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Just Do Art, Week of April 3, 2014

THE CARTER BURDEN GALLERY The Carter Burden Center for the Aging promotes the well-being of individuals 60 and older through direct social services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. A few years back, they broadened the scope of their mission statement by helping to promote the work of NYC’s re-emerging read more here »

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Cross-Culturalism at the core of Meridian 23’s sounds and tastes

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  You won’t need a plane ticket to experience sounds and tastes from across the globe, as a uniquely cross-cultural nightclub and live music venue will soon open its doors in Chelsea. Meridian 23, located at 161 West 23rd St. (btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.), aims to bring a genre-blending mix of read more here »

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Band expands horizons, and lung capacity

BY MICHAEL LYDON  |  On a grey and snowy Tuesday morning in the East Village, a trickle of seniors citizens, bundled up in puffy winter coats, hats pulled over their ears, scarves wrapped around their necks and instrument cases large and small in their gloved hands, made their way to the Third Street Music School read more here »

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Buhmann on Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  stephaniebuhmann.com  |  MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO: THE MINUS OBJECTS 1965-1966 Born in Biella, Italy, in 1933, Pistoletto is best known for his Mirror Paintings and Minus Objects, which were fundamental to the birth of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s. This exhibition focuses on the latter series, which radically upended the prevailing art trends read more here »

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Irish Prime Minister Pledges Partnership with Hell’s Kitchen Arts Center

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As he spoke to a beaming crowd in the cramped lobby of the Irish Arts Center (IAC) on St. Patrick’s Day, Enda Kenny (Ireland’s prime minister) recalled his favorite work by the legendary poet Seamus Heaney. It was “Lovers on Aran” — a brief meditation on Ireland’s Aran Islands and the read more here »

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On his rowdy Bowery, ‘the hook’ was born

BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  Sunday, March 23, marked the birthday of a once-important, now-forgotten New York theatrical impresario, politico and all-around mover and shaker named Henry Clay Miner (1842-1900). Miner began his adult life in the approved Bowery Boy fashion, as a city cop and volunteer fireman. He also obtained a degree in pharmacy read more here »

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Just Do Art, Week of March 20, 2014

  BOOK LAUNCH: A LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY Even when working as “ESPO” and tagging late 1990s-era NYC with graffiti, the artful mark Stephen Powers was leaving on public spaces seemed to be just as much a product of genuine affection as expansive ego. These days, the indelible impressions he leaves around the world read more here »

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The Springtime Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  As prophesied in my last column, my boyfriend of almost four years dumped me two days before Valentine’s Day. I realize I’m not the easiest person to date — but it’s not like I advertised sanity. (Note: hoping this is a Richard Burton/Liz Taylor temporary thing.) Adding to the fun read more here »

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From the train station to the stage, grooves keep growing

BY SAM SPOKONY |  For millenia, the harrowing descent into the underworld — whether it be Egyptian, Greek or Judeo-Christian — has left mythical travelers with some infinitely valuable knowledge or possession, some new sense of truth. And while I certainly wouldn’t claim that the New York City subway turns all its resident performers into read more here »

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BRYAN AND THE AARDVARKS There’s no simple way to label the harmonically swirling sound of Bryan and the Aardvarks. Is it jazz? Yes, probably. Is it chamber pop? One would think so. Or could it fit within some intricately lush movie soundtrack? Well, you could make the case for that too. But regardless of how anyone read more here »

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