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Terry Waldo & Paxton

The New York HOT JAZZ Festival- Wowza!

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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Last Sunday, I spent five hours at the third annual New York HOT JAZZ Festival, a marathon (12:00 pm – 2:00 am) of international performers.

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The D Train – Getting Derailed at a High School Reunion

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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What’s up with Jack Black? Except for giving voice to Kung Fu Panda, this talented actor has largely been absent from the big screen. In

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Western Fantasies of China in Fashion & Art

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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We have come to expect visual fireworks from Andrew Bolton, Curator of the Anna Wintour Costume Institute, and this year’s extravaganza is no exception. China:

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Alexander Calder’s Rare Miniatures
Presented by Santiago Calatrava

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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The iconic sculptor Alexander Calder’s (1898-1973) finely crafted airborne mobiles and monumental stabiles are familiar fare given the many widely held exhibitions for the famed

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All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin in Hollywood- Merry and Bright

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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An immigrant to The Lower East Side, Irving Berlin began his musical career by singing in Bowery saloons, teaching himself piano in his free time.

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Mama Drama – Sentimental and A Must See
For Young Mothers – And Others – in NYC

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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You don’t have to be a young mother to appreciate  the talented and charming Natalie Arneson’s cabaret show, Mama Drama, at The Duplex. (There’s one more

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Avengers: Age of Ultron: Tony Stark is Dr. Frankenstein

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Everyone creates the thing they fear.  Men of peace create engines of war.  Avengers create invaders.  Parents create children that will supplant them. That bit

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Carey Mulligan in Thomas Hardy’s
Far from the Madding Crowd

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Thomas Hardy was the romance writer of his day, his plots, featuring tangled love affairs and class struggles, serving as a template for many other

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