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December 27, 2019
An Allee Willis featurette
The unexpected death of multi-talented songwriter Allee Willis Tuesday (Dec. 24) left the many who knew and loved her—and the countless others who were deeply affected by her music--stunned and saddened.
“What a talent, what a character,...
November 13, 2019
Kinky Friedman played an unexpected somber note at last week’s (Nov. 6) celebratory Lone Star Café Reunion Party II at New York’s Cutting Room—but not without his customary humor and humanity.
“The Irish and the Jews do not share a culture. They share a psychosis!” Frie...
August 6, 2019
D.A. Pennebaker discusses his historic Bob Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back"
D.A. Pennebaker, the documentary filmmaker who in the 1960s helped pioneer a movement known as cinema verité or direct cinema, died last Thursday at 94. His use of lightweight equipment incl...
July 17, 2019
The Persuasions perform "Looking for an Echo" on the 1990, PBS special "Spike Lee & Company--Do It A Cappella"
“I loved everything about The Persuasions--especially Jerry’s singing,” says English singer-songwriter Harvey Shield, who was in a 1960s group with futur...
Texicana Mamas (Patricia Vonne, Tish Hinojosa and...
February 13, 2020
Oak trees and avocado plants grow in Ilex Studio v...
New puzzle maker Jiggy displays 'curated art...
February 12, 2020