Hot fun in the summertime

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Like lemmings, some of us feel a primal urge to head to the ocean every summer. Not necessarily to go in the ocean, but to spread a towel or blanket near the shore, oil up with sun screen, and watch the passing parade. The lure of the beach bridges classes, sexes, races, ages — the whole […] [Read More]

‘Around the World’ without much clothing

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Choreographer/producer Jerry Mitchell and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are presenting another preview of their gigantic annual “Broadway Bares” fundraiser tonight at 8 and 10 p.m at Splash, 50 West 17th St. “Around the World” is the title of the show that will give audiences a taste of what they will see June 20 when “Broadway Bares” […] [Read More]
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A town rallies around ‘T.S. Spivet’ and Reif Larsen

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The Trumbull Library is doing its first “One Book-One Town” celebration over the next two weeks and they came up with the perfect novel, Reif Larsen’s fabulous “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.” In this age of Kindles and Nooks — and other electronic devices — here is a book that defiantly insists on a presentation […] [Read More]

A ghost and a prince meet/And everyone ends in mincemeat

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There was lots of drama on and off stage at the Metropolitan Opera Monday night. A smoking light — high up in the auditorium — caused some folks to flee before the management explained at intermission that there was no fire and that this sort of thing happens occasionally with theatrical lighting. Those who were downstairs […] [Read More]

A return to the beautiful (and dangerous) Broward’s Rock

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The latest novel by Carolyn Hart — “Laughed ’Til He Died” (William Morrow) — is in bookstores today. The mystery is the 20th in a series Hart has been writing about Annie Darling and her bookstore, Death on Demand, on the South Carolina resort island of Broward’s Rock. Hart is one of the top contemporary […] [Read More]

You call that a Broadway musical?

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The chat rooms devoted to Broadway have been buzzing lately with debate over the new musical, “American Idiot” (above), based on an album by Green Day, that has just started previews at the St. James Theatre. The “All That Chat” blog — bookmarked on this page — is one of my favorite daily reads because […] [Read More]

‘Hush’: paying a big price for one night of sex

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Cosmopolitan editor Kate White has a thriving second career as a crime writer. If you haven’t read one of her five Bailey Weggins novels, you’ve missed one of the strongest contemporary mystery series. Bailey is a young and hip Manhattan journalist — with a career running parallel to that of her creator — and the […] [Read More]
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‘Bass Ackwards’: lost in America

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Linas Phillips’ new movie, “Bass Ackwards,” has the feel of one of those quirky and very personal Hollywood movies from the 1970s — something that might have been made by Paul Mazursky or Hal Ashby in their prime. Director Phillips (above) has given himself the lead role in a road movie that defies easy description. […] [Read More]