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Off-Site Kryptonite: New York Comic Con’s ‘Spaced-Out’ West Side Subplot

Off-Site Kryptonite: New York Comic Con’s ‘Spaced-Out’ West Side Subplot

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | It was just a few hours into the first day at New York Comic Con (NYCC; Oct. 4-7). A cheerful PR woman at a booth told me that Thursday at this year’s con was a little more crowded than usual. “But it’s not like Saturday,” she added, with a mixture of excitement […]

Graham Cracks: A Timely Take on Trump’s Lickspittle Surrogate

Graham Cracks: A Timely Take on Trump’s Lickspittle Surrogate

BY MAX BURBANK Ouch. Tough couple of weeks, folks. Brett “Beer’s Most Passionate Spokesman” Kavanaugh seated on the Supreme Court; Melania “Most Bullied Woman on Earth” Trump jauntily cosplaying Nazi-lite “Raiders of the Lost Ark” villain René Belloq; Kanye “Crazy Motherf—-r” West says “Motherf—-r” in the Oval Office for the first time since Millard Fillmore […]

On Stage and Off, La MaMa Knows How to Break Ground

On Stage and Off, La MaMa Knows How to Break Ground

BY TRAV S.D. | There’s never a dull moment at La MaMa, the seminal Off-Off-Broadway theatre company founded by the late Ellen Stewart in 1961. We profiled them in this space last year, but much has happened since that time. In June, the company was given a special Regional Theatre Tony Award for over a half-century […]

Married Authors Create a Very ‘Nice’ Romantic Comedy

Married Authors Create a Very ‘Nice’ Romantic Comedy

BY BILL ROUNDY | A pair of married Park Slope writers have teamed up to write a sexy romantic comedy set in the dizzying world of Manhattan publishing. To create “Mr. Nice Guy,” which comes out on Oct. 16, Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer drew on their experience toiling for magazines underneath a handful of celebrity […]

Just Do Art: Of Ghosts, Fests, Films, and Self-Guided Tours

Just Do Art: Of Ghosts, Fests, Films, and Self-Guided Tours

BY SCOTT STIFFLER with Sidebar by BOB KRASNER | What’s private becomes public when you rub shoulders with the West Chelsea Gallery district’s own. From 12-6pm, Sat., Oct. 13 and Sun., Oct. 14, the High Line Open Studios event is a self-guided tour that gives you access to over 30 studios, where visitors are able to engage […]

‘Mile-Long Opera’ was Fascinating, Fleeting

‘Mile-Long Opera’ was Fascinating, Fleeting

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY BOB KRASNER | It is impossible to overstate the artistic success of “The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock,”which was performed on six evenings last week to capacity crowds. The project, a free event that leaned more toward performance art than opera, managed to avoid the pitfalls of both genres. Utilizing […]

Queer Urban Orchestra’s Season Set to Launch

Queer Urban Orchestra’s Season Set to Launch

BY GERALD BUSBY | Queer Urban Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season, “Queer We Are,” begins Sun., Oct. 14, at Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea. The program, which opens with Julius Eastman’s “Stay on It” and closes with Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor,” offers in between the premiere of my “3 Bagatelles for Orchestra.” […]

Captivated by Beckett, a Clown Masters His Material

Captivated by Beckett, a Clown Masters His Material

BY TRAV S.D. | It’s good to remind ourselves these days that everything is not terrible. Indeed, some things are pretty perfect. The late poet/playwright/novelist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was one of these perfect things — and so is actor/clown Bill Irwin. And what could the confluence of those two elements be but more perfect, still? Since […]

The Venerable, Voluptuous, Halloween Horror of Sharon Needles

The Venerable, Voluptuous, Halloween Horror of Sharon Needles

BY VICTOR O | Sharon Needles will probably kill us in our sleep for saying so, but the unofficial “Queen of Halloween” and self-professed “Future of Drag” — who made her bones as the dark horse winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 4 with an uncompromisingly unique point of view and a series of stunning, […]

Ready for Their Close-Up: Giving Good Face at DragCon

Ready for Their Close-Up: Giving Good Face at DragCon

PHOTO ESSSAY BY BOB KRASNER: Stunning looks seen at RuPaul’s DragCon, NYC, Sept. 28-30