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BY BOB KRASNER | If you feel the need to simplify composer Patrick Grant’s long-running “Tilted Axes” project, you could call it a marching band for electric guitars. But given the complexity of the compositions and the dedication of the musicians, that description falls way short. The latest performance of Grant’s “Music for Mobile Electric […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The latest issue of “World War 3 Illustrated,” an annual countercultural graphic novel, was released in early December, continuing its tradition of serious social commentary from the left. Titled “Now is the Time of Monsters: A Graphic Discourse on Predatory Capitalism,” the collection from several artists looks at a number social […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Fathers of District 75 students showed they care with a new mural they designed for the district’s administrative office on E. 23rd St. A small leadership group of dads of the students, who have various disabilities, came up with the visual — and real — concept that they are like a […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA |    ARTS Keith Duncan: “The Big Easy”: Fort Gansevoort, at 5 Ninth Ave., features works by Keith Duncan in his latest collection, “The Big Easy.” The New Orleans-based artist’s show opens Thurs., Jan. 10, and runs through Sat., Feb. 23. Duncan’s paintings are inspired by Southern influences, the aftermath of Hurricane […]

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BY SANTE SCARDILLO | Manhattan currently has an unusual “Christmas crop” of museum exhibitions showcasing work loaded with social concerns and artistic orientations not frequently examined by major museum institutions. All continue into the New Year, and fittingly, they can all be seen for free. I recently visited one of these, “Charles White: A Retrospective,” […]

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SHOWS  Judy Frank’s solo-show “Notes to Wherever” through Sat., Dec. 22, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St. Actor and playwright Judy Frank has been a member of the Actors Fund since 1969. Frank’s show is a funny, heartfelt story about letting go, particularly about getting through the holidays when you’ve lost your life […]

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BY PUMA PERL | The 11th Street Bar is the pub equivalent of a musician’s musician. Not everyone knows about it and it’s easy to miss since it’s located on a side street, between Avenues A and B. It’s that neighborhood place where music lovers of all stripes congregate with bartenders heading home from shifts, […]

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Michelle Obama was in town earlier this month to promote her new book, “Becoming,” and while here, stopped by the Lower Eastside Girls Club on Avenue D. “It was an honor to be visited by the former first lady,” said Lyn Pentecost, the club’s executive director, and Valerie Polanco, the club’s senior development partner, in […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | It took a ton-and-a-half of ice — 10 300-pound blocks — to create a super-chill menorah on Fifth Ave. just north of 42nd St. For 15 years running, Chabad of Midtown has sponsored this public menorah. The permit allowed them to go up to 15 feet tall. “Every year, Rabbi Metzger […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | The annual tree-lighting ceremony in Tompkins Square Park had plenty of things to make people smile — free hot chocolate and coffee, prizes for the kids, seasonal tunes and, of course, the illuminated tree. No one seemed happier than Albert Fabozzi, whose eyes gleamed as he handed out raffle tickets to […]

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