Monthly Archives: March 2011
Owner of Legendary Vinyl Shop Says Goodbye
Music is Joe Long’s life. As the owner of Birdel’s Record Shop in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn for more than 50 years, Long has witnessed the evolution of music from the Motown-era in the 1960s to the oversexed R&B currently on heavy … Continue reading
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Sex Workers say “No Justice, No Piece” with Stories
You may not have known that March 3 was International Sex Workers Rights Day. Ten years ago, thousands of sex workers took to the streets of India to protest the violations, violence and discrimination they experienced every day. The day … Continue reading
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The New Yorker: Longform Storytelling in a Snowglobe
“Will longform stories go unread by a generation that relies on 140 characters to get their news?” This question was billed as the focal point of “Longform Storytelling in a Short-Attention-Span World,” a free event presented by ProPublica and The … Continue reading
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Do We Call Them Comebacks?
Next week, The Strokes will release Angles, their follow-up to 2006’s First Impressions Of Earth, a record even the band considers best forgotten. After five years of solo albums and side projects, the former boy-kings of lower Manhattan are being … Continue reading
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The Reinvention of “Fem Rock” in Modern Culture
In the late 1990s/early 2000s gender-bending female artists started to rise in popularity. The pro-LBGT group Le Tigre began to gain recognition. Chicks on Speed released electroclash songs that highlighted society’s obsession with the female body. And of course… there … Continue reading
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Lady Gaga Takes Her Show to Capitol Hill
Lady Gaga, like many other celebrities, has set her sights on Capitol Hill. Continue reading
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A Very Big Production for a Very Small Audience
The brick brown structure which resembles a home you only see in fairy tails, tucked away behind a wall of leafless trees, is one of New York’s most best kept performance theaters. The Swedish Cottage located in Central Park, is … Continue reading
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Can Young Art Collectors Save Museum Collections?
Back in 2005, Forbes writer Liz Tunick started seeing a trend in the art world. Groups and clubs were emerging for young art enthusiasts that could not only afford the time and money to visit museums and galleries but who … Continue reading
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Mixtapes and R&B
The mixtape has been a stable in hip-hop since the genre emerged in the 1970s. Rappers and DJs, both mainstream and independent, have used mixtapes to get music to fans and now R&B artists are doing the same. An overwhelming … Continue reading
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Smack Mellon Provides Artists With a Room of Their Own
For one weekend in early March, the artists-in-residence at DUMBO’s Smack Mellon Gallery opened their studio doors, showcasing work they’ve produced during the gallery’s eleven-month Artist Studio Program. The program was established in 2000 in response to the severe lack … Continue reading
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