Arts & Entertainment

 

Pieces by Jill Stasium: Oil on paper, matted 16x20, for $100. 

Find more information at JillStasium.com or by emailing her at JillStasium@gmail.com.

 

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See Bobby This Friday Night in Emerson, NJ!

November 4th, 9:30pm

RANCHERO CANTINA

214 Kinderkamack Rd.

Emerson, NJ, 07630

212-523-9250 


Company XIV continues to miraculously meet their own highest of the high standards.

XIV’s Paris is a whirlwind of incredible talent and the most seductive environment you’ll find in New York City. Newly housed in the Irondale Theater, what was before compact and intimate now has the added feel of a small scale sprawling Greek theater. However, the intimacy is preserved by the cast helping patrons to find their seats and walking among the velvet couches that seat the audience throughout the show.


Garry Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion, leader of the pro-democracy opposition to Russian President Vladmir Putin, and Chairman of Human Rights Foundation. He will discuss his latest book, Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped for a cocktail party and fundraiser at The Muses in Southhampton.


All too often, live music events are almost ruined by concert-goers who aren’t really there to enjoy the music; they may be there because their friends invited them, or maybe because they just wanted a drink at the bar where a band happens to be playing. Whatever the reason, this kind of disinterest can really negatively affect the whole experience for the band and fellow audience members.


 As the new condo buildings rise in SoHo, the historical perspective as to how we got here fades. Few of the swells dropping seven and even eight figure checks on the table for their new digs have much knowledge about why SoHo really is SoHo. Yes, they might know that the acronym stands for south of Houston Street, and that Warhol and Castelli were on West Broadway around the same time in the 70's, but what about the raw lofts, fixture fees and guerrilla art?


      Once again, I find myself not that surprised but very pleased at the talent that Brian Newman introduces to a wider audience. And once again, I experienced these two talents for the first time at the Django, the cellar level venue of the Roxy Hotel, which is a venue that I swear by and consider my new home base for live music. On June 17th, Brian invited two acts to share the stage with him; the legendary Jose Feliciano, and the up and coming Carly and Martina.


 The sparse SoHo street art exhibits are more low-key now. Fewer artists exhibit their work than in the eighties and nineties when residents were up in arms over the crowded sidewalks. 


The crowds don’t start until some time around noon. So, it seemed like a good time to walk along West Broadway. The vendors and artists that line the sidewalks from Broome to Houston Streets used to start shortly after 8 a.m. but even at 10:00 a.m. it was certainly not crowded. Some of the artists have headed to the High Line while others have left SoHo for other parts of the country but there are still a few familiar faces. 


In an attempt to behave less like an irresponsible drunk adolescent and more like a responsible drunk adult, I’ve been following some of my favorite performers to new and immersive venues, my favorite being the Django. The performers I followed there were the incomparable Brian Newman Quintet, and I know anyone they choose to relinquish their stage to will be fantastic in their own right.


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