Talking drums
Drums are the world’s oldest and most basic musical instruments. Be they African, Latin, rock and roll or jazz, drums provide a beat and rhythm that connect with the very pulse of our own being — making us tap our feet, nod our head or get right up and dance.

Scoopy's Notebook

40 years later, I won’t go back to Yasgur’s farm
By Kate Walter
As I walked past the windows of Macy’s and saw the display for the “Summer of Love,” I’m not sure what freaked me out more — that Woodstock occurred 40 years ago this August or realizing that Joe has been dead two decades.


The A-List

Police Blotter


Mixed Use

Letters to the Editor


Sidney Zion, writer, iconoclast…Rabelais reborn
By Jerry Tallmer
In the pitch black 3 o’clock in the morning of June 5, 1968, after I’d been up most of the previous 24 hours putting together and writing a backgrounder on the Valerie Solanas who had shot Andy Warhol the day before, the telephone rang. It was Sid Zion. “You better get your ass out of bed and go down to the paper,” he said. “Bobby Kennedy’s just been shot, out in Los Angeles.”


Willem Kwist, 78, blind Village rooftop gardener
By Bruce Poli
Willem Kwist, a legally blind and deaf professional waiter and a Village rooftop gardener for nearly 50 years, died of lung cancer June 2 at the age of 78. 

Elizabeth Jane Allison, 97, a Hoosier in Manhattan
By Albert Amateau
Elizabeth Jane Allison, a Village resident who for years wrote a daily column entitled “Hoosier in Manhattan” for the Indianapolis, Ind., newspapers, died July 20 at the age of 97.

Fred Rinckwitz is dead at 91
By Albert Amateau
Frederick T. Rinckwitz, who was born in the Village and lived there until he moved about three years ago with his wife, Betty, to her hometown in Guntersville in northeast Alabama, died on July 14 in their home in Alabama. He was 91.



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Villager photo by Tequila Minsky

Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett, far left, after having called Council Speaker Christine Quinn “a whore” for her stance on term limits, then pointed toward a Villager reporter and photographer and shouted, “You can quote me on that.” Comptroller Bill Thompson, far right, looked stunned. Kavanagh-Dowsett’s wife, Nicky Perry, is second from right.

Tea & Sympathy’s owner tees off on Quinn while Bill blushes
By Albert Amateau
Comptroller Bill Thompson made a stop in Greenwich Village last week in his campaign to unseat Mayor Bloomberg and heard a dozen angry shop owners talk about things that make small business a precarious way to make a living.

Shooting the bull on Tompkins Square’s ‘Crusty Row’
By Lincoln Anderson
What’s the definition of a crusty? The question was posed during a discussion on “Crusty Row” in Tompkins Square Park on a recent Sunday afternoon.

No bones about it: Mercer run is looking magnificent


Park neighbors want drummers to just beat it
By Lincoln Anderson
Bang the drum softly — or better yet, not at all. That’s the message police and some neighborhood residents recently have been sending to drummers in Washington Square Park.

Access denied! Gerson gets hit by petition glitch
By Julie Shapiro
An increasingly beleaguered Alan Gerson faces a new challenge in his bid for re-election to the City Council after the Board of Elections removed his name from the ballot last week.

Insanity defense for accused killer of Pace University student
By Duncan Osborne
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Two decades after his death, Salvador Dalí persists 
Exhibition focuses on lesser-known medium of prints
By Stephanie Buhmann
In an exhibition that is largely focused on prints but also includes a handful of unique drawings, William Bennett Gallery aims to make another case for Salvador Dalí.

Cusi Cram’s fictional siblings spar, jab amid suspicions, sex 
By Jerry Tallmer
Cusi Cram didn’t know what she’d done until she’d done it — that is to say, until she was halfway through writing a play centered around two sisters named (out of thin air) Tess and Emma.

Director’s third time yields charming ‘Beeswax’
By Leonard Quart
Andrew Bujalski is the elder statesman — and arguably the most gifted — among a group of writer-directors (including Aaron Katz, Joe Swanberg, and the Duplass Brothers) who are part of the loosely defined mumblecore movement. Bujalski has said he regards that movement as an imposed rubric that the filmmakers shy way from.x

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Volume 79, Number 9 | August 05 - 11, 2009



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