The World in NY (Part 2)
From the MUG Dossiers
|More there, here. The World in NY (Part 1) here.
The best place to catch all things Bollywood is the Eagle Theater, 73-07 37th Rd. [73rd/74th] Jackson Heights 718.205.2800. To watch at home, rent the DVD of the Bollywood extravaganza Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sorrow). Even though it earned mixed reviews from the critics, audiences flocked to K3G, as it's affectionately known. And why not: many of the dance numbers are absolute bliss-outs.
Our single favorite book on Italian food is Burton Anderson's Treasures of the Italian Table from 1994, published by Morrow. It's out of print, but worth searching out. In it, Mr. Anderson writes terrific essays on Italy's star foods, including white truffles from Alba, the Latini family pastificio (pasta maker), Parmigiano Reggiano, culatello, and balsamic vinegar.
Classes in Japanese go year-round at the Japan Society, 333 E. 47th [1st/2nd] 212.715.1256. They teach 12 comprehensive levels as well as advanced and specialized courses.
If you missed the Atta Kim exhibition On Air at the International Center of Photography a while back, you can see these arresting images online.
On the subject of couscous, we commend you to La Maison du Couscous, 484 77th St. [5th Ave.] 718.921.2400 Bklyn, where you'll find beautifully wrought tagines, bastillas, and those mini pearls of pasta.
Mary Teresa Giancoli, a photographer based in Sunnyside, is of Mexican and Italian descent. She documents Virgin of Guadalupe pilgrimages, Puebla villagers, and the Mexican community in New York. You can see her work here, where it is on sale through the Biddington's Art Gallery.
New Orleans Dossier
Voodoo dolls (as well as occult, witchcraft, and other mystical accoutrements) are available at Enchantments, 424 E. 9th [1st/A] 212.228.4394.
At the Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones [Lafayette/Bowery] 212.725.6092, the focus is on Indian and Pakistani artists. You can see Experiments with Truth, recent works by Debanjan Roy, through August 1st, and browse the site to learn about some interesting talents such as Farida Batool, who created the image at right.
For haggis hunters and cock-a-leekie lappers, there's the Scottish restaurant St. Andrews, 160 W. 46th [Bway/6th] 212.840.8413.
South African Dossier
The non-profit Project Explorer is a free educational tool for K-12 graders, parents and teachers that's about telling stories, stories of adventures around the globe, using text, photos, videos, and related educational materials. A recent expedition was to South Africa.
We're spoiled for choice in these parts, so it's possible for a great institution like the Hispanic Society of America, 613 W. 155th [Bway] 212.926.2234, to exist without your having ever darkened its doorway. But do so, by all means: works by Goya, El Greco, Velázquez, and more contemporary artists is the reward.
Tibet House, 22 W. 15th [5th/6th] 212.807.0563, is the first place to look for all things Tibetan: meditation, classes, retreats, and exhibitions. Opening in the fall: A Tibetan Pilgrim: Travel Through the Vanishing Himalaya.