This Week’s Voice: Summer Arts Guide, Bjork and Dirty Projectors, Dan Graham’s Whitney Retro, Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, Cam’ron, Lit Seen, Summer Hours, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Summer Arts Guide: Stacey Anderson on the constantly curious and enduringly romantic Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, Jed Lipinski on author Lawrence Osborne’s delightfully vulgar Bangkok Days, Aaron Hillis in conversation with Surveillance director Jennifer Lynch, Robert Shuster on Dan Graham’s Whitney retro, Brian Seibert on downtown dance upstate, and Alexis Soloski on B.A.M.’s Muslim version of Richard III.

Elsewhere, in Music, Rob Harvilla at Bjork’s Dirty Projectors collabo at Housing Works.

Mordechai Shinefield writes that Green Day’s new 21st Century Breakdown is possibly the greatest rock album of the past decade.

Jayson Greene on the long-anticipated return of Cam’ron.

Larry Blumenfeld files a hopeful dispatch from the 40th Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Cristina Black on Passion Pit’s comedy of manners.

In Books, Zach Baron’s Lit Seen goes behind the bathroom door with James Hannaham. Plus: Mark Z. Danielewski unveils a new novel at PEN Fest.

In Film, J. Hoberman on Olivier Assayas’s vivid and sympathetic Summer Hours and Being Jewish In France at Walter Reade.

Robert Wilonsky on the stubbornly likeable Brothers Bloom.

Melissa Anderson on the powerful Postman rethink Jerichow.

Ella Taylor endures the predictably terrible Angels & Demons.

In Art, Martha Schwendener hails ‘The Pictures Generation‘ at the Met.

In Theater, Michael Feingold on the pre- Tony deadline pileup of Waiting for Godot, The Philanthropist, and 9 to 5.

Alexis Soloski on Ethan Coen’s Offices and Propeller’s The Merchant of Venice.

Plus Michael Musto on Billy Elliot being gay, a Sietsema summer food guide, and more…