Wednesday, June 15 2011
Our writers' favorite summer events run the gamut from the ultra local fare of a day devoted to mustard in a small Midwestern town to the huge SummerStage series in New York and the glorious Montreal Jazz Festival.
It's the scavenger spirit of self-discovery, with the relative high frequency of opportunities to catch bands at small venues early on, that makes the summer in New York a joy.
Wednesday, June 1 2011
If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.
Sunday, May 8 2011
On 4 December 2010, Jeff Mangum, indie rock's most reclusive star, performed a full acoustic set, the first in at least a decade. But does that make the possibility of a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion a good idea?
Wednesday, April 27 2011
What is the connection between cloned puppies and a 32-year-old sex in chains story? This and other questions raised at this year’s Full Frame Film Festival.
Tuesday, April 19 2011
I wouldn’t change a thing about Coachella. Even the stuff that irritated me.
Friday, April 15 2011
In the midst of continuing uncertainty in the music business, do independent record stores and artists offer the direction for the industry’s future?
Thursday, April 14 2011
A member of Whedonites United, a Tennessee group associated with the Can't Stop the Serenity movement, explains how a group of fans of Joss Whedon and the film Serenity takes fan activism to a new level by actively trying to make the world a more humane and just place.
Wednesday, April 13 2011
With convention season in the US rapidly becoming a yearlong calendar event, the London Comics Small Press Expo still makes those small, personal connections between reader, newbie creator, and established pro.
Sunday, April 3 2011
SXSW is about exposure: to the elements, to the limits of your own sanity, but most importantly, to musical acts that many fans in your hometown could only dream of seeing.
Sunday, March 27 2011
Why did you create me? The plaintive question adorning National Theatre Live posters may echo critics’ question about the need for yet another in a long line of Frankensteins. Previous Frankensteins and monsters have been entertaining but less socially relevant. The National Theatre’s production, as directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, to use a cliché, is Alive!
Monday, February 28 2011
South Park creators and societal scab-pickers Trey Parker and Matt Stone are fascinated by Mormonism. A few weeks before official previews were set to begin, the creators of The Book of Mormon opened the doors to their rehearsal space and gave writers a sneak peek. Here's what we saw.
Monday, February 14 2011
Amidst all the tributes, over-the-top performances, and CBS-centric presenters, the Grammy ceremony only occasionally remembered to hand out an award or two. But when it did, the results were often surprising ...
Monday, November 1 2010
PopMatters' Kirby Fields travels to Washington -- with two-year-olds wearing matching Colonial Boy and Colonial Girl outfits in tow -- to find sanity amidst the massive event that was 'The Rally to Restore Sanity'.
Friday, October 29 2010
Matador 21, the three-day celebration of Matador Records' 21st anniversary, could be seen as part of the year's trend towards '90s nostalgia, but at the time it felt like something different.
Thursday, October 28 2010
This year's organizers offered a reinvigorated idea of what the New York Film Festival can be: elite and cerebral, topically, tonally, and globally diverse, and eager to foster a dialogue with its community.
Tuesday, October 5 2010
This past week Columbia College hosted the Chicago Women in Comics but rather than unearth a discourse of marginalization, the event showcased a deep wellspring of talent and widescale commercial success.
Wednesday, September 1 2010
“SWA is a festival of talent born in dissatisfaction, anger and desperation. But, hopefully, over the years to come it will continue to generate opportunity, confidence, realisation of potential and a cleansing of the soul.”
Wednesday, August 18 2010
For stand-up economist Yoram Bauman, getting laughs out of the financial situation is his business. Even during these hard times, business is good.
Thursday, August 12 2010
A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.