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BY SCOTT STIFFLER MONK IN MOTION:  THE NEXT FACE OF JAZZ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute’s annual partnership concert series returns, with performances by the finalists from 2014’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Three top trumpet players emerged from a Gala Concert event last November, chosen by a judging panel […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | Hailed by the Italian publication Effetto Arte for her surreal works that integrate digital and traditional tools of the trade, painter Anya Rubin excels at depicting a culture struggling to evolve at the same pace as technology. Floating brains, human bodies with animal heads, selfie portraits and the frequent presence of a […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER MRS. MAYFIELD’S FIFTH-GRADE CLASS OF ‘93 20-YEAR REUNION Created in collaboration with the original 2013 cast — five of whom got back together for this current production — this self-professed “party play” has its own tale to tell about the reunion of a once-tight ensemble. “When you’re in fifth grade, childhood becomes […]

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BY PUMA PERL  (pumaperl.blogspot.com)  |  I met Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes for the first time at the HOWL Festival in Tompkins Square Park, close to ten years ago. They were manning their Three Rooms Press table, an operation that they co-founded in 1993 whose name references a theme (the parameters that one needs to get […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Can a parent choose a favorite child? Linda Shelton, executive director for The Joyce Theater, has a similar dilemma when talking about the upcoming spring/summer season of dance. “I’m really looking forward to all of it,” Shelton remarked during a recent interview. “When I look at this list, I’m excited […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  No man is an island? Try telling that to the man without a country. Casting its net across time, place, culture, the search for self and the need for a greater purpose, playwright Kyoung H. Park’s script for “Tala” is as tangled and conflicted and contemplative as you’d expect from […]

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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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