We’re accustomed to think of William Thompson as Mr. Clean. But he’s a friend of William Howell, and as city comptroller has been party to deals where a “good deed also benefited a good friend.” Tom Robbins reports.
There’s a children’s-but-not-really story called Coraline opening soon at the Lucille Lortel. The music is by the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt. “I had a fantasy of doing Coraline entirely naked,” he says, “so there would be no children in the audience.” Alexis Soloski talks it out with him.
You’re sick of ramen? How about ramen “topped with a length of pork-belly charshu, tender and fatty, with delicious caramelized edges”? And in Park Slope? Sarah DiGregorio dines at Zuzu Ramen.
“Miss California Partied Down with a Trannie!” Well, that’s good enough for us, but Michael Musto has more, talking to Ellen Burstyn — and the trannie! He also went to plays and witnessed a Tom Hanks fete.
Bob Dylan‘s Together Through Life “splits the difference between formal savvy and pure lassitude, making it work more often than not.” Get it? No? Then read more, by Edd Hurt.
Music: Ron Harvilla on Ciara and Chrisette Michele, Justin F. Farrar on the USA Is a Monster, Brad Cohan on Thrones, Richard Gehr on Darcy James Argue, and Carol Cooper on “Dan Hicks, Leonard Cohen, Etta James, and other fearless time travelers.”
Theater: Michael Feingold on The Singing Forest, Accent on Youth, and Desire Under the Elms.
Food: Robert Sietsema at the Newark marisqueira Sol-Mar.
Art: Robert Shuster on Dustin Yellin.
Books: Rob Harvilla on Ben Greenman‘s Please Step Back.