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Volume 76, Number 5
June 21 - 27, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Yip, yip hurray! Old P.S. 64 is landmarked
The community scored a major victory on Tuesday morning when the Landmarks Preservation Commission landmarked the old P.S. 64 near Tompkins Square Park.

Talking Point
A convenient excuse, but the wrong kind of green
By Jessica Dheere
Waiting for the audience to clear out of the showing of “Inconvenient Truth” before ours, my friend Mike read a New York Post story about the global-warming movie and the truths Al Gore supposedly did not illuminate. One of these so-called truths, according to the Post, was a study published in the journal Science titled “Recent Ice-Sheet Growth in Interior in Greenland.” How serious could global warming be, the writer argued, if ice sheets in Greenland were growing?

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter

Scene
News In Brief

Mercedes flambé is served in Soho


Youth/Sports

"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"


Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Violence is a drag
Kevin Aviance, the drag singer who was viciously beaten by four young men after leaving an East Village gay bar on June 10, held a red light to illustrate that it’s time to “stop the violence” at a march in the Village last Saturday attended by hundreds.<MORE>


NEWS
Loft tenants won’t check out to make way for hotel
By David Spett
A luxury hotel is being planned for Cooper Square between Fifth and Sixth Sts., but the developer’s two building permit requests have been denied and specific details about the hotel are not currently known.

Gimme shelter, says owner, as old P.S. 64 is landmarked
By Lincoln Anderson
East Village activists fighting to save the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St. celebrated on Tuesday morning as the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated it an individual city landmark, safeguarding it from the wrecking ball.


INSIDE
Dancer is riding high after recovery from anthrax
By Bonnie Rosenstock
In his first public performance since recovering from anthrax, Vado Diomande wowed the overflow crowd at the High School of Art and Design Theater on E. 57th St. on June 10, with an exuberant, life-affirming dance on mountainous stilts.

Irish bards sing a love song for St. Brigid’s Church
By Lincoln Anderson
Villagers traveled north of 14th St. last Thursday to Connolly’s near Times Square to attend “Bards for St. Brigid’s,” a benefit to raise funds for the legal defense effort to save historic St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B from demolition.



Gay Pride
A special Villager supplement

At 80, activist recalls a lifetime on the front lines
By Janet Kwon
With his right leg propped atop a heavily cushioned chair, Bob Kohler shifted his weight from side to side in his wheelchair until he was sufficiently comfortable.

The evolution of Dee Perez, transgender activist
By Lawrence Lerner
Transgender activist Dee Perez is a study in transitions, not only morphing from male to female during her 28-year lifespan but rising from the projects and drug addiction to become a successful community activist and mentor to countless adults and students around issues of homophobia and marginalization.

Love is the drug, but do we need to keep score?
By Tim Gay
According to Maxim, a heterosexual magazine, Charlie Sheen claims to have had sex with 5,000 women.
I question Mr. Sheen’s self-reporting methodology, from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

Stonewall Inn, gay icon, is running low on pride
By John Koblin
Standing up, charging forward and refusing to stand back is Stonewall’s legacy. Defeat and low morale is Stonewall’s story today.

Political contenders don’t want your vote — yet
By Ed Gold
Two of the brightest political prospects in the community, who give every indication that they would be interested in running for public office, are shy — even negative — about seeking the City Council seat now held by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose current term ends in 2009.

Stop the violence,’ hundreds cry, in Village march
By Jefferson Siegel
While the L.G.B.T. community prepares for one of the city’s largest parades of the year this Sunday, there was another march last weekend many wished they didn’t have to make.

Pride March co-marshal steps up for Grannies’ Trek
By Jefferson Siegel
In a tune-up for his role as co-grand marshal — along with Council Speaker Christine Quinn — of Sunday’s Gay Pride March, Florent Morellet hosted a packed benefit for the Grandmothers Against the War at Florent, his Gansevoort St. restaurant, on June 13.

All in the family but with a new twist, as in T
By Kate Walter
I remember the first time I got an inkling that something was going on with my first cousin Ellen and Jim, her husband of two decades. I had taken the train to the Jersey Shore where the Irish side of my family was gathering at a waterside restaurant for a surprise party to celebrate Aunt Celia’s 70th birthday.


Arts & Entertainment



‘Measure for Measure,’ minus present-day politics
By Rachel Breitman
Measure for Measure – one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies – holds a magnifying glass up to the heart of corrupt politicians trying to rid their society of impure desires.

Sandra Oh helps put ‘Satellites’ back in orbit
By Scott Harrah
Sandra Oh, best known for her work in the Oscar-winning indie drama “Sideways” and the TV hit “Grey’s Anatomy,” takes on her most challenging role yet in Diana Son’s thought-provoking but rough-hewn play “Satellites.”

PR rep Kambri Crews generates her own buzz
By Noah Fowle
Kambri Crews is not used to being the center of attention. Managing her own PR firm, her talents lay in generating buzz, and her hard work and dedication have helped launch some of downtown’s hottest alternative rooms, where a fresh style of entertainment is being served from equal parts comedic and literary influences.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Crossing the Bridge:The Sound of Istanbul” (-)
I read several reviews of this documentary that extolled it.  The intent was to record the music of Turkey and exhibit the sights of Istanbul.  Regrettably, it did not meet my expectations. 
“An Inconvenient Truth” (+) This documentary by Al Gore is superb from the first to last frame including the credits. It is also the best presentation that he has ever made – concise, informative and occasionally humorous. 

A moving document of dance and art
By Susan Yung
When is reading a magazine as good as watching the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from the best seat in the house? Pretty much never, unless you’re leafing through the recent issue of 2wice, a sumptuous yet spare artifact featuring Joachim Ladefoged’s photographs of the company performing in dances costumed by Robert Rauschenberg.



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