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BY BOB KRASNER | The Brant Foundation has settled into the East Village with a splash. A beautifully renovated former Con Edison substation at 421 E. Sixth St. is the second location for the foundation’s private museum, the first being a repurposed stone barn in Greenwich, Connecticut. The museum estimates that when its inaugural East Village […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A woman in paint-splattered overalls grabbed a spray can off the top of a trash bin outside of Wolfnights on Ludlow St. Standing atop the bin, she drew a giant pair of black eyes that stared down from the wall of the sandwich shop to a man on the sidewalk below. The […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS AND RICO BURNEY |   ARTS The Downtown Urban Arts Festival, which was started to help foster a new generation of American playwrights, returns for a 17th year with 18 new plays. The festival runs through Sat., May 11. All shows cost $20 and are at the Wild Project, at 195 E. […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | “I’m not documenting a broad pastiche of America,” said photographer Daniel Efram, perhaps referencing the classic work of Robert Frank. The images in his first monograph, “Curiosities,” (Tractor Beam Press) are a collection of intriguing, grainy black-and-white photos that invoke some classic work by his predecessors, which he readily acknowledges. “You can’t […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS AND RICO BURNEY |   ARTS Silent Voices: Lovestate: The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs songs about identity, racism, sexism and belonging, with commissions by Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Olga Bell, Nico Muhly and others. Thurs., May 2, through Sun., May 5; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | After being closed 20 months for renovations, Webster Hall is set to reopen in a big way with a Jay-Z show on Fri., April 26. The legendary Village venue is at 125 E. 11th St. between Third and Fourth Aves. It closed in August 2017 after being sold to a group of […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS | Lower East Side artists Julius Klein and Raken Leaves have raised an unconventional family. Since meeting in 1981, the couple has given birth, so to speak, to scores of avant-garde art pieces, from Julius’s tongue-in-cheek sculptures to Raken’s collection of faces made from leather and fur. “They’re my heads, my family,” Raken […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS AND RICO BURNEY |   ARTS Funeral for a Tree: Judson Memorial Church, on Washington Square, will be hosting what is believed to be the first funeral service for a tree, and as one might imagine, this will not be your average funeral service. This will be a fundraiser for Trees.org, an […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Met museum’s new “Play It Loud” exhibit is an impressive collection of memorabilia from rock-and-roll history. It’s like walking into a giant shrine to the history of rock music, and is worth a visit for hardcore or even casual fans. The show, which opened April 8, is chock-full of guitars and […]

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