David Byrne’s Building Has Every Convenience, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s ‘New York’

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In this week's issue, New York's classical music and architecture critic, Justin Davidson, reviews a work that's right in his wheelhouse(s): the Battery Maritime Building, where David Byrne has rigged up a building-size musical instrument for visitors to play. Architecture is classical music! Meanwhile, Jerry Saltz reviews David Altmejd's installation at Andrea Rosen Gallery, noting that the large sculptural figures have a lot going on — and when they fail, they fail spectacularly. John Leonard revisits the seventies in his review of CBS' Swingtown. And David Edelstein raves The Go-Getter and Operation Filmmaker.

Speaking of critics, Harvey Fierstein has a problem with them — he thinks they're ruining theater. Santogold's critics have mostly been nice to her, but she's got a problem with the press anyway: “I’ve been watching people clamber over themselves to try to place some sort of label on me.” Danny Elfman annotates his score to Twyla Tharp's new ballet Rabbit and Rogue, in which he creates the kinds of moments they never let you write in film scores. And Emma Rosenblum inexpertly (but hilariously) diagnoses the crazy ladies of reality TV, using DVR and the DSM-IV.