Pity the bleary-eyed TV executive.
We just got word that The Julie Ruin are cancelling all their live tour dates through September, including our own 4Knots Music Festival, due to Kathleen Hanna's recent relapse with Lyme Disease. If you've seen the excellent documentary about her, The Punk Singer (now streaming on Netflix, btw), or ... More >>
If you face certain, say, challenges when it comes to productivity (re: everything under the Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead genre on Netflix), then we aim to inspire. This week is all about buckling down and making things: art, magazines, home-brewed beer, dinosaurs, drunken art, jok ... More >>
This wintery weather sure makes us suckers for the holidays (even more so than usual), and this weekend we're not short of holiday events. Get cozy with Neil Gaiman as he reads A Christmas Carol, partake in the annual holiday tradition of Unsilent Night at Washington Square Park, and sing along to t ... More >>
A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers
Buried Alive hits Netflix November 1
I cheated. I'm supposed to be getting high on this Girl Scout Cookies with the Flatbush Zombies in Bed Stuy but instead I'm listening to Pusha T's verse on "Nosetalgia" over and over, getting high by my solo dolo like I was Cudi. The car service driver just beeped his horn and I manage to gather m ... More >>
By Lee Castro Denzel Curry sits on the couch with his friend Raul, who's in the middle of a sketch. Another friend, producer Ronny J, stands by the sink, just watching. A few seconds later, Curry reaches for an Xbox controller and scrolls through Netflix to pick The Truman Show. It's been more th ... More >>
Today at 11 AM, diagonally across from Radio City Music Hall! Get there quickly if you want to procure a frozen banana or a glimpse at paparazzi madly shooting all kinds of Arrested Development types as they do weird things with fruit.
Better Than: Something scarier that could've happened, probablyIf only last night's Danny Brown x Kitty (Pryde) show at Irving Plaza could be judged simply as a performance, instead of a cultural event. Unfortunately, it can't. Not after "The Thing" that went down in Minneapolis two weeks ago. Real ... More >>
April Fools' Day has become, for lack of a better word, a shitshow. A day of pranks played on and by friends has metastasized into overblown theater perpertrated by news outlets, corporations, and even governments. Did you set your sister's clock back an hour? Too bad, Scope has already goofed her ... More >>
One hundred thousand truths
The Brooklyn band makes the familiar sound new again
Maybe they can be friends after all.Last week, as the heat wave began to swallow New York whole, we reported on the failed negotiations that left 8,500 ConEd workers unemployed. It was a labor-corporate disconnection, as the pension plan proposed by the top dogs at the electrical titan was met with ... More >>
Lights, camera, action. This Tuesday, WikiLeaks founder and hacker superstar, Julian Assange, will premiere his new show, "The World Tomorrow," on the Russian government's satellite channel, Russia Today. It will be broadcasted online and on air in English, Spanish and Arabic - three ... More >>
Is your Twitter feed feeling a little extra insufferable today? Do you hear the sort of "I'm at a really cool event and you're not" echo running through the Internet? Are you suddenly craving Tex Mex and you're not sure why? That's because the South by Southwest Conference has begun! And you're not ... More >>
New details continue to emerge about Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man who confessed to killing and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky this past week. Police sources said that Aron's family claims the 35-year-old was in a car accident at age 10 which impaired him mentally. Co-workers at the hardware ... More >>
Mobsters have a special way of speaking that is all their own, which you probably already know, having watched any number of the excellent mafia-themed films available on Netflix and your various cable channels. The New York Times has an intriguing look into some of the more "esoteric" of tho ... More >>
Plus Derek Jacobi, the Shaggs, and other spring theater picks
Young guns of the local rep scene
Broadway musicals have to be based on something, but this coming season, it seems like the vast majority of them are based on quirky but popular films from the modern age. You've got Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which could well become Pedro Almodovar's Hairspray, if he gets mu ... More >>
via Cleveland Plain DealerHarvey Pekar has died at the age of 70. As Rob Harvilla writes on Sound of the City, Comic book icon, brief Hollywood star (via 2003's American Splendor, coming soon to thousands of Netflix queues near you), thoughtful jazz critic (here he is on free-jazz deity and f ... More >>
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesSohui Kim tells us her picks for pizza, sushi Yesterday, we caught up with chef/owner Sohui Kim about the state of The Good Fork on its fourth anniversary, and the challenges of juggling her jobs as restaurateur and executive chef with a family. Today, we tal ... More >>
Would you believe that even my hometown of Cincinnati--primarily noteworthy for Italianate townhouses, imploding professional sports teams, and homicide--supported a respectable repertory movie theater up until 1996? Once shuttered, the lease was grabbed by a Shakespeare Festival. Moviehouses closin ... More >>
Every week, Sharon Steel watches the Real World Brooklyn so nobody else has to. Last week, boyfriends, girlfriends, and mice came to visit. This week, the castlemates fight about being dirty. Snore. J.D. actually throws Devyn's phone in the water when she won't listen to him Now that The Real Worl ... More >>
On metal, genre-based critical bias, layoffs, industry hysteria, and the Loudness Wars
The non-dish on Nancy McKeon; the worst recession sale in town.
There's no pleasing him: The New York Times reports that Ron Lauder, whose reversal on term limits helped pave the way for Bloomberg's third-term bid, worries that the City Council's planned overturn of term limits will be permanent, not the one-time shot he had endorsed to keep Bloomberg in office, ... More >>
. . . unless you really dig chopping wood.
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Rendered obsolete by Netflix
Don't expect clarification on the DVD
Stuff you need to know this week to avoid ostracism
BAM series celebrates the great American hero John Ford