This week in Cheap Laughs, we have square deals, pizza steals, slammed meals, and copped feels. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
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If you've ever been photographed by Michael Ernest Sweet, there's a good chance you wouldn't know it. With his pocket-size Ricoh GR in one hand, he scans the streets for a target, snaps his photo without using the viewfinder, and moves on in the blink of an eye. "It's like I'm a ninja," he told us v ... More >>
For Foxygen -- the songwriting duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado -- 2012 was a year rife with experimentation, sound explorations and a ton of time logged either on their computers or at the studio. Though the feather-haired pair has been writing songs together since the age of 14, Foxygen release ... More >>
I have a real soft spot for the oddities of modern fusion, or whatever you want to call it. For those hybrids built in the name of deliciousness. When a chef puts things together in a non-traditional way because it makes sense to her, because it might taste awesome, I like to cheer her on. Maybe it ... More >>
It's true: fuzzy pop trio Earthquake Party! doesn't have the flashiest origin story. Yes, they are yet another one of those bands that started in a living room as an excuse to dick around and have fun. Yes, for the past three years, they've been hopping from basement show to local venue to basement ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>
"Touch me" the man says again and again. "Touch me." In what should go down as one of the most skin-crawling audio tapes in recent Scientology history, we hear a church operative repeatedly challenge protester David Love to provoke an incident so that Love can find himself in a world of legal hurt ... More >>
Yesterday marked the hundredth day of Quebec student's strike, the fourth day since the Quebec government passed an oppressive law intended to break the strike, and, as hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets in defiance of the law, possibly the single largest act of civil disobedience in ... More >>
Hungry for some chocolate death? This from the blog Incredible Things: When Montreal artist Marina Malvada came into the temporary possession of a human skull in 2005, she had a crazy idea.
Quentin BaconBoerum Hill gets a jelly belly. While potato latkes--pancakes--are the most popular of the finger licking foods consumed during Chanukah, sufganiyot should be the jewel of the party. The jelly-stuffed donuts are uber-popular in Israel, but haven't reached their full potential on ... More >>
With anguished "scream sing," lyrical sax pyrotechnics, and a 16-piece ensemble engaged in a blustery dissonance, composer Matana Roberts has made one of the most arresting LPs of the yearlocal or otherwise. Her Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres (out now via Constellation) ... More >>
Given that Metallica themselves have raised the question, "Can you ever really have enough money? Can you possess enough beachfront properties and Fifties-style hot rods?", it makes sense that the band will have its own Monopoly game, which goes on sale in the band's online store next week. ... More >>
Robert SietsemaRuth Wilensky, not Noah Bernamoff.When we interviewed Noah Bernamoff back in February, we found the man to be a font of opinions, be they about schmaltz or the guy down the road claiming to make Montreal bagels. Over at Nona Brooklyn, there's a new interview with the Mile End o ... More >>
Mile End's Ruth Wilensky is made with very good artisanal salami -- but the bologna has been omitted. Named after a Montreal neighborhood northeast of Mont Royale, Mile End is a Brooklyn deli that seeks to deliver -- at lunch at least -- a reasonable facsimile of several vernacular culinary ... More >>
This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema is "pleasantly surprised" by Hong Kongese A-Wah. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Aquavit and new chef Marcus Jernmark's approach of "quiet, seasonal intensity that is well worth investigating." [NY Times] Steve Cuozzo falls for Mari Vanna, which he dee ... More >>
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: The Beauty ($11) from Mile End.
A tasty Quebecois mutation of eggs benedict featuring fresh peas and salt cod. There's really nothing visually arresting about the down-at-the-heals diner at the corner of 21st and 49th Avenue in Long Island City, which sits at the head of the Sunnyside Yards -- formerly the world's largest ... More >>
Welcome to Ask the Critics, in which we answer your food, eating, and restaurant questions. Check out previous weeks' queries, and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your own. Montreal Food Guy wondered: Hi Robert and Sarah, This may seem like an odd question, but here it goes: Do people in ... More >>
That's how you listen to Ghostface! Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week M.I.A. broke the internet in a tidal wave of blood and guts and red hair, we did our best to put it back together.
It's "Fireman." Our guess would've been "Bad Scene Everybody's Fault," but what do we know? That's a "mixtape shirt" up there, by the way, customized and signed by the Hold Steady's Tad Kubler, currently on auction (via Insound) to benefit 826NYC. There's also an Of Montreal one; further edit ... More >>
Anita Lo will have hands full competing on Top Chef Masters this year, but the Annisa chef has other plans for next year--plans that involve traipsing through Africa with a bunch of food-loving strangers. If you've ever wanted to travel with the Asian-fusion whiz, now's your chance. Tour de Forks, ... More >>
Graham Rayman has been following the "Fight Club" cooked up by Rikers Island guards for a couple of years, and the Bronx D.A. has started dishing out charges. Inmates used and rewarded as enforcers, beatings arranged so as not to leave marks, victims intimidated into silence (and a few killed) -- th ... More >>
Yesterday was a slow day for musical discoveries, barring Guelph’s The D’Urbervilles, who played an invigorating afternoon set at Le Divan Orange. Unfortunately, Adam and His Amethysts were too dull to deserve such a sparkling moniker; what’s worse, their front man is also a member of Miracle ... More >>
Plenty of incestuous DJ action to partake in, but enjoy the clubs while you can
Montreal. Now that's a city that knows how to do a bike lane Bridge-bike sabotage may be on the rise, but city planners are taking concrete steps to protect non-car traffic in a flurry of projects that reduce car-space on roads for the sake of pedestrians and bikes—throughout the city, plans ... More >>
Canadians double up for a sock-hop clank that's not just retro
An Artist Plots the Perfect Game
Thriving Gay Hockey Community Cools Its Heels on the Ice