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Maria Lassnig -- At 94, Finally Getting Her Due in New York

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:56 PM

After 70 years of painting, Maria Lassnig is finally getting her first New York show and it is beautiful. Maria Lassnig's show recently opened at MOMA PS1 and it is an almost complete retrospective of one woman's work from 1942 to 2011. It is a pleasure to walk...

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'Kill Your Darlings': Poetry, Murder and Obsession With Daniel Radcliffe

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:48 AM

"I've seen the greatest minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked."

Murder, poetry and creativity are the driving forces and themes of the fascinating new film Kill Your Darlings from first time director John Krokidas. Daniel Radcliffe stars as

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Coping and Laughing With Uncle Vanya

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Coffee cups crashing to the floor upset a tranquil Bucks County morning at the opening of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike the hilarious new Christopher Durang play now running at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Vanya played by David Hyde Pierce has upset his sister Sonia...

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The Lyons Roar at the Vineyard Theater

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 4:30 PM

Linda Lavin is absolutely brilliant as Rita Lyons in Nicky Silver's new play The Lyons now running at The Vineyard Theater. She's the family matriarch flipping through Elle Décor as the play opens. She's busy getting ideas for redecorating the living room while her husband lies on his...

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Success On Broadway!

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 5:09 PM

Daniel Radcliffe is starring as J. Pierrepont Fitch in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and he is fantastic. In fact the entire show is terrific and everyone was cheering when I saw it last Sunday.

The show tells the story...

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I Am Love: The Movie, the Music

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 6:22 PM

John Adam's Old Work Gets New Life in Luca Guadagnino's New Film I Am Love

Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love is one of my favorite films of the year, and perhaps, of the last few years. When I left the theater I felt elated and uplifted and really...

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The Other Summer Songs -- Robyn, SIA and Kylie

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 4:59 PM

The big summer songs are here thanks to Katy Perry, Rhianna, Xtina and more, but don't overlook a few other pop divas that have something to sing about this summer.

First up, Robyn's Body Talk Part 1. Robyn, the Swedish pop sensation, returns with a 30 minute collection...

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Closet Life - Yank! and The Pride

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 3:20 PM

"I'm a fighter." That's what the character Stu finally realizes at the end of act two of the new off Broadway musical Yank!. His journey to self realization is told during World War II from boot camp to deployment in the Pacific. Yank! is called "A WWII Love Story"...

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Small Grief and Dealing with The Rainbow Bridge

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 12:20 PM

Normal to feel angry
Normal to feel guilty
Normal to feel sad
Normal to hallucinate

That's what I learned recently when my cat Velma died.

When I first met her I didn't expect to keep her. I didn't think I was really a cat person. I mean...

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A News Fast Interrupted

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 11:53 AM

A news fast can be a wonderful thing. I highly recommend it. However, it has become harder and harder to truly fast these days. I was on vacation last week in Provincetown, M.A. and enjoying the lobster rolls, the art galleries, the sun and especially the cocktails by the pool...

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Spring Songs - Three Troubadours: Morrissey, Ray LaMontagne & Ben Lee

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 6:51 PM

Spring is trying to spring here in Manhattan and I'm walking the streets listening to a selection of three very cool new projects from three very different artists. I'm sure as I look back on these days this music will begin to define early spring 2009 in New York.

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Milk -- We Need Him Now More Than Ever

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 11:31 AM

"I am Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you," screams Sean Penn into a bullhorn while playing the slain San Francisco City Supervisor. Those words still resonate today. If Harvey Milk were alive today, Proposition 8 would never have seen the light of day. Harvey Milk inspired hundreds of...

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Cry Baby

(12) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 3:02 PM

I spent a good part of last Tuesday crying. It started early in the morning right after I got back from voting. I turned on The Today Show and watched my candidate and his family vote in Chicago. Then Meredith had to mention how sad it was that his grandmother...

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Rachel Getting Married -- A Wedding To Remember

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 6:51 PM

Amend -- transitive verb 1: to put right ; especially : to make emendations in (as a text) 2 a: to change or modify for the better : improve b: to alter especially in phraseology ; especially : to alter formally by modification, deletion, or addition

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This Election Is Tearing My Family Apart

(76) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 6:07 PM

Dear Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain, You are driving a wedge between my parents and me.

This battle between Obama and McCain is now playing out in emails and telephone calls between New York and North Carolina. It started out harmless enough with occasional emails with subject lines like "535...

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Jay Brannan -- Queer Folk For All

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 7:16 PM

It was a free download of "Half Boyfriend" on the gay blog/website Towleroad that peaked my interest in actor/singer-songwriter Jay Brannan. His voice is completely distinctive and new. It doesn't really fit any traditional mold and I thought I was alone in thinking he's the male version of...

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Wall-E -- How a Robot and Music Make Us Human

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2008 | 1:58 PM

It's the music in the new Pixar Disney film Wall-E that made such an impact on me. The film opens with an excerpt of "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" sung by Michael Crawford from the movie musical Hello Dolly and it becomes Wall-E's leitmotif as he spends the next...

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Robyn - The Pop Candy Everyone Should Want

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2008 | 5:41 PM

Looking for something a little better than Hard Candy? Get a taste of Robyn's new self-titled release. This album came out in 2005 in Europe, but took two years to get a release date scheduled domestically. It is well worth the wait.

Perez Hilton was raving about her months...

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Gypsy and Patti LuPone -- A True Diva Moment

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 7:03 PM

There I was in the back row of the St. Jame Theater last Saturday night witnessing Patti LuPone sink her teeth into the role of Mama Rose in Gypsy and tear the place apart. It was an amazing evening as she practically took the roof off of the place....

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The B52s: Big Fun At The Funplex!

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2008 | 4:28 PM

"I'm at the mall on a diet pill!" shouts Fred Schneider on the single and title track "Funplex" and with that ladies and gentlemen please welcome back The B52s. It's been 16 years since their last studio album and they don't disappoint on this triumphant return.

Funplex takes me...

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