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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 […]

Just Do Art: July 9, 2015

Just Do Art: July 9, 2015

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART BLOCK PARTY Culture, contemplation, physical fitness and…ice cream? It’s a perfectly logical combination, at least for one afternoon — when our favorite museum takes their celebration of Himalayan art and ideas off the wall and into the street. Using the Rubin’s “Becoming Another: The Power of Masks” exhibition as inspiration, this […]

Just Do Art: June 18, 2015

Just Do Art: June 18, 2015

SALTY BRINE’S “DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW” The man with a moon on his head is a demented dude with wiggy notes of Kabuki glam — when otherworldly oddity Salty Brine deploys an anthropologist’s curiosity and a performance artist’s flair to officiate this shotgun wedding between Pink Floyd and “The Wizard of Oz.” Anybody else’s […]

Just Do Art: June 11, 2015

Just Do Art: June 11, 2015

  WEST CHELSEA ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS TOUR This annual self-guided tour gives you the opportunity to enter the minds — and the work spaces — of more than 30 West Chelsea artists, in nine buildings along the High Line between Westbeth Artists building and the West Chelsea Arts building. In close proximity to the tools […]