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Just Do Art!  Sept. 25, 2013

INDIA MUSIC WEEK When they’re not adding wax to that 2 million-plus library of recordings, the ARChive of Contemporary Music is cooking up new ways to collect records. The Downtown non-profit can already lay claim to having the world’s largest collection of popular music — and on Oct. 6, ARC hopes to secure a place read more here »

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Steely Dan delivers ‘The original classic thing’

Seven-night gig’s ‘more of the same’ hardly seems like enough BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  They haven’t given us any new studio tracks since 2003’s “Everything Must Go” — but the sun isn’t even close to setting on the sleek, sharp, intellectually stimulating band that Walter Becker and Donald Fagen named for an instrument of pleasure read more here »

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Axe fanatic Lydon, on what strums his strings  BY MICHAEL LYDON (michaelydon.com) | Guitar players are all a little nuts — I know, I’m one myself. We love our axes, as we call them, and we’re proud of their history that stretches back to the cithara of ancient Greece. We dream of the day when read more here »

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Trav S.D. interviews Angie Pontani, Founder and Director of the New York Burlesque Festival.  The festival is celebrating its 11th year, presenting more than 12o acts from around the world.

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Just Do Art! Sept. 19, 2013

“TWEET” EXHIBIT, AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS The Children’s Museum of the Arts, which recently celebrated its quarter century of promoting self-expression and esteem, is gearing up for a busy fall. Their permanent collection includes work created by children from around the world — and visitors to the museum, who write haiku and read more here »

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No new ground broken, but ‘Beasting’ still has teeth

A former public school teacher grades Miller’s dramatized memoir BY SARAH LANG  |  “Why You Beasting?” is a drama that depicts the journey of a first year high school English teacher in the Bronx, along with his students and fellow faculty members, as they grapple with challenges at all levels of the educational “system.” The read more here »

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Buhmann on Art

Rockman’s darkly surreal Bronx & Osinski’s Staten Island nostalgia BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  |  ALEXIS ROCKMAN: RUBICON  For almost three decades, Rockman has depicted a darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature. His new paintings and watercolors continue to draw on apocalyptic scenarios while remaining rich in meticulous scientific detail. The exhibition features read more here »

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At Metropolitan Playhouse, a season of justice

Revival puts a woman’s stamp on a ‘Man’s World’ BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Innovative, indefatigable and edging ever-closer to its own quarter century mark, the forward-looking, history-obsessed Metropolitan Playhouse is about to launch another season of exploring our country’s theatrical heritage while documenting the culturally dynamic neighborhood it calls home. “Justice” is the theme uniting read more here »

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Out of the slums and into the fire

  Complicated characters & surprising developments anchor ‘Peninsula’ BY LILLIAN MEREDITH  |  In the dubious first moments of the otherwise terrific “Peninsula,” the audience is introduced to Tiago, a beautiful Brazilian man, suspended under water. We know he’s under water because he tells us so, in a first person poetic monologue. “I am under the read more here »

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Saviors of Pop

Contemporary artists distill viral rhythms that make you hum BY VONYX (soundcloud.com/mikawvawn) | I have a personal battle with pop music — more specifically, the radio pop of today. There were eras, many years ago, when pop music was deliciously corny and filtered from folk songs and other elements of our unique American musical traditions. read more here »

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