New Web Series Delivers Laughs and Pointers on Vague Communication


After more than a dozen years training investment bankers, lawyers, and CEOs how to communicate effectively, Brandt Johnson has witnessed a long list of public speaking faux pas.

One of his clients was under the impression that he should never move his hands; he’d been told in elementary school that hand motions would distract an audience. Some clients purposefully spoke quietly for fear of overwhelming listeners with their booming voices, while others studiously avoided eye contact — staring at people’s chins instead — because they thought this would make people feel more comfortable.

“I thought it would be fun to be the guy who is the source of all this not particularly useful advice that’s floating around out there,” Brandt said.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC April 1 - 8

From a cartoon and comic festival to puppets to bed sheet art, this is an exciting week in NYC. We've picked our favorite openings coming up this week. What are YOU craving? 

Do you need to spruce up your apartment? The Affordable Art Fair is this weekend in Chelsea.

Weezer is playing at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Friday night.

Spaces by Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center on Friday evening will debut a previously unfinished work inspired by the sounds and movements of animals.

Egyptian Choreographer Adham Hafez presents a dance piece, 2065 BC, as part of the Live Ideas Festival at New York Live Arts this weekend. Also on show is Moroccan choreographer Radouan Mriziga’s ~55, which uses the body to play with perspective and expectations.

The hip lower east side gallery Sargent’s Daughters has a new show — opening Friday night Cy Gavin: At Heaven’s Command. Here’s a piece about the artist from W Magazine.

Calling Kid Culture Cravers! Le Theatre de l'Oeil: The Star Keeper is opening at the New Victory Theater. It’s a puppet show by company visiting from Québec.

Australian circus-theater acrobats perform to French composer Camille Saint-Saens' musical suite Carnival of the Animals, conjuring animals from elephants to kangaroos, at BAM. The show is good for kids aged 3 to 11 and runs through the weekend.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC March 25 - April 1

Whether you are in the mood for cherry blossoms, Broadway, or African retro-pop, it's a big week in the NYC culturesphere. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread the love. RATE events once you've been.

Waitress The Musical, based on the movie about a small town waitress and pie maker struggling to break free, comes to Broadway on Friday, March 25. Sarah Bareilles wrote the music and it stars Jessie Mueller, who won the Tony for her performance in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

Prunus ‘Okame’ — Japanese flowering cherry trees — are already blooming at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Visit this weekend and also see Mizue Sawano’s paintings of the garden, which will be on display through June 12.

In the mid-1870s, Edgar Degas was introduced to the monotype process — drawing in ink on a metal plate that was then run through a press, typically resulting in a single print. MoMA is displaying 120 rarely seen monotypes and related paintings, drawings, pastes, and sketches in A Strange New Beauty starting March 26.

Explore the African music scene at the Apollo on Saturday evening at Africa Now! The concert on Saturday night at 8 will include desert blues of Niger, rhythms of Zimbabwe, East African retro-pop, and hipster tunes from Ghana.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC March 18 - 25

From the public opening of the new Met Breuer to a brand new exhibition focused on famed children's author Mo Willems to the new American Psycho musical on Broadway, it is an exciting week of culture in NYC. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and help your friends. 

The new Met Breuer Museum — the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new modern and contemporary space at the old Whitney Museum — opens to the public on Friday. The premiere exhibitions aren’t to be missed. Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible examines works that were left incomplete, either because they were studies or something intervened in the creative process. Nasreen Mohamedi explores the Indian artist’s paintings, drawings, and photographs.

Craving Mo Willems? The New York Historical Society’s new exhibition of his work, The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, brings together art and sketches from his popular books.

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History begins Friday, March 18 at the Jewish Museum. It explores the fashion designer’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.

While at the Jewish Museum, also explore anti-Semitism in television and pop-culture at the new exhibition, The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends. It includes video from shows from Downton Abbey to LA Law, as well as examples of the history of anti-Semitism in the United States.

Discuss the intersection between art with Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz at BAM on Friday evening.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC March 11 - 18

From Audra McDonald's newest show on Broadway to the first-ever READ book fair at the Brooklyn Museum to Malpaso Dance Company, which is here straight from Havana, this is a busy and exciting week of culture in NYC. We've picked our favorite events opening in the week ahead. What are YOU craving? 

ReelAbilities — a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities — runs from March 10 through 16. Some of the screenings are at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.

It’s been exactly five years since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. A exhibition of photographic responses to the disaster, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, debuts at the Japan Society on Friday, March 11.

PUBLIQuartet injects fresh perspective into the classical music scene with a focus on presenting newly composed works by New York City’s emerging and established composers. The group performs at BAM on Friday at 9:30 PM.

The New Victory’s newest show — Fly — begins on Friday. Good for kids ages 10 and up, it’s a play incorporating dance and video about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Craving a little Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, and One Direction? There’s a Boy Band Sing Along on Friday night at Union Hall.  

On Saturday, see 600 Highwaymen’s newest creation, The Total People, which is part of the French Institute’s TILT Kids Festival.

Calling all Brooklynites! On Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 5 PM, the Brooklyn Museum presents READ Brooklyn. Explore everything from science fiction to graphic novels, cookbooks to artists’ books by Brooklyn authors at this new Brooklyn book fair. The fair includes an exciting lineup of readings and signings. See the whole lineup on the Museum’s website.

Families can celebrate the Persian New Year at the Asia Society at Spring Into Nowruz! A Kurdish youth dance company will perform, families can watch an interactive story, and participate in activities — from decorating eggs to making clay fish.

Shona Reppe performs a reimagined puppet version of Cinderella at BAM on Saturday and Sunday.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC March 4 - 11

From art fairs all around the city to the 2016 flamenco festival, it's an exciting week of culture. Here are our favorite openings in the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you to keep track. RATE events once you've seen them. 

It’s Armory Arts Week and art fairs have popped up across New York City. Options include the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94; the Armory’s affiliate fair, Volta, at Pier 90; Scope; Art Dealers Association of America at the Park Avenue Armory; Moving Image; Art on Paper; the Independent; SPRING/BREAK at the old post office; and PULSE.

This weekend is the start of HERE’s CULTUREMART — an annual performance festival that provides a platform for resident artists to present genre-bending workshops. This year’s performances focus on themes from geometry to cinema and stardom.

Friday or Saturday, see Cie 14:20 Cabaret de Magie Nouvelle — a mix of shadow puppetry, circus, and magic at the French Institute. It’s part of the new TILT Kids Festival.

See Don Pasquale at the Met Opera starting on Friday, March 4.

Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will explore the intersections between photography and crime — from 19th Century “rogues’ galleries” to work of contemporary artists inspired by criminal transgression. The installation includes 70 works from the 1850s to today and opens on Monday, March 7.