These are the best jazz shows in NYC in September. Orrin Evans Pianist Orrin Evans of Philadelphia recently co-founded the artist collective Likemind, and for six nights at Jazz Standard (Sept. 3-8) he'll give a good idea of its breadth and purpose. He opens with Tarbaby, a quartet featuring renown ... More >>
"Why No Tenant Should Vote for Anthony Weiner," read the headline in May's issue of Metropolitan Council on Housing. The op-ed, written by tenant advocate Michael McKee of the Tenants PAC, highlights a 1994 flip-flop by the then-councilman on rent stabilization--a term that has slowly evaporated fro ... More >>
Tomorrow is Labor Day - that first Monday of September where people eat, drink and travel, all in the name of summer's end and universal workers' rights. It is the mark of a season's passing and one holiday that comes with a set rule overused in jokes and conversational side comments: you cannot wea ... More >>
One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos
Bookshelf cower power
In the 1950s, American comedian and television personality Ernie Kovacs invented many of the tropes that still prevail today in TV comedy, including sketch comedy, conceptual comic films, and a tendency to ad-lib nearly everything.
Stephen SlaybaughBob Pfeifer. Cleveland Confidential Book Tour, moderated by Luc Sante and featuring Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, and Bob Pfeifer plus Eric Davidson powerHouse Arena Saturday, April 9 Better Than: Watching the East River burn while sitting in a swank DUMBO loft. There must ... More >>
A trip up over the border to the great French north
By R.C. Baker It turns out that the Joker -- pop culture's pre-eminent villain -- was created by one of the good guys. N.C. Christopher Couch's new book, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics (Abrams ComicArts, 224 pp., $35.00), recounts how, in 1939, Robinson, then a 17-year-old preparing t ... More >>
Union intransigence hits a low point
Gov. Paterson has once again proposed a measure that would allow supermarkets to sell wine. This time, he's making the proposal part of his 2010-2011 budget. And once again, depending on who you listen to, it's either the end of the world as we know it, or the second coming of the messiah. ... More >>
On the euphoric charms of utter inscrutability
A nasty split as the Council finally bucks the mayor
A schlock genius, king of the Bs and so much more
Big year for metal, hip-hop, and Paul Simon/pigfucker reconciliation
And deep into their backstories and political views. Inanimate? Like hell they are.
A sprawling, overstuffed new novel brings us anarchy in the U.S.A.
The power of nightmares: Russian thriller and Southern mock-doc imagine scary dystopias
Alito vote again raises specter of unchecked White House
Attention recent grads: Your parents are charging your future.
A creepy diptych showcases McCormack's Canadian gothic
Some very rough guides to living in a nation that won't share and will never be the same
The season's globe-trotting films bring mankind closer together, or at least pretend to on-screen
Once Upon a Time in America
The Importance of Being Ernst
Guv Seeks Sacrifice From Average New Yorkers, Protects High-End Friends
Bush's War Path Could Lead to 'Bear Market Panic in the Valley of Death'
The Department Store January Sales
Observing 9-11 The Jewish Way
The Market Is Taking Investors on a Wild Ride. Windowsill, Anyone?
Hunger in Texas and Tennessee
100 Years of Ragged Beats and Cheap Tunes
'Nice Jewish Ladies Rampaged Through the City'