This week in the Voice, out today, Karina Longworth talks with Julie Delpy about her film career, writing of Delpy’s third writing/directing/starring effort: “A film about a neurotic creative navigating tricky issues of love and domesticity in Manhattan, featuring a protagonist who intermittently wears big black-frame glasses and is played by a performer who is also the film’s writer and director, 2 Days in New York all but begs for Woody Allen comparisons. Certainly, Delpy’s portrayal of hapless attempts to balance work and artistic ambition with the emotional and logistical demands of family brings to mind a famous Allen self-deprecation: ‘The only thing standing between me and greatness is me.'”
In food, Robert Sietsema travels to Bushwick’s slice of the Iberian peninsula with a visit to El Mio Cid, explaining that the establishment reflects a broader trend about Spanish restaurants, which have long been disappearing from Manhattan: “The genre is being kept alive in the so-called Outer Boroughs, where Spanish immigration continues at a low ebb. What is really driving the trend are Spanish speakers from the Caribbean and South America, who look upon Iberian food not only as an ancestral birthright, but also as one among a range of Latin cuisines they’d like to consider when dining out.”
Nick Murray details the rise and fall of Westchester punk in music: “This always fragmented lineage of bands and audiences began to really fall apart sometime around 2008. ‘That year, things in Westchester really ended. I kept carrying [WESPAC] on, and there were street-punky kids who wanted to play a lot, but they really weren’t as good as the ones who came before them,’ said Dave Haack, of The Genuine Imitations.”
Miriam Felton-Dansky finds that Kenneth Lin’s Warrior Class, which involves an up-and-coming New York pol named Julius and his revenge-seeking ex-girlfriend, doesn’t do political drama all that well: “Lin’s drama could use some strategic focus of its own. If Warrior Class is about revenge, it’s tough to care whether Holly gets it. If it’s about government’s seamy side, well, Julius’s candidacy couldn’t be less compelling.”
And in art, Martha Schwendener examines contemporary boat artistry: “Recent and current art-boat projects reflect a different cultural moment. They tend to be more urban, communal, and engaged with the politics of the water. This might include environmental and ecological concerns, but also ideas about usage, gentrification, and the staging of ‘encounters’ or curated experiences out on the water.”
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