This Week’s Voice: Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler, Solange Knowles, ATP, TV on the Radio, Jonathan Ames, the New York Film Festival, and More


In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla praises the “daffy, mesmerizing retro-soul surreality” of Solange Knowles.

Andy Beta goes to ATP, returns clutching his eardrums.

Christopher R. Weingarten listens to TV on the Radio’s Dear Science, declares “New York City will assuredly not produce a better art-rock statement this year.”

Plus reviews of new records from Nelly, Jenny Lewis, Kings of Leon, The Dead C, and The Kasai Allstars.

In Books, James Hannaham hits the town with Jonathan Ames and his new The Alcoholic; Fiona Apple stays home.

In Film, J. Hoberman gives the inside story behind the New York Film Festival 2008, for which he helped pick the films, while Dina Kraft reports on Cannes favorite Waltz With Bashir.

On our cover, Scott Foundas talks to Mickey Rourke about his comeback film, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler; Julian Schnabel takes the photographs.

Not to mention reviews of “Mennonite Mexico” flick Stellet Licht and The Lucky Ones.

In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews A Tale of Two Cities, Three Changes, and Anger/Nation, all at once, plus Alexis Soloski on Michael Weller’s Beast.

And, elsewhere, R.C. Baker does his weekly art roundup, Best in Show, Lynn Yaeger stalks the pop-up shops, Michael Musto says Sarah Palin sucks, and a lot more…

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