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[media-credit name="Photo courtesy of the filmmakers and Rebecca Lepkoff " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Rebecca Lepkoff’s “Lower East Side, 1947.” BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  ORDINARY MIRACLES: THE PHOTO LEAGUE’S NEW YORK  Director Nina Rosenblum’s documentary film pays tribute to an influential group of artists and socially progressive truth-seekers working in the medium of still photography. From 1936-1951, read more here »

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Filmmaker recalls the dreamy magic of bygone

[media-credit name="Photo by Jim Jarmusch " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Sara Driver, on a kinder, gentler Bowery.  New York Anthology retrospective reveals small but significant body of work BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Have a conversation with filmmaker Sara Driver about New York cinema and city life in and around the 1980s and you’ll soon notice her habitual, read more here »

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Vultures of fate wheel, deal and scream omens

Clouds gather on eve of India & Pakistan Partitio BY JERRY TALLMER  |  In August 1947, when at long last the British coldly washed their hands of India by partitioning that powder keg into two separate halves (one Hindu, one Muslim), two peoples who had been living together in some simulacrum of peace for hundreds read more here »

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Stunt Lab

STUNT LAB Pay attention, kids: Mark Hayward and Jonathan Burns are living proof that you CAN spend a good deal of your youth playing with toys and making farting noises with your armpits — and still grow up to be a success. If it worked for them, it can work for you! Yo-yo champ Hayward read more here »

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Hot Pstromi

HOT PSTROMI and “A BINTEL BRIEF” AT THE MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET  The Museum at Eldridge Street’s continues its yearlong celebration marking the 125th anniversary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue — and, in the process, acknowledging the artistic contributions of America’s Jewish immigrant community. On March 18, old world sounds get a new school spin read more here »

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Anniversaries and annual things

Music, dance, film and forum contemplate and celebrate THE FLEA THEATER’S “DANCE CONVERSATIONS 2012” “Raw, half-baked or fully developed” — that admirably frank description, from the creators of “Dance Conversations,” gives you a pretty good idea why this annual performance and discussion festival has been so rewarding for artists and audiences alike. Curators Nina Winthrop read more here »

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Just Do Art!

[media-credit name="Photo by Russ Rowland " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Patricia Buckley, in her solo play “Evolution.” Merchants House unveils restored Irish Servants Quarters The Merchant House Museum’s intimate glimpse of domestic life as lived from 1835-1865 is about to get a little more intimate, as they reopen their fourth floor Servants Quarters to the public for read more here »

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Changing times and challenging lives

[media-credit name="Photo courtesy of riverfilms " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Director Kavery Kaul with Eric, while his mother Susan looks on. Filmmaker dissects assumptions about identity BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Lives can, and do, change — unexpectedly, significantly and in an instant. Although it takes considerably longer, the character of a neighborhood is just as vulnerable to read more here »

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Chelsea Hotel artists to landlord: Return our art

BY BONNIE ROSENSTOCK  |  For decades, visitors to the Chelsea Hotel have been awestruck by the vast collection of artwork filling the walls in the lobby and along the stairways — by those still residing at the iconic hotel on West 23rd Street, by artists who passed away and by artists who’ve passed through and read more here »

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Ready, set, Surf

[media-credit name="Photo by William Lamson " align="alignleft" width="600"][/media-credit] Jennilie Brewster’s “Cowboy.” Reality Media artists give you ‘64’ thoughts to digest BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Pioneering Downtown producer Robert Prichard has a way with mashing words into phrases that become pop culture — or unpopculture, or underculture — buzzwords. Long before Allen, Stanton, Rivington and Orchard read more here »

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