Nashville Bound!

Dusty Wright and his band will be performing songs from his upcoming album, Gliding Towards Oblivion, at The Music Loft on May 16, 2018 at 6:30pm.

This spectacular evening will feature lead guitarist Jonathan K. Bendis, bassist Anton Oppenheimer, vocalist Caitlin Bement and drummer Ira Zadikow, with special guest artists accompanying. Read more »

Housing Crisis

Alternating Currents
Written by Adam Kraar
Directed by Kareem Fahmy
Presented by Working Theater at Urban Stages and other locations
April 26-May 26, 2018

New York City is as dense with community histories as the word community is with potential meanings: geographical (which in NYC, for instance, could as easily be the borough, the neighborhood, the block, or the building), intellectual, labor-related, ethnic, and racial, to name a few. Adam Kraar's world-premiere play Alternating Currents, centered in the Electchester housing complex in Flushing, Queens, touches on these multifarious meanings of community as it spotlights what one character calls "a social experiment," one of which many New Yorkers may be unaware. Alternating Currents is presented by Working Theater, and the mission of the company, founded in 1985, is to tell stories for and about working people. Its four year-old Five Boroughs/One City Initiative draws on the experiences of local communities as a way towards fostering inter-borough dialogue. In the case of Alternating Currents, an important part of its development included conversations with residents of its specific settings, Electchester and Pomonok Houses in Flushing, Queens, as well as with members both of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 and of the wider Flushing community. In order to engage with diverse audiences across the city, the play debuted at IBEW Local 3 in Queens, runs from May 1-20 at Urban Stages in Manhattan, and then travels to the Bronx Museum of the Arts on May 16, Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center from May 22-24, and the RiseBoro Youth Center in Brooklyn on May 26. Read more »

Quote of the Week: Laura Dern

laura_dern2.jpg "I wanted to go to Jupiter. That was my plan from day one, and David Lynch gave me the ticket."

Laura Elizabeth Dern (10 Feb. 1967), American actress, daughter of actor Bruce Dern. Read more »

Album of the Week: U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind

U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope, 180 Gram Vinyl Remaster)

Some fans and many critics were quick dismiss U2 in 2000 feeling that they'd lost their rock 'n' roll mojo after the techno-dance-fueled albums Pop! and Zooropa. And it's easy to see why after their hugely successful seventh album Achtung Baby (1991) -- an album many feel is the best in their storied career. So it was no surprise that the Irish rockers would engage the servies of the midas producers Eno and Daniel Lanois to steer the ship of their next album All That You Can't Leave Behind. A classic U2 rock 'n' roll record with many a hit; it's no fluke that it won 7 Grammys, too. Read more »

Portraits of Women

Persona: Process Portraiture
Through April 28th

Curated by T. Michael Martin, Persona: Process Portraiture features four distinctly different artists who embrace, reflect upon and reject the preconceptions of identity. A smartly installed exhibition, it includes numerous works in a variety of grids and patterns without ever looking too crowded or overwhelming. I was even reminded, when I first arrived at street level to ascend the two flights of painted gray and well worn stairs, of the heyday of 1970s SoHo art scene when it was common to visit 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor galleries by climbing creaky, uneven battleship grey stairs. Read more »

Quote of the Week: Duke Ellington

"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues."

Duke Ellington (29 April 1899 - 24 May 1974), American jazz icon, composer, and performer.

Vir Heroicus Sublimis

"The first man was an artist." Barnett Newman

Before there were fertile grounds growing olives and grapes, before the ages of kings and kingdoms, and long before the shifting of countries and armies when war defined the Valley, the caves were the locus of the wandering tribes who would one day be called "human." Read more »

Sharpeshooter

Tom Sharpe

In case you hadn't heard, Porterhouse is the name of the most notoriously lax, gut, gout-inducing college in Cambridge University. The Porter of Porterhouse is a thick-skinned, pipe-chewing, half-simian thug named Skullion. And Porterhouse Blue is not an athletic team or the college colors, but is instead a description of the distinctive malady induced by Porterhouse's most notable feature oh these past five centuries or so, its rich repasts and its over-stuffed wine cellar -- in short, complete physio-psychic toxic shock. Welcome to Porterhouse Blue.

If there were any question that we are in Tom Sharpe country, consider just one sentence from the opening of this remarkable satire: "An evening to remember Master," said the Senior Tutor sebaceously" Read more »

Natural Order of Things

Natural Impact
Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
The Arsenal Gallery, NYC
Thru April 26th

D. Dominick Lombardi has curated a great show at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park off of Fifth Avenue. On view through April 26th featuring the work of Tim Daly, Cecilia Whittaker Doe, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Brant Moorefield, Lina Puerta and Dominick Rapone. A show of work imagining that, although the relationship between humanity and nature is seen as having rivaling needs, here the two forces are depicted growing together in dialectical resolution. Read more »

Capturing Truths

We Are a Masterpiece
Written by Gina Femia
Directed by DeLisa M. White
Presented by Retro Productions at the Theater at the 14th St. Y, NYC
April 7-21, 2018

In Gina Femia's We Are a Masterpiece, painter John (Ben Schnickel) muses that the purpose of his art is to try to capture (his) truth on a canvas, and one could easily describe Femia's new play as doing the same with a stage. We Are a Masterpiece is presented by Retro Productions, whose mission is to tell stories with a (primarily 20th-century) historical perspective, and this particular story focuses on the early days of the emerging AIDS crisis in the United States, taking place over about eight months in 1982-1983, with a few flashes forward to the present day. It explores the anxiety, condemnation, misinformation, grief, and altruism surrounding the emergence of the epidemic in a deeply human way. Read more »

Single of the Week: Kristoffer Bolander - "Cities"

"I dream of cities, empty cities..." Some songs are immediate while other songs require repeated listens before they sink in. Not so with Swedish singer-songwriter Kristoffer Bolander's new folk-rock pop single "Cities" off of his latest long player released by the Hamburg-based label Tapete. It is immediate and infectious. Produced by Daniel Johansson, this must-listen first single is from Mr. Bolander's excellent second album What Never Was Will Always Be. And the beautiful video was shot on Wolfe Island and directed by Hannes Knutsson. "Cities" is available on streaming and digital platforms like BandCamp, et al. peace, DW

Dusty Wright - "Weather This Storm"

As the storms subside and Spring starts to spring... for survivors everywhere, here's the video collaboration of visual artist Ashley G. Garner with Dusty Wright. The song was produced by d. Bindi, mixed by David Lee, and mastered by Alan Douches for West West Side Music. Recorded by Gio Loria at Black Volt Studio, LA & Straus Park Studio, NYC. Co-vocals by Jay StolarRead more »

Quote of the Week: Henry Miller

henry_miller.jpg"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."

Henry Valentine Miller (26 Dec. 1891 - 7 June 1980), American writer (from novel Black Spring, 1936).

Postsensical

Unreality Bomb
Thru April 15th

Young Americans in their tweens have adopted a deliberate stupidity as a form of humor. You can see it on TV in shows like Uncle Grandpa. It's a simply executed cartoon where the protagonist talks and acts like an idiot but often with benign results. It’s a Post-sensical psychedelic show on Comedy Central. Fashion-wise girls wear sweatshirts that say -- "I'm sorry I'm late. I didn’t want to come"... Boys wear t-shirts with the wrong band name for the image. Like a Smiths shirt with a picture of Mark E Smith. Read more »

Cartoon by Ken Krimstein

Ken's new hardcover book The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth (Bloomsbury Publishing) will be released on September 25, 2018. In the interim, please order his previous book, the very astute Kvetch as Kvetch Can.

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