In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla marvels at the brilliant stupidity of r&b lothario The-Dream. Theon Weber examines the calculated rebellion of Miley Cyrus. Jesse Serwer reports on the Great Dancehall Freeze-Out of 2010, during which many of Jamaica’s biggest acts now barred from entering the U.S. And Tom Hull unleashes another Jazz Consumer Guide, for those of us who know nothing about jazz, but would like some helpful expert to tell us more.
In Film, J. Hoberman reviews a feature-length portrait of a pop music genius as (pre-)convicted murderer, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector. Ella Taylor on Lisa Cholodenko’s traditional (lesbian) domestic comedy The Kids Are All Right. Melissa Anderson determines that Love Ranch (a/k/a The Worst Little Whorehouse Movie in Nevada), the second collaboration between actress Helen Mirren and her director husband Taylor Hackford, should be grounds for divorce. Nick Pinkerton writes about ‘Contraband Cinema‘ bringing political films to BAM for the Fourth of July.
In Art, Martha Schwendener reviews Smack Mellon’s art show Condensations of the Social.
In Theater, Michael Feingold ruminates on A.R. Gurney’s In The Grand Manner at Lincoln Center. Alexis Soloski says that Ayn Rand’s Ideal is no fountainhead of genius. And Miriam Felton-Dansky notes that 42nd Street turns into Water World with flooded Mississippi production, On the Levee.
Also, there’s La Dolce Musto, Tom Robbins on the Avenue B mob, and Nat Hentoff going in on Ray Kelly. Dear hippies, your 2010 mid-point horoscope is here at Free Will Astrology. Mine sucks, so there’s that.