The name-calling continues in the West Village. Bike racks appeared recently for the city's new bicycle sharing program and hundreds showed up for a community board meeting with complaints about safety and sanitation.
Biking advocates labeled my neighbors "rich white people" with NIMBY attitudes (I may be white but I'm certainly not rich), while locals called the activists "plants" and asked...Read more »
Social networking services Facebook Inc and Twitter are coming to Google Glass, the wearable computer made by the Internet search company.
Google Inc announced on Thursday a half-dozen apps specially designed to work on its Glass devices. News network CNN, fashion magazine Elle, as well as online apps Tumblr and Evernote were among the half-dozen new apps for Glass unveiled during Google's...Read more »
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 3 stars
Whereas many shows tend to lose some of their luster when transferred to a larger venue, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” Dave Malloy’s festive and sexy electro-pop opera based on a small slice of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” plays better at Kazino than it did a few months ago at the more intimate Ars Nova.
Kazino is...Read more »
‘Sound of Music’ Even with the demise of “Smash,” it would appear that NBC still has a fond spot for Broadway. It was confirmed Monday that the previously announced live broadcast of a new production of “The Sound of Music” starring Carrie Underwood will be broadcast on Dec. 5. No word yet on the other cast members or how exactly this is going to work. Will it be filmed at a Broadway theater in...Read more »
Frances Ha 4 stars Directed by Noah Baumbach Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver Rated R Playing at Lincoln Plaza and IFC Center
Typically, coming-of-age literature regards the end of youth as that period in your teens where the burdens and complications of the world first come into full view. Think of young Huck Finn’s journey along the Mississippi, say, or the stereotype-shattering...Read more »
What happens when uptown meets downtown? Plenty, according to Upper East Sider Daniel Benedict and downtowner Stephen Werther. Their new Bleecker Street Arts Club is a dynamic art gallery with immersive programming in a social setting, cultivating a niche creative community of art lovers and collectors with its progressive initiatives.The collection features limited-edition art objects, unique furniture...Read more »
Augustine 2.5 stars Directed by Alice Winocour Starring Soko, Vincent London Not Rated In French with English subtitles Playing at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and Film Forum
“Augustine” is a drama set in the medical world of 19th century France, where women were poked, prodded and placed on display because of fits of “hysteria,” which appears to have boiled down to any psychological...Read more »
Black Rock 3 stars Directed by Katie Aselton Starring Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth Rated R Playing at Village East
The “Black Rock” end credits start rolling at right around the 75th minute. Usually, that thinness would be a cause for complaint, a sign that something went wrong. But it’s exactly right for Katie Aselton’s thriller, which is practically a feature-length evocation...Read more »
Special prosecutor Daniel Donovan Wednesday found no basis for criminal charges against Vito Lopez, the veteran Brooklyn assemblyman caught up in a sexual harassment case that's lurid even by Albany's laughable standards. But Donovan's report and one by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, also released Wednesday, should alarm all New Yorkers who want to restore ethics, openness and honesty to...Read more »
It's college commencement season, and a new crop of graduates is hitting the workforce. But student-loan debt isn't the only thing weighing some of them down. Adding extra pounds continues to be part of the college experience.
As a health nut and late-in-life college student, I found that declining the abundance of free pizza and alcohol during these last four years of academia has made me...Read more »