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Molly Ringwald: Flirting at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.09.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"I'm an actress," exclaims Molly Ringwald on opening night of her Café Carlyle cabaret act, as if we could forget. Playful, she suggested we forego f...

Cruisin' with Jesse J & Smokey Robinson, Plus Chatting with Kandace Springs, Steve Arrington and AJ Croce

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Jessie J is such a powerhouse as a performer," says Smokey. "She gave an amazing take on 'Cruisin' for Smokey & Friends, and it was an absolute pleasure to have her join me on stage to perform it live in Edinburgh.

Dog Ears Music: Born in April

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Charles Mingus, Bessie Smith, Don Gibson, Ravi Shankar, Muddy Waters and more.

First Nighter: 'A Night With Janis Joplin' Gets Only a Piece of Her Heart

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Whenever performers -- such as Mary Bridget Davies in A Night With Janis Joplin, at the Lyceum -- impersonate iconic figures, they're going to be compared to the original, whether they like it or not. They certainly can't be surprised when they are.

Dog Ears Music: Love and Its Aftermath Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 04.17.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by Big Boi, Lefty Frizzell, Garbage, Bessie Smith, The Alabama Shakes, and more.

Bessie Smith: Music's Original, Bitchinest Bad Girl

Debra Devi | Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

What hugely popular female singer beat a rival unconscious, slept with her musical director, seduced her female backup dancers, frequented live sex shows and mortified New York society by telling a wealthy fan to "get the f*ck away from me"? 1920s blues singer Bessie Smith.

Dog Ears Music: Born in April Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Charles Mingus, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Artur Schnabel, Bessie Smith and more.

Dog Ears Music: What We Really Want For ChristmasChanukahKwanzaa

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Neil Young, Bronski Beat, Cheap Trick, Hafdis Huld, The Beatles, and other artists.

Mining The Golden Age: Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris'

George Heymont | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1982 (a year prior to his death), Lanfranco Rasponi published The Last Prima Donnas, a collection of interviews with female opera singers from the ...

Women Who Rock: LA Stories from the Rock Hall of Fame's New Show

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles
S.X. Rosenstock

Wanda Jackson and Darlene Love are game-changers that allowed fans to reckon the authorship of the rock and roll genre with new clarity.

The Real Tyne Daly Stands Up at Manhattan's Feinstein's at Loews Regency

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Tyne Daly has been acting for 49 years. She relays the astonishing fact during her current and irresistible cabaret act at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.

Singing, Crying and Whining the Blues

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

As I scope out Denver's upcoming concerts, checking the calendar for any hint or mention of an act associated with blues, jazz, gospel or old school soul, I am left feeling a bit stranded.

Nine Questions for Madeleine Peyroux

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Born in Athens, Georgia, Peyroux spent her teen years in Paris, where she developed a love for jazz. But there are no musical boundaries for Peyroux.