A look at the late Garner's underrated gems.
Face your fears and laugh at them
Matilda has arrived, based on the 1988 Roald Dahl book, and it's British vaudeville on a grand scale. Take the creepier parts lurking in Annie and Mary Poppins and give them the main stage, and you've got this show's aesthetic, populated with herky jerky people bopping around an elaborate, absurdis ... More >>
And yet I can smell them coming... Bluesies: A scaled-down version of Newsies starring the Blue Man Group, this show won't have any singing (the guys never make a sound) and zero dancing (they're always carrying large, cumbersome tubes), but oh, those facial expressions!
[See More Reviews: Masak; Governor | Tacos Cachanilla; Neta] Robert Sietsema heads over to Jersey City's Little India for Deccan Spice. The menu sports unique offerings like goat brains and intestines. There's a fair number of egg dishes too -- rare for a northern India restaurant: "My favorite is ... More >>
From rebelling tots to rocking Shakespeare
"Sadly, the only Guy I'm going steady with Is my bartender."* Have you heard of Haiku for the Single Girl? It's a new book written by 29-year-old Beth Griffenhagen, who, when not penning haiku, spends her days in the marketing department at Murray's Cheese. We talked to Beth, who happens to be havi ... More >>
The great Hollywood actress just died at age 84, leaving behind a legacy of fine work and spunky living. 1963's Hud should be put in a time capsule for her performance alone.
Where on the list will Maurice Sendak's controversial classic fall?If some of our earliest memories of food are shaped by eating it, then plenty more are informed by the act of reading about it. After devouring Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, what child could look at a slice of toast w ... More >>
Pop-up restaurants are a great way to allow young chefs to experiment with new menus without the risk of bankruptcy. And, unlike underground supper clubs, they're legal. [NY Times] Memorial Sloan-Kettering's executive chef took top prize when kitchen chiefs from top hospitals around the city ... More >>
Palin the 'big backstabber,' he says. Plus: Don't ask, do tell.
Rushmore duo gets animalistic
The Bushwick Book Club tasks small armies of songwriters with writing original material about various iconic works of literature; on the first Tuesday of each month, they then gather at Goodbye Blue Monday to spout literary analysis, shambling guitar licks, and piercing slide whistle solos. For Apri ... More >>
Things are not as they seem in Henry Selick's stunning stop-motion fairy tale
If it aint broke, dont fix it
A decent Factory: Tim Burton's enjoyable Roald Dahl redux delves into Wonka weirdness
Sprite of the hunter: Jim Carrey journeys through a postmodern 'tween-gothic neverland
Sun Burnin', Page Turnin'
For a Japanese Animator, Grown-up Messages Are Kid Stuff