This Week’s Voice: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Big L, and More


In this week’s Village Voice, Sean Fennessey plumbs the gorgeous nightmares of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Zach Baron decodes Jay-Z’s Decoded, Michael Robbins sorts through a goofy Bruce Springsteen reissue project, and Phillip Mlynar remembers slain Harlem rapper Big L.

In Film, J. Hoberman reviews Clare Denis’s strongest movie in a decade, White Material, then heads to Anthology for their revival of The Cry of Jazz, Nick Pinkerton checks out the Cannon Films retro at Lincoln Center, Melissa Anderson on the next hamfisted Paul Haggis flick The Next Three Days, and Dan Kois weighs in on the new Harry Potter.

In Art, Robert Shuster on new work from Richard Garet, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Joe Diebes.

In Theater, Michael Feingold on recent productions of After the Revolution, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and The Merchant of Venice, while John Heilpern revisits John Osborne’s lost Personal Enemy with Brits Off Broadway.

In Dance, Deborah Jowitt hails four decades of Garth Fagan Dance.

Plus Michael Musto, Free Will Astrology, and more, here.