If anyone could ever be called “triggered snowflakes,” it’s conservatives and Catholics when someone brings up Planned Parenthood. Somehow, the organization that provides affordable healthcare to millions of women is their idea of the devil, and must be destroyed at all costs. While Planned Parenthood has been under fire a lot in recent years, it’s not hard to imagine that the vitriol and misinformation from the opposition will increase dramatically under the new administration.
Like most people I know, I’ve always had some lofty, highly unlikely, fantasy goals for myself. For some people it’s becoming an astronaut, for others it’s opening a bar on a tropical beach somewhere, and for me it’s having enough smolder and confidence to be a burlesque dancer. Although Marcy Richardson is much more than that, she embodies that fearlessness that comes with the ability to enchant a room by singing, flying on a lyra, or contorting herself around a pole.
Company XIV continues to miraculously meet their own highest of the high standards.
XIV’s Paris is a whirlwind of incredible talent and the most seductive environment you’ll find in New York City. Newly housed in the Irondale Theater, what was before compact and intimate now has the added feel of a small scale sprawling Greek theater. However, the intimacy is preserved by the cast helping patrons to find their seats and walking among the velvet couches that seat the audience throughout the show.
White male privilege will not stop rearing its ugly head. Brock Turner, a 19 year old former student and now (thankfully) registered sex offender, raped an unconcious woman at a college party on January 18th, 2015. He was convicted on three charges of felony sexual assualt, which holds the potential of up to 14 years, but only recieved a sentence of six months.
All too often, live music events are almost ruined by concert-goers who aren’t really there to enjoy the music; they may be there because their friends invited them, or maybe because they just wanted a drink at the bar where a band happens to be playing. Whatever the reason, this kind of disinterest can really negatively affect the whole experience for the band and fellow audience members.
Once again, I find myself not that surprised but very pleased at the talent that Brian Newman introduces to a wider audience. And once again, I experienced these two talents for the first time at the Django, the cellar level venue of the Roxy Hotel, which is a venue that I swear by and consider my new home base for live music. On June 17th, Brian invited two acts to share the stage with him; the legendary Jose Feliciano, and the up and coming Carly and Martina.
In an attempt to behave less like an irresponsible drunk adolescent and more like a responsible drunk adult, I’ve been following some of my favorite performers to new and immersive venues, my favorite being the Django. The performers I followed there were the incomparable Brian Newman Quintet, and I know anyone they choose to relinquish their stage to will be fantastic in their own right.
I didn’t think it possible, but creator, choreographer, and artistic director Austin McCormick has outdone himself. Company XIV very recently debuted their production of Snow White, and it goes beyond all expectations. Snow White was a different experience than Cinderella or Nutcracker Rouge, in that it had much more drama and less, but still some, humor. This show was unnerving in the most wickedly sexy way conceivable, and was emphasized by much more foreboding, climactic music than was featured in previous shows.
Every Tuesday and Thursday night, the Brian Newman Quintet graces Gramercy Park with a truly authentic old New York jazz set. Located in the Rose Bar of the notoriously lavish Gramercy Park Hotel, this bi-weekly event welcomes you into an experience of great music and extravagance. The environment is very grandiose while still maintaining a friendly and accessible feel, which can be difficult to do with Basquiats and Warhols adorning the walls.