February 2011

“In its twelve years, The Armory Show has become an international institution, and every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination. The concept of a week of arts-related events grew organically, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009.”


 

Bottled water has been a big-selling commercial beverage around the world since the late 1980s. According to the Worldwatch Institute, global bottled water consumption has more than quadrupled since 1990. Today Americans consume over 30 billion liters of water out of some 50 billion (mostly plastic) bottles every year.

 


Casino O'Fortune Cookie Productions, the Eastern Seaboard's premier purveyors of pop-culture burlesque, return to the Joe's Pub stage on February Saturday 26th, with the funniest, sexiest striptease and variety tribute ever to two guys named John. They're two of the most influential and beloved moviemakers ever: between them they defined for a generation what it was to be scared, and what it meant to be a teenager.


“As the state's top law enforcement officer, I agree with the Administration's view that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Today's announcement that the Justice Department will drop its defense of this statute moves us closer to fulfilling the principle that all Americans should be treated equally under the law.”


Opening Saturday, February 26, 6 - 8 PM, Scaramouche is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Milan-based artist Alessandro Roma. With a series of collages and sculpture, “Sites of Action” derives its title from a preface to Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.


There are many reasons why public transit hasn’t taken off in the U.S. as it has in parts of Asia, Europe and elsewhere. For one, ever since the Model T first rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line, Americans have had a love affair with cars.


Tania Katan reads from her outrageous and poignant bestselling memoir, My One Night Stand with Cancer, and talks frankly (and with humor!) about the challenges of sex during and after cancer treatment. This event is a fundraiser for Young Survival Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to helping women under 40 with breast cancer.


Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. reach toward the outermost extremes of physical dance, while forging a world full of emotional range and power. Noted for its impact across cultural boundaries, the work of this international cast of performers has spoken to audiences the world over—from Estonia, Russia, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary to Portugal, Taiwan, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela.


The 32nd annual “Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair” brings the nation's finest book and print dealers to New York City.   “GVABF” will celebrate at P.S. 3 in the West Village. "The Hippie School" (as it’s alternative education pioneers fondly nicknamed it in 1971) sponsors this event yearly to raise funds for the school's inspired enrichment programs.


The McNeill Art Group is pleased to announce the opening of Chromesthesia at the McNeill Art Group Tribeca Project Space. Chromesthesia is a group exhibition featuring painting, photography and sculpture by American artists Tyrome Tripoli, Perry Burns, Sally Egbert, Jeff Muhs, Tapp Francke, Darlene Charneco, Matthew Satz, Sean Brannan and Scott Malbaurn. The exhibition is curated by Beth McNeill. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 from 6-9pm.


Twenty years ago, crime was New York City's most serious problem. In the year 1990, the first year of the Dinkins mayoralty, the number of homicides recorded in the five boroughs was 2,245, an historic high. The murder total declined by about 10 percent during the remaining three years of the Dinkins administration, and fell sharply (about 50 per cent) under the eight years that Giuliani was mayor.


 Global population numbers continue to rise, as does the poverty, suffering and environmental degradation that goes with it. Has the U.S., under Obama, increased or at least restored its family planning aid to developing countries that was cut when the Bush Administration first took office?