The Gypsy in Streisand’s Head

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CA-Barbra Streisand   Brooklyn Homecoming could Solve Barbra’s Career Problems by DENNIS DELROGH Barbra Streisand is set to return to her native Brooklyn on October 11 at the Barclays Center, where she will perform for the first time in her career. It might behoove her to showcase a medley from Gypsy as a means of silencing some murmuring backlash which [&hellip
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Bravo Bailar!

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CA-Juana_la_del_Pipa_by_Es copy New York Celebrates the Art of Flamenco BY JUDY GELMAN MYERS No one can make the mistake of calling New York the home of flamenco, but ever since the Great White Way crowned Jose Greco “New Broadway Personality of the Year” in 1952, the city has made flamenco its own. Aficionados make daily pilgrimages to Lincoln [&hellip
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DeMent Goes Home

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CA-Iris Demen Iris DeMent Sings the Delta By JOHN DEMETRY During the last decade, Iris DeMent’s New York concerts featured an expanding repertoire of new folk songs uncannily attuned to the needs of the audience. This fall, she releases many of these songs on the studio album Sing the Delta. Earlier in the decade, DeMent expressed the sublimation of [&hellip
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Everything Means Something

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

CA-Pet-Shop-Boys-439x400 Pet Shop Boys find Elysium on new CD With an ear bent toward eternity, British pop-duo Pet Shop Boys and L.A. producer Andrew Dawson find the sublime sound (minimalist yet California-warm) befitting Elysium–the mythical resting place of fallen heroes in classical Greek philosophy (a pre-Christian concept of Heaven). Closing the first half of the album titled Elysium, “Breathing [&hellip
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Release Your Inner Karaoke Star

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singing girl Our Town’s Karaoke Idol is searching for Manhattan’s best singers By Alex Mikoulianitch Aspiring singers who want to unleash their inner crooner or rock star will soon have a chance to do it, for the opportunity at cash and performing in front of a large crowd. Our Town is hosting Karaoke Idol this October after [&hellip
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Pop History Shines in Whitney Houston’s Sparkle

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film, Music

Via City Arts When Whitney Houston sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow” in Sparkle, her performance is unexpectedly good, stirring gospel. Playing the mother of three talented daughters who have formed a singing group that unravels the family, Houston’s heartbroken recitation also seems to be meta-cinematic. Drawing on her character’s professional disappointment, she testifies to something beyond the [&hellip
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Free Bird: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Takes Flight Over Manhattan

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Charlie+Parker+PNG-289x300 Manhattan’s own Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, produced by the City Parks Foundation, celebrates its 20th anniversary with free concerts in Marcus Garvey Park — on Friday, Aug. 24, “Bird with Strings,” revisiting saxophonist Parker’s project of 1949 and ’50, and Saturday, Aug. 25, four acts including Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth band and Rene Marie’s [&hellip
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A Choreographer Who Doesn’t Tiptoe Around the Music

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance, Music

The Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, the Ojai Music Festival—these would be familiar stops on a solo musician’s or conductor’s itinerary. But they are also settings where Mark Morris is a welcome fixture, thanks to his depth and range of musical knowledge, and abiding commitment to the important, irreplaceable role of music within choreography. His company, [&hellip
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Pianists and Piano Pieces at Mannes College

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Palooza600 In a recent issue, I referred to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival as a “piano-palooza.” Every July, there are some 25 recitals presented at Mannes College, on West 85th Street. The festival is directed by a distinguished pianist and Mannes teacher, Jerome Rose, and his better half, Julie Kedersha. I have often quoted a [&hellip
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Bright Light’s Rod Thomas Answers Our Questions and Plays NYC Gigs

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brightlightbrightlight_waitingforthefeeling_298 By Ben Kessler London-based musician Rod Thomas makes pop music under the name Bright Light Bright Light, which is, of course, the exclamation with which gentle mogwai Gizmo expresses his sensitivity to harsh illumination in the movie Gremlins. The name encapsulates the strengths of BLBL’s debut album Make Me Believe in Hope, which displays a very special [&hellip
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