The Failure of Arts Education in Manhattan

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

Our city is getting a failing grade when it comes to arts education. My office just released a first-of-its-kind report, “State of the Arts,” showing that, after years of crippling cuts in Manhattan and other communities, 20 percent of our middle and high schools across New York City do not have a single, full-time certified [&hellip
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Debutante Debut

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

A coming of age tale gets the theatrical treatment   Upper West Side Playwright Ryann Weir and director Annie Tippe have an obsession with powerful women and female ensemble casts. Now their obsession takes center stage. Their original play “DEBUTANTE.” debuts on April 23 at Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Bernie Wohl Center, thanks in part [&hellip
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Three Sisters Open New Cafe

Written by Lauren Rothman on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit

The newly opened 80 Riverside Cafe features homemade baked goods and coffee Upper West Side The neighborhood has a new option for coffee and pastries. 80 Riverside Café opened on the corner of Riverside Drive and 80th Street just three weeks ago and serves a selection of home-baked cookies, croissants, and scones, as well as [&hellip
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Camp Gourmet

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

Sharing the message about healthy eating Viki Kappel Spain, M.Ed. is an all-agency camp food service consultant and an active member in the American Camp Association. She cooks, trains, and does consulting work for camps all over the U.S., and has been cooking in the camp industry since 1985. She answers questions about nutrition and [&hellip
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Breathing Life Into Music

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

Upper East Sider Chloe Temtchine on singing in church, Steve Martin, and being brave New York City is the place where Chloe Temtchine first heard the music that made her want to become a singer. It is also where she received her first standing ovation. That recognition was even more special because it came after [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit, Dining West Side Spirit

April 18 Committed: The Musical The West End Theater, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 W. 86th St. 6:30 p.m., $15 A dark and beautiful book musical about eight people working through the pain of their mental illnesses in a psychiatric institute. A theatrical experience that brings awareness to mental illness and with [&hellip
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Musical Spotlight on Mental Illness

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

Committed: The Musical explores the fictional world of a late-1980s psychiatric ward Upper West Side After the success of her recent parody musical, “50 Shades of Fucked Up,” writer, director and choreographer Tricia Brouk started writing what she thought was another comedy, settling on a psychiatric ward for the setting. But as she researched mental [&hellip
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Young Dancers Take Over 92Y

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

Teenage choreographers strut their stuff in weekend-long showcase Upper East Side The 92nd Street Y has long played host to some of the most celebrated contemporary dancers, companies and choreographers, including Alvin Ailey’s, Merce Cunningham’s, and Robert Joffrey’s companies. Some of New York City’s talented teenage choreographers can add their names to this impressive list. [&hellip
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Healthy Holidays

Written by Shari Portnoy on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dining Our Town Downtown, Dining West Side Spirit

A Manhattan nutritionist proposes some Passover and Easter alternatives Holidays and dieting aren’t usually found in the same sentence. But there is some good news for the health conscious: Local caterers do have flavorful, authentic foods for Easter and Passover minus the fat and calories. Passover People are looking for an alternative to brisket and [&hellip
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