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Let There Be Blood!

4 hours ago

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II Directed and Edited by Michael Boyd Written by Christopher Marlowe Theatre for a New Audience Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, NY November 1, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Blood, fittingly, gets on everything in Theatre for a New Audience's Tamburlaine, Parts I and II. For the stylized violence in this adaptation of two of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan box-office hits, that sometimes means literal buckets of vital fluid; other times, the hem of a white garment trails through a pool of it, or a hand leaves a partial print on a lover’s face. Ably condensed into two 90-minute plays with a half-hour intermission (the minimum amount of time needed to sufficiently de-gore the stage), Tamburlaine's epic military conquests raise him from shepherd to emperor on a bare stage adorned only with hanging plastic strips at the rear that render the world of the play as a meat locker or Patrick Bateman's living room. »

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Cartoon Christmases!

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Animated Christmas specials have become traditional to American holiday celebrations, ever since they first began airing in 1970s. Stop-motion productions like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town became instant classics, and have since been aired in marathons and special segments on TV for decades, and become an integral part of many families' Christmas festivities.

Here are the Top 5 animated Christmas Specials you don't want to miss this holiday season.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

One of the earliest animated specials produced by Rankin/Bass, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town follows the origins of the world's greatest toy giver, from his infancy to his childhood raised by a group of toy makers, and even to how he met Mrs. Claus and reindeer gained the ability to fly. It's an adorable tale that adds a rich back story to the man in red, and one »

- Brandon Engel

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Assenting Voices: Agitprop Art in North Korea

23 December 2014 11:18 AM, PST

Assenting Voices: Agitprop Art in North Korea Andrew and Anya Shiva Gallery at John Jay College November 12 through January 23

Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, Assenting Voices presents twelve oil paintings on canvas and thirteen posters by North Korean print-making collectives. Two "Social Realist" style posters were created as early as 1956 and 1960, but the majority of them were produced in the 1970s and early 1980s. Posters by seven artists, working mostly with the Chosun Labour Party Publisher and Pyongyang Total Print Factory, are included. The carefully rendered contemporary oil paintings, dated 2011 and 2012, present idealized images that portray scenes of young woman in a variety of life pursuits. 

Beautiful girls are seen wearing traditional robes, at ballet practice, in a museum viewing a painting, and standing at attention with other pretty women for military inspection. They are depicted applying make-up, walking through fall foliage, and performing with musical instruments. North Korean females »

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Joe Cocker, R.I.P.

22 December 2014 7:50 PM, PST

Long before John Belushi mugged his spastic body movements and raspy vocals in an SNL parody, the Sheffield, England-born Joe Cocker was the voice that could sing any rock song and make it his own. His riveting performance at Woodstock, on the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of 1970, and early solo albums made him an unlikely rock star in the Us. Joe may have lost his battle with lung cancer, but his songs will live on. His Beatles' cover "With a Little Help from My Friends" remains one of my favorite songs by him. Rest in peace, Mr. Cocker.

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- Dusty Wright

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