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Barb Jung and John McDaniel at 54 Below

Whenever I mention a singer I love in the world of cabaret, the question I get thrown at me a lot is, “Who is she like?” But Barb Jungr isn’t remotely like anyone else. On January 16, 2018 the amazing Jungr performed a one-night only show at Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below with her music director, […]

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Screen and Screen Again: Bette Davis in The Whales of August

Bette Davis first cast her spell over me when I was about twelve. A local Oregon TV channel showed Jezebel, William Wyler’s 1938 romantic drama of the Old South, and I was mesmerized immediately. Davis was never more attractive onscreen; she also demonstrates an amazing ability, in just seconds, to transform her face from something […]

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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson — Part II

Here’s another excerpt from my chats with the distinguished actress Liz Wilson. I’m glad that people appear to have enjoyed the first installment so much. — B.K

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Conversations with Elizabeth Wilson – Part I

The other day, I wasn’t at my best and I began thinking about what could happen in that moment that would make me feel better. The first thing that sprang to mind was a good sit-down chat with Liz. By Liz, I mean the gifted actress Elizabeth Wilson, who was a close friend of both […]

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Screen and Screen Again: Joan Bennett in Scarlet Street

Two nights ago, feeling the need of a reassuringly familiar movie, I watched something I’ve seen more times than I could possibly guess: Fritz Lang’s provocative 1945 film noir, Scarlet Street. I first came across it when I was a freshman in college, and I found it simultaneously shocking, in a peculiar way, and amusing, […]

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A Memoir to Remember: Christopher Buckley’s Losing Mum and Pup

The act of grieving our parents is anything but orderly and predictable. It is not something that lays itself out in neat first, second and third acts, like a bad made-for-television movie. And why should it? We have a lifetime of wide-ranging experiences with our parents; there is as much to go on celebrating as […]

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I Love Lucy

“I want to see what was there for me once, then what is there for me now,” playwright Lillian Hellman famously wrote in her 1973 memoir, Pentimento. Often, however, many of us don’t want to revisit indelible memories. Perhaps we’re afraid that if we keep examining them, they won’t ultimately measure up to the place […]

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Wexford Songfest at St. Iberius

My favorite recital venue, anywhere in the world, is St. Iberius Church on Main Street in Wexford, Ireland. Built in the eighteenth century and famed for is flawless acoustics, St. Iberius puts the singer and pianist practically in the lap of the audience. We sit there, rejoicing in the complete absence of any emotional distance […]

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Wexford Songfest at St. Iberius

My favorite recital venue, anywhere in the world, is St. Iberius Church on Main Street in Wexford, Ireland. Built in the eighteenth century and famed for is flawless acoustics, St. Iberius puts the singer and pianist practically in the lap of the audience. We sit there, rejoicing in the complete absence of any emotional distance […]

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No Small Parts: Mary Beth Nelson Knows How to Make Each Moment Onstage Count

Mary Beth Nelson is a gifted young mezzo-soprano who is a member of Florida Grand Opera’s 2017–18 Studio Artist program. On Saturday, November 11, 2017, she opened in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ ZIff Ballet Opera House, in the small but key role of Alisa, the anxious confidante of the […]

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