Not Your Grandma’s Quilt

Written by Rania Richardson on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Alt-Quilters meld art and craft in local show If you think quilts are “mumsy” guess again.  In the jewel box sized American Folk Art Museum, a few historical and traditional quilts hang on the walls of the “alt_quilts” exhibit, but they are only there to highlight work by three contemporary artists who use quilting techniques [&hellip
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Two by Four on the Boards

Written by Leslie Hoban Blake on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Taking on Beckett and Pinter classics in Broadway repertory Why another “Waiting for Godot,” just four years after the Roundabout’s seemingly definitive 2009 pairing of Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane as Vladamir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo), also featuring the enormous John Goodman (Pozzo) and the incandescent John Glover (Lucky)? Well, here’s an appropriate Beckettian response, [&hellip
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Bleak Cheek

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Alexander Payne gets Lost in Nebraska By shooting his new film Nebraska in black and white, writer-director Alexander Payne reveals his phoniness. The contemporary-set story about an old man, Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) who travels from Montana to claim a Publisher’s Clearing House prize in the neighboring state Nebraska, has that stark, sad look of [&hellip
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Adieu and Reminder

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Hours is Paul Walker’s final gift Paul Walker’s demise makes his new film Hours especially poignant–as it was always intended to be. Hours is another of the genre films that Walker regularly appeared in and made distinctive. His specialty was the action film where stress defined personality through a character’s approach to morality, the law, [&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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Knocking the Messenger

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Langston Hughes’ dream gets deferred in Black Nativity Watching Black Nativity is such a wearying experience I see no point pretending that its positive message about the Black America Family is good enough for anyone. This is a case where the messenger (s) must be blamed for ruining the message. As one of the increasingly [&hellip
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Putting Life in Context

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Chen Kaige composes a sweeping digital-age epic with Caught in the Web Unlike The Social Network, which burnished the legend of Mark Zuckerberg founding Facebook while glamourizing the derangement of social values and personal relationships, Chen Kaige gets directly to the social, spiritual point in his masterly new film Caught in the Web. Chen balances [&hellip
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The Bard Meets Bart

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

Classic stagings of classics and TV Shakespeare’s plays have lasted over 400 years–and it’s not only because directors love to dress them up in vintage or contemporary clothing to show their current relevance. And if Shakespeare isn’t the world’s greatest playwright, he’s pretty damn good by any standards–so good that most of his major characters [&hellip
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