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Some kinda love: A super-cool Velvets deep dive

Some kinda love: A super-cool Velvets deep dive

BY PUMA PERL | There aren’t many people around who saw the original Velvet Underground lineup. I did, once. I was 16, and had no idea where I was going or why. (Decades later, I figured out that it was the “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” show at the Balloon Farm, formerly the Dom.) Some older guys had […]

Community Rallies so Rent Spike Won’t Write Drama Book Shop’s Final Act

Community Rallies so Rent Spike Won’t Write Drama Book Shop’s Final Act

BY WINNIE McCROY | After learning that rent hikes are likely to shutter their beloved Drama Book Shop in early 2019, longtime customers are rallying to support the 100-year-old independent store, which stocks thousands of plays, serves as a go-to gathering place for passionate patrons of the arts, and even plays host to a black box […]

Don’t Let This Museum’s Illusions Elude You

Don’t Let This Museum’s Illusions Elude You

BY TRAV S.D. | If you have been wondering about those long lines outside the old Bank Building on the southwest corner of 14th St. and Eighth Ave., we have solved the mystery. As of Sept. 20, the historic structure (built 1907) has been home to an interactive permanent exhibition called the Museum of Illusions. If […]

Getting Old is for Great Stars: Elaine May Amazes in ‘Waverly Gallery’

Getting Old is for Great Stars: Elaine May Amazes in ‘Waverly Gallery’

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | It’s been 57 years since Elaine May and her comedy partner, Mike Nichols, catapulted to stardom from the stage of Broadway’s John Golden Theatre. Since then, she’s become a showbiz legend: writing, directing, and starring in movies like “A New Leaf,” “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Ishtar,” and “The Birdcage,” while punching up the […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Take one loaded phrase, task six artists with taking it on, and the results will range from politically charged to ecologically aware to totally trippy. Such is the case with the works on display at the upcoming Westbeth Gallery exhibition, “Conflict of Interest.” Provoking their audience to “question what is going on […]

Halloween has a ‘Big Top’ Queen in its Ring

Halloween has a ‘Big Top’ Queen in its Ring

BY SCOTT STIFFLER Once upon a time, when traveling spectacles blew into town offering trapeze acts, games of chance, and all manner of exotic marvels, children dreamed of running away and joining the circus. Now, the circus of old is a species as endangered as the trained animal acts whose presence inside sawdust-strewn tents has […]

Violet Chachki Steps Up for Change On Stage, in Prada Campaign

Violet Chachki Steps Up for Change On Stage, in Prada Campaign

BY JAKE WOLFE | Prior to her NYC appearance next week, we got the chance to chat with influential fashion queen, Violet Chachki. Winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Violet has parlayed her clout as a recognizable television personality to become a rising pop culture legend. With October in full swing and Halloween right […]

Fall Dance Festivals Galore

Fall Dance Festivals Galore

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | American Dance Guild Performance Festival | Oct 25-28| This venerable organization supports the dance community with an annual festival that honors the lifetime achievement of distinguished choreographers, living and dead. This year’s lineup includes celebrations of Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, and includes archival footage from Celia Ipiotis’s Eye on […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Keenly aware of history, and ever-mindful of the need to address contemporary acts of hate and anti-Semitism, New York Hebrew, a Chelsea-based after-school Jewish education destination, is marking 80 years since Kristallnacht with a message of hope, delivered by Eva Schloss — a Holocaust survivor, and Anne Frank’s stepsister. Schloss will recall […]

Off-Site Kryptonite: New York Comic Con’s ‘Spaced-Out’ West Side Subplot

Off-Site Kryptonite: New York Comic Con’s ‘Spaced-Out’ West Side Subplot

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | It was just a few hours into the first day at New York Comic Con (NYCC; Oct. 4-7). A cheerful PR woman at a booth told me that Thursday at this year’s con was a little more crowded than usual. “But it’s not like Saturday,” she added, with a mixture of excitement […]

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