Jul 24, 2015

Ubu roi

Cheek by Jowl’s UBU ROI is a brilliant contradiction. It is austere and messy, infantile and wise, ego and id, beautiful and repulsive. It hangs together and falls apart. Lasts long and ends soon. G...
Jul 14, 2015

Druid Shakespeare

Death, in DRUID SHAKESPEARE: THE HISTORY PLAYS, is an invading parasite. Crosses accumulate on grave mounds like sprouts from bulbs, lives owed, as someone says, to God, payment, with interest, for bi...
Jun 26, 2015

Ariel Ardit

Trim but stout looking, with a widow’s peak the curves of which seem to raise the eyebrows on his armadillo face, giving him a look not of surprise but of perpetual sympathy and amusement, the tango...
Jun 7, 2015

The Lost Lectures

The filmmaker Josephine Decker (pictured) was second up Friday at THE LOST LECTURES NY, the “secret” location of which turned out to be the Agger Warehouse at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. She ...
Jun 30, 2014

Malena Muyala

Malena Muyala is, at age 43, a distinctive tango vocalist who just might be generationally defining. She advances a view of time that has little, if anything, to do with nostalgia. This distinguishes ...
Aug 28, 2013

Spanish Wine and Cheese

I enjoyed the cheese and Spanish wine tasting on Monday night at City Winery, which was co-sponsored by Murray’s Cheese. It was my first time in the place’s actual winery, as opposed to the concer...
Jul 15, 2013

Harmony in Process

Among the visual artists producing work to the music of the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet at HARMONY IN PROCESS Saturday night at ShapeShifter Lab was Patti Maciesz, who sat center stage and m...
Jun 12, 2013

La ruta de Lorca

On June 5, the birthday of the great Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, I joined LA RUTA DE LORCA EN NUEVA YORK, a walking tour of some of the poet’s haunts in the vicinity of C...
Jan 24, 2013

Istanbul Meets New York

FADA is a friendly bistro in Williamsburg with tango on Tuesdays, live music on Fridays, a good Sunday brunch, and excellent French food. The restaurant has a Turkish connection too, which was celebra...
Jan 16, 2013

South American Festival

Monday night at the Zinc Bar, the Lilihouse Agency presented the first annual NYC SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL. Four hours, four artists and their bands, four from the bar to lighten the heat. First ...