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Chronicles: Cafe Wha

Cafe Wha

Opening in the 1950s, the hip Cafe Wha played host to some of the greatest of its generation. Young writers and singers, such as Alan Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, came to drink and perform here and comedians Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor all received an early start on the Cafe Wha stage.   In ... Read More »

Chronicles: Revolution at Cherry Lane

Image from New York Daily Photo

Housed in a former farmhouse-turned brewery-turned industrial factory is the oldest continually-running Off-Broadway theater in New York City.  Since its 1924 founding by Edna St. Vincent Millay and friends, the Cherry Lane Theatre has hosted performances involving an illustrious string of historical treasures (considering its budget and size) such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Samuel Beckett and modern personalities like ... Read More »

Chronicles: Ginsberg’s NYC

Allen Ginsberg, Miami Bookfair International, 7 November 1985: photo by MDCarchives

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked…   As a poet, writer, activist and founding member of the Beatniks, Allen Ginsberg spoke for a generation. A generation striving to give a voice to the drug use, racism and oppression that fueled inner-city America in the 1950s, a voice idealism and optimism from a ... Read More »

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