Events for Dissent

From protests to plays and films to forums, New York 'makes nice' with the RNC

Cheney's secret lover has washed ashore, Rummy's got a Nixon shrine, and Dubya can't remember the First Amendment. Burlesque babes Dirty Martini and the World Famous *BOB* star in this highly classified, morality-free variety show featuring performances by the Stanley Love Performance Group, Tigger, Nervous Cabaret, and more. $10 ASHMAN

SATURDAY AUGUST 28


Art

'DIVIDED PORTRAITS AND TRUE STORY PROJECT: BEING'
Through September 2, Chashama, 217 East 42nd Street, 212.391.8151, imagine04.org, chashama.org

Chashama presents visual art and performance pieces that can be viewed 24 hours a day through its windows by all who pass on the street. Hilary Cooper's Divided Portraits diptychs examine the public and private identities of the wheelchair-bound. Cooper's subjects will perform in Visible Theater's True Story Project: Being, on a stage adjacent to the gallery. SNOW


HIP-HOP PHOTOS
Noon to 3, through September 2, the Point, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, 718.542.4139, thepoint.org

Henry Chalfont has spent 25 years documenting neighborhood kids in B-boy poses for "Art Is Not a Crime," a photo exhibit. Free ZIMMER


'OPERATION URBAN TERRAIN: BUILDING FACADES IN MIDTOWN AND HARLEM'
opensorcery.net

In a "criticism of the increasing militarization of civilian life," artist Anne-Marie Schleiner and a comrade will take to the streets in combat garb to project creepily realistic military simulation games onto city buildings while online gamers participate from around the world. Free WILTON


Dance

'FORGIVENESS/MOURNING'
Tonight, Sunday, and Tuesday at 7, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, 212.517.ASIA

Excerpts from Forgiveness, a contemporary theater work inspired by a classic Chinese ghost opera about revenge, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and composed by Eve Beglarian, will collide with a work by Eiko and Koma called Mourning. The first two shows feature a Q&A with the artists; the third includes a panel, "Defining Justice," that explores notions of justice in an international context, and the question of how to remember while moving on. $7-$15 ZIMMER


Film

'EVERYWHERE BUT FLORIDA: THREE REFLECTIONS AFTER ELECTION 2000'
At 7, and Sunday at 3, Pioneer Theater, 155 East 3rd Street, 212.254.3300; Sunday at 11, Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718.965.9177

Perhaps as a cautionary reminder before anyone goes to the polls this November, Matt Kohn's doc deconstructs the catastrophes that made the 2000 election an affront to democracy and what makes 2004 a disaster waiting to happen. $9, $6.50 for members BLAYLOCK


AN EVENING WITH JOHN SAYLES: 'SILVER CITY'
At 8, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 212.864.5400

John Sayles presents clips of his latest film, arguably the most political from this activist filmmaker. A running subplot features Chris Cooper playing a barely disguised rendition of George W. Bush—corporate malfeasance and all. $15 BLAYLOCK


'THE FOURTH WORLD WAR'
At 5, 7, and 9, Anthology Film Archives, 32 East 2nd Street, 212.505.5181

While the embedded American media have looked at the Iraq war from a military perspective, this doc focuses on the civilians caught between warring armies. Finding subjects on five continents—from South Africa to Korea, from Genoa to New York—it reports on human fallout from brutal front lines everywhere. $8, $5 for seniors and students BLAYLOCK


Music

WOMEN AGAINST WAR, WITH EVE ENSLER
At 7, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, 800.838.3006

A night of music and spoken word to celebrate women's passion, creativity, and strength in saying no to war and yes to peace and justice. Presented with Code Pink: Women for Peace, the show features local playwrights, poets, songwriters, and ex-congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. $10 SMITH


Protest

'BOOKS NOT BOMBS YOUTH CONVERGENCE'
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, nyspc.net

Gearing up for a week's worth of RNC protest, the National Youth & Student Peace Coalition is calling for a youth convergence where participants can "share un-conventional wisdom" and discuss ways to catalyze and organize the youth movement. Free MAGLIOCCO


'FREE FOR ALL WET ANTI-BUSH T-SHIRT CONTEST/WATER GUN FIGHT'
All day, Sheep Meadow in Central Park, silencedogooder@yahoo.com

NYC doesn't want protesters trampling precious Central Park lawns? All righty, then. But who's gonna stop hot New Yorkers from drenching each other with water guns on a summer day? So what if their clinging wet T-shirts bear anti-Bush invective? This should've been called Busts Against Bush. WILTON


'RING OUT THE REPUBLICANS'
From 5:30 to 7:30, ground zero, streets surrounding the World Trade Center, ring-out.org

Peaceful protesters will gather with bells (you're encouraged to bring your own) to loudly ring in the citywide protest of the RNC. SCOTT


Theater

'AMERICAN OLIGOPOLY'
At 1:30, Washington Square Park, theorphanagenyc.org

Protesters are taking a page out of the '60s TV show The Prisoner and staging a giant game of Monopoly—adapted into "American Oligopoly" and including nations and political figures. Whether anyone will pass Go and collect $200 remains to be seen, but expect plenty of Halliburton hotels to be bought. Free HANS


'STATE OF EMERGENCY'
At 7, Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, 212.531.5305

If Whoopi Goldberg's PG-13 jokes about Bush and Dick are enough to get the Republicans all fired up, then one can only imagine how the family-values crowd would react to the fearless stand-up of Margaret "I'm not straight. I'm not gay. I'm just slutty" Cho. Recently "uninvited" to an event in Boston during the DNC for fear of Whoopi-like controversy, Cho will undoubtedly serve up a hilarious helping of "Fuck Bush" pie. $50, $40, $25 TILLMAN

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