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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Today’s youth could pick up a few tips about personal growth and social grace in the teen years by attending a Pen Parentis Literary Salon. Too bad they’re ineligible for this 21+ event, where you can mingle with authors equally dedicated to their biological and creative progeny. The launch of season […]

BY SEAN EGAN | At the behest of a friend, and against my better judgment, I entered the Lincoln Center AMC on the evening of April 29, 2015 and braced myself for a 29-hour marathon of the 11 movies that comprised the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Resigned to dropping all semblance of adult responsibility and […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | This is the first New York museum exhibition of Albert Oehlen, a pioneering German painter who can be linked to several of the best known post-war artists of that country. Having studied with Sigmar Polke and associated closely with Jörg Immendorff in the 1970s, he also collaborated with Martin Kippenberger in the 1980s. Born […]

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FringeNYC Review by Scott Stiffler THE UNIVERSE OF MATT JENNINGS Writer: Matt Jennings / Director: Levi Austin Morris 1 hour There are only slightly more stars in heaven than there are one-person shows about growing up and growing into yourself. But by planting a rainbow flag firmly in the domain of sci-fi mega-fandom, Matt Jennings — […]

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FringeNYC Review: Dead Lunch, or Who Prays for Bad Weather?” Writer & Director: Tony Borden 1 hour, 25 min.    BY SEAN EGAN | Tony Borden’s new play, “Dead Lunch, or Who Prays for Bad Weather?,” is a comedy set in a world that is, unfortunately, all too familiar to many — the wonderful, horrible, tedious […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Take a hike, TKTS. Put a brick in it, Ticketmaster. Keep your pablum, “Phantom.” For less than what it costs to stand at the back of a Broadway house, you can sit in the air-conditioned comfort of a Downtown theater while watching a FringeNYC performance — and have a decent chance of […]

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  BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Dedicated theatergoers will boast that they sat through epic plays like “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” the unedited “Hamlet” or “Angels in America” — but there is a show running Off-Off Broadway that tasks audiences with a four and a half hour adventure performed in a single afternoon. What’s most […]

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BY PUMA PERL | Sometime in the spring of 2009, a guy named Mike Geffner contacted me through a friend. He had started a poetry venue in the unlikely setting of a Forest Hills vegan restaurant, and invited me to read. He wasn’t a poet. He didn’t even know many poets, so where did he […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Moss has never had much of a chance to grow on the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. The triangle of land on which it sits has done time as a courthouse, a market, and a women’s prison. For the past 40 years, a city-run community garden has […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW, 1960–1971: This major survey of the early works of Yoko Ono brings together 125 objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials. The works were made in New York, Tokyo and London: three cities where Ono lived during the first decade of […]

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