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BY SCOTT STIFFLER    |  Well-rounded vigilantes don costumes, embrace their true identities, and risk their lives patrolling the mean streets of a square city unable to embrace their unconventional lifestyle — while twisted villains lurk in the shadows, hiding behind masks. That’s just one of the thrilling, action-packed aspects of this sassy, daffy, heartfelt, […]

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BY TRAV S.D. (travsd.wordpress.com)    |  Among Coney Island’s many attractions — the amusement parks, the beach, the boardwalk, the eateries, and Brooklyn Cyclones baseball — there lives one that is less noisome but just as significant and true to the spirit of the neighborhood. Nestled on the second floor of Coney Island USA, the same […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER 277DanceProject PRESENTS: “FLIGHT”  |  Choreographer Nicole Philippidis’ return to Dixon Place finds her troupe — 277DanceProject — executing a series of sometimes harsh, often fluid, deeply expressive maneuvers that explore the impact of city life on its inhabitants. Philippidis planted the seeds for “FLIGHT” by asking her dancers about the good, bad, […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  | Foot-stomping hill music of the Deep South feels right at home in the South Street Seaport. What started as a clever way to draw in some customers on usually quiet Monday nights has now turned into a cultural phenomenon and made the Cowgirl Seahorse (Front and Dover Sts.) the urban spot […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  Clean and sharply focused when it really should be scratched and cloudy, considering everything it’s been through, Puma Perl’s mirror has two equally unforgiving settings: rear view, and front and center. ‘Retrograde’ is a true rush “20 years since I shot my last speedball & I’m still losing teeth,” she […]

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BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com)    |  LIU CHANG: “LOVE STORY”  |  The first U.S. solo exhibition of the conceptual Chinese artist reflects on the social, economic, and political realities of contemporary China. Chang’s practice is rooted in quiet interventions and he often gathers personal details of others. This installation presents 500 used pulp fiction novels that […]

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BY SEAN EGAN    |  Even Doris Payne’s closest friends understand that she is nowhere near the charming, innocent old woman she appears to be on the surface. “Doris is no saint,” says her lifelong friend, Jean. “Her horns are holding her halo up. But she’s 80 years old — come on, give her a […]

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BY SEAN EGAN    | Even Doris Payne’s closest friends understand that she is nowhere near the charming, innocent old woman she appears to be on the surface. “Doris is no saint,” says her lifelong friend, Jean. “Her horns are holding her halo up. But she’s 80 years old — come on, give her a break!” […]

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Amore Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ Drawing on his undergraduate studies of traditional Japanese theater, as well as the expertise of several Japanese cast members, director Nathan Hull brings elements of Kabuki into this production of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera (which itself drew from an 1887 work by French novelist Pierre Loti, as well as the […]

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THE RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL  |  Consider yourself lucky: For the thirteenth annual edition of River to River (R2R), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has trimmed this normally month-long, totally free summer arts event down to a lean 11 days — without sacrificing any of the diversity we’ve come to expect from its dense blend […]

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