In some ways, the Friday before last looked like business as usual at Colony Records, the venerable Theater District music-and-sheet-music retailer that recently announced its impending closing after 64 years of operation. At the counter, Warren Tesoro, an employee for 25 years, asked a middle-aged ... More >>
Katy Perry comes to Madison Square Garden
The playwright serves up another savorless meringue
After way too many delays and hold-ups and people not believing this thing is going to work at all, the Spider Man musical (entitled Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark) with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2 and with a book by Julie Taymor (who did The Lion King which is AMAZING) finally ... More >>
Kellogg's has voluntarily recalled millions of boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks breakfast cereals following reports of "an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell" from the box liners. [Reuters] A number of New Yorkers have started ordering their bagels with the i ... More >>
Having taken on everything from nutrition labeling to restaurant calorie postings, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is now stepping into the ring to do battle with perhaps its most fearsome opponent to date: children who harass their parents to buy them Happy Meals.
No one shall lay their unworthy eyes upon Holly Miranda without Shrek 3D goggles.Ava Luna, the band that Christopher R. Weingarten boldly praised as post-every-band-you-like ("post-TVOTR, Dirty Projectors-inflected bedroom soul," to be exact) is headlining Silent Barn, bracketed by a similar ... More >>
This is your Monday night: Choose from Andrew W.K., Fester from the Addams Family, and Peter Gabriel, a confluence slightly more random than M.I.A. provoking ginger genocide last week. At Santos Party House, W.K. and friends (including Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors) are uniting for th ... More >>
Frank Micelotta / FOXShakira goes country, kind of"Picture this:" says Ryan Seacrest. "Rascal Flatts and Shakira." I'm picturing it, I'm getting up, I'm turning off my TV. Sigh. If only that were an option. Instead, I can't actually look away from the trainwreck that is another results show ... More >>
The Addams Family: ghoulish turns into goulash. Get it?At least other nightlife isn't such torture.
Savage parenting inspires a musical
Tartan Week finishes up with the Tartan Day Parade up 6th Avenue today, or take in the all-day J-Cation food festival at the Japan Society. Both days, New York Classical Theater presents traveling performances of Hamlet at the World Financial Center.
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. As in "Blue October, I want to fucking strangle you with this jump rope right now."
Let's be kind and entertain the possibility that some stars are only offered big budget pablum and that's why their reel is filled with so many Golden Razzie winners. But even if that's the case, it's disheartening that these actors have become known mainly for cashing the check and cranking ... More >>
Another year, another unwatched Tony Awards show. Let's face it: this Sunday's prize party isn't even getting you excited, is it? Sure, the Tonys provide the MDR of greasepaint 'n' glamour we learned to love as lonely, introverted children. But as a quick look back at, say, the justly famous 25th An ... More >>
The Tony Award nominees have just been announced. The best musical nominees are Billy Elliot, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, and Shrek the Musical. (Rock of Ages being a jukebox musical, its place in the Best Score category was taken by 9 to 5; [title of show] replaced it in the Best Book list.) Best ... More >>
LaBute's stimulating latest; Jill Hennessy in the Lymelife.
I am super proud of this week's column and I'm desperate for you to click here and share it with me, so we can be family. Here's what you'll learn: Cynthia Nixon is still mad at the negative reviews of the Sex and the City movie. She suspects men were behind that. Shrek is the gayest show on Broad ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla sees Neil Young and, like everyone in America, gets down with the old stuff and complains bitterly at the new. Rob Trucks writes a song with Marnie Stern. Annie Fischer on the Walkmen. In Books, Zach Baron charts the decline and fall of New ... More >>
Pre-Thanksgiving never looked so inflated
Riedel with Theater Talk cohost Susan Haskins On the set of the always rousing Theater Talk, I just asked The New York Post's Michael Riedel what he's most looking forward to in the upcoming Broadway season as well as what he's least looking forward to. Riedel—who's the most powerful man writing ... More >>
Craig Bierko might very well play Shrek in the upcoming musical show based on the hit movie franchise, according to a poster on one of them there often-right Broadway boards. (If it's true, Bierko will be joining Sutton Foster, who's playing Fiona in the singing and dancing troll-athon.) "But isn't ... More >>
Queen Hard with a Vengeance's golden age and porcelain throne
A week before his Ten Commandments comedy opens, David Wain's cult fave hits the midnight circuit
Sexual mismatches and menopausal horror in French series
The fast and the furriest: Animating season opens with the journey of a manic menagerie
Fluorescent foam-rubber gargantua gets another consumerist howl
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