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Saturday 28
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.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Books Not Bombs Youth Convergence
The National Youth & Student Peace Coalition invites young people from across the country to gather in a day-long forum of workshops, banner-making, protest planning, and music. St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street.
11 a.m. March for Women's Lives
Protestors gather at 11 a.m. at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at noon in this march sponsored by Planned Parenthood, which ends with a 1 p.m. rally in front of City Hall. Speakers will include Kathleen Turner, Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, Manhattan borough president C. Virginia Fields, and state comptroller Alan Hevesi.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Green World Is Possible!
Supporters gather to hear Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and others speak about the Green agenda. Washington Square Park.
2 p.m. Protest Starbucks
A recently formed union of Starbucks workers meets to protest President Bush's intervention on behalf of their employer. Outside Starbucks, Madison Avenue at 36th Street.
3 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.
5:30 p.m. Ring Out the Republicans
With Democrats and Republicans battling for symbolic ownership of Ground Zero, hopes their simple plan to ring as many as 2,500 hand-held bells at the site will resonate with the masses. New-music pioneer Pauline Oliveros will debut an original work for the observance. World Trade Center site. See the Protest Barometer.
7 p.m. Margaret Cho's State of Emergency World Tour
According to comedian Cho, this tour will be "a raw interpretation of what’s happening daily in our ever-evolving or devolving state of the union." Part of the Imagine Festival. The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street.
7 p.m. The Christian Defense Coalition
The pro-life group will hold a sidewalk prayer vigil, pending city approval, on Seventh Avenue at 31st Street, across from Madison Square Garden.
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.
7 p.m. Sketch in the City
An evening at the Art Students League combining dancing with life-drawing from nude models, as a rejoinder to the Justice Department’s draping of suggestive statues. Part of the Imagine Festival. The Art Students League of NY, 215 West 57th Street, $12-$15.
7 p.m. Women Against War
Organized by Code Pink, the women-centric social justice group, this music and spoken-word performance features Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler and "Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman, among others. Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive. Tickets available at the door for $10, by calling 800-838-3006, or at
8 p.m. Convention Media Welcome Party
Hosts: Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Pataki, and the NYC 2004 Host Committee.
Guests: Of the 15,000 credentialed journalists covering the convention, only a fraction will find themselves with one of 6,500 invites.
The Lowdown: The party will be held across the first three floors of the center, overlooking the cavernous Great Room. Some stores will stay open during the festivities; food will be provided by on-site restaurants and by a mix of other area spots, including Fiamma, Le Cirque, and Zarela. In addition to a welcome from the mayor, guests will hear musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Odd touch: The space will be festooned with figurative sculptures made out of magazines—Time Warner magazines.
• The Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle
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.