Arts & Entertainment

And though this seems like a worthy cause, I have to battle being viewed as a weird, inappropriate exhibitionist. Thankfully, I am winning the battle, for myself and women all over the world. I urge you to follow in my footsteps and be inappropriate. Get out there and teach society to honor, respect and LEARN FROM courageous people who swim against the tide.

Opening on Wednesday, February 19th, City Stages offers a paean to the craft and visionary potential of large-format, black-and-white photography, as well as to the vibrancy of the cultural landscape at a transitional moment--a moment in which our very relationship to that landscape is increasingly mediated by omnipresent screens.

 "I hope you're all pleased with yourselves. You could have been killed-- or worse, expelled." It's time to go back. In the inaugural meeting of the Harry Potter Re-Read Book Club on February 16th at McNally Jackson, there will be a discussion on Book 1, Sorcerer's Stone. Subsequent books' discussions will fall every other month, beginning with Book 2 in April '14.

There is only several days left to join the Municipal Art Society of New York (MASNYC) for their wildly popular MASter Class: Researching the History of Buildings in New York City. In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to the Manhattan Department of Buildings completes the course. This is a wonderfully fascinating look into the city that we all think we know so well. Don’t miss out!

I often write about products that should be avoided. Mostly, it's been because they are riddled with chemicals, additives, hormones, pesticides, preservatives. But lately something much more horrible has entered our food supply... GMOs! This stands for genetically modified organisms.

In a medium that by the end of the century was largely taken over by photographers looking in, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, looked out.  The two indisputable two giants, both “outsiders,” were vocally ‘rivals’ and publicly dismissive the other’s work.  Yet, neither’s influence can be denied.  Within a six year period of time they published what are arguably the two most influential books in the history of photography - Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment” (1952) and Frank’s “The Americans” (1958). Through March 24th, “The Heart and the Eye: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank in the World" at the Danziger Gallery celebrates the artistry of both and remembers an era that begs to be told.  

British-born, Los Angeles-based painter Kour Pour's first solo exhibition features Portuguese sailors trailing the Silk Road, Chinese dragons and flying horses, Indian warriors and Buddha-like figures, and floral patterns reminiscent of William Morris. For Kour Pour, Persian carpets aren't simply decorative artifacts; his meticulous and attentive selection of rugs dating from the 16th century to the 1960s traces a history of the modern age. Through February 23rd.

Hear ye, hear ye!  Next week, two humble, esteemed, well-dressed, professional biographers will endeavor to present a vivid, lifelike, kaleidoscopic portraitof the astonishing Shannon H. Foy.  Observe Shannon livethrough all stages of her life: her early life as a raging-alcoholic child-prodigy and her adolescent years as a celebrated international rights advocate. Observe her various budding romances and sexual awakenings during the War, her brief time in the convent immediately preceding her noteworthy "Blue Period", and her short-lived politicalcareer and the life-altering "accident" that changed everything.It is a true story. In honor of Shannon H Foy, alcoholic beverages will be made available.

Beginning January 24th, two of Chicago's most highly regarded Second City veterans, TJJagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, will be entertaining New York audiences with their brand of long-form improvisation. Fans of TJ and Dave forever marvel at their technique, mental dexterity, and uncanny ability to create incredible, hour-long instant plays out of thin air.  Laughter always is the best medicine.

There may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but there are also nearly three million dwelling places, ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian

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