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The Fourth River: a lit mag you’ll be proud to have your work in.

The Fourth River: a lit mag you’ll be proud to have your work in.

http://www.thefourthriver.com/ The publish works of place–poetry, essay, and flash fiction, based on landscape. Here’s an example of flash fiction I was fond of. http://www.thefourthriver.com/index.php/2013/05/flash-fiction-by-sophie-rosenblum

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#Zack’s in #Hoboken is doing something GREAT for the holidays

#Zack’s in #Hoboken is doing something GREAT for the holidays

How’s this amidst such bad news? A real boost to holiday cheer. 

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Brooke Shapiro stars in Hairspray at the Florida Studio Theater

Brooke Shapiro stars in Hairspray at the Florida Studio Theater

http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-11-16/featured/theater-review-hairspray-dances-vibrant-beat-florida-studio-theatre/ My niece, Brooke Shapiro, is the best Tracy Turnblad ever! (So says her aunt and anyone else who sees the show!)  

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#WHIPLASH, watch your back in school

#WHIPLASH, watch your back in school

Andrew, Miles Teller, (The Spectacular Now) a student at a conservatory with his sights on being as great a musician as Charlie Parker, gets mentored by Fletcher, J.K. Simmons, (Law & Order, HBO series Oz) a music teacher who inflicts the vile cruelties, verbal and physical, to get a student to be a legend. No boundaries. Damien Chazelle, […]

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Billy & Ray at the Vineyard Theater (Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder Live!)

Billy & Ray at the Vineyard Theater (Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder Live!)

Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) How brilliant  writer Mike Bencivenga was to write BILLY & RAY, a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking comedy, the true story of the birth of film noir by two seemingly mismatched writers–fusty novelist Raymond Chandler (Larry Pine of Homeland, House of Cards, The Seagull, The Royal Family to name a few) and outrageous screenwriter, Billy Wilder (Vincent Kartheiser of Mad […]

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Birdman: a darkly funny flick that soars

Birdman: a darkly funny flick that soars

This story about a has-been, aging former superhero, Riggan, who, twenty years ago, did three Birdman movies, but refused to do a fourth because he wanted to prove himself a serious artist, seems written for Michael Keaton, who played one of the most fascinating Bruce Wayne’s in Batman and Batman Returns. Riggan, to prove his art, finances his […]

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Why Seattle Homecoming Prince Jaylen Fryberg might have killed his classmantes

Why Seattle Homecoming Prince Jaylen Fryberg might have killed his classmantes

Reading New York Times columnist’s Charles M. Blow‘s brilliant literary memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2014) which is filled with personal experience of living through rural poverty, sexual betrayal, and all manner of hardships he’s overcome,  I came upon an insight that answered my question–why would a popular, beloved kid like freshman homecoming prince of […]

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Diplomatie (Diplomacy). Will Paris be saved?

Diplomatie (Diplomacy). Will Paris be saved?

What a nerve-wracking thriller. Like most, there’s the countdown. It’s the summer of ’44 and the allies are winning the war. As a last hurrah, Hitler orders that Paris shouldn’t fall into the enemy hands, and if it does, Paris should become “a field of rubble,” all the people, cultural treasures, scenic sites, obliterated. Instead, […]

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This Is Our Youth at the Cort Theater

This Is Our Youth at the Cort Theater

Cort Theater, 138 W. 44th St., NY, 10036, (212) 249-6200 Steppenwolf‘s revival of Kenneth Lonergan‘s 1996 play, This is Our Youth, about rich alienated kids during the Reagan era stars the lovable, goofy Michael Cera (Juno,  Superbad, Youth in Revolt, Arrested Development) as Warren Straub, the charismatic Kieran Culkan (The Starry Messenger, After Ashley, SuBurbia, The Moment When) as […]

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