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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.


Fairy Tale Fashion Comes to FIT

(January 15, 2016) - From Cinderella’s glass slippers to Little Red Riding Hood’s red cape, fashion and fairy tales have always been inextricably linked. This fashionable connection is the subject of Fairy Tale Fashion, a new exhibition at the the Fashion Institute of Technology that examines fairy tales and their aesthetic through the lens of high fashion. (read the story...)

What to See at The Cloisters Winter 2016

(January 12, 2016) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side is one of the most well-known museums in the world. But just uptown lies another Met institution. Located in Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters’ stunning collections and unique building make this medieval museum well worth the trip uptown. We've got the rundown on what to see at The Cloisters in winter 2016. (read the story...)

Best New York City Museums for School Groups

(January 12, 2016) - With museums focused on art, science, history, and everything in between, New York City is full of opportunities for students to learn more about the world. Although the city may be tight on space, legendary institutions like the Met, the MoMA, and the Natural History Museum are all experts at taking in school groups and giving them experiences that kids will never forget. Read on for the best in New York museums for school groups. (read the story...)

What to See at MoMA This Spring

(January 07, 2016) - From Monet’s famed Water Lilies to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” it’s no wonder why the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s collections are some of the most renowned in the world. But the museum’s slate of temporary exhibitions is often worth a trip in themselves, and with displays that include Degas, Pollock, and World War II, visitors to the museum this spring will find plenty to enjoy. (read the story...)

Introducing MOFAD: NYC's New Museum of Food and Drink

(January 05, 2016) - Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is the first museum in New York City dedicated to food. The museum will feature rotating exhibitions providing in-depth looks at the culture, science, history, production, and commerce of food and drink. (read the story...)

Meet the New Met: The Met Breuer Opens in NYC March 2016

(December 16, 2015) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is already one of the most expansive museums in the world, but this world-class institution will soon be getting an upgrade. On March 18, 2016, the Met will celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer, a separate building devoted to modern and contemporary art. (read the story...)

How to Ride a Vintage Subway in NYC

(December 14, 2015) - Subway and bus passengers can take a ride into the past this December 2015, as New York's MTA offers holiday rides on its fleet of vintage subways and buses. From now through December 27, nostalgia fans can enjoy a vintage ride for just the price of a Metrocard swipe. (read the story...)

What to Do at the New York Public Library This Winter

(December 03, 2015) - n addition to its collections, the NYPL’s schedule of hundreds of free events gives New Yorkers and visitors alike the chance to watch performances, learn from experts, and hear from authors hailing from around the world. Here are our picks for the top events at the NYPL for winter 2015. (read the story...)

Astolat Dollhouse Castle: The World's Most Valuable Dollhouse

(November 30, 2015) - Even the most overpriced studio apartment in New York can’t compare with the Astolat Dollhouse Castle. Appraised at $8.5 million (over $2,000 per square inch), the nine-foot-tall miniature castle is the most valuable dollhouse in the world. New Yorkers can check it out through December 8, 2015 at The Shops at Columbus Circle, where the dollhouse is on display for the first time since its completion in the 1980s. (read the story...)

What to See at the MoMA This Winter

(November 24, 2015) - The Museum of Modern Art is one of the most popular museums in NYC. With subjects that include music, sculpture, and the top films of the year, MoMA’s exhibitions for winter 2015-2016 offer something for art lovers of all persuasions. (read the story...)

Lincoln Center Free: The Best Events Coming Up at the Rubinstein Atrium

(November 02, 2015) - Lincoln Center Free: As one of New York City’s premier cultural institutions, Lincoln Center is full of amazing events, from performances by the New York City Ballet and Metropolitan Opera to the Broadway production of The King & I. But those wishing to experience a Lincoln Center performance without even paying a dime are also in luck, thanks to the David Rubinstein Atrium. (read the story...)

What to See at the Metropolitan Museum of Art This Winter

(October 23, 2015) - What to see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this winter: with a collection of over two million works, it’s easy to see why the Metropolitan Museum of Art is always worth a trip. Visitors to the Met in winter 2015-2016 will be able to end and open the year on a cultural high note with an exciting slate of exhibitions and events, including new shows and the return of beloved holiday traditions. (read the story...)

What to See at the New York City Ballet This Winter: From Sugarplums to Symphonies

(October 23, 2015) - What to see at the New York City Ballet this winter: the 2015-2016 season has something for every dance fan, from the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker to Broadway legend Jerome Robbins to programs dedicated to contemporary choreographers. (read the story...)

Pixar: The Design of Story Exhibit Takes New York Behind the Scenes

(October 21, 2015) - Pixar: The Design of Story, the new exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, provides a backstage look at beloved animation. (read the story...)

NYC’s Top Ten Film Festivals You Don’t Know (Yet)

(October 13, 2015) - Each year, thousands of film fans vie for tickets at New York City’s top two film festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. But while these festivals may be the ones getting the most attention, NYC is packed year-round with alternative cinema scenes. Here are our picks for NYC’s top film festivals that might not be on your radar yet. (read the story...)

NYC Celebrates 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland: Curiouser and Curiouser

(October 08, 2015) - 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, and New York is celebrating with a slate of fascinating exhibitions, film screenings, and talks. (read the story...)

Books & Beyond: Top Ten Things to Do at the New York Public Library This Fall

(September 29, 2015) - With a slate of events that include Alice in Wonderland, urban design, and our fascination with conspiracy theories, the New York Public Library’s free public programs offer something for everyone. Here are our picks for the top ten talks at the NYPL you should check out for fall 2015. (read the story...)

TV Party: PaleyFest NYC 2015

(September 16, 2015) - Television fans, get ready: PaleyFest NYC 2015 is almost here. From October 10-19, the Paley Center for Media in midtown Manhattan will host its annual PaleyFest event, a week-long celebration of television featuring panel discussions with the actors and creators behind some of TV’s hottest shows. (read the story...)

See Off-Broadway Theatre for Less with 20at20

(September 16, 2015) - Want to book a last-minute ticket to the theatre this fall without breaking the bank? Check out 20at20, a biannual promotion presenting Off-Broadway Theatre for Less now until October 4th. (read the story...)

World Premieres & Beyond: What to See at the 2015 New York Film Festival

(September 11, 2015) - A diverse slate of features, documentaries and live events highlight our picks for what to see at the 2015 New York Film Festival this September 25 through October 11. (read the story...)

The Best Dance Shows This Fall in NYC

(September 09, 2015) - From the New York City Ballet to the Broadway greats, New York City is home to some of the world’s most incredible dance offerings. Here are our picks of what performances and discussions to see this fall to get your dance fix. (read the story...)


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