This Week’s Voice: Spring Arts Guide, Wells Tower, Metric, Soderbergh, Britney Spears, Will Oldham, Mary Gaitskill, I Love You, Man, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Spring Arts Guide: Stacey Anderson on Metric’s dreamy new Fantasies, Zach Baron on author Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Aaron Hillis in conversation with Steven Soderbergh, Robert Shuster on sculptor Chakaia Booker, Brian Seibert on Fang-Yi Sheu in Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra, Alexis Soloski on David Levine’s avant-play Venice, plus food, previews, and upcoming events galore.

Elsewhere, in Music, Rob Harvilla joins Britney Spears and lots of young screaming girls for a show in Long Island.

Mike Powell on the brilliant disguises of Will Oldham.

Mikael Wood looks on as PJ Harvey and John Parish reconvene.

Phil Freeman in praise of the dearly departed avant metal act Khanate.

In Books, Zach Baron on Mary Gaitskill’s first short-story collection in more than 10 years, Don’t Cry.

In Film, J. Hoberman on the excruciating details of death-by-starvation in Steve McQueen’s Hunger and The Feature, a three-hour memoir by artist Michel Auder.

Scott Foundas reviews Tony Gilroy’s latest, the deft Duplicity.

Robert Wilonsky has a bromance with I Love You, Man.

Melissa Anderson says Valentino: The Last Emperor is stylish but shallow.

Nick Pinkerton on Robert Mulligan at Walter Reade.

Plus reviews of The Edge of Love and The Great Buck Howard.

In Art, Alan Gilbert is at Vanessa Beecroft’s newest, VB64.

Ben Davis talks with real live Iraqis at Jeremy Deller’s ‘It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq‘ at New Museum.

In Theater, Alexis Soloski at Craig Wright’s The Unseen.

James Hannaham on Heroes.

Plus Michael Musto on gay porn stars, a Sietsema noodle guide, and more…

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