Listings


WEDNESDAY

AUGUST 27


Michela Lerman taps at the HUB (see Friday).
photo: Melissa Hale
Michela Lerman taps at the HUB (see Friday).

 

Books

BEST AMERICAN CRIME WRITING

Mystery mensch Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook put together this anthology of the year's outstanding true-crime reporting, wherein the dread is deepened by all-too-specific addresses, sums of money, even the time of day. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil author John Berendt appears, along with contributors Peter Richmond and Devin Friedman. DE KRAP

At 7, Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue, 212.727.1227

Dance

DANCING FOR LIFE

From the Martha Graham Dance Company to the DRA Studio of the Year—a school in Marietta, Georgia, that raised nearly $20,000 for Dancers Responding to AIDS—a gamut of modern, ballet, and jazz performers, including Broadway hoofers, give their all to benefit this organization's essential programs. Admission is free, but bring cash to throw in their basket. Four different bills: See dance listings for full details. ZIMMER

Through Thursday at 12:30 and 6, Bryant Park, 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, 212.840.0770

Film

SUDDENLY

A pair of sullen Buenos Aires dykes kidnaps a dumpy, depressed lingerie salesgirl at knifepoint and . . . take her to the beach? Things get even sweeter and more eccentric from there in Diego Lerman's unassuming first feature, a humane meditation on chance and caprice that blows along its unpredictable course like a tumbleweed. LIM

Through September 9, Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 212.727.8110

Music

THE DOLPHY PROJECT

Hat and Beard," "Straight Up and Down," "Sketch of Melba"—Eric Dolphy is known for the keening emotion of his solos, but he was also a provocative little writer. Here, in the era of interpretation, a sextet of Bartz, Reed, Harris, Hurst, Pelt, and Green convenes to celebrate his pen, not his horn. Bet they find the sweet spots. MACNIE

Through Sunday at 8 and 10, Friday and Saturday also at 11:30, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, 212.582.2121

PAUL MOTIAN, JOE LOVANO & BILL FRISELL

This long-standing trio proves that sculpting beauty has to do with establishing balance. The drummer's tumult, saxophonist's bluster, and guitarist's folkadelia illustrate how much grace is needed to create a perfect storm. Of course they occasionally invert that tack, revealing the coordination needed to drive some of the most heady pastoralism jazz has ever heard. MACNIE

Through Sunday at 9 and 11, Friday and Saturday also at 12:30 a.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, 212.255.4037

HOWARD TATE

Over three decades hidden from his tiny, evangelical cult, Tate maintained the shout and croon bequeathed him by Julius Cheeks in its natural habitat: church. On Sunday. Thus his voice is less raggedy than you expect from a great lost soul man aged 60. Like the man says, get it while you can. CHRISTGAU

At 7 and 9:30, Blues Cruise, Pier 16, South Street

Seaport, at the end of Fulton Street, 212.560.BLUE

DJELIMADY TOUNKARA

Mali's master guitarist is in his natural element leading the Super Rail Band, but it was on last year's solo album that he made his master statement. The great chain of being turns back on itself, and his fingers know it. CHRISTGAU

At 7:30 and 9:30, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212.239.6200


THURSDAY

AUGUST 28


 

Music

PAUL VAN DYK

Pretty-boy German trance DJ Paul Van Dyk plays records that punch the obvious buttons (Build! Climax! Melodramatic finish!)—but in a happy kind of way. His music might be lite, but his personal and political views are not. Van Dyk should get respect for wearing a T-shirt that says "Stop the War" at nearly all his public appearances this year. ROMANO

At 6, SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-park, at 72nd Street, 212.360.CPSS

Photo

CUBA ON THE VERGE

Last chance to catch this thoughtful, unpredictable, and often politically astute show of work by Cuban, American, and Cuban American photographers confronting "An Island in Transition." Among the highlights: Fazal Sheikh's soulful meditation on life, death, and belief; Abelardo Morell's hallucinatory conflations of private and public space; Carrie Mae Weems's poetic, engagingly enigmatic narratives; Sylvia Plachy's freeze-frame panoramas; and Ernesto Bazan's dazzling shower of celebratory sparks in the night. ALETTI

Through Sunday, International Center of Photography,

1133 Sixth Avenue, 212.857.0045

Theater

INDIAN INK

Tom Stoppard took up his quill to write this Anglo-Indian drama just two years after his celebrated Arcadia. Both plays concern the histories of decades past and the attempts of insufferable English academics to disclose them, but Indian Ink, put in calligraphy with a far heavier hand, suffers in comparison. When poetess Flora Crewe arrives in Jummapur, she begins a languorous flirtation with painter Nadir Das; discussions of colonialism, paternity, and art soon ensue. SOLOSKI

Through Saturday, Walkerspace Theater, 46 Walker Street, 212.868.4444


FRIDAY

AUGUST 29


Dance

TRAFFIC JAM TAP JAM FOR JELLY

Laraine Goodman's fabulous free holiday diversion, a tap jam near the mouth of the Holland Tunnel at rush hour, is dedicated to "the life, times, and spirit of Gregory Hines, beloved friend and mentor to the worldwide tap community." Among the performers will be RhythmMutation, Akim Funk Buddha, Omar Edwards, Michela Lerman, Hank Smith, "Toes" Tiranoff, and wonderful accordionist Rachelle Garniez. Bring your own tap shoes! ZIMMER

From 6 to 9, the HUB, 517 Broome Street, 212.475.0588


SATURDAY

AUGUST 30


Music

LIGHTNING BOLT

Like a construction team outside your window at 6 a.m. after somebody slipped something into your drink, except fun—a bass-and-drums two-piece that plays so hard and loud that air buckles, light refracts, matter vaporizes, and hooks magically appear. With Wolf Eyes and Emil Beaulieau, also with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo on Sunday. WOLK

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