arts 03.25.04

Weekend Pleasures

Watch two of the most seasoned and appealing stage actors alive, Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow, in A. R. Gurney's "Mrs. Farnsworth," a new comedy about contemporary politics now through May 8th at the Flea Theater, 41 White [Bway/Church] 212.226.2407.

The orchestral pop of Brooklyn's The Silent League is getting a lot of buzz, thanks to their brand-new, debut CD called "The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused." (Here's an MP3 sample called Hey You Hurray). They're at Joe's Pub tomorrow, 3/26 at 9:30pm. Tickets are $12, here or at 212.239.6200.

Sketch comedy from The Hollow Men, a British group which has been described as a cross between Monty Python and Kids in the Hall, is in town through Saturday night at the Village Theater, 158 Bleecker [Thompson/Sullivan] 212.253.0623. $35.

Though the promo material suggests that the Canadian film "Seducing Doctor Lewis," recalls British Ealing comedies, it sounds like a Bill Forsyth flick (generally a great thing): "This rollicking story describes in witty detail how a ragtag community on a small island in Quebec attempts to snare a young doctor from the big city who craves cosmopolitan cuisine and foreign sporting activity." It's part of the New Directors/New Films Fest and plays this Friday and Saturday. Check
here for details.

We've written before about Norwegian export Sondre Lerche, a singer/songwriter who, in his quirky, quiet way, rocks our world. He's got a fantastic new CD out called "Two-Way Monologue."

At Canal Room, 285 W. Bway [Canal] 212. 941.8100, on Sunday, Ben Watt, half of Everything But the Girl and Lazy Dog records, spins deep house from 9pm. Tickets are $20 here.

Here's a lineup! Readings, introduced by Jonathan Safran Foer, from Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Gary Indiana, Jhumpa Lahiri, Joyce Carol Oates, Lou Reed, Susan Sontag, Wendy Wasserstein, and Colson Whitehead at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th [3rd] tonight starting at 6:30pm. The event is called "Where's My Democracy," and tickets and more info are available here.
Kunz Omission
Something quite curious, we thought, about Amanda Hesser's 3-star review yesterday in the Times of Spice Market. Did you notice? Not a single mention of mega-chef Gray Kunz, who, in all the pre-opening hoopla, was said to be partnering with Jean-Georges Vongerichten. We emailed Ms. Hesser to ask why there was no mention of Kunz. Comes the chary reply: "Why do you ask?" and after that, silence. We still don't have this figured out, but it certainly is an elephant on the coffee table.

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