VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 |Jan 06 - 12, 2005
“How Beautiful This Place Can Be,” photographs by this South African artist, are on display at Daniel Cooney Fine Art through February 26. “While the images contemplate a struggle that is centuries old, the vibrant color and visual intimacy draw the viewer in to examine the beauty in a place that once symbolized racism, oppression and inhumanity.” 511 W. 25 St., Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 212-255-8158.
Jeannette Montgomery Barron
“Mirrors,” an exhibition launched in conjunction with the publication of the artist’s book of the same name, with a text by Edmund White, is on display at ClampArt, 531 W. 25 St. ground floor, through Feb. 12. Tonight’s opening reception is at 6 p.m. The gallery is open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 646-230-0020
National Arts Club
Join celebrated painter/illustrator Rafal Olbinski for a book signing of his latest, “Olbinski Posters for Performing Arts.” 6:30 p.m., 15 Gramercy Park South. Visit nationalar
Children of all ages are welcome at this dance event. This dance series combines informal, accessible performances with Q&As with the artists. Each installment focuses on a different aspect of the art form, such as the power of dance to tell stories or where choreographers find inspiration. The audience includes middle and high school students and teachers, moms with pre-schoolers, and seniors. 12 p.m. at 92 St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. Free
Bronx Opera Company
Rarely seen in New York, “The Consul” opened on Broadway in 1950 and won a Pulitzer Prize. A powerful statement of the post-cold war era, it powerfully captured the tensions of the times and is now being staged in the Bronx at Lehman College’s Lovinger Theater at Bedford Park Blvd., tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $15-30, available at 718-960-8833. All performances are fully staged with orchestra. Visit bronxopera.org for more information.
M8 continues its Euro-style, ubermacho fest (skinhead, biker, army, rubber, punk, sports kit, leather) into the new year with a send-off bash for all the sexy hardcore M8s heading down to next weekend’s Mid Atlantic Leather gathering in DC. DJ BeJay spins OI! Punk, Ska and some other really eclectic stuff. Barber & Bootblack give head-to-toe. Guinness draft, hourly drink specials and the new strip poker table ensure sexy mayhem. Poker starts around midnight - winner gets $50 and some free stuff. 10 p.m. at the Pussycat Lounge, 96 Greenwich St. at Rector. 1-9-4-5 trains all within the block.
This queer television network will air “In Foqus” a biography program hosted by Scott Withers, chronicling the lives of the most colorful, controversial and important personalities in the gay and lesbian community. Subjects will range from the political to the comedic, from gay role models to gay icons, sports stars to movie stars. The half-hour series kicks off with a multi-episode look at the Gay Games - the personalities behind it, the inspiration, the controversy, and the ultimate success. The show runs Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m., EST. The program is available to viewers on the cable network RCN (channel 255) in New York, Boston and San Francisco.
The Rainbow Brunch today is “Sharing Healing for Parents with Gay and Lesbian Children.” The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan invites our LGBTQ members to bring their parents, children or other family members for an open and safe morning of dialogue and understanding. Many families struggle with the news that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and the JCC hopes to create an environment where questions and concerns are voiced in a loving and respectful way. A social worker and a staff member from PFLAG will facilitate discussion. 11 a.m. at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. $10.
Schmooze for Men
Get together and schmooze about topics of interest with this lively and friendly group of men. A great first stop if you are new to New York or just want to meet new people. Four Mondays: Jan, 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 11 at 7:30–9 p.m. $5 per session at the Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76 St.
TUE. JAN. 11
Anjelica Huston and the Culture Project present the N.Y. premiere of this one-woman play written and performed by Geraldine Hughes about one Northern Irish girl’s story of family, war, Jesus and Hollywood. “It’s drawn from my memories of growing up in war-torn Belfast. Maybe telling my story will not only give people an insight about kids in war, but will inspire others to tell their story as well,” says Hughes. Tue.-Sat. at 8 p.m., 4 p.m. matinee on Sat. and Sun. at 45 Bleecker St. 212 253-9983; $20-45.
Elisabeth Robinson reads from her new book, “The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters,” a story about sisters Olivia and Maddie Hunt. Olivia, recently fired from her Hollywood job, discovers that her sister is dying. Can she help her sister while trying to revive her career and love life? Author Elisabeth Robinson will read from her novel tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Chelsea, 675 Sixth Ave. 212-727-1227. Free.
The Lesbian Body
As part of the “Love Your Tree” project inspired by Eve Ensler’s new play “The Good Body,” lesbian and bisexual women are invited to come together to explore the interrelationship between women’s body images and sexual identity. Within these participatory open-discussion sessions, women will share their personal stories and insights: How has your sexuality been affected by your body image? How has your relationship with your body been affected by your sexual identity? There is no fee to participate. The facilitator is Leah McElrath, MSW, CSW. Tonight and January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at ABC Carpet & Home, Broadway at 19th Street, 2nd floor in the Red Tent. Visit loveyourtree.org for more information.
Susan Homer exhibits her work (“A Bird’s Tale”) and Lauren Gohar hers (“New York Feathers”) at this contemporary gallery in Brooklyn, starting with tonights’ opening party at 6 p.m. at 382 Atlantic Ave., 718-254-9126, or at metaphorco
Sheila Pepe and Carrie Moyer
A group show including recent editions published by the Lower East Side Printshop (printshop.org) featuring Sheila Pepe, Carrie Moyer, Bruce Pearson and Mark Dean Veca, “New Prints 2005, Winter,” opens tonight at the International Photography Center of New York, 526 W. 26th Street, #824, at 6 p.m. Visit ipcny.org for more information. Show runs through Feb. 26.
In this Colombian-born artist’s recent work, “Frequency and Repetition,” architecture and urban space have become the main subject. Come see this astounding photographic series at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, reception tonight at 6 p.m., 601 W. 26 St., Suite 1240. Visit brycewolkowitz.com for more information.
Bronx Opera Company
Rarely seen in New York, “The Consul” opened on Broadway in 1950 and won a Pulitzer Prize. A powerful statement of the post-cold war era, it powerfully captured the tensions of the times and is now being staged in the Bronx at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse on 68 St. between Park and Lexington Aves., tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $20-35, available at 212-772-4448. All performances are fully staged with orchestra. Visit bronxopera.org for more information.
Japanese New Year
New York families are invited to the Japanese New Year celebration, sponsored by The 14th Street Y, featuring samurai sword performance, tea ceremony, rice pounding, music, dance and more. 1 p.m. the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues. $10 for adults and $7 kids; 212-780-0800.
“We Beat Whitey Ford,” a play by Kal Wagenheim, will be presented in a staged reading at 3 p.m. today at the Theater Project, Union County College’s Professional Theatre Company, at 1033 Springfield Ave., in Cranford, New Jersey. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with author and cast.
In the play, two former high school baseball teammates — one black (Mitch), one white (Hal) — meet twenty years later at Newark Airport, and seek to restore what once was. This is a moving, often funny, tale of friendship, and of the chasm between youthful dreams and reality — between what we want and what we get. For more information, call 908-659-5189 or visit: TheTheater