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    November 21, 2012

    Graham Parker Is Still Pissed

    After a 31-year absence, his band the Rumour are back

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    September 18, 2012

    Linda Lavin Is A Sultry Chanteuse!

    Linda Lavin doing a nightclub act? Well, that's how she started, as the multiple award winner reminded the audience at 54 Below last night. "I started in clubs," said Lavin, "all of which had the name Downstairs in them. 'Nobody ever came, so you could fail all night long."

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    April 24, 2012

    Borscht Belt Humor Lives at the Friars Club!

    And I'm thrilled because I find it as essential as a substantial breadbasket at a corner booth in a neighborhood deli. The humor was in full force at last night's tribute to Susan Lucci at the Friars Club. The MC, Stewie Stone, provocatively said his microphone "looks like Ben Vereen's schlong." ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Jimmy Castor, R.I.P.

    Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Hedda Lettuce, Polanski, And I Rocked The Chelsea Clearview

    Drag star Hedda Lettuce presented Rosemary's Baby last night at the Chelsea Clearview and was delightfully satanic enough to bring me onstage beforehand to talk about my love for the 1968 horror classic. I advised the audience to look for various sitcom regulars who Polanski purposely cast as witch ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Visiting the Nostalgia King: Joe Franklin, I Love You

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 9, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 28 Visiting the Nostalgia King: Joe Franklin, I Love You By Jonathan Black I am a Joe Franklin fan. Oh, I know what you're thinking. Joe is no star. Joe is nobody's plum. Maybe you've never even heard of Joe ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Allen Barra Remembers Soupy Sales

    ​As Roy Edroso pointed out the other day, most children's programming in the New York area during the early and mid-1960s was dreck. There were exceptions: Chuck McCann, who read the funnies to us on Sunday morning, and Sandy Becker of Sandy's Hour, who died in 1996, are fondly remembered. But ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Our 10 Best: Food-Themed Pop Songs

    Alternative link here. ​The answer to the third of the three questions in yesterday's teaser quiz was The Newbeats, whose song "Bread and Butter" easily made it onto either the 10 Best or Runners-Up lists, but which one? Listen to this Youtube clip and see if can figure out in which position ... More >>

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    April 24, 2001

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    Sex Workers and Alcoholics Dominate Popular Music Once Again