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Watching John Early and Kate Berlant’s new Vimeo web series 555 is not unlike observing their real-life friendship. Each of the five very loosely-connected shorts (all are under 15 minutes) stars John and Kate in wildly different roles, pursuing their ambitions within Los Angeles’s famed and infamous capital "I" Industry. Sometimes they are friends, sometimes they are frienemies, and sometimes they are enemies, but every time their true-to-life repartee (lightning-fast, surrealist, nuanced, and melded...
On May 17, 2007, the legendary lounge act comprised of Kiki DuRane and her pianist, known only as Herb, gathered at the now-defunct Knitting Factory in Tribeca to celebrate two victories. That week, the duo had earned a Tony nomination for their Broadway debut, Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway.  “And if that wasn’t a sweet enough delight of a treat,” Kiki said into the microphone, looking out onto a packed house, “the cherry—the...
When Jon Stewart made the surprise announcement last February that he would step down from his hosting duties of Comedy Central’s long-running news satire The Daily Show, he gave his first interview in an unlikely space. Instead of in the New York Times or on another late-night talk show, he showed up in a faded leather jacket and gray hoodie and sat at a card table on the stage of Joe’s Pub in Manhattan....
Last month, I had the pleasure of seeing a truly unique literary salon-esque event called Women of Letters at Joe's Pub. Conceived and curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the evening consisted of a panel of women writers (at the event I attended, this included Molly Ringwald, Stoya, Sabrina Jalees, Kambri Crews, Maria Popova, and Deborah Copaken), who all read letters on the theme of things that had vanished. What was perhaps at...

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