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Greek Tragedy for Morons: A Trumpian Drama Tailored to True Believers

Greek Tragedy for Morons: A Trumpian Drama Tailored to True Believers

BY MAX BURBANK It’s about as close as he’ll every get to a Sunrise Service. At 5:35 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, our presumptive president took a moment from his 11-day summer golf vacation to tweet an admission that the statement he dictated for his namesake son, regarding the infamous Trump Tower meeting with a […]

At The Living Gallery Outpost, a Platform for Artists to Manifest Their Dreams

At The Living Gallery Outpost, a Platform for Artists to Manifest Their Dreams

BY PUMA PERL | Last August, I was encouraged by a friend to attend the grand opening of The Living Gallery Outpost. People spilled out of the 250-square-foot space, shared food and songs on the bench outside, and gathered around the hand-created artwork (by building owner Antonio Echeverri) that surrounded a tree. Everywhere there was color […]

Miracles Made From Simple Materials: Design Team Deserves Props for ‘SHAME!’

Miracles Made From Simple Materials: Design Team Deserves Props for ‘SHAME!’

BY TRAV S.D. | We say it every year, but this time may be truer than in the past: We need Theater for the New City’s annual street theater production more than ever. In its 42 years of existence, this annual topical production — written and directed by TNC’s co-founder and artistic director, Crystal Field — […]

New Theater Space Expands Birdland’s Vocal Range

New Theater Space Expands Birdland’s Vocal Range

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Ages and ages in the planning stages, venerable Midtown music mecca Birdland Jazz Club is finally sitting in the catbird seat, having announced the completion of a nesting place that promises to up its game by taking audiences down a level — to the lower level, that is, which is where the […]

A Man For All Seasons of Treason

A Man For All Seasons of Treason

BY MAX BURBANK | Well, here’s a novel situation! It’s been more than a week since Trump met with Putin in Helsinki for their behind closed doors, super-secret, Best Friends Club summit, and it’s still in the national consciousness! I don’t think that’s happened since our Orange Emperor referred to a bunch of tiki-swingin,’ chino-sportin’ neo-Nazis as “fine people.” Turns […]

Renovated Film Forum to Feature Same Sharp Focus

Renovated Film Forum to Feature Same Sharp Focus

BY SEAN EGAN | “You know, we wanted to update the theater, we wanted to make it more comfortable, and certainly more modern,” said Karen Cooper, the Director of Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.). “But we didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I mean, a lot of what Film Forum […]

Spirit of ’88: A Youthful Hit Turns 30

Spirit of ’88: A Youthful Hit Turns 30

BY JIM MELLOAN | Hip-hop music, better known back in the day as rap, boasts a long lineage dating back to the 1970s, with some precursors, such as the now 50-year-old “Here Comes the Judge” by Pigmeat Markham, going back further. But it took a long time before rap began to crack the Billboard Hot […]

An Ode to Cattle Egret For Bringing a Little Wilderness to Our Penn South in Chelsea

An Ode to Cattle Egret For Bringing a Little Wilderness to Our Penn South in Chelsea

BY LISA RUIMY HOLZKENNER On a dreamy summer afternoon in July, I heard that a new avian creature Was roaming around our Penn South lawns, Somewhere between 24th Street and 28th Street So I wandered back and forth between both streets To meet our new neighbor, but she was nowhere to be found, Neither in […]

Music Married to Film: The Magic of Nino Rota

Music Married to Film: The Magic of Nino Rota

BY GERALD BUSBY | Italian composer Nino Rota’s most haunting and iconic film scores are being presented in concert, July 27 in Damrosch Park, as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. “Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota” — a reference to music producer Willner’s 1981 tribute album, “Amarcord Nino Rota (I Remember Nino Rota)” […]

‘Tevye’ Serves Suitably ‘Raw’ Homage to the Greatest of Yiddish Writers

‘Tevye’ Serves Suitably ‘Raw’ Homage to the Greatest of Yiddish Writers

BY TRAV S.D. | In the middle of this year of grim golden anniversaries of assassinations, and riots and strife, it’s well to remember some positive things that were happening in 1968. For example, that year the original Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof” was two-thirds of the way through its record-setting, six-year run. […]