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  • FEED YOUR MIND

    published December 29, 2009

    If your New Year's resolution is to better your mind and kick the Facebook habit, there are two performances today that will set you on the right... More >>

  • FORBIDDEN LOVE

    published December 29, 2009

    Arthur Miller’s dark 1955 drama A View From the Bridge transports you to the rundown Red Hook tenement of Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman who... More >>

  • OPTICAL ILLUSION

    published December 22, 2009

    A butterfly sits atop a stale croissant suspended in midair, a tongue sticks out of a hole in the wall and quickly darts back inside, and a grand... More >>

  • A CRIMINAL MIND

    published December 22, 2009

    From the hypnotic twang of the zither theme song to the film’s atmospheric cinematography (which won Robert Krasker an Academy Award), Carol... More >>

  • SEASON'S HEEBINGS

    published December 15, 2009

    If you're Jewish, Christmas often means being left behind at the office to cover for all the happy gentiles on vacation, and wandering the empty... More >>

  • HO! HO! HO!

    published December 15, 2009

    Looking for laughs for the holidays? Look no farther than comedian John Roberts, who became a hit on YouTube for his viral video "The Christmas... More >>

  • BODY LANGUAGE

    published December 15, 2009

    Brooklyn-based choreographer Reggie Wilson is fascinated by the way physical movement is used as language in African villages. As he recently told... More >>

  • HOLIDAY TERRORS

    published December 15, 2009

    If you grew up with the American version of Christmas, you've likely never heard of the German horned demon Krampus, who punishes bad children... More >>

  • STAR-CROSSED CALLERS

    published December 15, 2009

    "For never was a story of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." Usually. Though the star-crossed lovers have been taking their lives for... More >>

  • CLASS ACT

    published December 8, 2009

    Given the current economy, it’s hard to imagine young artists continuing to fork over thousands to overpriced MFA programs. Perhaps they can... More >>

  • YOU BETTER WATCH OUT

    published December 8, 2009

    What’s jolly, red, and super-drunk? Find out today when hundreds of Santas take over the sidewalks for the annual debauched gathering known... More >>

  • J.B. Smoove

    published December 8, 2009

    Former Saturday Night Live writer and Pootie Tang star J.B. Smoove is probably best known for his role on Curb Your... More >>

  • CRACKED UP

    published December 8, 2009

    Typically, when you think of The Nutcracker, you think of graceful ballerinas in glittery tutus floating through the Land of Sweets.... More >>

  • BUGGIN’ OUT

    published December 1, 2009

    Isabella Rossellini is best known for her work as a model (she has graced the cover of Vogue 23 times) and in films including Blue... More >>

  • THE CHOSEN COMEDIANS

    published December 1, 2009

    If the last time you liked Jewish music was Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song,” Good for the Jews, the comedic musical duo of... More >>

  • HOLIDAY MADNESS

    published December 1, 2009

    Forget all of that “togetherness” stuff. The holidays are really just about two things: parties and shopping. And today, you can do both... More >>

  • KIDDIE CULTURE

    published December 1, 2009

    In Japan, it’s not uncommon to see grown men with a collection of Hello Kitty dolls, or police signs with adorable bears on them. It’s... More >>

  • GEEK OUT

    published December 1, 2009

    At the first-ever Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, you won’t likely find many Trekkies or geeks dressed like superheroes. Instead, this... More >>

  • HOT AND BOTHERED

    published November 24, 2009

    Typically, when we think of winter, we think of putting on more clothes—not less. But not so at the Collective: Unconscious Winter... More >>

  • SLACKER HOLIDAY

    published November 24, 2009

    Don't have any dysfunctional family to spend the holiday with? Why not adopt the oddballs of the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult hit The Big... More >>

  • HEY, STELLA!

    published November 24, 2009

    Just how intense is a performance of the Sydney Theatre Company's A Streetcar Named Desire? In September, during the world premiere run in... More >>

  • CREATURE COMFORTS

    published November 17, 2009

    We've long admired the films of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, in which they dress up in rat and bear costumes and go in... More >>

  • SNOW DAY

    published November 17, 2009

    Alas, this winter, most of us won't be doing cliff jumps in the faraway reaches of China and Norway—or even in Upstate New York, for that... More >>

  • THE HORROR!

    published November 17, 2009

    Aimed to send shivers down your spine, Brian Evenson's new book Baby Leg begins, "Night after night, Kraus dreamt of a woman with a... More >>

  • FUCT UP

    published November 17, 2009

    Recently, in an interview with GQ, George Wendt (a/k/a Norm from Cheers) sang the praises of one of his favorite comedy shows,... More >>

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