Central boasts just as much surf as turf

March 7, 2008 • 2
It is unclear why anyone would actually order steak at Central Steakhouse: As delicious as the rib-eye probably is, who could stick with regular old steak when you could get pan-seared Hawaiian tuna with house-made potato gnocchi and mushrooms, or a grilled Cabuto pork chop with baby bok choy, fried plantains and a fig and »

Sitar pours effort and cream into Indian eats

February 29, 2008 • 0
Do you long for the perfect weeknight Indian restaurant — somewhere nice but not too expensive, with friendly waiters and impeccable preparations of your favorite buttery, spicy, coma-inducing dishes? Look no further than … well, Grove and Orange, but the trek to Sitar is a small price to pay in order to satisfy your subcontinental »

Return of the most articulate Goats ever

February 22, 2008 • 1
The Mountain Goats’ new album “Heretic Pride” sounds like a damn good idea. Another new release from the prolific neo-folk band — great! Rave reviews from sites like Pitchfork and other sources of your opinions — who could argue? Even the name “Heretic Pride” seems promising, as do track titles like “Michael Myers Resplendent” and »

‘Walker’: Queer guy is a private eye

February 8, 2008 • 0
“The Walker” tries to thrill its viewers with a seamy tale of Washington shallowness while simultaneously discussing the deeper psychological life of its main character, but in the end it fails in both endeavors. The Walker, played by Woody Harrelson, is a gay man named Carter Page III who makes his living escorting rich Washington »

‘Peru’ percussionists beat di≠erent drum

February 1, 2008 • 1
For audiences at “Peru Negro” this past Wednesday and Thursday night, the exuberance of Afro-Peruvian singing, drumming and dancing provided an unusual break from the week’s monotony. Sponsored by the Yale Repertory Theater and the World Performance Project at Yale, the Lima-based music and dance ensemble brought an exciting taste of traditional Black Peruvian culture »

Fill your world with ‘Evildoers’

January 25, 2008 • 0
What with the blood, the full-frontal male nudity and what can only be described as the end of the world, it’s not really the kind of show you want to see on a date. And better not go alone either, because you’ll need someone to stabilize you when you walk out of the theater shaking. »

Oil drama far from groundbreaking

January 25, 2008 • 0
Don’t worry: Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film “There Will Be Blood” eventually fulfills its sanguinary promise — in the final scene, quite a good deal of the stuff (I won’t say whose) pools darkly on the hardwood floor like crude oil. Unfortunately, to get to that point, one must sit through two hours and 40 »

Bass sells fresh, sustainable study fare

October 26, 2007 • 0
Move over, G-Heav — the Bass Library Cafe is the next big thing. Providing sustainable food and comfy chairs until 1:30 a.m. on weeknights, this conveniently located establishment is an exciting new star in the world of midnight (or mid-afternoon) snacks. The cafe, which opened Tuesday, is proud to offer a wide variety of entirely »

Wanna boyfriend? Jens Lekman is a catch.

October 19, 2007 • 0
Everything about “Night Falls Over Kortedala,” the new album by Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, will make you want to find him and become his best friend as soon as possible (or possibly date him if you are into adorable male musicians). First of all, there’s Lekman’s modestly melodic baritone, with just a hint of an »

Stars new album hides their fires

September 28, 2007 • 0
The chorus of the title track on Stars’ new album “In Our Bedroom After the War” proclaims: “The war is over and we are beginning.” As appealing as that statement might be in any other context, here it serves as a reminder of just how much of a letdown this CD is. If the war »

Deriving advice from Foer’s life

September 28, 2007 • 0
“Stay hydrated.” That was the extent of bestselling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s advice for aspiring writers. Clearly he thought the girl requesting life advice at a public reading was asking a silly question, which she sort of was, so she will remain anonymous here (hint: she may or may not have written this article). But »

Look at the art I bought!

September 21, 2007 • 0
The new exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery is that rare example of Yale self-congratulatory spirit anyone can enjoy. “Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century,” which opened Tuesday, displays 300 highlights of nearly 15,700 pieces acquired by the Art Gallery in the last 10 years, which basically amounts to a centuries-old institution »