Now Take Them Out Devils Presents: The Year In Pop (Part 1)

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chromaticskillforlove By Simon Lazarus Vasta The days are short, the nights are cold(ish), and midtown has thoroughly covered itself in a anxiety attack-inducing amount of holiday paraphernalia. The Salvation Army dudes that are very specifically not Santa line the thoroughfares, ringing their bells. The stores are packed with exhausted parents buying more than they can afford. [&hellip
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City Arts: Pitt Beats Clooney

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film

KillingThemSoftly600 Armond White on how ‘Killing Them Softly’ amps political movie war Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’ Killing Them Softly earns a footnote in cultural history for being the first dramatic film to question the Obama cult. It happens in a thrilling climactic moment that is part of director Andrew Dominik’s scheme examining America’s current financial [&hellip
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It’s Christmas Eve in Washington

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

ACivilWarChristmas Paula Vogel’s patchwork Civil War tale is epic in length but not scope  The holiday season is often a time of reflection, but Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive, has squinted back a bit further in time than most. Vogel’s new work, A Civil War Christmas, currently staged in [&hellip
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Family Doctor: Luis Jaramillo on His New Book & Writerly Depression

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Doctor's Wife By Jeff Vasishta After thirteen years teaching at the New School, Luis Jaramillo has helped his fair share of students get book deals. Now, with The Doctor’s Wife (Dzank), the Fort Greene, Brooklyn resident, who lives with his boyfriend of eleven years, has released his own. During an interview at his Greenwich Village office, Jaramillo, [&hellip
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Criminal Act: David Mamet’s ‘The Anarchist’ is a Waste of Time

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Photo by Joan Marcus One can only assume that actresses with as much clout and freedom of choice as Patti LuPone and Debra Winger signed into The Anarchist, the new play written and directed by David Mamet that opened last night at the John Golden Theatre, sight unseen. How else to explain why two such notably discerning talents ended [&hellip
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Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream Quieter Than Norbert Leo Butz in ‘Dead Accounts’

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Picture 5 Actor steals slim ‘Dead Accounts’ Dead Accounts, is, for better or worse, best known as that “Katie Holmes” play, since it is largely the presence of its tabloid favorite star that finally led the show to Broadway after a decent reception in Cincinnati. But very quickly it is double Tony-winner Norbert Leo Butz who emerges [&hellip
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City Arts: ‘Hitchcock’ is Myopic Bio-Pic

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

MyopicBioPic600 ‘Hitchcock’ shows the maestro without humor Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil: The Story of Anvil, the 2010 chronicle of the little-known rock band, was a rare excellent documentary; a film distinguished by its good-hearted recognition of what lies beneath artistic motive. Only a little of that beneficence is apparent in Gervasi’s dramatic debut Hitchcock, which takes a fanciful approach [&hellip
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Murder Most Mundane

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Photo by Joan Marcus. Murder Ballad, now playing at Manhattan Theatre Club’s City Center space at Studio II, formerly home to the Pearl Theater Company, isn’t just a whodunit – it’s a whodunwhat. For this slim rock opera, conceived by Julia Jordan and scored by Julianna Nash, keeps its audience in suspense as to not just which character is [&hellip
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NTTOD Playlist #2: I’m In Love With That Song (A Collection of Pop Music About Pop Music)

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NTTOD.pulp By Simon Lazarus Vasta One of the things I love most about pop music is its versatility. It’s a medium with room for everything: the political and the personal, the avant-garde and the lowbrow, orchestral finesse and two-chord anthems, stupidity and intelligence, beauty and brutality. Additionally, these elements can be arranged any which way, swapped [&hellip
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