But a half-year into an ongoing human tragedy and economic calamity that has drained the cultural lifeblood of the city, neither Schumacher - who is also chairman of the Broadway League trade group - nor anyone else knows for sure when the nation's premier performing arts district will start up again. The earliest estimates for some of New York's concert halls and theaters to resume are spring 2021; a few new productions, such as "The Music Man" with Hugh Jackman and "Plaza Suite" with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, have announced early spring beginnings on Broadway. Even so, those involved in the planning say privately that it could be autumn 2021 before venues reopen. … [Read more...] about New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.
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What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Q&AWhat We Do in the Shadows (FX) Q&A – Fresh off its eight (8!) Emmy nominations, What We Do in the Shadows returns to New York Comic Con for a LIVE discussion with the cast and producers. Come with your burning questions about vampires, slayers, ghosts, necromancers and… Jackie Daytona! Named “TV’s funniest comedy” by Rolling Stone, What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years. Joining the conversation will be series stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch and the creative team. Seasons 1 and 2 are now available on FX on Hulu. BAAAAT! … [Read more...] about New York Comic Con Metaverse Sets ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Helstrom’, ‘Lost’ Anniversary, More For All-Digital Confab
“If you can go vote before your shift or after your shift, that’s preferable, but if it has to be done within the work day, your employer can give you up to two hours of paid leave,” said Edgar Ndjatou, executive director of WorkplaceFairness.org. … [Read more...] about Gov. Andrew Cuomo Issues Executive Order Giving New Yorkers More Options For Voting In Presidential Election
In an era when all TV shows have age-suitability ratings and content guides, the vigor with which adult cop shows of the 1970s were marketed to children seems shocking. But in fact, immense energy was invested in embedding those series in the collective consciousness of children. Dell published 15-cent Mod Squad comic books, and Topps sold Mod Squad chewing gum. You could get a wheel of Hawaii Five-0 Viewmaster slides and click through color pictures of unsmiling, black-suited Steve McGarrett arresting Honolulu’s miscreants, or buy Milton Bradley board games based on Columbo, Starsky & Hutch, or Kojak (“Be a part of thrilling police action on the city streets”), which allowed young players to use informants to track down a suspect hiding in a building. I coveted the Adam-12 lunchbox, which had an illustration of Malloy and Reed helping a little boy on one side and on the other the two of them crouching with their pistols drawn, ready to fire on an unseen suspect. … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
'It's a city built on desert, I came here in 2008 when they had just finished building the Atlantis hotel, and there was none of this here. I've been living in the UAE for six years, but I go back to New York a lot.' … [Read more...] about Lindsay Lohan is ‘so excited’ to launch her very own company in United Arab Emirates… while the star is being ‘sued by HarperCollins for failing to write a book’ after getting a $365k advance
Coastal Elites, directed by Jay Roach (Bombshell, Austin Powers), covers the last nine months — from pre-COVID January through the pandemic lockdown, Black Lives Matter protests, and our coronavirus summer — with the stories of five characters, each given a standalone monologue: a retired New York City schoolteacher (played spectacularly by Bette Midler) who accosts a MAGA-hat-wearing man in Manhattan; an out-of-work gay actor in Los Angeles (Dan Levy); a wealthy black woman (an effervescent Issa Rae) with ties to Ivanka Trump; a meditation guide who can’t find her Zen while visiting her Midwestern family (Sarah Paulson); and a Wyoming nurse (Kaitlyn Dever) who travels to New York to help treat COVID patients, and finds surprising connections with the city’s residents amid the ER chaos. With the diversity of perspectives, Rudnick says, he aims not to skewer any one group, but to uncover more points of similarity among us than we might expect. … [Read more...] about With ‘Coastal Elites,’ Paul Rudnick Reminds Us Why Comedy Is the Great Leveler
Which brings us back to Broadway. Miriam turns up her nose at The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera as tourist attractions, though she belongs to the firmly middlebrow set that made the upbeat Hamilton a gargantuan hit and closed the edgy, challenging Slave Play after four months. Rudnick’s writing encapsulates and celebrates the worst instincts in this class of viewer, affirming where it should be confronting. The Danish film-maker Lars Von Trier says that a good film should be “like a rock in your shoe”, and the poet Cesar A Cruz declared the purpose of art “to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed”. In this capacity, by the basic functioning of art, Rudnick and Roach have failed. As activists, doubly so. … [Read more...] about Coastal Elites review – is this the worst film of the year?
The protests and counterprotests provide another seeming counterargument: What could be more “real” than the matter of justice and police violence? But while the political drama that began in Minneapolis in May — and continues today not just in Portland and Kenosha but all around the country in less-noticed places — feels undeniably large and consequential, strikingly little appears actually at stake. Police abolition is a political nonstarter, and defunding the police not much more popular or viable. Even qualified immunity seems likely to endure. The country’s most liberal mayors seem unable to enact meaningful reform, and the city’s most progressive police departments are not inclined to even boast of their achievements — believe it or not, the NYPD is exemplary both in terms of crime reduction and violence against citizens, but prefers to fight a culture war and threaten the return of the 1970s. And while racial progressivism has drawn many … [Read more...] about How Fantasy Triumphed Over Reality in American Politics
Taking over from the fired Pete Carroll as Patriots head coach, just a day after being appointed as New York Jets head coach, one of Belichick's first responsibilities was to draw up a battle plan for the 2000 NFL Draft. Most people had lost interest by the time they picked up Univervisity of Michigan quarterback Tom Brady with their seventh pick - and the 199th of the Draft. … [Read more...] about Super Bowl LI: Rating the most successful head coach-quarterback combinations in the NFL
On his fifth studio effort, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald weaves intricate narratives over twangy guitar notes and sweeping instrumentals. Intimacy is the operative mode, and that's evident as early as the album's lead single, "I Love That Sound." To promote the new material during times of social distancing, Fitzgerald will perform a series of small outdoor concerts all over Canada. … [Read more...] about 100 Albums Released in 2020 to Put on Your Radar