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October 31st, 2008

GLAMDAMMIT DOES ROCKY HORROR @ DON HILL’S: 11/1/8 @ 10PM.

by John Coakley

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What better way to honor Halloween-okay, Halloween weekend-by going to a dance party that honors everyone’s favorite play about mad scientist trannies from outer space? That’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course. Suitably androgynous rock will be spun by Twig the Wonderkid, Michael T, Harley Sears, and Punk-Ass Jason, while live music comes courtesy of The Johns, Shiragirl, and Prima Primo. And what would a Halloween party be without porn stars? Dullsville, that’s what. Fortunately, this party will feature Joanna Angel and the girls of Burning Angel. Mmm-hmm. You should go.

Glamdammit: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
$10 admission / $7 advance tickets
11/1/8 @ 10pm 21+ w/ ID
Don Hill’s
511 Greenwich Street @ Spring St

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

October 31st, 2008

PURE GOLD: STRATEGISTS SHRUM & SCHOEN OPTIMISTIC FOR OBAMA.

by Ed Gold


Bob Shrum.

If veteran political strategists Bob Shrum and Doug Schoen are right, Barack Obama could win in a landslide next Tuesday, and the Democrats in the Senate could close in on a filibuster-proof 60 votes while picking up 20-25 seats in the House.

Shrum has survived a host of campaigns, has been on the losing side for Gore and Kerry, suffered painfully for McGovern, and actually won with Bradley–when he ran for mayor of Los Angeles.

Schoen has had two notable clients recently—Bill Clinton and, currently, Mike Bloomberg—and has earned the honor of “Pollster of the Year.”

For Democrats, this was a good-cop, good-cop combo. The discussion would surely have been more contentious if GOP consultant Ed Rollins had shown up as originally scheduled

Shrum and Schoen, nevertheless, provided a lively 90 minutes before a mostly student audience on Tuesday evening, the event appropriately labeled “One Week and Counting.” Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | New York | News | Politics

October 28th, 2008

ROGER WHITE @ RACHEL UFFNER GALLERY: THROUGH 11/2/8.

by John Coakley


Roger White, Brita, 2008. Oil on canvas,17 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches.

Rachel Uffner used to be a director at Chelsea’s D’Amelio Terras Gallery; now she has her own gallery in the increasingly artsy (as long as you aren’t there on a weekend night) Lower East Side. Her current show showcases the work of Roger White, who paints large-scale works derived from patterned textiles, as well as several smaller scale still lifes of household objects. His work is deceptively simple and endearing; well worth checking out. Hurry, though—the show ends this coming Sunday.

Rachel Uffner Gallery
47 Orchard Street, near Hester St.
212-274-0064
Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm, or by appointment

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York

October 27th, 2008

PURE GOLD: THE PEOPLE—UM, IN THE CITY COUNCIL, ANYWAY—HAVE SPOKEN!

by Ed Gold


Mayor Mike, looking just a bit smug.

We knew the Bloomberg-Quinn tandem would carry the day when a vote was scheduled before the City Council which would permit the mayor to run for a third term. Both the mayor and the speaker are proficient in counting votes.

While all recent polls indicate a 70 percent approval rate for Bloomberg, a Quinnipiac poll showed 89 percent of voters in the city calling for a public referendum on term limits.

This adds up to a conspicuous ambivalence, with large majorities supporting the mayor’s right to seek a third term and at the same time opposing a change in the charter on the third term issue without a public referendum.

The N.Y. Times made the case for Bloomberg. The paper has always opposed term limits and would prefer no term limits at all.

Since a majority of New York voters have indicated they would back a Bloomberg third term, the Times argued they should have the right to make that choice.

Opposition was widespread and emotional. At the heart of the argument was the contention that a law opposed twice by public referendum should not be revoked by City Council action. Continue Reading »

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

October 26th, 2008

LIVING THE ITALIAN HOUSE: 10/27/8—12/20/8.

by John Coakley

Milan is widely known as the world capital of design–everything from country homes to can openers, the best examples of form and function coming together come from Italia. The European influence is certainly felt in various ways in New York in general and SoHo in particular, so it’s noy much of a surprise that a two month celebration of Italian design is taking place on Mercer Street. A model home will be set up with hundreds of products being featured in their intended context. Design discussion and screenings of classic films will be held in the main room; click here for more information.

Living the Italian House
172 Mercer Street
10/27/8 – 12/20/8

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

October 25th, 2008

“THE POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS” W/ CO-AUTHOR DAVID WILSON, 10/26/8 @ 3PM.

by Jo Panisch

Immigration is a fiery topic, with limbs that reach over all facets of our society. Many people base their conclusions on misinformation, which results in unfair assumptions and wrongly allocated blame.

David Willson and Jane Guskin co-wrote “The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers” to address the misconceptions and specifically answer the burning questions and create a dialogue. According to David Bacon, Photojournalist and trade unionist,

”Guskin and Wilson have written an excellent book about immigration politics, a very complex subject, in an accessible and provocative way. They use a question and answer format, which allows them to directly address some of the most heated issues in this national debate. They’ve done a great job of identifying these hot-button points, and go about undoing the stereotypes, misinformation and prejudice that paralyze rational thought about immigration policy. In the process, they break down complex sets of ideas into their component pieces, giving each one its own question. This book is a great reality check, a good teaching tool, and a powerful weapon against racism.” 


Please join co-author David Wilson for a discussion about immigration. This is an opportunity, no matter what conclusions you may draw, to at least make sure they are informed.

David Wilson at the SP-USA (NYC) Monthly Activist Meeting
Sunday October, 26th at 3pm
A. J. Muste Institute
339 Lafayette Street, Buzzer #11

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October 24th, 2008

THE BUSH TETRAS PLAY LAURA KENNEDY BENEFIT @ CAKE SHOP: 10/26/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley


From No Wave to no insurance: The Bush Tetras.

The problem with being a founding member of a profoundly influential post-punk band that everyone name-checks to show how smart they are is that, even at your commercial peak, you probably never made much money. You certainly never got comprehensive medical insurance from your record company. Okay, Sonic Youth did, but they got it from the David Geffen Company at the beginning of the grunge explosion, aka the dot com boom of indie rock. The Bush Tetras weren’t so lucky. Laura Kennedy, their original bassist, is starting to lose her twenty-five year battle with Hepatitis C and needs a liver transplant. So her bandmates are putting on a show at Cake Shop, along with a slew of their peers: James Chance, longtime Patti Smith pal and guitarist Lenny Kaye, Radio I-Ching (featuring current Tetras drummer Dee Pop), one-time Voidoid Ivan Julian, B-52s associate Pat Irwin, and The Vanity Set. This is an incredible array of talent for a worthy cause, and the minimum donation to get in is a mere $15. You should go. And even if you can’t go, you should donate to the Laura Kennedy Liver Fund.

Watch the video for Too Many Creeps here.


Laura Kennedy Benefit
Bush Tetras w/ James Chance, The Vanity Set, and others.
10/26/8
8pm
Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street
212.253.0036
$15 minimum donation

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

October 23rd, 2008

LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME: BURLESQUE ON SCREEN AND STAGE—10/24/8 + 10/25/8.

by John Coakley

A Wink and a Smile is a documentary that follows 10 students of Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque in Seattle. This is the East Coast premiere of the film, part of the CMJ festival. Not only do you get to see the dancers in action, but you also learn what made them want to learn the art of the tease in the first place. And you get a half hour of live go go dancing before the show. Worth a look.

And if the movie wasn’t enough for you—or if you’re like the sweaty old men at the go go club in Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill and you don’t want to know a damn thing about the hopes and dreams of the sweet young thing gyrating in front of you—you can see both NY’s and Seattle’s finest burlesque dancers do their thing at Duane Park. Actually, Duane Park is a classy joint—more of a supper club, actually. So if you really want to be the desperate, sweaty old man who shouts “GO, BABY, GO!!!” at the top of his lungs, well, there’s always the Pussycat Lounge.

A Wink and a Smile
Friday, 10/24/8
gogo at 6:45, film at 7:15
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St. at Laight,

Miss Valentine at Midnight and the Swedish Housewife present:
Live Burlesque with Seattle and NYC Stars
Saturday, 10/25/8
11:00 p.m.
Duane Park
157 Duane Street
Resv: 212.732.5555

Filed Under: Articles | Events | New York

October 23rd, 2008

GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE: THE SELFISH GIANT @ THE PLAYERS THEATRE: 10/25/8 +10/26/8.

by John Coakley

Thanks to UrbanBaby for the heads up.

Literally Alive, a Children’s theater company that encourages reading by bringing works of literature to life on the stage, is finishing their run of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant this weekend. It would be a shame to miss this tale of a giant who comes to learn that sharing brings more friends than hoarding your treasures for yourself. Not only is that a good lesson in general, but it’s a good entry into a discussion of the current economic crisis. Or you could just let the kids enjoy the play and let them draw their own conclusions. See, this is why I don’t want kids. Every little thing leads to anxiety over making the right choice. No thank you.

Anyway, if you do have children, be sure to get there one hour early for the workshop. The kids get to speak with some of the show’s creators, have a peak backstage, and even create puppets (which they can take home) that get used in the show. Nice. You should go.

Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
10/2/8 + 10/26/8
Workshop at 10 am, show at 11am.
Get tickets here.

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October 23rd, 2008

THE RAWK COLLECTION BY ANA REIGN, SAMPLE SALE & EDITOR COLLECTION VIEWING 10/22/8.

by Jo Panisch

Russian born Ana Reign designs jewelry that reflects her heritage— visceral, emotional, strong and sensual. With immaculate taste, she creates from the energy of the materials she uses (not the other way around) and plays with the contrast between femininity and power. Her work is a collection of statement pieces and on a woman it does just that.

Reign’s latest collection “The Rawk” is testimony to a woman’s sublime power. The set is bold, and is to be worn that way. Think rock ‘n roll meets ‘Mother Russia’. It’s fierce.

For now Reign is based out of LA, so the viewing is a rare opportunity for us east-coaters. Check it out.

THE RAWK COLLECTION BY ANA REIGN
Friday, October 22nd 10am- 6pm
580 Broadway, Ste. 604 (between Houston & Prince)
www.anareign.com
RSVP to Janice Torres, JLM PR,Inc.
(212) 431 5227
janice@jlmpr.com

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October 22nd, 2008

TIME’S UP: CITY COUNCIL VOTES ON TERM LIMITS EXTENSION, 10/23/8 @ NOON.

by John Coakley

Loyal readers will know that we’ve been covering this issue for some time now. And most of you agree with us that it’s a bit insulting; yesterday’s Quinnipiac University poll shows an overwhelming majority (89%!) of New Yorkers want to see term limits decided by referendum. Well, tomorrow is it—your last chance to speak up. At high noon, the City Council will meet to vote on whether or not to extend term limits for both itself and the Mayor. If you haven’t signed this petition, do it now. If you have, send it to someone who hasn’t. And if you’re able, come down to the meeting and make your presence known. The best time to raise your voice is when the powers that be don’t want to listen to it. Hey, I just made that up. Damn, I’m good.

What: The City Council votes on extending term limits without voters’ approval
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall.
When: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at Noon
How to get there: Take the 4 / 5 /6 trains to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge;
the 2 / 3 trains to Park Place, the W / R trains to City Hall, or the A / C trains to Chambers Street.

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

October 22nd, 2008

NYC SPELLING BEE @ HOUSING WORKS: 10/25/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley


Your illustrious hosts.

The New York City Spelling Bee is the Manhattan offshoot of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, which has been entertaining, humiliating, and inspiring Brooklyn since 2004. Co-hosts bobbyblue (he takes artistic license with his name, smart guy) and Jennifer Dziura are your charming hosts.

The Village Voice called The Williamsburg bee “…the bar game of choice for self-proclaimed geeks and well-groomed lovers of logorrhea.” The Times said, “…go for the cold drinks and the inevitable laughs derived from watching a person who is tipsy try to spell trichotillomania.” Can’t argue with that. Try doing shots every time an audience member yells, “sound it out!” to a befuddled contestant. Then go up and take your best shot. Good luck.

Sponsored by Housing Works, which supports homeless New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.

This Halloween installment features a NERDY COSTUME CONTEST—best nerdy or intellectual costume wins a prize. No advance entry needed, just show up.

The New York City Spelling Bee
Saturday, 10/25/8 @ 8pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
$10 cover, free popcorn, cash bar

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October 21st, 2008

ANAT COHEN @ THE VILLAGE VANGUARD: 10/21/8—10/26/8.

by John Coakley

The CMJ Festival is happening this week. While the annual confluence of indie rockers from all over the globe is a great way to discover new music, it’s also a great way to discover new music while every Brooklyn Vegan wanna-be stands right behind your head, loudly critiquing the band’s every move to his fellow Brooklyn Vegan wanna-be. In other words, not unlike visiting the Lower East side on a typical Friday night, it’s a great way to feel angry and old.

Maybe it’s a safer bet to see what young Jazz musicians are doing this week. Case in point: Anat Cohen brings her lyrical blend of modern, traditional and Afro-Cuban styles to the Village Vanguard. Cohen has a dexterous way with the saxophone and clarinet and her band a nimble way with her arrangements, and the Vanguard has a refreshingly curmudgeonly way of doing things. You’re encouraged to make a reservation, show up early for a good seat, then turn off your phone, shut up, and listen to the damn music. Which, in the case of Anat Cohen, will be a pleasure indeed. You should go.

Oct 21 – Oct 26, 9pm + 11pm
ANAT COHEN QUARTET
Anat Cohen-clr & sax, Jason Lindner-p,
Joe Martin-b, Daniel Freedman-d
Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South @ West 11th
(212) 255-4037
$30–includes $10 drink credit.
Get tickets here.
Be sure to get there at least 15 minutes early if you want good seats.

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October 20th, 2008

PURE GOLD: FULL MOONS AND HOLLOW PLUMBERS.

by Ed Gold


The GOP: In need of repair.

This has been an “Alice in Wonderland” presidential campaign, complete with a full moon. While the nation is faced with the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression, involved in two wars, trapped by an addiction for oil and faced with a collapsing infrastructure, the Republicans have their gunslinger from the north-her eye on the presidency, telling crowds in North Carolina that henceforth she only wants to talk in “pro-American” sections of the nation.

As unemployment this year climbs over three quarters of a million, and further millions are fearful of losing their homes, the GOP fills the nation’s phone lines with rantings challenging Barack Obama’s patriotism by suggesting his collusion with terrorists. One of that rare species, a moderate Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has publicly asked her candidate, John McCain, to stop running that garbage in her state.

As Yeats once put it, “the center doesn’t hold” in today’s Republican Party. Continue Reading »

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October 19th, 2008

DHCR PROTEST: 10/21/8 @ NOON.

by John Coakley

The Division of Housing and Community Renewal is the organization that is supposed to enforce our city’s rent control regulations. Clearly, they aren’t doing the best possible job. Rent stabilized or rent controlled apartments are becoming more and more scarce while market rate apartments get more expensive, giving the lie to the belief that too much of the one increases the price of the other. So join Housing Here and Now in protesting the DHCR at their offices this Tuesday. On the agenda:

.Public DHCR Meetings in all the Boroughs
.Establishing community advisory board for DHCR
.Fighting landlord harassment of tenants
.Defending affordable rent laws
.Stopping illegal rent increases
.Enforcing building codes for livable conditions
.Responding to tenant complaints

All pretty reasonable requests, if you ask me. You should go.

10/21/8 @ noon
Manhattan DHCR Office
25 Beaver St.
4,5 to Bowling Green, or R,W to Whitehall

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

October 18th, 2008

CHANGE OF ART—PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE: CHARITY AUCTION FOR CMA. 10/20/8 @ 6:30PM.

by John Coakley


Richard Phibbs, Puppy in a Box.

With the national and civic economies getting weaker by the day, it’s good to remember that arts funding is often the first to be cut. Which is all the more reason to attend the Children’s Museum of Art’s charity auction on Monday. Hosted by the always classy Iman, art has been provided by both up and comers and established artists, including Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Russell Young, Sol LeWitt, David Salle (who has created a piece specifically for this event), Jordan Eagles and Yoko Ono. Well worth considering.


Monday, October 20th
Phillips de Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street, 3rd Floor
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Live Auction starts at 7:30 p.m.
View the art here.
Buy tickets here.

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October 17th, 2008

ZOMBIECON: 10/18/8.

by John Coakley

Is it Halloween yet? No, of course not. Does that mean we can’t get dressed up like zombies and go drinkin’ all over town? No, of course you can. As long as you sign up at Zombiecon, that is. Like my old college friend Melanie said when she tried to teach a few of us belly dancing, “There are no observers—only participants.” That means we can not tell you where the zombies will congregate, shop, and drink. You must sign up online and pledge to be a zombie to get that itinerary. So call up that make-up artist friend of yours you haven’t spoken to in years, promise him your Near Mint copy of Fangoria #3, and get decked out in your grisly best. The rest of us can only hope to be so fortunate as to sight a few zombies as we go about our business tomorrow. Remember: zombies can only be felled by head trauma or fire. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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October 17th, 2008

GET THOSE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE: AZUR & ASMAR @ IFC: 10/18 + 10/19 @ 11AM.

by John Coakley

The New York International Children’s Film Festival kicks off this weekend with Azur & Asmar, a French animated film set in the middle ages. The two title characters are brothers—one with caucasian features, the other with middle eastern features—who are separated as children, only to be reunited as adults on a quest to free a captured Djinn, or fairy. The twist is that the light-skinned Azur has been shunned by society because of his “unlucky blue eyes,” creating tension between the reunited brothers. This looks like a textbook example of the Festival’s knack for presenting films that will engage children and adults at the same time. Definitely worth a look.

Azur & Asmar
France, Animation, Michel Ocelot, 2006/2008, 98 min
In English – for ages 6 to adult
10/18 & 10/19, 11am – IFC Center, 323 6th Ave (at West 3rd)
11/29, 11am, 2pm – Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th)
Get tickets here.

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October 16th, 2008

JO STROMGREN KOMPANI’S THE SOCIETY 10/16/8 – 10/19/8.

by Jo Panisch

In the ten years since it was established the Jo Strømgren Kompani has become one of the most celebrated contemporary dance, theater and performance companies in Norway. With its success, it is difficult to imagine that it all was birthed from Jo Stromgen’s bedroom that he converted into an office for he and his group of “absentminded members.” Armed only with imagination, passion, and ambition the troupe founded the company on a distinctive humor and artistic diversity that has proved effortlessly relatable, gathering acclaim from both audiences and critics along the way. The Jo Stromgren Kompani now tours 35 countries around the world.

THE SOCIETY (2008):
A society of sworn coffee drinkers gather for their daily ritual. However, the harmony is broken by a horrific incident – the discovery of a used teabag. As the investigations unfolds, one question is inevitable. How far are they willing to go in order to track the traitor down, smoke him out, and bring this evil act to justice? Continue Reading »

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October 16th, 2008

HARVESTWORKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT 10/16/8.

by Jo Panisch

If it’s a gala hosted by artists, celebrating artists, and it is open bar, you know it’s going to be a gas. Harvestworks is a non-profit organization formed in 1977 by artists to support their own through the use of new and evolving technologies. The mission is to create an atmosphere where emerging artists can explore new medias, and new realms of creativity.

The benefit will be MCed by Ned Sublette, feature a 30th anniversary video montage, and conduct a raffle with prizes such as an iPhone. You can’t go wrong with that.

The event is curated by Kathy Brew and Clara Jo and features artists such as Charlie Ahearn, Jo Andres, Blondell Cummings, Angie Eng, Joshua Fried, Pamela Z and many more!

Harvestworks 30th Anniversary Benefit
Thursday, 10/16/8 @ 8pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Dumbo Brooklyn

$30 at the door, Open Bar from 8-11pm
For directions click here.

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October 15th, 2008

OPPOSITION AGAINST BLOOMBERG TERM LIMIT EXTENSION GETS ORGANIZED; SIGN THE PETITION!

by Jo Panisch


“You’re not asking the people if they want term limit extensions? Not cool, Mike. Now give me a fish.”

Criticism gets increasingly vocal as opposition to Mayor Bloomberg strengthens. On Tuesday the Working Families Party delivered a petition to Councilman David Yassy to sway his undecided vote on Mayor Bloomberg’s appeal for a term extension. The WFP, officially not opposed to ending term limits as long as it goes to a public referendum, has organized a massive grassroots petition rallying support.

This comes after an array of nasty allegations were made against the mayor, including a letter to the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board asking them to conduct an investigation into whether the Mayor made unethical deals with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former term-limits advocate Ron Lauder.

Tuesday Bloomberg gave a press conference intended to pacify concerns, but got agitated when a journalist asked him about any misconduct in both lobbying City Council members and alleged attempts to sway votes by threatening committee positions. Continue Reading »

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October 15th, 2008

REMINDER: TERM LIMITS PUBLIC HEARING TOMORROW @ 1PM.

by John Coakley


The perfect lunch break: warm weather, Vietnamese sandwiches, and a brisk walk to City Hall to tell the powers that be that they still answer to you.

Supposedly, tomorrow will be the last day of 70 degree-plus weather. You know what that means, right? Yep, it means you eat lunch outside. Outside as in while you’re walking to the Public Hearing on the extension of city electoral term limits. Even if you like Bloomberg and his perhaps unconscious (Billionaire status has got to mess with your head, folks) goal of turning Manhattan into the exclusive home of the top economic 1%, you have to admit that his wanting to skip the referendum process is a little scary. So that’s why you’ll be wolfing down that delicious Paris Sandwich Bahn Mi as you work your way down to City Hall to speak your mind, presumably along with hundreds of other pissed off New Yorkers. You really should go.

Public Hearing
City Hall – City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
Thursday, 10/16/8 @ 1pm.

4/5/6 to City Hall or the 2/3 to Park Place or the R/W to City Hall or the J/M/Z to Chambers

Bring ID to get through the security guards on Park Row or Broadway.

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October 14th, 2008

PEARL & THE BEARD @ BOWERY BALLROOM: TONIGHT, 10/14/8 @ 8PM.

by Jo Panisch

Pearl and the Beard is modern folk at its most graceful. Sans pretense and fresh with tangled harmonies, the trio—Jeremy Styles (vocals, guitar), Jocelyn Mackenzie (vocals), and Emily Hope Price (vocals, cello)—have produced a small collection of tracks that resonate with enormous depth. Their simple lyrics are lifted with airy, soul-turning melodies yet reasoned by earthy sounds. It’s unique and exceptional.

Two Bonuses: (1) The banter between the bandmates is hilarious, and refreshingly the humor isn’t overworked into the music. (2) If you are lucky, cellist Price will grace you with a solo performance. I can’t say enough about her talent and the impact of amplifying modern lyrics with a classical instrument. It’s hypnotic.

Pearl and the Beard, both ethereal and organic, yearns to be listened to around a campfire- either that or a church. I’ll settle for a table at the Bowery Ballroom. You should too.

Tonight they are opening for The Undisputed Heavyweights, Wakey! Wakey!, and Matt Singer. All great acts.

Pearl and the Beard
With The Undisputed Heavyweights, Wakey! Wakey! & Matt Singer
8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St. (Between Bowery and Chrystie Sts.)
Admission: $12 adv/$15 door

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October 13th, 2008

PURE GOLD: WHO IS BARACK OBAMA? DON’T ASK THE RIGHT.

by Ed Gold

No candidate for president in my lifetime has ever been attacked so viciously and from such a wide range of sources as Barack Obama, who somehow has confounded the screamers by maintaining a composure that has further angered his enemies.

There are obvious reasons for this near-hysteria coming from the right: Barack Obama is not a familiar American name, and the man, after all, is black, the first of his color to be seriously considered for the presidency.

But other factors intrude. His mother seemed to favor African and Asian men. His early schooling was in a Muslim country.

He has contradicted a host of stereotypes. He overcame poor economic conditions to become a star in the Ivy League, which perplexed and aggravated many of his opponents. Then he skipped the big bucks in prestigious law firms for the grubby, painful work of urban community organizer. He served in the Illinois state senate, then won a surprisingly easy victory for the U.S. Senate where he now sits as its only black member.

The rightists turned the word “elite” into a pejorative because of his success at Harvard, where he became the first black editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Continue Reading »

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October 12th, 2008

(MY) NEIGHBORS (VOISINS VOISINES) @ FLORENCE GOULD HALL: 10/14/8 @ 12:30PM + 7PM.

by John Coakley

In Paris the suburbs, or banliieues, are the rough neighborhoods, the places beyond the city center where 17th century architectural marvels give way to monolithic housing towers. The largely Muslim residents of these neighborhoods have increasingly been depicted in recent French films, with varying degrees of accuracy and respect. Not to be too hard on the French; our cinema is plagued with misleading depictions of our less privileged citizens as well.

With this in mind, the French Institute presents I Kiffe NY, a month-long celebration of culture that depicts or was born from these suburbs—with special attention paid to the influence that NY street culture has had on it. Panel discussions, concerts and dance performances will be featured, but of particular interest are the cinematic offerings—especially My Neighbors, Malik Chibane’s story of how a young musician turns to the stories and lives of his neighbors for creative inspiration. Chibane will be on hand for the 7pm screening for a Q&A. Definitely worth a look.

(My) Neighbors (Voisins Voisines)
10/14/8 @ 12:30pm & 7pm
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street, NYC
Get tickets here and here.

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