Downtown Notebook

The TriBattery Pops, at it again

The TriBattery Pops, preparing for its eighth season starting later this month, is searching for musicians.

The group, Lower Manhattan’s first all-volunteer band in a century, according to founder, Tom Goodkind, will perform six times throughout the year. Venues include the Battery Park City baseball field; the Bogardus Triangle Viewing Garden; Chelsea Piers; Wagner Park; and the World Trade Center site, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the opening of the National 9/11 Memorial.

“It’s a lot of fun, requires little work, and goes well with family, school and work,” said Goodkind.

The ensemble record CDs every year that are distributed to radio stations around the world by College Music Journal. Practice sessions are held at the Church Street School of Music on the last two Fridays of each month, from January through May.

To learn how to get involved, visit tribatterypops.com or e-mail tomgoodkin@aol.com.

Black lawsuit shut down

The city Department of Education’s new chancellor, Cathie Black, took the helm on Monday, visiting several schools around the city to do meet-and-greets with principals and monitor student progress.

Her start to the job comes one week after Deny the Waiver Coalition and two other citywide parent groups lost a legal battle in Albany contesting her appointment, which was the subject of heated controversy in December. Black received a waiver from NY State Education Commissioner David Steiner to be selected as chancellor, since she lacked the educational credentials for the position.

“Governance by lawsuit is not a good way to run our school system. I hope the Court will see the importance of our petition and recognize the implications of a negative ruling,” said Shino Tanikawa, a member of District Two’s Community Education Council, at a hearing held on December 23.

“We’re extremely disappointed,” said D.W.C. Attorney Norman Siegel, who led the petition. He and the other attorneys are meeting with parents in the coming days to decide whether they should file an appeal.

New 9/11 film focuses on V.C.F.

A new documentary, “Out of the Ashes: 9/11,” features seven 9/11 families and focuses on the impact that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund had in its first round, when it distributed $7 billion to over 5,500 families.

The film was written, produced and co-directed by Marilyn Berger, a professor at the Seattle University School of Law and director of the Films for Justice Institute.

The documentary will be screened January 12 at 6 p.m. at the New York County Lawyers’ Association at 14 Vesey Street. Berger will host a question-and-answer session for viewers following the screening.