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Joan Rivers Live!

BY Emily Rems in Artsy |

Inspired by a recent press screening of the new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, I took the plunge and checked out the 76-year-old entertainment legend's stand up act on Tuesday, and it was a night I won't soon forget. Lets just say that Rivers' brand of live comedy isn't the squeaky clean stuff that made her a household name as guest host of The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era. No ma'am. In a club setting like the Laurie Beechman Theatre in ... Read More
When Israeli-born photographer Atalia Katz traveled to Ethiopia after a divorce, she didn't expect that the photos she took along her journey would end up in a Manhattan gallery.  Her work has been praised by Zone Contemporary Art Gallery founder Jennifer Bahng for portraying universal humanity through the "extraordinary cultural value of these isolated groups." One particular group Katz spotlights is the Ethiopian Jews, considered by many to be one of the Lost ... Read More
We covered New Orleans' "sissy bounce" rappers in our latest issue, so we were extra excited to see a new art show in New Orleans called "Where They At: Bounce and Hip-Hop in Words and Pictures," opening April 22nd. Photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock have compiled a multi-media exhibition that features many members of the New Orleans bounce community, spanning from the 1980s to present day.  Featuring footage of live performances, ... Read More
It only makes sense that Good Vibrations, the San Francisco-based sex-positive sex toy shop, is hosting an erotic art show at their Polk Street Gallery called, "Our Lady of Burning Dreams."  Hosted by Annie Sprinkle, the show will feature multimedia visual art from three erotic artists- Penny Slinger, Carol Queen, and Bobby Morgan. Slinger has been making erotic art for over thirty years and this show will feature her collage work in particular, while Queen ... Read More
 The IFC Center tributes filmmaker Bette Gordon with special in-person screenings of her films Luminous Motion, Variety, and her latest release called Handsome Harry. One of the most prominent artists to emerge out of the "No Wave Cinema" underground 1970's film movement in Tribeca/East Village, she has since won several awards and worldwide festival acclaim. Gordon teaches film at Columbia University's graduate film division in NYC, is supervisor of the ... Read More
Lena Dunham's second feature which had its premiere at SXSW this week won the Narrative Feature prize and Dunham was also awarded with the emergent narrative woman director prize! SXSW attendees still have one more chance to see Tiny Furniture so don't miss it, March 20 at 4:15 pm at Alamo Ritz 2 Can't wait to see this in New ... Read More
Lena Dunham's second feature length film premieres today at SXSW and BUST highly recommends you go see it! About Tiny Furniture: 22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother's TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, and ... Read More
Krystal Banzon directs this new play by Mariah MacCarthy at the East Village’s UNDER St. Marks Place, March 25 – April 3, 2010. Social justice takes a hilarious stand! In this outrageous show a god-like, androgynous MC guides eight gender stereotypes (including Girly Girl, Manly Man, Nice Guy, a Gay Best Friend, a Slut, a Feminist Lesbian, and a Tomboy) on sexy and comical journeys from pop culture pigeonholes to Human Beings. ... Read More
Women in Comedy Festival: Live from a kitchen in BOSTON!That would be so cool if the stages were set up like little kitchen models. But, I think WICF is going purist on set design in the theatre this year. Which is still totes cool.Maria Bamford and Jackie Kashian headline the Second Annual Women in Comedy Festival live from Improv Boston and they are funny ladies. Maria's comedy album made Punchline Magazine's Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2009. She came ... Read More
For those of you with a tendency towards the gothic (no, not like Hot Topic), the amazingly curated collective of creepy and fascinating knowledge held within the Morbid Anatomy Library is a must see.  It's an intersection between art and ruminations on mortality, with a few medical curiosities thrown in.  Cruise through their extensive online galleries (helpful hint: not while eating).  For those in the New York area, you can even make arrangements ... Read More
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