Monday, January 29, 2007

News: What's the Haps?

By Liz Garber-Paul

The sky is bright white and your nose is stinging? Welcome to winter in New York, where it’s too cold outside. Say goodbye to your social life as your friends start staying in and watching movies in sweat pants while you are left to fend for yourself. Need some suggestions on how to avoid the cozy trap of human hibernation? Turn off the television and try these before you get the Dawson’s Creek theme song stuck in your head…

Over at MoMA’s film center, there’s a series spanning Ennio Morricone’s 45-year career as a television and film composer. On Thursday, February 1, they are screening Gillo Pontecorvo’s La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers), the 1960 recreation of the struggle for Algerian independence from the French in the mid 1950’s, marked by terrorist attacks and government-sponsored torture. Its parallels to today are impossible to ignore, and the music is fantastic…

Last Chance! Ron Mueck’s phenomenal exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is only around until Sunday, February 4th. Go check out his "absolute realism" sculpture to see some of the most moving modern art out there. Mueck, who got his start creating special effects in movies like Labyrinth, uses fiber glass, silicone and God knows what else to make unbelievably lifelike people—only they're sized to make the audience feel incredibly big, or incredibly small…

On February 6th, check out Paul Auster at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. His last book, The Brooklyn Follies, was a hit. The movie he wrote—The Inner Life of Martin Frost, starring Michael Imperioli and David Thewlis—will be premiering as soon as February. He may be too cool for humble book readings pretty soon, so next Tuesday see him read from his latest novel, Travels in the Scriptorium. Try to see how many of the metaphysical undertones you can understand…

On Wednesday, February 7, drop by the Theresa Lang Student Center at 6pm where Cass Sunstein, a leading professor at the University of Chicago Law School, will be speaking. Sunstein, who is a contributing editor to the New Republic, is lecturing on executive power and the U.S. Constitution. Insert Bush joke here…

This February, New Brunswick’s hometown hardcore heroes Lifetime are coming to New York. Tickets are pretty cheap (only $15) to see the band that reunited two years ago after splitting up in 1997. And, according to Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, “If it weren’t for Lifetime, NJ punk rock would have ended with the Misfits.” So go check out the influential rockers at the Bowery Ballroom on the 10th.

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