The Brooklyn-based harpist Zeena Parkins doesn't follow rules. Whether she's playing with Björk, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori or John Zorn, her harp rarely sounds like a harp. Instead, it's soaked in digital surrealism and alien mysteryexquisitely dripping, cosmically pinging or wildly feedback ... More >>
The black/gay "Kumbaya" moment continues. First we had President Barack Obama support same-sex marriage, followed by the NAACP and a bevy of black leaders getting on the gay rights bandwagon. Then we had Gay Inc support the end of racial profiling. And now we have gay icon Betty White meeting wi ... More >>
You've already seen shit on Broadway, but now you can go Off-Broadway for some far more lovely farting. And it's done artistically, even more so than in the gay porn film Farts!, which I wrote about last year after having eaten Mexican.
Is the new broom actually just, 'another mouthpiece for the mayor'?
Four actors and their very good year
Clarinet in hand, the director defends one of America's disappearing art forms
Sitting on a park bench in Washington Square Park on a Thursday afternoon, with a small silver transistor radio clutched in his left hand and his trusty Minolta AF2 Hi-Matic camera slung around his shoulder, 49-year-old Ricky Powell breaks off from conversation to yell at a gaggle of teenage girls ... More >>
Xie Xie's Asian lobster roll Xie Xie (pronounced "shay-shay" -- "thank you" in Mandarin) is a pan-Asian sandwich shop recently opened in Hell's Kitchen. It's opening was followed on many of the food blogs, and comments indicate that people were vaguely annoyed with this place before it even ... More >>
On film (it's over), critics (can be lazy), and marriage (it's tough to be his wife)
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
A global model competition that wobbles. Plus, the latest example of displaying shell-shocked beauties.
An enchanted afternoon with Hiromi, Japanese prog-jazz big-shot extraordinaire
The subversive mainstream friendliness of John Cameron Mitchell's sex-positive cheer
Competence, not inspiration, drives Broadway's musical version of The Color Purple
Experiencing the ephemeral: Christo and Jeanne-Claude help us reimagine Central Park
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Long-Held Assumptions
The Other of Invention
Andrew O'Hagan Does the Fame-Pathology Novel Right
Settling Down With This Season's Coffee Table Books
Peace and Resistance
Hawks in the Dark Over Belgrade