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Just Do Art: Week of May 18, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of May 18, 2017

IRISH REP GALA BENEFIT: “SONDHEIM AT 7” | Unpredictable but always dependable, Chelsea’s passionately prolific Irish Repertory Theatre is poised to pull up stakes from their West 22nd Street home — but only for one night. Wonderfully welcoming though its recently restored facility may be, there just aren’t enough seats in the house for the crowd expected at […]

Just Do Art: Week of May 4, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of May 4, 2017

BATTERY DANCE: 41ST ANNUAL NEW YORK SEASON | Informed by interactions with artists and audiences during recent tours of Europe, Africa, South and East Asia, and the American Midwest, an invigorated Battery Park Dance touches down on the ground of its namesake neighborhood. Longtime company members will join forces with dancers from Iraq and Romania, composers from […]

Just Do Art: Week of March 9, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of March 9, 2017

PEN PARENTIS LITERARY SALON: “ASPECTS OF LOVE” | Fifteen is pretty much the high water mark of sassy and sullen, when it comes to the rough seas of parenting. When it comes to Pen Parentis, however, it’s been smooth sailing for season #15, whose March installment looks at love in all of its intense permutations by […]

Just Do Art: Week of March 2, 2017

Just Do Art: Week of March 2, 2017

OCEAN VUONG: BOOK SIGNING & READING | While one resident of NYC was out on the campaign trail selling the notion of closed borders, another was spending 2016 as a best-selling author. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, poet and essayist Ocean Vuong immigrated to America at the age of two as a child refugee. Released last year […]

Just Do Art: Extra-Festive Holiday Edition

Just Do Art: Extra-Festive Holiday Edition

HOTSY TOTSY BURLESQUE TRIBUTES THE “STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL” | A long time ago, in a far-out, far, far away place known as the pop culture landscape of 1970s America, confidence gained from the phenomenal box office success of “Star Wars” got the best of its creator, George Lucas, who would almost immediately disavow the debacle […]

Just Do Art: Week of Oct. 20, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of Oct. 20, 2016

MAH JONGG IN JEWISH AND CHINESE HERITAGE | Although the precise details of its Qing Dynasty origins will be forever shrouded in mystery (or at least intense debate), there’s nothing open to interpretation about the enduring appeal of Mah Jongg — a draw-and-discard game whose most popular variation (four players sitting around a table) has been […]

Just Do Art: Week of July 14, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of July 14, 2016

LESLIE ODOM JR. IN CONCERT | Having just completed his run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre as understandably bitter odd man out Aaron Burr — with a legion of fans and a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical to show for it — the charismatic and not entirely unattractive Leslie Odom Jr. […]

Just Do Art: Week of June 9, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of June 9, 2016

THE HUDSON RIVER DANCE FESTIVAL | Modern dance in all of its visual complexity and stylistic diversity — performed on a lawn near the water, with the promise of a spectacular sunset — is the siren call of this free showcase curated by Chelsea’s own indoor movement mecca, The Joyce Theater. Music from electronic pioneer Clams […]

Just Do Art: Week of May 5, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of May 5, 2016

LETTERS TO SALA | Having survived seven Nazi forced-labor camps from 1941 to 1945, all while keeping a diary and preserving hundreds of letters and photos, Polish teenager Sala Garncarz settled in New York City with those materials, then proved equally adept at hiding the trove, and her experiences, from those she was closest to. Once […]

Just Do Art: Week of March 17, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of March 17, 2016

BENEFIT FOR NO LONGER EMPTY | Founded in 2009 as a (literally) creative response to the still-familiar sight of businesses shuttered by rising rents and shifting consumer dynamics, one of the first projects from No Longer Empty (NLE) filled two vacant storefronts at the infamous W. 23rd St. Chelsea Hotel building with work from several of […]

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