With as many musical genres competing for your attention as there are iPods currently plugged into ears, there’s a huge demand today for aurally inclined curators. What regular person has time to sort through everything? We need people who know the scene, who have the taste, who can lead us through the confusion of sound Read More
Would you be surprised to hear that a surging tide of books about politics is about to engulf us?
Later this month we’ll get a chance to peruse War and Decision, by Douglas Feith (HarperCollins, March 25). Mr. Feith, a neocon promoter of the Iraq War, was famously identified by Gen. Tommy Franks as Read More
Tulips might not be shooting through the Park Avenue median just yet, but spring has definitely arrived at your local multiplex. Over the next few weeks, comedy, action, romance, major franchises and—of course—comic-book superheroes will, ahem, spring into action on screens all over the city. In other words: wave buh-bye to the sludge that the Read More
I can’t imagine a better way to shake the late-winter blahs than hearing the great German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff at Stern Auditorium on March 7. Mr. Quasthoff is just about unbeatable in Schubert and Brahms, but wait till you hear him in a program he’s been cultivating since childhood—the Great American Songbook, in which he Read More
On Feb. 13, Arcade Fire played to a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn’s Judson Church in what can only be described as the music industry’s equivalent of Groundhog Day. The Montreal band popped their furry little indie heads out, saw the anxious crowd—which included Fabrizio Moretti (wasn’t he in a band?) with his new canoodler, Kirsten Read More
So the Oscars are over (hooray, Marty!), Nic Cage’s flaming skull is dominating the box office, and there are more than four months to go till the next Harry Potter movie. Will we actually be forced to work our way through the Danish-film section in our Netflix queue?
Fear not! March kicks off strong, with Read More
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been attempting to fit contemporary art within its walls for some time now. The results have been fumbling, if never less than earnest. Acting on the muddled assumption that major reputations are necessarily earned by major art, the curators have devoted valuable space to Thomas Struth, Bill Viola, Tony Read More
Philip Seymour Hoffman, everybody’s favorite Very Serious Actor, will star in his own theater company’s production of Jack Goes Boating. Written by actor turned playwright Bob Glaudini (The Princess Diaries, Mississippi Burning), the play is a demonstration of Manhattan courtship mayhem, with subway attacks, cocaine and mental meltdowns—all on the first date. Mr. Hoffman and Read More
Thanks to on-demand viewership, TV programming honchos really need to come up with something good these days. There are a few gems in this spring’s lineup: a cable drama (The Tudors), a generational comedic spin-off (The Winner) and real (!!) reality television (This American Life). Add already popular programs like Ugly Betty, The Office and Read More
It’s a season of cliffhangers. Who will emerge as top dog in a transatlantic face-off when Don DeLillo and Ian McEwan each publish a new novel on the very same day? Will anyone come up with a better title for a book about working moms than The Feminine Mistake, by Vanity Fair writer Leslie Bennetts Read More