The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is sponsoring a number of classes for adults. In Swim lessons (Beginner and Intermediate levels I and II), participants learn and refine various strokes and breathing techniques. Other classes include Baby and Me Swims for parents and children ages 1-3, tai chi, and yoga. Prices vary, discounted for members. COMMUNITY CENTER at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St (access: West St.) 212 267 9700, bpcparks.org.

Downtown Boathouse Winter Pool Program Introductory classes (i.e. paddling and maneuvering) teach the basics of kayaking during the off-season. All participants must register with Riverbank State Park. Go to the Park office and get an identification card (cost $9), which is needed for any class in the park. Class fee is $3. Each section runs on either a Sat. or Sun., for 4 weeks, from 4-5:30 p.m. Through March 23. 646-613-0740, downtownboathouse.org.


Ofelia Loret de Mola “The Seams (and I that I am)” world premier and “Tale.” March 14-16 at 8 p.m. JOYCE SOHO, 155 Mercer St. 212-352-3101, joyce.org.


Free Hearing Screenings at the League for the Hard of Hearing Every Tues. from 12-2pm and every Thurs. from 4-6pm. Call or email to schedule an appointment. League for the Hard of Hearing, 50 Broadway, 6th Fl. 917-305-7766, appointments@llh.org.

Sundays in the City Independent feature films, short films, fan films, animated shorts, and documentaries. Films this week include the comedy “Three Long Years” (featuring Randy Jones of The Village People), the sports documentary short “Duckpin” (narrated by Kenny Mayne), the comedy road trip feature “Johnny Appleweed,” and the dramatic “You Are Alone” from director Gorman Bechard. The complete schedule is on the website. March 16. Tickets are $10. TRIBECA CINEMAS, 54 Varick St. sundaysinthecity.com

Meet the Working Waterfront pPanel discussion with tugboat and ferry captains, a harbor pilot, shipping managers, and other New York waterfront workers. A reception honoring the Working Waterfront follows, where you can meet modern mariners in person for questions and stories. March 21, 5-8 p.m. Free. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8786, southstreetseaport.com.

Tribeca Film Festival Volunteers is looking for volunteers to work in a variety of jobs before and during the festival. Meet interesting people, celebrate good cinema, and become involved in an event that is a vital part of the cultural life of Downtown. The festival runs April 23-May 4. tribecafilmfestival.org.

Winter Palate: A Tasting Festival From lobster ravioli and sushi to silky gelato and mini-burgers, the World Financial Center’s restaurants are prepared to please the most discriminating palates with sample signature menu items for $1-5. March 20, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. World Financial Center Winter Garden. 212-945-0505, worldfinancialcenter.com.


30th Anniversary Exhibition Featuring work by Carlos Alfonzo, Luis Frangella, Keith Haring, and David Wojnarowicz, whose early solo shows with Hal Bromm Gallery launched successful careers tragically cut short by AIDS. 30 brings to light important works they created, as well as the strong creative and social bonds between them. Through March 28. HAL BROMM GALLERY, 90 W. Broadway (at Chambers St.) 212-732-6196, email hbartanddesign@gmail.com.

Annual art exhibition Children, teens and adults display their artwork inspired by Battery Park City. Through March 28. BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, 2 South End Ave. 212-267-9700, bpcparks.org.

Beauty Surrounds Us Featuring an elaborate Quechua girl’s dance outfit, a Northwest Coast chief’s staff with carved animal figures and crests, Seminole turtle shell dance leggings, a conch shell trumpet from pre-Columbian Mexico, and an Inupiak (Eskimo) ivory cribbage board. 2 interactive media stations show visitors in-depth descriptions of each object. Through Fall 2008.

Emendatio Multimedia installation challenging commonly held assumptions about Native people and tribute to Pablo Tac, a Luieno Indian who traveled to Rome in the 19th century. Through July 20.

Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast 400 artifacts from 11 Native American communities. Ongoing. Free. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, George Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green, 212-514-3700, AmericanIndian.si.edu.

Bodies: The Exhibition Preserved human bodies along with hundreds of body parts and internal organs. Ongoing. $27.50 general, $23.50 seniors, $21.50 ages 12 and under. EXHIBITION CENTER at the South Street Seaport, 11 Fulton St. 888-9BODIES, bodiestheexhbition.com.

Lynda Caspe A career retrospective of paintings, drawings, sculpture and sculptural reliefs. March 3-28. Gallery of the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. MUNICIPAL BLDG, 1 Centre St. South Tower, 19th Fl. Photo ID req.

Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust This large-scale exhibition, presented in association with Ghetto Fighters’ House, Israel, brings to light the stories of men, women, and children who defied the Nazis. Through July.

Paul goldman, “to return to the land” From Tel Aviv streetscapes to the bombing of the King David Hotel, from street vendors to Prime Ministers, these photos of the birth of Israel capture life before statehood and during the War of Independence.

Sosúa Jewish refugees who made their home in the Dominican Republic in the late 1930s, and their Dominican neighbors, are the subject of this new, bilingual exhibition. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students. Members and children 12 and younger free. Admission is free on Wed. from 4-8 p.m. MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE– A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Pl. 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org.

Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters When the Irish immigrated to New York, landing at the South Street piers, they brought this pugilistic tradition with them This exhibit traces the history of these fighting Irish, from the 19th century to the present.

Model Ships From religious artifacts to treasured collectibles to engineering prototypes, this exhibit traces the history of model watercraft from ancient times to the present.

There Once Was a Neighborhood: The Lower East Side, 1937-1950 Photographs taken by Rebecca Lepkoff capture a vibrant and close-knit multi-ethnic community. These images uncover a forgotten time and place revealing how the LES has both stayed the same and changed forever.

Soundings Treasures from the museum’s permanent collection, including scrimshaw, ship portraits and models, signal flags and more. All exhibitions are ongoing. $8 general admission, $6 seniors/students, $4 children 5-12, under 5s are free. SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM, 12 Fulton St (bet Front & South Sts). 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org.

Kim Gordon, “come across” An exhibition of new abstract watercolors painted on translucent rice paper that depict the faces of an audience from the performer’s perspective. Through April 9. KS ART, 73 Leonard St. (bet. Church & Bway). 212-219-9918, kerryschuss.com.

Ruth Hardinger Paintings and sculpture. Through April 14. TAMA Gallery, 5 Harrison St. 212-566-7030, tamagallery.biz.

Thomas Holton, “The Lams of Ludlow Street” Color photos. Through May 1. SASHA WOLF Gallery, 10 Leonard St. 212-925-0025, sashawolf.com.

Heroes This exhibit looks at the many people from diverse backgrounds who joined together to win America’s independence. Paintings on exhibit include Henry Hintermeister The Drill Master, John Ward Dunsmore’s The Message from Lexington, and Dennis Mallone Carter’s Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth. Ongoing. Adeline Moses Loeb Gallery.

If These Walls Could Talk As Manhattan’s oldest surviving building, 54 Pearl Street has witnessed nearly 3 centuries of the city’s history. Ongoing. $4, $3 seniors and children under 18, and free to children under 6. FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM, 54 Pearl St. 212-425-1776, frauncestavernmuseum.com.

Inside the Fence This exhibit serves as a tribute to the dedicated people in transportation, sanitation, and construction trades who played a major role in supporting the recovery at the WTC site, and provides a glimpse into current projects in development in construction, sanitation and transit based upon increased awareness and innovative technologies developed after the attacks. Through June 9. THE TRIBUTE WTC VISITOR CENTER, 120 Liberty St. tributewtc.org.

“I Suppose I Shall Be Impeached for It…” Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and America’s Most Beautiful Coin. Examples of early cameos are displayed along with classical numismatic prototypes, and the centerpiece of the exhibit is the progression of the design process for new coinage. Through March. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NY, 33 Liberty St. (bet. Nassau & William). numismatics.org.

Richard Kostelanetz, “WORD PRINTS” Exhibited along with his NUMBERS ONE (and perhaps some other words) high above the bookshelves at the new Mulberry Street branch of The NY Public Library. Through April. Main reading room. 10 Jersey St. (bet Mott & Mulberry). Richardkostelanetz.com.

KRAPPY KAMERA SHOW Juried 10th national Krappy Kamera competition, featuring images that have been produced using equipment from the lowest end of the technological scale, has more than 50 finalists on display. Through March 29. SOHO PHOTO, 15 White St. 212-226-8571, sohophoto.com.

Fawn Krieger, “Company” A large-scale installation depicting a store with a real cashier and wares. Through April 26. ART IN GENERAL, 79 Walker St. 212-219-0473, artingeneral.org.

Maria Bartolo Mejia Provocative and erotic photos of strip tease and public interaction between strangers on the street and subway. Through April 5. VinoVino, 211 W. Bway.

Monarchs of the Sea In celebration of the ocean liner era, this permanent exhibition features plans, models and memorabilia evoking the majesty and magic of a time when ocean liners were considered the last word in luxury travel. $8 general admission, $6 seniors/students, $4 children 5-12, under 5s are free. South Street Seaport Museum, WALTER LORD GALLERY (213 Water St). 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org.

Shalom Neuman, “Toxic Paradise/America” Large sculptural paintings depicting mankind’s cruelty to the planet as well as modeling paste, acrylic paint and found objects surrounded by little plastic figures. Through April 10. FUSIONARTS MUSEUM, 57 Stanton St. 212-995-5290, artnet.com/fusionartsmuseum.html

New York Modern This futuristic exhibition analyzes the predictions of the early 20th century in the work of leading architects and planners such as Hugh Ferriss, Raymond Hood, Harvey Wiley Corbett, and the Regional Plan Association, as well as science fiction imagery and futuristic films. Through April. $5 general, $2.50 seniors/students. SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM, 39 Battery Pl (bet Little West St & 1st Pl). 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org

Rachel Dalnekoff-Ilan, “Off the beaten Path” In the artist’s first NY show, dense forests and tangled vegetation as the settings for ambiguous human dramas in strong, vividly colored oil paintings. Through March 30. SYNAGOGUE FOR THE ARTS GALLERY SPACE, 49 White St (bet Broadway & Church). 212-966-7141, email info@synagogueforthearts.org.

Policing a Changed City chronicles how the NYPD has used new technology, community outreach, and intelligence gathering to fight crime and terrorism since 9-11.

United response: Commemorating 9/11 Photos and drawings of police officers firefighters, rescue workers, and volunteers who helped the city after the attacks. Both exhibits are ongoing. $5 suggested donation, $3 seniors, $2 children 6-12. NYC POLICE MUSEUM, 100 Old Slip (btn South & Water Sts). 212-480-3100, nycpolicemuseum.org.

Re:Construction bridges the efforts of multiple public partners and the creative community to both highlight and enliven the process of rebuilding while improving the quality of life in Lower Manhattan through the creation of places of attraction, curiosity and anticipation. The 3 pilot projects are “Best Pedestrian Route” (John St, east of Bway); “Fulton Fence” (Fulton St east of Bway); and “Concrete Jungle” (Bway, bet. John & Ann Sts). reconstructionnyc.org.

Renascence internationally juried exhibition of new media works showcases installations, net art, video and interactive sculpture that combine visual art and technology in innovative ways, featuring artists who have disabilities ranging from polio, deafness and mental illnesses. Through March 16. WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER

Thinking in Loop 3 Videos on Iconoclasm, Ritual and Immortality feature footage that spreads both knowledge and propaganda. Through March 29. APEXART, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270, apexart.org.

Auguste Rhonda Tymeson, “Spread my soul” Large paintings on hand-cut Okawara paper. Through March 29. CHERYL PELAVIN FINE ARTS, 13 Jay St. 212-925-9424, cherylpelavin.com.


Jazz Scenes through the cinema lens This film retrospective catures the rise of Downtown jazz venues such as the Jazz Forum, Jazzmania and Jazz Gallery. Followed by a Q&A session, the film features Lester Young, Art Farmer, Count Basie, Art Blakey and Thelonius Monk. March 18 at 8 p.m. Free.

Tessa Souter Born of Trinidadian and English parents, the New York-based vocalist infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian, and Middle Eastern music. March 14 & 15 at 8 p.m. $25 general, $15 students/seniors. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460, trbecapac.org.

Roulette Experimental Music Series Throughout March at 8:30 p.m. Each concert $15, $10 students/seniors. ROULETTE, 20 Greene St (bet. Canal & Grand). 212-219-8242, roulette.org.

Snakes & Ladders 2008, A Festival of New Irish Music For St. Patrick’s Day, composer/artist Daniel Figgis curates an international gathering of new works by contemporary Irish composers. This festival showcases works created with emerging audio technologies, and features over a dozen artists, including Roger Doyle, Brian O hUigin and the world premiere commission of Daniel Figgis’ PHOTO–FINISH. March 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 12:30 p.m. Free. World Financial Center Winter Garden. 212-945-0505, worldfinancialcenter.com.

Trinity Church Concerts Tamara Mesic, soprano accompanied by flute and piano. March 24 at 1.pm. New York Scandia Symphony. March 27 at 1 p.m. Suggested donation $2. TRINITY CHURCH, Broadway at Wall St. 212-602-0800, trinitywallstreet.org


Author readings and talks Martha Sherrill, author of “Dog Man,” on March 14. All readings are at 7 p.m. Free. BARNES AND NOBLE, 97 Warren St. 212-587-5389, bn.com.

Dialogues in the Visual Arts This feminist-themed lecture is moderated by Judith Brodsky, director of The Feminist Art Project, a national women’s archive and interactive project at Rutgers University.March 19 at 7 p.m. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460, tribecapac.org.

Philip Gourevitch The author of “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda” and Paris Review editor discusses his new book, “Standard Operating Procedure,” about Abu Ghraib. Sponsored by NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. April 10, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. WOOLWORTH BUILDING, 15 Barclay St. 4th Fl. (bet. Bway & Canal). 212-992-8390, scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu.

Physics of the Impossible Renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent technologies and devices deemed equally impossible today might become commonplace in the future. March 18 at 6 p.m. $10-$25. New York Academy of Sciences, 250 Greenwich St. nyas.org

Reflecting Absence: Designing a Memorial at the WTC A lecture series featuring prominent architects, authors and historians exploring themes and issues of particular relevance to Lower Manhattan. All in architecturally significant Downtown locations. March 20 at 7 p.m. Free. 7 World Trade Center, 45th Fl. To register, visit Downtownny.com/thirdthursdays.

To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate? This legal workshop teaches various types of legal structures and what you should know when forming a business in NYC. March 18, 3-5 p.m. Free. The Lower Manhattan Business Solutions Center, 79 John St. 2nd Fl Conference Room. 212-618-8862.

Tuesdays at 9 This weekly forum, led by Naked Angels Theater Company’s creative directors, attracts over 100 people who gather to listen and participate in cold readings of scenes, short plays and fiction. Free. TRIBECA CINEMAS, 54 Varick St. (at Laight St.). nakedangels.com.

Cruising on the trail of Lewis and clark Tuesday Evening Hour nonprofit weekly slideshow program. March 18 at 6:30pm. $2. 49 Fulton St. 212-964-3936, tuesdayeveninghour.com.


THE DOWNTOWN 3 3LD Art & Technology Center, Dance New Amsterdam & HERE Arts Center have formed an alliance to promote Downtown theater. By purchasing The Downtown 3 Punchcard, members receive discounted admission to all 3 venues, offering an affordable way to view performances in Lower Manhattan’s alternative arts scene. At $33, the card offers 3 tickets. 212-352-3101, downtown3.org.

How to be a doll A mix of dance and spoken word poetry created by 8 female performers. It centers on the issues of young women and self-awareness. With original music. March 14-16 and 19-22 at 8 p.m. March 23 at 2 p.m. $15. ACCESS THEATER, 380 Broadway (at White St.) 4th Fl. 212-868-4444, smarttix.com.

The Break-up and the happy sad One-act plays about 9 New Yorkers’ search for happiness. Through April 7.

Lower Ninth A new play inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina about 2 men stranded on a roof. As Malcolm and E-Z struggle to survive, they must battle heat, hunger, and their pasts. Written by Beau Willimon, directed by Daniel Goldstein, and featuring Gaius Charles, James McDaniel, and Gbenga Akkinagbe. Through April 5. $40-$45. FLEA THEATER, 41 White St. (bet. Bway & Church). 212-219-2020, flea.org.

Momik Based on “See Under: Love” by best-selling Israeli novelist David Grossman. This uplifting play brings the story of 9-year-old Momik’s childhood in 1950s Jerusalem and of his investigations into the Holocaust, triggered by arrival of his long lost grandfather Anshel, a survivor of the German concentration camps. In Russian with English super-titles. March 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. March 22 & 23 at 3 p.m. $45-65. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 199 Chambers St. tribecapac.org.

Rus(h) An intimate multimedia psychosexual mystery. Lost in a labyrinth of repeating memories and trapped in a failing marriage, Rus yearns to feel something new. After a car accident connects him to Sonny, a gay hustler, he descends into a world of sex, drugs and violence. Text and video design by James Scruggs. Through March 22. 3LD ARTS & TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 80 Greenwich St. 212-352-3101, here.org.

This is Burlesque A racy new weekly revue featuring Murray Hill, neo-burlesque star Angie Pontani, The World Famous Pontani Sisters, and others. Thurs-Sat at 8pm. $25. CORIO, 337 West Broadway (at Grand St). smarttix.com, thisisburlesque.com.


Public Art Walking Tours LMCC offers a series of 3 self-guided audio tours exploring public art Downtown. Entitled “Art and Security,” “Art and the Body,” and “Monuments and Memory,” the 45-minute tours are narrated by Perry Garvin and William Smith. Download the free tours to your iPod or other MP3 player and start walking. lmcc.net.

Tribute WTC 9/11 Walking tours of Ground Zero. Daily. VISITORS CENTER, 120 Liberty St. For hours and info, visit tributewtc.org.

Wall Street Walking Tour Free 90-minute guided walking tour weaving together the history, events, architecture and people of Downtown. Thurs. and Sat. at noon. Meet at the steps of the National Museum of the American Indian. One Bowling Green, Alliance for Downtown NY, 212-606-4064, downtownny.com

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