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First Nighter: Sting in "The Last Ship," Barney Josephson and "Café Society Swing"

David Finkle | Posted 12.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In his first-rate autobiographical musical The Last Ship, Sting--also Gordon Sumner, son of a ship builder--has come full circle, after a fashion. By...

Why Lady Gaga Really Matters -- Even on Howard Stern

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Every time I try to wean myself off Howard Stern, he pulls me back in, as Michael Corleone would say. Stern, capable of the funniest and/or most vile radio content to be heard, often turns so candid an interview that it puts Barbara Walters to shame.

Philly's 3 Legendary Sax Tenors Highlight Sterling JOP Concert

Lew Whittington | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Trumpeter/bandleader Terell Stafford returned to the Kimmel Center Dec. 3 with his 17-piece Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia , after touring, in a second appearance here, sounding even tighter than they did at their inaugural last January, which is saying something.

First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City.

Breaking Through After Coming Out: A Conversation With Spencer Day

Zach Udko | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Zach Udko

I sat down with Spencer Day to discuss The Mystery of You and jazz's slow stride to acceptance of gay artists.

Dog Ears Music: Born in November Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.02.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Booker T. (& The MG's), Jeff Buckley, Compay Segundo, Billy Strayhorn, Tina Weymouth and more.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

Stage Door: Driving Miss Daisy and The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

A minimalist meditation on race relations and unlikely friendships, playwright Alfred Uhry transformed childhood memories into a global success.

Homo-Harlem: Learning How to be Gay from Movies

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Henry Adams

Yesterday, I saw the season's gay hit move of the summer, Sex in the City II, which has received such bad reviews, but my friends and I quite enjoyed ...

Black Elegance!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Naturally, as the city's oldest, most fashionable African American congregation for two centuries, Saint Philip's Episcopal Church was bound to be 94 year old Mrs. Cunningham's parish.

Homo-Harlem Moves Downtown: How Malcolm Harris Hung Up on Angelina Jolie, Twice!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Initially saddened that my glamorous friends had moved from uptown, I now realize that it's not so by Sarah Grossman much that K. Tyson Pere...

Happy 110th, Duke!

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Levere

To celebrate the 110th birthday of Duke Ellington last week, his namesake orchestra played in a subway station in Harlem and, even more appropriately, on a 1930's-vintage, green A train.