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2008 Stories by Araceli Cruz

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  • KEEP YOUR SHORTS ON

    published December 31, 2008

    If Saturday Night Live’s Digital Shorts and FunnyOrDie.com have helped revive the short comedy film, way (way) before the Internet... More >>

  • BEAR NAKED LADIES

    published December 31, 2008

    Every January 2, the photos that grace front-page newspapers baffle us: Folks, young and old (in swimsuits), having a hoot in Coney Island’s... More >>

  • REALITY BIKES

    published December 31, 2008

    You’ve seen the lone white bicycles chained to poles with flowers and candles surrounding them, marking where a rider was killed.... More >>

  • Outsider Art Fair

    published December 31, 2008

    Who’s to say what’s good art? Or even who’s an artist and who’s not? Organizers of the Outsider Art Fair don’t require an... More >>

  • Rock on Mars

    published December 31, 2008

    Best known for his pioneering graffiti-inspired fashion that smeared the line between trashy and chic, the late Stephen Sprouse was also a... More >>

  • Que Bajo?!

    published December 31, 2008

    Since the master DJs of Nacotheque have brilliantly infused alternative electro-grooves into traditional Latin melodies, making it fun to dance to... More >>

  • WW-EH?!

    published December 24, 2008

    Life was simpler when Hulk Hogan dominated faux wrestling. Now, schmucks we've never heard of—like "The Heartbreak Kid" and the... More >>

  • DANCE, CON PASIÓN

    published December 24, 2008

    Don't confuse Soledad Barrio's harsh pounding steps and intense wrist-circling as signs of anger. Burning up the stage with her fiery eyes,... More >>

  • PASS THE TISSUES

    published December 24, 2008

    Of all the holiday classic films, none makes us bawl like a baby more than It’s a Wonderful Life. In case anyone needs his or her... More >>

  • BORN-AGAIN VIRGIN

    published December 10, 2008

    Madonna's "Like a Virgin" will finally ring true when guests are invited to enter Reverend Debra Moonstone's New Life Purification Chamber. This... More >>

  • SHOOTING STAR

    published December 10, 2008

    For those of you who've never heard of Javier Cámara, he's not unlike the Spanish equivalent of Philip Seymour Hoffman—one of those... More >>

  • BUNCH OF HO'S

    published December 10, 2008

    Just about anything can go down on any given night at Santos' Party House. Whether it's midgets going wild or impromptu stripping, the main... More >>

  • SANTA'S PARTY HOUSE

    published December 3, 2008

    More than a few Santas will be coming to town today, and depending on whether you're the type who loves to dress up in a red suit and go bar... More >>

  • EXTRAORDINARY LIGHT

    published December 3, 2008

    In his first solo exhibition, "Dark Systems," which opens tonight at Deitch Projects, New York–based artist Evan Gruzis has taken his... More >>

  • ON THE BLOCK

    published December 3, 2008

    The lovely people over at the Ad Hoc Art gallery are throwing a Brooklyn Block Party—and when they say "block," they mean it. This... More >>

  • Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

    published November 26, 2008

    With the economic woes staying put—giving our wallets a case of anorexia—who’s in the mood to buy gifts? Skip that pricy outdoor... More >>

  • Fraulein Maria

    published November 26, 2008

    Similar to how Baz Luhrmann gave his 1996 film, Romeo and Juliet, a modern edge without compromising Shakespeare’s poetic language,... More >>

  • New Borough: The Real World Does Brooklyn

    published November 26, 2008

    We know the drill: Seven strangers picked to live in a house, blah, blah, blah. All we care about is when they stop being polite and start getting... More >>

  • The Monsters of Templeton

    published November 19, 2008

    Ever wonder what Oprah's Book Club would be like if all the leading ladies were sporting chic stilettos and hinted of CoCo Chanel No. 5? Well,... More >>

  • WE ARE FAMILY

    published November 19, 2008

    Sort of like the Partridge Family—but much cooler—Lewis Forever is a performance collective made up of four talented siblings:... More >>

  • LET'S DANCE

    published November 19, 2008

    Musically, U2 and Johann Sebastian Bach might not have much in common, but in the latest interpretive dance program by artistic directors Dwight... More >>

  • DEAD PREZ RIDE

    published November 19, 2008

    Thanksgiving mornings usually consist of the same old things: vegging in front of the TV and preparing the dish you hope will get you praise. But... More >>

  • ROCK, NYC-STYLE

    published November 12, 2008

    When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum first opened up in Cleveland in 1993, the reaction was "Cleveland? Why not New York?" (Perhaps... More >>

  • SO CHEESY

    published November 12, 2008

    If there is a better food than melted cheese, we certainly don't know what it is. Matt Timms (founder of the Chili Takedown) is well aware of this... More >>

  • STRANDED AT THE DRIVE-IN

    published November 12, 2008

    So how many drive-ins are left in the U.S.? New York State ranks in the Top 5, according to driveinmovie.com, with more than 30—too bad... More >>

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