Lena Valencia reviews Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s new book, When Skateboards Will Be Free, in which he recounts his experience growing up poor, American, and Socialist.
Lena Valencia is haunted by Lars von Trier’s film, Antichrist, but lives to tell the tale.
Hong Sang-soo turns the lens on himself (maybe) in Like You Know It All, an angst-ridden portrait of a critically acclaimed but otherwise little-known director’s trial and error love affairs, friendships, and mishaps.
The two indie veterans graced Southpaw for an early show with their dreamy tunes and near-perfect bone structures on New Year’s Eve.
The independent used bookstore Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers on Bedford between N.4th and N.5th, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Kelly Reichardt teams up with writer Jon Raymond once again and plunges us into the dark side of the American dream, except the stakes in this story are considerably higher: it’s set on the Oregon Trail in 1845.
Set in a Mennonite community in picturesque Northern Mexico, Silent Light is the story of a conflicted married Mennonite man, Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), who is in love with another woman.
We follow the dutiful, slouching cop Cristi (Dragos Bucur) through the crumbling, gray streets of Vaslui, Romania as he pursues a teenager suspected of dealing hash.
Jeff Lewis’s self-referential anti-folk songs are lyrically dense, morbid, full of over-shares, and consistently clever without being pretentious.
The film Warhol: Denied follows Joe Simon’s attempts to get his Andy Warhol self-portrait authenticated, raising questions of authorship and the definition of Art.
Lena Valencia spends a music and beer fueled Saturday night at 92Y Tribeca.
Lena Valencia reviews Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi.
Lady Caroline Blackwood may be best remembered for her marriages to painter Lucian Freud and poet Robert Lowell, but it is her career as a writer and critic that deserves our attention.
Lena Valencia reflects on a Laurie Anderson performance that included everything from news anchors to gospel.
This edition of From the Archive features some super smart ladies, including; Jill Eisenstadt, Kim Wozencraft and Penny Arcade.
Artist Amie Siegel discusses her experiences wading through Stasi film archives, tackling translation, and weaving together the “visual essay” that is DDR/DDR. The film is screening at the Anthology Film Archives through Thursday, May 13th.
Some highlights from the new interviews, including one with Kathy Acker.
Watching Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum made me realize how difficult it is to write about familial love.
Lena Valencia interviews future UCLA art school grad Ariel Alter.
Mary Lum combines comic strips and photos in her paintings and collages to create spontaneous, obsessive, architectural pieces.
What was billed as a night of “laughter and thinking” actually was more nervous titters and revolutionary undertones as writers Hari Kunzru and Porochista Khakpour read some subtly inflammatory pieces from their most recent works.
“We’re not prepared, but we never have been, and we’re still here,” Patti Smith announced as she and Sam Shepard sat down on the two armchairs on the stage of the 92nd Street Y last night, facing the sold-out crowd.
Sculptor Ian Schneller and champion whistler Andrew Bird joined forces on the Guggenheim’s rotunda in early August. We went analog and had photographer Ryan Spencer shoot the show on his 35mm camera.
Gaspar Noé’s new film is a psychedelic experience of Tokyo shown through the eyes of the deceased protagonist.
Genevieve Belleveau’s performance series Church of gorgeousTaps and the Reality Show draws inspiration from Lutherans and addicts alike to create a secular Sunday afternoon sanctuary for those seeking community.