Whenever one's privacy is breached in the public sphere, there's always that awkward, immediate reaction when the reader asks, "Was that one too far?" Well, it depends on impact and damage; this was a main concern with WikiLeaks - "Did their privacy leaks put anyone in harm's way?" underlies every c ... More >>
This week's review is of La Vara, the new Spanish restaurant in Cobble Hill from chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero, a husband-and-wife duo who take turns in the kitchen creating delicious, exciting food that's unlike most Spanish restaurants in the city. The restaurant plays with flavors establishe ... More >>
Contenders are piling up in the theaters-here are the ones to watch
East Villagers have probably seen those "ads" that feature people inhaling air out of Evian bottles. They're not real Evian ads, but that hasn't stopped a clever Mel Brooks fan from attaching his/her own take to them: EV Grieve Perri-Air! It's a Spaceballs reference!
Georgia, Ira, and the Clean's Hamish Kilgour, leading a drummer summit. Pics by Liz Clayton, more below.Yo La Tengo/The National Maxwell's Wednesday, December 8 Better than: The other seven nights, kinda. Nels Cline sitting in Tuesday was pretty sweet. Ditto Jeff Tweedy a few nights earl ... More >>
Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy is returning to Broadway in a musical about the survivors and victims of the holocaust, according to our friends at lemonwade.com. While the Broadway board regulars will no doubt start making cracks like, "Will she show up for the holocaust?" I'll be anxious ... More >>
The Addams Family: ghoulish turns into goulash. Get it?At least other nightlife isn't such torture.
One of the most inspired comic entertainers in modern history, Madeline Kahn (1942-1999) was a joy in everything from Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich films to Broadway plays (Sisters Rosenzweig, Born Yesterday) to The Muppet Show, for Chrissake. Madeline had a wry way with a line reading th ... More >>
May the Schwartz be with you
Taxi culture is a big part of New York lore -- Jimmy Cagney, Robert DeNiro, and Ernest Borgnine are among the many memorable movie hacks -- but real cabbies don't get much attention unless they're delivering a baby in the backseat or something like that. Amy Braunschweiger's Taxi Confident ... More >>
The holocaust has been an even bigger trophy grabber than ever this past year, so you just know Hollywood will find a way to do yet more crazily inspiring stories about Nazis with disabilities. How long before we're treated to The Reader 2: This Time She's Blind? The heart-tugging sequel can have Ka ... More >>
The film society
Nazi jokes return to Broadway
This redux is a rare device: a TV remake for the big screen that works on its own terms
My column this week goes into yet more sexuality talk about Juno star Ellen Page, so I’m bracing myself for the usual rounds of “How dare you?” and “Who cares?” In defense, let me once again get out the same rationales that I dug up when outing Methuselah and tell you why this sort of thin ... More >>
Faithful to Moliere's dark vision
The news that a musical about Anne Frank is being produced in Spain reminded me of how ahead of the curve I was on THAT trend (along with white rap, Uggs, and fisting for dollars)! A couple of years ago, I dreamed up a very high concept musical dealing with plight of Anne Frank while whimsically com ... More >>
Mel Gibson hates Jews, but Mel Brooks hates Ben Brantley! At a New York Times Arts & Leisure week panel last night, ironically enough, the Young Frankenstein inventor spent most of his time onstage screeching about how the Times critic should be whipped with a Borscht belt, even talking over his fel ... More >>
Give Lizz Winstead her due. And keep your hands off Megan Mullally's melons
Movie musical of the musical of the movie is nowhere near divine
Is the art market making us stupid? Or are we making it stupid?
A funny thing happened on the way to the mosque: Brooks gets lost in translation
Three pieces of fluff prove that, where fun's concerned, the past is indeed another country
Mayor Mike and Potential Foes Test Union Waters
Any Given Sunday
The Musicals a Joke AgainBut Is It a Good Joke?