Broadway is beefing up for the fall season with a full lineup of sexy (sometimes naked!) male leads and super-dark themes. Break out the black turtlenecks!
Harry Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe will kick off the season by flashing his razor-sharp nipples in Equus, Peter Shaffer’s 1974 drama about a man and Read More
Tides are turning in the art world this fall. Damien Hirst’s blockbuster auction at Sotheby’s in London confirmed what everybody’s known for a long time: art stars aren’t just artists—they’re branded businesses available for license if you’ve got the cash. As the sainted George W. S. Trow once noted, if there’s one thing purveyors of Read More
Fall officially started on Monday, but don’t tell anyone over at Fox or the CW. The two networks have been touting their new fall shows in subway posters and magazine ads since Labor Day, and premiered their new big dramas—Fringe (Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m.) and the new 90210 (the CW, Tuesday, 8 p.m.)—weeks ago. Lucky Read More
You could spend the next few months reading nothing but new books about Abraham Lincoln. That would be true almost every season, Honest Abe being the closest thing the publishing industry ever comes to a safe bet. But on Feb. 12, he’ll be 200 years old, and in this business, every big birthday is preceded Read More
The most exciting story of the fall classical season is the much anticipated opening of (Le) Poisson Rouge in the old Village Gate space on Bleecker Street. O.K., LPR isn’t all classical. But that’s the point: Owners David Handler and Justin Kantor, musicians and composers trained at the Manhattan School of Music, have created a Read More
In a recent New York Times profile of the Brooklyn indie band TV on the Radio, founding member Dave Sitek said he thinks “the album as a format is dying.” Music industry statistics seem to agree with him. According to Nielsen SoundScan, album sales so far this year are down 11 percent. So it seems Read More
Unpack the tweed, suckers! It’s time to get serious … the economy is in the toilet, the election is dragging and the sun is disappearing before cocktail hour. The upside: It’s good-movie time, the seasonal cinematic equivalent of trading in your gazpacho for hearty stew.
Up first for the movie-heavy weekend Read More
iPod, Therefore I Am: Thinking Inside the White Box, by Dylan Jones. Bloomsbury, 288 pages, $14.95.
I don’t do well in crowds. Never have. Erratic movements jar my psyche, and so I’ve designated large swaths of Manhattan as no-go zones, hotbeds of wayward tourists and frantic consumers: Fairway on Sunday afternoons. Times Square on a Read More
Black Hole, by Charles Burns. Pantheon, 368 pages, $24.95.
Journalists have been heralding the rise of the graphic novel for decades. Ever since Will Eisner published A Contract with God in 1978, the adult comic book has hovered on the scene, always imminent, occasionally praised as a serious art form—as in the case of Art Read More
It’s been a bad year for movies, especially summer blockbusters, and most fans probably look toward the upcoming rental season thinking: “I didn’t want to see it then, I don’t want to see it now.” But sure enough, the silliest of flicks start to look tempting once you eliminate the $10.50 ticket price … even Read More