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Volume 76, Number 24
November 1 - 6, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
An M.T.S. at Pier 76 could be best option
The city’s Solid Waste Management Plan has met stiff opposition in Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. The plan — to go into effect gradually over the next 20 years — calls for a new marine transfer station for recyclable municipal and commercial waste at Gansevoort Peninsula and also an M.T.S. at Pier 99 at W. 59th St. for commercial waste. The paper, plastic and metal would be barged to a Brooklyn recycling plant.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

In praise of goth beauticians and the $20 haircut
By Andrei Codrescu
You walk into a hair salon that just opened in the ’hood. A few modified pesudo-goth girls sit on barber chairs having a discussion. I say “modified” because all beauticians look like former goths these days. One day around 28 years of age they stared in the mirror and their tattoos scared them. Here comes beauty school!

Talking Point
The (other) war at home; We’re not winning it either
By Daniel Meltzer
Mayor Bloomberg’s recently announced war on poverty is neither a war, nor will it ever defeat poverty. Just as the war on terrorism isn’t really a war either, the mayor’s battle cry is a call to arms without an honestly defined enemy. We have also had “wars” against graffiti and panhandlers.

In Pictures
Putting on the dog
The 16th Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade, the country’s largest, brought out a dazzling display of costumed canines on Saturday. Winners received prizes, including six iPod MP3 players. All proceeds go to the Parks Department for the $150,000 restoration of the Tompkins Square Dog Run — also know as First Run because it was the first dog run built in New York City. (Villager photos by Robert Kreizel)

En garde! Fencers carve out own space in Chelsea
By Judith Stiles
When Lowden Charles was a youngster, he never was Zorro for Halloween and never owned any toy swords. So in middle school when he was encouraged to play a sport, his mother and teachers were astonished when he started brandishing a saber and took up fencing.

Brad Will Will, shortly before his death, in the zocalo at Oaxaca City, where APPO has set up an encampment.

City says there was ‘no written agreement’ on Wash. Sq.
By Albert Amateau
The long and bitter fight over the proposed redesign of Washington Square Park continued on Tuesday when an Appellate Division panel heard arguments on the city’s appeal of a State Supreme Court ruling that the Department of Parks failed to properly inform Community Board 2 about two features of the plan.

Critical Mass shows no fear, but needs a few more lights
By Jefferson Siegel
Friday's Critical Mass ride was one of the more popular of the year because of its Halloween theme. Cyclists arrived in an imaginative array of costumes, including witches, goblins, skeletons and zombies.

Still searching for more answers on Christopher St.
By Albert Amateau
Just eight weeks after the beginning of the Christopher St. initiative, intended to address problems concerning crowds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers from all over the city who spend their nights on the Christopher St. Pier, West Village residents said last week that they were still beset by noisy, obscene and at times menacing behavior.

Theater Speacial

Ellen Stewart: Still pushing that pushcart
It is five steep flights from the ground floor to the top floor of 74-A East 4th Street, and Ellen Stewart, whose living quarters are three small, cluttered rooms on that top floor, says she “can no longer go up and down those stairs unless four boys from one of the shows can take me up and down.”

His Idear
On the day of the opening night of his play about a Jackson, Mississippi, ex-beauty queen named My Deah who murders her own two children to get back at her unfaithful ex-football- hero-slob husband, John Epperson was having lunch at Moustache, a tiny Middle Eastern restaurant on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village.

The Playbills of Broadway’s past
By Scott Harrah
A little more than three years ago, I went to a performance of “Wicked” by myself. As a freelance theater critic for numerous publications, this was a normal occurrence for me at the time, since none of my friends enjoyed the theater. They found Broadway to be too expensive and musicals to be corny, and I either had to force them to see shows with me, or I had to go alone. So there I was at “Wicked,” sitting in the dark theater as I watched the audience clap and cheer after each scene.

Hanging with the Spoon Man and Deer Lady on Halloween
By Lawrence Lerner
On any other evening, Mike Sullivan might struggle to be noticed. Short and plump with a gray-speckled beard, the 53-year-old animator from Manhattan’s Clinton neighborhood is not exactly George Clooney, and his slow monotone voice trails off as he finishes his sentences.

Activist, reporter, former squatter Brad Will shot dead in Mexico
By Lincoln Anderson
Outrage over the murder of activist and journalist Brad Will and the violence in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploded on Monday when a protest by hundreds of angry demonstrators outside the Mexican Consulate in Midtown flared into a near riot with the police.

Seminary prays its new design will convert critics
By Lawrence Lerner
The General Theological Seminary unveiled a revision of its controversial 17-story Ninth Ave. tower prop

'Legends' explosions make neighbors edgy, not jiggy
By Lori Haught
Nighttime explosions, fires and extraordinarily bright lights have been keeping residents around Washington Square Park up for three weeks, and the police are doing nothing about it.

Dia High Line runs out of steam; Whitney now on track?
By Albert Amateau
The Dia Art Foundation told the city's Department of Cultural Affairs on Oct. 24 that it has dropped plans to build a museum on Gansevoort St. at the southern end of the High Line, which is being converted into a 1.4-mile elevated park.

Theater Speacial
The making (and unmaking) of ‘The Marriage Bed’
By Vivienne Leheny
“I never wanted to think about all these things and I never have because they weren’t available to me. I contented myself with berating my heterosexual friends that got married because they betrayed me and the cause by doing something I was prevented from doing.”

The miseducation of Miss Jean Brodie
By Scott Harrah
“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” Jay Presson Allen’s classic stage adaptation of Muriel Spark’s novel about an eccentric, delusional Scottish schoolteacher in 1930s Edinburgh, does not seem at all dated since it was first mounted in London with Vanessa Redgrave in the lead in 1966.

At ‘Beckett Below,’ four one-acts come out of their shell
Samuel Beckett would certainly have felt some sort of affinity with any theater company that calls itself ghostcrab, lower-case g if you please. Still, it isn’t easy to get permission, 17 years after his death, to stage any of the works of the greatest playwright of our lifetime, much less four short Becketts on the same bill.

A wreck without a woman
By Scott Harrah
“Wrecks,” the latest work by prolific playwright/screenwriter Neil LaBute, will thrill audiences that love surprise, “shocking” endings. The play’s jarring twist toward the end is loosely based on a classic Greek myth, but even naming it would spoil the story.

Despite threat of eviction, 13th St. Rep soldiers on
By Jennifer O’Reilly
Edith O’Hara, an 89-year-old woman with an incredibly sharp mind for her age, has dedicated her golden years to promoting the power of small theater. For the past 34 years, she has nurtured the work of young, undiscovered playwrights, actors, and directors by giving them a safe haven to perform their works at the13th Street Repertory Theater

Arts and Entertainment

Stuck in the rat race, dancers hash it out on stage
By Sara G. Levin
Draped in an eerie humor and circus-like atmosphere, “Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment,” dresses up the old cliché of the rat race and reinterprets it within the context of a scientific experiment. The show, choreographed by Dan Safer, includes a recording from a real 1962 documentary about overpopulation in rats.

Koch on Film
“Babel” (-) This is not a first-rate film but one that other critics might assign 2 _ stars. I never recommend such films, although I do occasionally see them if I am interested in a particular actor or if the plot sounds intriguing.
“Sweet Land” (-) As I watched the story unfold, I recalled the novels that I read in high school written by Willa Cather, who was considered one of America's great storytellers. Like her books, the setting of this movie is the Midwest.

Death becomes him
By Will McKinley
If I were President Bush, I would stay away from Chicago on October 19th of next year. That's the date (and the location) of the “assassination” of the 43rd president of the United States in the fictional documentary “Death of a President” which opened in New York last Friday.

Food for political thought
As workers at Sammy's Noodle House on 6th Avenue frantically prepared lo mein for delivery to busy Greenwich Villagers last Tuesday, Kerry Trueman, standing in the kitchen of her 3rd floor apartment across the street, took her time preparing a radically different noodle dish - macaroni and cheese with biodynamic grass-fed hot dogs.

Scene And Heard
by Jen Carlson
The fall is a great time to be in the city for music fans: it's prime touring time for bands, and the CMJ music festival takes over Downtown for five days. One of the best parts of CMJ, which runs from October 31st through November 4th, is that every space in town becomes a venue. Suddenly, even abandoned storefronts on Delancey Street house makeshift stages, a ton of fans, free beer and a whole lotta noise.

The Lower East Side revealed
By Tonia Steed
At the magazine stand, the vendor unties bundles of newspapers. A little boy, suspenders criss-crossed over his dusty trousers, watches, fascinated. Behind them, people buy knishes and frankfurters. Root beer is advertised for 5 cents. It's the corner of Essex and Delancey, circa 1930s. Today, six lanes of busy traffic stream by people buying Big Macs and pizza. The vitality's still there, but the neighborhood has changed.


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