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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  |  In March of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new, alarming statistic. In the United States, one in every 68 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. That is nearly twice as many as reported in 2000. Current studies question whether autism is an unfortunate bi-product […]

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BY SEAN EGAN |  Mike Nelson and Tommy Wiseau are men intimately familiar with devoted cult followings — the former for aiming his wry comedic voice at cinematic detritus, and the latter for being the multi-hyphenate behind one of the most notorious “bad movies” of all time. On April 17, their sensibilities will collide at […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  While Hollywood continues its trend toward a dearth of female directors, the Tribeca Film Festival has bucked it — featuring work from 30 women, in a lineup unspooling April 15–26. Cara Cusumano, senior programmer, said that the festival has always been supportive of female directors and noted that it was […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  New Mexico, the late ’70s: Cheryl King is having problems with her live-in boyfriend — he wants her out of the apartment. King knows she needs a job, but waiting tables is unappealing. She passes a topless club with a sign reading “Dancers Wanted.” Okay, she thinks, that might work. […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN   |  “Kill City” is literally the inside story about a group of people — mostly teenagers and twentysomethings — who needed a place to live and created a community of “squats” on the Lower East Side. When photographer and School of Visual Arts student Ash Thayer found herself on the verge […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  HARD SPARKS:  “R & J & Z”  Talk about love among the ruins. With the Black Death in full swing, a scrappy playwright by the name of William Shakespeare penned “Romeo and Juliet” — in which two kids from warring clans fall hard for each other then promptly drop dead. […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART: BRAINWAVE FESTIVAL  Good art makes you think, but great art changes the way you think. It happens all the time at the Rubin Museum of Art. Through April, their Brainwave Festival explores Buddhist notions of attachment and happiness. Pairing artists with scientists, the “Conversation” series includes “Bouquet […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  |  New York’s gallery districts have been in constant flux since the 1980s. Whereas 57th St. was the city’s first and main art center for decades, it has shifted multiple times since, most notably to Chelsea beginning in the 1990s. However, due to major developments East and West of the High Line, […]

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BY SEAN EGAN  |  Ah, Easter Sunday. We all know how it goes. The sun is shining, the grass is green and new, the brightly colored eggs are hidden — and the giant, six-foot-tall rabbits are waiting to fight you tooth and nail for possession of them… Uh, wait. An Easter experience as demented as […]

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BY SEAN EGAN  |  There’s no real reason that “Amour Fou” should work as well as it does. On paper, it seems to encompass all of the elements that drive people away from so-called “art house cinema.” Its story is a downer. The themes and ideas it plays with are complex and heady — and […]

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