arts 03.10.05


The Wrens
Perennially under-recognized indie rockers, The Wrens are at Maxwell's, 1039 Washington St. in Hoboken, 201.653.1703, this Saturday. Their 10pm has been sold out for a while, but they've added a second show at 7pm. $12.

Lydia Johnson Dance
Jennifer Dunning in the Times wrote "Lydia Johnson is a true original whose choreography repays close attention." See her company (pictured) at the Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 E. 76th [Lex/3rd] 212.288.9438, tonight through Saturday at 8pm. They'll perform "Untitled" set to music by Gorecki and the premiere of a piece set to Philip Glass' "Violin Concerto."

Greater New York 2005
This Sunday, the eagerly anticipated "Greater New York 2005" opens at P.S. 1, 22-25 Jackson [46th Av] LIC 718.784.2084, noon-6pm. Presented with MoMA, the show features 150 artists in all media from the five boroughs who have emerged since 2000 "whose works explore both this specific time period, during which New York City has changed dramatically; show vitality, energy, and exciting promise; and anticipate new artistic practices."

Lustron — The House America's Been Waiting For
A compelling documentary film that tells the story of Chicago inventor Carl Strandlund and his solution to the 1950s housing shortage: prefab houses (100 could be produced a day) known as a Lustron home, that seemed a good solution to the problem. Too good, perhaps: everyone wanted in on this prefab pie and the corruption scuttled the company's plans — only 2,500 were ever built. Friday at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia [W. 3rd/Bleecker] 212.683.0023, 6:30pm, $10. A panel discussion with the producers follows the screening.

Previews are by far our favorite time to catch a Broadway show since everyone's on their game. Here's some of what's previewing this month (tickets are available at 212.239.6200 except as noted).
Cherry Jones starts in this drama by John Patrick Shanley about the Catholic Church and child molestation. In previews now at the Imperial.
Julius Caesar
Denzel Washington stars in a limited run of Shakespeare's tragedy, previewing now at the Belasco.
The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams drama is back, directed by David Levaux, starring Jessica Lange. In previews now at the Barrymore.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
A revival of Albee's marriage meltdown classic, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. Previews start Saturday at the Longacre.
Steel Magnolias
Previews start Tuesday at the Lyceum for the comedy by Robert Harling starring Delta Burke set in a Louisiana beauty parlor.
The Light in the Piazza
A new musical set in 1953 Italy by Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) and Craig Lucas (book). Starts previews on 3/17 at Lincoln Center's Beaumont.
The Pillowman
A new play by Martin McDonagh ("The Beauty Queen of Leenane") starring Billy Crudup and Jeff Goldblum. Previews start 3/21 at the Booth.
A Streetcar Named Desire
More Williams, this one directed by Edward Hall, starring Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly. Previews begin 3/26 at Studio 54 (tickets at 212.719.1300)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Raúl Esparza stars in this musical extravaganza with music by the Sherman brothers. Previews from 3/27 (tickets at 212.307.4100).

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