Back in January we sent our Arts Editor, Randy Winston, to review Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Experience show at (le) Poisson Rouge in the West Village, who wrote: “I’m underselling this musical if I only call it entertaining—this is more! A live rock band, table service, and full bar make this show a priority on the me-and-the-crew to-do list—a must see with a glass in your hand.” Because we know seeing is believing, we’re giving away a pair...
Age: 26 Pronouns: He/Him Neighborhood: Crown Heights Most Likely to: Fall asleep in my bathroom with a book and my laptop after a night of hard drinking and dancing because it feels cozy and clever. Favorite Quote: “Language is also a place of struggle.” - bell hooks Myles Johnson’s words make people pay attention. With such a competitive landscape for writers, it’s imperative for writers to put pen to paper in a way that reminds everyone words have power....
AGE: 24 PRONOUNS: She/Her NEIGHBORHOOD: Bushwick MOST LIKELY TO: Stay in on a Friday night FAVORITE QUOTE: “You arrived like a day and passed like a cloud.” - The Pretenders Seeing the world through the lens of women is eye-opening. I not only mean this in the sense that we're in a time where more women are behind-the-camera—Ava Duvernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Issa Rae, Greta Gerwig—but also what that being behind-the-camera means and allows for. That being behind-the-camera means that women are in the...
Age: 9 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace Most Likely to: Surprise you Favorite Quote: “Girls just wanna have fun.” Lola Glass has a lot on her plate. She’s spray painted murals in Coney Island, at the Bushwick Collective, and at Art Basel in Miami. She’s also currently collaborating with Unfamous and Brooklyn Cloth to design t-shirts. Oh, and she’s nine. This accomplished pre-teen would rather be recognized for her work than her age—and rightfully so. Lola’s murals are seriously impressive,...
Age: 27 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Crown Heights Most Likely To: keep it real with you (and have fly nails) Favorite Quote: "Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar. (Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.)" - Gloria E. Anzaldúa Lauren Argentina Zelaya has a fierce personality and an even fiercer resume. If you pass by Lauren in her neighborhood of Crown Heights, you’ll probably be able to recognize her by her brightly floral-patterned...
Age: 29 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Flatbush Most Likely to: Takeover the planet, then vacation Favorite Quote: “My job is to somehow make them curious enough, or persuade them, by hook or crook, to get them more aware of themselves and where they came from and what they are into and what is already there, and just bring it out.” - Nina Simone If you were a teenager of color, who thought they were grown in the early-mid 2000s, you've been...
Age: 29 Pronouns: She/her Neighborhood: Ditmas Park Most Likely to: Win the Nobel Prize for a Graphic Novel Favorite Quote: “Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.” ― Anita Brookner, A Start in Life What do you do when you're at a Junot Díaz reading and Junot, the literary genius that he is, begins dropping gems like a clumsy jeweler? Most of the room would be focused on the floor, trying to pick up...
Name: Harry Portnof Age: 29 Neighborhood: Prospect Heights Most Likely to: Crowd surf Favorite Quote: “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.” – David Bowie Accountant turned record label owner isn’t a phrase you’d normally have a reason to utter, but that’s exactly what Harry Portnof is. As a teen, Harry discovered his father’s record collection in his grandmother’s attic and quickly became enthralled with having physical, aesthetically and aurally pleasing vinyl. After amassing his own impressive...
There’s no denying that the film Cruel Intentions was a '90s cult classic. The story, filled with tragedy, sexual tension, deception, and betrayal, toys with the audience's heart strings as much as it does the characters on screen. Enter Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Experience. Co-Creator/Director Lindsey Rosin and Co-Creator Jordan Ross give us the proper dosage of nostalgia via musical selections. Musical numbers such as "Genie in a Bottle" (Christina Aguilera), "I Want...

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