By Liz Garber-Paul
Valentine's Day is gone, so, by Duane Reade’s standards, we’re now stuck in a long, cold stretch to Easter. There is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day, dismissed by many as an excuse to drink green beer. But to us here at Inprint, it will be a real holiday.
Sure, going back to the motherland might be a little too costly for a celebration, but New Yorkers are in luck this year. The Pogues are coming to the Roseland Ballroom March 14, 15 and, yes, 17. Singer Shane MacGowen’s first band, The Nips, opened for The Clash and The Jam in the '80s, and before that he was a famous brawler in the London punk scene. So, it's apparent that he's a real Irishman. Go see him sing his traditional-sounding songs of drinking and debauchery, and celebrate this St. Patty’s Day in style. Tickets are available through their website, thepogues.com.
Needless to say, there are other things going on in the city to keep your mind busy.
Ever feel like the world might be too connected? Relax, and realize the rest of the world isn’t all like New York. Starting February 28th**, the Film Forum will be screening Into Great Silence, a German documentary about Roman Catholic monks that hardly speak. It’s the first film ever made about The Grande Chartreuse, the motherhouse of the legendary Carthusian Order, which has been around since the 12th century. According to its website, diegrossestille.de/english, it’s “a film about awareness, absolute presence, and the life of men who devoted their lifetimes to God in the purest form.” Sounds perfect for the tranquility of Varick and Houston.
On Saturday, March 10, join the famous beat poet (and New School professor) Hettie Jones for a party to celebrate her third collection Doing 70, which came out this February. The first, Drive, was published in 1998 and won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and her second, All Told, was published in 2003. She’ll be reading and signing copies 2 to 4 p.m. at The Bowery Poetry Club.
If you want to start celebrating the Irish early, and if you’re feeling brave enough to venture onto foreign campuses, go down to NYU’s historic Provincetown Playhouse to see Moises Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. The play was written in 1997 using transcripts of Wilde's storied trial, his own works and his biographies. It chronicles his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, which led to Wilde’s conviction of “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons”—not an enviable position in Queen Victoria’s England—and meant his downfall and subsequent death.
Faculty member Philip Taylor directs the NYU production and it features students from the school's music and drama programs. It runs March 1 and 3 at 8 p.m. and March 4 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
By Liz Garber-Paul