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Midtown Traditions

Midtown Traditions
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Midtown West is rich in holiday tradition. Here is the Gazette’s wide-ranging list of offerings.


Art Galleries Fight to Survive

Art Galleries Fight to Survive
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In Chelsea, New York’s art district, galleries face a lot of challenges to survive in the competitive industry.


Mozart’s Tito Receives Regal Reception at Metropolitan Opera

Mozart’s Tito Receives Regal Reception at Metropolitan Opera
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To mark the 225th anniversary of “Don Giovanni,” the Metropolitan Opera is showcasing three Mozart operas including a revival of “La Clemenza di Tito,” which opened Nov. 16. The performance featured a star-studded cast with Elina Garanca, Giuseppe Filianoti, Kate Lindsey, Barbara Frittoli, Lucy Crowe and led by acclaimed early music specialist Harry Bicket.  The other Mozart operas […]


Find the “Blps”

Find the "Blps"
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Walking along the High Line in Manhattan, observant New Yorkers and curious art lovers might be lucky enough to spot some black “blps” before their eyes. The High Line Art commission, in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, has installed an art series by modern artist Richard Artschwanger at several spots on the […]


Dancing with Revenge: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera Returns to the Met

Dancing with Revenge: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera Returns to the Met
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Verdi is one of the most famous composers in the operatic canon. Now, Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” returns to the Met in a new production by David Alden.


East Meets West: Taiwanese Actress Debuts Off-Broadway

East Meets West: Taiwanese Actress Debuts Off-Broadway
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Living between American culture and Taiwanese culture, a new actress in off-Broadway found the contradiction not only in the character she played, but in her real life.


Social Media Edge Out Campaign Merchandise as the Season’s Must-Have

Social Media Edge Out Campaign Merchandise as the Season's Must-Have
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For students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Chelsea, social media campaigns for the election are more influential than fashion merchandise.


The Storm Rages, Onstage

The Storm Rages, Onstage
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  In an ironic bit of timing, a new opera based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on October 23, less than a week before Hurricane Sandy hit. “The Tempest,” by British composer Thomas Ades, is the 12th company premiere since Metropolitan Opera general director Peter Gelb arrived in 2006. Gelb, who […]


Design Center Opens Midtown “Get Out The Vote 2012″ Exhibition

Design Center Opens Midtown "Get Out The Vote 2012" Exhibition
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A “Get Out The Vote 2012″ exhibition is currently on display at the AIGA National Design Center, located on Fifth Avenue between West 21 and 22 streets in Midtown. Sponsored by the Professional Association for  Design (AIGA), the exhibition is a collection of nonpartisan posters designed to encourage citizens to head to the polls on […]


Songs From Punjab Open White Lights Festival

Songs From Punjab Open White Lights Festival
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Punjabi folksinger Kiran Ahluwalia opened The White Lights Festival with a free concert at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. The festival explores the connection between classical music and other aspects of daily life.


Bizet’s Lusty Gypsy Returns to the Met

Bizet’s Lusty Gypsy Returns to the Met
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Richard Eyre’s updated, relocated production of “Carmen” returns to the Metropolitan Opera, replacing a traditional production by the great director Franco Zeffirelli. The trend toward modern productions is a widespread phenomenon.


Louboutin’s Red Sole Prevails in Trademark Battle

Louboutin's Red Sole Prevails in Trademark Battle
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French shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s red-soled shoe remains popular in the wake of a trademark lawsuit against luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent.


“Glengarry Glen Ross” — Selling the Sure Thing

“Glengarry Glen Ross” -- Selling the Sure Thing
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David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Glengarry Glen Ross” begins previews on October 16th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for its third Broadway revival, starring Academy Award winning actor, Al Pacino, who appeared in the 1992 film in the role currently played by Bobby Cannavale.


Art Fair Tries to Balance Quality and Price

Art Fair Tries to Balance Quality and Price
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At a bi-annual contemporary art fair, it’s all about affordable prices for artwork. But who says what’s affordable in the art world?


Playwrights’ Week Returns to the Lark for its Nineteenth Year

Playwrights’ Week Returns to the Lark for its Nineteenth Year
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Last week, the Lark Play Development Center gave seven playwrights the chance to workshop a new play in ten hours of rehearsal and one public reading. At the end, the writers walked away having heard their pieces aloud, with a stack of written audience comments.


Manolo Blahnik Collaborates with Young Designers for Spring

Manolo Blahnik Collaborates with Young Designers for Spring
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Shoe legend Manolo Blahnik collaborated for the third time with four young designers on a range of shoes for spring 2013.


Donizetti Comedy Opens New Met Season

Donizetti Comedy Opens New Met Season
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The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2012-2013 season with a new production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. The production, directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Anna Netrebko, is a prime example of star power.


Diego Rivera’s Return to MoMa 80 Years After Rockefeller Destroyed His Mural

Diego Rivera's Return to MoMa 80 Years After Rockefeller Destroyed His Mural
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The Museum of Modern Art hosts an exhibit of Diego Rivera murals through mid-May. The installation features several of Rivera’s portable frescoes from his 1931 exhibition at MoMA, as well as a sketch of Man at the Crossroads, the controversial mural commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller to adorn the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center before it was destroyed. This homecoming represents the murals first return to MoMA in over 80 years.


For a Week, Chelsea’s Art Scene Shifts to Miami

For a Week, Chelsea's Art Scene Shifts to Miami
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Many Chelsea galleries packed up and headed to Art Basel Miami Beach last week, widely considered the most important art fair in North America. But some galleries skipped the event this year.


The Chameleon

The Chameleon
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A profile of boxer, model and up and coming actor Ngo Okafor as he tries to adapt once more and tackle a new career.


A Preview of Holiday Windows Through a Photographer’s Lens

A Preview of Holiday Windows Through a Photographer’s Lens
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Rudy Pospisil documents the department store windows all over the world. This holiday season, he found himself in front of Bergdorf Goodman in a chance meeting with the creative directors of the displays.


I Saw The Book of Mormon for $28, On The Day I Wanted To Go

I Saw The Book of Mormon for $28, On The Day I Wanted To Go
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I waited over six hours in line to understand the culture of obsessed South Park followers and Broadway fans alike, who put their lives on hold to get tickets to The Book of Mormon, even if it means standing up inside the theater as well.


Herbie Hancock Performs For Launch of New Canon Product

Herbie Hancock Performs For Launch of New Canon Product
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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock performed a five song set, including the 1973 hit “Chameleon,” for a crowd of Canon executives and photographers, who transformed his classic into a new kind of music video.


Busting Through the Lavender Ceiling

Busting Through the Lavender Ceiling
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Everyone knows about Rosie and Ellen. But have you ever heard of an equally successful gay male comedian? Probably not. Here, professors and professional comedians sound off about the issue.


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