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Jazz up your Thanksgiving meal with some show-stopping soups, salads and sides. From Curried Cauliflower Soup to Broccoli with Chipotle-Honey Butter , these easy and elegant dishes will be the stars of your holiday spread.

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Acorn TV, best known as an importer of overseas programming, has banged out a solid hit with a new original production, the period spy drama Close to the Enemy . Revolving around a James Bond-ian character named Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess), Close to the Enemy captures the cautiously optimistic chaos of 1946 Britain

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My Journey to Carnegie Hall Via Venezuela

11Nov

By Paul Desenne, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, November 11, 2016 And thirteen million mouse clicks later, I was taking a bow onstage at Carnegie Hall…

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Sick of the election ? Can’t bear to watch what happens next Tuesday?  The Weather Channel is here to help

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Sometimes you find a perfect pairing of singer and songwriter.

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Live & Dangerous: Bumbershoot 2016

31Ago

Seattle’s Bumbershoot may be a bit lesser known than some of its summer festival cohorts like Lollapalooza and Coachella, but that doesn’t mean we should be any less excited about it! The annual international music and arts festival has been around for over 40 years, and is scheduled to take place this year from September 2-4 at the Seattle Center in Washington. Bumbershoot has an eclectic lineup this year with headliners ranging from Halsey to Billy Idol, and a solid lineup of indie faves like Father John Misty, Tame Impala and Death Cab for Cutie. Here are our 3 picks for the most essential emerging acts to catch @ Bumbershoot this weekend

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My Religion in Song

14Jul

The Jadeed Voices Initiative is a special project by the Muslim Writers Collective which offers a platform to reflect on our faith and the diversity among us by highlighting the exigency of promoting nuanced, multifaceted perspectives. We will be sharing one narrative a day from July 8-19. For more information about this initiative, please visit our author page , and follow the Muslim Writers Collective on Facebook and Twitter

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There was a time not that long ago when cabaret rooms and jazz rooms were considered distinct territories. You might say the difference came down to–this is an extreme generalization, of course–the former venues being a place where lyrics took precedence and the latter venues being a place where melodies took precedence

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Popcorn Preview: Art Bastard

03Jun

Art Bastard (2016) Cast includes: Robert Canedella More…

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There are numerous live music festivals and venues throughout North Carolina, Virginia and beyond on tap to help you celebrate the official kick off of summer over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Following are a few highlights

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Terroll & Nakita – Epic Bike Adventure

19May

With the weather slowly getting better in London, Terroll didn’t hesitate to take part in the well renowned Bike Storm Event while I took a more chilled approach (excuse for shopping) hehe. More..

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Medellín may not be the first place that springs to mind when you’re thinking of your perfect overseas retirement spot … but perhaps it should be

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By: Pat Johnson Grannies on Safari Most classical music lovers are familiar with George Frederic Handel’s Messiah .

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John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong: His heart belonged to music. Photos by T. Charles Erickson Anyone old enough to recall Louis Armstrong’s many gigs on the Ed Sullivan Show or curious enough to view his videos on YouTube knows the great trumpeter/singer as a jovial guy with a radiant smile and an ingratiating way with words

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SACRAMENTO (CN) – Yosemite National Park is changing the names of several iconic sites due to trademark concerns after awarding a $2 billion federal contract to a new concessionaire – but challenges the previous concessionaire’s trademark claim to “Yosemite National Park.” The Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927, will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1 when Aramark takes it over from DNC Parks & Resorts. Curry Village, which has borne that name since it opened in 1899, will be renamed Half Dome Village

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At his only criminal court appearance to date, aging TV icon Bill Cosby stumbled past a scrum of photographers while two lawyers held him up on either side, walking him into a suburban Philadelphia courtroom. The attorneys hired to defend Cosby in the sex-assault case are a study in contrasts: — Outsider Monique Pressley, a lawyer-turned-TV legal analyst with side jobs as a pastor, motivational speaker and radio host, who got a taste of the limelight as a law student, posing a question about race in the O.J. Simpson trial on CNN’s Larry King Live

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There’s no question Jennifer Lawrence is currently riding a career high. The charmingly candid 25-year-old, who rocked the boat with her open letter about Hollywood’s wage gap , just nabbed a Golden Globe for “Joy” (despite the film’s lackluster reviews ),  topped Vulture’s list of most valuable stars and continues to win our hearts with that likability factor that’s so hard to describe. But, as actress Heather Graham reminded HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski , JLaw’s quick rise is a rare sight to see for women in the industry.

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Jessica Simpson knows the power of a great little black dress.  The 35-year-old stepped out on Saturday night for a night in New York City with husband Eric Johnson. Simpson wore a sexy black frock which featured a short hemline and leather accents on the torso, and it appears she opted to go braless.

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After police unions across the country  called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films in response to comments he made about police brutality, the director appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night to clarify his position. “The unions are saying that I am a cop hater, which is slander because I didn’t say that,” the “Pulp Fiction” director told Maher.

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Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ widow, recently sat down with People to talk about her late husband’s battle with Lewy body dementia and his August 2014 suicide.  “I completely forgave him, I completely understood,” Schneider told People magazine , in reference to her husband’s death. “I was beside myself in agony, but he fought to the end and I didn’t know what we were fighting, but I knew we were fighting hard.” While some speculated that Williams suffered from depression, Schneider  explained to People that it wasn’t the main cause of his death.  “It was not depression that killed Robin,” she said . “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.” Williams was eventually diagnosed  Lewy body dementia  after his death

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What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water

03Nov

(Photo-Illustration: Photos: Corbis) By Alexa Tsoulis-Reay In 1963, a 15-year-old girl presented herself to a pair of dermatologists in Pennsylvania complaining that she’d broken out in angry, red lesions after a session of waterskiing. That first mysterious outbreak became a trend: Blotchy, itchy hives would pop up all over her limbs every time she took a bath, went swimming, or perspired heavily. The doctors conducted a series of tests to rule out obvious possible triggers like cold and, using a hand towel soaked in distilled water, identified a condition called aquagenic urticaria: Sufferers are so sensitive to pure water it causes them to erupt in hives within minutes of exposure.

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Before she was whipping her hair back and forth, Willow Smith was her father Will Smith’s little bean.  The actress and artist turns 15 this Halloween , and to show her how much he cares, Papa Will penned perhaps his most meaningful words since he and Jazzy Jeff made the ” Fresh Prince ” theme song. Smith took to Facebook to thank Willow for “correcting” his heart and teaching him to love “without constriction or condition”: Happy Birthday, my Bean.

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The famed poet’s new full-length album, ‘Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James,’ features Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers and more BY SUN SINGLETON Detroit is famous for its music, from Motown to techno and house, to Eminem and Dilla. But it’s less well known for its stellar, homegrown poets.

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New Artist Reviews: Tomás Doncker

24Oct

EDITOR’S NOTE: PLEASE USE THIS IMAGE AS SOCIAL MEDIA THUMBNAIL http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2015-10-24-1445654119-7021775-CoverArt.JPG When music is created with a cause, it is heard with a different intent. Some artists find their inspiration through love and happiness while others find it in times of anguish and social upheaval. Hailing from New York is world renowned blues artist Tomás Doncker with his upcoming album, The Mess We Made .

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Cuban artists and musicians–some of the best artists and musicians in the world–are literally invading the US this month with an unprecedented onslaught of art shows and musical performances. MADE IN CUBA!/HECHO EN CUBA!, a major art exhibit featuring over 100 mixed-media works by many of Cuba’s leading and emerging contemporary artists, opened last weekend for a 5-week run on the West Coast. Thousands of enthusiastic viewers packed the ARENA 1 GALLERY housed in an airplane hangar at Santa Monica Airport and at least a dozen pieces were sold on opening weekend.

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Ever since I started writing this blog, people have been asking, “When do you find the time to write?” I don’t have a great answer for them; somehow I just find the time. It’s never the “perfect time,” mind you. It’s any little bit I can steal from any little place.

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Why Frank and Not Bing?

07Oct

This is Frank Sinatra’s centennial year — the Sirius radio station bearing his name tells us every three minutes. Earlier this year HBO aired a six-hour documentary chronicling his career from the earliest days to his late triumphs.

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A Sane Person’s Guide to Insane Fitness

07Oct

Remember when “power walking” and rollerblading were considered exercise? How about step aerobics and the Bowflex ? Now, the concept of ‘going to the gym’ has been increasingly overshadowed by niche fitness classes.

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Last season, the Utah Jazz went 38-44 and were generally not a factor in the stacked Western Conference of the NBA. Heading into this season with the second-youngest team in the entire league, with an average of just 24.6 years old according to Real GM , the Jazz will be relying on center Rudy Gobert to be the rock of the squad on the inside. Last year, Gobert’s 8.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game were certainly not eye-popping numbers

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You and your boo have handled cross-country road trips, reunions with the “distant” side of the family and even the dreaded wedding of the ex. But there’s one challenge you’ve yet to face: are you finally ready to take care of a precious, helpless little being together

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New Artist Reviews: Metabards

15Sep

EDITOR’S NOTE: PLEASE USE THIS IMAGE AS THE SOCIAL MEDIA THUMBNAIL http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2015-09-15-1442301220-8312499-MetabardsEPCover.jpeg Hailing from the endless well of talent in New York City emerges the unique family duo, Metabards. Their fascinating blend of electronic music, Eastern soundscapes and trip hop creates a genre-bending sonic experience that is reminiscent of other artists yet still completely innovative.

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Bola Taylor, a Jazz/Gospel singer who has spent the last 20 years of her life combining her musical talents with missionary work in Japan has announced that she has inoperable cancer and will be performing her final concert on September 21st after being discharged from the hospital. Taylor along with her husband Ken have been at the forefront of one of the most curious happenings in the history of the sometimes strained relationship between the Japan and the Christian religion, the surging popularity of Gospel choirs that was said to have been launched when the film Sister Act became a surprise hit there. As co-founders of the Hallelujah Gospel Family , the Taylors have led thousands of Japanese into the experience of singing in Gospel choirs for themselves

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They’re baaaacccckkk! After a long hiatus, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake  finally broke out their rap skills one more time in ” History of Rap 6 .” The pair has already done five other installments , so at this point you have to wonder if there are any songs left worth doing. Turns out, yup. The pair mashed together MC Hammer ‘s “U Can’t Touch This,” Nelly’s “Country Grammar,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” DJ Jazzy Jeff  and The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” and even had an awkward moment during NWA’s “ Straight Outta Compton .” It’s hard to top the first “History of Rap,” but as Jay Z says in “Fiesta,” after the original it’s probably this.

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In the movie world you would not expect a smallish screening for a movie like Rock the Kasbah to have a night like this, but Bill Murray has great karma. Rock legends turned out in East Hampton Friday night: Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, to start. Bill Murray plays a down on his luck music manager in Barry Levinson’s new movie, Rock the Kasbah

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Katrina: After the Flood

24Ago

“Ring out the bells again Like we did when spring began Wake me up when September ends” -Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) With the tsunami of media leading into the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, it seems impossible that an author could come up with a new, insightful and passionate history of the 10 years after the hurricane that is not a rehash of something that has been already said. Gary Rivlin made the impossible happen. His book Katrina: After the Flood will be the historic book of record for anyone studying that time period or those who want to learn the politics of rationing resources when a region is starting all over again

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The Twinadoes started fifth grade yesterday! It was with a 60/40 blend of trepidation and joy that I dropped them off at the door of another new school. While homeschooling was easier than I expected, I was pretty excited to have the house to myself for the first time in 6 months.

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Dancers Joshua Dela Cruz and Amanda Phillips got engaged while doing what they do best: leaping, turning, moving and grooving.  Recently, the New York couple spent the day filming a jazz routine to Frank Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young” in Central Park with the help of choreographer Donald Jones Jr.

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If you are on the far side of 70, as I am, you may not even know what emoticons and Emojis are, but trust me, your grandchildren do. Emoticons — those little smiley face icons used to show various emotions, and their descendants, Emojis — icons illustrating almost anything, from Santa Claus to a screaming cat to a pile of excrement — have become so popular with young people who communicate by texting and emailing, that some Emoji experts converse only through pictographs.

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Philip Glass’s Words Without Music

30Jul

When I told a snarky friend I was writing about the new Philip Glass autobiography, Words Without Music , she asked, “Does it go like this: I, I, I, I, I, I, was, was, was, was, was, born, born, born, born …?” Snarky. I get it, of course, which is more than I have been able to say, over the years, about Glass’s music

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I’ve taught so much. I’ve taught all my life, and the number of teaching jobs I’ve had which I haven’t liked have been very few. – Elmer Bischoff, Interviewed by Suzanne B.

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Learning how to read and appreciate imaginative literature takes years, exemplifies the importance of delayed gratification. It may help us succeed on this planet. It may lead to or underlie the wisdom of the ages

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The Book Expo Of America (BEA) and BookCon 2.0 just ended this weekend in New York City.

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Kirsten Winquist grew up in what could be the setting for Margaritaville in the coastal town of Safety Harbor, Florida. At an early age she developed a passion for music and chose the trombone as her instrument (because it was the most “non-girly” instrument available at the music store that day).

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“The Gods of Rock wouldn’t let it rain on The Who,” shouted a voice in the crowd fleeing an afternoon storm at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. And They didn’t – the sun broke through by late afternoon and The Who had the chance to sing Talkin Bout My Generation to their generation.

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From hula hooping in the 1950s to Jazzercise in the 1970s , there have been plenty of exercise fads that have kept people moving over the past century. Now you can see a sampling of them in this 100-second history of the last 100 years of fitness . More…

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Big things are on the horizon for one of our favorite transgender teen activists.

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The best evening out that you probably haven’t heard about is going on every Wednesday night at Minton’s, an old-fashioned supper club with equal emphasis on both words. Upon entering through a narrow door on 118th street, you become enveloped in an atmosphere that’s elegant yet inviting. JC Hopkins Biggish Band fills the long narrow room with brassy bebop, evoking the spirits of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus who all played at the club’s original incarnation.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on “The Tonight Show,” has died. He was 94. Terry’s wife announced his death on his website late Saturday night.

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Who says the protest song is dead? Certainly not Sidewalk Chalk , an eight-piece, Chicago-based band who meld together hip-hop, soul and jazz and are set to release their third album, titled “Shoulder Season,” next month

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TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said. Marina Davitashvili said Shevardnadze died after a long illness.

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If you’ve even glanced at Pinterest in the last couple of years you’ll know about the rise of the unconventional wedding. As we scroll through photo galleries of barn ceremonies occurring amidst burlap and straw, or mountain-top nuptials with breathtakingly green views, we can’t help but wonder — what would we wear to these unconventional weddings

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(RNS) Richard Rossi is on a crusade of sorts, traveling to cities across the country to collect stories about the fabled healing powers of baseball great Roberto Clemente.

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The summer solstice arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT, bringing us the longest day in the year — which means lots of extra sunlight for festivities. The day is also considered to be sacred by many pagans and Wiccans around the world who celebrate the solstice among their other yearly holidays.

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Filed under: Baloncesto , NBA NBA Temporada 2012 Andrew Bynum anotó 23 puntos con 16 rebotes, Pau Gasol coló un par de triples consecutivos en el tiempo extra y los Lakers de Los Angeles, sin echar de menos al lesionado Kobe Bryant, ganaron su cuarto partido seguido al vencer el domingo 112-108 a los Mavericks de Dallas.

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Filed under: Baloncesto , NBA NBA Temporada 2012 De haber sabido que jugaría tan mal, Derrick Rose se hubiera quedado en la banca este partido. Lo bueno para él es que sus compañeros en Chicago lo relevaron. C.J

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Filed under: Baloncesto , NBA Con un lugar asegurado en los playoffs y un tramo agotador por cruzar, el entrenador de los Spurs de San Antonio Gregg Popovich dijo que era obvio que dejaría descansar a sus estrellas Tim Duncan, Tony Parker y el argentino Manu Ginóbili. Y eso no le molestó al Jazz de Utah, un equipo que aún intenta conseguir un boleto para la postemporada

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