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The NSA's Error-filled Transcripts of My Telephone Conversations

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

If the NSA is monitoring my phone calls I worry that they might not be correctly hearing what I'm saying. And, if this is the case, I worry even more, about what the resulting impact on my beloved U.S. of A. might be.

The State of the State (Song) of the Golden State

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

If you've heard "I Love You California" at all, chances are it's from a Jeep commercial. Has the moment arrived to dream up a more up-to-date theme?

Happy Anniversary, 'The Jazz Singer'!

Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts

Today is the anniversary of the 1927 American musical film "The Jazz Singer." Released on this date 85 years ago, the film represents the first featur...

First Nighter: Mark Nadler's Outstanding, Outrageous 'Crazy 1961'

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When the amazing Mark Nadler performs, I never fail to find myself thinking about the talent/luck equation. If x (talent) + y (luck) = Big Star, how are x and y measured?

Dog Ears Music: Volume 177

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.27.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Moby, and more.

Michael Feinstein: Top-of-the-Heap Singer, Equally Important Music Archivist-Historian

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If Michael Feinstein's American Songbook accomplishes anything -- it indisputably does -- it's that his commitment to the task of perpetuating the music is at least equal to his devotion to performing.

MTV's Video Music Awards Make Me Feel 100-Years-Old

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

Outside of the awesome Eminem and Mary J. Blige, the room at the Video Music Awards seemed all style and no substance.

Best Movies By Farr: When Oscar Screws Up

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

2005 -- for Best Picture, give me Capote over Crash any ol' time. Another uninspiring year, I thought.

And Now For The Hangover

Deborah Copaken Kogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deborah Copaken Kogan

Sorry to be a downer on this of all days, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's that yins always have their yangs. Eight years of buying into trickle down economics has taken a toll.