Category: New Discoveries

Here Lies Love

Entertaining, educational, and totally boogie-licious, the New York Public Theater production of “Here Lies Love” is the most fun we’ve had at a show since the age of disco. Originally a stellar recording project created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, with vocals from, among others, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Nathalie Merchant, Santigold, Florence Welch,...

Kim Richmond’s “Artistry”

The idea has intrigued modern American composers for decades: What would happen if you mashed-up jazz with the symphonic form? Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Vince Mendoza, and Maria Schneider have written ravishing scores in this vein. Now, the respected Los Angeles reed-man, arranger, composer and band leader Kim Richmond has released his latest masterwork, “Artistry,” a...

Neil Hamburger

Andy Kauffman. Tony Clifton…Jackie Mason — America’s glorious tradition of professional funnymen lives on in the fabulous Neil Hamburger.  Hamburger’s live act, which reportedly differs from his many celebrated albums, features a barrage of Socratic jokes, tough questions with tougher answers. If you’re his ex-wife, we’re sorry! Neil’s pacing is legendary, and he uses the abundance of mucus...

I Wanna Be Loved

The show is billed as “stories of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues.” And it is. But I Wanna Be Loved, which features all of Dinah’s hits, could just as easily be billed as “An Evening with Barbara Morrison.” L.A.’s Queen of Jazz & Blues is now confined to an electric wheelchair after diabetes-related operations. The scooter...

Seeds of Solidarity

What if everyone who owns a lawn stopped growing grass and started growing food? What if we grew our vegetables on local plots instead of factory farms? The Massachusetts organization and education center Seeds of Solidarity believes that we should grow food everywhere — including urban and “inner-city” areas. The goal of Seeds of Solidarity...

The Fake Gallery

Hollywood’s strange and wonderful Fake Gallery, not far from the grand gates of Paramount Studios, is a better place to visit and experience than write about. It’s a refreshingly clean space, a fertile garden where things happen: comedy, spoken word, music, art, happenings. The stench of “industry interest” is blissfully absent. At The Fake, art and...

Moshe Kasher

Wise, strong, and polished way beyond his years (33), writer and comedian Moshe Kasher is quickly establishing himself as his own category. He’s becoming known nationally for uncommon confidence in his sexuality (ambiguous), intelligence (superior), and willingness to speak what he believes to be the truth (always). He’s on tour and on Twitter and on TV,...

Leaving Stress Behind

Part yoga tutorial, part Indian travelogue, Leaving Stress Behind is all good. Created by Daniel Overberger, formerly known by his death metal name “Stress,” and now a popular Hollywood yoga instructor and the front man of the Dharma Gypsies band, LSB offers a practical guide to a one-hourish Ashtanga yoga practice, with excellent illustrations and...

Ayurveda Cafe

The 5,000 year-old holistic health practice of Ayurveda teaches balance and harmony as the path to well-being. New York City’s cozy Ayurveda Cafe, at 95th and Amsterdam on the Upper West Side, puts these theories on the plate. Sattvic (pure) food must incorporate six tastes in every meal: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent –and, we’ve...

Heidi Julavits

We like our humor dark. We like our writers smart. So we’re fans of Heidi Julavits. With her husband Ben Marcus, himself another excellent writer, Julavits edits the literary-minded magazine and Website “The Believer,” where she’s published several sensational manifestos and mordantly funny stories. Among some of her brave stances: a call for the elimination...