This Week in the Voice: Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out


This week in the Voice, out today: Chris Parker details the Feds’ crackdown on online gambling. He says of players’ hopes: “When you’ve turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel like you can do it again. There’s faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it’s delusion. But for a professional poker player, self-confidence is essential.”

Lauren Shockey checks out two new Vietnamese eateries, Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop, and tries fusion faves such as banh mi tacos. Though New York isn’t a hotbed of Viet cuisine, she is quite pleased: “It was an auspicious beginning: a squat stack of culantro nestled against the branches of Thai basil and crisp bean sprouts on the herb plate accompanying my pho. It’s rare to find the dark green, jagged leaves in Vietnamese restaurants in New York City, as most eateries substitute the blander and more ubiquitous cilantro. Yes, my meal at Sao Mai, a casual Vietnamese joint on First Avenue in the East Village, was off to a promising start.”

Maura Johnston goes to the Cosmic Opera. She finds that: “The PR for the night threw around words like ‘next-generation’ and ‘extrasensory.’ We were asked to dress ‘theatrically’ for the evening, the DJ booth for the headliner resembled a pipe organ, and there were some impressive lasers being thrown out into the crowd…It wasn’t really an overwhelming sensory experience, but the between-act offerings were definitely superior to your typical concert’s canned music.”

Leah Churner details Film Forum’s upcoming “This IS DCP” program, which seeks to demystify digital cinema: “In 2012, we’re in the late stage of a seismic shift in the production, distribution, and exhibition of movies, roughly in the same position with digital cinema as we were with talkies in 1930–well past the tipping point. Yet most of us have only a vague understanding of what the transition entails.”

Michael Feingold says that Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo reaches for the sky and achieves its lofty ideological goals: “This painful half-tragedy seems more relevant than ever, given our Republican politicians’ newfound passion for anti-scientific notions straight from the Dark Ages that Galileo struggled to escape. Listening to them rant on about evolution, contraception, stem-cell research, and global warming gives us ample reason to wish, like Galileo’s loyal disciples, that some hero would arise to launch a new Age of Reason.”

Robert Shuster studies Ward Shelley’s timelines, on display at the Pierogi: “This show’s real pleasure lies in the engaging graphic design. A cartographer of culture, Shelley maps connections between people, places, and ideas with a cartoonist’s eye. Annotated pathways, painted on Mylar with a comic-book palette, snake across vertical segments of time and crisscross, split, and loop to form delightful tangles of linked events.”

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