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Debutante Debut

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

A coming of age tale gets the theatrical treatment   Upper West Side Playwright Ryann Weir and director Annie Tippe have an obsession with powerful women and female ensemble casts. Now their obsession takes center stage. Their original play “DEBUTANTE.” debuts on April 23 at Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Bernie Wohl Center, thanks in part [&hellip
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Musical Spotlight on Mental Illness

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

Committed: The Musical explores the fictional world of a late-1980s psychiatric ward Upper West Side After the success of her recent parody musical, “50 Shades of Fucked Up,” writer, director and choreographer Tricia Brouk started writing what she thought was another comedy, settling on a psychiatric ward for the setting. But as she researched mental [&hellip
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Young Dancers Take Over 92Y

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

Teenage choreographers strut their stuff in weekend-long showcase Upper East Side The 92nd Street Y has long played host to some of the most celebrated contemporary dancers, companies and choreographers, including Alvin Ailey’s, Merce Cunningham’s, and Robert Joffrey’s companies. Some of New York City’s talented teenage choreographers can add their names to this impressive list. [&hellip
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Love Letter to Downtown Letters Rature

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

New York writers celebrate downtown’s literary legacy at second-annual lit fest Soho A few years ago, Amor Towles, a longtime Bowery resident and author of the novel “Rules of Civility,” noticed that downtown Manhattan, for all its cultural offerings, lacked a dedicated literary festival. “Downtown New York has been an important literary and cultural center [&hellip
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Not Your Grandma’s Easter Celebration

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Haunted House creators reinvent an Easter carnival Lower East Side Easter is not a holiday typically associated with burlesque shows, dunk tanks and live DJs, but that’s exactly what visitors to Full Bunny Contact can expect. Developed by the creators of the annual Nightmare Haunted House, Full Bunny Contact is a four-day Easter extravaganza fashioned [&hellip
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Losing Sight, but Holding on to Memories

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Seniors A writing program, often in braille, for the visually impaired During a recent class in a basement art studio at Visions at Selis Manor, a center for the visually impaired, playwright Barbara Cassidy asked her six writing students—all women—to make a list of items they would put in a memory box, and write a [&hellip
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Family Fun at Film Forum

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Movies Long-standing movie theater kicks off fifth season of children’s programming Soho When a longtime financial supporter of nonprofit movie house Film Forum expressed concern about the city’s lack of movie programming for children, Karen Cooper, director of the Houston Street cinema, approached Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s director of repertory programming, about putting together a [&hellip
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Gallery Hopping on Orchard Street

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Art galleries can be intimidating. Here, a guide to the Lower East Side for the uninitiated.   An ever-growing cluster of art galleries dominates the Lower East Side. But navigating a scene that can appear at once vast and exclusive can be daunting. But the artists represented in these mostly small galleries—some no larger than [&hellip
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