arts 06.22.06

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movie… The Great New Wonderful, a hit at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, finally begins a commercial run tomorrow at the Angelica and the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd. An intelligent and affecting film set a year after September 11th, it follows the stories of several New Yorkers as they live through that period of racking citywide melancholy. Wonderful has a great cast, directed by Danny Leiner, that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tony Shalhoub, Edie Falco, Olympia Dukakis, Will Arnett, and Stephen Colbert. A bit of NY trivia: the Maggie Gyllenhaal character was inspired by a real New Yorker, Margaret Braun, one of the city's best cake makers. Watch the trailer here.

indie rock… Three Frenchkiss Records bands in one week? Too good to be true. Thursday: The Big Sleep, FKR's newest signing, turn on some bright lights at Sin-e. Saturday: The Plastic Constellations and Rahim post-punk and art-rock out at Mercury Lounge. Coming Soon…6/27: Oh No! Oh My!, 6/29: Tokyo Police Club, 7/1: Birdmonster

reading… Too many among the White House press corps in the past few years have been credulous, craven, co-opted, or complicit — so a thousand hosannas for Helen Thomas, longtime White House reporter for UPI and author of the just-published Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public (Scribner, $25). Ms. Thomas will be at Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Triangle on Monday, June 26th, 7pm.

parade… Creative Time, that endlessly inventive group producing art in the public realm, has sponsored the Miss Coney Island Float for this year's Mermaid Parade on June 24th, 2pm. Just one more reason to head out to Coney this weekend.

sale… From this Friday through June 30th, La Sirena, 27 E. 3rd [2nd/Bowery] 212.780.9113, is having a 30%-off-sale on their long, colorful skirts, woven beach bags, and hand-embroidered dresses and blouses.

out of town… British Airways is offering a $219 fare each way to London that includes two free hotel nights. Restrictions: book by June 29th, travel dates midweek 8/31-10/25 and 12/20-12/24 ($30 more for weekends each way), plus taxes.

space… Today, the architecture firm OBRA unveils "Beatfuse!" — an installation at P.S. 1. Seven swooping interconnected shells encompass some playful bells and whistles: tidal pools, water misters, and a frigidarium that uses ice and foil bubble insulation to create a true chill-out space. The arts center runs the Warm Up music series within, starting July 1.
Jane Jacobs: A Public Celebration
On Wednesday, June 28th, 5-7pm, the late, great Jacobs will be celebrated in front of the Washington Square Arch, site of her first victory over Robert Moses. The program will include speakers from the fields of urbanism, journalism, environmentalism, economics, publishing, civic activism, the arts, and local business on Jane Jacobs' impact and legacy.


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