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All That Jazz Has Gone Away

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Many small jazz clubs have disappeared from Manhattan, but there are still places to go for intimate sessions and great atmosphere Bradley’s, Sweet Basil: if these names have a mythic aura, there’s a good reason. They’re now gone, but jazz greats used to play there, sometimes for little or no cover; the Village neighborhood knew [&hellip
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The Two Thirties

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

FIT exhibit shows that fashion rose above Depression in the 1930s It’s a tough sell, to make a case for the 1930s high steppin’ fashions as the bedrock for our age’s easy-going, form-fitting but casually loose looks and functional clothing. But the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology does it, in a show called [&hellip
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Everlasting Album Art

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Uncategorized

Browsing Don Hunstein’s timeless pop star photography      You got older but they didn’t.  See them as they were—Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, and dozens more–in their best preserved envelope of time.  Photographs by Don Hunstein, the great “in-house photographer” for Columbia Records, are in a show encompassing 30 years, [&hellip
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Punks Jump Up

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Culture warp at the Met’s “Chaos to Culture” show What punk? An extravaganza prefaced by a non-smelly replication of the club CBGB’s toilet, “Punk: Chaos to Couture” is the Metropolitan Museums of Art’s most recent nod to what used to be termed popular culture. Here, go directly to couture despite some mood-inducing references, in piped-in [&hellip
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Wearable Art

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Impressionists, Fashion and Modernity at the Met A big show founded on a simple idea, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” is like taking a gander at the walk-in closet of some very elegant people, only they’re expecting you. The dresses, also a few men’s frock coats, are there, as well as hats, corsets, even dressing table [&hellip
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Sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle Transforms Park Avenue

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

by Marsha McCreadie When the Oracle asked Niki de Saint Phalle which it would be, “perfection of the life or perfection of the art,” she said, “Screw Yeats. I’ll take both.” For the most part, this is what artist-sculptor Saint Phalle did and what she got. An installation of nine of her sculptures, mainly representing [&hellip
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Taryn Simon’s Daunting Portraits at the MoMA

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Museums, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

  Taryn Simon’s gotcha pics guilt the art world by Marsha McCreadie One is always suspicious of an exhibit where you have to strain to “get it” by going to the wall text, then to the images, then back to the text, and so on. Such is the case with A Living Man Declared Dead [&hellip
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