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Just Do Art, April 17, 2014

Just Do Art, April 17, 2014

  BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  MICHELE CARLO’S “FISH OUT OF AGUA” at THE NINTH ANNUAL ONE FESTIVAL  Overcautious children of helicopter parents and grown-ups afraid to follow your bliss, listen up. That woman firmly planted on a soapbox — literal and figurative — is Michele Carlo, and she’s about to unspool a gritty New […]

Just Do Art, December 30, 2013

Just Do Art, December 30, 2013

TWENTIETH ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE NEW YEAR’S DAY SPOKEN WORD AND PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA The Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Work and Performance Extravaganza sure does get around. In years past, the annual multi-media showcase for culturally diverse poets, musicians, performers and artists has taken place at the Knitting Factory (now in Brooklyn), Bowery Poetry Club (swallowed up by […]

Just Do Art! Dec. 18, 2013

Just Do Art!  Dec. 18, 2013

“A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS” Timing isn’t everything in the world of entertainment — but it’s definitely on a short list that includes skill, sincerity and a keen sense of showmanship. So it’s appropriate that our review copy of “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” arrived just a few hours before cable channel AMC ran back-to-back screenings of […]

Just Do Yule

Just Do Yule

A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS From having doggie doo for dinner to fending off the unwanted advances of a giant lobster, John Waters has a knack for making bad taste feel good. Of course, in Waters’ capable hands, there’s a big difference between celebrating bad taste and elevating what’s just plain distasteful. You need look no […]

Just Do Art, Nov. 27, 2013

Just Do Art, Nov. 27, 2013

PHOTO EXHIBIT: HISTORIC FIREHOUSES OF MANHATTAN What does it say about a man who spends his entire career on call to run towards danger, only to occupy his “golden years” by preserving buildings in a manner that flames can’t touch? New York’s Bravest never punch the clock, apparently. They just find a new outlet for […]

Just Do Art, Nov. 7, 2013

Just Do Art, Nov. 7, 2013

 KELLY KINSELLA’S “WHEN THOUGHTS ATTACK” Swirling around the deeply conflicted head of Kelly Kinsella, there’s a still small voice telling her she has the moxie to “move upstate and get a farm house with a garden and have all of my artist friends over for dinner and a drum circle.” There’s another voice that keeps […]

Just Do Art! Week of Oct. 23, 2013

Just Do Art!  Week of Oct. 23, 2013

OCTOBER 24-27: THE CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL Through the screening of 16 shorts, documentaries and feature-length narratives, this year’s edition of the Chelsea Film Festival puts its focus on emerging independent filmmakers committed to the theme of “Global Issues.” Opening the festival is “Titus” — the modern-day story of a displaced African American jazz musician trying […]

Just Do Art! Oct. 9, 2013

Just Do Art! Oct. 9, 2013

CHARLES BUSCH: RIDIN’ HIGH The Lady in Question has declared her upcoming run at 54 Below to be a boa-free zone. Otherwise, anything goes — including we’re assured, “laughter, music, tears and sequins.” That, filtered through the sassy lips and ample pipes of Tony-nominated playwright and drag legend Charles Busch, makes “Ridin’ High” a must-see […]

Just Do Art, Sept. 25, 2013

Just Do Art, Sept. 25, 2013

INDIA MUSIC WEEK When they’re not adding wax to that 2 million-plus library of recordings, the ARChive of Contemporary Music is cooking up new ways to collect records. The Downtown non-profit can already lay claim to having the world’s largest collection of popular music — and on Oct. 6, ARC hopes to secure a place […]

Just Do Art! Sep. 12, 2013

Just Do Art! Sep. 12, 2013

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | REVOLUTION BOOKS’ BENEFIT AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS EVE ENSLER Go ahead and make that joke about being in the red. They’ve probably heard it before, maybe even told it — although the possibility of Revolution Books closing its doors is no laughing matter. The lease on their 26th St. store is up, […]

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