arts 08.6.09

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theater… There are two of them late in the play Ruined: two of the most beautiful embraces you're ever likely to see on stage. They're so layered with conflicting emotions, drenched with pain, fraught with hope, that every bit of shadow in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer prize-winning play is briefly, tentatively cast in light. The horrors of Congo's civil war may be permanent scars (they're recounted, with a twist, on the front page of yesterday's Times), but deep connection is still sometimes possible. The Manhattan Theatre Club production closes after several extensions on September 6th, so if you haven't had a chance to see the play (and some superb performances – most notably Portia as Mama Nadi), now's the time. [Photo: Joan Marcus]


indie rock… Friday: Norwegian electro-dance-poppers Casiokids play for free at South Street Seaport. [Photo: Vossajazz] Saturday: Boys Noize transforms Central Park Summerstage into one big free dance party! Just Announced… 9/18: Of Montreal. 10/17: Sunset Rubdown. 12/1 & 12/2: The Mountain Goats.


books… Book lovers with an iPhone should check out the IndieBound app. They're an alliance of independent booksellers; the app integrates your book lists from the site and in general tries to match you up with great books from equally great indie book stores. Free.


art… One more for book lovers: Brooklyn's Book City Jackets, updated paper bag book covers, has its first Artists Edition. The three drawings are by Eveline Tarunadjaja, Morgan Blair and Matthew Caputo. A set (one cover by each artist) is $9. You can order online or buy them at the Brooklyn Flea.


design… Dinnerware gets political: Christian Lopez Swafford's installation, called Partition, uses product design to comment on the symbolic and literal borders between the U.S. and Mexico. It's on throughout August at 0.00156 acres, 114 Smith [Pacific/Dean] in Boerum Hill.


out of town… Itching for canals, Van Gogh, and weed? Amsterdam is only $499 roundtrip (including taxes) in September and October.




times square (from 2007)

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