Category Archive for 'Cultural events'

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If nothing else, Barack Obama has elevated the presidential iPod. Bob Dylan and a handful of decades-encrusted troubadours, including the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Mellencamp and Smokey Robinson, as well as youngsters such as John Legend and Jennifer Hudson, have been invited to be a part of In Performance at the White House: A […]

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The downward spiral that was this week As the downward spiral that was this week came to a merciful end on Friday, I spotted this item on one of the news web sites: REPORT: U.S. DOING LITTLE ABOUT ASTEROIDS Yikes! What can we do? According to astronomers, an object 50 to 75 meters in size […]

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‘And Away We Go,’ the true story, sorta, of Jackie Gleason, Carl Sagan, Richard Nixon and UFOs It’s long been known that the late entertainer Jackie Gleason was an enthusiastic reader on all things paranormal. UFOs in particular fascinated him. So I’ve taken this aspect of Gleason, as well as his interests in romantic music and an unusual […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Jan. 10 1, A front-page profile of Roger Ailes, the head of the right-handed propaganda machine Fox News, concludes with this quote from former Clinton aid James Carville: “If he were a Democrat, I think there would be 67 Democratic senators right now.” […]

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Christmas Day reverie: R. Crumb, Krampus and Bug Bunny’s a jerk The fantasy that is Christmas has faded this morning – Boxing Day in many parts of the world – as I clean up the dog crap in the backyard. The thaw of the last 24 hours has exposed it all, and turned the Italian-sausage […]

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Oh Jesus, the salmon delivery guy has just arrived at the party At Sue and Scott’s for Christmas Eve, someone’s gifts included a Jesus Christ action figure. In truth, it’s probably a Ted Neeley action figure, named for the actor who played the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar, since I don’t think we know […]

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Tchaikovsky’s Mouse King is pounding on the door Jed and I were sitting in Java’s at the Market on Saturday morning, gossiping about some of the local folk singers and ducking out of the way of the oncoming holiday season, and reaching the same conclusion. Thanksgiving is a far nobler holiday than Christmas. “Thanksgiving is […]

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World’s Least-Interesting Dinner Party Announced  Barbara Walters’ new “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009” list includes Michael Jackson’s three children, who are 12, 11 and 7 years old. A 7-year-old, most fascinating? Where’s Balloon Boy? Perhaps what Walters meant to say was “10 People Caught in the Most Fascinating Circumstances.” Also joining the Walters dinner-party game […]

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Palin vs. Bourdain Anticipating Sarah Palin and Anthony Bourdain both coming to town last weekend, my crowd immediately cooked up a satisfying fantasy; that the two celebrities would get trapped in the same hotel elevator for an hour or two. What words would be exchanged? Would cutlery be wielded? But the logistics gods were against […]

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I Read the Sunday Times So You Don’t Have To, Nov. 22 1, In a story headlined “Benedict Woos Artists, Urging ‘Quest For Beauty,’ ” Pope Benedict XVI played host to more than 250 artists, architects, musicians, directors, writers and composers in an effort to re-establish the Vatican’s once-powerful connection to the arts.  The Times […]

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