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events— 2.27-3.11.07

Literary Tuesday’s at The Perch Café is co-curated by Pam Laskin, an accomplished writer and English professor at The City College of New York. Deidre, owner of the café, has graciously hosted Literary Tuesday’s featuring many great writers plus up and coming talents. Pam and Deidre invite you to join them on Tuesday nights for an evening out to hear amazing writers and enjoy delicious food and drink. Tell them Lisa from urbanseashell sent you. See you then!

The Perch Café


7:30 pm

Followed by an Open Mic

$5.00 cover

February 27-Sarah Beck resides in New York City and attends City College’s graduate writing program. Ezekiel Finkelstein was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up swathed in his mother’s sweaters on the windswept Peninsula of Rockaway Beach, Queens. He is currently an instructor in the English Department at The City College, and completing an MFA there. Nikkiesha McLeod is the 2002 recipient of the John J. Wright Award for poetry, a finalist in the Hollin’s Poetry Festival and the 2006 co-recipient of The City College English Department’s Adrian Schwartz Award. Nikkiesha is currently pursuing Writing at The City College. Laura Modigliani is an MFA student at The City College, and an adjunct faculty member in the department. Laura’s poetry has been published in various online and print magazines, most recently in MiPOesias. Buzz Poole’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in ISM Quarterly, Kitchen Sink, Paragraph and Washington Square. He is the author of Playing Cards, a look at the graphic design of playing cards from the 1930s and 1940s.

March 6-Lillian Greene-Has had work published in The Heroic Young Woman and other publications. She has been writing since 1991, when she first moved to Brooklyn. Greene's strict upbringing led to serious subjects, including a painful autobiography. In her current work, she fictionalizes with more humor, drawing on memories, dreams, things she has heard, personal
involvements. A memory of the telephone party line became the basis for a conflict between a farm renter and the owner, and an old model Studebaker became the focus of Love Affair with a Car.


F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)

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no cover $

210 Eleventh Avenue @ 25th St.
Suite 902
New York, NY 10001

8:00 pm & 9:30pm
Creative Music
Classic & Contemporary Jazz
Spoken Word

Nora McCarthy - voice, words, music
Jorge Sylvester - alto saxophone
Pablo Vergara - piano
Santi Debriano - bass
David Silliman - drums/percussion

Reservations Recommended

22 E. 38TH Street, NYC
(Madison @ 38th St.)

“...Her shaping of pitch often foregoes the fluid note-bending of the jazz singer in favor of the full press of a sculptor’s touch against viscous clay." RAMSEY AMEEN

6 - 7:30 pm
Tulis McCall presents:
Monday Monologues @ The Cornelia Street Cafe
Nora McCarthy - actor/writer will be
among several other actors doing monolgues.
$6 cover

The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
(between Bleecker and W. 4th Streets)
New York City, NY

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In honor of Women's History Month, I would like to introduce the woman responsible for the next two events. Her name is Cecilia Durkin. Cecilia was introduced to me by Louise Orlando, the new blogger on the block I introduced on urbanseashell—a collection last month. Cecilia and her family have an amazing story resulting in their time spent living and working in Africa. Born from that experience, Cecilia formed the company Women’s Work. Her daughter Macallan has spurned her own worthy cause on Read their amazing stories. If you contact Cecilia or attend one of her amazing events, tell her Lisa from urbanseashell referred you.

You're Invited To
Violinist Laster's First Performance
Accompany Women's Works From Africa

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Celebrate Women's History Month with classically trained violinist Gwen Laster and her band as their music provocatively fuses with still and video images of women from Africa for the launch of this new multimedia project tentatively entitled, "Women's Work Honored" at An Afternoon at Long Island University (Kumble Theatre), starting at noon on March 7th (Admission is free).

As a violinist, Laster has worked with musical greats such as multi-platinum artists Alicia Keys, Shaggy, Angie Stone, Anthony Braxton, Jay Z, Hubert Laws, and perform live on Broadway shows like Miss Saigon, Carousel, Beauty and the Beast, with television appearances with R&B, Soul and Jazz artists Brian McKnight, Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and Deborah Cox. Laster has been able to intertwine jazz, world, and classical stylings as a band leader and recording artist on two recordings, "Sneak Preview"(EP) and most recently "I Hear You Smiling" with a new CD to be released this Spring. Grateful for all she has accomplished in her professional career, Laster wanted to give back.

The question was, how?

Upon receiving several wedding presents from a newly opened shop called, Women's Work in her hometown of Cold Spring , NY, Laster found her answer. The owner, Cecilia Dinio Durkin and family had just moved back to the NY area after living the past three years in Botswana, Africa. While there, Dinio Durkin worked with women's groups trying to help them market their crafts in order to feed their families. The mission of the store is to provide a venue for women to sell their fairly traded crafts so they can retain their chosen/desired way of life.

After discussing the many ways Laster could help, the two women found a perfect fit. The March 7th performance of “Women’s Work Honored” taking Laster’s music and coupling it with images taken by Dinio Durkin and her husband, Peter Durkin would be the basis for a documentary Dinio Durkin had only dreamed of. But now, with Laster's pledge of donating a percentage of her CD sales and expressing an interest in writing an original score for the film, the dream is closer to becoming a reality. "With Gwen’s musical talents, strength and help, I finally feel the documentary can really happen. By preserving the women and their crafts on film would not only be preserving the history of crafts or culture in Africa , but also the roles women have played from the beginning of time." Says Dinio Durkin.

Women’s Work will be present with crafts for sale on the day of the show. Crafts include: Ostrich Eggshell Beaded Jewelry made by the San Bush Women, Hand Woven Baskets made by the Hambukushu women, Batiks and Hand Painted Bedding and Table Linens from Zimbabwe and Botswana, Marula Oil moisturizer from Botswana, and many more craft projects including those initiated by the many Peace Corps Volunteers and HIV – AIDS initiatives in Southern Africa.

For more information about the concert,
please contact Gwen Laster at

For more information about Women's Work,
please contact Cecilia Dinio Durkin at
845.809.5299 or 845.518.2713


AN AFRICAN TRIO! educational perspective for women
Presented by
American Association of University Woman

Saturday, March 10, 2007
2 - 2:10 pm Business Meeting
2:10 - 4:30 pm Program
Friends Meeting House 249 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie

We will have the unique opportunity to listen to three dynamic and informative African university graduates. Their presentation will focus on the field of study that most African women elect, the impact their education has upon their society, and the reaction of the male population to their education. Our speakers come from Senegal, Nigeria, and Egypt. Each brings different experiences and perspectives. There will be a Q & A at the end of the presentations.

Eudora Chikwendu, originally from Nigeria, received a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She continues to travel to Nigeria both to do research and to keep in touch with her family. Currently Eudora is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY, New Paltz, where she previously taught in the Black Studies Department.

Abeer Fahmy, from Egypt, obtained her BA in the linguistics and translation department of the Helwan University in Egypt. Her ultimate goal is to receive a PhD in order to become a professor in the same university. At present Abeer, recipient of a Fulbright, is in the Arabic Language Department at SUNY New Paltz for this year. She is also working on her Masters in Cognitive Stylistcs and Pragmatics.

Bintou Hinds, born in Senegal but educated primarily in Ethiopia, did cancer research in Harvard and then at Mt. Sinai. Having married an American originally from British Guyana, Bintou presently resides in Poughkeepsie and is a coordinator at Mike Arteaga's Health & Fitness Club in Poughkeepsie.

After the program, Macallam Durkin, portrayed in the Life section of the Poughkeepsie Journal on January 31, will be displaying and selling her very own designs of teeshirts, long-sleeve shirts and sweatshirts, as well as kits for bead making. The entire proceeds will be brought to impoverished children in Botswana by her mother Cecilia Durkin, owner of Women's Work, a fair trade shop in Cold Springs.

In case of serious weather conditions, the meeting will occur on Sunday, March 11. For further information, please call Gloria 845/635-1474.

Directions: From Rt 9 (N or S) turn onto Beechwood Drive. Follow Beechwood (it becomes Ferris Ln). At the end of Ferris Lane turn right on Hooker Ave. The Friends Meeting House is on the right at the 5th intersection (Whittier Blvd).

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David Schwartz is the Chief Film Curator (and friend of mine) of the Museum of the Moving Image located in Astoria, Queens. We attended college together and David supports urbanseashell—a collection by sending me listings of events at the museum. In turn I present you with the opportunity to visit this great institution. Check out the museum’s website and enjoy their online exhibitions. Then hop on the train or in your car and visit the Museum of the Moving Image. A visit you won’t soon forget! Travel directions can be found at the end of the event listings. Enjoy! —Lisa

 MARCH 3-11


March 3 & 4 screening to be introduced by Cahiers du Cinéma editor Jean-Michel Frodon

Museum of the Moving Image will present an encore presentation of Jacques Rivette's legendary 12-1/2 hour movie Out 1 on March 3 and 4, 2007 with an introduction by Jean-Michel Frodon, editor-in-chief of the French film journal Cahiers du Cinéma. The film had its first U.S. showing at the Museum on December 9 and 10, 2006, as part of the Museum’s complete Jacques Rivette retrospective. The Museum received a special Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics for the retrospective and the screening of Out 1.

Described by Dennis Lim in The New York Times as “the cinephile’s holy grail,” the film centers on two theater groups rehearsing Aeschylus and takes off into a complex mystery loosely adapted from Balzac. Jonathan Rosenbaum hails it as “the definitive film about the 1960s counterculture...its deliriously euphoric collective utopias, its ultimate descent into solitude, madness, and dissolution.” 

Out 1 Encore Presentation

Saturday, March 3, Episodes 1-4 (396 mins.) and Sunday, March 4, Episodes 5-8 (347 mins.)
1971. Imported 16mm print. Presented with softtitles. Dinner break at 5:30 p.m. Box-dinner will be available (advance order necessary). Directed by Jacques Rivette. With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bulle Ogier, Juliet Berto, Bernadette Lafont, Michèle Moretti. Two-day ticket: $32 public/$20 Museum members (free for sponsor-level and above). Note: Limit one ticket for individual members and two tickets for dual members.
Buy tickets online at or call 718.784.4520 to order.

To view the press release for The Complete Jacques Rivette, visit

Wednesday, March 7
, 7:00 p.m. (Pinewood Dialogues)


With Mira Nair in person
At the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater, 1998 Broadway at 68th Street, Manhattan
2006, 117 mins., 35mm print courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures. Directed by Mira Nair. With Tabu, Irfan Khan, Kal Penn. In Mira Nair’s vibrant, personal adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s bestselling novel, an Indian family struggles to reconcile their traditional heritage with the culture of contemporary America.
Tickets: $18 Public/$12 Museum Members. Call 718.784.4520 or order tickets online at

Saturday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. 

 Iran, 2006, 93 mins., 35mm. Made possible by Sony Pictures Classics. Inspired by the day when his own daughter was refused entry to a soccer stadium in Iran, Jafar Panahi’s Offside follows a group of Iranian girls who risk arrest to watch their team’s World Cup qualifying match against Bahrain. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (2006), this richly metaphorical gem is a fictional film made in documentary style during an actual soccer match. A satirical comedy, Offside is the fourth feature from Panahi (The White Balloon, The Circle, Crimson Gold) whose cinematic style has been described as “Iranian neo-realism.” Sight and Sound called Offside, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, “comic and exuberant, bold and resilient.” 

The screening is included with Museum admission: $10 adults, $7.50 senior citizens and college students, $5 children 5-18, Free for Museum members. The screening takes place at the Museum of the Moving Image. For more information, visit or call 718.784.0077

Saturday, March 10, 
3:00 p.m. (Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima Diptych)
 2006, 132 mins., 35mm print courtesy Paramount Pictures. Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Ryan Phillippe. The first film released in Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed diptych about the Battle of Iwo Jima examines the cost of war and the meaning of heroism from the perspective of the soldiers who were seen raising the American flag in the famous photograph.

6:00 p.m. (Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima Diptych)

2006, 141 mins., 35mm print courtesy Warner Bros. Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Ken Watanabe. This powerful counterpart to Flags of Our Fathers, which examines the Battle of Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective, received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

Sunday, March 11, 
2:00 p.m. (Fist and Sword)

 Japan, 2000, 119 mins., 35mm. Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. With Tak Sakaguchi. Packed with humor and no-holds-barred B-movie appeal, this entertaining action horror flick blends sylistic and anime-like Yakuza action and Zombie horror elements. Prisoner KSC2-303 is an escaped convict who is ordered by the guys who helped him escape to keep a girl hostage. He refuses to comply, and there's a gun fight, but soon they realize that the dead are coming back to "life" in the forest from which they can't escape.
4:30 p.m. (Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima Diptych)

2006, 141 mins., 35mm print courtesy Warner Bros. Directed by Clint Eastwood. See Saturday, March 10, 6:00 p.m. for description.

7:30 p.m. (Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima Diptych)
 2006, 132 mins., 35mm print courtesy Paramount Pictures. Directed by Clint Eastwood. See Saturday, March 10, 3:00 p.m. for description.

Film Screenings: As scheduled above. Screenings are included with paid Museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.

Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or W trains to 36 Avenue.

Program Information: Telephone (718) 784-0077;

The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York, and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and City Council Member Eric N. Gioia.