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2009 Stories by Angela Ashman

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  • FUNNY BUSINESS

    published August 11, 2009

    Though it's possible you may not be familiar with the name Del Close, you certainly know his acolytes—Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray,... More >>

  • A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN

    published August 11, 2009

    Just a couple of years ago, Jon Lajoie was a little-known television actor in Montreal, and then—you'll never guess—YouTube... More >>

  • RADICAL SHAKESPEARE

    published August 4, 2009

    A hit in their hometown of Chicago, the good-looking lads of the Improvised Shakespeare Company are bringing their fast-paced hilarity to... More >>

  • SUNDAY MORNING

    published August 4, 2009

    From the Velvet Underground's first 1965 concert at Summit High School Auditorium in Summit, New Jersey (picture bored teenagers walking out... More >>

  • OFF THE WALL

    published August 4, 2009

    A show by handcut stencilist Chris Stain is more than just a few large-scale prints—it's a veritable invitation into the street... More >>

  • EXTREME SPIN

    published August 4, 2009

    If you know how to do the Laceration Combo, the Cow Wrap, and the Reverse Suicide, you may have what it takes to be a yo-yo master, dear... More >>

  • FREDO LIVES ON

    published July 22, 2009

    Though the name "John Cazale" might not ring a bell, you'd certainly know him by his other name—Fredo, the sensitive mobster in... More >>

  • SURE BET

    published July 22, 2009

    If you ever watched Celebrity Poker Showdown on the Bravo Channel, you would know that actor-comedians David Cross and Michael Ian Black... More >>

  • YO, JOE!

    published July 22, 2009

    In ninth grade, there were certain boys in my class who were taunted for acting like "babies" when it got out that they were still going home... More >>

  • BREAKING HEARTS

    published July 22, 2009

    Northern Irish author and poet Nick Laird's 2005 debut novel Utterly Monkey was a terrific send-up of life at a law firm—a... More >>

  • CAPTAIN FUNK

    published July 8, 2009

    If you missed seeing the high-energy Nicholas Leichter Dance rock the Joyce Theater last month, here's your chance to see them in a very... More >>

  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

    published July 8, 2009

    The Chelsea Hotel's long tradition of accepting permanent residents ended two years ago with the young photographer/filmmaker Sam Bassett chosen... More >>

  • BATTLE CRY

    published July 8, 2009

    The epic samurai drama Kagemusha, one of Akira Kurosawa's late-career masterpieces, certainly falls under the category of films that need... More >>

  • PRE-TEEN SPIRIT

    published July 8, 2009

    Capture the Flag—a game in which two teams try to steal a flag from the other team's base—typically requires stealth, speed,... More >>

  • TEE OFF

    published July 8, 2009

    What was once a vacant lot in Bushwick is now one of the neighborhood's more colorful attractions: the Putting Lot, a nine-hole mini-golf... More >>

  • SCREWED UP

    published July 1, 2009

    Comedians Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter (two-thirds of the comedy troupe Stella) are certain they have issues—lots of them.... More >>

  • ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES

    published July 1, 2009

    Who doesn't wish they could go back in time for a peek inside Andy Warhol's glamorous tin foil-covered Factory? Thankfully Stephen Shore,... More >>

  • NOW HEAR THIS

    published July 1, 2009

    Even the biggest music lovers among us have trouble keeping up with the latest Brooklyn band or record label. To remedy this, Todd Brooks, the... More >>

  • BUILT TO LAST

    published June 24, 2009

    Artist and former Cooper Union student Daniel Arsham is coming up fast in the art world thanks to his surreal architectural designs that turn the... More >>

  • CRIMINAL MINDS

    published June 24, 2009

    New York movies don't get much better than Sidney Lumet's gritty 1975 Dog Day Afternoon, based on the true story of a couple of bumbling... More >>

  • CHILL OUT

    published June 24, 2009

    The roomy and, more important, air-conditioned Walter Reade Theater is the perfect place to wind down from the parties and still keep your... More >>

  • DIFFERENT WORLDS

    published June 24, 2009

    Caught between two worlds, artist Yinka Shonibare was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents, who returned to Nigeria when he was three.... More >>

  • RENAISSANCE MAN

    published June 17, 2009

    Opting to get his education in the New York art world instead of at college, Jersey boy Dan Graham moved to the city in the early-’60s and... More >>

  • FRENCH CONNECTION

    published June 17, 2009

    Often compared to directors like François Truffaut and Woody Allen, and one of the best filmmakers working today, Arnaud... More >>

  • ENDURANCE TEST

    published June 17, 2009

    Put on your legwarmers, shoulder pads, and neon T-shirts! The Film Society of Lincoln Center is playing all 11 uninterrupted hours of the... More >>

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