In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla gives us “Hipster Runoff Explained (Maybe),” a possibly illuminating chat with the Internet’s latest mystery man.
Stephen Slaybaugh investigates the sweet pop pleasure of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Aidan Levy on the ambitious ‘Search and Restore‘ jazz series.
Matt Thomas investigates the Sufjan-sampling NYC rap crew the Metermaids.
In Film, J. Hoberman explains why hard times won’t mean good times at the movies again, and picks a dozen Great Depression double bills.
Scott Foundas on the new Jonas Mekas epic, Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR and on Henry Selick’s stop-motion fairy tale, Coraline.
Tim Grierson runs down the 2009 Academy Award-nominated shorts at IFC.
Robert Wilonsky says the Force is weak with the long-delayed Fanboys.
Plus reviews of He’s Just Not That Into You and Chocolate.
In Art, Robert Shuster argues that Italian conceptualist Piero Manzoni was more than the guy who canned his own shit.
Ben Davis spends time at home with Euro artist and meta-jerk Erik van Lieshout.
In Books, Carol Cooper takes stock of the pioneering SF writer and feminist Joanna Russ.
In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews not-so-beautiful productions of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Woolf’s Freshwater.
Alexis Soloski on downtown go-to directors Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kauffman.
Plus Michael Musto in Montreal with porn stars and strippers, Savage Love, and more…