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Female Stars Rise Up at Latin Alternative Music Festival

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Now in its twelfth year, the Latin Alternative Music Conference kicks off on Wednesday in New York City. At this year's conferene, it's all about the mujeres. Check out videos of new female voices represented at the conference — ranging from the queer superstar novelist Rita Indiana to the Mexican indie goddess Lo Blondo here.

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Williamsburg Pool Parties Find New Home at the Floyd Bennett Field

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Most New York indie rockers think of Williamsburg when they hear the name Jelly NYC. For five years, the company put on the summer's most popular pool parties at McCarren Park and then along the Williamsburg waterfront. But this year, Jelly is putting bands onstagewhere New York’s first municipal airport was located: at the Aviator Sport Complex at Floyd Bennett Field, close to Fort Tilden Beach.

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City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in NYC with Pig Roasts, Urban Foraging, and Improv

Friday, July 01, 2011

Pig roasts, improv marathons, Revolutionary War tours and urban foraging. There's no shortage of things to do in the city this Independence Day weekend. Here's our shortlist of happenings around NYC.

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Marilyn Monroe Turns from Young Starlet to Film Icon on Brooklyn's Silver Screen

Friday, July 01, 2011

July is a good month for film fans partial to a platinum coif and a breathy voice. Marilyn Monroe will spend two weeks on the silver screen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a 14-film retrospective brimming with blond perkiness right down to its name: Marilyn! The festival runs from July 1 through 17.

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BAM and Barclays Center Strike Up Arts Partnership

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grande jetés and encores may join the jabs and jump shots at Downtown Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The developers of the 18,000-seat arena announced on Thursday that they are looking around the corner to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for arts programming.

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Pop-Up Piano Goes Missing in the Bronx

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One of the 88 "Pop-Up Pianos" that have materialized in city parks in the past month has gone missing, according to a spokesperson at Sing For Hope.

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Live on Soundcheck: Vetiver

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Andy Cabic, the singer, songwriter and guitarist behind Vetiver, isn't sure why his music has been called "freak folk." "They, for years, said I'm the least freaky of the folky so I don't know why they called me that to begin with," he said. "It's the most obtuse way of describing someone!" Watch Vetiver perform "Everyday" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Remembering the Big Man, Clarence Clemons

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, died from complications of a stroke on Saturday. He was 69. Check out videos and images featuring the Big Man here.

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Pianos Pop Up around City Street Corners and Parks

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Any desire for a quick round of "Heart and Soul" on your lunchbreak? Can do. Sixty decorated uprights and 28 grand pianos were set up on street corners and parks across the city's five boroughs on Thursday as part of "Pop Up Pianos." The public art and music program, run by the Sing for Hope organization, is now in its second year.

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A Cinephile's Best Week Ever: Three Film Festivals Kick Off in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The weather may be getting nicer, but this week's film offerings are enough to keep cinephiles indoors in the cool dark of a cineplex. Three intriguing film festivals — the Northside Film Festival in Williamsburg, the BAM CinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the ninth annual Bronx International Film Festival at Lehman College — start screening films on Thursday.

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U.S. Air Guitar Championships: Heavy Metal, No Instruments Required

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

All the elements of heavy metal bliss will be on view at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday — except for the instruments. At the U.S. Air Guitar Championships (U.S.A.G.C.), anyone who pays the $20 entrance fee is invited to don his or her favorite leather chaps and crazy costume to compete for the chance to represent Manhattan in the regional competitions of the U.S.A.G.C., held in Chicago on July 23.

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Museum Mile: Free Museum Admission and Live Music Uptown

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Museum Mile Festival takes place in New York City on Tuesday night. Here's a list of the participating museums offering free admission from 6 to 9 P.M.

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Reports: E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke

Monday, June 13, 2011

Clemons is 69. His saxophone has been a driving force in the E Street Band since the early '70s.

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Thousands Queue Up for BBQ at Barbecue Block Party

Saturday, June 11, 2011

This weekend, pitmasters from across the country will take on New York one grill at a time for the ninth-annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The event is intended to bring New Yorkers the best barbecue bites from across the country.

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Live on Soundcheck: The Antlers

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The indie rock band The Antlers is back with a new album called Burst Apart. Watch The Antlers' perform "Putting The Dog To Sleep" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios below.

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Free for All: A Guide to Outdoor Summer Music Festivals in NYC

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Although some city slickers head for the hills during the summer — to the Hamptons, to Fire Island, to the Shore or to the Catskills — most music fans agree that New York City's outdoor summer concert fare can not be beat. Here are some of the myriad musical happenings we'll be at this summer.

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Street Performers Upset Over New Central Park 'Quiet Zones'

Monday, May 30, 2011

Street performer John Boyd has been coming to the Bethesda Fountain and to Strawberry Fields in Central Park every weekend for the last four years to sing opera and jazz classics. But if park officials have their way, Boyd and others will no longer be performing there. Last week, the Central Parks Conservancy posted new "Quiet Zone" signs at the Bethesda Fountain and in Strawberry Fields that explicitly forbid the use of musical instruments and amplification there.

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Markowitz Not Pleased About New Home for Seaside Concerts

Monday, May 23, 2011

Looks like Marty Markowitz’s epic battle against two Coney Island synagogues is over -- for now.

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Staten Islanders Prepare for the Annual Art by the Ferry Festival

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The festival, which kicks off on Friday, includes poetry, dance, music, art shows and literary readings created by, for the most part, Staten Island residents.

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