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Nourishing Art on the East Side

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

The National Academy teaches more than 1,000 students in a lavish setting Walking into the stately Beaux Arts mansion on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street that houses the National Academy Museum and School, one would never suspect that within its handsome walls thrives a dynamic art environment where more than 1,000 students attend classes, exhibit [&hellip
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Theater for the People

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Inside the Public Theater’s new public works initiative  At a luncheon in The Public Theater’s handsome library, artistic director, Oskar Eustis, sounded more like a preacher than an executive. “We need to reach people,” he says, “as many people as possible. Especially those who don’t think theater has anything to do with them and those [&hellip
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Perfecting the Storm

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Local photos memorialize the historic Hurricane Sandy A dramatic shot by Harvey Stein shows the twisted and mangled Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Hts., N. J., standing several feet in water. In another by Catherine Nance, desperate notices of lost cats are scribbled across a door in Staten Island, while Paul Moakley’s image of [&hellip
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Making Art A.S.A.P at APAP

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Local festival brings dance, theater and music to town at reasonable prices  Who said ticket prices for dance, theater and music were too high for the average New Yorker? In fact, usually they are but in January every year, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) comes to town offering a multitude of artistic delights [&hellip
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Mac and Mandy Get Apocalyptic

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Star power comes to Henry Street Settlement   A Biblical-size flood has swept away almost everything on earth, leaving two lone survivors who have lost the ability to speak and can only communicate in song and dance. To keep up their spirits, they sing of the rise and fall of civilization to tunes ranging from Rodgers and [&hellip
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Keigwin on the Canvas

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Local choreographer gets busy at the Joyce Theater New York native, Larry Keigwin stretches himself as a choreographer. In the 10 years since he founded Keigwin +Company, he has staged Fashion Weeks’s opening event, “Fashion’s Night Out: The Show,” won awards for his choreography for the off Broadway productions of Rent and The Wild Party, [&hellip
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Armory’s Forces

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Season’s greetings at the Park Avenue Armory  No more thrilling space has opened up for unconventional performances and installations in recent years than the Park Avenue Armory in 2007. Built in 1861 to resemble Grand Central Station and other majestic 19th century railroad stations and designed as a military facility and social club, it became [&hellip
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