All That Jazz Has Gone Away

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

Many small jazz clubs have disappeared from Manhattan, but there are still places to go for intimate sessions and great atmosphere Bradley’s, Sweet Basil: if these names have a mythic aura, there’s a good reason. They’re now gone, but jazz greats used to play there, sometimes for little or no cover; the Village neighborhood knew [&hellip
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The Two Thirties

Written by Marsha McCreadie on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

FIT exhibit shows that fashion rose above Depression in the 1930s It’s a tough sell, to make a case for the 1930s high steppin’ fashions as the bedrock for our age’s easy-going, form-fitting but casually loose looks and functional clothing. But the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology does it, in a show called [&hellip
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General assembly opens in old Hurricane Club space

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

General Assembly Restaurant and Bar opened March 5 in the former Hurricane Club Steak and Sushi space on 360 Park Avenue South at 26th Street. Chef Craig Koketsu, formerly of Quality Meats and the now-shuttered Park Avenue, helms the kitchen at the massive, 170-seat restaurant. Diners can expect seasonal dishes featuring locally-sourced ingredients, such as [&hellip
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Classical Music, Cafe-Style

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

Tiny Caffe Vivaldi offers crowdsourced classical concerts West Village This month and next, little Caffe Vivaldi in the West Village will join the ranks of institutions like Carnegie Hall as a place to hear great classical music. Why? Because a husband and wife team likes to throw intimate birthday parties and celebrations for composers such [&hellip
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A Thousand and One Points of Light

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

Winter’s Tale and Invisible contrast the visual art of cinema Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel’s lighting in Winter’s Tale is only not banal when Deschanel illustrates the film’s sub-theme (that everything in life is connected by light) and shows refracted sunlight bouncing through a room off a cache of jewels fondled by arch villain Soames (Russell Crowe) [&hellip
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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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