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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 […]

Just Do Art: Week of March 10, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of March 10, 2016

“THE MOSQUITO” AT DIXON PLACE | A familiar face on the nighttime tube (“China Beach,” “Law & Order”) and, more recently, as a cultural commentator on “CBS News Sunday Morning,” Nancy Giles excels at dishing out droll observations whose spice and bite don’t come with the unpleasant aftertaste left by cynicism. The woman knows how to […]

Just Do Art: Week of March 3, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of March 3, 2016

THE SECOND TUESDAY LECTURE SERIES: GEORGE HODGMAN’S “BETTYVILLE” | The life-altering tale of gay New Yorker George Hodgman’s trip to Paris happens not in the City of Light, but in a city of little more than 1,200. Disorienting curves along the road Hodgman is forced to navigate are played for laughs in “Bettyville,” a memoir that […]

Just Do Art: Week of Feb. 25, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of Feb. 25, 2016

CITY OF GLASS | In the convoluted world of noir gumshoe tales, he who picks up the phone often does so at great personal risk — and so it goes, in “City of Glass,” the first entry in author Paul Auster’s pulpy “New York Trilogy.” The trouble starts when unassuming Daniel Quinn receives a call, then […]

Just Do Art: Week of Feb. 18, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of Feb. 18, 2016

FRIED CHICKEN AND LATKES | “I grew up Black and Jewish,” recalls Rain Pryor, “which means I’m proud, but I feel guilty about it.” That’s more than enough material to build a comedic persona around, if not an entire career — but for Rain, daughter of Richard, tales of her struggle with racial and religious […]

Just Do Art: Week of Jan. 21, 2016

Just Do Art: Week of Jan. 21, 2016

  THE FIFTH ANNUAL MISS TWIN PEAKS PAGEANT During separate visits to a dream world Red Room, FBI agent Dale Cooper is told, in backwards-speak, “That gum you like is going to come back in style” and “I’ll see you again in 25 years” — by, respectively, The Man from Another Place and the Homecoming […]

Just Do Art: The Holiday Holdovers Edition

Just Do Art: The Holiday Holdovers Edition

THE IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE: “A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES” Comfortably (if temporarily) ensconced at Union Square’s DR2 while their longtime Chelsea base gets a major upgrade, it’s no accident that matters of home have been at the heart of recent productions from the Irish Repertory Theatre. “Da” and “The Weir” both explored the siren call […]

Just Do Art: Nov. 5, 2015

Just Do Art: Nov. 5, 2015

GUITAR MASH BENEFIT JAM | If you have an axe to grind, bring it and play along as the action unfolds on stage. If not, don’t fret — but do sing, because lyrics will be projected, along with tabs. It’s all in keeping with the Guitar Mash Benefit Jam’s participatory ethos, which encourages its audience to […]

Just Do Art: July 30, 2015

Just Do Art: July 30, 2015

FREIGHT: THE FIVE INCARNATIONS OF ABEL GREEN Alphonse Nicholson plays one African-American man given five different fates, in Howard L. Craft’s time-tripping tour of American history. Minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor and out-of-work mortgage broker comprise the titular “Incarnations,” within whose abilities and limitations Abel Green must navigate the gray areas of the […]

Just Do Art: July 23, 2015

Just Do Art: July 23, 2015

DANDY DARKLY’S “TRIGGER HAPPY” If Aesop and Rod Serling locked lips after hopping into a malfunctioning transporter pod filled with confetti bearing Rip Taylor’s DNA, the creature coming out on the other end might resemble something like Dandy Darkly. But then again no, because there is nothing in all of creation quite like this swishy […]

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