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Guild Hall Awards

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, will celebrate artistic achievement at Sotheby's on York Avenue on Monday March 9th beginning with cocktails at 6pm. Eric FiMathew Broderick, Martin ShortMathew Broderick, Martin Shortschl, President of the Academy of the Arts, will host the ner 30th Annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards & Dinner that will honor Jules Feiffer for Literary-Media Arts, Matthew Broderick for Performing Arts, and Ralph Gibson for Visual Arts. Linda and Harry Macklowe will receive the Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors presented by Michael Lynne. Martin Short, Laurie Anderson, and Robert Caro are scheduled presenters.

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Lives of the Saints **1/2 and Brooklynite **

                           By: David Sheward
There's a fine line between satire and realistic comedy which two Off-Broadway productions attempt to walk. Lives of the Saints, David Ives' program of short plays from Primary Stages, and Brooklynite, a new musical from Vineyard Theatre, contain elements of parody and sketch-style work as well as dashes of verisimilitude. While both raise chuckles for their more outlandish antics, they don't quite get us to identify with their pratfalling characters.
Nick Cordero: "Brooklynite"Nick Cordero: "Brooklynite"

 

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Hamlet

                        ANNIE'S SHAKESPEARE SHAKEDOWN
For an inventive immersive theater experience you might want to visit Solas in the East Village at 232 East 9th Street where director Annie Kaup envisions Hamlet as a young Princess
trying to unravel the mystery of her father's death. The show will run on Friday evenings beginning March 6th, which is opening night, for six consecutive Fridays with tickets ranging in  from $40-$90.

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The World of Extreme Happiness *** and Big Love ****

          By: David Sheward
The devastating effects of sexism are examined in two fascinating Off-Broadway productions. The playwrights' styles vary Jennifer Lim: "The World of Extreme Happiness"Jennifer Lim: "The World of Extreme Happiness"but they each offer clear-eyed observations on how treating women as inferior can warp society. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World of Extreme Happiness at Manhattan Theatre Club takes place in contemporary China and Charles Mee's Big Love is set in an amalgam of the ancient and modern worlds. In the former a factory worker attempts to overcome her country's crushing oppression of rural people in general and women specifically, while the latter updates a classic Greek play about captive brides rebelling against a patriarchal world. Though one depicts harsh reality and the other is based in myths, both resonate powerfully.

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Nevermore ***1/2

            By: Paulanne Simmons
When a writer focuses on the macabre as much as Edgar Allan Poe did, it's inevitable that readers will try to discover what caused such a fixation. In Poe's case, there are indeed many unfortunate events that might have contributed to his melancholy disposition. And Jonathan Christenson, who wrote the book and lyrics, and composed the music for Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, seems to have found all of them.

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Lives of the Saints **1/2

              By: Iris Wiener
Liv Rooth, Carson ElronLiv Rooth, Carson ElronLives of the Saints is Primary Stages' seventh production of David Ives' work, but with this piece alone the question on anyone's mind will be "Why?" Despite David Ives' decree that Lives of the Saints' six short one-acts have a connecting theme, there is little continuity, rhyme, or reason for the inanity that transpires over the course of the evening; however, this is a conceit that works occasionally, as pieces both farcical ("Life Signs") and blatantly symbolic ("Soap Opera") provide fodder for all types of imaginations. Though some of the plays are reminiscent of tired sketch comedy (great concept, no endgame), the ride to uncovering the mystery as to which plays will indeed work is a ride worth considering.

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Elvis @ 54 Below

Elvis Will Be in the Building! Scott Siegel Presents Salute to Rock ‘n Roll Legend on March 7. Composer/Hit Maker Larry Gatlin to Guest

                        By: Ellis Nassour
Scott Siegel will present a salute to the music of Elvis Presley on March 7 at 7pm at 54 Below. "The King of Rock ‘n Roll," who would have turned 80 in January, is one of the most celebrated and influential singers and recording artists of the 20th Century. Special guest star will be top-selling country and pop Grammy-winning artist and an Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year, Larry Gatlin.

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Midtown Short Play Festival

                          "What Ghosts Around Comes Around" ***
                                     By: Paulanne Simmons
The mystery/farce is a venerable sub-genre, and Larry Hassman gives it a supernatural twist in What Ghosts Around Comes Around, a one-act directed by Bill Koch, just completing its run at the Midwinter Madness short Play Festival.
Larry Hassman, Patrick Christiano, Emilia Brawn, Dwight Carter, Jenny D. Green, Arnold RodriguezLarry Hassman, Patrick Christiano, Emilia Brawn, Dwight Carter, Jenny D. Green, Arnold Rodriguez

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LongHouse Winter Benefit

"Seeing Is Believing"
Laurie AndersonLaurie Anderson
LongHouse Reserve hosted their 2015 Winter Benefit "Seeing Is Believing" at the Hearst Tower in NYC. The festivities kicked off with a cocktail reception and a viewing of the exhibition Patrick McMullans "Faces of Fashion". The evening also featured performances by music sensation, composer Nico Muhly and operatic vocalist Anne -Carolyn Bird. Laurie Anderson presented Nico with the prestigiouNico MuhlyNico Muhlys LongHouse Award created by Marc Leuthold. Nico who has been labeled a "genius" for his compositions that have premiered with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and his opera Two Boys at The Met. Dinner for VIPs followed at the prestigious River House on East 52nd Street.

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"The Visit"

         KANDER AND EBB'S FINAL MUSICAL "T H E   V I S I T"
Chita Rivera, Roger ReesChita Rivera, Roger Rees
In her juiciest role yet, Chita Rivera is Claire Zachannassian, the world's wealthiest woman, who returns home to Anton (Roger Rees) who captured her heart then shattered her dreams. What she does next shocks the town and makes for the most thrilling and intriguing musical in years.   From the team that brought you "Cabaret", "Chicago", "Kiss of the Spider Woman", this tale of romance, seduction and betrayal proves that revenge is the best revenge.

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Circus Xtreme

Circus: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Goes to the Extreme for Family Entertainment

                      By: Ellis Nassour

When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' mile-long train rolls into town, it's usually a sign that Spring is here or around the corner. Looks like Spring will be a bit late this year, but The Greatest Show on Earth is playing the New York/New Jersey area through March 22.

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THE OSCARS

Red Carpet Event: The Oscars in Three-Hour Telecast, Neil Patrick Harris to Host. Have You Voted? Have You Pre-ordered Pizzas?
Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris    
         By: Ellis Nassour

The red carpet's rolled out on Hollywood Boulevard, where fans have been camping out for prized bleacher locations. The gold statue "Oscar," as Bette Davis [according to legend] nicknamed him, will reign supreme as the 87th Annual Academy Awards get underway Sunday, telecast live from downtown Hollywood on ABC at 8:30. Have you voted? Have you seen all nine nominated films?

Have you preordered your pizzas and cheese platters; stocked the frig with beverages of choice?

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OSCARS

Oscar Thoughts and Predictions      *****       By: David Sheward
It's the weekend before the Oscars and time for my annual predictions. I alway
s try to see as many of the nominated pictures as possible and this year I haven't done too badly, catching all of the Best Picture nominees and all but a few of the acting nominees. I have seen most of the nominated short films and only need to catch two more of the documentary short subjects. It makes me feel like a part of the evening if I've seen everything nominated. Some year, I will do it and get to all the Foreign and Animated feature films as well.

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ACA Galleries Opening

ACA Galleries at 529 West 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery Dstrict hosted the opening reception of their exhibition "Herb Alpert and Richard Mayhew: Harmonic Rhythms" in their main Gallery, which will be on view thrRichard MayhewRichard Mayhewough April 4, 2015. Primarily known for his music, Herb Alpert has gained a reputation as an accomplished visual artist. At 91, Richard Mayhew is acknowledged as one of America's premier landscape painters and colorists. Both artists, informed intensely by music, use improvisation in their work. In Gallery Two is Artist Luis Jimenez: AMERICAN DREAM (1940-2006), an exhibition that reveals the power and energy of the highly respected yet controversial artist. *****Click Here for more information*****

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The Iceman Cometh ****

                                      By: David Sheward
While its demanding running time doesn't exactly fly by, Robert Falls' mammoth revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, will keep you fascinated for nearly five hours, quite a feat in our attention-deficient times. Now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater after a suBrian Dennehy, Nathan LaneBrian Dennehy, Nathan Laneccessful run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2012, this bleak depiction of the self-deluding drunks at a last chance saloon holds you in its hypnotic spell and doesn't release you until you're as exhausted as the pipe dreamers onstage. But you'll also be strangely exhilarated at having witnessed a great production of one of the greatest of American tragedies.

 

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Alpert & Mayhew @ ACA

Dorian and Jeffrey Bergen will host the upcoming exhibition of Herb Alpert and Richard Mayhew: Harmonic Rhythms at ACA Galleries on view from February 19 through April 4, 2015. The opening reception is Thursday February 19 from 6-8pm.  Primarily known for his music, Herb Alpert has gained a reputation as an accomplished visual artist.  At 91, Richard Mayhew is acknowledged as one of America's premier landscape painters and colorists.  Both artists, informed intensely by music, use improvisation in their work.

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The Blizzard of 1888

                    Ice, Snow, and the Show: The Blizzard of 1888

                         By: Tom McMorrow and T.E. McMorrow
     It was warmer than normal the beginning of March. Crocuses began popping out of the ground in Central Park. On March 11, 1888, a light rain began to fall. By the next day, the temperatures had plummeted, eventually hitting a low of six degrees, and New York City was under attack from the worst blizzard in its history. The storm raged for two full days. In Gravesend, Brooklyn, snow drifts were recorded at 50 feet in height.

 

   

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Black History Month, Part Two

Black History Month, Part 2: A Cavalcade of Memorable Films Covering the African- American Experience

                    By: Ellis Nassour
In addition to February being Black History Month, it's also the recognized as 100th anniversary of the birth of black cinema.

2009 was a milestone year in cinema for African-American journeymen. Not only was Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) nominated for Best Picture, but it also became the first such film to be directed by an African-American filmmaker, Lee Daniels, who was also nominated. Neither won. But it was a milestone right up there with Sidney Poitier breaking the color barrier in 1963 not only to be nominated for Lilies of the Field, but also to win.

Reviews

Rasheeda Speaking**** Between Riverside and Crazy**** The Events****

                                       By: David Sheward
Race matters as Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor recently wrote. Some thought with the election of a black president in 2008, all our prejudices would magically disappear and America would become a post-racial utopia. A trio of current Off-Broadway plays painfully and incisively documents the real state of relations between majority and minority groups in our polarized land and the world at large.
Tonya Pinkins, Dianne Wiest: "Rasheeda Speaking"Tonya Pinkins, Dianne Wiest: "Rasheeda Speaking"

 

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Everything You Touch Opening

Everything You Touch, a quirky new comedy by Sheila Callaghan about a self serving fashion designer, directed stylishly by Jessica Kubzansky opened February 12 at The Cherry Lane Theater. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in conjunction with True Love Productions and The Theatre @ Boston Court are presenting the New York Premiere, which began previews on January 28 for a scheduled run through Sunday, March 29, 2015.