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When we’re blessed with the overflowing bounty of pop culture that we have at present, it’s impossible to be in on everything. For every 10 addicting shows, there are 20 great new albums. For every five new films, there are a couple dozen must-read books, and 15 can't-miss magazine articles. To endeavor to stay caught up with it all is to fail. So, sometimes, you have to give a simple, respectful shrug to the next wildly popular thing. Personally, in...
Life Directed by Daniel Espinosa Opens March 24 The mild form of space madness suffered by Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Life offers such a strong match of affliction to actor that his presence in the movie almost makes sense. Gyllenhaal plays David, one of half a dozen astronauts aboard an international space station—and the one who has just broken the record for number of consecutive days spent in space. He seems, if not exactly psyched, acclimated to...
If you were ever a teenage dirtbag, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about Amsterdam, the city in the Netherlands where all sorts of drug and sex things that are illegal in America are perfectly legal (more or less). Probably, you’ve been dreaming about its coffeeshops—those places where you can buy and consume marijuana. However, the actual best places to check out are smartshops, tiny boutiques that sell not just grams of pot, but mushrooms,...
Despite the tragic violence during J’ouvert this year, the Labor Day West Indian Parade itself went off without a hitch. With nearly three million attendees, it is one of New York’s largest parades. When it first began in the 1920’s, it took place in Harlem and, subsequently, in the 1960s, moved to Crown Heights. I am always overwhelmed by the incredible positive energy, friendliness, creativity, and diversity found among its participants. Here is just...

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