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“As you all know by now, this is the 51st annual Academy Awards. Two hours of sparkling entertainment spread out over a four-hour show.” ⁓Johnny Carson I love the Oscars. I know, I know. They can be long and annoying (or as Vincent Canby so eloquently said, they hold “the solemnity of the annual Nobel… Read more »

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I know. It feels like you’ve been asleep for a long time now, and you keep asking yourself how things ended up this way. Everyone is trying to figure it out, with books and studies popping up faster than toadstools after a rainstorm. The one thing I’m really starting to notice, however, is a threatening… Read more »

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Though my family’s been on York Avenue since 1896, my mother’s roots started in East Harlem. She was born on 118th Street and Second Avenue in 1930. Her family left there for the St. Lucy’s parish on 104th Street between First and Second Avenues in the mid-1930s. Above is a photo of mom’s family in… Read more »

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I was nurtured in the laps of my elders, praying soldiers I know how to make cracklin’ bread, Brunswick stew and soap from potash I’m an Old Soul. I played LP’s on a turntable with an eight track Motown sounds reverberate where marrow ought to be I’m an Old Soul. I learned the Decalogue from… Read more »

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When my life got out of control earlier this month (that two-week blur of torpedoed apartment, severed internet, and filthy hair), I took to watching Seinfeld for comfort and respite. My husband and I don’t have cable, so we compensate with streaming Netflix. With the internet (and all streaming options) down for a fortnight though, I… Read more »

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AANY contributor Perry Brass has an upcoming show at St. Mark’s in the Bowery…   Who:  Downtown Music Productions What:  The Restless Yearning Towards My Self Where:  St. Marks in the Bowery Church, 131 East 10th St. at Second Ave. When:  Sunday, March 18th at 3 PM Why:  Because poetry, music, and dance still thrive in the East Village. The… Read more »

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AANY contributor Thomas Pryor runs his very own storytelling salon! Join him the second Tuesday of every month at the lovely Cornelia Street Café… Who:  Thomas Pryor What:  City Stories: Stoops to Nuts storytelling show Where:  Downstairs at The Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, between Bleecker and West 4th. When:  The second Tuesday of every… Read more »