Volume 75, Number 37 | February 1 - 7, 2006
The A List
The New Review George Plimptons protégé, Brigid Hughes, launches a new literary rag this month called A Public Space, a quarterly magazine that will devote its pages to fiction and poetry, something The Paris Review, where Hughes followed in Plimptons footsteps as editor, is publishing less of today. On Tuesday, shell host an evening of readings from the inaugural issue, which features stories by Kelly Link, John Haskell, and Tim OSullivan, as well as a sound piece by Lucy Raven, co-editor of an audio magazine called The Relay Project. The reading is free, and issues of A Public Space hit stands in mid-February. The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Aves. (212.255. 5793 x 11; thekitchen.org).
Viva Brazilia So youre a jazz lover, but your friends havent quite caught on to the jazz thing yet? Heres the solution to your problem: Every Sunday night at the Zinc Bar, pianist Cidinho Teixeira leads a trio that features top Brazilian vocalists, including Vera Mara (pictured left), beautifully balancing a sophisticated and complex concept with a groove that is easily accessible to the uninitiated and to those in the know. Scattered amongst the sea of bobbing heads, you will often see many of the citys finest jazz musicians, who make their way across town just for this show. $5 cover and 1drink min. Every Sunday 9:30-1:30 at Zinc Bar, 90 W. Houston St. btwn. Thompson St. & LaGuardia Pl. (212-477-8337; zincbar.com). Lee Metcalf
Provocateur Lars Von Triers not-so-subtle, anti-American trilogy continues with Manderlay, a shocking film that revives the same aura of horror and outrage evident throughout 2003s Dogville. Here, with the same minimalist décor chalk outlines replacing conventional sets, and a paradoxical push for a cinéma vérité-style despite the fact it all occurs in a black box theater Von Trier continues the story of Grace, who was sadistically beaten down in Dogville, as she now makes her way to a plantation where slavery is still thriving. Though Nicole Kidman is replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), the one thing that hasnt altered a bit is Von Triers commitment to provocation, discussion and dissent. And though it may not be everyones cup of tea, Manderlay is sure to be the most engaging, or make that infuriating, work screening this weekend. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd. (212.924.7771; ifccenter.com). Steven Snyder
The Last Bohemians Using the newly published memoir of poet Edward Field as a springboard, photographer Michael Sofronski and writer Dylan Foley teamed up to capture the artists, writers and performers who came of age in the West Village from the 1940s through the 1970s and who appear in Fields new book, The Man who Would Marry Susan Sontag, and Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era. Their portraits, which include legendary theatre diva Judith Malina, writer and ex-nude model Harriet Zwerling, above and of course, Edward Field, are on view at The Westbeth Gallery through February 26. 55 Bethune Street, between Washington and West Sts. Call for hours. (212-989-4650; www.westbeth.org/gallery). Courtesy Michael Sofronski
Coming Soon Canadian songstress Leslie Feist (who goes by her last name, Feist), brings her sparse, lo-fi groove to Webster Hall next Friday. Expect the Broken Social Scene singer to experiment with delay and looping pedals on her guitar as she quietly croons songs from her recent solo album, Let It Die. Although Feist never directly replicates her album live, electing to let her songs take new form onstage each time they are played, she wont disappoint the fans whove come to hear her play the popular Mushaboom. Like fellow Canuck Joni Mitchell, shes managed to create an incredibly warm sound from the chilly Great White North. Next Friday, February 10. Tickets $20. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St. btwn. Third and Fourth Aves. (212-260-4700; ticketweb.com) Emily Zemler