While hip-hop spread the word during the Arab Spring (at least they didn't have to endure the incessant drum circles of Zuccotti Park), Palestinian composer, bandleader, and oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen heard echoes of a remarkably beautiful and sophisticated era of Arabic music thro ... More >>
Maikel Nabil, a 25-year-old Egyptian blogger, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after criticizing the military for supporting "the corruption and anti-democratic practices" of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Nabil, who describes himself on Twitter as an "Egyptian Blogger, Activ ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Larry Blumenfeld chronicles Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill's trip to Havana to, in his words, "complete a musical, spiritual, and cultural journey for my father." His father, Chico O'Farrill, was revered in the Jazz world, a "stone genius, on the level of Duke ... More >>
It's official: LCD Soundsystem will say farewell on April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden, to an audience comprised entirely of ticket scalpers and StubHub captcha bots. It was a grim scene this morning on Ticketmaster and Twitter, where LCD fans went first to one and then the other, crying out ... More >>
On the seventeenth day of protests in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak may finally be stepping down, according to reports from Britain's Channel 4 News. Mubarak is expected to transfer power to his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman. Lindsey Hilsum, a Channel 4 reported, said on Twitter that H ... More >>
Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive in charge of the Middle Eastern and North African regions, who jumped into the Egyptian protests only to be snatched up by government authorities, is now safe and free, tweeting Monday around 8 p.m. Cairo time, "Freedom is a bless that deserves figh ... More >>
via Al JazeeraMorning, sunshines! Today will be relatively warm with a high of 38, but we can't seem to get away from that wintry mix.
Protests in Egypt are entering their 12th day today after yesterday's "Day of Departure." Al Jazeera reports that the morning has been peaceful, although the milita ... More >>
"I mean, I've heard about some kind of stuff going down there, but I just can't figure out what it is!"
This isn't a direct quote from anyone, but it's something you probably would hear in various bars around town, a lot of the clubbing populace not that big on reading about current events e ... More >>
• The wintry mix has ended, but ice is now falling from buildings. Your next snow hit will happen on Saturday. In the meantime, it's mostly sunny, and chilly. Elsewhere, the country continues to deal with the aftermath of this week's "historic" storm. [NYT, Weather, CNN]
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Looks like Anderson Cooper wasn't the only one. Vice's soldiers reporting on the ground also got attacked by protesters in Egypt today, but whereas the silver fox CNN anchor was polite about the "pandemonium," the Vice crew, as per usual, got really real.
With the government curfew lifted and military roadblocks encircling the city of Cairo, Tuesday is shaping up to be the biggest day of protest yet as the ongoing general strike may top one million marchers tomorrow, according to organizers hoping to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Al Jazeera English ( ... More >>
Here it is, men: The words women most want to hear read from you in response to their online dating profiles are not "Hey, how are you?" "Want to meet for coffee (or preferably a drink)?" "I think we might have some things in common!" or even "Would you consider growing out your armpit hair?" ... More >>
Sam Calagione's nine-year-old daughter owns part of the brewery. Will be popular in high school.
Sam Calagione, the head brewer at Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, might look like a frat boy and sound like a total dude, but he's one of the biggest geeks around when it comes to beer. His new ... More >>
In disturbing news for clowns, people who like to do that annoying high-pitched voice at parties, and, oh yeah, people who get MRIs, the U.S. is about to sell its last stockpile of helium -- currently stored underground somewhere near Amarillo, Texas -- and allow the private sector to start t ... More >>
Congratulations to kim for fingering the dish (chicken, lemon, and olive tajine) and the venue (Mogador), and identifying one of two starch options (couscous, the other: white rice) available with the tajine, which is not served in a tajine, but in a white bowl. She also identified the countr ... More >>
OK, we take it all back--this is cutest, most awesome free improv set ever. Just look at the tiny children tottering around, pressing buttons, turning knobs, and manhandling guitars! Some of them can't even properly stand up yet! The looming spectre of aging yuppie bad-parent hipsterism passed ove ... More >>
MlleNoelle.wordpress.comWill chefs get freekeh fever?
Contained within the Times' glowing review of the Northern Spy Food Company is a mention of the restaurant's risotto, which is made from freekeh, a roasted green wheat. The grain, combined with the risotto's butter and mascarpone, earns th ... More >>