Baby Shark Attacks L.O.L. Surprise, at Toy Fair 2020

Baby Shark Attacks L.O.L. Surprise, at Toy Fair 2020

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Once a year, the Jacob Javits Center is transformed into a giant toy box for Toy Fair New York. Alas, children cannot attend. It is reserved only for members of the toy industry (and lucky kids who parents work in the toy business). We infiltrated this wonderland for a look at […]

Shanghai Ballet Brings ‘Swan Lake’ to Town

Shanghai Ballet Brings ‘Swan Lake’ to Town

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Nutcracker season is just barely over, and a new bevy of ballet is swooping down on New York, with feathery wings. There are productions of Swan Lake in the months ahead, and leading the flock this weekend is the Shanghai Ballet’s 80-dancer-strong Grand Swan Lake. Derek Dean directed and staged the […]

In Town Through Dec. 15, ’29 Rooms’ Joins Wave of Returning Pop-Ups

In Town Through Dec. 15, ’29 Rooms’ Joins Wave of Returning Pop-Ups

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | New York City has, without a doubt, entered the point of real estate inflation where storefronts are so expensive that retailers can’t justify signing a year-round lease, but clever marketing juggernauts can profit from temporary pop-ups that offer live experiences which build brand awareness, but don’t need to turn a long-term […]

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers a Blizzard of Delights

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers a Blizzard of Delights

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | When Slava’s Snowshow first came to New York, back in 2004, American culture had little representation of clowning outside of Pennywise from It, and the new interpretation of The Joker from latest Batman movie. How times have changed in the last 15 years… Slava Polunin, the creator of Snowshow, hails from […]

Anime NYC Powers Up

Anime NYC Powers Up

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | For decades, the New York Anime Fest was a regular event for fans of Japanese comics and cartoons. But it was devoured by the New York Comic Con (NYCC), and eventually resurfaced as a much smaller event that runs concurrent to NYCC. Two years ago, Anime NYC arrived to give otakus […]

NYC’s Most Terrifyingly Fun Events of 2019

NYC’s Most Terrifyingly Fun Events of 2019

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Genre-savvy audiences are increasing numb to horror. The days of animatronic vampires groaning, “I vant to suck your bloooood!” are lone gone. The 21st century haunted house is technologically advanced, highly interactive, and immersive. Some of them even have selfie spots for people who want photo ops with the monsters (you […]

Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center) is in it’s third year, and attendees mostly know what to expect: meet-and-greets with drag queens who’ve appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and booths hawking products and services for drag queens (or civilians trying get the drag queen look). Each year a […]