Our staff reviews the developments in film, music, theater, literature, art, and television that offer hope that Western civilization hasn’t yet gone completely to seed (and a few signs that it has). Plus: A comprehensive 2006 mega “Approval Matrix” and the inside scoop on which culture-industry players made the most of the past twelve months.
No one is more upset about the Alan Hevesi chauffeur scandal than Alan Hevesi. But just because he spends most nights morosely fixating on his troubles doesn’t mean he’s going to accept whatever punishment his former friend Eliot Spitzer decides to dish out. And he’s got a better chance of keeping his job than most people think.
With her ambition and (perhaps dwindling) fortune, publisher Louise MacBain has no trouble gathering the world’s best minds around her. Yet are they drawing inspiration from her cryptic futurism— or just humoring the rich lady who treats them like rock stars?
Her black operatives are eyeing the other guy.
Tight end writes novel, pays bills.
Bolts with Bolton.
“It’s not a theme restaurant.”
Three-star identity crisis.
As the number of shopping days till Christmas dwindled, last week was seven days full of surprising figures.
Lou Reed revives one of his most depressing records ever. Because why can’t rock and roll bum you out?
A new black-power group with an old name.
Meet Giorgio Armani’s niece, who once wanted to be an actress and now handles VIPs for the family business.
Rabidly breeding Brooklyn parents faced with booked-up preschools.
A super-cozy comforter and other sources of relief for sick days when you’re actually sick.
Lisa Maher of Kid O.
SEE opens on Bleecker Street.
A Bay Ridge high schooler with an unlikely fashion icon: her mother.
Kyotofu offers soy desserts even meat-eaters could love.
A tatsoi-salad recipe from a Chestnut chef.
Cold-season alternatives to Shake Shack.
Splashy décor is nice, but a restaurant with a working fireplace is hard to beat.
Three new sushi bars swim into town.
From Flatbush Avenue's invading chain stores to Eastern Parkway's beautifully renovated civic institutions.
An enlightening cross-cultural encounter with a Japanese toilet.
Are megabrokerages getting too big for their big-name clients?
Homeless for the holidays in Will Smith’s feverish Pursuit of Happyness. Plus: Dreamgirls and Mel.
How does one go over the head of the ostrich-in-chief? The Iraq Study Group better figure out quick.
It’s that time of year when Johann Sebastian and friends overwhelm the schedule. Our best picks from the seventeenth-century bunch.
You may just catch the next big thing (okay, fine, and Paul Rudd) at an evening of one-acts by young members of Our Time Theatre Company, a nonprofit program for artistically inclined teens who stutter.
Annie star thinks about tomorrow, and sleep.
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