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Growing Anger Over City STD Efforts BY DUNCAN OSBORNE A town hall organized by ACT UP and the Treatment Action Group demonstrated the growing anger with the de Blasio administration and the city’s health department over what activists say is their failure to respond to rise in sexually transmitted diseases, and new HIV infections, among the city’s gay and bisexual men. “Bill de Blasio, take public health in New York City off the starvation diet that Michal Bloomberg put it on,” said Jim Eigo, an ACT UP member, at the September 1 meeting at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Roughly 170 people attended the town hall, which was a mix of fervent advocacy and data that was displayed via PowerPoint on a large screen
above the heads of the evening’s principal speakers. Activists charge that visits to the city’s eight currently-operating sexually transmitted disease clinics have declined by 18 percent since the health department shuttered the clinic in Chelsea in March for a twoyear renovation. The Chelsea clinic had more annual visits than any other clinic and accounted for 20 to 25 percent of visits to all nine clinics in recent years. With its high volume, and with many gay and bisexual men using the clinic, it was expected to play a central role in the Plan to End AIDS. That plan, which aims to reduce new HIV diagnoses in New York
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Rubin Museum Cuts: Fiscal Prudence or Mission Drift? BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC Linda John was excited when, around two months ago, she found a program she really liked at the Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th St. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves). She discovered “Auspicious Stitches,” which taught different types of stitching and embroidery, after going to the museum on a Monday, when free admission is offered to seniors. “It was a terrific group of woman who were doing interpretations of Himalayan themes,” John said in a phone interview. But that program, as well as others such as “Yak Packers” (an early
childhood art class), has recently been cancelled. “I think it was exactly the kind of thing that the museum intended originally to establish, and now it just can’t keep it up,” she said. John said a museum representative told the group that donors want to see programs that draw in a large number of people. “Auspicious Stitches” had anywhere from 10 to 30 people who regularly attended, she said. “So it doesn’t matter whether the program is good. It doesn’t matter that it fulfills the aspirations of the museum, at least the way it’s stated
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in their mission statement,” she said. “None of that actually matters. What impresses donors is just large numbers, which we don’t have.” Patrick Sears, executive director of the Rubin Museum of Art, said in an email statement that program choices
are not based solely on potential for funding. “We focus on the programs closest to our core mission that best serve our audiences, in particular, programs that deliver greatest impact given our limited resources,” he said. “Increased attendance is something we consider in that it is one sign of a healthy and vibrant institution that serves its communities and our mission.”
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John said, “It was a wonderful program and it’s too bad that this new emphasis on funding means that it has to just disappear.” Cutting programs is not the only changes going on at the museum — it has laid off staff and combined two departments into one. Sears said the several staff positions were eliminated or combined in order to integrate the departments, maximize efficiency and prevent redundancy. “As with many organizations founded by passionate individuals, the Rubin Museum’s long-term future depends on focusing its programs and diversifying its sources of funding, beyond the generosity of its founders,” said Sears. Seven of the museum’s paid guides have been fired, said a source who has worked as a volunteer for several years, and feared being fired if named. The source pointed out that the guides were the lowest paid on the staff and many were part-time. The museum is maintaining only four paid guides on staff, some of whom are part-time, the source said.
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Sears said volunteer guides have been encouraged to do more guided tours, and the museum is considerably expanding their volunteer guide program, also referred to as the docent program. The museum has also combined the programming and education departments into the new programs and engagement team, said Sears. The source said, “It’s really unclear where they are going.” Recently, the Rubin Museum sold its building at 115 Seventh Ave. for $57 million, according to city records. The museum’s total revenue for 2014 was approximately $8.6 million and its assets are approximately $140 million, according to Sears. That figure doesn’t include the museum’s real estate or the collection, he said. Sears said personnel cost account for around 50 percent of its operating budget, which the museum did not provide. He also said the museum does “run a structural deficit, which is made
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Chelsea’s PS11 came in at 66 out of 732, on Tom Goodkind’s annual ranking of reading scores among NYC’s public elementary schools.
BY YANNIC RACK If you’re the parent or guardian of a student who is starting middle school in New York City this week, there’s a good chance you spent some time last year worrying about your child’s
reading score. Competition for space in the city’s better public middle schools can be fierce, which is why community activist Tom Goodkind has spent the last 14 years compiling an annual ranking
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of the reading scores in schools across the five boroughs. A longtime Battery Park City resident and Community Board 1 member, Goodkind said that it is important for parents to know how the local schools are doing on a key factor — the fourth grade English Language Arts (reading) test, which is used by middle schools to pick and choose their next crop of students. So, on what he calls the Annual Goodkind Ranking of NYC Public Elementary Schools, he ranks the percentage of fourth graders who score in the upper quadrants (either a 3 or a 4). You’ll be glad to learn that all of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen’s elementary schools rank in the upper half of the 732 included in the ranking, although only one scored in the top 10 percent citywide. PS11 William T. Harris (W. 21st St.) made it to rank 66 this year, with over 60 percent of students scoring in the third and fourth quadrant. The biggest gain was made by PS33 Chelsea Prep (281 Ninth Ave.), however, which jumped up 42 ranks to place 82. The other two schools in the area, PS51 Elias Howe (W. 44th St.) and PS111 Adolph S. Ochs, (W. 53rd St.) don’t usually fare quite as well, and this year placed at 300 and 362, respectively. While three of the schools made gains this year, PS51 unfortunately stands out with a drop of 112 places. Goodkind said minor fluctuations naturally occur from year to year, since no year of students is the same as the last.
“You could have a class of students who are particularly bright in one year, and in the next year the students are not quite as good,” he said. He also noted that his ranking has become especially useful in the last three years, as the test has been updated to reflect Common Core standards. “You can see in the citywide rankings that, if you look at the actual scores, there is a huge drop between 2012 and 2013. Everybody got lower because the test got harder,” he said. So instead of just listing the test scores, which are still much lower overall than three years ago, the ranking focuses on the schools’ performances compared to each other. But the scores don’t reflect the entire student body at a given school anyway, with more and more students opting out of the test. For someone who spends roughly a day every year compiling the ranking, Goodkind is no fan of the state-mandated Common Core standardized tests in math and English Language Arts. This year, a whopping 20 percent of students in New York State didn’t take the tests, far more than the previous year. “I hate this test. I wish it would go away,” he said, adding that he would like to see zoned local middle schools instead. “New York right now, for public school students, because of the way it’s structured, is clearly punishing. Why should anyone in the five boroughs be forced to go out of their familiar area and be a complete stranger in a new place?”
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ACT UP, Treatment Action Group: City Lags in Health Outreach to Gay, Bi Men Continued from page 1 State from the current 3,000 annually to 750 a year by 2020, envisions using anti-HIV drugs in HIV-positive people to make them no longer infectious, as well as in HIV-negative people to keep them from becoming infected. At city clinics, people who test HIV-positive and HIV-negative people who have a sexually transmitted disease could be candidates for these anti-HIV drug regimens. This requires more HIV testing and more screening for sexually transmitted diseases — actions that the city is doing less of than in the past, activists say. Cuts in the city’s own HIV testing and its funding for HIV testing by outside contractors eliminated 400,000 HIV tests between 2010 and 2014, according to a report by James Krellenstein, an ACT UP member. Krellenstein presented some of his data at the town hall. He said that the city health department had also adopted a policy of not giving HIV tests to people who had a test within three months of a clinic visit. “It’s time that we realized that we have the ability to end this epidemic,” Krellenstein said. “The end is in sight, but we cannot do it if our community is silent… This is homophobia in terms of public health.” Activists and the city appeared to have reached an agreement in June to replace the services lost when the Chelsea clinic closed, but the town hall clearly showed that any prior deal has collapsed. Krellenstein and Mark Harrington, the director of the Treatment Action Group, spoke at the town hall, and they had earlier endorsed the June agreement. City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who is gay, HIV-positive, and represents Chelsea and other neighborhoods, brokered that earlier deal. He said that the Bloomberg administration cut the city health department’s budget by $200 million, and that money has not been restored. The city budget for this fiscal year (which began on July 1) had $5 million allocated for the Plan to End AIDS, with $1.1 million coming from the de Blasio administration, and $3.9 million contributed in City Council discretionary funds. Johnson said in July that it .com
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City News (where this article originally ran). Later, however, they sent the following: “These claims are misleading. Mayor de Blasio has added $1.1 million a year for STD clinics to enhance services for men who have sex with men. There was also nearly $4 million in the budget, thanks to the City Council, to end the epidemic. The estimated proportion of NYC residents ever tested for HIV has increased (see attached chart). The Chelsea Clinic is only one component of the City’s extensive services for people at risk for STDs and HIV. In 2014, approximately 95% of all STD diagnoses in New York City were made at a clinic other than the Chelsea Clinic, and more than 80% of Chelsea residents with an STD were diagnosed at another clinic. The Chelsea Clinic is important, but a temporary closure to support renovation, combined with extensive auxiliary services during the renovation, will not hinder the City’s ability to end the AIDS epidemic.” A health department spokesperson explained that the percentages of STD diagnoses cited in its response refer to all diagnoses, whether completed in the nine city clinics or at any other medical facility.
may be possible to add more funds for respond to a request for comment the plan later in the fiscal year during in time for the Sept. 3 print edibudget modifications, which typically tion of our sister publication, Gay occur in November or December. “We are continuing to push and push and push,” Johnson said during the town hall. Activists said Dr. Mary Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, and two senior health department staffers, Dr. Sue Blank and Dr. Jay Varma, were asked to attend the town hall, as was Mayor Bill de Blasio or someone from his office. Empty chairs with their names and pictures on them sat at the front of the room. Open House | City and Country While some elected officials sent Wednesday, November 13, from 6-8pm representatives, the only other elected official to attend was Public Advocate Letitia James. “This administration has reversed the policies of the prior administration Progressive Education for Two-Year-Olds – 8th Grade on a wide range of issues,” James said as she gestured toward the chair that Open House | City and Country held de Blasio’s picture. “The question Wednesday, November 13, from 6-8pm is, why not on healthcare? Crucial Please visit www.cityandcountry.org for information funding on HIV testing has been cut and application materials. and never restored. The question is 146 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011 Tel: 212.242.7802 why?” Progressive Education for Two-Year-Olds – 8th Grade Following the town hall, a group of Progressive Education for Two-Year-Olds – 8th Grade roughly 50 marched through Chelsea to the clinic at Ninth Ave. and 28th St. chanting, “Mayor de Blasio, open Wednesday, November 13, from 6-8pm your eyes, STIs are on the rise” and 146 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011 Tel: 212.242.7802 “AIDS and syphilis on the rise, Mayor Please visit www.cityandcountry.org for information de Blasio open your eyes.” and application materials. The health department did not
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Back To School, CB4 Tests BY SEAN EGAN “Ladies and gentlemen — back to school,” Christine Berthet, Chair of Community Board 4 (CB4), said with a laugh on the evening of Wed., Sept. 2. And with that, CB4’s Full Board was back in session, after taking a well-deserved month off in August. The meeting commenced with a presentation by Morgan Monaco, a representative from the Mayor’s Office of Operations, about the new OneNYC (onenyc.gov) initiative, which is subtitled “The Plan for a Strong and Just City.” “It’s a vision for what we want our city to look like in the next century,” said Monaco. By taking into consideration priorities and universal challenges amongst New Yorkers, the plan attempts to seek out solutions to pressing problems, and to make sure New York City is a better place to live and work in the long term. Monaco went through the plan’s four so-called “visions” to the assembled crowd. The first, “Our Growing, Thriving City,” deals with keeping New York a diverse, successful city, by focus-
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Morgan Monaco (left) and Christine Berthet (right) helm a contentious Q&A on OneNYC.
ing on issues of affordable housing, job creation, and improving transportation and culture. The second, “Our Just and Equitable City,” outlines ways to address increasing inequality, by ensur-
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ing healthcare, pre-K and the like, while “Our Sustainable City” concerned itself with environmental issues — including the “80 x 50” plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The final vision, “Our Resilient City,” deals with putting infrastructure in place to protect the city in crises, as well as preserving neighborhoods. In a Q&A session after the presentation, it was made clear that those present for the full board meeting weren’t buying into the plan’s broad goals and Monaco’s lofty rhetoric quite so easily. Members of the public and the board bombarded her with hard-hitting questions, which insisted on specific details for courses of action — in the process, revealing issues of importance to the residents of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Board member Walter Mankoff seemed to touch on a nerve when he
commented that he didn’t see anything in the presentation assuring him that any of the goals could actually be reached, and that they wouldn’t be “remotely possible without hurting the neighborhoods.” A community member in attendance called for increased budgetary support from the mayor’s office, while board member Brett Firfer noted that CB4 has, “Liaisons from everybody but the mayor’s office on a monthly basis.” Monaco insisted that the reason she was at the meeting was because, “We want to make sure this is an ongoing conversation,” in order to listen to the needs of the public and incorporate their suggestions into their work. This assurance did nothing to stop the questions from flying. The issue of affordable housing came up in a number of permutations — including how to preserve affordable housing that already exists (a stabilized log of existing housing was suggested by resident Pamela Wolfe), and how to produce more of it. Douglas Leland commented that affordable housing and studio space for artists was crucial for the city’s cultural makeup to remain vital, recalling that the city used to be welcoming to creative types — “But now it’s completely the opposite.” Board member Lily Fan inquired about free public WiFi — an amenity she noted other cities have already adopted — and how it would be feasible. Lily Pollack, a 52nd St. resident, pressed the issue of the environment, asserting the importance of doing more to reduce air pollution immediately. “2015 is already too late — why wait until 2050 to improve air pollution?” she inquired. The issue of transportation came
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who responded to the fire, he also took time to advocate for a better plan of action with regards to the evacuation of disabled individuals and seniors in the event of an emergency. With his few remaining seconds (two minutes is the limit during public comment sessions), he advised that the board not approve an extension of hours for the restaurant/ bar BEA (403 W. 43rd St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.), which was on the voting docket later. Immediately following him, however, were two individuals advocating on behalf of the establishment. Donald Bernstein, a representative from BEA itself, noted that they have been good neighbors, accumulating no complaints, and a petition with 50 signatures of support from locals — which he thought swung their requested hour and a half extension in their favor. After, 30-year W. 43rd St. resident Daphne McWilliams praised the establishment as being a great place in the community to grab a snack or drink, or even hold meetings in. Soon thereafter, Rubin drew the comments to a close.
The representatives from elected officials had relatively little to say, other than to get reacquainted to the group and back in the CB4 swing of things. Drew Lombardi, from Borough President Gale Brewer’s office, highlighted her Manhattan Community Award Program (which provides small grants to non-profits), and Robert Atterbury for Congressman Jerrold Nadler announced that $10.3 million had been secured from FEMA to repair the Intrepid. Matt Green had a good deal to report from Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office. He reminded the assembled that the second phase of the Participatory Budgeting process begins on Sept. 28, and about his successful Food Bag program, and noted that Johnson’s bill to require sprinklers in places that house animals had been passed. He also highlighted the approval of the Request for Proposal for the 11th Ave. Slaughterhouse site (btw. W. 39th & 40th Sts.), which will now be 100 percent affordable housing. Afterward, Berthet also took pause
to single out the Slaughterhouse as well, commenting, “This is just an amazing piece of work” — shortly before announcing the nominating committee for the December CB4 elections. Some mild controversy was had as the board voted on the letters it would be sending out. Of particular issue was BEA, the restaurant/bar brought up during the public session. Despite being on a side street — albeit quite close to the corner — it wished to push its closing time to 2 a.m. A number of people expressed uncertainty about granting this request, despite the institution’s track record, as it would set a standard for future businesses. Board member James Wallace gave an impassioned plea to deny the request, saying it, “Will set a new precedent,” that “could change the tide in Hell’s Kitchen.” His appeal was successful, as the motion was defeated in an 11 to 21 vote. Shortly thereafter, Berthet called the very productive, nearly three-hour meeting to a close — leaving no doubt that CB4, like school, was back in session.
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Shock and Sorrow, When News BY HILLARY KEEL Somehow, I have landed in Chelsea, which is not such a surprising thing. After all, I was born in upstate New York. Now I take my out-of-town friends along the High Line to the Whitney, and out to eat lobster rolls in the Chelsea Market and cupcakes in various bakeries. Chelsea has great bookstores, galleries, Thai restaurants, and the studio I have called home since June 2015. Living here was once a figment of my imagination that I have made into reality. Back in college I disliked anything American, and found myself studying German. I liked nothing better than to memorize charts full of German definite articles, their cases and the variety of endings one needed to apply. I think I now know why I did this. I felt stifled in the USA, and angry at the American system — so off to Vienna I went, with all those memorized charts embedded in my brain, as soon as I graduated from college in 1982. I led a bohemian life for a few years, hanging out with cigarette-smoking, white-wine drinking Viennese students, intellectuals, an artist or two, a handful of psychotherapists, and one psychoanalyst. I taught English to pay the rent (in a group apartment with three women and two men) until I got married in 1985 when I was whisked away to a rural Austrian peasant village by Gerhard, my husbandat-the-time. He worked in academia and managed to create university positions for himself even in the remote corner of Austria known as das Waldviertel (the Wood Quarter) — Gerhard’s birthplace became our home. To put it in the German wording, in this way I brought two beautiful bilingual children into the world. In 2001 my son Paul was 15 and daughter Sophie was 13. After a few years
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of rural life we’d returned to the Vienna where I had friends, and where I had landed a job as an English teacher in a private school, where I could send my children alone into the city center by tram to oboe lessons or fencing lessons, and where they could walk up our street and build forts in the Vienna Woods. Life was good, but our marriage grew unhappy. I was tired of being a foreigner, and I was tired of hearing peoples’ generic opinions on American culture and politics. I was asked why we like air-conditioning and ice cubes, why we are so wasteful. It was assumed Americans didn’t know the first thing about agriculture or cooking. I was laughed at for indoctrinating my children by teaching them American folksongs. The private school I taught in frowned upon American culture, but so did I: our fast food, our TV culture, our consumerism. I could play their game — be American or Austrian, show the Europeans I understood them, with my language skills, and my attitude. I kept the
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American side hidden, most of the time, or at least in public — except when they paid me to teach. Being American was unattractive. On the afternoon of September 11, 2001 I sat in the spacious Café Prückel on the Ringstraße in the center of Vienna with a poet friend. We discussed poetry, we gossiped, we spoke of projects, or men we desired. We were part of larger circle of friends. That’s how Vienna works. Once you’re in, it’s easy. It was a perfectly beautiful September day. Vienna had this fog that came to the woods in September, bringing a nip in the air and sharp light that burns through mist, warming up the afternoon. It was that sort of day. My friend and I finished our coffee and afternoon pastries. I had to get going, to teach an English course on the Ringstraße directly opposite the university. That day I was to begin teaching an English course for secretaries at a reputable law office. My friend and I kissed each other on the cheeks in the Viennese style and I caught the tram that would take me over to the main university building. It was in there, as the old tram squeaked along the curving rails, that I noticed people behaving strangely. I overheard passengers speaking excitedly, saying the words, “airplane,” “Washington, DC,” “Pentagon.” I got out of the tram and realized I had arrived at my new workplace 30 minutes early, so I walked around the block and went into Demmer’s Tea House. There, too, I noticed people speaking with agitation. I wanted to know what everyone was speaking about, I wanted to ask, but I didn’t. I walked around the block twice and then made my way to the palace on the Ringstraße, where the law office was .com
of 9/11 Reached an American in Vienna located. Up the marble staircase I went and pushed the doorbell next to the large wooden entrance door. I was let in by a receptionist and led upstairs again to another secretary. She sat there, this 20-year-old woman from the country, behind a desk with perfectly combed thick brown hair that went down to her waist and which she clipped back with a barrette. I remember how oddly perfect she was — her pale skin looked like wax. I smiled (how American of me) and introduced myself. The waxen woman did not respond with a smile, but looked up at me and said, “Have you seen this?” She immediately turned her computer screen toward me and there I saw an image of an airplane striking a skyscraper. I recognized the New York City skyline and there was an airplane in flames in a skyscraper. “What? What is that?” I probably said those words. I wondered if this was some kind of joke. I didn’t understand. I probably said nothing. She said very quickly, “This is the CNN website. This took place an hour and a half ago.” I kept shaking my head. No, no, no. I was dazed, but I was in this strange office to work. I told myself to pretend I hadn’t seen that, that I needed to simply rewind and erase it from my mind as best I could. I froze and was led into the conference room. There, I taught a group of women, including the young waxyfaced one. The women stared at me and I back at them, soon I got them to introduce themselves in English. After class I took the old elevator down through the marble spiral staircase with the secretary. The shock slowly began to pour over my head like boiling water as the secretary smiled
her waxen smile, nodding her perfectly kempt head. I felt embarrassed. I felt stared at. I felt like I was falling. The elevator door opened. I raced to the building’s entrance and quickly escaped into the street and a tram. I made my way to the subway station Karlsplatz, where I bought the local paper from a Turkish newspaper salesman and caught the next subway. We had an appointment at school that evening — 15-year-old Paul was in serious trouble. He had been misbehaving badly. I was to meet Paul and Gerhard at the school, where the three of us were to talk to his head teacher, Frau Hans, along with another, Herr Kohlhofer. This was a serious appointment. Were they going to suspend him? Kick him out? All I could do was read over and over that two airplanes had flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I saw the pictures. One plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. My parents were in Pennsylvania. I held the paper in my hand, and couldn’t take my eyes off the photos. This was the time before I owned a cell phone, but we had planned our meeting and I entered the school, where my husband-at-the-time and my son stood waiting for me. We hugged each other and gasped, speechless. There was the meeting, but then Paul said, “Markus called me to say the World Trade Center was on fire. Sophie and I turned on the TV and watched it live.” I entered the classroom with Paul and Gerhard. With Herr Kohlhofer standing behind her, Frau Hans looked at me with the newspaper in my hand and said, “We are so, so sorry. This is horrible. We are incredibly sorry.”
“Thank you,” I said, relieved. “Thank you.” And there was business to attend to. My son was disrespectful to teachers and unruly, he hadn’t been submitting his homework. He needed a new work regimen. This couldn’t continue on any longer. And then Frau Hans looked at me again, shook her head and said, “We are so sorry. These school problems are irrelevant. We are shocked and truly sorry about this news.” Everything took on a new perspective — all those worries became miniscule. For the next two or three weeks, all sorts of friends, acquaintances, teachers, parents expressed their condolences to me. Me, the American they knew, the American in the neighborhood, at the school, “We are with you. We are one of you,” they’d say, and their distaste for all things American diminished — for a short time. I think it lasted for maybe 19 days. Eight years later, my children fullgrown, I left charming Vienna, and rustic Austria, for the USA. I had no idea what I was getting myself back into.
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Hillary Keel moved back to the USA in 2009 after 27 years in Austria.
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POLICE BLOTTER ROBBERY: Old school shakedown A robber took a debit card and its PIN after he placed a gun against the back of a 28-year-old man on Sat., Sept. 5. The perpetrator fled the scene near the southwest corner of Seventh Ave. and W. 21st St. just before 4 a.m., according to police, who later that day arrested a Queens man seven blocks north in connection with the incident. The 35-yearold man was charged with felony robbery.
PETIT LARCENY: Didn’t look out for #1 The security central control room at the Fashion Institute of Technology (227 W. 27th St., btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.) proved unsafe for the wallet of a 27-year-old guard on Sat., Sept. 5, at 7 a.m. He left the wallet after beginning his shift at 7 a.m. that day and returned three hours later to find it missing. His losses included proof of First-Aid Certification, $12 cash and the $8 wallet, police said.
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22-year-old woman introduced them to a 22-year-old male handler, who allegedly offered to sell the officers narcotics near the intersection of Seventh Ave. and W. 42nd St. They arranged a rendezvous for pick-up at a nearby location, according to a police report. The two alleged perpetrators subsequently sold the officers a bit of cocaine and five MDMA pills. The report stated that prostitution charges were added after a purported offer of additional ecstasy. The alleged perpetrators were charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of criminal sale of a controlled substance. The woman also received a misdemeanor count of prostitution. The man was charged with promoting prostitution, also a misdemeanor and got a violation to boot for a bit of marijuana police said he had in his possession.
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Teacher Learns There’s No Substitute For Art BY LENORE SKENAZY What’s it like to be a substitute in the New York City public schools? That’s not what Elizabeth Rose’s new book, “Yo Miz!,” is about. It’s about what it’s like to be a sub at 25 New York City public schools over the course of one year. The songwriter and playwright had been teaching at the same school for 10 years — Vanguard, on East 68th Street — and loving it. But then came a Department of Education edict regarding about 2,500 “excessed” teachers — teachers not fired, but whose school no longer had a paid position for them. What becomes of a teacher without a school? Rose was to be churned through the system, substituting a week at a time at school, after school, after school. Rumor had it that this was supposed to drive them so crazy, they’d all quit — which is something Rose considered. But then she re-considered. Outsiders aren’t generally allowed into the schools. Here was her chance. “It was,” she decided, “irresistible.” And so began a year that swung from inspiring to infuriating on pretty much a weekly basis. Her first placement, Baruch High School, was filled with students eager to study the Code of Hammurabi and what makes for a just punishment. It’s the kind of place most of us wish our kids could go — but only about 450 of the brightest of the bright get in. This deployment was quickly followed by one at an unscreened school on the Lower East Side where Rose was thrown into chemistry class — she’s an art teacher — and threat-
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ened with assault. One student had a gang insignia tattooed on his face. Stints followed at the High School of Fashion Industries, a buzzing hive of creativity with student’s handiwork draped on dress mannequins. Then there was a week she spent guarding an unused door in a fetid hallway at another school. The principal screamed at her when she requested a bathroom key. From the students to the faculty, everyone looked beaten down. There was another week at a high-energy graphic design school where students worked on the latest video editing equipment. And then came a week at a school in Washington Heights where she was put in charge of the art class. Here the supplies all fit into one cardboard box: A bunch of colored pencils. “They all needed sharpening,” says Rose. And naturally, “someone had run off with the sharpener.” Someone had also run off with any kind of leadership. Rose learned that she was there only so the school could claim its students had fulfilled their art class credit. “It was a scam.” She took a deep breath and decided it would at least be a week worth remembering. “Take out your pens,” she told the class. “We’re doing self portraits. What is your most interesting feature? Exaggerate it.”
drawing. The next day Rose brought in some art supplies from home. The next day, some more. On the last day, however, she brought in Oreos instead, and announced, “Today we’re going to do an art project.” Her assignment? Write on the white board all the things they thought an art class should have. Paper! Paint! Field trips! “We Deserve a Great Art Class!” Rose scrawled at the top of the board. Then she gathered the students in front of the board, backs to the cam-
era for legal purposes, and told them they could make whatever gesture seemed appropriate. It’s a gesture you’ve seen on the highway when you cut somebody off. The picture summed up Rose’s outrage and what she hopes will be ours, too: How can a school of 600 young people have no art supplies in the creative capital of America? How can some kids never go on a field trip when they live just a few subway stops away from one of the greatest art museums in the world? How can some schools have video editing equipment, or discussions about Hammurabi, and other have dank halls, screaming principals, and just one week of art? “Once you meet these kids, you’ll feel how much you want them to have a chance at success,” says Rose. Feeling it. Lenore Skenazy is a public speaker and founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids (freerangekids.com).
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A table full of boys refused. “They said, ‘No, this is whack.’ ” So Rose went to the white board and started drawing them. This enraged the boys. What right did she have? They retaliated by drawing her, and not kindly. But she had the last laugh — they were
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High on a ridge at the edge of Zambezi National Park, the terraced rooms of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge look out over an African landscape.
After quenching their thirsts at the waterhole, elephant families returned to the fores felt remarkable. At this time, I did not know that we would have greater closeness t we were able to hear the animals breathe.
From our terrace at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge on the edge of Zambezi National Park, the expansiveness of the park’s almost 140,000 acres stretched before us, along with a favorite elephant waterhole.
BY EILEEN STUKANE Having already visited South Africa, our quest to see more of the continent of man’s origin led us to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls — the world’s largest waterfalls, created by the journey of the Zambezi River through the dark, fine-grained basalt rock formed after the volcanic eruptions of the Jurassic Period 150–200 million years ago. Hominids, pri-
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mates that are precursors of modern man, existed near the Falls over two million years ago. The Bantu people, who still live around the Falls today, arrived in the fi rst millennium A.D and called the 360 feet of crashing, pounding, rushing water Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke that Thunders”). The industrial world only heard about the Falls, however, when Scottish missionary and
explorer David Livingstone “discovered” them in 1855 and named them after his Queen, Victoria. Five different falls form the whole of Victoria Falls — four in Zimbabwe and one in Zambia — as the Falls border these countries, and seeing them up-close requires a rain slicker and a two-hour walk through rainforest paths that have 16 stops along the way. .com
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sts and grasslands of the park. Our closeness to wildlife during our visit to Botswana, where
First it’s a walk through palm trees and a rainforest, then it’s a turn down a path like the one pictured here, with a low border of woven thorn tree branches. Each of the 16 pathways and stops on the two-hour walk brings you to a place where Victoria Falls stuns you.
We had heard that rainbows regularly appeared at Victoria Falls — but would we see any? That question was quickly answered at the Falls’ highest point, where the thunderous explosion of water between gorged rocks created a misty blanket and the arc of rainbow colors.
The 1,600 miles of the Zambezi River — the fourth largest river in Africa — run through six countries, beginning first in Zambia, through Angola, Namibia and Botswana, then back along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe where the river powers the 5,603 feet wide Victoria Falls, then across Mozambique. From there, it finally flows into the Indian Ocean. At the river’s Zambia/Zimbabwe border, hippos disappeared as the sun settled near the horizon for this perfect African sunset.
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The museum is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to expand their Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. They have thus far raised $29,360 of their $45,000 goal. Sears said the expansion is not a shift toward a museum more focused on Buddhism. “Our primary focus continues to be the art and ideas of the Himalayan region,” he said. “Visitor feedback and growing demand from educational groups also prompted the expansion plans for the Shrine Room. Because of its popularity, we wanted to create more space to accommodate visitors.” The source said, “I think it’s a great resource for the neighborhood. I think that they do incredibly interesting programming there. I think their art shows are wonderful. I don’t understand where they’re trying to go and I just fear that we may lose this resource.”
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ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Brooklyn’s Finest is a West Village Survivor The essential Everett Quinton on life, Ludlam, Lutheranism BY DAVID NOH Everett Quinton, an undoubted New York theatrical treasure and character actor extraordinaire, has had quite the busy year. He was wonderfully on point and true to leering form in “Horse Play,” Trav S.D.’s bio of Adah Isaacs Menken, at La MaMa, starring a luminous Molly Pope. Great reviews came his way for a relatively straight, classical role in Red Bull Theater’s “Tis Pity She’s a Whore.” Now he stars in the revival of Erasmus Fenn’s campfest, “Drop Dead Perfect,” recreating his role of Idris Seabright, the doyenne of a Key West estate, dealing with shady characters who are after her fortune and mysterious maybe-love interests materializing out of the blue on her picturesque Gothic estate. Quinton is a longtime neighbor of mine in the West Village, and how well I remember the thrill I’d feel whenever I would see him out strolling with his partner, the late, great playwright and performer Charles Ludlam, whose Ridiculous Theatrical Company was such an integral part of New York cultural life for some three decades. Meeting Quinton at a favorite haunt of ours, the Hudson Diner, I remarked on how wonderfully busy he’s been and he replied, “I just ran into Kathleen Chalfant, and she said, ‘Isn’t it great? They still want us!’” Originally from Brooklyn, Quinton is the second of 12 Irish Catholic-born children: “A friend of mine said, ‘We were poor but didn’t know it.’ Well, we were poor and we knew it! My parents didn’t really know up from down and never encouraged me in my acting. Oh, but I remember for my first audition for the Gallery Players in Brooklyn, I was living at home and so nervous. My mother gave me a Valium. She died of a heart attack two years before I really started acting and my father died afterwards of cancer. I had just gotten into [Ludlam’s Wagner spoof] ‘Der Ring Gott Farblonjet’ and my name was listed in the cast in the New York Times. I remember taking that to the hospital and showing it to him.” .com
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L to R: Jason Cruz and Everett Quinton in Erasmus Fenn’s “Drop Dead Perfect,” directed by Joe Brancato.
“They were stupid to have twelve kids, not really stupid because I have my brothers and sisters, after the fact, and it’s fun. But it was a nightmare, not only never enough money but never any joie de vivre, and unfortunately I’ve inherited that. I have joie de vivre, but I have to remind myself that I have it. In that sense, I am my mother’s son, a Sagittarius. I’m pretty introverted. I know a lot of actors who are outgoing. I’m not, maybe only when I’m with my friends.” “I always knew I was gay, but didn’t come out until I was twenty-three and decided no more girlfriends. It’s funny because I was sexually active as a kid and used to cruise Prospect Park, still thinking I was the only faggot on earth. It had nothing to do with my being Catholic, I was just a dope [laughs].” Quinton’s main theatrical education probably came from childhood TV viewings of the famous Million Dollar
Movie, which showed vintage features over and over in the course of a week. His favorite film is the wonderfully campy women’s prison opus “Caged.” He cites two of its actresses with particular admiration: Agnes Moorehead (he’s flattered when, while he’s in drag, anyone compares him to her) and Eleanor Parker, whom he considers one of the most underrated performers of our time. “I never finished school, got a GED. I was at Hunter College, taking some theater classes, like improv. Then, one day, I met Charles Ludlam, cruising Christopher Street old-school style, back in the day when Christopher was the place. That’s why, in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre, his star on the Playwright Walk of Fame is right there, where we met in a doorway. “I didn’t see him for six months after that because I lost his phone number. One day, I was walking past a
restaurant where McNulty’s now is. He was eating in there and he came out and said hello to me. I still live in our Morton Street apartment.” What was living with such a fecund theater genius like? “It was many things. He was always thinking and writing, his mind never stopped. It’s difficult for me because I’m not really a writer. I get these thoughts in my head, but don’t take the action to write, whereas Charles did. Unfortunately, at the end, he actually had two plays going at once, neck and neck in his head, ‘Houdini’ and ‘The Artificial Jungle,’ and we had to get just one play up. Crazy, right?” Was Ludlam fun? “When he was fun, he was fun. When he wasn’t, he wasn’t. He didn’t have one of those work ethics — like a certain number of hours a day to write.
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Quinton Sets Up Camp in ‘Drop Dead’ Perfect Role Continued from page 17 He was also an actor. He died on May 28, 1987. I observe that day by praying for him in church. I’m Lutheran now, out of the fire back into the frying pan [laughs]! It just happened. The pastor of my church was a friend before I went there. One day, I just decided to go. He was outspokenly gay, and that’s not the opinion of the whole church. “When [Ludlam] got AIDS, we thought we’d made it through it, because then they talked about an incubation period. If you survived five years, things would be all right. We were coming up on the five years and he went to the dentist, who discovered he had thrush. There was a rapid deterioration after that, which was a blessing because he didn’t want to live sick.” Ludlam’s death came, ironically, at a time when he seemed to finally be crossing over into the mainstream with film and TV roles: “At his funeral, a filmmaker came up to me and said he had just gotten a callback for another movie and the director said the first audition was so energized, but at the callback he had no energy.” Ludlam’s funeral was held at St. Joseph’s Church: “[Artist and Stonewall veteran] Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt and Charles were buddies from way back. The priest was a young, decent guy, perhaps gay, and he was going to officiate. Tommy was sitting right next to me, and he saw the vestments the priests were going to wear. He got up and went back into the sacristy, and threw a scene, ‘Do you know who you’re burying today?! Put some better vestments on!’ “That was nice, and then one of the cars broke down on the way to the
cemetery and we had to pick up all the people from that car in ours. He’s buried on Long Island in St. Charles Cemetery, in his family plot.” Quinton does not have a favorite Ludlam play, “but the one I don’t like is ‘Hot Ice,’ about a crime family and cryogenics — they get frozen. It struck me as presumptuous. But with his ‘Galas’ [a spoof of Maria Callas’ life], I got lucky with Bruna [the diva’s faithful, wacky maid and companion] because I did half the work and got all the glory. I got the role because [longtime Ludlam actor] George Osterman decided to leave the Ridiculous Theater while we were rehearsing in Toronto. By then I had proven that I could act.” Quinton had the ultimate theatrical “aha!” moment in rehearsal for the show. “We were doing the tea scene when Charles throws a strawberry in the air and catches it. Funny scene. Honest to God, I don’t know where it came from, but I was sitting there, looking at him, and suddenly thought, ‘This fucker will leave you in the dust if you’re not careful.’ And that’s where my whole notion of what acting is came from. I always compare it to a horse race, two horses running neck and neck to the end. Luckily, Charles was very generous and liked to encourage people to keep up with him. You’re always funnier when you’re with funny people. “I had been acting for seven years by 1983, and Bruna was the first time that I really felt I was a good marksman, firing the shot.” When Ludlam died, the company went on under Quinton’s direction for another 10 years. “It was tough because I really don’t have any entrepreneurial ability. Now I’m smarter than I was then and would
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Everett Quinton at the Hudson Diner.
have done things differently. We certainly had a bunch of hits, like ‘Brother Truckers’ [a spoof of the Warners epic ‘They Drive By Night,’ with Quinton as the shrewish Lila Ballskin], but they just barely paid for themselves, and could never quite get us out of hock. “The biggest difference for me was
I was once the big cheese and now I’m a little cheese and it’s kind of painful. It’s hard to go from starring roles and not feel like a loser. That’s my constant struggle, but every now and then a [role like] Florence Wexler in ‘Devil Boys from Beyond’ or Idris in ‘Drop Dead Perfect’ comes along.” Although Quinton has an agent, he said, “I can’t get arrested — no film or TV offers. I don’t know why. It makes me sad. I’m prone to self-pity and don’t want to get into that state. The thing is to have gratitude for what I have. Lots of people in the business feel this way, but it’s especially bad for drag queens. For all of the acceptance that has come to us, we are still not considered employable, unless you got a gimmick like Barry Humphries [aka Dame Edna Everage].” “Drop Dead Perfect” is at Theatre at St. Clements (423 W. 46th St. btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.) through Oct. 11. Mon., Wed. & Thurs. at 7 p.m. Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. at 3 p.m. For tickets ($69–99) and more info, visit dropdeadperfect.com.
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Photo by Eric McNatt, courtesy FIAF
Part 3 of “Age & Beauty” has Miguel Gutierrez joined by his “utopian ideal of a dance company.”
Courtesy the artist and JoAnne Artman Gallery
America Martin’s “Boxer I” (Acrylic and Pencil on Canvas. 72.25” x 34”). On view at the newly opened JoAnne Artman Gallery.
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GALLERY OPENING: JoAnne Artman Declaring her solidarity with the neighborhood’s “instinct to re-invent and re-imagine,” Laguna Beach, CA-based gallery owner JoAnne Artman has established a West Chelsea presence by bringing the work of contemporary artists to the walls of an 1893 commercial manufacturing building. The gallery stakes its claim as a contender by stepping into the ring with “America Martin: The Boxer Series.” The kinetic and colorful inaugural exhibition, says Artman, compels the viewer to “become the fan and spectator, watching in singular obsession as artistry in motion spills over the canvas. Visually stimulating and emotionally penetrating, America delivers that one-two punch.” Opening reception on Thurs. Sept. 10, 6–8 p.m. JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 511A W. 22nd St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Regular hours: Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. “The Boxer Series” is on view through Nov. 15. Visit joanneartmangallery.com.
MIGUEL GUTIERREZ: AGE & BEAUTY “What a drag it is getting old” was easy for Mick Jagger to sing back in 1966, when he was young — a full five years before Miguel Gutierrez was born, quite possibly already imprinted with the sort of .com
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al vision, in which the choreographer’s work exists when he no longer does. For this, Gutierrez assembles his “utopian ideal” of a company, in which members of wide-ranging ages, shapes and skills “disrupt the traditional image of the dancer.” A Crossing the Line festival presentation: Thurs. Sept. 16 through Sat. Sept. 26 at New York Live Arts (219 W. 19th St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.). Tickets start at $15. For reservations and the schedule (times vary; 3, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), visit fiaf.org or newyorklivearts.org. For artist info, visit miguelgutierrez.org.
In “News From Fukushima,” a multicultural cast of musicians, actors and dancers join Tokyo-based artist Yuri Kageyama, to lament Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster.
NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA: MEDITATION ON AN UNDER-REPORTED CATASTROPHE BY A POET
emotional intelligence and intellectual curiosity about one’s place in the world that distinguishes his work as a performer and choreographer. “I make performances,” he says, about “how to live in the world, how to love, how to feel about being yourself.” And how does he feel about entering the ranks of middle age? This NYC premiere of the three-part “Age & Beauty” series finds Gutierrez working within the realms of celebration, defiance and contemplation while touching on the subjects of queerness, creation, and mortality. Part 1 (“Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note”) is a frenetic duet with Mickey Mahar in which queer theory and club dance collide. Part 2 (“Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting”) delves into the dynamic between Gutierrez and his frequent collaborators: choreographer Michelle Boulé, lighting designer Lenore Doxsee, and producer Ben Pryor. Part 3 (“Dancer or You can make whatever the f*ck you want but you’ll only tour solos”) is both a melancholy lament and an aspiration-
Tokyo-based writer, filmmaker and spoken word artist Yuri Kageyama’s solemn and provocative “literary prayer for Japan” combines her poetry with documentary footage, a trio of actor-dancers, and a multicultural cast of musicians. “News From Fukushima” seeks to bring Japan’s March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster back into the realm of public awareness. “Some 100,000 people were displaced from the no-go zone,” Kageyama reminds us, “But the story barely makes headlines. Radiation is still spewing from the multiple meltdowns, reaching as far as the American West Coast.” By exploring different dimensions of friendship between women who were impacted by the disaster, Kageyama provokes by juxtaposing the loss of home and the emotional chasm between people, as well as the intimate and the catastrophic. Free. Sept. 11–13. Fri. & Sat. at 9 p.m. and Sun. at 1:30 p.m. At The Club at La MaMa (74A E. Fourth St. btw. Bowery & Second Ave.). For info: yurikageyama.com. Also visit lamama.org. September 10 - 16, 2015
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Buhmann on Art Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed
Photo by Joshua Stevens, courtesy MAI
Photo by Joshua Stevens, courtesy MAI
Ceramic stamps used by various indigenous groups of Central America, including the Maya, to decorate cloth, paper, or the human body, dating from 300 B.C.–1500 A.D. Tubular stamps (bottom right) were rolled across skin or fabric to create continuous designs.
Each of these human form figures represents a specific culture from one of the seven geographic regions examined in “Cerámica de los Ancestros.” The case greets visitors at the exhibition’s entrance.
Photo by Joshua Stevens, courtesy MAI
Ceramic pottery dating between 550–1400 A.D. from the Greater Coclé region of present-day Panama. The objects are highlighted for their use of animal iconography.
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com) This bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition illuminates Central America’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage and aims to shed light onto some of its vibrant civilizations. The ceramics, combined with recent archaeological discoveries, aid in telling the stories of these dynamic cultures, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems, achievements and art. More specifically, “Cerámica de los Ancestros” examines seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas that are today part of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Spanning the period from 1000 BC to the present, the ceramics featured, were .com
selected from the museum’s own collection and are augmented with significant examples of work in gold, jade, shell and stone. This extraordinary show succeeds in reflecting on the complexity and dynamic qualities of the Central American civilizations that were connected to peoples in South America, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean through social and trade networks sharing knowledge, technology and artworks. Free. Through January, 2017. At the National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center (1 Bowling Green, at Broadway & State St.). Open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open Thurs. until 8 p.m.). Call 212-514-3700 or visit nmai.si.edu.
Photo by Ernest Amoroso, courtesy MAI
Pre-Classic period Maya human-monkey figure, 200300 A.D. Villa de Zaragoza, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala. Pottery.
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