In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Tony Rettman goes back in time with A7, the legendary NYC hardcore club that’s getting its own reunion this Saturday at the Knitting Factory.
Jessica Suarez hangs out with Brooklyn “sacred, ad hoc folk group” Welcome Wagon.
Rob Trucks revisits a quarter-century of R.E.M.’s Murmur.
Thomas Golianopoulos attempts to take Ludacris’s Theater of the Mind seriously.
Plus reviews of Scarface’s Emeritus and Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell’s Sunday at Devil Dirt.
In Books, Alexander Nazaryan asks authors including Susan Orlean, David Remnick, and Joseph O’Neill, and Ethan Hawke what their favorite obscure books are.
In Film, J. Hoberman reviews the summit of egos that is Frost/Nixon.
Lance Goldenberg looks for lost childhood with two master filmmakers–Fellini and Bergman–as Film Forum hosts Amarcord and IFC screens Fanny and Alexander.
Elliott Stein checks in on MOMA’s Ferzan Ozpetek retrospective.
Plus reviews of Cadillac Records and of Paul Newman’s eulogy at BAM.
In Art, R.C. Baker’s Best in Show covers ‘Image in the Box’ at Hollis Taggart, ‘The World Is All That Is the Case’ at Hudson Franklin, and a Michelangelo show at Palitz Gallery.
In Theater, Michael Feingold takes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
Alexis Soloski reviews Cape Disappointment at P.S.122.
Plus Lynn Yaeger on holiday storefronts, Savage Love, and more…