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Ram Jams: Khalid’s Soul Shines on ‘Free Spirit’

Ram Jams: Khalid’s Soul Shines on ‘Free Spirit’

May 8, 2019

Paolo Estrella reviews Khalid's "Free Spirit" in this installment of Ram Jams.

Review: At “Awake,” A Carousel of American Contention

Review: At “Awake,” A Carousel of American Contention

January 23, 2019

“Awake” has evolved into a nine-scene collection of conversations on race, sexism, gun violence and immigration.

Review:  Gilded in Glitter, How Much Jukebox Inferno Can ‘The Cher Show’ Take?

Review: Gilded in Glitter, How Much Jukebox Inferno Can ‘The Cher Show’ Take?

December 6, 2018

If the makers of “The Cher Show,” among whom the real Cher is a producer, thought the pure divadom of its subject, dressed in all the gloriously gay, sequined and campy stylings of our favorite dark lady, could save the bio-musical from itself, they were holdin’ out for love.

Review: Martin Moran’s ‘The Tricky Part’ Returns to Prove the Power of Testimony

Review: Martin Moran’s ‘The Tricky Part’ Returns to Prove the Power of Testimony

December 3, 2018

It’s not hard to guess why the Barrow Group may have asked Moran to again surface “The Tricky Part.” But to come to “The Tricky Part” expecting our contemporary social sentience to jolt this play into some electric consciousness is naive.

Review: In ‘Midsummer’ The Mobile Unit Delivers a Joyous Celebration of Life and Shakespeare

Review: In ‘Midsummer’ The Mobile Unit Delivers a Joyous Celebration of Life and Shakespeare

November 7, 2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an explosion of joy and laughter, bewitched by a cast of New Yorkers dedicated to the art of translation, to the task of bringing the wonderful absurdities of Shakespearean comedy to audiences of diverse providence, and the brightest example of The Public Theater’s founding mission.

An Evening of Dance, Fashion and Progress

An Evening of Dance, Fashion and Progress

October 10, 2018

By BETHANY GREENHO Contributing Writer On Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, the annual Fall Gala at the ...

Ram Jams — September 2018

Ram Jams — September 2018

October 10, 2018

Brockhampton: “iridescence” Genre: Alternative hip-hop On a playlist with: Tyler, the Creator, Odd Futu...

Ram Jams — August 2018

Ram Jams — August 2018

September 12, 2018

Bone Crew: “Bone Crew - EP” Genre: Trap metal (self-proclaimed); hip-hop, trap, metalcore, deathcore, nu met...

Ram Jams — July 2018

Ram Jams — July 2018

August 15, 2018

The Internet: “Hive Mind” (via Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment) Genre: R&B, neo-soul...

Review: ‘Skintight’ Takes Beauty to Task

Review: ‘Skintight’ Takes Beauty to Task

August 5, 2018

Why do we stare at the David? What is it about that seventeen-foot-tall Michelangelo that so transfixes,...

Ram Jams — June 2018

Ram Jams — June 2018

July 6, 2018

KIDS SEE GHOSTS: “KIDS SEE GHOSTS” (via G.O.O.D Music, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Music Group) Genre: Rap...

Review: “Log Cabin,” and the Wilderness of LGBTQ Equality

Review: “Log Cabin,” and the Wilderness of LGBTQ Equality

June 29, 2018

Log cabins are man-made. They’re visibly intertwined, tangled structures forged by forcing lumber together...