This Week’s Voice: Michael Jackson’s This Is It, the True Story about Girls, Julian Casablancas, Weezer, Luc Sante’s My Life in Poetry, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla reviews Michael Jackson’s mercifully goofy and cheerful This Is It, Reyhan Harmanci does some reporting and fact-checking on the improbably ridiculous backstory of San Francisco duo Girls, Andy Beta talks to Mike McGonigal about the writer/critic’s new three-disc DIY gospel compilation Fire in My Bones, Bob Hill chats with Julian Casablancas about his first solo record, and Stacey Anderson spends Halloween with Weezer, a decision she comes to really regret.

In Books, Zach Baron on dazed, 1970s reissues from Lore Segal, Rudy Wurlitzer, and Luc Sante.

In Film, J. Hoberman stares at The Men Who Stare at Goats (and washes his eyes out over at the Whitney’s Alice Guy Blanche retro), Scott Foundas pushes the limits of taste with Precious, Aaron Hillis interviews Woody Harrelson about his new The Messenger, and Melissa Anderson rounds up a grand duo of ballet films, La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and The Red Shoes.

In Art, Robert Shuster’s Best in Show stars Edward Burtynsky, Robert Morris, and Justine Cooper.

In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews recent productions of Finian’s Rainbow, Love Child, and Nightingale, while Tom Sellar previews the Theater of the Eighth Day’s Wormwood.

Plus Michael Musto on David Mamet’s Race, Free Will Astrology, and more, here.