Volume 78 / Number 15, September 10 - 16, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Compiled by sarah norris
Robert Downey: A Prince
Robert Downey, Sr. will be in attendance on the series closing night, Thursday, Sept. 18, to answer questions after the 7:30 p.m. screening of Chafed Elbows and to introduce Moment to Moment at 9 p.m. From Sept. 12-18, the theater will show the newly preserved earliest films of Robert Downey, Sr., including No More Excuses (1968) and his seemingly lost mid-70s movie, Moment to Moment (aka Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight). All four movies are noteworthy for their zany playfulness and humor. Sept. 12-18. $8 general, $6 students/seniors. Anthology Film Archives. 32 Second Ave. (at 2nd St.) anthologyfilmarchives.org.
Joanna Rudnick and her sister, Lisa, a radiologist, look at a mammogram.
In the Family
At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breasts and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a genetic test result that leaves her vulnerable and confused, she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility. In the Family follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing. Following this New York premiere screening will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker and experts in several fields. Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Free. The Paley Center for Media. 25 West 52 St. RSVP online at www.inthefamilyfilm.com.
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks discusses the minds relationship to music. His 2007 book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, uses medical case studies to illustrate this extraordinary interaction, including a man struck by lightning who is suddenly inspired to become a pianist, a group of children who are hyper-musical from birth, and a man whose memory spans only seven secondsfor everything but music. Sacks has written many best-selling books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and his articles appear regularly in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Free. The Great Hall at Cooper Union. 7 E. 7th St. (at 3rd Ave.) 212-353-4195, cooper.edu
Legends of the Chelsea Hotel
Author Ed Hamilton will be reading from Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New Yorks Rebel Mecca. Hamiltons book pays homage to the vast and varied famous and non-famous guests of the legendary Chelsea Hotel. His stories paint pictures of Chelsea life that are funny and heartbreaking, and both believable and absurd. Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Free. Bluestockings Books & Cafe. 172 Allen St. (btw Stanton and Rivington). 212-777-6028, bluestockings.com.
Based on her book A Mothers Essays from Ground Zero, Wickham Boyles play is described as an opera of forgiveness. Calling recounts the up-close experience of one Downtown family on 9/11 and the following month. Blending drama, music, choreography, and a soaring architectural set, the show captures the family members reactions to having witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center at close range, and the path they take to move from chaos to recovery and hope. La MaMas production marks the works first full showing. Sept. 12-28. Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m.and Sun. at 2:30 & 8 p.m. $25. Students/seniors $20. La MaMa E.T.C. 74A E. 4th St. 212-475-7710; lamama.org; callingtheopera.com.