This Week’s Voice: Spring Arts Guide, Todd P’s MtyMx, Joke Rap, She & Him, Shopping with Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzi Bougatsos, Loser Lit, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, we present our Spring Arts Guide: Angela Ashman goes shopping with Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzi Bougatsos, James Hannaham talks to Baise-Moi director Virginie Despentes, Ben Davis on Grúpat’s Irish oddballs, Alexis Soloski profiles director Jay Scheib, Dan Weiss on the xx and the rest of the hit Brits, and Aaron Hillis interviews Kick-Ass‘s Aaron Johnson.

Elsewhere, in Music, we report back from Todd P’s MtyMx Mexican standoff in the hills of Monterrey, Sean Fennessey does joke rap, Edd Hurt remembers Alex Chilton, Phillip Mlynar profiles jazz’s Christian Scott, and Mike Powell on She & Him’s newest, Volume Two.

In Books: Loser Lit! Scribblers, orphans, and punks fumble through life in three new novels.

In Film, Melissa Anderson has a guide to “New Directors/New Films,” Dan Kois reviews Hot Tub Time Machine, J. Hoberman on Bluebeard and Chloe, and Karina Longworth details the growing pains of the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.

In Art, Christian Viveros-Fauné gives a tour of “Skin Fruit,” Jeff Koons’s newest New Museum sausage party.

In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of Book of Grace, Last Fall, and Looped, while Alexis Soloski reviews North Atlantic and Caligula Maximus.

Plus Michael Musto goes to the International Escort Awards, Free Will Astrology, and more, here.

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