In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla finds Eminem’s tragedy to be our comedy in the rapper’s new memoir, The Way I Am: “A glamorous shot of a deleted scene from the Oscar-crashing 8 Mile showing Eminem’s character petting a horse is as wonderfully surreal as the scene itself was apparently ridiculous.”
Mikael Wood goes abroad with shameless English pop divas Girls Aloud, the Saturdays, and Sugababes.
Jessica Suarez interviews, takes part in the stoic, hazy garage-rock exuberance of Crystal Stilts.
Plus reviews of Q-Tip’s The Renaissance, Grampall Jookabox’s Ropechain, Wilderness’s (k)no(w)here, Electric Six’s Flashy, Parts & Labor’s Receivers, and the No-Neck Blues Band’s Clomeim.
In Film, J. Hoberman sees Saw-guy Darren Lynn Bousman stage a musical in Repo: The Genetic Opera, then watches Van Damme get emotional in JCVD.
Scott Foundas and Paul Rudd go nowhere—except school—in Role Models; Hoberman spends a staged afternoon with Robert Frank at Anthology.
Plus reviews of Soul Men, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and gay Bruce LaBruce zombie movie Otto; Or, Up With Dead People.
In Books, Harvilla’s back to zone in on Roast Beef, the everycat hero of Chris Onstad’s Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight.
In Art, R.C. Baker takes his Best in Show on the road, seeing Andy Diaz Hope & Laurel Roth at Schroeder Romero, ‘Art and China’s Revolution’ at Asia Society, Elmer Bischoff at George Adams, etc.
In Theater, Michael Feingold says Peter Brook’s Dostoyevsky adaptation The Grand Inquisitor brings clarity, while John Patrick Shanley’s Romantic Poetry turns prosy. Plus: Angela Ashman at tree-act play The Language of Trees!
Plus La Dolce Musto, Lynn Yaeger goes gilt-free shopping for the coming depression, and more…