Lots of plays and movies enter into the category of "love/hate"--i.e., people worship at their feet or find them utterly repellent, but no one thinks they're just OK.
For example, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, Twilight, and The Tree of Life come to mind as classic love/hate movies, ... More >>
Better Than: Being trouble.
Something happens when Taylor Swift does nothing.
It doesn't matter whether doing nothing follows dressing up and dancing like a hipster, or flying over the crowd (while singing) on an elevated platform, or just a good old-fashioned strut across the stage. That's becau ... More >>
Better Than: The opening act.
Poor P!nk. Back in 2001, she was the pop star who wasn't, dissing L.A. and Britney and singing songs for all the missundazstood suburbanites teenpop theoretically ignored. Ten years later, it looked like P!nk was moving away from pop just as pop was moving more towards ... More >>
We must admit: when KNPR, the NPR affiliate of Las Vegas, contacted us and asked, "Do you want to come on the air to talk about '37 Reasons Why An Unapologetically Judgmental New Yorkers Hates Las Vegas'?" we were a tad nervous. In fact, the polite, kind and good-natured people at KNPR's State of Ne ... More >>
Michael Jackson: Immortal
Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, April 4
Better than: Ringling Bros.
Cirque du Soleil's take on Michael Jackson's catalog, Michael Jackson: Immortal, is certainly ambitious. The twoish-hour set has a live band, aerialists and fireworks, flips and flops, a dancing sequined ... More >>
Taylor Swift w/ NeedToBreathe, Danny Gokey
Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, November 22
Better than: Singing along alone in the office.
Taylor Swift closed her Fearless tour before a sold-out football stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where she performed her encore under artificial rain and gave Ju ... More >>
How do you make eight talented vocalists into a tourist attraction?
Have them dress like white sperm cells, talk in squeaky voices complete with alien accents, sing a cappella medleys of every song ever written, and carry out audience participation shtick, like rubbing patrons' heads and rea ... More >>
The last Cirque du Soleil show in NYC, Banana Shpiel, was a mixed-bag attempt to do a Broadway-style musical with a plot and a throughline.
But with Zarkana--at Radio City Music Hall--they've gone back to their formula of just stringing together a bunch of daredevil acts along with squeaking ... More >>
Beginning June 18 and running through July 2, the nonprofit organization Sing For Hope will once again install a bunch of pianos for public playing at various places around New York City in an installation that, this time around, they're calling Pop-Up Pianos. The 88 pianos60 uprights ... More >>
I've had it with those wacky, foreign-sounding, gibberish-y titles of chirping, screeching Cirque De Soleil shows.
The linguistic whimsy mixed with faux profundity, all designed to make people think they're shelling out cash for something more meaningful than it is, has become as tiresome as ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXSo this was Stefano Langone's week to disappear. I can't say it's a surprise; he'd been on the chopping block for a while, bouncing in and out of the bottom three and generally coming across as someone who was not long for this show. It's still a bit messed up the way the sh ... More >>
My last week's column about the annual gay debauch called the Black Party related how I hung out at Roseland till 2 a.m. looking for the raunchy stuff, then came back at 9:30 a.m. because I heard that's when Sodom really hooks up with Gomorrah.
And all I could find was some oral action, a ha ... More >>
This Sunday morning at 2 a.m., Daylight Savings Time begins. This means that all clocks that don't automatically switch over will have to be manually moved ahead one hour. Got it? We have compiled a handy list of critical "Do's" and "Don't's" to help you get through this potentially confusing ... More >>
Craig Finn, taking the whole Twins thing in stride. Pics by Rob Trucks, more below.The Hold Steady
Thursday, October 7
Better than: Cirque de Soleil's Banana Shpeel or whatever usually goes on here.
I'm sure some of those Allman Brothers shows get pretty rowdy, but I still ca ... More >>