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Alison Durkee is a New York-based arts journalist and critic with a background in theatre and dance. She currently serves as the Features Editor of London theatre website Everything Theatre and also covers news and politics for Mic.com.


What to See at New York's Lincoln Center This Summer

(May 13, 2019) - New Yorkers and visitors alike can enjoy plenty of culture this summer in New York City—and one of the best places to find it is at Lincoln Center. One of the city’s most vibrant cultural resources, Lincoln Center’s programming is packed with world-class offerings in theatre, dance, music, and more, all of which will be on full display in its summer line-up. (read the story...)

Through a Curator's Eyes: Lincoln Kirstein's Modern at MoMA

(April 15, 2019) - Lincoln Kirstein may be best associated with the New York City Ballet, but this spring, he’s being recognized by another iconic New York institution: MoMA. Kirstein, a writer, curator, editor, impresario, tastemaker, and patron who persuaded choreographer George Balanchine to come to the U.S., is the focus of a new exhibition. (read the story...)

The Value of Good Design at MoMA

(February 15, 2019) - MoMA is home to one of the greatest design collections in the world—and as a new exhibition shows, the museum has long had an impact on how the world thinks about design. Museum goers can get a new look at MoMA’s design history and global reach at The Value of Good Design, a showcase of midcentury design and the museum’s role in bringing it to the public. (read the story...)

Discount Theatre in NYC: 20at20 Off-Broadway Discounts 2019

(January 21, 2019) - The early bird may get the worm – but this winter, it’s the last-minute theatergoer who will score the cheapest seats. This January marks the return of 20at20, a special ticket deal that rewards those who wait with discounted tickets to some of the hottest off-Broadway shows. (read the story...)

Winter Dance Performances in NYC

(December 21, 2018) - The weather outside may be chilly, but things will be heating up this winter inside New York City’s theaters, as dancers and choreographers in all genres perform world-class work on the city’s stages. From classic Nutcracker productions to cutting-edge modern dance works, here are the winter dance performances that should be on your radar. (read the story...)

Holiday Shows NYC: The Nutcracker, Radio City, and More

(December 06, 2018) - New York City is one of the most iconic places to spend the holiday season, and that's nowhere more true than in the city's performing arts scene. For those looking to get into the holidays and get out of the cold, the city’s theatres have plenty of holiday offerings: here are some of the best holiday shows coming up this winter to get you into the seasonal spirit. (read the story...)

Met Costume Institute Readies "Camp: Notes on Fashion" for 2019

(November 27, 2018) - While the Met’s vast collection is renowned throughout the art world, few of its exhibitions are as hotly anticipated as the museum’s annual Costume Institute exhibition. The annual display, which also serves as the theme of the annual Met Ball, will return this May with Camp: Notes on Fashion, a stylish exploration of the camp aesthetic. (read the story...)

2018 DUMBO Dance Festival Preview

(September 21, 2018) - Arts lovers wanting to check out a variety of dance companies this fall—without breaking the bank—should head over the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo, where the DUMBO Dance Festival will be spotlighting work by 70 companies this October in its four-day festival. (read the story...)

Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York at the NYPL

(September 07, 2018) - From Broadway stages to ballet studios, legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins made an indelible mark on New York City’s dance scene during his multifaceted career. As the dance world now celebrates Robbins’ centennial, a new exhibition will honor the man and his work in one of the NYC spots most associated with Robbins: Lincoln Center. (read the story...)

NYC's Best Summer Dance Performances and Festivals

(July 20, 2018) - New York City is home to some of the best dance performances in the world – and while summer sees some of the city’s biggest companies head out of town, there’s still plenty to discover this July and August. Enjoy dance styles from ballet to Broadway this summer at these upcoming dance performances and events. (read the story...)

106.7 LITE FM Brings Free Broadway Back to Bryant Park for Summer

(June 20, 2018) - The best performers and biggest shows from NYC's Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters will be returning for free lunchtime performances at Bryant Park throughout July and August. (read the story...)

Celebrating 75 Years of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical with the NY Public Library

(June 13, 2018) - Musical theatre lovers who want to celebrate Rodgers and Hammerstein's innovative partnership can now make their way to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, where a new exhibition is putting a spotlight on the songwriters’ career and legacy (read the story...)

The Best New York Dance Performances of Spring 2018

(March 09, 2018) - Dance lovers are spoilt for choice in New York City, as the city’s stages host everything from the world’s top dance companies to exciting emerging artists. Here are some of the upcoming dance performances in all disciplines to look forward to this spring. (read the story...)

New York's Easter Parade

(March 05, 2018) - Easter in New York brings egg hunts, fine brunches, and a bonnet-filled procession down Fifth Avenue that's been a city tradition for over a century. Celebrate the holiday in true New York fashion with a trip to the Easter Parade. (read the story...)

Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. at the New-York Historical Society

(February 22, 2018) - In the midst of the chaos and social upheaval of the 1960s, perhaps no figures epitomize the era better than the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr. That intersection is at the heart of Rebel Spirits, a new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society that explores the two distinct, yet often overlapping, paths of King and Attorney General-turned-Senator and presidential front-runner Robert F. Kennedy. (read the story...)

Tennessee Williams: No Refuge But Writing | Exhibition Now Open

(February 08, 2018) - American playwright Tennessee Williams’ work has been a staple of stages around the world for the past half-century, as plays like The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire have become theatrical icons. Now, theatre fans can go back to the origins of these legendary works – and learn more about the man behind them – at the Morgan Library & Museum, whose new exhibition Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing delves into the famed playwright and his creations. (read the story...)

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Coming This Spring to the Met

(November 20, 2017) - Few exhibitions in New York City are as heavily anticipated as the spectacular major fashion exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum’s annual fashion exhibition, which serves as the theme for the celebrity-filled Met Gala, will continue in 2018 with Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, putting Catholicism into the fashion spotlight. (read the story...)

Review: Shakespeare in Love at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

(October 20, 2017) - The words of William Shakespeare have graced millions of theatres throughout history, but this fall, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is putting the Bard himself on stage. Based on the 1998 film by the same name, Shakespeare in Love is a high-spirited adaptation that puts an entertaining spin on the playwright’s life and one of his most iconic works. (read the story...)

Make It Work: The Project Runway Experience at Madame Tussauds

(October 19, 2017) - Visitors to Madame Tussauds now have the opportunity to “make it work,” thanks to a new experience that brings the hit TV show Project Runway to life. The Project Runway Experience, which opened in September at Madame Tussauds’ New York location, is a new interactive fashion design special that lets participants create their own runway-ready looks. (read the story...)

Bright Colors and Bold Patterns Returns to NYC!

(October 06, 2017) - Last December, the one-man show Bright Colors and Bold Patterns took the theatre world by storm in its New York debut at the Barrow Street Theatre. Now, the acclaimed production will return to the New York stage once again for a limited run at the Soho Playhouse. (read the story...)

Shakespeare in Love: A New Exclusive Coming to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

(October 05, 2017) - Shakespeare fans should "get thee hence" and head to New Jersey this fall, as the acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison becomes the first theater in the Northeast to stage Shakespeare in Love. (read the story...)

"Items: Is Fashion Modern?" Opens at MoMA

(September 29, 2017) - While the Metropolitan Museum of Art may be New York’s best-known home for major fashion exhibitions, another iconic NYC museum is entering the fashion game: MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art is returning to the world of fashion for the first time since 1944 with Items: Is Fashion Modern?, a comprehensive exhibition that puts our everyday wardrobe in the spotlight. (read the story...)

"Items: Is Fashion Modern?" Exhibition Coming to MoMA

(August 04, 2017) - The Museum of Modern Art is one of the best places in the world to see paintings, sculpture, film – and, soon, fashion. This fall, MoMA will take on the fashion world with their new exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, exploring the enduring impact of 111 iconic fashion items. (read the story...)

Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity at China Institute

(May 26, 2017) - New Yorkers have the opportunity to gain a unique insight into ancient China this summer thanks to Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity: Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou at the China Institute Gallery. This new exhibition gives visitors a glimpse of rare treasures from Chinese history, unearthing some of the objects its residents treasured the most. (read the story...)

The Muppets Take Queens: Jim Henson Exhibition to Move in at MoMI

(May 26, 2017) - It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights—and, now, it’s time to meet the Muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image. The Queens museum announced this week that it will open a permanent exhibition on legendary puppeteer Jim Henson on July 22. (read the story...)


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