Volume 78 / Number 13, August 27 - September 2, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Contra and English Country Dance
Maybe its not as challenging as Argentine Dancing but its a far less intimidating and appeals to those who worship Merchant Films, are obsessed with the current revival of Brideshead Revisited as well as Jane Austen Freaks. On the other hand, Contra is robust, energetic and visceral fun. If you can walk, you can dance. Live music. No partners are necessary; its a great way to meet people and enter a rarified community. Contra Dancing classes held on Saturdays, Sept. through June, 8-10:45 p.m. Beginner basics at 7:45 p.m. English Country Dancing held on Tuesdays, 7-10:15 p.m. The Church of the Village. 201 W. 13th St. (at Seventh Ave.) Bring clean, soft-soled shoes. 212-459-4080, cdny.org.
Becky Ciletti comes face to face with her teenage angst.
Cringe founder Sarah Brown hosts a reading of the best from the past three years opf the popular reading series, which features people sharing diaries, notes, letters, poems, abandoned rock operas, and other writings from their adolescent (read: cringe-inducing) years. Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Free. Housing Works Book Café. 126 Crosby St. 212-334-3324, housingworksbookstore.org.
Author and professor Susan Shapiro
The Future of Publishing
Will all newspapers and magazines disappear if they dont go digital? Should everyone learn interactive skills? Are clips best sent with links, attachments or by fax? Can lower book advances save publishers from going out of business? These provocative questions and many more will be posed by moderator Susan Shapiro to a panel of editors, including Jula Turner (Slate), Jim Roberts (NYTimes.com), Susan Morrison (New Yorker), Radhika Jones (Time magazine), John Abell (Wired), and more. Proceeds benefit PEN American Centers Emergency Writers Fund. Sept. 10, 7-9:30 p.m. $15 students in advance; $20 at the door. Cooper Unions Great Hall. 7 E. Seventh St. 212-353-4196. For more info, contact Susan Shapiro at email@example.com.
Kimberlee Auerbach knows exactly whats on your mind.
Ready, set, atone!
The Yom Kippur Show features a night of stories, rants and songs about sin. Written and performed by Kimberlee Auerbach (author of The Devil, the Lovers and Me), Abby Sher, Rachel Hamilton, Melanie Hoopes, Kelly Park, Anna Stone, Gabra Zackman, and several wise men with beards. Proceeds benefit the Eluxolweni Boys Home in Port St. Johns, South Africa. Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. $8. Magnet Theater. 254 W. 29th St. 212-244-8824, magnettheater.com.
Courtesy FusionArts Museum
Carrie Beehan, Untitled Acrylic on canvas with found objects and electric lights
This group exhibition by female artists attempts to rebuke perceived notions that popular culture places more emphasis and value on womens appearances than their societal contributions. Inspired by Ovids line, What one beholds of a woman is the least part of her, the artists here have wielded paint and found objects to remind us that women areand can be represented bymore than their Manolo Blahniks. Sept. 2-Oct. 7. Opening reception for the artists on Sunday, Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m. FusionArts Museum. 57 Stanton St. 212-995-5290, fusionartsmuseum.org.
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