Events for Dissent

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

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


'MARCH ON NEW YORK: STILL WE RISE'
At noon, march from Union Square to Madison Square Garden; 2 p.m. rally at Madison Square Garden, stillwerise.org

The city is rolling out the red carpet for the delegates. What are you getting? As a reminder of what's been egregiously ignored since the Bush takeover, a panoply of progressive groups come together under the banner of poor people's rights for a march from Union Square to Madison Square Garden. SHESTAKOFSKY


Reading

CRAIG UNGER & MOLLY IVINS
From 6 to 8, NYU, Skirball Theater, 566 La Guardia Place, 212.992.8484

Five authors of the bestselling critiques on the Bush-Cheney administration convene downtown. The panel includes Craig Unger (House of Bush, House of Saud), Molly Ivins (Bushwhacked), Joe Conason (Big Lies), and Paul Krugman (The Great Unraveling), moderated by Mark Green (co-author of The Book on Bush). $25 TELPHA


Theater

'ELECTRA'
At 6:30 p.m., New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street, 212.870.1630

Mourning becomes Marisa Tomei in a specially staged reading of Sophocles' classic play, followed by a discussion on violence, retribution, and compassion with Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. Directed by Lawrence Sacharow and also starring Kathleen Chalfant. Free HAINLINE


'PATRIOT ACT: A PUBLIC MEDITATION'
At 7, through September 1, New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, 212.460.5475

Pundit Mark Crispin Miller offers a multimedia overview of Big Brother's new plan. Using the government's own reports and press communiqués, he informs, entertains, and feeds our healthy paranoia. $15 LAWLER

TUESDAY AUGUST 31


Theater

'REPUBLIC IN RUINS'
At 7, through September 2, Washington Square Church, 135 West 4th Street, 212.777.2528

Music, song, and spoken word are intertwined in this performance by Mouths Wide Open. The group's focus is on the most troubling issues currently facing our republic—no doubt an unending catalog—with an audience discussion at the conclusion to vent ideas and frustrations. SCOTT


'THE FEVER'
At 7, Loft Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, 212.352.3101

This one-person play by America's most distinctively neurotic political writer, Wallace Shawn (Aunt Dan & Lemon), tells the story of a bourgeois man in a third-world country who falls ill in his hotel bathroom and, in a fever, realizes he has perpetuated the world's suffering through his quiet indifference. Bryan K. Brown stars in this "UnConvention" highlight. $10 ASHMAN


Comedy

'UNCONVENTIONAL HUMOR: STAND-UP'
At 8, Chicago City Limits Theater, 1105 First Avenue, 212.888.5233

If there's one thing that we've learned from Whoopi Goldberg—besides the fact that nuns can sing—it's that Republicans can be a wee bit sensitive when it comes to people poking fun at their president. The New York comedy locals who converge tonight will try and drive the folks at Fox News into conniptions. $20, $10 (students) SHESTAKOFSKY


Dance

'BLACK, BROWN, AND RED'
At 8, BAAD!, 841 Barreto Street, Bronx, 718.842.5223

A discussion of a multimedia exhibition of visual artwork by black and Latino artists, curated by Cassandra, followed by performances by Bronx-based artists of color including choreographer Arthur Aviles, poet Magdalena Rivera, choreographer Richard Rivera, and others, all of whom address issues of social justice in their work. $5 ZIMMER


'THE BRIDGE'
At 8, Williamsburg Art Nexus (WAX), 205 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, 718.599.7997, wax205.com

A movement-theater performance features Nicole Bindler, Kinetic Architecture, and Refractions Dance Collective, each exploring the theme of justice, with a reception and "guided conversation" to follow. $10 ZIMMER


Film

'CONTROL ROOM' SCREENING AND Q&A
At 7, Makor, 35 West 67th Street, makor.org

Director Jehane Noujaim brilliantly juxtaposes the American press and Arab satellite news network Al Jazeera in her latest documentary, Control Room. Her unique perspective cleverly challenges the assumptions underlying the American media's coverage of the Iraq war. Noujaim will be available after the screening for a Q&A with the audience. $15 SHESTAKOFSKY


'UNPRECEDENTED: THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION'
At 8 and 10, Barbès, 376 9th Street,
Brooklyn, 718.965.9177

With many Floridians still wondering if their votes were ever counted, this documentary takes a nonpartisan look at the recount debacle. After all, Republicans were willing to scratch them from the roster while Democrats selected only districts beneficial to Gore for recounts. $5 donation BLAYLOCK


Forum

'IMHO: DISCUSSING BLOGS, POLITICS, AND PERSONAL VOICE'
At 7, P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, ps122.org

They say that everyone's a critic, and thanks to the magic of the Internet, it's truer now than ever before. Get your blog fix in the flesh, as seven popular and influential bloggers gather to discuss the state of blogs and politics. $7 SHESTAKOFSKY


Music

'INVOLVER '04: ALL-STAR NIGHT OF MUSIC & COMEDY HOSTED BY DAVID CROSS'
At 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway

David Cross hosts indie idols Sleater-Kinney and Blues Explosion along with comedians like his Mr. Show partner, Bob Odenkirk and members of The Daily Show. Consider springing for the $75 "hot spot" package, which includes premium orchestra seats, an exclusive after-party, and a free Knitting Factory concert. Hot damn. $33-$78.50 WILTON


Reading

HOMER'S 'THE ILIAD'
At sunrise, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, 55 Water Street

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