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Gazelle Emami

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How To Make It As A Black Sitcom: Be Careful How You Talk About Race

(92) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Photo illustration by Troy Dunham.

Among those who consider such things, it's generally agreed that "The Cosby Show" holds a canonical, almost sacred status in television history. But there's

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New York Philharmonic Concert Is Latest Sign Of Western Embrace Of Chinese Classical Music

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 7:40 PM

NEW YORK -- Those who attend the New York Philharmonic's Chinese New Year concert this weekend will witness China's top soloists playing Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Dvorak. It's a program that would have once given a Chinese conductor pause.

"When I went abroad in the mid-80s, in Cologne, in...

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San Diego Comic Con 2013: The 5 Types of Cosplayers You May See Wandering The Halls

(5) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Comic Con is as much a showcase for science-fiction and fantasy as it is a four-day stage for cosplayers. Short for costume play, the activity has grown into a subculture for superfans of the genres, who create costumes — by hand — of their favorite fictional characters. For the most...

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New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Ball 2013: An Evening In Padua's Renaissance Garden (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 10:27 AM

The New York Botanical Garden held its annual Conservatory Ball Thursday evening just as a storm made its way over the city, sticking the half-outdoor event with a stubborn stream of rain.

Starting at $1,500 a head, there were about 600 valuable noggins to shield from the downpour as...

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Huffington Summer Issue: Potato Chips in Champagne

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:39 PM

I spent my first two summers in New York resisting the urge to buy an air conditioning unit, and walking around my apartment holding a small fan inches from my face. In retrospect, I'm not sure why I made that choice, though it was probably some combination of being young,...

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Surf Music Evolution: From The Beach Boys To Punk

(19) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM

The story goes that when The Beatles landed stateside in 1964, they killed surf music. But one lone surf act escaped Americans’ selective amnesia of what they had been spinning just months before: They were called The Beach Boys, and if you ask most anyone today, chances are they’ll equate...

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Summer Music Preview 2013: Wu-Tang Clan, The Backstreet Boys And More

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 4:23 PM

The 90s are here in more ways than one this summer — from boy bands (Hanson, Backstreet Boys), rap (Wu-Tang Clan) and Brit trip hop (Tricky) to alt rock (Alice in Chains), emo (Jimmy Eat World) and R&B (Ashanti), artists who defined our summers 20 years ago are still at...

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Summer 2013 Book Excerpts: Dan Brown, Tao Lin And More

(5) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 3:30 PM

This summer, rather than casting our eye across the shelves like we usually do, we thought, why not go inward? We asked a handful of authors with novels out this summer to share a piece of their work with us. Nine brave souls kindly obliged. In the spirit of adventure,...

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Anna Karenina Review: Big On Show, Low On Substance

(33) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:13 PM


About halfway through Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the narrator becomes so omniscient he enters the mind of a dog, as her master orders her down the wrong hunting path. "'Well, if that's what he wants, I'll do it, but I can't answer for myself...

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Anna Karenina Review: Big On Show, Low On Substance

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:13 PM


About halfway through Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the narrator becomes so omniscient he enters the mind of a dog, as her master orders her down the wrong hunting path. "'Well, if that's what he wants, I'll do it, but I can't answer for myself...

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Who's Afraid of Edward Albee?

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:38 PM


EDWARD ALBEE, 84, inches his way through his apartment by cane, settling into one of many leather chairs that fill the Tribeca loft with its overwhelming scent. Talk to him, and he will run circles around you. Prickly and quarrelsome, you’d think...

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Lonely and Laughing

(10) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
By Sherman Alexie
Grove Press
480 pages


Don't go calling Sherman Alexie's stories universal. "When people say universal they mean white people get it," he argues. His assessment is even more damning when you consider his subject matter --...

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The Disruptor

(10) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Photo by Mark Gong

Of everything discussed in an 80-minute interview at Ai Weiwei’s studio on the outskirts of Beijing—including his 81-day detention in April last year, the government’s iron hold on his passport and the tax case that would...

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Ai Weiwei Documentary: 'Never Sorry' Director Alison Klayman Turns The Camera On China's Most Watched Artist

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 10:20 AM

It's appropriate that a documentary on Ai Weiwei should open the day the Olympics begin. The artist's troubles can be traced back to the Games four years ago, when Ai rose to international prominence for his work on the Bird's Nest stadium, and then to more dangerous heights when he...

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'Uncle Vanya' Review: Cate Blanchett Is Wonderfully Awkward In Lincoln Center Festival Performance

(14) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 10:12 AM

"Sorry, I'll sneak in," a man murmured as he sidled past attendees at the Lincoln Center Festival premiere of "Uncle Vanya" Saturday night.

The man was Andrew Upton, his adaptation of Chekhov's seminal work in motion just eight rows ahead of him. From his unassuming air, you'd never guess...

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Katie Holmes On Broadway: 'Dead Accounts' Will Be Actress' First Post-Cruise Role

(196) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 6:30 PM

While Katie Holmes' theatrical split from Tom Cruise made celeb hounds' jaws drop, her latest move is sure to spread grins across the Great White Way. The 33-year-old actress will return to Broadway this fall in Theresa Rebeck's "Dead Accounts," it was announced Thursday.

"I am thrilled to...

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Yeung Fai's 'Hand Stories': Puppeteer Fled China To Tell His Story, Lands At Lincoln Center Festival

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 9:19 AM

Yeung Fai will never forget why his father died. He remembers it every time he steps on stage, with a mismatched collection of hand-sized puppets.

“In China, everybody wants to forget about this,” Fai said. "But for me, I never forget."

Fai’s father, Yang Shen, was a puppeteer and victim...

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Tanglewood At 75: Wagner, Brahms And Other Songs Through The Years (AUDIO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 10:45 AM

HuffPost Culture is spotlighting a few new songs from the Tanglewood archives each week. Check back for the latest additions.

Across the country, classical music festivals are filling the summer air with symphonies, but none can compete with the long-distance run of festivals -- Tanglewood -- which runs...

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'Macbeth' Review: Alan Cumming's One-Man Show Is No One-Man Job

(33) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 10:28 AM

"Macbeth" should not be a one-man show. The man, and concept, fueling a new adaptation are both such appealing choices, though, it's enough to convince you that it should. Man: Alan Cumming. Concept: man cycles through multiple personalities in an insane asylum.

As your eyes and ears take in...

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'The Green Wave' Trailer Premiere: Iran's Green Revolution Is Chronicled In New Documentary (VIDEO)

(29) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 1:00 PM

June 12, 2009, is a day Iranians will remember as one when their hearts sank and rose simultaneously. The news that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had supposedly beat progressive presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in a landslide was unbelievably disheartening -- so unbelievable, in fact, that the populace took collective heart in its...

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