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Resistance is Fertile: Artists Activate in the Age of Trump

Resistance is Fertile: Artists Activate in the Age of Trump

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Divisive and downright ugly from the first primary to the final tally, last year’s presidential election had supersized portions of the key ingredients one would expect to find in a meaty theatrical drama: conflict, contrast, and the quest for power. With these elements still very much in play after November 8, […]

And A ’60s Child Shall Lead Them

And A ’60s Child Shall Lead Them

The people who were little more than children during the Age of Aquarius have grown up to become the adults in the room, and they’ve formed their own response to Trump. “What Were the ’60s REALLY Like?” is an evening of spoken word and performance. Never one to sit out a chance to stand up, […]

Icons of Innovation: FIT Spotlights Black Fashion Designers

BY NAEISHA ROSE | Celebrating style mavens of African descent and their contributions to fashion from the 1950s to the present, “Black Fashion Designers” is a notable first for The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). In the past, FIT has presented work on individual black designers — but never before with a […]

Here, There Be (Peripherally) Dragons

Here, There Be (Peripherally) Dragons

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | They’re not just blowing smoke — although it’s a major flight of fancy to say those giant green things that breathe fire and wreak havoc are major components of two productions that recently showed up on our radar. Closer examination of their skin and bones, however, revealed that beyond the intriguing […]

Theater for the New City’s ‘Art Startup’ Ponders Community Partnership

Theater for the New City’s ‘Art Startup’ Ponders Community Partnership

BY TRAV S.D. | The Johnson Theater, the largest of Theater for the New City’s four theater spaces, was at capacity on the night of Tues., Dec. 27, for the first in a series of free neighborhood gatherings called “Art Startup.” The initiative is being presented by Theater for the New City (TNC) as a […]

Oddballs to Oscar Bait: 2016’s Best Films

Oddballs to Oscar Bait: 2016’s Best Films

BY SEAN EGAN | While most of us are on the same page — we can’t wait to see the back of 2016 — this year’s movies will surely be looked back at more fondly. Whether reflecting our cultural climate or providing escapism, forging new trails or looking to the past, filmmakers ensured that going […]

Hedda Lettuce to Harvest Bumper Crop of New Year’s Eve Fun

Hedda Lettuce to Harvest Bumper Crop of New Year’s Eve Fun

Their worst day of the year may not have happened until the very last day of the year — but the passengers of a certain aging luxury liner have 2016 beaten handily when it comes to feeling as if the whole world has been turned upside down. So make sure your 2017 doesn’t start off […]

We Need a Little New Year’s NOW

We Need a Little New Year’s NOW

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Only the invention of a time machine at some point before that big ball drops in Times Square could save 2016 from being a fever dream disaster for everyone from staunch opponents of populist politicians to David Bowie fans. So, barring the rewriting of history (which we won’t realize has happened, […]

Young Writers Take Their Ideas To ‘Infinity and Beyond’

Young Writers Take Their Ideas To ‘Infinity and Beyond’

BY NAEISHA ROSE | On the brisk and windy night of Dec. 2, shoppers crowded the sidewalks of Hell’s Kitchen in search of holiday deals — while inside, families, friends, and patrons of the arts packed the Five Angels Theater to see plays written by kids from the neighborhood. Ranging in age from nine to […]

Just Do Art: The Holiday Song Edition

Just Do Art: The Holiday Song Edition

A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS | Take top-notch ivory tickler and in-demand arranger Billy Stritch, along with sly wit and “Cast Party” open mic emcee Jim Caruso; then add brassy, roof-raising, ludicrously likable Klea Blackhurst — and you’ve got the ingredients of a Christmas chemistry set that smokes, sparks, and blazes across the stage of Gotham’s swanky […]

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