Volume 79, Number 12 | Aug. 26 - Sept. 1, 2009
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The A-List

Compiled by Scott Stiffler, Scott@thevillager.com

Art

Image courtesy of the artist (Sara Pringle)
“Blue Tony” (2009)

NIGHTSHIFT III
This group gallery show pulls back the curtain to reveal the talents of those who toil during the daylight hours as arts institution staff and/or artist assistants to big names in the established art world. By night, however, this sub-community spends their hours maintaining disciplined studio practices of their own. Show up and find out what they have to show for it — and you might just end up pinpointing that moment in time when the student becomes the master. Through October 6. Viewing Hours: Tues through Fri, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat, 1 to 4 p.m.; at Hudson Guild Gallery, 441 West 26th Street. Call 212-760-9837. At the closing party on Oct 6, 6 to 8 p.m., you can meet the artists and take in some performance art.

Music

Photo by Gene Martin
Cedar Walton, performing with his quartet, Aug 29

CHARLIE PARKER JAZZ FEST
City Parks Foundation’s 17th edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival features two afternoons of free jazz headlined by Frank Wess Quintet and Cedar Walton Quartet — all in the service of paying tribute to the great Charlie Parker. Gary Bartz, José James, Aaron Parks, Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadores and the Dred Scott Trio. Free. Performances begin at 3 p.m. on Sat, Aug 29 (at Marcus Garvey Park (124th Street and Mt. Morris Park) and at 3 p.m. Sun, Aug 30 at Tompkins Square Park (E. 8th Street, between Aves. A and B).

Photo courtesy of Matt York
Jimmy (left) and Dick Dale

2009 DOWNTOWN MUSICFEST
Downtown MusicFest, an effort from J&R Music to revitalize lower Manhattan and encourage people to keep returning to the downtown area, accomplishes that task by making like the pied piper and luring crowds with free R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin and pop music. Aug 27, meet and greet Surf music inventor Dick Dale and son Jimmy; 2 p.m. at the J&R store. Aug 28, in concert at City Hall Park, it’s J Moss and Grammy-nominated R&B and pop singer Mario. Aug 29, KRS-One and Buckshot are among the performers. Free. 5-7 p.m. on Aug 27, 28; 1-5 p.m. on Aug 29; at City Hall Park (across from 23 Park Row & Broadway). For more information, call 212-238-9000 or visit www.jr.com.

Reading

Photo courtesy of harrypocius.com
Russell Atwood (foreground), pounding out some fresh pulp

LOSERS LIVE LONGER
Longtime East Village resident and author Russell Atwood reads excerpts from his new novel, fresh off the truck from the nefarious souls at Hard Case Crime books. “Losers Live Longer” is the name of the book — and the name of the official book launch event. “Losers” marks the return of East Village private investigator Payton Sherwood. This time around, Sherwood is once again up to his knees in a pig-pile of murder, lust and greed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side (just when you thought they managed to make the place respectable). Atwood is joined at the event by fellow pulp fiction writers Charles Ardai and Joe Guglielmelli. Free. Sun, Aug 30, 7 to 9 p.m.; at KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street. Visit www.kgbbarlit.com

Film

PHOTO COURTESY of First Run Features
A middle aged participant of “49 Up”

KEEPING THE INDEPENDENT FLAME
First Run Features gets a respectful retrospective, as the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates thirty years of fiction and documentary films from the company founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers dedicated to (OK, obsessed) with advancing the distribution of independent film. The gay history documentary “Before Stonewall” is on the bill (Sept 3), as is “49 Up” (Aug 30, 31) — part of a decades-long doc which checks in with a group of Brits every seven years. Also included is a screening of the Harlan Ellison cult fave “A Boy and His Dog” (Aug 26) and appearances from filmmakers. August 26 through September 4 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street). Single Screening Tickets: $7; series Pass, for $40 admits one person to five screenings. For a complete schedule, visit www.filmlinc.com.

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