Like the classy British gent we all knew he was, Simon Cowell recently impregnated the wife of one of his closest friends. We're still not sure what that baby shower will be like. But in celebration of the news, we've assembled five other things that Simon Cowell has brought into this world--for be ... More >>
Free Energy find themselves in a strange new world. A fuzzy, poppy, rock 'n' roll band inspired by '70s acts like Big Star, Thin Lizzy, and The Cars, they grew up on rock. "Paul and I are both from the same small town," says Evan Wells, who started the band with his brother Scott and their friend P ... More >>
Django is Like "Accidental Racist," Except Not Godawful.
Elisabeth Moss and Jane Campion bring you Spring’s best new show
I love late-'60's swinging Broadway flop musicals about cheating, so I was excited to hear that The Fig Leaves Are Falling--with a book and lyrics by Allan Sherman ("Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh") and music by Tony Award winner Albert Hague (Redhead, Plain and Fancy)--was coming back. The show was or ... More >>
As reality television slowly drags itself into the oblivion, it is safe to say that we, as a country, are pretty much done with MTV's 'Jersey Shore.' The greased-up guido and obnoxious fist-pumping fad came and went but, nonetheless, it did happen: at one point, the show was the highest rated show e ... More >>
Between 2004 and 2007, Scientology experienced several defections by high-ranking executives who later wrote books about breaking away from what they characterized as a dangerous and pathological organization. But for many of us who watch Scientology, it is one defector in particular whose story we ... More >>
Every Grasshopper jam starts with a great big nothing sound, on or near the cusp of silence, so soft and unassuming that it almost isn't there. Then, ever-so-glacially, the frame fills with sound: Josh Millrod's penetrative trumpeting fed through the maw of Jesse DeRosa's distortion-hemorrhaging Ele ... More >>
Working outside the Hollywood bubble, the stand-up vet is making comedies in his own register. God Bless!
Enjoy a rustic bloodbath
Leslye Headland offers up her own Nick and Nora at Playwrights Horizons
Photo courtesy Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian, Chef and Iron ChefGeoffrey Zakarian is ending the year with a bang. The chef at the National and the Lambs Club can now also call himself an Iron Chef, having beaten nine other culinary pros competing on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. We ca ... More >>
[UPDATE: Think Scientology spying and harassment is a thing of the past? Check out our new story about how the church even spies on its most prominent member, Tom Cruise.] I couldn't think of a better way to give thanks this year than to pay homage to the woman who was there first, paid the highest ... More >>
Bloomberg aims to help the young black and Latino men he has been throwing in jail for a decade
Each week, Death by Science kicks down science and technology's door and demands to see where they're hiding the primo goods. Often terrifying, sometimes humbling, our discoveries will make you run to the nearest 7-11 and stock up on canned goods and doomsday porn. This week, we examine the c ... More >>
Rebecca Marx We'd been meaning for weeks to get over to Clinton Hill to try the doughnuts that Fany Gerson has been making at Dough, the little shop that the Choice Market folks opened late last year. And after watching Gerson hypnotically dunk doughnut after doughnut into a reservoir of su ... More >>
A March march through London theater (sorry, theatre)
Americans are the most obese people in the world. Big whoop, if Swedes had the option of eating a Baconzilla at 2a.m. from Checkers' late-night drive-in, those furniture-building fjord jockeys would have some extra winter weight too. Behind eating, Americans' second favorite pastime is readin ... More >>
BravoNow that Top Chef All Stars is kind of, sort of beginning to draw to a close, Bravo wants us to start thinking about the next season of Top Chef Masters.
Bethany Cosentino and her alleged museYou can summarize Best Coast's roughly 1,040,000 Google-search results in just seven words: "boy," "love," "summer," "weed," "cat," "cat," and "cat." This is remarkable because a) frontwoman Bethany Cosentino has been anointed indie-rock's first ever "cra ... More >>
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
Here's Gloria Steinem on her fellow Ms. Magazine veteran, Cathie Black, summing up the politics surrounding the publishing exec's now-wobbly appointment as schools chancellor: Black, says Steinem, "is now paying the price of people's resentment of Bloomberg. ... People resent his third term. ... More >>
By Brianna Strange "Who's Kristin Davis?" The woman at coat check had no idea what was going on. That is probably fair, given that the crowd wasn't what you'd expect at a typical post-election party for a gubernatorial candidate. Kristin Davis isn't your typical candidate for Governor of Ne ... More >>
A ferocious guitar-shredder contemplates the neuroses that both drive and burden her
David WentworthTake me to your leader. "Yeah, that's right, I'm talking to you, asshole!" screamed one man at another before the threeASFOUR show. However, we should be clear that this man wasn't exactly an invited guest. He was taking it all in from a bench on the perimeter of the concrete r ... More >>
David WentworthM.I.A., Ryan McGinley, Lenny Kravitz An enormous balloon sculpture hovered over the stage at Alexander Wang's show at Pier 94. Was it supposed to be a cloud? An alien spacecraft? A giant water raft? Whatever it was, there was certainly enough hot air in the room to send it into ... More >>
Though the NFL season officially started on Thursday, today is the day you will lose your fathers/husbands/boyfriends/Sunday yoga partners for the remainer of the year and then some. Fantasy football is the new Jonathan Franzen. It's all happening. But leave it to the New York Times to find a ... More >>
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
An exhibit and book look back at the future
Sex, drugs, rock 'n' Apatow
The Limelight's born again, and so am I
While they seethe and snarl, Taylor Swift emasculates with a smile