Volume 78 / Number 20 - October 15 - 21, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Stuyvesant High School presidential candidate Mike Zaytsev
A smart, funny and timely political documentary, Frontrunners tracks the presidential student council campaign at Stuyvesent High School. The movie follows four charming and idiosyncratic candidates as they navigate one of the countrys most competitive high school elections. A microcosm of U.S. presidental elections, the teenagers face the same issues as candidates of any age. Appearances following 8 p.m. screenings include City Councilwoman (and Stuy 93 alum) Jessica Lappin with film subject George Zisiadis on Oct. 17; filmmaker Caroline Suh with Zisiadis on Oct. 18; and Suh on Oct. 20. Oct. 15-21. $10 adults. $7 students, seniors, neighbors & artists. Film Forum. 209 W. Houston St. 212-727-8110, filmforum.org.
Photo by RJ Muna
Yayoi Kambara and Jeremy Smith
Three new works by Brenda Way highlight the season and include the politically charged Unintended Consequences: A Meditation, commissioned by the San Francisco based Equal Justice Society, which is set to Laurie Andersons album Big Science. Also on the bill are more New York premieres: Ways: Book of Hours, which explores the seasons of life unfolding to Meredith Monks wordless vocalizations of the same title; Ways Origins of Flight, set to music by Heinrich Biber, Arcangelo Corelli and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer; and KT Nelsons Hunting & Gathering, set to music by Brian Eno and David Byrne. Oct. 21-26. $19-49. The Joyce. 175 Eighth Ave. (at 19th St.) 212-242-0800, joyce.org.
Greenwich Village in the 1960s
Susan Rotolo, author of the recently published book A Freewheelin Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, will present an informal talk and reading about her experience coming of age during this seminal decade. As a budding feminist and girlfriend of Bob Dylan during his rise to national fame, Rotola offers gives a tremendous perspective to the folk music, bohemian, and youth culture of Greenwich Village of the 1960s. Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Third Street Music School. 235 E. 11th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves. ) Free. Reservations required to email@example.com or (212) 475-9585 ext. 35.
Mary Gordon, Circling My Mother
Mary Gordons recent memoir chronicles the life of her mother, who was the daughter of working-class immigrants. She survived childhood polio, supported the family as a legal secretary, and gave birth to Mary at the age of 41. Annes story speaks to the peculiar struggles faced by those in the Greatest Generation who were also figuring out their own places in this country. Gordon is the author of 14 novels, memoirs, and essay collections, including The Company of Women. Since 1989 she has been a writing teacher at Barnard College. In March of this year, the governor named her an official New York State Author. Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenement Museum Shop. 108 Orchard St. 212-982-8420, tenement.org.
Happy Hour Series
Authors Todd Hasak-Lowy and Etgar Keret read and discuss their work with poet and NYU Creative Writing professor Matthew Rohrer. Hasak-Lowy is the author of The Task of This Translator; his novel, Captives, was published this month. Keret is the author of many books including the short-story collections The Nimrod Flip-Out and, most recently, The Girl on the Fridge. Best-selling author Walter Mosley reads on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. Best known for his gritty Easy Rawlins mysteries, he has most recently published The Tempest Tales; His next book, The Right Mistake, will be published this fall. He has won many awards, including the Anisfield Wolf Award, an honor given to books that have made important contributions to the understanding of racism and appreciation of the rich diversity of human culture. Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Lillian Vernon Writers House. 58 W. 10th St. 212-998-8816, cwp.fas.nyu.edu.