Volume 78 - Number 50 / May 20 - 26 , 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Compiled by sarah norris
Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
George Arce, 1959 (Oil on canvas)
Widely regarded as one of the most important American painters of the twentieth century, Alice Neel (1900-1984) bucked the American avant-garde trend of the 1940s and 50s. Dubbing herself a collector of souls, Neel created unique portraits of downtrodden neighbors, poets, lovers and strangers. Two concurrent exhibitions focus on a selection of figurative paintings, ranging in date from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. Alice Neel: Selected Works can be seen at David Zwirner (533 West 19th Street). Alice Neel: Nudes of the 1930s can be found at Zwirner & Wirth (32 East 69th Street). May 14 June 20. For more information, call 212-727-2070 or www.davidzwirner.com.
Photo by Tom Johnson
Will song & dance cast a golden glow on these gals?
THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND
Fans of Bea Arthur still hit hard from her recent passing, take heart to the rescue come four guys who dare to portray the Golden Girls weve come to love. Fun, frothy and unauthorized, Thank You For Being a Friend: The Musical is a sassy theatrical tribute to the sitcom whose repeats keep the WE and Hallmark channels relevant. With original music, parodies of Broadway songs and zippy choreography, these gals go where our much-loved sitcom friends never dared. Lets just hope theyve created a worthy tribute; or the shows rabid fans will let their dissatisfaction be known with pitchforks and torches. May 24th through July 12th, Sundays, 8:00p.m. at The Kraine Theater; 85 East 4th Street (btwn. 2nd & 3rd Aves). $20. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit SpinCycleNYC.com.
Photo by Nic Musolino
John Gardner, left, as Saul Kimmer and Edward Chin-Lyn as Lee
The next time you sublet your NYC apartment, make sure to ask whether the temporary tenants plan to stage an Asian-American production of True West while youre gone. Thats the lesson learned from Curious Frog Theatre Company, who invite you to their East Village sublet for this unique take on Sam Shepards perennial tale of two warring brothers. Odds are the audience and cast will see the plays themes take on a heightened intensity thanks to the crowded confines of this tiny common living space. Tues-Sun, through May 31, 7:30p.m. at 181 Avenue B, (btwn. 11th & 12th). $25 tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/63066. Wednesday shows are $10, cash-only, if you bring a loaf of regular-sized bread. For more information on Curious Frog, www.curiousfrog.org.
Photo by Max Ruby
Flamenco dancers take to the stage
LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL
Now in its 14th year, the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts marks a fitting start to outdoor summer events in NYC. The eclectic, free, three-day arts festival puts a welcome accent on downtown talent featuring over 100 performing arts organizations, local and international celebrities, independent artists, poets, puppeteers, filmmakers and others. Itll cost you nothing to see jazz legend David Amram, talk show legend Joe Franklin and a bevy of handpicked young talent destined for legend status themselves. See them now and years from now, say I saw them when. Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24; in and around Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue). For the complete lineup and schedule, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net.
Photo by BA Faiella
Barbara Maier, at home in Chelsea
In-demand 74-year-old voice coach and long-time Chelsea resident Barbara Maier gets her due with a ongoing series at Joes Pub. Maier counts the Broadway cast of Passing Strange and Deborah Harry among her provocative and loyal clientele. Now, shes producing a new series of Depression Brunches at Joes Pub. The inaugural productions theme is Idol Idle Idyll Worship Sacred and Profane. Expect dynamic performances from Tammy Faye Starlight, trans singer/pianist Our Lady J and Tony nominee Justin Bond. To help cut costs, audience members are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch (but order Joes Pub booze). Noon, May 31, at Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (btwn. Astor & E. 4th St.). $15 cover, $12 minimum. Call 212-967-7555 or www.joespub.com.
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