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Cabaret Honors Its Own

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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In a year when the cabaret community has taken some major hits (the passing of Donald Smith, founder of The Mabel Mercer Foundation and its

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Ellen Kaye Sings Ice Wine: Songs for Dark Winter Nights

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
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Ice Wine is purportedly about getting through the long. “tough” winter to hopeful spring. “Sort of from (Woody Allen’s) Love and Death to (Ingmar Bergman’s)

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The Obamas—Jodi Kantor’s Book Creates a Firestorm

Monday, January 16th, 2012
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In the acknowledgement portion of The Obamas, author Jodi Kantor thanks many of her friends for their support including Shira Stutman, adding: “Shira insisted that

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What Parents Can Learn from Beavis and Butt-head

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
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Beavis and Butt-head are back. The cartoon aired on MTV from 1993 to 1997 and had parents up in arms. These were the days before

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Farenheit 451: Keeping the Flame Alive

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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I was the consummate bookworm as a child. I ate books like the air, and so in my youth, as I plowed through the words

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You’re Gonna Love Me: Miranda Sings! at Birdland

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
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It’s not easy being perfect, but it’s a bowl of laughs if you only think you’re perfect. So is the case for Miranda, the fictitious

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Amy Winehouse—Beautiful Voice Silenced Too Soon

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
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I remember the day I first heard Amy Winehouse. It was 2006. I was flipping through TV channels with my remote and stopped on VH1.

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Voca People—Talented Aliens Sing Earthly Songs

Monday, July 4th, 2011
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Billed as Blue Man Group meets Glee!, the off-Broadway show Voca People is actually B-52’s meet the Coneheads. Energetic musicians meets wise-guy aliens. Huh, you

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