best and worst of 2011


V.20 No.52 | 12/29/2011

Year in Review: Food

Chewing on 2011

The rising cost of eating, medium-rare pork, nutrition guidelines and foodborne illness top the list of hot stories

Every December, the Hunter PR firm announces the results of a nationwide survey for the top 10 food news stories of the year. The list says as much about the media that writes the headlines as it does about the people who remember them.

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Year in Review: Arts & Lit

Best in Show

Our favorite arty endeavors of 2011

Outrageous improv, a futuristic nautical vessel, black humor, an alligator-infested ode to dying swampland. In 2011, we at the Alibi covered some astonishing works ranging from theatrical spectacles to ambitious visual arts projects to impressive contributions to the literary canon. Our current Arts and Lit editor reached out to the previous two, as well as our resident theater critic. They put their nerdy, critical noggins together, and the result is this brainstorm of the more outstanding creative output we covered over the last 365.

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Year in Review: Music

Sonic Deluxe

A retrospective of 2011’s foremost albums

Grouper A I A : Dream Loss / A I A : Alien Observer (Yellowelectric)

Ten tune-tacular collections from the dwindling annum.
Reel World

Reel World

The Worst Films of 2011

Everything awful from Sarah Palin to Edward Cullen.

Year in Review

Here it is. Our annual compendium of complaints, grievances and joyous salutations toward the most outstanding stories we covered this year, broken down for you, section by section.

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Mina's Dish

The Best Dishes of 2011

No contest—my choice for No. 1 meal in 2011 is Masa’s omakase in New York City, and Prune is certainly in the top 10 (see Have Fork, Will Travel). But I’ve eaten some amazing food here at home this year. The dishes that follow, available on regular menus or as specials, stand out as top notch. I have a hard time distinguishing between them for quality and sheer enjoyment, so in no particular order:

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Jazzed Reducer

Mark Weber 6 Times around the Sun (Zerx Records)

On 6 Times around the Sun, hubkaphonist Mark Weber presents an abundant collection of strange and wonderful music, teaming up with nine adventurous musicians on 38 improvised duet tracks recorded over six years.

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