Abbie Fentress Swanson

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The Insatiable Appetite for 'Sleep No More'

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Sleep No More," a play that's part-dance, part-art installation from the British theater group Punchdrunk, was supposed to have closed a number of times. But every time a closing date approached -- the most recent one Oct. 8 -- the production team behind the show decided to add more performances.

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Gig Alert: Bernie Worrell at the Apollo's Tribute to George Clinton

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The legendary funk keyboardist performs Tuesday night at the Apollo as part of a tribute to the Godfather of Funk. If you can't make it to the show, download "He-Then Holiday" by Worrell's funk-rock fusion group SociaLybrium here.

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Corgi Dressed as M23 Bus Wins Halloween Dog Parade

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A corgi named Harry dressed up as an M23 bus and his owner, Ben, who was a bus stop, won "Best in Show" at the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Day Parade on Saturday. Other winners included canines dressed as Hurricane Irene, Charlie Sheen and the management at Trader Joe's. Check out a slideshow here.

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WNYC's Picks for the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon

Monday, October 17, 2011

From Tuesday through Sunday, more than 1,350 bands, DJs and comedians will perform at the annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. Check out WNYC's trippy color-coded map to see our CMJ picks — from En Vogue to Mike Birbiglia to Dum Dum Girls — for each night of the festival.

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'The Mountaintop' Attracts a More Diverse Audience to Broadway

Friday, October 14, 2011

Although the number of African American audience members has increased slightly on Broadway in the past decade, black ticketholders still make up the smallest percentage of the Great White Way's audience. But Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," which opened Thursday night, may change that number this season.

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Artists Reimagine Development in Long Island City

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Urban farming systems, a waterfront promenade, a community kitchen and biodiesel trucks that double as artist studios. Those are some of the ideas behind a new show opening at The Noguchi Museum on Thursday, called "Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City."

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Lee Mingwei's 'The Moving Garden' Grows at the Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Museum visitors are meant to pick a rose from Lee's minimal, elegant (and fragrant) garden, before going out of their way to give the rose as a gift to a stranger. Check out pictures of the project here.

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Gig Alert: Adonis González

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Check out González playing at a Thelonius Monk tribute on Tuesday, or download the pianist's "Gitanerias" from the album Adios A Cuba here, which was nominated this year for a Latin Grammy in the "Best Classical Album" category.

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Julie Taymor's Union Enters Arbitrations with the Producers of 'Spider-Man'

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society hopes to recover royalties from the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" for Taymor for the full run of the production.

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Allen Ginsberg's 'Kaddish' Gets the One-Man Show Treatment

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Adaptations Project has adapted "Kaddish," which the beat poet published 50 years ago, for the stage. "Kaddish (or The Key in the Window)" is a multimedia one-man show that opens on Thursday night.


What's In A Name? Local Kosher Honey for the High Holidays

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jars of kosher Andrew's Local Honey are selling fast leading up to the Jewish New Year, since honey is a key ingredient in many traditional Rosh Hashanah dishes. Customers who keep kosher don't seem to mind that labels on Andrew's Local Honey jars don't have the Star-K or the hechsher of the Orthodox Union.


Governor Christie Vetoes Tax Credit Award for 'Jersey Shore'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Economic Development Authority award would have given the producers of the MTV reality television show a $420,000 film tax credit.


Look | MTA Installs New Digital Underground Art Project at Union Square

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The underground show called "Union Square in Motion" is two digital lenticular linear zoetropes that project nine sets of still abstract images, which create the illusion of animation for commuters passing by. The project is, according to its creators, the largest of its kind in the world.

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National Academy Re-Opens on the Upper East Side

Friday, September 23, 2011

After being closed for 18 months, the doors to the National Academy Museum & School are back open on the Upper East Side. The renovations to the Beaux Arts townhouse include a redesigned lobby, revitalized museum galleries and two new galleries in the National Academy School. Check out what's on view at the newly renovated academy in the slideshow here.

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Plays by African American Women Take the Broadway Stage

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On Thursday night, "The Mountaintop," opens in previews. The Broadway play is the first of three plays penned or adapted by African-American women that are opening on Broadway this fall.

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Park 51 Opens Renovated Space with Photo Exhibit of NYC Immigrant Children

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The developers of the Islamic community center near Ground Zero will open the controversial space to the public for the first time Wednesday night. The community center will showcase a 169-image photo exhibition by Danny Goldfield entitled “NYChildren” in the newly renovated space.


'Modern Family' and 'Downton Abbey' Win Big at the Emmys

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The 63rd Emmy Awards, hosted by Jane Lynch (of Glee fame), aired on Sunday night. The big winners were the ABC comedy "Modern Family," which won five awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and the PBS show "Downton Abbey," which got four Emmys. "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "Mildred Pierce" and "Friday Night Lights" each won two Emmys.


WNYC's Picks for the Brooklyn Book Festival

Friday, September 16, 2011

More than 260 authors and panelists will be in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday for the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Panels are devoted to a wide range of topics during the day-long free fest. Everything from food politics to the Arab Spring to mystery writing to Mad Libs will be on the table. Here are some of WNYC's festival picks:


The Gallerina Guide to Fall Openings in Chelsea

Friday, September 16, 2011

It is a season of cataclysms. And it's time to add another to the list: New York City's countless art galleries are now out of summer hibernation for the fall openings. That means the city will see itself deluged by an end-of-days storm of architectural eyewear, deconstructed designer clothing and incredibly cheap chardonnay.

To help ease your way through this veritable tornado of air kissing, we've teamed up with WNYC's digital guru John Keefe to create an incredibly handy downloadable map and mobile phone guide to the Chelsea fall art openings.

Jon Hendricks: Happy Birthday to the Poet Laureate of Jazz

Friday, September 16, 2011

On Friday, jazz singer songwriter Jon Hendricks turns 90 years old. WNYC says "Happy Birthday" to the Poet Laureate of Jazz with the following videos and slideshow that show Hendricks onstage performing vocalese and doing some seriously impressive scatting.

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