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FRAME: A New Retrospective Collection From Street Photographer Mark Cohen

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Images (c) Mark Cohen, Courtesy of University of Texas Press This is an exciting post for me. Why? Because I've had a copy of Mark Cohen's FRAME...

Podcast Review: Bananaland

Marc Hershon | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

A lot of comedians lay claim to the label "one of a kind" when it comes to their brand of humor, but few actually deliver. Bob Rubin is one of those w...

A Visually Stunning 'Traviata' in Philly

David Browning | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
David Browning

A beautiful sound, elegant phrasing and intelligent musicianship are what we expect from this ensemble, and all of this there was in abundance -- plus a great feeling of fun in the party scenes.

Psychotherapy in (and of) Everyday Life

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often stop to realize that our daily interactions with other people -- to whom we might feel love, hate or indifference -- can help us bec...

Photo Book Review: Jon Ortner's Peak Of Perfection

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Disclaimer: This post may contain NSFW images Images (c) Jon Ortner Jon Ortner opens his book, "Peak of Perfection" with an exquisite introduction, ...

Eating Well in Martha's Vineyard

Rozanne Gold | Posted 08.29.2015 | Taste
Rozanne Gold

My husband and I trolloped around the island like gastronomads, looking for great things to eat. Some food was expensive and overwrought - and I encountered the worst lobster roll ever -- but mostly we were excited by what we found and continued our search for the sublime.

The Most Dangerous Antihero On TV Is ... The Star Of Comedy Central's 'Review'?

The Huffington Post | Maureen Ryan | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment

Occasionally Forrest MacNeil, the protagonist of “Review,” realizes just how badly his life is going. At the end of the most recent insta...

Kelly Clarkson Talks Making 'Unicorn Babies' with Brandon Blackstock, Sings Greatest Hits

Sarah Toce | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Toce

Piece by Piece, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson brought the house to its feet during her long-awaited concert tour when it stopped in Seattle Wednesday night.

Podcast Reviews: If I Were You & Twinnovation

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

First came the podcasts. Then came the podcast networks: Gimlet, WolfPop, SexPot Comedy. The list keeps growing -- mishmashed collectives of hard-scra...

Film Review: The Impossible Is, Well, Not Quite Yet Possible

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 08.04.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Polaroid has always been a bit of a legend and a bit of a mystery to me. I grew up in the 80s, so Polaroid was pop culture, although less and less s...

New York Times Issues Rebuttal To Critique Of Its Nail Salon Exposé

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Style

When The New York Times published an in-depth exposé on working conditions in New York's nail salons in May, the publication was praised ...

Popcorn Preview: Capital C

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Because of the public nature of the funding, the development becomes public, too. It can be do or die, and the film shows us some of the pitfalls. In addition to potential business loses, indie-developers need to develop really thick skin.

Podcast Review: The David Feldman Show: Frank Conniff Returns!

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

The inherent danger of listening to The David Feldman Show in public is that you need to figure out in advance what you're going to say when someone asks, "What are you laughing at?"

The Last Boys: A Book Of Photographs By Barry Marré

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Barry Marré The Last Boys by Barry Marré is a pleasant departure from many of the "gay" art books out there. Although th...

Run the Jewels Deliver a Blockbuster Closing Night to Northside Festival

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Salvatore Bono

For just over an hour, Run the Jewels weren't just playing just another show, they weren't playing just another festival, they were playing to the hearts and minds of the crowd that braved the wind and rain during their set and the heat waiting for them to arrive.

Popcorn Preview: Chagall-Malevich

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Most of Chagall-Malevich centers on the time Chagall was Commissariat of the Academy of Modern Art, 1917-18. While the story is set against historic events, it makes no claim of historic accuracy, which becomes obvious fairly quickly. There's a kitsch yet wonderful fantasy quality about the story.

Podcast Reviews: Henry and Heidi AND The Pauly Shore Podcast Show

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

This episode has Rollins recounting the journey through adolescence he had, and Mr. Pepperman, the teacher and influential figure that helped him gain confidence and self-esteem, as well as the physique he became recognized for as the lead singer for Black Flag.

Renée Fleming Triumphs on Broadway

David Browning | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
David Browning

Your intrepid reporter has traveled far and wide to see opera before, but this was his most challenging assignment yet: to venture into deepest, darkest Manhattan, find parking that didn't require a second mortgage, and see the new Broadway play featuring dear Renée Fleming, Living on Love.

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."

Popcorn Preview: 24 Days

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Ilan's family isn't rich, but his kidnappers think they are... are they just after money, or is there another motive?

Last Weekend: A Masterpiece of Contemporary Cinema by Tom Dolby

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Ernest Sweet

I don't often write criticism, especially on films, but this exception has to be made. Not only is "Last Weekend" one of the best films I've seen ...

Popcorn Preview: Dial a Prayer

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Dial a Prayer is the second feature film by writer/director, Maggie Kiley. It's an enjoyable hour and a half; even though Cora, the central character, seems to mope through life... always as dreary as the interminable Michigan winter.

Popcorn Preview: Woman in Gold

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

As the film opens, we see the restless Adele Bloch-Bauer sitting for a portrait by Gustav Klimt. Who would have guessed that a family portrait would become the center of an Austrian identity crisis? Especially a portrait of a Jewish woman. In 1998, Maria Altmann's sister Louisa is laid to rest. A

Popcorn Preview: Effie Gray

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

n depicting the events of John and Effie's marriage, the movie is quite reserved and beautifully nuanced. Many of the filmmakers come from Merchant Ivory Productions, and Effie Gray is very much in that tradition. It's hard to know with certainty what went on in the marriage, but there are letters and written accounts that served as source material.

Popcorn Preview: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

She was the first woman to include risqué material in her act. She wasn't "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas"... she was the first. She promoted and taught classes for young women who wanted to become Red Hot Mamas, too. Everything she did was original... she was one of the first jazz singers... certainly the first of the white jazz singers.