Volume 18 • Issue 38 | February 3 – 9, 2006

The Listings


Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents’ Association


free for senior citizens Free shopping trips to Pathmark for Senior Citizens every Thurs. There are two van pick-up spots at 8:45am on River Terrace across from Pan Latin and at 9am on South End Ave. & Rector Place. The van leaves Pathmark at 11am for the return trip to BPC. Sponsored by BPCNPA and the Downtown Alliance. For reservations, please contact Ella Reape at 212-945-2197.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy

2 South End Avenue • 212-267-9700 • www.bpcparks.org

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION Kids, teens and adults show their work created in BPCPC’s painting & drawing programs. Opening reception is Sun., Feb. 5 from 1 to 3pm. Continues weekdays from 2 to 4 pm thru March 31. Free.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School , 345 Chambers Street • 636-358-6880/212-267-9700

SWIM LESSONS For beginners and intermediate level swimmers, Private and Semi-private swim lessons available.

Chelsea Piers Spa

Pier 60

20th St & The Hudson River • 212-336-6780

Valentine’s Day spa package In honor of Valentine’s Day, head over to the Spa at Chelsea Piers to get pampered with your sweetheart. Purchase a Couples Aromatherapy Massage and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling rosé Rosa Regale, Brachetto d’Acqui from the Chelsea Wine Vault to enjoy together. You’ll also receive a 10% discount card for Chelsea Wine Vault purchases. $200 per couple. Valid throughout February.

Church Street School of Music and Art

74 Warren St. • 212-571-7290

Drama Workshop Free workshops will be lead by a group of experienced drama therapists and professional artists. Groups available for ages 7-11, 12-15, as well as adults. Continues thru May. Free.

Downtown Alliance

212-835-2773, Call for a reservation

Downtown Third Thursdays Join Kenneth Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University, for a lecture on The Past and Future of Lower Manhattan – From Dutch Outpost to World Capital. Thurs., Feb. 16 at 7pm. John Street Methodist Church, 44 John St. Free.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour A free 90-minute walking tour exploring the historic area around City Hall. An expert guide will reveal the area’s architectural marvels and colorful characters. Tuesdays at noon. Meet at the New York City Tourism Center on Broadway bet Vesey & Barclay Sts. 212-606-4064.

Wall Street Walking Tour A free 90-minute guided walking tour weaving together the history, events architecture and people of Downtown. Thursdays and Saturdays at noon. Meet at the steps of the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green. 212-606-4064.

Elevation Yoga

121 Fulton Street • 212-791-5014 • www.elevationyoga.com

Hip Hop/Street Jazz Lesson with Kordelia every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45pm. $15.

Stretch & Relax Lesson with Kordelia every Tuesday & Thursday from 1:15-2pm. Bring a towel. $10.

The Hallmark of Battery Park City Retirement Community

455 North End Avenue • 917-522-1318

caregiver support group Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:15pm. Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Knitting Factory

74 leonard st • www.knittingfactory.com • 212-219-3006

Jazzercise at Lunch When you love your workout, results come easy. Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create truly effective dance-fitness programs for people of every age and fitness level. Tues. & Thurs. at Noon . Mon. & Wed. at 1:10pm . $45 monthly. Ongoing.

League for the Hard of Hearing

50 Broadway, 6th Floor • 917-305-7766

Free Hearing Screenings Every Tues. from 12-2pm and every Thursday from 4-6pm. Call to make an appointment.

Merchants NY Cafe

90 Washington Street at Rector • 212-363-6000

New European Bistro Enjoy gourmet food with French and Italian influences near a comfy wood burning oven. Downtown residents who mention the Downtown Express will receive a complimentary Bistro Beverage thru Feb. 15.

New York Society for Ethical Culture

2 W. 64th St., 212-874-5210 x113, www.nysec.org

ARTZ, ROOTZ & RHYTHM A free morning program of singers, dancers, actors and instrumentalists and an afternoon of visual art with discussion will be presented by the Harlem Arts Alliance. Sun., Feb. 5 at 11:15am and 2:15pm. Lunch served for $8. Kicks off a four-Sunday series of free events to celebrate Black History Month.

September Space Lower Manhattan

11 Broadway, near Bowling Green, 11th floor • RSVP, contact Alex de Jong or Laura Horowitz at 646-289-3098

Health and Wellness Events The neighborhood’s first community center designed to serve those affected by 9/11 and evacuees from the recent Gulf hurricanes. Programs are open to those affected by 9/11 or experiencing the reconstruction process of lower Manhattan, and to the Gulf Coast residents who have relocated to the New York Metro area because of the recent hurricanes.

South Street Seaport

Fulton and South Streets • www.southstseaport.org

New York Packet Dick Swain possesses a deep knowledge of maritime songs from the Great Lakes, northern New England and Atlantic Canada. His voice is rich and he accompanies himself on many instruments including concertina, guitar and banjo. Sun., Feb. 5 at 3 pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Beekman and Fulton. $5 adults, $2 children. 212-748-8735.

Science Fiction Reading Series Event Come for the monthly New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series event. Tues., Feb. 7 at 7pm. $5 suggested donation. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet Fulton & Beekman. 212-748-8735.

The Devil’s Own Work Barnet Schecter presents his book, The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America. Nine days after the battle of Gettysburg, the largest riots in American history broke out on the streets of New York City, nearly destroying in four days the financial, industrial, and commercial hub of the nation. Come for a discussion of how the riots erupted over the same polarizing issues that divided the nation during the Civil War. Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7 pm. Book signing. $5 suggested donation. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. 212-748-8735.

Tuesday Evening Hour

49 Fulton St. • 212-385-3650

Russia Join Steven Jaffe for a slide show lecture on Russia, Then and Now. Tues., Feb. 7 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.

images of Lisbon & Southern Portugal Join Rita Zimmerman, cultural photographer, for a slide show lecture. Tues., Feb. 14 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.

Southwest USA Join Bob Burns and Julia LaFontaine for a slide show lecture on Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Tues., Feb. 21 and 28 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.

Wall Street Rising

25 Broad St., Bet. Exchange Place and Beaver St., www.downtowninfocenter.org, 212 425-INFO

FIRST PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING Community Council is an open forum that welcomes residents, businesses and all people interested in community and police issues concerning the First Precinct. Please come for this important meeting. For more information visit www.firstprecinct.org. Wed., Feb. 22 from 6:30-8pm.

World Financial Center

Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts • 212-945-0505 • For information, call 212-904-1330

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) View the film, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, with music composed by Richard Einhorn performed live by Anonymous 4 and Ensemble Sospeso. Thurs. & Fri., Feb. 16 & 17 at 8pm . Free.

Yamuna Studio

132 Perry Street • www. yamunastudio.com • 212-633-2143

Free Dancer’s Workshop Yamuna Body Rolling helps heal and prevent injuries. With small balls specially designed by Yamuna Zake, you can roll out every muscle group and free your body’s restrictions. You will elongate your individual muscles, increase your flexibility and help keep your body properly aligned. Workshop is offered the third Saturday of the month to professional dancers from 4-6pm. Please RSVP the Friday before and present proper identification.

Other Upcoming Events Feb. 12: Valentine’s Workshop. Feb. 18 & 19 from 9:30am to 1:30pm: YBR ROLLING RETREAT, $150. ___________________________


Located at I.S. 131, 100 Hester St

ChinatowN/LES Town Hall Meeting What has the impact of street closings and placard parking been on you? Do you know what’s up with Park Row? How has Sunday free parking affected you? Do you know our local bus routes? What is your view on congestion/toll pricing? Do you know how the Verrazano Bridge Toll affects Downtown’s streets? Get answers to these and other important questions. Tue., Feb. 7 from 6-8pm.

YMCA of Greater New York

ww.ymcanyc.org • 212-630-9600

Prospective Members Open House New York City kids and families are invited to visit their local YMCA facility during a free open house. Visitors will be able to try out a YMCA facility free of charge at 18 different membership branches throughout the five boroughs. Sat., Feb. 18 from 10am to 4pm.


American Indian Community House Gallery

708 Broadway, 2nd Floor

From Manhattan to Menatay Enjoy works by Star Wallowing Bull and Janice Toulouse Shingwaak. Exhibit continues thru Feb. 25.


291 Church Street • 212-431-5270

One Brief Moment Four artists attempt to make observations and conclusions based on an examination of Apex Art’s exhibition archives (1994 – present), creating work that incorporates speculation and interprets new institutional histories. Thru Feb 18.

Neo-Sincerity Approaching black comedy as social protest and profundity, the exhibit takes its title from a phrase coined by artist Art Spiegelman to describe his antic attack on the primal, universal and unpalatable. Feb. 22 – April 1.

Asian American Arts Centre

26 Bowery • 212-233-2154

The Annual Lunar New Year Festival & Exhibition Featuring a Sand Mandala creation demonstration (Thru Feb. 5), an exhibition of Nuo Masks (Thru Mar. 10), an exhibition of Tibetan Thangka paintings (Thru Mar. 10) .

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts

18 Jay St., bet Hudson & Greenwich • 212-625-1250

NEW CHINESE OCCIDENTALISM A show about artists whose work is at the cusp of an art world wrestling with a contradiction. Chinese art made in America, has up until recently, gone relatively unnoticed. This show is the first to address this special community and focus on its lineage and contribution. Thru Feb. 28.

Gigantic ArtSpace

59 Franklin St • 212-226-6762

Artificial Afrika An exhibition that considers contemporary artistic appropriations of African visual culture through mythology, religious traditions, musical forms and other culturally-specific practices. Continues thru March 17. Panel discussion Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at the American Folk Art Museum. $10, $5 museum members, seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling 212- 265-1040 x 160.

Invisible NYC

n148 Orchard St. • 212-228-1358

tattoo-inspired art Myths, Legends, Ghosts and Demons is a solo-exhibit by mixed-media artist and world-famous tattoo artist, Jason Loui. The works combine traditional Japanese folklore and ghost stories with contemporary tattoo-inspired structures and motifs. Thru Feb. 18.

Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green • 212-514-3700 • www.americanindian.si.edu

Lorenzo Clayton: Expeditions of the Spirit View 20 large-scale mixed media assemblages and works on paper. Works investigate religious and philosophic world views and reflect the artist’s belief that forms of abstraction can reveal the core of human experience. Thru April 9.

Native American Ceramics The exhibition, “Born of Clay: Ceramics from the National Museum of the American Indian,” features 300 ancient, historical and contemporary ceramic figures, vessels and pipes, as well as voices from contemporary Native potters commenting on the cultural and artistic relationship they each have with their medium.

gallery discussion Every Mon. – Fri. come for an informal gallery discussion with one of the museum’s cultural interpreters. Rotunda, 2nd floor. 2pm.

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Place

Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust This special exhibit shares the stories of thousands of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by living with false identities concealed in attics, cellars, barns or sewers, or under the protection of clergy in convents and monasteries. For these children, going into hiding often meant leaving their families and identities behind. Life in hiding was never safe and a careless remark or an inquisitive neighbor could lead to discovery and death.

Jewish Life Photography In Bukharan Odyssey, photographer Zion Ozeri presents his body of work depicting Jewish life around the world. Thru March 12.

Mela Foundation

275 Church Street, 3rd Floor (between Franklin & White Sts.) • 212-925-8270

“Dream House: Seven + Eight Years Of Sound And Light” Composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela produce a collaborative sound and light environment utilizing concepts of structural symmetry. Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm until midnight. $4 contribution.

South Street Seaport

12 Fulton St., 212-748-8600

The Lost Waterfront An exhibition of photographs depicting the Hudson River waterfront in Greenwich Village . Taken more than 30 years ago, the photos document a time when the waterfront was in transition from a strictly commercial past to a recreationally oriented future. Photos are by Shelley Seccombe. Thru Oct. 31.

Synagogue for the Arts

49 White Street • 212-966-7141

Still Lifes, Interiors & Flowers Paintings and Collages by ArinaMalukova with imagery inspired by architecture and ornamental art including geometric and organic forms with an attention to surface and borders. Continues thru Feb 26.

Tribeca Gallery Association

Second wednesday nights The galleries of the Tribeca Gallery Association will offer an open gallery night on Wed., Feb. 8 from 6-8pm. Participating galleries include: Art in General, 79 Walker St; Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts,13 Jay St; DFN Gallery, 176 Franklin St; Franklin 54 Gallery, 54-56 Franklin St; Gigantic Art Space, 59 Franklin St; Latin Collector, 153 Hudson St; MELA Foundation, 275 Church St; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, 86 Walker St.

World Financial Center

Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts • 212-945-0505 • For information, call 212-904-1330

The Art of African Puppetry Exhibition features nearly 100 animated puppets, marionettes and puppet sculptures used in traditional and contemporary theatrical performances from two of Africa’s most respected and popular companies, the Handspring Puppet Theater of South Africa and the Sogolon Troupe from Mali. Feb. 17 – April 15.


Cornelia Street Cafe

29 Cornelia St. • 212-989-9319 • www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Monika Heidemann Band Singer/composer Monika Heidemann will perform music for the Gnu Vox vocal series. Thurs., Feb. 9 at 10pm. $10.


134 Reade Street • 212-941-9401

jazz brunch Join “The Tony DiGregorio Trio” as they perform original compositions and the music of Duke, Django, Monk, Mulligan and more. No Cover. No Minimum. Every Sunday from 1- 4pm.

live jazz The jazz group Rifftide, with Bryant DuPre and Roman Ivanoff, performs each Monday from 7 -10 pm. No cover.

Julia Richman Auditorium

317 E. 67th St. at Second Ave.

New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble Concert Featuring Beethoven’s Symphony # 3 "Eroica" and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto # 1 with soloist Steven Graff. Sun., Feb. 12 at 3pm. $10 suggested admission, $7 seniors.

Knitting Factory

74 leonard st • www.knittingfactory.com • 212-219-3006

Upcoming Shows Fri., Feb. 3 : Mardi Gras in New York with The Chane Gang: a Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief. Sat., Feb. 4: Hackensaw Boys & The Breakfast. Sun., Feb. 5 : Skeleton Key, The Giraffes, The Midnight Show. Tues., Feb. 7 : RWS, Me Talk Pretty, Devola, Status Green, Eve to Adam, Andrew Gerardi & Vaeda . Wed., Feb. 8: Movable Hype 6.0, Burnside Project, Metal Hearts, Slowlands, DJs: Finger on the Pulse. Thurs., Feb. 9 at 9pm: $10.00, The Drones, Mike Wexler & The End of the World.

World Financial Center

Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts • 212-945-0505 • For information, call 212-904-1330

Voices of Light The return of the critically acclaimed live music performance piece by composer Richard Einhorn to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 cinematic silent film masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc. Voices of Light features the vocals of Anonymous 4, the New Amsterdam Singers and Ensemble Sospeso. Feb. 16 and 17 at 8:00pm. Free.


15 Nassau

The corner of Nassau & Pine Sts • 212-352-3101

Death Might be Your Santa Claus Site-specific work explores poverty & prosperity in America. Inspired by an article in The New Yorker titled "God Doesn’t Need Ole Anthony," the play explores the intersection of faith and capitalism in America today. Feb. 18-21.

Access Theater

380 Broadway at White St., 4th Floor• www.SmartTix.com • 212-868-4444

A Lie of the Mind The story of two American families set against the backdrop of dysfunction and dark humor. A new production of Sam Shepard’s 1985 critically acclaimed play. Thru Feb. 5. $15. 212-352-3101.

Atlantic Theater


336 W. 20th St. • 212-645-8015

THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE Playwright Martin McDonagh’s black comedy is the tale of Padraic, a terrorist with no feelings for those he blows up but has an obsessive attachment to his cat Thomas. Performances begin Feb. 8.

Collective: Unconscious

279 Church St. just south of White St.

Bush Wars A compassionate counterattack on the disgraceful agenda of the Bush administration. Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30pm & Sun. at 7pm. Matinees on Sat. at 2pm and Sun. at 3pm. $30. Www.theatermania.com. 212- 352-3101.

Breuckelen A darkly comedic tale about the convergence of Brooklyn’s gentrified present and its mostly forgotten past. Blogging hipsters, political witches, Dutch widows, Russian squatters, sapphic socialites, Prohibition-era bootleggers and public-access TV stars are just a few of the characters. Thru Feb. 18. Fri. & Sat. at 10pm. $12.

Dixon Place

258 Bowery • 212-219-0736

OLSEN TERROR In the course of a long sleepless night, a man tries to resist the fact that he is turning into the Olsen Twins. Equal parts performance art, musical comedy, b-movie, and Kafkaesque cabaret, Olsen Terror is a creepily fun exploration of America’s obsession with celebrity, youth, addiction and greed. Mondays at 8pm. $10-$12.

The Flea Theater

41 White St., bet. Broadway & Church Sts. For tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit www.TheaterMania.com

(W)HOLE A unique theatrical spectacle using feats of intense skill and physical strength to explore geologic phenomena such as rock and volcano formation, punctuated equilibrium theory and magnetic polarity reversal. Phenomenal acrobatic “tricks” will astound as they illustrate the interconnection between natural geologic phenomena and bodies in motion. Narrative elements using video and text are also included in the work. Thru Feb. 19, Thurs. – Sat. at 7pm and Sun. at 5pm. $25 – $20.

MAGMA An acrobatic performance by a company of 11 girls, ages 8 to 17and modeled after LAVA’s current project, (w)HOLE. The play is inspired by the geologic and evolutionary history of the Earth. Cyclical repetitions and complex evolutions connect the performers’ personal development process with the earth’s development process. Thru Feb. 4, Saturdays at 1pm. $15.

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