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  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 […]

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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 […]

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BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  After an absence of nine long years, a masterful melting pot of gender illusion, golden age Hollywood glam, highly skilled lip-synching and diva deification has returned to New York. From Pyramid Club to Tompkins Square Park to Club 57, the East Village incubators that hatched Lypsinka in the early 1980s are […]

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BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  Whether it’s a primal act of brutality, a virtuoso display of artistry or both is a matter of personal taste — but that hasn’t kept skeptics and hardcore fans alike from cheering during the training montage of “Rocky,” wincing during “Raging Bull” slugfests or shedding tears during that deathbed plea in […]

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In 1965, Ronald Tavel went from pitchman to playwright to papa of a new theatrical genre — when Andy Warhol took a look at the 22 scenarios he drafted for 16mm film adaptation by The Factory and suggested they be presented on the stage instead. Tavel recruited his younger brother Harvey to direct, then penned […]

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Cast the talent, not the type, goes an old showbiz axiom — and so it went at Metropolitan Playhouse, when the East Village theatrical heritage hawks found themselves scrambling for a replacement production to match their already-hired ensemble. Specializing in early American (almost always public domain) works, Metropolitan was set to revive George M. Cohan’s virtually […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Even if you’ve never seen a Tarot deck, visited a psychic to discover “what’s in the cards” or believed in the supernatural, the 24 photographs in Victoria Goldman’s latest exhibition will open your eyes to the imagery and mythology behind Tarot. Goldman’s misty, soft-focus interpretations may also help you understand why […]

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Returning home to Florida from tours of duty in Iraq, three soldiers find themselves in a very different land of sun and sand that has little use for their skills. With big ambitions and no money, Matt, Rick and Oats get together for an “operation” that will either solve their financial problems or destroy their […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC   |  Fresh out of Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, Pratt and the New York Studio School, a network of young artists banded together to start a co-operative. Nearly 45 years later, their legacy is being highlighted in an exhibition that showcases work from the late sixties to the […]

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BY SCOTT SITFFLER  |  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 […]

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