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December 16th, 2008

NAUGHTY OR NICE: CHRISTMAS WISH LISTS FOR THE CANDIDATES.

by Christian McLean

It’s cold, it’s dark, and, like every year at this time, New Yorkers shed their sunny dispositions and brace for the long hard winter ahead. As we transcend from the communal “Oh, look at the leaves,” to the introverted “Leave me alone, I’m freezing,” some New Yorkers were willing to step out of their down-lined shells and share their early holiday wishes.

The Christmas Wish List; the stuff of dreams, a magical piece of paper that details the hopes and aspirations of good (and bad) little boys and girls across the world, was placed into the hands of New Yorkers and Hamptonites–but the wishes were not for themselves. In the true spirit of giving, we hit the streets, polled the public and compiled their list of gifts for the presidential and vice presidential candidates. Continue Reading »

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December 16th, 2008

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

by Mr. Norman Maine


Left to right: Nutty Cranberry Crush, Almond Cream, and Demitasse Cocktail.

Well, the holidays are upon us, that magical time of year when we all feel a little nicer, a little more warm and fuzzy. The time of year when we do things we normally wouldn’t do unless it is this time of year, specifically invite people into our homes for a holiday gathering. You know, the type where five minutes after everyone arrives, you’re in the bathroom hyperventilating and asking yourself what the hell did I do this for? I can’t entertain, I’m the host with the least.

Dear friends, we’ve all been there, the low groans of our guests as they try and make a screwdriver from your budget vodka and tang or another rum and diet shasta. This year will be different, because this year I am here to provide solutions to the crappy holiday punch or the cheap champagne.

Tucked away on the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and West 10th Street in the village is BoBo, one of the city’s newest and best restaurants. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a razor sharp edge of downtown chic. BoBo is a place to see and be seen. In the summer months BoBo features a great outdoor patio on the second floor, and this winter they will debut the same space tented in; it’s seriously one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time and as if this restaurant weren’t happening enough, this tented patio is going to require a doorman!

Having been there a few times for the amazing food, the really unique drink menu, the great vibe and the excellent service, I’ve gotten to know the bar staff pretty well. You’d have a hard time finding more knowledgeable bartenders anywhere in this entire city; honestly, these guys are like drink encyclopedias. I had this idea to offer a holiday cocktail guide in SoHo Journal so I approached Fred Giacinto, who’s been at BoBo since the begining, and asked if he would create a special drink menu specifically for our readers, one that would look impressive but still be simple enough for an average Joe to make at home. These delicious drinks are not on the BoBo menu, there’s not room there with the overflowing amount of exotic, fantastic cocktails they offer. I knew that the staff of a restaurant whose aim is to make their guests feel very at home (and continuously succeeds) would be able to concoct a few festive and potent holiday treats that even I could mix and make me look like the James Bond of holiday parties! Please try these at your next party and also, be sure to drop in at BoBo; you’ll thank me! Continue Reading »

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December 16th, 2008

WALL STREET TO CITY: DROP DEAD.

by Joelle Panisch

The Specific (And Shameful) Subprime Loan Crisis in NYC Housing and the Looming Inevitability That Buildings Will Default.

Before 2006, ‘tenant harassment’ was not part of the common vernacular. Maybe landlord A disliked tenant B. The landlord gave the tenant a hard time; the tenant felt harassed, drank a few beers and moved. But since 2006 there has been a massive pervasion of physical, legal, and psychological harassment amongst low-income and rent stabilized households. How odd. Did landlords A, B, and C all get together, grease their mustaches and come up with a devious plan to oust their tenants, or is the shift indicative of a larger presiding force?

In May of 2008 the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) released a study about the surge in tenant harassment and the subsequent loss of rent stabilized apartments. The report found that the spike coincided directly with an increase in developers backed by private equity investors. These investors were banking on the uncertain prospect that they could illegally evict tenants to convert buildings to market rate, and high mortgages reflected this hope. Sound familiar? Perhaps like a certain economic crisis fueled by greed, the despicable exploitation of average citizens and disregard for the laws of accounting that resulted in poisonous securitization? In a follow up report released in October the ANHD found that the investment in subsidized housing made by these “predatory equity” firms (as they were dubbed) is just New York’s version of “ninja lending” and 60% will probably result in likewise defaults. It turns out New Yorkers and Joe Plumber-Six-Pack have more in common than they realized. Continue Reading »

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December 15th, 2008

THE FUN-DEAD: ALAN BALL, HBO AND AUTHOR CHARLAINE HARRIS HAVE MADE US ALL WANT TO BE VAMPIRES AGAIN WITH TRUE BLOOD.

by Mr. Norman Maine


Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse.

So you think Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and HBO have made vampires cool again? Wrong. They may have brought it to your attention but it’s the eight great books by author Charlaine Harris that’s really brought vampires back and
made us all want to be one…again. It’s the continuing saga of the adorable Sookie Stackhouse, with her ‘disability’ (she can read minds), her merry band of Southern-fried friends and family, of course, vampires.

These books are so much fun that you’ll want to go from one to the next right away and honestly, you should. Harris provides the consistency that was missing in the Ann Rice vampire books. Because the Rice vampires were basically about the vampires and their own kind, and the Harris books are more about humans and their relations with vampires, Harris has allowed herself a bigger playing field. Not only is there room to grow and expand on her original ideas but the addition of the synthetic blood in the first book gave her an opportunity to explore the vampire mind without having to have them chomp someone every night to stay alive—although there is certainly plenty of chomping. Continue Reading »

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December 14th, 2008

PURE GOLD: A LOT CAN CHANGE IN 40 YEARS.

by Ed Gold

Yes, we did!

We changed the face of America on Nov. 4th, both literally and figuratively. When they play “Hail to the Chief” on Jan. 20th a tall, lanky black man will take center stage for all the world to see.

Ridiculed by the Republicans as a “community organizer,” Barack Obama put together the most expensive, technically advanced, best organized campaign for the Presidency in the nation’s his- tory.

He eradicated the red state myth, capturing the heart of the Confederacy, key pieces of the hard conservative Midwest and chunks of the rugged frontier Far West.

Virginia and North Carolina fell, along with Ohio, Indiana and Iowa, followed by New Mex- ico, Colorado and Nevada. And, of course, he took Florida, despite the robocalls that told Floridians he was Castro’s pal. Continue Reading »

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December 12th, 2008

SOHO GADABOUT: MAKING HIS LIST…

by Anthony Venditto

One of my modern day literary heroes is Esquire’s writer at large, Tom Chiarella. I delight in his carefully crafted word usage, revel in his ability to concisely comment on the world as an introspective growth tool and simply groove on his humor in general. I read a piece of his entitled “75 Things Every Man Should Do Before He Dies”. To paraphrase his own introduction, it wasn’t a checklist but a collection of experiences gained through ones’ own personal choices over the course of his life. Here are a few examples from his essay: “Fly a Cessna”; “Toboggan Aggressively”; “Milk a cow. Drink that.” See, good shit. Reading his work has always moved me, but this time I was inspired to create my own compilation. So I did just that and here it is. Call it a tribute, call it an homage, call it a complete rip off: for better or worse here’s my list of…

A Bunch of Shit Any Guy Could Do!

HAVE PRIDE IN YOUR HOME STATE. Especially if it’s New Jersey, not so much if it’s Texas.

BETRAY A CONFIDANTE.
Sometimes being the bad guy is fun. (Just ask Darth)

KNOW HOW TO HOLD YOUR LIQUOR.

ASK YOUR BOSS TO PULL YOUR FINGER.

SCREEN THE MAJOR FILMS OF BILLY ZABKA. (Karate Kid 84′, Just One of the Guys 85′, Back to School 86′) He elevated the role of the movie bully from a one trick pony into a fully developed person. A jerk-off, but a person all the same.

QUESTION AUTHORITY. ALWAYS!

READ.

PUNCH SOMEBODY IN THE MOUTH. Be prepared for retaliation. Whatever happens, don’t cry. Continue Reading »

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December 12th, 2008

THE SOHO JOURNAL GIFT GUIDE.

by SoHo Journal Staff

Joby Gorillapod
$24.95 and up.
www.joby.com

The Joby Gorillapod is one clever device. It’s a tripod designed for digital cameras, and as you can see the three legs are almost infinitely positionable. This comes in handy when you want to set up your camera on an uneven surface, or even on a tree branch; the sturdy, rubberized legs wrap can wrap snugly around it. Different sizes are available to accommodate SLR’s with heavy zoom lenses or video cameras up to 11 pounds. The smaller original size that we tested also worked perfectly for my digital audio recorder. It makes a fun office toy to boot. I swear, if you put a round computer video camera on a Gorillapod it looks just like something out of War of the Worlds. This is a stuffing stocker that people will actually use.

Pastaio mimobot(R) USB Flash Drive by tokidoki
$34.95
www.mimoco.com
Continue Reading »

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December 11th, 2008

THE RESTLESS MISCREANT: VERTIGO.

by Delbert Grady

Vertigo n. A disorder in which a person or his surroundings seem to whirl about in such a way as to make the person dizzy and usually sick.

Investment banks blowing up. Banks failing. Stock markets melting down. Millions (M) become billions (B) become trillions (T). Almost makes me feel like I was a cockeyed optimist in my previous economic articles (GUNS, BUTTER AND PIZZA – Spring 2006 issue, reprinted Fall 2008 and THE GREAT BOOMER BUST – Spring 2008 issue).

Trying to get a better handle on the diverse components of this Byzantine disaster, I’ve culled a pile of interesting facts from a wide variety of sources over the last few years, herewith submitted for your approval as Rod Serling used to say. (All figures approximate).

There is about $4.5T deposited in 8500 U.S. banks. The number of “troubled” banks jumped from 90 to 117 in the second quarter of 2008 and Bloomberg Markets estimates that 100 regional banks may fall next year costing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) $150B more than it actually has, and that doesn’t include potential losses on an additional $1.9T of deposits now covered due to the recent increase in coverage to $250K per account, up from $100K. The FDIC had only $45.2B on hand as of June after shelling out almost $9B for the IndyMac collapse.

Now to the subprime bailout: Continue Reading »

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December 11th, 2008

THE SOHO JOURNAL INTERVIEW: SHEN WEI.

by Mark DeMaio


Connect Transfer.

Here in the States the opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics held in Beijing was the most watched opening ceremonies of an Olympics not held in the US, and the second biggest television audience since the Super Bowl last year. More important than the total number of people who watched it across the world was what they watched.

Never in the history of the Olympics has a ceremony been so spectacular, so mesmerizing and so talked about. One of the men responsible for the grandeur and spectacle of this historic event was choreographer, artist, and photographer Shen Wei.

Shen Wei is the creator and choreographer of the internationally lauded Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City. This artist’s work as a choreographer is so groundbreaking and new, so original and fascinating that one forgets you’re actually watching people; rather, the viewer is transported into a work of art in motion. This December Shen Wei will stage one of his most famous pieces, “Connect Transfer,” at the High Holy ground of dance, The Judson Church here in New York City. This piece combines all of Shen Wei’s many talents into one work. There will be only six performances and those lucky enough to get a ticket will experience a work of art without compare. In “Connect Transfer” the dancers dance on canvas, painting with their hands and feet as they go–artists in motion, creating art. At the end of the performance the canvas is cut into pieces and sold to the audience with the proceeds going to a dancers heath foundation. Shen Wei is the recipient of more awards, accolades and titles like genius (literally a genius–Shen Wei was awarded the MacArthur foundations Genius Award in 2007) than we have room to list.

A couple of weeks ago Shen Wei was gracious enough to take time out of his unbelievably busy schedule to do this interview. I have met a lot of artists and performers over the years but rarely have I met so ethereal a being, almost other-worldy in his grace. When meeting Shen Wei, you immediately realize you’re not in the presence of just another person, though his humble ways would have you think otherwise. Continue Reading »

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December 11th, 2008

SOHO POLITICS: THE MEAN STREETS OF SOHO & POLITICAL REALITY.

by D. Clark MacPherson

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
—Henry Cate VII

Now that the main political season is over we begin again with the rounds of phone calls—from aides and politicians as well as hopefuls. Once an office has been secured, longevity becomes the order of the day. And, that, my friends, means money. Few people understand the dirty business of complying with or circumnavigating the election laws in order to raise enough money to either hold on to an office just won, or move on to a better position. It almost doesn’t seem to matter what the job pays. Bloomberg is a good example of that. In fact he’s reported to have spent nearly $100 million to become Mayor, a position that pays approximately $200,000.

Influence, power, quid pro quos and hubris seem to be the coin of the political realm.

The pecking order, once you move out of neighborhood block associations and political activism, starts with the Community Board. City Council members or the Borough President recommends people for membership. The Chair of the Community Board can also recommend someone but he does not have the power to appoint a regular member. He can appoint what is called a Public Member, however, someone whose vote is limited. Continue Reading »

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December 10th, 2008

PLUNKITT OF TAMMANY HALL: A POLITICAL COLUMN OF AMAZING RANDOMNESS.

by Trip Plunkitt

Due to the possibly illegal City Council vote last October to repeal term limits, Plunkitt is disgusted with the following individuals (who all represent us locally): Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Bloomberg’s “Mini Me” Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Council member Alan Gerson (who even went so far to say he “had no choice” but to vote for it – puleeze!); Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (who strangely supported it even though he can already run for another wonderful four years).

And don’t forget all the council members who voted their self-interest in repealing the term limits law that was voted on not once but twice by the people of the City of New York by public referendum. Billionaire Bloomberg appears to have bought this vote with calls by his commissioners to everyone, threatening removal of Bloomberg-controlled public and private funding for their vital projects. And sources tell us most of the “undecided” council members were onboard to vote yes weeks before the actual vote and Mayor Bloomberg knew it. Shame on all of you! Continue Reading »

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December 10th, 2008

PURE GOLD: YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYBODY.

by Ed Gold


Some say Obama’s appointments haven’t been liberal enough. We say, let the man do his job, already.

Some of the cries from the left are telling us that Barack Obama is betraying his liberal base and backing too many right-wingers in putting his White House team together. They should review his campaign promises in which he rejected ideology and argued for a pragmatism that was non-partisan, if mildly left-leaning.

Obama’s critics on the left may have begun to believe some of the GOP campaign rhetoric that Obama was not only the most liberal senator, but that he showed signs of being a socialist or an agent of class warfare. Continue Reading »

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December 3rd, 2008

PURE GOLD: SHOULD A BASIC CIVIL RIGHT BE SUBJECT TO A POPULAR VOTE?

by Ed Gold


Why can’t these guys get married? Seriously, is there a rational reason?

People in California voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, then surprisingly supported the traditional and conservative position by backing Proposition 8, opposing gay marriage and reversing a decision by the State Supreme Court which had concluded that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The Prop. 8 vote left about 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who married after the court decision in legal limbo, although it is hard to believe a state can cancel a marriage retroactively.

But the Prop. 8 decision in California, with similar results in Arizona and Florida, brought the marriage issue front and center, reinforcing the view that same-sex marriage may well be the hottest of the cultural wedge issues, even topping abortion. Continue Reading »

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November 24th, 2008

PURE GOLD: PRESIDENT GINGRICH IN 2012?

by Ed Gold

I was sitting across the dinner table from him.

Newt Gingrich was pontificating about ancient history. He was the teacher and we were all students, although the table was occupied by a mix of famous people and top editors of Time Magazine, the writer excepted.

We were at a Time Magazine anniversary celebration. People who had made the Time cover had been invited. That included the writer and feminist, Susan Brownmiller, someone I had known for 40 years, who asked me along.

It was 2002, and I asked Gingrich if he was interested in being president. He said probably not in 2004, but who could tell about the future.

It seems now as if he has his eyes on 2012, and recent evidence indicates he’s trying to capture the right-wing base of the party. Continue Reading »

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November 22nd, 2008

APOLLO HEIGHTS @ MERCURY LOUNGE: 11/23/8.

by John Coakley

Apollo Heights plays White Music for Black People. No, that isn’t a callous summation of their status as black musicians making indie rock, that’s the name of their much-lauded debut album: White Music for Black People. It’s a sarcastically reductionist title for an album that sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. It’s a heady brew of Cocteau Twins style shoegazer and trippy psychedelica, with more energy than you’d expect from either genre. Their new EP, Everlasting Gobstopper, takes things even further. Get there early to catch Your 33 Black Angels, who also bring the serious rock power. Please note: the times listed below are approximate—you can pretty safely add half an hour to the times Mercury Lounge lists online and still see your band. You should go.

Mercury Lounge
217 E. Houston St. (corner Ave A & Houston)
212-260-4700
11/23
Apollo Heights 10:30
Hollands (EP Release) 9:30
Your 33 Black Angels 8:30
The Electric Mess 7:30
Thomas Bryan Eaton 6:30
$8

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November 17th, 2008

FORTRESS GLOBAL INVSTIGATIONS’ DONATE P.I.’S TO INVESTIGATE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS.

by Joelle Panisch

Fortress Global Investigations, a nationally distinguished private investigation firm, announced on October 27th the launch of the Fortress Innocence Group (FIG), an initiative to investigate and gather evidence for cases of wrongful conviction in collaboration with aiding law firms. Fortress Global Investigations President and CEO and former Manhattan persecutor, Robert Seiden, made the announcement standing side by side with his new partners— Martin Tankleff who was recently exonerated after 17 years in prison, and Jay Salpeter, the private investigator vital in securing his freedom.

The Group plans to conduct a strict appraisal of potential cases before accepting new cases, including one or multiple polygraphs, in depth questionnaires, and the evaluation of evidence and procedures. The Fortress Innocence Group hopes to be funded by private donations and public grants, and will work with experts within Fortress Global Investigations as well as private investigators across the United States, forensic experts, and former prosecutors and law enforcement.

“This is an unprecedented event in the history of the American criminal justice system,” said Seiden. “[It] will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of innocent people wrongly convicted and may well shed much needed light on some of the inherent flaws [in the system].”

Perhaps the most compelling words were Mr. Tankliff ‘s, who celebrated a joyous anniversary of exactly 10 months since he was released from prison. “In many ways it’s just an epiphany,” said Tankliff. “Today is a day when I can make a difference for innocent men in the future.”

Also supporting FIG was New York State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Eric Schneiderman, and ‘exonerees’ Alan Newton, Dave Sheppard and Dr. Ruben “Hurricane” Carter.

For more information on the Fortress Innocence Group call (516) 466-0176 or toll free at (866) 791-206 or go to www.fortressinnocence.com.

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November 17th, 2008

PURE GOLD: G.O.P POST-GAME WRAP-UP.

by Ed Gold


No autographs, please: Palin at the Republican Governor’s Conference in Miami.

The Republican governors gathered in Miami recently, still suffering from the concussion their party received on Nov. 4, recognizing the seriousness of the injury but showing very little understanding of how they might recover.

A collection of 2012 wanna-bes was on hand, conspicuously headed by the gunslinger from Alaska, and including at least three other ambitious governors—Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

Leaving aside the Barracuda, the other three have all succeeded politically, thanks to tight economies, good personalities, and sadly, loyalty to the cultural base of the party. Continue Reading »

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November 14th, 2008

MURDER OF LOCAL IMMIGRANT LEADS TO ALLEGATIONS OF HATE-MONGERING AMONGST SUFFOLK COUNTY POLITICIANS.

by Joelle Panisch


Marcello Lucero.

Thanks to Michael O’Neill for the heads up.

The November 8th murder and alleged hate crime of 37 year-old Ecuadorian Marcello Lucero in Patchogue, LI, has garnered local and national review of Suffolk County policies and practices, especially regarding immigration. Allegations of the intentional denial of hate crimes and of legislation that some believe is knowingly designed with loopholes to allow for immigrant harassment and to veil racially motivated crimes has stemmed suppositions of impropriety among Suffolk County legislature and County Executive, Steve Levy.

Overt blame is hard to prove but Levy, in his second term, has long been scrutinized for stewing a climate of hate and potential attacks. Continue Reading »

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November 7th, 2008

CONCERT REVIEW: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ROCK AND MOCK, TO GREAT EFFECT.

by John Coakley


Billy Pumpkin, as they call him across the pond.

When I first saw the Smashing Pumpkins at the Roseland in the fall of 1991, they were second on the bill—before the Red Hot Chili Peppers but after this obscure Northwestern band called Pearl Jam. They were doing their version of the loud/quiet rock thing—as powerful as Nirvana but with a more sinuous, feline grace. Billy goaded the largely frat-boy audience by telling them that the crowd in Philly rocked way harder than they did. He was a petulant, ego-maniacal jerk but his band rocked so well that it didn’t matter. What was odd was seeing a band that was underground a year before play to an audience that resembled the people who kicked the band’s ass when they were in high school. It was a little disheartening. But then I saw one beefy dude in a ‘CUSE! baseball hat stop knocking skinny alterna-boys to the floor when Siva slowed down. As if floating on the gossamer chord’s of Billy’s guitar, the pride of Syracuse University closed his eyes and sang along:

Sprinkle all my kisses on your head
Stars full of wishes fill our beds

Then the song roared back into overdrive and I got out of his way.

Last night I saw the Pumpkins play a show at Washington Heights’ United Palace, a 3,800 seat church that also hosts concerts. Continue Reading »

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November 5th, 2008

YES!

by John Coakley

An indisputable majority in the popular vote.

An even bigger majority in the electoral college.

Control of the House and Senate.

A classy, quick concession speech from McCain.

No month-long investigation into Republican voting shenanigans keeping us all in a heightened state of anxiety.

Sarah Palin on the next moose back to Alaska.

That’s what I call a good election day.

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November 2nd, 2008

FILM REVIEW: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

by John Coakley

Sure, Halloween is over, but that’s no reason to skip the best vampire film to come by in years. Let the Right One In tells the story of Oskar, a 12 year-old boy growing up in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeburg in 1982. Oskar is bullied at school and has no friends; his divorced mom has a hard time getting through to him and his father lives far off in the country. Fortunately, a new girl has moved in right next door. She’s Oskar’s age and carries herself with the confidence that he lacks. They’d be the perfect puppy love couple, except for the fact that the girl, named Eli, lives off of other people’s blood. That is why she doesn’t go to school, why she and Oskar always meet up in the empty, snow-covered courtyard of their apartment building at night, and why she never wears a coat when she comes out. When Oskar eventually learns Eli’s secret, he is forced to decide whether to stand by his girl or shun her.

This is a film that could have gone wrong in so many ways, but consistently stays on course. It’s hard to capture the nuances of childhood on film, especially the awkward age of 12. Throw first romance, first experiments with sex, and serious moral dilemmas into the mix, and you have a film that Hollywood would not have touched with a 10 foot stake. Their loss, our gain. This is a beautiful film that balances revulsion and scares with characters that are too complicated to be mere villains or heroes; even the bullies have sympathetic moments. Let the Right One In is well worth enduring the Angelika’s subway noises for. Indeed, the sound of rumbling trains only added to the eerie desolation of a Swedish winter. You should go.

Let the Right One In
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Sweden, 2008
Rated R
114 minutes

Now playing at the Angelika
18 W. Houston Street
12:15 PM, 2:45 PM, 5:15 PM, 7:45 PM, 10:15 PM

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November 1st, 2008

90 NON-PROFITS TELL GOVERNOR PATERSON TO STOP CUTTING SERVICES.

by John Coakley

Governor Paterson recently told the Daily News that charities “are going to become the replacement for what government is supposed to do.” At the same time, Paterson is ruling out an increase in taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to help close the budget gap.

Oh really? Mary Brosnahan, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, put it best: “Apparently Governor Paterson’s version of shared sacrifice is similar to that of George Bush: demand sacrifice from the poor and nothing from the most affluent.” In other words, if you’re rich, maybe you should sacrifice a bit by paying more taxes since you aren’t in a position to need services like Medicaid, though apparently lots of other people do—applications increased by 30% between December of last year and April of this year. And that was before the economic crisis. In other words, this is not the best time to cut services across the board, especially if you aren’t going to raise taxes for those who can afford it.

90 non-profit agencies got together and sent Paterson this letter in response to his plans: Continue Reading »

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October 31st, 2008

PURE GOLD: STRATEGISTS SHRUM & SCHOEN OPTIMISTIC FOR OBAMA.

by Ed Gold


Bob Shrum.

If veteran political strategists Bob Shrum and Doug Schoen are right, Barack Obama could win in a landslide next Tuesday, and the Democrats in the Senate could close in on a filibuster-proof 60 votes while picking up 20-25 seats in the House.

Shrum has survived a host of campaigns, has been on the losing side for Gore and Kerry, suffered painfully for McGovern, and actually won with Bradley–when he ran for mayor of Los Angeles.

Schoen has had two notable clients recently—Bill Clinton and, currently, Mike Bloomberg—and has earned the honor of “Pollster of the Year.”

For Democrats, this was a good-cop, good-cop combo. The discussion would surely have been more contentious if GOP consultant Ed Rollins had shown up as originally scheduled

Shrum and Schoen, nevertheless, provided a lively 90 minutes before a mostly student audience on Tuesday evening, the event appropriately labeled “One Week and Counting.” Continue Reading »

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October 27th, 2008

PURE GOLD: THE PEOPLE—UM, IN THE CITY COUNCIL, ANYWAY—HAVE SPOKEN!

by Ed Gold


Mayor Mike, looking just a bit smug.

We knew the Bloomberg-Quinn tandem would carry the day when a vote was scheduled before the City Council which would permit the mayor to run for a third term. Both the mayor and the speaker are proficient in counting votes.

While all recent polls indicate a 70 percent approval rate for Bloomberg, a Quinnipiac poll showed 89 percent of voters in the city calling for a public referendum on term limits.

This adds up to a conspicuous ambivalence, with large majorities supporting the mayor’s right to seek a third term and at the same time opposing a change in the charter on the third term issue without a public referendum.

The N.Y. Times made the case for Bloomberg. The paper has always opposed term limits and would prefer no term limits at all.

Since a majority of New York voters have indicated they would back a Bloomberg third term, the Times argued they should have the right to make that choice.

Opposition was widespread and emotional. At the heart of the argument was the contention that a law opposed twice by public referendum should not be revoked by City Council action. Continue Reading »

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October 23rd, 2008

LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME: BURLESQUE ON SCREEN AND STAGE—10/24/8 + 10/25/8.

by John Coakley

A Wink and a Smile is a documentary that follows 10 students of Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque in Seattle. This is the East Coast premiere of the film, part of the CMJ festival. Not only do you get to see the dancers in action, but you also learn what made them want to learn the art of the tease in the first place. And you get a half hour of live go go dancing before the show. Worth a look.

And if the movie wasn’t enough for you—or if you’re like the sweaty old men at the go go club in Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill and you don’t want to know a damn thing about the hopes and dreams of the sweet young thing gyrating in front of you—you can see both NY’s and Seattle’s finest burlesque dancers do their thing at Duane Park. Actually, Duane Park is a classy joint—more of a supper club, actually. So if you really want to be the desperate, sweaty old man who shouts “GO, BABY, GO!!!” at the top of his lungs, well, there’s always the Pussycat Lounge.

A Wink and a Smile
Friday, 10/24/8
gogo at 6:45, film at 7:15
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St. at Laight,

Miss Valentine at Midnight and the Swedish Housewife present:
Live Burlesque with Seattle and NYC Stars
Saturday, 10/25/8
11:00 p.m.
Duane Park
157 Duane Street
Resv: 212.732.5555

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