This Week in the Voice: Inside the Brutal World of America's Kidnapping Capital
Phoenix, Arizona! The fifth most populated city in the country. It's the capital of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State! It's also -- as the center of the United States' immigration crisis with two sides viciously battling over the future of millions of people -- the place where the most people in America go missing at the hands of others. For this week's Village Voice cover story, Monica Alonzo sheds some light on a dark, dark place, touring readers Inside the Brutal World of America's Kidnapping Capital.
Elsewhere this week in News, we're illuminating some places in need of better lighting locally:
- Voice columnist Tom Robbins this week gives credit where it's due, as he sees a common column character of his -- Mayor Bloomberg -- coming down on the right side of his pen for a change. All it took was a mosque near Ground Zero.
- And Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto chats with French actor Vincent Cassel -- the lead in forthcoming French gangster flick Mesrine -- who's a bit of a mystery himself.
This week in Music, we're shining praise on the not-at-all-lost past, the obscure present, and the rising future.
- Any chance you remember Queens of the Stone Age's first album, Rated R? You very well might. It was only released 10 years ago, so does we really need a reissue with "negligible" outtakes and a few live tracks? Not really, notes Voice music editor Rob Harvilla. But that doesn't make it any less necessary, which it is.
- Any chance you've ever heard of the Fuckaroos? That's because they don't exist, or they didn't, until San Francisco troubadour Sonny Smith invented them, wrote a song for them, recorded it, and put it on a disc with a cover in a jukebox, along with 99 other fake bands Sonny Smith invented as well. Smith's undertaking premieres to the public later this week in Williamsburg; until then, Kurt Gottschalk's explanation will suffice.
- Any chance you've ever heard of Freddie Gibbs? You will. Jayson Greene explains why Gibbs, "the internet's hottest rapper," wants his money now, and then, why he deserves it.
In Food, we're bringing what we lack to light:
- For example, did you know that "Tuscan" is one of the most abused terms in the gastro-lexicon? Voice food critic Robert Sietsema thinks it is, and to prove it, visits what he considers to be Manhattan's only true Tuscan restaurant, I Sodi in the West Village. Hospitaliano, this ain't.
- Meanwhile, Voice food critic Sarah DiGregorio finds something Manhattan's somewhat lacking in -- honest-to-god Vietnamese food -- along with ""one of the richest, most luscious dishes I've eaten in a long time" at Vietnamese restaurateur Steven Duong's newest Chelsea spot, Co Ba.
In Film, we're lighting a few movies. Lighting them up:
- Legendary Voice film critic J. Hoberman calls out 3D movies for what they are: mediocre, and how everyone's getting them wrong.
- Nick Pinkerton reflects on Sylvester Stallone's inner-reflection in the nostalgia trip that is the Stallone-directed, Stallone-starred, and Stallone-written The Expendables. Deep.
- It's rare when the book's better than the movie. But when the movie's better than the comic book? Robert Wilonski goes there in his review of the Michael Cera-starring Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Finally, in Arts, we're getting right in the middle of the limelight with some drama of our own:
- New York City's non-profit theater community sure knows how to put on a show. Little do they know: so can we. Wanna see how much non-profit theater directors pull each year? Take a look in Checks for Execs--the Top Earners in NYC's Nonprofit Theater World.
- Just how perfect can perfect be? Dance critic Deborah Jowitt looks into the matter, exploring The Beauty and Limits of the Dance World's Ongoing Love of Virtuosity.
- In Art, Ben Davis heads to MoMA, Freight + Volume, and LZ Project Space to take in "photo-conceptualist" work (his quotes), a hot Texan art collective, and Arielle Falk's face-shields, respectively.
- Voice theater critic Michael Feingold finds a playwright who specializes in annoying plays mounting -- of course -- an annoying play.
- And last but certainly not least, Voice theater critic Alexis Soloski takes it to the stagehands! None of you are safe. No, really: None of you. Yeah, wardrobe. You too.
Here at The Village Voice, we're willing to draw out an extended light-related wordplay for as long as we need to, goddamnit. Just for you. And we'll continue to leave it on for you. Like so: