Today is my last day in Venice, which always makes me blue. Yesterday morning, on the way to my final screening, a tourist with an Eastern European accent I couldn't quite identify stopped me a block or so from the sad and shuttered Hotel des Bains and asked me if it was open. "I have seen it in the ... More >>
The gent at the Delta check-in counter back in New York sighed when he saw where I was headed. "Romantic Venezia!" he said, and the comment stopped me short, because film festivals located in the most beautiful settings in the world have a way of making you forget - almost - that you're in one of th ... More >>
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Official Italian government designation: Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco IGT If you're a seeker-out of strange and beautiful salad greens, perhaps burned out on the usual lettuces, cabbages, and kales, think about visiting Eataly in the near future. Because there you can score a head of an unu ... More >>
For Time's annual "Person of the Year" issue, they've chosen "The Protester." The Awl announces, "Okay, yay, we won!" The spread features simple portraits of and interviews with protesters from around the world -- Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Spain, and right here in the U.S. The attached cover ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! $25 Holiday Special Akariba Through December This more than $50 value includes a half dozen fresh market oysters, a choice of donburi (jidori chicken, grilled salmo ... More >>
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film gawks at its stars, visits Venice, has twist
The Public stages two Shakespeare plays in rep
Hail to The Victors, and revolting youth, and confused assassins
JoseSPlanoThe story of the botched Rangers game marriage proposal on Valentine's Day is sad, so thank god NYC the Blog caught a successful V-Day public proposal at Times Square. A photographer was trying to get a shot of the Ice Heart set out by the Times Square Alliance on Sunday when he no ... More >>
With no Charlotte Rampling to poke, the video artist turns to Venice and Lady Liberty
Xochimilco's $11 steak special, in which freshly grilled cactus paddle provides extra lube. Served with rice and cheese-dusted beans (click to consume) This week Counter Culture zooms in on Xochimilco, a profoundly good Sunset Park taqueria named after Mexico City's answer to Coney Isl ... More >>
When you think about out-of-control parents and coaches in little-league sports, you probably think of the suburbs. But right here in the city, there are sixth-graders playing 12 months a year, with sponsors like Nike, signing bonuses -- and out-of-control parents and coaches. This is Elite Youth Ba ... More >>
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Yesterday's "Imagine Coney" conference at BAM heard a lot of suggestions in the whiteboard session, including a "Nudie Bar" ("remember when adults were allowed to have adult fun?"), "Dig Hole to China," and "Interspecies Friendship." The sponsors, the Municipal Arts Society and the Center for an Urb ... More >>
An exhibit where beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Smiley Face the stoner comedy to end all stoner comedies. Plus it's funny!
Thomas Mann's tragic genius-monster joins in the dance
Strangers on a train: She enters the cabin at Naples. I smile and nod, wondering if I should've shaved.
Innovative Clinton Venetian Excels at Appetizers and Pastas
Are biennials too big, baggy, sluggish, and bureaucratic? Reflect the state of art?
Tadzio, Adzio, and the secret history of Death in Venice
Talking Pictures and Silent Valentines Leave Human Stains at the Venice Film Festival
'Unmitigated Disaster' at the 50th Venice Biennale
What Does It Mean to Represent the U.S. at the Biennale?
Italian Old-Timer Rocks Mott Haven
Two New Inflammatory Films Get the Catholic Church Hot and Bothered
'8 Mile' Lines and On-the-Job Bondage in Toronto
Looking for Trouble
Moors, Faeries, ShipwrecksMust Be Summer Shakespeare
Navigating the Venice Biennales Sprawling Interzone
Toronto Divides and Conquers
Taking On Toronto's Film Festival