In this week’s Village Voice, we present our annual Best of NYC issue, featuring New York’s best in Arts and Entertainment, Shops and Services, People and Places, Sports, Recreation, and Sex, Bars and Clubs, and of course Eats and Treats.
Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla gets to know the deliciously indulgent and only slightly exhausting hard-rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures at Roseland, while Abby Everdell checks backs in with local singer/songwriter Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson on the verge of his second act, Andy Beta talks with our own former arts editor Vince Aletti on the occasion of his new The Disco Files 1973-78: New York’s Underground Week by Week, K. Leander Williams reviews departed Congolese guitarist Francois Luambo Makiadi’s Francophonic, Vol. 2, and Scott Indrisek hangs out with looming CMJ darlings Real Estate.
In Film, J. Hoberman reviews Lars von Trier’s finally here Antichrist (with a detour by way of Peter Greenaway’s Rembrandt’s J’accuse at Film Forum), Scott Foundas gets in touch with his inner Frenchman via Hon Sang-soo’s Night and Day, Tim Grierson revisits Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence, and Nick Pinkerton attends MOMA’s party for Bela Tarr’s Satantango.
In Art, Jed Lipinski profiles photographer Robert Bergman on the eve of his “Selected Portraits” at P.S. 1.
In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews recent productions of Memphis, Bye Bye Birdie, and Such Things Only Happen in Books, while Alexis Soloski stops by Playwrights Horizons for Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation and My Life in a Nutshell, at Here Arts Center.
In Dance, Deborah Jowitt says farewell to Frankfurt with the Forsythe Company at BAM.