How St. Patrick’s Traditions Got Their Start

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Arts & Film, Breaking News, Lifestyle, News West Side Spirit, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town, West Side Spirit

FE.FW.Saint.Patricks.Day.Parade.as With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, many New Yorkers are gearing up to take part in what have become ingrained traditions for many city dwellers. A stereotypical holiday itinerary might start with a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage, followed by swilling green beer, donning plastic green leprechaun gear, cheering on a [&hellip
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Playlist for Spring Fever

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, NY Press Exclusive

James Brown in 1973. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. For all you haters out there saying, “Man, I wish we had a little more winter this year. Like, where was the snow?” Shove it. The snow went away because it realized how much it sucked. Warm weather was like, “Hey bud, no hard feelings, but seriously, no one likes you. It’s awkward, but they [&hellip
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Can The Black Keys Main Stage the Garden?

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, NY Press Exclusive

Photo by Mark Runyon | http://concerttour.org" Photo by Mark Runyonconcerttour.org This is the third time I’ve gone to a stadium show at the Garden. There’s a running line of indie turned commercial bands, main staging, where they once blew up the little old black box. Kings of Leon with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The Strokes (who Kings of Leon  opened for [&hellip
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Begonya Plaza Pledges Devotion to Teresa’s Ecstasy

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Photo: Begonya Plaza, left, and Shawn Elliott. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg By Doug Strassler “Tell me more about you,” is the first thing Begonya Plaza says to me as I meet her in front of the Cherry Lane Theatre, where her new show, Teresa’s Ecstasy, is set to open on Wednesday, March 14. I must be careful here, I think. Should I let her know that [&hellip
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Audrey Tautou Shines in Delicacy

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, NY Press Exclusive

Delicacy, the title of the new French film David Foenkinos adapted from his own best-seller, could easily refer to the dance that the movie does between heartbreak and humor. Audrey Tautou (Amelie) is Nathalie, a young woman who we see meet and marry her husband in a dream-like state. Embarking on a new career and [&hellip
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Why the Show Smash, Well Isn’t One

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Once the Giants won this year’s Super Bowl, it was time for another New York story to unfold on TV screens: Theresa Rebeck’s Smash, a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway that includes Steven Spielberg on its laundry list of executive producers. Ratings for the overhyped series were anemic to begin with, and five episodes have only [&hellip
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Weird Womb and the Sad State of Punk

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I wasn’t sure what to expect walking over to Milano’s Bar on Houston and Lafayette to meet two of the band members from the new punk rock set, Weird Womb. Their music rings of the careless trash bashing rock of the early 80’s. The pearl of punk, when it was forming in New York City’s downtown [&hellip
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Subway Fares Likely to Rise in 2013

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Downtown Social, NY Press Exclusive, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Courtesy of Dan Levy When representatives for the MTA were summoned to a New York City Council Transportation Committee Hearing on Tuesday, Mar. 6, officials had hoped to learn how the transit authority plans to spend its money over the next two years. And while some may have held out hope for improvements to the City’s subways and buses, [&hellip
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