Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>
At the Irish Rep, romantic comedy gets a little Nietzsche
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. This weekend we found ourselves in the rare situation that all the shows we wanted to see were in "the city": one at the Lower East Side's anachronistically good Cake Shop, ... More >>
Julia Von Der HeideBrooklyn fourpiece Esque play Afro-Latin soul-pop, an unlikely combo of Joy Division melodies, bubbling Latin rhythms and the cheery smash-up feel of Talking Heads' Naked. Their website basically lays it out: "It's a waste of time to play only one kind of music when, you kn ... More >>
First new trees, then off to Detroit for the wide-ranging playwright. Plus, summer theater picks.
America is under attack. It's "a new strain of strident atheism" and it's deadly. To the rescue? iPhone applications, according to the New York Times. And if you're on the other side of the war, there's tools for you, too -- alternative applications "arming nonbelievers for battle." It's like ... More >>
A former jeweler offers a gem of a debut novel
Here we have Maude soundtracking a Stephen Colbert tribute video, and why not. Maude Maggart, who recently opened a five-week run at the Oak Room, has a sweet and pretty voice, but this is at most a secondary attraction. There are plenty of singers in New York clubs who can out-sing her, but none ... More >>
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Wincing through the hilariously devastating dourness of Mishka Shubaly
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Carroll Dunham's wounded beasts get medieval on their own asses
Places on the edge of language that the world can't strip away
Don't hate me because I'm beautifuland smart: College students who model
Streb's athletes create the thinking person's circus
Adrift on a sea of glamorous trouble
A Dostoyevskian gallery of contemporary lost souls, louts, louses, and ignoramuses
As Harvard Prez ignites women-in-science flap, this writer recalls her path to M.I.T.
Thoroughly modern JulieStrindberg reset in the desert
Elegance and Desolation in MOMA's Beckmann Retrospective
The Oldest Surviving Play Speaks, but Can It Still Sing?
That Misty Mountain Was Mount Everest, Dun
Hacking the 'Matrix' Master Code
John Banville's Ghost Story
Teenage Wasteland? Not in These Shows.
Thanks for the Memories, You Yankee Role Players. Now Get Out of Here.
Nick (Out) of Time
The Moralists Big Fibs
Attila Richard Lukacs paints his dreams
Is Masculinity a Cultural Construction or a Biological Fact? Science (and Sci-Fi) Enter the Gender Fray.