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Columnist Henry J. Stern and artist, blogger Suzannah Troy both express their opinions on the SAIC Scandal. While Stern grazes the accussed’s relationship to Bloomberg, Troy flat-out insinuates him. Take a look at both views after the jump.

Dear EarthTalk: What’s up with dishwasher detergents of late? They’re clearly not working as well. I hope whatever was done is helping the environment because it’s not helping my dishes.

Take a trip to the 92y foran evening of laughter and merriment at this extra festive, yet non-denominational, edition of Comedy Below Canal™. Featuring a line up of comedians including Elon James White (Countdown with Keith Olbermann) ,Rachel Feinstein (Last Comic Standing finalist), Todd Barry (Bored to Death, Flight of the Conchords, The Wrestler) and more.

 Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of JEFF ATKINS, a/k/a “Ja Rule,” 34, to one count of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, relating to his possession of a loaded firearm that occurred on July 22, 2007, on the Upper West Side. Jeff Atkins Will Be Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison; Will Have to Register As a Gun Offender.

Opening Tuesday, December 15th at 6PM, NP Contemporary Art Center is pleased to announce Black & White & Read All Over, a group exhibition. Featuring 13 artists, the show touches on a variety of related topics that intersect in the title. Questions of reference and dissemination—the circulation of ideas and forms—under the umbrella of aesthetic pleasure and nostalgia unite the works.

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.