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In New Docs, Punk Artist Dash Snow and Pop Artist Kenny Scharf Blaze Their Paths Downtown

From “Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide” (Tseng Kwong Chi/Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc)

At some point in Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, one of the film’s talking heads opines that perhaps the artist isn’t taken more seriously because he’s associated with the “F” word: Fun. Scharf, who came up with Basquiat and Haring in the ’80s East Village scene, was a fixture at Club 57, a church basement turned DIY cabaret where he served as a sort of “showman” and “master of ceremonies,” doing Lawrence Welk impersonations one night and cavorting in day-glo paint another. More →

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Covid Casts a Shadow Over the Festival of Lights

Sweets at an Indian grocery store. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra) 

What is usually a season of large gatherings, feasts and fireworks is instead being marked by quiet family prayers and Zoom meetups as over a billion people around the world find ways to observe Diwali– a celebration of good over evil– during a pandemic. More →

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In This Pandemic, I Thee Wed

 Daniela Cantillo and Dylan McDonough signing their wedding certificate at their wedding. (Photo: Bessie Liu)

As the reality of coronavirus became obvious in March, getting married and having a wedding seemed like something that was completely off the table for many people. Yet, some couples found ways to forgo lavish festivities and celebrate their big day with a small group of loved ones, abiding by COVID-19 restrictions. More →

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A Coronavirus ‘Red Zone’ in Brooklyn Voted Very Red Indeed

(Photos: Erin O’Brien)

As the sun set over south Brooklyn Tuesday is night, most polling sites were quiet. In contrast to the lines that plagued early voting sites, voting locations like PS160 and PS105 were empty, blue and red stickers on the sidewalk urging non-existent waiting voters to socially distance. But at the Borough Park YMHA, a crowded line stretched down the block. Waiting voters, primarily members of the Orthodox Jewish community, wore few masks and stood inches apart, despite poll workers and signs reminding them to distance. More →