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Theater: Slight Yet "Fully Committed;" Pretty Solid "Long Day's"

FULLY COMMITTED out of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 1/2 out of FULLY COMMITTED out of LYCEUM THEATRE Becky Mode's very successful one-person show Fully Committed is very familiar. In this showcase for a real actor, they play a...Show More Summary

"The Case of the Three Sided Dream": Film Review

The winner of two Best Documentary Awards and rated one of the top ten best music documentaries by, Adam Kahan's masterful "The Case of the Three Sided Dream" sold out at its premieres at SXSW film festival, the Blue Note jazz festival, and other festivals around the world. Show More Summary

'Purple Rain' in My Forties

I never saw Purple Rain when it came out in 1984. It was the summer before 8th grade for me, and I could not get into an R-rated movie. A couple of years later, I tried to watch it on HBO. I caught it about half way through, and back then we couldn't rewind TV (dark times). Show More Summary

Beyonce: Making Marriage Work?

During the premiere of her new visual album Lemonade this past weekend, Beyoncé shared very personal moments between her and her husband, Jay Z. The couple have had their share of marital rough patches. The challenge of a successfulShow More Summary

"A Void": Coming to Terms with Genocide, 101 Years Later

New Jersey-born oud player Ara Dinkjian travels the world playing Ottoman Armenian music along with a small coterie of like-minded musicians. Raffi Wartanian is an L.A.-based filmmaker. Both are grandchildren of Armenian Genocide survivors. Show More Summary

Ben Walker in American Psycho: He is What He Wears

As leading man to the pounding disco drama, American Psycho at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, Benjamin Walker is all abs and six pack. Sinfully envious, his Patrick Bateman embodies the ethos of the bygone late century: what he cannot have, he seeks to destroy. Show More Summary

The Church Needs 'Lemonade'

This post was originally published on Intuition. Denial. Anger. Apathy. Emptiness. Accountability. Reformation. Forgiveness. Resurrection. Hope. Redemption. If one were to put these words together on a Sunday morning,...Show More Summary

Will Overman Band Premieres First Single From Debut Album at MerleFest 2016

If you haven't heard Will Overman Band (WOB), just wait. You will. And you can hear the first single from the band's debut album, the self-titled "Will Overman Band," which is being released on Friday, April 29, at MerleFest exclusively...Show More Summary

Three Reasons MerleFest 2016 Is Already The Best One Yet

If you are a frequent reader of my posts, you may have noticed I mention MerleFest quite a bit. For the uninitiated, the Americana music festival -- the second-largest tourist draw to North Carolina, which is struggling in that areaShow More Summary

Prince's Death and the Music of My Life

The death of Prince last week really knocked me for a loop. As I shared with my son the day of the sad news, his music was a thread woven through much of my young adulthood and beyond. Only four months into 2016, the year has already been a devastating one in the musical world. Show More Summary

Ceedotcee -- Remember the Name

After I wrote Sipping Beyonce's Lemonade, I came across a YouTube video review of Lemonade. I immediately reached out to Ceedotcee and asked for an interview. Ceedotcee's Lemonade went viral with over 900k views on Facebook with People reaching out for an interview as well. Show More Summary

A Proposed Solution to Oscars Qualifying for Documentaries

In the summer of 2012, as Gathr was building out its idea for Theatrical On Demand®, I reached out to Ric Robertson and Tom Sherak (The AMPAS' respective COO and President at the time) in order to describe to them the bottom-up democratized...Show More Summary


They're 50% black, 50% white. 100% Nerd. Go figure. Left to their own devices and dull lives, not a lot of excitement comes their way. Until that fateful day when a lost and forlorn kitty shows up at the door. Then all hell breaks loose,...Show More Summary

9 Movies Critics Hated That Still Made Bank at the Box Office

By: Matt Patches Credit: DC Entertainment The day after Batman v Superman's money-sucking opening weekend, legendary Hollywood trade Variety ran a bitter report: not only did the superhero movie's box office break records, it also flipped...Show More Summary

14 Fascinating Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

By: Thrillist Entertainment Staff Credit: Miramax Films Netflix is the great equalizer. When you're sifting through zillions of movie options, the traditionally niche art of documentary can go toe to toe with Hollywood blockbusters. Whether fiction or nonfiction, anything that's moving/crazy/hilarious is worth streaming. Show More Summary

It's Time to Make Nice With the Dixie Chicks

There's a moment in "Wide Open Spaces" on the Dixie Chicks' 2003 live album that gives me chills every time. As one of the Chicks' first and biggest hits closes the show, the crowd roars, the music fades and a cacophony of cheers grows louder by the second. Show More Summary

Capitol Studios Celebrates Its 60th! Conversations with Al Schmitt and Paula Salvatore, Chats with Elephant Revival, Ben Abraham, and Jack Spann, Plus Nu Shooz, The Chordaes, Henry Chadwick, Sarah Lou Richards & Gary Nichols, Linda Draper, and Vexine Excl

NU SHOOZ'S "REAL THING" EXCLUSIVE According to Nu Shooz's Valerie Day... "Musically, 'Real Thing' is an homage to Philly Soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Together they crafted some of the best anthems of the '70's like 'Love Train' and 'For the Love of Money' for the O'Jays. Show More Summary

All 87 Real Housewives, Ranked

By: Brian Moylan Credit: Flickr/Boss Tweed Just last month, Bravo's Real Housewives franchise celebrated a decade of captivating audiences with their ostentatious wealth, narcissistic behavior, ridiculous arguments, and more dance singles than a gay disco could play over a weekend. Show More Summary

Theater: "Psycho" Not So Killer; Sweet "Waitress"

AMERICAN PSYCHO out of WAITRESS 1/2 out of AMERICAN PSYCHO out of GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE It's almost quaint to remember the furor that greeted Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho when it was first published. Though clearly a brand-name stuffed satire, its violent imagery was seen as misogynistic in the extreme. Show More Summary

Elvis Costello Rocks Out For New Orleans Jazz Fest Weekend 2

For the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Thursday, headliner Elvis Costello sported the sartorial splendor of a purple hat with a button picturing the late Allen Toussaint front and center. Elvis Costello Photo by Adam McCullough Musical...Show More Summary

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