Events for Dissent

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

Music

A PARTY FOR THE PROTESTERS
From 7 p.m. to 4 a.m., Siberia, 356 West 40th Street

After a long, hard week of pie throwing and mudslinging, hunker down with fellow protesters at this rock show and party. The night's indie-rock lineup includes Seattle's Shoplifting (Kill Rock Stars), San Francisco's Shellshag, and Cincinnati protest band the Sundresses, as well as local faves Kid Casanova, Aqui, and the Bamboo Kids. There will also be guest speakers and other surprises. FreeASHMAN


Q AND NOT U+WRENCHES RIFFLES
At, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 212.219.3055

Involver is an umbrella organization built with guitars and cigarettes—the tools to convince young people that "We can just get pissed, or we can get involved." Q and Not U, which helps raise money to use in swing-state campaigns, combines the angular rhythms of its Dischord compatriots with rare depth. $10PROVAN


Protest

AXIS OF EVE
At 6, Battery Park City, axisofeve.org

Protest can be titillating too, right? Axis of Eve will prove it in a mass flash protest. 100-plus Eves wearing fishnets and slogan-bearing panties ("Ballot Box," "Expose Bush") will wiggle out of American-flag sarongs and flash skivvies—an uncovering that calls Bush out on his cover-ups. TILLMAN


'THE LINE'
From 8:13 to 8:31 a.m., along the sidewalk from Wall Street to Madison Square Garden, theunemploymentline.org

Over 2 million jobs have been lost in the last four years, and the jobs being created pay on average 25 percent less than the jobs that were lost. 'Nuff said? Join the thousands who will stand single-file holding up pink cards in this symbolic, historic event extending from Wall Street to the site of the RNC. HAINLINE


Reading

'CONSTITUTION NIGHT'
At 5, Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, 212.420.0440, pfaw.org

Of late it seems that a few key Republicans might need a refresher course on the Constitution. Luckily, People for the American Way Foundation has planned a star-studded study session—Richard Gere, Joanne Woodward, and Lauren Bacall are expected to attend—to read the document aloud. Attendees will receive their very own copies for further study at home. FreeSNOW


'DEMO: A DEMONSTRATION IN WORDS'
At 8, St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, 212.674.0910

This poetry reading against the war in Iraq features over 20 poets dedicated to building a culture of peace and nonviolence in the world. Poem titles include "Blues for the Soldiers Who Told You" and "Iraq Wrestling Team." HAINLINE


HOMER'S 'THE ODYSSEY'
At noon, Staten Island Ferry

Following up his marathon reading of The Iliad, artist Marshall Weber continues drawing parallels between antiquity and modernity by reading The Odyssey in its entirety. FreeMAGLIOCCO

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2


Comedy

'UNCONVENTIONAL HUMOR—A MOCK CONVENTION'
At 8, Chicago City Limits Theater, 1105 First Avenue, 212.888.5233

Chicago City Limits, our city's longest-running improvisational comedy venue, boasts another sure winner in Unconventional Humor. Join world-famous comedians from Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing in an orgy of unbridled political satire. $10 (students) or $20CHAVKIN


Film

FREE DOCS @ TRISKELION ARTS IN WILLIAMSBURG
From 6 to midnight, Triskelion Arts, 118 North 11th Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn

See the best of the myriad non–Fahrenheit 9/11 political docs to come out this year: The Jesus Factorat 6, Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq Warat 7:15, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election at 8:30, and Outfoxedat 10:30. Then go protest your ass off. WILTON


Music

'BASEMENT BHANGRA'
At 7, S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, 212.243.4940

Basement Bhangra, renamed Bhangra Against Bush during RNC, lends its invigorating drum beats to protest the policies of the Bush administration. The context may be political, but the rhythm (and free mojitos from 7 to 8) maintain the ecstasy. CHAVKIN


'BASH AGAINST BUSH'
Noon to 4, Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A and 7th Street, onepeoplesproject.com/sep2

The Republicans are leaving, and One People's Project couldn't be happier; it's sponsoring a free concert at Tompkins Square Park to celebrate the end of the convention. FreeSHESTAKOFSKY


TAMMY FAYE STARLITE & THE ANGELS OF MERCY—'IT'S MY PARTY'
At 9:30, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212.539.8778

Country crooner Starlite, known for her delicious blend of biblical blasphemy and satanic humor, hits the stage to preach to her favorite audience—good ol' Bible-thumping Republicans. $15CHANDLER


TRANS AM+GOODMORNING
At 9, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 212.219.3055

Trans Am's latest epic fuses intelligent electronica akin to that of Outhud and overtly political samples. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's embarrassingly over the top. Live, the band's energy conquers all—each beat will raise your glass, and money for campaigns in swing states. Sponsored by Involver. $12 in advance, $14 at the door PROVAN


Protest

'OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR!'

At 8, Union Square, 14th Street and Broadway, unitedforpeace.org

Held as George Bush delivers his acceptance speech, this candlelight vigil will be a "living memorial" to soldiers and civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, echoing the convergence on Union Square in the days after 9-11. Bring candles, flashlights, flowers, photos and other markers of the grief caused by Bush's administration in the name of the war on terrorism. CATUCCI


ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS UNITED FOR PEACE RALLY & MARCH
From 3 to 7, Harlem, route to be determined, 212.545.4178, blackwaxx.com

Join Councilmember Charles Barron, Reverend Herbert Daughtry, Donna Lamb from Caucasians United for Reparations and Emancipation, among other working coalitions of socially conscious artists and activists, for a march of political and social awareness. TELPHA


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