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5 Offbeat Valentine's Day Activities for Single People

Paola K Amaras | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Paola K Amaras

After much thought (at least 10 minutes or so), I came up with the following activities that you are welcome to emulate.

For Better or For Worse, Part II

Lisa Guest | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women
Lisa Guest

As I move forward I will remember when I wake what Bowie said in 1993, Each day is a jewel, and we can't take any of it for granted.

First Nighter: Maurice Hines's 'Tappin' Thru Life' Is Tops, Mac Wellman's 'The Offending Gesture' Has Its Moments

David Finkle | Posted 01.11.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

No sooner than the Broadway revival of A. R. Gurney's Sylvia closes, in which an actress plays a dog, than Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture, opens, at the Connelly, in which not one but two actresses play dogs.

See You In The Music, Natalie Cole

David Munk | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
David Munk

Natalie Cole often told me that she liked to sing "with a smile in my voice." Not long before she died, she mentioned what she wanted her epitaph to be. She captured herself with impressive economy: "Natalie Cole: the daughter of a king, the mother of a prince, a friend to all."

New Year's Eve at The Beaufort Bar Searching for The Savoy Orpheans

Barry Singer | Posted 12.31.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I want to spend New Year's Eve at the Savoy Hotel in London dancing to the Savoy Orpheans. But they're long gone. The Orpheans were the resident dance band at the Savoy from 1923 to 1927, and on and off thereafter throughout the 1930s.

Read This: The Beautiful, Glamorous, Brutal, Legendary Life of Frank Sinatra

The National Book Review | Posted 12.18.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Sinatra: The Chairman is coming out in the 100th anniversary year of Sinatra's birth, and it does as good a job as any book has of showing why Sinatra is truly an artist and a man for the ages.

Don Hahn Shines a Spotlight on Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman With Songs of a Lifetime

Jim Hill | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that he's the guy who produced Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, as well as The Lion King, Don Hahn is used to getting the lion's share of the accolades.

Lessons From a Christmas Cactus

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Don't you think it's odd that Christmas -- the time of the year we celebrate the Christ child, the light of the world -- is also the darkest time of the year? At least here in the Northern Hemisphere, you get up in the morning ... and it's dark.

Sinatra at 100: Excuse Me, He Never Disappeared

David Hinckley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Sinatra, who was born Dec. 12, 1915, isn't among the celebrants. He died May 14, 1998. But he didn't take it with him. He left most of it for us, and we're still running with it.

The House Sinatra Lived In

Michael Winship | Posted 12.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

I wrote for Sinatra once. Although as I've become fond of saying, you didn't so much write for Sinatra as at him.

Why Sinatra Is Still Relevant

Byron Williams | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
Byron Williams

How many couples, some born long after Sinatra's apex, tout "Strangers in the Night" as their anthem? How many jilted lovers have been pacified by "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" or "Angel Eyes"?

The Churchillian Sinatra

Barry Singer | Posted 12.11.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill met only once, so far as I know. On June 14, 1958, Sinatra was in Monte Carlo for the world premiere of his World War II film, Kings Go Forth. Winston Churchill was in Monte Carlo to gamble.

5 Hot Books: A Big, Juicy Sinatra Biography and the Real-Life Tragedy Behind Moby Dick

The National Book Review | Posted 12.07.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books people are talking about this week -- or should be. 1. Sinatra: The Cha...

Saint Sinatra! Why not?

Alice Carey | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Alice Carey

Why not? Frank Sinatra fills a gap. There aren't many musical saints. The only one I've come up with is St. Cecilia. Then I start imagining Frank singing away with Cecilia -- virgin Saint that she is -- playing the organ. Is that not a match made in Heaven?

It Was A Very Good (& Bad) (& Ugly) Year: "New" Unheard Sinatra Music Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Tony Sachs | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Sinatra Century is a hell of a whiskey; if you've got $500 to spare, there are far worse ways to spend it. But this whole package feels to me like the Sinatra estate flipping the bird to the people who simply love his music. Let's hope some altruistic soul puts this show online for the masses as a sort of return salute.

Tom Jones Honors Elvis Presley In The First Video and Single From His New CD, "Long Lost Suitcase"

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.28.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

Beloved singer and recording artist Sir Tom Joneshas a new 13 song CD, Long Lost Suitcase on S-Curve Records. The album's first single and video, "Elvis Presley Blues," is about the man who would become Jones' friend in the 1960s.

Jersey Boys Star Joseph Leo Bwarie On His New Album, The Good Stuff

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

American standards are songs which never out of style. So when Joseph Leo Bwarie made his second solo album, The Good Stuff, he set out to redefine the American standard with a modern big band sound.

Aisle View: The John and Jess Show

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

His words caught the public fancy -- such phrases as "my huckleberry friend," "one for my baby and one more for the road," "hooray for Hollywood," and the immortal "my mamma done tol' me" are prime Mercer.

Norman Sherman's Memorable 'Memoir'

Al Eisele | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Al Eisele

Norman Sherman has written a memoir that may discourage others, including myself, from writing theirs.

Harold Arlen at 110: Before It's Too Late

Barry Singer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Beyond "Over the Rainbow," however, The Wizard of Oz proved that Harold Arlen was capable of writing a sophisticated, integrated musical score, creating songs that advanced the plot of a superior story, rather than songs that merely ornamented pedestrian scripts.

Kurt Elling Does Sinatra His Way at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

For his Café Carlyle debut performance, vocalist Kurt Elling celebrates Frank Sinatra's centennial with "Elling Swings Sinatra." Backed by a wonderfu...

'For All Time': Introducing ClareBOYant, Chatting with Lee Ritenour, Plus Jukebox The Ghost, Ionie and Andrew Ripp Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.17.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jukebox The Ghost's first ever animated video for "Black Hole" is taken from an episode of Dreamworks Animation's Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show now playing on Netflix, the original soundtrack album on Lakeshore Records.

Why Frank and Not Bing?

Stanley Fish | Posted 10.07.2015 | 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?

Las Vegas Reunites Rat Pack with Sammy Davis, Jr. Street Naming

Joel Brokaw | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Joel Brokaw

For both his children and millions of his fans, the dedication of Sammy Davis Jr. Drive in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 is a fitting commemoration of the legacy of the legendary entertainer and a living reminder of the lasting contributions he made to the city he loved.

A Weekend at the Waldorf

Yara Zgheib | Posted 09.18.2015 | New York
Yara Zgheib

He felt like Marlon Brando, and I like Audrey Hepburn. But in the pristine white marble lobby of the grand 1893 Art Deco building, what we looked like, really, was out of place.