This Week’s Voice: Fela!, Kid Sister, Rakim, Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla writes the back story to and guesses at the future of Fela!, the Fela Kuti Broadway biopic that is every bit as fantastic as it needs to be to survive–not that the fact will necessarily help it, in the end. Elsewhere, Eavvon O’Neal takes on the enigma that is Chicago’s Kid Sister, Phillip Mlynar talks with the God MC, Rakim, C.W. Thompson profiles the Reigning Sound, and Vijith Assar hangs out with Dinosaur Feathers.

In Film, J. Hoberman reviews Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and Aleksandr Sokurov’s The Sun, Rob Nelson considers Tim Burton’s retro at MOMA, Rob Nelson on Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, and Scott Foundas is dismayed at the international cut of John Woo’s Red Cliff.

In Art, Robert Shuster’s Best in Show features David Colosi, Gerhard Richter, and Josee Bienvenu’s ‘Toluca Editions.’

In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews recent productions of Ragtime and The Brother/Sister Plays, while Alexis Soloski checks in at the Ontological Theater’s The Verge and 59E59’s Red Sea Fish.

In Dance, Deborah Jowitt on Bill T. Jones’ latest at the Joyce Theater.

Plus Michael Musto interviews Levi Johnston, Free Will Astrology, and more, here.