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Just Do Art: Four Below 34th

Just Do Art: Four Below 34th

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | TALES OF STAGE 4 CANCER: Equally adept at satire and survival — and no strangers to battling hostile forces from within and without — Chicago-based performers Judy Fabjance and Kelly Beeman make their NYC debut with “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer.” Sketches, songs and monologues offer a defiantly unsentimental take on […]

Just Do Art, Week of March 26

Just Do Art, Week of March 26

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART: BRAINWAVE FESTIVAL  Good art makes you think, but great art changes the way you think. It happens all the time at the Rubin Museum of Art. Through April, their Brainwave Festival explores Buddhist notions of attachment and happiness. Pairing artists with scientists, the “Conversation” series includes “Bouquet […]

Just Do Art: The Irish Edition

Just Do Art: The Irish Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A TRIBUTE TO THE TREDWELLS’ IRISH SERVANTS at MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM For a place that’s been living in the past since before most of us were born, Merchant’s House Museum has a knack for appealing to contemporary tastes. So whether you’re suffering from “Downton Abbey” season five withdrawal or just looking for one […]

Just Do Art, Feb. 26, 2015

Just Do Art, Feb. 26, 2015

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART’S BRAINWAVE FESTIVAL Say what you will about Taylor Swift — but even haters have to admit her “Shake It Off” song has planted in tween hearts and minds the notion that the path to inner peace begins at the point where we let go of toxic thoughts. […]

Just Do Art, Week of Jan. 29, 2015

Just Do Art, Week of Jan. 29, 2015

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |   “CHELSEA NIGHTS”  FREE CONCERT SERIES The music in the air has a pleasing indie vibe, when a triple bill of talent appears in the February edition of this new concert series, curated by Brooklyn’s Paper Garden record label. On the first Friday of every month, local artists perform in the halls […]

Just Do Art, Week of Jan. 15, 2015

Just Do Art, Week of Jan. 15, 2015

BY SCOTT STIFFLER TAYLOR MAC: “A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: 1900–1950s” Take your pick when referring to Taylor Mac, he of many hats (and heels, and the use of “judy” as a gender pronoun). A longtime presence on the NYC performance scene who continues to break new ground while leading the way, the venerable […]

Just Do Art on New Year’s Day

Just Do Art on New Year’s Day

BY SCOTT STIFFLER THE POETRY PROJECT’S 41st ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON BENEFIT READING Founded in 1966 by the late Paul Blackburn — when displaced Lower East Side coffeehouse poets were welcomed into the St. Marks Church artist/activist fold — The Poetry Project’s mission to “promote, foster and inspire the reading and writing of contemporary […]

Just Do Art, Week of Oct. 9, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Oct. 9, 2014

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  CRAZY 8 CARTOON FESTIVAL on EIGHTH STREET Close off the block, put up a screen, show some classic and cutting-edge cartoons and everybody will be happy — but the Crazy 8 Cartoon Festival has broader ambitions. Awaken your inner illustrator, by strolling a single block of West Eighth Street and taking […]

Just Do Art, Week of Oct. 2, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Oct. 2, 2014

BY SCOTT STIFFLER    |  TENDER BUTTONS: OBJECTS ROOMS FOOD  Virtually impenetrable if taken literally — but quite possibly sublime if you can abandon the impulse to nail down a specific message — “Tender Buttons” has been inspiring raves (and rants!) ever since Gertrude Stein answered publisher Donald Evans’ request for a play with this “beautiful […]

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 25, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 25, 2014

THE ONE LP PROJECT  |  From Graham Nash beaming with pride at the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album to Al Jarreau giving Les Double Six a thumbs up, to Johnny Marr paying Iggy and the Stooges’ “Raw Power” some somber respect: The One LP Project reminds us that those we have on heavy rotation started out as […]

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