I’ve taken a break from the calendar of events. Instead of a comprehensive list, I’ll spotlight upcoming events of particular interest. If you host events, please email me information to email@example.com.
From council member Margaret Chin’s office: From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., “French Open champion Li Na will make an appearance at the USTA’s Mobile SmashZone [...] at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Chinatown District of Manhattan. She will participate in tennis activities with children from the local area to encourage health and fitness in the Asian community. In addition, Li Na will have an autograph session.”
Dar Williams will play City Winery after a screening of Vanishing of the Bees.
At St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway and Fulton): “The public will be invited to tie white ribbons—symbols of remembrance—with the words ‘Remember to Love’ on the fence of St. Paul’s Chapel from September 6 through September 11. Names and prayers may be written on the ribbons.” (10 a.m.– 6 p.m.)
SEPTEMBER 8–OCTOBER 8
“Spaces & Places,” paintings by Babette Herschberger and Beatricia Sagar, is at Cheryl Hazan Gallery.
SEPTEMBER 8–OCTOBER 29
Opening at Apexart: “Private Stash, curated by jazz pianist Fred Hersch. The show includes examples of his work, his musical and visual inspirations, and a showing of his recent operatic production My Coma Dreams, based on the visions he saw during a two-month coma.”
SEPTEMBER 8–OCTOBER 9
At One Art Space: “Daniel Belardinelli’s new exhibit, Vital Signs [...] draws upon a constellation of addictions, personal loss and his own struggle to communicate verbally, producing wildly dynamic images that teeter between inner angst and an outwardly directed attempt to achieve meaningful contact. [...] The artist was also personally affected by the events of 9/11—a last minute change of plans prevented Belardinelli from joining an uncle on the ill-fated Flight 93. Dysfunction, loss and the sounds, beat and culture of the nightclub scene resonate through Belardinelli’s work.” Pictured above: “Born Into This.”
Tribeca Film is screening three films at Tribeca Cinemas:
••• Beware the Gonzo (“the story of a 17-year old student who starts a revolution in his high school”)
••• Brother’s Justice (“Actor Dax Shepard makes the decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his true dream: to become an internationally-renown martial arts star”; Shepard directed, too)
••• Grave Encounters (“Lance Preston and the crew of ‘Grave Encounters,’ a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years.”)
Counter-programming! The Crosby Street Hotel chose the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to screen that recent documentary about New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.
The Pen Parentis Literary Salon features writers Rebecca Wolff (The King, The Beginners), Sarah Gardner Borden (Games to Play After Dark), and Frank Haberle (winner of the Pen Parentis fellowship). The accompanying photo is not of them.
INVASION! opens at the Flea (previews start Sept. 6): “While INVASION!—written by Swedish-Tunisian playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri—isn’t set directly against the backdrop of September 11, it does—with wit, humor and a deft slyness—evoke some of the suspicions, prejudices and matters of cultural identity about Middle Easterners that resulted.”
SEPTEMBER 15–JANUARY 7
Opening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: “‘Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race’ [which] shows how the Nazi regime aimed to change the genetic makeup of the population through measures known as ‘racial hygiene’ or ‘eugenics,’ and the role that scientists in the biomedical fields played in legitimizing these policies. When Nazi racial hygiene was implemented, the categories of persons regarded as biologically threatening to the health of the nation were greatly expanded to include Jews, Gypsies, and other minorities. Ultimately, Nazi racial hygiene policies culminated in the Holocaust.”
From reader Kellee: “There’s a CD release party for Nation Beat on September 16 at 9 p.m. at 92YTribeca. I met band leader Scott Kettner several weeks ago and had a blast watching the band perform. Nation Beat’s music is described as a ‘fusion between thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming and New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian-inspired blue grass music, funk, rock and country-blues.’ Scott himself is a pretty interesting guy and percussionist who plays a mean tambourine. (I’m not kidding—it’s actually a pandeiro—cousin to the tambourine). He can make it sound like a full set of drums.”