The New York-based writer's secret correspondence
Bar d'O was a gay-drenched downtown restaurant which lit up the '90s with a live, intimate cabaret show that was racy, soulful, and right up on your plate. The place closed, but fortunately it never really went away. For eight years, Indochine has been hosting Bar d'O reunion shows, and the one las ... More >>
You know, pupils that make you go "Meow." Here are the fiercest of the litter.
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. Here, the British critic Alex Macpherson finds protest music and love songs that were worth holding on to past the end of the calendar year. Every year, I cavil about ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
Health CommunicationsCelebs might be gone, but not forgottenWhile celebrities now get their food fixes at trendy restaurants like LA's Koi or Nobu, once upon a time they actually cooked. Eartha Kitt made a mean chicken wing, Gilda Radner whipped up a sumptuous apple cake, and Johnny Cash fri ... More >>
Tom AldredgeI did not realize the extent to which Tom Aldredge was a hero of mine till the news of his death on Friday, July 22, of lymphoma, at age 83, made me look back on his half century of performances, Off-Broadway and on, which brought me several important realizations: I realize that, des ... More >>
via RickeyVicci Martinez performs "Dog Days Are Over."I wish Game of Thrones was still on. It isn't. But hey, The Voice is still on! On last week's show, it seemed pretty obvious which four singers would make it through and which ones wouldn't. On Team Cee Lo, for instance, it was absolutely ... More >>
I love drag queens more than life itself, and I appreciate the timeless appeal of their Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Eartha Kitt impressions. It's important to keep those amazing legends alive! But if these impersonators don't mix it up and start updating their acts a little, they're goi ... More >>
Musicians who passed away during the last 12 months
To recall some great theater artists gone this year means looking at why we make theater
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla talks to Rolling Stone vet Steve Knopper about his new book, Appetite for Self-Destruction, and the bitter decline of the music industry. Ben Westhoff breaks bread with Kurtis Blow in Harlem's only hip-hop church. Ross Simonini plumbs the ex ... More >>
The theater loses two icons
Celebrities usually die in threes, so after the beloved triology of Yma Sumac, Nina Foch, and Betty Page passed on, I was horrified to find that Harold Pinter and Eartha Kitt had joined them on the great red carpet in the sky. Are celebs dying in fives now? And I'm not even counting Van Johnson!
Chanteuse Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day. "I do not have an act," she once said. "I just do Eartha Kitt." She was born dirt poor but elevated herself into a figure of great sophistication. Her insinuating style was both sexy and playful, as you can see here, and she made it work t ... More >>
Summer flings with water, towels, and a romp in the park
These are hairy times, but you can still enjoy yourself, if Bingo is your game-o
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
At two prominent jazz festivals, bright moments and cloudy forecasts
A spin through the prodigious Fania reissue catalog brings new appreciation for an old style
A deep-house icon who dabbles in the occasional crossover pop smash
Protesters, yogis, and lovesick U.N. employees make musical mayhem
Why can't show folk tell duck from turkey?
An alley cat and a cockroach make aggravating music together
Kitty litter: Armed with bullwhip and skimpy leather catsuit, Berry coughs up a hairball
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