Volume 79, Number 03 | June 24 - 30, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


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From Raimundo Rubio’s “Sodom & Gomorrah”

Walk the lean streets of New York these days, and you’ll see a shocking amount of shuttered businesses — but it takes an optimist, an opportunist or an artist to see those empty spaces as blank canvases. NO LONGER EMPTY is a group of curators and creators dedicated to presenting thought provoking exhibits in empty store fronts. Their inaugural exhibit happens at the Hotel Chelsea — which has seen its share of troubles lately (due more to landlord/tenant tensions than economic woes). Temporarily taking over the spaces formerly occupied by Capitol Fishing Tackle and Chelsea Healing, “The Ship of Fools” will feature works from Chelsea Hotel residents Rita Barros, Linda and Lothar Troeller, and Sam Bassett — as well as some strange installations (such as the salt-encrusted window displays of Raimundo Rubio). Through July 18, Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00a.m to 6:00p.m.; at Hotel Chelsea, 222 West 23rd Street. Visit www.nolongerempty.com. 

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Canada’s loss is NYC’s gain


For years, our neighbors up north have been sending us some of America’s most beloved comedians. This summer, though, they’re giving us the gift of music — in the form of a band we just might not send back. Canada’s Violent Kin is moving to NYC for the summer — and taking up residency at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street) for a series of concerts ($7; 9:00p.m., July 1st, 8th, 15th). They’ll also perform a July 30th Midnight show ($8 admission) at Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton Street). For a sneak preview of what you’ve been missing — and what you’re likely to see this summer, go to www.myspace.com/violentkin. Access “Electrons” from their “available soon” CD “Bitter Blood” and discover what deserves to be a stateside summertime hit. 


New York Classical Theatre puts a new spin on outdoor summer Shakespeare productions as they venture all the way downtown to Battery Park. Their “King Lear” (the Bard’s venerable tale of a royal family’s infighting and power grabs) is billed as “Free Theatre for All Ages.” To that end, they’re offering free Drama Workshops for families, adults and kids ages 7-12 prior to the play (on June 25, June 30, July 2 and July 7. Meet inside Castle Clinton; workshop runs from 5:00p.m. to 5:45p.m.). Then, at 7:00p.m., enjoy “King Lear” by meeting in front of Castle Clinton. You’ll be led inside, where the play begins.  But you won’t stay put for long. Every 15-20 minutes, the audience must walk to where the next scene takes place — with actors using the castle, garden, trees, benches (and the occasional audience member) as scenery. For general Information and rainout info, call 212-252-4531 or visit www.newyorkclassical.org. 


The Pen and Brush (Dedicated to women in the visual, literary and performing arts since 1894) hosts this performance and awards presentation acknowledging the work of jazz artist Valerie Capers. Honored for her outstanding musicianship, scholarship and performance career, Capers is not content to sit back and merely accept an award. She’ll perform along with ensemble members John Robinson on bass, and Rudy Lawless on drums. Sunday, June 28, 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m., at 16 East 10th Street. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.penandbrush.org or call 212-475-3669.  


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Jeremy Dalmas, engaged in sidewalk soliciting (for art)

Long before the warm weather made walking in the city a pleasurable experience, musician and sound artist Jeremy Dalmas was hard at work creating a free MP3 musical audio tour of Soho and Tribeca. Now that summer is here, get some exercise while harvesting the fruits of his long labor (while learning forgotten and little-know information about the neighborhood). At tour’s end, you’ll end up at a picnic where you can hobnob with the artist, meet other tour-goers, work on communal art pieces, snack on homemade cookies and groove to the free sight of the setting sun. This ambient audio adventure (sponsored by The Artistic Intervention Project) lasts two hours, and you can begin anytime between Noon and 5:00p.m. on June 27/28 and July 4/5. Free; at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street. For technical information on how to take the tour, visit www.theabsurdists.com/weknowthesecret.html.

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