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Armond White: Margaret’s DVD and Dust Bunnies Attempt to Rescue the Elite

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by Armond White Margaret’s DVD and Dust Bunnies attempt to rescue the elite Advance word on the DVD release of Kenneth Lonergan’s film Margaret hailed it as a “masterpiece” yet no one calls it a good movie because it isn’t even that. It’s the latest event from our era’s perverse herd mentality. A group of media cronies with [&hellip
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Moshe Givati puts Equus on Canvas

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equus-300x300 By Michaela Hirsch Peter Shaffer’s 1974 Broadway Play, Equus, sparked within Israeli artist Moshe Givati memories of moving to Israel from Romania in the midst of World War II. Unable to speak Hebrew, at the age of five, Givati turned to painting as his only means of expression. Givati often painted horses, whose power and [&hellip
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Oliver Stone’s New Media Experiment: Savages

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savages-new-clip-300x300-1 By John Demetry for City Arts First Penn Jillette’s passionate and principled radio attack on the racism and classism of Obama’s War on Drugs went viral, bringing politics to YouTube. Now, Oliver Stone uses the internet platform to bring art to advertising for Savages, his new dramatic film about marijuana trafficking opening July 6. Art [&hellip
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Armond White: Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” Exposes a Conspiracy

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ThatsMyBoy-300x300 If you didn’t get the Memo to hate Adam Sandler, his new movie That’s My Boy would seem another likable, if minor, entry in his continuing series of unexpectedly challenging human comedies. The anti-Sandler Memo is a follow-the-leader pact–not literally a missive but an unconscious social ideology that protects Hollywood’s status quo. It perverts honest, [&hellip
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The CityArts Interview with Director Mathieu Demy

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By Gregory Solman The son of the late French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and his formerly estranged wife Agnes Varda (Far from Vietnam, The Gleaners and I), Mathieu Demy sees his first directorial feature Americano as a riposte to his mother’s 1981 film Documenteur: An Emotion Picture. One of Varda’s many [&hellip
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Armond White: How Tony are the Tony Awards?

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

  ‘Clybourne Park’ questions American and theater history by Armond White If the award for Best Play goes to Clybourne Park at the June 10 Tony Awards ceremony, will it put the Tonys on “the right side of history”? That particular aphorism entered popular speech during the 2008 presidential campaign (in a rare Obama reference [&hellip
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Taryn Simon’s Daunting Portraits at the MoMA

Written by Marsha McCreadie 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

  Taryn Simon’s gotcha pics guilt the art world by Marsha McCreadie One is always suspicious of an exhibit where you have to strain to “get it” by going to the wall text, then to the images, then back to the text, and so on. Such is the case with A Living Man Declared Dead [&hellip
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British Pop Trio Saint Etienne Release New Album

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Saint Etienne explore pop—exquisitely By Ben Kessler “My momma said don’t go There’s nothing for you there…” —Saint Etienne, “Heading for the Fair” In James Joyce’s “Araby,” the third story in Dubliners, a pubescent boy shows up late to the eponymous fair, hoping to find a gift that will earn him the affection of a [&hellip
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Martin Puryear’s Exhibition at the McKee Gallery Reflects Movement

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

Martin Puryear’s universe By Melissa Stern Martin Puryear is a man on the move. In his current exhibition at McKee Gallery, almost all of the pieces refer in one way or another to an act of movement, whether literal, as in the pieces “The Rest” and “The Load,” which are on wheels, or metaphoric, like [&hellip
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Tailored Excess

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noise Gossip and Xenomania make joyful noise By Ben Kessler Arkansas-bred indie band Gossip (née The Gossip; like Facebook, they dropped the definite article) came to A Joyful Noise, their fifth studio album, having exhausted the exhortative possibilities of millennial dance-punk. Ahead of the pop culture curve, singer Beth Ditto went the distance—shorter than it seems—from [&hellip
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