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On the Culture Front: Taylor Mac, Caught, Phaedra(s), and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 09.20.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Taylor Mac is one of the few people I never tire of seeing on stage. Whatever project the enigmatic performer tackles he does it with warmth, depth an...

Dance Your Way Into the Fall With Festivals That Take You to the Past and To the Future

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.16.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Natasha Nesic, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, September 16, 2016 No one enjoys returning to work after summer vacation. The leftovers of wanderlust ...

We Are Making Terrorists, Not Disciples

Jonathan Walton | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Followers of Jesus have every reason to be afraid but no reason to stay fearful. We have every reason to feel concerned but no justification for being violent. For in Jesus' own words as He was murdered by the state we have a practical response. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Stage Door: The Judas Kiss

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.30.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Oscar Wilde's story - his rise and fall - remains fascinating. His plays were the toast of London and his 1895 masterwork The Importance of Being Earnest, was being staged at the time of his scandalous trial.

Around the World in 30 Days - April 2016

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

C. M. Rubin's Global Education Report In the profit-above-all-world of digitization and automation, ethics and the nature of professionalism seem t...

Stage Door: Richard II, Henry IV Part I and II, Henry V

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Played with a kind of exhausted grandeur by David Tennant (of Dr. Who fame), this Richard's primary motivation seems to be his ongoing fascination with his own suffering at the hands of political operatives.

All the World's a Stage

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Whether it's in Asia, Europe, South America, or Africa, Shakespeare's plays are happening in geographically diverse territories within their respecti...

On the Culture Front: The Effect, She Loves Me, RadioLoveFest, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.21.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Lucy Prebble's "The Effect" asks both playfully and pointedly, "what's the difference between an emotion we feel organically and one that can be produ...

How To Do Those Things You Think You Cannot Do In 2016

Teresa Kindred | Posted 01.06.2016 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

Ask any woman who is over 40 if they have had to reinvent themselves and my guess is over half of them will say 'yes.' We leave our childhood homes and naively believe we will follow a certain path and eventually get to where we want to go.

Christmas Comes Early in Star-Studded Show

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

Even those who tremble at the phrase "audience participation" end up awash in the bliss of communal exhibitionism -- some even clutching one of the special prizes doled out by ringmaster Owen. Just one of the series' many gifts that keep on giving.

Around the World in 30 Days -- July 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.29.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

This month, I continued my conversations with leaders from around the world on today's pressing issues in education -- from the challenges of graduates seeking jobs to the psychological burden of bullying to the Japanese academic community's protests for peace.

And the Award Goes to... From Brooklyn

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

3,979 miles from Cannes, 4,147 from Venice and 3,000 from Los Angeles, a diverse international crowd gathered at the Brooklyn Film Festival (now in its 18th year) to celebrate innovative storytelling and filmmaking in the age of the indie.

An Adieu to Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.05.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

When I think of a lake, I imagine its stillness and peace. Calm looms over a clear surface without tides. No matter if the wind shouts or murmurs, the water barely stirs. It's settled, unperturbed. It craves nothing but silence.

On the Culture Front: Ribera Y Rueda Tapas Crawl, BAM and WNYC's RadioLoveFest, and Sonia M'Barek

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.26.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

While on a tapas crawl the other week, I was brought back to San Sebastian where I hopped from bar to bar taking in a glass of wine, delicious bites called pintxos and great company -- an essential part of the Basque experience.

Memorial Day Weekend: 4 Events In Brooklyn Black Culture Will Be Flourishing

Choyce Miller | Posted 05.22.2016 | Black Voices
Choyce Miller

Memorial Day weekend is in full swing and Brooklyn has you covered if you are looking to be around some beautiful black culture. If you still don't have any plans check out some of these events where the melanin will definitely be on fleek.

Flamenco Vivo Shares Spanish Dance with U.S. Audiences One Performance at a Time

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.22.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Suddenly, one of them stands to sing. Unsurprised, his tablemates join him, clapping to the rhythm and improvising lyrics for dinnertime ambiance.

Ghosts at BAM

Francis Levy | Posted 06.28.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

This Ghosts is simply too dark and true, but one almost wanted The Wooster Group, whose signature style lies in freeing language from narrative, to intervene. "The Sun, the Sun" are the famous last lines.

Aisle View: Ghosts at BAM

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.13.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Ibsen's powerful Ghosts is the play; director Richard Eyre provides an altogether gripping production; and Lesley Manville's portrayal as Helene Alving makes for indispensable viewing.

My Brooklyn Bridge: The Party's Not Over

Glen Roven | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

I've always been rather late to the party, and although I'd had my share of evenings at BAM and the wonderful concerts at Bargemusic, it wasn't until recently that I discovered the depth of serious music, opera and theater happening throughout the borough.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Six Characters at BAM

Francis Levy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

One of Gertrude Stein's most famous lines is, "there is no there there." Theatre de la Ville's production Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and recently played at BAM visualizes Stein's phenomenology as Plato's Allegory of the Cave.

Ivo van Hove's "Scenes From a Marriage"

Francis Levy | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

At the time of it's original release in l974 Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage was the perfect antidote to the wave of post-modernism which hovered like a horrible tsunami, threatening to place the iteration of most emotional states in quotes.

Robert Wilson's Shakespearean "Cabaret"

Francis Levy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

The Brooklyn Academy of Music and Robert Wilson have had a long and storied history. The cross pollination has been benefit to both. Wilson's particul...

Stage Door: Embers

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Embers is a more inaccessible Beckett drama, yet even as it unnerves audiences, the work is strangely hypnotic. Beckett himself called it "ragged."

12 Films That Pay Homage To Punk Rock Girls

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts

From garage rock to grunge, queercore to riot grrrls, anarchists to No Wave enthusiasts, the punk word has always been a place rife with rebellion, gr...