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BY JIM MELLOAN | Sometime in 1965 or ’66, I recall seeing an album by Tom Jones in Baron’s, the local drug store in Westfield, NJ. I thought he was the ugliest man I’d ever seen. Looking back on his album covers now, I can’t imagine which one it was. He doesn’t look at all bad […]

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BY REVEREND JEN (rev-jen.com) | This morning, I had a conversation with my boyfriend, Joe, which went something like this: Me: I would really love a burrito from Puebla Coffee Shop. Joe: It’s closed. Me: We could go to Benny’s Burrittos. Joe: It’s closed. Me: A falafel from Bereket? Joe: Closed. I wish we could go to […]

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THE UPPER ROOM What happens to the back-to-the-land movement when the sea threatens to claim the soil meant to sustain its participants? Set on an island off the north coast of Maine, the members of a one-thriving commune can all fit around a lone table. There, they gather to confront the changing environment — in […]

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BY TRAV S.D. | (travsd.wordpress.com) | One of the strongest links bridging the contemporary Downtown arts world with its avant-garde heyday of the late 1960s is the continued presence of performance art legend Penny Arcade. She was still a teenager when she moved to New York and had the good fortune to be immediately embraced […]

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BY TRAV S.D. | The theatre is Lucy Van Pelt and her football; I am Charlie Brown. I keep getting sweet-talked back, but it’s really just a trick, and this is what inevitably happens: I went to see “39 Steps” on assignment for this publication. The next day, I voluntarily opted not to write the review […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN | South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s newest book, unlike his others, is intensely personal. “Kin” is about family and about country and Hugo’s relationship with both. Photographed over the last eight years, Hugo calls this collection of color portraits, still lifes, cityscapes, and landscapes “an engagement with the failure of the South […]

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IDEAS CITY Riffing on “The Invisible City” as its theme, this installment of the New Museum’s annual three-day event will explore transparency, surveillance, citizenship, suppression, participation, dissent, and expression — all within the context of how we strive to be a part of, disappear into, or define the ever-evolving urban centers we choose to call […]

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| BY SCOTT STIFFLER THE FLATIRON HEX The Empire State Building has it beat on height — but mere blocks away, an equally iconic (and just as sexy) structure straddles Fifth & Broadway, has a district named after it and played The Daily Bugle in several “Spider-Man” films. Now, New York’s only building shaped like […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | 2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE The New Museum’s Triennial signifies the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world. Besides providing an important platform for an emergent generation of contemporary artists, it embodies the institution’s 37-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. This […]

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SVA’S 26th DUSTY FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL Some of our favorite film fests can be found at The School of Visual Arts’ wonderfully comfortable two-screen 23rd St. theatre (the pugilist-themed Shadow Box Film Festival, the Chelsea Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival). So it’s nice to see them rolling out the red carpet for some of their own. SVA’s Dusty […]

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