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Film, "Llyn Foulkes One Man Band": An Artist Who Can't Be Contained by Anyone Else

"Llyn Foulkes One Man Band": An Artist Who Can't Be Contained by Anyone Else

Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty's documentary Llyn Foukles One Man Band is not quite as joyful as the title suggests. The film's subject Llyn Foulkes is indeed a one-man band, playing a machine of his own design he calls the…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Makes a New Friend at Harrington's Bar and Grill

Bouncer Makes a New Friend at Harrington's Bar and Grill

Harrington's Bar and Grill is not to be confused with Harrington's Harry Pub in the Tenderloin, y'all. In fact, it's pretty amazing that the two have existed this long in the same city with the same name. I've covered the…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Week in Event Names: YouTube Bestiary Edition

Well, that's it. The week in music has been overrun by creatures great and small. Even on Labor Day, that hallowed sabbath of secular holidays, we were forced to contend with Panda Bear at the Fox. Is nothing sacred?But press…
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Film, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" — getting old isn't for sissies

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" — getting old isn't for sissies

Opening with a close-up of the crow's feet around its subject's eyes and expanding to reveal her Botox-frozen upper lip, the documentary-portrait Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work celebrates Saint Joan the Resilient, Showbiz Survivor. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg…
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Music, Charo says "Cuchi Cuchi" to flamenco

Charo says "Cuchi Cuchi" to flamenco

How far would you go to achieve your dreams? Would you marry a man old enough to be your grandfather? Could you smile brightly as Johnny Carson lampooned your lack of fluency in a different language? Would you appear on…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

The Tomorrow Show was NBC's 1973-82 late-night talk show scheduled after Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (when JC's gig ran 90 minutes). Host Tom Snyder, a glibly personable, somewhat square, blow-dried ex-newscaster, presented an only-slightly-more-intellectual yet relaxed variation on the comedy…
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Music, OK Then

Journalism 101

As my great-grandpappy used to tell me over tumblers of rye, his wispy beard blowing in the wind as bullets whizzed by (we hung out on battlefields), there comes a time in every columnist's life when he must rebuke a…
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Music, Misc. Reviews Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Envision a late-night network television show hosted by Al Franken or Janeane Garofalo, with guests covering the spectrum of music, cinema, politics, and literature, from india.arie to Michael Chabon. Think that'd fly now? What about a show hosted by someone…
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Dining, Eat Hat Trick

Hat Trick

A.J. Liebling said that the primary requisite for writing about food is a good appetite. Well, that I have, although the daily renewing of that appetite is something of a miracle (or a curse!). But in my line of work…
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