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The Transcendent Tension of Tammy Faye Starlite

The Transcendent Tension of Tammy Faye Starlite

BY TRAV S.D. | Few things in this life are as pleasurable to this observer as a Tammy Faye Starlite performance. I first became aware of her in the late ’90s, when she began performing her faux Christian country character at nightclubs and performance art spaces around town (mostly Downtown venues, where her envelope-pushing antics […]

Fall’s Best Video Games Beckon

Fall’s Best Video Games Beckon

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | The months ahead will see a glut of new video games scrambling to be the must-have holiday gift. However, recent releases have brought a swarm of titles that will keep players entertained until the big holiday rush arrives — and beyond. Among them are early Game of The Year contenders, high-definition […]

Philip Pearlstein Draws Upon Life as a Young Soldier

Philip Pearlstein Draws Upon Life as a Young Soldier

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Featuring drawings from the 1940s by the revered realist painter Philip Pearlstein, “WWII Captured on Paper” manifests as a stunning historic document. Made from observation and personal experience, the works tell of the physical and emotional realities of a G.I. in an infantry replacement unit during the Second World War. Pearlstein recalls: […]

A Captivating Spy Tale Told With Chutzpah

A Captivating Spy Tale Told With Chutzpah

BY SHAVNA ABRUZZO | “When a Mossad mission goes horribly wrong, only one agent can save the day!” That tantalizing screamer is a teaser of the red meat each page hurls into readers’ voracious jaws in Roni Dunevich’s gritty spy shocker, “Ring of Lies.” The high-speed, contemporary potboiler of violence, cold-hard calculation, and industrial-strength chutzpah […]

Abrons Artists Exalt the Jay Wegman Era

Abrons Artists Exalt the Jay Wegman Era

BY TRAV S.D. | When an arts organization is over a century old, even major things, such as a staff change, can seem transitory. In the case of the Abrons Arts Center and its outgoing Artistic Director Jay Wegman, the shift has the potential to be seismic. After a decade at the helm of Abrons, […]

For Oboe Soloists, Reeding is Fundamental

For Oboe Soloists, Reeding is Fundamental

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | September is turning out to be a very good month for fans of the oboe keen on consuming a double dose of that soprano-range woodwind instrument, whose roots can be traced back to the mid-17th century. That’s when — so goes the widely accepted but not completely uncontested origin tale — […]

Downtown’s Carefully Curated Cinemas Make the Cut

Downtown’s Carefully Curated Cinemas Make the Cut

BY SEAN EGAN | With the last of summer’s bloated franchise films straggling out of theaters, the next few months will provide a welcome opportunity to wash the taste of undercooked sequels out of your mouth. Thankfully, there’s no better place on the island (or the globe for that matter) for film lovers to discover […]

Stump Speech: Rubbernecking The Election

Stump Speech: Rubbernecking The Election

BY MAX BURBANK | It’s hard to underestimate the importance of that period between the end of the conventions and the first presidential debate. One candidate seems to have managed. Here’s a hint: He looks like a Jack O’Lantern in a toupee. We should be witnessing a contest between competing visions for America’s future — […]

Just Do Art: Special Sexy September Edition

Just Do Art: Special Sexy September Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The lusty month of May has nothing on that sweet spot when summer’s swan song plays footsie with the first falling leaves. There’s something in the air, all right. How else to explain the abundance of provocative offerings on the boards between now and the end of September? We could continue […]

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 […]

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