July 2011

Yetta Kurland compares two recent articles with differing perspectives on the closing of St. Vincent's Hospital, and the future prospects for a downtown hospital. "Two interesting stories appeared in the press this past weekend concerning health care for the people of the Lower West Side of Manhattan. One was a fantasy. The other dealt with reality." 

It’s that time of year again. Now extended through September 5th, some of New York’s most selective restaurants will make dining a bit more affordable. For a 3-course pre-fix lunch it’s $24.07 and dinner is $35. Some advice: 1. Reserve early. 2. Choose carefully. Not all restaurants that participate are created equally. Make it count. 3. Remember that booze is not included so if you are on a budget beware. 4. Enjoy!  For a full list of restaurants click here.

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and a long list of other congressmen will host a public forum on the challenges that remain for married LGBT New Yorkers following this year’s historic passage of marriage equality.  The forum, titled “After ‘I Do’: What’s Next for LGBT New Yorkers?” will be held on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 6:30PM at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Italy and America, opera and disco, gelato and heroin: Bertolucci's lush, lurid Luna ends the 1970s with equal parts tragedy and camp, one-upping even the director's own Last Tango in Paris for sheer provocation. Gorgeously photographed by Vittorio Storaro, this vibrant, perverse tale of a recently widowed American opera singer who begins a desperate, incestuous affair with her troubled, smack-addicted 15-year-old son, Luna ranks alongside Bertolucci's greatest films.

“For me, the lyrics are more important than the melody. I write almost all my own words. I also perform the classics of Malian tradition. I draw a lot of inspiration from what happens in society. As soon as I see or feel something, I write it down. I say what I want, and what I think, because I am a free woman. I believe that my music has had an impact on the life of African women.” 

. Through August 2011, Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University, bring the Royal Shakespeare Company to New York City for an unprecedented six weeks of acclaimed Shakespeare repertoire. This engagement offers New York audiences a rare opportunity to witness the company’s highly flexible virtuosity, as the same repertory team puts on five very different plays: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, and Julius Caesar. 

LATE SUMMER BLUES is an exhibition of collage-based works in video, photography, and sculpture that reflects on our collective impulse to reconfigure and manipulate the landscape – both urban and rural – as a means of escape from the compression of summer in the city. Coupled with the desire to find respite from the concrete hardscapes that permeate our vision and movement, Late Summer Blues also suggests an imminent inversion of desire. As the middle of summer passes, a premature sense of nostalgia for the end of summer as an end of freedom comes into focus. How do we spend the last days of summer?

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of SHARMON WADE, 37, to nine to 18 years in prison for defrauding investors in a scam that involved fictitious real estate property investments. Judge Michael Obus granted the District Attorney’s request that WADE be considered a predicate felon for previous convictions, and ordered WADE to pay $1,242,623.13 in restitution to these victims. WADE pled guilty on May 17, 2010, to grand larceny, securities fraud, scheme to defraud, and a violation of tax law.

The cross-pollination between comics and high art, which began in the early 20th century, also fed the extraordinary explosion of graphic novels and comics in the past several decades. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World, a panel of master comic artists, including Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, will discuss the intersection of comics and fine art. Moderated by John Carlin. 

With six vacancies in the New York State Assembly and one in Congress, New Yorkers are becoming increasingly aware of the undemocratic special election process. According to a new report by Citizen's Union, by the end of this year one of every three New York State legislators will have been 'elected' via a special election, ensuring their loyalty to the party bosses and insiders who put them in office.

Blues superstars Taj Mahal and James Blood Ulmer share the stage with the next generation of blues heroes like The Growlers, Amy LaVere, The Beauties and Mike Farris in the inaugural Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at the World Financial Center July 28-30.

The Abrons Arts Center is proud to present Image Wars, an exhibition that addresses the representation of conflict in visual culture in an age of global crisis. This exhibition is curated by Miguel Amado and brings together works by Yevgeniy Fiks, Rinat Kotler, Michael Mandiberg, Carlos Noronha Feio, Mary Temple, and Kai-Oi Jay Yung. Opening Thursday, July 21, 6 - 8 PM.