This Week in the Voice: The Year in Film, 10 Best Live Shows


This week in the Voice, out today: our new Year in Film poll along with criticism from J. Hoberman, Karina Longworth, and others. Winner of Best Film: The Tree of Life. Winner of Worst Film: I Melt With You.

Maura Johnston rates the 10 best live shows she saw this year, including Beyoncé, Sade and R. Kelly.

The great Christopher Hitchens passed away this past week; James Ledbetter remembers him and discusses his contradictory legacy.

Our writers pick their favorite books of 2011. The choices are diverse, ranging histories of Rome to exposés on Scientology (guess who picked that one).

Lauren Shockey visits Onegin, a new Alexander Pushkin-themed restaurant in the Village: “Like those Soviet five-year plans, it works better in concept than in practice.”

In the jazz world, Francis Davis says this is the “year of the tenor.

Michael Feingold reviews Lysistrata Jones, a new musical. Though it’s based on an ancient Greek play, “it’s the only current Broadway musical that sounds like today.”

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