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Documentary Filmmaker Fetes Man on Fifth Floor

Documentary Filmmaker Fetes Man on Fifth Floor

BY PUMA PERL | What makes a successful businesswoman like Jessica Robinson walk away from her career to become a filmmaker? Over the course of 35 years running Robinson Creative Services, an advertising design studio, her client list included names like Condé Nast and American Express. Previously, as a creative director in advertising, she made […]

The Ship Never Sails on Lilac’s Living History

The Ship Never Sails on Lilac’s Living History

BY TRAV S.D. | New Yorkers pride themselves on their cosmopolitanism. There are a finite number of museums in this town; the notion of having “done them all” can be a tempting one. But I’ll lay dollars to donuts you’ve not been to the Lilac, where the exhibition “Adam Payne: Full Steam Ahead” is hanging […]

Buhmann on Art: Simone Leigh at the New Museum

Buhmann on Art: Simone Leigh at the New Museum

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | For years, Simone Leigh has explored black subjectives, particularly those of women, to create object-based, sculptural explorations that are often informed by ancient African and African-American object-making. More recently, she has focused on how institutionalized control and indifference can lead to radical forms of self-care and social care. In 2014, for […]

‘Burrito Filled With E. coli’ is Easy to Digest

‘Burrito Filled With E. coli’ is Easy to Digest

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The ominous title implies a severe adverse reaction — but “A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. coli” finds its sweet spot early on, stays there, and earns an “A” rating by the time your 60-minute inspection has run its course. All is anything but quiet at Enchilada’s Shelly’s, a Mexican restaurant […]

Just Do Art: Week of Aug. 18, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of Aug. 18, 2016

AMY STILLER WORKSHOPS “JUST TRUST” | You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; and Jerry and Ben, and also, Anne Meara — but do you recall, the least-known Stiller of all? If not, it’s the right time to discover what you’ve been missing. First seen by this scribe quite a few years back, in […]

Herzog Demands We ‘Behold’ the Internet

Herzog Demands We ‘Behold’ the Internet

BY SEAN EGAN | Two teams of small cylindrical robots zip around a tiny soccer field in a lab, swerving to and fro, dribbling, passing, and shooting a ball into goals. An engineer brags that by the year 2050, these robots will have evolved to such an advanced state that they could defeat the FIFA […]

Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric

Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Before receiving his MFA degree in painting from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2003, the Mexican artist Gabriel de la Mora had studied and subsequently practiced architecture for five years. Though his focus might have shifted to visual art, his experience in that field continues to inform his striking sensibility for installation and organization. Since the early 2000s, he has collected […]

Earnest ‘Runaway’ Has Character, But Only Crawls

Earnest ‘Runaway’ Has Character, But Only Crawls

BY PUMA PERL | Written by Donna Spector and directed by Shela Xoegos, “The Runaway” is based on the life of the late April Savino (1969–1988), who, for the last five years of her life, lived in the tunnels beneath Grand Central Terminal. It is immediately apparent, from the style and costumes, that the play […]

Street Theater Tour Boroughs Into Our Consciousness

Street Theater Tour Boroughs Into Our Consciousness

BY TRAV S.D. | “Nothing’s ever gonna change!” sings the chorus, in “Election Selection, or You Bet!” — the current summer Street Theater production from Theater for the New City (TNC). As far as the show itself goes, that’s a wonderful thing. Now in its 40th year, Theater for the New City’s Street Theater is […]

Hot Town: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s No. 1 Hit Turns 50

Hot Town: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s No. 1 Hit Turns 50

BY JIM MELLOAN | When the days in New York City become particularly sweltering, it’s not too unusual for many boomers to hear in their heads a certain catchy piano riff, followed by the phrase “Hot town — summer in the city; back of my neck gettin’ dirt and gritty.” The song, by The Lovin’ […]

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