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  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.  

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Sunday 29
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.
all day Republican National Convention Tours
A series of sightseeing tours aimed at visiting delegates kicks off this morning with visits to Ellis Island and the Cloisters. Go to for information.
10 a.m. Billionaire Croquet Party
In top hats and formalwear, Billionaires for Bush often get confused with real Republicans. (They've even been known to fire up unsuspecting GOPers with their "Four More Wars!" chant.) The group calls this event, "the real reason United for Peace and Justice was denied a permit for Central Park." Followed by a noon Million Billionaire March outside the Plaza Hotel at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. See the Protest Barometer.
10 a.m. United for Peace and Justice March
UFP&J may have nixed its rally after the State Supreme Court denied its request for Central Park, but the big march is still on: Protesters will proceed up Seventh Avenue, past Madison Square Garden, turning east on 34th Street, and down Fifth Avenue until Union Square, where marchers will disperse.
See the Protest Barometer.
11 a.m. Women's Peace Rally and March
Fresh on the heels of its Women Against War concert, the Code Pink group stages a protest event near Madison Square Park.
noon Identity Correction Makeovers with the Yes Men
The Yes Men—who play anti-corporate pranks while disguised as members of the establishment—give free RNC tour guide "makeovers" in Union Square.
noon Manhattan Libertarian Party Unauthorized Protest
The four-year-old group sets out to prove staunch capitalists know how to protest too. The United for Peace & Justice people couldn't get a permit for the spot, but the MLP won't be deterred. Warning: the NYPD is prepared for this one. Great Lawn, Central Park. See the Protest Barometer.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Log Cabin Republicans Big Tent Event
This cocktail party honors such “inclusive Republican governors” as George Pataki, William Weld, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others. Bryant Park Grill, 25 West 40th Street.
1 p.m. Reverend Billy's Marriage Mob
The anti-corporate activist will perform bring-your-own-vows "weddings" on Central Park's Great Lawn.
3 p.m. Christian Defense Coalition Demonstration Prayer Vigil
The nonpartisan pro-life group prays for “the nation’s safety.” The public is invited to attend. Church Street between Liberty and Vesey streets.
3 p.m. to midnight Bush Bash in Brooklyn stages a benefit performance of musical and comedy performances by Martha Redbone, Pasha, Ben Ratliff, and others. Proceeds go to the group's Political Action Committee. Cafe 111, 111 Court Street, between State and Schermerhorn streets, Brooklyn.
4 p.m. Chaos on Broadway
The Hubbub Collective is a group of loosely affiliated militant activists who balk at protesting on the fringes of Manhattan, as United for Peace and Justice has agreed to do. According to their call to action, "The Republicans will be carousing on Broadway, watching shows, drinking martinis and laughing at our ineffectiveness. Or will they?" Participants are directed to bring streamers, noisemakers, and other attention grabbers. Times Square. See the Protest Barometer.
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.
tba R: The Party
The Bush twins host a bash for GOP celebs like Bo Derek, Angie Harmon, and reformed party boy (and born-again Christian!) Stephen Baldwin. Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd 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.