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Japanese Animation Makes Another Run at the Mainstream; Girls Against Boys Makes Another Run at Indie Cred; Gravity Kills Makes Most Girls Run Away; Reactions Presents 9/11 Art; Charles “Hungry” Hardy Prepares to Eat Matzoh Balls

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The Japanese crossover experiments always fail. Princess Mononoke (1999), a challenging film with voice work by Billy Bob Thornton, lost a truckload of cash for Disney. Titan A.E. (2000) was so bad that it tanked an entire studio, Fox Animation. The American public just isn’t interested in long shots of big-eyed cartoon scientists looking conflicted; [&hellip
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Post-Holiday Shopping: the Rolodisc, Feel-Good Gadget of the Year; Pretty T-Shirts Cost a Pretty Penny (for Charity) at Halcyon; Domsey’s Warehouse Is Cheap-Ass Paradise; Personal Stock Tips

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…The smartest and most subtly rewarding product you can buy this year is the Rolodisc motorized 75-disc CD tower. This gadget uses a vertical conveyor belt to let you scan through all of your albums before gingerly picking out one to play. Manufactured by a Florida firm named Excalibur, the Rolodisc nestles each CD carefully [&hellip
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The New Year’s Guide: Twirl ($125), Metropolitan Pavilion ($99), Mint ($75), Vinyl ($50), Webster Hall ($30 After 2 a.m.), Baktun ($20 w/Invite After 12), Brooklyn Bridge (Free Always)

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First, the swank: Twirl (208 W. 23rd St., betw. 7th & 8th Aves., 691-7685), whose Saturday fete pulled down New York Press honors for "Best New Party 2001," is charging $125 this New Year’s Eve. That is actually on the reasonable side for a Manhattan club–Eugene (27 W. 24th St., betw 5th & 6th Aves., [&hellip
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One Thing You Don’t Know About Lord of the Rings; Scarecrow Collection and Wannabe Wetlands; No Matter What You Call It, Goth Lives; 200 Gay Men Sing in Carnegie Hall; One Drag Queen Spits Bile

Written by Ned Vizzini on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Realize also that this movie’s soundtrack features one of today’s hottest female artists, a woman whose odd clothes and devotion to trees have not kept her from tearing up the pop charts: Enya, the Celtic queen of new age. She releases one album every five years and outsells just about everybody on the planet. Her [&hellip
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Fun on the Real World Tryout Line; Stupid Human Tricks in the LES; Cracked, the Best Crack-Smoking Play Out There; moodroom Bores Me, But Still Rocks; Love Them or Hate Themâeuro;”the Queers Aren’t Dead

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We arrived at the casting call spot, Kanvas (219 9th Ave., betw. 23rd & 24th Sts., 727-2616), at 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Lined down the block almost to 10th Ave. were the sort of kids you never see at 9:30 on a Saturday, except if you see them stumbling out of a warehouse in [&hellip
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Internet Ephemera; The Unlikely Return of Pat Benatar; Marble Rocks the Homeland; CDs and Vinyl for All; New Club! New Club!

Written by Ned Vizzini on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

It sounds trite, but it’s so easy. Just go to Amazon’s main page, click the "find gifts" button under the red bar; then click "By Recipient"; then click "For Him" or "For Her," depending. What you’ll find are neat little categories of human being: "The Master Chef," "The Pet Lover," "The Sports Enthusiast." Since people [&hellip
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A Fantastically Large Expo of Fine Art and Antiques at the Garden; Kiki & Herb Welcome Xmas with There’s a Stranger in the Manger; Knuckleheads, Celebrate Handbook of Phrenology; A Festival for Nutty Django, Best European Jazz Musician Ever

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How does this happen? Well, as you may or may not know, the preferred venues for fine art expos in Manhattan are two of our armories, located on Lexington Ave. at 26th St. and Park Ave. on 67th St. Now that these armories house, you know, actual members of the Army, expositions from the Wendy’s [&hellip
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Thanksgiving Is Here and Older People Are Making Music; DJ Mr. Scruff; DJ Four Tet; Paul Oakenfold’s “Trancegiving”; Sex Mob’s New James Bond Disc and Show

Written by Ned Vizzini on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Two DJs appearing this Thanksgiving are just hitting their 30s, so they are financially set with future teenagers and we needn’t worry about them in the post-Taliban world. By the way, aren’t those CNN guys having a blast saying post-Taliban? That is a phrase made for textbooks; it’s going to wind up in shaded sidebars [&hellip
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Brooklyn?! Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard Gives His State of the World Address at L’Amour; Sam Bisbee Brings Male Angst to the Living Room; Steve Bird Is Bad; Parrotheads Report to Tiki Room; Mini-Blurbs

Written by Ned Vizzini on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Evan is a funny guy; when he isn’t creating thick metal/hardcore with Biohazard, he’s developing a pop sense to rival Dennis Miller’s or (ahem) mine by gorging on mainstream radio. "It’s become compartmentalizing, like the single-oriented radio pop one-hit wonders of the 1950s, but not even that widespread," he says, "because America can only sell [&hellip
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