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‘A Night at Switch n’ Play’ is a ‘love letter’ to the Brooklyn drag collective

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 […]

BY GABE HERMAN | A play to be performed on the Lower East Side will explore the life of artist Harry Smith, who also famously compiled the American Anthology of Folk Music. “Harry Smith at the Chelsea Hotel,” written and directed by Terese Coe, will be performed on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Dixon […]

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By Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech and Gabe Herman |   FOOD Speakin’ of vegan…: The Hester Street Fair will hold a Vegan Food Fest on Sat., Sep. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a new venture at Hester Street Fair, which is celebrating its 10th year and will be partnering on this one with Cheff’ […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | In the beginning, drag was simple. Men dressed as women for theatrical purposes. Eventually, drag became established in underground gay culture and then — and we’re skipping way ahead here — in mainstream culture as a result of the popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a television hit across America. Then it got somewhat […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Cornelia Street in Exile returns Downtown as Cornelia Meatpacking with an end-of-summer celebration — a free outdoor concert in the Meatpacking District on Sun., Sept. 15. The event is a collaboration between Cornelia Street and Aurora Capital, William Gottlieb Real Estate and the Meatpacking Business Improvement District. Aurora and Gottlieb are partners on […]

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BY CLAUDE SOLNIK | As New York City looks at ways to turn streets into pedestrian walkways and more, Theater for the New City is doing its part to turn streets into a stage. The theater, at 155 First Ave., on Aug. 3 debuted a new musical on E. 10th St., complete with portable stage, puppets, […]

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BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   PERFORMANCES   Salsa till you drop: The New York International Salsa Congress runs through Sept. 1, featuring full days of concerts by live bands, dance showcases, instructional workshops and nonstop late-night social, bachata and world-music dancing until 4 a.m. At the New York Marriott Marquis, at 1535 Broadway, between 45th […]

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BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |    KIDS Summer on the Hudson: Game Days: Children age 12 and younger are provided with games like giant tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, jump rope and more. Wed., Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at 125th and Marginal Sts. on the West Harlem Piers. Free. Family Festival: Young Artists en Plein […]

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BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   MUSEUM “Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story”: This exhibition takes as its starting point the painting “The Death of Michael Stewart,” informally known as “Defacement,” created by Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1983. The work commemorates the fate of the young black artist Michael Stewart at the hands of New York City Transit […]

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BY MICAELA MACAGNONE |   POETRY Poets House Showcase: The 27th Annual Poets House Showcase runs until Sat., Aug 17, at Poets House’s Battery Park City home. The Showcase is a free exhibit featuring more than 3,300 books of poetry published by more than 800 presses over the previous 18 months. At Poets House, Elizabeth […]

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