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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)  |  This first major US solo museum exhibition of Ofili will span the artist’s entire career, encompassing painting, drawing and sculpture. Over the past two decades, Ofili has become known for his vibrant, meticulously executed compositions that fuse elements derived from figuration, abstraction, folklore decoration and pop-cultural kitsch. His imagery is […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER TAYLOR MAC: “A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: 1900–1950s” Take your pick when referring to Taylor Mac, he of many hats (and heels, and the use of “judy” as a gender pronoun). A longtime presence on the NYC performance scene who continues to break new ground while leading the way, the venerable […]

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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, […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Finding an ample supply of flesh on display at the Slipper Room is a given — but whether it’s shocking or sexy is purely in the eye, and quite often the groin, of the beholder. That’s what makes the decadent burlesque venue such a good match for the brief run of […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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