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2009 October

October 2009

War is a difficult thing to understand, let alone encapsulate no matter which military conflict is the focus.  This is probably why each generation has seen its share of  movies exploring war, its heroes, its casualties on the battlefield (and at home) and its paradigm which sends strangers on a journey that brings them out [...]

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Charles Strouse isn’t a name that immediately rings a bell with most people the way, say, Andrew Lloyd Webber does.  If you say “the great musical composer, Charles Strouse”  people don’t go “Ahhhh, right, of course”.  But mention some of his iconic songs and right away the “wow, I didn’t know he wrote that“s and [...]

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Halloween is a fun time to dress up and party, but this year I am doing something WAY cooler: I’m doing what I adore, which is seeing theatre. And what makes this so special is that I am catching the final performance of Next Year In Jersusalem by award-winning playwright Dana Leslie Goldstein. One of [...]

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The Wo(Man) In The Window

by Antonio Miniño October 30, 2009 Art

Ever walk by a store, look at their window display and wonder … who would wear that? If you don’t, you are missing out on much needed imagination aerobics. And if your excuse is lack of time, this is the perfect distraction to smell the non-existent 5th Avenue flowers. I’m uniting my love for photography [...]

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Theatre Review- Embraceable Me

by Antonio Miniño October 30, 2009 Manhattan

Victor L. Cahn’s new play Embraceable Me at Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre is attempting to be a tennis match of the sexes where Allison (Keira Naughton) is your egocentric, focused, determined woman, whilst Edward (Scott Barrow) is shy, mousy, and amazing at what he does, which Allison uses to further herself during college and ever [...]

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Third Time’s A Charm: Monologues And Madness On November 2nd

by Antonio Miniño October 29, 2009 Event

If you’ve been on the other side of the table in an audition room, you know what it is like to see actors use the same monologues over and over and over, and dare  I say over again … therefore I encourage any actor to search for new material, and not be afraid of using [...]

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Coraline – Served Up Two Ways

by Karen Tortora-Lee October 29, 2009 Event

I have to admit, I didn’t get to see Coraline The Movie when it was playing, mainly because I cover so much theatre that I just don’t get a chance to get out to the movies as much as I used to.   But apparently the movie’s director Henry Selick wants to change all that [...]

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Meet Lidia Bastianich

by Karen Tortora-Lee October 29, 2009 Books

In the early part of the century (yes, that would be the year 2000) I became fascinated with Lidia Bastianich and made a point of telling everyone that I wanted to go to her restaurant, Felidia (243 E. 58th New York, NY 10022). People tend to like me (what can I say?) so everyone made a [...]

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No I’m First! The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein Extended

by Antonio Miniño October 28, 2009 Manhattan

Lets start with a tangent shall we. I always hate when reviews only focus on their headlining actor. Exhibit A. Roundabout Theatre’s current revival of After Miss Julie: all the reviews have focused on Sienna Miller and her amazing-to-some (or stale-to-others) performance, only a handful remembered to mention the likes of Johnny Miller and Marin [...]

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Film Review: Lät Den Rätte Komma In (Let The Right One In)

by Antonio Miniño October 27, 2009 Film

Isn’t horror sexy? The chill down your spine, sweaty palms, a prickle in your… No people! Horror is disturbing, scary, exhilarating yes, in an insomnia inducing kind of way. I’m a big horror flick aficionado, not the campy kind, although I do love Sam Rami’s The Evil Dead and have to confess I’ve only seen [...]

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Political Cartooning In New York City

by The Happiest Medium October 27, 2009 Art

Join the NYCIP (20 West 44th Street) as they explore New York City through comics. Visit  www.nycip.org for more information … “Political Cartooning in New York City”, Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Creating Illusion – Tricks Of The Trade

by Karen Tortora-Lee October 26, 2009 Manhattan

What do Bernie Madoff, Wasabi Peas, change of a $10, Kaiser Soze, the shell game, orange juice, a bar bet, a deck of cards and a floating cigarette all have in common?  They’re all elements in Jeff Grow’s very entertaining part-magic-show-part-performance-art-piece “Creating Illusion” playing a limited engagement at the D-Lounge. With a winning smile, a [...]

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Mmmmm … Cake

by Karen Tortora-Lee October 25, 2009 Books

If you’re like me, you love cake.   And the internet.  And laughing at other people’s mistakes. So chances are you’ve come across Cake Wrecks already and I’m not about to tell you anything new.  This tip is not for you. This tip is for those among us who have technology-averse loved ones who say things [...]

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I Like You, Maude: A Night of Comedic Storytelling & Music

by The Happiest Medium October 22, 2009 Brooklyn

You quite possibly missed the show in August, and chances are you didn’t get a chance to see the one in September.  But now you’ve got no excuse. I Like You, Maude is back again, this Sunday, October 25th and it promises to be as much fun as the first two. Come out for a [...]

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UNITARD Returns With An All-New Show

by The Happiest Medium October 22, 2009 Event

Coming to the rescue in this time of turmoil, like cash for your clunkers or extra-pure heroin, the Unitards (Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku) will bail you out of your dreary little lives with an evening of humor, wit, song and sarcasm. Following their sold-out evening at Joes Pub, Unitard returns with a [...]

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Halloween in Socrates Sculpture Park

by The Happiest Medium October 19, 2009 Art

SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL 2009 Theme: GLAMROCK! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009 11 AM – 2 PM / FREE Join Socrates Sculpture Park for the 9th annual Halloween Harvest Festival. This FREE family and community event celebrates Halloween and the fall harvest with creative activities in the dynamic setting of Socrates Sculpture Park. Related Posts:A [...]

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Shining, Even In The Dark – Blackouts

by Karen Tortora-Lee October 19, 2009 Manhattan

Where were you during the New York blackout? People still ask, even though the most recent one happened six years ago. But live through just one in New York City and you’ll understand why it’s such a bookmark in the story of your life here; in a city that never sleeps, that is always alive [...]

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