Ultra Music Festival pummeled Miami's Bayfront Park last weekend, motivating innumerable fist pumps over thirty hours of music, but it was the brief speech by a 53-year-old woman wearing a shirt emblazoned with the letters "MDNA" that has prompted disbelief within parts of the electronic dance music ... More >>
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Middlebury is favored to win the World Cup. You heard it here first, gamblers: it's coming time to place your bets on who will win the Quidditch World Cup. Yes, the Quidditch World Cup is real, don't you remember? (Muggle Quidditch, FYI.) It's coming to New York in November. And now an online ... More >>
Cops in Moscow think they've found the head of the suicide bomber who blew up the city's busiest airport today, killing 35 people and wounding at least 168 others. As a Russia Today talking head puts it, it's "the head of a man wth an Arabic appearance." The mid-afternoon (Moscow time) attack "spr ... More >>
Russia has been chosen to host the 2018 World Cup, via a secret ballot vote by Fifa's executive committee today. Condolences to England, Spain and Portugal, and Belgium and the Netherlands, (the latter two in joint bids), who were all finalists.
Paul in happier daysSad, sad news in cephalopods this morning: Paul the psychic octopus who predicted the results of World Cup soccer games with eerie accuracy, has died in his aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.
Geoff Peters 604/FlickrBehold, souvkaki.Indentured office workers now have another reason to take to the streets: over the weekend, the new Souvlaki Truck began peddling grilled meats and pita throughout Manhattan.
Not Paul, but adorable nonetheless!By now, surely, you've heard of Paul the Psychic Octopus, who predicted eight out of eight World Cup games correctly? Well, Paul is German, or at least inhabits a German aquarium via the luck of the draw. But when Spain won the World Cup final (as he predict ... More >>
According to a new Pew Research report, we are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma (or maybe that was Winston Churchill talking about Russia) but at any rate, damn, we are confusing! And complex! And, chained to our computers, all the better to tweet to other persons who are chaine ... More >>
• Switzerland has refused to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. over a child sex case (regarding a 13-year-old girl) dating from 1977, and he has been freed from house arrest. "The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a ... More >>
The hookers are starving! Everyone believed that the sudden appearance of thousands of testosterone-oozing nationalists in South Africa would be a boon to the sex trade. As it turns out, no one is horny. Or they're just more interested in seeing art galleries and museums. What a classy bunch.
Paul, with his World Cup paraphernaliaI always thought octopus was best grilled and cut into bite-sized pieces until I watched these two videos. Now, I have a much deeper appreciation for the creatures, especially the psychic one called Paul, a name we usually associate with suburban dads and ... More >>
Fourth of July weekend is when Americans get all giddy about independence and democracy, right? Well, that's the case most years, at least until the beer-guzzling numbs the patriotism, but this year was different -- this year, American pride shared the weekend spotlight with the World Cup qua ... More >>
Chantal MartineauBuka gets booze. It may be positioning itself as "the most authentic Nigerian restaurant" in the city, or so say the business cards, but Buka in Clinton Hill actually has more of a Brooklyn bar feel. Instead of your usual African restaurant accoutrements -- masks, colorful p ... More >>
As cocktail culture evolves and the drinks themselves get more intricate, the job of naming them has become a craft in itself. Sip a Penelope Cruiser at 675 Bar, or a Chupacabra at Fatty 'Cue. [NY Times] A new DIY winery is coming to Williamsburg, where you'll be able to do everything from s ... More >>
Note the chanting. Ace critic Jeff Chang points us to the never-less-than-prescient blog of local freeform radio titans WFMU, where one intrepid writer traces the origins of "Waka Waka"--the song now famous for providing the base text for Shakira's official/abysmal World Cup anthem "Waka Waka (Thi ... More >>
It's hard to explain the collective feelings of the United States when it comes to the World Cup this afternoon. As mentioned earlier, energy is a contagious thing, especially when it comes to bandwagon fans. And so it was going to take a pretty special underdog performance from the U.S. team ... More >>
The song is "Sign of a Victory," R. Kelly's Soweto Spiritual Singers-assisted bonkers paean to the evils of global warming and the glory of rainbows, the light at the end of the tunnel, the spirit of nations, sung with the bombastic, reality-denying conviction that is Kelly's signature. He perform ... More >>
We thought all soccer enthusiasts huddled around a big-screen TV during the World Cup, but the soccer club at Manhattan Comprehensive, an international high school, played right through the games today at Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side.
How many Democrats does it take to make a donkey show? In this week's cover story, Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett takes account of the opposition New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo will actually have to face: Shelly Silver, and the rest of our state's old-school democrats.
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