It's an all-nerd pick this week, as the city prepares to welcome New York Comic Con. We have all manner of geeked-out funny people for you, from rapping improv dorks and Merrie Melody fans, to Texan history enthusiasts and men who name stand-up albums after Founding Fathers of American Commerce. Gra ... More >>
These days I enjoy making a living writing and teaching music, but at one point not too long ago my primary source of income was battle rapping. Yes, entering tournaments and spontaneously rhyming insulting someone over a beat was how I earned a living for a number of years. Tonight, September 16th, ... More >>
This past weekend, in the shadow of the 7 train tracks above Queens Boulevard, Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar (44-07 Queens Boulevard) quietly announced its soft opening, letting locals who'd been peeking in the doorway come experience a first taste. Venturo--the Italian word for 'next'--is the third v ... More >>
There were a number of possible responses to yesterday's news that a small dead shark was found in the subway: sadness (dead animal), puzzlement (dead aquatic animal?), and, for the germaphobes among us, extreme, immediate, misplaced panic (Jesus Christ, have I been sitting in shark juice)? But the ... More >>
John DeLucie takes over a Prohibition-era gem
Better Than: Actually being high on fire. High on Fire's show at the Bowery on Friday was glorious. How glorious? It inspired us to see them again Saturday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Suffice it to say, our ears were thoroughly metalled into submission over the weekend. See Also: - H ... More >>
Over the summer, we reported on this little evangelical group from Spencerport, New York, called the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom. The organization stands on that ever-tipsy fence between religion and politics; its website's mantra states that "as a Christian ministry, NYCF exists to influ ... More >>
It's been over a year since New York's Marriage Equality Act was enacted by Governor Cuomo. And, since then, numerous conservative groups across the state have attempted to strike the law down in court. But none have gotten as far as the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom - a group from Spencerp ... More >>
The Song: will.i.am feat. Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" The Crimes: Overhashtagging, sub-"Dancing In The Streets" incoherence from Jagger, using "feces" as a term of braggadocio. Sometimes I feel bad for the music industry, which has had a rough go of it these ... More >>
Parties you'll remember the next day
viaIt's that time of year again...the time we talk about ugly Christmas sweaters. Alas, as ugly and wonderfully retro as your Christmas sweater may be (we are sure it's quite hideous), you are never going to beat this Christmas sweater, at least not this year. Abbie Heppe, Community Manager f ... More >>
Back in February Lady Gaga had this to say to Vogue about the song "Americano," which is going to appear on her increasingly imminent album Born This Way: "[It's] a big mariachi techno-house record, where I am singing about immigration law and gay marriage and all sorts of things that have to ... More >>
Lady Gaga Madison Square Garden Tuesday, February 22 Better than: Carmelo Anthony's Knicks debut, probably. She has attention-span issues, Lady Gaga. Maybe you knew this already. For some of us, though, it's a slower realization -- something not immediately evident until, say, one observes her w ... More >>
Skream and Benga (below) warm us up for the theoretical star attraction. Pics by Jens Joller."I'm MIA's protégé: My name is Rye Rye!" yelled the young rapper from Baltimore at the onset of Saturday's Hard Festival. Unfortunately, it's been a long, long, terribly long year for her men ... More >>
Ha ha, Mike Bloomberg and Bill Thompson as Oscar and Felix! But as it's by Wayne Barrett, you know it's not a cheap joke: It's about their day jobs as Mayor and Comptroller, the funding for the Museum for African Art led by Thompson's wife, and the propriety of a candidate challenging, with h ... More >>
Bless PETA. Their latest celebrity nude ad has both nudity and blasphemy. Joanna Krupa (Something, Something Else) is an "Angel for Animals" with a crucifix concealing her nipples. Bill Donahue of the Catholic League rises to the bait -- and he's mad on behalf of animals and Jesus Christ! " I ... More >>
At this point we're drowning in both Michael Jackson eulogies and carefully curated roundups of Michael Jackson eulogies, and while there's plenty of that to go around -- here are excellent dispatches from Voice sister papers in St. Louis and Nashville, just for starters -- the best stuff I've r ... More >>
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
The beguiling, gender-bending excellence of Death Vessel
The Strokes and Kanye West entreat the bold-faced masses. Bemused vulgarity ensues.
In the shadow of Da Vinci, Cannes '06's first great film: A visionary American comedy about the end of times
From John Ashcroft's lips to God's ear
So Iraq's a mess and half the country hates you. Just keep praying.
Have Jewish Critics of The Passion of the Christ Actually Fueled New Anti-Semitism?
A Messianic Meller for Our Time
How Doo Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker
A Controversy Evolves
Ol' Dirty Bastard Claims the FBI and CIA are Trying to Kill Him. Is He Crazy?