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Meatless Monday—the modern version of it, at least—was born in 2003 with the goal of reducing meat consumption by 15 percent in the U.S. and beyond. The rationale? Livestock production accounts for one-fifth of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and is also a major factor in global forest and habitat loss, freshwater depletion, pollution and human health problems. The average American eats some eight ounces of meat every day—45 percent more than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended amount.


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of PATRICK ALCINDOR, 41, a Manhattan pharmacist who stole more than $1.8 million from Medicaid over the course of nearly one year. The defendant is charged with one count each of Grand Larceny in the First, Third, and Fourth Degrees, as well as seven counts of Criminal Diversion of Prescriptions in the Fourth Degree.


On November 11th join the Plan Parenthood of New York City Activist Council and author Stefanie Iris Weiss at BookCourt in Cobble Hill for a lively discussion about sex, the environment and the merging of both. In her new book, Weiss introduces us to eco-sexuality which explores dozens of ways to go green in the bedroom, leading to a better, healthier, environmentally conscious love life.


The Feldman Gallery will exhibit a large selection of Andy Warhol self-portraits from 1966 to 1982, including paintings and unique prints, some never before exhibited, and photography and video made with collaborators. Self-portraits occupied a central position in Warhol’s entire body of work and were important in the creation of his public persona. Controlling his own image, Warhol played with the art of disguise and deception, seemingly telling us all, yet revealing very little. There are many Andys, but Warhol remains substantially unknowable.


Opening Thursday, November 5th at DCKT Contemporary is Sophie Crumb’s debut solo exhibition. Crumb’s drawings are expressionistic, unforgiving and starkly revelatory. Crumb mines her emotions to create works based on her current experiences but always with an eye on her unique and eccentric past. Her drawings and prints often depict events culled from her life in a small town in rural France, as well as periods of time in New York and Berkeley.


“The New York City Spelling Bee -- a new, adults-only spelling bee offering erudite fun to all -- is a glamorous offshoot of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, which has scintillated Brooklyn since 2004. Co-hosts bobbyblue and Jennifer Dziura have now brought the logophilia to the great isle of Manhattan.


“Self-serving criminal activity among public employees at all levels severely undermines the public’s confidence in our government,” District Attorney Vance said. “The new Public Integrity Unit reaffirms this Office’s long tradition of rooting out corruption at all levels.”


Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for the Rally Against NYU’s Proposed 400 Ft. Tower. The rally will be held Sunday November 7th on Bleecker Street east of LaGuardia Pl. to protest “NYU’s landmark-busting plans for the Village’s tallest tower— a combination hotel and residence — and their threatened alternative of building on the adjacent supermarket site.” The rally comes one day before the plan goes before Community #2’s Landmark Committtee.


Although vastly different in form and composition, the works included in Balancing Act all convey a sense of play, pure physicality, and a connection with archetypal childhood experience. Curator Hamlett Dobbins has written about Gary Komarin that “[he] does in his paintings what acrobats do on the high wire: there is a constant balancing act between sophistication and simplicity, between cartoon-like expression and eloquent abstraction.” The exhibition opens Sunday, October 24th. 


While in Tokyo in 2001, photographer Lyle Owerko found a mint late-seventies Victor JVC at an outdoor market. Having already been a collector, his hunt began for more rare and obscure models. Beloved by rappers, b-boys, dancers, political protestors, and punks, a siren call to gather and dance, the boombox reminds us of when music was a collective experience and the street was a club.