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Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie”

The Barbie doll has been a feminist boogeyman (or boogeyperson) for decades. As an inanimate object, she’s an easy target — but there are real people behind the doll. The documentary “Tiny Shoulders” looks at Barbie’s journey from groundbreaking toy, … Continue reading

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: “Sidelined”

My review of this documentary: “In television sports coverage, it’s called a “honey shot” when they point the camera at one of the cheerleaders instead of the players. For most of the 20th century, cheerleaders were just on the sidelines … Continue reading

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Tangible and Social: Virtual Reality at Tribeca Immersive

The stereotype of Virtual Reality (VR) is an isolated person sitting alone in a room, their head sealed within a helmet, master of a lonesome utopia. Early efforts at VR often met this cliché — but the “Tribeca Immersive” programming … Continue reading

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Back to Work We Go — But First, Some Back-Patting!

My Arts coverage in Downtown Express won an award from the NY Press Association: “From subways to congestion pricing to taking control of development around the Penn Station area, your hard-working friends here at Chelsea Now rightly (and righteously) chafe … Continue reading

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A Birthday Fit for a Princess — At a Pauper’s Price

I strut through Union Square in my $750 cocktail dress, and take a sip from my $10 coffee, careful not to smudge my professionally applied lipstick. A gentleman hands me a free cupcake as I walk by. Other people give … Continue reading

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Blasts From the Past and Breakthrough Toys of Tomorrow

My coverage of the NY Toy Fair: “ New York is home to lots of fun events at our convention centers, but the annual North American International Toy Fair is off-limits to the general public. Only industry pros and press are allowed to … Continue reading

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Costumed Fans of Japanese Comics and Cartoons Convene at Anime NYC

New York has a major Comic Con but, in years past, there was a con just for Japanese comics and cartoons. The old New York Anime Festival was absorbed into the New York Comic Con (NYCC) five years ago, leaving … Continue reading

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