The A-List




Above and Beyond Dance’s fall season infuses modern dance with stilt, aerial and acrobatic work firmly rooted in the world of the circus. The result? “Ascendance” — a journey into group dynamics and the nature of strength that means to bend that concept through the prism of dynamic, highly watchable choreography. It’s a night of dance whose playful, threatening, subtle, sensitive and silly elements make the search for equilibrium and freedom fun again. Sept. 10, 11, 12 at 7 p.m.; Sept. 13 at 3 p.m.; at The Flea Theater (41 White Street, between Church St. and Broadway). For tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.theflea.org. For more information on Above and Beyond, www.AboveAndBeyondDance.com



Unabashed Francophile Gay Marshall auditioned for the part of Morales during the original run of “A Chorus Line” — with a number from famed French songbird Edith Piaf. She got the part. Later, she’d play Grizabella in the original Paris production of Cats. Now, Marshall reprises her acclaimed Piaf concert (“Queen of Heart”) — which shatters the popular perception of Piaf as a tragic figure by accentuating her joyous, mischievous side. All that, plus Marshall translated many of the songs herself (about half are in English). Sept 15, 22, 29 at 7 p.m. and Oct 1, 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St.). $25 cover, 2 drink minimum. For reservations call 212-206-0440. Visit www.gaymarshall.com.




The New York City Fire Museum (home to the first permanent memorial to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001) marks the eighth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center with a memorial service. In addition to a wreath laying ceremony in the Museum’s 9/11 room and a bagpiper from the FDNY Emerald Society, the service will also feature the FDNY Color Guard and comments from Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano. After the service, stay (or return another day) to see their renowned collection of fire-related art and artifacts from the 18th century to the present. Noon, September 11; at the New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street. For more information, call 212-691-1303 or visit www.nycfiremuseum.org.