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On Stage Now: Play Dead

Friday, March 11, 2011

Always wanted to see a magician eat a light bulb, then disembowel an audience member? It happens every night at Play Dead — a ghoulish haunted house of a magic show Off Broadway. It's the creation of Teller (the short, silent half of Penn & Teller) and longtime Coney Island entertainer Todd Robbins.

Video: Todd Robbins, star of Play Dead, eats a light bulb

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Studio 360

Steven Soderbergh Says Goodbye to Hollywood

Friday, March 11, 2011

In 1989, Steven Soderbergh helped launch the independent film movement with Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Box office success followed with the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Traffic, and Erin Brockovich. But the filmmaker tells Kurt Andersen that he's ready to retire from movie-directing.

Bonus Track: Extended cut of Kurt's conversation with Steven Soderbergh

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Features

For New York Theater-Goers, Rare Balkan Treats at La MaMa

Friday, March 11, 2011

WNYC

For ten days this month, the Perforations Festival New York comes to La MaMa Experimental Theatre. The festival opens Friday.

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Fishko Files

Anton Arensky

Friday, March 11, 2011

As we follow the saga of a certain wild-partying entertainer, WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the case of Anton Arensky. The somewhat disreputable Russian composer wrote music, lived hard – and died young.   Here is the next Fishko Files.

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Studio 360

A Muslim Playwright Changes the Script

Friday, March 11, 2011

As Congress holds hearings this week on the radicalization of American Muslims, a Pakistani-American playwright is trying to flip the script. Wajahat Ali, who earned raves for his post-9/11 family drama The Domestic Crusaders, told Kurt Andersen, "It would be similar to ...

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Studio 360

Man Eats Lightbulb. Really.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In the off-Broadway spook show Play Dead, master magician Todd Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that.  But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.

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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WNYC

An exhibit that explores the art of painting and identity at the Whitney, extraordinary pre-Columbian tunics at the Met, quirky illustrations at the Jewish Museum and a temporary installation at an Upper West Side Church. Here's our guide to the best of the arts going down in New York this week.

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Features

Producers to Revamp 'Spider-Man,' Delay Opening to Summer

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ticket holders planning on seeing "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will have to wait a little bit longer to catch Peter Parker flying over Broadway. The musical's opening night will be pushed back to an unspecified date this summer.

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Features

Intrepid Museum Fights to Land a Space Shuttle in NYC

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, NASA will announce whether or not the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will receive one of its three shuttles. The Intrepid is one of 21 museums nationwide vying for the chance to exhibit a space shuttle to the astro-minded masses.

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Clapton's Guitars and Amps Sell at Auction for High Price Tags

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wednesday afternoon, a selection of amps, guitars and other memorabilia from rock star Eric Clapton's personal collection were auctioned off at Bonhams in Manhattan to a room chock-full of fans of the English rock icon.

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Talk to Me

Talk to Me: Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The centennial of Williams' birth was honored in a three-part series at the Museum of Arts and Design called The Kindness of Strangeness.

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Studio 360

Radiator Symphonies

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The weather is such a tease this time of year, so our radiators remain on full blast. And that means there's plenty of banging, clanging, and hissing -- enough for their own symphony.

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Features

Gig Alert: Yemen Blues

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On “Eli,” Ravid Kahalani and his band Yemen Blues sing in a Yemenite Hebrew dialect over a rich curtain of sound that includes jazzy horns, soaring strings, and relentless percussion beats. Download the track for free here.

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Features

'Black Swan' Becomes 'SWAN!!!' at P.S. 122

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Starting Thursday at Performance Space 122, five actors perform their version of the Hollywood blockbuster film "Black Swan." SWAN!!!"

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Features

Troubled 'Spider-Man' Musical Inspires Playwrights to Pen Spin-Offs

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Critics have had a field day with the troubled musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" due to its numerous delays and flubbed aerial stunts. The musical has also been the grist for several new plays.

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Studio 360

The Song that Defined R.E.M.’s Sound

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Thirty years after defining “college rock,” R.E.M. releases their 15th studio album, Collapse Into Now. Everyone’s buzzing about the band’s signature acoustic-driven sound. But long before career-defining records like Out of Time and Automatic for the People, there was "Radio Free Europe" – R.E.M.’s first officially released single.

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Know Your Neighbor

Dick, The Newspaperman of Roosevelt Island

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

If you want a dose of Main Street U.S.A. right here in New York City, look no further than Roosevelt Island. What you'll find on this 40-block-long strip of land in the East River is a journalist named Dick Lutz and a team of volunteers who put out a free local newspaper and make it their mission to deliver it to every door on the island.

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Features

Gig Alert: Bright Eyes

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Indie songwriting legend Conor Oberst, alias Bright Eyes, takes the stage at Radio City tonight, promoting his latest (and last) release The People's Key. Download "Shell Game" and "Halie Selassie" here.

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Features

Celebrating Mardi Gras with King's Cake and Good Luck

Monday, March 07, 2011

For the Mardi Gras lover with a sweet tooth, a slice of King's Cake might be the best way to celebrate.

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Features

Queens Graffiti Mecca Faces Redevelopment

Monday, March 07, 2011

It’s a sad day for New York's street artists. Developers are planning to bulldoze Five Pointz in Queens, an icon of graffiti culture worldwide, and replace it with new high rises.

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