Fountain House Gallery’s ‘You’ Mines West 40s Milieu

Fountain House Gallery’s ‘You’ Mines West 40s Milieu

Having opened Jan. 9 at Fountain House Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen, We See You explores the milieu of the Gallery, its parent organization (Fountain House,) and the wider neighborhood. Fountain House Gallery and Studio provides an environment where artists living with mental illness can express their creative visions, exhibit their work, and challenge the stigma […]

Open House Opened Wide, the Arts Offerings at The Shed

Open House Opened Wide, the Arts Offerings at The Shed

The cultural center with the retractable shell pulled back the veil on Jan. 11, with Meet at The Shed, a free-admission event that saw 6,000 visitors attend its first-ever open house. Having made its debit in April 2019, the new Hudson Yards destination dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting performing arts, visual arts, and pop […]

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 […]

New Year, New Moves: January 2020 Dance

New Year, New Moves: January 2020 Dance

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | From January 10 through the 14th, arts presenters from all over the world converge on the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference, where artists of all stripes set up opportunities to showcase their work. Ordinary dance fans can share the abundance at these Chelsea spots: […]

Sex, Violence, and Vaudevillians Signal New Work in the Ailey Repertory

Sex, Violence, and Vaudevillians Signal New Work in the Ailey Repertory

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | Donald Byrd’s new Greenwood, a Rashomon-like dramatization of the cause and consequences of the 1921 attack by whites on an affluent black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, drew me to one of Ailey’s “all-new” evenings—but it was the company premiere of Lar Lubovitch’s Fandango, first performed by his troupe in 1990, that […]

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 […]

Puma Perl’s ‘Birthdays Before and After’ Poetry Collection Tracks Times of Change and Chaos

Puma Perl’s ‘Birthdays Before and After’ Poetry Collection Tracks Times of Change and Chaos

Like its always eclectic, often eccentric namesake neighborhood, Chelsea Community News finds, at the core of its identity, the collective wisdom and creative drive of its multi-tasking contributors. Longtime Lower East Side resident Puma Perl is a perfect example. The writer, performer, producer, curator, and multi award-winning journalist is also a widely published poet, whose […]

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