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The Borscht Belt, Revisited

The Borscht Belt, Revisited

BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  In an era when weekend jaunts to Florida or weeklong Caribbean cruises are commonplace, Marisa Scheinfeld’s engaging images of the ruins of Borscht Belt hotels are a poignant reminder of a way of life that no longer exists. For generations of Jews, vacationing in the Catskill Mountains 90 miles from New […]

Restaurant Exhibit Offers Food For Thought

Restaurant Exhibit Offers Food For Thought

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | Hailed by the Italian publication Effetto Arte for her surreal works that integrate digital and traditional tools of the trade, painter Anya Rubin excels at depicting a culture struggling to evolve at the same pace as technology. Floating brains, human bodies with animal heads, selfie portraits and the frequent presence of a […]

Passion and Partnership at Three Rooms Press

Passion and Partnership at Three Rooms Press

BY PUMA PERL  (pumaperl.blogspot.com)  |  I met Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes for the first time at the HOWL Festival in Tompkins Square Park, close to ten years ago. They were manning their Three Rooms Press table, an operation that they co-founded in 1993 whose name references a theme (the parameters that one needs to get […]

At The Joyce, a New Season and the Promise of Many More

At The Joyce, a New Season  and the Promise of Many More

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Can a parent choose a favorite child? Linda Shelton, executive director for The Joyce Theater, has a similar dilemma when talking about the upcoming spring/summer season of dance. “I’m really looking forward to all of it,” Shelton remarked during a recent interview. “When I look at this list, I’m excited […]

Inward Islands

Inward Islands

BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  No man is an island? Try telling that to the man without a country. Casting its net across time, place, culture, the search for self and the need for a greater purpose, playwright Kyoung H. Park’s script for “Tala” is as tangled and conflicted and contemplative as you’d expect from […]

Buhmann on Art

Buhmann on Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)  |  This first major US solo museum exhibition of Ofili will span the artist’s entire career, encompassing painting, drawing and sculpture. Over the past two decades, Ofili has become known for his vibrant, meticulously executed compositions that fuse elements derived from figuration, abstraction, folklore decoration and pop-cultural kitsch. His imagery is […]

Declaration of Interdependence

Declaration of Interdependence

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Two kinds of people in this world” says the great Lindsay Buckingham song “Go Insane,” which boils each and every one of us down to “winners, losers.” It’s easy (and fun, and convenient!) to see things in strict black and white terms. Mix the two extremes just a little bit, though, […]

Party with Pa and Ma Ubu

Party with Pa and Ma Ubu

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Finding an ample supply of flesh on display at the Slipper Room is a given — but whether it’s shocking or sexy is purely in the eye, and quite often the groin, of the beholder. That’s what makes the decadent burlesque venue such a good match for the brief run of […]

Ten Top Flicks and Honorable Mentions

Ten Top Flicks and Honorable Mentions

BY SEAN EGAN  |  Making year-end lists is something of a difficult and arbitrary task, as comparing the relative quality of radically different films against each other becomes an exercise in trying to pick apples over oranges. That being said, 2014 seems to be an even more difficult year than most to write a “best […]

Four Friends, Many Spirits

Four Friends, Many Spirits

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Stare into a champagne flute and you’ll find little beyond a fleet of rising bubbles and the prospect of a momentary buzz — but sink your peepers down a glass of whisky after a few lusty swigs, and the dark brown liquid becomes a portal to “blurry, sloppy, boozy and blind” […]

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