Extracting the Real

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Evelyn Twitchell’s absorbing abstractions at Bowery Gallery By John Goodrich Painting can be a sign, a concept, or documentation. In the postmodern age, it can be a comment about painting itself. Of course, it can even be a likeness – and this may be the most challenging of all because of the sheer complexity of [&hellip
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Willy the Shake

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Joss Whedon introduces fanboys to the Bard During a public trailer for Much Ado About Nothing, some guy in the theater let out an exasperated yawn: “Oh, Boy!” Having already seen the film, I appreciated his foresight. Joss Whedon’s modern-day, black & white version of Shakespeare’s comedy means to be delightful but falls way short. [&hellip
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Ill-Gotten Booty

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The Bling Ring translates as Sofia Coppola’s girls’ club Sofia Coppola has finally made an interesting movie. The Bling Ring circles around Sofia’s typical poor-little-rich-girl subject by dramatizing that infamous group of Southern California high-school housebreakers fixated on such tabloid celebrities as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan who they idolize, envy and then burglarize. It’s [&hellip
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Building Boldness

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Wrenn Schmidt and John Turturro in The Master Builder. Actors find new inspiration for Ibsen By Valerie Gladstone Wrenn Schmidt loves playing the role of the highly sexual and manipulative Hilde in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder. The current production, directed by Andrei Belgrader at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and starring John Turturro as the eminent and egomaniacal architect Halvard Solness, leaves Schmidt [&hellip
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Music of the Heavens

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Musica Mundana Musica Mundana’s transcendent New York performance By Judy Gelman Myers Mundana is the worst kind of false cognate:  it pretends to mean its opposite.  Musica mundana is not, as one would expect, mundane music at all but the music of the spheres, the sounds the planets make as they revolve in limitless space, a heavenly [&hellip
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Beauty vs. Beastliness

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Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Soderbergh’s Liberace pic confuses sympathy with politics From the actors’ perspective, Behind the Candelabra looks like a compassionate portrayal of the pianist and singer Liberace‘s relationship with Scott Thorson. The older established celebrity’s involvement with a younger man, masked for the public from 1977 to Liberace’s death in 1987, gets exposed here as an example [&hellip
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Like Father Like Ingenue

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Will Smith and Jaden Smith in After Earth. Will Smith guides his son through Hollywood Darwinism in After Earth Boys without fathers are the target audience for Will Smith’s After Earth. Its story of a boy Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) trying to live up to his father Cypher Raige’s (Will Smith) survivalist code is a potential blockbuster, combing futuristic whimsy with street hardness [&hellip
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Accounting for Bad Taste

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What The Hangover Part III means in terms of Hollywood economics You might laugh at The Hangover Part III but you won’t laugh as hard as Todd Phillips, the film’s director and co-screenwriter, who laughs all the way to his offshore Cayman Island account. The Hangover Part III continues what’s advertised as “The Wolfpack Trilogy” [&hellip
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Eye on Auctions

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Closing books and more By Caroline Birenbaum The New York auction season draws to a close in June. There are many wonderful objects in a variety of collecting fields to be enjoyed during the previews. As always, check the websites for details, informative videos and blogs, and auctions not discussed below—either for lack of space [&hellip
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Naming Names

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Russian monikers take the stage in local productions By Leslie (Hoban) Blake While Christopher Durang’s celebrated Broadway hit Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike boasts a slew of Chekov-inspired Russian monikers, there’s nary a Slav to be found in its rollicking send-up of that esteemed playwright. But two Off-Broadway productions, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet [&hellip
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