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Science and Spirituality in Conversation, at RMA’s Brainwave

Science and Spirituality in Conversation, at RMA’s Brainwave

BY SEAN EGAN | The burgeoning field of neuroscience and the ancient tenets of Buddhism, seemingly incompatible at a glance, are not so far apart. Tim McHenry, the Director of Programs and Engagement at the Rubin Museum of Art, argues for the “commonality between the frontier science of neurological exploration — of neuroscience, and understanding […]

At Howl! Happening, Love for Art and Humanity

At Howl! Happening, Love for Art and Humanity

BY PUMA PERL | Years back, a good gallery opening provided enough food and drink to carry you over for days. You saw friends, checked out the art, and strolled over to the next place (if you were desperate, you might even carry a doggie bag). These days, you’re lucky to find a stale cracker […]

‘Our Mother’s Brief Affair’ Keeps Truth at a Distance

‘Our Mother’s Brief Affair’ Keeps Truth at a Distance

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | It’s easy to enjoy — but hard to believe — the central character in this flashback-heavy tale of a mother’s confession and the unsettling ripple effect it has on her surviving children. If only that assessment didn’t apply to the play as well. During one of many “cry wolf” calls to […]

Once Upon a Time, Told With Style

Once Upon a Time, Told With Style

BY LINDSAY BU | In the storybook realm of evil stepmothers, handsome princes, little mermaids and humble maidens, any old talking mirror on the wall will tell you that appearances count — and things are not always as they appear. Told with style and flair, the “Fairy Tale Fashion” exhibit, on view through April 16 […]

The Parallel Narratives of ‘Open Time’

The Parallel Narratives of ‘Open Time’

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Often working within arm’s reach of each other, David Armacost and Nikholis Planck pursue a similar exploration of painting. Honoring this unusual rapport, their individual efforts are showcased side-by-side in “Open Time” — an exhibition dedicated to notions of opportunity and potential in the creative process. In fact, both Armacost’s and […]

Just Do Art: Week of Jan. 21, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of Jan. 21, 2016

  THE FIFTH ANNUAL MISS TWIN PEAKS PAGEANT During separate visits to a dream world Red Room, FBI agent Dale Cooper is told, in backwards-speak, “That gum you like is going to come back in style” and “I’ll see you again in 25 years” — by, respectively, The Man from Another Place and the Homecoming […]

Listen To Any Hollies

Listen To Any Hollies

BY JIM MELLOAN | This month marks the 50-year anniversary of the debut of The Hollies on the Billboard Top 40. “Look Through Any Window,” penned by the prolific young songwriter Graham Gouldman, later of 10cc, peaked at No. 32 on the January 22, 1966 chart. I was 10, and, as far as I recall, […]

Meditative Works Invoke Recent Bali Roots

Meditative Works Invoke Recent Bali Roots

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Her first solo museum exhibition, “Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture” features a site-specific architectural installation and several series of large-scale drawings. These works, all of which were commissioned by The Drawing Center, promise to be deeply influenced by Despont’s recent relocation to Bali. Best known for her stunningly intricate […]

Narratives Engross Gamers in Other Worlds

Narratives Engross Gamers in Other Worlds

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Video games are still behind other media when it comes to being respected as a form of narrative art — but there are designers who excel at creating story-driven interactive experiences which allow players to explore richly detailed worlds, speak with compelling characters, and learn the histories of fictional cultures. Accompanying […]

Hell’s Kitchen Production of ‘The Guys’ Honors FDNY

Hell’s Kitchen Production of ‘The Guys’ Honors FDNY

Tragedy, unity, healing, heroism, sacrifice and legacy — on stage and behind the scenes — give this production of “The Guys” an emotional heft matched only, perhaps, by its sense of purpose. Based on a true story about coming to grips after the World Trade Center attacks, playwright Anne Nelson’s “The Guys” (first performed at […]

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