In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla keeps a running diary of Summer Jam 2010, where the best highlight Hot 97 could muster was a set from DJ Khaled. What happened, New York? Elsewhere, Drew Hinshaw thinks hard about Christina Aguilera’s new Bionic, and Dan Weiss catches up with Against Me! in the Weezer/Blue Album stage of their post-psuedo-punk development.
In Books, Foster Kamer reviews Bret Easton Ellis’s Imperial Bedrooms.
In Film, J. Hoberman on Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Film Forum’s revival of Jacques Tourneur’s Nightfall, Anthony Kaufman previews the BAMcinemaFEST, Dan Kois files on the Ozark fairy tale Winter’s Bone, Nick Schager rounds up the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Nick Pinkerton falls for Anthology’s Pierre Clémenti retro.
In Art, R.C. Baker’s Best in Show highlights the Austrian Cultural Center’s NineteenEightyfour show and Megan Prelinger’s Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of Can You Hear Their Voices? and Another Part of the Forest, while Alexis Soloski talks with director Lear deBessonet about On the Levee.