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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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Political Arts Guide  
GOP Bar Buzz  

Wednesday 01
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.
8:13 a.m. to 8:31 a.m. People for the American Way "Unemployment Line"
Standing in for the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the past four years, more than 5,000 people are expected to form an “unemployment line” that will stretch from Wall Street to Madison Square Garden.
12:30 p.m. Kudlow & Cramer Luncheon
“An intimate conversation” at the four-star eatery with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow and James J. Cramer. On the menu: lobster salad, roasted cod with black truffles. On the guest list: Lally Weymouth, Jacob Weisberg, Margaret Carlson. Daniel, 60 East 65th Street.
5 p.m. Constitution Night
Alec Baldwin, Walter Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, Blair Brown, Chuck Close, Barbara Cook, Khaliah Ali, John Guare, Kathleen Turner, and Joanne Woodward read the Constitution in this event sponsored by People for the American Way. Cooper Union Great Hall, 7th St. between Third and Fourth avenues.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Code Red: Stop the Bush Agenda!
The New York chapter of the National Organization for Women protests the administration’s positions on race, class, and gender, in Central Park’s East Meadow. Enter at 90th Street.
7 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. The Convention:

7 p.m.
Rick Santorum

The right-wing standard-bearer from Pennsylvania straddles a difficult divide: throwing rhetorical red meat to restive hard-core conservatives without reminding them of the reasons (soaring government spending, a moderate convention lineup, etc.) they’re agitated in the first place.

8 p.m.
Elaine Chao

As the designated poster girl of the GOP’s ballyhooed “compassionate conservative” wing, the Asian-American Labor secretary steps forth to argue that the party is receptive to the needs of minorities, women, and workers.

9 p.m.
Michael Reagan

The syndicated radio talk-show host and son of the late president tries to undo the damage wrought by his Bush-bashing brother at the Democratic convention and get the Reagan wing of the party excited about W. This is a no-stem-cell zone!
Kerry Healey

The female lieutenant governor of Massachusetts paves the way for her boss, Mitt Romney, softening his upcoming Kerry attack to make it more palatable for women who like expansive federal programs and might be turned off by the harsh “Ted Kennedy liberal” broadsides.
Mitt Romney 

The telegenic governor of Massachusetts (Kerry turf) has two goals: offer Bush an East Coast moderate’s seal of approval, and present an I-was-there take on Kerry as a wild-eyed, tax-and-spend liberal.

10 p.m.
Zell Miller

The conservative Democrat from Georgia stages his one-man show—I Only Call Myself a Dem Because If I Switched Parties I’d Be Just Another Republican Hack— before its biggest audience yet. Watch GOP message machines spin so hard about the party’s bipartisan inclinations that they levitate.
Lynne Cheney
The vice-president’s high-strung wife faces an uphill challenge: convincing an increasingly skeptical America that her dour husband has a soft and tender side. Maybe they should have asked daughter Mary to speak instead.
Dick Cheney

The embattled but defiant veep does the heavy lifting, bashing John Kerry on everything from his voting record to the height of his bouffant, even as he drives home the point that the Democratic challenger is woefully unqualified to lead the nation in dangerous times.

7 p.m. New York Pops Concert
The convention committee hosts a free concert led by the Pops’ music director, Skitch Henderson. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park.
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. Demo: A Demonstration in Words
The Dialogue Through Poetry organization has invited more than 30 poets, including Sonia Sanchez, Grace Paley, Katha Pollitt, and other well-known scribes, to speak out about the convention and the situation in Iraq. St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street.
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 p.m. "Re-Appoint Bush" Billionaires Ball
Billionaires for Bush hosts this bash featuring cocktails, DJs, and entertainment on the eve of the Republican presidential nomination. Formal attire required. The Frying Pan, Pier 63.
10 p.m. Live From New York . . . It’s Wednesday Night!
Hosts: Senator John McCain and wife Cindy.
Guests: As many as 1,100, including Frank and Malachy McCourt, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and Lorne Michaels, who arranged entertainment.
The Lowdown: The Republicans ring in September with what will surely be one of the lighter events of the week, with comic relief provided by Darrell Hammond and Joe Piscopo. So does this mean Michaels is a Republican? He won’t say. But John Weaver, a McCain consultant who is organizing the late-night soirée, insists, “McCain’s events have always been ecumenical. They’re more laid-back.’’
• Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street.
11 p.m. Tribute to Giuliani
Pfizer, Governor Pataki, and Mayor Bloomberg host this party in honor of Rudolph Giuliani. Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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.