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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Musikfest Is Coming

Every year ‘round this time I go boppin’ down the streets with my belly full of sweet red wine sampling the culinary delights of numerous countries (I’m partial to those Greek sandwiches) as I stick my head in concert after concert all happening within minutes of each other…every imaginable…

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Local Noise: Billy Hector

Not many local musicians can truly be called “legend.” But blues guitar virtuoso Billy Hector can certainly be given that title. He’s been at the forefront of the Jersey Shore music scene, going back to his days leading bands at famed venues such as Mrs. Jay’s and The Stone…

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Kam On Film: ‘Despicable Me 2′ ‘Fruitvale Station’ and What’s New In Theaters

Despicable Me 2

Universal Pictures

Rated PG for crude humor and mild action

Action-Packed Animated Sequel Finds Reformed Gru Joining Forces With Anti-Villain League

When we last saw Gru (Steve Carell), the diabolical bad guy had abandoned his plan to steal the moon and turned over a new…

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Couch Patrol: ‘The Newsroom’ Just Got Good

The Newsroom

Sunday, 10 p.m. (HBO)

I hated the first season of The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin’s attempt to create a smart, fast-talking show about cable news. Sorkin’s journalism setting didn’t feel authentic, as his White House setting did in The West Wing. And Jeff Daniels made for a smug,…

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Reads: ‘Queen Of The Air’ by Dean Jensen

The bar was all of an inch in diameter, but it was perfect.

You only needed to grab it and hang on, so it didn’t have to be very big. It just had to hold your weight as you swung hand-over-hand, hung upside down and performed monkeyshines on the…

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What It Do: The Lives We Touch

I’d be willing to bet you never heard of Ted Hyman. After all, he wasn’t anybody famous or powerful. Just a computer tinkerer down in Richmond, living with his family in a humble South Side cottage. But, in all my travels and adventures, I have never met a better human…

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

It is stunning how skillfully this column is able to walk the tightrope between social commentary and political ideology without ever, and I do mean EVER, getting deeply caught in the morass of either. (THE SELF-PERPETUATING GORGE OF POWER or How The IRS Becomes HAL 9000 – Issue: 6/5/13) This…

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Deleted Scenes: Why We Watch

Two very different stories from around the world gained a lot of attention this past week. On the one hand, the democratic revolution in Egypt that started in Tahrir Square as part of the Arab Spring of 2011 took a new turn, with tens of millions of protesters in the…

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25 Names To Know On The 2013 Vans Warped Tour (Part I)

This month, the 2013 Vans Warped Tour will make its way to the Tri-State Area, with appearances at the PNC Bank Arts Center July 7, Susquehanna Bank Center July 12, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum July 13. Hoards of sponsors, vendors and merchandise booths will line the doors, adding…

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25 Names To Know On The 2013 Vans Warped Tour (Part II)

This month, the 2013 Vans Warped Tour will make its way to the Tri-State Area, with appearances at the PNC Bank Arts Center July 7, Susquehanna Bank Center July 12, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum July 13. Hoards of sponsors, vendors and merchandise booths will line the doors, adding…

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