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Tom Hanks Lost His Credit Card, But NYC Restored His Faith In Being A Celebrity

Tom Hanks, a muppet disguised in a human cocoon, has really been all over NYC in recent weeks: he caught the premiere of Larry David's new play, he reunited with Wilson at a Rangers game, he starred in a Carly Rae Jepsen video, he hogged seats on the subway and defended his right to hog seats on the subway. Show More Summary

Hero and Villain of the Week: March 13

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every week, Toronto is filled with Heroes and Villains. These are their stories. Hero of the Week: Gord Perks Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) is a polarizing politician. He was the proponent of a moratorium on new bars in Parkdale, he believes the revolution will come one day–he has the poster in his office […]

Meet the Badris

By A.N. Sheikh Abd al-Aziz al-Badri In the first letter calling for bay?a to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turki Binali needed to prove that Baghdadi was a descendant of the Quraysh in order to establish that he was entitled to become a caliph. Binali, from Bahrain, now holds an important position as one of […] The post Meet the Badris appeared first on Syria Comment.

Shorncliffe Pier – Out with the old and in with the new

Formerly known as Sandgate Pier, this long structure with its white timber rails and colonial lamps was completed in 1882. The Sandgate Pier Company Limited was formed on the 16 February 1882 to acquire freehold or leasehold land in the municipality of Sandgate on which to erect a pier, bathing houses, hotel and pavilions for... Read more

Why the "Blurred Lines" Decision Is Ultimately Good for Music: A Dissenting View

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Robin Thicke solicits donations to defray the $7.4m settlement. Debby Wong/ Many pundits are decrying the March 10 verdict that determined Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams's 2013 single "Blurred Lines" too closely resembled...Show More Summary

Churchill's Smile

Just now, on two different stages roughly five blocks apart, on and off-Broadway, two different actors are playing Winston Churchill more or less wreathed in smiles. I sympathize with the impulse. Actors smile onstage all the time, for many reasons, but often complicitly - inviting their audiences, with a smile, to like them. Show More Summary

London Breed, Baller – “LANDLORDS HEART LONDON” – At Least According to a Union from the East Bay

TweetThe reply, from the right-of-center silver linings playbook, is saying, “I support rent control.” Lit from a few years back: (LL’s sort of heart London, more than the proposed alternatives, certainly.) Of course our dominant, right-of-center political faction, in the words of the Wichita Lineman, needs her more than wants her, but that’s OK, right? In […]

Sifting Through Senator Kirk's "Chicago Will Become Detroit" Threat

By Dave Stieber Last week Republican Senator Mark Kirk said that the citizens of Chicago should "re-elect Rahm or Chicago could end up like Detroit." Now the on the surface the comment seems to just imply that for whatever reason...

Morning Reads–Thanks Obama

Has all the traffic cleared out following President Obama’s visit? “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Things” by Of Montreal. Cong. John Lewis was on “The Daily Show”.  Claude Sitton, leading civil rights journalist and native Georgian, died on Tuesday age 89. Show More Summary

"We Want to Break Facebook!" How Millennial Feminists Have Revolutionized International Women's Day

There's been more buzz than ever around this year's International Women's Day. Heavy-hitter Sheryl Sandberg made a big announcement. Old-school women's movement leaders Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler each made high-profile appearances. Show More Summary

Rachel Lark Performs a Special Show in Seattle on Friday

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Rachel Lark, the amazing SF-based singer-songwriter who has made two appearances on my podcast, will be performing a special show at the Independent Pizzeria in Madison Valley this Friday night. "The evening will feature her original music and a themed dinner by critically acclaimed chef Joe Heffernan," says the press release. Show More Summary

Matt Galloway Shares Tasty Film Moments at Upcoming TIFF Series

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Food on Film promises another joint venture between moviegoers and meal-makers. What does Matt Galloway do in the afternoons after his shift hosting the CBC’s Metro Morning? He rolls around Toronto trying out restaurants. “I work really...Show More Summary

Retired Det. Sonny Grosso Will be Smiling on St. Patrick's Day to the Pipes and Drums

Sonny Grosso and NYPD partner Eddie Egan on The French Connection set March 17, St. Patrick's Day in New York is a special event, a day when many New Yorkers claim to be Irish. The day is also heart-warming to Sonny Grosso, a retired NYPD officer who became the youngest first grade detective on the force. Show More Summary

Twitterloin Update: Adieu Big Boy Market – More Uncritical Source Greasing from CW Nevius – La Muerte del Niño Grande

TweetHere’s a statement about the northern Twitterloin from CW Nevius in“Tenderloin nonprofits vs. bad apple corner stores: “He hired a security guard and installed lights and cameras, but he and the people at the neighborhood’s other service agencies know where the real problems originate — the handful of lawless corner stores. So, the “real problems” of […]

National Media Embraces the Term Twitterloin – First the New York Times and Now Fortune: “Welcome to the Twitterloin”

TweetHere’s the latest from Fortune: “Welcome to the Twitterloin, where tech-savvy cool meets gritty hood“ by Michal Lev-Ram And that comes on the heels of this recent bit in the NYT: “As Wealth Changes the Tenderloin, a Move to Preserve Artistic ‘Gems’” by PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN So what are the borders of the Twitterloin? Well, […]

New Age/Ambient Legend Laraaji to Perform at Machine House Brewery April 24

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Laraaji: His new-age music is no laughing matter. In a major coup for the Seattle promotional crew Elevator, new age/ambient musician Laraaji (aka Edward Larry Gordon) will be playing Machine House Brewery April 24. Laraaji is best known...Show More Summary

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