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RIP Tony Martin, The Last Link to the Pre-Sinatra Era of Crooners

Tony Sachs | Posted 07.31.2012 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

When I saw him perform in person, he was in his mid-90s, and his voice was a frail, delicate husk of the booming, powerful instrument it had been in decades past. But the technique, the style, remained virtually unchanged. It was like witnessing a music history lesson in the flesh.

Sally's Ride: Fly Me to the Moon

Lonna Saunders | Posted 09.25.2012 | Science
Lonna Saunders

I pray my twelve-year-old nephew Joel who, among his four siblings, is known as "the science guy," will be inspired by Sally Ride's life and example. She's a role model for boys, too.

La Dolce Vita -- Sinatra Ate Here, and So Do I!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

La Dolce Vita is a unique, fond reminder of an earlier age, but fortunately its owner has had the foresight to bring it into the digital age.

Theatrical Icon Ben Vereen's Weird but Wonderful Life's Journey

Myra Chanin | Posted 09.11.2012 | Entertainment
Myra Chanin

So what delights can you expect on from Ben's new show at 54 Below, the hot new frequently-completely-p.m., and on Friday & Saturday nights July 13 and 14, also at 11 p.m.? Just watching him talk, smile and sing is enchanting!

Set 'Em Up Somewhere Else, Joe: Why I'm Through With P.J. Clarke's

Tony Sachs | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Tony Sachs

I was ten years old, during the height of the disco era, when my father first took me to the nondescript two-story building on 55th and 3rd for burger...

PHOTOS: Palm Springs' Mid-Century Marvels

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 08.28.2012 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

As I toured some of the iconic desert modern homes, I suddenly got it.

World on a String

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.15.2012 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Music, then and now, became a salve. It healed the pain, drove out the demons and cast my childhood in a glow of sunshine and hope and melody.

The Second Time Around: Don't Underestimate Barack

Jon Eig | Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

When syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker recently compared Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, I was eager to follow her argument. See, I don't know a lot about our current and former presidents, but I know an awful lot about the Chairman and Dino.

Cary Hoffman Shares his Weird and Wonderful Lifelong Obsession with Frank Sinatra in My Sinatra

Myra Chanin | Posted 07.25.2012 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Cary Hoffman, the forthright, funny and entertaining writer/performer of My Sinatra describes himself as a Medicare recipient who looks like a Rabbi.

Review: Trust Me by George Kennedy

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Carole Mallory

They struggled, sleeping in doorways or cars until a woman named Dolly gave them shelter, but Dolly's generosity had a price tag. Torture was commonplace in her household, and she beat George and his mother.

Gil Evans' Centennial Tribute, Plus a Conversation With John Pizzarelli and Jon Cleary's Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

John Pizzarelli: Favorite album of all time? ... Abbey Road is pretty close to the top of the list. It's funny. You could say Abbey Road or you could say In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, because they're the types of records you put on and say, 'Oh, I'll just listen to one or two tracks.'

SPOOKED! Vince Neil Meets A Ghost In Las Vegas

Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 04.21.2012 | Weird News

Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil has met his share of groupies, and now he's hoping to meet some ghosts as well. Neil recently went to Las Vegas ...

NYC Second Avenue Subway Sinatra Says Don't Die With Your Story Unsung

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 06.04.2012 | New York
Kim Michele Richardson

Gary Russo is the Second Avenue Subway Sinatra. At night he trades his hard hat for a fedora and microphone, and raises money for charities through his performing.

Reluctant Celebrity

Joanna Heimbold | Posted 10.02.2012 | Style
Joanna Heimbold

When a person takes great pains NOT to be famous, that's when you know something good is going on.

Linguine, Literature and Laughter

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Charlie Carillo

My career as a writer leads me to the conclusion that three "L" words make life worth living: Linguine, literature and laughter. In this video you'll see how to make a good red sauce for linguine, while hearing crazy stories about literature.

The Real Game Change: Palinism's Rise, Moderate Republicanism's Eclipse

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The term "game change," like so many sports-oriented terms in politics, is decidedly over-used. But the events depicted in the Game Change film really do constitute just that, though not in the way that my friend Steve Schmidt intended it.

Dog Ears Music Near-Miss Day Playlist: Remember the Epic Asteroid of '89?!

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by Joe Meek and The Blue Men, Beck, Burt Bacharach, PJ Harvey, Semantic Noise and more.

Bad Cocktails and Lousy Baseball: What Mad Men Won't Tell You About New York in 1966

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Tony Sachs

There's a lot about the New York trod by the real Mad Men back in 1966 -- the year in which we assume season five will be set -- that would send even die-hard Mad Men retroheads scurrying back to 2012.

Block That Metaphor, Twice

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

It's worth pondering why a gambling cliche has become the metaphor of choice for the campaign commentariat.

Creator Of Lemonheads, Atomic Fire Balls Candy Dies

AP | By KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 02.09.2012 | Home

RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- Candy company executive Nello Ferrara lived a sweet life. The man who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls routin...

Frank Sinatra Has A Cold

Esquire | Posted 04.08.2012 | Media

FRANK SINATRA, holding a glass of bourbon in one hand and a cigarette in the other, stood in a dark corner of the bar between two attractive but fadin...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Twin Atlantic Get "Free" and JB Baretsky Serves "Life"

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Jon Chattman

Twin Atlantic have more in common with Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover than you might think.

Maria Cooper Janis

Howard Kissel | Posted 03.14.2012 | Arts
Howard Kissel

A dozen years ago Maria wrote about her father in Gary Cooper Off Camera: A Daughter Remembers. The book had extensive photographs of the Coopers' private life. She keeps the voluminous photographs her mother saved in huge portfolios under a plush sofa in the living room.

"This Will Be Our Year": An Upbeat Playlist For New Year's Eve

David Wild | Posted 02.28.2012 | Entertainment
David Wild

Instead of making any promises to myself that I might not live up to, here's my best shot at the ultimate, mostly uplifting playlist for all of our New Year's Eve parties.

50 Years of Grammys, Duets II, His Lady Gaga Portrait, Politics & More: A Conversation With Tony Bennett

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This is another great year for Tony Bennett as far as Grammy nominations go, and it's also been 50 years since he won his first Grammy for "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." Time flies.