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A scene from The Animal Kingdom. Photo by Emilio Madrid
Off Broadway
Tulis McCall

The Animal Kingdom

The Animal Kingdom by Ruby Thomas, now at the Connelly Theatre, is a pressure cooker of a play that glides by in a flash – Sam (Uly Schlesinger) has recently tried to kill himself and is now in an institution of some sort for his own safety and may be in a place where he might find some surcease.

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Magnificent Colors of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Dance
Edward A Kliszus

TNC PRESENTS ITS 49th ANNUAL THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS’ POW-WOW AND DANCE CONCERT JAN. 12 TO 21

Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, will present its 49th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Pow Wow and Dance Concert from January 12 to 21, 2024. There will be dances, stories, and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest, and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans.  TNC donates all proceeds from the event to college scholarship funds for Native American students. 

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A view of the interior of Balade (photo froim Baladerestaurants.com)
New York Restaurant Reviews
Valerie Blanchard

Balade Lebanese Restaurant

As we entered Balade Lebanese Restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, we were greeted by friendly, attentive, and accommodating staff. It was the beginning of an enjoyable dining experience with genuinely fabulous service and smiles all around!

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L-R: Ava Jones, Gabriel Winkler, Abby Grumpper, Youssef Alaoui, Edwin Vazquez and Queen Koleurz Koluchi. Photo by Omar Villegas
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Killin’ Republicans by Dick D. Zigun

Killin’ Republicans may sound like an extreme anti-GOP motto, but it’s a hilarious reference to American politics looking back 150 years or so. Perhaps the sequel is Killin’ Democrats or Progressives? Put on your thinking caps for a wild rock n’ roll ride through American history linked by actress Jodie Foster and her famous, bizarre, and twisted encounter with neo-Nazi stalker John Hinckley, Jr.

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Cathédrale Restaurant. (Photo from moxyeastvillage.com:cathedrale)
New York Restaurant Reviews
Sora Vernikoff

Cathédrale French Restaurant

I loved the spaciousness of Cathédrale French restaurant with its delicious Mediterranean cuisine that painted a picture of the coastal cuisine of Southern France, with brushstrokes of Italy, Spain, and Greece.

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David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet at Pangea
Comedy
Edward A Kliszus

David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet at Pangea

Tonight was David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet at Pangea in New York City’s East Village. The high-energy storyteller slapped himself, immediately capturing the audience’s attention and earning laughs. Bottrell began his one-man show consisting of a series of stories about his life that, while appearing to be individual, were, in the end, connected and universal.

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Paul's Da Burger Joint. Photo by Valerie Blanchard
Dining
Valerie Blanchard

Paul’s Da Burger Joint

Paul’s is an iconic, family-run restaurant in New York City’s East Village since 1989. Regulars and celebrities alike love the homey vibe of Paul’s. Now that I have experienced the ambiance, I must agree. 

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TWISTED at the Theater for the New City.
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Twisted

Twisted was outrageously funny from beginning to end. A mélange of chortling-provoking antics, the show delved into areas where laughs can’t help but bubble up in a brew of hilarity. A talented, passionate cast ensured the delivery of this burlesque pasquinade. A rockin’ band supported the action, physical comedy, singing, and pantomime.

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Ronald "Smokey" Stevens in his solo play, "I Just Want to Tell Somebody," presented by Theater for the New City June 1-18, 2023. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

I Just Want to Tell Somebody by Smokey Stevens

From a bottomless pit of prison and despair, Stevens mustered sobriety and hope powered by a renewed, unwavering determination, self-worth, confidence, and passion for his craft. His life became a transformative journey of recovery, growth, and personal empowerment. He crushed his alter ego D Man and broke free, becoming a beacon of resilience and strength. Ronald “Smokey” Stevens is a superbly gifted raconteur with an authentic, inspirational story for everyone that must be told.

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