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Playwright/ Video Game Journalist/ Theatre Critic/ Actor New York City · charlesbattersby.com

Three Cheers for Pride Parades!

 Everyone loves a parade — but marching in a parade is much more fun than watching one. I perform with a team of LGBT cheerleaders called Cheer New York, and every year the squad marches in New York’s Pride parades. Cheer … Continue reading

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Cutting-Edge Games Fest Has Something New for a ‘Change’

The Games for Change Festival has always been ahead of the game, in terms of the social impact of video games. Each year, its panelists and curators examine how games can be used to promote positive change in civics, education, … Continue reading

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Learn to Take Tea Like a Duchess in Time for the Royal Wedding

Any time there’s a royal wedding, a royal birth, or even a Brexit, Americans suddenly embrace their colonial roots and develop an obsession with all things British and fancy. Nothing is more regal than a tea party, complete with extended … Continue reading

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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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