Sunday, February 18, 2007

News: What's the Haps?

By Liz Garber-Paul

Only a few weeks into the semester and you’re already buried under the books? Let Inprint hazard a guess: this week, you want to think about something that wasn’t assigned.

If you missed it last time, the film Death of a President is back at Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Death, which recently won the International Film Critics’ Prize at the Toronto Film Festival, is a fictional documentary about the assassination of George W. Bush, set in 2008. “The ‘documentary’ combines archival footage and carefully composed interviews, presented in a respectful and dignified manner,” says Newmarket Films, the production company. According to Hillary Clinton, “it’s despicable.” Go see for yourself on Feb. 17 and 24 at 11 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Can’t get enough of early German films? Go check out the art from the same period in “Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition features portraits from the short-lived but artistically rich Weimar Republic period that exemplify the “New Objectivity” movement. Check out the works of Max Beckmann, Heinrich Maria Davringhausen, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Karl Hubbuch, Ludwig Meidner, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, Georg Scholz and Gert H. Wollheim from now until Feb. 19.

Wish there were more *Moby Dick* in your life? Just because you can’t make it to the Whaleman’s Chapel—in actuality, it’s called the Seaman’s Bethel and still standing, by the way—in New Bedford, Massachusetts, you can still have an authentic experience in Brooklyn. Go to a reading of Father Mapple’s sermon at the Greenwood Cemetery Chapel on 25th St. and 5th Ave., most Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Arrive early and see the graves of such Greenwood Hall-of-Famers as Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Boss” Tweed and Leonard Bernstein.

Perhaps you want to know more about what your liberal arts degree can do for you. In that case, David Scoby, Director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, speaks on Friday, Feb. 16. The author and professor, who wrote the acclaimed *Empire Study: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape*, will give a lecture called “Civic Engagement and the Double-Crisis: The Public Work of the Liberal Arts.”

When it finally warms up one of these days, make your way to 27th St. and 5th Ave. to see two exceptional exhibits that opened last week at the Museum of Sex. The first, “Spotlight on the Permanent Collection,” uses the museum’s permanent works to explore eight themes: sex education, mapping sex in America, sex in art, law and public morality, sex in advertising, sex and technology, sex and entertainment, and the significance of the Museum of Sex in New York City. The second, “Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination,” is a guide to fetish communities that lets you handle the props *and* see what they’re used for. Call (212) 689-6337 for hours and information.

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