Theater for the People

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

Inside the Public Theater’s new public works initiative  At a luncheon in The Public Theater’s handsome library, artistic director, Oskar Eustis, sounded more like a preacher than an executive. “We need to reach people,” he says, “as many people as possible. Especially those who don’t think theater has anything to do with them and those [&hellip
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When Graffiti Was Great

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

Tagging gets its due at MCNY Do the names Dez, Doze, Phase 3, Dr. Revolt, Zephyr or Lady Pink sound familiar? If so you probably lived in or visited NYC during the 1970’s when these names were emblazoned on subway cars, buildings and billboards all around the five boroughs. Once considered the scrooge of urban life, [&hellip
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The Anti-Culture Follies

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

Up the Razzie Awards  Why do people who claim to like movies pay attention to The Razzies? Even in an era when it’s impossible for any single awards-giving group to claim any validity or legitimacy among the scores of prize-giving and awards-listing outfits, all rivaling each other, The Razzies are impossible to take seriously.  Problem [&hellip
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Hitting History Hard

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

Frohawk Two Feathers brings revolution to art and politics Frohawk Two Feathers is re-writing American history.  In his current exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery, “Heartbreaking and Shit, But That’s the Globe. The Battle of Manhattan,” he has re-imagined the conquest of North America from a very different point of view than what you were taught [&hellip
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DeTocqueville Goes West

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

Del Toro and Desplechin play post-colonial brotherhood in Jimmy P Benecio Del Toro’s Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot tribesman undergoing medical tests at the Menninger Clinic in 1940s Topeka, Kansas, speaks in measured phrases sending his thoughts and feelings through the medium of the white man’s dominant English. But this extraordinary characterization also illustrates the physical [&hellip
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P.C. Ping Pong

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

Philomena sentimentalizes motherhood and chips away at religion Philomena reveals its cynicism when BBC political journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) initially refuses to take on an assignment: “Human interest stories are for weak-minded, vulgar, ignorant people” says the supercilious Brit professional (a Coogan specialty but worn out after 24 Hour Party People). He invites a [&hellip
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Eye on Auctions

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

Quiet and quality on the rise for aficionados The next few weeks are relatively quiet in the NY auction world. Much of the activity takes place at Swann Galleries as indicated below, and the previews merit a visit. Refer to the websites for schedules, illustrated catalogues–and sometimes videos, blogs, and press releases about highlights.    [&hellip
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Jubilation in the Jungle

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

Javier Dzul’s Mayan rituals rewrite life out of chaos Mexico Maya, the latest work from choreographer Javier Dzul, would be unfathomable without knowing that Dzul grew up in the jungle.  The title of the work refers to the Mayan tribal community in Mexico where Dzul was raised and learned Mayan ritual dance. Conceived in three [&hellip
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