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'Tis the season of giving. So we're gift-wrapping the best in independent and alternative New York comedy just for you. This week has one-liner maestros, Stephen Colbert's writers being let off their chain, and a chance to give back to the city's neediest... while guzzling free beer and vodka. That' ... More >>
Every winter our mailbox overfloweth with Christmas albums, from exceedingly unlikely sources. But a disc of traditional Christmas songs, on Epitaph, from L.A. punk icons Bad Religion? That's downright bizarre. After all, the group has pointedly critiqued organized religion; vocalist Greg Graffin ... More >>
You might be booked Thursday, but that still leaves you plenty of free time -- especially since your office mates have likely checked out for the holiday. Planning to spend Thanksgiving and Hanukkah under the bright lights of the Big Apple? Consider one of these activities, too.
When the news broke yesterday that Maxwell's--that infamous, beloved rock spot across the river in Hoboken--would be shuttering in late July, industry folks freaked, bands grieved and music lovers wrung their hands in mourning. Todd Abramson, one of the owners and the man who's been booking Maxwel ... More >>
Joan Nathan would never cater her Passover seder. The famed cookbook writer known for her Jewish-American recipes usually cooks everything for the holiday, which starts on Monday, March 25. She even hosts a gefilte fish-making party for a few friends at her home in Washington, D.C. "If I didn't have ... More >>
Hanukkah is nearing an end and it's time that I grudgingly admit defeat to my Sephardic challenger. Though they fought to win, matzo ball soup, blintzes, and brisket just didn't have the same plucky spirit of tender Sephardic lamb kebabs and spicy shakshouka. Congratulations to Robert and the glorio ... More >>
Looking for 23 ways to use schmaltz in your holiday recipes? Michael Ruhlman's got an app for that. The Book of Schmaltz: A Love Story to a Forgotten Fat is the James Beard Award winning author's ode to the "heart attack food." Ruhlman, who details his new appreciation for self-publishing on his b ... More >>
Monday, December 10 Fourth Annual Latke Festival Celebrate Hanukkah at BAM with 17 restaurants including Fatty 'Cue and Veselka, as they fry up some of the best latkes in the city. Tickets are $55 and include drinks. 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
The life of an independent professional wrestler is busy enough, but for Colt Cabana, squaring off in the ring is only the beginning. A wrestler, actor (you may have seen him with legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka in a recent Old Navy commercial), stand-up comic, and popular podcaster, his ta ... More >>
Scott Abelman / FlickrFancy some Moscato d'Asti with your candy canes?Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's are just around the corner, meaning holiday feasting is soon upon us. And with holiday eating comes holiday boozing. Now, some holiday celebrations call for downing whatever bo ... More >>
Package includes teapot, infuser, and two mugs. It's a tea party in a box. Sold at Canadian chain David's Tea, which recently opened a branch on Bleecker Street, the Bubble brand teapot also comes with a tea infuser that fits in the top of the pot, and two teacups.
There's quite a selection of small knives at Bowery Kitchen Supplies. Click on image to enlarge. I case we didn't mention it earlier, this feature will run sporadically until Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa. It seeks to suggest gifts of particular interest to foodies and cooks, things that they prob ... More >>
Liz Clayton/slowshutter.orgYo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan.In this week's Village Voice, out now: I look back at MTV's latest dip into the seemingly bottomless pool of nostalgia, Michael Tedder coaxes out the story of Brooklyn balladeers Widowspeak, and Jesse Jarnow previews Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah s ... More >>
Courtesy of First Press PRA new restaurant maybe? Harold Dieterle was recently awarded a spot on Robert Sietsema's list: New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs . The first-season winner of Top Chef is tops in New York City for his command of two successful Greenwich Village restaurants, Perilla a ... More >>
"Drummer Boy," another song from the forthcoming Justin Bieber Yuletide album Under The Mistletoe, has made its way online; a rework of the classic hymn "The Little Drummer Boy," it's been retrofitted with sharper drums and rap verses to make it sound like it could be dropped into top-40 stat ... More >>
A nation (or, at least, a city) of music dorks called a day of mourning when the long-running indie-oriented video show New York Noise was unceremoniously cancelled by New York City's NYC-TV last year. But you can't keep a good fan down for long. Noise creator/curator/editor/producer Shirley ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)Ah, Passover. When it comes to Jewish holidays, this one isn't as culinarily exciting as say, Purim (which involves getting drunkie drunk and eating hamentaschen), or Hanukkah (one word: latkes). However, food plays an important part of the ritual ... More >>
David Byrne and Yo La Tengo care. All photos by Jesse Jarnow.Yo La Tengo Maxwell's Wednesday, March 23 Better than: Sitting home alone fretting about cataclysmic awfulness. It's been 26 years since Yo La Tengo played every Wednesday at Maxwell's, and a last-minute benefit for Peace Wi ... More >>
Christmas cheer thankfully trumps the show's . . . intimacy. Pics by Chris, more below.Twin Sister/Blair/John K. Friday, December 17 Live With Animals Gallery Better Than: Taking Back Sunday's Extremely Emo Hanukkah Join us as ethereal indie-rock crew Twin Sister hosts the best really aweso ... More >>
What they looked like, just for reference. So the big whoop during this year's slate of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows was the final night's long-rumored opening set from the National, deigning to play a venue just ever so slightly smaller than what they're used to these days. Even if you're still way ... More >>
via NewyorkologySantacon, everyone's favorite Holiday-themed bar crawl, takes place tomorrow in Manhattan. Participants dress up like Santa, the elves, all of the Christmas pals, and sometimes even...Hanukkah stuff. The starting location for this year hasn't been announced yet, but you can ke ... More >>
Julian Medina loves his tacos Yesterday we interviewed chef Julian Medina about his Hanukkah traditions. Today he gives us a sneak peek of the menu at Toloache Taqueria, which opens Thursday at 83 Maiden Lane.
Via NYU LocalTonight, as we light the sixth candle on our menorah, one Jewish household will be drinking their sixth Loko -- at least, metaphorically. NYU student Samantha Jinishian and her roommates have constructed a work of art (religious iconography?) they've dubbed the "Four-Loko-norah." ... More >>
Gourmet Over the past several weeks, pie has been repeatedly touted as the next big trend in desserts. Yes, it's time for the cupcake to disappear within Dante's Third Circle of Hell, but is pie, America's iconic diner food, worthy of being the next big trend? No, and here's why.
If it worked for M.I.A., why not YLT? The beloved New Jersey outfit will kick off CMJ next week in the best possible way, playing a free show on Tuesday at Brooklyn Bowl opened by none other than SOTC favorites Screaming Females. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m., which is slightly more mercifu ... More >>
Artisans in Naples, Italy unveiled their new nativity figures the other day and proved an ancient bit of Christmas wisdom: don't fuck with the formula. These representations of Barack and Michelle Obama (and, we think, John McCain) and France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni shouldn't be anywhere n ... More >>
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