Those Newburgh 4, arrested last month and charged with trying to blow up synagogues in a terror plot, were drawn into their alleged conspiracy by an informant known as Malik, working with the FBI to get out from under his own criminal record. Witnesses say that in addition to subjecting the men to constant anti-American, pro-terror harangues, Malik enticed them with plenty of money, gifts, and marijuana. Graham Rayman asks: is this anti-terrorism, or entrapment?
Tony Avella and William Thompson are both in sync with the stated goals of the Working Families Party. Mayor Bloomberg, who joined them at a recent forum to be considered by WFP members for its mayoral endorsement, is almost laughably out of sync with them. But he has buckets of cash, as do his friends, who have contributed heavily to the WFP. Tom Robbins sees how that’s going.
“In Gotham,” says Michael Musto, “the downtown gays have been busier than head lice on a socialite lately.” And he’s with them every step of the way. Musto also takes in Gay Pride, the Bowery Poets Cafe, Joan Rivers, Rue McClanahan, Brüno, and Rob Thomas.
Rob Harvilla attended a Michael Jackson tribute at the Apollo. It was less luxe than the Staples Center version, but had more crotch-grabbing and moonwalking. Also in Music: DJ Disco Wiz, Maxwell, and Those Darlin’s.
J. Hoberman finds Brüno “vulgar vaudeville of the highest order,” Humpday “less a queer comedy than a satiric view of macho.” Melissa Anderson has the Brüno backstory. Also in Film: Soul Power, Mississippi Mermaid, Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, and Blood: The Last Vampire.
The old Weill-Anderson chestnut Knickerbocker Holiday got a concert reading at the York Theatre, giving Michael Feingold a chance to consider both the concert and the musical’s fascinating history. Also in Theatre: King Kong and Behind the Bullseye.
In Restaurants: Robert Sietsema on Cobble Hill’s Watty & Meg and Sarah DiGregorio on Pho Sure in the West Village. In Art: R.C. Baker on Consider the Lobster/And Other Essays at Bard, and Francis Bacon: Incunabula. In Books: Roy Edroso on Will Work for Drugs by Lydia Lunch and Reverend Jen‘s Live Nude Elf: The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen.