A dracula is the image most frequently equated with Trouble and Bass founder and DJ Drop the Lime. "It's because I'm a night owl, always showing up everywhere," says Luca Veneziaand he's a New York night owl at that. Born and raised downtown to artist parents, Venezia has lived through three ... 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 >>
iowastatefair.orgAmerican Gothic, in butterOf all the culinary arts that exist, none is greater than the fine craft of butter sculpture carving. And, to that extent, the greatest artist was Norma Lyon, the dairy farmer's wife who carved pounds of salted butter each year into life-size figure ... More >>
The city, not the Broadway show.
According to a survey on TravelandLeisure.com, which rated 35 cities, Memphis came in dead last for both "Attractive People" and "Intelligent People," though it came in first for "BBQ".
Gosh, you'd think if the folk are hideous, at least they'd be smart--and ... More >>
The New York Times has a story about how bedbugs basically make people into pariahs. If you're afflicted, you may get treated like Brooklyn waitress Hilary Davis, whose "friends and even her boyfriend refused to take her in" while her apartment was being treated. [NYT]
New Zealand artist Toastman (aka Maurice Bennett) has created portraits out of toast, including Elvis Presley, Mona Lisa, Eminem, and New Zealand prime minister John Key, but his greatest work so far may be his portrait of Barack Obama.
The teenagers had Elvis but, for a brief moment a bit more than half a century ago this spring, Fess Parker's King of the Wild Frontier was the idol of every American six-year-old within range of a TV set. While researching a book, I came across the following:
Fess Parker, visiting Vietnam ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions?
This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
The Rock and Roll Hame of Fame 25th Anniversary events kicked off last night at Madison Square Garden with key Jersey representation, including sets by Paul Simon of Newark and Bruce Springsteen of Long Branch. Here's Simon and former collaborator Art Garfunkel really milking "Sounds of Silence." ... More >>
Sixties icon and boot-wearer Nancy Sinatra is timelessly relevant to me, but she's even more so with this remixed version of her hit "Sugartown," using the clip from her groundbreaking TV special Movin' With Nancy. Have no idea what the fuck I'm talking about? Well, blithe, blonde Nancy had a succ ... More >>
The West Houston branch of Yama Sushi has closed. Apparently, the whole building is for sale. Calls to the other three branches of Yama--49th Street, 17th Street, and Carmine--confirm they are still open.
David Bouley's reinvention of Danube as Secession earned tepid reviews and has now clo ... More >>
For 25 years, May May has been dishing out Chinese food to the people of East New York, charming them with "Shut up" and other witticisms, and occasionally mopping up the blood from shootings on his Euclid Avenue sidewalk. Emily Brady salutes a neighborhood institution.
Everyone loves the Yeah Yeah ... More >>