Volume 79, Number 17 | Sept. 30 - Oct 6, 2009
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The A-List

Compiled by Scott Stiffler, Scott@thevillager.com

Events

NAKED LUNCH AT 50

Image courtesy of the Burroughs estate
“Naked Lunch” dust jacket, designed by William S. Burroughs

He famously declared “Language is a virus from outer space.” — but that didn’t stop William S. Burroughs from bending, morphing and perverting words to vent on cultural hypocrisy and the evil deeds men do simply because they can. The School of Visual Arts, Columbia University and New York University mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Naked Lunch” with a series of talks, readings and screenings. Panel and seminar events include “The Children of Burroughs: The Legacy of Naked Lunch” and “From the Interzone to the Archive…and back.” Screenings include “The Beat Hotel” and “Japanese Sandman.” Conspicuously absent is David Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch” — a trippy cinematic interpretation of Burroughs’ dense, often impenetrable prose. Free. Through October 10. Locations vary. For a complete schedule of events, call 212-592-2000 or visit www.sva.edu/events.

Photo courtesy of Ear to Earth
David Monacchi, with his ear to an elephant

EAR TO THE EARTH 2009
Join an eclectic group of Earth-centric musicians as they explore bio-diversity through a series of live concerts and installations merging sound, music and ecology. “Ear to the Earth 2009” offers performances from Yoko Ono and multi-disciplinary talents such as composer/sound artist/acoustic ecology researcher David Monacchi; ethnomusicologist/documentary sound artist Steven Feld; Ghanaian master drummer Nii Otoo Annan; sonic thinker/composer/sound artist Bruce Odland; and avant-garde composer/producer Elliott Sharp. In the midst of our visually dominant era, they hope that listening to the sounds of our environment will bring us closer (and at least partially back) to nature. October 8-10, at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South). For a complete schedule, visit www.emfproductions.org.

Literature

Photo courtesy of Live Mag!
Why is the jester smiling? Only Live Mag! knows.

LIVE MAG!
The A List frowns upon reprinting promotional copy wholesale; but why even try to trump copy from fine literary types? “Smart, fun and live.” That’s the triple threat promise from the Live Mag! press release — whose good-natured boast only exists to lure you to an afternoon of “wordspew aimed at your eyeballs.” Their performance-meets-printed magazine web launch shindig celebrates the online version and archive of Live Mag! with a “rare reading” by that “sassy, classy treasure of Greenwich Village and the world: octogenarian bard Edward Field.” Also featured: Uche Nduka, Wanda Phipps, guest editor Ilka Scobie and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. $5 gets you admission and a free magazine. Sun., Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, one block north of Houston). Call 212-614-0505. Visit www.livemagnyc.com.

Installation

Photo by Jonathan Slaff
Marybeth Ward sits among elements of her mixed media installation

MODEL KITCHEN
New York based mixed media artist and videographer Marybeth Ward’s ambitious installation reflects on the status of women by placing her observations within that definitive (?), constricting (?), essential (?) domain: the kitchen. Ward’s cooking up more than cookies, though. Her work documents 21st century women of the world who fight violence and abuse in order to gain control over their lives. Contemplate that struggle by touring a walk-in kitchen whose walls are large transparent panels containing images from international newspapers, UN documents and graffiti. Oct. 9-25, at La MaMa La Galleria (6 E. 1st St., betw. Bowery/2nd Ave.). 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thurs. through Sun. (opening reception on Fri., Oct. 9, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). Visit www.lamama.org.

Theater

Photo by Greg Best
Adrien Saunders and Jessica DiSalvo as a rogue cop and his wife, in “Entrapment”

DON’T DIE LAUGHING
What’s so funny about obsessive jealousy between high school rivals, the recent arrests of gay men at an 8th Avenue adult video store and desperate last call cruising? Village Playwrights (that sweet, swishy, naughty collective of gay writers, thinkers and doers) know the answer. “Don’t Die Laughing” is their three-play comedic treatment of the above issues — via Bill Petersen’s romantic comedy “That Sixth Deadly” and the George Bistransin farces “Entrapment” and “Last Call.” You don’t have to be gay to attend or enjoy the unifying, universal theme of looking for love in all the wrong places; but, as they say, it don’t hoit. 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 16/17 at the LGBT Community Center (208 W. 13th St.). For $15; tickets, call 718-381-1487 or visit www.gaycenter.org/node/4421.

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