Volume 75, Number 29 | December 7 - 13, 2005

The A - List

Good Evening For the next five weeks, the Master of Suspense will make numerous cameo appearances at the Film Forum, which will screen 36 of Hitchcock’s films. The retrospective spans the famous director’s 50-year career, from his silent films to his Technicolor masterpieces. One major highlight will be a special screening of “Dial M for Murder,” which will be shown in a high tech version of 3-D (audience members will wear newfangled Polaroid glasses, not the old red-and-green kind). The festival opens December 9 with “Rear Window,” left, and continues through January 12. Film Forum, 209 West Houston between Sixth and Varick (212-727-8110; filmforum.org). Courtesy of Film Forum

A Fine Trio One of the more intimate rooms in New York is Next Door at La Lanterna, which also happens to feature some of the city’s finest players. Of particular note is Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), exceptional in his ability to balance the tradition and language that sustain the jazz lineage with a commitment to creativity, individuality and spontaneity. Joining Frahm is Joe Martin (bass) and Bill Campbell (drums). The absence of a chord instrument naturally facilitates a more open interpretation of the standard jazz repertoire, making for a highly interactive ensemble that affords each member the opportunity to fully explore harmony, rhythm and color on their instrument. Tuesdays 8-11:30, $5 cover, La Lanterna, 129 MacDougal Street at W. 3rd St.(212-529-5945).—Lee Metcalf
Photo courtesy Joel Frahm

Lost City In the 1960s, a New York photographer named Angelo Rizzuto—or Angel, as he called himself—captured the city and its inhabitants on film at 2 PM, every day. Before he died, he left $50,000 and 60,000 photographs on the doorsteps of the Library of Congress, where they languished until photo historian Micheal Lesy compiled them in his new book from W.W. Norton, “Angel’s World.” Lesy presents the book and Angel’s vivid collection at 7 PM, Monday, December 12 at The Half King, 505 W. 23rd Street, between 10th and 11th Aves. (212-462-4300; thehalfking.com). Angelo Rizzuto, courtesy of W. W. Norton.

Festival of Luminaries Jewcy, a Jewish organization that grew out of an event hosted by comedienne Sarah Silverman, has compiled an impressive lineup of Semitic talent for its first annual “Jewcy Chanukah.” Guests include Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (right), “Saturday Night Live” star Rachel Dratch, Eric Drysdale of “The Daily Show,” hip hop trio Northern State, and Perry Farrell, who will DJ, sing, and perform his own take on the Jewish liturgical prayer, Avinu Malkenu. In the words of the organizers, it’s “not your bubbe’s Chanukah party.” Proceeds from tickets, $25, will benefit the philanthropic network Natan. 7 PM, Sunday, December 11 at Crobar, 530 West 28 Street between 10th and 11th Ave. (212-868-4444; smarttix.com). Photograph courtesy of Jewcy

Big in Japan Otodama—Japanese for “sound and spirit”—is a tap/percussion performance piece created by Yako Miyamoto that premiered in New York on December 2nd. Ms. Miyamoto, a native of Japan whose credits include “Stomp,” helped formulate this dance hybrid by combining the Taiko drum beat, which she studied in Tokyo since the age of eight, and tap moves that were inspired by her idol, Savion Glover. While majoring in chemistry at Japan’s Keio University, Ms. Miyamoto took hip-hop lessons that resonate throughout her quick-stepping show. Though a traditionally American dance form, tap has recently caught on in Japan and is now appearing in select Japanese movies and dance clubs. Miyamoto’s young, hip all-Japanese ensemble, made up of seven women and two men, perform wild musical variations while sporting hyper-stylized dyed hair and rock star attitudes. Through December 11 at the Clemente Soto Veléz Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington & Delancey. (212-260-4080; csvcenter.com/2005).—Rachel Breitman. By Yasushi Ogata

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