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  The Convention Kicker: Dispatches from the convention center, the parties, and the protests. New York Magazine blogs the RNC.  
     
  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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Convention Calendar  
Political Arts Guide  
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Tuesday 31
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 A31
An ad-hoc collective of anarchist groups has called for a day of direct action, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. outside Tavern on the Green and culminates in a mass swarming of Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m.. Says a31.org: "A radical affront to democracy calls for a radical response." Think theatrical, yippie-style mayhem, with property damage by more mischievous rabblerousers a distinct possibility. See the Protest Barometer.
   
all day Olympic Athlete Exhibition
The convention host committee sponsors a sports demo featuring Olympians past and present, at Chelsea Piers. For information, go to nycvisit.com.
   
4 p.m. No Cash for the Rich
The Man-in-Black bloc descend on Sotheby's at York Avenue and 71st Street to protest a party in celebration of Johnny Cash for the Tennessee delegates sponsored by the American Gas Association. According to their call to action: "How dare the Republicans think of using the memory of a true people's hero to promote their greedy causes and war-criminal president?" You are urged to "bring your guitar and pompadour."
   
6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reverend Billy's First Amendment Mob
The RNC marks the final installment of the first-amendment flash mob, which has mystified New Jersey commuters every Tuesday since March as part of Reverend Billy's "Ground Zero Performance Festival." The anti-corporate activist and his followers chant the first amendment into their cell phones, seemingly unbeknownst to one another, growing louder until they "become a crowd with one common statement." World Trade Center Path Station. 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.
   
7 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. The Convention:

Princella Smith and Erika Harold
In keeping with the evening’s theme—“people of compassion”—the GOP generously turns the stage over to not one but two African-American women. First up: Ms. Smith, who earned her spot by winning MTV’s “choose or lose” essay contest with an entry that called upon her peers to be a “Generation X-ample.” Later, Ms. Harold, a Harvard Law student and 2003 Miss America, seeks to lure skeptical minorities to the GOP. But will their presence compensate for Condoleezza Rice’s absence, or merely draw attention to it?
Elizabeth Dole

The GOP’s very own carpetbagging female senator from North Carolina demonstrates the homespun social conservatism and political savvy that already has party insiders dreaming of a contest between her and Hillary in 2008.
Steven McDonald

The New York cop partially paralyzed by a bullet offers himself as Exhibit A of both heroism and compassion—he forgave his attacker and now preaches nonviolence and forgiveness. But he won’t once mention the record 152 people executed in Texas on Governor Bush’s watch.
Sam Brownback

The conservative senator from Kansas, a key backer of the ill-fated constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, appears on stage surrounded by the dozen bodyguards he hired after accidentally getting off the train at Christopher Street.
Senator Bill Frist

The good doctor from Tennessee (and head of the GOP’s much-maligned platform committee) dodges tomatoes thrown by Phyllis Schlafly and other conservatives riled by the committee’s secrecy and its wishy-washy immigration language.
Rod Paige
He isn’t exactly the GOP’s answer to Barack Obama, but Republican insiders are hoping the Education secretary will fill the gap left by an absent Colin Powell—a task not made any easier by recent reports that charter schools, one of Paige’s (and Bush’s) pet causes, are not all they’re cracked up to be.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Put off by the doomsaying Dems, with their dour talk of unemployment and health care? Come watch as Ah-nuld sprinkles his stardust over the GOP-and holds forth in that accent about how inclusive and diverse the party’s become.
Laura Bush
In an attempt to lure back estranged women voters spooked by the war and the GOP’s anti-abortion posture, the popular First Lady offers a Hallmark portrait of her cowboy husband as a loving hubby and devoted dad.

   
8 p.m. Involver Concert
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED. The Involver newsletter, a national alliance for youth-friendly music-centric mobilization, hosts a night of culture with a downtown bent. Hipster comic David Cross hosts indie headliners Sleater-Kinney and John Spencer Blues Explosion. Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. See the Protest Barometer.
   
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.
   
9:30 p.m. Fahrenheit 5-6-7-8!
Featuring the Dazzle Dancers. Fez, 380 Lafayette Street, $12.
   
10 p.m. The Creative Coalition’s Benefit Gala
This may be the only time Alan Cumming and Trent Lott find themselves in the same room. Billy Baldwin, Sean Astin, and Liev Schreiber are part of the celebrity-guest contingent; the ubiquitous John McCain is on the host committee. Tickets start at $1,000; visit thecreativecoalition.org. Spirit, 530 West 27th Street.
   
10 p.m. New York Delegation Evening Event
The Times Square dance hall hosts a post-convention party for the New York delegates. 1604 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 imagine04.org.
 
Plus: Our Guide to the City's Politically Charged Artistic Offerings
 
Published on August 19, 2004.