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Arts Highlights 2011: New York Critics, Writers Weigh In

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.

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Chinese Lunar New Year Hops into Town

Monday, January 03, 2011

Say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Here are our top choices for how to ring in the Lunar New Year in New York.

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Three to See: Catch These Broadway Plays Before They Close

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When it comes to spectacle, the scale and scope of Broadway is nearly impossible to match. Here are three plays to see before the curtain comes down for the last time just after the New Year.

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The "Trocks" in NYC: Lashes, Tutus and Extra-Large Pointe Shoes

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The New York City-based ballet company "Les Ballets de Trockadero de Monte Carlo"  kicked off a three-week season of ballet and comedy on Tuesday night, with extra-large pointe shoes poised to crack up audiences. Check out WNYC's rehearsal slideshow here.

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Studio 360

Jill Sonke

Friday, December 10, 2010

Can the arts actually improve health care? Kurt gets some answers from Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare at the University of Florida. She explains how the arts have been carving out a place in the healing process.

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Features

NY Arts Icons Awarded Kennedy Center Honors

Monday, December 06, 2010

Two New Yorkers—"Fela!" choreographer Bill T. Jones, and "Hello, Dolly" composer Jerry Herman—take home national honors.

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Features

New York Dance Companies Merge

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bill T. Jones, co-founder, artistic director and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company, discusses the merger.

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Studio 360

The Steady Rise of “For Colored Girls”

Friday, November 19, 2010

Broadway audiences were probably not familiar with the term “choreopoem” when “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” arrived at the Booth Theatre 1976.  But Ntozake Shange’s dynamic and revealing series of poems (set to music and movement) was a giant hit, winning a Tony and a Drama Desk Award.  “All sorts of people who might never have set foot in a Broadway house—black nationalists, feminist separatists—came to experience Shange’s firebomb of a poem,” remembers Hilton Als, now the theater critic for The New Yorker.

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The Takeaway

American Ballet Theates Travels to Cuba After 50 Year Hiatus

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The American Ballet Theatre traveled to Cuba for the first time in 50 years to participate in the 22nd Havana International Ballet Festival. The last time the dance company took the stage in Cuba, Fidel Castro had just taken power. We hear music from the Karl Marx theatre and talk with Rachel Moore, the executive director of the American Ballet Theatre, about the trip.

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Features

NY Choreographer Shen Wei Brings Street Performance to Times Square

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wei, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, kicked off a world tour of street performances in Times Square on Thursday.

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This Week: Must See Arts in the City

Thursday, October 28, 2010

WNYC

Edward Hopper at the Whitney, ghostly silhouettes in Chelsea, and dance at the Judson Memorial Church. Here's WNYC's guide to what's happening now.

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Soundcheck

Vanished Venues, part 2

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Danceteria: where Madonna met Philip Glass (well, sorta)

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Studio 360

"Genius of Love" Gets Its Due

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The first time I heard the Tom Tom Club's song 'Genius of Love' off their eponymous debut album I thought  'Hey, that’s Mariah Carey's song.' Turns out I was only half-right.  Back in 1995, when I was twelve, Mariah Carey's hit 'Fantasy' was playing on every Top 40 station and I was choreographing dance routines to it with my friends. The rhythms in Tom Tom Club's upbeat 1981 hit made 'Genius' a hip hop sampling favorite too.  Public EnemyTupac Shakur and T.I. have all used snippets of the track. Mariah Carey created 'Fantasy' as a remix and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five made 'It's Nasty'.

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Studio 360

Nortec Collective

Friday, September 17, 2010

Under the stage names Bostich and Fussible, Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt make fantastic dance music that mixes Mexican dance bands with electronica. Based in Tijuana, they tell Kurt how living on the border feeds their music.

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Micropolis

Seeking Fall for Dance Tix? Good Luck

Sunday, September 12, 2010

At about 11:05 this lazy Sunday morning, I had a sudden, seizing revelation: Fall for Dance tickets had gone on sale, just 5 minutes earlier. I tossed my almond croissant down on the table and ran to my computer. A few seconds later, I was on New York City Center's Web site, only to discover that I was Number 2,578 on the waiting list.

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The Arts File

Dance New Amsterdam on the Brink of Eviction

Friday, August 20, 2010

DNA's Kate Peila and The WSJ's Pia Catton weigh in on how dance groups are doing in NYC.

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American Ballet Theatre to Visit Cuba in Honor of Ballerina

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This November, the American Ballet Theatre will perform in Cuba for the first time in half a century. The company, based in New York City, has long had ties to the island: Cuba’s prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, moved to the United States, and then joined the ballet theatre in 1940.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jacques D’Amboise and Eddie Izzard

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jacques D’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time, discusses his work in the field of arts education. In 1976, while still a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, he founded the National Dance Institute, a model program that exposes thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance. He's joined by Alex Shimizu, a 15-year-old dancer in the National Dance Institute. They’ll talk with Christopher Walken about the challenges and rewards of dance. And the actor Eddie Izzard drops by!

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WNYC News

The South Bronx: Where Hip-Hop Was Born

Monday, August 02, 2010

Hip-hop's foundations were being laid in the 1970s, brick by brick, by DJs in the South Bronx, sometimes even in burnt out or deteriorating buildings. These pioneers invented sampling (isolating one sound and reusing it in another song) and hip-hop's other key elements through trial and error, mostly by fooling around with records at home.

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Features

30 Dances in 30 Days

Friday, July 30, 2010

On the patio of a soulless corporate plaza, amid the mirrored towers of the financial district, the lunchtime entertainment has arrived.  Everyday at noon for 30 days, Canadian dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier is performing the same 30-minute dance piece to a crowd of transfixed tourists and harried suits.

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