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Genuine Affection for ‘The Artificial Jungle’

Genuine Affection for ‘The Artificial Jungle’

BY TRAV S.D. | The summer of 1967 (50 years ago) is remembered today for many things. On the one hand, it was the “Summer of Love” — the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and the Monterey Pop Festival brought together many of the top musical acts of the day. On the […]

‘La Lucha Continua’ Exhibit Celebrates Enduring Message of ’80s Muralists

‘La Lucha Continua’ Exhibit Celebrates Enduring Message of ’80s Muralists

BY PUMA PERL | The Lower East Side, late ’70s — garbage in the streets, crime, substandard housing, poverty, and drugs. When someone asked why I liked living down there my immediate reply was, “Because I can walk by La Plaza Cultural on a random Saturday and find Tito Puente playing.” The spirit, the music, […]

Buhmann on Art: Shirin Neshat at Gladstone Gallery

Buhmann on Art: Shirin Neshat at Gladstone Gallery

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | While the Iranian-born and New York-based Shirin Neshat has focused on issues of gender, identity, and politics in Muslim countries for years, she now turns her attention to an investigation of American culture. In this exhibition — “Dreamers”— she explores the burdened and complex life of an Iranian living in the United States […]

Indisputable Avalanche as Tip of Iceberg: Trying Times for Trump

Indisputable Avalanche as Tip of Iceberg: Trying Times for Trump

BY MAX BURBANK | Hey, gang, here’s a quick, fun question: Is the United States in the midst of a constitutional crisis? That’s a difficult legal question, sadly, complicated by the fact there is no single agreed upon-definition of the phrase. Facts absolutely no one disputes are hard to come by right now, but here’s […]

Bill Hoffman, 78, Left Mark on Artistic, Gay, and Jewish Life

Bill Hoffman, 78, Left Mark on Artistic, Gay, and Jewish Life

BY LAWRENCE D. MASS | William M. Hoffman, who died at age 78 on April 29, was an important and beloved figure in at least three communities: artistic, gay, and Jewish. In each, he left an indelible mark. A pioneer of the precious gems of gay street theater that came together in an anthology he […]

Just Do Art: Week of May 18, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of May 18, 2017

IRISH REP GALA BENEFIT: “SONDHEIM AT 7” | Unpredictable but always dependable, Chelsea’s passionately prolific Irish Repertory Theatre is poised to pull up stakes from their West 22nd Street home — but only for one night. Wonderfully welcoming though its recently restored facility may be, there just aren’t enough seats in the house for the crowd expected at […]

Buhmann on Art: ‘Where We Are’ at the Whitney

Buhmann on Art: ‘Where We Are’ at the Whitney

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Engaging in an interesting dialogue with the current Whitney Biennial, this stunning installation organized by David Breslin with Jennie Goldstein and Margaret Kross depicts another tumultuous time in American history. Comprised of works from the museum’s collection, “Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900-1960” focuses on the first six decades […]

Mother, Manilow, Mania, Murder: ‘Serial Mom’ on Blu-ray

Mother, Manilow, Mania, Murder: ‘Serial Mom’ on Blu-ray

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | You’re in candid and charming and proudly perverse company when watching a John Waters film with John Waters. “Now this of course is one of my favorite scenes,” the writer-director notes on his audio commentary, just moments before Baltimore housewife Beverly Sutphin beats an annoying neighbor to death with a leg […]

Just Do Art: Week of May 4, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of May 4, 2017

BATTERY DANCE: 41ST ANNUAL NEW YORK SEASON | Informed by interactions with artists and audiences during recent tours of Europe, Africa, South and East Asia, and the American Midwest, an invigorated Battery Park Dance touches down on the ground of its namesake neighborhood. Longtime company members will join forces with dancers from Iraq and Romania, composers from […]

Sex and Death: Read All About It!

Sex and Death: Read All About It!

BY TRAV S.D. | For someone who can’t be pigeonholed (humorist? playwright? poet? clown? comedian? performance artist? horror writer? LGBT icon?), the phenomenon of nature known to the public as Dandy Darkly is totally distinctive. Living fully up to his pseudonym, Darkly is a Southern Gothic steampunk grotesque given to flamboyant recitations and flights of […]

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