Joey Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend on stage and then ate 61 hot dogs to win Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for the eighth time in a row on Friday. Sonya Thomas couldn't win for a fourth time in a row as she lost in the women's competition to Las Vegas's M ... More >>
Explore the roots of dubstep at SRB
Or something like that. This came in from my inside source at Showgirls! The Musical!, which is coming to a gay club near you.
Twenty years after rave culture first entered the American mainstream, the success of a festival like Electric Daisy Carnival makes one wonder: Can electronic dance music retain its warehouse roots and peace, love, unity and respect (PLUR) on this level? EDC, whose organizers claim they sold out th ... More >>
Came the release: "After seven years of writing, re-writing, fine tuning, and revelatory readings, Alexander DeJong's opulent and lush Liberace musical, All That Glitters will be presented in its pre-Broadway workshop from Tuesday, May 8 through Friday, May 11 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center." Seve ... More >>
Just in the nick of timei.e., right before "Girls, Girls, Girls" dipped below the "20% of all music played in strip clubs everywhere" thresholdthe Déjà Vu chain of strip clubs brought Motley Crue's Vince Neil on board to rebrand one of their Las Vegas locations as Vince Neil's Girls, ... More >>
No, she's not going to do a movie of Cleopatra set in the Detroit cheerleading community. Or start a weight-loss pilattes regimen for women over 50 called Reductives. And no, she's not going away any time...ever!
The lowly pickle, now an American staple, was once reviled as a vinegary, garlicky Jewish immigrant import. [NY Times] American fast-food chains have invaded Russia, where they can charge quite a bit more for food than in the U.S. [Business Insider] The team behind 1Oak in Chelsea will take ... More >>
Yes, the glitzy Jersey resort town of Atlantic City does have a gay bar, if you look around and survey the entire region. The West Side Club -- which I love -- exudes a sort of raw appeal in the heart of a not-great neighborhood that's a seven-minute drive away. (I've counted.) But I've nev ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 13, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 28 The American Dream & Hunter Thompson's 'Fear & Loathing' By Lucian K. Truscott IV I was in the market for a used motorcycle a few weeks ago. Not a big one, but not a puny one, either: perhaps a 350 Hond ... More >>
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas turns 40
opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tearsIt's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>
Funnymen play serious poker for charity
Economist and Brooklynite Eduardo Porter explains why New Yorkers are willing to pay for certain things -- like fancy coffee and hundred-dollar meals -- but not others in his new book: The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do. [NY Post] Josh Ozersky manages to go ... More >>
Taylor Macs walkabout
Get out those jazz hands
Two Florida establishments that use "Brooklyn-style" water are suing each other over the patent on the technology that makes it. The water is the key ingredient in authentic New York bagels and pizza dough. [NY Post] Orchards and apple historians are trying to reintroduce "heritage" or "heir ... More >>
The Lion's John DeLucie has big dreams: "I'd like to write observational stuff about my life. I have a studio in my house, and I want to play and produce music. I want to move to Hollywood and drive a convertible." [NY Post] José Andrés's China Poblano, the new restaurant in the Cosmopolit ... More >>
Todd English is no longer affiliated with Jon B's Juliet Supper Club in Chelsea. The chef's menu was phased out a month ago and a new one by Mario Tolentino, who won an episode of Chopped, has been launched. [Grub Street] White House chef Cristeta Comerford and pastry chef William Yosses rec ... More >>
Yet another journalist asks why, if Alice Waters has been such a revolutionary in the local, slow food movement, do so some many people hate her. [LA Times] Fast-food chains that once employed teenagers to carry out the most mindless, repetitive of tasks are now turning to robots to do these ... More >>
According to NBC's exuberant casting site, "Donald Trump wants to put America back to work!!!" (for real, three exclamation points), and as such, nationwide casting calls start tomorrow in New York City and Las Vegas. Which means, New Yorkers: Stay away from Trump Tower, unless of course you ... More >>
Albert Di Meglio, the chef-owner of Olana, has not been getting paid since the restaurant filed Chapter 11 last year, and has, in the meantime, been working at the new Trump Soho hotel. [Eater] Bruce Buschel says "negotiations came to a grinding halt" with the two chefs, Jason Weiner and Eri ... More >>
Gaga for Gaga! And that Steve Buscemi—what a character!
More music to love, loathe, fear, and tragically fail to avoid
From Bluff magazine to court, James Giordano was wired for success until Queens prosecutors captured him in their web
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti, backstage at Radio City Music Hall with a 16-year-old MJ in 1975. In Love With the Jackson Five 'I'm more concerned that I didn't get their autographs than that I can't read any of my notes.' By Vince Aletti Mon. Feb. 1 ... More >>
John DeSio -- veteran reporter for many local pubs including New York Press, the New York Sun, and the Voice, and frequent contributor to Runnin' Scared -- has slipped the surly bonds of journalism and will serve new Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. as communications director. He is currentl ... More >>
When Eater reported on the New York restaurants that were among the highest grossing in the nation, I was astonished. I guess I expected Tavern on the Green to be there, but I never expected the list to be such a celebration of mediocrity. Number 5 on the list--grossing 24.4 million--was Tao, a midt ... More >>
The Staten Island Advance announces that local favorite Goodfella's pizzeria "earns title of 'world's best pizza,'" which will rile advocates of Lombardi's and Di Fara. They may content themselves with the news that this honor was bestowed, not in Brooklyn or Little Italy, but in Las Vegas, at the 2 ... More >>
Thousands rallied at City Hall on Saturday in support of marriage rights for gay folks. California's passage of Proposition 8 spurred the demo, but the tone as portrayed in this video from New York's LGBT Center was more forward-looking, with speakers (including council speaker Christine Quinn, coun ... More >>
Did a felonious ex–Giuliani aide pick up the tab?
I recently had such a huge hit with my blogs about "the most overrated destinations in the world" that I'm still fielding kudos for them while hoping people don't realize I left out Detroit. Well, now it's time for the inevitable followup, which explores the flip side of the devalued coin. What are ... More >>
The yapping dog that sums up the Mexican experience
Meet the porn-industry buyer
A trip to the New York Erotic Expo inspires advice for porn newbies
Ambition, airbrushing, and water-powered sex toys at porn convention
Can Unions Seize the Post-9-11 Moment?
Here she comes, International Ms. Leather