In this week’s Village Voice, our cover is Baz Dreisinger on reggae’s civil war: Why Mavado and Vybz Kartel might be the Biggie and Tupac of Dancehall. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla watches John Mayer shut up and sing at MSG, Michael D. Ayers talks to Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles about the band’s brilliant new The Monitor, and Francis Davis returns to compare Dee Dee Bridgewater and Stephanie Nakasian’s takes on Billie Holiday.
In Books, Rob Harvilla reviews Sam Lipsyte’s new, grimly funny The Ask.
In Film, J. Hoberman on the not quite curiouser and curiouser enough Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland, Melissa Anderson counts down the Academy Awards’ most outrageous moments and interviews Catherine Beillat in advance of tonight’s Bluebeard screening at Anthology, and Ella Taylor takes on the Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells.
In Art, Christian Viveros-Fauné reviews a mixed-up, dialed down 2010 Whitney Biennial.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on gimmick-prone recent productions of Yank!, Clybourne Park, and Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, while Alexis Soloski is at Radiohole’s Whatever Heaven Allows (WHA?!) and Tom Sellar profiles the legendary drag performer Bette Bourne.