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For three months, Time Warp found itself in limbo. The first festival in the city where it is still based — Mannheim, Germany, having debuted in 1994 — Time Warp has grown to become the most prestigious techno festival in the world. But that didn't...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Living in New York City means being able to see musicians from all over the world perform throughout the year: jazz pianists from Japan (Eri Yamamoto every Thursday through Saturday at Arthur's Tavern), flamenco guitarists from Spain (Reynaldo Rincon...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro is the rare musical cut from whole cloth rather than derived from an existing play or story. Its closest theatrical relative might be Thornton Wilder's Our Town (1938), which shares its austerity of means and moral...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Artists & Fleas Holiday Edition MarketWeekends through the end of the year Artists & Fleas' emporium of eclectic designer and vintage goodies is a year-round staple in Williamsburg and Chelsea Market. But this year, A&F's Williamsburg location...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Takashi Murakami's latest exhibition, "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow," so generously feeds psychedelic spectacle to the pilgrims who flock to Gagosian Gallery's Chelsea flagship that measuring the show by standards other...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Oedipus Rex might be the only play in Western drama that doesn't need a spoiler alert. Sophocles' ancient tragedy makes a slow and inevitable political prophecy, forecasting how we'll sow the seeds of our own destruction. Oedipus, the Theban king with...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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One upon a time in New York City — circa 2006, or so — all of the city's best consignment shops were clustered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Beacon's Closet and Buffalo Exchange were the must-visit thrift stores for cool kids looking to build their...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Some small towns are famous for their scenery, others for rare handicrafts. But in the Appalachian hamlet of Keith Josef Adkins's new play, Pitbulls, the local attraction is pit bull fighting — and things don't go well for anyone who messes with this...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Winter can really put a stranglehold on the Hudson Valley and its residents. The landscape is hungover from the psychedelic autumn leaf hues that draw a snappy tourist trade right up until Thanksgiving. By the time December rolls around, the tour buses...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Asked a few years back about what new music she listens to, Patti Smith replied that "the new people are the unknown people," casting her vote with rock 'n' roll not yet created. For this critic, that's what makes winter the most exciting time in New...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Riveting behind-the-scenes documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness offers some comfort for viewers facing a world without new feature films directed by anime legend Hayao Miyazaki. By distinguishing Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli, the production company...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The more ludicrous life gets, the more we need Italian comedy. When the world gets you down, the most surefire cure might be Anna Magnani — in a blond wig and a skintight evening dress dotted with flirty crystal fringe — traipsing from one end of...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Clinton Moisey (Fran Kranz), the man-child in Murder of a Cat, calls his sleuthing alter ego Doghouse Reilly, after Philip Marlowe's jokey alias in The Big Sleep. This choice sums up the tone of Christian Magalhaes and Bob Snow's screenplay (on the 2010...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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“Politics really isn't my specialty,” shrugs Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to a naval commander (Charles Dance) in an early job interview scene in Morten Tyldum's choppy biopic The Imitation Game. Yet no less than Winston Churchill would credit...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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In 1985, philanthropist Stan Brock founded Remote Area Medical, a charity intended, according to the title card that opens Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman's exceptional documentary, "to bring free medical care to inaccessible regions of the Amazon rainforest."...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Smart people (in this case, academics) do stupid things in The Historian, and since first-time writer/director Miles Doleac has the tendency to spell things out, one professor actually asks another how anyone so smart can be so stupid. Likewise, an embittered...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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If we're honest, most of us who relish a good horror film don't actually hope to feel something like horror. The appeal is, instead, that of shock and surprise, all candied up, the crowd-pleasing bits staged with the kind of extended setup/payoff patience...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The third-greatest scourge of the earth, right after online comments sections and bedbugs, is the unfunny comedy sequel, which may be why you think you should skip Horrible Bosses 2. The miraculous surprise is that Horrible Bosses 2 isn’t terrible...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The heavens dance. From the bottom of the world, where your eyes might freeze in your face, we see stars pulse against seams of luminous dust, all in slow and dizzying rotation. Then come the lights: Ribbons of green unspool and shimmer and whip across...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Scientists Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, the former a square-ish American ultramarathon runner, the latter a British decadent in the cult-leader mold, both believe aging and death to be a kind of humanitarian crisis in urgent need of addressing. The...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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In case you needed more proof that the SXSW festival has become an overblown tech and marketing event with zero artistic credibility, look no further than Shawn Christensen's Before I Disappear, the Audience Award Winner at 2013's festival. Expanded...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Garfield creator Jim Davis is well aware of the internet's cat obsession. In fact, he's got an upcoming strip about it. "But if I told you the joke, I'd have to kill you," he deadpans, before cracking his paternal composure with a chuckle. (He did tell...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Unlike most competition-based documentaries, Touch the Wall shrewdly maintains a narrow focus, splitting its attention between four-time Olympic silver-medal-winning swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce and teenage rising star Missy Franklin. Unfortunately, however,...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Talking-animal spy comedy Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off of talking-animal prison-break comedy Madagascar and its sequels, plays like a sampler of Dreamworks Animation's worst creative impulses: sugar-rush pacing, pandering meta-gags, and a slick,...
From: Village Voice | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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