This Week in the Voice: Dan Choi, Bad Lieutenant

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Lt. Daniel Choi resembles so many other American soldiers in many, many ways: as a late-20s West Point grad who loves his country, a born-again Christian, as a soldier who's served two tours in Iraq, and as a soldier who's been kicked out of the military. But even that isn't the distinction that's made Lt. Dan Choi a national name. It was when he went on television and outed himself as an active gay member of the U.S. Military, setting off a firestorm of controversy, and helping to change an entire American population's standing in this country in the process. He is Bad Lieutenant, Dan Choi.

Elsewhere in News, we know a renegade when we see one:

  • Just because they're a renegade doesn't mean they're particularly great for anything. Or as Voice news columnist Tom Robbins points the case of sad, stabby, side-dealing state senator Hiram Monserrate's Cheating Ways, anyone, either. Let alone themselves.
  • Meanwhile, our own original renegade, Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto, finds some of his own type at the Paper Nightlife Awards. What happens when Countess LuAnn Meets Pee-wee Herman? He obviously found out.

Also this week, The Fall 2010 Village Voice Education Supplement. In the words of KRS-One, YOU. MUST. LEARN:

In Food this week, we're schooling you on where to go and what to order when you get there:

  • Voice food critic and de-facto outer-borough explorer Robert Sietsema makes his way out to Floral Park, Queens, to find some of the finest Punjabi cuisine this side of, well, India at Sohna Punjab.
  • And a sad, sad goodbye to Voice food critic Sarah DiGregorio, who's closing out her tenure with us with her review of the new Bowery hot spot from the guys who brought everyone and their visiting-in-town-mother Freeman's the southern-fried "upscale counter" cuisine joint that is Peels.

In Film, we're learning what makes some frames fly, while others tick by :

In Arts, the creative renegades of the city keep creating. Hopefully we don't shatter their dreams:

All that, plus more Music, Art, Theater, Film, Books, Dance, Restaurants, Michael Musto, Free Will Astrology, and Dan Savage. And then some.

Here at the Voice, we know a Real American Hero when we see one. Sometimes, they even come from New Jersey. It happens.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

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