Kam On Film: ‘The Women’s Balcony (Ismach Hatani),’ ‘Black Butterfly,’ and What’s New In Theaters

The Women’s Balcony (Ismach Hatani)

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Women Resist Replacement Rabbi’s Repressive Rules In Delightful Tale Of Female Empowerment

A bar mitzvah is in full swing at an Orthodox temple in Jerusalem when the balcony designated for women worshipers suddenly gives way. Once the …

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Reality Check: Apology Syndrome 2017

Where’s the punch line?

– Alice Cooper to jc, 9/13

 

There is a mural in an alleyway in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, Ireland, of Sinead O’Connor. It reads: “Sinead you were right all along, we were wrong, so sorry.” In October of 1992 the Irish singer/songwriter infamously ripped …

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LOVE…TO…TURN…YOU…ON: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band At 50

It was 50 years ago today…

June 1, 1967, to be exact; the day the cultural axis of the Western Hemisphere is altered by a singular artistic event. The Beatles, the most celebrated, imitated and dissected entertainers on the planet, release their eighth studio album.

It is true that anything …

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One-On-One With Gene Simmons Of KISS

I’ve been a KISS fan since September 4, 1996, when I saw the band perform under the Brooklyn Bridge on MTV’s Video Music Awards. Having the opportunity to speak with Gene Simmons, who is performing at the Trocadero Theatre on June 2 and appearing at Wizard World June 2-3 in …

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An Interview With Have Mercy: Make The Best Of It

This spring, Have Mercy returns with the release of their anticipated third album, Make The Best Of It. A lot of time has passed since this Baltimore-based outlet put out their beloved sophomore effort, A Place Of Our Own, and there’s no question that Make The Best Of

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Shoreworld: Val Emmich – The Reminders – A Novel

Val Emmich has worn many hats in the entertainment field. Songwriter, musician, actor and writer, Emmich pools real experience, imagination and a passion for excellence in everything he does. And while he has experimented with written word quite extensively, The Reminders is Emmich’s first foray into storytelling in novel form. …

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Queued Up: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Tunnel,’ ‘Tower,’ and More

GET OUT (2017)

The set-up: African-American photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) journeys outside of NYC to visit the wealthy, secluded suburban family of his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). But when he sees that the allegedly liberal clan has unnervingly subservient black servants and that their almost exclusively white …

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Rant’n’Roll: Prog-Blues, Fusion, Fractured Pop, A Speechless Champian, Forlorn Strangers, Matters Of State & Love For Amy

They had one whale of a big-time party north of the border when Tim Bastmeyer’s All-Star Blues Band recorded this nine-track all-original self-titled gem (Grassfire Entertainment). You can tell because the players—all known entities in the thriving and eclectic Canadian blues scene—solo madly, especially on the one jazzy instrumental, …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Delta Saints, Delbert McClinton, Midnight Oil, and More

The Delta Saints/Mercury Lounge/May 11, 2017

Born to a musical family in Louisiana, Benjamin Ringel learned to play guitar at age 10. Later, he learned to slide notes on a resonator guitar. While attending university in Nashville, Tennessee, he met bassist David Supica and together they began assembling the blues-rocking …

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North Jersey Notes: Everything Falls, New Theory, Voodoo Terror, and More

EVERYTHING FALLS – Springfield, NJ

So, next week, my band Rahway will be celebrating the release of our new CD, Undefeated, which actually gets released this week, with a CD Release Party at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ on June 10. The band opening the evening is a band that …

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