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BY GABE HERMAN | With Westbeth approaching its 50th anniversary in 2020, the West Village arts institution has named its first president and CEO. Ellen F. Salpeter was named to the position by the Westbeth Board of Directors. Salpeter was previously Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, where she led the completion and […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | It’s safe to say that the Village is fully in the Halloween spirit. A garden of terror greets any passersby who happens upon the Brevoort East at East Ninth Street, between 5th Avenue and University Place. Residents and staff have gone all out for Halloween with a headless horseman riding past zombies and two […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology have unveiled a sprawling mural that includes 90 panels to celebrate the Chelsea school’s 75th anniversary. The work called “ChalkFIT” covers the outside of school buildings from 26th to 28th streets along Seventh Avenue. Each panel represents a different year, going back to the school’s […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Crowds of art lovers sat in the middle of Gansevoort St., which was closed to traffic, in front of the Whitney Museum last Saturday. The road was covered with a thick carpet of green grass, providing a mini-park for listening to steam-whistled tunes emanating from a calliope housed in a parade […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Hester Street Fair will wrap up its 10th season with a closing party on Oct. 26. The Saturday event, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Seward Park, will include a collage activity, coffee from local cafe Round K, music by Mari MacDowell, Nice Groove and Zebra Blood, and plenty […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Dec. 23, 1971 issue of The Villager featured an article with the headline, “Art Groupies Invade SoHo For Benefit Auction.” The auction at the LoGiudice Gallery was to raise money for Sundance, a new magazine for news, art and poetry. The event brought out some big names, including Allen Ginsberg, […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | These days, perhaps the only thing scarier than Halloween is single-use plastics. The Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID) has installed an art display as part of its “Hudson Scare” celebration that highlights recycling and sustainability. “Forevermore” is a series of over 150 birds made from plastic bags, tin foil, newspaper […]

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BY MATT WINDMAN | What in the name of Zeus is “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” — a lightweight and makeshift children’s musical based on Rick Riordan’s 2005 novel that launched the popular “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” fantasy series — doing on Broadway instead of an elementary school auditorium? A sort of successor […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation has selected a design for the forthcoming $500,000 monument to journalist Nellie Bly in the island’s Lighthouse Park.  “The committee, made up of RIOC employees and community leaders, unanimously selected this bold installation that will not only represent Nellie Bly’s time here, but her impact on the […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | “Drag queen,” “femme,” “queer,” “trans,” “drag king” — if any of these terms interest you, you’ll want to see “A Night at Switch n’ Play,” a new documentary that examines the Brooklyn-based drag and burlesque collective “Switch n’ Play.” The film, directed by Cody Stickels and produced by Chelsea Moore, is […]

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