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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Going Dutch

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“Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals,” a jewel of an exhibition, represents the collaboration of two gems of institutions: the Frick and the Mauritshuis, both of which showcase small but world-class collections in stately mansions. While the Mauritshuis undergoes a renovation and expansion of its home in The Hague, it has loaned a selection of seventeenth-century Dutch [&hellip
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Pioneer/Horror Story

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

McConaughey tries too hard in Dallas Buyers Club How do you tell Ron Woodroof’s story so that it is both informative and enlightening? Woodroof, a not-altruistic Texas shitkicker who drank, drugged, chased tail and conned people, contracted AIDS in the mid-80s then became a self-made entrepreneur. He rejected the prescribed drug AZT (a prophetic decision), [&hellip
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No Thinking Allowed

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

Hunger Games 2 never catches fire By the time Philip Seymour Hoffman enters The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with his usual post-Oscar smugness, viewers are so worn out from the brackish color and over-complicated plot nonsense that no one in the audience I saw it with laughed upon hearing Hoffman’s character name, Plutarch Heavensbee—or maybe [&hellip
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Re-launching the Ready-mades

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

L’Objet Trouve in Chelsea and Spiegelman uptown 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the debut of Marcel Duchamp’s art-world shaking piece Bicycle Wheel. By mounting a bicycle wheel on an old wooden stool and declaring it “art,” Duchamp effectively set the 20th Century art world in motion.  To celebrate the act that launched a million artists, [&hellip
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Go Where the Energy Flows

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

Dardo Galletto bring Tango’s melody and beat to local New York When the legendary Fazil’s dance studio near Times Square closed in 2008, the ethnic dance community was shattered.  Fazil’s was a home, a family, a space where hundreds of dancers, musicians, and aficionados spent twelve hours a day.  No one imagined that New York [&hellip
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All About Face

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

Paul Giamatti and Phil Morrison unravel indie cynicism   The reliably dyspeptic Paul Giamatti can also show a kind face although few filmmakers bother to feature that aspect, probably because it can veer into self-pitying mush (as in Cinderella Man, his Oscar-consolation-nomination after being snubbed for Sideways) but director Phil Morrison reins Giamatti perfectly in All [&hellip
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Eye on Auctions

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

Memorabilia and more Tribal art, rare fossils, Hollywood memorabilia, Latin American and American works of art, fine books, important autographs, modern decorative arts and design–there is much to enjoy at upcoming auction previews. Open to the public free of charge, the exhibitions may prove a welcome respite to the crowds of sightseers and tourists flooding [&hellip
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