Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader may have grown up in the midwest--Wichita, Kansas, to be precise--but his upbringing centered on preserving traditions from Laos, his homeland. A Laotian community thrived in Wichita, he explains, and so in addition to traveling around the country with his Laotian soccer t ... More >>
You can travel the culinary globe here in New York City, but until just two days ago, you'd be hard pressed to find Laotian food. "I've lived in all the boroughs except the Bronx and Staten Island," says Soulayphet "Phet" Schwader, executive chef of just-opened Lao spot Khe-Yo at Duane Street and We ... More >>
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A Scandinavian spin on Americana
He thinks some of it is really dumb
Last week Patti Smith performed her annual series of year-end shows, and the Times reports that at the end of her Saturday-night gig she had an announcement: This year's New Year's residency would be her final one at the Bowery Ballroom. No word on where Smith's shows ringing out 2012 will be just y ... More >>
Glen Campbell says goodbye to NYC
Moving on to a better place
In the shadow of his brothers' Tea Party fame, Bill Koch seems almost like a normal billionaire.
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told CNN that President Obama decided to go through with the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden based on "what was probably a 50-50 case that Osama bin Laden was there." In light of that info, it's interesting to read this alternate history of what would have h ... More >>
So much to see, everywhere. The Bamboozle Meadowlands April 29-May 1, 2011 Better than: Watching scene reports scroll by on Twitter. In a lot of ways, the Bamboozle is a festival tailor-made for the current moment of constant distraction. The festival's running time over three days totals ... More >>
Maura JohnstonThe Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour feat. Travie McCoy, Donnis, Black Cards, XV, and Bad Rabbits Gramercy Theatre Tuesday, March 24 Better than: Being broken up with by email. There was apparently some sort of apocalyptic weather going on outside the Gramercy ... More >>
Here's a candid peek at 007 Daniel Craig caught in drag!
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. Several issues of The Pratt American Date: 1993 - 1994 Publisher: Pratt Community C ... More >>
Knight in verbal armor
The pulled pork slider is prominently bannered in the parking lot (!) of the Williamsburg White Castle. Note the Voice box in the left bottom corner, and please take a paper when you try the slider. After enduring the advertisements for several months, and in view of my love of real barbecue ... 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. The Defender Magazine Date: Issues from January, February and September, 1955 ... More >>
The Wichita, Kansas clinic run by abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was shot dead in church by a rightwing nut connected with the anti-abortion movement, is going to close down. "We are glad that Kansas will not be referred to as the abortion capital of the world," said a spokesman for Kansan ... More >>
Scoot on over to bobdylan.com and avail thyself of "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'," the first track to emerge from his imminent Together Through Life, due out April 28. (The free download is conveniently offered as a zip file, should your computer be really tempermental.) At first blush it's a pleasing ... More >>
Nervous nellies, ignored spouses, and sore genitals alike wonder, What if the web-booty never stops?
Patricia Field's really big shoe propels me to Brooklyn. I even go to New Jersey.
Absurd bagpipes and half-assed prog retreads sink the Stripes' sixth manifesto
For the week of November 17, 2006
Register behind me bird in Arular's Sunday Illinois woodz machine
John Prine returns to a world stripped of his favorite subject matter—humanity
Deliciously debauched Duran fans not glam enough live
Awful poems sought and found: From spam to Google, flarf redefines random
Volunteer Now in Civilization's Battle Against George the Boy King
The Museum of Sex's First Wedding Ceremony
Jack and Meg Find a Little Place to Fight 'Em Off
Cassandra Wilson and Dee Dee Bridgewater Enter the Pantheon