Volume 79, Number 17 | Sept. 30 - Oct 6, 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


Set in post-World War II immigrant New York City, “Enemies, A Love Story” is Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer’s tale of a man who is the husband of three different women. This STEPS Theatre adaptation aims to use the seemingly uncomplicated plot to reveal certain global truths about human nature. Add to that a score by John Zorn which references the impulsiveness of jazz and the monotony of a cantor’s singing. October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 (Thurs.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 6:00 p.m., Sun., Oct. 18, 6:00 p.m.). At Philip Coltoff Center (219 Sullivan St. (btw. W. 3rd and Bleecker). $18. For tickets, 212-841-5454 or www.stepstheatre.com.
Photo by Mohamed Beshir
Roman Freud as Herman Broder


The Famous and The Rich
Photographer Darleen Rubin has a biographer’s intuitive ability to capture revealing moments which communicate the essence of her subjects. This retrospective exhibition, “The Famous and The Rich” offers sly one-moment-in-time essays on well-known, well-off folks such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor & John Warner, Marisa Berenson, Jackie, John, Jr. & Caroline Kennedy, John Voight, Brooke Astor & Nancy Pierpont. Through Nov. 30, at The Jefferson Market Library (425 Sixth Ave. at 10th St., in the lobby and the 2nd floor Reading Rooms). Also available for view at www.darleenrubin.com. Library hours: Mon./Wed. 10-8 p.m.; Tues./Thurs. 10-6 p.m., Fri./Sat. 10-5 p.m.
Copyright 2009, Darleen Rubin
Mother Theresa (1996, Missionaries Charity Convent, 657 Washington St.)


Creative ExPression of The LES
“MENAGERIE: Creative ExPression of The Lower East Side” features film, print, painting, sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, illustration, music and dance. Curated by Shell Sheddy, this collection of works from LES artists showcases creations not necessarily about (or set in) the neighborhood. Participating artists include Marlis Momber, Paul Davies, Ronnie Norpel, Bonnie Rosenstock, Juan Carlos Pinto; films by Richard Sandler and Aldo T; performances by LouLou, Annie & Helen Stratford. Through Oct 31, at Tompkins Square Library Gallery (331 E 10th St, btw Aves A&B). Mon/Wed, 2-7:30pm and Sat, 1-4:30pm. For information call 212-228-4747.

Photo courtesy of the artist
“Grilled with Bread” by Bonnie Rosenstock (taken at Chelsea Market, 2007)

Art of the Crash
Is FusionArts Museum’s first exhibit of the fall (“Art of the Crash”) literally about car crashes, or a sly allusion to the sad state of our economy; or a little bit of both? They’re not telling, preferring to pass that buck straight to the eye of the beholder. What they will say is that participating sculptors and painters were asked to reference the “Cash for Clunkers” program’s inexplicable decision to trash the trade-ins rather than sell them for scrap. Those who rose to the challenge created art from the ghosts of Detroit’s former glories — and emerged with an exhibit which sets you on a journey without taking you for a ride. Oct. 1 through Dec. 27. Sun., Tues.-Thurs., Noon to 6 p.m. and Fri., Noon to 3 p.m. at FusionArts Museum, 57 Stanton St, (btw. Forsyth and Eldridge). Call 212-995-5290 or visit www.fusionartsmuseum.org.

Image copyright, FusionArts Museum
Too pretty to trash: an art car by Hi Tek Hoop


This new weekly event combines comedy, political banter, small talk, smart talk and (given the participants), maybe even dirty talk. Veteran comic and extreme lefty Sam Greenfield co-hosts with Yori Yanover, (publisher of The Grand Street News and an observant Jew with hard-to-pin-down opinions). Each week, they welcome a celebrity guest — along with participation from an audience of New Yorkers no doubt emboldened by recent town hall health care debate outbusts. It’s a volatile mix which claims to amuse and promises to entertain. Mondays, 8 p.m., at Eastville Comedy Club (85 East 4th St., between 2nd Ave. and Bowery). $10 plus two-drink minimum. For reservations, 212-473-7284.
Photo by Jonathan Slaff
Schmooze-friendly co-hosts Yori Yanover (L) and Sam Greenfield

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