Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bartenev at Dubrov

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Discover Watermill 2012

The Watermill Center

Discover Watermill 2012

August 12, 2012 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

The Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill, New York

Admission is free and open to the public
No reservation required
Discover Watermill is a unique opportunity to meet artists from over 30 countries all participating in The Watermill Center's International Summer Program. Tours of The Center, Robert Wilson's Watermill Collection, and the six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds featuring outdoor sculptures and artifacts will take place throughout the day. Enter the grounds through the formal entrance on Watermill Towd Road and enjoy many of the installations and performances created for The Big Bang, The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit on July 28th.

Bartenev-Wilson/ Art in the Hamptons Is Wacky

                                             Andrey Bartenev and Robert Wilson at last year’s
                                         Watermill Center summer benefit, ‘Voluptuous Panic.’                        
                                                     (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)
By Rozalia Jovanovic

From Terence Koh’s artwork at the Fireplace Project, composed of gilded eggs and rare, expensive Thassos marble, to the LongHouse Reserve summer benefit, where dangling trapeze artists amused guests dressed in black, white and yellow, in homage to Dorothy Lichtenstein, the wacky art of the Hamptons gets a delightful skewering over at The Wall Street Journal. All in the name of summer fun, of course. For anyone attending the Watermill Center summer benefit next weekend, this should serve as a nice primer. Leave your Ab-Ex outfits at home. This year’s theme is “Pop.”
From the story:
“Mr. Koh’s new work is something of an amuse-bouche for the whole frittata that is Robert Wilson’s big Watermill Center benefit next weekend. This is where you see some of the most entertaining, avant garde, some might even say absurd performance art in the Hamptons or pretty much anywhere else. People still talk about the two artists who buried themselves in the ground for last year’s fundraiser.”

Friday, July 20, 2012

New York. July 20-26, 2012


Yayoi Kusama

July 12–September 30, 2012

Whitney Museum 


New York. July 20-26, 2012

Friday, July 20

Friday, Jul 20
Karmin and Dragonette, Pop Stars
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.
Karmin (pictured) is an American pop duo consisting of engaged couple Amy Heidemann and Nick (Louis) Noonan. They are best known for their song "Brokenhearted."
Dragonette is a Canadian electronic music band formed in 2005. The band consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist Dan Kurtz and drummer Joel Stouffer.

Friday, Jul 20 7:00AM free 
Hot Chelle Rae, Pop Rockers
Rockefeller Plaza, 49th St. bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves.
Hot Chelle Rae is a pop rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2005. They broke through nationally with their album Whatever.

Gallery Talk
Friday, Jul 20 10:30AM free 
Curator's Tour of Fashion A-Z/ Museum at FIT,, Seventh Ave. & 27th St.
Join curator Colleen Hill for a tour of the second installment of a showcase of modern and contemporary design, featuring selections from the museum's permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories. Shown: Adrian, ensemble from Modern Museum collection in rayon crepe, 1945, USA.

Friday, Jul 20  2:00PMfree 
Mike Mills' Oscar-Winning Beginners (2010): Dying Father Comes Out, 58th Street Library
127 E. 58th St. 1-212-759-7358
With Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent.
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
104 min.

Theater Friday, Jul 20 6:30PM free 
Outdoor Theater: The Rover by Aphra Behn/ Riverside Park, Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument (89th St. & Riverside Drive)/ 1-212-870-3070.
The “rover” of the play’s title is Willmore, a rakish naval captain, who falls in love with a young woman named Hellena, who has set out to experience love before her brother sends her to a convent. Complications arise when Angellica Bianca, a famous courtesan, falls in love with Willmore and swears revenge on him for his betrayal.

Theater Friday, Jul 20 7:00PM free 
New York Classical Theatre's Outdoor Production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Battery Park, Meet in front of Castle Clinton. 1-212-252-4531
New York Classical Theatre's roving production of Twelfth Night recasts the beloved comedy's setting as fin de siècle New York. The company will lead audiences on Shakespeare's lively journey of mistaken identities, misguided lovers, and joyous celebration, recasting the play's setting to New York City circa 1900.
Employing its signature "Panoramic Theatre" staging style, the company will escort audiences, pausing to hatch a confusion of plots and declare various passions against a backdrop of waterfalls, bridges, and shady groves.

Film Friday, Jul 20 7:30PMfree 
See the Oscar-Winning Star Trek -Intrepid Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St. & Twelfth Ave. 1-212-245-0072
With Chris Pines, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg.
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Concert Friday, Jul 20 7:30PM $3 suggested admission 
Machel Montano, the King of Soca
Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West & 9th St., Brooklyn/ 1-718-683-5600
MACHEL MONTANO, whose “place as soca’s most transformative star is undeniable,” (NY Times) brings the wild and steamy spirit of Trinidad Carnival to Brooklyn—and the people will rejoice! His 1985 debut album Too Young to Soca was an instant hit. In 2011, he released his thirty-fifth album, and won in six categories at the International Reggae and World Music Awards: Most Outstanding Stage Personality, Best Male Calypso/Soca Entertainer, Best Caribbean Entertainer, Most Outstanding Show Band, Best Soca Band, and The King of Soca.
The night begins with an opening set by the socially conscious Creole singer-songwriter BélO, who has been called Haiti’s musical ambassador to the world. (photo: Jermaine Cruickshank)

Theater Friday, Jul 20 8:00PMfree 
Outdoor Presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Riverbank State Park, 145th St. & Riverside Dr. 1-212-866-3100
This year Pulse Ensemble Theatre is going to reprise Shakespeare in July instead of its usual August slot. This year they’re doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream – expect the unexpected, including some rock ‘n roll (and a cross dresser or two). Pulse definitely does not take your classical approach to the Classics! Enjoy a theatrical evening under the stars.
 Theater Friday, Jul 20 8:00PM free 
Outdoor Presentation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor
Municipal Parking Lot, Broome & Ludlow Sts. 1-212-873-9050
The play is presented in a working parking lot, so you can drive there but you should expect to pay the Muni-meter. The show is offered while the lot is in use. The action sometimes happens around a parked car which drives away during a performance. At such times, the players stop and the audience moves its chairs, pausing the performance the same way a show would stop for rain uptown in Central Park. It's all part of the fun.
Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, with audience members often arriving as early as 7:00 PM to secure a place. You are encouraged and welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.

Film Friday, Jul 20 8:30PM free 
Richard Donner's Oscar-Winning Superman (1978): The Original Superhero Blockbuster
Hudson River Park, Pier 46, Charles Street and West Street/ 1-212-627-2121. With Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando.
The Man of Steel woos Lois Lane as he battles Lex Luthor in this special-effects extravaganza.
143 min.

Saturday , July 21
Worksho  Saturday, Jul 21 10:00AM to 5:00PM free  
 Kayaking on the Hudson/ Riverside Park, Hudson Meeting Point @ 72nd St.  Call 311 for more info
Join 20-minute instructional paddles, and explore the Hudson River first-hand. Please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. Kayaks and life vests provided.

Fair Saturday, Jul 21. 11:00AM to 5:00PM free Broadway, bet. 47th & 57th Sts.

Fair Saturday, Jul 21. 11:00AM to 5:00PM. free Broadway , bet. 35th & 39th Sts.

Poetry Reading Saturday, Jul 21. 11:00AM to 5:30PM. $5.
 Second Annual New York Poetry Festival
 Governors Island, Colonels Row. 1-212-440-2200
Come out for readings and performances by The Poetry Brothel, Cave Canem, Poets House, EARSHOT!, The Inspired Word and much more.
City Walk Saturday, Jul 21 11:30AM free  
8th Street and St. Mark's Place Tour/ Meet at NW corner of Second Ave. & St. Marks Place in front of Eastside Bakery 1-212-777-2173
Highlighting the unique, bizarre and beautiful bohemia we call Greenwich Village. Tours are led by licensed guides who focus on the various social, architectural and/or historic aspects of the neighborhood, and last approximately 90 minutes.

Oper  Saturday, Jul 21 1:00PM free  
 New York Opera Forum performs Handel's Serse. 96th Street Library, 112 E. 96th St., @ Park Ave. 1-212-289-0908
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera Serse (Xerxes) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.

Dance Performance Saturday, Jul 21 2:00PM free  
Belly Dancing with Naja.  George Bruce Library
 518 W. 125th St., bet. Old Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.
Naja is an Egyptian-style belly dance performer and instructor who brings the spirit of the Middle East to New York City and beyond through the beautiful art of belly dance. Her performances focus not only on the joy, entertainment, and excitement of dance, but also on presenting Middle Eastern dance in a positive, culturally-informed light. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, NY1 TV and the lifestyle blog Woman Around Town, and can be seen performing at various venues in New York City including Webster Hall.

Concert Saturday, Jul 21/ 3:00PM  free  
 Brazilian Sounds: Bebel Gilberto / Criolo / Flávio Renegado / Béco Dranoff 
 Central Park, Rumsey Playfield , enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.
Celebrate the newest generation of musicians making a mark on the Brazilian music scene with up and coming Brazilian hip-hop artists Criolo and Flávio Renegado making their New York City premiere.

 Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto (pictured) is the daughter of Joao Gilberto, the iconic voice of bossa nova. Gilberto’s famed father would always color her musical path, and with the addition of elements of electronic music, she took the legacy of bossa nova from Bahia to the dance floor, earning worldwide success.

 Criolo, Brazil’s newest star, creates rhymes like an industrial machine. At the same time, he can also sing beautifully and blend Brazilian rhythms including samba, soul, Afro-funk and rock riffs and assemble it with hip-hop beats and flow to create some of the most exciting new music to come out of Brazil in recent times.

 Rising Brazilian hip-hop artist Flávio Renegado has been making moves in the Brazilian music scene since 2008 with the release of his debut, Do Oiapoque a Nova York. Renegado’s sound is at once identifiably hip-hop based but incorporates other musical influences such as reggae, maracatu, Cuban music, African rhythms, samba and other sounds typical of Brazilian culture.

 DJ Béco Dranoff has been involved in the Brazilian music industry for over 20 years. Béco’s multi-faceted career and international expertise positions him as a unique bridge for cultural projects between Brazil and the world. As a Music Selector, Béco has worked in prestigious venues such as Cielo, MoMA’s Sculpture Garden, Le Poisson Rouge and Nublu.

 Saturday, Jul 21 7:00PM  free  
  Middle Eastern Music with Efendi
 Riverside Park, Lawn north of 96th St. Clay courts/ 1-212-978-0277
Efendi, headed by Scott Wilson playing his unique “Baglama Hydra“—a combination oud, saz, and bouzouki—perform music from Turkey, Armenia, Israel, and Greece. Mr. Wilson always shows up with a Belly Dancer, who charms the young and old alike. Great fun for the kids.
 Calling all blankets, picnic baskets, and candles!

Jazz Saturday, Jul 21 7:30PM $3 suggested admission  
 2 Grammy Winners: Arturo Sandoval / Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West & 9th St., Brooklyn
A night of red hot Latin jazz with two Grammy winners.
 ARTURO SANDOVAL can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, or soar over a Mozart concerto with equal power and grace. A protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Cuba in 1949 and is one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer.(photo: Manny Iriate)
 ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA, "a remarkable New York institution" (NY Times), present a celebration of the O’Farrill family featuring O’Farrill’s sons in a tribute honoring three generations of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latin musical heritage; Arturo, a world-renowned pianist, composer, and bandleader, is the son of legendary composer, arranger, and bandleader Chico O’Farrill.

Opera  Saturday, Jul 21 7:30PM free  
 Warer Music with the Vertical Player Repertor Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Granite Prospect
1-718- 222-9939
Vertical Player Repertory presents Water Music: A lyrical summer evening of water-themed opera. The Brooklyn indie opera company, celebrated for “intense performances” by The New York Times and “thrilling theater” by Opera Today, will perform arias and ensembles from A View from the Bridge, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Tabarro.

Theater Saturday, Jul 21 8:00PM   free  
 Outdoor Presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Riverbank State Park , 145th St. & Riverside Dr. 1-212-866-3100
This year Pulse Ensemble Theatre is going to reprise Shakespeare in July instead of its usual August slot. This year they’re doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream – expect the unexpected, including some rock ‘n roll (and a cross dresser or two). Pulse definitely does not take your classical approach to the Classics! Enjoy a theatrical evening under the stars.

Theater   Saturday, Jul 21 8:00PM  free  

 Outdoor Presentation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor
 Municipal Parking Lot , Broome & Ludlow Sts. 1-212-873-9050
The play is presented in a working parking lot, so you can drive there but you should expect to pay the Muni-meter. The show is offered while the lot is in use. The action sometimes happens around a parked car which drives away during a performance. At such times, the players stop and the audience moves its chairs, pausing the performance the same way a show would stop for rain uptown in Central Park. It's all part of the fun.
 Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, with audience members often arriving as early as 7:00 PM to secure a place. You are encouraged and welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.

Party Saturday, Jul 21 11:00PM free  
Dance Party: latenightzero   The Living Theatre. 21 Clinton St., bet. Houston & Stanton Sts.
A late night dance party with guest DJs and VJs. "Boogie down with the avant garde."

Sunday, July22

Park Walk  Sunday, Jul 22 9:00AM   free  
  Park Nature Walk  Hudson River Park
 , Pier 40, @ Houston St. Call 311 for more info
This walk is bringing attention to its vital role in creating one of the scarcest resources in all of Manhattan—wildlife habitat! Learn about the Park’s wildlife by joining experienced naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park’s esplanade. Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about the park’s flora and fauna, including some of the 85 different species of birds identified within Park boundaries. Peek into some of our many gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river’s edge.

Tour Sunday, Jul 22 10:00AM   $3  
 Gospel Music and East River Shore Walk  Meet in front of Starbucks (at 125th St. and Lenox Ave., uptown side of train station), Leader: Ellen 1-212-861-4267; call to confirm
About 5 miles. Visit the Ephesus Church to hear Gospel music and then walk across town to the East River shoreline to 71st St. Bring sun hat, sun block, lunch and water. CALL TO CONFIRM.

Fair Sunday, Jul 22 11:00AM to 5:00PM  free  Eighth Ave.  , bet. 14th & 23rd Sts.

Fair Sunday, Jul 22  11:00AM to 5:00PM free  West Broadway , bet. Barclay & Chambers Sts.

Tour Sunday, Jul 22  12:30PM free  
 A Road Once Traveled” Tour Meet at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside Central Park at 110th St. between Fifth & Lenox aves 1-212-860-1370
Holding the Park's northern highlands was key in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 because armies could see their enemies approach as they sailed down the East River. History buffs will love this tour.

Concert   Sunday, Jul 22 2:00PM free  
  Salsa Music with Charansalsa
 Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park on 110th St. bet. Fifth & Lenox Aves.
Charansalsa's mission is to entertain you, and bring this music that they play, and their culture, to the world.

Film  Sunday, Jul 22
2:00PM free  
 Billy Wilder's 3-Time Oscar Winner Sunset Boulevard (1950): Hollywood Headcase
 Mid-Manhattan Library 455 Fifth Ave., at 40th St. 1-917-275-6975
With William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim.
 A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.  110 min.

Concert  Sunday, Jul 22
3:00PM   free  
 African Music: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo / SMOD / Bibi Tanga & The Selenites / Chief Boima
 Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.
The eternal youth of the legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (pictured) from Benin, Africa has stunned deejays and African music aficionados with their pure African funky sound for over forty years. Their voice, brass section, guitar and percussion weaves together to create an irresistible Afro-funk sound deeply anchored in voodoo music, beat out by an immense vertical drum. By inter-mixing these vibrant traditional rhythms with psychedelic guitar riffs, unreal organ harmonies and funk and soul elements, the band has gone on to perform throughout Africa and internationally alongside other famous African musicians such as such as Seun Kuti and Amadou and Mariam.
 The Malian group SMOD is a group of four young MCs, hailing from Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. In 2002, they edited their first album, Dunia Kuntala. The album and the group’s intersection of folk meets rap with a distinctly African vibe launched them to fame in their homeland.
 The future of funk is being written right now by a pair of Parisian groove theorists named Bibi Tanga and Professeur Inlassable. Singer, bassist and bandleader Bibi Tanga bridges the divide between Paris’ arty South Bank of the Seine and the gritty suburbs, where he grew up as an immigrant from the Central African Republic.
 Chief Boima is a Sierra Leonean-American electronic musician/DJ, cultural activist, and writer currently based in New York. He is a member of the Brooklyn based music, art and culture collective, Dutty Artz.
Concert   Sunday, Jul 22 4:45PM    free  
 Andrés Mojica, Organist, and Ana María Hernandez, Flutist 
 Saint Patrick's Cathedral, 460 Madison Ave., @ 51st St.
1-212-753-2261 x786
5 August 2012 - 4:45pm Stephen Fraser Assistant Organist Saint Patrick’s Cathedral New York City

Concert  Sunday, Jul 22 7:00PM   free  
 Amplified Sundays: Shenandoah and the Night
 Riverside Park , Pier 1 @ 70th St. 1-212-978-0277
Shenandoah and the Night is a band with moving on its mind and a nightingale in its heart.

Opera   Sunday, Jul 22  7:30PM   free  
 Warer Music with the Vertical Player Repertory Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Granite Prospect
1-718- 222-9939
Vertical Player Repertory presents Water Music: A lyrical summer evening of water-themed opera. The Brooklyn indie opera company, celebrated for “intense performances” by The New York Times and “thrilling theater” by Opera Today, will perform arias and ensembles from A View from the Bridge, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Tabarro.

Monday, July 23
Jazz Monday, Jul 23  12:30PM free 
Dona Carter, Jazz Pianist
Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
, Sixth Ave. & 42nd St.
Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Future performances with her band will include Cleopatra's Needle and the Hartford/Bushnell concert series this summer.

Film Monday, Jul 23
8:00PM free 
John Huston's Oscar-Nominated The Maltese Falcon (1941): Bogey and the Black Bird
Bryant Park, The Lawn, Sixth Ave. & 42nd St.
With Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Gladys George.
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
100 Min.
The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm).

Theater Monday, Jul 23
8:00PM Free; tickets required 
Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's Into the Woods, the Broadway Smash
Central Park , Delacorte Theater, enter at 81st St. & Central Park West or at 79th St. & Fifth Ave.
A witch's curse condemns the Baker and his Wife to a life without children. They embark on a quest to find the four items required to break the spell: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. Will they succeed? And what happens after "happily ever after?" A masterpiece by musical theater giants Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods is a witty and irreverent reimagining of beloved classic fairytales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.
Featuring Amy Adams, Jack Broderick, Gideon Glick, Cooper Grodin, Ivan Hernandez, Tina Johnson, Josh Lamon, Jessie Mueller, Donna Murphy, Laura Shoop, and Tess Soltau.

Tuesday, Jul 24
Cello Works by Bach and Others
180 Maiden Lane
180 Maiden Lane
BACH Suite No. 3 in C Major for Solo Cello
CASSADO Suite for Violoncello Solo
LIGETI Sonata for Violoncello Solo
With Valeriya Sholokhova, cello

Tuesday, Jul 24
Free; pre-registration recommended 
Knitting in the Park
Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
, Sixth Ave. & 42nd St.
Pre-registration 1-212-787-5896
Free Classes in the Park. Knitty City provides free instruction to beginners. Yarn and needles are provided.

Tuesday, Jul 24
Les Chauds Lapins play French swing
World Financial Center Plaza
220 Vesey St., bet. West St. & North End Ave.
Les Chauds Lapins (“The Hot Rabbits”), led by New York’s Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt, specialize in a repertoire of French swing from the 1920s through 40s. Their whimsical, sophisticated, and poetic catalog includes numbers popularized by the likes of Mistinguett, Lucienne Boyer, Edith Piaf, and in particular features suave, swing-tinged gems from the enchanted catalog of songs by the great, late Charles Trenet. Kurt and Meg are backed by Karen Waltuch on viola; Garo Yellin on cello, and Andy Cotton on upright bass.

Tuesday, Jul 24
Pilates - Mat Class
Riverside Park
, The Plaza @ 66th St.
This total body workout is a great way to develop superior core muscle power and tone, all with a beautiful view of the Hudson. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat.

Tuesday, Jul 24
2012 undergroundzero festival: common ground
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk St., @ Rivington St.
Meet the undergroundzero artists and their guests in a live-streamed talk show hosted by Artistic Director Paul Bargetto and Saviana Stanescu.

Tuesday, Jul 24
Music for Strings and Wind by Mozart and Dvořák
Washington Square Park
1 Fifth Ave.
Program: Carl Nielsen: Serenata in vano FS 68 for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello and double bass
Antonin Dvořák: Serenade in d minor, Op. 44
W.A. Mozart: Divertimento in D for winds and strings, K.131
With the Washington Square Festival Chamber Ensemble.

Wednesday, Jul 25
12:00PM to 2:00PM
Grooves, Funk, Ska: Underground Horns / Karikatura
Lincoln Square, Richard Tucker Park
, Broadway & 66th St.
Underground Horns (12pm-1pm)
Karikatura (1pm-2pm)

Wednesday, Jul 25
Sarah Donner, an Indie Folk Singer
Grace Building Plaza
, 43rd St. & Sixth Ave.
Sarah Donner is an indie-folk-pop star and cat enthusiast who works the stage with powerful vocals, punchy guitar, and a candid stage presence. After stretching her legs with musical theatre, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out.

Wednesday, Jul 25
Interviewing with Confidence
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Ave.
Part of the “Job Search Essentials” series, David Lees reviews the job interviewing process and the tools to use to effectively stand out from other candidates.

Wednesday, Jul 25
Swing Night with the Harlem Speakeasy Orchestra
Waterside Plaza, entrance via the footbridge which is on 25th Street over the F.D.R. Drive.
A new generation of cool cats bring a modern twist on big band music. Limited seating available. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
Dance Lesson: 6:30PM Concert: 7PM to 9PM

Wednesday, Jul 25
7:00PM to 9:00PM
¡Arriba!: Dancing and Live Latin Music
The High Line
, Under The Standard, at West 13th Street
An evening of dancing and live Latin music by Juan Morales and Sonido Consteño.

Wednesday, Jul 25
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
, enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.
This performance features Met stars Danielle de Niese (soprano), Dimitri Pittas (tenor), and John Del Carlo (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders, in a program of favorite arias and duets.

Wednesday, Jul 25
Thomas Michael Donnelly's Quicksilver (1986): Stock Exhange to the Streets
Riverside Park
, Pier 1 @ 70th St.
With Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz and Paul Rodriguez.
Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis?
105 min.
Pack a picnic, bring a friend and settle in for a night of premier Hollywood movies. Open Captioned.

Thursday, Jul 26
Summer in the Square: Yoga
Union Square Park
, E. 16th St. & Union Square West
Instructed by CLAY.

Thursday, Jul 26
Broadway in the Park: Anything Goes / Voca People / Jesus Christ Superstar / The Fantasticks / Jersey Boys
Bryant Park, The Lawn
, Sixth Ave. & 42nd St.
The most popular musicals on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits.

Thursday, Jul 26
Jazz on the Plaza
St. Peter’s Church
, Lexington Ave. & 54th St.
Each Thursday over the course of the summer months, the church hosts a series of jazz concerts for the midtown community. Many people bring a lunch. Audiences enjoy a variety of well-regarded artists. Care is made to present a diversity of ensembles and styles ranging from small trios to large big bands.

Thursday, Jul 26
Rock: Oberhofer / The Softpack / Royal Bangs
Hudson River Park
, Pier 84 at 44th St.
Oberhofer, the Brooklyn-based band of Brad Oberhofer, creates psychedelic catchy pop rock tunes. The acclaimed debut album Time Capsules II possesses the “ecstatic rush of young love and the emotional fragility attached to it.”
Hailing from San Diego, The Soft Pack plays a smart but simple rock that harkens back to ‘60s garage, ‘70s punk, and ‘80s college rock.
The kinetic rock and roll of Knoxville's Royal Bangs is a shapeshifting spastic rush of math rock with the heft of 1970s arena-fillers, and a bit of Tennessee-born Southern boogie (Pitchfork).

Opening Reception
Thursday, Jul 26
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Group Show: Japanese Artists 60
Noho Gallery
530 W. 25th St., bet. Tenth & Eleventh Aves.
Sixty unique and diverse art works from contemporary Japanese artists

Thursday, Jul 26
G.R.U.B.B. (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats)
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell
, West 62nd Streets bet. Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
Brass bands are the original heavy metal. Rapping, dancing teens, a brass band, and a DJ provide the energetic elements of G.R.U.B.B., a 25-member group whose triumphant stage show thrusts Roma culture into the 21st century. This artistic effort was created by RPOINT, a nonprofit established to provide opportunities for Romani youth in Serbia and elsewhere in Europe.

Thursday, Jul 26
$5 cover, $5 menu, $5 cocktails, draft beer and wine 
Late Night Session, Hosted by Michael Mwenso
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Time Warner Building
, Columbus Circle at 60 St.
Hosted by vocalist Michael Mwenso, who successfully ran the internationally acclaimed program at London's Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Late Night Session offers a jazz home and community for some of today's most talented, young musicians to showcase and hone their craft. The fun begins every Thursday night until the wee hours. Stop by and hang.



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Миронов, Шварц. НЛО № 115

НЛО № 115

Номер вообще необыкновенно интересный - но понятно, что в нем интереснее всего для меня: публикации Елены Шварц и Александра Миронова.
Публикации Шварц сенсационны: отроческий дневник ( дневники зрелых лет пока по завещанию автора к публикации запрещены) и отроческие же стихи (1962-1965).

Сначала о стихах. Так получилось, что я их не знал (кроме одной знаменитой строчки про море, которое пересолили). Честно говоря, ожидал добротной - в духе образцов той эпохи - юношеской лирики, конечно, очень высокого технического уровня. Потому ожидал именно этого, что не раз слышал, как отроческие стихи Шварц хвалили люди, вообще ее поэзии не понимающие и не принимающие. Я, например, помню, как на том знаменитом вечере в 1985 году, где автор поэм "Сифилиада" и "Гонориада" стал защищать от Лены блокадных детей, а от Кривулина - победный салют, выходили какие-то трепетные идиотки средних лет и высказывались в том духе, что, мол, Шварц не оправдала надежд, возлагавшихся на нее в двенадцать лет.

Но вот эти стихи напечатаны, и оказывается, что все ровным счетом наоборот. С первых шагов, первой строки - Елена Шварц, несомненная, узнаваемая.

Высокий и пустой собор.
И поп размахивает кадилом.
Я сама превращаюсь в церковь,
я вся до краев наполнена дымом.


У меня бог есть,
у вас — нету.
Солнце упадет,
всегда будет лето.


Выла свеча, как вдова,
воем-потопом в себя.


О ангелы, вы хилы.
О ангелы, вы подхалимы.
А дьявол говорит трубой,
а дьявол говорит со мной,
и по следам его копыт
луна влюбленная летит.

Это я цитирую каждое стихотворение - подряд, и то же самое дальше.

Здесь и шварцевская интонация, и характерное строение образа, и круг тем (названия одни чего стоят: "Юродивый", "Сад", "Последнее наводнение"), даже знаменитый шварцевский стих, полиметрическая силлабо-тоника, уже начинает кристаллизовываться - не хватает только, пожалуй, жесткого рационального начала, позволяющего видениям обретать внутреннюю логичность, а образам выстраиваться в сложные "деревья". Юношеская элегичность еще не разложилась, не распалась до конца на лед и пламя. Поэтому эти стихи могли быть "трогательны", особенно в сочетании с личностью автора (красивая миниатюрная девочка - можно представить себе). Новаторская поэтика сходила еще за обаятельное неумение.

Поразительно и другое. Зрелая поэтика Шварц обладает очень четкими и явственными корнями, имеет понятных (хотя и очень нетривиально между собой сочетающихся) предшественников (от Маяковского до Кузмина, от Рембо до Гоцци). Но похоже, что она была не равнодействующим влияний: в основе своей она сложилась до них. Поэт сам нашел себе учителей и предков, точнее пестунов. Был ли еще путь, начинавшийся так?

Во всяком случае, при чтении этих стихов стыдно и вспоминать, например, "Вечерний альбом". Насколько там - не Цветаева и на насколько здесь - Шварц!.

О дневнике - о так, сказать, социокультурной стороне дела, "о настоящем «антропологическом чуде» — превращении обычной советской школьницы, пионерки, собирающей посвященные В.И. Ленину от­крытки, мечтающей о команде «красных следопытов» и о Зое Космодемьянской, в поэта-мистика и проницательнейшего читателя мировой классики", и о том, какие внешние обстоятельства могли способствовать этому чуду, хорошо и тонко сказал во вступительном слове Александр Скидан. Добавить можно только одно: преображение начинается с языка. Вот еще вроде бы обычная советская школьница, а уже язык шварцевский, фраза шварцевская, с какими-то удивительно талантливыми местами ("Я кричала, как татарка, у которой умер муж" - это укол ей делают, кажется) - и это перестраивает под себя весь мир личности.

В каком-то смысле этот дневник, вероятно, интереснейший из всех, которые Е.А. вела на протяжении жизни. Тут стихи еще не стали вытягивать в себя из личности самое главное, человек еще целен и потому особенно видны его масштабы.

Рядом два прекрасных эссе Александра Миронова, одно - посвященное Шварц. Он пишет, что они были знакомы, когда он написал "Психею-сфинкс". Лена говорила мне обратное, но это не так уж важно. Это одно из лучших стихотворений Миронова, но Шварц в нем нет, это автопортрет.

Стихи Миронова последнего десятилетия, почему-то не вошедшие в предсмертную книгу - все хорошие, насколько вообще это слово применимо к Миронову нулевых: прекрасно-уродливая пляска языка, загробно-злобного и свирепо-живого.

В номере много других материалов разной степени интересности (наверное, стоит отдельно написать о статье Рейтблата про Пушкина и Булгарина), но для меня все-таки очень досадно, что он открывается "социальной поэзией" Насти Денисовой и Романа Осминкина. Дело даже не в том, что это плохие стихи - допустим, кому-то они нравятся. Но даже чисто антропологически (раз уж мы об этом) они абсолютно несовместимы со Шварц и Мироновым. По крайней мере, мне так кажется.
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
9:16 pm
Кто это, где это? В лунном сиянии
ездят на лодках, ходят пешком.

(Тучки небесные родом из Дании
сизым присыпаны порошком.)

Или скрипят по периметру скверика
восемь скамеек на ржавых цепях.

(Щелканье жестких лучей и истерика
ветра, который ничем не пропах).

Родом из Дании, родом из пения,
родом из Фуле, из дали, со дна.

(В полночь заканчивается шипение
ветра – и схлопывается луна)

Но до утра выдыхают на столиках
блюдца, и звери волшебных кровей
ходят на лодках, ездят на роликах
в люминисцентной пыли до бровей.
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
12:27 pm
Религия и атеизм (продолжение темы) В свое время вызвало целую бурю решение Министерства науки и образования о признании государством ученых степеней по богословию. Были письма ученых, возмущавшихся тем, что к "настоящей науке", незыблемыми основами которой является эксперимент и логический анализ его результатов, приравнивается какое-то мракобесие.

Меня это, помню, очень смешило, потому что подписанты - представители естественных наук - совершенно не понимали, как функционируют науки гуманитарные.

Например, литературоведение. Гениальность Пушкина - такой же рационально недоказуемый факт, как божественность Иисуса или дарование Завета на Синае. Во всех случаях имеется только интуитивное ощущение некоторого числа людей, закрепленное традицией. Тут один мой френд требовал от меня обоснований, почему я считаю знаменитую песню "Богородица, стань феминисткой" произведением, скажем так, малоталантливым (что, разумеется, никак не влияет на мое отношение к позорному судебному процессу). Ну как я могу это обосновать или доказать? И точно так же я не могу доказать талантливость стихотворения "На холмах Грузии лежит ночная мгла" и его превосходство над каким-нибудь стихотворением Подолинского или даже барона Розена. Или чувствуешь, или нет.

Но дальше начинается формально-смысловой анализ текста, по определенным правилам. А это уже наука, что бы ни было предметом анализа - Пушкин, блаженный Августин, Мишна, Коран. Некоторые литературоведы, получившие в отрочестве еврейское талмудическое образование, находили это очень полезным для своей последующей научной работы. Гершензоновское "медленное чтение" - явно оттуда.

Я не говорю здесь о, скажем, политологии, в большинстве случаев представляющей собой ангажированое шарлатанство, не говорю и о влиянии общественных факторов на аксиоматику естественных наук (например, расоведение и вообще физическая антропология).
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
2:20 pm
Об атеизме Вот что подумалось.

В дни моей юности подразумевалось, что можно быть экзистенциалистом-атеистом в духе Камю, можно быть позитивистом-агностиком, но просвещенческий атеизм с естественнонаучными обоснованиями - это как-то не камильфо. Во-первых, официоз, совок, во-вторых (главное) - просто признак недостатка общей гуманитарной культуры. Даже и нынешнему уровню развития точных наук не соответствует.

Сейчас же довольно почтенные люди все чаще проповедуют такого рода примитивное миросозерцание ("космонавты летали,бога не видели"), не марксистское - марскизм не так примитивен - а какое-то фейербаховское, причем выступают от имени всех невоцерковленных, и даже намекают, что если для тебя не все так просто и ясно, то ты путинско-гундяевский прихвостень.

Интеллигенция возвращается к базаровским лягушкам.

(Конечно, симметричная альтернатива - лубочный мистицизм - ничем не лучше).
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
9:38 pm

Бродский. Гиперссылка

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Фролов Игорь Александрович На пересылке

Mark Strand at 192 Bookstore. Photo by Natasha Sharymova