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  George and the Jungle: The Republicans are leaving New Yorkers with unexpected emotion: envy.  

  Intelligencer: Why Ben Bradlee's birthday bash left Barbara Walters peeved.

  Meet the Press: How Hustler, High Times, US Weekly, and YM are covering the convention.

  Talking Points: The convention proved, in the memorable words of the Bush twins, just how “unhip” the Republicans are.  

  The Big Question: If Bush's presidency ended today, what would it be?  

  Protexting: How are activists monitoring civil disobedience by cell phone? A sampling of the reports.  

  Write Your Own Acceptance Speech in 8 Easy Steps: Former presidental speechwriters explain.

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Monday 30
Blue = Democrats/Protesters   Red = Republicans
Time   Event
all day Freedom of Expression National Monument
Creative Time has recommissioned this public artwork—basically a giant megaphone for New Yorkers to voice their thoughts and opinions—by architect Laurie Hawkinson, performer John Malpede, and visual artist Erika Rothenberg. Part of the Imagine Festival.
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At the Convention: Michael Bloomberg Address
Facing reelection next year in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, the mayor delivers a deliberately forgettable speech heavy with standard-issue New York boosterism—and notably free of the words “Republican” or “Bush.”
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At the Convention: Fernando Mateo Address
This up-by-the-bootstraps Dominican phenom made his name representing livery drivers and acting as an ethnic pitchman for local GOPers like Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki. Today, the hometown boy finally finds the national spotlight.
10 a.m. The Naming Project
Theaters Against the War, an international collective of anti-war theater groups, is collecting the names of every person killed in U.S. military action since September 11, American or Iraqi, military or civilian. When the convention kicks off, the names will be read as part of a continuous vigil—a long, grim reminder of the climbing death toll. Vigil begins at 10a.m. and continues indefinitely. St. Mark's Church, 10th Street at Second Avenue. See the Protest Barometer.
noon Special Operations Warrior Foundation Luncheon
Senator McCain joins forces with the SOWF, which provides scholarships to the children of officers killed in combat, to present Rudy Giuliani with the group’s “Spirit of Hope” award. Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street.
noon March on NY: Still We Rise
Still We Rise, a coalition of social-justice groups, leads a permitted march from 15th Street at Union Square West, up Eighth Avenue to 31st Street. It is unclear whether Russell Simmons's Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is still taking part. Gather at noon; rally is at 2 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch at Gracie Mansion
Mayor Bloomberg, Jonathan Tisch, Senator Ted Stevens, and Rep. Bill Young host this luncheon. Gracie Mansion, East End at 88th St.
4 p.m. March for Our Lives
Cheri Honkala's Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign hosts this march, from the United Nations to Madison Square Garden, to protest Bush administration policies that adversely affect the poor.
6 p.m. Abraham Lincoln's New York
Architectural walking tour including “Haughwout Store . . . which Mary Todd Lincoln favored for the purchase of White House china.” Part of the Imagine Festival. Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway.
6 p.m. Newsweek Party
Lally Weymouth and Donald Graham help Newsweek host a high-end soirée for 400. Among the revelers: Mike Bloomberg, George Pataki, and Senators Lamar Alexander and Chuck Hagel. Four Seasons Grill Room, 99 East 52nd Street.
6:30 p.m. Elektra
Marisa Tomei plays the lead in a staged reading of Sophocles’ Elektra, to be followed by “a discussion on violence, retribution, and compassion.” Part of the Imagine Festival. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.
7 p.m. The Moth
The acclaimed storytelling collective takes on the convention with this story slam, hosted by humorist Andy Borowitz and featuring special guest (and Harper's editor) Lewis Lapham. Part of the Imagine Festival. Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street.
7 p.m. The Right Stuff
Sample humor: “Now they’re calling illegal aliens undocumented workers. Soon they’ll be calling burglars unwelcome houseguests.” Laugh Factory, 669 Eighth Avenue, $20.
8 p.m. Stand Up! for Choice
Planned Parenthood and Republicans for Choice host a night of music and comedy featuring Moby, Lewis Black, Joan Osbourne, and Nellie McKay. Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway.
8 p.m. Thalia Follies
E. L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Jane Wagner, and friends try out their own version of the Capitol Steps in the political shtick of Thalia Follies, running every night of the convention. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, $15.
7:45 to 11:15 p.m. At the Convention: Dennis Hastert Address
The blunt speaker of the House (who recently chastised New York officials for exploiting 9/11 for federal dollars) explains why the next terror attack is more likely to hit his home burg of Batavia, Illinois (population: 25,153) than the city hosting his party’s convention.
7:45 to 11:15 p.m. At the Convention: Zainab Al-Suwaij
  We were convinced the GOP would find a “liberated” 14-year-old Iraqi girl to sing the National Anthem, but instead, delegates will hear from one Zainab Al-Suwaij. An Iraqi woman and longtime foe of Saddam who was frequently showcased by Bush supporters as an Islamic voice in favor of the war, she heads the American Islamic Congress, which says it’s dedicated to “building interfaith and interethnic understanding.”
7:45 to 11:15 p.m. At the Convention: Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon
  Don’t expect repartee worthy of William Powell and Myrna Loy, but the appearance of the former New York Giant and his Law & Order wife just might help GOP operatives add a dash of glitz to an otherwise charisma-deficient evening (Ed Gillespie, Bernard Kerik).
7:45 to 11:15 p.m. At the Convention: Rudy Giuliani Address
In a speech that will refer to September 11 exactly 911 times, “America’s Mayor” will relive his defining moment in harrowing detail, alternating attacks on John Kerry with accounts of the president’s (and his own) heroism.
7:45 to 11:15 p.m. At the Convention: John McCain Address
The much-maligned GOP maverick swallows his pride and tries to rally swing voters around the president. Tonight, he’ll offer up his Vietnam-era heroism in service of a dual mission; burnishing Bush’s credentials as an anti-terror warrior while stoking his own political chances for 2008.
9 p.m. Magnum Entertainment Party
Featuring ZZ Top and Kiss Nation at BB King’s. 237 W. 42nd Street.
10 p.m. Salute to W Stands for Women
With Mary Bono, Katherine Harris at Pressure. 110 University Place, 5th floor.
10 p.m. GM/GMAC event
Honoring Lamar Alexander, Kit Bond, Conrad Burns, Norm Coleman, and other senior senators at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Travis Tritt performs. 311 West 34th Street.
All Week Long
Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas: Many of the most provocative convention-week events are presented under the auspices of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues, and Ideas, a six-day (8/28-9/2) onslaught of dance, music, theater, film, and art—more than 125 shows in all. The Freedom of Expression National Monument (a megaphone in lower Manhattan for New Yorkers to voice their opinions; 8/17-11/13) and Photographs by Iraqi Civilians, 2004 (8/30-9/2) are among the installations that run throughout the convention. The festival screens Spike Lee’s We Was Robbed (8/28), about the 2000 Florida election, and Robert Altman’s Secret Honor (8/29), a cinematic riff on the Watergate scandal. American Oligopoly (8/28-8/29), in Washington Square Park, allows participants to join in an interactive theatrical “game” played on a gigantic Monopoly board; acclaimed storytelling collective The Moth (8/30) hosts a story slam at the Bitter End; and Patriot Acts—Patriots Gone Wild (9/1) has Taylor Mac, the Dazzle Dancers, and others lampooning the administration’s obsession with patriotism. Margaret Cho’s "State of Emergency World Tour" opens at the Apollo Theater (8/28), and in perhaps the most ambitious (or at least masochistic) festival happening, artist Marshall Weber performs NYC Odyssey and The Iliad (8/31), a marathon reading of Homer’s epics while riding the Staten Island Ferry, which is expected to take two days. For complete schedule and venue information, go to
Plus: Our Guide to the City's Politically Charged Artistic Offerings
Published on August 19, 2004.