Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hedwig Returns

I was so obsessed with Hedwig and the Angry Inch when it first came out (so to speak), I remember Carrie Brownstein or Kathleen Hanna, or maybe both of them, making fun of me. Mitchell and Trask were such a brilliant (and cantankerous) theater team. I wrote about the musical for The Village Voice. I’m amazed it’s finally making it to Broadway — and glad they’re working on it together again. “Rock ‘n’ roll is about identification across lines,” Stephen told me back then. In these days of factionalization, that’s a refreshing sentiment.

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Angry Women in Rock Redux

I love this quote from Joan Jett in the Guardian:

Joan Jett would go even further than that: she thinks a new revolution is on its way. “I think we’re coming back to that fertile ground where people have had enough of the way things are, I can feel it. Those girls are out there, in every city, banging around – and when they find their outlet, it’s going to be just like it was for me.” Jett’s voice is defiant, strong, and celebratory. “A new generation picking up guitars and drums and saying, ‘I’m here! Let’s go!'”

Full article, including Kristin Hersh, Kathleen Hanna, and others, here.

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Shepard Fairey: Good, Bad and Beautiful

Shepard Fairey mural, Melrose Avenue

Is it just me, or is Shepard Fairey’s work getting more stunning

Shepard Fairey mural, Melrose Avenue

just as his legal situation gets more dire?

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Criticism is dead. Long live criticism!

I’m very sad that At the Movies, the film-criticism show featuring the Chicago Tribune‘s delightful Michael Phillips and great New York Times scribe AO Scott, is on the chopping block. But at least it occasioned a thoughtful essay by Scott on the Chicken Little state of affairs for arts criticism. And at least they both still have their day jobs.

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