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LeAnn Rimes In Concert

22 March 2017 1:56 PM, PDT

LeAnn Rimes Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, NY March 17, 2017

LeAnn Rimes performed last Friday night at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, a beautifully (and recently) renovated former movie palace and Broadway style theater. At 1100 seats it is a warm an intimate venue.

Let me get this out of the way right away: LeAnn Rimes is incredible. It's one thing to hear her on record or see video clips, but to watch her in concert is a revelation. Her voice is amazing and my guess is that there isn't a pop singer alive with a better voice than hers, including Adele. LeAnn's pitch is perfect. The quality of her voice is so beautiful it is thrilling. It can be strong, powerful, soulful and sexy and then sweet, simple, fragile and disarming. Her range is incredible and she can growl when she needs to growl, belt when she needs »

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The Old Soft Shoe Shuffle

22 March 2017 12:22 PM, PDT

Fred Written by Christopher Ford and Dakota Rose Directed by Dakota Rose Presented by On the Rocks Theatre Company at Dixon Place, NYC March 17-April 1, 2017

Dixon Place is a reliable venue for offbeat theater. If you're looking for, say, an earnest examination of twentysomethings trying to make it in the city, then it's probably best to look elsewhere. If, however, you're in the mood for sci-fi puppets or dance-filled reimaginings of Carroll's Wonderland, then Dixon Place has you covered. The latest of these unconventional offerings is Fred, a buoyant new comedy by Christopher Ford and Dakota Rose, creators of the recent The White Stag Quadrilogy.

Fred (Derek Smith) is a robot who began life as a pool vacuum and now spends his time keeping his inventor's widow, Diana (Shannon Holt), alive in a medically-induced coma since a long-ago stroke. Fred has decided to move with Diana from their home in Phoenix, »

- Leah Richards

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Roll Over, Chuck Berry! Rip...

21 March 2017 10:10 AM, PDT

When I was seven-years old I had a Kool-Aid stand and with my profits bought my very first album -- The Beatles' Second Album. I remember walking the several blocks to the Acme store and praying that they still had a copy in the album rack. They did. I couldn't wait to get home and play it on my portable record player. I carefully placed the needle on the very first track on side one of that magnificent album and... my life would forever be devoted to music in some shape or form. On that beloved album, the very first track was my favorite song -- "Roll Over Beethoven" -- by one Mr. Chuck Berry. At the time, I had no idea who wrote the song nor much cared. It was all about The Beatles. But as almost everyone knows, Chuck Berry wrote and recorded it years earlier. And »

- Dusty Wright

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François Ozon on Frantz, Sex and Death, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca

20 March 2017 12:05 AM, PDT

“Awards are like hemorrhoids. Sooner or later every asshole gets one,” François Ozon, one of France's most prolific director/screenwriters, has noted.

With Frantz, his pacifistic, feminist, and slightly homoerotic chronicling of a post-World War I love affair of sorts opening Stateside this week, he can say that with a smile. After all, this feature has already garnered eleven Cécar nominations, including one for best film, and a dozen more from various international film festivals.

For many folks, that’s no surprise. All they have to hear is that a new Ozon is unspooling at their local art house, and they’re hotfooting it to the ticket booth. Why? Few other directors have the ability to depict the psychosexual permutations of our fellow man better, at times accompanied with an unexpected Hitchcockian twist or a good dose of Almodóvarian tongue-in-cheek perversity.

In his 1996 short, "A Summer Dress," a young gay man, »

- Brandon Judell

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