If you were going to see an emoji musical, would you expect to see anthropomorphized emoji dying onstage? Would you expect to be asked angsty questions like “What if none of this matters?” by a woman in a Mountain Dew-colored wig? It doesn’t matter what you expect, since you can’t control what happens to you, and neither can I. Emojiland, a new stage musical written by Keith and Laura Nicole Harrison, is written to make this perfectly clear. Emojiland is being staged through July 22nd as part of the New York Musical Festival. People in the New York area who love death or appreciate spectacle, no matter the form, can walk through Times Square past the Port Authority Bus Terminal, past 9th Avenue and its somewhat fake-looking rectories, and wind up at the Acorn Theatre, which is basically a series of well-kept stairwells and a 200-seat auditorium. There, you can pay $13.75 to experience two and a half hours of existential terror. To be fair, Emojiland’s … [Read more...] about Why is Emojiland so concerned with the inner lives of emoji?
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Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn bring you a series called One Video. Each week we’ll tell you “one video” you need to watch, why, and for how long. Welcome to the final installment of One Video, a column that was good while it lasted, but as Shania would say: “now we’re past it!” It’s not because our love for music videos or light time theft has dimmed at all, and of course, our love for each other only grows each day. It’s also not a decision made due to low page views, as no installment of One Video has ever had fewer than 18 readers, and that we can promise you. The truth is that Kaitlyn will only … [Read more...] about Courtney Barnett floats off into space in Need a Little Time