When it comes to Pee-Wee Herman, either you get it, or you don’t. As a die-hard fan who was 11 when his Saturday morning children’s show hit the airwaves, I was nothing short of obsessed when I heard he was re-mounting his original 1981 stage production on Broadway this fall. And when I finally got to see it for myself, the experience literally took my breath away. A Technicolor fantasia of anthropomorphized furniture, freaky friends (of the human and ... Read More
With our Science Issue currently on newsstands, we are excited about a new play, Photograph 51, that tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, the incredible scientist who played a crucial- and widely unacknowledged- part in he discovery of DNA's double helix. Presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a motion to enhance our understanding of science and technology, the play is written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Linsay ... Read More
I recently read an article written by Andrew McMillen called How To Be A Live Music Critic. The piece basically pokes fun of music journalists and lists in bullet points examples of what NOT to focus on in a live show review. One of the points that stood out to me most is: "You must not use more than half of your word limit to describe the band’s music. This is a waste of valuable words, which could be better devoted to describing stage attire, between-song ... Read More
There’s a stubborn pall that blankets Atlantic City. Once a hotbed of Mobster decadence during Prohibition (hi, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire!), the New Jersey gambling town puttered out into a miasma of bedbugs and barflies during the ’60s. It’s never quite shaken that reputation of being Vegas’ developmentally disabled cousin, no matter how many entrepreneurs have descended upon its carcass. So it was almost cheeky that Perez Hilton chose this destination ... Read More
The last time I wrote about Promethea here I'd just gotten my hands on the first Absolute volume, and it had blown my mind. "It's less a narrative than a trip, fables layered on top of stories and characters' identities shifting into dreams. If Watchmen is Moore's Ulysses, then Promethea is Finnegans Wake and it demands the same experience--stop trying to make it make sense and just let it wash over you and enjoy the ride." The second volume arrived last week, ... Read More

Under the Big Top

BY Molly Labell in General

 Have you checked out “Circus” on PBS yet? The  new   documentary, aired as six hour-long episodes, gives viewers a glimpse of the clown alleys and sawdust floors behind the Big Apple Circus. The men get more airtime during the first episode than the women, and only one of the ten featured performers on PBS’s website is a woman, but the hard-working ladies of the Big Apple are depicted as disciplined and devoted to their craft. ... Read More
My week has been rather stressful: the election results were distressing, I'm churning out my thesis, and I'm cramming for my GRE next week. This presents a range of emotions that I haven't been able to articulate. Enter Don Draper. I love Mad Men, and had noticed his effective use of "what?" to express a multitude of feelings: astonishment, confusion, disappointment. This video, a compilation of the best Don Draper "what?"s both spoke to me and made me laugh out ... Read More
The first time I met Michele Carlo was at the Moth. We were in line at the Bitter End; I'd seen her perform and introduced myself as a newbie. "Storytellers are the best group of people," she told me. "Come out with us after the show." At that point, Michele had been telling stories in New York for more than a decade. She'd been a performer since college, where she was in with the Lower East Side's hip, arty crowd. She'd created a burlesque show around a character ... Read More
Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More
   The world’s oldest person, Eugenie Blanchard, died earlier today in St. Bart’s at the age of 114, according to The Huffington Post. The Caribbean super-centenarian was also the world’s oldest nun.  The woman to hold the title before Blanchard, Kama Chinen of Japan, died six months ago to the day. Have you ever noticed how the world’s oldest people keep…dying? Weird! It is possible that Blanchard’s vocation ... Read More
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