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It’s a love revolution

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  Dressed in the common threads of the cause, fist raised and surrounded by an intense, engaged group of brothers and sisters, you feel like you’re an important part of something bigger than yourself. But beyond the surface of that determined call and response chant (“Power to the people! All the people!”), read more here »

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Strong Words From Tin House

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Put those deadlines on hold, ditch the kids for a few hours and head to the Andaz Wall Street hotel — for a provocative and stimulating night that just might become your new regular thing. Once a month, the Pen Parentis literary salon hosts readings by authors who’ve remained prolific, while read more here »

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Just Do Art, Week of Jan. 29, 2014

PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANY’S “TWELFTH NIGHT,  OR WHAT YOU WILL” The rough and tumble (and quite possibly insane) thespians from Pig Iron Theatre Company proudly boast of their inability to sit still. But you’d be mistaken to connect the unconventional ensemble’s perpetual motion with an inability to focus on the story at hand. In fact, a read more here »

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Buhmann on Art, Jan. 29, 2014

  BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  |  FRANK STELLA: RECENT WORK  Marking the acclaimed artist’s second solo show with the gallery, this installation features 14 works from two series: “Scarlatti K” and “Circus.” Both reflect Stella’s career-long engagement with expanding the means of abstraction to create and redefine space. The works are made of entwined central resin forms (made using 3-D printing read more here »

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Voices from the Black Box

BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  “Charlie Victor Romeo” may be the most cost-effective disaster movie ever made. Longtime Downtown theatre fans are well familiar with this pocket-sized but ambitious show, which started at Collective: Unconscious’s tiny Ludlow Street storefront theatre in 1999, with later incarnations at P.S. 122, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 3LD Art & read more here »

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Jazz-tinged pop, funked-out rock and a few divine basslines

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Halfway through the title track to his new album, “Hereafter,” Sean Sullivan imagines himself in the afterlife, taking a scat solo in the presence of God. “Is that OK Lord?” Sullivan asks of the biblical creator, who is apparently playing bass in a band led by Moses, which also features Jesus read more here »

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Generating ‘black theater’ for today’s generation

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  It’s quite possible that 59-year-old actor Denzel Washington spent this past Monday night contemplating his role as 30-something Walter Lee Younger, in preparation for yet another revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” That precise scenario didn’t come up during the launch event for The Fire This Time Festival — but read more here »

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Finding their voice, at The Inspired Word open mic

BY MICHAEL LYDON |  To open mic or not to open mic? That’s a question that rookie (and even veteran) performers often ponder. The pros: a chance to grab five priceless minutes of stage time, if you’re gig-less Tuesday night. The cons: riding two subways to a half-empty bar, waiting for an eternity for those read more here »

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From a Lower East Side basement to the big time

BY TRAV S.D  travsd.wordpress.com  |  Though all but forgotten by contemporary audiences, there was no bigger star than Eddie Cantor in his heyday. He conquered more media than even Bob Hope, Will Rogers or Jack Benny: vaudeville, Broadway revues and book musicals, films, radio, TV and — because he was much a singer as he was a comedian — read more here »

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Just Do Art, Week of Jan. 16, 2014

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  COLOR  Nobody’s a saint, all of the major players have a secret and almost everyone involved is willing to bend the truth to advance their agenda — in Gene Ruffini’s anything-but-black-and-white courtroom drama, “Color.” It’s the latest socially conscious production from director Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, whose last production at Theater for read more here »

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