Halloween in New York really is the most wonderful time of the year, and this year, it gets started a bit early--and runs all week long. Here's a selection of the city's more intriguing Halloween bashes that incorporate food and drink, celebrate the human DIY spirit, and steer clear of the parade.
The bar at the Lexington New York City in Midtown East hasn't exactly been known for its cocktails. "It had this almost sports bar vibe," says Yusef Austin, who calls himself a cocktail architect and consults on mixology programs around the world. "It needed a lot of help." Help came in the form of ... More >>
Thank God all the humorless New Yorkers have left for the Hamptons. For a few more blissful weeks, Gotham is the exclusive preserve of mockable tourists, tragic hipsters on Tecate benders, and that special breed of clown pirates called "comedians." Funny runs through this town like storm runoff in A ... More >>
On the artist's dissident mash-ups
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Marilyn Monroe has always been a gay icon, but did you know that the screen siren loved the gays right back? A new book called Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret tells the story of Jane Lawrence--Marilyn's fan club president at Fox--as written by author Tony Jerris. According to the book, when Jane ... More >>
Just when you think they're done, they're back!
I was a guest on last night's Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN, discussing Samantha Brick, the woman who wrote an editorial about how being so beautiful and alluring has ruined her friendships with bitterly jealous and resentful female friends. I should have such problems.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 12, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 28 Mailer's 5th Estate: Who's paranoid now? by Frank Crowther "Paranoia is the most useful or the most destructive faculty of the human spirit. One never knows when it's devoted to you or your destruction ... More >>
A letter just came in from my writer friend Gary LeGault way out in LA LA Land: "Dear Michael: "I wanted to provide you with an update on the script I wrote for the Brolins, which you were so kind to have mentioned in your blog. Barbra never formally acknowledged my manuscript, but in the ... More >>
*Joan Crawford had a lifelong sexual crush on her arch rival Bette Davis and once tried to seduce Marilyn Monroe, which promptly ended their friendship. *Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, which turned out to be Crawford's Oscar role, jumpstarting her faded career.
Swing-dancing, Fringe-watching, Montauk-visiting—almost relaxing
The difference between Arthur Miller and the playwrights of today? For one thing, they're not doing Marilyn Monroe. For another, Miller got decent coin for what he did in his day, as one of the few prominent guys who did. Now, playwrights have to fight for their cash where they can get it.
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Miss America Pageant Official Year Book Date: 1952 Discovered at: Antique mall The C ... More >>
Perhaps following in the footsteps of her idol Marilyn Monroe, Julissa Brisman, the masseuse allegedly shot to death by gambler Phillip Markoff, modeled for an "entertainment company" that created, among other things, sexy calendars, a source tells us. The source says the company Brisman posed ... More >>
Much wood in B'way's Desire Under the Elms revival.
The year in picturespictures of me!
Rev up your eyeballs as we trip through the year's best
Wong's first English-language foray is a minor confection
On Returning with Mister Lonely
Looking for that upper-crust watch on the Lower East Side
Recalling jazz's brief, obscure, but occasionally revelatory love affair with Broadway
Ms. Jackson works hard but still can't sound truly effortless
Why peroxide rot is, like, officially over
19761985: Punk to Pomo, Basquiat to Breakdancing
'Fight Club' author goes inside a gothic writers' workshop
More guidebook than manifesto, Motorcycle follows young Che Guevara on a lengthy detour
Finding Documents the Man Wants to Hide