In this week’s Village Voice, we remember Michael Jackson: Greg Tate on the man and his legacy, rapper Jean Grae on what Jackson meant to musicians everywhere, and Jessica Hopper, reporting live from Gary, Indiana the night Jackson died.
Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla describes the daffy sci-fi audacity of fledgling r&b superstar Janelle Monae.
Mike Powell reviews Wilco’s newest: “Is there anything dangerous about a pale father of two, comfortable in soft denim, mewling his way through a prescription-pill addiction with songs about how dishwashing just isn’t the same without his wife around?”
Ben Westhoff spends an enchanted evening with the brain trust behind ‘Auto-Tune the News.’
Andy Beta hangs out in the basement with the underground Brooklyn noise-pop label Sacred Bones.
In Film, J. Hoberman on French nouvelle vague grande dame Agnes Varda’s new film, The Beaches of Agnes, and on Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s alarming Tony Manero, which is indeed about a Saturday Night Fever-obsessed Travolta impersonator.
Scott Foundas on Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, “the summation of something Mann has been steadily building toward ever since he first incorporated video-shot footage into the dynamic opening training montage of Ali in 2001.”
Nick Pinkerton at Anthology’s A Willie Nelson 4th of July.
Melissa Anderson interviews the co-founders of Strand Releasing, who are currently programming six of their own films at MOMA.
Plus Aaron Hillis on BAM’s Afro-Punk Festival.
Tom Sellar previews the 2009 Lincoln Center Festival.
Alexis Soloski reviews two tweaked classics: the Classical Theater of Harlem’s Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe and the Chocolate Factory’s Caucasian Chalk Circle.
In Dance, Deborah Jowitt on Nicholas Leichter Dance’s newest at the Joyce Theater.