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Just Do Art: July 30, 2015

  FREIGHT: THE FIVE INCARNATIONS OF ABEL GREEN Alphonse Nicholson plays one African-American man given five different fates, in Howard L. Craft’s time-tripping tour of American history. Minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor and out-of-work mortgage broker comprise the titular “Incarnations,” within whose abilities and limitations Abel Green must navigate the gray areas of […]

BY ALICIA GREEN | Like a fireworks display whose grand finale dazzles with its power and versatility, The Joyce Theater closed its 2013 season with a festival showcasing ballet’s range of expressive styles — everything from neo-classical to contemporary, with a focus on “choreographers and dancers who are working outside the traditional large company milieu.” […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com) | Featuring works by Meghan Boody, Joe Fig, Julie Heffernan, Gail LeBoff, Ethan Murrow and Virginia Wagner, this well-conceived exhibition is inspired by depictions of alternate worlds that are rooted in the imagination. The works, which differ in style and aesthetic, translate as dreamscapes and fantastical landscapes. They describe a place where […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | This exhibition features a selection of Forge’s paintings and works on paper from 1990 to the time of his death in 2002. In addition to being a distinguished painter, Forge was a prominent and influential teacher and critic. In fact, he is best known for his writings on Klee, Degas, Monet, […]

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BY TRAV S.D. (travsd.wordpress.com) | When the popular entertainer Sophie Tucker passed away in 1966 at the age of 79, she was an international institution. A contemporary of Al Jolson’s, her career had lasted 60 years, spanning three generations. Both the Marx Brothers and the Beatles made jokes about her in their acts; in both […]

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  DANDY DARKLY’S “TRIGGER HAPPY” If Aesop and Rod Serling locked lips after hopping into a malfunctioning transporter pod filled with confetti bearing Rip Taylor’s DNA, the creature coming out on the other end might resemble something like Dandy Darkly. But then again no, because there is nothing in all of creation quite like this […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS | “Five on the Black Hand Side/Dapline!” generates plenty of punch from the intricate handshakes most commonly associated with Black men. They called them DAP during the Vietnam War, when Black soldiers found that “dignity and pride” could maintain their social cohesion during times of trauma — whether looking for enemies in […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | History thrown at you like a hard left hook is the signature move of Rebel Theater Company — and they’ve scored another jarring knockout with “Trail of Tears,” currently on the boards at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an East Village venue as steeped in art and activism as its young resident troupe. […]

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BY SEAN EGAN | In New York, it’s become an unfortunate fact of life that undeveloped land will be inevitably snatched up and renovated — so much so that few would give a second thought to the development of the Municipal Parking Lot near Ludlow and Broome Streets. Few, save for the creative team behind […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Pace Gallery’s second solo exhibition of Lee Ufan follows his 2011 survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Born in 1936 in Korea, Ufan is a pioneering figure of both Japan’s Mono-ha (“School of Things”) movement of the 1960s and the Tansaekhwa school of Korean monochrome painting. He is best known for compositions […]

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