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A Birthday Fit for a Princess — At a Pauper’s Price

A Birthday Fit for a Princess — At a Pauper’s Price

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | I strut through Union Square in my $750 cocktail dress, and take a sip from my $10 coffee, careful not to smudge my professionally applied lipstick. A gentleman hands me a free cupcake as I walk by. Other people give me food, cosmetics, and beverages because… I’m special! Am I a […]

‘Distant Observer’ Merits Close Inspection

‘Distant Observer’ Merits Close Inspection

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | No fooling: You have until April 1 to see “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence” at La MaMa — and you should. Written by Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun over a three-year period via corresponding chapters (10-minute sections in response to the most recent contribution), this “tag, you’re […]

A Refreshingly Racy Roller Coaster Ride Through Fraught Terrain

A Refreshingly Racy Roller Coaster Ride Through Fraught Terrain

BY TRAV S.D. | If the chef’s truism that good soup depends on good ingredients holds firm, then “City Girls and Desperadoes” has the right fixings. The new play by Pamela Enz co-stars award-winning stage and screen actor/director Austin Pendleton; world-renowned choreographer and neo-burlesque pioneer Julie Atlas Muz; and Obie award-winning Meg MacCary, co-founder and former […]

Cole’s ‘Buddy’ Comedy Burns Forever Bright

Cole’s ‘Buddy’ Comedy Burns Forever Bright

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | That chatty, witty, ascot-wearing flamer perched on a stool at your friendly neighborhood gay bar has seen and done it all, since his arrival via the first generation of video camera confessors — and if he came onto the scene a few decades too early for YouTube personality status, hindsight has […]

Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Tale of Trump’s Relentless Rebirth

Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Tale of Trump’s Relentless Rebirth

BY MAX BURBANK | To those of you who read my column on the regular (thanks, all six of you, sincerely), it may come as something of a shock that in addition to being an incisive writer of scathing satire, I am also Sunday school teacher. Admittedly, it’s an odd fit, as my writing demonstrates […]

Signs of Spring and Other Sure Things

Signs of Spring and Other Sure Things

BY MICHAEL LYDON Spring, spring, we’ve made it to another spring! Sure, call my wife and me sunny optimists, but frankly dear, we don’t give a damn. Each year we defiantly declare Dec. 21 to be the first day of spring. Why? Because that’s when the sun reverses its course and starts on its welcome […]

CityKids Create, Collaborate at the East Village Playhouse

CityKids Create, Collaborate at the East Village Playhouse

BY PUMA PERL | The storefront at 340 E. Sixth St., a tenement built in 1900, remained vacant for almost 10 years after the world music shop Tribal Soundz shut its doors. But this is not your ordinary gentrification story. There is no evil landlord, and the space was not converted to a café featuring […]

‘Cinematic Pockets’ of Hell’s Kitchen Give Grit to ‘Jessica Jones’

‘Cinematic Pockets’ of Hell’s Kitchen Give Grit to ‘Jessica Jones’

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Whether it’s a blended scotch or bourbon, former superhero turned private eye Jessica Jones is never far from a bottle. So where does the protagonist procure the hard stuff? From Sonny’s Grocery, of course, a longtime Hell’s Kitchen bodega that was turned into a liquor store for the second season […]

Amid Chaos, Finding Calm at the Rubin Museum of Art

Amid Chaos, Finding Calm at the Rubin Museum of Art

BY GERALD BUSBY | When I discovered the Rubin Museum of Art in 2007, three years after it opened, major renovation had already begun at the Chelsea Hotel, my home for over 30 years, and I faced the alarming possibility of eviction. Something guided me to the Rubin, whose atmosphere I found serene. It was […]

‘Time’ Finds John Kelly In Fine (if not linear) Form

‘Time’ Finds John Kelly In Fine (if not linear) Form

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Attention New Yorkers of a certain age nostalgic for the 1980s avant-garde East Village arts scene. It’s time to rejoice, for a supreme survivor is back to evoke those glory days, and beyond. I’m speaking of none other than the master of mélange John Kelly, the multitalented, genderqueer artist who in […]