Some gals, pilgrim, oughta be…well, struck regular-like

Some gals, pilgrim, oughta be…well, struck regular-like

I confessed the other day to being “the kind of guy who loves Stephen Sondheim and John Wayne.” (So, incidentally, is David Thomson.) Apropos of this daring admission, a reader writes: I thought you might be interested in this little story. Years ago here in Boston, I knew the then-managers of the Lyric Stage (long […]
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We did it

I got an e-mail yesterday afternoon from Patti Wolff, interim artistic director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, informing me that the entire run of Satchmo at the Waldorf, my first play, is now sold out. It’s a hit. Not to be obvious, but this couldn’t possibly have happened […]
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Almanac: Alan Sharp on middle age

Almanac: Alan Sharp on middle age

“Listen, Delly, I know it doesn’t make much sense when you’re sixteen. Don’t worry. When you get to be forty, it isn’t any better.” Alan Sharp, screenplay for Night Moves
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Snapshot: Paul Paray conducts Chabrier

Paul Paray leads L’Orchestre National de l’ORTF in an undated performance of the orchestral version of Emmanuel Chabrier’s Bourrée fantasque: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Almanac: Walter Benjamin on collectors and collections

Almanac: Walter Benjamin on collectors and collections

“Only in extinction is the collector comprehended.” Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library”
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Music Monday (6/1): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Jenny Lewis, Tame Impala, and The Weeknd, plus brand new streaming music from the likes of Arthur Russell, Arca, Beirut, Muse, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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An unexpected pleasure

An unexpected pleasure

Having recently acquired a very handsome lithograph by Romare Bearden, Mrs. T and I weren’t planning to buy any more art any time soon. Sometimes, though, you can’t say no, and when Milton Avery’s Gray Sea came up for auction at a Detroit house, it struck me that his work might be sufficiently unfamiliar to […]
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Lookback: is writing work?

From 2005: Very few people who don’t write for a living understand that writing is work, much less that a writer who is sitting in a chair, reading a book or staring absently into the distance, may be as “busy” as one who is clicking away at his computer. My mother, for one, has never […]
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Who he?

Who he?

When I was a youngster, I played in my high school’s band and orchestra, sang in two different choirs, took violin and piano lessons after school, acted in plays and musicals, went to classical concerts and movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, checked out as many books as I […]
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Almanac: Edwin Land on marketing

“Marketing is what you do if your product is no good.” Edwin Land (quoted in Christopher Bonanos, Instant: The Story of Polaroid)
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Will Drake become the voice of iTunes Radio?

Will Drake become the voice of iTunes Radio?

Drake, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta are reportedly in talks to make guest appearances as DJs for iTunes Radio. According to The New York Post, Apple is trying to woo rapper Drake with a $19 million deal that would see the Canadian rapper guest DJ for iTunes Radio.
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Just because: Perry Como and Don Ameche demonstrate the Polaroid Land camera

Perry Como and Don Ameche in a live TV commercial for Polaroid Land cameras, originally seen on The Perry Como Show in 1959: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Kendrick Lamar Raps on Top of Downtown Los Angeles Street Light for His "Alright" Music Video

Kendrick Lamar Raps on Top of Downtown Los Angeles Street Light for His "Alright" Music Video

The rapper was reportedly filming his “Alright” music video.
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Gifts for the music-loving dad

Father's Day is around the corner, and the gift brainstorming must begin. Below, a few recent releases likely to appeal to music-loving dads, whatever their preferred style.
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Trip Tips: Music, beaches and 'fromagers' in Senegal's Casamance

Trip Tips: Music, beaches and 'fromagers' in Senegal's Casamance

By Carolyn Cohn ZIGUNICHOR, Senegal (Reuters) – A mix of locals and music fans were watching silently or dancing, framed by the branches of the giant “fromager” tree that marks the center of the Senegalese village of Diembering, as hip-hop band Tirailleurs started to sing about me. Or at least apparently they did – if only I could understand their Wolof language. Tirailleurs were performing at the four-day Festival des Rizieres, an annual celebration of hip-hop and reggae in the southern Casamance region of the West African country.
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What Is the Secret to Best Appreciating Classical Music?

Is there a secret (a how to) to listen to classical music?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.Answer by David Leigh, I'm an opera singerCourtesy of Derek GleesonThere are a…
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Barbuto Chef de Cuisine Travis McShane Trades the Big Apple for Music City

Barbuto Chef de Cuisine Travis McShane Trades the Big Apple for Music City

McShane made the move here last month to oversee Jonathan Waxman's Adele's. Jonathan Waxman appears to be taking quality control at his Nashville restaurant Adele's quite seriously, as Travis McShane, the chef de cuisine and over five year veteran of Waxman's flagship New York City restaurant Barbuto, has moved to town to oversee the day-to-day operations.
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Kick Off Summer with Music, Mushrooms, and More This Weekend May 29-31

Join the Surly crew as they release summer seasonal Bitter Brewer at St. Paul’s new lakeside restaurant, Como Dockside from 5-10 p.m. Eat New Orleans-inspired items like beignet dogs and listen to live music from Lazerbeak of Doomtree. Join top local chefs Thomas Boemer, Jim Christiansen, Gavin Kaysen, Todd MacDonald, and Nick O'Leary as they compete for best dish utilizing wild morels.
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