Volume 76, Number 30 | December 20 - 26, 2006

Performance / Music

SAVING CHRISTMAS FROM MATERIALISM Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping are going to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse. Join Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and The Not Buying It Band for a holiday performance. Sun., Dec. 10 at 7pm. COOPER UNION, Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St. at 4th Ave. $10. www.ReverendBilly.org.

SHE WILL, SHE WILL ROCK YOU This Saturday, Dec. 2, Ace of Clubs hosts the 5th Annual Girls Rock & Girls Rule, an event that champions both independent female rockers in New York City and organizations that give back to women in the community. Ten bands are scheduled to perform, from NYC locals G-spot (above) to Philadelphia’s September, along with special appearances by bands from the Willie Mae Rock Camp, a new partner of GRGR. Admission is $10, and the majority of the proceeds will benefit the Voices of Women Organizing Project and Battered Women’s Resource Center. Door open at 6:30, Ace of Clubs, 9 Great Jones St (bet. Lafyette & Broadway).

FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT The Washington Square Music Festival moves inside for a special holiday performance entitled “Keyboards and Strings.” The evening will feature harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and pianist David Oei with the Festive String Ensemble. Victoria Bond, pictured above, is a Village resident and will recite the texts for her “Peculiar Plants.” Special guest singers, Ulla Westlund and Laila Maria Salins, will also perform. Fri., Dec. 1 at 8pm. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 371 6th Ave. Free. 212-252-3621.

Amato Opera, 319 Bowery, corner of 2nd St., 212-228-8200, www.amato.org: RIGOLETTO, In Italian by Verdi. Fridays, Saturday & Sundays, thru Nov. 26. Tickets are $35, $28 students, children & seniors.

Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St., bet W. 4th St. & Bleecker, 212-989-9319, www.corneliastreetcafe.com: LIVE PERFORMANCES Nightly. Call or check the website for more information.

Greenwich House Music School, Renee Weiler Concert Hall, 46 Barrow St., 1 block west of Bleecker, 212-242-4770: KEYS TO THE FUTURE, Features 27 recent works, including 10 premieres, by contemporary classical masters and emerging composers along with jazz, world and pop talents. Thru Nov. 9 at 8pm. RANDALL WOOLF & KATHY SUPOVE, Hear this piano and turntable duo perform live. Thurs., Nov. 30 at 8pm. Both shows are $15, $10 students & seniors.

Greenwich Village Bistro, 13 Carmine St.; 212-206-9777: WHIRLED MUSIC, Series presents artists performing Jazz, Blues, New Soul, Bluegrass and more. Takes place nightly. No cover.

Greenwich Village Orchestra, Hear a Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists and orchestra and a Festive Overture. Sun., Nov. 19 at 7:30pm. NYU SKIRBALL CENTER, 566 LaGuardia Pl. $15. 212-279-4200. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu.

Hansel and Gretel, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the New York City Opera are teaming up to offer memberships at the museum and tickets to the operatic performance of Hansel and Gretel. The story relocates the children’s cottage to a Lower East Side tenement. For more information, visit www.tenement.org or www.nycopera.com.

Helen’s Hideaway Room, 169 8th Ave., bet 18th & 19th Sts., 212-206-0609: CYNTHIA CRANE, Village resident Cynthia Crane will perform live. Sat., Nov. 11 at 7pm; Thurs., Nov. 16 at 7pm. $12 plus $15 minimum purchase.

St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave., 212-477-1594: A TOAST TO THE STEINS, Mimi Stern-Wolfe’s Downtown Music Production returns for its fourth annual “East Village Concert Series.” Sun., Nov. 12 at 3pm. $15, $10 students & seniors.

Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 E. 11th St.; 212-777-3240: FACULTY ARTIST SERIES, Fridays at 7:30pm. Free admission

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