Carline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singer, circa 1940s. Ms. Ray, a member of the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm in the 1940s who played bass with luminaries like Mary Lou Williams, died on July 18th in New York City at the age of 88. Ms. Ray’s father, Elisha Ray, was a 1925 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and she graduated from the school in 1946. Ms. Ray, the mother of jazz singer Catherine Russell, released her first recording as a lead vocalist this year. Photo: James J. Kriegsmann, Sr.
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André “André 3000″ Benjamin is playing Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic. Here’s a first look at the Outkast in character
Scenes From the Advanced Style Book Launch
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This is some ‘Scary’ shit here. Ladies & Gents, just when is it time to halt with the Debuts and Special Appearances for the sake of being seen or noticed. According to this Book Signing, NEVER !!! Hate to say it but some of these Women looked like they were dragged outa’ bed reluctantly and forced to get dolled up for the evening by their Caregivers. I think I’ll PASS.
The Story: NOWNESS and Ari Seth Cohen hosted a little shindig at the New Museum last night in celebration of Cohen’s new Advanced Style book, featuring photos… Read More >>
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Williams’ plays have held pride of place in theater goers’ hearts for so long is another matter. Yes, the dialog is a thrilling mixture of the perfectly colloquial and the poetic. Yes, the passions on display in works like The Rose Tattoo, The Glass Menagerie and, of course, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are as blistering as those given voice by any other American dramatist, while the characters Williams brought to life remain, for many of us, as indelible as members of our own families. In the end, though, the appeal and the power of Williams’ very best plays might reside in this: that he manages, somehow, to peel back layer after layer from his characters as the story rolls on, and rather than diminishing these men and women in our eyes, the gradually unfolding revelations — and the playwright’s clear-eyed compassion for his own creations — ennoble and humanize them. Stanley, Blanche and Stella; Maggie the Cat, Brick and Big Daddy; Amanda Wingfield in Menagerie and Serafina in The Rose Tattoo — these and so many other Williams characters are profoundly Continue reading
The trepidation is behind us. We are the fourth years, freed from the bonds of pimping, scheduling, studying, and applying. This is the time of our lives. It is a season of squander, waste, and development. It is today and everyday for the rest of medical school (at this point, a month and change). We worry no longer about what will be, because we can grasp it, taste it. – – Read more
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On this day March 3, 1915, a few weeks after its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles, director D.W. Griffith’s controversial Civil War epic The Birth of a Nation opens in New York City. . A 40-piece orchestra accompanied the silent film. … – – Read more