We at the Village Voice fly all variations of flags — patriotic, pirate, freak, or otherwise — day in, day out as routine business around here. But this week, we’re loud and proud of a very specific color (or colors), as that special time of year is here again: The Queer Issue has arrived. And as you can tell from our cover, we’ve got a capital-S Situation on our hands. Not only did we penetrate one of the deepest secrets of The Jersey Shore — The Elusive Gay Guido — but…
…Yes, believe it: The Village Voice and the men of Jersey Shore — two venerated tri-state cultural institutions — have traversed our figurative bridges and tunnels to meet (meat?) in the middle, as we bite into the manwich that is Another Steamy Season of MTV’s Jersey Shore.
Also featured in The 2010 Queer Issue:
And finally, iconic Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto commemorates that special time of year with Gay Pride’s Here! And I’m So Ashamed!
Elsewhere in News this week, some people prefer to keep their shame to themselves: Tom Robbins storms through with an incredible story of Bloomberg’s Million-Dollar Ripoff. $1.1M was “stolen” from Mayor Bloomberg, and guess how little all parties involved have to say about it? Exactly. Meanwhile, Steven Thrasher gives us a real Golden Girl: a 93 year-old widow who had her Honda held hostage by a Queens crook, reunited with her ride at last.
In Music, we’re proud to have music editor Rob Harvilla getting close with New York art-scene staple Laurie Anderson, who’s proud to not have any of the answers to the many questions her latest effort, Homeland, brings to the table. Meanwhile, Christopher R. Weingarten assesses the ever-necessary subversion of Devo, Francis Davis plays around with some of jazz and cabaret vocalist Theo Bleckmann’s toys, and Richard Gehr tries to understand what’s in ‘Syrian techno’ superstar Omar Souleyman’s soul.
In Food, Robert Sietsema salutes the efforts taking place in the kitchen of Williamsburg’s old Black Betty space at The Commodore, where he finds food and booze to help you “drink like your dad.” Meanwhile, Sarah DiGregorio finds “offally good” food at Takashi, the newest Korean BBQ spot in town with a few slight differences than your average joint: for one thing, it’s in the West Village, not Koreatown. For another, they specialize in offal, the parts of the animal you typically don’t find yourself eating.
In Film, however, there’s not too much to be proud of this week. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s newest release, Knight and Day, is a story about a CIA agent and the cipher he wants to bed, who he’s brought together with by a plane crash after which….know what? Just read Dan Kois’ Knight and Day review, entitled Tom Cruise, Please Shut Up. You’ll get the idea. Legendary Voice film critic J. Hoberman doesn’t see much over Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass, Karina Longworth only sees a vacation film-cum-propaganda in Oliver Stone’s latest, South of the Border, and Michael Atkinson dishes on seven of the best showings from the NY Asian Film Festival.
Finally, in Arts, theater critic Michael Feingold tries to ignore but can’t help but hearing about the Tony Awards, and the state of disillusionment they’re causing among New York’s theater community. Hint: It’s Hollywood. Art critic Robert Shuster hits the triple, going for Sci-Fi at MoMA, making it to the Met’s Leon Levinstein show of NYC photos, and looking at Boris Lurie’s Early Work at Westwood. Finally, Stacy Gueraseva’s not afraid to laugh at Brooklyn’s tent-revival comedy at Union Hall.
Here at The Village Voice, when it comes to New York’s gay community, we’re loud, we’re proud, and we get that they’re as emblematic of the reasons to love this city as Lady Liberty herself. How can you not fist-pump to that?