Damien Echols doesn't want to talk about the West Memphis 3 anymore. These days, Echols, one-third of the infamous trio of teenagers convicted of murder but freed amid a groundswell of support nearly 20 years later, would much rather talk about reading tarot - something he plans on teaching to New Y ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. A big ol' stack of professional magicians' magazines Date: 1950s through the 1970s Discovered at: Grey Matter Books, Hadley, MA Representative Quot ... More >>
Elephant Room conjures up comedy
Erin Courtney remembers the beloved downtown performer
The Rosy Cross, appropriated in a similar form by Crowley and OTOLast June, we brought you the first review of The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion by Ohio State professor Hugh Urban, and then the first interview with the good professor himself. During that interview, Urban ... More >>
Plus, the Improbable Theatre punches in
An adaptation of the classic concludes the Signature's season
Tony Kushner's The Illusion
Jeff Grow, mixologist-illusionist. Jeff Grow has a title you don't come across very often. He's a 'bar illusionist' at Albert Trummer's recently opened-to-the-public Theater Bar (114 Franklin Street) in Tribeca. He discusses just how manages to mix drinks with magic and why the two are a grea ... More >>
And her new novel, Redwood and Wildfire
China has come under fire again for human rights violations, despite assurances from government offi -- HOLY CRAP, ARE THOSE GOLDFISH SWIMMING IN FORMATION?
Move over, David Blaine
Eerie Brooklyn metalheads dig deep and listen to the bells
Sebastian MylanarskiHolly Miranda Known for being the face of Brooklyn rock act the Jealous Girlfriends, Holly Miranda quietly released her debut solo album The Magician's Private Library this past February. It's a washed-out, hazy record that has Miranda's airy voice sounding something like '80s 4 ... More >>
Nice. First comes news of the sublimely art-damaged WFMU Fest, and now another weirdo fest is coming to NYC--The Musicka Mystica Maxima Festival, "Two nights of Musick made by practicing magicians or practicing musicians who's work celebrates the Magical lifestyle, as well as public performan ... More >>
After we noted yesterday some gay-friendly endorsements in the Manhattan D.A.'s race, the office of candidate Leslie Crocker-Snyderr (pictured) notified us that she'd just received the backing of bigtime gay activist and writer David Mixner, who says she "has by far the longest and best recor ... More >>
Recommendations by R.C. Baker
Memento director takes his bag of tricks to the Victorian era
Eerie melodrama explores the dark arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna
Rinne Groff's conjuring act pulls off a hell of a trick
Teens with guns and Faulknerian syntax: 'The Dear Boy' tries to give an old form a new spin.
Clarke's debut is a magnum opus full of faeries, phantom fleets, footnotes, and friendship
Scratch That Pitch
Harry Potter, The Movie, Took in $93.5 Million in Its Opening Weekend. Feeling the Magic?
X-treme Performance Art Moves From the Margin to the Mainstream
Detroit and Chicago Reinvent Techno Out of Trash
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'