This Week in the Voice: Gladys Carrión, City Kids Advocate and Upstate's Bureaucratic "Satan"
Why do some people upstate consider the Bronx's Gladys Carrión their own 'Satan' incarnate? Maybe it has something to do with all the juvenile detention facilities city kids get sent to up there. Or got sent to. Because -- as the commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services -- Carrión's taking on the most nightmarish, dangerous facilities New York's juvenile offenders find themselves in, and shutting them down. And she's making enemies every step of the way. The Voice's Elizabeth Dwoskin reports on Carrión's mission of Northern Disclosure.
Elsewhere this week in News, we're fighting the good fights where we can find them:
- Voice columnist Tom Robbins nails down the story of The Carpenters' Union Sell-Out, Michael Forde, the leader who swindled his union into tough times by taking bribes from contractors and rubbing elbows with the most like-minded (read: crooked) companions he could find.
- And Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto talks with the anti-marriage Patricia Clarkson when he's not kvelling over Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music and taking in (pause) some Puppetry of the Penis. As far as we know, no socks were harmed in the writing of that column.
This week in Music, uh, basically: it's Arcade Fire week.
- Yes: The week their highly acclaimed album comes out, The Arcade Fire are performing two shows at Madison Square Garden! *Makes 'Cheering Crowd' Noise* Don't expect the party you think you're going to, though, as Voice music editor Rob Harvilla considers the band's latest, The Suburbs, as something that could afford to be a little funnier.
- Unlike, say, The Lilith Fair. Which will be funny, intentionally or otherwise, because it's back. Maura Johnston will teach you everything you need to know about "Tampon Rock," and then some, as she explains why the Lilith Fair still is, and just how it is, as well.
- And on the other side of the "needs more respect(rum)," David Cotner thinks Krautrock duo Neu!'s time has finally come.
And whose time has come in Food?
- Voice culinary Magellan/food critic Robert Sietsema this week stays in Manhattan, and, uh, probably regrets the hell out of it, as he visits the Smyth Hotel's Top Chef-helmed restaurant Plein Sud, which he notes in his headline "plain sucks." Sam Sifton, I'm sorry, but you wish you were allowed to write that headline. You wish.
- Meanwhile, Voice food critic Sarah DiGregorio hits up Manhattan's newest single-booze-specialty bar, rum haven Cienfuegos, which is owned by one of the guys behind cocktail den Death & Co. and tequila hideout Mayahuel. She also found some decent dishes to soak the sauce up with.
And over in Film? We're dishing it out:
- Legendary Voice film critic J. Hoberman gets a visa for the heavy, yet entertaining Lebanon, an Israeli drama recalling the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon -- set for the majority of the film inside a tank -- that's swept awards at some film festivals and been entirely rejected by others.
- Animal Kingdom is the debut feature of Australian director David Michôd, who, when making it, was told it was more of a "second film" and that he needed to make something "smaller." He tries to explain this logic to Eric Hynes.
- Nick Pinkerton doesn't see anything meaningful or entertaining in Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell's latest laff-riot, The Other Guys. Shocker. Because those movies typically suck.
- Other reviews this week include Melissa Anderson's review of what basically amounts to an extended, bush-leauge episode of Gossip Girl, Twelve; Pinkerton writes on the story of two 'Blondes'; and Robert Wilonsky gets in between Luke Wilson's latest non-AT&T commercial, Middle Men.
Finally, in Arts, we're getting out of the middle, and taking a side:
- New York City novelist Rick Moody's latest -- The Four Fingers of Death -- takes place across America. Also: various spaceships. And Mars. And it has a fight between a talking chimp, some Mexican wrestlers, and a severed arm. The Voice's Zach Baron will explain whether or not Moody can explain what he's trying to do here. Noble efforts have been made.
- How many art critics does it take to screw in a lightbulb? No idea, but it takes at least three to make odds and ends out of Bravo's Work of Art dubbed (by us) as "by far the most inspid reality show ever," which means it's probably worth watching at some point, especially if it's beating out The Bachelorette in that regard. I mean: Wow. R.C. Baker, Martha Schwendener, and Christian Viveros-Fauné discuss.
- Voice theater critic Michael Feingold hears A Little Night Music, but with a more tolerable, Broadway-friendly cast that's feeding into the city's rabid Sondheim cultists' collective appetites.
- And last but certainly not least, Voice theater critic Alexis Soloski takes in the final curtains of the Ohio Theater, with the SoHo Think Tank's 2010 Ice Factory shows.
Here at The Village Voice, we, like Wu-Tang, are for the children. Maybe a little more than Wu-Tang. But what matters is that we know people who are, and we make them our cover stories. And what would this city be without children?
[Oh, that's right: An Arcade Fire song.Great
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