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Winter’s chill warmed by hot Downtown theater

BY TRAV S.D. / Happy New Year! Notice the difference? Okay, there isn’t any — but that doesn’t mean we can’t all take a minute to breathe, get our bearings and collect ourselves before jumping back into the rat race. A little rest and recreation! While it’s too freezing to play Frisbee in the park, might I suggest what’s in a few Downtown theatres? Comment
Theater

Chinese lovers, Jewish mothers and outside others

BY JERRY TALLMER / “Outside people” are what we non-Chinese are to the Chinese — even when (or especially when) we sleep with them, maybe fall in love with them — and that is what this play is all about. Comment
Theater

Book Worms

BY DAVID KENNERLEY Comments (1)
Film

Film Too Heavily Accented

BY STEVE ERICKSON Comment
Theater

Winds of Change

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE Comment
Theater

Bar Codes

BY DAVID KENNERLEY Comment
Film

Subtly Out of Tehran

BY STEVE ERICKSON Comment
Film

A Hint of Politics to Come

BY STEVE ERICKSON Comment
Music

Myths and Misses

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE Comment
Theater

Verdi and Handel

BY DAVID SHENGOLD Comment
Around Town

The Aggies, and Now the Eddies

The Aggies, and Now the Eddies|Agnes Moorehead, Edmund Goulding inspire best of 2011 Comment
Film

Stylized Aches

Stylized Aches|“Norwegian Wood” is visually stunning, emotionally resonant Comment
Film

A Hint of Politics to Come

BY STEVE ERICKSON / Soon after the Occupy Wall Street movement got underway, an organization called Occupy Cinema appeared downtown. It started by programming a screening of Peter Watkins’ 1971 New Left classic “Punishment Park” Zuccotti Park in mid-November. Comment
Theater

Myths and Misses

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE / Reading Aristophanes today, one doesn’t instantly think “rollicking comedy,” yet that’s what it was in ancient Greece where the putative father of comedy left his audiences helpless with mirth, or so we think. Stephen Sondheim turned to Aristophanes for “The Frogs,” an insightful and intelligent modernization of that text. Comment
Music

Verdi and Handel

BY DAVID SHENGOLD / On November 17, many vocal fanatics — a/k/a opera queens — found their way to the Met’s final seasonal performance of “Nabucco,” Verdi’s blazing Babylonian epic. Two cast members had joined an uneven team made up of highly adequate Zeljko Lucic, sadly inadequate Carlo Colombara, and handsome, ringing-toned but dangerously forcing Younghoon Lee. Comment
Nightlife

The Aggies, and Now the Eddies

BY DAVID NOH / “I been wonderin’ why you been sniffin’ round the plantation ever since Miss Mi-riam arrived!” was Agnes Moorehead’s immortally snarled line as that cherishable harridan Velma Carruthers in “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte,” and I, too, have been sniffing through 2011’s cultural events to come up again with my annual Aggies, named for the ultimate character actress. Comment
Theater

Book Worms

BY DAVID KENNERLEY / Theresa Rebeck is on a roll. The Brooklyn-based writer has had more than a dozen plays produced in New York to ample acclaim, including “The Understudy” and her 2007 Broadway debut, “Mauritius.” Equally at home working in television, she’s written and produced episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and is the creator and head writer of “Smash,” the wildly anticipated NBC series about staging a Broadway hit. Comments (1)
Film

Film Too Heavily Accented

BY STEVE ERICKSON / Steven Spielberg’s work tends to oscillate between brutality and sentimentality, sometimes within the same film. Comment
Music

Winds of Change

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE / It is no accident or mere caprice that prompted Michael Mayer to place his engaging new revival and revision of “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” in 1974. One year earlier, the American Psychiatric Association had removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses, causing a storm of controversy that would last until its permanent removal in 1986. Comment
Books

Novelist Julia Leigh explores female desire with the coin of the cinematic realm

Since the ‘50s, art cinema and sex have gone hand in hand. Back then, the commercial success of Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer with Monika” didn’t owe nearly as much to its prescient depiction of frustrated, rebellious youth or to praise from François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard as to its brief glimpse of female nudity, which seems quite tame now. Comments (1)
Film

A Familiar Arc Freshly Drawn

BY GARY M. KRAMER / The coming out and coming-of age story gets a welcome new voice in Dee Rees’ very fine feature “Pariah,” based on her 2007 film short of the same name. Comment
Music

All Jonas, All the Time

BY ELI JACOBSON / For a 30-year period that ended in 2007, the Metropolitan Opera was the house of the two tenors — Domingo and Pavarotti. The septuagenarian Domingo retains his place but has relinquished his old repertory. However, the next Pavarotti was needed long before the great Italian tenor left this earth. Comment
Theater

Bar Codes

BY DAVID KENNERLEY / As you enter the tiny Paradise Factory Theatre to see “Accidentally, Like a Martyr,” you may think, for a brief moment, that you’ve made a wrong turn and ended up in a gay dive bar. That’s because the performance space has been transformed into a convincing facsimile of a decrepit watering hole, complete with moldy disco music. And those shadowy male figures conversing and sipping drinks? They’re actors. Comment
Art

Us, In All Our Glory

Us, In All Our Glory|Brooklyn Museum's "Hide/ Seek": a total queer revelation Comment
Film

A Hint of Politics to Come

BY STEVE ERICKSON / Soon after the Occupy Wall Street movement got underway, an organization called Occupy Cinema appeared downtown. It started by programming a screening of Peter Watkins’ 1971 New Left classic “Punishment Park” Zuccotti Park in mid-November. Comment
Theater

Verdi and Handel

BY DAVID SHENGOLD / On November 17, many vocal fanatics — a/k/a opera queens — found their way to the Met’s final seasonal performance of “Nabucco,” Verdi’s blazing Babylonian epic. Two cast members had joined an uneven team made up of highly adequate Zeljko Lucic, sadly inadequate Carlo Colombara, and handsome, ringing-toned but dangerously forcing Younghoon Lee. Comment
Around Town

The Aggies, and Now the Eddies

BY DAVID NOH / “I been wonderin’ why you been sniffin’ round the plantation ever since Miss Mi-riam arrived!” was Agnes Moorehead’s immortally snarled line as that cherishable harridan Velma Carruthers in “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte,” and I, too, have been sniffing through 2011’s cultural events to come up again with my annual Aggies, named for the ultimate character actress. Comment
Film

Into the Woods

BY STEVE ERICKSON / Jean-Luc Godard once said, “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.” Comment

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