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Gifts Worth Giving

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

$10 LUNCH FOR AN ARTIST MacDowell Colony www.macdowellcolony.org Lunch for artists at MacDowell Colony arrives in a picnic basket delivered to their cabin, a tradition since Edward MacDowell composed music in his log cabin on the property, which includes the lyrics, "Is that Blake's care crunching up the driveway? "Today there is fresh corn soup, creamy and sweet, and a fat slice of vegetable tart dusted with cheese," Ruth Reichl writes of the basket, which she describes as "the ultimate gift...



Society Desk

Thu, 9 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

WELCOME BACK Lenox Hill Hospital's Autumn Ball is music to the ears of its staff and board members, as it raises more than $2 million for the 652-bed acute care facility on the Upper East Side. At this year's event on Monday night, the music will be especially sweet. The gala honors the beloved maestro James Levine. Mr. Levine came to Lenox Hill for orthopedic surgery after he tore three tendons in his right shoulder in an onstage fall on March 1. The stakes were high: If the shoulder did not...



Society Desk

Wed, 8 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

BULLISH AT THE LIBRARY Dinner at the New York Public Library's fall gala on Monday will be served in the historic reading room, at the very tables used by world-class scholars and writers, covered with moss green velvet tablecloths. The move upstairs from the Celeste Bartos Forum is a sign of how much the party has caught on since event designer David Monn and library trustee Gayfryd Steinberg began planning it three years ago. "But it's not about a great party," Mr. Monn said. "It's about more...



Lincoln Center To Redesign Harmony Atrium

Wed, 1 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

Lincoln Center has announced the architectural firm that will redesign the Harmony Atrium –– an indoor passageway between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, and West 62 nd and West 63rd streets that includes a little-used climbing wall, among other defunct features. It is Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, a New York-based firm. Their proposal for the space emphasizes warm communal spaces and sensual experiences: a large coffee table where people can sit and eat, but which can also be used as a...



Society Desk

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

MASTERS OF DISGUISE The most anticipated moment of Central Park Conservancy's annual Halloween Ball tonight might be the competition for best costume. Guests have been preparing for weeks — even months — for the contest, taking inspiration from current events, Hollywood, and their own fantasies. The time investment could be worth it for a lucky winner: The first prize is a Cartier Tank Solo Watch ($1,900 and up). "I definitely look for cleverness," a two-time contest judge and celebrity...



Society Desk

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

NEXT WEEK Benenson Capital Partners LLC marks its 100th anniversary with three nights of viewing parties for a special exhibition of art collected by the late Charles Benenson, the creative dealmaker who took over the business of his father, Benjamin Benenson, and transformed it into a national developer and manager of commercial real estate with more than 200 properties worldwide. The hosts of the celebration are Charles Benenson's three sons, Frederick, Lawrence, and Bruce, who are equal...



Dancing Through the Centuries

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Without a single note of music or an elaborate costume in sight, dance fills the Vincent Astor Gallery, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, where "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures From the Cia Fornaroli Collection" is on display. Arranged in four chronological sections, the exhibit features lithographs, etchings, rare manuscripts, and other memorabilia dating to the mid-16th century. The pieces showcase the Italian rise to global renown and pay tribute to the luminaries...



College Application Craziness

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Is applying to college really so different than it was 20 years ago? That's what I asked tutors, teachers, and administrators about the current frenzy surrounding the quest by private school seniors to find their way into college. First semester seniors have always been a pretty anxious bunch, I ventured. You've got to prepare for your final crack at the SAT, decide whether it's worth the gamble of applying early admission, put the finishing touches on applications — all the while trying to...



A Culturally Festive Weekend

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Battery Park's usual cadre of sidewalk performers faced stiff competition for attention this weekend as the CultureFest arts celebration brought clowns, paintings, and political cabaret to the neighborhood.Produced by NYC & Company, CultureFest is a yearly event that aims to increase local and tourist traffic to New York's cultural institutions. This year's festival featured two performance stages and representatives from 114 local cultural organizations, ranging from Carnegie Hall to the...



Society Desk

Fri, 13 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

FIGHTING MELANOMA In the battle against cancer, Melissa Sohn had a not-so-secret weapon: her family. To beat stage III melanoma, a skin cancer developed as a result of excessive exposure to sun or ultraviolet light, Ms. Sohn, 32, went through three rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove 44 lymph nodes. "If my dad hadn't been there, if my mom hadn't been there, if my son hadn't been there, if my husband hadn't been there, I would have been out the window," she said. After recovering this...



Frieze Frame

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

LONDON — London's Frieze Art Fair opened today to VIPs who immediately began snapping up some of the estimated $200 million of works on the stands. New York's Roni Horn, Dijon's Yan Peiming and Berlin's Carsten Nicolai are among the featured artists. Some 41,000 people will shop at the fair's 150 galleries through Oct. 15. Artists and dealers from Gagosian and Hauser & Wirth to Thaddaeus Ropac may benefit from a 10-year tripling of contemporary prices after booming businesses created...



A Gala Night at Carnegie Hall

Fri, 6 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, and don't get an inflamed vocal chord. It was a lesson that German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff learned Wednesday, when inflammation of one of his vocal chords prevented him from performing at the opening night gala of Carnegie Hall's 116th season. Dorothea Röschmann, on loan from the Metropolitan Opera and given about eight hours' notice, performed in his place. Instead of the scheduled selections from Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn,"...



Finding a Story in New York

Thu, 5 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Claire Messud recognizes what it's like to live in New York City as a single Ivy League graduate struggling with a career while running in the circles of the literary elite — but this is not her life. She is an Ivy League graduate — she studied at Yale and Cambridge — and no one can deny that she is part of the literary elite.She has twice been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and her second novel, "The Last Life," was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor's Choice at the...



A Personal Journey

Wed, 4 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Daniel Mendelsohn's new memoir, "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million" (HarperCollins, 512 pages, $27.95) chronicles the author's journey to the small Ukrainian town of Bolechow to discover how his six relatives were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Of the town's 6,000 Jews, only 40 survived between 1941 and 1943. Mr. Mendelsohn's lost relatives include his grandfather's oldest brother Shmiel, his wife Ester, and their four daughters. Mr. Mendelsohn talks about his book and his...



A New Yorker Leaves Paris

Tue, 3 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Tall green streetlamps gleam upon the ancient bricks, metal gates clatter as the metro closes for the evening, young couples chatter away in street corner cafés — my final night in Paris. The past four days of my stay had come and gone, so quickly almost as if each day had tried to spite me; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and of course, Sunday. I had just arrived, and already, it was time to go. I had developed a new identity here, with new ideas, routines, and rituals. I spent three nights in the...



Celebrating Gilda Radner's Legacy

Mon, 2 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

As celebrities milled about the DKNY store on Madison Avenue last Thursday for the Gilda's Club Young Leadership Council benefit, attendees had plenty of opportunities to have a good time, including the chance to indulge in a 20 percent discount on every item in the store. Yet while the event catered to the general public, its goal was to provide services to a more specific group of people: cancer patients and their families. The organization was founded by psychotherapist Joanna Bull in memory...



A Street Fête For a Cause

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

What does it take to pitch a carnival tent in the middle of a city block? Three things: Mayor Bloomberg, New York Post columnist Liz Smith, and the third annual Fête de Swifty's, which took place Monday on the Upper East Side. "We thought that it might be nice to do an event for the city," the co-owner of Swifty's restaurant, Robert Caravaggi, said. Amid stiltwalkers, a wax figure of Elton John circa 1970, mini-hamburger hors d'oeuvres, and an umbrella-covered ice-cream stand, the fete raised...



Head's Up

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

Mothers are often the greatest inventors. After nights of achy neck pain in her neck, celebrity mom Felicity Huffman decided to create a solution to painful neck aches by designing the Heads Up Comfort pillow ($29.99). The pillow gently cradles the head and neck, while providing support to muscles. Made of 100% cotton, it has a hypoallergenic polyfill liner that can be removed for cleaning[??]. The pillow is kept in place with a non-skid backing that drapes over the back of a chair. Ideal for...



New York Antiquers Head to Paris

Fri, 8 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

Contemporary art auctions and the scene at Art Basel Miami Beach may be where it's at on American shores, but for quality and panache, nothing beats the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. "The Biennale is a broader cultural and educational experience," an architect with the New York firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates, Lee Mindel, said. "It's big game hunting in the world of antiques. It can be relied on for the highly coveted and the highest quality," the interior designer Charlotte Moss...



The Met at the Movies, Except in New York

Thu, 7 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

In a landmark program, the Metropolitan Opera will broadcast live performances of six Saturday matinee operas in movie theaters around America, Canada, and Europe, the Met's general manager, Peter Gelb, announced yesterday. In most respects, the movie theater broadcasts, beginning with Julie Taymor's "Magic Flute" on December 30, will receive the star treatment. They'll be seen in high definition and heard in surround sound, via satellite feed. But they won't be broadcast in New York City. Or...



Feeling so Cozy

Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

We mothers are always searching for a hair product that gives us that just-left-the-salon feeling. And of course doting parents want their children to have that special feeling too. But children heading back to school have more to worry about: It's lice season. "So Cozy," the line of beauty products for children made by Cozy's Cuts, the stylish and friendly Manhattan salon for kids, has come up with a solution. In anticipation of the back-to-school season, So Cozy recently launched a new...



Dining High in Calla Lily Style

Tue, 22 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

With new strollers and car seats increasingly designed with a sleek modern edge, it's about time that high chairs, too, graduate from the pink-and-blue plastic age. That's why the modern family design company Fleurville recruited designer Yves Béhar to develop the ultra-mod Calla high chair ($925). Shaped like its namesake, the calla lily, the chair is made of nylon neoprene and fitted with a foam seat. Available in primary colors including red and yellow, the chair sits on a sturdy round...



A Worrisome World

Tue, 15 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

August is a strange time for a child to have a birthday in New York. With friends and family scattered in different directions, children's birthday parties must wait until September. So this week, on my son's sixth birthday, it was just his immediate family that snacked at Dylan's Candy Bar, bowled at Chelsea Piers, got soaked on the Beast, and played tennis until it was too dark to see the balls. The Beast, a speedboat that races down the Hudson River from 42nd Street to the Statue of Liberty...



Museums Changing the Dynamic of N.Y. Nightlife

Mon, 14 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

New Yorkers love a good party. Add art, alcohol, and ambiance into the mix, and it's a winning combination — especially for city museums looking to attract more diverse crowds. It's a distinctly New York phenomenon, and it has been popping up all over town. What makes them so popular? Museum fetes are to cash-strapped hipsters what Hamptons benefits are to their older, more monied counterparts. "I think there are a lot fewer people going away to the Hamptons or to the Jersey Shore these days,"...



Hamptons Princesses Race to Victory

Thu, 10 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

"All you need to make a film is a girl and a gun,"director Jean Luc Godard famously once said, and apparently, all you need for the Hamptons Princess Race is a girl, a car, and lots of athletic skill. At least 20 teams, each consisting of two women, will participate in this daylong competition, which is being held today at various locations, including the Bridgehampton Historical Society. The event is a benefit for the nonprofit organization Innocence in Danger, and sports activities run the...



Exhibit Finds a New 'Home'

Wed, 9 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

A house is not a typical location for an exhibit, but that's exactly where "gimme shelter," an innovative new collection, is currently located. Mike Latham, an architect and industrial designer, is the owner of the three-level house on a hill in the Long Island town of Shelter Island Heights, where works by more than 30 contributing artists are now on display. The multimedia pieces range from photography, video, sculpture, painting and installations to domestic objects, such as lampshades and...



Divalyssciously Yours

Tue, 8 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

Who is a Divalysscious Mom? She's a woman who's sworn off maternity muumuus and wood-paneled station wagons. She wields a designer diaper bag, and dons stilettos as she pushes a stroller with one hand and sips a latte with the other. Divalysscious Moms, a social networking group for like-minded women, was launched two years ago by a new mom, Lyss Stern. Members are invited to attend private shopping and makeover events at stores like Henri Bendel, Judith Leiber, and Barneys New York — and they...



Pokémon's Birthday

Tue, 8 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

The children's television show and video game Pokémon marks its 10th anniversary this month, and fans will be celebrating the "pocket monsters" today at the Pokémon Party of the Decade at Bryant Park. Whether onstage at a live show, on paper at coloring booths, or on screen at an exclusive preview of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon video game, the little critters will abound at this birthday celebration. Supporters of the phenomenon include Mayor Bloomberg, who has declared today "Pokémon Day"...



Facing the Past - On Film

Fri, 4 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

On a red carpet 5.1 miles from ground zero, as New Yorkers poured out of their office buildings to head home for the night, nearly 100 survivors of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, joined the actors, producers, and the director of the film "World Trade Center" for its world premiere at the Ziegfield Theatre. Is New York ready for the film? The resounding answer from the actors, survivors, and politicians was "Yes." Is it a political film? If anyone thought so, they weren't saying...



The Lady on the Team

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

When the Northwood polo team takes to the field tomorrow at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge, all eyes will be on Ashley Schiff. It's not just because she's the only woman player in the tournament or because she is from a prominent New York family. It's also because she happens to be one of the highest-ranking players in the Northeast — and she's making a comeback after a three-year hiatus. Ms. Schiff's team will be facing Blackwatch, whose players include one of the best in the world, Facundo...



A $50 Price Is Set for Special Viewing Of the Priciest Painting Ever Purchased

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

Want an intimate afternoon with Adele Bloch-Bauer? The Neue Galerie announced yesterday that, on Wednesday afternoons for the duration of the Klimt exhibit that features the most expensive painting ever purchased, it will charge a higher than normal price — $50 — in an effort to keep the crowds down. At other times when the museum is open, Thursday through Monday, its normal price of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors will be in effect. "Because we get such a crowd, we thought we...



Teaching the Cost of Real Life

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

"My 17-year-old likes to buy his clothes from Abercrombie, he goes to movies with his friends, and often asks for money to do things with his girlfriend," a mother of two teenagers told me recently. "He does really well in school and is a good kid. We can afford to support his activities and we almost always give him the money he asks for. But we're beginning to wonder when he's going to wake up and realize that it actually costs a lot to pay for all his fun." Chances are, I told her, he's not...



Anything But the Teeth

Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

As I watch our computer screen call up another unit for a low priority job, I ask Bronson how marriage to Rachel is going. "Great!" he says. She's five months pregnant. "Okay," he revises. His face falls. "We don't sit down to dinner together anymore. She eats whenever she gets the craving." The other unit doesn't answer the call, so the dispatcher sends the job to us. Bronson curses since the address is far away from our "89," our cross street location. The often-praised GPS system placed in...



Radio Waves In Canarsie

Mon, 19 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

It's been an irritating morning on the ambulance with Bronson. He's been criticizing me on everything from my choice of breakfast to my paperback novel. "Cut it out," I warn him. "No," he says, as we get a call for an EDP - an emotionally disturbed person - in Canarsie. According to the computer, a woman called 911 and said she has a device implanted in her nose that the police are using to listen to and control her thoughts. "Excellent!" Bronson exclaims. We arrive at the same time as the...



Tony Award Winners

Mon, 12 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

The 2006 Tony Award winners were announced last night at Radio City Music Hall. BEST PLAY The History Boys Author: Alan Bennett Producers: Boyett Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Eric Falkenstein, Roy Furman, Jam Theatricals, Stephanie P. McClelland, Judith Resnick, Scott Rudin, Jon Avnet/Ralph Guild, Dede Harris/Mort Swinsky, The National Theatre of Great Britain BEST MUSICAL Jersey Boys Producers: Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Pelican Group, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella...



Errol Louis To Receive North Star News Prize

Thu, 8 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

New York Daily News columnist Errol Louis, a former associate editor of The New York Sun, will receive the North Star News Prize tonight. Two other journalists, Farai Chideya, author of "Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters," and a senior correspondent on PBS's "Now," Maria Hinojosa, will also receive this award at a benefit held by North Star Fund, a community foundation based in New York. The group raises money from individuals who support community organizing in low-income...



Broadway Cashes In

Thu, 1 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

Broadway is in the money this year: Ticket sales are up, attendance is reaching new highs, and corporate interest is red hot. During the 2005-2006 season, more than 12 million people attended performances, an increase of 4 percent over last year, the League of American Theatres and Producers announced yesterday. Revenue shot up 12 percent, to $861.6 million, setting a new record. A surge in tourism largely accounted for the increases, as did the variety of options on the stage. "This season was...



Books

Tue, 16 May 2006 00:00:00 EST

IDENTITY STRUGGLE Filmmaker Kym Ragusa reads from her new book, "The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging" (W.W. Norton), which documents her struggles with her biracial heritage in 1960s and 1970s New York. Tonight, 6 p.m., Hue-Man Bookstore, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd., between 124th and 125th streets, 212-665-7400, free. LES ETATS-UNIS Author Martha McPhee reads from her new book, "L'America" (Harcourt Brace), a story about the relationship between a prosperous Italian...



Through the Gulag, To Ellis Island

Wed, 3 May 2006 00:00:00 EST

In 1980, when human rights activist Tatiana Osipova was facing time in the Soviet Gulag for her political activities, her husband and fellow dissident, Ivan Kovalev, snuck a message to her on a toothbrush. "Hold on there, baby," Mr. Kovalev scrawled among the bristles, "I am here for you." A year later, Mr. Kovalev, like his wife and his father (prominent dissident Sergei Kovalev), was also sentenced to the labor camps. During his trial, Mr. Kovalev's mother delivered a toothbrush from Ms...



Honoring Intellects In Public Life and on Campus

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

What does it feel like to be the house conservative at the New York Times op-ed page? It's like "being chief rabbi at Mecca," columnist David Brooks told the crowd at the Manhattan Institute for Policy's Alexander Hamilton Awards dinner on Tuesday night. Mr. Brooks was on hand to introduce satirist Tom Wolfe, who along with Mayor Giuliani, received the Hamilton award. Mr. Brooks joked that since Messrs. Giuliani and Wolfe had been "idiotically criticized" by the Times, it's fitting then that...



What's New for You at the Morgan Library

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

The Morgan Library and Museum opens to the public on April 29. And when it does, visitors can enjoy double the exhibition space, two restaurants, and a concert hall. But that's not all. The admission price has gone up to $12 from $8. What will be done with the proceeds? The income will help offset increased costs of operating the larger space. One thing the proceeds don't have to pay for is the cost of the renovation. The museum announced this week that it has raised $106 million, the final...



Dance

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

CHILDREN OF UGANDA Twenty-two Ugandan young people orphaned by HIV/AIDS and war perform as the Children of Uganda. They sing in Luganda, Swahili, and English, and perform pieces complete with syncopated and polyrhythmic drum patterns. Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th Street, 212-242-0800, $25 general, $15 children, $10 children for matinees...



Theater

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

SUNRISE STORY "Desert Sunrise," a play written by Israeli army veteran Misha Shulman, confronts the conflict in the Middle East through the struggles of a Palestinian Arab man and an Israeli soldier. Thursday through Sunday, April 23, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m., Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., between 9th and 10th streets, 212-254-1109, $15. DEMON STORY An off-Broadway adaptation of "The Screwtape Letters" puts C.S. Lewis's demon Screwtape and his protege onstage. The...



Drawings

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

POLISH COLLECTION An exhibit at Ubu Gallery includes more than 60 rare drawings by the Polish painter, writer, and photographer Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939). The works were made in the 1930s, when the artist created grotesque, half-human creatures in fantastic landscapes. Through Saturday, April 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Ubu Gallery, 416 E. 59th St., between York and First avenues, 212-753-4444, free. CELEBRATE SCOTLAND As part of the weeklong Tartan Week festivities...



Dance

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

SOUVENIR SCENES Kim Ima's "Travels, Tours, and One-Night Stands" is a "movement theater" work inspired by travel. In one scene, four strangers share a small train compartment; in another, two backpackers perform a duet. Through Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 and 8 p.m., La MaMa E.T.C., 74A E. 4th St., between Second and Third avenues, 212-475-7710, $15. URBAN RHYTHMS The dance troupe Urban Bush Women performs two alternating programs, with selections inspired by...



Photography

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

BIG SKY COUNTRY An exhibit of 19th century American mammoth plate photographs features the work of Carleton Watkins, William Henry Jackson, and Frank Jay Haynes. The photographs on display in "Celebrating the American West" were taken with cameras that held glass negatives as large as 18 inches by 22 inches. They depict Western scenes including Yellowstone and Yosemite. Through Saturday, April 29, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Gitterman Gallery, 170 E. 75th St., between Third and...



Film

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

SWAP MEET CUTE Director Chantal Akerman's film "Un divan a New York" (1996) is screened as part of a series celebrating Belgian film. Juliette Binoche and William Hurt star in the story of an apartment exchange between a Parisian dancer and a New York psychoanalyst. Today, 3:30 and 9 p.m., Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., between Park and Madison avenues, 212-355-6160, $12 general, $8 members. Note: The film is in French with English subtitles...



Poetry

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

CREATIVE MINDS The Academy of American Poets hosts its fourth annual Poetry & the Creative Mind benefit gala. Celebrities including Meryl Streep, Wynton Marsalis, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Mike Wallace read their favorite poems by America's best-loved writers. Tonight, 6:30 p.m., Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway at 65th Street, 212-721-6500, $35-$75...



Books

Tue, 4 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EST

SUITABLE STORY Ben Ehrenreich reads from and signs his novel, "The Suitors" (Counterpoint Press), a love story based loosely on "The Odyssey." Tonight, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Astor Place, 4 Astor Place at Broadway, 212-420-1322, free...



Books

Fri, 31 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EST

URBAN BIRDS Bob Levy reads from his book "Club George: Diary of a Central Park Birdwatcher" St. Martin's), about his experiences admiring the park's avian citizens, beginning with a particular red-winged blackbird. The book also include how-to information about buying the best binoculars and tips on urban bird identification. Friday, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street, 212-362-8835. LIFE IN IRAN In her forthcoming novel, "Jumping Over Fire" (City Lights)...