The trees have been lit, the rinks have been iced, and all the good shopping deals are gone. Get out and enjoy the city; it's a good time of year for it.
For most people, a spiritual awakening may lead to charity work, renewed membership in a local synagogue or church, or a large donation to a good cause. But Shmaltz Brewing Company founder Jeremy Cowan is not most people. And for him, it meant something very different: beer.
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 >>
Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... 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
WFMU DJ, music journalist and frequent Voice contributor Jesse Jarnow has just released Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham), a voluminous tome that dissects Hoboken's finest Amerindie pioneers' journey from their childhood beginnings all the way to their current place as ... More >>
If an offensive advertisement fails, and you apologize for the offensiveness of the ad, what's the next logical step for the ad company? For Wodka Vodka, the answer apparently is to try and offend someone else. IN VERY LARGE LETTERS. The thinking behind the madness: If making fun of Jews doesn't w ... More >>
This year, Fork in the Road pulled out all the stops in our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa coverage, given you hints on where to shop, what gifts to buy, and examining holiday rituals from a cynical point of view. Here is a guide to our coverage, in case you haven't had enough of the holidays al ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dainec/2536695/A holy house.Hey, you: Stop the bong hits and hit the pause button on your bootleg A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas instead -- it's time for a real history lesson about two super present-filled important holidays: Hanukkah and Christmas. No mat ... More >>
Lauren BloombergHam: The gift that keeps on giving.We've practically force fed you gift ideas this year (including this and this) but if you haven't gotten off the couch you're pretty much S.O.L. Unless, that is, the one you love would rather get a hunk of expensive meat than a chunk of pricey je ... More >>
The message came from Broadway scene-stealer Jackie Hoffman's publicist: "This Funny Girl is happening -- and unlike Lauren Ambrose, she's Jewish!" And she was even doing a Jewish twist on Patrick Stewart's A Christmas Carol, playing all the parts, at New World Stages. Oy vey, I was so there.
With their chocolate covered baguette slices, P.Q. has found a way to turn shit into Shinola. Just because we're making Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift suggestions, doesn't mean we can't make fun of the very gifts we're recommending. We're schizy that way. And here's a case in point.
Quentin BaconBoerum Hill gets a jelly belly. While potato latkes--pancakes--are the most popular of the finger licking foods consumed during Chanukah, sufganiyot should be the jewel of the party. The jelly-stuffed donuts are uber-popular in Israel, but haven't reached their full potential on ... More >>
chelsandtony.com1. Use this pair of cookies as inspiration for your Xmas baking -- why not make some as gifts for your friends? Did you know it was National Cookie Week? Did you care? Well, we did, so FiTR assembled this portfolio of the ugliest cookies we could find. Take a bite. Enjoy!
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 >>
Remember the Wodka Vodka billboard from yesterday? The billboard on the West Side Highway read "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing" and shows a Chihuahua in a Santa hat next to an Afghan hound in a yarmulke. The billboard stirred up quite a bit of controversy and accusations of anti-Semitism after ... More >>
The past two years have been good to Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer. While they released their second album Odd Blood a little over a year ago, "Ambling Alp" and "O.N.E." shot them to stardom in the blogosphere and mainstream music circles in the fall of 2009. Their popularity was, in large pa ... More >>
Georgia, Ira, and the Clean's Hamish Kilgour, leading a drummer summit. Pics by Liz Clayton, more below.Yo La Tengo/The National Maxwell's Wednesday, December 8 Better than: The other seven nights, kinda. Nels Cline sitting in Tuesday was pretty sweet. Ditto Jeff Tweedy a few nights earl ... More >>
Take it with a grain of salt, but we hear pretty reliably that the big guest for Yo La Tengo's eighth-night finale at Maxwell's will be none other than Brooklyn's the National. If true, they'd follow a murderer's row of guests YLT have already had out to Hoboken this year: M. Ward and tonight's Vi ... More >>
• Rep. Charles Rangel will finally get his punishment: The House is expected to vote on his censure for 11 ethics violations today. Although the octogenarian Congressman has been lobbying for a reprimand instead of the harsher censure, it seems unlikely that that will happen. [NBC NY]
urbandspacenyc/flickrIt's a blur market.It's about to begin looking a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah up in this piece. The annual holiday markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle are set to return this Friday, November 19 and December 1, respective, and both will stay open through Decembe ... More >>
Jeremy CowanJeremy Cowan started Shmaltz Brewing Company back in 1996 out of his San Francisco apartment. Now, the beer is brewed in upstate New York and includes the line of HE'BREW craft kosher beers and Coney Island Craft Lagers. Cowan is busy this week as NYC Craft Beer Week is in full sw ... More >>
It feels far to early to talk about the holidays, but for you organized people who have your shopping done and cards sent before Thanksgiving, a new collaboration between Paperless Post and City Harvest may be of interest.
The Empire State Building is privately owned, and as such, they can do whatever the hell they want -- lighting themselves in pink and red for Valentine's Day, or honoring the Simpsons, or whatever. So, when they said no to lights honoring Mother Teresa's upcoming 100th birthday on August 26, ... More >>
Bettie Page, naked girls, and sex galore!
Dan Fishback's hot Chanukah play
'Show me the gelt' is this league's motto
Archiving American Jewish pop live
Isaac Mizrahi's cabaret show will be fine as long as you don't come
And the holidays won't be the same
Hanukkah Musical Time Line '05
Upstart local Jewish musicians weave a coat of many colors
Foodie gifts: cheap and thoughtful
Canadian synth-punks weird out in the cardboard forest
Freaky fun that will have you feeling festive
As your personal shopper, we've got you covered
Yes, Virginia, there is a limit to Christmas pageantry