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Harlem Shakin’ horses! p. 15 Volume 82, Number 38 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 February 21 - 27, 2013 Meadows enters the field; Villager is running for Council BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Shaking things up in the campaign for the City Council’s Third District, a third candidate is entering the race. Alexander Meadows, a member of Community Board 2 for the past three years who lives in the far West Village, said he will be holding a press conference to announce his candidacy this Fri., Feb. 22. But he said he wanted to Photo by Milo Hess Slither, rattle and roll! The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival snaked its way along Mott St. in Chinatown on Sunday, celebrating the Year of the Snake. For more photos, see Page 14. It’s been a long run for Malina and Living Theater — but now? BY JERRY TALLMER The spear she flung in fury sixtysomething years ago has not yet hit the ground. Not quite. But now? Is the longest-running show in town — any town, every town, wherever on the globe — once and for all about to close its doors forever? One could say: “Drop the curtain forever,” except everybody knows the Living Theater doesn’t employ any actual curtains. No matter. The point is that as of the final occurrence on February 23 of “Here We Are,” a “participatory play” about anarchism — what else? — at the Living Theater’s final venue, 21 Clinton Street, just below Houston on the Lower East Side, there will, short of divine intervention, be no more Living Theater, and the sole surviving co-founder of that remarkable permanent artistic revolution will be moving from her apartment upstairs at that address to the protective arms of the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home assisted-living facility in Englewood, New Jersey. It was in the very early 1950s that this spirited young woman named Judith Malina, on stage at the historic Cherry Lane Theater on hidden-away break the news first in his neighborhood newspaper, The Villager. The Third Council District covers the West Side from Canal St. up to 63rd St., including Hudson Square, Soho, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, part of the Flatiron District and Hell’s Kitchen. In recent years it’s been known as the Council’s “gay seat” Continued on page 5 In vino veritas: Liquor store must leave N.Y.U. strip BY LINCOLN ANDERSON After 40 years on LaGuardia Place, Washington Square Wines and Liquors will be closing for good at the end of this month. Clift Arden, who has been a manager at the store since 1976, said his understanding is that New York University — the landlord of the strip of single-story retail stores on LaGuardia between W. Third and Bleecker Sts. — recently doubled the rent Continued on page 8 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC for the space, and that the store’s owners simply can’t afford it. He said that at least three potential buyers of the store (who would essentially buy the place’s remaining stock of alcohol) were scared off from taking a potential seven-year lease because of a demolition clause under which N.Y.U. can evict the commercial tenant in six months. Continued on page 2 edItorIAL, LetterS PAGE 10 obAmA FeeLS the heAt PAGE 27

The Villager, Feb. 21, 2013

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