Village Voice

The first contact sheet of the counterculture.

. “We’ve all been the wallflower at a party at one time or another, and in the short film ‘Felicia’s Smile,’ we encounter a young woman who can’t connect with revelers so self-absorbed that some wear diapers and suck on pacifiers, others cast dagger eyes at romantic rivals, and the popular ones have teeth painted on their lips — a surreal vision of carnivorous glee that will leave you thankful this dream is onscreen and not awakening you at the witching hour.” — From our 13 hot takes survey of @everywomanbiennial. Click on our bio link for the full review. #everywomanbiennial #internationalfilm #lamamanyc #feministart
Like the song says: “When I’m Sixty-Four.” ¶ Tonight is the 64th anniversary of the Obie Awards — that annual celebration of off-Broadway’s best. This slideshow lifts the curtain on our homepage’s wide-ranging coverage of Obies’ history — and histrionics. #theater #offbroadway #playbill #theatergeek #actorlife #actorslife
The photographer David Haxton conjures evocative, painterly realms from cut paper and studio work lights. In a 2009, our reviewer compared Haxton’s powerful images to everything from a Titian canvas to Le Corbusier’s architecture. The review from the Voice archives can be found on our homepage: “The Slasher — Photographer David Haxton Goes on a Tear” ¶ Here are three images from Haxton’s current show at Fridman Gallery (169 Bowery, through this Sunday, May 19). ¶ Captions: 1_Yellow Lit from Behind (2009 ); 2_White Red and Green Lights (1978); 3_Many Holes in Shadow (2005) @fridmangallery
A presidency was crumbling even as the president vilified his accusers and clung to power. The rock on the radio and on turntables was already becoming classic, and R&B was soaring. This is the first installment of our SOUNDTRACK TO WATERGATE, a new section of the website where we present music ads that appeared in the Voice between June 1972 and August 1974. ¶Come to think of it, there are some pretty great tunes streaming nowadays – hopefully they’ll turn out to be as worthy a backdrop to a disgraced president as America’s first go-round, four-plus decades ago. #notmypresident #albumcover #graphicdesign #artdirection #printisdead #watergate #impeachment #impeachtrump #newspaperads #vintageads
With the New York Times’ story on President Trump’s staggering financial losses from 1985 to 1994 just out, we bring you Wayne Barrett’s reporting from more than a quarter-century ago on the same subject. The headline on the front cover was “TRUMP: Beginning of the End.” ¶We’ll see if the latest revelations of the POTUS’s self-dealing and financial chicanery — already detailed back in the day by Barrett’s diligent reporting — will finally catch up with him. You can find the full article on our homepage. #trumplies #history #congress #trump #POTUS #impeachment #georgeorwell1984 #democracy #republican #gop #trumpwhitehouse #russiancollusion #nytimes #trumptaxscam #trumptaxreturns
If you want to know where Donald Trump learned his strategy of racism and division to garner votes, a good place to start is the mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani. This great cover illustration by Alex Ostroy set the tone for Wayne Barrett’s 1999 exposé of Rudy’s official racism. Check out the full article on the Voice homepage. #rudygiuliani #trumplies #americasmayor #history #congress #trump #POTUS #impeachment #georgeorwell1984 #democracy #racism
“A federal judge accuses the Justice De­partment of trying to ‘shape’ a case in­volving illegal loans to Iraq. The House Judiciary Committee blasts federal attor­neys for compromising their reputation for impartiality in the investigation of a com­puter-software theft. CIA officials charge a deputy attorney general with advocating the suppression of evidence in a sensitive sentencing hearing. ¶To even the most avid scandalmonger, these may sound like the ravings of a fe­vered Orwellian imagination. But in fact they are all part of a litany of wrongdoing leveled at George Bush’s Justice Depart­ment in the past two months alone.” —From Frank Snepp’s 1992 expose of William Barr’s lying. 1992. History is repeating itself – get the original story on our homepage in the “Impeachment Chronicles” section. #history #congress #trump #POTUS #impeachment #georgeorwell1984 #democracy
“Singleton likes toying with expectations. Now that he's got our attention with his hard-boy movie, he makes a sharp right into a comic love story — just because he can. ‘I want to make films with emotional impact. African Americans usually don't get to have that on screen.’” —From Beth Coleman’s 1993 interview with John Singleton, on our homepage. #johnsingleton #RIPJohnSingleton #poeticjustice #blackcinema #blackhollywood #icecube #compton #boyzinthehood #higherlearning #1990s
When Prince died, on April 21, 2016, the Voice was all-hands-on-deck to pay tribute the following week — even our venerable logo did its part. Creative Director Andrew Horton @ahortonart marshaled an A-list bevy of illustrators to honor the musical genius’s “glorious, bottomless talent.” Here is a sample of the graphics package that appeared in the April 27, 2016, Voice. Check out the “Purple Majesty” section on the Voice homepage for the complete stories. #prince #princeguitar #princemusic #purplerain #nothingcomparestoyou #princerogersnelson #princenelson #prince4ever #npg4life #rocklegends #princestsgram
55 years ago today, the 1964 World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadows Park. One thing the excited opening-day crowds did not see was Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men mural: “When the coarse black-and-white mug shots, each roughly four feet tall, were actually arrayed across the New York State pavilion’s exterior wall, reality proved unpalatable to Warhol’s powerful patrons.… Seven of the pictured felons were of Italian descent, and Governor Rockefeller was not about to alienate one of New York’s largest voting blocs.” —Read the full story at #1960s #warhol #andywarhol #thewarholmuseum #1964worldsfair #NYCStatePavilion #Queens #flushingmeadowpark #Queens #flushingmeadows
Richard Nixon died April 22, 1994, 25 years ago this Monday. To mark the occasion, we revisit Tom Carson’s barn-burning essay from the May 3, 1994 issue of the Village Voice. The full article can be read on our website; here’s an excerpt: “Nixon diehards often seemed moved to support him out of pure spite, relishing how he stuck in liberal America's craw.…Having internalized the elite's contempt … their only available substitute for the pride they'd been denied was to say that they liked being trash, and give the finger. Nixon was the finger.” #nixonfoundation #americanhistory #history #OTD #POTUS #Washington #President #USA #UnitedStates #America #2019 #AmericanHistory #worldhistory #richardnixon #nixonyears #watergate #nixon
"The world beneath Manhattan is a cake of endless layers, a foundation as deep as the Chrysler Building is high. On the top lies a 3-inch strip of asphalt. Next comes almost 10 inches of coarse concrete. After that, soil, a nasty soil that soaks up chemicals from the street. In another inch or 3 come the wires - telephone and electric, streetlight and fire alarm, and, the newest addition, cable TV - all buried in casings and kept close to the curbs. Gas lines puff away another foot below; water mains gurgle 4 feet under; steam pipes are.buried 6 feet deep. Every sewer pipe is different (they're installed at an angle so that sewage is always flowing down), but they're generally above the vaults of the subways, which vary in depth from a few dozen inches (the Lexington Avenue line) to 18 stories below St. Nicholas Avenue (191st Street on the Broadway local). Water tunnels - running between 200 and 800 feet - mark the farthest reach of the underground." –From Randall Sullivan's 1989 feature in 7 Days magazine about life below the streets of NYC. #newyorkcity #subwaycreatures #undergroundnyc #manhattan #chryslerbuilding
In November 1989, 7 Days magazine, which was published by the Voice’s then owner Leonard Stern, delved into the private spaces of NYC’s movers, shakers — and convicted felons. On the Voice website you’ll get a look at John Lennon’s FBI file, a glance into fashion model Aly Dunne’s Filofax (remember them?), tours of actor Charles Busch’s closet and Giants’ QB Phil Simms’s locker, and glimpses of other usually off-limits realms. #johnlennon #alydunne #nyc #ilovenewyork #newyorkcity
"Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.”—From Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame,” 1831 #hunchbackofnotredame #notredame #victorhugo #victorhugoquotes
“The light has gone out of New York rock and roll.… Joey Ramone passed away on Easter Sunday.… The end came at a time when the Ramones’ flame has never burned brighter. With a quarter century of ‘punk’ — the music they helped template and design, from black motorcycle jackets and chopped eighth-note chordings to the pop chants of ‘Hey ho let’s go’ and ‘Gabba gabba hey!’—now being celebrated atop the scrap heap of history, Joey was a Cover Boy.… Last fall, I turned on the Subway Series to hear ‘Hey ho’ over the loudspeakers at Shea Stadium, galvanizing the crowd much as Joey did during dozens of nights at CBGB. It was too perfect, I thought, remembering the Ramones traveling past Shea on the Number 7 with their instruments in shopping bags. They’d come the long way around to get back home again.” —Excerpted from Lenny Kaye’s heartfelt obit for Joey Ramone, the Village Voice, April 17, 2001 #ramones #punk
In 1989, a new magazine, 7 Days, covered the rise of John Gotti in a very graphic fashion. Here are a few examples — the whole bloody tale is on our website. #mobstersdaily ##mafia ##gangsters #gangstersinc #mafiachronicles #wiseguys #truecrime #mobbedup
“What's happening to the New York dialect involves many complex influences and circumstances, which have worked both to diminish the strains of classic New Yawkese in Manhattan and yet to preserve it in certain parts of the outer boroughs. Even more importantly, other distinct dialects are developing, fed by the influx of immigrants from places as diverse as Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; Central America and the Caribbean. New Yawkese lives, yes, but it's no longer synonymous with New York City, nor even its dominant voice.” —Charles Siebert in 7 DAYS, November 1, 1989: “The Slow Death of the New York Accent” #oldvintagenewyork ##newyorkcity #museumofcityny #newyorkaccent
In that auspicious year of 1984, Village Voice critic J. Hoberman journeyed to Fidel Castro’s Cuba to cover a film festival and ended up scoring an exclusive interview with El Comandante. With President Trump recently putting the kibosh on the Major League Baseball program that provided a pathway to the bigs for Cuban ballplayers, Hoberman’s rollicking essay — covering Fidel’s views on democracy, socialism, and, most important of all, the efficacy of the Designated Hitter — is a must-read all over again. ##cuba #mlb
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