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Thursday 02
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.
noon One People’s Project Party
The antifascist protest group holds a free postconvention “party for peace,” with bands performing and vendors selling food, CDs, books, and T-shirts. Politicians looking to unwind are invited along with the usual park roster of East Villagers. Tompkins Square Park.
7 p.m. Dan Bern, John Nichols, Joe Garden, et al.
Local musician Bern reads from his debut novel, Quitting Science, and performs tracks off his new anti-Bush album, My Country II. He's joined by Nichols, reading from his book Dick: The Man Who Is President, along with Garden and Randy Ostrow, reading their satire Citizen You!: Helping Government Help Itself, written with Nichols. Housing Works, 126 Crosby Street.
7 p.m. Fog of War
Composer Philip Glass introduces Errol Morris's critically acclaimed documentary of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Part of the Imagine Festival and benefiting Clear Path International, an organization that rehabilitates Vietnam-era landmine survivors. Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick 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.
7 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 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. The Convention:
8 p.m.
Mary Lou Retton, Kerri Strug, Lynn Swann, and Dorothy Hamill

The evening’s theme is “a safer world, a more hopeful America,” so the GOP trots out a roster of ... sports heroes? Olympic gold medalists Retton and Strug are touted as embodiments of “personal courage.” African-American NFL Hall of Famer Swann has been publicly urging blacks to take a fresh look at the GOP. And ice-skating queen Hamill is a popular Republican.
Donnie McClurkin

When GOP planners announced McClurkin would perform on the convention’s most important evening, a reporter dug up evidence that the gospel singer once suggested that gays were child-murderers. Given the patina of inclusivity that decorates this convention, you might have expected that when this news surfaced, he would have immediately been yanked from the program. Instead, he’ll serenade thousands of delegates on the night of George W. Bush’s coronation.
9 p.m.
George Pataki

The pro-choice, pro-environment governor of New York delivers a speech that reveals why he was chosen to introduce Bush: He’s a dogged (and not overly inspiring) loyalist who could be counted on not to upstage the president.
10 p.m.
George W. Bush

Striding forth onto a low circular stage surrounded by worshipful supporters, the star of the four-day extravaganza makes it clear that—a few obligatory policy nuggets notwithstanding—the president’s rationale for another four years boils down to this: I’m a badder badass than the other guy.
11 p.m. “Next Generation of Leaders” Party
Hosts: Emma Bloomberg, Emily Pataki, and Taylor Whitman.
Guests: The political children hosting this event have sent out 1,000 invitations to local young lions. Special guests: the Bush twins.
The Lowdown: Since no other huge parties were planned for Thursday after the presidential-nominating speech, the three twentysomething kids of local Republican royalty staked a claim on the night. The bash is in honor of the National Mentoring Partnership; the trio’s aim is to highlight leadership and responsibility among young Republican professionals. The food will be Pan-Asian, and gift bags will include phone cards from sponsor IDT.
Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway.
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.