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� N E I G H BO R H O O D C HAT TE R Citywide City CounCil Passes living Wage Bill On Monday, April 30, the City Council— despite criticism by Mayor Michael Bloomberg—successfully passed the Living Wage Bill. While several cities across the country have passed similar legislation, the mayor has previously said he would veto the bill should it pass, saying it stymies job growth. According to the City Council, “Under the living wage legislation, direct recipients (projects receiving subsidies from the City) of at least $1 million in government financial assistance must pay their employees a wage of $10 an hour with health care benefits or $11.50 an hour without. ... Given the scale and types of City economic development projects, an estimated 600 workers a year will receive a living wage as a result of this bill, with the potential to cover thousands of jobs over the next several years.” “When we invest in economic development, we should expect that the jobs that are created are good jobs—ones that will protect and grow the middle class. This bill does that and does so in a way that will not overburden businesses,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. PooPer sCooPers According to a release by the Citizens Committee for New York City, every year
more than 2 million dogs in New York City’s five boroughs produce over 275,000 tons of dog waste. In Tompkins Square Park, which has the city’s largest dog run, a dozen 50-gallon drums are filled with dog waste every 48 hours. While the “pooper scooper” law passed by the City Council in 1978 requires New Yorkers to clean up after their pets, dog waste, which contains harmful pathogens, is still either landfilled or shipped out of state at considerable expense. On Saturday, May 5, at a West Village dog run adjacent to the Hudson River, Citizens Committee for New York City will announce a citywide competition to design and implement dog waste composting projects that will save landfill space and tax dollars while providing nutrient-rich fertilizer for New York City’s parks, community green spaces, and other public and private spaces. Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO, announced the organization will award $10,000 in awards to dog owner groups, composting groups and neighborhood groups that develop innovative ways to compost dog waste in the city’s more than 400 neighborhoods. Chinatown & Lower east side CounCil MeMBer Chin Chides after-sChool Cuts According to a release distributed by
Council Member Margaret Chin, close to 70 percent of after-school programs in Chinatown and the Lower East Side are on the verge of being closed in the fall if Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t restore cuts to the OST (out of school time) program. “The cuts to after-school programs in Chinatown and the Lower East Side are extremely alarming,” Chin said. “The loss of these after-school programs will have a debilitating effect on our community and on our schools. For thousands of parents, after-school programs are the only way they can make a living and ensure that their children are safe in the afternoon hours. Parents in Chinatown and the Lower East Side cannot afford to lose these programs, and our community cannot afford to send our children out into the streets. These cuts are irresponsible. Mayor Bloomberg should be focused on expanding access to these programs and making after-school universal for all children in our City.” Chin, along with other local officials, will hold a town hall on the after-school/OST cuts today, May 3, at 6 p.m. at P.S 134/137. Lower Manhattan doWntoWn allianCe honors 12 PuBliC safety offiCers On Wednesday, April 25, the Downtown Alliance honored 12 of their public safety
officers for helping to keep Lower Manhattan one of the safest areas in New York City. “You’ve done your jobs with dedication and distinction,” Robert R. Douglass, Chairman of the Downtown Alliance, told the organization’s public safety officers. “You’ve made life better—year after year—for Lower Manhattan’s millions of workers, residents and visitors. Thanks in part to your work, we’re one of the safest districts in the city today.” The 57-person public safety staff, recognizable by its distinctive red uniforms, patrols the streets of Lower Manhattan 24/7. Security officers check in with neighborhood businesses, provide visitors and residents with friendly directions and assist the New York City Police Department. Criminal activity in Lower Manhattan has dropped sharply since the Downtown Alliance and NYPD began working together. Several officers received multiple awards for their actions including: Oct. 21, 2011– Supervisors Rosa Ellis and Joel Delgado, Lt. Turhan White, and Security Officers Jonathan Molina and Joseph Cuadrado helped evacuate pedestrians after a fire occurred on the 28th floor of 120 Broadway. March 18, 2011– Security Officer Jose Matias found a $1,599 check on the sidewalk at Wall and Nassau streets and returned it to the branch manager of Valley National Bank.
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Today we are in discussions with Dr. Haleh Milani who is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University Medical Center with an active clinical practice on Central Park West. Dr. Milani what is some of the new and exciting research that may be relevant to our daily lives? We are now focusing on Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Disruption as a contributing factor to the increased risk of Diabetes, Obesity, and negative health effects on the immune function. Sleep deprivation may result in a slowdown in the metabolism and a reduction in insulin production which may be mediated throughout the circadian cycle; that is rhythmic 24-hour oscillations in biologic processes controlled by environmental cues, most notably the daily changes in light intensity Can Drinking Alcohol Benefit Heart Attack Survivors? According to research funded by the US National Institutes of Health, “…men who have two drinks a day after surviving a first heart attack have a lower risk of death from heart disease than non-drinkers.” Investigators looked at data on “more than 1,800 American men who survived a first heart attack between 1986 and 2006 and were followed for up to 20 years.” The researchers found that “men who drank about two alcoholic drinks (between 10 and about 30 grams of alcohol) per day had a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause, and a 42 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular death.” Can ASPIRIN a day prevent Cancer? Aspirin is already included in cardiovascular guidelines for it’s preventative benefits. There is however no apparent reduction in cancer incidence during the first 3 years of use, and an estimated 20% reduction in risk during the fourth and fifth year of use. A daily aspirin also has been associated with lower risks of colorectal cancer and of recurrence of adenomatous polyps. Can Air Pollution increase your health Risk? Researchers have found that for each short-term increment of 10 mcg/m3 of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide,and carbon monoxide, present in industrial waste and car exhaust fuel, there was a 1- 4.8% increase in heart attacks and breathing disorders. What can we do as individuals to reduce our risk of Dementia? Mentally stimulating group activities -- including such things as discussion groups, games, and gardening -- boost cognition in the elderly and reduce progression of dementia. What are some of the warning signs of heart disease in the young adult? Symptoms can include chest pain, dizziness, exerciseinduced syncope, and shortness of breath, which may have been disregarded by the patient and family; a detailed history also may reveal the sudden, unexplained death of a young relative. In fact, estimates suggest these warning signs may be present in up to half of cases of sudden cardiac arrest. A variety of risk-assessment tools have been used, and although these have not been validated or assessed for sensitivity or specificity, expert opinion currently emphasizes the importance of these “ominous” findings on a preparticipation screen
What is blood pressure and why is it important to control? Elevated blood pressure is called the “silent killer “ because it increases your risk of a stroke, heart and kidney disease amongst other things. Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels, and is one of the principal vital signs. During each heartbeat, BP varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure. BP decreases as the circulating blood moves away from the heart through arteries. A person’s BP is usually expressed in terms of the systolic pressure over diastolic pressure (mmHg), for example 140/90. As adults age, systolic pressure tends to rise and diastolic tends to fall. In the elderly, BP tends to be above the normal adult range, largely because of reduced flexibility of the arteries. Also, an individual’s BP varies with exercise, emotional reactions, sleep, and time of day. During the reading, the arm that is used should be relaxed and kept at heart level, for example, by resting it on a table. NEW and EXCITING Blood pressure news. “Isoflavones -- a compound found in foods such as soy milk, green tea, tofu and peanuts -- may help lower blood pressure in adults. Also, a Medtronic device is under investigation for use to control hard-to-treat high blood pressure by burning overactive nerves with a burst of radio-frequency energy. According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. “after six months, 71 percent improved with recorded lower blood pressure after the procedure, which is approved for sales abroad.”
MEET THE TEAM: THURSDAY: May 10th 6-8pm SATURDAY: MAY19th 10am-12 noon Event Locations: •115 Central Park West • Citi 52nd & 5th Avenue Limited space: FOR RESERVATIONS call 212-543-3400 Haleh Milani, MD, FACC Fellow: American College of Cardiology Board-CertiFied: American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty-Certified in Cardiovascular Disease; American Board of Nuclear Cardiology; American Board of Echocardiography MeMBer: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, New York Cardiological Society, Medical Society of the State of New York HoSPital aFFiliatioNS: Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Columbia Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center, New York, NY Dr. Milani lives on the upper West Side with her husband and two young children.
What is the future of medicine? In the next decade, discussions between physicians and patients could include whole-genome sequencing that would generate information on undiagnosed symptoms and an individual’s risk of disease, While there are ethical, privacy and discrimination issues to be resolved, health care will evolve from being reactive to becoming preventive, which is “really a game-changer in medicine
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� N EWS NYU Expansion Hearing Brings Public Concerns to Light Borough president’s compromise not enough to sway public opinion | By MiKe VidAfAr Last Wednesday afternoon, April 25, the City Planning Commission (CPC) held a public hearing at the Museum of the American Indian to hear opinions regarding the NYU Sexton plan—a project that would radically expand the NYU campus over a 20-year period. CPC members heard the raised, and sometimes distressed, voices of community members who were against the plan, as the standing-room-only crowd gave raucous applause to members speaking out against the expansion, and provided a chorus of hisses and even outraged shouts to those advocating for it. Members of NYU faculty weighed in on both sides of the controversy. Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts, advocated on behalf of the plan, citing a lack of performance space and the need to remain competitive as universities around the country put additional pressure on the already taxed arts school. “We’ve achieved at the highest level and contributed to the creative economy of downtown New York in spite of the fact that Tisch’s Institute for Performing Arts has for years struggled with inadequate, obsolete, sometimes dangerous and cramped facilities,” she said. “Our existing facilities are at
a crisis point. In order to continue to thrive, we’ve embarked on an ambitious plan to design the world’s finest performing arts training center as part of the 2031 plan.” Other faculty members were not so supportive of the expansion. Despite concerns over anonymity, a senior faculty member spoke out against the Sexton Plan, urging the CPC to say “N-O” until they “K-N-O-W” more. “The NYU leadership would have you believe that the university can’t fulfill its educational mission and be a global leader without an Empire State Building’s worth of square footage squeezed into a few blocks. But the NYU team pushing this plan does not speak for its faculty; for we, too, are the university,” the faculty member said. “As of today, 20 academic departments and programs, including the Department of Economics (which might know something about something) have passed resolutions against this plan overwhelmingly.” More than anything, however, the public hearing revealed a poor dissemination of information. Many attendees representing NYU and its expansion plan seemed unable to adequately describe different phases of the plan when pressed by the commission, and there was also an apparent disconnect between those who spoke on behalf of the Sexton plan without the changes already brokered by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and those who spoke exclusively of the revised plan–which NYU President Sexton agreed to on April 11. Speaking on behalf of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation
(GVSHP), lawyer Randy Mastro urged the CPC to consider the vast usage of space and the impact it will have on Greenwich Village. “This commission is being asked to approve over 2.2 million gross square feet of construction over the next 19 years that will fundamentally change the character of one of our city’s most beloved neighborhoods, Greenwich Village … yet hundreds of thousands Members of the city Planning Commission. PHOTO BY Mike VidAfAr of square feet of this project are not for academic purhas maintained a philosophy of seeking poses.” ways to strike a balance to ensure that “As a result of this construction, this development, when it is occurring, does not neighborhood will have to accommodate overrun or take away things and hurt the up to 2,000 new residents and find itself community in ways that we can prevent,” flooded with more than 10,000 new people said Cook. visiting the area every day. It will substanWhen pressed by the City Planning tially reduce the amount of open space Commission and the community for inforavailable for community use in an area mation regarding the concessions NYU was already lacking such open space,” he added. unwilling to make at President Stringer’s While nearly all of the community urging, Cook declined to comment. members present at the hearing were As it stands, the City Planning Commisopposed to the Sexton plan, Manhattan sion has, at the present time, many more Borough President Scott Stringer’s director questions than it does answers. of land use, Brian Cook, spoke on behalf “It’s important for the commission of Stringer, bringing to light many of the to hear the modifications that the borborough president’s amendments—some ough president recommended,” said City of them for the first time to the CPC. Planning Commission Chair Amanda M. “The office [of the borough president] Burden.
CB 2 holds first AIDS Memorial Park Planning Session |By AlAn KrAwitz
Among the numerous resident suggestions and concerns that arose at the initial AIDS Memorial Park planning session on April 25 was the importance of making certain that both the park and the memorial are properly integrated. “The memorial should enhance the park but not overshadow it,” said Tom Molner of the preservation group Protect the Village Historic District as he commented at the first of three public sessions sponsored by Community Board No. 2’s parks committee. The sessions are set up to gather input on the proposed triangle park and AIDS memorial across from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site, the future site of a Rudin condo and medical facility development. The public sessions, which include participation from Rudin Management and the AIDS Memorial Park Coalition,
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will look at designs for a 16,000-squarefoot park, including a 1,600-square-foot memorial to the AIDS epidemic as well as the former hospital that many have described as “ground zero” for HIV patients. Molner also pointed to Abingdon Square and Strawberry Fields as memorials that are well integrated into their surrounding areas. Yet another village resident suggested that the names of those lost to the disease should be incorporated in some way into the memorial. “A memorial means something when you see the name of a person you lost,” the resident said. One resident made the point that many people died from the disease alone or in secret. “It may be difficult to put the names of people on the memorial because many victims were unknown, largely due to the stigma of the disease,” he said. Other residents agreed saying that
there should be a “balance” between personal impact and the disease in general. According to CB 2, Brooklyn-based design firm Studio a+I, the firm that submitted the winning concept in the AIDS Memorial Park Coalition design contest that was ultimately rejected by Rudin Management, will now design the AIDS Memorial and work with Rudin’s landscape architect Rick Parisi of MPFP to integrate the memorial into the park. The construction of the triangle park, bordered by Greenwich Avenue, Seventh Avenue and West 12th Street, will be paid for by Rudin as part of the St. Vincent’s Redevelopment Project. Kate Turley, principal of the City and Country School on 12th Street, pushed for an educational component for children as part of the memorial. “There should be a part of the memorial where kids can go and learn all about the epidemic and those who passed away,” she said.
A handout from CB 2 suggested that the memorial’s commemorative priorities should celebrate the community’s heroic response to the crisis; honor the thousands who died by celebrating life; recognize the ongoing nature of the epidemic and inspire additional learning about the crisis. Meanwhile, community design priorities for the memorial should invite reflection with comfortable seating and a water feature; maximize landscaping; incorporate contemporary aesthetics respectful of the historic district and be physically integrated into the park. Upcoming design meetings on the Triangle Park and AIDS Memorial will take place on May 30 and another on June 27. CB 2’s Landmarks and Parks committees will examine designs from the three public sessions on July 9 and make a recommendation to the full board, which will vote on a final design on July 19.
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New smoking concerns for Downtown kids Anti-smoking groups worried about youth-targeted advertisements | By Courtney M. HolBrook A slim, pale woman puffs away on a cigarette. A cloud of smoke rises from perfect red lips beneath a sign—“Marlboro Menthols, $10.75.” A bright window advertises candy, snack food and soda brands. Wrapped around the display in bright green foil, white block letters read “KOOLS, KOOLS, KOOLS.” In the corner, a mint-green box of KOOLS lies next to the Snickers bars. A long white cigarette pops out against a black background. With a high-tech look and clean colors, it could pass as an advertisement for an Apple product. Beneath the cigarette, large block letters scream out the message “SMOKELESS CIGARETTES.” These advertisements show up on bodegas across the street from a children’s playground on the Lower East Side. Head down the street, and a customer can walk past Emma Lazarus High School and MS 131. Take a walk through Chinatown, and make an attempt to buy cigarettes. Although it may not apply to every bodega, it is still possible to purchase cigarettes without receiving an ID check from the man or woman behind the counter. Despite the increasingly severe crackdown on smoking in New York City, antismoking activists are concerned that kids in Lower Manhattan neighborhoods are still lighting up and getting hooked. “Young people want to fit in and feel cool,” said Adam Steiner, a SmokeFree Project counselor at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in the West Village. “At a young age, kids are extremely vulnerable to the messages all over the place. And when it comes to smoking, they’re seeing these messages in stores right near their schools.” According to Steiner, approximately 17,000 high school students in New York City smoke. Steiner says this high figure is due to the alliance between convenience stores and tobacco companies. “Go to a Rite Aid or a bodega, and you’ll see the massive power walls of cigarettes,” Steiner said. “These power walls are displayed right in front of the candy bars. Why are they not under the counter? Kids shouldn’t see these products as normal things on sale.” Such ads and displays are meant to be highly visible, but they are not illegal, however. As long as cigarettes are kept behind the counter, bodegas and convenience stores have every right to display them as they choose, according to the Department of Consumer Affairs. “I am not doing anything illegal by selling my cigarettes to customers who are over 18,” said one bodega owner in the
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Last year, local schoolchildren took a trip through Chinatown and the Lower East Side to take stock of the tobacco advertising at convenience stores that they see on a daily basis. The walk was sponsored by the Manhattan Smoke-Free Partnership and the American Lung Association. Photos courtesY of AdAM steiner
Lower East Side, who would only give his first name, Mohammad. “I ask for ID, I give them what they want. I don’t do anything illegal.” The problem of legality may restrict customer complaints about tobacco advertising. If parents or other concerned community members have problems with the way bodegas are promoting their products, they can contact their community boards. These boards, in turn, contact the Department of Consumer Affairs or the District Attorney’s Office. Community Board No. 2 encompasses Greenwich Village, NoHo, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, Hudson Square and Gansevoort Market. Bob Gormley, the district manager for Community Board No. 2, said they would have a problem with any youthtargeted advertising— if they were receiving complaints. “We have not had a single complaint from anyone about the tobacco products or the advertisements in bodegas in our area,” Gormley said. Gormley said that although it is “clear that tobacco kills, we haven’t heard anything from families or teachers complaining about their kids being sold or pressured to buy tobacco products from convenience stores.” Marie Myman, a 22-year-old barista at Momofuku Milk Bar, grew up on the Lower East Side and started smoking when she was 12. Myman does not see her old smoking habits as the result of advertisements at convenience stores. “I started smoking because I wanted to fit in with my older friends,” Myman said. “I thought smoking was cool because the older kids were doing it. We definitely weren’t looking to the posters on bodegas for signs that it was OK.”
However, Danny McGoldrick, vice president of research for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, insists that the “unholy alliance” with convenience stores has allowed tobacco companies to continue targeting youth. “Since tobacco advertising is banned in most major media outlets today, tobacco companies have stepped up their game in marketing through convenience stores,” McGoldrick said. “[Tobacco companies] spend almost $10 billion a year to push their products in convenience stores and other retail areas … that’s more than 90 percent of their budget.” The alliance between convenience stores and tobacco companies comes together with printed advertisements and point-of-sale marketing. According to the 2012 Surgeon General’s report released by the federal government, children tend to be more price-sensitive than adults; through point-of-sale marketing, tobacco companies and convenience stores offer price discounts and coupons that may encourage new smokers. These incentives also tend to occur in lower-income areas, where prices may be more of a concern. “We know point-of-sale is where the vast majority of tobacco advertisement occurs,” McGoldrick said. “By making tobacco more affordable and accessible, [tobacco companies] have made it normal.” The sense of “normalcy” that surrounds tobacco advertisements in convenience stores is the primary risk for children. From the time “you can walk into a bodega, you’re exposed to cigarettes. They’re everyday, and that is insidious … you may not realize what’s driving a kid to try that first cigarette, because it’s just a part of everyday life,” Steiner noted. According to McGoldrick and Steiner,
tobacco companies use their money to pressure convenience stores to display cigarettes in an open, positive way. Concerned parents may not even notice these advertisements. When approached about this topic, most bodega owners refused to comment. Right now, the way to fight back lies in two corner —politics and economics. In the same way children are drawn to cigarettes through discounts, various anti-smoking groups recommend even greater price increases for cigarettes in New York City. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids also recommends that steps be taken to force tobacco companies to advertise in black and white text; by taking away colorful images, they hope to reduce the appeal for children. “On a statewide level, we need to invest more of our budget into anti-smoking programs in schools, where so many antismoking initiatives may stop after elementary school,” McGoldrick said. “Right now, tobacco companies outspend states. … If we can get states to dedicate 15 percent of their budget toward tobacco prevention, we could really see changes.” For now, the convenience stores of Lower Manhattan continue to plaster cigarette advertisements on glass walls and behind counters stacked with bright boxes of tobacco products. But those in the antismoking community hope that someday those power walls will cease to exist, and tobacco companies will lose their supply of new customers. “Kids may want to be cool and, at that age, they also think they’re indestructible,” Steiner said. “For that reason, we need to spread the awareness of what is going on. People need to know that the advertisements they see in their local bodega can be extremely dangerous.”
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Jews of Shanghai The Village Temple, 33 E. 12th St. (betw. University Pl. & Broadway), villagetemple. org; 6:30 p.m., $10. International attorney William Schurtman will recount his eyewitness experience of life in Shanghai, complete with a photo montage of Shanghai in the 1930s and ’40s and present day. A worship service will also be held. Aurical Ella Lounge, 9 Ave. A (betw. E. 1st & 2nd sts.), ellalounge.com; 7 p.m., $10. The husband-and-wife duo of Rachel Rossos and Michael Gallant were schoolmates at Columbia University. Now they’re married and touring NYC in a vibrant rock project that combines Rossos’ classically trained vocals and guitar with “a piano style that sounds like a cross between Ben Folds and Tori Amos,” according to Wildy’s World.
FREE 145th Birthday Party for Lillian Wald Henry Street Settlement, 265 Henry St. (at Montgomery St.), email@example.com; 12 p.m. This old-fashioned block party is in commemoration of the 145th birthday of the Henry Street Settlement’s founder, Lillian Wald. Enjoy activities like stickball, arts and crafts, refreshments, music, a cake-baking contest and more. The day is destined to be a birthday party for the ages as city dwellers party like it’s 1899!
The Passage of Power Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. (betw. Park Ave. S. & 5th Ave.), barnesandnoble.com; 7 p.m. $20. Robert A. Caro continues his Pulitzer Prize-winning dissection of Lyndon Johnson, one of the most polarizing presidents in our country’s history, a former Senate majority leader who traded his power for the vice presidency only to have power thrust upon him when President Kennedy was assassinated. Caro’s book will help you discover the most frustrating and the most triumphant period of his career. Patience (After Sebald) Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (betw. Spring & Varick sts.) filmforum. org; Various Times, $12. W.G. Sebald (1944-2001), one of the 20th century’s greatest literary figures, wrote evocatively of memory and exile, destruction and decay; his legion of fierce admirers compare him to Virginia Woolf, Proust and Rousseau. This film is a compilation of footage of Sebald’s colleagues and critics as they analyze his 1998 novel The Rings of Saturn and attempt to discern the philosophy and significance hidden within the words. Sibling Strife: When You and Your Sibling Cannot Be Friends 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St. (betw. Desbrosses & Vestry sts.), 92y.org; 12 p.m., $18. Anyone with a sibling is sure to relate to the fights, strife and animosity that can build when two adolescents turn into adults under the same roof. Jeanne Safer, PhD, offers the causes and possible cures for many sibling woes. This may be your opportunity to fix the broken bonds between you and your sibling once and for all.
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Citizen Gangster IFC Center, 323 6th Ave. (at W. 3rd St.), ifccenter.com; 7:50 p.m., $13. Based on the true story of Edwin Boyd, Toronto’s most famous postwar criminal, this movie chronicles a veteran’s dismay at his country’s indifference toward his efforts, his own lackluster existence and his failures as he attempts to provide for his wife and child. What start out as “friendly” robberies turn Ed into a notorious criminal. Murray’s Cheese 101: Women in Wine and Cheese City Winery, 155 Varick St. (at Vandam St.), 7 p.m., $60. This exciting class is being held just in time for Mother’s Day—learn from great female producers in both the cheese and wine worlds. You’ll sample a palate-friendly variety of artisanal cheeses with expertly paired wines chosen by the woman winemakers. While you enjoy the experience, listen in to a unique dialogue between a seasoned female cheesemonger and City Winery’s own wine expert.
Inheritance: The Bowery Wars, Part 2 120 E. 2nd St. (betw. 1st Ave. & Ave. A), downtownart.org; 3:15 p.m., $15. This outdoor performance is a take on the timeless classic Romeo & Juliet. Experience a modern, urban twist to the tale as you see what The Bowery Wars’ cast of talented artists bring to the play on the streets of the LES. Act 1 takes place over a 45-minute walk from 120 E. 2nd St. to 19 E. 3rd St., where you will sit and revel in the tragedy of Act 2 as the sun begins to fall offstage.
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Irène Jacob Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), joespub.com; 7:30 p.m., $20. Irène Jacob is already an acclaimed actress, but in a true demonstration of artistic ability, this Brooklyn-dwelling talent uses music as a way to connect with her brother, who lives in Paris. Her music is playful and brings a lighthearted approach to living in the space where dreams live.
NYU Skirball Center, 556 LaGuardia Pl. (betw. W. 3rd & 4th sts.), skirballcenter.nyu.edu; 6:45 p.m., $40. Some critics are calling for an outright ban on the sport. With the potential for injury, corruption and seedy recruiting tactics, you have all of the ingredients necessary for a discussion. Supporters of the proposal include Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger and Malcolm Gladwell. Against it are former NFLer Tim Green and Jason Whitlock, FOXSports columnist.
FREE Lit Mag Night Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. (betw. Broadway & Lafayette St.), housingworks.org; 7 p.m. Representatives from harlequin creature, The Agriculture Reader and Ugly Duckling Press will be on hand for a reading and live music by Relatives and Isaac Gillespie. Limited amount of complimentary refreshments followed by cash bar that includes Brooklyn Lager.
Small Potatoes Animation Factory Tour 207 Front St. (at Beekman St.), littleairplane.com; 11 a.m., $10. The Small Potatoes Animation Factory Tour is a familyfriendly guided tour of Little Airplane’s state-of-the-art animation studio, bringing fans face to face with the main characters of the company’s newest animated TV hit, Small Potatoes. At each stop on the tour, families are invited to participate in hands-on activities; it’s sure to be an afternoon you and your children will always remember!
� SE E ‘Little Sheba’ Comes Back Darling Companion’s fetching marriages | By Armond White The bucolic look of Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion is an indication of its fine sensibility. Kasdan evokes the natural, wooded landscape of Alfred Hitchcock’s idiosyncratic comedy The Trouble with Harry. The colors here are not autumnal nor quite as vibrant, yet Kasdan affects a similar tone of respite. His three harried couples (Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, Richard Jensen and Dianne Wiest, Mark Duplass and Ayelet Zurer) explore the communication tensions of love relationships from habitual complacency and mature passion to first attraction, respectively. It is a lightly charming, minor film. One would like to praise Kasdan for making an awesome comeback, but the gentle insights and genial tone of Darling Companion merely pick up where Kasdan left off with the immensely appealing (though slight) mystery Mumford—the best film of its kind since John Cromwell’s Small Town Story. Kasdan is not a master of provincial etiquette and amiable social conflicts, he’s just one of the few contemporary filmmakers interested in such niceties. With nothing profound to say about marriage or parent-child relationships, Kasdan (who co-wrote the script with his wife, Meg) at least says it calmly and without the self-congratulation of a lewd, immature, Judd Apatow wallow. Darling Companion is conceived around the man’s-best-friend conceit of middle-aged Beth (Keaton) adopting a dog to take up the void caused by her husband’s (Kline) involvement with his medical practice. At a retreat in the
woods, the three couples’ search for the runaway dog becomes an exploration of their own intimacies, dependencies and misconnections. The conceit is thoughtful, if not quite sophisticated. It never rises to the remarkable level of the affecting man/pet metaphor in We Think the World of You where Alan Bates memorably acted out the prudent gay desires of the pre-Stonewall era. Instead, this is Kasdan’s typical middleclass circle game, as in The Big Chill. But occasionally, Kasdan tips into profundity with Zurer’s claims of clairvoyant intuition or the sense of faithfulness embodied in the searchers all wearing red dog whistles the way early Christians carried fish signs. (Kasdan’s cutest metaphor has the bickering Keaton and Kline getting lost in the woods and encountering a pair of rams.) Without the profundity of Mike Leigh’s middle-age exploration Another Year or the classical form of the Warren Beatty farce Town and Country, Kasdan comes off second rate. It has none of the outright satire of Wanderlust, only a sensitive, more mature sense of quietude and resolve. It’s an old man’s movie (Kasdan is 63), which makes it a blessed rarity in today’s film culture. Finding comfort and fairexchange value in the compromises that mature couples make, Darling Companion answers back the anxieties that once haunted the middle class, as in William Inge’s archetypal domestic melodrama Come Back, Little Sheba. Kasdan attempts to use his sensitivity about humans and knowledge of life to create a sane entertainment.
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Downtown Alliance’s Kelly Rush lets us know what’s opening and closing Sometimes I have a big group of new store openings, sometimes I have one exquisite standout. This week’s column features the lovely and distinct florist, home furnishings and accessories brand Bloom. New Yorkers may recognize the name because Bloom has another outpost in Midtown. The new store is in a large, light space adjacent to the Conrad New York Hotel in North Battery Park City and is a smart, inviting addition to the new retailers in this community. As usual, if you see any new retailers or spot changes to a longtime friend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll check them out. Openings Bloom
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Harvard Professor Elaine Scarry, in her book On Beauty and Being Just, proposed that beauty is an aid to justice. The idea is that the beautiful object stops us, pulls us out of our self-absorption and focuses our attention on the wider world, thus prompting a concern for others. A trip to
Bloom won’t necessarily make customers more ethical, but it will infuse their homes with vibrant beauty and perhaps start them on a new path that begins in their living rooms toward seeing the world in a brighter way. Bloom offers the standard floral services, including arrangements for the home and special events such as weddings or corporate gatherings; it also offers landscaping design for everything from a backyard patio to a rooftop garden. Customers will find unique home furnishings and accessories in the store, such as an oblong-shaped glass terrarium with
a Venus Flytrap among amethyst crystals inside, but that’s just the beginning of what owner Kimberly Perrone offers. She can design a whole room around just one flower, a unique vase, a pillow or a natural object such as a plant that can live outside of soil. In fact, finding such exotic pieces is one of her specialties. Perrone calls Bloom a lifestyle environment and says florals and botanicals are key to the brand. Her style could be described as architectural and minimal but still elegant and luxurious in feeling. She pays special attention to color and shape, favoring monotones and hot brights and generally avoiding pastels. She uses organics when appropriate, such as petrified driftwood or a seashell made of ground shells. Perrone had worked in the fashion industry, but decided she wanted to own her own business and began looking for something that felt right. She discovered Bloom, what she called a “sexy luxury brand in flowers,” and decided to purchase it. “I thought it was a great opportunity. The market hadn’t been
What happens after the drunken hookup with your crush? I have had a crush on a friend of a friend for a while now, and he recently (about two months ago) broke up with his longterm girlfriend. We got a bit tipsy and hooked up a couple of weeks ago, and I think he’s a bit freaked out. I really like him, am really regretting my inebriated mistake and just don’t know what to do! Is there a shot at something still happening there or have I screwed it all up?
hhh, the ol’ dip your toe in the water game, eh? Checking to see if maybe the water is warm enough that you can strip your clothes off and swim in bed for an afternoon or two? What is lacking from your question and is seemingly a telltale sign is whether or not he has had a crush on you all this time. It’s good that you waited those two months, because if you think he’s freaked out now, I can guarantee you would have awakened with a chicken scratch note on your pillow if you had acted any earlier. So have you screwed it up? No. There is something salvageable here. From the ashes may rise a relationship or a continuous hookup or whatever you want. But right now, back off. Give him space. The reason this hookup happened to
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begin with is that at one point you seemed unattainable to him. You were his friend he could talk to about relationship bull, grab a beer with, hang out, etc. And in turn, he found out about your love life, which gave room for the maturation of friendliness to sexiness. But in the leap and bound the two of you took, the mystery was gone. GET IT BACK! Be laid back. Don’t let on that you care. Flirt with other dudes. I hate game playing,
but in this case it’s the only thing that is going to work. You need to fuck with his head in any way you can. If he flirts with a girl, don’t try to get possessive. Don’t make that snide joke that you think is cute: “Hey, which one of us are you going home with tonight? Hahaha, no, I’m kidding.” It’s not funny. It’s creepy. Just let the shit slide for a while. Either he’ll come to you or he won’t. If he doesn’t, in the process of making him jealous, maybe you’ll have found yourself a new beau. I’ll tell you straight up, though, the girlfriend thing shouldn’t have anything to do with his reaction. I know it takes a while to get over your ex, but two months should be the max (unless he’s hooking up with her behind your back, in which case you need to drop the whole situation because that’s a Western mess). If the hookup happens again, make sure it happens under sober circumstances. Drunken hookups are what they are—an act of disrespectful lust (awesome)—but if you want more, get it done on sober terms. If you have a sex or relationship question burning a hole in your brain, send it to email@example.com.
approached the way it could have been. There was no real floral brand of this type.” She began expanding her services and hasn’t looked back. Bloom also has a thriving e-commerce business, with many items available for purchase online, including flowers (seasonal and a signature collection), gift baskets and candles. But if a customer has a specific idea about the perfect container for a particular flower, Perrone will find it. She thrives on bringing beauty into a space; it doesn’t just change the environment, it changes the way one views the environment, she said. Everyone could use a little something beautiful in their life—and, for that matter, justice, fairness and impeccable style. ClOsings Blockheads
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NASA’s shuttle Enterprise took one of its final journeys from Dulles International Airport in Virginia to the John F. Kennedy International Airport, hitching a ride on a 747 Boeing jetliner last Friday, Apr. 27. While on its journey, Enterprise passed over Lower Manhattan, and this photo was taken by local photographer Scot Surbeck from the roof of a Battery Park building. The shuttle will eventually find a permanent home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Manhattan’s West Side. PhoTo By ScoT SurBEcK | cITycLIVKr.NET
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new york street vendors team up with local farmers for a truly delicious cause | By Regan Hofmann If you care about food politics in this town, most likely you fall into one of two camps: the local, sustainable, 50-milediet types or the ethnic representation, “give me authenticity or give me death” boosters. Frankly, even if you had secret tendencies to swing both ways, you didn’t really have the option. In an effort to preserve the purity of their ingredients, so-called farm-to-table restaurants are often unbearably dull, serving the same stripped-down dishes in which no spices are allowed to sully their precious produce. Conversely, one of the prime tenets of the ethnic food restaurant is “Thou shalt not overcharge,” something that has become both blessing and curse to a sector that wants to draw and attract customers within the immigrant and recent expat community, many of whom aren’t aiming for a night out at Nobu, and gain respect and attention from the dining community at large. Local ingredients often come at a pre•mium, it’s true, but that need not always be the case. Many local produce providers are small business people looking to make a dent in a crowded field that is constantly under threat from Big Ag, and many tradi•tional vendors, who work 16-hour-plus days, would use better ingredients if there were an easy way for them to purchase them. That connection first struck Helena Tubis and Robert LaValva in an idle con•versation about the direction of their two organizations. Tubis, managing director of the Street Vendor Program’s Vendy Awards, said, “We were just talking about the projects we had going on and it seemed like such a natural combination.
The offerings of Solber Pupusas, one ofthe many vendors at the forthcoming International Meats Local at the New Amsterdam Market.
International Meats Local. Five of the city’s most highly regarded street vendors, from five very different culinary traditions, will line up at the New Amsterdam market on Sunday and serve their classics, made as much as possible with ingredients provided by the market’s vendors. For $20 – $30 for early-bird admission, always a good idea at an event where lines are inevitable and hungry stomachs can’t wait—visitors can enjoy each of the offer•ings, supporting the idea of street vendor food with a mission, or local food with flavor, as you see fit.
There are a lot of small farmers that are looking to scale up, provide to businesses rather than just to individuals at a market. And street food often uses off cuts of meat, the sort of products that don’t necessarily sell well at markets, so it benefits both sides tremendously.” The idea was an event that would match up her organization’s members, the front line of the city’s pioneering street vendor community, and LaValva’s New Amsterdam Market suppliers, up-and-coming local food craftspeople and farmers. The result is this weekend’s
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“They’re all Vendy Award participants,” Tubis explained, “so they’re all delicious, and we wanted to take the opportunity to show•case the diversity of New York street food.” Participating in the event are Solber Pupusas, specialists in the Salvadoran stuffed masa cakes and members of the organically evolved Red Hook Ballfield vendor community; Veronica’s Kitchen, a Financial District legend for Caribbean favorites like oxtail, callaloo and jerk chick•en; Eggstravaganza, a Midtown breakfast cart that became so well-loved it started sticking around through the lunch rush; Guadalupe’s Tamales, what started as a one-woman operation on a Bushwick street corner and became a pilgrimage point for homesick Mexican expats; and A-Pou’s Taste, whose Taiwanese pot stickers keep late-night East Villagers happy while serv•ing a need for that particular dumpling style, with a sweeter, more spice-heavy pork fill•ing than the commonly found Northern Chinese version. “We see this as an exciting first step toward helping all our vendors better their businesses by providing local, sustainable food,” Tubis said. “Ideally, we’ll have street vendors all over New York City someday, serving culturally relevant, interesting, diverse food that is as healthy, sustainable and local as possible.”
EYE ON AUCTIONS By Caroline Birenbaum The spring auctions of Contemporary Art followed by Tribal Art are upon us. Carve out some time; these previews merit visits.
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Christie’s: May 8, 7 p.m. & May 9, 9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m., previews May 4-8. May 10, 10 a.m., previews May 4-9. May 16, 10 a.m., previews May 12-15. www.christies.com Among spectacular paintings in Sotheby’s May 9-10 auction of Contemporary Art are Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl,” Warhol’s “Double Elvis” and Bacon’s “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror.” The May 11 sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art features a Luluwa Helmet Mask, Congo, from the Muensterberger Collection, and an elaborate Kota reliquary figure from Gabon. Highlights of the May 16 auction of American Indian Art include a gorgeous hide war shirt that belonged to legendary Nez Percé Chief Joseph, a Tlingit headdress and a Mono Lake Paiute polychrome basket by Carrie Bethel.
NAUGHTy NAKED NUDE CONTROVERSy AT THE MET BY MONA MOlARSkY
o women have to be naked to get into the museum? The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest photo show suggests that—in 2012—the Guerilla Girls are still on target. Naked Before the Camera, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is presented as the history of the nude in photography, from the medium’s inception in the mid-19th century to the present. But, like all histories, it is really just one among many possible takes on the past. From kitschy Victorian peep show prints to mid-20th-century studies of the body’s geometry, there are memorable images in the show. Several of the finest photographs here are also among the best known. Two of Edward Weston’s pictures of his lover Charis Wilson, sprawled naked in the sand dunes at Oceano, Calif., (1936), have been admired for more than half a century. Despite their familiarity, they remain fresh, fierce and sensual. But ultimately, The Met’s assembly of more than 60 photographs from the museum’s big collection serves up a narrow slice of a very wide field, heavily favoring male photographers and female models. “Naked before the Camera” is a survey that pays more attention to soft porn and peep-show imagery than you might expect from an art museum. Any claims that the show offers a social history of the photographed nude are belied by the sparse information provided about the context of these images, including the photographers, their models and the market for these works. The show is divided into three sections, each addressing a different topic. The first
Christie’s May 8-9 sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art features six major works by Gerhard Richter dating from the 1960s to the ’90s and property from the superb Evelyn Haas Collection, including her favorite painting, Diebenkorn’s “Berkeley #59.” Star items in the May 10 auction of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas are from the estate of Ernst Beyeler, co-founder of Art Basel. On May 16, Important American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture consist almost entirely of representational works by well-known artists and illustrators.
Sotheby’s: May 9, 7 p.m. & May 10, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., previews May 5-9. May 11, 10 a.m., previews May 5-10. May 16, 10 a.m., previews May 12-15. www.sothebys.com Phillips de Pury’s evening session of Contemporary Art on May 10 has some highpowered and pricey pieces, including a Richard Prince “Cowboy,” de Kooning’s “Untitled VI” and a 1981 Basquiat painting. Many more works, much less excitement in the session the next morning.
Phillips de Pury: May 10, 7 p.m. & May 11, 10 a.m., previews April 28 – May 10. www.phillipsdepury.com
Brassaï’s “Introduction at Suzy’s” (1932-33). concentrates on 19th-century photographs made as aids for painters. The second focuses on medical, ethnographic and erotic photography. Only the last focuses on 20th- and 21st-century images that would generally be considered art in their own right. In all three groups, the vast majority of pictures were posed in studios or studiolike settings and present the nude body detached from the world beyond. In many, the face of the model is partly or completely hidden. All too often, what remains are studies
of anatomy and composition, some more beguiling than others. A beautifully composed “Ariadne” (1867), by English photographer Oscar Gustave Rejlander, recreates a pose from Titian’s “Venus and Adonis”—an attempt to measure the painter’s anatomical accuracy, according to wall notes from the curator. Irving Penn’s intriguing “Nude No. 57” (1949-50) plays with foreshortening to highlight both the elegance and awkwardness of
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Bonhams’ Contemporary Art sale on May 10-11, comprising paintings, photos and editioned sculptures, is nicely curated. The May 12 auction of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art circles the globe and offers significant objects including a Honduran marble vessel with skull handles, a barbed wooden spear collected on Captain Cook’s final expedition to the Pacific and a rare preserved wooden Senufo Rhythm Pounder Couple, Ivory Coast, along with lovely quilts from the Hawaiian Islands, circa 1900 and paintings by contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists. There are a few striking works among the American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture to be sold May 15, including “Woman in Red Jacket,” oil on canvas by Glackens under the influence of Renoir and a large watercolor by Burchfield, “November Wind at Dusk.”
Bonhams: May 10, 5 p.m. & May 11, 2 p.m., previews May 5-10. May 12, at 1 p.m., previews May 7-11. May 15 at 1 p.m., previews May 12-15. www.bonhams.com
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or several years, we have called Yuja Wang a wunderkind, a phenom, a sensation. For how long can we keep talking that way? She’s 25 now. I figure we can continue for a couple more years. Most recently in New York, she played Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic. She does well by Prokofiev. Two seasons ago, she played the Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. She played it to within an inch of its life. Earlier this season, she played the Sonata No. 6, also in Carnegie Hall. Her grasp on the work was sure. And the Concerto No. 3? First, let me say what was wrong with her performance, on the night I heard her. (She played the concerto on four separate nights.) She entered a hair late. She immediately changed the tempo, making it faster. She changed it further, making it faster yet. She left the poor New York Philharmonic in the dust. The conductor, Jaap van Zweden, looked at her as if to say, “What the . . .?” She was careless and sloppy. She slapped and banged. Prokofiev can be percussive, but it need not be ugly. Where she should have been elegant, she was inelegant. Her sound was not grand enough. Her passagework was bony. Some of her accents were absurd. Etc. But: I thought to myself, “Never let me become an old fart who doesn’t appreciate youthful fire and abandon.” Wang was electric. She was a girl on a mission. There was actually a little anger in her playing. She was over the top, but she was exciting as hell, and I think Prokofiev himself would have gotten a kick out of it. She won’t play like this always—but I’m
glad she does for now. She will undoubtedly mellow and mature. But fire and abandon are fine musical qualities, especially in the Prokofiev Third. I often say, “Not every performance has to be a desert-island disc”—a definitive performance, an exemplary performance, for all time. The Prokofiev Third I heard should not be on a recording. But a live concert is a different cat (thank heaven). And Wang was alive, no question. A week later, the Takács Quartet arrived in Zankel Hall, for two concerts. Formed in Budapest in 1975, the quartet now resides in Boulder. Two of the original members are still with the group. They are Hungarian, whereas the newer members are from different climes. They started their New York concerts with Janácek’s String Quartet No. 1, nicknamed “the Kreutzer Sonata.” It is a talky, anxious work, a minor masterpiece. The Takács played it knowledgeably and intelligently. They make a better overall sound than they do individually. Nevertheless, the overall sound was at times too fuzzy. And fingers at times were unresponsive. Also, where beauty was called for, the group could not quite summon it. Next on the program was another String Quartet No. 1, this one by Britten (and without a nickname). It is written in that special Britten tongue that is half modern and half not. Do you know the expression “Second verse, same as the first?” Again the Takács sound was a bit fuzzy, out of focus. Again fingers were somewhat wanting (particularly in the last movement, molto vivace). And again the group played with a general and welcome intelligence. You can think well without playing well. Usually, it’s better to think well than to play well. And when you can do both—why, then, of course, the world is your oyster.
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Constance Keene Precollege Piano Award Winner
Francisco Chomnalez BEETHOVEN CHOPIN NOON STRAVINSKY LISZT
Sonata in C Major, op. 2, no. 3 Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23 Three Tributes in Memoriam Constance Keene, op. 238 (World Premiere) Tango Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor
Francisco Chomnalez, age 17, has won top prizes in international competitions and performed in New York at Weill Recital Hall, as well as appearing with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev and the Asociación de Profesores de la Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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All Along the Lines ALONZO KING’S BALLET AT THE JOYCE BY VALERIE GLADSTONE
hen Alonzo King established LINES Ballet in 1982 in San Francisco, few believed he could maintain a new company in the city where the San Francisco Ballet had long captured the area’s ballet audience. Moreover, King did not conform to the typical ballet artistic director—he grew up in Santa Barbara in a distinguished family of movers and shakers in the African American community, trained at both the school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theater and performed with Dance Theater of Harlem. Even more unlikely, he wanted to start his venture on the West rather than the East Coast. Quickly, he proved all the doubters wrong. Today, King is one of the top choreographers in classical contemporary dance, with a wide-ranging repertory that includes collaborations with numerous international composers, musicians and visual artists, including China’s Shaolin monks, actor Danny Glover and jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. Plus, the company has an enviable tour schedule and a vibrant school. It has been featured at the Venice Biennale, the Edinburgh Festival, Montpellier Danse and the Holland Dance Festival, and King has been commissioned by the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hong Kong Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre, among others. Asked the secret of his success, King says, “I try to choreograph beautiful works that resonate with universal truths.”
In LINES Ballet’s upcoming season at The Joyce Theater May 8-13, King’s choreographic gifts and widely heralded dancers will be on display in a program including Scheherazade, commissioned by the Monaco Dance Forum to inaugurate the centenary of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo and set to a new score by tabla master Zakir Hussain after Rimsky-Korsakov, and Resin, an exploration of Sephardic music with songs and field recordings from Yemen, Turkey, Morocco and Spain. A true scholar of the world’s cultures and music, King mines relationships between diverse groups of people, bringing them subtly to light in works like those that will be presented at The Joyce Theater. The character of Scheherazade particularly fascinated him. He explains that she had to convince the ruler not to kill her and save her sisters by healing him with her voice. “It wasn’t simply her stories,” he says, “but her voice. It transported him. Your voice is the key to who you are. I had to show this through movement, how her lovingness transformed him. In a sense, she represents the divine mother.” While he likes the Rimsky-Korsakov score, he also thrives on working with living composers, and so asked Hussain for a new score. “It’s a partnership when I collaborate with a composer, just as choreographing is a partnership with my dancers. Artists are givers. They inspire me,” King explains. Dancer David Harvey joined LINES five years ago. “Alonzo sees endless possibilities in dance and his dancers,” he says. “It makes it challenging but also rewarding—you never reach the point where you are finished. “He’s never abandoned ballet; he’s committed to fulfilling its potential. He’s a purist in the best sense—no flash, no glitter, just honest and courageous dance.”
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Pavlov’s Franchise THE DELUSION OF MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS BY ARMOND WHITE
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revious Marvel Comics superhero movies such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor were like roughly cut puzzle pieces that looked odd and unfinished by themselves—pretend movies derived from already established brands. Most of them, particularly Jon Favreau’s dung-colored Iron Man, were poorly directed. Now, fitted together in Marvel’s The Avengers, the superhero tales still don’t quite cohere; instead, each superhero’s traits and powers have been simultaneously inflated and streamlined (Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow, barely a cameo in last year’s Captain America, is almost a character here) with the sole intent to overwhelm, not merely entertain. That’s why a corporate brand is part of the title. A live-action version of the comic book series about “The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” Marvel’s The Avengers is promoted as the
ultimate Comic-Con—the franchise of franchises, the movie contemporary audiences have been trained to anticipate and genuflect to. This whopping sales campaign manipulates immature, undeveloped adolescent taste into the mistaken notion of cultural fulfillment. The Avengers is neither good nor important, yet the more it consummates Marvel Comics’ current strategy to secure the adolescent comic book/graphic novel/ video game market, the more it illustrates Hollywood’s shameless insufficiencies. To discuss The Avengers as a story—or even a thrill ride—is delusional. Best to tally some of the actors’ deceits—which parallel the media’s complicit self-deception—as they trivialize the emotional satisfaction that is supposed to come from modernizing myth and legend. The Captain America role traps Chris Evans, who was a great tease as the Human Torch, in an uninteresting anachronism, now a truly faded idea of American Exceptionalism. The same holds for the Halloween freakazoids Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space N.P. Mander Organ Recital Series Presents
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM FELIX MENDELSSOHN Sonata in F minor, Op. 65, No. 1
CÉSAR FRANCK Chorale No. 3 in A Minor
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
VINCENT PERSICHETTI Shimah B’Koli
NICOLAS DE GRIGNY Recit de Tierce en taille
MAURICE DURUFLÉ Prelude and Fugue on Alain, Op. 7
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Marvel’s The Avengers. Banner/The Hulk (a CGIed Mark Ruffalo). As villainous Loki, Tom Hiddleston, who was so moving in Spielberg’s War Horse and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, comes closest to giving a performance. He suggests the intense young aspirant Peter O’Toole, though without the glorious voice and no story details to frame his petulance, just a pretext for the superheroes to fight his plan for world domination. The film’s only probable hero is zillionaire gadgeteer Tony Stark, who Robert Downey has finally learned to make his own using hipster witticisms that lend this basically unhip movie erratic self-satire. Only a capitalist icon with Stark’s endless resources makes sense to an audience of semi-illiterate consumers catered to by the leisure industries and discouraged from an interest in characterization, theme or ideas. That’s why Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury can simply watch action from the sidelines (occasionally firing off a gunshot or an epithet), pretending to be a leader in his ghetto eye patch. (Insert convenient Obama comment here.) Director Joss Whedon brings TV squalor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to his big screen superhero debut. Whedon doesn’t have Zack Snyder’s personal style, the élan that at least made Watchmen and Sucker Punch thoroughly idiosyncratic and fitfully compelling. Whedon directs impersonally, which is to say he manages the proceedings as one runs
a fast-food joint. This analogy ought to appall the very fast-food patrons who flock to The Avengers, yet cannot accept that an artistic enterprise should be more than ground patties of optional substance. Like Whedon, they can’t tell the difference between art and conviction-less product. This proves the brainwashing that has happened to pop audiences in the generations since comic books and TV stole their imaginations from cinema and literature. Much of this tragedy has to do with the impact of TV (Whedon’s background), which has destroyed popular understanding of narrative complexity. Each superhero should represent overcoming some social difficulty; now they’re just gimmicks. Whedon simply makes the action go on and on. He has no sense of dramatic build or rising to a climax. He overloads the spectator with one climax after another (imitating Michael Bay angles, particularly the same skyscraper-devouring turbine f/x from the last Transformers flick). Unlike the lyrical teen fantasy Chronicle or Neveldine/Taylor’s daring Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which addressed life, death and morality, Marvel’s The Avengers has little to say other than “Buy me!” Millions of mentally hijacked moviegoers will respond like Pavlov’s dog, barking “Wow!”
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Thai Jones and Bill Ayers | BY ALAN KRAWITZ
ew city residents realize it, but today’s Occupy protests are rooted in events that took place nearly a century earlier. New York City journalist and author Thai Jones is keenly aware of this fact as he specializes in researching and writing about radical political movements from the 20th century. His latest book, More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy, serves to propel Jones’ body of work forward as it chronicles a city perilously close to chaos in 1914 just as the country was inching toward World War I. Moreover, Jones, a former reporter for Newsday and the Albany Times-Union, brings a measure of personal experience on writing about radical political movements as the son of former members of the Weather Underground, a 1960s communist revolutionary group that carried out a campaign of bombing public buildings in protest of the Vietnam War. In 1970, associates of Jones’ parents were killed in a Greenwich Village townhouse explosion as members of the Weather Underground were preparing nail bombs to be used later at a New York City social gathering frequented by soldiers. Bill Ayers, a retired professor of education from the University of Illinois in Chicago, is best known for his work in urban educational reform as well as his late-’60s and early-’70s political and antiwar activism when he co-founded the Weather Underground movement. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Ayers found himself at the center of a controversy stemming from his contacts with then-political candidate Barack Obama. Today, May 3, NYC’s Tenement Museum will provide a fitting backdrop for Jones as he joins with Ayers to discuss his book, politics, research and how Ayers’ firsthand political activism and radicalism intersects with Jones’ researched history of the left. Our Town Downtown caught up with both Jones and Ayers to find out more about More Powerful Than Dynamite and the upcoming talk at the Tenement Museum. What compelled you to write More Powerful now? Was it the OWS movement? TJ: Actually, this project was years in the making and I submitted the final draft to the publisher in June. The Occupy Movement began in New York City in September, so the parallels are entirely fortuitous. As
soon as the protests began I tried to be on hand whenever I could. For me, going down to Liberty Square and joining the demonstrations as a participant—and also as an observer—was an incredibly moving and inspirational experience. Every day down there was equivalent to a month of research. Do you see any similarities between the conditions in 1914 NYC and today’s OWS? BA: The portrait of New York City, 1914, that Thai Jones paints so skillfully brings the parallels with conditions today into sharp focus. … The deepest parallel I registered was the complex humanity of each person swimming through a dynamic history in-the-making, building an identity without guarantees—just like each of us. Do you support the OWS protesters? What parallels do you see between OWS and the Weather Underground? BA: Yes, yes, yes. Occupy is an invitation and an opening, not a point of arrival, and it’s already won in important ways: the 1 percent is exposed, the frame is changed, and the 99 percent are getting mobilized against war and planetary destruction, for peace and simple fairness. Occupy is recreating the public square as a place where every grievance and every aspiration can find space to breathe, and it’s a metaphor being applied everywhere as activists fight for public education, workers’ rights, health care, peace, prison abolition and housing. What impact did your parents’ going into hiding for a decade have on you? What did you think, at the time, about what they were doing regarding involvement with the Weather Underground? TJ: I was 4 years old when the FBI beat down the door of our apartment in the Bronx and took my parents to jail—in the end, they did not have to serve any time. My father received community service and parole, and the charges against my mother were dropped. So I didn’t have any concrete feelings about their activities at the time. All I knew was that we had some secrets that weren’t to be discussed, and that every so often my name would change. What are your thoughts on our recent involvement in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan? Were we/are we justified being in either country? BA: Those invasions have been predictably catastrophic, both for the people of those lands who are suffering death and
dislocation and destruction and who have opposed the U.S. presence in huge, supermajority numbers, and to the people of the U.S. who have seen the decimation of civil liberties, the wanton waste of resources, and the coarsening of our social lives. What will the talk/event at Tenement Museum focus on? BA: I’d like to talk politics and research with this brilliant young social historian, but I also would love to dive into a discussion of writing, and the discipline of the desk. This is an elegantly crafted work— Dickensian in its drive and scope—and I’m interested in his thinking about the writerly challenges and choices he faced, and how, finally, he did it. What advice would you give to today’s OWS protesters? BA: Fundamental radical change is what we need now more than ever—we need to change ourselves, we need to remake the world. We need a revolution in values—against militarism, racism, materialism, consumerism—and a revolution in fact—for peace and sharing the socially produced wealth and saving the planet. There is no single answer, but refusal to go along with exploitation, oppression, conquest and greed opens the path. Thai Jones will speak with Bill Ayers on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St. (betw. Delancey & Broome Sts.). For more information, call 212-982-8420 or visit tenement.org. MAY 3, 2012 | NYPR E SS.COM
� CAM P G U I D E From Active to Artsy A guide to summer day camps | By Meghan Gearino, Kat Harrison and Elizabeth Raymond
f you tally all of the day camps in the city along with all of the day camps within an hour’s drive, you have an extraordinary menu of summer experiences. From traditional day camps that offer a mix of sports, crafts and field trips, to camps that devote more of their day to culture, music and other specialties, chances are you can find a camp that’s a good fit for your child depending on his or her age and interests. If you have a child 4 years old or younger who is not ready for a full day of camp, much less a full summer, day camps typically offer sessions that are just a few hours a day and one or two weeks long. If you have an older child, he or she might be ready (and you might be, too) to be put them on a bus in the morning to a camp outside of city, so they can have fun in a more rural setting and perhaps take the first step in the direction of a sleepaway camp experience. For info on academic day camps, read our recent educational day camp guide at www.NYPress.com. Visit www.NewYorkFamily.com for more on day camps. Whatever you decide is right for your child, there is one standard where you should not compromise: Camp should be fun, and your child should feel like he or she is making friends. If that’s not happening, it ain’t the right camp—keep looking! GENERAL-INTEREST DAY CAMPS IN NEW YORK CITY
It’s important to keep kids active when school’s out for the summer. The Summer Breeze Day Camp by Gymtime Rhythm & Glues and York Avenue Preschool is a perfect choice, letting young campers tuck & roll in a state-of-the-art gym while cooking and enjoying library time. And with a new facility in Battery Park City, Summer Day Camp at Asphalt Green has everything from T-ball to martial arts, with weekly trips to popular venues like the Bronx Zoo and Liberty Science Center. Speaking of animals, the Art Farm in the City is a diamond in the rough for city kids, with its onsite petting zoo and specialization in animal care. They organize the summer by themes like “Tropical Excursion,” “Circus Mania” and “Wild Wild West.” Special days like pajama and BBQ day dot The Mandell School’s Explorer Camp schedule, where all of the counselors are experienced teachers. Or you can give your tot a head start on the camp experience with Poppyseed Pre-Nursery. This minicamp allows you to join your toddler for picnics, singing and painting. For an all-around summer camp experience, look no further than Bank Street Summer Camp. Depending on their age, kids can partake in swimming, fishing, Spanish immersion and cabaret. A summer at Camp Léman features woodworking,
silly science experiments and a rooftop playground. With multi-borough locations, Oasis Day Camp spotlights field trips and special guests. Plus, kids can get pumped up every morning with cheers and a song—classic camp-style. Thespians and dance aficionados ages 5-10 will love the Babes on Broadway camp by Discovery Programs whereas the LIU Children’s Academy Summer Camp leads children in a different direction, offering robotics, fashion design, cinema and comic book creation.
GENERAL-INTEREST DAY CAMPS OUTSIDE THE CITY
Quintessentially summer, Woodmont Day Camp offers performing arts, athletics, and arts and crafts for each of its age-appropriate “villages.” Looking for a nurturing Jewish environment? The Neil Klatskin Day Camp will take your kiddo boating, hiking and even host a few carnivals. If your child is ready to unleash his or her creative side, don’t miss Gate Hill Day Camp for jewelry-making, tie-dye and ceramics. North Shore Day Camp also provides woodworking and leather arts. For something off the wall, Buckley Country Day Camp offers special events such as a camp-wide talent show, Olympics Week and pony rides. Can’t get your fish out of the water? Pierce Country Day Camp has their very own sprayground and water park with below-ground geysers and fountains, and also offers water ballet and volleyball lessons. Only 35 minutes from Manhattan, The JCC’s Day Camp @ Pearl River offers twice-a-day swimming with a slide just for the big kids. Future farmers should check out The Nature Place Day Camp, which houses a chicken coop, beehives and composting piles. Located in White Plains, Mohawk Day Camp (pictured) has an onsite farm with chickens, cows and peacocks alongside gardens and an apple orchard. If petting zoos, gardening and fishing is more your child’s forte, check out Spring Lake Day Camp. For the athletic-minded, Deer Mountain Day Camp provides all things fencing, archery, rugby, cricket and GaGa. In New Rochelle, Mount Tom Day Camp features a menu of more traditional sports such as kickball, football, golf and tennis. The New York YMCA Camp offers adventurous outdoor adrenaline rushes on their ropes courses, with some fast-flung archery in between. And the 92YCamps not only offer soccer, a mini-zipline and skateboarding activities, the fun is a mere 20-minute bus ride away.
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A haven for children ages 3 to 4, Camp Apple Seeds engages kids in activities like cooking and dramatic play according to weekly themes such as “American Road Trip” and “Make Believe.” Running for 11 weeks, the Summer Days Camp at 74th St. MAGIC provides a plush, private rooftop for outdoor play—a boon for “Growing in the Garden” week. At Kidville, we’re especially tickled by the Fairy Princess and Superhero Training camps which let storybook heroes and heroines come to life for little ones. And then it’s all about the sea and stars at Camp Intrepid, where campers ages 5 to 13 can curate their own exhibits, speak like a swashbuckler and explore the next frontier.
It’s never too soon to get your child prepared for the “real world.” She could be the next Donna Karan thanks to SewHo’s summer camp, which
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teaches a variety of hand and machine sewing skills through projects like pillows, handbags and American Girl doll apparel. The Textile Arts Center of Manhattan is offering two camps this sunfilled season—one concentrated on weaving and another on the surface design of textiles, which includes printing and dyeing. Worth every penny, the nonprofit organization World of Money offers a three-week Youth Financial Literacy Training Institute program for campers ages 7-18 and teaches necessary financial skills such as budgeting, investing and money management.
With low coach-to-camper ratios, your budding athlete (of any sport) is sure to succeed in the age-divided Kids in Sports summer sessions, which also feature storytime and arts & crafts. Or join the Sports Academy at Chelsea Piers for a roster that includes volleyball and European team handball, among the usual sporty suspects. At Corbin’s Crusaders Day Camp—located a mere 25 minutes from the city—ultimate Frisbee, archery, GaGa, and Go-Kart fun will fill the hours.
Dust off those racquets! The Advantage Sea & Sports Camp gives your athlete a chance to play on the beautiful Maritime College waterfront and provides your child with 4 to 6 hours of instruction and practice, with an optional swim time. Another great option is the 2012 Excel Summer Camp by the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and SPORTIME Randall’s Island. Along with intensive instruction and technique development, campers can also participate in tennis-specific cross-training like soccer and ultimate Frisbee.
Just in time for Euro 2012, Super Soccer Stars offers various camps, depending on your little kicker’s age and skill set. Summer camp at the Carlos Oliveira Soccer Academy focuses on both individual skills and fundamentals of team play. This Brazilian-style soccer camp on the Upper West Side is available for half or full days.
Boost your slugger’s sense of sportsmanship and teamwork with the Baseball Center NYC’s summer program—which includes both indoor and outdoor segments of pitching, hitting, fielding and base running. And develop a real love for the game through On Deck NY with skill-building drills and daily competitions in Central Park.
Tiny tumblers should somersault their way to Jodi’s Gym (pictured) for parachute play and hands-on art fun for a summer camp where music usually reigns at the beginning of each day. And with two locations, NYC Elite offers families a full or half day option to experience a world of swimming, balance beams and storytime.
Culminating in a Friday family performance, the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Dance Camp lets its youngest dancers recreate the greatest stage stories of all time with basic movement concepts and DIY costumes. The Explore Dance program at The School at Steps caters to those who love the entire spectrum of movement—from hip-hop to tap—and lets them mix and match the styles they
like into an ideal schedule. For dancers ages 6-12, Peridance Capezio Center is offering an August Dance Camp combining jazz, ballet and salsa, as well as elements of dance history and choreography. And for those who already have at least a year of classical ballet training under their belt, the New York Theatre Ballet offers its Summer Dance Camp complete with field trips to break up the intensive training. Prospective campers must be between the ages of 7 and 10 and must audition in order to attend.
Applause NYC’s weeklong Musical Theater Intensives give your kids the chance to learn stage techniques, song placement and costume design in the presence of a Broadway star. If your little one’s interest lies more in the arena of choreography, Vital Theatre’s Junior Performance Camp gives your child a chance to work one-on-one with a professional choreographer and learn all the right moves. A guaranteed good time, the Kids Weeks at the New Victory Theater range from circus tricks to puppetry to playwriting. Performers ages 6-15 get the bonus swank of a major concert hall by attending the Summer Musical Theater Workshop by the Lucy Moses School. And at TADA! Youth Theater, the themed weeks (we’re especially intrigued by (“Broadway Bieber”) culminate in an original camper composition.
Unique in its location, we think Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Summer Art Colony on Governors Island is an escape all in its own. Kids can explore an NYC treasure while creating a few artistic keepsakes to take home. At HiArt’s Culture Bugs Surreal Summer Camp, creative types are introduced to the world of surrealism and bookmaking. Escape the heat and head to Kids at Art for half-day workshops offering the best in mask-making, clay molding and papier-mâché technique. And Make Meaning’s Creative Escapes program lets campers go on an artistic staycation, drawing inspiration from global cultures and test tubes.
Addicted to the Food Network? With 13 delectable themes, Taste Buds is offering a new Iron Chef Camp this summer where young gourmands will learn how to whip up treats and compete with their fellow campers. If you’re looking to instill a sense of food responsibility in your child, consider Butter Beans Food and Garden Camp so they can explore farmers markets, create their own sweet jam and write a cookbook utilizing a farm-to-table philosophy. Home Cooking New York’s summer camp in Chelsea is a stellar introduction to kitchen basics as well as to cuisines from all around the globe.
Stationed in Chelsea, the Kids at Work summer camp offers up an awesome blend of age- appropriate music and artistic activities for your groovy kiddos to engage in. Perfect for preschoolers, the Diller-Quaile School of Music is offering an Early Childhood Preschool Music and Art Program this June. Take in summertime music, engage in creative play and catch special concerts all before heading home. If you have more of a rocker on your hands, Day Jams lets rhythmic children learn and perfect their skills on guitar, bass, drums vocals and keyboard under the tutelage of a music pro.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012 | 10 AM – Noon | Wall Street Park – BETWEEN WATER AND SOUTH STREETS –
The Downtown Alliance invites you to Spring Community Day, a day to spruce up Wall Street Park and enjoy family-friendly activities. Bring family and friends and volunteer to keep your community clean, enjoy light snacks, and meet your neighbors.
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The May 3, 2012 issue of Our Town Downtown. Our Town Downtown (OTDownTown) is a newspaper for 25 to 40-year-old New Yorkers living, working...
Published on May 3, 2012
The May 3, 2012 issue of Our Town Downtown. Our Town Downtown (OTDownTown) is a newspaper for 25 to 40-year-old New Yorkers living, working...