Diana Ross

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    November 25, 2013

    The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/25/13

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    June 26, 2013


    The man who dressed studio 54

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Tom Hanks Rides The Subway, And Other Factlets I Just Got At A Tony Awards Event

    This week's column is a rollicking romp through a Tony nominees' meet-and-greet event, where Tom Hanks told me what people do to him on the subway, how his play was changed in rehearsal, and other insights into what it's like to be Tom Hanks on Broadway. You heard me right, by the way: Tom Hanks ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    EMP 2013: A Shadow of Its Former Self

    Better Than: Watching two full days of rock docs. 
 At the 12th annual EMP Pop Conference at Tisch School of the Arts on Friday afternoon, Princeton professor Alexandra Vazquez was presenting on Superstorm Sandy, remaining structures of colonialism, and Cuban-American salsa singer La Lupe, also k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2013

    Motown The Musical Opens: My Review

    An air-tight revue with classic songs presented as theatrical set pieces, with a minimum of superficial chatter in between them. That's not what Motown The Musical is. Instead, the story of how Berry Gordy Jr. created a dazzling black sound that managed to be upbeat, despairing, and socially relevan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    My 10 Favorite Motown Songs

    With Motown The Musical jazzing up Broadway with "the sound of young America," let me look back and pick my 10 fave Motown singles of all time. Come on, let's get it on! (10) What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," sung by Jimmy Ruffin Careful in its pace, soulful in its tone, this one is a heart wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Grammatical Mistake In Classic Motown Song

    With Motown The Musical in previews on Broadway, I'm reminded of one of my all-time favorite Supremes songs, "Reflections." Actually, it was the first song released under the new billing Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1967, and though troubled Supreme Florence Ballard was on the record, she was way g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Liza Didn't Think She'd Get The Oscar

    At last night's Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/TCM presentation of Cabaret at the Ziegfeld, Liza Minnelli said she thought Diana Ross was going to win the Oscar for Best Actress of 1972, for Lady Sings The Blues. "So I'd adjusted to that," she explained. "They said my name, and my father [Vincent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Joey, Sherry, And Flotilla Rocked It At Indochine

    Bar d'O was a gay-drenched downtown restaurant which lit up the '90s with a live, intimate cabaret show that was racy, soulful, and right up on your plate. The place closed, but fortunately it never really went away. For eight years, Indochine has been hosting Bar d'O reunion shows, and the one las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Ultimate Gay YouTube Collection

    You don't have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I've compiled for you, but it helps. Simply click on the links and you'll see: Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, "Two Faced Woman" (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Racist with an Explanation: Rightbloggers Defend John Derbyshire

    Last week John Derbyshire, a now-former writer for National Review, published elsewhere an article that was plainly racist -- by which we mean, its racism was not veiled or masked in the manner that has become common among rightbloggers, but overt; it asserted that black people were less intelligent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Day I Played A Zombie

    In 1985, I was sent to a limestone cave in luxurious Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where I was made up for hours until I ended up covered with even more pustules and oozy shit than when I arrived. I played a zombie in George Romero's eagerly awaited tri-quel Day of the Dead.

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Madonna's Super-Bowl Appearance: Here's What The Gossips Are Saying

    ​Over at the dishy site, they've had a lot to say ever since Madonna was announced as half-time entertainment at the February 5 Super Bowl, making it a must-watch for people of all species and sexualities. Among the more memorable comments: "Diana Ross appeared at her Super B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    My 13 Favorite Duets Of All Time

    "It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    100 & Single: The Dawning Of The MTV Era And How It Rocket-Fueled The Hot 100

    ​What was the first rock and roll song? Ask music historians and you'll get a range of '40s and early '50 candidates, from "Good Rockin' Tonight" to "Rocket 88." Ah, but when did the Rock Era begin? That's easier. Everybody knows that Bill Haley and His Comets' rendition of "Rock Around the C ... More >>

  • Film

    July 6, 2011

    Strained Vibes, Excellent Scenario in Beats, Rhymes & Life

    Michael Rapaport’s A Tribe Called Quest documentary eclipses the surrounding drama

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Live: The Black Eyed Peas Get Washed Away

    via @Z100NewYorkBackstage, looked sad. But dry. ​ The Black Eyed Peas & Friends The Great Lawn, Central Park Thursday, June 9 Better than: Sitting in Central Park and waiting for nothing to happen before the heat broke. The confusion started at around 5:15 p.m. last night, when NY ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Annoyed Scientist Wants All You Narcissistic Pop Stars To Get Off His Lawn

    ​Today's Times has a piece on a psychologist's theory about song lyrics of the current day being proof that we are all self-obsessed narcissists. The psychologist who came up with the theory, Nathan DeWall, was apparently inspired to embark on this quest by Weezer's "The Greatest Man Who Ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Best Films of 1972: Eight 10-Best Lists (And 'The Godfather' Only Makes One of Them!)

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 films in focus by Andrew Sarris 'Tis the season to grind out 10-best lists, and this is certainly not the year to turn one's back on tradition. Still, there is at least one prominent film critic who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    The Most Overlooked Tracks of 2010: Discodeine Featuring Jarvis Cocker, Mark E., Scissor Sisters

    ​Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: club anthems.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Maloof Money Brings NYC a Massive Skate Party, and a Free Park

    ​In a lonely corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in the shadow of Philip Johnson's decaying New York State Pavilion, construction workers are filling the Astral Fountain with huge chunks of styrofoam, which will then be covered with concrete. Is styrofoam really a good idea as a building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Roy Orbison's Lost Rolling Stone Cover

    ​Don't do a double take, folks. That really IS Roy Orbison on the cover of Rolling Stone--as interpreted by Out Professionals' Twilla Duncan in a marvelous mockup.

  • Music

    March 2, 2010
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    January 12, 2010

    Bulls on Parade: Live From MSG's Arena Rock Rodeo

    Where the soundtrack is more Jock Jams than Red State

  • Voice Choices

    July 8, 2009


    Ashanti's got nothing on Diana Ross

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Live Blogging the Michael Jackson Memorial

    Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Who Should Be In Jacko: The Movie?

    Michael Jackson's illustrious but weird life will surely be turned into a TV movie as soon as the sequins get cold. So I've been doing some imaginary casting and coming up with these fanciful yet mildly disturbing inevitabilities: As Michael: Usher. They can digitize the surgery. As the other memb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    News Roundup: Brooklyn Bowl, Michael Jackson, Woodsist Captured Tracks Festival

    --The Brooklyn Bowl is almost open. Curated by former Wetlands owner Peter Shaprio, the 600-capacity Williamsburg space triples as a bowling ally/music club/Blue Ribbon Restaurant. It includes eight massive high-def screens (tickets for a Sept. 24 Lebowski-fest are on sale now). The ally's opening n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    5 New York 70s Movies We Are Terrified to See Remade

    At the Observer today, Christopher Rosen, stimulated by the unfortunate new The Taking of Pelham 123, decries remakes of 70s New York classics. But his complaint is that "Only '70s period pieces remain locked inside the isolation of past events... We want '70s films to be something other than a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Interview: Ashanti On Her Starring Role in The Wiz and R&B Kids These Days

    "I mean the biggest artists and biggest acts haven't been selling nearly as much as they used to, too, so everyone is suffering from this recession--it's hitting everyone." One day after we interviewed r&b singer Ashanti about her latest gig as Dorothy in NY City Center Encores! production of The ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 29, 2008


    Monica Bill Barnes injects some fun into the stock market

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Flo, She Did Know

    Florence Ballard was the founder and lead singer of the Primettes, the '60s Detroit girl group which went on to become the Supremes, starring the wily and successful Diana Ross. Flo had to stand back as Diana not only took center stage (brilliantly, I might add), but often treated her spiritual sist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    Today's YouTube Gem: Diana Ross and the Supreme Stevie

    The great Diana Ross recorded "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" with the Temptations, but on a Hollywood Palace show done circa 1969, she performed it with another Motown legend, Stevie Wonder, making for a relaxed yet exciting combo complete with a lovely improvisational-sounding coda and some nice acce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    YouTube Gem of the Week: A Really Scary Hammer Horror Film

    Way back in the 1950s, Debbie Reynolds emerged as a bright-eyed, efficient singer/actress as well as a fabulous professional victim. (Liz Taylor stole her husband, Eddie Fisher, away in a whirl of whoriness, and Debbie truly worked it, though now both she and Liz are united in deep hatred for Eddie. ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 4, 2007

    Read This In Loo of Sex

    Stalling for time before channeling Tim Gunn and the ghosts of Leona and Anna Nicole

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007
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    March 27, 2007

    Idols Friendly and Faux

    My tour of modern Grease. Plus a celebulecture and a swashbuckled queen or two or three.

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    December 28, 2006
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    August 16, 2005
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    February 22, 2005
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    April 8, 2003

    Do Dew the Crabtown Clam

    Baltimore Breakbeat House Trax Are the New Everything

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    October 1, 2002
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    April 16, 2002
  • News

    November 13, 2001

    The Skirt Chaser Wins

    But in an Alternate Universe, Mayor Michelle Bloomingdale Rules

  • NYC Life

    June 19, 2001

    Prize Patrol

    American Fashion Awards Itself

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    March 27, 2001
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    February 27, 2001
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    December 28, 1999
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    October 5, 1999
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    September 8, 1998
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