"Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic" The National Arts Club Mar. 13, 6:30, Free If you actually expend thought on something like the excessive (still developing) ado over Anne Hathaway's Oscar dress, it's true that Katherine Hepburn begins to appear very rebellious indeed. Today the film legend might emb ... More >>
Cat Dog. Hey Arnold. Rugrats. All That! Rocket Power. Legends of the Hidden Temple. Salute Your Shorts. Figure It Out. The Wild Thornberries. Everything on Nick Jr. Everything on Nick at Nite (The Cosby Show! Cheers!). I'm probably leaving out a few but, for the most p ... More >>
Tyler Perry's mammy gets less melodramatic but not less grotesque
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
At the other day's On Your Plate luncheon benefiting City Harvest, author Susan Fales-Hill (above) made a revelation. A few years ago, she wrote a TV pilot about a black Broadway diva who'd fallen on hard times, with Whoopi Goldberg producing. But Fales-Hill sat there as two drab network execs le ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Among the numerous foods we put in our face at last Saturday's Smorgasburg were these cold sesame noodles from Shorty Tang.
Any attempt to describe what Reggie Watts does onstage will inevitably fail to convey the dizzying heights of absurdity the man regularly achieves, but here it goes. First, the Seattle-via-Montana transplant constructs backing tracks via carefully controlled beat-boxing and judicious use of loopin ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn hip-hop boundary-pushers Super Chron Flight Brothers--a.k.a. MCs Billy Woods and Privilege--spit daring, free-associative rhymes reminiscent of vintage Ultramagnetic or first-generation Def ... More >>
Before Carrie Bradshaw's ballerina skirt and Blair Waldorf's slutty/Stepford Wives silk blouses, there were Punky Brewster's ripped "boyfriend" jeans. In honor of the Metropolitan Museum's "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," which explores the style evolution of American women ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Doll Baby Pattern Book Author: Martha Nelson Thomas with Marla Strecker Date: 1 ... More >>
Well, in pants from Old Navy, a polyester button-down shirt, and one of my pullover sweaters from The Cosby Show. And I had a blast!
If you'd just emerged from a weekend-long coma and we told you two of America's most popular black father figures had passed away, after Bill Cosby you might have guessed comedian Bernie Mac, but wondered: isn't he too young? Unfortunately no: Mac died of pneumonia this weekend at age 50. Mac firs ... More >>
Or, How We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the 'Burbs
The furor over Freddy's fib had the Ferrer campaign and, one imagines, reporters scouring the Mike Bloomberg 2005 Website for similar flubs. Hmmm. It says here he's the 108th mayor of the city. But hey, does Joseph V. McKee really count? And this section dubbed Vision for the Futureit says Mik ... More >>
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