The Observer

“Unconfessed” Author Tells All: Q&A: Yvette Christianse

May 30, 2011

By Christine Morano Staff Writer Published: December 13, 2007 Sila, an African slave woman, is wilting away in a Cape Town prison, circa 1825. What’s her story? Why was she sentenced to death and then pardoned? Intrigued? Then pick up Dr. Yvette Christiansë’s first novel, “Unconfessed.” C...

Superman Leaves the Supermarket: Remembering Norman Mailer

May 30, 2011

By Adam Kaufman Managing Editor Published: December 13, 2007 “Nobody could sleep. When morning came, assault craft would be lowered and a first wave of troops would ride through the surf and charge ashore on the beach at Anopopei. All over the ship, all through the convoy, there was a knowledge ...

Weary of the Met and MoMA? Try the Noguchi Museum

May 30, 2011

By Nora Murphy Staff Writer Published: December 13, 2007 Most people think of “The City” as the borough of Manhattan, but there’s another city worth mentioning just a stone’s throw over the East River. Not only does Long Island City, Queens, have a captivating view of the Manha...

The New Museum Unveiled on the Bowery

May 30, 2011

NMCA’s Brand New Compound Offers Smorgasbord of Modern Expression   By Jessica Guerra Staff Writer Published: December 13, 2007 A bright rainbow-colored “Hell, Yes!” sign marks the spot of the brand new home of The New Museum of Contemporary Art (NMCA), which opened its...

Woodie Awards to Air On MTV: Bevy of Artists Present and Perform

May 30, 2011

By Jennifer Pelly Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 Get ready, because the 2007 Woodie Awards are about to hit computer monitors and television screens everywhere this month—and every file sharing, iPod-bearing college kid knows that the Woodies are the only music awards that...

Hip-hop for the Holidays

May 30, 2011

By Billy Laboska Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 Freeway-“Free At Last” If “Roc-A-Fella Billionaires,” featuring Jay-Z, is any indication, “Free At Last” is skip-able. If you can’t make an enjoyable song with Hov on it, something is wrong with you. Another already release...

Hollywood’s Musical Moonlighters: When Screen Stardom Just Isn’t Enough

May 30, 2011

By Christine Morano Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you can pantomime singing well. What compels celebrities to explore their musically creative sides and join bands? Few fail to make a dent in record sales, and fewer still avoid becoming the l...

Celebrities Sell to Theatregoers

May 30, 2011

Productions Dip Into Hollywood Talent to Drum Up Broadway Business By Nora Murphy Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 With all the hoopla surrounding celebrities these days, it makes you wonder why they’d take a leap of faith into the theatre world. Under the watchful eye of critics and f...

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

May 30, 2011

By Marika Robak Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 “It’s not enough to just have rights.  You have to use them to deserve them.” This is one of the opening lines of director Jim Brown’s new documentary, “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” which is now playing in select theatre...

Fashionably Late: An Exercise in Critical Time Travel

May 30, 2011

By Luke Teegarden Arts & Culture Editor Published: November 15, 2007 King Crimson: “In the Court of the Crimson King” Make no mistake—King Crimson was heavy. Not heavy like contemporaries Black Sabbath or even Led Zeppelin, but in terms of meticulously arranged, deeply evocative power. ...

“Southland Tales”: An Apocalyptic Identity Crisis

May 30, 2011

By Andrew Gnerre Asst. Arts and Culture Editor Published: November 15, 2007 I had watched the trailer for “Southland Tales,” the new film written and directed by “Donnie Darko” mastermind Richard Kelly, four times before I saw the film. It fascinated me to no end. It was messy, funny, di...

State of the Star: Britney Spears

May 30, 2011

Can Britney’s Acclaimed New Album Save Her From Becoming Another Pop Casualty? By Jessica Guerra Staff Writer Published: November 15, 2007 On “Piece of Me,” the second track off of Britney Spears’ new album “Blackout,” Spears sings about all the negative attention she gets from the p...