What’s Up This Week

Here are just a few of the highlights on tap this week. More info on these—and the full slate—is in the Tribeca calendar of events.

ARChive of Contemporary Music’s summer CD sale continues through Sunday. ••• CB1 is having a task-force meeting about locals being shut out of the 10-year anniversary (sounds too festive to be the right word) of the attack. ••• Desperately Seeking Susan screens for free at the Elevated Acre, as part of the River to River Festival. You can reserve tickets online.

Today in the River to River Festival: “Aaron Siegel’s GROUP is a collective sound work that will start on individual mobile devices and ends with participants coming together for a large-scale gathering. The piece begins with a dense drone that sheds layers throughout the day and then transforms into a monumental sound as participants come together with their sounding devices to activate the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets.” ••• Also in R2R: “Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers, but a new brand of tender dreamers.” ••• At 92YTribeca 2009 documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride. ••• Band the Handsome Family play 92YTribeca.

“Bottom Line—NY on My Mind,” which is definitely a concert and I think a tribute to the former club, is at Rockefeller Park as part of R2R: “Starring Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, Martin Rivas, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams, plus more special guests TBA.” Love Rosanne Cash; the song above gets me every time. The way they look at each other in the video reminds me of the extraordinary interaction between Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon marriage-proposal duet in Walk the Line. ••• LaToya Jackson reads at Barnes & Noble. ••• Woody Allen’s Purple Rose of Cairo—which I remember fondly, but then again I remembered Hannah and Her Sisters fondly, and a recent rewatching proved disappointing—screens at the Museum of Jewish Heritage; suggested donation $5.

Princess Katie and Racer Steve play a free concert at Washington Market Park. ••• Crazy House (1943) screens at 92YTribeca: “Having laid waste to the Universal lot in the making of their previous film Hellzapoppin!, famed vaudevillian duo Olsen and Johnson are thrown out of the studio and decide to strike out on their own. Raucousness ensues, with guest appearances by Shemp Howard, Cass Daley, Basil Rathbone, and Count Basie, among many others. Featuring many classic gags throughout, Crazy House also has arguably the best ending to any movie ever made.” Start at the two-minute mark. ••• Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones play City Winery (Friday, too). ••• Cabaret des Illusion, a magic show, is at Duane Park restaurant. ••• Bob Mould plays 92YTribeca.

Anders Holst plays the Bubble Lounge. ••• Movie clips from the ages of women at work at 92YTribeca’s”Meet the Lady” series. Magazine editing is just like this.

The River to River Festival gets frisky with “Cowgirl Cowhunt,” a game: “Hey New York! Think you’ve got enough grit to remix history and take on the biggest cattle drive this side of the Mississippi? Find out in this manhunt-inspired game of team tag set in 1919. Spurs, denim and flannels recommended but not required. (Teams assigned on-site.)” I’ll wear my chaps! ••• Also part of R2R: “Culminating this year’s Dancing Classrooms program, talented 5th and 8th grade dancers from New York City public schools compete in this city-wide competition for the grand prize as they Fox Trot, Merengue, Rumba, Swing and Tango their way to the gold.” At the World Financial Center. ••• Little Rockers play for the younger set at Cin-M-Art Space (under Biddy Early’s). ••• Witchfinder General, a 1968 British horror film starring Vincent Price, screens at 92YTribeca. Also: Movioke.

New Amsterdam Market and Fulton Stall Market.

As for ongoing events, you might consider…
Josh Bailer Losh’s “Chinese Take Out” is at Art in General through July 2. Here’s what I wrote about it last month: “Objects, images and artifacts representing ‘home”’ (China) were removed (consensually!) from seven Chinatown restaurants, to be exhibited at Art in General. They were replaced by site-specific artworks commissioned from seven artists. So before or after visiting the gallery, you can tour Chinatown, discovering the new works (with help from a map).”


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