This Week’s Voice: The Roots, K’Naan, Leonard Cohen, Examined Life, Best in Show, Mourning Becomes Electra, and More


In this week’s Music Section, Rob Harvilla profiles the new kings of late-night, the Roots, as they prepare to take Manhattan.

Peter S. Scholtes on the shifting republic of K’Naan, a deft Somali rapper risking wackness in the name of peace.

Kevin O’Donnell introduces the ball of excess and eccentricity that is Francis and the Lights.

Jason Gross reports back from Leonard Cohen’s stand at the Beacon Theatre.

Annie Fischer on happy hours in unhappy times.

In Film, J. Hoberman on the new Slavoj Zizek-featuring Astra Taylor flick Examined Life, and on Birdsong, Albert Serra’s newest at Anthology.

Scott Foundas reviews Wayne Kramer’s tasteless immigrant drama Crossing Over as well as Dillinger Is Dead, which still packs heat at BAM.

Plus reviews of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and The Trouble with Romance.

In Art, Robert Shuster (temporarily) takes over Best in Show, reviewing shows from Louise Nevelson, Aimé Mpané, the Bruce High Qality Foundation, and Becky Yee.

In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews The Story of My Life, a “sweet-natured but eerily blank new musical.”

Tom Sellar on Telephone.

Plus Michael Musto talks to Craig Bierko, new BBQ, and more…

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