It was hard to avoid comparing the New York stop of the Antiques Roadshow to a low-key casino without the seedy underbelly. The temperature in the Javits Center on Saturday was meat locker-freezing, Rascal scooters zipped by every few minutes (often with paintings and other wrapped ephemera jammed i ... More >>
When one restaurant's doors close another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a whiskey bar in Greenpoint, a bakery in the Brooklyn Public Library, and a "kosher style" restaurant on First Avenue ... More >>
Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson The Strand Tonight, 7pm, $10 Marriage is a tricky subject in film. This is probably because unlike, say, the central themes of Citizen Kane or many of the Terminators, the "marriage movie" concerns a topic that's close to what many viewers either have, or will experie ... More >>
The Decoded coverTo celebrate the release of Decoded, the "narrative journey through the lyrics and life" of Jay-Z, which will be published by Spiegel & Grau on November 16, the rapper will sit down for an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose in front of a live New York City audience. The eve ... More >>
Yesterday, we brought you a brief but compelling excerpt from Decoded, the autobiography-slash-annotated-lyric-sheet of a book Jay-Z will be releasing through Spiegel & Grau on November 16th. Now comes word that one day prior, on Monday, November 15th, Shawn Carter will be at the New York Pub ... More >>
In 2003, this paper sent the writer Elizabeth Mendez Berry to profile Jay-Z on the eve of the release of what was then supposed to be his retirement record, The Black Album. Toward the end of the piece, which was published almost exactly seven years ago, Berry transcribes an interaction she h ... More >>
Goop, mother, goop! All images by Francine Spiegel. Artist Francine Spiegel likes goop and gore. She needs about 10 pounds of grits, five jugs of pancake syrup, 20 cans of whipped cream, Fruit Loops, fake arms, and some blood, just to get started. That's the material she used for "Mud & ... More >>
Who else can raise hell but women?
Some sectors of the food industry have resorted to hiring state employees to do inspections in an effort to fill in gaps where current regulation has failed. But safety advocates warn that conflicts of interest could arise. [NY Times] PETA is calling for the mayor of Newark to ban new fast-food joi ... More >>
Steve Barnes, the restaurant critic for the Albany Times Union, was attacked outside a restaurant last October. That day, Barnes (whose head shot adorns his blog) had posted his plans be at the restaurant that night. Unfortunately, this terrifying guy to the left (photo courtesy of the Albany Times ... More >>
A Russian arms merchant funnels money, guns, and dope through the United Arab Emirates
Three generations of choreographers offer richly variegated bounty this winter season
Exploring the sounds of science experiments, on slabs suitable for turntables or framing
Music Boxes and Photocells in a Land Beyond Time
Cops Were Called To Help jolea Lamot. Then They Learned She Was a Transsexual.