The A-List


Compiled by Scott Stiffler, Scott@thevillager.com


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From May,  1973: “Rollerena on Pier 42”


Rendered in luminous black and white, Darleen Rubin’s photographs of NYC are deceptive time capsules. Works like 1974’s “Coast Guard Eagle with Goodyear blimps” depict what we’ve come to expect when viewing photographs of the city taken during the early decades of the last century. No matter the era depicted or evoked, you’ll find yourself thoroughly swept away by pleasant waves of melancholy and nostalgia once the full force of exhibit has its way with you. “Greenwich Village People, Piers and the Waterfront during the 1970s” shows at the Jefferson Market Library (425 Sixth Avenue at 10th Street) through August 31. For more information visit www.darleenrubin.com.


Photo by Matt Tyson

Jukebox and the Ghost, performing July 30, 5:30pm-6:30pm


The weekly entertainment series “Summer in the Square” invites you to Union Square Park every Thursday through August 19. From the wee hours of the morning to the cusp of dusk, you’ll find fitness and yoga classes as well as music and theatrical performances — all of which won’t cost you a dime. At 8:00a.m. on July 30 and August 6/13, “Fitness in the Square” features a Yoga class by Prana Power. At Noon on July 30 and August 6, “Kids in the Square” presents the Gazillion Bubble Show. At 6:00p.m. on August 6, “Music in the Square” brings performances presented by Daryl Roth Theater. For a complete schedule of these free Union Square Park events, visit www.unionsquarenyc.org/SummerintheSquare.htm.


Photo courtesy of Inffinito

From “Veronica”


Catch the best of contemporary Brazilian cinema at the seventh annual edition of Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil. Likely highlights include “The Ballroom” — a San Paulo-set tale following five couples dealing with love and lust (on the dance floor and off). “Veronica” tells the tale of a childless public school teacher whose life suddenly changes when one of her students, left behind after hours, plunges her into a web of unexpected intrigue and action. August 2 through 7 at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street). For tickets ($10 for each film), www.ticketweb.com. Film descriptions and a full schedule can be found on www.brazilianfilmfestival.com or by calling 646-827-9333.  


Photo by Anita Velez


Frederico Gouveia, an emerging talent on the New York City scene, makes his first appearance as conductor of The New Amsterdam String Orchestra — which, every summer, morphs into the New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra (as part of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra’s long-time collaboration with St. Peter’s Music in Chelsea series). Confused by the three different “Amsterdam” variations? Don’t stress about it; just show up and enjoy selections including Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (by Vaughan Williams). Tuesday, August 11, 7:30p.m. at St. Peter’s Church (3346 W. 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The suggested donation is $10 ($5 for students/seniors). For more information, call 212-929-2390.

Photo by Danny Clinch

Donald Fagen, left, and Walter Becker are the sublime Steely Dan


An event making it into the A List two weeks in a row happens about as often as a Democrat getting elected to the presidency — so don’t bother sending angry emails. Walter Becker and Donald Fagan have burrowed their way into the hearts and minds of we here at The A List with their potent mix of sophisticated, cynical, lecherous lyrics and breezy but complex musical arrangements (think “Hey Nineteen” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”). Villager residents are therefore advised to make the trek uptown to catch updated takes on classic albums (“Aja” “Goucho” or “The Royal Scam”) along with selected personal favorites. The final night will feature audience requests made from Internet ticket buyers. Good to know they’re keeping up with the modern times, even if the best of their most recent work (“Everything Must Go”) revels in sitting back and having a drink as the world goes to hell. July 29, 31 and August 1, 3, 4, 10, 11; at The Beacon Theatre. To purchase tickets, www.ticketmaster.com or 866-858-0008.