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On Stage and Off, La MaMa Knows How to Break Ground

On Stage and Off, La MaMa Knows How to Break Ground

BY TRAV S.D. | There’s never a dull moment at La MaMa, the seminal Off-Off-Broadway theatre company founded by the late Ellen Stewart in 1961. We profiled them in this space last year, but much has happened since that time. In June, the company was given a special Regional Theatre Tony Award for over a half-century […]

‘Mile-Long Opera’ was Fascinating, Fleeting

‘Mile-Long Opera’ was Fascinating, Fleeting

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY BOB KRASNER | It is impossible to overstate the artistic success of “The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock,”which was performed on six evenings last week to capacity crowds. The project, a free event that leaned more toward performance art than opera, managed to avoid the pitfalls of both genres. Utilizing […]

Queer Urban Orchestra’s Season Set to Launch

Queer Urban Orchestra’s Season Set to Launch

BY GERALD BUSBY | Queer Urban Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season, “Queer We Are,” begins Sun., Oct. 14, at Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea. The program, which opens with Julius Eastman’s “Stay on It” and closes with Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor,” offers in between the premiere of my “3 Bagatelles for Orchestra.” […]

Captivated by Beckett, a Clown Masters His Material

Captivated by Beckett, a Clown Masters His Material

BY TRAV S.D. | It’s good to remind ourselves these days that everything is not terrible. Indeed, some things are pretty perfect. The late poet/playwright/novelist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was one of these perfect things — and so is actor/clown Bill Irwin. And what could the confluence of those two elements be but more perfect, still? Since […]

Ready for Their Close-Up: Giving Good Face at DragCon

Ready for Their Close-Up: Giving Good Face at DragCon

PHOTO ESSSAY BY BOB KRASNER: Stunning looks seen at RuPaul’s DragCon, NYC, Sept. 28-30

Artists and Icons at DragCon

Artists and Icons at DragCon

PHOTO ESSAY BY LINDSAY TURBERVILLE, featuring scenes from their time spent at RuPaul’s Drag Con (Javits Center, Sept. 28-30)

Renegades to Role Models: RuPaul’s DragCon Expands its Reach

Renegades to Role Models: RuPaul’s DragCon Expands its Reach

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Drag was once on the fringe of society. Gender rebels performed their cutting-edge material in nightclubs and cabarets that most citizens never knew existed. Now drag culture is mainstream enough to warrant an industry convention that fills half of the Jacob Javits Center. The attendees at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 28-30) were […]

Just Do Art: The October Essentials

Just Do Art: The October Essentials

BY SCOTT STIFFLER Uptown class meets East Village edge at Pangea, the progressive musical performance venue whose October roster includes chameleonic chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite. A gifted, unpredictable interpreter of everyone from Marianne Faithfull to Nico, Faye is a ray of cosmic kookiness locked in a battle between genius and madness that commands respect — […]

New Chelsea Mural is a Genius Move

New Chelsea Mural is a Genius Move

Like a certain theory about relativity, some things just take a little time to fully formulate. Case in point, this mural at W. 21st St. and Eighth Ave., whose evolution passersby have been following for well over a week. On our deadline day, the work-in-progress — in which a spray can-toting Albert Einstein looms large […]

Working RuPaul’s DragCon Like Red Carpet Royalty

PHOTO ESSSAY BY BOB KRASNER: Scenes from the Red (okay, pinkish) Carpet and Beyond, at RuPaul’s DragCon, NYC, Sept. 28-30