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2008 Stories by Sharyn Jackson

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  • ART SHOP

    published December 31, 2008

    In the fashion of the nation’s largest discount retailers, HERE Arts Center’s own “mart” features an endless variety of... More >>

  • CHUTZPAH FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    published December 31, 2008

    Singer and stand-up comic Jackie Hoffman is the female Jim Carrey (except for the whole movie-star thing), as she’s built quite a... More >>

  • The Third Story

    published December 31, 2008

    Kathleen Turner and Charles Busch are set to co-star in MCC Theater’s The Third Story, but which one is the drag queen? Both of these... More >>

  • 101 Avenue A: Melting Pot to Hot Spot

    published December 31, 2008

    There’s nothing ancient about the Pyramid Club except for the drag queens who made 101 Avenue A their home back in the day. But the storied... More >>

  • Postcards From the Edge

    published December 31, 2008

    Hey, smarty-pants. Think you can tell a Cindy Sherman, a Jeff Koons, or a Marilyn Minter by sight? Try your luck at Postcards From the Edge, the... More >>

  • ESS AND FRESS

    published December 24, 2008

    It’s not just a cliché: The Chinese-food industry is sponsored, in part, by the Jews of New York. And pork ribs always taste better on... More >>

  • FUNNY LADY

    published December 24, 2008

    Sandra Bernhard has accomplished the difficult feat of being both a lesbian and an icon among gay men. Sure, Rosie and Ellen are beloved by... More >>

  • SCHLOCK ROCK

    published December 24, 2008

    Elvis is awesome—there’s no denying it. If someone told us there’d be a concert featuring a hologram-Elvis, à la the one who... More >>

  • HO, HO, HANUKKAH

    published December 10, 2008

    While our Christian brethren are stuck at home watching a flaming log on television with their extended families, Jews get the city all to... More >>

  • SEX KITTEN

    published December 10, 2008

    Popular animals this time of year tend to be of the barnyard variety (probably because Jesus was born in a barn). But if you've seen a kitten in a... More >>

  • SHOWBIZ LIVES ON

    published December 10, 2008

    Murray Hill's annual holiday variety show, A Murray Little Christmas, is taking on a slightly more political bent than in years past. "This... More >>

  • PARTY POOPER

    published December 3, 2008

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York, and it's not just because of the deadly stampedes at the discount stores. The sure-fire... More >>

  • BOND'S BACK . . .

    published December 3, 2008

    We can't seem to go more than a few issues without urging everyone to see Justin Bond's newest show—and with good reason. The prolific... More >>

  • Benefit for WFMU

    published November 26, 2008

    Any organization that claims to be “where Downtown art skronk and Appalachian meat murder ballads acquire Brill Building panache,” is an... More >>

  • Lea DeLaria

    published November 26, 2008

    As Hildy—the brassy taxi driver in last month’s Encores! staging of On the Town—Leslie Kritzer was good and all, but she was no Lea... More >>

  • Our Hit Parade

    published November 26, 2008

    Before MTV, there was Your Hit Parade, a radio and TV program that ran from 1935 to 1959 and featured a squeaky-clean cast doing live-action,... More >>

  • GOD BLESS SAFE SEX

    published November 19, 2008

    December 1 has been World AIDS Day for 20 years now, and the gravity of the disease is no lighter than it was in 1988. To commemorate the day and... More >>

  • VIVA AMORE

    published November 19, 2008

    If your love of The Sopranos and The Godfather has got you naively thinking that there's something romantic about the mob, you may... More >>

  • GOBBLEDYGOOK

    published November 12, 2008

    We're thankful for a few things this holiday season: the election of Obama, the long-awaited dip of apartment-rental prices, and the return of... More >>

  • AFTER THE STORM

    published November 12, 2008

    Before 2005, New Orleans was best known for things like beignets, jambalaya, bananas foster, and the Hurricane (the drink, not the storm). Yummy,... More >>

  • NO PLACE LIKE IT

    published November 5, 2008

    The Signature Theatre Company devotes its 2008–2009 season to the venerable Negro Ensemble Company, which got its Off-Broadway start in 1966... More >>

  • NATIVITY SCENE

    published November 5, 2008

    Those of us who came of age reading A People's History of the United States might have noticed how the mainstream arts world shamefully... More >>

  • DANCING WITH HERSELF

    published November 5, 2008

    Though Faye Driscoll is most widely known as a choreographer, she has also established herself as a quirky-yet-acclaimed multimedia performance... More >>

  • PALLIN’ AROUND

    published November 5, 2008

    Since the nation’s been all abuzz about an entrepreneur named Joe, audience reception should be good for Roundabout’s revival of Pal... More >>

  • Dixon Place's Long Road to a Fancy New Home

    published October 29, 2008

    When Leslie Strongwater began her job as programming director of Dixon Place three years ago, she was told the venerable downtown performance... More >>

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