Author: Tina Benitez-Eves

Patricia Arquette Speaks Up for the Ladies of Film

Before Patricia Arquette picked up the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood, she told her boyfriend that if she won, she was going to say something that might make her lose some jobs in Hollywood. She did win and used her 60-second acceptance speech to address gender quality and a serious wage gap between men and women in the film industry. Arquette admitted that she has lost some jobs following her Oscar sermon during...

The Pogues Make Beautiful Whiskey Together

Celtic punk rockers The Pogues like whiskey. Who knew? Maybe it’s those imbibe-induced Pogue tales like “Streams of Whiskey” and “Whiskey You’re the Devil” or its decades-inebriated frontman Shane MacGowan. Even though most band members don’t touch the juice these days, it was only appropriate to have an Irish Whiskey in their name. Royal Flush got a first peak, and taste (neat, please), of The Pogues Irish Whiskey at Paddy Reilly’s Pub in New York City...

Old Mexican Card Games—and Tequila—with Artist Alejandro Vigilante

Alejandro Vigilante doesn’t know which playing card is his favorite. Each was a labor of love. On exhibit inside Andy Warhol’s old Wooster Street abode in New York City, the artist keeps looking up at his 54 hand-painted works of art, inspired by the centuries-old Mexican card game of chance, Lotería. “Every color was a special decision,” said the Miami-based artist, known for his pop art-inspired works. Vigilante hand-painted each card over a three month...

The Darkness Shed Some Light

The last time The Darkness played Irving Plaza in 2012, they just rebounded from a nearly six-year hiatus and were about to embark on a Born This Way tour with Lady Gaga—a fitting opening slot for the bombastic, glam rockers. “I’m happy to be of service,” said Dan Hawkins of fans’ delight at the return—a second time around since a chaotic split in 2006—for the Suffolk-bred, hair metal rockers with their “Blast of Our Kind”...

Garbage, 20 Years Later, in Chicago

Shirley Manson did her hair for the occasion. Her bleached blonde, rose-speckled locks matched Garbage’s self-titled debut album from 20 years earlier. The album, covered in a flurry of pink and feathers, was the real reason why the band is trekking through its 20 Years Queer tour. Manson, along with Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig emptied out an entire backlog of B-sides and other songs from 1995 and 1996 at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre...

Is Superman Real? New Documentary Explores Some Truths

Filmmaker Brett Culp is uncovering the spirit of Superman through several stories of children who have overcome life-threatening situations, loss, disability and other challenges in a new documentary film, Look to the Sky. The not-for-profit film also explores the DC character’s relevance in the world today. Throughout the past year, Culp has traveled to 14 cities to capture the inspirational stories of young people and interview experts on superhero stories, psychology and literature. Culp’s previous...

King Diamond to Kick Off Tour for ‘Abigail’

Metal icon King Diamond will perform the band’s 1987 album Abigail in its entirety with San Francisco thrash rockers, Exodus, supporting them on a tour, which kicks off on October 29 and will run through December 5. The second album recorded by King Diamond following his departure from Mercyful Fate (along with bandmates Michael Denner and Timi Hansen) in 1985, Abigail tells the tale of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who suffer...

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X, Dead Rock West, Class is Up at City Winery

For the past few years, X dialed back their charged up punk, playing more acoustic-style versions of their songs live, but have returned to their punk roots following the departure of founding guitarist Billy Zoom, who is undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. Expected to return on the road by this fall or winter, Jesse Dayton, who has played with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Wayland Jennings, filled in the spot, learning 28 songs in eight days....

4Knots Music Festival Hits Stride on Pier 84

Not many music festivals can park right next to the Intrepid. Just a pier to the left of the military ship museum is exactly where the 4Knots Music Festival made its home this year. For the past four years, the South Street Seaport has been the meeting point for the annual, one-day indie music fest, but this year 4Knots finally found its space, by moving further west and uptown to Pier 84 at Hudson River...

A 1990s Return at Brooklyn Music Fest

Everything you heard is true. Clueless just turned 20. Wait. There’s more. Pulp Fiction already hit the 21-year mark—and Dazed and Confused is nearly 22. What’s going on here? (Let’s take a moment to compose ourselves—at least those old enough to remember the ’90s, that is.) It all seemed so, like, yesterday, so how could the 1990s already be plummeting into the “classic” territory? Nevertheless, it was a decade when culture popped, and this September,...

4Knots Music Festival Sails West

All aboard! This year, the Village Voice‘s 4Knots Music Festival returns—just a tad different. Since 2011, the one-day, free-for-all (literally) of music has rocked the South Street Seaport, but this year the fest is moving on up—and over—to the West side along the Hudson River. It’s also no longer free for all. This year, it’s a ticketed event. Pier 84 in Hudson River Park (555 12th Ave., near West 44th St.) is this year’s 4Knots...

Craig Ferguson

Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson’s Final Guest; Metallica Booked for One-Week Residency

On December 19, Craig Ferguson, along with his gay robot skeleton Geoff Peterson and man-made horse Secretariat, will bid CBS and the Late Late Show adieu after nearly 10 years with a very special guest, former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. The former late night host, and future CNBC host (“Jay Leno’s Garage”), will help send Ferguson off, along with three weeks filled with some of Ferguson’s all-time, favorite guests and friends like Larry King,...