In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla ventures up to 30 Rock to have lunch with Jawbox on the eve of the D.C. punk band’s one-off reunion on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, while Jayson Greene unpacks Atlanta rapper Pill’s 4075: The Refill mixtape, Jason Gross rounds up the ’09 crop of weird Christmas records, and Mike Powell checks up on New York ska band The Slackers.
In Books, we select the best of 2009: Pynchon, Tower, Atwood, and more.
In Film, J. Hoberman suffers from that peculiar brand of (sticker) shock and awe that is Avatar, then has fun casting Belgian puppet animation A Town Called Panic in James Cameron’s titanic shadow. (Plus: holiday DVDS!) Scott Foundas reviews Rob Marshall’s Nine, Nick Pinkerton calls Jeff Bridges’s Crazy Heart “a well-done, adult American movie,” Nicolas Rapold sums up MOMA’s Jacques Tati series, and Melissa Anderson takes another look at Bresson’s The Trial of Joan of Arc.
In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews recent productions of A Little Night Music, Brief Encounter, and So Help Me God!, while Alexis Soloski is at P.S.122 for Terrible Things and Crime or Emergency.