Suburban Metal Dad #451. “Change”

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No Concessions: Rational and “Irrational Man”

As literary figures go, Sherlock Holmes, birthed in 1887, has been well-served by 20th century media. Looking through my DVD and Blu-ray shelves I can find numerous good adaptations, some traditional and some free, ranging from the Basil Rathbone pictures in ...

Suburban Metal Dad #452. “The Hard Stuff”

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Suburban Metal Dad #450. “Shart Week”

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Soul Serenade: Brenton Wood, “Gimme Little Sign”

As I’ve told you before, inspiration for this column comes from all sorts of places. It could be a song I hear on the radio or television, or simply something in the air that tripped something in my brain and helped ...

Suburban Metal Dad #446. “You Too? II”

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Suburban Metal Dad #444. “The B.F.C. 2015″

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Exit Lines: Bard Games

It’s that time of the year again here in New York–Shakespeare in the Park time, so get on line early in Central Park, pack a picnic lunch after you’ve obtained your tickets (you can get good sandwiches at the Delacorte before ...

Suburban Metal Dad #442. “Wishing Well 2″

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Soul Serenade: The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack”

Last week’s Soul Serenade column was #260 in this series. That’s right, I’ve been writing the column for five years now and what an education it’s been. I was going to make a big deal of the anniversary but somehow I ...

Suburban Metal Dad #441. “Safe Word”

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Exit Lines: Last Call

After the Tony Awards, comes the reckoning, as fading shows that came away empty-handed fold up their tents. Thank heaven for little girls? In the case of Gigi, with High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, the answer would be “no.” ...

Suburban Metal Dad #440. “Wishing Well 1″

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Suburban Metal Dad #438. “Art 3″

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No Concessions: “Love & Mercy”

1988’s Brian Wilson is one of my very favorite albums. Around the time of its release, I read in Rolling Stone or Variety or maybe both that a biopic was in the works, with William Hurt as Wilson, who had come ...

Soul Serenade: Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

If you look up R&B in the dictionary there should be a picture of today’s record because the record pretty much defines R&B. It is a slab of southern soul sung by a great singer, played by storied musicians, and ...

Exit Lines: “The Spoils”

When you’ve seen a show, and afterwards you obsess about punching its playwright and star in the mouth–well, something has gone wrong. Or, maybe, that’s what its playwright and star wants you to obsess about. He pretty much says as much ...