Remember the epidemic years of AIDS, when infected New Yorkers fought to get into untested drug trials? People fought to get infected babies into those trials, too. Some of them, because of the nature of the trials, were given placebo drugs. Some made it, some didn’t. Not much has been written about this important chapter in the history of the epidemic. Elizabeth Dwoskin digs through the records and interviews a survivor to bring this important story up to date.
Runnin’ Scared has given a very hard time to the “Gang of Three” state senators from New York who muscled their fellow Democrats for power in Albany. But Tom Robbins, who pays closer attention to these things, gives us some detail on the push of gangstas Carl Kruger and Pedro Espada, Jr. to get some accountability from the MTA.
If you’ve heard 21-year-old Mica Levi of Micachu & The Shapes bang a seriously detuned guitar on “Lips,” you may have surmised they’re more interesting than the usual Band of the Moment. Ron Harvilla saw them at SXSW and essays on their album Jewellry.
Speaking of Of the Moment, 10 Downing currently has that status among Manhattan bistros. Robert Sietsema went, and found “the best date dish of all time.”
Is Adventureland any good? We know it’ll catch the spirit of youth in the 80s, and that’s kind of good, but is it good good? Actual film critic Scott Foundas makes a case.
Blah blah Chris Brown Rihanna blah blah. Wait, Raquel Cepeda has an idea: why not listen to 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls in Harlem talk about it? Suddenly it’s interesting.
Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson! Sean and Robin Wright Penn! Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor! Michael Musto makes a BFD out of BFF and BF names!
Food: Sarah Di Gregorio at Butcher Bay. Music: Theon Weber on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Film: J. Hoberman on Tulpan and Oshima and neo-Japonica. Melissa Anderson on Sugar. Nick Pinkerton on Alien Trespass. Theatre: Michael Feingold on God of Carnage, Impressionism, and Exit the King. Alexis Soloski on Hamlet and Rambo Solo. Eric Grode on People Without History. Trav S.D. on A Slight Headache. Garrett Eisler on Inked Baby. Art: Martha Schwendener on MOMA’s “Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West.” Books: Eli Epstein-Deutsch on Andrei Codrescu’s The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. Dance: Deborah Jowitt on Eliot Feld, Keely Garfield, Susan Marshall and Sally Silvers.