arts 04.28.05


Joe Pernice (pictured, bottom left) usually performs as part of the Pernice Brothers. Catch him solo this Saturday, 8:30pm, at Mercury Lounge, $15. Samples The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th [10th/11th] 212.255.5793, Matthew Buckingham and Joachim Koester's video installation "Sandra of the Tuliphouse or How to Live in a Free State" is an appropriately free-wheeling approach to Christiania, Copenhagen's alternative city-within-a-city. Tuesdays through Saturdays 12-6. Background here.

This Friday, 7pm, Neil Smith reads from his book The Endgame of Globalization, (Routledge, $23.95) at Labyrinth Books, 536 W. 112th [Amst] 212.865.1588. The author provides enlightening context to this country's latest foray in imperial democratization.

Fresh from her win of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, the indefatigable and irreplaceable Keely Smith graces Feinstein's at the Regency, 540 Park [61st/62nd] 212.339.4095, through May 7.

Never mind lavender, a Purple Heart should be awarded immediately to "Ladies in Lavender" director Charles Dance for the courage to direct not one, but two of the most formidable actresses on the planet: Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. The movie, set in Cornwall in the 1930's, starring that glorious duo, opens tomorrow.

Not a dame, but certainly a disco diva, Martha Wash, (pictured, bottom right) has been belting 'em out since her days with Sylvester, as half of Two Tons of Fun, and The Weather Girls. The 8 Mix CD single of "You Lift Me Up" is due soon on her site.

Here's a great lineup: Jonathan Lethem, Eric Bogosian and Willie Nile appear for a live taping of a show for Air America Radio. Katherine Lanpher is the host. It takes place Sunday night, 8:30pm, at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby [Houston/Prince] 212.334.3324. Free.
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