In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla on the gleeful self-sabotage of MGMT, Francis Davis looks back on the work of jazz’s Paul Motian, and Theon Weber reviews David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love tribute to Imelda Marcos.
In Books, Roy Edroso reads the newest posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski.
In Film, J. Hoberman on Fassbinder’s World on a Wire and Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats, Aaron Hillis unpacks the levels of sincerity in Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Melissa Anderson reviews Bette Gordon’s Handsome Harry and Connie Field’s apartheid documentary Have You Heard From Johannesburg, Karina Longworth on the long-awaited Kick-Ass, and Nick Pinkerton heads to Walter Reade for “Northern Exposures: Social Change and Sexuality in Swedish Cinema.”
In Art, Christian Viveros-Fauné joins Jules de Balincourt in saying goodbye to Jeffrey Deitch’s Deitch Projects.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of The Addams Family, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Anyone Can Whistle, while Tom Sellar profiles the avante-garde troupe Big Art Group.