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RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Gary Russo, Ironworker, the "2nd Avenue Singing Sinatra"

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Working on the construction of Manhattan's 2nd Avenue subway line in 2010, Russo -- going through a divorce and fighting depression -- decided to e...

Please Insult Me, Don Rickles

Steve Matoren | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Matoren

Please Insult Me, Don RicklesThe stars came out Saturday night in Los Angeles -- not for another superfluous awards ceremony, but rather to watch a comic icon perform. "Mr. Warmth," Don Rickles, played the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

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

Jim Hill | Posted 12.26.2014 | 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.

Intriguing Facts About Prince William and Duchess Kate's NYC Hotel, The Carlyle

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 12.11.2014 | Travel
Jeryl Brunner

This past Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge swept into New York City for a whirlwind three-day trip. They met Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James at a Brooklyn Nets versus Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball game in Brooklyn.

Jaywalking in L.A.!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

The amazing poster for the Hungarian film, WHITE GOD. It's also the last shot of the movie, with 250 dogs lying on the plaza in front of the little girl who stars. poster from Magnolia

Mad About the '60s ... 50th Anniversary of Coup Classic Seven Days In May

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Today we think of the 1970s as the heyday of the conspiracy thriller, but the reality is that the conspiracy genre flourished a decade earlier, before most of the disillusionment. And it did so in large part at the encouragement of none other than the President of the United States.

Lasagna at Bruce Springsteen's: Stand Up for Heroes/ Women in Comedy at Caroline's

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Lee Woodruff, an exceptional M.C. for this event every year, sported some trendy tattoo jewelry created by the wife of the doctor who made the plate for her husband Bob's skull. Expect to see the awesome gold and silver body art sold at next year's event.

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

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
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...

Sinatra for Introverts: How to Channel Ol' Blue Eyes in Your Everyday Life

Sharon Glassman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Sharon Glassman

Frank Sinatra as a role model for modern introverts? The idea sounds nuts. But trust me, friends of innie-useful info. I've been reading and lis...

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. A single that permeated the nation's airwaves and galvanized the culture was the royal road to the multi-platinum LP.

Tailored Football Fans

Rob Taub | Posted 12.20.2014 | Sports
Rob Taub

All of my football friends were out of town this weekend, and I can't stand to watch a game alone, so I decided to invite my tailors -- Wang, Patel and Rabinowitz -- over to watch some NFL action on Sunday.

Norman Lear's New Memoir is Frank, Funny and Fascinating - Just Like the Man!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos from Penguin Press I have known Norman Lear for many, many years....ever since we were both yo...

Living That Fantasy

Julian McWilliams | Posted 12.10.2014 | Sports
Julian McWilliams

Some stories deserve to be retold; with it breeds new life, purpose and most importantly understanding. It makes the process that much more magical -- an indelible piece of our history, if not in the physical, the mental and emotional.

First Nighter: George Kelly's Fatal Weakness Not Fatally Weak

David Finkle | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In The Fatal Weakness, George Kelly's 1946 vehicle for Ina Claire and now revived at the Mint after 68 years, Ollie Espenshade (Kristin Griffith) is a spoiled rich woman who initially looks as if she could be Harriet Craig's younger sister. She's so off-putting that it very soon seems the script in which she's embedded is becoming unfortunately weak, if not fatal.

The Great Songwriter And Producer Bob Crewe Dies At 82

Charles Alexander | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Alexander

Crewe, one of the most successful songwriters and producers in pop-music history, died on Thursday at 82 after a long illness. It's a personal loss for me, because I got to know Crewe a bit when I helped produce and write liner notes for a box set of Four Seasons' hits in 2007.

How To Have Fun With a Serious Song

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the wake of "Ebb Tide," Carl's 1953 oceanic collaboration with composer Robert Maxwell, hundreds of orchestras and singers recorded it. Millions purchased those recordings. Critics fawned over it. Teens made out to it. Couples chose it as their wedding song.

Little Italy's San Gennaro Feast, More Tales From The Godfather by Det. Sonny Grosso, and an 'Offer He Can't Refuse!'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 11.03.2014 | New York
Ashley Jude Collie

Grosso, who received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor award in 1997 alongside former president Bill Clinton, recalls what his own immigrant family used to tell him as a kid.

At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The mission impossible: write a brilliant lyric, and write it yesterday. Carl chose to accept it.

From Fillmore East To The Moon: Chats with ABB's Jaimoe, CPD's Steve Perry, POTM's Sam & Barry Shear and Cris Cab...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jaimoe: You go in, and it's "Hey man, I've got this song, let's try it here. I heard it on the radio the other day and it goes similar to this." [hums tune] You relate to that like bouncing a ball against the wall. The ball comes back, but it's not going to come straight back at you

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 3)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.

Gene Kelly's Wife On How She's Keeping His Legacy Alive

Cathy Chester | Posted 10.08.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

Here's an easy question for you: Can you name a legendary dancer and innovative choreographer who also successfully directed movies, and whose athleticism, masculinity and exuberance won audiences' hearts the world over each time his magical gifts leapt onto the silver screen?

On The Road Again: Summer Travels

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

Our collection is brimming with travel shots -- artists from Boston to U2 going places. Planes, trains and automobiles -- not to mention motorcycles and sailboats.

Robert Davi: Singing the Songs He Loves in a Place He Loves

Ellen Sterling | Posted 09.26.2014 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

Backed by a lush 21-piece orchestra assembled by musical promotion icon Len Triola, Davi performed 28 songs. As he is one of -- if not the -- leading interpreters of Sinatra's Great American Songbook,

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the sofa. She's not singing, merely speaking softly, but her sultry voice relegates the famous one on the CD to deep background.