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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Standards, Met and Unmet

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

A Tchaikovsky masterpiece at the Met and a classic movie In a fall preview last month, I made a point about Valery Gergiev, the Russian conductor: He is mercurial. Sometimes he’s up, sometimes he’s down. Sometimes he’s electric, sometimes he’s blah. On a recent Thursday night at the Metropolitan Opera, he was alternately electric and blah. He [&hellip
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Out of the Past, Out of the Vestpocket

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

Revivals of Crothers and Kelly in Going back and forth Rachel Crothers and George Kelly were two of the 20th century’s most important American playwrights; today, however, their work exists in a state of semi-obscurity, semi-rediscovery.  This month the Metropolitan Playhouse brings back Crothers’s 1910 A Man’s World, while the Mint Theater gives us Kelly’s 1931 [&hellip
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Bitch-Slapstick

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

Nichole Holofcener’s latest humane insight in Enough Said Most independent filmmakers demonstrate a desire for attention and recognition more than to express sincere or original feelings. Because so many of them come from the same class of hustlers and achievers and go through conventional production procedures (conveniently known as Sundance), their films look alike, reflecting [&hellip
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Take the Grand Tour

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

Thrilling to the Met’s merge of painting and music By pairing Pachelbel’s Canon in D with images of men and women struggling up a foggy mountainside in The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, Werner Herzog created an unforgettable portrait of the eternity of human suffering.  Its effectiveness drew from the interplay between music and image: the [&hellip
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Mission to Nowhere

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

Cuaron’s juvenile sci-fi lacks gravitas The opalescent object Planet Earth that opens Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity belongs to Kubrick’s 2001. It’s a shorthand image–evoking intellectual contemplation and wonder that Cuaron doesn’t earn. Cuaron borrows it without (pardon the expression) gravitas. The phenomenon of creation dresses up a tale of survival written by Cuaron with his brother, [&hellip
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The Spoiled Brats of Ganja and Hess

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

Rebooting the Black stoner comedy in Newlyweeds Harvey Weinstein may call 2013 “a great moment” for “great black filmmakers” just because he happens to be releasing three high-profile films with Black subjects, but the first real sign of new life and energy in movies about Black Americans is the low-budget Newlyweeds, written and directed by [&hellip
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Only Engage

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

Soto-Diaz and Bisbing shows stay connected and personal These days we’re nothing if not connected. And so is our art; one of the most salient features of contemporary art is the drive for inclusiveness—for the dismantling of the last barriers between art object and viewer, using new technologies, novel mixtures of media, and site-specific installations.    [&hellip
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