Volume 79, Number 9 | August 5 - 11, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
In 2006, Ankur Shah traced the route taken by Mahatma Gandhi during his 1930 protest of the British tax on salt. He carried no money and used only otherworldly intuition to acquire food and shelter discovering along the way what remains of Gandhis influence upon the Indian countryside. The result was his novel, Sometimes We Walk Alone. Plan on making like Gandi by walking to the event sans cash? The sponsoring venue (a LES bookstore, fair trade café and activist center) promises you will not be turned away from an event for having empty pockets. Free (donations accepted). Sunday, August 9, 7 p.m. at Bluestockings; 172 Allen Street. Call 212-777-6028 or visit www.bluestockings.com.
Photo by Robert Pinnock
Sammy Velvet croons in Times Square
After a nearly eight-year absence, talent-challenged cabaret crooner Sammy Velvet returns to the NYC stage for a one-of-a-kind performance that lovingly, comically, desperately recreates Act I of Liza Minnellis Tony Award-winning 2008 performance at The Palace Theatre. Equal parts strange, surreal, silly, sexy and stupid, its a must-see event for anyone who loves cabaret; or comedy; or show business train wrecks. That Velvet also happens to be Scott Stiffler, who happens to write the A List, is merely a happy coincidence. August 9, 5:30 p.m. and August 10, 7:00 p.m., at Dont Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street. $5 donation; two-drink minimum (youll need it). For reservations, call 212-757-0788.
Reason enough to pray for peace
Join Pax Christi Metro New York (part of the international Catholic peace movement) as they own up to the 64th anniversary of Americas bombing of Nagasaki, Japan and the lessons learned and advocate for the abolition of nukes. Watch the new film, U.S. Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World. Then, engage in a discussion facilitated by Cheryl Wertz (of Peace Action) and Sr. Mary Beth Moore (of the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives). Free. August 9, 2:30 p.m., at St. Josephs Greenwich Village Parish House (371 Sixth Ave). Call 212-420-0250 or visit www.nypaxchristi.org.
Photo by Scott Friedlander
Through August 16, Cornelia Street Cafés Piano Festival showcases unique piano players and composers. Over the course of two weeks, youll see jazz, classical, chamber, four hand, solo, duo and trio piano music. Highlights include British piano darling Simon Mulligan and an 80th birthday tribute celebration of piano legend Bill Evans. As always, a one-drink minimum per set. At The Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street. For information on the Piano Festival (and other August mini-festivals), call 212-989-9319 or visit www.corneliastreetcafe.com.
Author and historian David Freeland
Manhattans Lost Places of Leisure
New York City changes so much (and so often), its easy to muster dewy-eyed nostalgia for the way things were last month. Fortunately, historian and author David Freeland has his sights set firmly on the long-lost past. His new book (Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattans Lost Places of Leisure) explores a time when belated, beloved places such as the Atlantic Garden, Horn & Hardarts Automat and the Doyers Street Chinese Theatre were hot spots. This free lecture by Freeland includes a slideshow and a Q&A session. Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 p.m.; at the Tenement Museum Shop, 108 Orchard Street. For more information, visit www.tenement.org or call 212-431-0233.