Volume 78 - Number 35 / January 28 - February 3, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


The A-List

Compiled by Sarah Norris
sarah@thevillager.com

Books

Daphne Uviller

Super in the City
For Part Two of the Neighborhood Preservation Center’s “Women Authors of Greenwich Village” series, Daphne Uviller will read from and discuss her debut novel, Super in the City, a comic mystery based on her experiences as the super of her family’s brownstone. The book is a love letter to the city, and Uviller is besotted. Publisher’s Weekly praised it as “...gleefully unpretentious... undoubtedly smarter and funnier than most other girls-in-the-city novels,” while Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love said, “One should not simply read Super in the City; one should gobble it up like candy — intelligent candy.” Wed., Feb. 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. Free but reservations required. Jefferson Market Library. 425 Avenue of the Americas. RSVP to rsvp@gvshp.org or 212- 475-9585 ext. 35


FTA & Jane Fonda
“FTA” (1972), the Vietnam War-era documentary, will have a rare screening with cast member Jane Fonda in person. Following the film, she will talk about her work in the controversial antiwar touring show “FTA” documents “the show the Pentagon couldn’t stop.” The revue, whose letters were said to stand both for Free Theater Associates and also Free (or, at times, another f-word) The Army, brought antiwar entertainment to military personnel at the height of Vietnam. Performers like Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Holly Near toured towns near military bases around the US and overseas, lending their support to troops who opposed the war. Mon., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. $15. IFC Center. 323 Avenue of the Americas (at W. 3rd St.) 212 924-7771, ifccenter.com.



Events

Courtesy palemale.com

Pale Male, the red-tailed hawk famous for nesting on Fifth Avenue.

Imbolc Fire and Falcon Naming Ceremony
On wings of ice Imbolc comes Emulc, or “Ewe’s Milk,” the time when sheep began to lactate in the dead of winter, halfway between Solstice and Equinox....So come ye, and nurse on the spirit of the season! And for a double dose of festive revelry: Help us name the East Village falcon, grandson of Pale Male who’s been seen daily at Tompkins Square. Let him be called Chico in honor of the bulldozed garden, Chico Mendes Mural Garden, which in turn was named in honor of Chico Mendes, the great Rainforest martyr. Hosted by Dias y Flores Community Garden. Light a taper for Candlemas and spin around for Ground Hog’s Day! Sun., Feb. 1 from 2-6 p.m. Free. 520 East 13th St. (btwn Aves. A & B).


Theater

The Third Story
The now story by playwright Charles Busch, most famous for penning “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” features a mother and son screenwriting team fleeing Communist-obsessed 1940s Hollywood for Omaha. Smoky-voiced Kathleen Turner co-stars with Busch, as the multi-layered plot gets stranger and stranger, unfolding like a Chinese ladder. A princess shows up to make a deal with a witch. And the first lady of the mob teams up with a wildly unsuccessful cloning scientist. It’s like a comedy, fairy tale and sci-fi novel rolled into one two-hour show. Opens Mon., Feb. 2. MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. 121 Christopher St. (btwn Bleecker & Hudson). 212-279-4200, mcctheater.org.




Dance

©Richard Finkelstein

Garden of Earthly Delights
Martha Clarke’s “Garden of Earthly Delights,” extended through March, is an astounding dance-theater piece derived from Hieronymus Bosch’s apocalyptic triptych (circa 1505) of sexual innocence and carnal brutality. Reviewing it last December, Jerry Tallmer wrote that the show “gives Bosch’s grotesque imagery three-dimensional motion and beauty and terror and time and space and gritty humor, all wrapped into one by a company of 11 incredibly agile (not to say gorgeous) dancers and three musicians, to an exquisitely eerie score (winds, cello, concussion) by Richard Peaslee.” This is an unforgettable, extraordinary display of creativity, executed beautifully. Don’t miss it. Through March. Minetta Lane Theatre. 18 Minetta Lane. 212-307-4100, GardenOfEarthlyDelights.com.

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