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BY CLAUDE SOLNIK | On a recent evening, Chef Emeril Lagasse carried a dish out of the kitchen of Rodos, a restaurant he launched in the Flatiron District. Lagasse looked a little harried, but happy, as he hurried around the restaurant near a date tree. Now and then he stopped to pause for photographs (which promptly […]

BY BOB KRASNER | Performance art, as defined by Google: “An art form that combines visual art with dramatic performance.” How perfect, then, that Scooter LaForge’s closing party for his solo show at Empirical Nonsense featured an actual wedding in front of his painting “Genesis, Day 6.” After performance-art pieces — arranged by LaForge — by Jorge Clar […]

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BY CLAUDE SOLNIK | In the world of screenwriting, you might call Arnold Schulman a real-life Walter Mitty. The difference is he didn’t imagine his accomplishments. Schulman worked with Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, Alan Pakula, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Sir Richard Attenborough. And that’s just a start. Along the way, he was nominated for […]

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BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | My part of the Lower East Side has changed so much I almost get disoriented wandering around in my own ’hood. And I had lost much interest in the new because our politicians sold us out to the concept of an “entertainment zone,” which basically translates into bars, bars and more bars, which did […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A new play is coming to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village that explores issues around immigration, refugees and borders. The piece, “City of No Illusions,” is from the theater company Talking Band, an avant-garde organization that has been based in New York City since 1974. The play will […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | The Upright Citizens Brigade announced last week that it is set to close its East Village location next month. The venue for improv, stand-up and sketch theater, at E. Third St. on Avenue A, opened in 2011. In an e-mail to the U.C.B. team, Michael Hartney, the group’s artistic director, wrote the […]

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Vampire Cowboys’ Qui Nguyen collaborates with The Bats…at The Flea! BY TRAV S.D. The big Downtown theatre news from the last several weeks happens to be taking place in the streets. In case you haven’t noticed, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) — in addition to making a statement — puts on a mighty good show. And […]

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BY JERRRY TALLMER One day a thousand years ago (well, sixty years ago), my father figure, the great Charles Abrams, said: “Come with me. We’ll go to the East Side. I’ll show you where all the action was.” By East Side, Abrams — who lived with his wife and two daughters in a fine old […]

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Flea, 3LD, HERE, Access all still here BY TRAV S.D. I’d like to forego the normally flip, jocose tone of this column to note that this month our memories of September 11 will pass the decade mark. Unlike most of the billions of people throughout the globe who’ll be marking this anniversary, readers of these […]

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From Midtown to Downtown, volume and variety COMPILED BY SCOTT STIFFLER SoHo THINK TANK’S ICE FACTORY FESTIVAL With its temporary home at 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Ohio Theater (which lost its Wooster Street space last year) hasn’t exactly been wandering in the wilderness. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that come September, they’ll open […]

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