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Resources for Stand-up Comedy Beginners: Classes, Books, and Open Mics
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Resources for Stand-up Comedy Beginners: Classes, Books, and Open Mics

BY Elise Czajkowski

Comedy is alluring. Few art forms allow for such autonomy and instant feedback, and even fewer look like so much fun. Even so, the idea of starting can be...

Music and Movies on Deck This Week: Aleksei German’s Postumous Cinematic Epic, Natalie Prass, and More
Music

Music and Movies on Deck This Week: Aleksei German’s Postumous Cinematic Epic, Natalie Prass, and More

BY Cooper Berkmoyer

On deck this week are new music from the likes of Pond (featuring members of Tame Impala), Brooklyn’s own avant-vanguards Zs, and the posthumous epic from...

Listen Up: Five Experimental Sound Artists Who Will Change the Way You Hear
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Listen Up: Five Experimental Sound Artists Who Will Change the Way You Hear

BY Sehba Mohammad

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