Volume 78 / Number 5 - July 2 - July 8, 2008
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The Red Leather DiaryInside an Upper

West Side dumpster, New York Times journalist Lily Koppel found a discarded red leather diary. Flipping through its pages, she discovered the forgotten world of an extraordinary yet unknown woman, Florence Wolfson, daughter of working-class Russian immigrants. Wolfson wrote—without missing a single day between her 14th and 19th birthdays—of trips to the Catskills, horseback riding in Central Park, literary salons, and dances at the Hotel Pennsylvania, providing an intimate glimpse of life during the 1930s. The resulting book and conversation between both women brings an enchanting and glamorous New York to life. July 15 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenement Museum Shop. 108 Orchard St. 212-982-8420, tenement.org.

HOSPITAL

For the ninth summer, this “Hospital” serial examines the interior life of a man in a terminal coma. Entering this state in a different way every year, the audience travels with him as he lives out his last few days roaming the vast, dark interiors of his own brain. Although “Hospital” 2008 works as a series, each evening can be viewed separately as a self-contained, short play, and the show is worth seeing for its spectacular set alone. Through July 19. Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. $12 adults, $6 students/seniors. Axis Theatre. One Sheridan Square. 212-352-3101, axiscompany.org.

SUMMERDANZ

Part of DTW’s guest artist series, this new summer festival showcases 12 nights of dance featuring five different programs: Paradigm’s “Wit and Wisdom;” Zenon’s “Modern Mosaic” of American choreographers; two evenings of emerging artists; Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company’s “Legacy Project;” and Nicholas Andre Dance Theater’s “Passio Nostri: Life’s obsessions, lighthearted and haunting.” July 8-19. $25. Dance Theater Workshop. 219 W. 19th St. 212-924-0077, dtw.org.

CityParks Concerts & Dance

City Parks Foundation presents free citywide performing arts festivals—CityParks Concerts CityParks Theater, CityParks Dance, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival—for a summer of great outdoor entertainment and cultural enrichment in neighborhood parks across all five boroughs. Now offered in 26 parks across the city with more than 100 performances during July and August, this year marks the expansion of concerts, dance and theater festivals into historic East River Park, the original site of Joe Papp’s free outdoor theater. A total of 38 concerts, 45 dance performances, and 24 nights of theater—all of them free—plus four weeks of theater workshops for teens and five weekends of dance master classes for communities across the city. CityParksFoundation.org.

“The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Rock Operetta” performed by Waterwall

Still from Shallow by Malcolm McLaren, courtesy Creative Time

VIDEO ART: MALCOLM MCLAREN’S “SHALLOW”

Selections from “Shallow,” a series of “musical paintings” by the founder of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, will be presented by Creative Time on a giant, outdoor HD screen. Followed by portions of Mark Tribe’s “Port Huron Project” and a body of work by three young artists—Matt Calderwood, Mika Rottenberg and Guido Van Der Werve. Several times daily through August 14. Free. 44½, MTV’s outdoor screen in Times Square between 44th and 45th Sts. 212-206-6674, creativetime.org/at445.

 

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