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Pioneers, Emerging Voices Merge at the New York African Film Festival

Pioneers, Emerging Voices Merge at the New York African Film Festival

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | The New York African Film Festival returns on May 16 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary starting with screenings at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. This year’s festival puts a special focus on African filmmakers instrumental in introducing a wave of classic movies into the African film industry. To commemorate […]

‘Seafarer’ Ensemble Charts Confident Course Through Life’s Choppy Waters

‘Seafarer’ Ensemble Charts Confident Course Through Life’s Choppy Waters

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The chance of a Christmas miracle for the motley crew of problem drinkers and eager gamblers wallowing in vice as that holy holiday approaches is about as slim as the branches on the tiny, artificial tree relegated to a corner of the oddly constructed home where “The Seafarer” unfolds. But like […]

‘Prelude’ Provides Preview of Programming at The Shed

‘Prelude’ Provides Preview of Programming at The Shed

BY WINNIE McCROY | On May 1, The Shed at Hudson Yards began presenting a free, two-week showcase in a temporary structure located a block from the where massive complex is poised to establish itself as major cultural presence on the West Side. “A Prelude to The Shed” is intended to give people an idea of […]

Max’s Marvelous Middle Age Rage Phase

Max’s Marvelous Middle Age Rage Phase

BY MAX BURBANK | As this publication’s resident political satirist, it may come as a shock to some of you that I know no other pundits. I do not rub elbows, hobnob or otherwise socialize with my fellows in any way beyond Facebook friendships of the “I know who you are, but you don’t know […]

Fearless: Clichéd Compliment is Fitting for Theron’s Marlo in “Tully”

Fearless: Clichéd Compliment is Fitting for Theron’s Marlo in “Tully”

REVIEW BY PUMA PERL (screened at the Tribeca Film Festival) | It may be a cliché to describe Charlize Theron’s performance in the sharply written “Tully” as “fearless” — but like many clichés, it’s fitting and I imagine it will be widely used by critics. Her character, Marlo, is an overwhelmed mother of three, including the […]

Gibney Facility Expands Commitment to Dance, Community

Gibney Facility Expands Commitment to Dance, Community

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Enthusiasm pulsed in the air as the fifth graders remained in rapt attention of the dancers onstage. “If you hear my voice, give me a clap,” Thomas Tyger Moore instructed. “If you hear my voice, give me three claps. If you hear my voice, give me six claps.” The students […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie”

Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie”

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | The Barbie doll has been a feminist boogeyman (or boogeyperson) for decades. As an inanimate object, she’s an easy target — but there are real people behind the doll. The documentary “Tiny Shoulders” looks at Barbie’s journey from groundbreaking toy, to cultural lightning rod, to her most recent redesign for 21st […]

Chelsea Musica’s ‘Music in Chelsea’ Series Returns — To Chelsea!

Chelsea Musica’s ‘Music in Chelsea’ Series Returns — To Chelsea!

Chelsea Musica — the NYC-based woodwind chamber ensemble with the name that’s easy to love — is returning to St. Peter’s Chelsea for another series of imaginative programs. The ensemble is comprised of Carolyn Pollak (oboe, oboe d’amore), Denise Koncelik (keyboard, flute), Karen Robbins (flute), and Cara Tucker (bassoon). For the first concert, they’ll be […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Sidelined”

Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Sidelined”

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | In television sports coverage, it’s called a “honey shot” when they point the camera at one of the cheerleaders instead of the players. For most of the 20th century, cheerleaders were just on the sidelines of sports coverage — but in the ’70s, the exploitation of NFL cheerleaders became big business. […]

Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Slut in a Good Way”

Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Slut in a Good Way”

BY RANIA RICHARSON | Teenagers experience love, sex, longing, and heartbreak outside the gaze of adults in “Slut in a Good Way” — a Canadian romantic comedy written by Catherine Léger and directed by Sophie Lorain. With parents, teachers, and bosses absent from the story, the focus is on the adolescent mindset, along with the […]