Hello there (clears off cobwebs)

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this site. Well, I’m back at it again. So expect more links to coverage and other musings from here on now. I’ve added more links to clips, updated the old resume and refreshed that banner, if you’ve been here before.

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Beat the winter blues

Pretend it’s not winter anymore at least for a few hours at this Greenpoint bar this weekend.

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A Century of Charlie Chaplin

“He was influential right away, kind of like the Beatles or Elvis or some other phenomenon.”

Trav S.D., author of “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube,” who is putting together a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s first three films in Brooklyn this weekend.

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Valentine’s Day in Brooklyn

From couples welding to rope bondage to a Beyonce-themed meal to your standard dinner-and-a-movie date, here’s a roundup of some Valentine’s Day events I did for the Brooklyn Paper. You’re welcome.

P.S. Also check out this Missed Connections-themed party at the New York Transit Museum.

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Honoring Shirley Chisholm

“Most people under 50 have never heard of her. She’s completely written out of history.”

“Chisholm-ed in stone: New book celebrates first black congresswoman,” Brooklyn Paper

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Suzanne Somers Workout Party

Now you can work out with Kristen WiigJudi Sheppard Misset in classic ’80s attire at this Jazzercise party in Williamsburg.

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The food of the Super Bowl

New York is gearing up for the Super Bowl, and for some people, there may be only one thing on their mind — food.

It’s been on my mind, at least. That’s because for amNewYork this week, I took a look at what MetLife Stadium is going to be serving the ticket holders attending the game (think Sunday-morning comfort food). And for the Brooklyn Paper, I put together a roundup of take out packages, for the lazy party planner.

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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 storytelling events around the city. She hosts her own this weekend in Brooklyn, with the title “What Are You Afraid Of?” I asked her a few questions about it for the Brooklyn Paper, including, of course, what she’s afraid of.

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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 Balkan music and dance, has been going strong for nearly 30 years. I spoke with one of the organizers for the Brooklyn Paper in advance of the weekend fest to get a sense of why it’s so enduring. Short answer: it’s a lot of fun.

Photo by Oresti Tsonopoulus

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