This Week’s Voice: R.A. the Rugged Man, Lil Wayne’s The Carter Documentary, Zadie Smith, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Urs Fischer, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, Ben Westhoff recounts the long, setback- and STD-ridden journey of Long Island’s own R.A. the Rugged Man, Jed Lipinski talks to the players involved with the semi-embargoed Lil Wayne documentary The Carter, Christopher R. Weingarten profiles the boutique label Numero Group and its once-forgotten stars, the Eccentric Soul Revue, Michael Hoinski chats with Chuck Prophet, and Ezra Gale hangs out with LES tuba hero Ezra Gale.

In Books, Zach Baron reviews Zadie Smith’s newest, the Lil Wayne/Date Movie/Nabokov-checking Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays.

In Film, Scott Foundas raves about Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nick Pinkerton explains the enigma that is Nicolas Cage, Chuck Wilson on Roland Emmerich’s 2012, Melissa Anderson dissects the lackluster latest from France at BAM’s ‘New French Films‘, and J. Hoberman takes a look at the work of Jerry Lewis.

In Art, Martha Schwendener takes a stroll around Urs Fischer’s ‘Marguerite de Ponty’ show at the New Museum.

In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews recent productions of Richard Foreman’s Idiot Savant, The Understudy, and What We Once Felt, while Alexis Soloski checks in at The Lily’s Revenge and BAM’s Quartett.

In Dance, Deborah Jowitt on Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses programs at City Center.

Plus Michael Musto on a strange encounter between Jude Law and Sir Ian McKellen, Free Will Astrology, and more, here.