Bombing at Babylon
On April 30, 1999, David Copeland stepped into the Admiral Duncan, a gay bar in London’s Soho neighborhood. Copeland exited the bar, ostensibly to look for a cash machine, leaving behind a sports bag with a nail bomb that exploded at 6:30 p.m. Two people were killed and nearly eighty more were injured. Copeland, a white supremacist and homophobe hoping to start a race war, was subsequently dubbed “The Soho Bomber.” “Sinner” takes the events surrounding this terrible event as its starting point and continues along a moving, intense, and darkly humorous journey that begins as a nervous pub flirtation and evolves into a suffocating psychological thriller. Former collaborators of London’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Rob Tannion and Liam Steel, join forces with writer Ben Payne to explore the limits of physical and emotional endurance, and to use drama and dance in complementary, layered, and expressive ways. Through Mar. 19 at 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. at 5 p.m. P.S.122, 150 First Ave. at E. Ninth St. $20, $15 students and seniors, $10 members at 212-352-3101 or theatermania.com. For more information 212-477-5288 or ps122.org.
The Kitchen presents two new works by veteran choreographer Yvonne Meier, which both possess the wild improvisations and challenging movement theatricality she is best known for. “this is not a pink pony” displays Meier’s interest in transforming physical objects into animated items that effect the performers’ actions, responses, timing, and structures. “Gogolorez” is Meier’s ongoing improvisation project using her verbal “score technique.” Calling out movement instructions to dancers who obey her commands, Meier establishes a verbal map for movement improvisation that encourages creativity from each individual performer. With these pieces, highlighting different aspects of her unusual performance principles, Meier ends an eight-year hiatus from creating new work. The evening features an all-star cast of performers, including Miguel Gutierrez, Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, Nami Yamamoto, and Jeremy Wade. 512 W. 19th St. Through Mar. 18 at 8 p.m. $12 at 212-255-5793 x 11 or thekitchen.org.
Made in Palestine
The first museum-quality exhibition devoted to the contemporary art of Palestine to be held in the United States is a survey of work spanning three generations of Palestinian artists who live in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, parts of Israel, Syria, Jordan, and the U.S. The exhibition was curated by James Harithas during a month long stay in the Middle East, aided in his mission by Palestinian artist Samia Halaby. The artists have been gaining recognition in both regional and international arenas. They utilize a multiplicity of techniques, mediums, and aesthetic styles such as realism, abstraction, and conceptual art. They have been influenced by ancient and contemporary art of the Near East and Egypt as well as by such Western approaches to art as Arte Povera and Installation Art. The works range from monumental pieces to those of a more intimate nature that invite close attention. The Bridge Gallery, 521 W. 26th St. 3rd Floor, btwn. 11th & 12th Aves. 646-584-9098. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Through Apr. 22, Tue.-Sat. 12-6 p.m. Free.
Rock the Sham
Banned and slandered by church and state alike, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization persisted for over 10 years to fight a campaign for inclusion. In “Rock the Sham: The Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization’s Battle to March in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” veteran activist Anne Maguire tells the amazing, funny, and terrible story of this epic grassroots political battle. Born in Dublin, Maguire is a founding member of the Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization as well as the Lesbian Avengers. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington St. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
Recently relocated Sundaram Tagore Gallery inaugurates their new space with a show of Natvar Bhavsar. The gallery has been situated on Greene Street in SoHo since its opening five years ago. The eight-month renovation of the new space—a former garage on 27th Street—by San Francisco-based architects Charles Hemminger & Associates has resulted in a 5,000-square-foot gallery that includes a long courtyard. In keeping with its commitment to the dialogue between cultures and various fields in the cultural realm, the gallery will use the garden for special events and non-profit projects. The relocation to Chelsea and a larger space marks the gallery’s continuing effort to find new platforms that expand the dialogue and experiences for non-western artists in the dynamic New York art community and global art world. Indian-born artist Bhavsar’s exhibition, entitled “Poetics of Color,” will be on view through April 8. An active member of the New York School of Colorists, he now produces large non-objective paintings notable for their rich, dense palettes and variegated areas of color. Sundaram Tagore Gallery is open Tue.-Sat.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 212-677-4520 or sundaramtagore.com.
Performance art superstar Neal Medlyn presents a program of duets with other performance art superstars—including Adrienne Truscott of the Wau Wau Sisters, Kenny Mellman of Kiki and Herb, plus ironic dance stars VIDS. Unique evenings of in-your-face entertainment, riffing on R. Kelly, H20, gender, lookin’ for beats, and monsters. And blood. It’s a whole different duet, and a whole different show, every night! Tonight, Mar. 24, and 31 at 8 p.m. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. Sixth St., btwn, Kent & Wythe Aves. in Williamsburg. $ 10 in advance, $12 at the door. 718-782-5188.
Straight to the Helicopter presents 12 of the best recent short videodance works from and dance with video from around the world, curated by Anna Brady Nuse. Featuring selections from the television series “Move the Frame” and the 2006 Dance on Camera Festival, each piece redefines the concept of choreography and dance for the camera. The 90-minute program includes works by Edisa Weeks, Evann Siebens, Alla Kovgan and Victoria Marks, Jodi Kaplan, and Pavel Zustiak, as well as two live multi-media performances by experimental dance artists Nuse and Jill Sigman. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at Monkey Town, 58 N. Third St., btwn. Kent & Wythe in Williamsburg. $10 at 718-384-1369 or monkeytownhq.com.
Water is a source of magic and power in this poetic and evocative new play written by Eisa Davis. In the redwood country north of San Francisco, a multi-racial abandoned baby girl is found floating in a basket on the river. Raised in a predominately white town with its own homespun language, and outcast for her lack of family and painfully accurate clairvoyance, Bulrusher discovers an entirely new self when a stranger from Alabama arrives. Directed by Leah C. Gardiner at UrbanStages Theater, 259 W. 30th St., btwn. Seventh & Eighth Aves. Through Apr. 9 Tue.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m. $40 at 212-868-4444 or urbanstages.com.
A play on anonymity and identity, “(Un)masked” showcases the work of three contemporary photographers. In the tradition of American realism, Crackerfarm continues their subversive inquest into the aesthetic and historical valuation of past and present cultures. Traditional imagery is fused with the aggressiveness of a punk rock road movie, forcing a rethinking of the relationship between the past and the present. In George Duncan’s work, subjects find themselves standing in a sublime space, implicit in the background, and sensuousness is balanced with the formal. Judy Linn’s photographs are typified by great richness and sensuality of surface detail. Documents of her friendship with Patti Smith, the majority of the pictures were taken after Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, who had lived together in a variety of locations in New York City, moved from the Allerton Hotel to the Chelsea Hotel in 1971. Envoy Gallery, 535 W. 22nd St, Sixth fl. Through Apr. 15, Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 212-242-7524.
Come on in and knit, make new friends, drink some tea and learn a new craft at a self-help and member led group event. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of experience and meets every third Sunday of the month. Bring yarn and knitting needles. For more information call 212-714-8375 or [email protected]. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington St. 212-777-6028. 4-6 p.m. $1-5 suggested.
Carol Massa’s work is powerful. On the other hand her drawing with color is delicate and finely executed. Franklin MacFie has a series of works on gauze quite unlike most of what mixed media work looks like today. And Marilyn Fox is unique in her execution of fired clay works, a collection of which has not been shown in many years. Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St. at Washington St. Through Mar. 26, Thu.– Sun. 1–6 p.m. 212-989-4650.
The weekly program of no-holds-barred performance every Monday at Galapagos, hosted by Desiree Burch. 70 N. Sixth St. btwn. Kent and Wythe Aves. in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188. 8 p.m., free.
Bi Women Photo Show
“Bisexual Women: An Exhibition” featuring the photographic work by Dulcie Canton, Lucille Lacey, Joanna Marzullo, and Kendra Thomas. Hosted by the Bisexual Women’s Group, which has been meeting at the LGBT Community Center since 1991, this networking and support organization is geared toward the specific needs of bi women, straddling both the gay and the straight world. This show depicts longing for other women, lesbian relationships and their take on queer city life. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Through Apr. 8. 212-620-7310 or gaycenter.org.
Come to a blowout party celebrating Art Jam’s one year birthday! Featuring an all star slate of performers, including Penny Arcade, Jay Brannan, The Fabulous Entourage, Marga Gomez, Dynasty Handbag, Taylor Mac, Neal Medlyn, Jennifer Miller, and the Wau Wau Sisters. With DJs Texx and Nick Hallett, and door diva Matty. Hosted by Earl Dax, with special co-host Murray Hill. Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. Sixth St., btwn, Kent & Wythe Aves. in Williamsburg. Doors open at 7 p.m. Pay what you can at 718-782-5188.
I Was A Teenage Feminist
Armed with a video camera and an irreverent sense of humor, Therese Shechter talks with feminist superstars, rowdy frat boys, liberated Cosmo girls, and radical cheerleaders—all in her quest to find out whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power. With music by Ani DiFranco, Lavababy, Gina Young, Moxie Starpark, and the legendary Helen Reddy, “I Was A Teenage Feminist” redefines the F Word for a new generation. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington St. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $5-10 suggested.
Curated by Terry Dean Bartlett & Katie Workum, Danceoff! is the critically acclaimed series of cabaret-style evenings of short works featuring the best and brightest in emerging and emerged contemporary dance and physical theater artists. New York City’s only full contact, non-competitive, sometimes non-dance, not-really-a dance competition, Danceoff! serves up four mind-blowing shows over two nights. Featuring work from Cynthia Hopkins, Ani Weinstein with Russ Salmon, Jonah Bokaer, Katie Workum, Skyler Sullivan, Shanti Crawford, Will Rawls, and Palissimo. P.S. 122, 150 First Ave. at E. Ninth St. $15 at 212-352-3101. 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow.
Glass and Ginsberg
Pianist Bruce Levingston returns to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for a gala celebration of the fifth anniversary of Premiere Commission, Inc. Levingston will be joined by special guest artist Philip Glass in an evocative duet from Glass’ “Orphée” and film and stage actor Ethan Hawke in a reading of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Wichita Vortex Sutra.” The concert will also feature Glass performing several of his “Etudes” for solo piano and a special ensemble performance of the finale of “Einstein on the Beach.” Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th St. $20, $35, $50, and $150 at 212-721-6500 or lincolncenter.org. 8 p.m.
Without Boundary: 17 Ways of Looking
Is it possible to speak of a contemporary art with an Islamic difference? This question, urgently needing debate, will be the subject of an exhibition that brings together artists who come from the Islamic world, but who live and work mostly in Europe and the United States. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W. 53rd St. Sat.-Mon., Wed., Thu. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Tue. Admission up to $20. 212-708-9400. Through May 22.