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Rev. Jen’s Guide to Breakable Hearts and Hopeful Art

Rev. Jen’s Guide to Breakable Hearts and Hopeful Art

BY REV. JEN MILLER | On December 14, 2016, Reverend Jen Junior, my beloved Chihuahua of nearly 15 years, died in my arms. She was a celebrated Art Star, the most photographed dog in NYC, a Page 6 girl, and the star of 22 episodes of “The Adventures of Electra Elf” along with countless films. […]

Ship of State Meets Tip of Iceberg: Trump’s First 100 Hours

Ship of State Meets Tip of Iceberg: Trump’s First 100 Hours

BY MAX BURBANK FRIDAY: JANUARY 20, 2017 12:00 p.m. | Donald John Trump takes the oath of office, becoming the 45th President of the United States of America. Kellyanne Conway sports respectful attire for American Democracy’s funeral, cosplaying as a sexy Revolutionary War soldier. In a secret room deep below Trump International Hotel DC (the […]

SANCTUARY Moves Marginalized Artists Front and Center

SANCTUARY Moves Marginalized Artists Front and Center

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | It wasn’t that kind of Inaugural Ball. Nobody looked past trans theatre artist Maybe Burke’s talent, caring only about who designed the clothes; and eyes didn’t dart when Natalie Douglas declared, “I’m a woman, so bleeding is political” before nailing a song about meeting Jesus in a Christopher Street gay bar; […]

All This Jazz!

All This Jazz!

BY SEAN EGAN | “When I got into music, honestly, everyone was doing the Monk contest — so many, it was basically like the NBA finals for us,” recalled jazz pianist Orrin Evans of his experience as a finalist at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In the years following that 1999 edition of the […]

Solemnly Swear to Have a Decent Inauguration Day

Solemnly Swear to Have a Decent Inauguration Day

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Between the time when a hissing plume of sulfur smoke greets the placement of his wee little hand on the Lincoln Bible and the opening moments of his inevitable impeachment hearing, local voters whose candidate came up short will just have to find a way to cope with, and respond to, […]

Three of a Kind, But Different: Authors Direct Authors

Three of a Kind, But Different: Authors Direct Authors

BY TRAV S.D. | As a wise old saying tells us, “Everything comes in threes.” On the third week of this month, La MaMa will open the third edition of “AdA: Author Directing Author,” which will showcase three one-act plays by three playwrights from three different countries, each of whom is directing one of the […]

Wielding Words, Poets Refuse to Yield to Trump

Wielding Words, Poets Refuse to Yield to Trump

BY PUMA PERL | On November 9, 2016, I woke up numb. Then I wrote a poem. Social media exploded with rage and argument. My Texas poet buddy Justin Booth and I made a pact to post poems, lyrics, and quotes. Diane di Prima. Amiri Baraka. Bad Brains. I sought to commune with other artists. […]

NAWA Walls Filled With Chilly Scenes of Winter

NAWA Walls Filled With Chilly Scenes of Winter

“Cold” is the seasonally appropriate the title — and the broadly interpreted theme — of this exhibition at the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). The white walls of the organization’s Garment District headquarters have been filled with photographs and paintings from its member artists, who responded to the call for works depicting not just […]

Resistance is Fertile: Artists Activate in the Age of Trump

Resistance is Fertile: Artists Activate in the Age of Trump

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Divisive and downright ugly from the first primary to the final tally, last year’s presidential election had supersized portions of the key ingredients one would expect to find in a meaty theatrical drama: conflict, contrast, and the quest for power. With these elements still very much in play after November 8, […]

And A ’60s Child Shall Lead Them

And A ’60s Child Shall Lead Them

The people who were little more than children during the Age of Aquarius have grown up to become the adults in the room, and they’ve formed their own response to Trump. “What Were the ’60s REALLY Like?” is an evening of spoken word and performance. Never one to sit out a chance to stand up, […]