Volume 73, Number 26 | Oct 29 -Nov 04, 2003


Scoopy's notebook
The local "411" on people, politics, gossip, business openings.

Not yet ready for nonpartisan elections
While there are some appealing aspects to the plan to change the city’s ballot system from primaries to nonpartisan elections, the process to write the ballot initiative has been so hurried that there has not been nearly enough time for the public to evaluate possible unintended consequences of the proposal.

Talking Point
Reflections on serving under General Wesley Clark
By Mark L. Kimmey
When Downtown Express (The Villager’s sister newspaper) asked me to write a piece on retired general and Democratic presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark, I had to think hard about whether I knew enough about the man. In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that my girlfriend volunteers for the Howard Dean campaign, although I haven’t committed to any candidate, yet.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones

Trying not to raise the next TV generation
By Jane Flanagan
My five-year-old son, Rusty, wants to be The Hulk for Halloween. Last year he wanted to be John Philip Sousa, the bandleader.

News in briefs
Police blotter

Class-size question is off ballot

Gerson’s takin’ it to the streets with new bills

Old cemetery will open gates in rare occurrence

Police and local clergy reaffirm partnership in fight against crime

‘Little Flowers’

Cash as cash can

Trust denies Pr. 40 pact

70 years ago in The Villager

What’s happening
in Downtown Theater
A villager special supplement

The Egon Schiele affair from the girl’s point of view
By Jerry Tallmer
Tatjana is 12-years-old, Antonia is 10-years-old, and Julia Jordan, who put them to paper, not as drawings or paintings but as characters in a play, is, well, “in my 30’s,” though she doesn’t look it.

Finley explores the spirit world at The Kitchen
By Davida Singer
After channeling Liza Minnelli at the Fez in “Make Love”, a music and monologue tribute to the unsinkable diva and the spirit of New York, whom will Karen Finley take on next?

Light still shining brightly for dedicated business owner
By John Arbucci
Going blind is never easy for anyone, but it is particularly difficult for someone who works with light.

‘Construction Company’: Quality work on a shoestring
By Jaclyn Marinese
As executive director of the Construction Company, a non-profit arts organization and performance space, Carolyn Lord has created her own preservationist niche in the downtown dance community.

China’s one-child policy at Bank Street Theater
By Jerry Tallmer
A busybody, a nosey parker, a petty dictator, that’s Secretary Pei, the wicked witch of the East — actually the head nurse of the south China village that’s the setting of Joanna Chan’s “One Family One Child One Door,” a black comedy now, by popular demand, back at the Bank Street Theater the third year in a row.

Investing in future of Tribeca theater
By Tanya A. Gingerich Warren
Jim Simpson, the two-time Obie award-winning artistic director of the Flea Theater, is a pretty cool guy. This rugged, sun-tanned surfer from Hawaii became an actor almost by accident, went on to Yale Drama, and now directs and produces some of the most exciting avant-garde theater in New York.

Tribeca children’s theater tackles the classics
By Timothy Lavin
In New York City, the center of the dramatic world, developing a theater specifically for children is an idea neither novel nor unique. But the founders of Manhattan Children’s Theater, 380 Broadway in Tribeca, are experimenting with a creative twist: treating their youthful audience members like adults.

Playwright casts mother in play on ‘family from hell’
By Davida Singer
Dance Theatre Workshop has ordered up bizarre humor to accent the turkey for Thanksgiving, when the “re-imagined remounting” of Ain Gordon’s ‘Epic Family Epic or the Hell Family Supper’ opens in late November.

The Capoeira Craze Comes to Tribeca
By Tanya gingerich Warren
You may not have heard of it...yet. But the popularity of capoeira, the Brazilian art form that incorporates martial art, dance, music, and gymnastics, is spreading rapidly around the world.

Villager Theater Guide

Picture Story

Kids can’t wait for Halloween
There are never too many Halloween events — not to mention pre-Halloween events — according to local junior ghosts and goblins, who enjoyed a couple of fun ones over last weekend. The Village Alliance business improvement district sponsored a pumpkin hunt and pumpkin painting and arts and crafts at Jefferson Market Garden and Ruth Wittenberg Triangle on Sixth Ave.

Girls Club grand gala
The Lower Eastside Girls Club, which is moving to a new home, 56 E. First St., will hold its Sixth Annual Willow Awards and Benefit with emcee Patricia Field, Mon., Nov. 17, at Capitale, at Bowery and Grand Sts.

Children's Activities


Talkin’ baseball
Phil Hartman, head of the Federation of East Village Artists and commissioner of the East Village Softball Association, left, caught up with Manny Rodriguez

The boys of fall: Turning three by the bridge
By Lou Scrima
After enduring what appeared to be an interminable amount of just unbelievable, ill-timed, yucky weather during the spring and summer seasons, the stage was set. A divinely orchestrated crisp and clear October Sunday afternoon, perfect for anything the mind and body wanted to do, in this case Junior Division fall baseball.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

David Johansen performing at the Bottom Line last Friday.

The Bottom Line tries to avoid end of the line
By Lincoln Anderson
David Johansen and his band, the Harry Smiths, had settled into a smooth bluesy groove. The song was something about a love affair and a ride on the F Train and making out on the beach in Coney Island.

P.S. 41 book is a learning experience
By Jessica Mintz
She is the creative one, the parent that the P.T.A. at P.S. 41 in the Village seeks out when they need a poster, an idea, something visual. An art director by profession, Laurie Fried is a natural choice for that kind of thing.

Chinatown leaders divided on nonpartisan issue
By Josh Rogers
It’ll be an odd-year Election Day next Tuesday, perhaps more than just literally speaking. In Downtown Manhattan, the local City Council races are pretty much a foregone conclusion. No state legislators are on the ballot, and the mayor and governor are not up for reelection.

Schools scored well for most part on the math test
By Elizabeth O’Brien
P.S. 41 experienced the biggest jump, with a whopping 20 percent increase in students passing the test over the previous school year. Scores of level 3 and level 4 are considered passing, or meeting state standards.

Glick takes the gloves off on rink
By Lincoln Anderson
In hockey lingo, Assemblymember Deborah Glick took the gloves off at last Thursday night’s Community Board 2 full board meeting. She came out swinging at a plan by the Hudson River Park Trust to build a $2.3 million ice-skating rink in the park at Spring St.

La Plaza Cultural is renamed for Armando Perez
By Lincoln Anderson
Fran Cavagnaro and Keith Olkin enjoy La Plaza’s special heart-shaped chair.
In an event that was both a celebration and a memorial, La Plaza Cultural at E. Ninth St. and Avenue C, was renamed La Plaza Armando Perez in a ceremony last Sunday afternoon.
The garden and performance space symbolizes many things to the neighborhood, perseverance, rebirth, culture and beauty. It was one of scores of community gardens across the city legalized a year ago after Mayor Bloomberg settled a lawsuit Attorney General Eliot Spitzer had brought that was blocking development of the gardens.

Trust floats idea for 250-boat marina in Tribeca
By Albert Amateau
The Hudson River Park Trust is floating the idea of building a marina between Pier 25 and Stuyvesant High School on the Tribeca waterfront.

Hudson Guild will undergo a $5 million renovation
By Albert Amateau
The Hudson Guild, providing the Chelsea community with recreation, health and educational services for 108 years, will begin a $5 million renovation next month of its main center in the Elliott-Chelsea housing development.

New project poses challenge to Market District
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The newly designated Gansevoort Market Historic District appeared to fend off its first construction challenge on Tuesday at a city landmarks hearing where a six-story building was proposed for 36-40 Gansevoort St.

Port Authority says Christopher St. is still on track
By Albert Amateau
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the city Department of Transportation appeared this week to back off from a commitment by the Port Authority to drop plans to build an extra entrance for the PATH station at Christopher and Hudson Sts.

Abate quells ‘beep’ rumors, but she would consider D.A.
By Lincoln Anderson
Former state Senator Catherine Abate says that over the last four months “about 200 people have asked” if she’s running for Manhattan Borough President.

130-year-old Village arts club still flourishing
By Mara McGinnis
With its grand, painting-lined staircase, brilliant chandeliers and old English tavern, the Salmagundi Club – located in a landmarked brownstone on Fifth Ave. between 11th and 12th Sts. – has the charm, décor and creative air of a 19th century salon.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Intolerable Cruelty (-)
This farce, with the extraordinarily beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones and the very handsome George Clooney, got excellent reviews. After seeing the film, I believe those reviews were vastly overstated. “Runaway Jury” (-) Of all the bad movies I have seen this year, “Runaway Jury” is one of the worst - the worst when it comes to being believable.

Architect’s son brings play to NYU center
By Davida Singer
For its inaugural production, the new Theater at The Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place has picked a fitting piece - - Oren Safdie’s “Private Jokes, Public Places” — which pans the world of architecture, and its general direction of late.

Brazilian performer at New School
The Brazilian singer/actor/dancer, Alesh DuCarmo, will premier his new show, “Mysticus,” with a five-piece Brazilian band in a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 7 in Tishman Auditorium of New School University.

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