In this week’s Village Voice, we present our annual Best of NYC issue! Relevant to SOTC readers will be Rob Harvilla’s sublime essay on Nicki Minaj and our fulsome Arts & Entertainment and Bars & Clubs sections, but be sure to consult People & Places, Shops & Services, Sports, Recreation & Sex, and Eats & Treats as well. Plus we went glossy this year, if that’s the kind of thing that gets you excited. Find us on the street!
Elsewhere in Music, Chris Opfer chronicles the downward spiral of TVT Records, which almost brought everyone from Ambulance LTD to Lil Jon down with it, Corin Tucker tells Mikael Wood she identifies strongly with Twilight‘s Bella, and Alex Rawls profiles New Orleans icon Kermit Ruffins.
In Film, J. Hoberman hails the beauty and rhythm of Frederick Wiseman’s knockout Boxing Gym, Nick Pinkerton reports back from Anthology’s i>The Portuguese Nun, Michael Atkinson on Larry Fessenden, and Aaron Hillis on the Henry Phillips pseudo-doc Punching the Clown.
In Art, Robert Shuster singles out recent shows from Knox Martin, Robert Wilson, and Charlotte Shulz.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, La Bête, and A Life in the Theatre, while Alexis Soloski chats with Julia Stiles about the Ridge Theater’s new Persephone.
In Dance, Deborah Jowitt on Ralph Lemon at BAM.