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Milli Vanilli, the opera

“I remember feeling at the time when the scandal broke that they had been wronged. That they were probably victims of a larger corporate system that gobbled them up and spit them out.”

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Fear factor

Mara Wilson was a go-to child actress in the early ’90s, memorably starring in movies such as “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” (“We’re his goddamn kids too.”). Today, she’s popping up all over the place – not in films, but at … Continue reading

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Moving to the Balkan beat

In college I made it somewhat of a mission to check out Balkan brass bands and parties like they’d throw at Mehanata or Barbes. It just seemed like a good time. No surprise that the Golden Festival, a celebration of … Continue reading

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A roots throwdown in Brooklyn

Jalopy in Red Hook is the place for roots music almost any night of the week. But that’s especially so this week, thanks to a 20-plus musician showcase put together by Ken Waldman, aka “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet.” I previewed the … Continue reading

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A rockabilly birthday bash for Elvis

This Elvis birthday bash at Radio Bushwick is truly fit for a king. In one night, you can hear four rockabilly bands and participate in a Elvis-themed dance, costume and trivia contests.  I talked with the producer in advance of … Continue reading

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Funny business

Some time ago, Seth Olenick started taking pictures of comedians for a photography book. What started out as a six-month project and 30 comedians turned into more than six years and 200 comedians. I talked to the Greenpoint photographer for … Continue reading

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Make Music Winter taking it to the streets

The last place you probably want to be right now is outside for an extended period of time. But the one-day Make Music Winter festival might just drag you out. I rounded up all the parades happening in Brooklyn for … Continue reading

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