Volume 79, Number 45 | April 14 - 20, 2010
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The A-list

By Scott Stiffler

Flamenco Revolución
A 25-year resident of the East Village, Flamenco artist and teacher Maya de Silva brings her Flamenco Revolución (a company of 12 musicians and dancers) uptown for their second New York season. Each performance of “Going Forward, Looking Back” honors a Senior Flamenco Singer of New York (Luis Vargas on 4/16; Domingo Alvarado on 4/17; the late Paco Ortiz on 4/18). For the opening night benefit cocktail party, drop an extra $20 and be invited to join the artists for a glass of wine. You’ll be helping the company get to Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Dance Festival — where they have been invited to perform this summer. April 16th /17th at 8 p.m.; April 18th at 4 p.m.; at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theatre (120 West 46th St.); For tickets, call 212-868-4444 ($25, for students/seniors: $20; groups of 5+, $18; children under 12, $12). Visit www.mayadesilva.com.


“Muse of the American avant-garde” Lil Picard was a fixture of the Downtown New York art scene of 1950s, 60s, and 70s. This exhibit — “Lil Picard and Counterculture New York” — comprises over 70 works by the pioneering feminist artist who played vital (but under-acknowledged) roles in the New York art world. Picard gets her due with this comprehensive exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, and several landmark installations and performances. Also included are photographs, writings, and films. On view from April 20th to July 10th; at Grey Art Gallery, NUY (100 Washington Square E.). Tues., Thurs., Fri: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; suggested donation, $3. For info., call 212/998-6780 or visit www.nuy.edu/greyart.


Sculptors Alliance is currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the exhibit “Then and Now.” True to its name, 6 original members from 1980 are joined by 13 newly-invited sculptors. What they’ve chosen to showcase represents widely divergent styles, sculptural materials, methods, and subject matter. Works are carved, cast, constructed, modeled, and woven from such materials as stone, wood, clay, plaster, resin, glass, metal, canvas, paper, beads, and found objects. Through April 30th (closed Sundays), at the Tompkins Square Library Gallery (New York Public Library: Tompkins Square Branch); 331 East 10th St. (at Ave. B). For information, call 212-228-4747.


Want to give your out-of-town guests a true taste of Greenwich Village? Long-time Village resident Marc D. Felix isn’t just some guy turning a fast buck by taking you on a stroll around his neighborhood — he’s licensed by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. The ground he treads (literally and figuratively) covers 400 years of the people, culture and arts of Greenwich Village. Along the way, you’ll gain insights into the lives and living places of everyone from the Native Americans to the founding fathers to the Bohemians. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. (lasts 2 hours); at the south west corner of 8th Ave. and 14th St. (Marc will be the one wearing a hat and looking like he’s expecting you). $15 per person’ group rates available. No reservations required. For more info., visit ww.marcvillagewalk.com.


Loyal readers of The Villager’s A&E section (and sticklers for proper grammar) were likely pleased by last week’s Stephen Wolf-penned article on editor/poet David Lehman — but stunned by an incoherently-edited phrase (not of Wolf’s doing): “He likes Greenwich Village for its coffee houses and clubs, bars and restaurants, and the Union Square Market that he can leave for five minutes before class starts.” The A List takes responsibility for the error and wishes to assure you that Mr. Lehman hardly ever ditches class five minutes before it starts in order to stroll around the Union Square Market. Ask him yourself when Lehman (Editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry) appears at the Monday Night Poetry series. He’ll be reading freshly minted poems as well as some from his latest poetry collection (“Yeshiva Boys”). Also on the bill is poet Julie Sheehan. Free; May 3rd, 7:30 p.m., at KGB Bar (85 E. 4th St.). For info., call 212-505-3360.


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