Luminance and Brilliance: J.M.W. Turner’s Ports at the Frick

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer As you pass through corridors of the Frick Collection, it would be impossible to miss the brilliant light shining through the port paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner. An exhibition dedicated to the British landscape master, “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time,” takes you on a tour of…

‘Sideshow’ is the Centerpiece at Met Exhibit

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer During the 19th century in France, musicians and other performers — such as clowns, female acrobats, animals and ringmasters — would perform for crowds gathering outside of the circus tent in sideshows. This ancient tradition of the sideshow is the focus of Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat’s new exhibit at the…

‘Abstract:’ A New Frame of Reference

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The lofty design world has been documented extensively with references and talking heads alike appealing to a high bred inner circle — or maybe to art school grads with edgy glasses that wear a lot of yellow. That is, until “Abstract,” the new Netflix documentary series, changed all that. Each…

NYCB’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is an Eye-Opener

By Ryan Mikel, Contributing Writer In a departure from the New York City Ballet’s neoclassical roots, artistic director Peter Martins staged the famed “Sleeping Beauty” with additional choreography by George Balanchine. With over 100 student and professional dancers, “The Sleeping Beauty” is a paramount live adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tale. Martins’ production…

New New Yorkers Telling Jokes About New York

By Matias Avial, Contributing Writer New York has attracted tourists and immigrants from all over the world for decades, and the comedians at “Transplants Comedy Show” are no exception to the rule. On the first Friday of every month, humorists from around the globe gather monthly in Queens to joke about their experiences away from…

New Museum Exhibit Explores Strange Bodies

By Natalie Whalen, Entertainment Editor Artist-in-Residence at the New Museum, A.K. Burns’, new fifth-floor installation, “Shabby but Thriving,” is nothing if not thought-provoking. The exhibit itself centers on a video projected onto overlapping walls. Sometimes the smaller ‘wall,’ which is more or less a piece of heavy material placed at a slant perpendicular to the other,…

New York’s Best Nutcracker Yet

By Ryan Mikel, Contributing Writer In a city dominated by a multitude of holiday spectaculars, one in particular rises — or shall I say, grand jetés, above the rest. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” shimmers in spun sugar at the David H. Koch Theater. Beaming with a 40-feet-tall Christmas tree, a snowstorm of charismatic dancers, and…

‘Beavis and Butthead’ Revival Cashes in on ’90s Nostalgia

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer It might be hard to believe in the age of Netflix, but there was a point where “Beavis and Butthead’ was one of the most popular and controversial things on television. Mike Judge’s first animated show following a duo of idiotic teenagers helped solidify MTV’s former glory, sprung Judge to…

The Grand Damage

By Molly Dolan, Contributing Writer Initially, audiences might be a bit wary and unsure of what to expect from “What’s Your Damage,” a comedy show hosted by the Grand Bar and Grill in Williamsburg. The restaurant’s website offers precious little information, and the title itself isn’t terribly specific. Still, it’s clearly a successful recipe —…

Comedian Duo Teaches Master Class

By Tair Shachar, Contributing Writer All of NYU Fusion Film Festival’s events relay and support Fusion’s message of gender equality and celebration of women in the industry, and the recent “Take My Wife” Master Class in Comedy Development was no exception. The event was comfortably intimate, with microphones passed between the speakers, and felt like…

Revealed: ‘Melrose Place’ is Shockingly Political

By Thomas Miritello, Contributing Writer To make a long story short, see “Total Proof: The GALA Committee 1995-1997” as soon as possible. It will only be open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays until Nov. 27, so if you have the means to experience it — even just for an hour — go. “Total…

‘Unpacking Fashion’ Brings Style to Life

By Adam Travis, Contributing Writer The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art rarely disappoints. Their newest exhibit, “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion,” is no exception. The exhibit, which opened to the public on Friday, November 18th, features 60 fashion masterworks spanning three centuries, each handpicked by Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute…