Volume 79, Number 15 | September 16 - 22, 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


Image courtesy of Theresa King
“Farewell Interior”

Current West Village resident Theresa King grew up in Brooklyn riding the Myrtle Avenue Elevated Rail line. Take a trip back in time with her, as the New York Transit Museum presents “Last Day of the Myrtle Avenue El: Photographs by Theresa King.” Opened in 1888 and closed in 1969, the Myrtle Avenue El ran from downtown Brooklyn to Queens, passing through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Ridgewood, and Middle Village. King’s photographs of its final day pays loving tribute to the wooden train cars and antiquated stations which still hold fond memories for riders. Sept 29 through Feb 28 at the New York Transit Museum (corner of Boerum Place/Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights). Tues - Fri, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat and Sun, Noon to 5 p.m.; $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors (62+). Visit www.mta.info/mta/museum and www.theresakingphotography.com. On Sun, Oct 18 at 2 p.m., King will lead a gallery tour.

Image courtesy of John Evans and Pavel Zoubok Gallery
John Evans: “July 7, 1989” — mixed-media college on paper, 11 x 8 inches

“Tenement Symphony” explores the beauty and cruelty to be found within the tenement — that utterly unique New York experience. John Evans (who’s been creating collages daily since 1963 from his rent-controlled outpost on Avenue B) has amassed a collection that reflects the history of tenement life through everything from fabric swatches and ticket stubs to discarded strips from the late, great Woolworth’s photo booth. Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s mixed-media constructions and installations give form to his experiences in the Lower East Side and Hell’s Kitchen — by documenting the intersection of sexuality, class and religion. Through Oct. 10 (Tues through Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, 533 West 23rd St. (btwn. 10/11 Aves). Call 212-675-7490 or visit www.pavelzoubok.com.


Photo by a Deviant Art Artist

The No Name Movement boldly proclaims it means to present “high quality events based on rhythmic body moving perfection” which are “only about the music.” Tonight, though, it’s also about fashion. NNM can be forgiven for treading just over the model-thin line of its mission statement this time around, though, because everyone knows music and fashin are two great tastes that go great together. “The Material Girl Exhibit — Vision of Cage” is a party featuring fashions by the artist Cage and tunes from veteran industrial/new wave maven DJ Arsenal. When their worlds collide, everybody wins. The exhibit: 8 p.m. to Midnight. The After Party: Midnight to 4 a.m.; $5; 21 and over only. Thurs, Sept 17, at the Gallery Bar (120 Orchard St., btwn. Delancey and Rivington). Visit www.NoNameNYC.ning.com.


Photo by “Not An Alternative”
Rev. Billy, among those paying tribute to Jane Jacobs

After you have a street in the Village named after you, what further honors can one expect? How about a tribute show featuring a who’s who of those whom you’ve inspired? That’s exactly what’s happening in this evening of readings and musings which pay tribute to the late, great urban planning and development watchdog Jane Jacobs. Activists and authors will read excerpts from correspondence sent by Ms. Jacobs over the years — all in the service of celebrating the impact she’s had, citywide, on campaigns to save neighborhood diversity. Hosted by Rev. Billy Talen and Savitri D from the Church of Life After Shopping!; with Cathryn Swan (of Save Union Square), “Dreamland” author Kevin Baker and City Councilwoman Carol Greitzer. Free (donations encouraged). Tues, Sept 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St. and Washington Square South).

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