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Big Night (1996) Directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott Screening Saturday, 11/12, at Metrograph Directed by and starring Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, and featuring superb performances by Tony Shalhoub, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver and Marc Anthony—yes, that Marc Anthony—Big Night was a culinary enthusiast's sauce-splattered dream years before today's arguably exaggerated forms and expressions of foodie culture were much of a thing. On that note, 'arguably exaggerated forms and expressions' is a variably apropos statement...
It is a vessel of darkness and a conveyor of light. It glimmers and it dims. It hangs and sits. It hums and looms. It heaves, and it breathes. It seems to absorb, and it seems to sigh, and it seems, as well, to seethe. Its nebulousness shifts, its mystery eludes. Ostensibly, it is alive. You might be in the body of a beast. Maybe it ate you. Maybe you let it. Maybe you wandered into its maw. Maybe you...
A couple weeks ago I attended a talk at the New York Studio School. Titled “A Quiet Ask” (pictured below), it was an exchange between Brooklyn painter Glenn Goldberg and Elena Sisto, his longtime friend and a fellow artist. It was a discussion of Glenn’s work. It was a discussion of Glenn’s life. It was a discussion of how the latter informs the former, and the former the latter. And so it was that a very...
It was a somewhat grey and rainy, at times even almost chilly weekend in the city, but none of that would've registered as drab or a drag at all if you were one of the thousands upon thousands of visitors, artists, curators or incidental passers-through in Bushwick this past weekend. And that's because it was the big weekend of Arts in Bushwick's marquee annual event, Bushwick Open Studios. What's more, it was the 10th-anniversary iteration...

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