In a feat of awesomeness, Camille Dodero introduces us this week to the stars of Bridge & Tunnel, MTV’s shelved reality show about the kids of Staten Island. Meet Brianna and Gabriella DeBartoli, who Dodero calls “the original JWoww and Snooki: sharper, prettier, kinder, more discriminating, less scatological, but no less entertaining.” But Bridge & Tunnel was not quite the same as the Shore. It was supposed to be a show with a heart, about young people who have dreams of getting off the Island. Read to find out what happened.
Michael Musto laments the blandness of our culture, writing that “margarine has been applied to our entertainment and then served on a toasted ciabatta sandwich, which we learned how to make by DVR-ing anything with the word ‘bread’ in it.”
Meanwhile, Eric Hynes explores the sexual world of the Smurfs.
In food, Lauren Shockey reviews Sa Aming Nayon, declaring that “home-style Filipino cooking has triumphantly returned” to the East Village, where Pinoy restaurants once flourished.
Andy Beta profiles collective Horse Meat Disco, who have three upcoming appearances in the New York area.
If you’re looking for theater, Michael Feingold calls The Patsy, a multi-character three act play performed by one man, “one of the most remarkable, and one of the most peculiar, theater events I’ve ever witnessed.”
“Color reads as nothing but political,” Martha Schwendener writes of “Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.