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One of the most distinctive and enigmatic figures in pop culture was Nico (1938–1988). Starting on Sept. 11, the very lovely and talented Tammy Faye Starlite with be performing her homage to the great lady. In "Nico: Underground", Ms. Starlight plays the grande dame as she takes us on a tour of her unorthodox life.  Incorporating many of Nico's original songs as well as the ones she so famously covered penned by heavies like ... Read More
      I don't remember the exact moment I discovered Tavi Gevinson's blog Style Rookie, only that I interpreted her shrines of teenage girlhood via Goody barrettes, Barbie clothes, Freaks and Geeks posters and Comme des Garcons ads as the work of a mastermind. A mastermind in Miu Miu pumps and granny shawls. I was in awe and continued to read her blog with a sort of feverish glee for years.    I wish I turned my Girl Scout patches into ... Read More
“Gertrude Stein Saints!” opens with the entrance of a young man, seemingly overwhelmed by the unfamiliarity of the world he encounters as he walks onstage.  As he begins the opening number, he seems almost to be a part of the audience—he appears as surprised by each new note as we are, as if every movement is a fresh experience.  This almost childlike sense of newness lasts throughout the whole show, which, though its words are made up ... Read More
In an age when technology continues to grow exponentially while cultural conventions are still residual from a century ago, society becomes riddled with contradictions and people struggle to cope with their conflicting social expectations.  In the incredibly relevant and scandalous play, The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched), these contradictions are thoroughly explored from a feminist perspective. The production, presented by The Ivy ... Read More
This Other "City by the Bay" is the Next Big Thing Paramount Theater Oakland, CA, is a real-life Cinderella story. Long considered San Francisco’s shabby stepsister, Oakland has been transformed into the hipster next door, loved for its burgeoning food scene, its consistently sunny weather, and its laid-back vibe. Gertrude Stein famously said of the town that “there isn’t any there there,” but she’s been repeatedly proven wrong: Oakland’s the ... Read More
It’s late afternoon on a Tuesday and actress Mink Stole has stopped cleaning her apartment to answer my phone call. “How fine can a person be when she’s washing floors?” she responds when I ask her how she’s feeling.  With forty years of theatrical acting experience under her belt and a place as one of John Waters’ Dreamlanders, the nimble actress/singer/advice-columnist took a break from readying her home for a ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual assault.  Picture Joey Del Marco: she is sixteen years old, and she plays video games and dances her butt off with the best of them. She and her friends refer to themselves as the “Slut Squad” because they enjoy their newfound, emerging, and exciting sexuality. Joey goes to a party, where she splits an entire bottle of vodka with a few guy friends. Joey’s friends rape her. Her family and friends ... Read More
    Director Robin Frohardt, in association with the HERE Arts residency program Dream Music Puppetry, has directed a darkly comedic and whimsical puppet piece entitled THE PIGEONING. The play will feature a completely original score by composer Freddi Price. In the words of the creators, the show will “examine man’s obsession with cleanliness, safety and control” through the story of its protagonist, Frank. Frank is a clean, neurotic ... Read More
What is sexuality? How would you describe your sexuality? How do you think the media portrays female sexuality? Is it bad that I can’t easily answer any of these questions? Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan hope to unpack  with their new play, The Birds and the Bees… Unabridged. It will open March 27th at Speyer Hall at University Settlement (184 Eldridge St). It’s a devised theatre piece, meaning that it is a form ... Read More
The spice girls are back again! Well, in spirit. The five women reunited this past week to promote the new musical Viva Forever! that will debut in London's West End in December. It was the first time that Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell were all in the same place in four years. Needless to say, the musical has to be a pretty powerful force to bring the queens of girl power back together. Written by comedian ... Read More
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