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Declaration of interdependence

Declaration of interdependence

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Two kinds of people in this world” says the great Lindsay Buckingham song “Go Insane,” which boils each and every one of us down to “winners, losers.” It’s easy (and fun, and convenient!) to see things in strict black and white terms. Mix the two extremes just a little bit, though, […]

Four friends, many spirits

Four friends, many spirits

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Stare into a champagne flute and you’ll find little beyond a fleet of rising bubbles and the prospect of a momentary buzz — but sink your peepers down a glass of whisky after a few lusty swigs, and the dark brown liquid becomes a portal to “blurry, sloppy, boozy and blind” […]

Ten top flicks and honorable mentions

Ten top flicks and honorable mentions

BY SEAN EGAN  |  Making year-end lists is something of a difficult and arbitrary task, as comparing the relative quality of radically different films against each other becomes an exercise in trying to pick apples over oranges. That being said, 2014 seems to be an even more difficult year than most to write a “best […]

Behind the bar, to serve and preserve

Behind the bar, to serve and preserve

BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Chances are the Terminal Bar wasn’t what Frank Sinatra had in mind when he famously sang, “It’s quarter to three, there’s no one in the place except you and me.” Nah, the Terminal Bar was a dump, a real dive and a hell of a watering hole that some called “the […]

Just Do Art on New Year’s Day

Just Do Art on New Year’s Day

BY SCOTT STIFFLER THE POETRY PROJECT’S 41st ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON BENEFIT READING Founded in 1966 by the late Paul Blackburn — when displaced Lower East Side coffeehouse poets were welcomed into the St. Marks Church artist/activist fold — The Poetry Project’s mission to “promote, foster and inspire the reading and writing of contemporary […]

No pause for ‘Effects’ festival

No pause for ‘Effects’ festival

Curated by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson, the Special Effects festival is a brick and mortar articulation of their online Contemporary Performance Network — a forum where artists, presenters, scholars and festival organizers can meet, share work and collaborate. Contemporary Performance fest burns bright for three nights This three-day event at the Wild Project gathers […]

Burton’s weird, but not unwelcome, change of pace

Burton’s weird, but not unwelcome, change of pace

BY SEAN EGAN   |  This biopic has the strange distinction of being both one of the most and least Tim Burton-y movies Tim Burton has ever made. Signs of the goth-king auteur’s favorite themes and visual motifs abound from the opening sequence, depicting thousands of art posters being printed — a sight immediately reminiscent […]

Ho, Ho, Ho and Ha, Ha, Ha

Ho, Ho, Ho and Ha, Ha, Ha

A MURRAY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  |  It’s not quite the same as being eternally young, but classy impresario Murray Hill has been living up to his “hardest working middle-aged man in show business” moniker for two decades now, even going back before the iconic drag king’s 1996 mayoral bid. What a different town this would be […]

Ho Ho, Let’s Go: Holiday Arts

Ho Ho, Let’s Go: Holiday Arts

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK CAROLING  |  There are, of course, other trees in town this time of year — but our favorite is the 45-footer artfully framed by the Washington Square Park Arch. Tastefully (never overly) decorated, you’ll find no pricey skating rink standing between you and the photo op that’s served […]

Jerry Tallmer, 93, wrote with heart about the soul

Jerry Tallmer, 93, wrote with heart about the soul

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  When a theater critic passes away, those in his workplace orbit don’t normally rush to pen glowing testimonials. Most of them simply aren’t moved to do so, while the rest are too busy jockeying for position on the graveyard backhoe. The reaction to Jerry Tallmer’s death was, like his work, beyond […]