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Tributes ‘Mark’ Twain’s Birth

Tributes ‘Mark’ Twain’s Birth

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  He wasn’t the first person to pilot a Mississippi riverboat, go west, travel abroad, lose fortunes, give lectures or loathe Congress — but under the pen name of Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote about all of that, and more, in a manner that’s been greatly admired, widely copied and rarely […]

All Around Town, In Squares

All Around Town, In Squares

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A product of steady hands and a keen eye for the built environment’s capacity to both amaze and overwhelm, Erin Wilson’s “Color Stories” has a backstory familiar to anyone whose residency is tied to their destiny. “It wasn’t my specific goal to live in and make quilts about the city,” says the […]

The Lyp Returns

The Lyp Returns

BY DAVID NOH  |  It’s incredible, but Lypsinka, that whirling dervish of illusion and the highest imaginable camp — whom I consider as essential a New York figure as the Statue of Liberty — hasn’t been on a local stage in nine years. This has been happily remedied with “Lypsinka! The Trilogy,” running through January […]

Buhmann on Art

Buhmann on Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com) LISA BRESLOW:  PAINTINGS AND PRINTS The paintings and works on paper by New York-based Lisa Breslow reflect the artist’s ambition to discover contemplative places in her everyday urban home environment. In this exhibition of strictly new work, Breslow continues to explore New York in its calmest state, during off-hours on the […]

She Breathes Life Into The Undead

She Breathes Life Into The Undead

BY SEAN EGAN  |  Just like it’s namesake monster, it appears the vampire flick can’t be killed. Reaching market saturation seems impossible for these movies, so major studios and indie auteurs alike continue to pump out new vampiric variations at a steady clip. This is usually achieved by appending (increasingly strange) subgenre labels to the […]

Jerry Tallmer, 93, Wrote With Heart About The Soul

Jerry Tallmer, 93, Wrote With Heart About The Soul

BY SCOTT SITFFLER  |  When a theater critic passes away, those in his workplace orbit don’t normally rush to pen glowing testimonials. Most of them simply aren’t moved to do so, while the rest are too busy jockeying for position on the graveyard backhoe. The reaction to Jerry Tallmer’s death was, like his work, beyond […]

Bowery Gallery’s Radical Notions Persist

Bowery Gallery’s Radical Notions Persist

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Fresh out of Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, Pratt and the New York Studio School, a network of young artists banded together to start a co-operative. Nearly 45 years later, their legacy is being highlighted in an exhibition that showcases work from the late sixties to the present. […]

Greatest production of the greatest American play

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  It’s was just before dawn on May 7, 1901 — when Doc Gibbs wiped his feet on the (invisible) doormat before entering his (invisible) house — that my nose started prickling. My nose starts prickling at anything beautiful and gutsy and powerful in art or in life. This tiny action — […]

Irish Rep’s Union Square Move Cements Chelsea Presence

Irish Rep’s Union Square Move Cements Chelsea Presence

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  The Irish Repertory Theatre is putting down roots by pulling up stakes. Faced with a scenario familiar to mom and pop shops — being priced out of the neighborhood it played a part in rehabilitating — the nonprofit arts organization launched a multi-million dollar campaign to purchase and significantly upgrade the […]

High Above and Just Beyond

High Above and Just Beyond

BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  Long after the High Line had proven itself as a draw, Chelsea-based artist Ellen Bradshaw (no fan of crowds) had yet to climb its stairs. Then her friend Ethel Schlesinger urged a visit — asserting, recalls Bradshaw, “that the High Line would inspire a powerful, unique way of seeing our […]

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