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RED-EYE TO HAVRE DE GRACE
At New York Theatre Workshop
By Thaddeus Phillips, Jeremy Wilhelm, Geoff Sobelle, David Wilhelm and Sophie Bortolussi with Ean Sheehy for Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental
Directed by Thaddeus Phillips

NYTW Usual Suspect Thaddeus Phillips (¡El Conquistador!) teams up with the Minneapolis-based musical duo Wilhelm Bros. & Co. to create a visually striking and sonically complex action-opera about Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious last days. Set in September of 1849, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace follows Poe on his last lecture tour from Virginia to New York, focusing on a stop in Maryland when a train conductor saw Poe wearing a stranger’s clothes headed south, where he would die just days later. This new musical, informed by 19th Century train routes, historical accounts and Poe’s own writing, creates a spellbinding sketch of a man you soon realize you know little about.

More Information: www.nytw.org
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Now – June 1
Tuesday–Wednesday at 7pm
Thursday–Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday at 2pm & 7pm

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Wed 05 2014 , by

There’s The Door!

From The Harry Ransome Center, University of Texas at Austin: The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door

Frank Shay…is on good terms with all the prominent writers, artists, sculptors, etc., with all of the mighty who live in or come to the Village on a visit. Most everyone visits his shop to have a look at his queer door…
—”Magazines are Published by Greenwich Artists,” The Oregonian, March 26, 1922

IN THE EARLY 1920s, noteworthy visitors to Frank Shay’s bookshop at 4 Christopher Street began autographing the narrow door that opened onto the shop’s office. Signed by 242 artists, writers, publishers, and other notable habitués of Greenwich Village, this unusual artifact is now housed at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. A literal portal to the past, the door reveals the rich mix of innovators—from anarchist poets to major commercial publishers—that defined this slice of Bohemia from 1920 to 1925.

This exhibition reconstructs the bookshop and its community. The door is not accompanied by an archive of the bookshop, so this project seeks to create a virtual “archive” on the web. Artifacts gathered from across the Ransom Center’s collections provide audiences with documentation of the shop’s operations and the lives and careers of its customers. This is an ongoing project: we hope that audience participation will enrich the project with further information. Explore The Door to learn about the lives, careers, and relationships of almost 200 identified signatures—and help us identify those signatures that remain mysteries. Read the forgotten history of The Shop, immerse yourself in The Village, and visualize the many connections among The Bohemians who browsed the shop’s shelves.

The bookshop door has been in the Ransom Center’s collections for more than 50 years, but until the internet made this exhibition possible, it had been little studied. After the bookshop closed in 1925, the manager (and perhaps owner, at that point) Juliet Koenig stored the door in her New York apartment. In 1960, she sold it to the Center through dealer Lew David Feldman. It was added to the Center’s large Christopher Morley collection, since Morley and many of his friends and professional colleagues were patrons of the bookshop. In 1972, doctoral student Anna Lou Ashby, who was writing a dissertation on Morley, wrote an article about the door for the Center’s Library Chronicle. Ashby identified a number of signatures and provided a brief history of the shop, but since then, there appears to have been no further research on the door or the shop.

Massive databases of searchable books, newspapers and magazines from the 1920s that are now available online have made it possible to identify dozens of the more obscure names on the door in a matter of minutes or hours. The internet’s flexible structure allows us to more easily reconstruct the community and its complex web of associations. The flowering of virtual social networking in recent years inspired us to see how it was now possible to reconstruct a community that was firmly grounded in the physical space of 4 Christopher Street.…

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Mon 05 2014 , by

Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin

 

Bathtub Gin

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132 9th Ave.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/coolest-new-businesses-in-new-york-2011-12?op=1#ixzz31W9zY86q

What it is: Prohibition-era inspired bar

 

Why it’s cool: The cocktail lounge is hidden behind a nondescript coffee shop, in keeping with the speakeasy theme. The menu is heavily focused on gin, and the highlight of the space is a copper bathtub where patrons can be found dancing on busy nights.

 

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