By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>
Chvrches play Terminal 5
The countdown to spring (March 20, if you're keeping track) begins this weekend. Spring means love and better weather, and both are in the air. Here's how to celebrate them: Urban Park Rangers will host an evening of gazing at the stars with a "Night Sky" talk at Belvedere Castle, in Central Park. A ... More >>
This week in New York comedy is a mixed bag, but in a good way. Come to think of it, why does the phrase "mixed bag" denote something bad? Mixes are good. They're full of surprises. Show me a bag with ten of the same thing, and I'll show you a boring bag. The next seven days will feature comedy talk ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
If you're lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off, we're giving you an extra day of great, inexpensive ideas to keep your three-day weekend perfectly filled. Highlights include the second annual Black Comic Book Festival 2014, Feeling Gloomy's Cheer Up, Bowie! party, and the Whitney Hous ... More >>
Star in a brand-new musical
Surveying the great diva's checkered film career
Of all the incendiary things in Joan Rivers' new book, I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, probably the most scorching, outlandish, macabre, tasteless, sick, twisted, and funny one of all is the following wisecrack, in Joan's section about travel: "I hate Houston. It's crawling with bugs.
Ever since the trailer for Sparkle--with Whitney Houston in her final film performance--was released, people have been oohing and ahing and intermittently loving it and clucking their tongues a lot. Well, Mark Bego, who's written a book called "End of the Rainbow"--I mean "Whitney Houston! The Spec ... More >>
As with so many longtime cocaine users, Whitney Houston had a perforation in her nose as a result of the coke literally burning through her. It basically created a third (internal) nostril, burrowing through her flesh due to constant intake. At least we know she wasn't lying when she said she wish ... More >>
The toxicology report says that Whitney Houston drowned in the tub, though heart disease and cocaine use were factors as well.
It's Hot Mess, the drag revue that happens every Wednesday at 9 PM at the new club xl. It's great to see the drag queens in an elaborate show done in a high-tech setting, with state of the art projections, a large stage, and cabaret seating. It's what they deserve!
On Rosie O'Donnell's show on OWN, Sandra Bernhard appeared. Must have been lesbian comic night. And Sandra said something to the effect that Whitney Houston's demise stemmed from an inability to accept her sexuality and the weirdness that resulted from that.
Brooklyn's econo-electronics-mishmashing, art-rocking noisemakers Parts & Labor are calling it a day and throwing a farewell jamz bash to ring in the band's indefinite hiatus on Friday at 285 Kent. Conceived in the early aughts by electronic gnaw artists and dueling vocalists Dan Friel and (bassist) ... More >>
Many years ago, I auditioned for a cable show that was going to feature pop commentators debating current entertainment-biz issues. The topic for my audition was the emergence of Whitney Houston as a hot new singing star. My debater was in a real huff, fuming about the way her music was produced a ... More >>
It's opening this fall in London, and you can bet it will head to NYC stages, too -- especially since it's a veritable jukebox show into which they've crammed tons of Whitney Houston's hits, fewer than half of which were actually used in The Boydguard movie. Here are the songs included in the show ... More >>
The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey will be the home of funeral services today for the late Whitney Houston. The church is where Houston first got attention for her voice. The funeral will be livestreamed via the A.P. starting at noon and over 70,000 people have already logged on to wa ... More >>
This press release came in, moments after the body turned cold: "CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AVAILABLE ON WHITNEY HOUSTON "So-and-so, NY based leading criminal defense attorney, is available for comment on Whitney Houston.
"You heard that Whitney Houston died, right?" said emcee Judy Gold at "Encore for Hope," the American Cancer Society benefit last night at Club Providence. She was actually going there. And to set up a joke, God bless her. "No, let me not bring down the mood," added Judy. "Let's talk about cancer! ... More >>
As we noted last night, singer Whitney Houston died yesterday at the age of 48. She was found dead of unknown causes in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told the Associated Press that "there were no obvious signs of any criminal intent." The death of t ... More >>
Usually when we post videos of things that happen on the subway, they show the underbelly of New York's underbelly. But sometimes lovely moments do happen on trains, like the one above via Gothamist. Last night, after news of Whitney Houston's death spread people on the 2 train responded with an imp ... More >>
Whitney Houston, the big-voiced belter who dominated radio in the 1980s and '90s and whose cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100, passed away tonight at the Beverly Hilton, where Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party was about to take place. (Her c ... More >>
Sad news out of Los Angeles tonight: The Associated Press reported that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was scheduled to attend producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party tonight.
In her fab act at Feinstein's, 30-Rock's Jane Krakowski remembers the time she was asked to present an R&B Grammy along with Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes. "A natural choice," she laughs. Krakowski was asked to announce the nominees by saying something like "And now, five fierce sistahs," but ... More >>
On Britain's X Factor TV show, the side straps on Whitney Houston's gown came undone halfway through her performance, but as Bob Dylan said, nothing is revealed. This has led to massive press coverage of her "wardrobe malfunction" (giggle!) and YouTube interest, so instead of stateside fans just ... More >>
Rock's modest man Nick Lowe enjoys new perks
Rich Juzwiak's FourFour blog is required reading for any number of reasons: his absolute command of subjects ranging from horror movies, The-Dream, or America's Next Top Model chief among them. But mostly it's the animated GIFs. Nobody on earth is doing better work in this regard. We have already ... More >>
Whitney Houston, the wayward songstress whose I Look To You-fueled comeback is chronicled this in this week's Voice, just sold a tremendous amount of records. Her 304,801 opening week is her best ever and easily good enough for a Number One chart spot this week, where it will present a ripe t ... More >>
I Look To You, the post-crack-allegations, post-Bobby, post-reality-TV "comeback album" by Whitney Houston, is out today, and she's in Central Park at the moment, packing em in for Good Morning America. The crowd there seems split between surprise at the crowd Whitney still draws ("On line for Whi ... More >>
This is the dead-assed week when the only thing to write about is how the city is emptier than my mind during a Shia LaBeouf movie. So it's to everyone's benefit that I skip class for a few days, refresh my head and my pores, and come back next week fiercer than Whitney Houston on a day with ... More >>
Whitney Houston's I Look To You--hailed by her handlers as her post-crack-allegations, post-Bobby, post-reality-TV "comeback album"--hits the world this Tuesday, September 1. Because you're terribly excited about hearing this masterpiece, SOTC's here to inform you that it's currently streaming at ... More >>
On September 26, Vienna will be home not to just mountains of high-caloric wiener schnitzel, but to scads of bad-for-you stars singing their love for Michael Jackson so they can gain a mass televised audience and revive their careers. It's basically the memorial all over again, but without al ... More >>
I was excited when I heard about Whitney Houston's comeback--three years ago. I was still willing to wet myself as it finally became a reality the other week, because a great pop diva is always welcome in my heart of hearts and on my personal charts. But now that her new single, "I Didn't Know My Ow ... More >>
Unlike Miss USA, the Broadway Beauty Pageant--a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, hosted by Tovah Feldshuh--didn't attract anyone who felt gay marriage was a bad idea. Even the token straight contestant--a hottie from Billy Elliot--said he's always supported the gays and added that the longest gay ... More >>
There were precious few awards presented on last night's Grammys, but there was a helluva lot of entertainment, and though some of it was downright bizarre (Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers?), there was plenty to enjoy and gossip about. Still, some questions continue to nag:
And other whore stories in post-crackdown clubs. Then, suddenly, a Pygmalion-like transformation.
Art with a capital A: Chicks on Speed, Kevin Blechdom at Deitch projects