Maria’s Local Radar: An Interview with Those Mockingbirds

Friends, family, and readers, I hope you are all enjoying this crisp fall weather. I must say, it is nice to be able to go outside without sweating bullets (I may have a problem, but that’s a whole other article). However, there are still a lot of things that are …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sexy, Jewish, Very New York, Susan Shapiro’s ‘What’s Never Said’ Is A Novel For Our Times

Susan Shapiro comes from a long line of novelists, satirists, essayists and poets who are what they write. Throw Henry Miller in there too (by way of Erica Jong). Hell, why not Isaac Bashevis Singer? (There’s certainly plenty of Yiddish words sprinkled throughout What’s Never Said.) In fact, I’ll …

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Kam on Film: ‘Captive,’ ‘Forever’ and What’s New In Theaters

Captive

Paramount Pictures

Rated PG-13 for mature themes involving violence and substance abuse

Tale Of Redemption Revisits The Real-Life Ordeal Of Single Mom Held Hostage By Rapist

On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) was being escorted from jail to the Fulton County Courthouse where he was set to …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

Mr. Campion,

I have been reading this column for years now and I know, as well as I know all of your readers over that time do, how much the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality means to you. (EQUALITY…OF COURSE – Issue: 7/8/15) This is a landmark decision for …

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20 Must-See Shows This Fall

Cheap Trick – St George Theatre – September 25

Jackie Evancho – State Theatre PA – September 27

Frank Turner – Rough Trade – September 29

Tom Cochrane – Iridium – October 1

Steven Wright – Count Basie Theatre – October 2

Pauly Shore – Highline Ballroom – October 4…

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Shoreworld: Black Flamingos; The Battery Electric

Black Flamingos – Self-Titled – Little Dickman Records

There are only a handful of successful instrumental bands that I know of in the area. The number one group that comes to mind is Chemtrail. Instrumental music is not an easy undertaking in a scene that produces so many talented alternatives, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Musikfest 2015…It’s All A Blur

BETHLEHEM, PA—Where did it all go? Every summer, for 10 days, I put my life on hold to go “festing.” It’s an alternate reality whereas although I sleep in my own bed every night, during the days and evenings, I wander the opposite-of-aimlessly through the streets on the North Side …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: Coal Chamber, Needtobreathe, Philm and More

Lyle Lovett/Damrosch Park/August 9, 2015

Lyle Lovett was raised on his family’s horse ranch in Klein, Texas, a small Houston suburb named after his grandfather. While in college, Lovett started writing his own music and performing in coffee houses. After recording his self-titled debut country music album in 1986, he …

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Maria’s Local Radar: An Interview with the Joe Baracata Band

Following the tradition of keeping things fresh week to week here in the Local Radar, I recently had the chance to talk to the reigning frontman of one of New Jersey’s hottest cover bands, The Joe Baracata Band. Being an avid fan and follower of Joe and the boys, …

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Kam on Film: ‘Black Mass,’ ‘Peace Officer’ and What’s New In Theaters

Black Mass

Warner Brothers Pictures

Rated R for graphic violence, pervasive profanity, sexual references and brief drug use

Depp Delivers Oscar-Quality Performance As Notorious Mobster Whitey Bulger

In the mid-1970s, James “Whitey” Bulger began rising through the ranks of South Boston’s Winter Hill Gang by knocking off all the competition …

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