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A pianist playing in Washington Square Park, located in Manhattan.

60 Public Pianos to be Placed Throughout NYC

Sing for Hope is a New York City community service organization. “New York City is the cultural capital of the world–and yet too many residents lack regular and affordable access to high-quality arts programming,” a statement from their website reads. As a small part of their effort to correct that deficit, they’re placing 60 art-piece pianos throughout […]

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A photo of rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Not So Fast: Kendrick Lamar is Not the Feminist You Think He Is

When Kendrick Lamar rapped about the beauty of stretch marks in “Humble,” many lauded him as a feminist. But does this one body-positive line make up for the 40 times that he uses the word “bitch” in the same song? And does it make up for the line in which he says, “Girl, I can […]

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An illustration of David Bowie.

Greatest Queer Musicians of All Time

1. Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury made a name for himself as the lead vocalist in the 1970s rock band Queen. Hits include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Not only was he bisexual, but he was also HIV positive. He eventually succumbed to the disease in 1991. 2. Sinéad […]

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An assortment of vinyl records.

New Music Store ‘2 Bridges’ Opens

Simon Greenberg is a self-identified Manhattan native who grew up and went to art school in New York City. All throughout his life he’s been involved in the city’s art world, working in art galleries and album shops. Now he’s opening his own business, which is in a way a hybrid of both. 2 Bridges, […]

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An illustration of Bob Dylan.

Should Lyrics Be Considered Literature?

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, it sent shock waves throughout the writing community. Never before had a musician won the prestigious award. Because of that, the reaction from the public was pretty split. Some people rejoiced while others argued that lyrics don’t qualify as poetry. But here’s the thing. Bob Dylan […]

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The Rolling Stones.

Exhibitionism

The Rolling Stones have been rolling for a long time their first gig was in 1962. Grandchildren of that first audience could have a drink with the band on tour this fall, fifty-four years later. They probably wouldn’t even get carded. Half a century of influence on the music scene has certainly earned them public […]

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James Corden hosts the event in a bright outfit.

Hamilton Sweeps the 2016 Tony Awards

The Tony Awards on Sunday night went 20 minutes overtime, as they often do. Performers love to celebrate, and they especially love to celebrate themselves. The 70th Annual Tony Awards was shadowed by the tragedy of the Orlando shooting, which happened in the small hours of the morning before the show, but as host James […]

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Q-Tip performing.

Kennedy Center Gets its First Hip-Hop Director

For the first time in its long history, the Kennedy Center will focus on hip-hop music and culture for the 2016-2017 season. The organization has appointed rapper and producer Q-Tip to curate the selection, a year-long festival of performances and the arts. This is Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter’s first season of programming. The year […]

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