Curtains forcing their will against the wind, children sleep, exchanging dreams with seraphim. The city drags itself awake on subway straps; and I, an alarm, awake as a rumor of war, lie stretching into dawn, unasked and unheeded. --Maya Angelou, Awakening in New York, 1983 Maya Ang ... More >>
Kristopher Jansma PowerHouse Arena Thursday, 8 p.m., free Jansma, a New Jersey native and first-time novelist, seems to have constructed his debut around a pretty familiar and eye-twitchingly postmodern concept: namely, the curious propensity of writers to devote a whole lot more time to identifying ... More >>
Common Highline Ballroom Monday, December 19 Better than: Holiday store displays involving snow globes and marionettes. On "The Sixth Sense," a DJ Premier banger and one of the greatest cuts to come out of the second golden age of hip hop, Common chided that "this industry will make you lo ... More >>
Common Catch, NYC Monday, December 12 Better than: Waiting until 12/20/2011. Common has always been a bit of a rap conundrum to me. There's no denying he's talented"I Used to Love H.E.R." is arguably the greatest ode to/about/inspired by hip-hop of all timebut somewhere between the ... More >>
Before he was writing novels about zombies, elevator inspectors and summers on Long Island, the man behind 2010's best literary twitter account worked on staff at the Voice, writing mostly about television but often about books and music as well. To coincided with the release of his new Zone ... More >>
It seems like everyone is "joining" Twitter or "getting" a Tumblr these days. Especially in the case of certain New York City landmarks, who are taking to social networking like digitized screen-saver fish to a watery stream of information.
A documentary about the creative impulse that sustained many young prisoners of World War II concentration camps
Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
Latifah said, "I'm here to represent millions of fans who loved Michael... all of you." She reads a Maya Angelou poem, "We had him," composed for the occasion: "Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing/Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer win ... More >>
Odetta Memorial Service Riverside Memorial Church Tuesday, February 24 "Odetta all by herself was a stimulus package," declared Reverend James Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the gorgeous, cavernous Riverside Memorial Church, at about the four-hour mark of the gala tribute to the titanic fol ... More >>
The Hit List
Authentic Chekhov via the Classical Theatre of Harlem
Struggling to stay positive, documentarians fight the power, reach for the gold at Sundance
L.A. Poet Dares to Blast Angelou, Stirs Up a Storm
The Race for Mayor Is On. Wholl Replace Rudy?
Though the elves now rap, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the same as ever like Psycho, but far more worth re-creating.
A Winter Movie Preview
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Beloved's Song of Oprah