February 24, 2015 by admin

A Nobel Effort

Visitors taking selfies with the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on Central Park West are a common sight these days for anyone visiting or passing by the grand entrance to the American Museum of Natural History. But less than a block away, a monument that honors other great Americans often goes unnoticed.  This four-sided pillar, located in Theodore Roosevelt…

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February 15, 2015 by admin

West Side Valentine

Tony and Maria. Anita and Bernardo. Riff and Velma. Doc and Office Krupke. Bernstein and Sondheim. Robbins and Laurents. The perfect musical with the perfect script? It may be up for debate, but it’s westsidewriter’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day film. Just don’t forget your handkerchief.


February 10, 2015 by admin

Reading is Bliss

At the moment, westsidewriter is enjoying the essays that make up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” by the late Nora Ephron. Many of the essays humorously lament the losses and indignities of middle age and beyond, but mixed in with these wry and witty observations are celebratory passages on the enduring pleasures of food, the perfect…

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February 7, 2015 by westsidewriter

The Big Read Gets Bigger

The Big Read, the NEA-funded project launched in our neighborhood by Goddard Riverside, is going strong. Dozens of Upper West Siders are reading and discussing “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu (pictured above). If you haven’t joined in, there’s still  time. The book is available at our local bookstores and libraries, and on-line.  Upcoming events…

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Seret Scott (as Sara) and Bill Gunn (Victor) in Kathleen Collins' 1982 African-American classic, LOSING GROUND, starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn and Duane Jones. Restored by Milestone Films and Nina Lorez Collins, the film is to premiere at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2015.

February 5, 2015 by westsidewriter

“Losing Ground” Gains a New Audience

Sara (Seret Scott) is a prim and proper philosophy professor at a New York City university. Her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), is a painter with a wandering eye. When the sale of a painting brings in enough money for a summer rental upstate, Victor soon finds a young muse whose presence threatens the marriage. Sara faces…

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February 4, 2015 by westsidewriter

Athena Film Festival Starts on Thursday–plus a chance to win free tickets!

The Athena Film Festival, A Celebration of Women and Leadership, opens Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Barnard College with a screening of “Dreamcatcher“, a portrait of former Chicago prostitute who helps other women and girls break the cycle of abuse and exploitation. Now in its fifth year, the four-day festival showcases features, documentaries, panel discussions, workshops and special events.  The Athena Film…

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