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Review: Eve Ensler Blasts Onto MTC’s Stage With Her Compelling and Insightful ‘In the Body of the World’

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, February 7, 2018 Eve Ensler, Tony winning playwright, activist, and performer has blasted onto the Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York City Center Stage with her monologue performance of In The Body of The World. Based on her 2013 memoir, this rant and ...

Review: Ruthie Foster Brings Her Commanding Presence To an Eclectically Southern-Rooted Set at Zankel Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2018 What can I tell you about Ruthie Foster that won’t make me sound like a crazy-man? That she commands a stage as completely as Judy Garland or Janis Joplin did, but with unfailing grace and good cheer? That she weights and colors ...

Review: NY Pops Hosts an R&B Dance Party With Their ‘Heart and Soul’ Concert

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2018 There was a palpable excitement in Carnegie Hall on Friday evening February 2 prior to The New York Pops’ Heart and Soul concert conducted by Steven Reineke. Even before the conductor’s first downbeat, the audience seated around me ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Eclectic French Violinist Scott Tixier Soars; Pianist ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 22, 2018  (No. 1) In a Saturday early-afternoon conversation, Scott Tixier stresses that he’s beyond busy. “I get distracted easily,” said the rising-star France-born, Brooklyn-based jazz violinist and composer when asked if he were ramping up for a new recording ...

Review: 'At Home At The Zoo' — Albee At His Best

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 22, 2018 In Edward Albee’s world, people quarrel, threaten, argue, fight, and struggle against each other. They bite, tussle, demean, condemn. His world is a bleak place, and yet it’s so much fun to be there, at least from ...

Review: Anna Caterina Antonacci Captivates and Conquers in a Rare ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 New York City Opera brings the celebrated Anna Caterina Antonacci to Carnegie Hall for a rare, intimate recital and audiences should run, not walk. It is a privilege to experience vocalism of this caliber, and this former mezzo turned ...

The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Art Show Can Change ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 The Art Show is one of those events that can change how you look at art. This show, now in its thirtieth year, is composed of ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) members, all with extensive experience in ...

Review: The Met Revives the Rare 'Semiramide' With a Golden ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 Offering palace intrigue and plot twists that would make a Trump White House blanch, the Metropolitan Opera tonight revived its beautiful production of Rossini's Semiramide, swathed in blue and gold and filling the house with impressive vocal pyrotechnics. ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President's Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner's monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her ...

Review: Drama Reigns at the New York Philharmonic, and Not ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 16, 2018 Those weren’t boos you heard at Thursday night’s Philharmonic concert at Geffen Hall—they were howls of rage and contempt, and cries of “What an idiot!,” and a shouting-match that might have led to fisticuffs if a ...

Review: The York Theatre's Oy-Vey-Worthy 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering new musicals, and to unearthing old ones, polishing them off, and giving them a chance to shine in ...

Review: 'Hey, Look Me Over' Surprises at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historical musicals that have somehow fallen through the cracks. Every year, Encores! chooses three musicals to resurrect, and each ...

Review: Vive FIAF’s First-Ever French Animation Festival

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2018 The who’s who of the French animation world graced the red carpet at the French Institute Alliance Française’s (FIAF) Florence Gould Hall this past weekend. FIAF hosted the first-ever French Animation Festival: Animation First in the ...

Review: ‘Hangmen’ at the Atlantic Is Dark, Dangerous, and Damn Good

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 6, 2018 If you’ve ever wondered what a silver-tongued devil looks like, head over to the Linda Gross Theater and check out the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of the latest from playwright Martin McDonagh. In this case, charisma and criminality ...

Review: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin Steals the Show in Met Opera’s ‘Parsifal’ Revival

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 5, 2018 Tonight demonstrated that the Metropolitan Opera has made a brilliant choice, and perhaps the only real choice, in its replacement of James Levine. Levine, who conducted regularly at the Met after retiring from his monumental four-decades as music ...

Jazz Notes: Pianist David Virelles Contemplates With a Rich Polyrhythmic Groove at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February  5, 2018 When the Cuban-born, New York-based David Virelles took the stage at the Jazz Standard on January 30, he exuded a confident air of upending the typical piano-led ensemble. He didn’t pose with long runs of bombast or stretch out with ...

Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do In The Flea’s ‘FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL’

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, February 5, 2018 Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the world premiere of FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL, a play about the wreckage — both emotional and physical — that often accompanies a bitter breakup. This Flea Theater production centers ...

Art Break: Stephen Shore’s Vision Through a Camera Lens at 303 Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 5, 2018 This week Art Break features Stephen Shore, a master of the photographic medium. His career has spanned 45 years, ranging from landscapes and urban settings to recording Andy Warhol’s process at The Factory. His work, with its variety of ...

NYC This Week: 2.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 5, 2018 Philadelphia is not the only city with a reason to celebrate this week. Here’s what’s hot in NYC art and entertainment. A valentine to the city, the five-time Grammy Award-winner Dianne Reeves returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ...

Review: ‘Fire and Air’ at the CSC Burns Up In the Atmosphere

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 2, 2018 Is there a theatrical term for a biopic? You know, a movie that covers the life (or portion of the life) of someone, usually a famous someone? There are zillions of biopics, and they usually are serious, and high-minded, and (if you ask me) pretty ...

BroadwayCon Retains Its Appeal and Fan Base

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, January 31, 2018 Walking into the Jacob K. Javits Center on Friday, January 26, I knew what I was in for. BroadwayCon had just kicked off a few hours before and I had butterflies in my stomach as I reminisced about last year. I was mentally preparing myself for ...

Review: ‘Hallelujah, Baby!’ Is No Cause to Celebrate

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, January 30, 2018 You might think that winning the Tony Award for Best Musical would guarantee a show some kind of theatrical afterlife. You might think that. In fact, quite a few musicals have won that coveted prize, only to virtually disappear. ...

Review: La MaMa’s ‘The Pill’ Conjures Ups An Emotional Spectrum of Feelings

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, January 30, 2018 Experimental theatre can be a barrage of whacky, fun, nonsensical and in-your-face storytelling. The Pill, produced by Off-Broadway’s La MaMa theatre, has all these elements wrapped into one. The play revolves around a mother who ...

NYC This Week: 1.29.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 29, 2018 The state of New York City arts and its entertainment is strong. There I said it. And here’s what’s hot this week. Member previews begin tomorrow and the public has access on the 31st to Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: ...

Review: Conductor Stéphane Denève Brings Passion to Prokofiev With the NY Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, January 29, 2018 Led by guest conductor Stéphane Denève, the New York Philharmonic recently presented an exhilarating all-Prokofiev program, which I attended on Friday afternoon, January 26. Denève’s program bio states that he has a special affinity ...

Art Break: The Influence and Effect of Partition Examined in ‘Zarina: Dark Roads’ at the A|P|A Institute at NYU

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 29, 2018 Although it may seem like a long time ago, the 1947 Partition of India was a pivotal moment in the history of south Asia. Over 14 million people were displaced from homes and communities due to the creation of the Dominion of India (later the ...

Review: U.S-Mexico Border Issues Given Voice Mariachi Style in NYCO’s ‘Cruzar La Cara De La Luna’ at Rose Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 26, 2018 Billed as “the world’s first mariachi opera,” Cruzar la Cara de la Luna opened for a limited run at the Rose Theater this week, in pretty much the same production seen at Houston Grand Opera (which commissioned the piece and gave ...

Review: Haydn’s Rarely Performed Oratorio ‘The Seasons’ Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, January 26, 2018 Haydn’s The Seasons (1801) is one of those gifts that won’t stop giving: a glorious country-picnic that rejoices the spirit and delights the mind, interrupted every now and again for fireworks, incursions of the cosmic-divine, and ...

Review: The ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Carried Out on the Tennis Court in ‘BALLS’ at 59E59

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, January 25, 2018 The “Battle of the Sexes” between tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in September 1973 is enjoying quite a cultural revival. Having recently been the subject of a well-received movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, ...

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