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Reviewing New Jazz Now By Howard Mandel The organizing principle behind this batch of records: They’re recent releases by NYC-based talents, recommended for originality and freshness. They’re all worth hearing more than once, and constitute discoveries. You don’t need to be told you’ll like Keith Jarrett’s solo Rio, right? Roots Before Branches, by drummer Henry [&hellip
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Imelda’s Dancing Shoes

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David Byrne mythifies Marcos in ‘Here Lies Love’ By Ben Kessler The ambivalence provoked by women who wield power is reflected in the current photo-manipulation meme “Texts From Hillary,” in which a half-scowling secretary of state, peering dismissively down at her BlackBerry through sunglasses, fires scathing bits of digital wit at supplicants including Joe Biden, [&hellip
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The Living Libretto, April 29, 2012 at OPERA America

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Offers behind-the-scenes exploration of four new one-act operas-in-progress New York, NY – American Lyric Theater (ALT) presents The Living Libretto, the final event in its 2011-2012 Freshly Brewed Artist Brunch Series at OPERA America. Connected to the season’s final concert, Opera in Eden, together the two performances provide an intimate, insider’s view of the process [&hellip
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CityArts Partner: The Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo Celebrates the Centennial of Japan’s Gift of the Cherry Blossom Trees with a Four-City U.S. Tour

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As the first cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom in New York, the musicians of the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo are preparing for their first visit to the U.S. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of the cherry blossom trees to the United States. As part of this tour, the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, one [&hellip
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From Self to City

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Susanna Coffey’s Outward Visions By John Goodrich Most gallery-goers will be familiar with Susanna Coffey’s self-portraits—those upward-turning faces, small and closely modeled, set beneath panoramic views. One such painting greets visitors to Coffey’s current exhibition at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. The rest of the show, however, concentrates on another, little-known facet of her work: [&hellip
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Shake That Body: Vital Parts Rearranged at MoMA

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by Marsha McCreadie A show to give you nightmares and rip through your subconscious, Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration at MoMA is not so much about decay as rearrangement. The slight misnomer of the title hints at the gothic quality of the 90 paintings, drawings, images, pen-and-inks—you name it—by artists as disparate and wide-ranging as [&hellip
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Spanish Steps

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By Valerie Gladstone Corella’s Barcelona Ballet Fulfills a Dream Many great ballet dancers dream of starting their own companies, though few get the opportunity. Even as he performed with American Ballet Theater, Angel Corella was plotting to establish a ballet company in his native Spain. Unlike most European countries, Spain had never been able to [&hellip
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Sony’s Vita, A Touchy Problem

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by Steve Haske Some friends have asked me what I think of the Playstation Vita, Sony’s new handheld console that was released in February. I always have the same answer. “It’s a slick, impressive piece of hardware that I couldn’t care less about,” I tell them. Why? Because for all its fancy tech, the Vita [&hellip
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Choreographers in the Classroom

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Teaching What You Love by Valeria Gladstone “The connection between teacher and student creates a bond,” says Jason Samuels Smith, who like most choreographers teaches locally at studios and colleges as well as on tour, “strengthening the dance tradition and building upon it with each generation’s input and style.” There may be no better way [&hellip
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