Key Krazy

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

Notes from a piano extravaganza  Jerome Rose presides over the annual piano extravaganza at Mannes College. More formally, this extravaganza is the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, or IKIF. Rose is its founder and director. IKIF takes place in the second half of July. And, every year, Rose gives the opening recital. This year, he [&hellip
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Ryan and Nick Meet Leo and Marty

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town

Only God Forgives is a decadent drag act Ryan Gosling plays DiCaprio to Nicholas Winding Refn’s Scorsese–acting out an adolescent idea of manliness in Drive and now Only God Forgives. But sulky Gosling lacks DiCaprio’s hammy brio just as Refn lacks Scorsese’s flamboyance, so he mopes and broods; practicing a weak swagger amidst Refn’s brutal, [&hellip
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It’s Time for Kronos

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

Popular Quartet begins three-week season at Lincoln Center Out of Doors “It’s our biggest festival,” says David Harrington, the Kronos Quartet founder and violinist, referring to Lincoln Center Out of Doors. It opens a three- week season on July 24 with a five-day program celebrating the famed music group’s 40th anniversary.  He is on the [&hellip
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Toys Are Rust

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

Dusting off Del Toro’s fatally childish Pacific Rim After Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel brought visual ingenuity, emotion and moral gravity to the sci-fi spectacular, it’s hard to settle for over-the-top childishness like Pacific Rim. Director Guillermo del Toro favors frivolous exaggeration–the world under attack by Kaiju, gargantuan sea monsters. Mankind fights back by building [&hellip
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Praise Yeezus

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

Idylls of Self-Projection It’s fitting Kanye West kicked off the promotional campaign for his new album Yeezus with a series of 66 projections, many of which were reportedly unsanctioned by authorities, of the New Slaves video onto landmark buildings throughout the world. Yeezus is all about projection. Just ask Lou Reed, whose July 3 review [&hellip
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Le Corbusier’s People and Places

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

Exposing the soul of a thinker at MoMA The MOMA’s exhibit of Le Corbusier opens on a defensive note. Jean-Louis Cohen, the show’s curator, wants to “re-skew Le Corbusier from his bad reputation of constructing generic buildings.” Cohen aims to prove that the Swiss architect, often blamed for the brutal, “towers in the park” style [&hellip
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Swaghili: Learn It. Know It. Live It

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

Why Kanye West’s New Slaves matters Performance art is dead. At least it felt that way until Kanye West’s New Slaves–an in situ projection that played in 66 cities around the world. Kanye’s single-take recitation of the song “New Slaves” stared back at its spectators, a rare, unexpected video reminder cinema’s power when writ large. [&hellip
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Men with Movie Cameras

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

In Museum Hours and Upstream Color, two American filmmakers become disciples of Dziga Vertov  Go back to Dziga Vertov’s 1929 Man with a Movie Camera, the still striking montage experiment (available on Kino Home Video) to find the root concept of two recent art movies, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color. Museum [&hellip
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