CityArts: The Personal is Poetic

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ThePersonalisPoetic600 ‘Yelling to the Sky’ is a Notable Debut Victoria Mahoney’s debut feature, Yelling to the Sky, updates the literature of writers like Gayl Jones, Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, J. California Cooper and Nella Larsen, yet it isn’t at all literary. It is entirely cinematic, a presentation of emotion and social circumstance that communicates visually more [&hellip
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The CityArts Interview

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TheCityArtsInterview300 Harold Holzer on the 16th POTUS By Elena Oumano   Harold Holzer calls himself an “opportunist,” but this is true only in the most positive sense—he embraces all promising opportunities that cross his path. “If a project comes along that sounds exciting, it doesn’t matter how impossible it is,” he says. “I try to dive [&hellip
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Winter Guide to the Movies

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

Looking back at Martin Scorsese’s 1981 speech to the National Board of Review is relevant to the upcoming film season. Scorsese praised the venerable film group for its attention and preservation of the national film legacy, saying, “You care about movies, and to care about movies is to care about people and history.” Those words [&hellip
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City Arts: Pitt Beats Clooney

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KillingThemSoftly600 Armond White on how ‘Killing Them Softly’ amps political movie war Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’ Killing Them Softly earns a footnote in cultural history for being the first dramatic film to question the Obama cult. It happens in a thrilling climactic moment that is part of director Andrew Dominik’s scheme examining America’s current financial [&hellip
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Armond White: Come Back, Little Buddha

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Buddha600 PIETY WRECKS ANG LEE’S ‘LIFE OF PI’ By Armond White No one can make a dull film like Ang Lee can. His new Life of Pi doesn’t settle for being a 3D extravaganza. At a reported cost of $70 million and three years in production, it is intended to combine philosophical rumination with a tent-pole thrill ride. [&hellip
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Listening to the Boss: Author Peter Ames Carlin on His Springsteen Biography

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Peter Ames Carlin By Angela Barbuti Bruce Springsteen gets a lot of play—literally. Even President Obama has said, “I’m the president, but he’s the Boss.” And now, after more than 30 years of research, Peter Ames Carlin finally put his respect for the musician down on paper. Replete with interviews from Bruce’s family, the E Street Band and [&hellip
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Wagging the dog

Written by Melissa Stern on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Museums, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Wagging600 Wegman Throws Sincerity A Bone Irony is one the most overused conceits in contemporary art. So much so that the term “ironic hipster” has become part of our current lexicon. I’m tired of ironic hipster art, minimal drawings coupled with what are meant to be pearls of wisdom encapsulated in a tagline.  The current show [&hellip
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The Miseducation of Viola Davis

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

‘Won’t-Back-Down-300x210 ‘WON’T BACK DOWN’ CONTRIBUTES TO THE EDUCATION CRISIS A dyslexic child looks into the camera at the end of Won’t Back Down and correctly pronounces a word she had previously stumbled over: “Hope.” Thank God for the smart-aleck in the audience who loudly responded: “Boo!” Whether or not that raspberry came from a member of [&hellip
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Housing Works Hosts party for ‘How to Survive a Plague’

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown, Uncategorized

DSC_0832 copy Photos by Aul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com Housing Works Bookstore Café in Soho was the perfect location for the documentary How to Survive a Plague’s after-party. The film, about HIV/AIDS activist groups ACT UP and TAG, which helped turn the virus from a death sentence to a treatable condition in the 1980s and 1990s, had its premiere at [&hellip
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Everything Means Something

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

CA-Pet-Shop-Boys-439x400 Pet Shop Boys find Elysium on new CD With an ear bent toward eternity, British pop-duo Pet Shop Boys and L.A. producer Andrew Dawson find the sublime sound (minimalist yet California-warm) befitting Elysium–the mythical resting place of fallen heroes in classical Greek philosophy (a pre-Christian concept of Heaven). Closing the first half of the album titled Elysium, “Breathing [&hellip
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