The lineup for this year's 4Knots Music Festival--the Village Voice's free, all-day outdoor summer music extravaganza at the South Street Seaport (Pier 17) on June 29--is beginning to take shape. We've just booked a few big-name acts we're completely thrilled about.
After more than seven years, the stack of dehumanizing and seemingly unconstitutional interactions between Daniel McGowan and the American prison system is now piled so high it is teetering over into a recursive mess of bleak and Kafkaesque absurdity. Last Monday, McGowan published a piece on the H ... More >>
One hundred thousand truths
David Cross discusses Arrested Development’s return with Michael Cera
Alexz Johnson really loves Brooklyn. It shows on her face with the way she lights up whenever her neck of the woods is mentioned. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter/actress relocated to the borough with one goal for herself as an artist: total scene immersion. It's a pretty good goal when you have to ... More >>
The Brooklyn band makes the familiar sound new again
The video store. Alongside pre-caller ID prank phone calls and episodes of Boy Meets World where Cory was still a boy, it's become for most of us just another glimmering remnant of Friday nights passed. When Videology made the conversion to a screening room and bar last month, the city lost one of ... More >>
From pulling needles full of dope out of Iggy Pop's arm just before showtime and helping turn Jim Morrison into a sex symbol (becoming Morrison's sworn enemy in the process), to unleashing the Ramones upon the world and later becoming one of the globe's leading music journalists, Danny Fields has be ... More >>
By Dan Moore When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collecti ... More >>
Why Paranormal Activity 4 and other new scary movies don't look like movies at all
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 >>
And we were scared of a measly heat wave.At midnight Saturday, while the ConEd officials were facing off against its workers, the Earth's timekeepers (they exist!) held back the world's atomic time for exactly one second to keep it in line with the planet's rotation. The Network TIme ... 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 >>
Day 2: General Tso's Chicken from King Dragon (1548 Madison Avenue, 212-369-6788) The identity of General Tso and the origin of his eponymous, ubiquitous chicken has long been a question nagging the American psyche, right along with queries like "Who is John Galt?" (spoiler: he's a total jackass w ... 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 >>
The many faces of Pam Grier
On Friday, a link to three-minute making-of video for a scrapped, Hype Williams-helmed clip of "XXXO" appeared on M.I.A.'s twitter. The footage shows M.I.A and a small group of dancers (including Beyoncé choreographer Jonté) painted head-to-toe and gyrating to the song's hissing, whirling beat. Th ... More >>
Plus Derek Jacobi, the Shaggs, and other spring theater picks
At least Beatlesmania is over. Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.A quick word of advice: By all means, watch Still Bill, the new documentary about Bill Withers. It's great, and it's on Netflix Instant and everything. Just don't watch it immediately before watching American Idol. If you do, you'll find ... More >>
Your best alternative to opting out of Halloween completely: Vegging in front of the ol' tele -- because, let's get serious for a second, the idea of partying it up Sunday night isn't exactly motivating when you consider the East Village barrage of drunken revelers, that getting a costume now ... More >>
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 clos ... 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 >>
Brother, can you spare $12?
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.
. . . unless you really dig chopping wood.
Hey, sailor, looking for a good time?
New York's salsa scene, still going strong in Spanish Harlem, valiantly beats back the McCondo purge
Rendered obsolete by Netflix
Don't expect clarification on the DVD
More movies, fewer screens, and a new game in town means cutthroat competition for indie-film distributors
IFC indahouse: A Village theater reopens, but not without controversy
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