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Opinion: Muppets Right to Stand Against Chick-Fil-A Over Gay Marriage

Friday, July 27, 2012

If there's any lesson from every Muppet adventure, it's that you shouldn't underestimate the ability of that goofy crew of lovable misfits to get things done, outsmart the bad guys and save the day. Evidently, the right-wing owners of Chick-fil-A haven't watched enough of Kermit and the gang.

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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Thursday, July 14, 2011


An art rainbow in Chelsea, African-American perspectives in Harlem, nostalgia for the old Soviet Bloc on the Lower East Side and an event full of comic art stars at the Whitney. Plus: Jim Henson's Muppets take Astoria. Here's what's worth looking out for in the arts world in the coming week.

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Jim Henson's Time Piece

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Last night, I joined hundreds of nostalgic 30-somethings at a 30th anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie in Brooklyn. Seeing it on the big screen was pure delight, and proved the lasting genius of Jim Henson and co. Everything holds up: the snappy dialogue (Man in Swamp: 'You, you with the banjo, can you help me? I seem to have lost my sense of direction!' Kermit: 'Have you tried Hare Krishna?'); the irresistible soundtrack (the Electric Mayhem jams are the best); the hilarious cameos (Mel Brooks as Dr. Mengele-like mad scientist); and, of course, the unforgettable Muppets themselves (witness Miss Piggy transform from precious damsel-in-distress to gangster-ass-kicker, with her unmistakable battle cry: 'HEEEE-YAH!').

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