Pynchon Soup for the Postmodern Soul

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

Visionary author takes the modern world to the Bleeding Edge In his new novel Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon uses the word “postmodern” for the first time in his fiction – a notable event in the career of this supposed American postmodern novelist par excellence. The word crops up in a few places, including a description [&hellip
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Back to the Basics of the Bard

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

Rylance re-invents Shakespeare at the Belasco It is fitting that the Globe Shakespeare company’s new repertory event appear at New York City’s most dramatically beautiful venue, The Belasco Theater. Its recently renovated, sumptuous, layered designed—both theater and sanctuary, offering volume, ornamentation and radiance–makes an on-stage performance special. Imagination and skill are represented in a jewel box–as [&hellip
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Soul for Foodies

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

The Cecil cooks up Harlem history Former Time-Warner CEO Richard Parsons and his wife opened two new restaurants in Harlem, Minton’s and The Cecil as a neighborhood restoration to bring back the local legendary 1930’s/1940’s jazz club Minton’s Playhouse and its aura. The revived Playhouse also resides in the original location uptown but has been redesigned [&hellip
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Working Class Art Hero

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

Spiegelman’s comix and more in local exhibition Much has been written about Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel that recounts the harrowing tale of Spiegelman’s parents’ experience and survival in Auschwitz. Much has been written about Spiegelman, the New Yorker magazine artist who produced challenging covers that addressed real New York issues. The Feb [&hellip
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David O. Russell’s Stock Company

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

American Hustle is GoodFellas and Boogie Nights done right David O. Russell goes to the 1970s to satirize contemporary Americana in American Hustle. If the title sounds both plain and pretentious, it takes a sense of humor like Russell’s to get over those hurdles and he does it with his new stock company of actors–great talents [&hellip
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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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