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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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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For Matilda’s director, rats at $15,000-a-month

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

Broadway director Matthew Warchus found himself living with rodents, maggots and bedbugs in his pricey West End Avenue rental Upper West Side On April 11 of last year, the musical “Matilda” opened to some of the best reviews of the Broadway season. But any celebration at the $15,000-a-month Upper West Side brownstone that the show’s [&hellip
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