Volume 79, Number 10 | August 12 - 18, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

The A-List

Compiled by Scott Stiffler, Scott@thevillager.com


Photo by Yu-Chun Wu
Choreographer/dancer Yayoi Suzuki performing “Yellow-Orange”

The Center for Remembering & Sharing celebrates its 5th anniversary with a fundraiser for relocation to a not-yet-determined new space (likely in Chelsea and Gramercy). Help them stay in the neighborhood and provide locals with the creative and cognitive tools with which to present, perform, exhibit or publish. The benefit’s theme — “Summer Magic” — sees CRS transformed into a sea of lights, and populated with candlelit performances by the Artists-in-Residence. August 15, 9 p.m.; $15 ($10 for students/seniors). At CRS; 123 4th Ave., 2nd Floor (between 12th and 13th). For tickets, call 212-352-3101.  


Michele Carlo, poised to tell a tale 

“No Name and a Bag of Chips,” that long-running comedy/variety experience, reaches into its bags of tricks and turns out a “Summer Reading Show” that’s more about punch drunk prose than punchlines. “No Name” regulars like “Supernormal” guy Tom Shillue and silly/strange/sincere storyteller Michele Carlo will present classic and soon-to-be published/produced short fiction, monologues and memoirs. The night also delivers No Name’s signature door prizes and amiable, assorted cheap thrills. Free. August 14, 7:00 p.m., at Otto’s Shrunken Head Tiki Bar (538 E. 14th St., btwn Avenues A & B). For info, call 212-228-2240 or visit www.nonamenyc.com OR www.ottosshrunkenhead.com.   


Euripides, trailer park style

By day (and sometimes, by night), James Stewart works as a projectionist at the Angelika Film Center — but by night (and sometimes, by day), he works as Co-Artistic Director of the Redd Tale Theatre Company. Their current offering (“Maddy: A Modern Day Medea”) sets the Euripides classic in a trailer park and adds a dash of the supernatural. Things continue to go bump with Anton Chekhov’s “The Swan Song” — as a drunken actor awakens on an empty stage to find a candle and the ghosts of former glories. Will it embody their motto (“To Provide Enlightening, Entertaining Theatrical Experiences That Contribute To Humanity’s Next Step Forward”)? No matter; how often do you find folks reaching that high? Through Aug 29 (Thurs, Fri, Sat, 8 p.m.) at Nicu’s Spoon Theatre, 38 West 38th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). For tickets ($12/$15), call 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com.   


Photo courtesy of Paramount
Lee Marvin, John Wayne in John Ford’s “Donovan’s Reef”  (1963) 

Combine the geekish passion of cinephiles with the righteous curiosity of conspiracy theorists and you get “One-Eyed Auteurs” — a 10-day salute to five one-eyed filmmakers all working in the middle decades of the 20th century (Fritz Lang, John Ford, Nicholas Ray, Raoul Walsh, and Andre de Toth). The circumstances surrounding their loss of an eye vary, but the five are bound together (coincidentally???) by the loss of depth perception — which had a profound effect on their films…or did it? You decide. August 14 through 23 at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave (at 2nd St.). Call 212-505-5181 or visit www.anthologyfilmarchives.org.  


Image courtesy of the artist (Willie Birch)  
Lonely soul; waiting to be gathered by his tribe? 

Since 1991, Steve Cannon (known, affectionately we’re assured, as The Blind Professor) has run “A Gathering of the Tribes” — a triple threat salon/gallery/reading venue. At this special event, poetry and art meet in one of the last bastions of NYC still able to lay claim to a down, dirty, authentic Bohemian aesthetic. Help celebrate Cannon’s poetry and art publication (Tribes Magazine) by showing up to see a mighty roster of six contributors to issue #12. It’s a “low key, informal evening” which nevertheless will likely end with all comers getting sufficiently riled up — and isn’t that what good art, and a good time, is all about? Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m., at 5C Cultural Center and Café, 68 Avenue C (at 5th Street). Free admission; pass the hat donation. Call 212-477-5993 or Visit www.tribes.org.

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