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Aisle View: Soggy Firecrackers

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.06.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham in Holiday Inn Photo: Joan Marcus Eight holiday seasons ago, an accomplished group of Broadway pros...

17 Feel-Good St. Patrick's Day Films for March 17

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 03.15.2017 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

Whether your St. Patrick's Day plans include singing ballads, enjoying corned beef, watching a parade or just staying home to avoid whiskey-impaired drivers, it's a grand day for movies!

It's White Christmas Time:"Do You Love Me?"

Sally Fay | Posted 12.23.2016 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

Mom and her question, "Do you love me?" sprinkled throughout the whole evening, as distracting as when it seems time stands still with a snowfall. Somewhere in the pause and a breath, I could feel all these precious parts resonating in me.

12 Essentials For Your Christmas Movie Marathon

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 12.22.2016 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

There are so many great Christmas movies that it's hard to know where to aim your remote at this time of year. Between classic Yuletide favorites, films whose Christmas segments have turned them into seasonal fare and an explosion of TV movies, the options are endless.

A Christmas and Holiday Tribute to Military Families

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.19.2016 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

The song "I'll be Home for Christmas (if Only in my Dreams)" always brings a tear to my eyes. The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during WWII, and it initially was rejected by the music industry for being so sad.

The War on Christmas... Again

ilona saari | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
ilona saari

It's that time of year, again... Shame on you, you seculars! You're the ones who've declared war on Christmas! You're the ones who've ripped the Nativities out of our town squares!

Why Frank and Not Bing?

Stanley Fish | Posted 10.07.2016 | Arts
Stanley Fish

Bing Crosby was 12 years older than Frank Sinatra, but their careers pretty much overlapped for the 37 years from 1941 to 1977, when Crosby died. They formed a mutual admiration society and appeared together on TV and radio and, most memorably, in the 1960 film High Society. So why the disparity in the degree to which they are remembered?

Old School Comedy: Twelve Classic College Films

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 09.08.2016 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

Whether you're heading to college, packing off your kids or just remembering the campus craziness of your youth, it's the right time of year for a little movie nostalgia.

Lyricist Yip Harburg's Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me To Become a Scientist (Part 2)

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My friend Ernie Harburg and I are both sons of songwriters -- in his case, that songwriter was the transcendent genius Yip Harburg, who wrote the lyri...

Lyricist Yip Harburg's Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me to Become a Scientist

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.06.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When I was very young Yip once said to me that I was the "bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh." Naturally, I didn't know then what that meant. Looking back, I think I can now understand it.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: A Dazzling Conversation

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

Okay. There's Fred & Ginger. Sonny & Cher. Beyonce & Jay-Z. And then there's Bennett & Gaga. A match made in jazz heaven. Let's face it. We're dragging and sagging under heavy headlines. We all need a quick escape from global gloom, and I don't mean Soul Cycle.

Lessons from My Grandmother, And Joe Franklin, In How to Be More Human

John Bredin | Posted 06.16.2016 | New York
John Bredin

Despite her amazing "real life fairy tale" theatrical roots in America, my grandmother, who nurtured a lifelong dream to be a singer, never became famous. She did sing to me as a child, however, and, just as crucially, made space for me. Humane space.

Les Paul's Journey and the History of American Popular Music

John Covach | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
John Covach

American guitarist Les Paul would have turned 100 years old this week. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Paul became one of the most important figures in popular music during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

'Enjoy Yourself' at 65

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Immortality is nice, but there's more to eternal life than mere survival. In the Darwinian quest for standard-hood, evolution is a must!

Seth MacFarlane Celebrates the Classic Christmas Albums of the 1940s and 1950s With Holiday for Swing!

Jim Hill | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how did Seth and Joel go about choosing the holiday songs that would be featured on this recording? Given that MacFarlane has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the great American songbook, McNeeley opted to let Seth choose the line-up for this Christmas album.

Bing Crosby's Enduring Appeal

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.14.2016 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

Bing Crosby conquered radio, film and the recording industry -- and made it all look easy. The celebrated crooner not only transformed the American music scene, he also played a pivotal role in the creation of the American buddy road movie.

Reduce Stress Now: Three Easy Steps

David Kanegis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Kanegis

Most of us feel stressed but often don't realize how greatly it affects us. You've just begun a journey towards self-awareness. This insight will guide you to a more peaceful and centered life.

What's the Best Holiday Therapy?

Denice Duff | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Denice Duff

When people say Christmas is a "state of mind" this is what they mean. It's that easy-going, love-thy-neighbor, tip-more-generously, forgive-a-little-deeper, smile-for-no-reason, kind of season. That's what the spirit of Christmas is and what goes along with it is music. It's the magical combo: Christmas music + Traffic = Tolerable.

Disney During World War II and Hope: Entertainer of the Century Showcase Two Hollywood Legends Who Did Everything They Could for the Troops

Jim Hill | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As a former servicemember, I have to admit that I'm always intrigued by how various entertainment entities observe Veterans Day.

Thanks For the Memories: An Interview with Richard Zoglin on Bob Hope

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Home
Regina Weinreich

In his long dynamic career, Bob Hope's story resonates as a cultural history of the last decade: a rags-to-riches immigrant, he was a pioneer in vaude...

First Nighter: Amusing "Billy & Ray," Affecting "brownsville song (b-side for tray)"

David Finkle | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Billy & Ray of the vague title Mike Bencivenga gives his play at the Vineyard are Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler.

Field Notes from a Music Biz Life (Part 1)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Let's start before the beginning: No Brill Building, no me. At the Brill, Manhattan's mid-20th Century citadel of music biz hustle, the elevator man ...

How Elaine Stritch Got Her Big Broadway Break

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Non-theatergoers will know her from her comic turn as Alec Baldwin's imperious mother in 30 Rock. I remember her from a sweeter moment, after a performance of her Tony-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch At Liberty.

The Fountain of Youth Springs from Within

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 08.31.2014 | Fifty
Molly Alexander Darden

The secret to exuberance at a certain age, is recapturing the feeling we enjoyed when we were 8, 10 and 13 years old, knowing that now we're emotionally stronger, wiser and smarter.

I'm With Stupid: Thank God No One Comes A-Wassailing Anymore

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.02.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Now that Christmas is over and I won't seem like quite so big a Scrooge by saying this, I have a confession to make: I don't really like Christmas car...