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50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art.

Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. But some of these organizations seem to have been turned into little more than gravesite profiteers, selling members’ plots to the highest bidder without their knowledge. Graham Rayman digs up the story.

Can Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck resuscitate the crusading-political-reporter genre with State of Play? J. Hoberman has the scoop!

A group show of artists under 33 years of age, under the title “Younger than Jesus.” It’s a hook, but is it art? James Hannaham‘s review contains the line “racially indeterminate gay boy broadly satirizing Texas belles and stewardesses,” so what’s not to read?

Last month Tom Robbins told you about the “Shakedown at the Pension Fund” under former controller Alan Hevesi‘s watch. Now learn how indictee Hank Morris got his — and who else dipped their beak.

Followers of Graham Rayman’s Rikers Island series — in which he broke a major scandal involving sadistic guards and murdered prisoners — will want to read the latest installment, about the scandal’s smoking gun.


Film. Anthony Kaufman on Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives. J. Hoberman on Oblivion. Nick Pinkerton on a festival of Prix Louis-Delluc winners, and a Satyajit Ray retro.

Music. Andy Beta on The Juan MacLean. Rob Harvilla on Superdrag. Eryn Loeb on Screaming Females.

Theatre. Michael Feingold on Durang’s Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty, and Howe’s Chasing Manet. Alexis Soloski on Angela’s Mixtape and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage. Eric Grode on The Toxic Avenger. Trav S.D. on Trinity 5:29. Andy Propst on Being Audrey.

Restaurants. Sarah DiGregorio at Desnuda. Robert Sietsema at Xochimilco.

Art. Robert Shuster on Paul Glabicki, Rosemarie Fiore and Celeste Boursier-Mougenot.

Books/Film. Zach Baron interviews Guy Maddin.

Dance. Deborah Jowitt on Vicki Shick.

Musto. Ask a Mexican. Dan Savage. Free Will Astrology. Letters. Etc.

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