Volume 78 - Number 48 / May 6 - 12 , 2009
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Art & Music

Photo by Pete Powlison

“One Soul Fellowship” performs amidst art  

ANOTHER SEASON
Who says you can’t do two things at once? This ambitious event comes courtesy of the non-profit fine arts organization — and band — “One Soul Fellowship.” By reinterpreting American jazz through Korean art, the interactive exhibition presents music on an equal level to the visual art on display — allowing viewers to perceive the message of both mediums in a new, singular way. If that sounds intriguing or just plain confusing, don’t rely upon words; just go see for yourself. Live performances from 7-8p.m. on May 7 and 4-5p.m. on May 9; exhibit runs through May 16. Artgate Gallery, 547 W. 27 St., Suite 301. Call 212-695-8971 or visit www.artgateNY.com. 

Talks

Photo by Steve Pyke

Author Colm Toibin  

COLM TOIBIN
Sometimes you have to go to the Lower East Side in order to hear a man born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in the southeast of Ireland tell the tale of a woman navigating her way through 1950s New York. Tonight is one of those times — as award-winning author Colm Toibin shares excerpts from his newest work, “Brooklyn: A Novel.” Just as Eilis Lacey is beginning to get a handle on living in a crowded boarding house, working in a department story and attending Brooklyn College at night, she’s called back to Ireland — and must reconcile her new life with her past. This free event is part of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s “Tenement Talks” series. Tuesday, May 12, 6:30p.m. at 108 Orchard Street. 212-982-8420 or wwwtenement.org.   

Activisttainment

Photo by Brennan Cavanaugh

Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir performing at the Bleecker Street Theatre  

REVEREND BILLY
Like a certain robed radical who kicked money changers out of the temple, Reverend Billy and his 35-member Life After Shopping Gospel Choir show up at the darndest places to call us out on the evils of profit and commerce. Tonight, this special Mother’s Day Revival celebrates the annual Blessing of the Mother and beautifies the amazing activist visionaries at Picture the Homeless. Featuring a guest performance by Bernardo Palombo! Sunday, May 10th, 7:00p.m. (doors open at 6:30p.m.). At the Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at www.revbilly.com or by calling 212-260-8250. 

Dance

Photo by Weiferd Watts

Laurel Keen and Brett Conway

LINES BALLET
Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet performs a New York City engagement as special as it is limited. The acclaimed choreographer presents “Dust and Light,” which had its world premiere in San Francisco a mere two weeks ago. Also on the bill is “Rasa,” set to tabla music (which began as dancing music, in Northern Indian courts in the early 1700s). May 5th through 10th, at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).  Performance times and ticket prices vary; call JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800 or visit www.joyce.org. 

Comedy

Joan Crowe cracking up with bassist Jay Leonhart 

JOAN CROWE
Join Joan Crowe, the “tall, funny beauty with a new CD” as she launches the disc — and quite possibly 1,000 jokes — at this classy yet comical event. “In the Key of Comedy” is the name of CD. Crowe is joined onstage by Tedd Firth on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Quirky jazz cat Bob Dorough appears as a special guest. If you can’t attend this event, you can find Crowe every Wednesday night, hosting Hump Night of the Iguana, a weekly variety show at Iguana on W.54th Street. On May 8, though, you’ll find her at 7:30p.m. launching that CD at the Metropolitan Room, 34W. 22nd Street. The $20 cover (plus two-drink minimum) comes with a complimentary copy of the new CD. For reservations, call 212-206-0440. For the skinny on the tall Crowe, visit www.joancrowe.com. 

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