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Scatting and Bebopping Through Life

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
by on Playing Around

“There’s Ella and then there’s the rest of us.” Frank Sinatra For two hours at MetroStage, Freda Payne became Ella Fitzgerald, taking the audience on

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Freda Payne as Ella: First Lady of Song

Friday, January 24th, 2014
by on Woman Around Town

Freda Payne remembers the first time she met Ella Fitzgerald. “It was the late 60s in New York,” she says. “Ella was appearing in a

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The Satin Doll Trio’s Tribute to Julie London

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
by on Playing Around

No musician is an island. Even the greatest draw inspiration from those who came before. For the Satin Doll Trio, that influence was Julie London,

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I May Be a Twin, But I’m One of a Kind—
Meet Will and Anthony Nunziata

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
by on Playing Around

Will Nunziata wore glasses so I might easily distinguish between him and his identical twin, Anthony. As children, their mother often dressed one in red

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Woman Around Town: Loni Ackerman—
Theater Down to Her Toes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
by on Woman Around Town

Cabaret Show Next to Abnormal Debuts February 24, 2012 Up a steep and very narrow stairway/To the voice like a metronome…* Loni Ackerman trained with

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Paula West: She Doesn’t Vocalize?!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
by on Woman Around Town

Paula West is a natural. That’s easy to write, but difficult to write truthfully. She may have had a total of a year’s vocal training

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Five Reasons Why We Love Mad Men

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
by on Playing Around

The award-winning Mad Men will launch its fourth season on July 25. The AMC drama about the cutthroat world of advertising executives has become a

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Enjoy Life. Drink Tea. Celebrate Often.

Sunday, February 14th, 2010
by on Dining Around

Tracy Stern has a passion for tea. For her, it’s more than just a satisfying drink; it’s a lifestyle that involves food, beauty, parties, recipes,

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