From color to short cuts, braids and extensions, there is no hairstyle that LaWanda Pierre, up-and-coming hairstylist, cannot do. Originally born in Houston (with a stint in Atlanta in between), Pierre made Brooklyn her home at the age of nine and lived here ever since. Like most young black women in the 90s, she ran to the creamy crack (what some of y’all call a relaxer) from high school up until her early 20s....
Film festivals are rarely short on coming of age movies, and this year’s New York Film Festival has a number of high-profile filmmakers trying their hand at the genre – some for the first time. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name arrives with the loudest advance buzz from its screenings at Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, and through its setting “somewhere in Northern Italy,” it plays a little bit like a more tender, youthful...
How has Richard Linklater never made a road movie before Last Flag Flying? Linklater is insanely productive and his movies often luxuriate in either observations of human interaction (the Before trilogy; Dazed and Confused; Everybody Wants Some!! and many more), exactly the kind of vibe that could benefit a road trip focused on characters rather than antics. Last Flag Flying feels like a vintage Linklater project in other, more left-field ways: As a kinda-sorta-not-really...
Pina Returns to Brooklyn — Modern dance luminary Pina Bausch and her stalwart company of exceptional dancers, Tanztheater Wuppertal, made their New York debut in 1984 with the now-iconic double bill of Café Müller, a melancholic fever dream in which the dreamer, a sleepwalking woman, is trapped inside a congested, monochromatic restaurant, and The Rite of Spring, a voracious reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s original ballet, one that covers the stage in soil and sees its...
Just about every part of The Deuce, HBO’s new flagship drama that premiered this weekend, has the feel of an Oscar-level movie. Between a star-studded cast headlined by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the lightning-sharp dialogue typical of David Simon and George Pelecanos, and the massive-scale recreation of the scumminess of 1971 Times Square,  The Deuce has a cinematic vibe from top to bottom. Simon and Pelecanos, who previously teamed together on HBO’s Tremé and...
Summertearz — Swedish electronic-pop band Little Dragon have been active since 1996, performing while its three founding members were still in high school no less. They eventually took their bouncy, modal beats in a darker direction, constructing cavernous, driving tracks that carry the soft, idiosyncratic lilt of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s yearning lyrics away into the lightly distorted digital ether that awaits the end of most songs. While they’ve gradually rose in popularity since...

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