You Still Have Time: Rediscover Your Poetic Impulses

Poets HouseToday (April 30) marks the end of National Poetry Month–not just in New York, but also across the country. You still have time, however, to catch a few poetry-related events throughout the city in the next few days.
For starters, check out “How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know?” on May 1 with famed children’s poet Richard Lewis at Poet’s House (10 River Terrace; 212 431-7920.) Lewis is the author of such books “All Of You Was Singing,” which is based on an Aztec myth.
The performance art and writing workshop is offered in conjunction with an exhibition, and offers a springtime parade of hats. Lewis is also offering a workshop for adults at Poet’s House tomorrow entitled “It’s About Nature: Children’s Learning and the Poetic Experience”; he will focus on creating poetic spaces,
For the poetry-loving AND the adventurous, you can still catch “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 poems in 60 Minutes” at the Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th Street (Call 212-352-30101 for ticket information). Offered tonight and tomorrow night, the performance is a poetry-themed version of the play, with performances by the New York Neo-Futurists.
If you happen to be in Brooklyn tonight, wander over to Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway; 718-453-6343) and catch six poets performing.
For more information about poetry events throughout the year, check out the Poets House website at
And you can always stop by your local pubic library in New York–poetry books are always there for the reading.

Race Extends Its Broadway Run

Kerry WashingtonDavid Mamet’s new play Race, now playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, will now run through August 23. Starring James Spader, David Alan Grier, Richard Thomas, and Kerry Washington, the drama about race relations is set in a law office, where two lawyers and their associate are deciding whether or not to take on a controversial case. Originally scheduled to close in June, Race is now extending its limited engagement further into the summer. The production recouped its investment earlier this month.

Speak Softly, and Point Out Those Sights in a Whisper

New York Tour BusWhat did she just say? Carrie Bradshaw did what over there? Who ate at that Italian restaurant?
If you’re planning on hopping aboard a New York City sightseeing bus for a tour, questions like that may become more commonplace in the future. The City Council is expected to vote into law today a new rule banning open-air tour bus guides from conversing with the tourists aboard with a loudspeaker. City councilwoman Gale Brewster, who represents part of the West Village, sponsored the bill, saying that the noise from the loudspeakers is so loud it can be heard inside buildings.
Another supporter points out that the bus engines also contribute a huge amount of noise. Residents from a number of (largely upscale) neighborhoods have protested the noise from the buses for quite a while, saying that if you live on or near a bus route, the noise can be heard no matter what floor you live on. The noise also affects those who live near historic districts that are often pointed out on bus tours. Areas such as SoHo and the Village are among those affected.
The tour bus companies, not surprisingly, are not too happy about the proposed law; some officials estimate that it will cost between three and five million dollars to install a new system in which riders would listen through headphones to the guides.
New York has 250 licensed tour buses, about 150 of which have tops that are open in warm weather.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is expected to sign the bill into law; if it passes, buses will have several years in which to comply.

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Want to Film in New York? You May Have to Pay a Fee

Film CrewsFilm and TV crews are a common sight in New York City, as a slew of TV shows, commercials, and movies are regularly shot all across the five boroughs.
Until now, however, the right to film here has largely been free.
That’s right–access to city-owned parks, streets and other locales have been there for the taking to TV and movie producers and even students making independent films or music videos.
Budget cuts, however, are forcing the city to come up with new ways to make up the lost revenue, and film permits may now be subject to a $300 fee.
If the fee is approved, TV producers would have to pay the amount once per season, while filmmakers would pay the fee once for the duration of shooting–no matter if it’s an NYU production or the sequel to a major zillion-dollar blockbuster.
While the fee may seem surprisingly low, it’s meant to make it easier for smaller producers and directors to be able to come up with the money and not look elsewhere to film.
Some exceptions would apply: Films using hand-held cameras or taking up a tiny amount of space wouldn’t have to pay the fee, and producers can apply for an exemption based on financial hardship.
The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting had to cut $155,000 from its $2 million budget this year. Most city agencies were ordered last month to cut 7.2 percent of their budgets
TV Shows like “Gossip Girl” and big-budget films such as “Sex and The City” regularly film in New York.

Collected Stories Opens at the Friedman Theatre

Collected Stories Broadway ShowCollected Stories opens tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway. The production is being presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club, which previously produced the play Off-Broadway in 1997. The two-person Collected Stories stars actresses Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson as a pair of writers in conflict. The drama was penned by playwright Donald Margulies, who has a long-standing relationship with the Manhattan Theatre Club. In fact, MTC’s most recent production was Margulies’s well-reviewed new drama Time Stands Still starring Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James. Collected Stories is scheduled to play a limited engagement.

Like Salt? Salty Foods May Be Easing Out in New York

Salty FoodsDo you love French fries, potato chips, salty pretzels…do you see where this is going, New York? If you’re a fan of salty foods (and who isn’t, really), you probably know that all that salt isn’t great for you. Now, the National Salt Reduction Initiative aims to do something about it.
New York City wants you to reduce your salt consumption, and for starters, 16 companies and restaurants have committed to help you do just that.
The initiative is voluntary, and participating companies, restaurants, and chains include Starbucks, Heinz, Au Bon Pain, Subway and Goya. They have agreed to reduce salt in their products by 25 percent over the next five years. Other restaurants and companies have been urged to join the initiative as well.
According to New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Americans get 80 percent of their salt intake from packaged foods and restaurants in the form of preservatives. Adding salt yourself only accounts for about 1 percent of salt consumption. About nine percent comes from sodium that occurs naturally in food. Health organizations recommend about 1500 to 2400 milligrams of salt per day per healthy adult.
Reducing salt intake has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes; city officials say that as many as 23,000 New Yorkers could reduce their risks of dying from those problems.
Officials promise that the reduction will be gradual–and that New Yorkers won’t even notice the difference.
The city already has mandatory rules for posting calorie counts as well as a ban on trans fats.
The ultimate goal? To reduce American’s salt consumption by 20 percent by the year 2014.

Enron Brings Corporate Crime To Broadway

Enron Broadway ShowLucy Prebble’s acclaimed play Enron comes to Broadway for a run at the Broadhurst Theatre. Following its critically acclaimed run in London, the production is now premiering on the Great White Way with a stellar American cast, including Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked), Gregory Itzin (TV’s 24), and Marin Mazzie (Ragtime). Corporate malfeasance may sound like a dry subject for a Broadway show, but Prebble and director Rupert Goold have worked to ensure that Enron is no typical story of financial fraud. The play incorporates music, stylized movement, multimedia, and even masks to tell the true story of the Texas-based company that made headlines in 2001 and has ever since been the poster child for corporate greed.

The Journal and The Times: Now Going Head to Head

Wall Street JournalIt may be called “The Wall Street Journal”—but the New York newspaper hasn’t really written about local New York events or happenings—until now.
Starting today, “The Journal” will offer a New York section that aims to be direct competition for “The New York Times.”
Although “The Journal” has a larger circulation than “The Times,” “The New York Times” reaches more New York City households, as well as more women. And women may be the key to “The Journal’s” plan: To reach the coveted advertisers that appeal to the female population, such as department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales.
The new New York metro section will have areas that cover culture, local real estate, business, local sports teams, society, and happenings in the Albany government and at City Hall. It will also feature color pictures. Famed businessman Rupert Murdoch is the chairman of News Corp, which owns “The Wall Street Journal.” He took over “The Journal” in 2007, with the aim of competing directly with “The New York Times.” New editors and reporters were hired for the new section. The launch is expected to cost about $30 million over the next two years.
Newspaper sales in general have dropped substantially over the last few years, damaged in large part by the internet and the easy, constantly updated availability of news. Advertisers–and readers–may now have to make a choice as to which paper they decide to focus their attention–and money—on.
Last year “The Wall Street Journal” passed “USA Today” as the most widely circulated publication, with over 2 million subscribers.