Volume 78 - Number 46 / April 22 -28, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Compiled by sarah norris
Photo by Fiona Gardner
Peggy Byrne: Miss Subways, MarchApril 1952, 2007
MEET MISS SUBWAYS
Artist Fiona Garnder and writer Amy Zimmer wondered what ever happened to the over 200 young glamour gals who were crowned Miss Subways. From 1941 through 1976, winners of this annual NYC beauty pageant had their head shots and aspirations displayed on placards that ran in subway cars. Many of the victors were African, Asian, and Latina Americans years ahead of societys multicultural curve. After tracking down ten winners, Gardner and Zimmer compiled this exhibit (part of their ongoing Miss Subways series). Gardners photos rediscover the sash-clad women as they are today. Zimmers interview text elicits their reflections on the contests impact and the paths their lives took. Through May 30 at Rush Arts Gallery, 526 west 26th street suite 311. Call 212-691-9552 or visit www.rushartsgallery.org and fionagardner.com.
Photo by Gabriel Noble
Priscilla Diaz (a.k.a. P-Star), from P-Star Rising
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its eighth year, the Tribeca Film Festivals prolific screening schedule compels it to seek out venues beyond its namesake neighborhood. Thats good news for Village people who can watch films whose scope is global while, physically, staying local. This year, the vast majority of TFF selections are to be found at AMC Village VII (66 Third Avenue, at 11th Street). From April 22 through May 3, the 7-screen Village cinema is hosting everything from some of the festivals World Documentary Competition entries to edgy Midnight movies that unspool considerably earlier than the witching hour. Evening and weekend screenings are $15; matinees and late night screenings, $8; discount ticket packages available. For a complete schedule of films (in the Village and elsewhere), visit www.tribecafilm.com .and download the 2009 Film Guide (on the left side towards the bottom of the home page, in the green square; youll know it when you see it).
Photo by Ryan Jensen
Leanne Schmidt and Company
Chen Dance Center presents Newsteps, a two-part choreographers series created to support and showcase the work of emerging, innovative, risk-taking choreographers. Part I, will feature premieres from Lisa Crawford, Hsiao-Wei Hsieh & Hsiao-Ting Hsieh, Mana Kawamura, Leanne Schmidt and Company, and GoGoVertigoat Dance Project. Part I: Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25. Part II is performed April 23-May 2. All performances at 7:30p.m.; $12; $10 for students/seniors. At Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street (corner of Mulberry & Bayard), 2nd floor. Reservations required. Call 212-349-0126 or visit www.ChenDanceCenter.org.
Frontman E. Bland
Take a splash of jazz, add a pinch of funk, temper with a dash of gospel and stir liberally with soul. The result? SOULCENTRIC, a band fronted by E. Bland whose solid mission statement is to bring their own spin on uncategorizable world music to the masses or at least as many folks as can fit into the Hottest Bar in the Triangle Below Canal without courting a visit from the fire marshal. Saturday, April 25, 11:30p.m.; $10. At Uncle Mikes, 57 Murray Street. Visit www.myspace.com/unclemikestribeca.
Image courtesy of Jon Rappleye and Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York
Serene in Springs Treacherous Cradle, 2009
For the third time, Jeff Baily Gallery hosts a solo exhibition of Jon Rappleyes work. The new drawings and scultptures of Forgotten Planet thrust viewers into an otherworldly chalk white landscape where animals brave rising water, barren trees, snowcapped mountains and exploding volcanoes. Sometimes serene but often in distress, Rappleyes strange, hybrid creatures inhabit an utterly unique environment thats as much grim reality as it is whimsical fantasy. Through May 23, at Jeff Bailey Gallery, 511 W. 25h Street (10th/11th Avenues). Call 212-989-1056 or visit www.baileygallery.com.
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