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Rudolph and Friends: Where Are They Now?

Rudolph and Friends: Where Are They Now?

BY MAX BURBANK  (maxburbank.wordpress.com)  |  It’s been 50 years since Rankin/Bass gave the world “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Like the song says, he “went down in history” along with Clarice and Hermey and Yukon Cornelius and that one really tall elf with the glasses. But what happened to them after that? Where are they now? […]

Just Do Art: The Winterfresh Edition

Just Do Art: The Winterfresh Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM Performed in a house known for being visited by considerably more than three ghosts, this Summoners Ensemble production of “A Christmas Carol” is faithful to Charles Dickens’ vision of how his 1843 novella should be presented to live audiences. Based on the author’s own solo […]

An Exploration of Expressionism That Points the Way

An Exploration of Expressionism That Points the Way

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)  |  In its sixth major Picasso exhibition, which involves two venues and features over 125 works, Pace Gallery re-examines the artist’s fascination with his wife and muse, Jacqueline Roque (they married in 1961). ART  |  PICASSO & JACQUELINE: THE EVOLUTION OF STYLE Through January 10 At Pace Gallery 534 W. 25th […]

Village Kids Know There’s No Place Like Home

Village Kids Know There’s No Place Like Home

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Like the game she must master in order to beat a condescending rival, metaphor-hating math whiz Maxine “Max” Kuftinec’s winning strategy for overcoming a series of recent upheavals hinges on learning how to move one step at a time, while keeping her eye on the big picture. It’s a life lesson […]

Ho, Ho, Ho and Ha, Ha, Ha

Ho, Ho, Ho and Ha, Ha, Ha

A MURRAY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  |  It’s not quite the same as being eternally young, but classy impresario Murray Hill has been living up to his “hardest working middle-aged man in show business” moniker for two decades now, even going back before the iconic drag king’s 1996 mayoral bid. What a different town this would be […]

Ho Ho, Let’s Go: Holiday Arts

Ho Ho, Let’s Go: Holiday Arts

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK CAROLING  |  There are, of course, other trees in town this time of year — but our favorite is the 45-footer artfully framed by the Washington Square Park Arch. Tastefully (never overly) decorated, you’ll find no pricey skating rink standing between you and the photo op that’s served […]

You Simply Must See Lypsinka

You Simply Must See Lypsinka

BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  After an absence of nine long years, a masterful melting pot of gender illusion, golden age Hollywood glam, highly skilled lip-synching and diva deification has returned to New York. From Pyramid Club to Tompkins Square Park to Club 57, the East Village incubators that hatched Lypsinka in the early 1980s are […]

‘Butterfly’ Charts Military To Civilian Transition

‘Butterfly’ Charts Military To Civilian Transition

Returning home to Florida from tours of duty in Iraq, three soldiers find themselves in a very different land of sun and sand that has little use for their skills. With big ambitions and no money, Matt, Rick and Oats get together for an “operation” that will either solve their financial problems or destroy their […]

Round Three for Shadow Box Film Fest

BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  Whether it’s a primal act of brutality, a virtuoso display of artistry or both is a matter of personal taste — but that hasn’t kept skeptics and hardcore fans alike from cheering during the training montage of “Rocky,” wincing during “Raging Bull” slugfests or shedding tears during that deathbed plea in […]

These Plays Are Totally Ridiculous

These Plays Are Totally Ridiculous

In 1965, Ronald Tavel went from pitchman to playwright to papa of a new theatrical genre — when Andy Warhol took a look at the 22 scenarios he drafted for 16mm film adaptation by The Factory and suggested they be presented on the stage instead. Tavel recruited his younger brother Harvey to direct, then penned […]

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