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Just Do Art: See It in September Edition

Just Do Art: See It in September Edition

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM: FINAL CHELSEA DAYS | Cozy to put it mildly, the layout of Chelsea’s Metropolitan Room has always paled in comparison to the expansive roster of talent to grace that tiny stage over the course of any given month. Now, after an 11-year run, the little space that could — and did — […]

Excellent ‘LIBRIS’ — New Film, Retrospective Testify to Wiseman’s Talents

Excellent ‘LIBRIS’ — New Film, Retrospective Testify to Wiseman’s Talents

BY SEAN EGAN | “I don’t even use the term documentary,” asserted legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, 87. “In my youth when people used the word documentary it always had the connotation of something that would be boring and would be good for you. I don’t think either of those has to be the case. It […]

Cosplay and Drag Blend at Flame Con

Cosplay and Drag Blend at Flame Con

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | The stereotypes of nerds and gays often appear at odds with each other, but, for the third year in a row, geek culture and the LGBTQ community have enthusiastically teamed up at Flame Con (flamecon.org). The weekend convention, held this year Aug. 19-20 at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, gathers the artists […]

Convincing Hell’s Kitchen Artists to Stay Put

Convincing Hell’s Kitchen Artists to Stay Put

BY NATHAN DICAMILLO | Janet Restino’s advice to young artists is that they live outside of Manhattan, yet she herself has been making art here since 1992. And she’s among the recent beneficiaries of an effort encouraging like-minded souls to maintain their base in Hell’s Kitchen. “A lot of the creative force in Manhattan has been […]

Joe Rocha, Comedian, 49, Would Hate This Tribute

Joe Rocha, Comedian, 49, Would Hate This Tribute

There’s nothing so sweet as a joke that lands — and whether carefully constructed or off the cuff, Joe Rocha knew how to hit his target. A staple of San Francisco and, later, NYC comedy clubs and improv theaters, Rocha died on Aug. 22, at the age of 49, of a severe lung infection; empyema […]

Just Do Art: Week of Aug. 24, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of Aug. 24, 2017

“THE PLANTATION” — AN IMMERSIVE ADAPTATION OF “THE CHERRY ORCHARD” | First presented in 2015 — when pivotal anniversary dates in Civil War and Civil Rights history coincided — Brave New World Repertory Theatre’s post-emancipation, southern plantation adaptation of “The Cherry Orchard” calls Charlottesville to mind as it immerses the audience in circa-1870 dynamics of […]

At Monday Night Jam, a Firm ‘Foundation’ for Jazz

At Monday Night Jam, a Firm ‘Foundation’ for Jazz

BY NICOLE JAVORSKY | Billy Kaye climbed the stairs, made his way to center stage, and stood at the mic. “We are waiting,” he said, pausing to great effect, “for the host.” An audience member quipped, “You’re the host!” Without skipping a beat, some others took up the refrain. The chant, though a joke, expressed […]

Buhmann on Art: Carol Rama at the New Museum

Buhmann on Art: Carol Rama at the New Museum

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | This is the first New York museum survey featuring the fascinating Italian artist Carol Rama (1918-2015) and the largest presentation of her work in the US to date. Though her oeuvre has been largely overlooked in contemporary art discourses, she has still managed to achieve a cult status of sorts. Recently, she has […]

Fallout Forever: Preserving the Legacy of Atomic Bomb Survivors

Fallout Forever: Preserving the Legacy of Atomic Bomb Survivors

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | “You listen to people tell their stories,” said Gary Schoichet, of his work with Japanese-American atomic bomb survivors, “and it’s terrible. It’s another example of how consequences are not thought about in terms of the actions that, in this instance, our government took.” Documented by Schoichet during a trip to California […]

OUT IN THE OPEN

OUT IN THE OPEN

BY PUMA PERL Saturday night, August 12, 2017. Community Garden 6th and B. We make music, we make art. The events of the day reverberate.   Somewhere in this country, Someone’s making a picket sign, Someone hears the car crashing, Someone’s making the world’s best pizza. Someone’s living, someone’s dying. Someone’s pulled over for Driving […]