arts 02.10.05


This weekend, it's all about The Gates in Central Park. If you want an accompanying soundtrack, ours is here (iTunes required).

Not a single good Thai restaurant in the whole swath of the Upper West Side — until now. Land Thai Kitchen, 450 Amst [81st/82nd] 212.501.8121, a sleek sliver of a place, is as welcome as a balmy breeze. What we've tasted thus far has been impeccably fresh and craftily seasoned.

Whether or not you've ever been diagnosed with coulrophobia — fear of clowns — you'll probably get slightly creeped out by the title of Jeffrey Scott Holland's new exhibition at the Jigsaw Gallery, 526 E. 11th [A/B] 212.777.7845: "Clowns in Love." Mr. Holland himself admits to finding clowns disturbing, which is evident in these paintings. Well, everyone will just have to put on their smiley face for the opening reception, tomorrow night, February 11, from 6pm-10pm.

Dancing Slinkys, a sound experiment station, and other fun, interactive works of contemporary sound art are at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Bklyn Ave. [St. Marks] Bklyn 718.735.4400, in a show called "Play it By Ear," now through May 8.

Rock Climbing
Winter have you climbing the walls? Do it right and take a class in rock climbing at the City Climbers Club, 533 W. 59th [10th/11th] 212.974.2250. Technique lessons are $35, beginners lessons are $25.

"Wave of Humanity" is an 8-hour dance marathon to aid in the tsunami relief effort (proceeds go to Action Against Hunger). It's divided into four parts, with seating at the beginning of each part. Tickets are $20 for each of the first three parts, $15 for the fourth part or $60 for the whole event. The concert takes place at the Dance Space Center, 280 Bway [Bway/Chambers] 212.625.8369, tomorrow, February 11th, starting at 6pm and ending at 2am.

We know of no other singer/songwriter/folkie/salt of the earth quite like Cheryl Wheeler. She is able to write funny, slightly insane songs (she once rewrote the Mexican Hat Dance as an ode to the potato, and called the video of one of her live concerts "What Do I Care I Don't Have Any Kids Construction Company, Inc." But it's her plaintive, incisive ballads, as lovely as any being written, and her aching, confiding voice that just slay you. Ms. Wheeler's brand-new album, her first in six years, is called "Defying Gravity."

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