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BREAKING: Gene Wilder, actor and comedian, dead at 83

BREAKING: Gene Wilder, actor and comedian, dead at 83
The world has lost a bit of it’s “Pure Imagination” today, as Gene Wilder has passed into the great chocolate factory in the sky. The actor, whose films included the lauded Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers, was heralded for his manic portrayals of some of film’s most eccentric personalities.... Read more »

"I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not" - a short tribute to Peter Shaffer, playwright and author of Amadeus

"I am a vulgar man! But I assure you, my music is not" - a short tribute to Peter Shaffer, playwright and author of Amadeus
As a little classical music sprout, one of my favorite movies growing up was Amadeus. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it is the story of the “feud” between composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The movie is grossly historically inaccurate, but it is brilliantly written. It started as a stage play in... Read more »

"How do you solve a problem like Sinead O'Connor?": O'Connor's hide-and-seek game in Wilmette and the dangers of unchecked celebrity nonsense

"How do you solve a problem like Sinead O'Connor?": O'Connor's hide-and-seek game in Wilmette and the dangers of unchecked celebrity nonsense
In Celebrity, as well as the rest of the word, there is a fine line between genius and madness. To be in the creative arts you truly need to be a bit of a nut. Being a performer myself, I have met some truly kooky characters over the years. Of course, I’m included in that... Read more »
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"When Doves Cry": Beautifully Complicated Pop Idol Prince is Dead at Age 57

"When Doves Cry": Beautifully Complicated Pop Idol Prince is Dead at Age 57
“Why do we scream at each other This is what it sounds like When doves cry.” Those words ring bitter at this moment, as Prince (Rogers Nelson), Pop music icon, has died at age 57 at his home in Carver County, Minnesota. With 7 Grammy Awards (and 30 nominations) and an Oscar to his name,... Read more »

The Death of The Character Actress: Doris Roberts, Celebrated Actress of Stage and Screen, is Dead at Age 90

The Death of The Character Actress: Doris Roberts, Celebrated Actress of Stage and Screen, is Dead at Age 90
Memories of Everybody Loves Raymond are sporadic for me, as I was a preteen during its prime. I remember my grandmother roaring with laughter at the show, mostly because I think she really identified with the character of Marie, the over-bearing, critical mother of the title character. Memories of that character have come to an... Read more »

88th Academy Awards Snubs Classical Musicians David Lang and Sumi Jo

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Amid the heated race debates taking place before, during and after The 88th Academy Awards, there was one that I don’t think you may have been aware of. David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, and Sumi Jo, award-winning soprano, were snubbed last night, having been nominated in the Best Original Song category. The four other artists... Read more »
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