In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla reports back live from the somewhat Michael Jackson-themed Amateur Night at the Apollo: “It is extraordinarily difficult to impersonate, mimic, or pay entirely reverent homage to Michael Jackson without coming across like you’re making fun of him.”
Phillip Mlynar on the slow redemption of DJ Disco Wiz, “hip-hop’s first Latino DJ and one of the genre’s unheralded pioneers.”
Clover Hope reviews Maxwell’s much-teased fourth album, BLACKsummers’night, on which Brooklyn’s soul philosopher dials it back, although just a little.
Michael D. Ayers talks with Those Darlins, the knife-wielding, floor-defiling Tennessee trio who play New York twice in the next few days.
In Film, J. Hoberman on Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest queerface opus, Bruno, and on Humpday, Lynn Shelton’s mumblecore bromance. Confusing comedies, basically. Plus: Melissa Anderson on the three intrepid gay foreigners who made Bruno and his short shorts possible.
Ernest Hardy reviews Jeffrey Levy-Hinte’s epic concert doc Soul Power, which might well be subtitled When We Were Kings.
In Art, R.C. Baker takes a trip up the Hudson to see Bard’s Rachel Harrison survey/DFW curatorial bonanza ‘Consider the Lobster’/’And Other Essays,’ then rounds up some of Francis Bacon’s strange scraps as published in Francis Bacon: Incunabula.
In Books, Roy Edroso on memoirs by ageless New York bohemians Lydia Lunch and Reverend Jen.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s Knickerbocker Holiday at the York Theater.