arts 07.2.03

Melting Pot

ProyectArte is an NYC non-profit that develops arts projects in Latin America. There's a benefit ($35) at the Argentina Consulate, 12 W. 56th [5th/6th] 917.856.2421, with proceeds going to the ProyectArte school in Buenos Aires.

Until July 13th, Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou has a show called "Dreamchild" at the Photo-Graphic Gallery, 71 Mercer [Spring/Broome] 212.925.4508.

Everything from tea strainers to handbags are part of the exhibition of Contemporary Design in Austria at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd [5th/Mad] 212.319.5300.

Use your little grey cells to find your way to Custard Beach in Grand Central for some Belgian waffles.

The sound of Brazil is at, where else, S.O.B's, 204 Varick [Houston] 212.243.4940, courtesy of Brazooca on July 5th.

Tracking all things Canadian in New York is the Upper North Side website,

Well worth a visit is The Museum of Chinese in the Americas, 70 Mulberry [Bayard] 212.619.4785. Walking tours in Chinatown take place on weekends.

Czech glass restorer Augustine Jochec works wonders at his studio at 1597 York [84th/85th] 212.517.3287.

Fritz Knipschildt, originally from Denmark, makes amazing chocolates. Read more about him in MUG's article from March.

The exhibit "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids" has long since closed at The Met but you can take a tour of it online:

One of New York's true landmarks, and one of MUG's favorite buildings, is the TWA terminal at JFK, designed by Eero Saarinen of Finland.

Perfumes from France's Annick Goutal are invariably wonderful sensual pleasures. Find them at Henri Bendel, 712 5th [56th] 212.247.1100, and elsewhere.

German-born Daniel Libeskind is of course the architect of the new WTC site. Wherever you come down on the choice, we think his design for the Jewish Museum in Berlin is brilliant. Have a look at

Myers of Keswick, 634 Hudson [Horatio/Jane] 212.691.4194, brings the foods of Great Britain to the West Village.

At the Olympic Tower, 645 5th [51st/52nd] 212.486.4448, is the Onassis Cultural Center, which presents various Greek arts programs throughout the year. Soon to open is the Hellenic Museum Shop.

Bollywood in Queens: see movies from India at the Eagle Movie Theater, 7307 37th Road, Jackson Heights, 718.205.2800.

Irish photographer Paul Treacy has an exhibition at the Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st [10th/11th] 212.757.3318, called "New York's Irish".

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/hunk David Broza is a rock 'n' roll star from Israel. He'll be at Makor, 35 W. 67th [CPW/Col] 212.601.1000. $35.

Director Mary Zimmerman, acclaimed for her production of "Metamorphoses", returns with a revival of "The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci", a highly theatrical look at the great Italian genius and some of his ideas. Playing at the Second Stage, 307 W. 43rd [8th/9th] 212.246.4422.

In their annual Best of Jamaica, says the best jerk chicken in the city is at Blue Mountain, 1695 Utica [Aves. H/I] Brooklyn, 718.338.2968.

The Isamu Noguchi Museum, 36-01 43rd Ave. LIC 718.204.7088, is in temporary headquarters, so there's no Japanese garden to enjoy, though there is much else to make it worth a visit.

Korean electronics giant Samsung may have the next big winner in the cell phone market when they release their Samsung SGH-i500, scheduled for September. Take a look at it at

Nineteenth- and early 20th-century art from the collection of Dr. Dahesh, a Lebanese writer, will be back on display at the new Dahesh Museum, 580 Mad [56th] 212.759.0606, when the museum reopens this fall.

The "golden voice of Africa" Salif Keita from Mali, performs at the Prospect Park bandshell on July 26th. For more info:

La Vitrina,, is a showcase for Mexican arts in New York.

The work of sixteenth century sculptor Willem van Tetrode of the Netherlands is on exhibition at the Frick, 1 E. 70th [5th/Mad] 212.288.0700.

One of the town's hot young designers, Rafe Totengco, was born in the Philippines. His handbags, and now shoes, are on sale at his store, 1 Bleecker [Bowery] 212.780.9739.

A retrospective of Elie Nadelman, originally from Poland, is at the Whitney through July 20th.

Hear Russia's renowned Kirov Opera at the Met, on now. 212.362.6000.

Around since 1970, the Orchestra Baobab from Senegal has a popular comeback album called "Specialist in All Styles". They're live at Summerstage in Central Park on July 6th.

Spain's Antonio Banderas wins over Broadway audiences eight times a week in "Nine" at the O'Neill, 212.239.5258.

Our favorite pad Thai is at Thailand Restaurant, 106 Bayard [Baxter] 212.349.3132, which is especially convenient if you're on jury duty.

Tibetan terriers used to be virtually unknown in these parts. Now, on the UWS particularly, the charmers, who were bred as companions for monks, see a lot of cousins on their daily walks. For more info:

Three players making up the ranks of the Brooklyn Cyclones are from Venezuela. Tickets are at 718.449.8497.

Mbira player Stella Chiweshe of Zimbabwe is at Joe's Pub at the Public, tomorrow, July 3rd. 212.239.6200.
Have a great 4th of July. We'll be back next week.

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