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Oct 21 2014
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Gwen-Stefani

Even Madonna's crappy videos are now inspiring others: Gwen's trippy-but-lazy “Baby Don't Lie” video is here, and it is giving me major, major “Love Profusion” vibes. See Madonna's version of jauntily walking in place in the studio after the jump...

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Ferras

I was a big fan of out artist Ferras in his previous life as a teenybopper popstar wannabe, but now that he's Katy Perry's first discovery and has released the high-drama, falsett-OMG!-worthy “Speak in Tongues”, I think I like him evne more...

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You'll Love This, For Real Comments (0)

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I looove “Real Love” by Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne, which is house music 2014 with a Lady Gaga-meets-Loleatta-Holloway vocal...

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And She's Looking Good: An Intimate Evening With Linda Lavin Comments (0)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private, for-donors-only performance by Linda Lavin at Baruch College last night, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

LavinWith Stritch (L), and taking her bows

Lavin performed with accompaniment by Billy Stritch and her top-notch band (including her painter/actor/jazz drummer of a hubby, Steve Bakunas, of whom she said, “I married the drummer. Cool!”).

Lavin is leggy and lovely at a hard-t0-believe 77, and was having (1) a ball, (2) a great hair day and (3) a better leg day than most will have in a lifetime; it's incredible to think that she is actually slightly older than Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925—July 17, 2014) was when the latter dame first performed her legendary Elaine Stritch at Liberty show in 2001. Lavin is so youthful that unless you're an IMDb addict like me, the impact of her cabaret act has little in common with Stritch's—there's no “I'm Still Here” vibe because Lavin looks like she's mid-way through a career, not defiantly placing an exclamation point at the end of it. Just absolutely ageless, in good voice and effortlessly able to engage an audience of bigshots with her girlish banter and wry, nostalgic peeks back at her career.

And yes, she fully embraces Alice (1976—1985).

Above, check out the delicious Sondheim number Lavin sang in 1966...she recreated it last night and it's still a hoot.

I won't go into great detail about the song selection (which was pleasingly heavy on the bossa nova) since this was a one-off, but if you're interested in hearing Lavin sing a loving rendition of her Alice theme song and charming versions of songs she first sang upwards of 50 years ago when she (and Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield and many other greats) was playing in, as she recalls, every venue with “Downstairs” in the title, be on the look-out for a 2015 show at 54 Below. You'd be a damn fool to miss this.

Linda-Lavin-Baruch-Matthew-Rettenmund-2014-AliceGoin' through life with blinders on, it's tough to see how Lavin manages to make 77 the new 50!

Lavin made a brief appearance at a post-show champagne toast. I was able to congratulate her and to ask if she would honor my friend and I with a photo. Have you got a camera? she shot back, ready to get 'er done. Lovely, classy lady.

After the jump, listen to Lavin tackle that Alice theme in 2013...

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*widget boy culturePresident Obama: Gay marriage is a constitutional right.

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*widget boy cultureMariah proves she only looks like shit, but sounds great!

*widget boy cultureWHAT THE SHELL?: Could turtle-like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose???

*widget boy cultureBuffy star Nicholas Brendon arrested in bizarre Boise incident. Is sorry.

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*widget boy cultureRobert Downey Jr.'s dick should have a Learning Annex class.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange & some other heifers cover Elle's Women in Hollywood ish.

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*widget boy cultureTbe rebirth of the word “Maverick” as it relates to Madonna (and more).

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*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback continues, unabated.

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Virgin Territory Comments (0)

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Check out this fantastic rendition of Madonna's “Like a Virgin” from The Voice of Italy winner Sister Cristina (she is a legit nun) after the jump...

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Don't Lie: Do You Hear It? Comments (0)

Really like Gwen Stefani's comeback single “Baby Don't Lie”! Really dramatic and catchy.

Some are saying it's inspired by Ji Nilsson's “Heartbreak Free” (after the jump), but while I hear why it's said they're similar, I mainly see the comparisons as a good excuse for me to discover how great Ji Nilsson is, too...

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Oct 20 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Christina Aguilera - HURT Comments (0)

Christina-Aguilera

I was seated near the front of the stage for this unbelievable performance...

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