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ZviDance premieres two new pieces. Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner’s ZviDance contemporary dance company premieres two new pieces. The first takes its name from the national dance of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine (Israelis have their own version). “Dabke” uses the Arab Spring movement as a means to explore tribal and national identities — then seeks to dissolve those definitions. Scott Killian provides the composition and live music, with lighting design by Mark London. The second piece, “Coupling,” is a suite of 11 duets contemplating how two bodies coexisting in space and time gravitate toward each other.

May 31-June 3; Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30pm, Sat./Sun. at 2pm.  At the New York Live Arts Theater (219 W. 19th St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves.). For tickets ($25, $18 for students/seniors), visit newyorklivearts.org/event/DABKE or call 212-924-0077. For more info, visit zvidance.com.

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The 19th century garden, at the Merchant’s House Museum. Photo courtesy of Merchant’s House Museum
MERCHANT’s House Annual June Benefit: A Greek Revival
Considering the fact that the Merchant’s House Museum has been home to the Tredwell family’s furnishings and possessions since they first moved in a very long time ago, the whole place looks remarkably well. Still, a little microscopic and chemical analysis wouldn’t hurt…in order to ensure that everything from window treatments to carpeting to the placement of furniture accurately represents the time period of 1835-1865.

The MHM’s Historic Furnishings Plan is an ambitious effort to present an even more authentic interpretation of the house. Such CSI-like detective work costs real money, though…and that’s where you come in. Help the keepers of Merchant’s House preserve the integrity of New York City’s only family home preserved intact from the mid-19th century — when you attend their annual June benefit. This year’s theme, “A Greek Revival,” involves cocktails, fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction in the Museum’s lush 19th century garden (with the chance to spend some quality time in MHM’s one-of-a-kind first floor Greek Revival parlors).

Thurs., June 7, 6:30-8:30pm, at Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. 4th St., btw. Bowery & Lafayette). Tickets start at $125. Reservations required; call 212-777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org/greekrevival. Regular Museum hours: Thurs.-Mon., 12-5pm. Admission is $10, $5 for students/seniors.

Ah, “Faceboyz Folliez” — that monthly Downtown happening where just missing a little means you’ve missed….a mooning contest that quickly devolved into a glorious, ass-paddling free-for-all. That was merely one of the sex-charged nightlife highlights from last month’s “Full Moon Madness” installment. (It wasn’t all skin and sin. The rowdy audience sat still and silent, as Faceboy read an obit of Tom Murrin, aka The Alien Comic — whose long-running Full Moon Show inspired the night’s theme). Show up this time around, and you might see a screening of  “Eat My Biscuit-Lesbian Three Way Bread Porn” — a video shot backstage last month when Stormy Leather, Scooter Pie and Amanda Whip got together and…well, the title says it all, right?

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Enzminger Stormy Leather (left) and Amanda Whip. See “Faceboyz Folliez.” Photo by Ann Bettison
June’s “Folliez” invites you to forget this sad statistic, courtesy of the sunny optimists from the World Survey Organization: “100% of all divorces began with marriage.” So walk down an aisle of a different kind, as you amble into Bowery Poetry Club to witness a shotgun wedding celebrating the union of outlandish sex and outlaw danger. Your host, Faceboy, now pronounces you “entertained” — as you witness acts from St. Rev. Jen Miller, Velocity Chyaldd and Paaije Flash (via video from Paris), Stormy Leather and Amanda Whip. The musical guest is Bridget (of Bridget and the Squares), and director Courtney Fathom Sell will screen some flicks from ASS Studios. Husband & Husband comedy team Dick and Duane will be on hand, and Justine Joli (a 2008 Penthouse Pet of the Year runner-up) will do some burlesque dancing (among other things).

Sun., June 3, 10pm to Midnight, at Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, btw. Bleecker & Houston Sts.). Admission: $10. For info, call 212-614-0505 or visit bowerypoetry.com. Also visit faceboyzfolliez.com and facebook.com/faceboyzfolliez.
— by Scott Stiffler