Our job, here, is to make your work week be less stressful and more enjoyable. A great way to start is by taking in some shows during this year's NYC Improv Festival, which features both local and international comedy groups. Also, House of Vans is hosting an open house that includes free indoor ska ... More >>
The gewgaw, the bead, and the ugly
Obama has nominated Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Hagel is a former Republican Senator, so you would expect Republicans to appreciate the gesture. Or you would if you lived in the earlier, simpler time before rightbloggers. In our current era, alas, nothing proposed by the Kenyan Pretender ... More >>
On the front lines of the new Cold War
In a couple of weeks, the biggest, gaudiest, gayest and easily the most-watched televised music event in the world will unfold, this year from Baku, Azerbaijan, and once again Americans will be almost completely oblivious to it. We're talking, of course, about the Eurovision Song Contest, which sta ... More >>
Is it really a surprise that the World Health Organization and the European Commission found that Europeans drink more than anyone else in the world? No, but the numbers, as reported by Reuters, are still pretty intriguing: the consumption of alcohol in the European Union is double the world average ... More >>
Yesterday we spoke with Telepan chef Bill Telepan about Chefs Make Change, a new coalition to help reform school lunches. Today we return to restaurant Bill as he tells us what it's like helming the kitchen. Would you say that your culinary point of view has changed over the years? No, the feel of ... More >>
Cold War films of desperate abandon
So Gloss Drop, the eagerly awaited new record from defiantly complex, deliciously weird art-rock trio Battles, is due out in June, which is great news, considering the excellent of 2007's Mirrored, which boasted, in "Atlas," probably the most appealing profoundly disturbing rock anti-single o ... More >>
The artist drips back into sight
Lance on a funny bike in the good old daysThe Tour de France begins tomorrow with a short race of 8 kilometers -- called a prologue -- through the streets of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (No one in the Netherlands cares the slightest bit about this as, right at this moment, the country's team ... More >>
Apple reports that 2 million iPads have been sold since the device hit the market a mere two months ago. Last Friday, iPads finally rolled out for a bunch of jealous countries including Australia, Britain, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In July, Austria, Belgiu ... More >>
Though the past few weeks' endless coverage of Born Round could make you forget that Frank Bruni is going anywhere, today he pens his final column for the Times. Since he's finished reviewing restaurants, he instead pulls a Dear Abby, answering questions he's been asked -- and wishes he'd been asked ... More >>
A movie with troubled assets, indeed
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
With about five weeks to go before Lance Armstrong makes his return to pro cycling at a stage race in Australia, the weirdness is mounting.Over the weekend, race organizers in Venice unveiled the route for next year's Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy), and somehow they managed to out-bizarre the route f ... More >>
Hermann Göring got a fair trial at Nuremberg. But not Gitmo prisoners.
A relationship can be a desolate place on a despoiled planet
Brian Molko and his Placebo pals remind their cult to take their meds
As Google fills China's prisons, will Internet phoning cave to spying?
Diminishing returns: The case of the double-sided novelist
Win or Lose, War on Iraq is Wrong
Here's a Downer Story for the Media
Right-Wing Pick for Attorney General Dogged by Record on Gay Rights
Democrats Have the Goods to Sink John Ashcroft's Nomination. Now the Question Is Whether They Have the Guts.
It's the 'News,' the 'Post,' and Some Swedish Guys in the First Skirmish of a Global Journalism Battle
A Continent's Best Bad Music Battles It Out at Eurovision
Gay Rights Steps Out As Presidential Politics Comes to New York