Shakespeare Comes to Harlem 

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Classic Theater of Harlem’s new season When Puck casts his magic spell over love besotted royalty and fairies in Shakespeare’s joyful A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the splendid new Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park July 13-30, the setting won’t be ancient Greece nor the music Elizabethan. Thanks to the brilliant Classic Theater of [&hellip
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Diary of a Statistic

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

A star turn becomes social protest in Fruitvale Station Young Black males rarely get such a smoothly beautiful portrait as in Fruitvale Station. Actor Michael B. Jordan (who was the Obama-like candidate for Student Council President in last year’s Chronicle) gives this year’s most powerfully affecting performance in Fruitvale Station. From making love to his [&hellip
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Mid-Year Reckoning

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

Tallying the year’s best films — so far That Kanye West’s outdoors projection New Slaves was the most exciting cinematic event of the first half of 2013 sets a high standard. But it’s been an exceptionally fine movie year so far which makes the mid-year reckoning full of excellence, an interconnected story of good cinema. [&hellip
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The New McCarthyism

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

Heat proves girls can be gross too Pity Sandra Bullock rehashing her straight-laced shtick from many years and one Oscar ago as FBI agent Ashburn in The Heat. Instead of graduating to mature, sophisticated comic fare, the likable Bullock falls victim to Hollywood’s box-office sexism, the New McCarthyism.  Bullock’s desperate, unfunny routines in The Heat [&hellip
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Art of the Mind

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

[UN]SEEN finds art in Hell’s Kitchen As the steamroller of development moves, seemingly unstoppable, through Manhattan, we see the loss of many things that lured us to the city in the first place. Amongst the first to fall have been music, performance and art spaces that once nurtured the young, the experimental and the under-represented [&hellip
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Pop Meets Expressionism

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

Warhol and Munch: Outsiders together at last Andy Warhol was a great champion of the Outsider: is it any surprise that he eventually made his own version of that most alienated piece of art, The Scream? It’s all a little bit surreal, of course, but right now Scandinavia House is exhibiting a series of Warhol [&hellip
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Vamping Pro Life

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

Neil Jordan’s conscientious horror film demands attention   One story isn’t enough for Neil Jordan. Byzantium is full of twists and turns, memories and revelations that zigzag through the tortured history of men, women, birth, death, sexuality as well as the history of Irish and English literature and Catholic guilt. Two female vampires, teenage Eleanor [&hellip
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