Arts In The City

This spring, there is a production sure to surprise theater veterans and seasoned New Yorkers alike. And it’s way off-Broadway. In fact, the warm-weather production “Accomplice: New York” takes theater to the street, using lower Manhattan as a stage for a combination of crime drama, improv, whodunit and walking tour. It all starts with a phone call, when the top-secret meeting spot is revealed over the phone. Then, unsuspecting groups are lead on a hunt through the city, uncovering the story as they go along. They stop for clues and some improvisational theater at landmarks and out-of-the-way spaces along the way, and even make pit stops for cocktails at the bar. But to add to the suspense, the whole thing is hush-hush, and participants don’t know what to expect, and never know who is a part of the show and who isn’t. “It makes you hyperaware of your surroundings,” Tom Salamon, half of the brother-sister duo behind the show told the Resident. “You never

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same. “There have been a million crazy misunderstandings,” said Salamon. “Somebody wound up at an apartment in Chinatown getting a massage. The guy was just weird enough” for the participants to think he was part of the show. But don’t worry – if you find yourself in a similar station the folks at the “Accomplice” command center are James Feuer in Accomplic e: New Yor k just a phone call away. And besides, it’s all part realized how weird of the fun. —Heather Corcoran [the city] is until you look around.” Salamon and his sister, Betsy Salamon-Sufott, came up with the HIGHLINE ROCKS idea after going on a traditional tour Lou Reed rocked the opening of the city. “[We] were on a walking night of the HighLine Ballroom this tour of some of these neighborMonday, but that doesn’t mean the grand opening festivities are over. hoods a couple of years ago, and Progressive rockers moe. have anwe were completely at the mercy of the tour guide,” he said. But as the nounced that they will extend their pair discovered, “There was all this stay at the new venue, adding a fifth cool stuff that we’d never seen, even night to promote their new album living here for years.” Now entering “The Conch.” For those who prefer its third season, some of the real-life smoother sounds, the soulful British locations on the tour have gotten songstress Amy Winehouse is schedinto the act, adding their own twist uled for two performances the followto the action. So while there is a ing week. —H.C. storyline, no two shows are ever the
Melissa Stern

WEEKLY PICKS
Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi comes to MoMA for “Project 85: Dan Perjovschi,” an exhibition in which the artist will draw his politically-charged images on the museum’s walls – live. Through Aug. 27. moma.org Björk brings her otherworldly mix of music and performance art to a series of concerts throughout the city, stopping at Radio City Music Hall, the United Palace Theater and the Apollo, May 2, 5 and 8. Her latest album, “Volta” hits stores May 7. bjork.com The Los Angeles Philharmonic and video artist Bill Viola team up for the “Tristan Project” an epic adaptation of Wagner’s famous opera “Tristan and Isolde.” May 2 and 5. lincolncenter.org Subtly modified photographs of landscapes and interiors by Andreas Gursky play tricks on the eyes and challenge ideas of perception. His latest exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery includes his largest works to date. Through June 30. matthewmarks.com Children can get their first taste of international culture with the Danish Festival at the New Victory Theater. Five short plays created for young audiences will be making their stateside debut. May 3. DF42.org

SPOTLIGHT
Get a double dose of Frank Stella at the Met with two exhibitions of the iconic artist’s work. “Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture” is the museum’s latest investigation into the connection between contemporary art and architecture, while the installation “Frank Stella on the Roof ” allows for some al fresco art appreciation. “Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture” runs through July 29, “Frank Stella on the Roof,” through October 28. The exhibitions mark the abstract artist’s first solo presentation at the museum and feature recent work including sculpture and architectural models. —H.C.
Photo/Steven Sloman, New York ©2007

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