My years-old-but-just published interview with the Israeli troubadour and folk hero, David Broza, is here.
My Oscar Nominations:
Best Picture: Blue is the Warmest Color.Honorable Mention: The Past, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Before Midnight, The Spectacular Now
Best Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos. Honorable Mention: Amy Adams, Julie Delphy, Berenice Bejo
Best Actor: Robert Redford. Honorable Mention: Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tahar Rahm
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater. Honorable Mention: Asshar Farhadi
Best Foreign Film: Blue is the Warmest Color, Honorable Mention: The Past, The Hunt, The Attack, The Great Beauty, What’s in a Name?
Soundtrack: Anchorman II
Biggest Disappointment: Blue Jasmine
Petition in favor of academic freedom and against academic boycotts like that of the ASA, here.
This day in history: Thirty-six years ago yesterday, I was mugged coming out of Disc-O-Mat in Times Square buying Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy three days after its January 18, 1978 release. Those were the Bad Old Days. Afterward, I ate dinner at Beefsteak Charlie's and endured four-plus hours of "Renaldo and Clara" which was a kind of mugging in and of itself. The album is still great.
1) Craig Handy: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith at the Blue Note Jazz Club
I had never heard of Craig before, but I needed something fun on my birthday and he, his band and special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater turned out to be just the thing. Craig was in Dee Dee’s band until recently, and his band gets its name from their (successful) desire to combine New Orleans-style jazz with the B-3 dominated compositions of the great Jimmy Smith. It was the band’s first-ever gig and while casual to the point of “let’s talk about what we might want to play and see what it sounds like” was aces both individually and as a unit. They are Kyle Koehler on the B3, Matt Chertkoff on guitar, Clark Gayton on a big, funny-looking sousaphone, and Jerome Jennings on drums. The diva, Dee Dee Bridgewater, delivered in Billie Holiday mode and a splendid time was had by all. They’ve got a new album on Okeh, also with Dee Dee, but I’ve not heard it yet.
2) Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Sondheim Theater
Here's what you need to know about this musical:
a) It will play for years, the way jukebox musicals often do, because the music is so damn great.