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Unfortunately yes, amphibians are still in serious trouble around the world. A recently updated worldwide population assessment by the non-profit International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that 32 percent of the 6,000-plus amphibian species left on the planet have declined to dangerously low levels—and qualify for vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered status on the group’s “Red List” of at-risk wildlife.

On Saturday, December 11th  at 2 PM Monya Rowe Gallery is pleased to present a panel discussion titled Macho Man, Mother Man: Rethinking Masculinity. This accompanies their present exhibition, “Man Enough,” featuring paintings, drawings and video by Larissa Bates.

Myth 1: The Berger Commission made no specific recommendations or findings regarding St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Fact 1: The Berger Commission’s job was not to make affirmative findings of hospitals to keep open, but to identify any hospitals that could be closed.  Not only was St. Vincent’s allowed to continue its operations but the Berger Commission did make an affirmative finding that St. Vincent’s was “essential”.

Todd Knopke builds his narrative-based sculpture from scraps of fabric and clothing. Both the narrative and the materials begin in this world yet soon break loose into the land of anything goes. The what-it-was to what-it-is creates part of the magic these works wield. As well, for both the maker and viewer, there is clearly a thrill in the details, eccentric details that only the detective would note, that are heightened by the way this world of Knopke is so matter of factly sewn together with just the right amount of skill and the right amount of urgency. The opening reception is Thursday December 9th,, 6 to 8 PM.

For one week only (December 15 – 21) at the Film Forum you can watch the meteoric rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat, born 1960. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars.

"Even with her lack of qualifications, Cathie Black received the wavier to become the school's next chancellor. Apparently, the countless voices of parents, students, teachers, and local residents don't matter to Commissioner Steiner. The Commissioner's own advisory panel voted  to deny Black the wavier and they were also ignored."

As part of our “Art of Intelligence” series we have been collecting poems, prose, art and more from former and current intelligence officers. The following poem is written by John W. Davis, an Intelligence Officer with the US Army.

Opening Saturday, December 4, 6 - 10 PM Tally Beck Contemporary will present an exhibition by Chinese artist Chen Ping. The exhibition, entitled Confucius—Other Realities, is comprised of Chen Ping’s signature oil paintings in which he plays on the border of representation and abstraction. He conjures ancient Chinese poetry while commenting on China’s rapid development. His deft coloration and impasto lend profound depth and texture to the canvases while adding intense dramatic effect.

Opening Tuesday November 23rd Laura Lobdell’s Traces of Color, an exhibition of recent paintings on paper. Lobdell’s gouache paintings are layered meditations on time.

New York Civic, a nonpartisan good government group founded by former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern, will announce Monday morning on the steps of City Hall that it will pursue a public referendum to eliminate the controversial “grandfather” clause of the recently passed term limits ballot question, which delays the effective date of the law until 2021 and exempts 34 city incumbents from being restricted to two consecutive terms.