The Cary Grant treatment

November 7, 2008 • 0
Midget-sized bunk beds, mouse infestations, rude neighbors, towering cliffs of fly-covered recycling. The semester is well under way, so you’d think you’d be used to the … er … quirks of your living situation by now. But with Thanksgiving break and its promise of vacuum-wielding parents just over the horizon, it’s all becoming increasingly unbearable. »

“just a black she-male”

October 24, 2008 • 0
Jekyll had Hyde. Bowie had Ziggy. And of Montreal’s frontman Kevin Barnes has Georgie Fruit, an alter ego who describes himself as “just a black she-male.” His bizarre, hypersexualized persona provides the driving force behind the indie powerhouse’s new album “Skeletal Lamping,” the band’s phonically busiest and zaniest record to date. But while Georgie is »

Casual Korean, free WiFi!!!

October 3, 2008 • 0
The sign hanging above the entrance to Soho proudly announces: “Always healthy and good Korean foods are served!” And once inside, just in case the first enthusiastic greeting wasn’t enough of an enticement, perusers of the menu are implored to “ENJOY FREE WiFi!!!!” Whether providing a delicious meal or the Internet, New Haven’s newest Korean »

‘Passion’ of the (gay, naked) Christ

September 26, 2008 • 0
Sarah Ruhl’s “Passion Play,” the season opener at the Yale Repertory Theater, goes everywhere. Following three historical productions of the Christian passion play, it travels from Elizabethan England to 1930s Oberammergau, Germany, to late-20th century South Dakota; it deals with themes ranging from God to politics to sex to theater itself; it evokes laughter, awe »

Ruhl plays with passion

September 19, 2008 • 1
Sarah Ruhl’s “Passion Play,” which opens today at the Yale Repertory Theater, involves more than its title might suggest. For one thing, the production itself is not a passion play, but rather a dramatization of different groups of actors involved in the performance of one. And since the three-act production actually consists of three smaller »

Girl with guitar, as ‘Promised’

September 12, 2008 • 0
A devoted fan who had taken 10 or so years off from listening to Dar Williams would probably be disappointed by her newest album. Whereas Williams’s excellent first two releases, “The Honesty Room” (1993) and “Mortal City” (1996), offered compelling collections of funny, poignant, girl-with-her-guitar, lyrically driven songs, “Promised Land,” like her other recent albums, »

Behind-the-bookstore-dining just got a lil’ bit exotic

September 12, 2008 • 0
The menu at Thali Too is one of New Haven’s best incentives to eat your vegetables. The cheaper and hipper little sister of Orange Street’s Thali, this vegetarian Indian restaurant opened on Broadway this summer much to the benefit of carnivores and herbivores alike. Unconstrained by the restaurant’s vegetarian guidelines, Thali Too’s chef Prasad Chirnomula »

Strike a pose times 2

September 5, 2008 • 0
Two student-curated exhibits on display at the Yale University Art Gallery until Sunday both feature photography, but that’s the extent of their similarities. “Everyday Monuments: The Photographs of Jerome Liebling” focuses on work by a single artist who captured subjects from orchards to cadavers with a remarkable attention to beauty. The second exhibit, “From Any »

Bonjour, mon petit bureau de change

April 25, 2008 • 2
Flight of the Conchords’ first full-length album — titled, conveniently, “Flight of the Conchords” — contains nothing we haven’t already seen on their eponymous TV show. In fact, three of the songs also appeared in altered forms on the comic folk duo’s 2007 EP “The Distant Future.” But as it turns out, familiarity does not »

‘The Year’ I lived in Sao Paolo with Jews

April 18, 2008 • 0
Let’s face it: You’d enjoy watching a cute little boy playing soccer. You might even pay to sit in a dark theater and eat popcorn while doing so. But if you’re expecting a more meaningful experience than that from “O Ano em Que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias” (“The Year My Parents Went on Vacation”), »

A century later, Louis’ Lunch still lives up to the hype

April 4, 2008 • 0
Hankering for a midnight snack? Bet you haven’t considered Louis’ Lunch, which happens to be open just as late on weekend nights as Yorkside Pizza. Maybe the establishment isn’t on your radar because in a city famous for somewhat unfriendly customer service — as anyone who’s waited two hours only to be ignored by Sally’s »

A gay ol’ time with Wilde’s ‘Woman’

March 28, 2008 • 0
In contrast to the play itself, the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of “A Woman of No Importance” is firmly satisfactory — nothing to complain about, but nothing spectacular either. Directed by Yale School of Drama Dean James Bundy, the external trappings of the play seem designed mainly to not distract from its content. The sets »