on Jul 15, 2010
Joan Rivers is a polarizing figure in popular culture. Some see her as a boundary-busting comedy pioneer whose tenure as guest host on The Tonight Show opened doors for every woman in the industry who came after her. Others simply regard her as a crass and elitist plastic-surgery casualty whose red-carpet diatribes and mean-spirited barbs have worn out their welcome. But whatever side of the fence you’re on, watching the startlingly intimate documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work will leave you with a richer, more multidimensional perspective on this entertainment legend. Read More
BY Nicole Finkbiner
on Jul 13, 2010
Do you like bicycles, art, and weird shit?
What a silly question, of course you do!
That said, you’re going to want to attend the silent auction benefit, "Bizarre! Weird Bikes! Weird Art!” (plus, I think it’s common knowledge that anything with three exclamation points in the title is guaranteed to be awesome).
It all goes down tonight from 8-midnight @ Brooklyn Fireproof Bar (119 Ingram St.). Read More
BY Alison Berry
on Jul 12, 2010
For anyone who loves dolls, or just appreciates art in any form, they should direct their gaze to Marina Bychkova’s Enchanted Dolls.
These life-like miniature works of art are no vinyl Barbie dolls and are, in my opinion, so much more than the polyurethane resin Super Dollfie ball-jointed dolls from Japan. Ms. Bychkova creates these highly articulated (18 movable ball joints), delicately painted wonders out of porcelain (porcelain!)
What really takes the cake for these morsels is reading the artist’s blog. Read More
BY Catie Colliton
on Jul 09, 2010
My intense interest in biographies was sparked while studying World War II in what seemed like all three years of middle school. Reading Anne Frank's diary was one of the rare occasions that we got to hear the perspective of someone the same age as us 7th graders— hearing about the world from the perspective of someone at least twice our tween age was almost always like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher. However, Anne's voice and story were so relatable from the perspective of a fellow young girl, and at the same time unimaginable and heartbreaking. Read More
BY Lisa Kirchner
on Jul 09, 2010
If you're writing a book, try and make friends with a quasi-famous person to make fun of you when it comes time to promote that sucker, because apparently this trend is still cresting that wave. The tendency first came to my attention last May at the Mobys, an awards show concocted by the industry to bring attention to the latest craze in publishing–book trailers, short films meant to market works to wider audiences (like movie trailers, but for books). In John Wray's Lowboy, Zach Galifianakis plays an incoherent (if hilarious) version of the author. Read More