Ivy Baldwin Dance & Kate Weare
Two dances—“Gone Missing” and “Wet Road” encompass this shared evening bill. “Gone Missing” is Baldwin’s dance-theater piece set in a winter forest, where weary travelers have become lost. Weare’s “Wet Road” attends to flesh, blood, and the pleasure of connection at any cost. Mapping a trail of bodily impulses, the movement opens into a subterranean vein of longing. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St.. $25 at 212-924-0077 or dtw.org. Through Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Artistic director and choreographer Aviva Geismar presents a program including four world premieres crafted in her idiosyncratic and kinetic movement language. “All Fall Down,” a quartet that explores the absurdity of group dynamics features costumes adorned with duct and audiotape. In the solo “Desire,” Geismar transforms into a creature wrestling with primal urges. “Rocker,” a duet with a rocking chair subverts the familiar “Whistler’s Mother” iconography and similar passive imagery. “There’s Many a Slip” addresses the difficulty in communicating deep feelings—and the emotional games people play. The program also includes the 2003 duet “The Fitting,” which contrasts independence with the need for union. The West End Theater, 263 W. 86th St btwn. West End Ave. and Broadway. $12/$10 for artists & low-income at 212-337-9565. Through Mar. 4 at 8:30 p.m., Mar 5 at 2 p.m.
Greg Walloch joins Epstein & Hassan a.k.a. The Black & The Jew for the acclaimed neo-burlesque show “Shock & Awe A-Go-Go.” Warning: The show contains nudity. Chris Noth’s Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St. 8 p.m., $20. 212-691-1900 or gregwalloch.com.
No Straight Faces
Comic diva Kim Cea hosts another round of “Homo Comicus,” this evening with Jackie Hoffman, Page Hurwitz, Jessica Kirson, and Mark Sam Rosenthal. Gotham Comedy Club, 298 W. 23rd St., 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12, with a two-drink minimum. Reservations at 212-367-9000.
Cie Martine Pisani
Dance lovers will head downtown for “Sans,” a minimalist work by Paris-based choreographer Martine Pisani, performed for one weekend only. In this piece for three men, simple steps and stumbles are acted out to amusing effect as the dancers use each other’s bodies like a human playground. A joint presentation of The Joyce Theater and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St. btwn. Houston & Prince Sts. $20 at 212-242-0800. Tonight, Sat., & Sun at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
International Group Show
Location One hosts the first of two Spring exhibitions showcasing new work integrating visual, digital, and performing arts and experimenting with advanced technological tools such as Bluetooth and MP3. Featuring artists Paololuca Barbieri, Isabelle Ferreira, Geka Heinke, Yoon-Young Park, and Mariana Viegas—from Italy, France, Germany, Korea, and Portugal—participants in the 2005-2006 International Residency Program. 26 Greene St. 212-334-3347. Through
Following Cinders’ “home art” credo, Kay Turner has curated “Homohome”—a show exploring domestic queerness. Fully titled “Prototype for a Homohome Catalog,” the show will transform Cinders into a living catalogue of home products—with a homo twist. Come browse the selections. Cinders Gallery, 103 Havemeyer St. store#2, btwn. Hope & Grand Sts. in Williamsburg. 718-388-2311. Through Mar. 5, Wed.-Fri. 2-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. noon-9 p.m.
Disco Still Isn’t Dead
“Do You Think I’m Disco,” the large group exhibition currently on view at Longwood Art Gallery, Hostos Community College, in the Bronx, pays homage to the era of disco by finding its influences in contemporary artistic practice. Many of the participating artists can only look back to the era by examining the cultural residue that remains here today, but a few artists, notably Ronald B. Monroe and Mel Cheren, were active participants in the club scene of the 1970s. Monroe’s small box assemblages from the period sit quietly in the largest of three spaces comprising the show. They pale surrounded by work from a younger, contemporary crowd. But taken up close on the intimate scale Monroe would have wished their magic remains vibrant. They are worth a trip to Longwood for a unique view of disco from the era itself. Through Mar. 18. Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Longwood Art Gallery is located at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. in the Bronx. 718-518-6728.
Women’s Performance Festival
Sunday Series Dance and Performance presents INSPIRIT, Sara Smith, and Zany Angels Dance Theater Company. INSPIRIT, a dance company presents an excerpt of “Distinctly Akin,” a new dance theater piece inspired by the work of actress, poet and activist Beah Richards. This collaborative multi-media work choreographed and directed by Christal Brown explores cultural variations and innate similarities. ”When last we saw our heroines” is a new performance piece by Sara Smith featuring Taryn Griggs and Katy Pyle as two women who are caught up in something. One moment ago, in 1905, the year that Einstein released his theory of special relativity, these two women that you’ve never heard of were picketing for suffrage and labor rights; now they find themselves catapulted into a space-time vortex. Zany Angels Dance Theater Company presents “Mothers, Martyrs, and Muffins: The Musical,” a serious and goofy depiction of food and family that hits a common chord. This piece portrays of relationships gone awry though full-out dancing, songs and the spoken word. Tonight and tomorrow at 6 p.m. BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a multi-faceted community arts center located at 421 Fifth Ave. at Eighth Street in Park Slope (F to Fourth Ave. or R to Ninth St.) $15, $10 members, $8 low-income at 718-832-0018 or bax.org.
Guitarist Kenny Lockwood appears in concert with music he calls intelligent, moving, and suited to queer ears. LGBT Community Center 208 W. 13th St., 3rd floor Lerner Auditorium, 8 pm. $10 at 212-620-7310.
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.
Nights from Day
The signature and polemical survey on contemporary American Art returns. “Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night” takes its title from the 1973 film by François Truffaut, whose original French name, “La Nuit Américaine,” denotes the cinematic technique of shooting night scenes artificially during the day, using a special filter. This is the first Whitney Biennial to have a title attached to it. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. at 75th St. Wed.-Thu., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 1-9 p.m. Closed Mon., Tue. Admission up to $20; pay what you wish Fri. 6-9 p.m. 212-570-3676. Through May 28.
Feminist Book Club
The feminist book club reads books and uses feminism(s) as a lens for examination. Readings include theoretical texts, literature, and primary works. The book club is open to everyone, and welcomes people of all genders, political persuasions and levels of familiarity with feminism. The group meets on the first Sunday of every month. Books are chosen by consensus. This month’s reading is “The God Of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy. Feministbookclub@yahoo.com for more information. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
The weekly program of no-holds-barred performance every Monday at Galapagos, hosted by Desiree Burch. 70 N. Sixth St. btwn. Kent and Wythe in Williamsburg. 718-782-5188. 8 p.m., free.
A Family’s Prison Memoir
Few people realize the ripple effects produced by a prison sentence. In “The Sentence,” Gene Kraig, an award winning writer and journalist, who works tirelessly to close all Federal minimum security camps, chronicles the years of her husband’s incarceration and devastating consequences for their family. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. Free.
Bi Women Photo Show
Opening reception for “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.
Dancer/choreographer Donna Scro Gentile brings her Freespace Dance to St. Mark’s Church, March 9-11, for a program of works performed by thirty dancers and four musicians. The six resident members of Freespace Dance will be joined by an additional twenty-four dancers for the world premiere of Gentile’s “Human Walls,” and the original music composed by Glen Fittin will be performed live by the composer, Tigger Benford, Peter Jones, and Carl Landa. The four musicians will play a total of 100 instruments, including dulcimer, tabla, frame drums, melodicatto, voice, piano, saxophone, and accordion. “Desires” (2005), explores various aspects of desire, ranging from simple longing to raw passion; Daniel Bernard Roumain composed and recorded the music for this work for three couples. And Gentile will dance with Omni Kitts and Dan Mueller in the world premiere of “Reciprocal Motion,” performed to the music of Peter Jones. St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St. at Second Ave. $15 at 212-674-8194. Through Mar. 11 at 8:30 p.m.
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. Opening reception with the artists, tonight from 5-8 p.m. Through Mar 26, Thu.– Sun. 1–6 p.m. 212-989-4650.
Bite Your Lip
BAX Dance Artist in Residence Faye Driscoll combines live performance, video and an art installation for “Bite your lip,” an unnerving, mixed-medium glimpse into movement and physical sensation. “Eyes, Eyes, Eyes” a premiere, is a fast paced, twitchy work that explores dance as an aggressive, raw-nerve outlet. “Cold Blooded Old Time” investigates the contradictions and tensions between public personas and private breakdowns. In “Lez Side Story,” a video collaboration with Hedia Maron, female gangs battle for turf when a forbidden love gets in the way. Shot in a minimalist space that loosely mimics an urban environment Lez Side Story is a queer take on a legendary tale. Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a multi-faceted community arts center located at 421 Fifth Ave. at Eighth Street in Park Slope (F to Fourth Ave. or R to Ninth St.) $15, $10 members, $8 low-income at 718-832-0018 or bax.org.
Dance 208—Garage Classics 2
DJ Billy Carroll returns for another triumphant Garage Classics night! After last season’s summer and fall, Billy turns it out again, and ain’t nobody’s business how good it is! Just ask anyone who’s been to one of his legendary Garage Nights at the Center. You won’t hear Billy play these songs anywhere else! Jonathan Bressler, artist/interior designer provides the décor again, with Kenny Jenkins playing more Garage Classics in the lounge. There will be prizes and surprises. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $10, $6 for members and before 9:45 p.m.
Women’s Performance Festival
Sunday Series Dance and Performance presents works by Lisa Biggs, Abby Man-Yee Chan, and Mitsu Salmon. “Premises for Sale” by Lisa Biggs is part experimental, veríté-style video short and part live solo- performance. This piece captures a black, female artist dramatizing acts of minstrelsy in an Uncle Sam costume in post-9/11 New York City. “Love in a Doggy Bag” is a solo performance by Abby Man-Yee Chan that tells the story of the pressures a Chinese woman confronts when having a child. Mitsu Salmon presents “Heartbeating Kamikaze Down,” a solo performance inspired by WWII Japan. Through personal narrative and the imagined, the piece weaves fantastical characters, voice, and dance. 6 p.m. at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a multi-faceted community arts center located at 421 Fifth Ave. at Eighth Street in Park Slope (F to Fourth Ave. or R to Ninth St.) $15, $10 members, $8 low-income at 718-832-0018 or bax.org.
Queer Resource Center In Connecticut
Award-winning NYC-based queer performance artist and Trinity College Theater and Dance Department faculty member Michael Burke will perform excerpts from his solo performance repertory at the Trinity College Queer Resource Center. A recipient of All Out Arts & New Village Productions’ “Best Performance Artist of 2003” award, Burke juxtaposes spoken text, dance, visual imagery, video, music and sound score to locate the many ways that the personal is the political. The free public event is sponsored by the Theater and Dance Dept and The President’s Council on LGBT Affairs. The objective is to raise awareness about LGBT issues and welcome the greater Hartford community to the new Queer Resource Center on campus. The Center was designed to create a welcoming climate on campus for LGBT students, faculty, and staff. It provides a meeting space for EROS, the College’s organization for LGBT students and their allies, and serves as a resource for the entire Trinity community. 114 Crescent St. in Hartford. 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. Information at 860-297-4006.
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. 8 at 8 p.m. $12 at 212-255-5793 x 11. or thekitchen.org.