THE VIEW FROM EAST THIRD
by Ilka Scobie
The multitalented Bill Rice lives on a downtown block shadowed by a monolithic men’s shelter, on streets imbued with dark romance, a world far removed from Apple Pie America. Despite his birth in bucolic and often frozen Vermont, Rice immortalizes a Lower East Side beauty that smolders with evening heat. Actor, director, filmmaker, playwright and painter, the 74-year-old Rice is an eclectic creative force who has worked with downtown luminaries like Jim Jarmusch and Richard Kern, Cookie Mueller and Penny Arcade, Gary Indiana and Charles Henri Ford.