FRANK PAULIN Without overstating his case, Silverstein puts Paulin forward as an overlooked figure from the '50s who is, at 77, still making pictures. It's easy to see why the work slipped from notice; Paulin's black-and-white photos of New York and Chicago street scenes pale in comparison to Ted Croner's and Dan Weiner's, much less Harry Callahan's and Helen Levitt's. But give them time. Many pictures here reward close attention with subtle bits of dramatic incident, a genuine sense of tenderness, or a kind of quiet restraint that's rare in street work: the grimy grid of windows on an El platform, for instance, just above the chalked declaration I love you. THROUGH JULY 12, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 504 West 22nd Street, 212-627-3930. (Aletti)


'THE FISHERMAN OF BEAUDRAIS' In 1942-43, Ring Lardner Jr. and Dalton Trumbo collaborated on this saucy screenplay about a cheerful French no-good mistaken by gullible villagers for a Résistance hero. Its filming then was scuttled, first by wartime political caution—mustn't make fun of our allies—and any later chance for its resuscitation was blocked when the authors were blacklisted as members of the Hollywood Ten. Firedrake Productions, dedicated to the blacklistees and their works, is belatedly redressing history's omission with this stage adaptation, directed by Keith Oncale. OPENS THURSDAY, THROUGH JULY 20, Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank Street, 212-868-4444. (Feingold)

Freed at last: Hollywood producer Arthur Freed gets a tribute that includes the Harvey Girls (see film).
photo: courtesy Film Forum/Photofest
Freed at last: Hollywood producer Arthur Freed gets a tribute that includes the Harvey Girls (see film).

'FLESH AND BLOOD' Michael Cunningham's saga-novel about the generational travails of a Greek American family is the latest entry in NYTW's ongoing scrutiny—a saga in itself—of our country's evolving notions of family life. Directed by Doug Hughes, Peter Gaiten's stage adaptation has a cast worthy of a saga, spangled with Obie winners, that includes Sean Dugan, Peter Frechette, Jessica Hecht, Cherry Jones, Chris McGarry, Martha Plimpton, Jeff Weiss, and the adapter himself. IN PREVIEWS, OPENS JULY 16, New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, 212-239-6200. (Feingold)

'HENRY V' The rain delayed things a little, but the New York Shakespeare Festival's dogs of war have now been unleashed and are ready to cry "God for Harry, England, and Saint George" to lucky ticket holders. Iraq my brains over the choice of play, but Mark Wing-Davey's direction and Liev Schreiber's appearance as Henry should do something to heighten its interest. IN PREVIEWS, OPENS JULY 15, Delacorte Theatre, 81st Street and Central Park West, 212-539-8750. (Feingold)


'THE BIG NEW YORK MONEY-GRUBBING EVENT' The journal Pindeldyboz presents the literary equivalent of a rent party, as editor Whitney Pastorek and former literary agent John Hodgman host an evening of readings (funnyman Ben Greenman and Siamese-twin-imagineer Darin Strauss), music (the 101 and Porteous), and auctions to cover the publishing costs of issue number four. Bid on a pile of stuff signed by Rick Moody, Dave Eggers's painting of a bat, and as yet unknown objets from Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer. Most intriguing item on the block: a phone call with George Saunders, during which the Pastoralia author will listen to and offer a critique of your short story. Too bad they won't do that one on the spot. MONDAY AT 7:45, Fez Under Time Café, 380 Lafayette Street, 212-533-7000. (De Krap)

OZ SHELACH Shelach's debut, Picnic Grounds: A Novel in Fragments, is a mosaic of parable-like reportage, remaindered memories, and demotic prose poems written in summer 2000, during the journalist's weekly trips between Jerusalem and the Dheisheh refugee camp. His metaphors unfold with an unsettling emotional restraint: "The sound of shots drifted into the classroom through the window. Beyond the narrow view, in the fold of the valley, our soldiers were mowing down protesters. Then the shiny crescent disappeared into the long shadow cast by the university tower." WEDNESDAY AT 7:30, Barnes & Noble, 267 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-832-9074. (Reidy)

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