What do you get when you mix two parts Talking Heads concept album with a bloody presidential regime and a British DJ? An immersive musical theater production composed by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love tells the story of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ wife, Imelda Marcos, through karaoke, disco dancing, and a lot of projectors. Aggressively original, this show spans countless genres in its genuine effort to convey the story of the Filipino people under the Marcos regime. [click to continue….]
The widely acclaimed director Ken Burns teamed up with Sarah Burns and David McMahon to film a documentary that would be considered controversial and borderline taboo.
In 1989 a Caucasian female was jogging in Central Park when she was raped and left for dead. With the inability to confirm or even understand what had been done to her and by who, the police force was left with the task of finding the perpetrator. Coincidentally, on the same night, five young men had been hauled down to the police station for assaults in the park. The young men were about to be released for the misconduct when the police found the woman and were told to detain the boys. From that point on the lives of Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kharey Wise, and Raymond Santana, were forever changed. [click to continue….]
A three-story walk up with a ground floor exclusively dedicated to dumpsters, the Standard Toykraft Theater at 722 Metropolitan Ave is beyond grimy, yet still the New York Neo-Futurists have covered the space in paper-mache insects. A completely different atmosphere from their home venue (a black box under the KGB bar on E 4th Street in Manhattan), this Williamsburg space seats a far smaller audience (barely 20 people) in church pews, the stage consisting of a sectioned off portion of floor. [click to continue….]
High 5 teens were invited to a special screening of The Way Way Back, a new film starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and more, to be released in select theaters this July. Freelancer Sidney Marie shares her thoughts.
Coming to theaters this July, The Way Way Back is a family comedy about a teen named Duncan, who goes on an unwanted vacation and ends up finding unexpected friends and a sense of purpose in the world. Amongst the many stars in the cast are, Steve Carrell, as the callous stepdad Trent, comedian Maya Rudolf as Caitlyn, and rising stars Liam James and AnnaSophia Robb as Duncan and Susanna, respectively. The cast helps to make the film funny yet highly relatable. [click to continue….]
High 5 teens were invited to a special screening of The Way Way Back, a new film starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and more, to be released in select theaters this July. Teen Advisory Council’s Adonys shares his thoughts on the film below.
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Body Worlds: Pulse located at Discovery Times Square is the only place in New York City where art meets science and you can experience a mesmerizing exhibit of plastinations. Plastinations is an advanced technique in anatomy that preserves the dead and is created by the breakthrough scientist Gunther von Hagens. All bodies are willingly donated for the purpose of enlightenment and education. The exhibit gives an intimate view of the human body that creates varied reactions within people that range from horror to awe. Whichever reaction one may have, one thing is guaranteed; you will react strongly. Each body part, blood vessel, and nerve will astound and intrigue you. [click to continue….]
As the Dance Theatre of Harlem is currently beginning its first season since the company disbanded over 10 years ago, I had high expectations awaiting this particular contemporary ballet performance. The first piece, Gloria, designed as a tribute to the culture and spirit of Harlem did not live up to the lively, cultural atmosphere described in the program. The piece was slow and at times boring; however the dancers used their weightless jumps and fluttering steps to keep the piece light and airy. The Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake did not live up to its reputation. At times, the music was very strong and powerful while the dancers presence did not match, but there was a strong relationship between the performing couple. The female had a gorgeous, expressive upper body while the male partner had very strong jumps.
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After decades of waiting, Pippin is back on Broadway! Eager audiences are ready to either see the show for a first time or relive memories from the past. The audience was filled with joy and excitement as we awaited the curtain to open for the final night of previews. With the famous first line, “We’ve got work to do,” director Diane Paulus takes the story of the young boy Pippin to a whole new level. While keeping the original music and story line, the general feel of the play has changed as the performers are transformed into a cast of circus performers. [click to continue….]