thurs 10 am-8 pm ; Sun., 1-6 pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves.)
4th floor

Christopher Fischer
Christopher Fischer Cashmere pays careful attention to uphold the quality of it’s oh-so-yummy knitwear. Enjoy the softest and savviest of styles on sale!

September 26-28.
Fri. & Sat 10 am-7 pm
Sun 11 am- 6 pm
80 Wooster St. (between Spring & Broome Sts.)
(212) 965 9009

Filed Under: Events | New York

September 22nd, 2008


by Amelia Bronsworth

Dining took a back seat to a triad of festivities as the MF Gallery and performers DETHRACE ushered in the opening of the ITM Lounge at I Tre Merli in SoHo Saturday evening.

MF Gallery is a unique ode to the goth subculture that features dark themed “underground pop,” often outrageous, satiric, mystic, morbid, apocalyptic, erotic and darkly whimsical. It opened in the East Village on Rivington Street in 2003 by spouses Martina Secondo Russo and Frank Russo after they were inspired by California’s lowbrow art scene and decided to incorporate it into their gallery. Their space is a collection of pop art with influences that range from tattoos, illustrations and toys to horror films and pop culture.

The gallery has attracted a cluster of loyal artists and patrons from around the globe who are loving disciples of the genre. Many of these followers have a deep devotion to MF for housing the works of the social and art world outcasts and scoffing at the critics who scoff at them. However, like death and taxes, East Village rents rise spurring the decision by Frank and Martina to move the gallery to a larger, more fitting space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

September 22nd, 2008


by Jo Panisch

Natalie Frank
Natalie Frank “Return/Reveal”, 2007

Are you at loss for conversation at those snobbish soirees your boss makes you attend? Well impress your friends with your cosmopolitanism and erudite appreciation for contemporary art by attending the New York Academy of Art’s lecture series titled, “Art and Culture: Critical Essays”. The collection of talks was inspired by the 1965 essays, to which the NYAA borrowed the title, by popular art critic Clement Greenberg. His essays were philosophic and questioning, often seeking to redefine the qualities of art. Featuring an assemblage of artists and art critics, the series mimics his core themes by exploring all sides of contemporary styles, artists, and trends with the aim to expand even the most bumptious art student’s perception. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

September 21st, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

“The Starry Night”

Van Gogh is as essential to art history as water is to life. In many ways he is the proverbial artist. So don’t miss this rare opportunity to see some of his most legendary works in a comprehensive collection proudly presented by the MoMA through January 5th, 2009.

About the exhibition:
“Throughout his career, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His procedure followed the trend set by the Impressionists of “translating” visual light effects with various color combinations. At the same time, this concern was grafted onto Van Gogh’s desire to interweave the visual and the metaphorical in order to produce fresh and deeply original works of art. These different artistic concerns found themselves powerfully bound together in Van Gogh’s nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings. This exhibition will present new insight into Van Gogh’s depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings.”

For an extra lesson check out some of the MoMA’s related events:

A Night Reading: An Evening of Poetry Dedicated to Vincent van Gogh
6:30 pm

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night (Lecture)
12:30 pm

For a complete list of members events, click here.

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
9/21/8- 1/5/9
The MoMA
11 West 53 Street
(212) 708-9400
For museum hours click here.
Special Exhibitions Gallery, 2nd floor

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

September 20th, 2008


by Amelia Bronsworth

Governors Island has finally found a way to become cool- offer free bikes! Well, for an hour at least. Like Free Bike Fridays, visitors can borrow a bike at no cost for up to one hour. And if that weren’t enough the first 250 guests will receive a kite to fly on the Island’s Parade Ground.

The bikes are available on a first come, first serve basis so try to get there early.

Govenors Island
Sat. & Sun 10am- 7pm

By ferry:
Battery Maritime Building (at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets)
To get to the Governors Island Ferry take the R to Whitehall St. Station
Ferry services are free.
For the complete Ferry Schedule click here.

Filed Under: Events | New York

September 19th, 2008


by You the Reader

An email from Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation:

“I have some important news regarding the Trump SoHo ‘Condo-Hotel,’ and the fight to prevent more such developments.

Trump: Last week it was revealed that the Department of Buildings (DOB) approved an additional, 43rd floor for the 454 ft. tall Trump SoHo ‘Condo-Hotel.’ However, a review by GVSHP of DOB’s records shows that the developer has recently submitted permit applications referring to a 44th floor, one floor even higher than DOB already approved. GVSHP has written to DOB to express outrage over the approval of the 43rd floor, and questioning the new reference to a “44th floor.” We have urged DOB not to approve any additional height for the building, and to rescind the existing approvals. We have also filed a Freedom of Information request to review all of DOB’s relevant files for the project, to uncover and refute the Department’s justification for approving these permits in the first place. Continue Reading »

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

September 19th, 2008


by Jo Panisch


In an era where art can no longer be categorized in movements (see By Eleanor Heartney’s “The Visual Arts: Blurring the Boundaries”), Ms. Aleksandra Nowak’s collection at CFM Gallery is a refreshing throwback to a classic medium and timeless temperament.

Nowak’s collection of oils view like a chapter of “Great Expectations.” I mean that as a compliment. Her collection features portraits of subjects dressed in 19th century garments of pale colors and antiquated blouses. They are positioned as one would picture them to exist ordinarily, not posed or dramatized. However there is nothing commonplace about them. With acuity, Nowak uses their candidness to reveal their truest nature and honest dispositions. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

September 19th, 2008


by Amelia Bronsworth

For more information on sample sales check out Daily Candy.

Foley + Corinna
Take a bite of the designers’ flagship boutique that made them prominent names in the fashion scene. Their fluctuation between vintage and modern apparel and accessories appeals to the New York girl’s fleeting whims. Featuring handbags, dresses, tops and more at 50% off.

September 19 & 20
11 am-8 pm
146 Orchard St. (between Stanton & Rivington Sts.)
(212) 529 2338

Earnest Sewn
Jeans!!! Sift through the best of the best by a brand that prove denim can be valuable fashion too. Women’s and men’s jeans, skirts, and children’s jeans are more than 50% off.

September 20-28
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
831 Washington St. (between Gansevoort & Little West 12th Sts.)
(212) 242-3414

Filed Under: Events | New York

September 18th, 2008


by Amelia Bronsworth

With money on everyone’s mind it’s important that you take advantage of sales when they come your way. For today only, guiltlessly indulge in Satya’s fine stones and charms. Hey if the economy is going to tank, you might as well go out looking good.

To receive the discount online go to Satya’s site and enter coupon code SJBDAY.

Te receive the discount at one of their boutiques print this page to present at checkout.

Satya Jewelry
(212) 243 6930
Boutique Locations:
West Village
330 Bleecker St. (at Christopher St.

253 Centre St. (at Broome St.)

Upper West Side
2265 Broadway (at 81st Street)

Upper East Side
946 Lexington Ave
(at 69th St.)

Filed Under: Events | New York

September 18th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

Art and music come together for a day of celebration and new beginnings. The festivities commence with musical performances by Veinmelter and the Dirk Quinn Band. Their respective Funk Rock and Jazz Funk melodies will have you swinging along as you fall in tune with the winsome days of autumn.

Later the party continues with MF Gallery presenting its Sixth Annual Halloween Art Show and the launch of brand new art space ITM Lounge that is located upstairs at I Tre Merli. From 7-10pm horror movies will be projected in the background as costumed guests dance to heavy metal in the spirit of all hallow’s eve. Come in costume and receive a free drink!

Featured artists include Martina & Frank Russo, Elmer Presslee, Chad Savage, Nicoz Balboa, Kevin Klemm, Macchiavello, Drew Maillard, Fernando Carpaneda, Moses Jaen,Death Head, Mike A., James Wrona, Inky Dreadfuls, Ciou, and more.

I Tre Merli
463 West Broadway (between Prince & Houston Sts.)

Veinmelter & the Dirk Quinn Band
2- 6pm

MF Gallery’s Sixth Annual Halloween Art Show
Opening of ITM Lounge
7- 10pm
Complimentary drink for guests in costumes.
Free admission.

Filed Under: Events | New York

September 17th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

New York is famously a city of ‘haves and have-nots’ with the ‘have-nots’ so often without a voice. City Harvest is a non-profit organization that listens to the poor and salvages the excess from those who have so much. Founded in 1982, the organization collects unused food from restaurants and redistributes it to the city’s homeless. Now with costs rising to extremes and more and more of our neighbors joining the already over one million hungry citizens, it is a vital time to contribute.

Thus, volunteers organized FOCUS: An Auction of the Finest Photography. It is a soiree featuring some of the New York’s most renowned “haves” donating their time, art, and money to produce an auction with proceeds benefiting City Harvest. The event will feature auctions of collectible fine art photography including works by greats such as Barry Wentzell and Danny Clinch, live music by the Bacon Brothers, and ‘eats’ prepared by celebrated chefs. It’s a worthy cause that will bring not just philanthropy, but awareness.

The auction committee includes Whoopi Goldberg, Harrison Ford, Uma Thurman, Kevin Bacon, Susan Sarandon, Rachel Ray and more.

For the complete auction catalogue click here.

FOCUS: An Auction of the Finest Photography to Benefit City Harvest
Thursday September 18th, 2008
Skylight Studios, 275 Hudson Street
7 – 11pm
Tickets are $200 online ($250 at the door)
(917) 351 8719

Filed Under: Events | New York | Take Action

September 16th, 2008


by Amelia Bronsworth

The famously impish New York based circus-theater company Circus AMOK will bring its show to Columbus Park on Thursday. Since 1989 the company has provided free public art to audiences in a way only a New York circus can- loud, audacious, and with inevitable commentary on politics and current social issues.

Compromised of seven performers, one 7 member band, three “roustabouts,” and one technician the show dazzles with a boisterous mix of classic circus acts such as tight rope walks, juggling and acrobatics mixed with personality that is “funny, queer, caustic, sexy [and] political.”

The entire 17-act show takes just about an hour so get there early for good seats. And for those weak of heart, be warned. There are clowns.

Circus AMOK!
Thursday, September 17, 2008
5:30 pm
Columbus Park
Mulberry St. between Worth & Bayard

For a complete schedule of performances click here!

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

September 15th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

When the Museum of the Moving Image launched landmark website “The Living Room Candidate” in 2000 it was met with critical acclaim. At the time the site, which neutrally showcases historic political commercials from 1952 through 2008, was a fascinating discussion for the sophisticates lounging in bar stools on the election’s eve. But after eight years of G. W. Bush and what only can be described as the current American crisis, this election is arguably the most important of modern times, and we know it.

Through nonpartisan examinations the site has always been a valuable means for comparison and analysis. The simplicity of the commercials without politics brings awareness to the commercials themselves, and how separate they are from actual policy. However this year the site has taken on a new relevance by instituting a consistently updated stream of McCain, Obama and even third party advocacy commercials that demonstrate the disconnect between candidate marketing, the media, and the issues in today’s election.

“Living Room” makes its opinion of campaign commercials clear. On its homepage the site posts a quote from democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson in 1956 that compares presidential campaigns to selling breakfast cereal. It urges one to ask, if the awareness of candidate “merchandising” has been around since the 1950’s then why in 2008 do we still fall victim to it? Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Commentary | New York | Politics

September 14th, 2008


by John Coakley

The French Institute:Alliance Francaise (FIAF) presents The Snow White Project, Catherine Bay’s site-specific performance art piece that probably has Disney’s lawyers drooling as you read this. Bay takes the ultra-fem symbol of all that is domestic and good and puts her in some as yet to be revealed scenarios. Probably not for the kids, but grown-ups—especially those who really, really like costumes, will no doubt get a kick out of it.

The Snow White Project
Starts in front of Diane Von Furstenberg
874 Washington St @ 14th St.
9/16/8 @ 7pm

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York





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