Better Than: Elevator music in a sauna. "Welcome to heavy metal Woodstock!" shouted Scorpion Child singer Aryn Jonathan Black, greeting the throng of approximately 30 at hand to see his band at 4:40 on a Tuesday afternoon in 90-degree heat. One of about 17 groups on three stages, Scorpion Child ... More >>
In a lecture at the California Institute of Technology, Stephen Hawking discounted God's role in the birth of our world. And he got pretty sardonic about it. "What was God doing before the divine creation?" Hawking wondered. "Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?"
This May, for the sixth year running, New York will once more be treated to the NYC Popfest, a lovingly curated sugar-rush of indie fizz that brings bands from all corners of the globeand not just Sweden!to celebrate a musical lineage that traces itself back to names like Sarah, Factor ... More >>
Every day this month, in conjunction with our Feb. 1 cover story "Philip Glass, An East Village Voice," Sound of the City will post excepts of interviews with Glass and his collaborators, as well as reviews of several concerts celebrating his 75th birthday. Earlier this week, we published our inter ... More >>
The singer brings his singular vision to Radio City
Yes, even cocktail geeks and mixologists have time to mess around with Xtranormal, the genius text-to-movie animation software. This brilliant one by the user "felttip" illustrates what can happen when patrons order vodka soda -- and when bartenders are too full of themselves to shut up and make ... More >>
Take a bunch of former and retired U.S. generals testimony alongside a bunch of now declassified documents, throw the words "nuclear" and "UFO" in there, and what do you get? The strangest, scariest, weirdest, and most patently awesome national defense story in a while.
You may have heard something about former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod last week. She's the civil-rights veteran who got forced out of her job after rightwing provocateur Andrew Breitbart released a video of her remarks before the NAACP, edited to make her look anti-white. You may also have heard ... More >>
We're not accustomed to think of rightbloggers as intellectuals. For one thing -- as we have ample opportunity to observe here every week -- they sure don't act like intellectuals; in fact, they seem allergic to logical argument, and sometimes even committed to a backwards Bizarro World version of i ... More >>
It's Monday morning. Here's what you should know: • Stephen Hawking warns us not to become friends with aliens, because "they very likely wouldn't be the cuddly, ET types we hope for." Noted.
Well, looks like someone's been watching a little too much V.
Yesterday afternoon President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on 16 notables including Billie Jean King, Chita Rivera, Stephen Hawking, Sidney Poitier, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Edward Kennedy, the late Jack Kemp (whose widow accep ... More >>
President Obama has announced this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. The nation's highest civilian honor has gone in the past to folks like T.S. Eliot, Lucille Ball, Pope John XXIII, Margaret Mead, Jack Nicklaus, Mother Teresa, and Norman Podhoretz. As you may have guessed, Dem ... More >>
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