Jordan Galloway

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Jordan Galloway

Jordan Galloway is a culture writer by trade and a flat white aficionado by choice. When she’s not writing or consuming coffee, she can usually be found absconding with newspaper sections from her local coffee shop and plotting her great escape. You can follow her on Instagram at @jordanegalloway.

07/28/16 9:00am

When Johnny Cash sang about falling into a burning ring of fire, we’re pretty sure he was talking about living in New York City in August, which is why this month’s culture roundup is replete with ways to keep it chill indoors—like a new Ellen Page film that offers the perfect excuse to Netflix and grill—as well as a few reasons to brave the heat, including MoMA PS1’s final installation at Fort Tilden.

Rockaway! by Katharina Grosse Photo: MoMA PS1

Rockaway! by Katharina Grosse Photo: MoMA PS1

10. Not that we need an excuse to head to the beach in August, but Katharina Grosse’s installation, Rockaway!, at Fort Tilden’s aquatics building is reason enough to hitch a ride to the Rockaways. To call Grosse’s latest work site-specific is kind of an understatement, seeing as how the German artist transformed the decaying building, which never bounced back after Hurricane Sandy and will be demolished after the exhibition closes in November, into her canvas, spray painting it in electric hues of oranges and pinks inspired by a beachy sunset. (more…)

06/30/16 10:49am
Photo: Adam Carter via Flickr

Photo: Adam Carter via Flickr

There will be plenty of fireworks this month, both in the sky and on our social calendars. July’s cultural events are full of glitter, surprise and overwrought emotion—all of which can be found in our first pick, a screening of Death Becomes Her in Bushwick. The other nine entries on the countdown this month, from a beach read centered around an art-world mystery to a psychedelically immersive screening, are equally as incendiary. Read on for more of our July culture essentials. (more…)

06/02/16 9:42am

We’ve officially arrived at that time of year when our attention spans dwindle and our desire to be outside as much as possible steadily grows. Fortunately, the curators of local cultural events have heard our prayers and are offering plenty of ways to enjoy both the great outdoors and some great events. Couple that with a pair of page-turning beach reads, as well as a few indoor activities that are sure to be well air-conditioned, and you’ve got your culture essentials for June.

The Smith Street Stage theater company kicks off its 7th season of Shakespeare in Carroll Park on June 8. Photo: Smith Street Stage

The Smith Street Stage theater company kicks off its 7th season of Shakespeare in Carroll Park on June 8. Photo: Smith Street Stage

10. Skip the lines in Central Park and head to Carroll Gardens instead to enjoy a free performance of Shakespeare in the Park. This year, the Smith Street Stage has put together an outdoor staging of The Tempest, that classic tale of love, magic and revenge played out on a private island, which opens in Carroll Park on June 8. And to lend a different kind of gender bend to the Bard’s work, the company has cast actress Kate Ross in the lead role of Prospero.

The Back Door, British artist Martin Creed's largest U.S. installation to date, opens at the Park Avenue Armory on June 8. Photo: Park Avenue Armory

The Back Door, British artist Martin Creed’s largest U.S. installation to date, opens at the Park Avenue Armory on June 8. Photo: Park Avenue Armory

9. It was Shakespeare who taught us that all the world’s a stage, and now fellow British artist Martin Creed is taking his words to heart for his largest U.S. installation to date, opening at the Park Avenue Armory on June 8. In The Back Door, Creed uses his own sense of wit, humor and surprise to distill down our oversaturated society into a minimalistic, all-media exhibition—incorporating painting, drawing, music, dance, theater, film, sculpture, fashion—exploring various facets of everyday life that will take over both Wade Thompson Drill Hall and the Armory’s historic interiors.

8. There are certain songs, like Manfred Mann’s Blinded by the Light, that just endear themselves to us despite the fact that we actually have no collective consensus on what the lyrics are—it doesn’t stop us from belting them out behind the wheel and attempting to convince our friends that yes, in fact, Manfred is singing “wrapped up like a douche,” no matter how nonsensical that line might be. The Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun happens to be one such song. Bring your best interpretation of the classic alt-rock summer anthem to Prospect Park’s bandshell on June 18 and give it your best Gordon Gano during the Violent Femme’s performance as part of Celebrate! Brooklyn’s outdoor summer concert series. (more…)

04/28/16 11:57am
The Tube Train, a linoleum cut by Cyril E. Power, part of Unfinished at

The Tube Train, a linoleum cut by Cyril E. Power, is part of the show, Unfinished Business at the Met Breuer.

May. It’s the time of the year here in New York where we traditionally ask ourselves, “Will it ever be really warm again?” And then one week later we start complaining about how hot it is on the subway platform. Forget the weather and get yourself to these 10 exhibitions, TV shows, new films, concerts and books, because it’s truly an outstanding month in culture ahead. (more…)

03/31/16 11:16am

While the fourth month of the year is well-known for being a wet one, I wouldn’t recommend taking too many rain checks on the events, shows and outings that are going to start springing up this month faster than the flowers all these April showers are supposed to be nourishing. But just in case the next 30 days do wind up being a complete wash, we’ve packed this month’s culture roundup full of enough indoor activities to keep you occupied until clearer skies prevail.

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Summer film season arrives early this month with the release of Richard Linklater’s new film, Everybody Wants Some!! Photo: Van Redin/Paramount Pictures

10. If you spent a solid portion of your formative years quoting lines from Dazed and Confused with your friends, then you will probably be as equally thrilled as I am to hear that filmmaker Richard Linklater is back to making stoner flicks. Unlike Boyhood,his heady, critical darling, Everybody Wants Some!!, out in theaters now, feels much more like the type of film that made us fans of Linklater’s work in the first place—and introduced us to Matthew McConaughey. The sports-comedy-drama, set in 1980s Texas, follows the freshman antics of college baseball players, and feels like the perfect movie to downshift into summer film season.


03/03/16 11:28am

It’s still too early to tell whether this March will be more of a lion or a lamb (or just continue to rapid cycle between spring and winter), but one thing is for sure–there are plenty of cool cultural events to keep us occupied until spring officially arrives later this month. From films to flower shows to a West Coast composer ushering in an epic new wave of jazz, here are our 10 culture picks for the month ahead.

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If you plan to see The Witch at BAM this month, you might want to bring a spare pair of underwear. Photo: BAM

10. When my friend Scott suggested that we go watch The Witch at BAM this month, his main selling point was that the movie promised to be “pee-in-your-pants scary.” I’ve never seen pants-wetting used as a selling point with such aplomb, but in the case of Robert Eggers’ directorial debut, the description is spot on. The film follows the downward spiral of a Puritan family in 17th century New England whose witch hunt creates not only hysteria, but also one of the most widely praised horror films in recent history. Eggers won the Best Director Award at Sundance last year, and The Witch is playing at BAM through March 10. (more…)

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01/28/16 11:26am

Because 2016 is a leap year, there’s an extra day of fun in February this year. And yes, there IS fun to be had in February. Obviously the Coldplay/Beyoncé mash-up slated for the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7 is at the top of each and every American’s agenda. There are a few more cultural events worth considering this month, and we’ve compiled a countdown of TV, film, books and outings worth adding to your calendar.

10. Amidst the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, filmmaker Spike Lee let it be known that he will be skipping the Academy Awards on Feb. 28 for his regular floor seats at Madison Square Garden opting to watch his beloved Knicks battle the Miami Heat instead. Can’t say I blame him. For my part, I’ll be watching his new documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, the title of which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the subject matter, though this BBC review from Sundance is worth a read. The doc covers the King of Pop’s ascension from Jackson 5 frontman to solo superstardom. It premieres on Showtime on Feb. 5.

9. People are already comparing British pianist/poet Benjamin Clementine to the likes of Nina Simone, which is not bad company to find yourself in at the age of 27. Having listened to his debut album, At Least for Now, on repeat since discovering it on SoundCloud, I’m apt to agree with all the praise being poured out for the London-based composer who last year won a Mercury Prize, awarded to the top album in the UK annually. Catch Clementine at Mercury Lounge on Feb. 24 (and don’t dawdle on buying those tickets–his two shows at Rough Trade in Williamsburg are already sold out).  (more…)

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01/07/16 10:52am

Sure, January is a great month to hang out on your couch and go to bed early. It’s also a great month to head out into the city and catch up on all the plays, movies and museum shows you were too busy to take in this fall and holiday season, now with about 50 percent fewer tourists than in December. And if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to infuse more culture in your life, here are 10 books, films, events, shows and podcasts to keep you occupied this month.

DominiqueMorisseau-Headshot www.dominiquemorisseau.comThere was a moment this summer where it seemed like Brooklyn’s creative class might move to Michigan, specifically the Motor City, en masse, following the siren song of low rents and open living spaces. For playwright Dominique Morisseau though, whose new play, Skeleton Crew, opened at the Atlantic Theater Company on Jan. 6, it’s the implosion, not the potential, of her hometown that warrants attention. Her latest play, the final installment of a trilogy that’s already won her an Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (Detroit ‘67), is set in 2008, in the midst of the recession that drove Detroit’s economy into the ground. It focuses on the staff of the city’s final functioning automotive plant as the industry takes a nosedive. Morisseau, a prolific and praised playwright (and poet), lives part time in Bed-Stuy, and if her first two ruminations on Detroit are any indicator, Skeleton Crew is a can’t miss.

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10/29/15 9:15am

After we fall back out of daylight saving time this Sunday, the light will, once again, dim by 5pm. Don’t let your couch and your Netflix account hold you hostage this month, though–there’s so much more than Outlander and delivery out there for you. Here are 10 events, exhibits, openings and releases taking place over the next 30 days.

10. An incestuous love triangle sits at the center of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, which is once again getting the Broadway treatment. This time, Belgian director Ivan van Hove is at the helm, and he’s asked actors Mark Strong, Nicole Walker and Phoebe Fox to bring some humanity to Miller’s classic tale of fatal familial attraction—played out in a tiny Brooklyn apartment. It will be no easy feat, but if the successful runs in London as well as multiple Olivier Awards are any indication, this cast is up to the challenge. (more…)

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10/01/15 11:13am

While October is an ideal time to get out of the city, take a drive upstate to see the leaves change colors and maybe live out your pastoral fantasies by going apple picking, there are plenty of cultural happenings taking place here in the city this month worth sticking around for. Here are the 10 we’re looking forward to the most.

The Clasp cover10. Having devoured every word of Sloane Crosley’s writing over the years—starting with her first collection of essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake—I’ve had Oct. 6 marked on my calendar since I found out it would be the day her first novel, The Clasp, would be released. Crosley is known for her clever, comedic ruminations on everyday life in essays for publications like The New York Times, New York Magazine and Interview, so it’s not entirely surprising that her first foray into fiction centers around the very human relationships of three college friends reunited for a wedding weekend toward the end of their twenties. What promises to make this one a page turner, however, is the unexpected introduction of a treasure hunt for a priceless necklace that went missing amidst the Nazi occupation of France during WWII that has the trio packing off to Paris on an adventure that promises to be equal parts historic and humorous. You can catch Crosley at BookCourt on Oct. 6 where she’ll be celebrating The Clasp’s release starting at 7pm.

9. A new documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, offers greater insight into the grassroots organization that drew global attention to issues of inequality, civil injustice and social stratification, attracted the attention of federal agencies like the FBI, and made leather jackets and afros a fashion statement in the 60s. Having caught the doc at Film Forum earlier this week, I was surprised to learn about sides to the Black Panthers’ organization I hadn’t learned in history class, like their social outreach initiatives and the fact that the majority of the party was actually comprised of women. It’s definitely worth forsaking some beautiful fall weather for a few hours spent in a cinema to see it. (more…)

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