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The shape of jazz to come

BY SAM SPOKONY |  In an era of club drug dubstep and tongue-out twerking, there are few better ways to spend your time, or your money, than by supporting young jazz musicians. And that’s because watching them perform — the great ones, at least — is, at some fundamental level, an incredible thing. These are read more here »

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Here he is, Mr. Lower East Side

BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  Fifteen years ago, I noticed a disturbing trend in the world of Downtown performance art: lots of female nudity and almost no male nudity. Boobs were flappin’ in the breeze on practically every stage below Houston Street, but there was nary a male pectoral to be found. For a lady read more here »

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Just Do Art, Jan. 9, 2013

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  THE CAROLE BAYER SAGER PROJECT:  ALBUM ONE  |  Whether you don’t recognize the catchy name or have had her albums on rotation for decades, this chronological on-stage performance of the “ten perfect pop songs” from Carole Bayer Sager’s 1977 debut album is poised to make the argument for her  relavance and read more here »

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Four cool fests bring the heat

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  BRAND NEW ANCIENTS  South East London resident Kate Tempest’s raps are vivid, meticulously weaved observations that mine the divine from life’s unpleasant realities. For Tempest, who cut her teeth as a writer during a “wayward youth living in squats, hanging around on picket lines, rapping at riot cops and on the read more here »

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Silver Screen Gold Medals

From blockbusters to auteurs, 2013 delivered BY SEAN EGAN  |  From a smattering of quality indie pictures to some big-budget spectacles to new work from celebrated auteurs and prestige pictures that actually delivered, there was something for everyone in 2013. The films were of generally high quality this year, making “best of” picks more a matter read more here »

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Just Do Art: Special COIL Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER   TYSON vs. ALI  Like comic book fans geeking out to “what if” conflicts involving equally powerful superheroes, it doesn’t take much to get well-informed boxing fans into an argument about whose arm would be raised at the end of a fight between two greats of disparate eras. Eventually, they all fall read more here »

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Roots of the Deuce

BY TRAV S.D  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  As they do every year at this time, holiday crowds are mobbing the theaters of Times Square and Broadway to take in this season’s hits — a source of New York pride! But let’s not forget that the roots of New York’s theater district are Downtown. It began in the area read more here »

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Comic Relief

BY MICHAEL SHIREY  |  Who am I? A man? A woman? Gay? Straight? Am I normal? These are questions every transgender person likely asks themselves. Trans man Morgan Boecher attempts to answer these and more in his semi-autobiographical graphic novel, “What’s Normal Anyway?” Boecher, who — read from the novel at Bluestockings Bookstore on Nov. read more here »

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Just Do Art! Dec. 26, 2013

TWENTIETH ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE NEW YEAR’S DAY SPOKEN WORD AND PERFORMANCE EXTRAVAGANZA The Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Work and Performance Extravaganza sure does get around. In years past, the annual multi-media showcase for culturally diverse poets, musicians, performers and artists has taken place at the Knitting Factory (now in Brooklyn), Bowery Poetry Club (swallowed up by read more here »

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A Visit from the Mayor-Elect

‘Twas the twilight of Bloomberg, when in Gracie Mansion, No next tenant was stirring; he had yet to be sworn in. Four stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes the de Blasios soon would be there.   Throughout New York City, children slept in their beds; While visions of Universal Pre-K danced read more here »

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