Events

The House of Peroni Arrives Stateside

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Debuting in London back in 2013, The House of Peroni is an annual event series that highlights a dynamic mix of forward-thinking artists and craftsmen. The vibrant, immersive pop-up experience hosts both private and public events, from intimate artist Q&A’s to live performances, and features a cafe bar and lounge for guests to relax and socialize.

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Longform

A 9/11 Story

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Historical amnesia is dangerous. It’s a phenomenon that wreaked havoc in the immediate post-9/11 aftermath and continues to rear its ugly head in the current political climate. Today, we share with you a moving story by native New Yorker and psychology blogger Jessica Taylor on that fateful day sixteen years ago, when she was just seven years old. I think Jessica would agree that it’s important to remember these events not to incite fear and promote divisiveness, but rather to locate them in the larger narrative of history in order to move forward in a fruitful, generative manner—for all willing to contribute to the betterment of this country.

I just checked outside and the sky looks exactly as it did in 2001. Clear skies. Blue. Beautiful. 7 years old. Math lesson was in full effect. Before being sent off to our tables, the building shook and swayed, lights flickering quickly. Next thing I know, my dad is in the doorway of my classroom. Very confused, nobody told me I had a doctor’s appointment that day. Normally that’s what an early pickup means, right? Wrong. Paps was sweating. Nothing new. Frantic with fear gobbling up his eyes? Of course like most children being able to pick up feelings, and out of sheer curiosity, we begin to question everything in existence.

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Music

St. Vincent’s Trippy Take on “New York”

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Surrealism meets 2017 high fashion in the new music video for “New York,” the latest single from St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark). The song, a melancholy piano ballad released back in June, marked a sharp turn for the guitar goddess, whose eponymous 2014 album featured distorted, angular guitar riffs that put her on the map—not to mention the electrifying guitar solos from her live performances during this period. Similarly, the video for “New York” showcases a whole new side of Clark. Trading in her shock of powder purple curls from the St. Vincent-era for a sleek black bob, Clark stands in stark contrast to bright, color-blocked backdrops of a reimagined, cartoonish New York City.

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Theatre

Theft, Cocaine, and Tavi Gevinson: A Review of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth

I managed to restrict myself to only one Arrested Development joke during Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of This is Our Youth, which speaks to how much I liked Kenneth Lonergan’s play. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro and starring George Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson, the show will move from Chicago to Broadway at the Cort Theatre in Fall 2014.

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