New York

Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up. … Read More

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“SoulCycle for Homeless People” Video Takes Internet By Storm

In order to make a statement about…something, the Fat Jew commandeered a CitiBike station, recruited a bunch of homeless people,… Read More

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812′

Located in a custom-built venue on the West Side of Manhattan that doubles as an ornate Russian-style supper club, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is reinventing the musical — and Tolstoy — for the 21st century. Based on an excerpt from War and Peace, the show is an elaborate production that surrounds its audience in a fully immersive environment, complete with a tasty meal. … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Neil LaBute’s ‘Reasons to Be Happy’

In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

Playwright Neil Labute is a busy guy. With two productions going in two different cities, how could he have time to chat with us? Given his most recent lashing out at a critic who gave a less-than-kind review (essentially calling him a portly eunuch in the comment section), maybe we’re fortunate. Anyway, LaBute’s latest is Reasons to Be Happy, the companion piece to his cringingly good reasons to be pretty… Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up… Read More

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For Your Calendar: James Joyce’s Nation Of Ulysses

It is a book that can go from completely confounding to illuminating in the span of one sentence. It is one of the (if not the) great masterpieces of modernist literature, and also a book that has given many college English students nightmares. Some say it is one of those books that you must read, while others will tell you that you’re just better off reading the mounds and mounds of criticism written on the tome. At some points it is absolute brilliance, and at others it is one of the most challenging, and sometimes annoying, books written in the 20th century. The fact is that there are very few books in the English language that can generate the type of dialogue that James Joyce’s Ulysses still does to this very day. … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Bruce Vilanch

In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

Whew. We can finally settle down from all that Tony-Award madness. We only hope Neil Patrick Harris can take a breath or two. Greatest show opening ever? We’re going with “yes.” Let’s take a break this week and head to the ritzy speakeasy cellar that is Broadway’s cabaret: 54 Below. Jim Taylor is with our favorite double-chin blondie… … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up… Read More

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For Your Calendar: Garage Rock Gods In Brooklyn

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, the compilation of 1960s garage rock assembled by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye (later of the Patti Smith Group), first released in 1972, is still a cause célèbre. If not for Nuggets, would people flock to hear Jonathan Toubin spin wild soul 45s at Brooklyn Bowl? If Mick Collins never heard the singles featured on the compilation by bands like The Seeds and Count Five, would he have even started The Gories, let alone agreed to play a reunion show with them a few hours before Toubin’s insane dance party (which Collins is guest DJing at), also at Brooklyn Bowl? If you didn’t have Nuggets, you might not have the Black Lips, King Khan, Ty Segall, and at least a quarter of all bands ever awarded “Best New Music” by Pitchfork. Punk rock might have never even happened if not for a handful of outcasts digging the Electric Prunes, thanks to the most important rock and roll compilation ever put out. … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Tom Hanks and Other Tony Nominees

In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

As we’re just days away from the Tony Awards, in the New York theatre community it’s one party after another. At a recent gathering we had the opportunity to chat up a few nominees, including Judith Light, Tom Hanks, and Rob McClure, who gave one of the most well-crafted performances of the year as Charlie Chaplin. He’s enjoying all the pre-Tony buzz and hype. … Read More

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