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September 22, 2019


While it isn't the first art form to bind itself to music, cinema has arguably achieved the closest symbiosis therein. Because while musical scores for, say, Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" or Wagner's "Ring Cycle" are routinely listened to independent of dramatization...

February 27, 2019

                      Escamoles, or ant eggs, on a puree of cauliflower and parsnip, course four at Alcalde

      Without a doubt the jewel piercing the otherwise linty outie bellybutton of Mayor Alfaro’s recently-christ...

February 21, 2019

Courtesy of © Daylight Community Arts Foundation

     I’ve often thought that, of all the things which can be glimpsed by our eyeballs across the world’s crowded panorama, that which compels the greatest attention are the multifarious objects of the modern world that we...

February 20, 2019

Disclaimer: This food review is blatantly partisan: the writer is acquainted with the owner/chef of the restaurant under discussion, and is a close friend of one of his chief providers of organic produce.  That being said, the reviewer is NOT receiving any sort of kick...

February 19, 2019

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     To be birthed and reared in one of the world’s great cities is both a boon and a misfortune.  A boon because - well, that’s fairly apparent.  The misfortun...

February 17, 2019

     Last week, on a gusty afternoon of spotless blue skies, the global refugee crisis arrived on the Upper East Side, roosting beneath the looming shadow of the Queensboro Bridge.  However, its coming was heralded not by the wails of children or the echo of white supr...

February 14, 2019

     The list I had made was long and I was short on time and tight with money. The Tonga Room, Red’s Java, The Buena Vista, Farallon, The Old Clam House, Kokkari, Tony’s Cable Car, The Cliff House, Sinbad’s…all these joints skipped on in the assumption that both they...

February 13, 2019

     The migration of the North American monarch butterfly between Mexico and Canada is a journey of life, death and rebirth, a testament to the tenacity and ingenuity with which one generation ensures that life continues after it has alighted on its last leaf, sprig,...

February 13, 2019

 Courtesy of © Eugene Richards

     In the arts, context plays various roles, be it to make sense of a work, enhance and deepen its meaning - or construct around its edifice the leaden scaffolding of useless hearsay. For instance, it may be interesting to know that Beet...

February 13, 2019

     The Whitney’s new exhibit, “Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again,” comes no closer than any previous endeavor in shattering the durable enigma that is its subject, the awkward prince of New York’s 20th-Century art world.  But neither was that likely the aim wh...

February 11, 2019

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     Have you heard of Diane Fossey? She was a pioneering primatologist who spent years studying packs of silver-backed Rwanda’s gorillas, savage jungle socie...

February 10, 2019

     Our fascination with beginnings, with the nascent in art, music, literature, history, etc., is bound up with our obsession with what makes us “us”:  if the ego is but a crude sculpture of our past experiences, then those lumps of clay which form its base should ho...

February 6, 2019

     Ryan McGinley’s book, a companion piece to his show “Mirror, Mirror,” is, plainly put, a collection of nude selfies taken by people in the comfort of their  apartments, one which seems to comment - deliberately or accidentally - on the self-obsessed quality of our...

February 1, 2019

                                                 Courtesy of © Hope Herman Wurmfeld 

     When photographer Hope Herman Wurmfeld moved from New Y...

January 2, 2019

Back in the dog days of mid-August, 36-year-old Vanessa Campos was murdered in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park.  Her death came a year-and-a-half after the French parliament government passed a law designed to both stem prostitution and protect its practitioners -  among...

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