It's hard to believe, but Andrew W.K.'s advice column turns six months old this week. It's been quite a hit. And quite the experience. Already he's helped so, so many with problems ranging from how to ask your partner to fiddle with your asshole to whether or not college is worth the time and expens ... More >>
Two stars of the stage, small and big screens will co-host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the East Village. Tamara Tunie, perhaps best known as the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida (among more credits listed below) and Hamish L ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Yesterday the MacArthur Foundation named its 2013 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. No fewer than nine of the 24 fellowships awarded went to residents of New York. One of them is Karen Russell, an author and writing professor whose first novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pu ... More >>
Columbia Journalism School's new dean is here, and he is pumped. Incoming dean Steve Coll, a former managing editor for the pre-Bezos buyout Washington Post, as well as a staff writer for the New Yorker and director of the New America Foundation, made landfall on July 15; the class of 2014 arrived f ... More >>
Out of the '50s basket
A revival of Maxwell Anderson's Pulitzer-winning political classic
Eugene O'Neill gets a shot of musical good cheer
The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival takes place this Saturday at Piers 16 and 17 of the South Street Seaport, and if you want to plan your day out we have the set times for the day, which will include performances by Archers Of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhous ... More >>
This week's column catches up with all the big Broadway shows of the season via my interviews with a slew of deeply honored Tony nominees. One of them, Pam MacKinnon, deserves a separate writeup. Pam did the socko direction for the Pulitzer wining Clybourne Park, which takes off from the racial pr ... More >>
Uptown cabarets are generally the places for high-priced, reverent song stylings performed on various well-oiled standards. Well, at the Cafe Carlyle until May 12, Emily Bergl is infusing that format with some freshness and originality, bringing a little bit of downtown uptown. She's utterly deli ... More >>
The 4Knots Music Festivalthe Village Voice's contribution to the many free shows happening around the five boroughs during the summer monthswill take place at Pier 17 on the South Street Seaport this July 14, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating acts and further details on associated ev ... More >>
The New York Police Department, not Muslims, is the victim of profiling. At least that's what one op-ed writer at the New York Post wants you to think. Dr. Qanta Ahmed, a physician in New York and author of In the Land of Invisible Women took to the tabloid's opinion pages today to explain that ... More >>
Admiring the attributes of the sixth annual male-escort awards
Jonathan Gold spoke before a rapt audience last May at NYC's Housing Works in support of his wife Laurie Ochoa's literary journal, Slake. Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic and prose stylist Jonathan Gold is apparently leaving our sister paper LA Weekly. The rumors began last Friday, when Go ... More >>
Poets honor a Spanish Harlem hero
Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning 1995 play Wit finally makes it to Broadway in a Lynne Meadow-directed production starring Cynthia Nixon as a poetry professor named Vivian Bearing who's bearing a lot, actually. Vivian has been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer, and as she embarks on eight ro ... More >>
Tom PalumboJack Kerouac, on the road somewhere ... For many authors over the years, alcohol has been nearly as important a writing tool as pen, paper, poverty, and loneliness. Some have speculated that hard drinking and prolific writing might have similar genetic roots. Another theory is that ... More >>
A new look at Art Spiegelmans classic
Itamar Moses's new play updates some familiar relationship neuroses
Writing for the Atlantic Monthly, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Taylor Branch offers a powerful indictment of the hypocrisy built into college sports, where universities make billions off of athletes who are essentially working full-time jobs for free.
I love the tax man
Get out the black spandex
Will the Chinese star's detention force the art world to better confront human rights?
First new trees, then off to Detroit for the wide-ranging playwright. Plus, summer theater picks.
West Coast lit mag gets a taste of the East
And we finally stop insulting Guatemalans!
A genre leader heads a new ensemble
Big news in the world of meta media news today! Details of the long-awaited, vaguely teased New York Times paywall have arrived via a press release from the Paper of Record. It's sort of expensive, compared to free! It's also sort of reasonable, if you feel inclined to support the making of good ... More >>
A one-finger salute to you knee-jerk douchebag Web whiners
Last weekend rallies were held in all 50 states in support of the teachers' union in Wisconsin. And at the Wisconsin state capitol, at least 70,000 people came out on Saturday to protest Governor Walker's attempt to break the union. Sounds like a big deal, right? Hundreds of thousands of people tur ... More >>
Daniel Kitsons hit makes its U.S. premiere
Eric SchneidermanEric Schneiderman will inherit one case from Andrew Cuomo that may come to haunt the new attorney general. The AG who owes his election to the New York Times will soon take over the case against Steve Rattner, the lifelong friend and financial adviser of Times ow ... More >>
John Updike, the prolific, venerated, and occasionally best-selling author most widely known for his Rabbit Angstrom novels and The Witches of Eastwick, has died of lung cancer at 76. Though his writing often veered into the mildly experimental, and he wrote some very odd poems (including "The Beaut ... More >>
John Updike has died today, at the age of 76. In his life, and over his long, prolific career, the writer served both as kind of glittering emblem of the literary world--the youthful, WASP-y good looks, that mannered style, that impeccable education--and, eventually, of that world's old guard. David ... More >>
Lance Armstrong, like many top athletes, has long had a contentious and generally uncomfortable relationship with the press. He seemed to give interviews reluctantly, and he even had a way of looking put out when he was talking to the fawning folks at OLN/Versus, the network that broadcasts the Tour ... More >>
A panel of experts convened at NYU's Fales Library late this afternoon to discuss "How Food and Food Writing Have Changed America." The moderator was restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, and the panel included (shown above from left to right) - Michael Batterberry (founder of Food and Wine magazine), D ... More >>
The Coalition Provisional Authority made 21 shipments of cash, like this one, totaling $11.9 million to Iraq over 14 months, according to Vanity Fair. The feds shipped 281 million individual banknotes or 363 tons of money. Remember those pictures of billions of dollars of U.S. currency, neatly stac ... More >>
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