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Friday 4th of October 2013

Banksy

For the entire month of October (2013, in case Google brings you here in another year!), the British street artist Banksy is using the five boroughs of NYC as his canvas. If you don't know who Banksy is, count yourself among the rest of who still do not know his real identity. But if you would like to know more about him, check out the great documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. We are keeping an updated map of all the pieces in this "installation" below. Some have already been covered up, so get hunting!

Friday 23rd of August 2013

Courtesy Flickr

Let's start with a quick multiple choice question: When we say "August 24 is International Cosplay Day," your first response is: 

a. Obviously. I've been planning for months.

b. Great. Where can I watch?

c. What the hell is Cosplay?

If your answer was (a), we wish you good luck in tomorrow's festivities and competition. 

If your answer was (c), here are the basics: Cosplay is  "an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play." A portmanteau of the English words costume and play, sources for costumes can include manga, anime, comic books, video games, and films. It's sort of like a pre-Halloween dress up party — but to cosplayers, it is not just play. A cosplayer’s goal is accuracy and perfection. Devotees of cosplay see it as a form of artistic expression. They also see themselves as part of a community.

Friday 9th of August 2013

From Warhorse

 

Navigating the NYC Fringe Festival can be daunting even for the most intrepid theater goers. More than 200 companies from all over the world perform for 16 days in more than 20 venues. Some of the shows that start at Fringe may go on to be the next Urinetown, but many will not.

Trying to pick winners is at least as challenging as picking winning horses in "maiden races," those when horses are young and have limited experience. We know when we go to the track, we find the best way to bet on maiden races is to find out if a horse has attracted a major trainer or jockey to its side. It's only logical: we follow the wisdom of industry experts who — like all of us — try to associate themselves with winners.

To help you navigate the Fringe, Culture Craver is applying the same system it would use at the track and highlighting a few worthwhile shows in the festival with exciting writers, directors, and casts. Be sure to crave the ones you are excited about, and let us know about any other potential winners in the comments!

 

Our take: Solid Jockey

A film noir-style farce that goes a little haywire when Edgar P. McCootie, P.I. matches (a lack of) wits with the Grim Reaper in a desperate bid to escape his own death, directed by the very smart associate artistic director of Primary Stages, Michelle Bossy.

 

Friday 8th of March 2013

New City Art Fair

This weekend, New York City is bursting at the seams with art fairs, drawing collectors, dealers, artists, and gawkers out to appreciate and contemplate. The shows and fairs are scattered from the Upper East Side to the Lower East Side to the Piers on the Hudson River, and everywhere in between.

No human being (except, possibly, for one with super-human art powers) could possibly visit all of the shows, let alone make it out of the five sections of the anchor Armory Show without having a Justin Bieber dizzy spell/breakdown, so here is a snapshot of what to expect so you can plan out your art-going:

Friday 1st of March 2013

Imagine if you could get an instant, custom guide to the best Chelsea art galleries to explore after brunch … book tickets to Tom Hanks’ new Broadway show the moment someone mentions it … or find a friend who shares your proclivities for foreign documentaries to accompany you to No at Angelika this weekend.

Our new Culture Craver iPhone application — which is fresh to the app store this week — makes it ridiculously easy (and insanely fun) to discover and experience culture on the go.  

This blog entry is a quick guide to what our app can do for you, but we encourage you to download it and play around. There’s so much great culture in NYC (and even on your TV at home), and you don’t want to miss it.

Explore Your Custom Dashboard

When you sign into Culture Craver's iPhone app, you'll see categories of events (such as Brand New Movies or Theater or Dance or Talks and Lectures). When you click, you see ranks of events recommended to you by the friends and critics you trust. 

Friday 8th of February 2013

By ARI EDELSON

It may be hard to remember, but Book of Mormon was not always such a hard ticket to get.

Before the first reviews appeared and before it won nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical), tickets were available for far less than the $400 they often go for now.

Here are the six big shows coming to Broadway in 2013 that you should consider craving (and booking) now. We can't predict that they will be box office gold in the same way Once and Mormon are, but we would recommend checking them out sooner rather than later.

Matilda Poster

Friday 19th of October 2012

Your peers might be dressing up as Obama, Romney, or Sexy Big Bird. But not you — you're a culture lover, and you require a costume that reflects your culture savvy. Here are some culture costume ideas, inspired by this year on Broadway, in art, and in the movies. 

Friday 27th of July 2012

Culture Craver’s new PLAN IT! tool allows you to plan cultural outings collaboratively with friends. Click here to see a how-to video on YouTube.

Here's how it works:

1. Pick an event

2. Pick dates 

3. Pick times

4. Share with friends — via Culture Craver, or by sharing the link by email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. — to poll them on the dates and times

5. Finalize your plan and go

Email us if you have any feedback!

Monday 23rd of July 2012

Do you want to win tickets to Fela! on Broadway? We thought so!

Fela! is on Broadway for just a short time, and Culture Craver is partnering with the show to give away a pair of tickets. All you have to do is CRAVE the show on Culture Craver and share your crave and you enter to win. If you share the contest and someone enters because of you, your name goes into the drawing another time!

Here’s the link to enter. Good luck!

Friday 1st of June 2012

New York City’s art galleries are like free museums — featuring (often) amazing art with no entrance fee. Many museums, on the other hand, have expensive admissions fees. The good news is that there are many, many opportunities to enter the City’s museums for free. This is the start of a list. If you notice something missing, email me (Julia@culturecraver.com) and I’ll add it!

  

MONDAY

Free from 5 to 8 p.m.

Always free for children under 5 years old

TUESDAY

Free all day

Always free to children under 12

Free from 6 to 8 p.m.

Always free for children under 12

Free from 12 to 2 p.m.

Always free for children under 12

Free from November – April, July, and August. Free from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May, June, September, October

Always free to children under 6

WEDNESDAY

Free 4 to 8 p.m.

Children under 12 are always free

Grounds admissions (but not the All-Garden Pass) is free all day

From March 30 to October 31, free Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

THURSDAY

Free every THIRD Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Always free for children under 1

Free from 6 to 8 p.m.

Always free for children under 12

Pay what you wish from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always free for children under 12

Free admission all day

Always free to children under 12

Free from 7 to 9 p.m.

Always free to children under 18

FRIDAY

Free the FIRST Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.

Always free to children under 1 year old

Voluntary contribution from 5 to 8 p.m.

Always free to children under 12

Free from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always free to children under 16

Free from 7 to 9 p.m.

Always free to children under 12

Free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Always free to children under 16

Free from 6 to 8 p.m. on the FIRST Friday of each month

Pay what you wish from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Always free to children under 7

September through June: free from 2 to 5 p.m.

Free from 6 to 10 p.m.

Always free for children 12 and younger

Pay what you wish from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always free to children 18 and younger

Free all day

Always free to children under 5

SATURDAY

Free 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. except Saturdays with public programs

Always free to children under 12

Free the FIRST full weekend of every month from 2 to 5 p.m., except holidays

Always free for children under 1 year old

Free the FIRST Saturday of each month except September

Always free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult

Free all day on Saturday

Always free for children under 12

Free the THIRD Saturday of each month

Always free for children under 12

Grounds admissions (but not the All-Garden Pass) free from 10 to 11 a.m.

Always free to children under 2

Pay what you wish from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Always free to children under 12

Free from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Always free to children under 6

SUNDAY

Free the FIRST full weekend of each month from 2 to 5 p.m., except holidays

Always free for children under 1

Pay what you wish 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free 10 to 11 a.m. from September through June

Free from 4 to 6 p.m. from March 30 through October 31

Always free for children under 3

Free all day on Sunday

Always free to children under 12

Monday 30th of April 2012

Culture Craver today is introducing its new SOCIALIZER tool, which makes it easy to:

  1. Find a friend who will love to attend a particular event with you
  2. Find an event that you’ll love to attend with a particular friend
  3. Create groups of your friends and then get custom notifications, reminding you of what you should do together.

The whole idea is to help you tap into the innate social nature of culture — and get out more with the people you care about.

This blog entry explains how you use the SOCIALIZER. You can also check out the little video we made to explain it.

You can access the socializer from anywhere on Culture Craver. Just click the "groups" icon beside the "messages" icon (see picture below). You can also visit your profile, and click the tab labeled "Social." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On socializer, you can easily find the perfect person (or people) to go to an event with OR you can find the perfect event to attend with a particular friend. The whole idea is to make it easier for you to get together with the people you care about and enjoy cultural events together. We create these lists by comparing what's on your custom 2C List and the events you have CRAVED to the events on your friends' 2C Lists and that they have craved. In other words, we've tweaked our algorithm to find what's mutually best for you and your friends. 

Here are two images — first of the socializer popup and then of the socializer tab on the profile page: 

If you type a friend's name into the appropriate field, you'll get a list of events you should see together. The list will look like this: 

The same goes for groups. If you press the "Socilize" button, Culture Craver will tell you the top events you should see together. The list you'll see looks like this:

Groups are more permanent than the other elements of SOCIALIZER. If you set up a group for a few friends, you can choose to receive weekly or monthly notifications with the list of events you should see together. You can also add new friends to the group — or create new groups.

The hope is that these SOCIALIZER tools will help you connect with your friends and enjoy more culture. As always, send your ideas and feedback to feedback@culturecraver.com. Thanks! And happy craving.