Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
I'm really ruling PBS this week. First, the documentary about performer/writer Charles Busch, which I appear in, aired a whole bunch of times. The doc about the legendary Florent restaurant, which I similarly blab throughout, is also getting shown this week. And now I'm caught dramatically doing ... More >>
In Charles Busch's new comedy at Primary Stages, it's ghosts, guffaws, and a super-kvetch
As with his 2000 hit comedy The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Charles Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs concerns a mature, emotionally jangled New York City Jewish woman who's prone to outbursts but whose outlook is changed as a result of a seemingly mystical occurrence. This time, the woma ... More >>
A ghost appears in Charles Busch's latest
Award winning actor/playwright Charles Busch is getting another honor to accessorize his mantel with on Monday. His frequent costar Julie Halston will present him with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards' 2011 Luminary award at Therapy (348 W. 52 Street), from 6 to PM. On the eve of his ... More >>
I recently turned on TCM and caught a wildly campy Civil War epic called Band of Angels, with Yvonne De Carlo as a Southern belle who finds out she's part black and ain't happy about it! I wonder if Pulitzer winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined) saw it, because her new work deals with jus ... More >>
Charles Busch and Michael Frayn kid familiar targets: nuns and librarians
Talking with all-around Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky! Plus Charles Busch.
CLICK HERE for my column in which Broadway maven Seth Rudetsky names the Broadway bright light who once relieved herself in mid performance, and it wasn't Urinetown! Seth -- whose Fosse hands know all -- also discusses whether Mamma Mia! has ruined Broadway (Answer: Yes, especially when they ... More >>
We've come a long way from Talk Magazine, back when a bunch of writers doing something new meant a Robert Isbell-planned party on Liberty Island and George Plimpton drunkenly screaming at Salman Rushdie while he was busy trying to close on Padma. Yet, now, in an era when "editorial launch" me ... More >>
Get into the habit
A celebration of the worst that theater has to offer
Unlike Miss USA, the Broadway Beauty Pageant--a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, hosted by Tovah Feldshuh--didn't attract anyone who felt gay marriage was a bad idea. Even the token straight contestant--a hottie from Billy Elliot--said he's always supported the gays and added that the longest gay ... More >>
You may have heard of the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye. But do you know the man who replaced her, Jonathan Lippman? Do you know he never practiced as an attorney, and barely served as a judge? So how'd he get appointed to this exalted position? Connections, baby -- chief a ... More >>
Charles Busch delves deep in narrative; Will Ferrell skims over Bush's veneer
And finding people who, surprisingly, aren't all wet.
Cat Power photo by Stefano Giovannini In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla does live karaoke at the Apollo with Cat Power. Tom Hull gives us 2009's first Jazz Consumer Guide. Aidan Levy on downtown jazzbo Andrew D'Angelo's fight with cancer. Annie Fischer remembers the young ... More >>
photo of Lady Sovereign by Rebecca Smeyne In the week we mourned Lux Interior, we also noted William Burrough's birthday, and the anniversary of Sid Vicious's death. Did you hear Bruce Springsteen played the Super Bowl? And rammed his pelvis directly into the national mood? Sports were a weird co ... More >>
A local playwright takes Oscar Wilde to Joan Riverss House
The fate of a venerable venue hangs in the balance
Except not subversive
Double-wide-eyed by an opera trailer at Carnegie Hall and by a Senate race out North Carolina way
Drag-diva Charles Busch heads off to Beverly Hills
And other whore stories in post-crackdown clubs. Then, suddenly, a Pygmalion-like transformation.
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
In Curtains and Our Leading Lady, show people get their scalpels out
In the wake of Katrina, clubs step it up with benefit shows
Two New Shows Explore the Fun of What's Been Seen Before