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How many Democrats does it take to make a donkey show? In this week’s cover story, Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett takes account of the opposition New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo will actually have to face: Shelly Silver, and the rest of our state’s old-school democrats.
Another word problem: Over the last few weeks, Village Voice writer Graham Rayman has published transcripts taken from recordings made inside Bed-Stuy’s 81st NYPD Precinct. Since releasing the first and second installments, Rayman has exposed the intimidation of victims by cops trying to downgrade crime stats, among other various misdeeds and tragically priceless cop-quotes. In the newest installment of The Police Tapes, Vol. 3, Rayman uncovers the most shocking one yet: a retired NYPD detective who’s now coming forward about downgraded sexual assault numbers.
Elsewhere in this week’s News, there are other equations to be solved out there, too: the rising tally of Mexican immigrants being pushed by any means necessary out of our country, and the toll of casualties it takes, in part of a national Village Voice Media story, The Life and Death of a Murdered Arizona Rancher. Finally, in a count you have to look forward to, our World Cup 2010 Bluffer’s Guide might actually make you familiar with the kind of numbers that you’ll benefit — at least in spirit — from knowing.
This week’s Music brings around a number you might be familiar with: New York’s infamous hip hop radio station, Hot 97, from whom Voice music editor Rob Harvilla wrote the people’s history of this year’s edition of their traditionally epic Summer Jam concert. It’s the definitive document. Also, The Return of Against Me! reminds us where salvation lies in refreshingly simple power chords, while Christina Aguilera continues to fight the oversexed Good Fight herself.
This week in Food, the number of miles our team travels to suss out the five boroughs’ best food can’t be fudged: take Robert Sietsema’s review of Coney Island Taste, a small bodega out in Homecrest, Brooklyn, where he finds locals serving up surprises in the form of Peruvian rarities. And speaking of pleasant surprises, this week, Voice gossip Michael Musto gets the early word on James Franco’s portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in a new biopic about the poet.
In Film this week, legendary Voice film critic J. Hoberman somehow spends more minutes in the dark with Joan Rivers — the center of a new documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – than the number of times she’s had work done. Which is impressive. And somehow he still wants to know more. Elsewhere, Dan Kois finds indie drama Winter’s Bone quite chilling, and Nick Pinkerton worries that The Karate Kid remake won’t even graduate to it’s Yellow Belt, even if it is Will Smith’s kid we’re talking about. Finally, three’s a magic number for Anthony Kaufman, who talks to some filmmakers participating in Brooklyn’s second annual BAMcinemaFEST.
Finally, in Arts, more strange numbers emerge: 25 years after Bret Easton Ellis’ breakout book Less Than Zero came out, a sequel timed with a reissuing of the original book? Our review of Ellis’ newest, the paranoia-inducing Imperial Bedrooms, is out. R.C. Baker takes notice that paranoia’s also a common theme at the Austrian Cultural Forum’s impressive NineteenEightyFour exhibition, while Voice theater critics Alexis Soloski finds herself under pressured waters at LC3’s On The Levee, and Michael Feingold takes notice of the rare stagings of Another Part of the Forest and Can You Hear Their Voices? Did you?
All that, plus more Music, Art, Theater, Film, Books, Dance, Restaurants, Michael Musto, Free Will Astrology, and Dan Savage. And then some. We’ve got it all, but unlike some other institutions in town, our numbers add up, and we show our work. Come check it out.