By Albert Samaha
By Steve Weinstein
By Devon Maloney
By Tessa Stuart
By Alison Flowers
By Albert Samaha
By Jesse Jarnow
By Eric Tsetsi
'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
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). $25TELPHA
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. FreeHAINLINE
'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. $15LAWLER
TUESDAY AUGUST 31
'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 republicno doubt an unending catalogwith an audience discussion at the conclusion to vent ideas and frustrations. SCOTT
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. $10ASHMAN
'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 Goldbergbesides the fact that nuns can singit'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
'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. $5ZIMMER
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. $10ZIMMER
'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. $15SHESTAKOFSKY
'UNPRECEDENTED: THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION'
At 8 and 10, Barbès, 376 9th Street,
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 donationBLAYLOCK
'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. $7SHESTAKOFSKY
'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. Showpartner, 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-$78.50WILTON
HOMER'S 'THE ILIAD'
At sunrise, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, 55 Water Street
In a memorial reading dedicated to "all the victims of recent acts of war," artist Marshall Weber will recite what he regards as "most compelling anti-war story ever written." FreeMAGLIOCCO
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 1
'THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND'
At 7:30, Alliance Française, 22 East 60th Street, 646.505.4444, email@example.com
While The Corporation took a more clinical approach to demonizing the conglomerates that dominate American policy, this corporate exposé is more personal, letting ordinary people speak about their confrontations with a democracy that often seems like a publicly traded commodity. $10BLAYLOCK