The New York City restaurant industry can be crushing: Rents and stakes are high, and the scene is saturated. It takes a lot of talent and even more work to make it, which means that chefs put in obscenely long days making sure their restaurants break even, a cycle that causes many of them to burn o ... More >>
With a monstrously flowing godlike beard, multi-instrumental guru Jamie Saft resembles a Hasidic mountain man who should be jamming on meaty blues licks with his beloved ZZ Top instead of the downtown avant-gardist and John Zorn ensemble vet for which he's known. The catch is, dude actually makes hi ... More >>
The ornamental Eureka lemon has decidedly pink flesh, instead of lemon-yellow. Normally, if you set out to make festive pink lemonade like Martha Stewart, you do it by adding cranberry or strawberry juice to your regular recipe. But now you can make pink lemonade without the alien juices.
An Epitaph of Dreams
The playwright heads backstage with Bellini
Free jazz is challenging, violent, political, spiritual, joyous, peaceful, and a million other things. It's about shattering forms in order to find a new world of sound somewhere further outside. And once this new world is found, it's time to go looking for a newer one. When, as a college student, ... More >>
Today our Nick Pinkerton goes long on the remarkable Tabu. Tabu Directed by Miguel Gomes Screens Sunday, October 14 This has been an unusually exciting New York Film Festival, but even still, the programming tends to accommodate itself to recognizable categories, like faces in someone else's yearb ... More >>
On Sunday, we broke the news that the lyrics to Lisa Marie Presley's song "So Long" -- from her new album Storm and Grace -- contained an even more obvious message that she was leaving Scientology than the one we perceived in the single she released in advance of the album a month ago, "You Ain't Se ... More >>
Earlier this year, the Walkmen hit their 10-year career mark, and on May 29 they'll give us their sixth studio album, Heaven, produced by Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins, Fleet Foxes) and recorded in Seattle. Through the band's ups and downs, they've elevated to one of the most defining bands in ... More >>
The best movie of the year (that you haven't been able to see). And 9 more picks.
His 10 favorite of the year, plus 2
TV interviewing legend Larry King gets a Friars tribute Monday night at the Sheraton. In anticipation of that glittery gala, I turned the tables and gave Larry a grilling. Here's part two of our chat. Me: Hey, Larry. You're doing TV specials these days. What else?
One of the most innovative and prolific narrative filmmakers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Chilean-born, Paris-based director Raul Ruiz died today in Paris of a pulmonary infection. Ruiz wrote and directed well over a hundred features and TV mini-series in Chile (from which he e ... More >>
The U.K. collective bring their 'queer party for everyone' to New York
Bassists shine, even amid the dark age of conservatism
Wayne's caption for this photo: "The trees in Lisbon are old and wicked."Lost in the shuffle of a certain mega-celebrity joining the increasingly indispensable social networking site that is Twitter was the fact that Wayne Coyne, weirdo crown prince of the Flaming Lips, had also finally caved ... More >>
A fresh look at filmmaker João César Monteiro
Ribs and chicken struggle to escape the french fry quicksand. Love barbecue but hate paying top dollar? Jump on the PATH train, which swoops over the picturesque Meadowlands, and take a quick trip to Newark's Ironbound neighborhood, just a few blocks from the terminus of the PATH at Newark's ... More >>
100 is the new 60
Dark Meat at last year's SXSW, photo by Rebecca Smeyne See, it's totally lame, don't worry, you're not missing a thing South by Southwest just firebombed everybody's inboxes with a partial list of names playing this year's barbecue-and-booze blitz. A quick scan reveals the midsize marquee names to ... More >>
Overdue Costa retro comes to Anthology
Pedro Costa's latest doesn't need actors for emotion, or a script to tell a story
Tracey Thorn's Out of the Woods
Children of Men and the value of an unedited shot
Alas, the Whitney now looks almost as conservative and canonical as the Modern
Cape Verdean Lura looks homeward and goes global
New Yorkers revisit last year's promises and share hopes for 2006
2005 is a blur; Tha Pumpsta, Goldfrapp, Gang of Four recap it.
All sorts of big idea about how today's jazz fits into history and maybe into popular culture
Brisbane school chums return to bandleading, still work on each other's folk-rock études
Frog-voiced multilinguist as Swiss sailor, Icelandic waiter, Russian count, fallen angel
Lynn Nottage's satire on black America comes equipped with moralsbut should it?
Arguments against education, reclaimed punk rants, electropop with staying power
Veteran Travelers Assail Time and Space
Freeing the Inner Childs
Renée Green Sparks the New Global Conversation
Dreamlife of Angels
Lisa Rinzler, Vietnam Vet