It is the knee-jerk tendency to avoid new money here at the Transom. But usually, our nose only actually turns up at those who hold some illusions on the matter; for instance, those who try to play blue blood like they were born with it.
Curtis Jackson, who performs under the professional name of Read More
In a way, it was like 2000. Nobody knew nothing.
But this time they admitted it. Which caused a little bit of a conflict, since the whole reason they’re there is, they’re supposed to know.
Even by nearly midnight, as Michael McCurry and Karen Hughes, surrogates for Sen. Kerry and President Bush faced off Read More
You can tell it’s autumn: Leaves are falling, MoveOn.org bumper stickers are slapped on the backs of strollers, and mothers are musing whether their tots should be Moby or Eminem for Halloween.
There’s a bit of Dr. Evil in the heart of every urban parent. We may love our children for everything that is Read More
Five cute, smart, straight guys who like a good dinner party? All living in one place?
Welcome to “Iron Chef II,” a cook-off held on a recent evening in a brick two-story Carroll Gardens house whose occupants are the aforementioned five- some. Modeled on the cult Japanese TV show, in which two world-class chefs no Read More
There is a song on the upcoming Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s album, Come Poop with Me , called “No Rules in the Animal Kingdom.” It’s got a punchy New Wave–style sound. Here’s what it says:
“You can steal and you’re no sinner / You can stick your arm up a kangaroo/ And make Read More
Anyone can be a bad cabaret artist; all it takes is no talent. You see it all the time, I’m afraid-often enough to notice, anyway. “That’s a shame,” you think with pitying eyes as you wonder what compels them to do it. What makes the ungifted performer get up onstage and perform?
I haven’t a Read More
April showers bring May flowers, and what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! And what do Pilgrims bring? Disease, rifles and casino contracts …. Speaking of British imports, premiering today at the Ziegfeld: What a Girl Wants , which is set in jolly ol’ London, starring Amanda Bynes ( who ?) and blokes Read More
Going Back to His Roots,
Batali Slings Pizza, 5th Ave.–Style
If you come for dinner at Otto, Mario Batali’s new pizzeria and wine bar in Greenwich Village, expect to wait at least an hour for your table, maybe even two. Two hours for a pizza? Only a superstar chef on the top rung of Read More
When there was a Soviet Union, there were cultural commissars to give directives: Shostakovich good; Shostakovich bad. And, of course, China had Madame Mao. And for decades, New York City had The New York Times .
But lately, the city has culturally been on its own, more or less. The newspaper’s grip on the Read More
Struggling to find a suitable gift for that ultra-picky art-world couple who always invite you over for their annual finger buffet? What can you possibly give to affluent culture vultures whose Schnabel- and Hirst-encrusted apartment is ten times the size of your pathetic little hovel?
I’ve got it! How about a signed Christopher Radko holiday Read More