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  The Persistence of Memory Connie Deming was playing at the Little Café Saturday night when a stranger came up to me. “I loved your stuff,” he said, and handed me a glass of wine. That’s been happening a lot since I got laid off by the local newspaper on Sept. 16. It seems like half […]

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People. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.   People. Meh… Crowds, that was the word for the weekend. I needed some new black jeans for Saturday night’s show, “What If Everyone In Rochester Wrote the Same Song?” So Friday afternoon, clutching 10- and 20-percent off Veterans Day coupons in hand, I drove over […]

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“How Did We Get Here?” gets to the big stage What If Everyone In Rochester Wrote the Same Song? It’s gone from an amusing, backroom challenge among a handful of local singer-songwriters at the Flipside Bar and Grill’s open mic night to sold-out shows at the Fringe Festival to, this Saturday, the big stage at […]

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Setting new standards in American fashion I understand. The clothing and accessories we see on fashion-show runways are not for human consumption. But when I stumbled across a photo of a model wearing blue jeans that had been reduced to little more than a set of belt loops, pockets for her apartment key, a zipper […]

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Wendell Castle’s walk through a particularly murky woods The big, overstuffed chair in the living room is about to make that sad, final journey to the curb. I’m very fond of it. I wrote the bulk of a novel while sitting in that chair. One thing’s holding up the move: Where’s the dog gonna snooze? […]

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Margaret Explosion, Paul and Leo Dodd: Filling in the lines Margaret Explosion has returned from its summer sabbatical for its usual Wednesday-evening residency at The Little Café. The band likes to call what it does “background music,” something for patrons to talk over as they discuss the French film they just watched. But Margaret Explosion’s […]

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Americans are exceptional confabulists The singer-songwriter Bat MGrath writes earnest, heartfelt songs of relationships. Every word rings true. Nothing political. Yet it seems as though every time I see him play, he lets slip some hint of where his sentiments lie. As he did Saturday night. Between songs he described himself as an optimist, which […]

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Did someone put something in Bill Cosby’s drink? I think it was after Game 2 of the World Series last week when the television – which is rarely on in the Spevak household these days – drifted over to The Colbert Report. I’d read that Stephen Colbert is closing down the faux-news cable show, which […]

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America isn’t ready for a transgender Tea Party Last night I spent $4.99 to see Dallas Buyers Club, the first time I’ve ever purchased a movie on my TV. The cable folks sure make it easy to take your money, don’t they? I’m now a big fan of the movie’s star, Matthew McConaughey, thanks to […]

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Live at SXSW: On line with the homeless You bump into all kinds of interesting people at the South by Southwest Music Conference, in Austin Texas. Yesterday, it was Thomas Dolby. Dolby…? Dolby…? Yes, the fellow with the huge ’80s MTV hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” I had just stepped out of a club […]

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