Events for Dissent

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

Young choreographers Elizabeth Motley, Valerie Samulski, Jane Sato, and Nupoor Singha offer new solos; members of the Jose Limón Dance Company present classic works by Limón and Anna Sokolow; Sue Bernhard and David Appel show dances inspired by resistance to the war; and poets, satirists, and singers complete the bill. A discussion follows. $12ZIMMER


Film

AN EVENING WITH ROBERT ALTMAN: 'SECRET HONOR'
At 3, Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 212.864.5400

Robert Altman will be on hand to take questions following a screening of his 1984 film, in which Richard Nixon (played by Philip Baker Hall) tries to explain the pain he caused the country during Vietnam and Watergate. Expect the politically astute filmmaker to make connections with our current commander in chief. $15BLAYLOCK


'RISE UP: SHORTS PROGRAM'
At 9, Pioneer Theater, 155 East 3rd Street, 212.254.3300

Sixty New Yorkers with cameras documented the February 2003 anti-war rally in Lower Manhattan; the result is the world premiere of Sixty Cameras Against the War. The program also includes Spike Lee's still relevant We Was Robbed(2002), a short that examines the racism in Florida on that fateful Election Day in 2000. $9SHESTAKOFSKY


Protest

'MILLION BILLIONAIRE MARCH' AND 'BILLIONAIRE CROQUET IN THE PARK'
At 10 a.m., Central Park, location TBA; at noon, the Plaza, Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, billionairesforbush.com

Billionaires for Bush don top hats and tiaras for street theater with a twist of irony and a touch of class. In the morning, join the tony set for croquet (on the otherwise off-limits to protesters Great Lawn in Central Park), and in the afternoon, for a stroll from the Plaza to Madison Square Garden. FreeSNOW


'MOUSE BLOC'
nyc.indymedia.org

Give the RNC delegates, who will be attending eight "Disney-fied" Broadway shows, a dose of real street theater. In protest of the Republicans' sorry playgoing habits, don your mouse ears and make some noise. The rodent rally begins at 4 p.m. outside the cheesiest of musicals—42nd Street, Aida, Bombay Dreams, The Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Wonderful Town. HAINLINE


'WORLD SAYS NO TO THE BUSH AGENDA MARCH & RALLY'
At 10 a.m., assemble between Sixth and Eighth avenues from 14th to 23rd streets, unitedforpeace.org

Join thousands of others in speaking out against the policies of the Bush administration in what is being touted as the convention week's largest protest. Hundreds of different groups—feminist, anti-war, environmental, and more—are planning to participate. Bloomberg may have vetoed the use of Central Park, relegating the concluding rally to the West Side Highway, but here's your chance to march right past Madison Square Garden! RABER


WOMEN'S PEACE RALLY AND MARCH
At 10 a.m., Madison Square Park, 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, 347.228.2876, codepinkalert.org

Women are urged to wear pink signs and other creative gear for this anti-war event. Participants meet at the foot of the historic Eleanor Roosevelt statue for a vibrantly colored and extra-loud peace rally. FreeSMITH


Theater

'GUANTANAMO: HONOR BOUND TO DEFEND FREEDOM'
Today at 3, September 1 at 3 and 8,and September 2 at 8, Culture Project,
45 Bleecker Street, 212.253.9983

Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo's documentary play is patched together in part from the testimonies of five British detainees recently released from Guantánamo. London's hot new import is a "slice of death" look at the demise of American civil liberties. Apparently some people think that human rights are like gay marital vows—not recognized everywhere. $55-$60LAWLER


'THE THALIA FOLLIES: BRING IT ON!'
At 8, through September 2, and Tuesdays through November 2, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 212.864.1414

A zippy theatrical hybrid (guerrilla street theater meets old-world cabaret) custom made for this campaign season. The contributors range from Brecht translator and critic Eric Bentley and comedian Steven Colbert to American-lit master E.L. Doctorow. Post-show discussion sparks political dialogue. $13-$15LAWLER

MONDAY AUGUST 30


Film

'AMBUSHED!: UNCONVENTIONAL HUMOR'
At 8, Chicago City Limits Theater, 1105 First Avenue, 212.888.5233

A night of films that will poke fun at any and all things political, from the sex appeal of Abraham Lincoln to Republican hairstyles to Bush's bumbling speeches. $20, $10 (students)SCOTT


Protest

'LIGHT UP THE SKY'
lightupthesky.org

With the Republicans cynically capitalizing on 9/11, this elegantly conceived, city-wide light vigil is both a dignified reminder of that September's sorrow and a commemoration of the ongoing tragedy that is the war in Iraq. From nightfall Monday until Tuesday morning, demonstrators are asked to gather, carrying candles, light sticks, or flash lights, and leave illuminated all rooms with windows onto the street. Let the GOP not forget that this is the city that never sleeps. Free CATUCCI


Music/Comedy

'STAND UP! FOR CHOICE!'
At 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212.496.7070

Perpetually pissed-off comic Lewis Black is without peer when it comes to reaming the major league assholes of the Bush administration. Moby, Joan Osborne, Michael McKean, Nellie McKay, Kathleen Turner, and Giancarlo Esposito stand beside him as he lets loose his pro-choice wrath. $28-$128TILLMAN


Protest

'THE MARCH ON NEW YORK'
From 3 to 6, Seventh Avenue between 24th and 34th streets

According to Russell Simmons, chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, this will be the "biggest hip-hop gathering ever . . . [and] the illest march in history." Expect to see people like P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Nas, and Mariah Carey protesting Rockefeller drug laws while promoting youth voter registration. GOTTLIEB

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